Questions For Seekers of “The Secret”

Questions For Seekers of “The Secret”

1. The Secret says that we can think our way to eternal youth:

You can think your way to the perfect state of health, the perfect body, the perfect weight, and eternal youth. (p. 131)

But if this is true, then why are all the past masters of the Secret dead?

2. The Secret says that we are the creators of the Universe:

Ultimately, we are the source of the Universe, and when we understand that power directly by experience, we can start to exercise our authority… (p.160)

So, where did we come from? Did we bring ourselves into existence or have we always existed? How can either one of those options be true? If we didn’t make ourselves, then who did?

3. The Secret says that each one of us is the center of the universe:

The earth turns on its orbit for You. The oceans ebb and flow for You. The birds sing for You. The sun rises and it sets for You. The stars come out for You. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there, for You. Take a look around.

None of it can exist, without You. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. (p.183)

Does that mean that we created all the other people? And, if that’s true, then don’t they belong to and exist only for our pleasure? Is that why The Secret refers to other people as objects?

It’s like having the Universe as your catalogue. You flip through it and say, “I’d like to have this experience and I’d like to have that product and I’d like to have a person like that.” (p. 48)

If it’s money you need you will attract it. If it’s people you need you’ll attract it. (p. 56)

What if those people don’t want you? Do they have any choice?

4. The Secret suggests that we should always be grateful:

When you give thanks as though you have already received what you want, you are emitting a powerful signal to the Universe. That signal is saying that you have it already because you are feeling gratitude for it now. Each morning before you get out of bed, make it a habit to feel the feelings of gratitude in advance for the great day ahead, as though it is done. (p. 80)

Who are we supposed to be grateful to? If I am the creators of everything, then isn’t the only one to be grateful to me? How can I be grateful to myself?

5. The Secret tells us to “make-believe” as if things were different than they are:

I never opened my bills until I had got myself into the feeling that they were checks. If I opened my bills before convincing myself they were checks, my stomach would church when I opened them. (p.105)

Isn’t this advocating self-delusion? Isn’t that a kind of insanity?

6. The Secret implies that Jesus was a master of the secret (p.109). But if that’s true, then why did Jesus say:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:3)


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

Doesn’t it sound like Jesus thinks He is the secret to the abundant life?

Doesn’t that contradict what The Secret says? So, who’s more likely to be right, Jesus (whose message has been transforming lives for almost two thousand years) or an Australian self-help guru (whose book hit the bestseller lists because Oprah gave it a thumbs up)?