Archive for July, 2010

17
Jul

The beauty of not subscribing to the Law of Attraction

   Posted by: Britt    in General

Since cancelling my subscription to the law of attraction, the most beautiful thing about it is that I can take names in vain (if only to myself … I still subscribe to the school of No Gossip).

I can go back to my own personal integrity of speaking to those people I like and not having to bother with those who I don’t. Practice kindness to all, and if I can’t say anything nice, I don’t have to say anything at all. No more false smiles, no more falsely engaging conversations. No more trying to like everyone because if I think badly of someone it’s bound to come back to me. In essence, that way of thinking is basing kindness of selfishness and fear. Now, I can go back to engaging with people I like. It’s simple. Again.

Funny thing is this: There is no lightening bolt.

Whew! I’m liking it.

This is from DesteniProductions, on “THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAW OF ATTRACTION.” By Darryl Thomas

Do you have an hour? I got through the first 10 and will be looking at the others later. Just goes to show there is nothing new under the sun, including Law of Attraction.

Part 1: Magical Attraction
27 November 2009

Part 2: Early Accounts of the Law of Attraction

Part 3: The Divine Mind

Part 4: Alchemy and Medieval Magic

Part 5: The Divine Man

Part 6: Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine

Part 7: The Mind Cure Movement

Enter Napoleon Hill

Part 8: Cosmic Fire and Universal Substance

Part 9: The New Age Movement
Mention of James Arthur Ray

Part 10: Hinduism Part 1
Hinduism and The Secret History of The Law of Attraction

Part 11: Hinduism Part 2

Part 12: Hinduism Part 3

Part 13: Hinduism Part 4
Trantric Sex

Part 14: Hinduism Part 5

Part 15: Hinduism Part 5

Part 16: Hinduism Part 7

Part 17: East Meets West

Part 18

Part 19

Part 20: 20th Century Gurus of the Law of Attraction

Part 21: The Laws of Manu

I just read an interesting blog calling on Oprah to step up to her plate so-to-speak and explain her 2007 endorsement of James Arthur Ray. I’ll bet my socks (not that anyone would want them) that that ain’t gonna happen.

I’m personally very surprised at the entire industry’s silence on the issue, not just Oprah’s. Jack Canfield teaches what T. Harv Eker teaches, who teaches what James Arthur Ray teaches, who teaches what Bill Bartmann teaches, who teaches what … well, you get the picture here.

As an industry-in-cahoots, it appears that each is stepping away from the chastised and diseased child, and are quietly continuing plying open the wallets of those looking for a better way. Sure, they’re probably continuing with their firewalks, sword-to-the-throat, here’s-the-the-homeless and board breaking exercises, but you can bet your sweet bottom that they have the proper disclaimers and medical staff on hand these days. One man pays the price and the others now better know how to cover their own butts.

While Oprah isn’t in bed with industry, I do think she’s the one who gave them the gilded bed to begin with. (Yes, I realize I’m loosing my own chance of appearing on Oprah but I’m okay with that. Oddly enough.)

I think looking to Oprah is like looking to the Pope to explain the sex scandals rocking the pulpit: it ain’t gonna happen my friends. It’s over to bloggers like us!

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7
Jul

The Secret. Idiocy.

   Posted by: Britt    in On The Secret

I love Google. Google at large, and technology in general. It’s amazing what we have access to these days!

Today I did a search for the terms, “Law of Attraction” and “idiocy,” and came back with some excellent articles which of course I will share with you dear readers.

  • Oprah’s Ugly Secret, from Salon.com. This is 2007 article, and it’s just as relevant today. From the intro, “By continuing to hawk “The Secret,” a mishmash of offensive self-help cliches, Oprah Winfrey is squandering her goodwill and influence, and preaching to the world that mammon is queen.”
  • Skeptico had an interesting little exchange with Joe Vitale, also back in 2007, about the real definition of “law.”
  • An interesting book review on The Secret, with a tonne of interesting links and references (including one of my favourite resources, Wikipedia)
  • A wickedly ironic look at the definition of the universe, brilliantly comparing the academic view of Dr Malachi Z York’s Nuwaubism against that of one of Michael Losier’s certified Law of Attraction Facilitator called Marc Fladell. Guess who wins? Fladell, of course. Grin.

As wonderful as the world now is with the incredible extensive reach of the web, it’s also one that can be used against us. The Secret, apparently, is the result of incredible virus marketing. As trusting human beings, we tend to believe the words of the experts. Consider Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret. While she presumably had some career before 2007 (she was born in 1951), it’s starting to appear that it was the making of The Secret that really made her rich. The wikipedia entry on her life is pretty sparse. Google doesn’t turn up much either.

Most of the gurus who are reaping from their teachings have dabbled a bit in what is known as New Thought (founded in the early 1900’s, so not really so new anymore) not through successes of their own but through the untouchable teaching of the law of attraction. Untouchable because the teacher is never accountable for their teachings; if you don’t get it, it’s because you’re not thinking it right.

Barbara Ehrenreich has been one of the most renowned (in my little world) academics speaking out (see her here  on Fora TV too) against this nonsense. Or should I say idiocy. Thank goodness for the bloggers and the likes of Ehrenreich who can help us find a counter voice that lets us come back to a more balanced take on life. Cheaply.

What gets me is that people like JAR, Bob Proctor and Rhonda Byrnes (author of The Secret, 2006) didn’t really get rich prior to becoming a guru. Seems like it’s the becoming a guru, thereby causing others to part with their wallets, that is the real unarticulated secret. Interesting stuff, this “secret” business. Even Napoleon Hill doesn’t warrant career mention until his book, The Law of Success (1928) makes it big when it is retitled Think and Grow Rich in 1937.