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The Secret Of ‘The Secret’

click here for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comThe Secret, a best-selling book and film by Rhonda Byrne, has popularized the concept of the universal Law of Attraction in mainstream society since it was published more than a decade ago. Yes, there is such a law, but most people’s understanding of this law is that it depends solely on the conscious mind – what we think is what we become. But in truth it has nothing to do with our conscious mind. If it did, all the Law of Attraction gurus in the world would be rich without working, skinny without dieting, have muscles without working out, and in love with a perfect mate without having to apply any relationship skills.

The conscious mind, our wishful thinking, our conscious desires and appetites, does not drive our lives. Mainstream Psychology knows this. Famous Austrian psychoanalyst and neurologist, Sigmund Freud popularized the concept of the unconscious mind and believed that it was a repository of thoughts, memories, feelings, which our conscious mind is reluctant to accept. Sigmund Freud’s theory of personality divided the human mind into 3 levels: the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind. The conscious mind, he believed, only represents 10% of our mental capacity.

While unconscious is often used as a synonym for subconscious, the two are, in fact, quite different concepts. Firstly, when Sigmund Freud used the term ‘unconscious’ mind, he was referring to that part of our mental being that was responsible for making people ill. The theory that he developed was posited on the belief that the thoughts, feelings, ideas, and memories that were loathsome to the conscious mind were all locked away in the unconscious mind. These mental contents weren’t accepted by the conscious mind fully, because of their disturbing nature, and hence, they are deliberately made unconscious by the conscious mind, which Freud thought had the potentiality of affecting us.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate ~ Carl Gustav Jung

These mental contents stored in the unconscious mind are not necessarily negative, but definitely powerful which, however, cannot be procured after a little prodding like that of the subconscious mind. What is really fascinating is that these mental contents, despite being unacceptable, aren’t discarded from our mental being altogether and continue to influence us on a subliminal level.

Likewise, Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung too, believed in the concept of the unconscious mind. He further divided it into personal unconscious and collective unconscious, where the former made the feelings that were once conscious, but forcefully subdued, and the latter comprised the accumulated genetic information and experiences, in other words the ancestral history of your family that you carry with you.

The subconscious mind is a part of the conscious mind which  stores information continuously and gives out reactions based on our experiences and emotions associated with someone or something. Meaning, the present time incidents, events and relationships can trigger you based on what is unknown to you in your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is that part of the mental being that holds information, however deep, yet approachable. It is something as easy as remembering your address when you are not even thinking about it. You are able to remember your address as you direct your focus on it. However, this is not the same for the unconscious mind.

The subconscious mind can be brought forward for healing with mainstream psychological therapies, or through some forms of spiritual practice. Both in Psychology and Spirituality, there are practices that focus on bringing forward the ‘positive.’ In some cases this is appropriate as a first step for addressing some issues, such as addiction or depression.

All the things that happen in our lives are tied to the unconscious. This is because it is, more than anything, the matrix of our repetitions ~ Gabriel Rolón

The conscious mind is always ruled by the subconscious, and both are ruled by the unconscious mind. You cannot access the unconscious mind with conscious efforts, such as affirmations, creating intent, or trying to manifest in superficial mental ways. Therefore, the techniques promoted by The Secret and similar sources, might be able to work temporarily, like a pain killer might work for a headache caused by a brain tumor, or a band-aid for a serious wound. However, over time, the unconscious mind, your unhealed wounds and unidentified karma, will resurface and dictate your life.

The unconscious mind can only be addressed through techniques such as deep hypnosis or profound meditation practices. Practices to ‘feel good’ or to calm yourself may work initially, but only for a short period of time. You can get addicted to feel good practices and this is one of the reasons why cults can become so powerful. Cults provide endless exercises, events, inspirational talks and practices to get their practitioners to ‘feel good.’  Cults are painkillers, and the new age industry has become cult-like in its offerings of feel good events, as well as ‘do this and that will happen’ offerings. Ultimately, the unexamined and unhealed material in both the subconscious and unconscious mind will rise again, and rule your mind, your decisions, your choices and preferences, your emotional reactions, your life.

The real secret is that Source, the Universe, will give you what you need. This means sometimes you will attract lessons because you are ready for it, and sometimes you will attract comfort or encouragement. But if you ‘hog tie’ the Universe with deliberate affirmations, intentions and manifestation efforts, the Universe will be forced to send you what you need, in the form you insist upon. If you need a lesson in intimacy and are busy manifesting it, describing what you want down to the last detail, praying for it, making a vision board, your love mate will be given to you, exactly as you described. However you will soon discover, as you bite into the candy, the lesson buried inside.

We live in a culture that believes that most of what we do is done consciously. However, most of what we do, and what we do best, is done unconsciously ~ John Grinder

Law of Attraction fanatics will spin a narrative about this, whereas those on a true spiritual path guided by Source, not their human desires, will always examine what happened in order to learn, instead of trying to save their ego or impress others. The reality is, if you pursue a spiritual practice and path that works with acceptance and surrender to Source as your guide, your lessons will roll in with a great deal of harmony. Life will be smoother and easier to handle, with lots of guidance. Why is that? Because you are not insisting on getting what you want, which forces Spirit to package the lesson in the form you demand.

There are psychological therapies that offer profound work, however most of it does not touch on the spiritual aspects of development, meaning soul evolution. Soul evolution occurs every lifetime. Whether you embrace the work of soul evolution, or not, it still occurs, like aging. The only question is how. Some people, for example, like to work on their health, while others let health ‘happen’ and only deal with it when forced to do so, often via trauma or when forced to take medication or have surgery. Similarly, some of us choose to deliberately pursue soul evolution, rather than let it happen. If you are one of us, you will need to work with energies above your current level of consciousness, energies that your conscious mind simply cannot access. That is the real secret of The Secret.

About The Author: Nonna

Nonna lives in Southern California, and is a professor of psychology and a teacher of psychic development, energy work and meditation, who has recently finished her PhD. She has been a counselor for both humans and animals for thirty years, removing energy blocks through her expertise in the spiritual arts. She also has numerous years of study and practice with classic psychological therapeutic models, family work, twelve-step processes, nutritional and body/mind/spirit healing, complementary, alternative, and quantum medicine. Nonna is brilliant at unearthing the gems in every client's soul and polishing them to a fine finish. To release your own soul's sparkle, contact Nonna at

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