The Secret: The Phenomenon/ The movie/ My Challenge
By Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz
teaching a few weeks ago
of the Secret'. My intention is to take on the challenge of exploring the
essence of this phenomenon whose impact is felt on a global level. It's main
appearance is in the form of a movie entitled "The Secret ". "The Secret" is
now the subject of seminars, articles, national talk shows and other forms of
supplementary literature. It's based on the premise that the greatest figures
of history all shared a secret - "The Law of Attraction". For whatever reason,
the presenters of this movie felt that now [ actually about a year ago] is the
time to 'reveal this cosmic secret.
The movie is very well done, presenting the principle that your thoughts or
desires, whether positive or negative, manifest in reality. Therefore, if you
take hold of this power and direct your thoughts\will in a positive non self-
sabotaging way, the universe will grant you anything you want---something
like your own personal genie in a bottle 24/7. The movie's battery of
scholarly presenters, historical natural proofs, life applications as well as tips
for 'getting it'--were very impressive. Although I must confess, being Jewish
for me, and for many others, is often experienced as being the
constant skeptic, a Holy skeptic--mind you, always feeing like there must be
more to it than the agenda that all these and other glossy eyed sworn
believer-presenters want to sell to us---in fact, my stomach began to get a
bit queasy after watching one too many of these semi-proselytes do their
thing. After having said that, I must admit that it was a very powerful
What's driving me to depart from my normal writing style [and comfort
zone] and tackle this subject are a few factors;
A. I've been using something similar to the 'Secret's' formula [before I even knew it was a
phenomenon] for years, especially this last year both for personal situations and to coach others.
I can definitely testify that it works and oftentimes miraculously!
B. If this phenomenon has that big of a cosmic/global impact, I'd say it's worthy of some serious
C. Being a long-time student of Jewish wisdom, both the revealed and mystical types, I am
absolutely, screamingly certain that over the last few thousands of years of Jewish scholarly
history, involving millions of brilliant and inspired minds, there were countless luminaries who
lived "the Secret", in their own way - and in that mass of historical brilliance, there must be hidden
somewhere a uniquely Jewish take of "the Secret" and most likely even 'the secret of the secret'---
I'm driven, or
better yet obsessed to uncover it!
D. Last, but not least, there was something weird about how they projected God's role in the
movie i.e. if you resonate with the vibrations of the law of attraction properly, then, 'YOUR
WISH [be it $1000,000, a new Porsche, or a life filled with happiness] IS GOD'S COMMAND!'
The Universe somehow becomes our cosmic genie in the bottle or Divine bellhop, if you prefer.
But isn't there a bit more to the dynamic of our relationship with the Divine than that?
So I began to explore...
After sending the above commentary out in my weekly email, I received a lot of messages from
people who wanted to know what the Jewish/Kabbalistic tradition teaches concerning these
Previously, after introducing the essential idea of 'The Secret' as being a way to miraculously transform
your will into manifested reality, we stated that our main challenge is to find the Jewish element of the
'Secret' as well as the secret of the 'secret'. I received a lot of messages from people who, after having
found that they have discovered [often a long time ago] the power and the reality of manifesting
their desired outcomes in life, nevertheless, felt that they wanted to know what the Jewish tradition
teaches, especially in light of the very shallow portrait of the G-d-man dynamic that was presented in the