Tuesday, February 27, 2007

And what happens there will stay there.

Well, SHAMblog is off to Vegas, but I'll be updating as much as I can between now and March 9. Just saw a quick teaser for a GMA segment on The Secret (no big shock given the Newsweek and Times coverage). And you know what? How much you wanna bet that, no matter how cynical the tone of the segment, it just ends up selling more books and DVDs.... Anyway, I'd love to hear comments from anyone who sees it.

In the meantime, be well and stay fully actualized!


Cosmic Connie said...

Steve, I bet you're right. All of the criticism -- not to mention the hint of a sex/legal scandal (Rhonda & Sri Lankan guru Tilak) will only sell more books and DVDs.

But have fun in Vegas anyway!

moi said...

Are you referring to the Today show piece? I saw that Tues. morning. I caught about 3 minutes. One of the more perfect looking guys who was in the Secret was debating an anti-secret woman (this is all starting to sound like deoderant). She used the argument that if someone had cancer, how awful it would be for them to imagine that they somehow caused it thru their really low vibrations. The secret guy prickled at that and looked very displeased. The host cut them both off, though, cause time was up. The most I caught from his argument was that when asked if it was really a law, he said "oh yes, absolutely". The host didn't seem too convinced. At least he invited guests from both sides instead of just promoting LOA uncritically.

Shyam said...

As a psychiatrist, I am appalled by the messages in books like the Secret. Real self help is possible, but it is difficult, and involves pain and hardwork, unlike the feel good tripe that has made our society a crucible of narcissism

good work on getting the message out there. Do you sense though that people would rather not hear it?

Cosmic Connie said...

Moi, thanks to the link you sent me, I was able to watch a video clip of the Today Show piece. That was James Ray facing off with Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist. (Ray was also one of the "Secret" stars on Oprah, and he has been on CBS this past week too. I guess that smirk of his is pretty photogenic. :-))

Later when Dr. Saltz wrote about "The Secret" on her blog, she got attacked by a bunch of Secretrons for being closed-minded about something that could potentially have such a wonderful effect on humanity. She was actually being pretty restrained and professional about the issue, just expressing reservations (and questioning the "science"). But she still got attacked.

Shyam, I can imagine how frustrated you must feel. What's interesting is that most of the people in "The Secret," including Rhonda Byrne, have been through years and years of pain and "hard work" themselves. DECADES, in fact. At some point, each one of them finally stumbled upon a gimmick that worked for them, something that made other people believe they really had something outstanding to offer. Not one of them specifically used the "Law of Attraction" to get from Point A to Point B in one easy step. These days, the main reason most of them say they've always used LOA because that's proving to be profitable for them.

And while most of them, when pressed, are fairly honest about the fact that they worked hard for many years to get where they are, the truth is that they are now making buckets of money by selling one simple notion: "You don't have to work as hard as I did, because I've done all the work for you. All you have to do is invest in my [books, DVDs, workshops, etc.]"

These days on the talk shows, the "Secret" stars and defenders are falling all over themselves to reassure everyone that "The Secret" and LOA are just as much about taking action as about just thinking good thoughts. Yet the magical-thinking aspect has been the selling point of "The Secret" all along. You're right, Shyam, our culture *has* become a crucible of narcissism.

PS - Steve, I hope you're having a grand time in Vegas!