Lots of talking heads. That was my first impression. Lots of folks no one knows, and a few who are known, talking about motivation. Not the most exciting format. Motivation, success thinking, and goal setting are fine topics and, when you put a lot of effort in, they work.
But they are not the same as law of attraction – an entirely different philosophy. Law of attraction is a spiritual teaching with roots in the very ancient Vedas. Presently, the most popular teachers of law of attraction are Esther and Jerry Hicks, and Abraham. Just about everything we know and understand today about law of attraction has come from the books by the Hickses.
The best selling movie, The Secret, was based on Esther Hicks work. That is, until Esther was edited out due to a dispute on legal property rights. That doesn’t change the fact that her work was the basis for the whole movie. The second edition of The Secret brought in a lot of other folks to fill Esther’s shoes and talk about law of attraction as they understood it.
The Secret doesn’t work for most people. The reason is that it is not a pure teaching. When Esther, and all her words, were edited out, the teaching lost its clarity. It became like the children’s game of Telephone – where you whisper in one person’s ear and they whisper the same thing on down the line. When it gets to the end of the line and the person says out loud what they heard, it is never anything like what the original person said. Usually it is pretty laughable.
That is my feeling when I watch Beyond the Secret. Everyone is giving their own interpretation of something they don’t understand very well. It is a mish-mosh of teachings and ideas, with no sound philosophy to unite them, and so they don’t work together very well.
When Esther was asked why doesn’t The Secret work for people, she replied that the most essential parts had been left out. Beyond the Secret suffers from the same problem. There is no reference to Source and our connection to Source as spiritual beings. There was only a passing mention of vibration. Not nearly enough attention was given to ways to actually change vibration from the inside out.
Beyond the Secret also gives a lot of attention to finding your purpose and then taking action to live your purpose. Law of attraction, as taught by Abraham, Seth – another important teacher of law of attraction, and Ernest Holmes, still another important teacher, all say our only purpose in life is to experience joy. Action is not emphasized by any of these law of attraction teachers; alignment with our goals is much more important. When we are aligned everything comes to us. When we are not aligned, all the action in the world won’t make our goals happen. Alignment is something we each do inside our minds.
The basic steps to achieving your goals as explained in Beyond the Secret are: 1.- follow your purpose, 2.- take action, 3.- find a mentor, and 4.- share your goals with others. Sharing your goals with others is an easy way to get off track. It can lead to opening yourself up to an energy drain. It can also sabotage you in a number of other different ways. You may share with someone who doesn’t take your desires seriously. Even if that person does not overtly ridicule you, their doubt will be evident in every question they ask you. They may give you a sense of pressure to accomplish and a very real fear of failure if they are always asking where it is. Most folks don’t understand that a thing has to be accomplished on the inside first, before it is seen on the outside. Few people understand that any manifestation is 99% complete on the inner realms before we see it in the physical. Constantly checking on your progress, or having someone else asking you, is energetically like planting a seed and digging it up every day to see how it is doing. It won’t do very well with that kind of scrutiny.
Beyond the Secret suffers from the same problem that plagued Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich for so many years. After Hill’s death publishers began to edit the book to make it more ‘friendly’. They took out all references to vibration and by doing that, took out all the references to what really made it work. Only when large numbers of people didn’t get effective results did someone go back and compare the latest editions with the original. Then they found all the crucial parts had been edited out. The emphasis on vibration is the key. You have to embody your goal. You have to align with it in consciousness to attain it. You have to believe it is possible and you have to expect it.
Beyond the Secret is a movie that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. By titling it that, Bob Proctor invites comparisons with The Secret and implies that it is a movie that will tell you how to use the law of attraction more effectively. Yet, with its emphasis on outwardly directed action, it seems to have very little to do with the art and science of consciously creating reality.
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