Secret on Oprah - 1st Show
February 8, 2007
It looks like the “Law of Attraction”
is finally becoming a house-hold word. On Thursday, Feb 8, Oprah,
the queen of talk-shows, interviewed select cast members from
the hit documentary film, the Secret.
For those of you living in a closet the last few months - the
Secret is a phenomenal movie that interviews key authors, speakers
and lecturers about the Law of Attraction - the idea that everything
you think about comes into your life, good or bad. It’s
become a motivational force for millions and is spreading like
wild-fire across the globe.
Below is the Full Transcript of the Oprah Show.
People around the world have been talking about a movie so powerful
that it can change the course of your life. This movie, The Secret,
was created by Australian Rhonda Byrne, and she says that if you
follow its philosophy, you can create the life you want—whether
that means getting out of debt, finding a more fulfilling job
or even falling in love.
Rhonda says she stumbled on what she calls The Secret at the
end of 2004. At the time, everything in Rhonda’s life had
fallen apart—physically, emotionally and financially—and
she was in “total despair.” Then her father died suddenly,
and she was worried about her grief-stricken mother. “I
wept and wept and wept, and I didn’t want my daughter to
see me sobbing,” Rhonda says.
That’s when Rhonda’s daughter gave her a copy of
The Science of Getting Rich, a book written in 1910 by Wallace
D. Wattles. “Something inside of me had me turn the pages
one by one, and I can still remember my tears hitting the pages
as I was reading it,” Rhonda says. “It gave me a glimpse
of The Secret. It was like a flame inside of my heart. And with
every day since, it’s just become a raging fire of wanting
to share all of this with the world.”
After that first discovery, Rhonda read hundreds of books, listened
to hundreds of hours of audio tapes and scoured the Internet for
more information. She says she traced the idea of The Secret through
history—all the way from 3500 B.C. to the present day. “Since
I discovered The Secret, every single moment of my entire life
has changed, and I am living my life for the first time,”
Rhonda defines The Secret as the law of attraction, which is
the principle that “like attracts like.” Rhonda calls
it “the most powerful law in the universe,” and says
it is working all the time. “What we do is we attract into
our lives the things we want, and that is based on what we’re
thinking and feeling,” Rhonda says. The principle explains
that we create our own circumstances by the choices we make in
life. And the choices we make are fueled by our thoughts—which
means our thoughts are the most powerful things we have here on
To help teach the philosophy, Rhonda created the DVD The Secret,
which features experts including the Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith,
James Arthur Ray, Lisa Nichols and Jack Canfield—who not
only teach other people about The Secret, but say they are successful
in their own lives because they know and use the principle.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith says he was a drug dealer in college—until
he was arrested in a deal gone bad. Michael says he had a spiritual
awakening during his trial and decided to turn his life around.
Today he leads the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, where
he teaches thousands of faithful followers the path to reaching
their highest potential.
James Arthur Ray was insecure and awkward as a teenager until
weight lifting helped the self-described geek gain confidence
in his 20s. He says that surviving a near-fatal motorcycle crash
and almost going bankrupt forced him to focus on the life he truly
wanted. Now he runs a multimillion-dollar corporation dedicated
to teaching people how to create wealth in all areas of their
Lisa Nichols grew up on the tough streets of South Central Los
Angeles. She admits that as a self-conscious teenager, she often
used sex to feel loved by men. After hitting rock bottom at age
19, Lisa prayed for a better life. Now, she has made her fortune
by motivating more than 60,000 teenagers to make better choices
in their own lives.
Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Jack Canfield was deep in debt
before he made it big. Now his best-selling books have sold more
than 100 million copies worldwide, and Jack travels the country
teaching the secret of his success.
The law of attraction means that everything that happens to you—good
or bad—you attract to yourself. Lisa describes it as if
you’re placing an order. “If you were at a restaurant
and you ordered something, you fully expect it to come served
that way. That’s how the universe is. You’re putting
out orders—consciously and unconsciously,” Lisa says.
“So if you say, ‘I’ll never have a great relationship,’
you just placed an order.”
Jack says everything you focus on can have an effect on your
life—from books to magazines to thoughts. “All of
that affects how we feel, and the feelings actually send out a
wave into the universe, and anything that’s vibrating in
a similar level gets attracted into our life,” Jack says.
“Most people focus on how it is. We talk about our current
reality—’I'm in debt. I’m overweight. I’m
not happy. I’m sad. The world’s not working. We’re
at war,’ whatever. And the more you think about that and
focus on that and talk about it, the more you attract that [negativity],”
Three for three
Although thoughts are powerful, Jack says the feelings that the
thoughts generate are what actually attract things into our lives.
“Too many times people are thinking a thought like, ‘I
want to be my perfect body weight of 185 pounds.’ But they
look at the scale and they see 205 and they think, ‘But
I’ll never make it,’ … so they feel bad,”
Jack says. Instead of wallowing in those negative thoughts, you
need to find the positive in the situation. Jack says you should
stop feeling bad about the weight, and instead feel positive that
you are willing to do something healthy to make your life better.
Carrying with you those positive feelings is one key to your success.
James says that in order to attract the things you want into
your life—to place the right order—you have to do
what he calls going “three for three.” “Your
thoughts, your feelings and your actions all have to be firing
simultaneously in the same direction,” he says. Visualizing
your future life can help to hone your thoughts and feelings toward
the things you want.
The panel says the thoughts and the feelings are often easy for
people to grasp, but you still have to do something about them.
“A lot of people watch The Secret and they say, ‘Well,
I’m sitting around visualizing my millions coming into my
lap.’ Well, they’ll come take your furniture away.
And then how are you going to visualize [when you’re living]
on the curb?” James says. “You’ve got to act
on it. Make decisions on where you’re going versus where
you have been.”
Taking control of your destiny
Jack says that everything in the world is made up of energy, which
is controlled by thoughts and feelings. According to Jack, thoughts
can travel long distances, so you are sending out signals to many
people without even knowing it, and these signals attract like
energy to you.
Jack and James say that this means there is no such thing as
a coincidence. “Everything happens by principles and laws
in our universe. And so consequently, we have an absolutely unlimited
power within us,” James says.
Michael says that thoughts—which turn into experience,
speech and behavior—become the “feeling tone of your
life.” “An individual can actually begin to generate
a certain feeling of gratitude, of love, of peace and of harmony,
and the universe will begin to match that feeling tone—and
what will flow into your life will match the feeling that you’re
holding,” he says. “It means that everyone…can
release themselves from being a victim and begin to take control
of their life’s destiny.”
The gratitude conveyor belt
Gratitude is one example of the magnetic force of the universe.
“Basically, nothing new can come into your life unless you
open yourself up to being grateful [for what you already have],”
“If you think about it, the universe has a conveyor belt
of presents lined up for you, and until you receive the one and
fully are grateful for it, the next one can’t come out of
the chute. It’s all lined up,” Jack says.
Lisa says this perspective applies to weight, family, friends
and other aspects of life. She says too many people who want to
make things better focus on what’s wrong with the present.
“Instead of wanting to change it, appreciate what’s
there,” Lisa says. “Find the things about it that
work … and by doing that, you create a space for it to get
For example, Lisa says she would like to lose some weight. But
instead of focusing on the negative—that she hasn’t
dropped the pounds yet—she loves and appreciates the present
moment. “I accept it. I love it. I embrace every inch, every
pound,” she says. In this way, Lisa is creating the space
to “celebrate the now” and then invite better things
into her life.
The conscious versus the unconscious
According to the panel members, much of the energy that people
project into the world is done unconsciously. “People aren’t
walking around thinking, ‘I want a bad thing to happen to
me,’ but there’s an unconscious fear. There’s
a doubt. There’s a worry. There’s a sense of separation
there that’s running them,” Michael says. He adds
that spiritual growth is “allowing that which is unconscious
to become conscious.”
Michael says that spiritual growth does not mean religion but
our “real identity.” “The love, the peace, the
joy, the wisdom, the harmony—these are all qualities of
the spirit that it’s seeking to express through us,”
Michael says. “And so as we become more awake, more aware
of that, our life is filled with that kind of vibration, that
kind of feeling tone. To grow spiritually is to actually become
more aware of who you really are.”
Using The Secret to improve dire financial straits
Ryan Bell (below), a single mother of a 4-year-old, is currently
$43,000 in debt. “I’m just in over my head,”
Ryan says her financial woes started back in college when she
took out loans. After college, Ryan got a job, got pregnant and
got married. To cope with the new bills, the couple opened more
credit cards, and Ryan helped put her husband through school.
Then the unthinkable happened: She and her husband got divorced—and
Ryan’s debt worsened. “I went from living on two incomes
to living on one income, but I kept the same bills,” Ryan
To support herself and her daughter, Ryan works long hours at
a high-end clothing store. After her daughter goes to bed, Ryan
works at her second job, a home-based Internet business. “It
could be huge, but I can’t spend the amount of time on it
that I need to to make it successful,” she says.
Now, Ryan sees every day as a struggle and won’t even go
to the mailbox because she knows there are bills waiting for her.
“I’m sick and tired of being a victim,” Ryan
says. “How do I get out of this endless cycle of debt?”
Achieving financial freedom
Ryan’s choices have attracted debt to her, the panel says.
To attract a solution, Jack says Ryan should turn her focus from
her debt to what she knows her life will be like when she’s
Simply changing her language can also start to make a dent in
her debt. When asked how she is, Lisa says she shouldn’t
respond with phrases like “I’m surviving.” “That’s
not the kind of life you want to live,” Lisa says. “When
people ask me how I’m doing, [I say], ‘I’m phenomenal.
I’m great’. Even in the midst of all—I’m
great,” she says. “I’m great because I made
James, especially, can relate to Ryan’s troubles, having
been on the edge of bankruptcy twice himself. He urges Ryan to
take an “action step” toward her dreams. For Ryan,
that’s starting a debt retirement program to pay a certain
amount of money toward her credit automatically so she can focus
every bit of energy on financial freedom.
Still, the most important stride toward a debt-free life, Michael
says, is forgiving her ex-husband and to stop feeling like he
owes her something. “Let him know in consciousness, in your
awareness, that he cannot determine your destiny. You’re
not leaving him unaccountable, but you’re severing those
emotional vibratory tonalities so that you can be free.”
How do you forgive?
True forgiveness, James says, is when you can say the following
to the person who hurt you: “Thank you for giving me that
But how can you forgive when something truly tragic or terrible
happens? James says you should grieve, but eventually you need
to look for a hidden gift. “Here’s what I encourage
people to ask themselves: How does this serve me? … If you’re
really willing to dig, there’s a lesson in there,”
James says. “And secondly, what can I learn from this situation?”
Even if you can’t identify the gift now, Rhonda says to
remain positive in order to benefit from of the law of attraction.
“You can say, ‘There are so many gifts in this for
me. I can’t wait to see what they are,’” Rhonda
In chronic situations with no end in sight, Michael says you
should ask yourself another important question: “If this
were to last forever, what quality would I have to grow to have
peace of mind? Now, as my attention goes to the quality I have
to grow, that quality starts to emerge,” Michael says. “The
issue that I’m resisting and fighting against becomes less
and less intense … it begins to dissolve because it doesn’t
have your attention any longer.”
Panel member Lisa Nichols says her life was spiraling out of control
before she learned The Secret. She grew up in South Central Los
Angeles, where there were gangs, poverty and violence.
In fifth grade, Lisa was in the first class to be bused to the
Valley—a predominantly white neighborhood—where she
thought she would be welcomed. Instead, she was met with name-calling.
“My self-esteem went way down,” she says.
Although she eventually became a popular student, Lisa struggled
with depression. “At 17, when my best friends were thinking
what college to go to, UCLA or USC, I was contemplating suicide
and trying to figure out how to do it without getting blood on
my mother’s carpet because I knew they couldn’t afford
to move,” she says.
Growing up, Lisa was also told that she wasn’t pretty and
wouldn’t find love. She began having “a lot of sex
looking for a little love,” searching for her own validation
in men. “The sex led to a lot of pain. I thought if I was
saying no to the sex, I was saying no to potential love. And I
didn’t want to say no to love.”
Lisa began to gain weight in order to avoid men altogether. After
gaining 100 pounds, Lisa says she was obese and embarrassed.
Lisa’s turning point
Finally, Lisa reached a turning point. “I got on my knees
and I said, ‘God, if you bring me through this … I
promise I will spend every moment, every breath, supporting and
encouraging others to do the same,’” she says.
Lisa decided to stop being a victim. She stopped looking for
love elsewhere and fell “madly in love” with herself.
Now, she teaches people how to treat her. “I’m the
first example of how the world is supposed to love me and I have
to give them the best example ever,” she says. “We
expect someone to show us our greatness when [instead] I’m
supposed to show up understanding my greatness and allowing you
to celebrate it with me.”
The Secret of a marriage
After 16 years of marriage, Carlton and Beverly Credelle say the
passion in their marriage had fizzled. “It just felt as
though our life was just mundane, really passionless, almost emotionless,”
Beverly says. “Like I didn’t have his mind anymore,
his soul, his heart.” At one point, the couple hadn’t
been intimate in a year.
Then, Beverly watched The Secret. “For the record, I’ve
seen it 62 times. But the first time is when that lightbulb went
off,” she says. Beverly realized she was part of the problem.
She stopped complaining and began to focus on her gratitude for
Carlton. “I started telling myself, ‘I am beautiful.
I do deserve passion. I am in a passion-filled marriage.’”
Things changed immediately after Carlton also watched the DVD.
Soon, he started making romantic gestures, like taking Beverly
out for lunch dates and calling her during the day. She began
doing little things for him, too—leaving him a rose in his
car and surprising him with his favorite cookies.
Michael says Carlton and Beverly are an example of how gratitude
brings about change. “My marriage now is wonderful,”
Carlton says. “I feel the passion. I’m loving it.”
The Secret to losing weight
Launell is successful in all areas of her life—except when
it comes to taking off the baby weight she started gaining 14
The first step, James says, is to be grateful for her health
and choose to stay healthy and whole. “I want you to start
every single day … saying, ‘Thank you for the health
I have.’ Say, ‘I love my legs because they’re
working functionally,’” James says. “Concentrate
on your health and wholeness every day, and you’ll attract
more health and wholeness every day.”
Lisa says Launell also has to believe she has the right to have
the body she wants. “Make a decision. Do you have the right?
Are you ready for it? Are you ready to look in the mirror and
love every inch?” Lisa says. “Make 2007 about showing
up in the now for you,” Lisa says.
Repeating after Lisa, Launell declares, “I choose today
to give myself the best life ever!”
How to start living The Secret today
You can start living the The Secret today by following three simple
steps: Ask. Believe. Receive.
Michael says to start making a conscious effort every day to
take actions that will sync with the energy of the life you dream
about. “When you’re talking about action, you’re
talking about walking in the direction you want,” Michael
But not just any action will do, James says. It has to be one
that comes from the heart and will provide a real service. “It’s
not, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ necessarily.
It’s, ‘If you build it and it provides value, they
will come,’” he says. “It’s that heart
space. Not ‘What can I get?’ but ‘What can I
give and how can I serve?’ And when you’re in that
moment, the universe lines up behind you and it’s at your