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What’s “The Secret?”

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What do you think of The Secret? If you don’t know what The Secret is, it’s basically a self-help book and DVD that claims you’re responsible for your own reality. Oprah has gotten behind this book and some people have lauded her, others have bashed her (see Peter Birkenhead’s article. Writes Birkenhead: “On Page 23 of The Secret you’ll find this revealing doozy: ‘Meditation quiets the mind, helps you control your thoughts.’ Of course, the goal of meditation is precisely the opposite—it is to be conscious, to observe your thoughts honestly and clearly. But that’s the last thing the believers want to encourage. The authors of The Secret sell ‘control’ in the form of ‘empowerment’ and ‘quiet’ in the form of belief, not consciousness.” Opinions?