"The Secret" Controversy

Posted April 8th, 2008


By Rev Rebecca Hanna (revised version 2014)

I am aware that the movie “The Secret” is igniting some controversy. That can be a good thing. Anything that makes people think about what they are unconsciously manifesting is useful. I admit that I didn’t see what was missing from the movie until two weeks ago when I got an “intuitive nudge” to look into it objectively.

I heard a lecture about the movie, “The Secret”, by Dr. Paul Leon Masters, the president of the University of Metaphysics on February 25th and March 4th, 2007. He found the movie to be problematic and that’s putting it mildly. I now see the “fine print” that I overlooked in my enthusiasm before. The movie is misleading.

I would like to point out a few details that will clear up the things I am most concerned about personally and share it with those of you who are interested in the secret behind “The Secret.”

First of all, thinking positively is always better than thinking negatively or worrying. Having an attitude of gratitude is extraordinarily beneficial. No one will deny this. However, if a person on a path of spiritual growth hasn’t done any shadow work, their unconscious mental garbage will contaminate and cancel out any superficial positive thinking.

The secret behind “The Secret” is that the person who wishes to consciously manifest their heart’s desire must first be “plugged in” to the God-Mind within. Dr. Masters says you can’t make toast if the toaster isn’t plugged in to an energy source. You can wish for toast and it might get hard (stale) after a while and feel like toast but until its plugged in-there will be no toast. Secondly, aspirants must strive to let go of the baggage from their past and begin to allow the Universe to work through them as a clear, open channel. The formula offered in the movie is worthless to the “uninitiated”. This is actually a film of what is possible once a person has come to know inner sovereignty and refined their sense receptors so that they can receive divine guidance. This person would understand “not my will (ego fulfillment) but thine” (higher Will) in its most authentic sense.

The movie doesn’t promote these essential first steps. It presents a formula that is based on metaphysical half Truth that is terribly misleading. The movie also promotes a kind of superficial, mental, materialism. Prosperity is natural for someone who is aligned with inner sovereignty and ready to receive. Many of us are not able to receive because we haven’t cleaned out the unconscious beliefs that limit us. If we want to have access to conscious manifestation we must focus on two objectives 1) –Self-healing (shadow work) and 2) –cultivating inner sovereignty (unity consciousness.) Since everyone is different, it is imperative that everyone experiment and find the way that suits him or her best. There are many, many choices. The traditional Hindu Yogas, Buddhism (Zen, Tibetan), Shamanism, Jungian methods, Kabbalah, the Gnostic path, etc…etc…

The missing element in the movie should be our number one goal–“Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven.” The movie seems to put the cart before the horse. The universe is not (as it suggests) a huge department store or genie waiting to take orders from our materialistic, possession hungry, little, egos. The Universe works through us-not the other way around. Prosperity, which includes health and wealth on all levels, is a sign of spiritual maturity. It comes from an authentic seeking of Divinity within, which is the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus speaks of.

Our waking dreams which include illnesses and minor or major catastrophes and dramas are wake up calls from our higher selves. These encounters are orchestrated perfectly (custom designed) by a Conscious Universe (our higher selves) for the benefit of our soul’s growth and ultimately for the evolution of the planet.

Sometimes the divine plan hidden in illness allows for a seemingly miraculous and complete recovery which may or may not catapult the person into the next phase of his or her spiritual evolution and sometimes the universe has other plans and the person receives another kind of healing, what we call death. The woman in the movie who healed her breast cancer by faith and gratitude and laughter had an underlying belief system to support it; so did the Miracle man. The Universe had something up its proverbial sleeve the whole time, however. The point is, the Universe works through us.

For those who feel that the movie was saying, “you alone always create your illnesses and you alone can always heal them”-I say, hogwash. You can’t always take full credit for the illness or the healing. What we can do is take responsibility for our response and alter our perspective to one that serves us better. The attitude that serves our spiritual growth best in any situation is acceptance of “what is” and gratitude for all that we already have that supports our well-being.

We have all heard that misery loves company and birds of a feather flock together. According to The law of attraction, thoughts are attracted to people who generate a similar frequency. Thoughts think us but we are not the source of our thoughts. The few geniuses of our times were (and are) there to push the collective group forward. It was their destiny. They came in as open receivers to that “radio frequency.” Mozart and Einstein cannot pat themselves on the back and say “look what “i” did, glad “i” followed the formula of ‘The Secret’,” We (our egos) cannot consciously manifest anything by merely thinking about it or intentionally feeling really, really strongly about it. All we as egos can do (since we don’t exist) is humbly let go and allow our True Self to begin to receive guidance. Dr Masters says that if we do not align ourselves with the God within, it is like a house divided. There is typically an unconscious, fearful self, sabotaging any potential growth. He reminded me that it is the God within that keeps us alive every moment-not the intellect (who we think we are). We would be dead in a minute if we had to rely on our intellect to pump our own hearts and everything else that sustains us moment to moment.

Someone recently corrected me midst conversation and said “Rebecca, you can have everything you want!” They were referring to the message in “The Secret.” When taken out of context this is just bunk. I was reminded by the lecture I mentioned earlier that our intellect is only a tool; it doesn’t know what is best for us. The universe knows what we need to grow. When we are (finally) following our bliss and the universe rolls out the red carpet it is because we are open channels, aligned with the God within. We are “on purpose”, “on the path” etc…

Typically, our egos seek pleasure and avoid pain (and change). There is a difference between genuine heart desire and ego fulfillment. When we are “plugged in” and following our bliss it seems that “we” are manifesting everything “we” want-but it is heart desire-inspired by the God within and produced with cooperation by the God within and the Universal Mind. Dr. Masters had a great analogy about building construction (you know like houses and skyscrapers). He said that we couldn’t all be the architect; somebody has to do the “dirty work.” In an enlightened society the ditch digger and architect would be respected equally. The “i”s can’t have everything the “i”s want. That is pure hype.

Dr Masters invites us to watch the old classic movie “Forbidden Planet.” In this movie there is an advanced race of people who have powers of mental materialism. They have the ability to manifest anything they want by visualization techniques but they are not spiritually mature and instead the fears of their subconscious minds override their Candyland wishes consequently; dark, shadow creatures (from their own lower natures) destroy the planet instead. The Universal Mind has no intention of allowing us to mentally materialize everything our little “i”s want.

Our beliefs create our reality. We do attract like energies to us. We do not however project our egocentric thoughts into the Universal Mind and manifest our dreams. It works the other way around. The Universal Mind works through us. Dr. Masters has many grand accomplishments and yet he said that he couldn’t really take credit for any of it. He allowed spirit to work through him and he followed the guidance with appropriate actions. But even those actions, which are a series of received thoughts and body responses, were out of his direct control. Werner Erhart used to say, “If you think that you are thinking then stop. The truth is, the thoughts are thinking you.”

We are co-creators and our main job is to find our bliss. Some people don’t recognize “it” until their thirties or forties, if they ever recognize it at all. To follow your bliss is to become aligned with your heart. Spirit inspires us through the heart and our thoughts reflect these charged feelings. We have the God given potential to do the necessary shadow work and acquire a Christ-like mind. This is the real secret behind “The Secret.” But even this “so called” accomplishment is not really something we can take credit for.

John 14:10 (21st Century King James Version) “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.”

It has been a long time since I have quoted the Bible. But when I heard Dr. Masters quote from these familiar passages (in their proper metaphysical context) they had such poignancy that I wanted to share them with you.

Matthew 6 (21st Century King James Version)
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

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Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Meditate, find the God/Goddess within and open a clear channel for divine guidance)

6:8… your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.
(Our goal is to develop our innate intuition and align ourselves with the Source or God within, who knows what is best for our growth)

6:19,20,21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Follow your bliss and seek divine wisdom and you will receive authentic prosperity naturally)
6:22 “The light of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (when you align with inner divinity or True Self , you open the potential to experience Oneness with Universal Consciousness and Ultimate Well Being)

6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (The Shadow Self can stifle or block your ability to perceive your own divinity)

6:24 “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

(You can’t align with the ego/ lower nature and the God within and expect spiritual growth)

6:27 “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
(positive thinking is futile without a spiritual anchor or connection. We need to be clear of old negative beliefs and be “plugged in”)

6:33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Don’t put the cart before the horse. Seek inner divinity first and prosperity will follow)

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