I knew about the movie at least a year before it was released. I had heard about it on the Abraham-Hicks website (which I visit constantly) because Esther Hicks was a major participant in the first version of the movie.
I must have watched the trailer at least 30 times because of the excitement it induced. The trailer showed dark streets filled with horses and carriages carrying red wax sealed envelopes from one famous historic person to another. It told how some of the greatest minds in history were aware of this secret and how throughout the years whoever the people in power were at the time didn't want the Secret released.
The trailer made the movie look like it was going to be an awesome adventure movie where you got to see how Benjamin Franklin used the Secret and then passed it on clandestinely to Thomas Jefferson on some dark cobbled stone street. Maybe it would show how the leaders of churches actually tried to squelch it and I pictured some fantastic hero in the end would manage to get the Secret out to the public and we would finally get to know what The Secret really is.
I bought the movie online on its first day of release and within the first 10 minutes of watching it I was sorely disappointed. Watching a bunch of people simply sitting in a chair talking was not at all what I had expected after watching the trailer.
Seeing as how I already paid for the movie however, I decided to try and give it the benefit of the doubt. By the end of the first viewing I was inspired again. O.K. to me personally it was not much of a secret because it was a subject I had already been studying for at least 15 years, but it could be really great vehicle for people who had never heard about it before.
As I watched the movie grow in popularity I became even more excited! Even if it wasn't what was originally promised it was starting to affect people the world over! People were becoming inspired and were learning about the Law of Attraction in far greater numbers than I ever believed could happen in such a short period of time.
However, that is also when the problems began to arise.
The first problem was when Esther Hicks dropped out of the project. Apparently original promises that were made before the release of the movie was not kept or were changed and it pretty much left Esther no choice but to drop out. It is really a shame because many of the things she said were an extremely important part of the movie and the new version now seems very choppy and disconnected.
The second problem occurred when we realized from the other participants of the movie how much of their interviews were left on the cutting room floor. One of the most important things being "How" to apply the Law of Attraction through inspired action. This is a very important part to leave out!
Be it due to time constraints or if it was done on purpose to make The Secret appear more magical and inspiring, it has unfortunately tested the credibility of some the major participants. John Assaraf, Bob Doyle and Joe Vitale (just to name a few) are some of the hardest working men on the planet! They are constantly giving classes, seminars and providing information on the internet.
These successful men are taking many inspired actions daily to create the lives that they desire! And they had no problem stating this many times in their interviews. Yet due to circumstances beyond their control in the final editing process, they are now taking undeserved criticism for making "it all sound so easy".
My biggest concern now with The Secret however is that due to its "easy as pie" message many people are starting to criticize and discount the Law of Attraction altogether as not workable - and that really concerns me. It is almost worse than people not knowing about it at all, because if people who haven't tried it yet are hearing that it doesn’t work before they even give it a shot, they are losing out on so much!
The Law of Attraction is very real. Your thoughts and feelings absolutely affect every area of your life! All it takes is practice. There are as many different ways to apply it as there are people in the world and not every way works for every person - but the Law itself works for all.
So do not be discouraged if simply "thinking thin" or "thinking rich" hasn't changed your life yet. Try meditation, EFT, self-hypnosis, affirmations or so many of the other ways that will be effective to you particularly.
I have a bunch of Manifestation Exercises on this site that show absolute results or you can simply type Law of Attraction in Google to see all the different ideas and processes that might work for you.
Do yourself a favor and try them all until you find the one that works for you personally. Do not give up! If you are not happy with the way your life is going right now it does not make sense to continue living it that way.
You are growing as a person every day and every day is another opportunity to do it better.
Remember the movie The Secret is not the "be-all" "end-all" It is just merely Step One in the process. Step Two is simply out there waiting to be discovered by you!