“Your mind is actually shaping the world around you” – Rhonda Byrne
Honestly, by the time I reached the end of this book it left me feeling lighter. I will definitely be rereading it. It’s comforting, gives me agency, and re-centered me. It had a lot in common with The Power of Now and a lot that synced with my Islamic beliefs. Since I want to share it with all of you, this caption is more ‘The Secret in a nutshell’ than a review.
Harnessing the power of our minds is the main take away of this book. We need to acknowledge that our thoughts are magnets, and carry energy. One popular hadith reaffirms this “أنا عند ظن عبدي بي”. Easier said than done, you have to train yourself to manage your thoughts and stay positive. This does not come easy to a lot of us, especially when going through hardship.
It helps to keep in mind that an affirmative thought is way more powerful than a negative thought. Even a short reset of meditation is powerful, and monitor your thoughts constantly. Keep checking in with yourself and ask yourself how you’re feeling. Learn to become still, and to take your attention away from what you don’t want, and all the emotional charge around it, and place the attention on what you wish to experience. Energy flows where attention goes. Personally, I like to write down affirmations like ‘I am loved and protected’.
The first secret is that you have to know what you want in order to be able to ask for it. This is basically the whole idea of duaa. فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ (2:186). Muslims consciously think about what they want, put it into words, and ask for it in prayer.
The second secret is BE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE ALWAYS. Feelings of gratitude are a magnet, and again we see this in the Quran لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ (14:7). Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have, and you will attract more good things.
The third secret is to love. Wrap every thought in love, love everything and love everyone.
The fourth secret is to give with a full heart. Give out of the pleasure of giving and not as if it’s a sacrifice.
Finally, think thoughts of abundance. There’s more than enough good to go around. There’s more than enough creative ideas. There’s more than enough power. There’s more than enough love. There’s more than enough joy.
In summary: always be present, if you’re always present and always grateful then you are never waiting.