How The Secret Brought Me $100,000
“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” – Job 1: 21
The following is a true story.
Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, has hovered at or near the top of the New York Times Best Seller list for 65 weeks. I must admit I was a little late joining the party. But a cultural phenomenon like The Secret can’t be ignored by someone who claims to be up on pop culture. I bought the book at Target (keeper of all of life’s great mysteries) and enjoyed the read. I even watched The Secret DVD.
The premise of The Secret lies within the “Law of Attraction.”
- Ask: Know what you want and ask the universe for it.
- Believe: Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.
- Receive: Be open to receiving it.
I wholeheartedly believe in the Law of Attraction. But it’s not exactly groundbreaking stuff. In Matthew 7:7, the Bible reads “Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Sounds familiar, right?
One particular passage of The Secret caught my eye. In the chapter “The Secret to Money”, David Schirmer told the story of visualizing checks coming in the mail instead of bills: “I just visualized checks coming in the mail… today I just get checks in the mail.” Byrnes goes on to add, “we have received hundreds and hundreds of letters from people who have said that since watching the film they have received unexpected checks in the mail.”
I decided to give it a try. As Q1 drew to a close, I needed quite a bit of money to meet my financial goal for the quarter. I knew it was possible, but I wasn’t sure where the money would come from. I went to The Secret website, printed out their “Bank of the Universe” blank check (to help me visualize the money coming in), and filled it out. I posted it on my refrigerator so I would be reminded every day that it was coming. Then I waited…
Let me be clear about this. I fully believed that I would receive this money. As the month passed by, I never doubted.
Sure enough, the money came. I opened my mail to find an unexpected check in the amount of… $108,559.00!
The Secret delivered… Big-time.
But why did I get this check? And what was it for? Certainly my bank wasn’t about to cash a check in this amount without some investigation.
I called up the organization who sent the check and left a voicemail inquiring about the purpose of the payment. I never mentioned the amount, just the invoice number. I posted the new check on my refrigerator in front of The Secret check. I wondered what I would do with the money.
After a few weeks, the phone call finally came. It turns out the check should have been for $25.00, and it was a monumental clerical error. The lady was gracious that I hadn’t cashed the check, and asked me to return it so she would not get in further trouble. I gladly obliged.
The end of quarter came. I did not meet my goal.
Is that the end of the story? I don’t think so. I still believe the money is coming. Maybe someone will read this story and be inspired to prove The Secret correct.
Just in case, my mailing address is:
PO Box 14313
Durham, NC 27709
“Don’t stop believing” – Journey