Few realize the extent to which the ancient secret schools influenced contemporary intellects and, through those minds, posterity. He says, in part: "It appears that all the perfection of civilization, and all the advancement made in philosophy, science, and art among the ancients are due to those institutions which, under the veil of mystery, sought to illustrate the sublimest truths of religion, morality, and virtue, and impress them on the hearts of their disciples.
Sorcery took the place of the divine magic. Indescribable practices such as the Bacchanalia were introduced, and perversion ruled supreme; for no institution can be any better than the members of which it is composed. In despair, the few who were true sought to preserve the secret doctrines from oblivion. In some cases they succeeded, but more often the arcanum was lost and only the empty shell of the Mysteries remained. Thomas Taylor has written, "Man is naturally a religious animal.
The pagan Mysteries opposed the Christians during the early centuries of their church, declaring that the new faith Christianity did not demand virtue and integrity as requisites for salvation. Celsus expressed himself on the subject in the following caustic terms: "That I do not, however, accuse the Christians more bitterly than truth compels, may be conjectured from hence, that the cryers who call men to other mysteries proclaim as follows: 'Let him approach whose hands are pure, and whose words are wise.
Let us now hear who those are that are called to the Christian mysteries: Whoever is a sinner, whoever is unwise, whoever is a fool, and whoever, in short, is miserable, him the kingdom of God will receive. Do you not, therefore, call a sinner, an unjust man, a thief, a housebreaker, a wizard, one who is sacrilegious, and a robber of sepulchres?
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What other persons would the cryer nominate, who should call robbers together? The ideals of early Christianity were based upon the high moral standards of the pagan Mysteries, and the first Christians who met under the city of Rome used as their places of worship the subterranean temples of Mithras, from whose cult has been borrowed much of the sacerdotalism of the modem church.
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Very powerful and enlightening! Impossible to put down! Absolutely Amazing! This book tells you the truth in the easiest and simplest way leaving no doubt the information is crystal clear. The funny thing about all of these books is that they all more or less say the same thing: mind your own thoughts , stay positive and focused on your goals , ignore self-doubt and criticism, visualize and concentrate on what you want and you will eventually have it.
Each book brings its own generational edge to the same fundamental idea. I will then explain how this advice, while perhaps making one feel better in the short run, ultimately makes one worse off in the long run. By contrast, if you only envision the things you want in your life, then you will get everything you want in life. Whereas previous self-help authors have hardly even bothered trying to explain why the law of attraction works, Byrne unabashedly dives into some cosmological nonsense.
She argues that the reason The Secret works is because The Universe is made up of energy and, as Einstein taught us, matter can be converted to energy and vice versa and all energy has a frequency. If you believe that you are rich and wealthy and successful, The Universe will respond to these vibrations and soon provide you with the wealth and success you desire.
If you believe that you are thin and beautiful, then The Universe will magically deliver healthy, skinny goodness — like raw carrots and three hours on the treadmill — every morning, right to your front door. As human beings, we have a limited amount of attention for all the stuff going on around us. Therefore, whether we realize it or not usually not , we are always choosing what we pay attention to.
It does this for the simple reason that it is biologically economical and efficient. For example, you spend years not really paying attention to what kind of car people drive.
But then the time comes for you to start thinking about buying a car and suddenly you notice the make and model of cars all over the place. You start making decisions about which styles you like and what features you care about. Suddenly you find yourself thinking back and noticing all sorts of shady and questionable behavior from your friend that you never noticed or thought about before.
The Secret advocates that people assume the identities of the person they wish to become — to actually believe that they are already rich, already skinny and healthy, already in a perfect relationship.
Essentially, The Secret tells you to become delusionally positive about yourself for a long enough period of time that your natural confirmation bias kicks in and you only attend to the things in your life that match these new beliefs. This may actually be beneficial — at least at first — for people who have some pretty fucked up and delusional negative beliefs about themselves. But at some point, you actually have to, you know, do something ….
The Secret actually requires that you never doubt yourself, never consider negative repercussions, and never indulge in negative thoughts. Drug X might help hundreds of millions, even billions of people and you would be rich, famous, and loved by all. But you read The Secret and you told The Universe that you would find a cure for cancer. So you plow ahead with Drug X, pouring money, time, brainpower, and precious resources into it. You rationalize the negative results away because doubting yourself is tantamount to doubting The Universe, and no one fucks with The Universe.