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01 March 2008

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Niki

I always count on your critical eye concerning such writing - thanks for doing this.

Cathy

Well I'm looking forward to reading what you get out this or not.

John Curtis

The Secret is the latest and by far the worst example of a HIGHLY profitable trend where self-help gurus with fabricated new age titles and little relevant education, credentials or legitimate expertise brainwash us into believing that they know what is best for us, our marriages and our families.

Often their only contribution to society is introducing some exotic sounding, new age philosophy. However, they often cleverly form an incestuous group of like-minded “experts” who cross-promote each other by swearing their success is due to following the beliefs of another member of their “cult!” All the while, they ply the airwaves jockeying for an ever-larger audience by appearing in the national media to garner third-party endorsements.

The Self-Help Movement has become the Self-Destruct Movement by diminishing or destroying our critical thinking skills to choose and evolve on our own. We have given up the freedom to build healthy lives, marriages and families based on our unique history and life experience. Instead many victims, blinded to the value of their own life experiences, are attracted to the latest secret in self-help, in an attempt to find out what they should think, feel and how they should act... this is the definition of a cult.

The solution is a return to our (common) senses! The best way out of this learned “self-helplessness” is to go cold turkey. Stop following ALL self-help gurus now. Begin, instead, to reclaim your natural, God-given ability to think for yourself. The common sense that was once readily available to all of us is still there free of charge and waiting to be applied to just about any challenge we might face in life… all you have to do is use it.

Please, let's all work together to stop the flock of "sheepeople" who blindly move from one UNPROVEN concept to the next, looking for the answers to life's challenges that you already possess and that is the OBVIOUS!

Thom Rutledge

Thanks for this post. As someone who has worked hard in my life to better myself -- in realistic terms --- and as a psychotherapist for the past 25 years, The Secret, and other over simplifications, such as Tolle's latest, really irritate me. So much so that I created a new web site to register my objections to The Secret. I hope that anyone reading this will take a moment to visit www.thesecretantidote.com. I am happy to report that I have heard from many people who tell me that "The Antidote" (article on the web site) has helped them to rethink their loyalty and complicity to what Rhonda Byrne & Company are selling. Please help to distribute "The Antidote." www.thesecretantidote.com Thanks. Thom Rutledge

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