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February 26, 2007, Herald Journal

The power of thought


I recently came across a topic on Oprah that has got me thinking. The topic was on the law of attraction outlined in the new movie/book “The Secret.”

Oprah was the one to popularize it, but it’s a century-old secret that only an elite few have known and practiced, according to the film. The secret is actually the laws of attraction and we are supposedly able to use these laws to attract good things into our lives.

The laws of attraction say that we, as human beings, have the ability to attract into our lives what we think and want. This of course goes in the opposite direction as well in that negative thinking can also attract bad things.

The law has been practiced by many great thinkers including Einstein, Plato, and Lincoln. It is even said to be the same principles taught by the greatest human teacher of all; Jesus.

The law is similar to the concept, “ask and ye shall receive.” The secret tells us to think of what we want in life and imagine that you already have it; feel that you have it in your hands and the universe will deliver it to you.

The secret says, “Your life is a physical manifestation of the thoughts in your head.” Think of it as, “you are what you eat” basically.

I believe in the power of thought for example, if a person is depressed about something and doesn’t like a certain aspect in their lives, what do they do? They complain and dwell on the very thing that is making them miserable. Well, don’t think about it. Redirect your energy to something that makes you happy.

Research even shows that affirmative thought is 100 times more powerful than negative thought, according to “The Secret.”

It also says that feelings let us know what we are thinking. Good feelings include, joy, love, passion, gratitude, and happiness. Bad feelings include depression, guilt, and anger. It suggests we celebrate the things that make us feel good.

If you have ever been asked or told that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you know how this thought process happens.

If something happens to put a person in a bad mood, that person is likely to attract other bad things throughout the day. If that is ever the case for you, take a deep breath, listen to some good music; whatever it is that puts you in a better state of mind.

Humans have the tendency to use bad situations as an excuse to be mad, depressed, and crabby towards others, and even to themselves. We don’t realize that we are in control of our own feelings.

The secret tells us to focus on what we are grateful for in our lives. What is it you appreciate right now? Maybe it’s the weather, your husband/wife, or your job. Focusing on the areas in your life that you love that make you feel good, will leave little time to feel bad.

“The Secret” says that life is meant to be abundant in all areas. Jesus even said, “A thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10).

“The Secret” showed a woman who cured herself of breast cancer without radiation or chemotherapy. Instead, she lived as if she did not have the disease.

A physiologist explained in “The Secret” that as humans, we were created with immune systems to generate new cells and destroy the bad. By putting stress on the body either emotional stress or physical stress with chemotherapy, this only drains the body of the good cells and therefore allows the bad to take over.

Choosing not to fuel bad thoughts was also shown in a statement said by Mother Theresa. She was asked to attend a rally against war, which she refused, saying if it had been a rally for peace she would be there.

For example, “The war against terror;” why fight war with war? Does it actually create peace? No, it only creates more war.

The secret to a happy life is different for everyone. For some it may be a new car or home, for others it may be clean water to drink. But the secret tells us that whatever it is that will make a person happy, can be found.

“The Secret” says that whatever we want we need to focus on and put all of our positive energy into it and it will become.

But does this secret contradict the very essence of Christianity in that we should put all our faith in God? Does “The Secret” suggest that we have God-like powers? Some might think it does.

I believe happiness lies within. Individuals are the only ones who can make themselves happy . . . or miserable. Yes, others can contribute, but one can either embrace the happiness or reject it. Either way, we have control of our emotions, not necessarily the path of our lives.