The Secret is out. The secret of the ages. The secret of the sages. The secret of success and happiness. It has been carefully documented and made into a movie called, The Secret. To learn more about The Secret or get the DVD Click Here. You can read another book dealing with similar material, such as Sandra Anne Taylor’s excellent QUANTUM SUCCESS, The Astounding Science of Wealth and Happiness, Hay House, Inc., 2006.
What is the secret? It is simply this: You become, do, and get what you think about. Your luck, fortune, success and happiness has nothing to do with what HAPPENS to you and everything to do with what you THINK about.
The Secret is hardly new. Twenty-five centuries ago Buddha taught, All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is created by our mind.
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 ~ 180) also taught the secret: A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Yes, our thoughts, and the beliefs, attitudes, and feelings produced by them, are the building blocks of our lives. Though storms may be swirling outside, it is not they that shape our lives, but our thoughts. Our thoughts become our beliefs and attitude. And they create our feelings, which then lead us to action. Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings, which then lead to positive actions that then lead to positive results. The same chain of events occurs with negative thinking, except the results are negative consequences.
Another way of looking at it is with the teaching that we reap what we sow. You can learn more about that here: http://www.personal-development.com/chuck/sow.htm
If the secret has been around so long, how come so few are aware of it? Mainly, two reasons. First, our parents, teachers, and friends never taught us about it. Second, we cannot see unless we open our eyes. We cannot find unless we search. We cannot discover unless we investigate. And it is not enough to search; we have to search for the right things.
For example, when people are unhappy with their lives, what do they do? Too often they spend time searching for events and people to blame for their failures. They are very good at what they do and find what they are looking for: plenty of excuses and lots of people to blame. But excuses don’t improve life, they just keep us macabrely mired in our misery.
On the other hand, when faced with problems, some search for solutions, not excuses. They are the ones who discover the fault lies not in the world, but in their own thoughts. By changing their attitude and behaviour, they find their problems disappear one at a time.
We continually experience, become, do, and get what we think about. This principle is often called The Law of Attraction. Let’s look at an example of two men who were raised in the same neighborhood, went to school together, and are now neighbors. Their names are Albert and Louis.
Al feels good about himself, and loves life and the world. He believes that if you give people a chance, all of them are decent. He is enthusiastic and cheerful, even when he hangs around Lou, who is quite different. You see, Lou is an angry man. He believes life is unfair and people are jerks that are not to be trusted.
Al and Lou planned to meet in the local coffee shop after work, as they often do.
Lou arrived first. Is Al already here? he asked the young man behind the counter.
Al? I’m sorry, I don’t know any Al, replied the young man.
Never mind, snarled Lou, gimme a coffee.
Feeling uncomfortable, the young man asked, What size would you like and how do you take it?
Lou Rolled up his eyes in exasperation. Can’t you figure anything out? G-i-v-e m-e a l-a-r-g-e b-l-a-c-k c-o-f-f-e-e, he deliberately said slowly, pretending he was talking to someone who was mentally impaired.
The young man brought the coffee, put Lou’s $5 bill in the cash register, and took out the change. But when handing it to Lou, he pretended to be mentally impaired and clumsily dropped the change on the floor instead of in Lou’s hand. Lou was infuriated, picked up the change, grabbed his coffee, and walked away mumbling about all the jerks he had to deal with each day.
Moments later Al arrived. He smiled at the man at the counter and said, You must be the new guy Lorraine was talking about. Let’s see, your name is Tony, isn’t it?
Tony nodded in agreement.
Well, Tony, welcome to the Coffee Corner coffee shop. My name is Al.
Nice to meet you, Al. What can I get you?
I’ll take a medium, regular coffee, please.
After exchanging pleasantries and picking up his coffee, Al, still smiling, found his friend Lou and sat down beside him.
Isn’t it interesting how two different men dealing with the same coffee shop employee ended up with very different experiences? The outside world, like Tony, is neutral. We turn it into a positive or negative experience with the power of our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and behaviour.
The Secret, then, deals with how we create and sustain our reality with our thoughts. The secret is exciting news for those who are willing to embrace it and use it to get the most enjoyment and success from life. The following poem, taken from a doctor’s office in England , illustrates how we can create a friendly world by spreading goodwill wherever we go.
Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling, too.
I passed around the corner,
And someone saw my grin,
When he smiled, I realized
I’d passed it on to him.
If you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected,
Let’s start an epidemic
And get the world infected!
What better way to start the New Year than to think about what you think about? Remember, whenever you’re feeling in the dumps, it’s not because of your boss, spouse, kids, job, or anything else that is going on around you. Rather, it is caused by what is going on inside you. So, to change your life, change your thoughts. But how do you discover what thoughts are lurking in the secret recesses of your mind, and how do you change them for the better? To find out read: http://www.personal-development.com/chuck/controlling-thoughts.htm
Chuck Gallozzi lived, studied, and worked in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East and graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Asian Studies. He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counselors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. His articles are published in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV. Chuck can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. View his photography at https://500px.com/chuckgallozzi. This article cannot be re-published without permission.