I just noticed this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8y-PdC2sXA&NR=1
There's been a fair amount interest lately in the dvd called "The Secret". The idea is that when you use your mind in certain ways, the universe magically leaves presents on your doorstep.
Does The Secret work? Well, it's really The Not So Secret. That idea has been around for donks. There was the "think positive" movement of the hippie generation. Hypnotists still regularly "program" constructive thoughts into their clients to resolve issues like smoking and weight loss. You get more of what you focus on.
And here's a REAL Secret: God doesn't respond to this little fella:
That's right. Manipulating God/The Universe/Your Mind doesn't work.
And I'm NOT talking about abstract laws of metaphysics here.
It's simple, really. When you focus on what you want to have, you are impliedly saying you don't have it. Anyone who has tried looking themselves squarely in the mirror each morning saying things like "I want to be abundantly, really, greatly, supremely rich!" will tell you that if you listen carefully, you'll hear a tiny little voice in the back of your head go "Well, you aren't."
When the focus is on "want" rather than "have", your mind processes it as follows:
"I DON'T have it. So I want it."
And the mind goes: "Oh okay. He's affirming that he wants it." So the mind makes you want it. Guess what it takes to keep wanting it? Not having it. Bingo.
The same thing goes for what Lisa Nichols is saying in that YouTube clip. Gratitude can indeed get you places, but only if it is genuine. If you are "using" gratitude like a tool to "make" things happen, you're working against yourself. My thanks to Alex for reminding me of this recently - look to her if you want more details on what I'm going on about. More importantly, The Secret may be about how to improve your lot in life, but consider: Success is getting what you want. Bliss is wanting what you have.
Let's hear it for Snoopy's prayer!
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."