Originally Posted by Radical
The Secret claims that every problem in your life, or any negative thing that has ever happened to you, was somehow manifested into your life by your own thoughts. In other words, everything bad that has ever happened to you or will ever happen to you, (regardless of other peoples actions) is all your own fault.
It even goes as far as claiming that people who get cancer or people who have been involved in serious accidents, attracted these things into their lives via their negative thoughts.
I haven't seen The Secret, although I've been intending to see it (or I guess I haven't been since I haven't seen it yet
), but I do believe that people have complete control over their lives. Everything that has happened to you is
ultimately a result of some action that you've taken. For instance if you go out and get hit by a car, it's your fault. The car didn't ride into your house to hit you, you went out there and put yourself in front of the car. Since you can only perform an action because a thought triggered it, your thought (of wanting to go somewhere in this case) ultimately was responsible for the outcome.
That example is probably not quite what The Secret is trying to convey but perhaps it makes more sense analytically. Personally I believe that one thing is definitely true -- that your current situation, whatever it is, is a direct result of the sum of the actions you've taken up to this point in your life (I heard this first spoken by Brian Tracy on a tape set I have). Since every action you've taken was a result of a thought you had, your thoughts are ultimately responsible for what happens to you in life. I don't know if your thoughts can cause you to get cancer, but if you have thoughts that lead to actions that cause self-destructive behavior then you certainly can cause your own death (by overdosing on drugs for instance).
Whatever the reality may be in terms of the law of attraction, the most important and empowering thing I've learned so far is that I'm responsible for what happens to me in life. If your life is not working out, you can blame other people, you can blame your financial situation, mental/physical disabilities, even God. Or you can take responsibility for your life and make the best of what you've got. And I think that's really what the law of attraction is about -- taking responsibility. If you decide that you can't achieve anything, you won't. It's a very easy road that many people take. But if you decide that you can achieve great things, then the universe will provide you with all the help you need.