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"The Secret" - Part 2

"The Secret" - Part 2

From the Associated Press in a story entitled: "The Secret: Big Sales, Loud Criticism: "While The Secret has become a pop culture phenomenon, it also has drawn critics who are not quiet about labeling the movement a fad, embarrassingly materialistic or the latest example of an American propensity of wanting something for nothing. Some medical professionals suggest it could even lead to a blame-the-victim mentality and actually be dangerous to those suffering from serious illness or mental disorders. . .. As with many publishing hits, the 'Oprah Effect' played a role. Winfrey devoted two shows in February to The Secret,...

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"The Secret" - Part 1

"The Secret" - Part 1

We've received numerous emails asking us to comment on The Secret, the massively popular New Age offering on how consciousness allegedly can be used to attract health, love, and prosperity. First off, one has to hand it to Rhonda Byrne and the crew at Prime Time Productions, who put together this collection of New Age wisdom on the subject, for their keen sense of what would appeal to a mass audience. The packaging is unquestionably first-rate. Even a cursory reading of the book, however, reveals that if offers no secret at all, but only a reheated collection of the same...

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Self-Requirements

Self-Requirements

The art of deliberate creating is the art of having self-requirements. Having self-requirements means that we're not sitting around visualizing and waiting for the universe to fill our order, as though we're in some great restaurant. It means that we're prepared to be firm in our resolve about who we are, to live up to the identity of fulfillment, and to discount anything that questions this resolve or invites us to export our creative authority. When we can choose who we are and remain true to it, what we wanted and spent so much time pursuing comes to us. This...

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Watching our Language

Watching our Language

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone. - Confucius Field theory places great importance on the careful use of language. This is because the New Age literature on consciousness-as-cause is presumptive and careless in its use of certain key terms, and because these presumptions are largely unexamined, they lead to ill-conceived and ultimately confusing and disappointing practices. The word intention is a good example. This word, central to Field theory, is not unique to Field theory. it...

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Timing and Practice

Timing and Practice

"Say not ye, there are yet four months and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35 Someone emailed this week asking about the timing of manifestation. How long does it take for deliberate intending to "work?" This is a frequently asked question in which "timing" refers to how long it takes for a deliberate intention to manifest in the outer world of fact. As the Course explains, this is one of the things that we have to release, because concern about...

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