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  • Pamela Melcher
    Dear Friends, This contains links to the appearances of some of the speakers in The Secret on Oprah. Blessings, Pamela Melcher ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 8, 2007
      Dear Friends, This contains links to the appearances
      of some of the speakers in The Secret on Oprah.
      Blessings, Pamela Melcher
      --- Elyse Hope Killoran <Elyse@...>
      wrote:

      > To: "Pamela Melcher" <dancingcedar@...>
      > From: "Elyse Hope Killoran"
      > <Elyse@...>
      > Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 15:33:05 -0500
      > Subject: 'The Secret' Controversy Heats Up - Part I
      >
      > Prosperity from the Inside-Out
      >
      > Align Yourself Mind, Body & Soul to Create True
      > Prosperity
      >
      > March 1, 2007 Volume 2 Issue
      > 10
      >
      > Enjoy the graphical version of this e-zine online
      > at:
      >
      http://www.choosingprosperity.com/archive/pftio030107.htm
      >
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------
      > Editorial: 'The Secret' Controversy Heats Up - Part
      > I
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > 'All truth passes through three stages. First, it is
      > ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third,
      > it is
      > accepted as being self-evident' -- Arthur
      > Schopenhauer
      >
      > Dear Pamela,
      >
      > The Secret: Arguing For...
      >
      > Did you catch the two history-making Oprah shows on
      > 'The
      > Secret'? If not, you can view them both online:
      >
      > Thursday, February 8th - with Rhonda Byrne, Jack
      > Canfield,
      > Lisa Nichols, Rev. Michael Beckwith and James A Ray
      > at http://whatanicewebsite.com/oprah.wmv
      >
      > Friday, February 16th - with Rev. Michael Beckwith
      > and James
      > A. Ray at
      > http://whatanicewebsite.com/Oprah-Feb16.wmv
      >
      > Along with the February 8th after-show on Oxygen:
      > at http://whatanicewebsite.com/aftertheshow.wmv
      >
      > The Secret: Arguing Against...
      >
      > While Oprah Winfrey expressed open-hearted
      > appreciation of
      > the content, other mainstream media outlets have
      > been racing
      > to express their condemnation and disdain.
      >
      > The New York Times led the charge on Sunday 2/25
      >
      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/fashion/25attraction.html
      > with a story by Allen Salkin in which the author
      > does his
      > best to find a sordid and sleazy angle to cover.
      >
      > (Note: After you read this article I highly
      > recommend
      > reviewing Jerry and Esther Hicks' official statement
      > about
      > the revision as the words in their official
      > statement are
      > quite centered and satisfying. Review a copy of
      > their
      > statement at:
      > http://www.choosingprosperity.com/hicks.htm )
      >
      > Articles are also brewing for the next issue of US
      > Weekly
      > and are already available online from Newsweek (at:
      > http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17314883/site/newsweek/
      > .)
      >
      > On Tuesday, 2/27, 'The Today Show' invited James Ray
      > to
      > present a counterpoint to Psychiatrist Gail Saltz in
      > a
      > segment entitled 'The Secret: Self Help or Media
      > Hype'. In
      > this piece Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse
      > University
      > was quoted as saying that sales of the DVD offer
      > evidence
      > that this is a nation, 'at best of great optimists
      > and at
      > worst, real suckers.'
      >
      > In this segment, writer Jerry Adler minced no words
      > with his
      > opinion that the book, 'The Secret', is,
      > 'potentially
      > psychologically harmful, ethically deplorable and
      > scientifically nonsense.'
      >
      > And when Gail Saltz and James A. Ray went head to
      > head in
      > debate, Gail Saltz dismissed the movie as having, 'a
      > dangerous message' that 'blames the victim' while
      > having 'no
      > science to support it'.
      >
      > The Experiments...
      >
      > While I have long proposed an experimental approach
      > to help
      > people challenge their disbelief, in my case I have
      > always
      > advocated orchestrating conditions and inviting 'the
      > truth
      > to reveal itself to you.'
      >
      > My most well-known 'experiments' include:
      >
      > 1) my initial personal experiment - which provided
      > me with
      > enough evidence that I was able to put my skeptical
      > self 'on
      > hold' for the past 7 years and which freed me to
      > create an
      > extraordinary life (you can catch a glimpse of my
      > back story
      > and my original manifestation experiment at
      > http://www.choosingprosperity.com/mystory1.htm )
      >
      > 2) the grand group experiment that we did last May
      > where
      > hundreds of participants self-reported significant
      > shifts in
      > their perspectives as a result of their personal
      > experiences
      > (statistical data and participant reports can be
      > found here:
      > http://choosingprosperity.com/results.htm )
      >
      > On the other hand...
      >
      > We can also find a wave of 'so-called' scientific
      > experiments popping up all over the Internet that
      > are coming
      > from an entirely different angle. These
      > experimenters
      > clearly state that their intention is to disprove
      > the
      > existence of the law of attraction.
      >
      > Unfortunately, these 'experiments' are fatally
      > flawed from
      > the start. If the 'experimenters' understood the
      > nature of
      > the scientific method and/or the scientifically
      > validated
      > phenomenon of the 'observer effect' they would know
      > that a)
      > one can't use the scientific methods to 'disprove'
      > anything
      > and 2) once you announce that you are expecting a
      > particular
      > result, you have automatically invalidated your
      > research.
      >
      > What is going on?
      >
      > So why the powerful backlash?
      >
      > And isn't it interesting that comments on blogs -
      > even on
      > naysayers site's - seem to reflect an educated
      > public which
      > continues to see much value in the messages behind
      > the DVD.
      > (Check out the 175 posts on Dr. Saltz's blog
      > http://snipurl.com/1bo24 in response to her 'Today
      > Show'
      > appearance.)
      >
      > As this article is plenty long enough already I'll
      > pose this
      > question to you - the readers - and invite you to
      > share your
      > comments on the backlash on our blog at:
      > http://choosingprosperity.typepad.com/
      >
      > Then, next week, I'll share more of my perspective
      > on how
      > 'The Secret' is - and is not - the answer that so
      > many
      > people are seeking.
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
      > Elyse Hope Killoran
      >
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------
      > 'Working Less, Prospering More' - Reflections from
      > PPP
      > members
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > 'Through the PPP I'm learning how to work less and
      > prosper
      > more...Many of the things I manifest come to me
      > easily and
      > effortlessly. In recent months these have included:
      > a
      > wonderful business collaboration, perfect business
      > partner,
      > better balance between work and family time, money
      > for
      > whatever I need and much, much more.' Peg D. -
      > Wyndham, NH
      >
      > Listen to Peg explain her experience in her own
      > words at:
      > http://snipurl.com/19g1f
      >
      > For additional Reflections from current PPP Members
      > - both
      > written and voice - go to: http://snipurl.com/16gjs
      >
      > Learn about the next complimentary program
      > trial at
      > http://www.choosingprosperity.com/triala.htm
      >
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------------
      > Progressive Affirmation: Unlimited possibilities...
      >
      ------------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > To internalize this truth, repeat each stage
      > numerous times
      > daily until you feel at one with (no resistance to)
      > the
      > statement.
      >
      > 1) It would be wonderful to relax and let Universal
      > Energy carry
      > me.
      > 2) It is fun to imagine that I can relax and let
      > Universal Energy
      > carry me.
      > 3) I am now relaxing and allowing Universal Energy
      > to carry me.
      > 4) I relax and allow Universal Energy to carry me.
      >
      >
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