The Answer is no Secret—thankfully

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I went to the special screening of the move “The Answer” last week (posted Sept. 28th). The Answer is a movie that explores the fundamental questions of how to live a profoundly abundant and joyful life. Inspiring people whose stories are documented in the Answer have overcome adversity and realized their dreams……there are interviews with people on the laws of attraction, spiritual and metaphysical fact.

The word Spiritual is a loaded word these days, so I’ll add the definition from dictionary.com to get the written meaning of the word. I’ve been looking up words alot lately and it’s been extremely powerful for me. I’m realizing how much we assume from the meaning of words and how much of what we assume is culture formed context, that may not, and probably doesn’t, have much to do with the original or pure meaning of the word, sans venacular. Which is a good segway to the movie…that discusses the filters we human being experience and interpret and create our world with. First–let’s look at that definition of “spiritual”.

spir·it·u·al [spir-i-choo-uhl] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

–adjective

1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
2. of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.
3. closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.: the professor’s spiritual heir in linguistics.
4. of or pertaining to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined: She is more of a spiritual type than her rowdy brother.
6. of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
7. of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
8. of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical: lords spiritual and temporal.
9. of or relating to the mind or intellect.

–noun

10. a spiritual or religious song: authentic folk spirituals.
11. spirituals, affairs of the church.
12. a spiritual thing or matter.

 

When I use the word spiritual—I am speaking from 1,2 and 9.

1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.

2. of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.

9. of or relating to the mind or intellect. (and I being a Scientific Metaphysican would capitalize Mind. Mind=Spirit=Love=Consciousness=All that Is)

 

This is an important distinction that seperates the word from the common context of the church or pertaining to the church. When I speak of spiritual…this is what I mean. OK–that said, let’s go back to the movie……

I thought I was the only one pissed off after I saw the movie The Secret and the cultural fallout from the movie. Oprah, ….the word The Secret entered our language and became an adjective meaning just think it and it will come…in the typical American greed and girth. The audience on Oprah talked about the new houses, cars and marriages they found by just thinking about it and willing it…attracting it into their life. One woman stood up weeks after the show aired (and she had a second Secret show) on Oprah joyfully sharing the new house, job and husband she acquired since watching the Oprah show on the Secret. ..and Oprah played right into it. (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little just now). OMG where do I start? (deep breath, heavy sigh).

 

 

My feeling about the Secret…. pretty overly packaged, recipe book that feeds so perfectly into all our addictions and insecurities….. and people wasted no time jumping into the pool. You can have mansions, expensive sports cars, job, money behind your wildest dreams if you just think it. That’s what people hear, what’s what they’ve been talking about after seeing the movie—and that’s even what one of the men in the movie presented….as he showed off his dream mansion and pool. (My dream is to edit that movie). More stuff!

 

Don’t get me wrong….I completely know that we are the world we walk through. All of it! That is a fundamental of scientific metaphysics…but to formulate a recipe that has abundance represented in the material world with STUFF, that is not my spiruality. Kudos for having this thinking presented and available to the mass market about how your thought are things and the power of your thoughts create the world you have…but you have played into american the status quo..and Oprah took it even farther on her…..my god, I thought I was watching the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” or ‘Publishers Clearinghouse”. It was packaged with a bow like some bad eHarmony ad.

 

It points to a bigger issue as all things do. People feel unsatisfied and empty with their lives and are literally dying to fill it. I’ve got to add some images I have been collecting since the Secret come out (by the way…it’s no Secret…Scientific metaphysics….Mary Baker Eddy has been teaching it forever….and many before her and after her…check out Norman Vincent Peale.).

 

Why was I pissed off anyway? there were some good things in The Secret just executed poorly. I ‘m happy the fact the dialogue is coming up and people are opening up to the thinking. I think what upsets me is the missed opportunity and the false guidance where people think “that’s it!”. Scientific Metaphysics is a practice. It is not easy to detach from the struggles of everyday life and keep in action. Trusting the process and not attaching to the look of the day, of the moment. the power, the peace, the love comes from DETACHMENT not attachment. Isn’t what “The Secret” preaches redirecting one attachment to another attachment? Promise of things? There is not promise in Consciousness. There doesn’t need to be since Consciousness is the ground of all Being. It perfectly is. Perfection functioning. It’s all that IS. We have all we need all the time.

 

That is not to say we don’t enjoy our stuff, we’re human beings and we joyfully have the ability to feel pleasure (and paradoxically, pain)….but we should know, that is not who we are by any means. I have stuff…and lots of it. But I know my stuff is not who I am. I am always measuring myself…”do i like this because I enjoy it or does it make me feel good about myself for some other reason…am I important because of it? or not important? What pleasure does it bring me and why? Who am I being with it? Does it serve others or me?

 

Back to the movie premier of “The Answer” . (whew) Yes! pretty much nailed it (EXCEPT—to the producers, writers and editors of “the Anwser” I ask– WHERE ARE THE WOMEN???)…..addressed what “the Secret” missed and waaaaaay more. Right on! We do create with our thoughts….what we have, and experiences in our life. We do live with filters on how we interpret things and react to things.

 

We Do attract like thinking into our world…AND it is a function of us being in action in our lives. You can’t sit around a kitchen table staying at the wall day after day thinking a new sportscar or a perfect relationship will magically appear at the front door—and this is the manifestation of abundant thinking. Abundance is the woman who opens the door for you at the grocery store as you struggle with an armload of full bags. It’s a warm smile from a child. It’s a compliment from a co-worker, ice on a swollen knee from a Vietnamese woman in the middle of nowhere (Oct 3rd post “When I Win the Lottery…but here’s the rub)…that is what we create and receive from our thinking—our speaking—-our BEING.

 

See “The Answer” …buy it, invite friends over to watch it, watch it again and again, give it as a gift, share it…..it’s how we will make a difference in this world while we are here. One person, one conversation at a time.

POSTSCRIPT—holy crap

THIS IS NOT IT—and this is what has been spreading like fire as “The Secret” since the movie. People use the Secret movie like a pill they took and “look what we have now” Sets people up for disappointment—like looking for love in all the wrong places…….check this out:

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6 thoughts on “The Answer is no Secret—thankfully

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  2. I think the issue here really is context. I was just reading about this here: http://scientificmetaphysics.org/display_content.jsp?top=423&siteObjectID=10237
    addiction to the search. I’ve been there. Attending all these self-help programs to fix my emptiness. I see it in my friends. Working more to have more, do more, be more….never getting there. I loved the message of the Secret, but I am insulated from Oprah and the hype of most everything. I started Treasure Mapping, but also have somewhere along the way got detachment or nonattachment. That’s one of those things that can never be taught or learned. You get it when you are ready to get…when you are so sick of trying so hard just to get the emptiness, you can do nothing else but get it.

    and now I really am getting it. The love I’ve always wanted with a partner…goes beyond what I would’ve ever imagined. Happiness. I didn’t know what it really was before. I also put on my top 10 list some things that didn’t give me the happiness I wanted. That’s from my old context. An ipod. I got it and have not even used the thing. The why is important. Why do you want what you want? Shakti Gawain teaches this important step in Creative Visualization.

  3. Great post—thanks! One thing: you say this—– “but also have somewhere along the way got detachment or nonattachment. That’s one of those things that can never be taught or learned. You get it when you are ready to get…when you are so sick of trying so hard just to get the emptiness, you can do nothing else but get it.”—– I would argue you can be taught detachment or nonattachment….we are thrown lessons from the universe all the time, everyday I’d say….but we CHOOSE when we choose. Look how many things we suffer over because of our attachment…bad relationships, bad jobs….we are aware often they are bad. We know we can walk away—sometimes we get kicked in the gut a little harder and harder and we still don’t learn. We get cancer…we still don’t learn….We choose to stay until we choose to move on. It is all about being in action and letting go of the picture. that doesn’t mean we agree with or like the picture. It means we take action, whatever that means, and walk on.

  4. seeing, I’m so glad I read your post. I’ve been posting a bit about ‘The Secret’ lately and agree with 96.832% of your conclusions! It’s nice to know there is another movie out there, and I’ll look into hosting it where I live if it’s not already in the works.
    That poster/picture you put up at the end got to me as well. You point out so eloquently that it’s perfectly OK to want and have “things”. It just that so much of the focus these days seems to be on the “things” as process, rather than byproduct.
    And, OMG, or should I say OMS, I loved how you claimed your definition of spiritual! Yay!
    Scientific Metaphysician = best of all worlds! Peace.

  5. While much of what was written is correct, there STILL is a major flaw with The Secret and The Answer. It isn’t discussed here, and it certainly isn’t in the book or the movie. It is TIME, and the fact is no matter how much one has a positive outlook on life, things will not get better for you IF IT IS NOT YOUR TIME! God is in charge of these decisions, not you! There is a reason the saying is “being at the right place at the right time.” We all have reasons for being here, and lessons to learn. If we have not done what we need to be doing, we certainly will not be advancing forward. If it was as simple as just thinking positive, everyone who buys the book/sees the movie would have everything their heart desires! But how many have purchased the book, only to not have these things? Not everyone is supposed to be successful, especially if they have a lot of karmic debt. But if the karmic debt has been repayed, then one can benefit at that TIME.

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