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Book Summary of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne


What is The Secret about?

The Secret is a book about the Law of Attraction, which basically says that when we believe in something, and act in accordance with that belief. It will come true.

“You are the one who calls the law of attraction into action, and you do it through your thoughts.”

– Rhonda Byrne

About the author

Rhonda Byrne is the creator of The Secret, a documentary film that swept the world in 2006, changing millions of lives and igniting a global movement. Later that same year, Rhonda’s book of The Secret was released. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and remains one of the longest-running bestsellers of this century. Rhonda has written three more bestselling books: The Power in 2010, The Magic in 2012, and Hero in 2013.

What is the secret?

From the heavens above to the rock beneath our feet; the entire universe is governed by laws. These laws are extremely powerful, and they don’t discriminate between good or bad. Gravity doesn’t care if you’re a good person, so if you decide to jump off of a 30-story building, there is a good chance that the incoming pavement is the last image you’ll have before meeting your maker.

Hiding in plain sight, within the very fabric of reality, is a powerful universal law. Most people never stop for a second to look around and notice it. It’s one of the most powerful laws in the universe, and if you know how to harness it for yourself, you’ll be able to fast-track your way to the health, wealth and happiness that you deserve.
So, what is this mystical law that nobody seems to have heard of? It’s something that ancient cultures have known about for thousands of years. It’s something that, once unleashed, will have the entire universe bending over backward for you. It’s something that your mother and father probably never told you about. It’s called, The Secret.

Summary of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
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If you’ve ever had an exceptionally bad day, and we all have, then you’ve already witnessed the law of attraction in action. Let’s imagine that you wake up one day, and you step in your dog’s crap on the way to the kitchen. Before you’ve woken up completely, the coffee maker malfunctions and blasts coffee all over the counter. On your way to your job that you hate, you can’t stop thinking about how horrible your morning has been. You vividly imagine and focus on every little thing that went wrong, and when you arrive at work, you get a call from your boss, who tells you that your performance has really been suffering lately, and if you don’t do something about it, you’ll lose your job that you hate but only work because you have no other way to pay the bills.

You continue to focus intensely on all of the horrible events that seemed to appear out of nowhere. You begin to feel like the entire universe took a huge dump in your lap for fun. Whether you realize it or not, your every thought physically changes your reality.

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.” 

– Rhonda Byrne

It’s easy to think that thoughts have no effect on your environment, but according to new breakthroughs in quantum physics, your thoughts actually have much more of an impact than you might’ve thought.

“Your power is in your thoughts, so stay awake. In other words, remember to remember.” 

– Rhonda Byrne

Although thoughts have been shown to physically alter water molecules, the impact that they have on the universe is much more profound than physical changes. To grasp this subject, think of your mind like a broadcasting tower that is always on and transmitting signals.

“Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.”

– Rhonda Byrne

Every thought that you have is like a signal or frequency that is broadcasted from your brain. Science has proven that our thoughts are like vibrational waves of energy, and whenever we’re thinking about something, we’re broadcasting our thoughts into the very fabric of the universe. Guess what. the universe is a good listener, and since you were a child, it has been answering back.

“The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake. ”

– Rhonda Byrne

Your most dominant thoughts’ things that you’re always focusing on, are broadcasting frequencies, deep into the heavens. Since the universe is always listening, it matches you up with the frequency that you’re broadcasting.  That day that you had when everything went wrong, you were broadcasting the wrong frequency. Until it’s proven otherwise, humans are the most powerful creatures in the universe, and we have abilities that are far beyond what we think we’re capable of.

“Neville recommends at the end of every day, before you go to sleep, to think through the events of the day. If any events or moments did not go the way you wanted, replay them in your mind in a way that thrills you. As you recreate those events in your mind exactly as you want, you are cleaning up your frequency from the day and you are emitting a new signal and frequency for tomorrow. You have intentionally created a new picture for your future. It is never too late to change the pictures.” 

– Rhonda Byrne

Science has only scratched the surface of how the human mind works and how it interacts with reality. The law of attraction is like a television broadcasting station. Its goal is to match your receiver up with the frequencies or thoughts that you’re broadcasting. If your dominant thoughts are for incredible riches and a loving, faithful partner, then the universe will match you up with your desires.

“If you’re feeling good, then you’re creating a future that’s on track with your desires. If you’re feeling bad, you’re creating a future that’s off track with your desires. As you go about your day, the law of attraction is working in every second. Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you’re worried or in fear, then you’re bringing more of that into your life throughout the day.” 

– Rhonda Byrne


The mistake that most people make when trying to apply this universal law is thinking that they’re attracted whatever they want into their life just be thinking of it. If only it were that easy!

“You will attract everything that you require. If it’s money you need you will attract it. If it’s people you need you’ll attract it. You’ve got to pay attention to what you’re attracted to, because as you hold images of what you want, you’re going to be attracted to things and they’re going to be attracted to you. But it literally moves into physical reality with and through you. And it does that by law.”

– Bob Proctor

To unleash The Secret, you must broadcast your deepest desires in the form of constant thoughts, and you must be ready to accept the opportunities that the universe sends your way. The law is mysterious, and in most cases, it’s not going to drop a million dollars in your lap. All of the people who’ve won millions from the lottery had to actually purchase a ticket. They had to get out there and do things so that the law of attraction had a chance to match them up with the opportunities that would lead them to their desires.

“When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires.. Think about what you have asked for, and make sure that your actions are mirroring what you expect to receive, and that they’re not contradicting what you‘ve asked for. Act as if you are receiving it. Do exactly what you would do if you were receiving it today, and take actions in your life to reflect that powerful expectation. Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation.”

– Rhonda Byrne

Whenever you have a thought, whether it’s positive or negative, you are sending out a magnetic signal. Maybe you’re constantly worrying about your business failing or avoiding a serious car wreck. The universe doesn’t care that you DON’T want these things to happen, it only sees the frequencies that you’re broadcasting and attempts to match you up with the thoughts that you focus on most.
In other words, thinking about how you don’t want something to happen is actually attracting the unwanted event like a magnet, via the law of attraction.

“Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source – you.” 

– Rhonda Byrne

That day when everything went wrong, by focusing so much on the very first negative event instead of letting it go, you unknowingly sent out a signal to the universe and asked it to send you as much crap as possible.

In fact, since you were young enough to think for yourself, you’ve been attracting everything that you’ve received in life up until this point. To start using the law of attraction to bring forth your deepest desires, you must start focusing on them. Whether you want money, better health or maybe even a soulmate; the sooner you start focusing on these things every single day, allowing the thoughts to consume your mind, the sooner the universe will match you up with the opportunities that will lead you to them. This isn’t just wishful thinking, sitting around and waiting for someone to hand you a golden spoon. Oh no, this is much more than that. This is The Secret.


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