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Magic, magic, and more magic…

by / Wednesday, 14 November 2007 / Published in Uncategorized

A response to all your comments about my last post about The Secret

First of all, I do thank you for all your posted comments. I read them all, and I wish I had time to answer all the questions and respond to all the comments you made, but I just don’t. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to get all my other work done (and that work is designed to create more ways to help you grow). Hopefully, as I discuss development more deeply–we’ve just scratched the surface–all of this will become more clear and most of your questions will be answered.

I do answer a few of your comments below, though, so keep reading.

First, let me say that pretty much every negative or critical comment I read assumed something I didn’t say or mean, and then shot it down. There’s really no reason to defend against a criticism of something I didn’t say in the first place. I guess I have to get better at saying what I mean in a way that cannot be misunderstood. Before you rant about what I’ve posted, you might take a step back and ask yourself if I actually said what you are arguing against.

What I’m trying to say about the developmental process is really quite simple. Many, many researchers have found that people (and societies) move through developmental stages–cognitively, morally, spiritually, in terms of ego development, in terms of their values, and in many other ways. In each new stage, a person has a wider and more all-inclusive perspective, in which they see (and have conscious choice over) more than they could see or consciously choose at the previous stage. What they were immersed in before, they can see and exercise choice about from the new perspective.

In this sense, higher developmental stages are more resourceful, and they involve a greater ability to see other points of view, other perspectives. People move to a new and broader perspective, however, only when the old perspective doesn’t work. The environment changes, and to deal with it, they have to grow into a new way of thinking, acting, and seeing.

For those of you who cling to magical explanations of the world, life, and so forth, and who argue so strongly for your view–I wish you well. I don’t know what else to say. I’m not trying to get you to give up your point of view–UNLESS, of course, you’re having a hard time functioning well in the world. In that case, you might want to examine whether or not believing in magic is holding you back.

For those who assumed that by “not believing in magic” I was somehow offering a dry and lifeless view of things, where all the joy is gone from life (indicating that I’m a desperate and sour human being living in a tortured hell), all I can say is…WHAT? Are you kidding? Existence, being human, being in this universe, and all that goes with it is 1000% awe-inspiring, amazing, overwhelmingly incredible. The universe, once you get your IDEA of it–and your IDEA of who you are–out of the way, is entirely, infinitely love. And I don’t mean this metaphorically, I mean it literally, because that’s they way I experience it. I didn’t always experience it this way, but I certainly do now.

My world is one of bliss, and I invite all of you to jump in, because the water’s FINE.

And you can jump in. Keep using Holosync, and keep doing whatever else you’re doing to grow and expand your perspective. As you do, infinite love as the ground of reality will become more than just a lovely idea, I promise. You ARE infinite love, and you deserve to experience yourself as such.

Only your mind, and your ideas of who you are and what the world is, stands in the way. Stop confusing your ideas of who you are with the reality of who you are, and it happens.

In a metaphorical sense, you could say that the feeling of awe and love about being human in this universe is “magical”–if by magical you mean, “delightful, awesome, joy-inspiring.” What I’ve been referring to, though, is something entirely different. 

The kind of magic I’m down on involves thinking (or hoping) that the laws of nature can be suspended so you can have something you want but can’t figure out how to get, but without actually doing anything to generate it or deserve it. (Magical thinking with children is a bit different–it’s just a matter of not yet seeing how things work, such as thinking that the moon is following you as you ride along in a car, because that’s what it looks like to a child. They don’t know enough to realize this isn’t possible.) As someone said in their comment to me, magical thinking is all about “me” whereas post-conventional thinking (and beyond) is about “us”.

The idea that there is no such thing as something for nothing is the real meaning of the Law of Attraction–things are always balanced. You get back in equal measure, in one way or another, what you put out. Hoping to get something for nothing is a sign of magical, pre-conventional thinking.

A few of you referred to using “magic” to get parking spaces. I’ve parked my car thousands of times over the 41 years I’ve been driving. Somehow I always seem to get a parking spot. As I drive by all the other parked cars, I notice that those people also ended up with parking spots (there they are: parked). Amazing! (I think I can remember one time when I literally could not find a place to park–not because my mojo left me, but because all the spaces were full.)

So, when you’re looking for a paking spot, did all those people who already have one use magic to get it? Or were there just fewer spots than cars at that moment? And if you’re looking for a place to park (while you “put it out to the universe” that you’ll get one), do you finally find one because you used your mind to make someone’s car disappear from their spot, so you could have it? Does this seem a little bit me-oriented? Or maybe your call to the universe made someone leave their spot before they really wanted to, just so you could have it? 

If this is what you think, this IS magical thinking (it’s also very self-centered thinking–should you have someone else’s spot just because you used the right magic charm?). Look, people, either there’s a spot available, or there isn’t. And, as anyone who drives can tell you, there nearly always there IS a spot, so finding one isn’t proof of magic. It’s the result of driving around until you find it.

Big sigh…

I could say something similar about “synchronicity,” the idea that it’s magic if you meet just the person you need at just the right time, or it’s magic if someone calls you just when you were thinking about them. There’s a very logical explanation for why you often meet the person you needed to meet, or why you find the resource you need, just when you need it. This happens because you had your attention focused on the need, or on finding such a person.

So, when you came across him (or her), he or she stood out like a sore thumb. If you hadn’t been looking, you’d have met the same person, but the meeting would have been unremarkable. As I said, focusing your attention on what you want alerts you to people and resources that might help you get it. This is just one example of how focusing your mind works to generate actions that lead to the result you want. Trust me, you would have run across the same people or things–you just would have overlooked them.

And when someone calls when you were thinking about them, this is a coincidence. Think of all the times you’re thinking about someone and they don’t call. You probably think of other people during the day hundreds of times, without receiving a call. Yet some of you jump on the times when someone coincidentally does call as “proof” of some sort of magical Vulcan mind-meld.

Another sigh…

If you’re counting on this type of magic to functionally get through your life, you’re not going to do too well. Look, the only reason I bring any of this up in the first place is that I get many letters from people who are madly “putting it out to the universe” and (of course) getting no results. They write to ask me why it isn’t working. These people are having trouble making money, getting a decent job, attracting friends, having a relationship that works, and so forth. It’s sad–and unnecessary–to live this way. Life does not need to be a struggle.

The real problem is that such people (for various reasons) haven’t learned the basics skills of the conventional level of development–the functional ways people use to get along in the world in the areas of job, money, social interaction, and so forth. Because they don’t know how to do these things very well, they are easy prey for the idea that magic will somehow get them what they want. But magic isn’t going to help, my friends, unless you want an occassional coincidence. What does work? Learning how to focus your mind on what you want, and then taking appropriate actions to get it–actions that create value.

Since I care about people who are stuck in this way, I just have to tell them that magic isn’t the solution.

But, as I’ve said, if you really want to give magical thinking a try, go for it.

This might be a good time to bring up another nuance on this whole subject of developmental levels and magic. Many of us see the limitations of rational thinking. This actually started with what is called The Enlightenment, which began in the 15th century. This “Age of Reason” supplanted the previous church-centered reasoning (which was, quite frankly, magical, or pre-rational, in most ways).

Here’s a good example of this type of pre-rational thinking. When it was discovered that Jupiter had seven moons (we now know that there are more than seven, but at this point only seven had been discovered), the pre-rational thought-leaders of that time responded with statements such as, “Well, of course there are seven moons. There are seven orifices in the human body, so it makes sense that Jupiter would also have seven moons.” This numerological view is a type of magical thinking, the idea being that the there is some magical reason for things to come in sevens.

This new Age of Reason began to find out many things about the world that had previously been explained by some sort of magic or otherwise assigned a pre-rational source or reason. This new rationalism was the beginning of the age of science, and this shift from pre-rational to rational was in many ways a very good thing for humanity. It brought modern technology, modern medicine, longer life-spans, better food production, and many other positive changes. The reason you have the time to read this (and that we can communicate at a distance like this), instead of having to till your fields from dawn until dark just to survive is one result of the Age of Reason.

But the Age of Reason wasn’t all moonbeams and rainbows. In suppressing pre-conventional views it also threw out the baby with the bath water. It decided that unless something could be empirically proven or seen, it didn’t exist.

Some of what couldn’t be seen was, indeed, magical nonsense, but not all. But, unless it could be backed up empirically, out it went. This meant, among other things, that the huge discoveries of Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, Sufi, Christian, and Jewish mystics (to name just a few traditions) regarding internal states of awareness were seen as irrational fluff. This led to what some have called “Scientism”–an over-reliance on reason and empiricism.

So, today, we have a fairly large number of people who see themselves as post-rational, or post-conventional (“rational” and “conventional” are really names that refer to the same developmental level). These people see the limitations of rationality (some of these people also throw the rational baby out with the bathwater, though, just as the rational advocates threw the pre-conventional baby out with the bathwater earlier in history). Some of the limitations of rationality include, for instance, the post-rational observation that everything is situated in a cultural context, and that this context must be taken into account when looking at what seems to be empirically “real”–in other words, that all meaning is context-dependent.

Another is the realization that the internal dimension (thrown out for the most part by the rationalists), even though it cannot be seen in the same way as “the stuff out there” is still real–and valuable.

So, we have this group of people who see the limitations of rationality–they have moved to at least a post-conventional perspective (this, by the way, doesn’t mean that rationality is wrong–it means that it is partial, that it isn’t the whole story). At the same time we have a lot of people who are still at the pre-conventional stage. These people definitely don’t like rationality because it deconstructs their magical ways of looking at things. (These are the people, by the way, who are angry at me for telling you to give up believing in magic as a method of navigating the world. They love their magical perspective.)

Anyway, because both groups are anti-rational, they look similar, superficially, and are often confused with each other. This is called the pre-post fallacy, or sometimes the pre-trans fallacy. Seeing the limitations of rationality is not the same as being pre-rational, though the two at first glance look the same. When pre- and post- are confused, one of two things can happen. One possibility is that pre-rational magical thinking is elevated to some sort of “trans-rational glory” (as Ken Wilber puts it). Magic is seen as being more advanced that rationality, when it actually is not. Such people want to elevate “the ancient ways” as a solution to the problems of the world.

The other confusion is a reductionism, an explanation of actual, higher, trans-rational ways of seeing the universe as if they were all primitive magical baloney. This is the way most of science sees meditation and other trans-rational points of view. They don’t make the distinction between magical ways of seeing reality and POST-rational ways of seeing reality. One is a NO-rationality stance, while the other is a reality-PLUS stance (it sees the truths in rationality, but realizes that rationality is also limited in some ways).

The pre-/post- fallacy can be seen in social issues, too. During the Vietnam war, for instance, the rationalists (those at the conventional stage, with clear black and white thinking) were for the war. Of those who were against the war, some were looking at it from a post-conventional point of view, where certain principles about life and how countries should interact were more important than “killing those commies.” Others, though, were against the war because “nobody is going to tell me what to do” or “I’m not going to sacrifice my life to save Vietnam from Communism”–a me-centered, pre-conventional point of view (believe me, I know about this–I was one of them). Both groups were against the war, and from the outside it was difficult to tell them apart. These two groups were, though, against the war for very different reasons.

The same sort of confusion comes up with the abortion question. A pre-conventional person is okay with abortion because the only thing that’s important is their own needs. They’re interested in what they want, and the hell with anyone else (including an unborn baby)–a typical narcissistic view. The conventional person is against abortion because it takes a life, and their Truth says taking a life is wrong, and they see this as a purely black and white distinction, with no shades of gray (yes, I know that in other areas such people are fine with taking a life). The post-c0nventional person is, like the pre-conventional person, okay with abortion, but for a totally different reason: they believe that there are principles that transcend those cited by the conventional people. They aren’t, however, pro-abortion for selfish “me” reasons. Yet the two pro-abortion groups look, superficially, the same.

This pre-post fallacy will come up again as we delve more deeply into this treasure-trove of information about development and what it means to each of us.

Okay, on to something else:

A few people critcized me for “benefiting from” The Secret, yet being critical of it, as if this was a moral lapse on my part. In this way of thinking, if I was an actor in a bad movie, I should not give my honest opinion about it because I was paid to act in it. Of course, in this case, I wasn’t paid. We also aren’t selling copies of The Secret, so we aren’t benefiting in that way, either. And The Masters of the Secret course I created is FREE–and was designed to clarify and correct what I see as the deficiencies in the point of view expressed in The Secret, so you can benefit more.

My obligation is to you–to tell you the truth as I see it, and to teach you what I know about growing–emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I’m coming from an integral view, not a pre-conventional (selfish) view. Yes, more people came to Centerpointe because they heard about me in The Secret. We did “benefit” from that, though the real point is that the people who came to us benefited, as many of you have said in your posted comments.

Quite frankly (and some of you won’t believe this, because you don’t know what it’s like to be in my position), I really don’t care if I benefited. I have far, far more of everything than I’ll ever need and I don’t do things any more for whatever I might get–any more than you think all of the time about whether you’ll eat today or have a warm place to sleep tonight. Abraham Maslow (another developmental theorist) showed that once a need is met (his developmental work was about needs, hence the name “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”) you don’t really think about it anymore. I don’t need money, or anything else, so I think about serving. I serve as best I can, and what comes back to me, personally, takes care of itself.

And whether or not I benefited, I can’t help anyone if I’m not going to tell the truth, so I do.

If I were to do things that weren’t good for you in order to benefit myself, that would be an example of preconventional narcissism, an egocentric level of development. I’m not at such a level, and therefore don’t operate that way. Second, operating that way doesn’t create success. As I’ve been saying, pre-conventional methods don’t work very well in the world, so it would be stupid to operate that way, though many people do.

One of the main reasons for the success Centerpointe has enjoyed is that, first and foremost, I’m interested in how I can serve your needs. I learned long ago that my needs are automatically taken care of if I meet yours, so there’s no need for me to worry about that, or to operate without integrity, or to act in any sort of win-lose way.

So, yes, I was in The Secret. I don’t agree with some of what was said in it and some of what was omitted. So, whether or not I benefited in some way, I still have to be honest about what I think–which I do mainly for YOU. If I lied and said that everything in The Secret was great, then those who are struggling, and who need to know that you can’t just wait for the Wish Fairy to give you what you want, are harmed. If I remained silent and allowed that to happen, would that be a good thing?

Enough of that. Hopefully I’m not just wasting my breath (or the tips of my fingers, I guess). The point is that I care about all of you, and hope that in some small way what I share is helpful in making your life better.

Within the next several days, I hope to write something about cognitive development, based on the work of the great developmental theorist Jean Piaget. I think you’ll find it to be very interesting. Then perhaps we’ll go into moral development (based on the work of Lawrence Kohlberg), and then ego development (based on the work of Robert Kegan, Jane Lovinger, and Susanne Cook-Greuter), and then, who knows? As we look into these different lines of development, many things will become clear. This is a fascinating topic, so stay tuned.

Be well.

142 Responses to “Magic, magic, and more magic…”

  1. Alan G says :

    I did get an eyebrow raise out of the many different comments from the last post. This one made me smile. Well done.

  2. Chip Evans says :

    I just attended the retreat in Austin. Bill discussed The Secret so well there, and the post he made on 11/14 is so dead right it’s scary.
    I continue to take any parking place I can, grateful to park. I do not waste my mind or “find magic” in selfish behavior, or believing that I can “magically” attract.
    My business success has been from “being smart and doing it right”. My emotional well being comes with what Holosync has helped me break through with.
    The Secret is slick marketing of age old principles. You must deserve a law of attraction :)

  3. YJ says :

    Bill
    I saw the Secret and it was nice … like sugar but without substance.

    I had two failed suicide attempts and was looking for substance … something that would convince me in my very down state, that there was more to life than the type of life I was living at the time.

    Through the Secret, I came across your website and “The Masters of the Secret” then Holosync then your LPIP course and then Integral Life Practice Kit.

    I am finding substance, I am finding understanding and I am gradually taking baby steps into life … not as I was before but as someone who is becoming more and more aware of the ‘me’ of my past and the ‘why’ I was like that and hen consciously deciding to choose a way of living my life that will get me the results I want.

    This has definitely not been magically stuff for me. It has been long, hard and painful wading through all the sh*t and abuse of my life and coming to terms with it and how it has affected my life and my life choices. It is a process that I am still going through but have none the less benefited from … there was no magic here, or at least that I was aware of anyway.

    I think you are an alright bloke Bill.

    Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience and research with such enthusiasm, dedication and passion. I love reading all your articles and always get something of value from them. I look forward reading to all the articles to come.

    Kind regards.

  4. Raynard Harris says :

    Hi Bill

    A soul-directed life – thy will be done…

    Long-time user, first-time correspondent. I REALLY appreciate holosync and your writings, great food for thought and for the soul.

    I first began holosync about 6 years ago and it has genuinely helped me out of a period of depression and an extended period of anger, blame, self-pity, and the seemingly endless cycle of repetitive thoughts and scenarios etc, etc. Thank you, you have really helped.

    Accordingly, having made breakthroughs in forgiveness and the creation of new thought patterns over the last 5 or so years my life has changed dramatically. My consciouness has been raised, my mind and progressively my heart has openned. Consequently there came a crisis point (or points) where I had to let go of my will (my plans, visions, dreams, my SMART goals, and even my identity, etc) and allow myself to fall into the hands of god.

    From your writings and material I gather you have been through similar stages yourself. Of course it’s traumatic as we resist, but then we move to acceptance and knowing that we are loved and safe.

    As a result, my life has changed completely. I felt very clearly that I have a purpose and a path that is prepared for me. I know I am being guided and directed in my life. I know that I am being protected as well. It is not of my will though, it is THY will.

    I don’t know how you explain this in developmental theory, I just know it is happening. Life is wonder full. The world is changing. We are loved. The more we can become this and reflect it in the world, the better for all of us.

    With love and appreciation for your part in my awakening,

    your brother

    Raynard Harris
    Melbourne
    Australia

  5. Mark says :

    Bill,

    I like what you have done with your “The Masters of the Secret” series. I saw the movie and liked it, but I could not believe what they were saying completely. I was looking for more information about it when I found your “The Masters of the Secret” series. Hearing what you and your guests said about focusing your mind and taking action made a lot more sense to me.

    I am one of the people who found Holosync because of “The Secret”. Finding Holosync was serendipity.

    Thanks

  6. Bill,
    Your comment “In each new stage, a person has a wider and more all-inclusive perspective, in which they see (and have conscious choice over) more than they could see or consciously choose at the previous stage,” is becoming my experience with Holosync meditation. It feels like magic :) I realize this is after I’ve released resistance to moving beyond some non resourceful belief my mind was anchored in.

    Reading the comments people post in your blog gives me an opportunity to explore empirical evidence (for myself) that I’ve moved beyond some belief (or not). I feel compassion and recognize the wisdom in letting go of the game of black vs. white. Your courage is deeply appreciated. Blog on!

  7. Hi Bill,

    Thank you for another great post. I am glad that you are willing to take the time to read and respond to your comments. I remember the founders of NLP talking about ‘psychic’, or extrasensory development and how it was meaningless to them because they had not yet explored the range of the senses they had. Perhaps some of what appears magical is just the result of hard work cleaning up our existing equipment and refining the distinctions that we have available to us.

    I also remember another comment, from a martial arts teacher when asked if this, ‘kung fu stuff’ really works. His answer was that, ‘none of it works but some of it may happen’. I took this to mean that if you put in enough practice, and then in your moment of need, if you are fortunate (or trained) enough to put your conscious mind out of the way, the unconscious mind will do what it knows how to do. I have certainly experienced this and it feels magical but is only magical in the same sense as Gary Player’s luck, (the more he practised, the luckier he got).

    Thanks again, Bill

    Richard

  8. Jan Guscott says :

    Dear Bill,
    thank you so much for this very clear explanation of all that has been the subject of your blogs so far.
    Having read some of your previous comments, I, for one, and there are probably many others, misunderstood them in a negative way. Therefore I have actually spent several days questioning whether or not I have actually done the right thing by myself in using the Holosync program. I did start to question your integrity, for which I humbly apologize.
    I have decided that whenever I start to feel this way,I have to remember why I started using Holosync in the first place. I must accept that there are still going to be times when other peoples negative comments are going to impact me in such a way that I might start to question everything I am doing.
    Hopefully as I travel further into the program, other people’s comments will no longer have any effect on me at all. The LPIP course is certainly helping with clarity also.
    So, having said my piece, I thank you for being patient with us all!!!
    I am sure there are many other Holosync users who feel the same way, at least those who, like myself, are still in the early part of the program.
    Thank you Bill……………………….Jan Guscott.

  9. anne ingraham says :

    Hey Bill thanks for clearing up some magical thinking stuff. Better but still a bit dry. (I do wish for a parking spot..lol)
    I love the idea of serving and your needs will be served, thanks I forgot! but you know you could be accused of magical thinking around the edges here.. thanks, you ARE helpful! Anne

  10. John Buchanan says :

    Hello Bill,
    I am new to Centerpointe and Holosync (1 month) and have just started reading your blog and find your statements and information about human developement very refreshing and stimulating. I look forward to further episodes! I also find it very interesting how quickly people are willing to pass judgement on someone else’s persepctive and what that says about them! Keep up the great work.

    John Buchanan

  11. What’s all the commotion? It’s all so clear and easy and all this discussion makes it so complicated :-))

    Great stuff Bill, thank you again.

  12. Chad says :

    Bill,

    And the antics of the mind are slightly amusing, as it jumps up and down and twists this way and that, trying to get your attention and seduce you into the game. (OSHO)

    ~Chad

  13. David says :

    Bravo! This is what I love about this Blog, you cannot see one post as the ANSWER (or secret), but you learn by continually learning as each post is written. Cannot wait for the future posts. Will always learn. Job well done Bill. Greetings from South Africa

  14. Mark Lurtsema says :

    There is another side to your participation with the Secret. When I read the book and saw the video, I contemplated what it was telling me. I was surprised to see you participated in this project.

    The reason for my surprise is because the Secret is merely a rehash of 20th century new age thought with a “kewl” marketing spin. In other words, it is filled with pre-conventional ideas.

    But then, since I actively practice confirmation bias I decided not to hold the Secret against you … But, that is only because Holosync has proven a useful tool … and besides everybody, including smart guys like us, make the occasional mis-step.

  15. Kyagulanyi says :

    Thank you Bill for your insiteful comments and teaching. I am certain that your blog certainly offers a lot and is a great service to many, certainly to me. The level of discussion at this blog is certainly very high. I eargerly await more of your sharing.

    To comment about your views about The Secret, in which your part was certainly a great one, I feel that most people appear to see what they have issues about – within themselves, in The Secret. I do not see it in any way as being for example too much on the for-material side as Shirmof teaches about that very well. I do not see it as being really magical as Jack Canfield clearly teaches about the need for taking action immediately, as well as Vitale as well as Doyle as well as you, Bill (you say…and he started doing this thing…….). And it is true, sometimes the only action we may take may only be receiving – which many people may not be interpreting as taking action.

    I looked at The Secret as mainly teaching much more than what many people are seeing. For me, its greatest teachings are towards the end – about our oneness with other humans and everything; our being source-energy; our having the natural capacity to prove once and for all – contrary to what we have been and are still being taught or imprinted or inundated with – that the power within us is greater than the power that is in the world. This is of course in addition to us being let know by Neale that we need not feel guilty – there is no big, old, angry old man in the sky with a blackboard, eagerly waiting to punish us (the way I got it).

    For an African, these teachings are extremely powerful, if allowed to take root. To use your terms, there is a preponderance of pre-rationalism and pre- conventionalism and conventionalism here, and I suspect that many of our troubles in Africa, could be due to that. We, for example were taught are and still being taught through various media and forms that we are less as human beings than others. And that it is evolutionary – DNA-tic, there is nothing we can do about it, except accept it (Watson). The Secret, lets people know that this is not true.

    It also lets us know that we cannot change our circumstances without changing our thinking first; and also that we are here in Africa, what we are thinking about most. We are responsible for everything.

    The gratitude-rock scene for example brought to light the power that our so-called with doctors use (our power within which we did not know). Morris Goodman’s and the Breast camcer scenes expose our religious people who advertise miracles within their churches and shrines as evidence of God-approval. Many hated The Secret and ridiculed The Secret and ensured that their congregations (the sheep) did not watch it (it is Satanic, God and Jesus are not in the fore, etc.,) as the people would awake.

    Why many do not see that The secret may actually be about our being players and actors is this game of life, I understand, because I tend to take myself too seriously as well. If there is not Really an out-there and an in-here, does it matter anyway, what we choose to have, and the way we choose to believe we shall have it, if we can feel we do not want it because we feel like we already have it?

  16. George Davis says :

    Excellent article, Bill! You have the extraordinary ability to cut through all the muck and make things clear. Thank you!

  17. Anthony says :

    Hi Bill —

    I’m using Holosync Awakening Level One everyday — the benefits are enormous and I can’t thank you enough for devoting your life to advancing this wonderful technology.

    I too have been reading Ken Wilber’s integral philosophy and I think it’s a wonderful way to think about personal and social development — or the development of everything and anything, really.

    That being said, there’s a few things you may want to consider.

    (1) Ken Wilber’s definition, and consequently yours, of “magical thinking” is rather vague and not backed up by concrete examples. “Putting it out there” is seen as magical thinking, whereas “focusing your attention on what you want” is not. What’s the difference here? Intentionality and positive thinking as a step towards achieving goals seem more like common sense to me than “magical thinking.”

    (2) I believe you are on record as endorsing The Sedona Method, which says that by simply “releasing” wants, (i.e., by simply and truly doing nothing, not even desiring), the objects of your desires will manifest in your life. Can you please reconcile that with your stated beliefs against magical thinking?

    (3) You lump those who want to revive “ancient ways” into the magical thinking category. Does this mean that you don’t think shamanism is a legitimate pathway to transcendental consciousness? The main problem with equating shamanism with mere magic is that shamans are always judged by their effectiveness — they either heal their clients or not, so their journeys into altered states are always validated by empirical evidence that prove their practices aren’t mere hocus pocus. Shamans that don’t deliver results get the boot real quick. Also, the mystic paths within Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism are also “ancient ways” — are these magical thinking, or are you talking only about pagan mysticism?

    (4) Where do you fit ESP and other paranormal abilities in your schema? Many ancient traditions have various kinds of oracles – and again, oracles can be validated empirically – they either accurately mirror you or they don’t, so it’s hard to label effective oracles as mere “magic.”

    (5) It’s a mistake to conflate developmental stages with political beliefs. Not all conservatives are at the conventional stage of development, and not all liberals are at the pre- or post-conventional stages. One can have any set of political beliefs at any of the stages – a developmental stage describes the form, not the content, of consciousness. We all know narcissistic, dogmatic and visionary types on both sides of the aisle.

    (6) I rather doubt, Bill, that you no longer care about your financial situation. While I appreciate that being wealthy allows you to concentrate more fully on how to serve others, I am sure that you, your business associates and financial advisors still keep an active interest in your balance sheets. Transcendental awareness requires that we acknowledge both the mundane and the sacred aspects of our lives.

    (7) There are generally two types of grand overviews of human development – one is called “The Great Chain of Being” and the other is “The Fall.” The former posits that man is always on the road to progress, each developmental stage better than the last, whereas the latter premises that man is on the road to apocalypse, with each developmental stage worse than the last. There’s a great deal of evidence for both points of view; Ken Wilber is very biased towards the former point of view, and it results in a tendency to devalue early stages of development, not-withstanding his claims of “transcending and including” each stage. This is one of his most irritating habits.

    A more intellectually balanced view would hold both types of overview in mind without judging one better than the other. Ken would probably say that my view is mere post-conventional “can’t we all get along” pluralism, but he’s wrong. First, to reach transcendental consciousness, once must “transcend and include” impartial pluralism as a pre-requisite; second, a truly transcendental view accepts all that is as it is, recognizing that there are advantages and disadvantages to everything; third, given the previous two statements, it becomes impossible to claim that “The Great Chain of Being” is better than “The Fall,” a concept which becomes even more clear when one realizes that the highest form of transcendental consciousness is nondual – because it acknowledges the unity of all, it doesn’t separate out good from bad, or progress from the apocalypse, or even pre-rational thinking from post-rational thinking, (although it is aware of the differences between these things [unlike the preconventional stages of development which don’t differentiate good from bad] and it accepts them all [unlike the conventional stages of development which deny the bad and thus makes things worse when the bad returns in the form of the shadow]). The inevitable conclusion, then, is that the highest forms of consciousness accept rather than reject magical thinking although they are not limited to or by it.

    Look at it this way: are adults “better” than babies, and if so, should we throw them out? Of course not! Because babies are integral to adult development; if there are no babies, then there will be no adults. You may argue that that real question is whether adults should think like babies; the obvious answer is no, they should not, but a more subtle answer is that adults think like babies whether they want to or not because infantile desires (for security, for stimulation, etc.) are at the root of all adults’ rational thoughts. That observation, of course, was one of Freud’s great contributions to psychology. That means that if you eliminate “magical thinking,” then you eliminate everything that’s built upon it, including both rational and post-rational modes of thought.

    Some may argue that transcendental consciousness replaces magical thinking with superior wisdom, but they are wrong; transcendental consciousness does not reject or remove anything, rather it accepts and adds everything, because its main behavior is awareness. All lower stages of development, including post-rational thought, lack some level of awareness and therefore produce behaviors that are lacking in some way. One of the features of these “lacking” behaviors is that they are always rejecting and separating things, through either unconscious denial or active suppression. (This is also true of the so-called “inclusive” pluralists, who ironically often reject and separate out anyone who does not ascribe to their “inclusive” philosophies.) This leads us to a final distinction: Perhaps the main feature of transcendental consciousness is that it is always including and joining things as its awareness is ever-expanding; nondual consciousness in its strictest sense, however, has no need to include everything simply because it IS everything – at this level, there’s no distinction between observer and observed, so awareness becomes pure beingness.

    So this whole debate over “magical thinking” is rather false. If it seems that I argue in defense of magical thinking, it is only because it is an integral part of the whole, and transcendental consciousness is always concerned with awareness of the whole – and it is also with the reminder that magical thinking is only partial thinking and is therefore limited and should not be relied upon solely. My last comment on this subject is that wounds can happen to individuals at any stage of development, and the gravest wounds are those that occur at the “magical thinking” stage – these are people whose earliest wishes for the most basic things (for example, a mother’s touch) were denied, setting a life-long pattern of self-destructive wish-denial. A great many people in our society are now attempting to heal these early wounds by recovering their ability to think magically. From a strictly transcendental point of view, this is not inherently good or bad; it is bad if people use their need for healing to indulge in infantile behaviors, but it is good if they recover faith in the possibility of achieving their dreams. Because we are all interconnected and interdependent on each other for our happiness and safety, it is paramount that everyone develop faith in themselves at this most basic level.

    The key, of course, is awareness, which is why your work is so wonderful; Holosync improves one’s ability to be the witness to one’s existence – to expand awareness of your own life so that you can take greater responsibility for fulfilling your wishes – in other words, for creating magic!

    Namaste,
    Anthony

  18. Esther F says :

    Hi Bill, thank you so much for the blog, I really enjoy reading your posts.
    I also like that they are long :) I love reading interesting stuff!

    My question is: what do you think about the Silva Method (if you know it)? I would really be interested in your opinion, especially from this “magical-non magical thinking” aspect.

  19. Thank you for your insights, I found them informative and useful, and agree that people so easily get lost in magical thinking that leads nowhere useful for yourself or the world. However, I thought from a Ken Wilber perspective, the
    developmental theory states that one transcends and includes the lower levels of development? Surely then there is some ‘magic’, even if there is a rational explanation for it.

    For example, sometimes you do end up hearing from someone just when you’re trying to contact them, and perhaps that can be in part because of some kind of telepathic communication that can’t be fully explained, but does occur. I’m with you on the parking space one though! Although perhaps there’s no harm in playing with such magical thinking as long as you don’t take it too seriously!? Or perhaps it does just encourage egoic thinking that won’t take you anywhere in your development, so you may as well not go there. What about healing practices, the power of prayer and intention? In some sense are they not also at the risk of seeming ‘magical’, yet I do belief in their power to influence and create positive change.

    Also you say you don’t care about how you benefit, then why do you send out so much advertisement? To benefit us by encouraging us to buy the next levels and increase our growth and development? Is this really the ONLY reason? Maybe it really is.

    Yet on a personal level, I am happy with where I am now in my development from 7 years meditation and yoga practice. With an expanded awareness and open heart. A couple of years ago when I was rather unintergrated with spiritual practice (after a kundalini awakening which was quite unbalanced for a while), I was desperate to be more fully integrated and bought the first level of the programme. In the longer term I’m sure it helped, in the shorter term it was all too much (too many emotions, too spiritually imbalanced). Then whenever I got your advertisement, it actually caused me to feel a bit doubtful and to wonder what was best for me- whether to continue. Yet as the process unfolded, integration was happening naturally with the changes I was making in my life and I feel content with where I am and that evolution is happening naturally, so personally find the advertising a little much.

    Saying this though, I am certain it is a wonderful personal development programme you have created, and that many people and the world does benefit enormously from it, and that if advertisement is only from a place of service then continue spreading the word.

  20. Phil Payson says :

    Thanks Bill, I enjoyed this post. I found your tone to be a bit gentler than it often is, more welcoming and more inclusive. I really appreciate that, it makes your essay much more readable and less polemic.
    Magical thinking is a powerful drug and to break free of it often requires the same degree of commitment and honesty as any other addiction. Ken Wilber does a good job of synthesizing the various models of development especially through the cognitive line. I believe that another important lens for viewing where people are in their development is through the addiction model, mostly by asking “What am I addicted to?”
    I’ve also made much use of your understanding of beliefs, of how they are malleable and even discardable, and that the most important question to ask is “Is this belief resourceful for me?” Uncovering and discovering my unconscious beliefs, bringing them into the full light of awareness has been empowering and very, very humbling.
    Missing completely from the Secret and from most of the New Age material is any mention or understanding of what Jung called the shadow. Learning to recognize the personal, familial and cultural shadow is the very core of personal growth work. That is, you can tell when you’re doing important shadow stuff because of the resistance it brings up. Pushing through resistance takes work, commitment and regular practice.
    That is the final piece of the puzzle that is missing in most new age presentations_ personal daily practice.
    I’m really enjoying your blog (much better than Mind Chatter imho). thanks for sharing

  21. Andy Lumiere says :

    Hi Bill,

    Great article (and subsequent dialogue from readers) above! I like your rational way of thinking and your classification of stages of development shed light on schools of thought. I am all over taking action in accordance with your thoughts, feelings, and goals, but I would also like a bit of verification from you about what you term as magical. I read that another reader thinks you may be dismissing various forms of mysticism, and I just wanted your thoughts on that. Quite frankly, it seems to me that the magical/mystical is what many strive for or attain at higher levels of the development of consciousness, so I’m experiencing a bit of confusion on that point. Any comments or clarification you could make would be amazing. Please keep up the good work!!

    All the best to you,
    Andy

  22. Anna Grear says :

    I would be really interested in having research references for all the research positing the various developmental cultural stages.

    I saw the Secret and to be honest, one of the things that I struggled with the most was that many of the things ‘affirmed for’ struck me as profoundly materialistic, and I felt that I was being addressed as a prospective practitioner of a kind of consumer ‘spirituality’. This impression was perhaps made more forceful by the reactions of those I watched it with, who were all affirming for what can only be described as items of relatively extravagent consumer wealth. I found this ethically uncomfortable in an age of such discrepant access to wealth in global terms. I was also troubled by the rather strange use, in this context, of pictures of children from developing nations looking happy and content – romanticised even. I have no doubt that children in developing nations do smile and have great joy, but I also have no doubt that at a structural level there are vast discrepancies between the ‘rich’ consumer West and the developing world and to be fair, I found the visual reference at best paradoxical, at worst manipulative, especailly in the context of the over all film and what it seemed to be promoting in terms of aspiration. This is not to say that all viewers of the film, or all teachers featured on the film, necessarily endorse such a version of the law of attraction… it is simply an observation on my experience of viewing the film – and yes – I know my view is perspectival!

  23. Aline Gaubert says :

    As a Holosync “grad,” I been following Bill and Ken Wilber
    around for years and years. They are definately the good
    guys.

    However, now I am a student of Gurdjieff and Russell A. Smith (author of Gurdjieff: Cosmic Serets), and there is another system of development there that you should know about, and it does include laws of seven.

    I won’t attempt to describe this body of work. It is esoteric and worthy of study for its own sake.

    Aline

  24. Kara says :

    Bill…Bill…Bill…. Well…Well…Well… I loved this last post. I have to say that the one before confronted my pre conventional thinking in a rather traumatic way. One part of my thinking is saying…what a load of crock he has lost the magic. But, another part was really listening. I had a week of not to pleasant sessions with my daily Holosync meditations as the load of crock brain was being challenged. This morning however, in my meditation I became aware of the life in my breath, this awarness then spread to my thoughts, my sense of self and then to my sense of oneness with everything. In this moment I saw that my magical thinking was not being supported by this state of being. It felt good and very safe to consciously let the need for magical thinking go…. Then this afternoon I get this email blog which after this morning makes perfect sense…. Wow… Now that is a coincidence…. huh…. LOL…. or was it magic….LOL…. Whether it be coincidence or the universe’s magic, the Secret was the best thing that has happened to me as it has led me to Holosync and your online course… I now have the opportunity to live my life in a much more meaningful way…. Thanks Bill… ‘Onya Mate’

    Kara

  25. Mr. A says :

    Hello Bill:
    Once again I am trying to reach you to get a point across…

    All great Leaders always allow
    direct access to them…
    For Example: Conrad Hilton read
    every single complaint and compliment and responded to each and every one WHY?

    Because he knew keeping in touch
    with his clients was key to his company’s success…

    Now I know its impossible for you to respond to each and every person’s e-mail, because of the share volume of requests, (thanks
    for THE exponential factor of the (internet). But “you should” have your staff maybe 5 people read
    each and every submittal, respond
    to those that are mere questions,
    and give you a summary of those
    questions most intrigueing and also give you access to those comments which have some possible (Great Ideas) !
    By (doing this) you remain focused
    and grounded with your most valuable customer (ME) and all the other (me’s) out there….
    Otherwise you will appear aloof
    and distant to your customers!

    Another comment: The secret
    is nothing more than a plagerism
    of an old old book written in the
    1800’s Called: The Science of Getting Rich Wallace D. Wattles

    So in closing Bill yes you must choose your words wisely when writting about your time or talking
    about your empathy for your clients, WHY? Because E-mail is
    (very impersonal), and whatever you put in words, the person reading your comments
    (does not know )
    your intentions or attitude are
    positive or acid-negative
    when you imply what
    your trying to say….

    In conclusiion: Keep in touch with
    all your clients, (if you do) you will have- – –
    – – buy-in from all your customers,
    you will also establish
    repeat loyal customers and “word of mouth”
    NEW business!
    The kind of business NO amount of advertising money (can) buy….

    So Bill PLEASE
    Remember this: Multiply
    thyself when it comes to answering all your
    customers e-mails, in other words follow the suggestion,
    I have made at the beginning of this blog….

    BE WELL ! BE SMART !
    BE CONNECTED !
    BEST REGARDS,
    AL

  26. Ashish says :

    To the point. Nice read. Made me smile!

  27. Diane Gomez says :

    Your piece about “The Secret” was very well put and I enjoyed reading your writing o what I was actually thinking about the subject.

    One comment, I don’t think any of us who are Pro-Choice consider themselves Pro-Abortion.

    Diane Gomez

  28. Mark Evans says :

    Hi Bill,
    I’ve been following this issue since your three part article a few years ago and I have two questions. I get that I have to create value in my culture to make money, but am I, or is the culture, the arbitor of what is valuable?

    Two if my goal is not money, but better health or a relationship, is there still a need to provide value to my collective?

    Keep up the good work!
    Mark

  29. ELinsley says :

    Bill,
    Good answer Nicely done.
    Blessings,
    Ivey

  30. Hello Bill and everyone who is passionate about Holosync and self transformation (EVOLUTION) !!! This is the 1st blog I have ever written but I am passionate about this subject. First of all I want to thank Bill from the bottom of my heart and soul for being frank and saying it like it is … THE TRUTH …. I loved the movie The Secret but agree with Bill 100%…there is no magic!!! read the book THE POWER OF THE SUBCONCIOUS MIND and you will fully understand that one has to ACT. There is NO MAGIC in this world only understanding the problem, finding the solution, facing it square on and then acting on it. To get a bit more lofty and spiritual about the question of MAGIC please refer to my favourite book and a book that has defined my belief system…. http://www.urantia.org. Evolution is what everything is about including the evolution of self and mind and some people just remain STUCK and don’t get it …. refer to paper (chapter) 85,86,87,88 and 89,90 in the URANTIA BOOK and it will surely dispel any belief in magic… and I quote page 973 of the BOOK “gradually science is removing the gambling element from life. But if modern methods of education should fail, there would be an almost immediate reversion to the primitive beliefs in magic. These supertstitions still linger in the minds of many so-called civilized people.” Bill is educating us, he is a Master Teacher. Listen to him. He is credible and knows whereof he speaks.!! The Secret led me to Bill and Holosync and I am eternally GRATEFUL for that but I DO NOT BELIEVE in New Age hoaxas poxas ….. Bill PLEASE continue to give us the TRUTH. I love you from a distance and hope to meet you in the flesh on one of the retreats….my next goal …..and I am ACTING on that to happen. Holosync and The Urantia BOOK are the core of my life and the TRUTH!!!!!! I drink your health Sygun ” the mad juice doctor.”

  31. Bill, I am so glad I got exactly (I think) what you were trying to say. I agree. Not that you need my agreement and I know why you don’t. :)

    Thanks for all you do and share. And thanks for the validation – not that I needed it.

    Brenda

  32. Rosa Presta says :

    Bill, keep going, look forward to reading your Blog. Why do they call it that anyway?

    You are responding to those who see the negative in your approach or words. Keep writing. I get what you are saying. I’m comforted in knowing that we are not alone in all our thoughts. there are reasons why we think the way we do. And you have presented us with some of those reasons. Our mind is unchartered territory. We travel though this territory with so many questions. Good to know there are some answers. Finally!!

    This forum ” the blog” units us in thought. How powerful is this? You sit where you are and I sit where I am and there is a conversation going. WOW!!

    Thanks for doing all the reasearch and summarizing for us, we have so much to do, we don’t or can’t take the time.

    keep up the good work…….
    Rosa

  33. Terry HS says :

    Hi Bill,

    thank you so much for your great work. I really enjoy the blog and am always thrilled when I get the update alerts cos’ I know that you will have profound and illuminating insights to offer. I ‘ve been using holosync for several months with great results, and I think the blog is a wonderful companion to my daily meditative practice.

    In a funny kind of way, Centerpointe feels like extended family.

    I look forward to hearing more from you in future.

    love
    Terry

    London, England

  34. David says :

    Thanks, Bill, for your inspiring words, which have helped me to clear up many of my own misconceptions and confusions. The theory of developmental stages is phenomenal because it is so integral. It helps me to piece together different aspects of my own experience, inner and outer.

    Bill, I also appreciate you and all your work. If it were not for the vigorous and tireless support you have given through writing etc, I would have given up on Holosync a long time ago. Just like I’d given up before on other personal growth approaches, that started to create change and upheaval in my life. My way was to resist by giving up and searching for something else that could fulfill my magical need (a kind of unmet need) for an imagined bliss far away from earthly pain and torment.

    Holosync has taught me that the way to growth is actually to face life in the here and now and by doing this, you can become stronger and more resourceful.

    In fact, Bill, the help you have given me through Holosync and your support materials are invaluable, as there is such a mish mash of misguided information out there. I find your ideas really logical and they work, simply because you have lived it, you haven’t just intellectually come up with your theories, you are living it. I see you as an inspiration, and I hope to continue on my Holosync journey, to evolve.

    Thanks again for your work, I do believe that you really are a friend helping me on my personal growth journey

    Dave

  35. Maya Ponce says :

    Hi Bill, thank you for these last two posts. I have heard all of The Masters of the Secret and found them enlightening–especially the key point about taking action. You see, our daughter has a brain injury do to complications at birth. From the beginning we have wanted a good life for her even if we were given only grim outlooks. For a long time all we had was faith, visualization, prayer. But in our hearts we knew this was not enough. Traditional therapies done a few times a week were not making any progress. And I think I began to hope that divine intervention would make her well. Needless to say I was depressed. But then we found the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential ( I was receptive to it when someone mentioned it). They are all about action-all day therapy done at home.) Now I feel like I am doing something for my daughter. And all it took was from Glenn Doman and his staff to focus on making Brain Injured children well and to work hard to finding the therapies that work as opposed to conventional thinking that says its a lost cause so why bother (most kids are booted out of traditional therapy when they fail to progress!) So I believe there is the good kind of Secret at work here… My daughter will benefit more from my ACTION than anything else. And my mind is still open to any other approaches that might help her as well. Just wanted to share from a different perspective. Thank you again.

  36. Gina says :

    Ahhh…magic. My grandmother would have told you that magic was coincidence run amuck. She was psychic and it bothered her no end that she could not come up with a satisfactory explanation for her abilities.
    Me, I read/interpret tarot cards which are not magic either. They are a tool that, when in the hands of a good reader, can help people clarify and hopefully solve problems. (This is a fascinating hobby, not something I do for money.) I want the person asking the question to shuffle, cut the deck and tell me what the cards mean to them. I’m there to help them work out what it is they want to understand about their situations. Each reading is a co-operative effort, in other words. I am careful to explain that reading tarot is a combination of intuition, logic, and knowledge of the human condition. It is not, repeat not, magic.
    Unfortunately, the questioner frequently asks that one question for which I have no current rational answer. How did these particular cards show up in these particular positions within the layout?
    I’ve given up trying to explain it because it always sounds lame when you try to explain something you don’t understand yourself. Besides which my friends have seen it happen so often they just won’t buy co-incidence as the explanation.
    So… I’ve had to compromise. I say well maybe, just maybe there is a bit of magic in the world. It pops up to delight you as unexpectedly as a gemstone in a tray of costume jewelry It can be as capricious, as cruel, as a cat and even less reliable. Do not, I say, live your life expecting magic to solve your problems.
    But about psychics, I’ve known 3 real ones. My grandmother, my friend of 35 years, and a new age shop keeper in a town I visited on vacation. I walked into her shop to purchase a charm for my dog’s collar and she apologized for perhaps distressing me but she said felt she had to tell me a story. The story she told me mirrored my life and helped me solve a problem that had been worrying me for months. Since she had never met me and I hadn’t actually said anything to her, until I handed her the charm I wanted to purchase, I can’t understand how she could know what she apparently knew.
    Can you explain how this sort of thing works?
    Thanks,
    Gina

  37. Alfonso Jaramillo says :

    Bill this is absolutely awesome. When you take the “magical thinking” away from any explanation, life becomes even more magical…. aren’t you in absolute awe that things are the way the are, and that such a complex system as the universe is works in such perfect harmony!!!! When Einstein was asked if he would like to know one thing what would he like to know – I want to know God’s thoughts, he wanted to learn the underlying beauty of the principles that govern this amazingly complex system called life.

    Bill this blog is great because it comes direct from your heart and soul, no editing, no nothing, straight from you, it is a plain/simple point of view from someone that has great knowledge to share…. keep them coming.

    Thanks,

    Alfonso

  38. Jessica says :

    Thank YOU-> Bill

    I LOVE this blog and all these posts are awesome. I agree with Kyagulanyi that the level of discusion is high and very refreshing and appreciated. I love you all. I would be very intrigued to here your response to Anthony’s post.
    I have always been looking for ways to change, grow and move forward or get off!. Through holosync and all your great comments, lectures and interviews I have been able to bounce around ideas and consciously choose what would best support me to move forward. I am always open to learning more and changing ideas when they no longer serve, but each stage has served a purpose, as a stone to help me move forward. Even when I thought it was a “magical stone” I laugh now. it still moved me.
    I am forever grateful for your help with pushing my mind to new heights.
    Keep up the good work.

    ALL LOVE
    Jessica

  39. Jill says :

    I find this a very insightful and informative article written, in my very humble opinion, from a masculine, logical perspective.

    Is that a problem? NO! Is it a valuable perspective? Yes, without a doubt. Comprehensive? I don’t think, but that’s just my perspective.

    Nevertheless, all of this stuff (The Secret, The Law of Attraction, The Masters of the Secret) and the varying opinions and perspectives that blossom from these ideas are intended to be fun (and yes maybe even magical for some folks!).

    So let us live in unconditional love, cease the debate and get back to the fun and — dare I say — magic of LIVING!

    Peace & Blessings,
    Jill

  40. Joseph says :

    Thank you so much for clearing up the “pre-trans fallacy” for me. That totally explains what I’ve been struggling with for so long. I’ve only just begun reading some of Ken Wilber’s work, and haven’t really gotten that far yet. However, it all makes perfect sense put into this context, how pre- and post-conventional can look similar from an objective perspective, but in reality are totally different, particularly in their intention. I was just never really able to get behind the self-serving wishcraft I was being fed, yet I definitely have experienced something bigger than myself acting upon my life. More accurately, I have come to better understand my true nature and how we are all connected. It’s too difficult to write about because I haven’t really sorted it all out in my head and heart. But it’s making more sense.

    Thanks again. I also really appreciate this blog, as it gives me a relatively “safe” place to explore these things with others. Right now there are very few people in my life with whom I could discuss such things — they just would not “get” it. I love them anyway, and accept our differences, but sometimes it’s nice to at least talk virtually with others who share a common language (or pursuit).

  41. Karen says :

    Thanks you. Everything well said, as before too.
    One thing that does puzzle me at times is the “coincidence” idea. I’ve had so many “coincidences” at times in my life that were extremely unusual and yet helpful and meaningful… that I found myself smiling and saying… it was a “miracle” (in other words, something beyond my level of understanding…). What you shared about parking spaces and someone telephoning when you’ve thought of them, makes complete sense as you’ve described it… it’s just a coincidence or reasonable/statistical chance, but I’ve had some other experiences that at times in my life… have really given me a positive life that “Something” was “listening” to the needs of my life.

  42. Margaret Casebeer says :

    Hi Bill

    I agree that too much magical thinking can cause us suffering, but let’s own it as part of our self. The up side is that I wouldn’t have tried Holosync without a good dose of magical thinking. Can magical thinking manifest as something close to hope? Holosync is way different than I thought it would be and way better.

    Keep asking the questions Bill, who knows what we might discover. Great comments folks…beautiful thinking!

    Regards,

    Margaret

  43. Roselyne says :

    I’ve skimmed through a number of the comments since the creation of this blog. Have been a Holosync user since July’07 (faithfully). I love the comments, get worked up, agree, disagree, gets me thinking…find myself reacting emotionally to your (and others’) comments usually with some level of passion … sometimes in a positive? (relative term) and other times in a negative? fashion. Bottom line is…I turned to Holosync because MY LIFE WAS NOT WORKING

  44. Dear Bill – you have a well of insights and wisdom to offer and you excel at it. Let’s move on until the next “The Secret” in the makings is coming out.

    Louise
    Made of Steel, Build to Last 8-)

  45. Great stuff! Focus on what you want and take action.

    “Learning how to focus your mind on what you want, and then taking appropriate actions to get it–actions that create value.”

  46. Jack says :

    Anthony–Good insight . . . thanks.

    Re. Anna’s comments:

    “one of the things that I struggled with the most was that many of the things ‘affirmed for’ struck me as profoundly materialistic, and I felt that I was being addressed as a prospective practitioner of a kind of consumer ’spirituality’. This impression was perhaps made more forceful by the reactions of those I watched it with, who were all affirming for what can only be described as items of relatively extravagent consumer wealth. I found this ethically uncomfortable in an age of such discrepant access to wealth in global terms.”

    I think it’s important to recognize two things in this regard:

    1. Prosperity of any kind is not zero-sum, i.e., that if I have mine it’s at someone else’s expense. Prosperity is abundant in all its forms.

    2. You can’t help fulfill someone’s spiritual needs if they’re starving. Once they have food, clothing, and shelter, their demand for these declines and their other needs and wants increase. Therefore, if you want to help people who have basic needs deficits, increase your material abundance so you know how to guide them accordingly (you can’t teach effectively what you haven’t done).

    Re. Rosa’s question: “Blog” is short for “web log,” i.e., interactive journal.

  47. Jerry Dechant says :

    Hi Bill,

    I always enjoy your thoughtful insights. :)

    The thoughts that come to me when I think about the subject of “magic” are of some guy pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or with empty hands, pulling a coin from behind your ear or some such thing. The point of all this is, it isn’t really magic. It appears to be so, but once we understand and know how it is all done, the mystery is gone and we can see clearly there is no magic to it at all.

    That is the same way with awakening into a greater awareness of life and our experience in it. Because, at some early stage, we didn’t understand and or know how it came to be, we thought of it as magic. When we finally came to realize what was really happening, the mystery and magic went away and was replaced with a realization of how it really is, and how it really is done.

    The one thing that I found out about learning how to do tricks or magic, was it took the fun out of it, it took the mystery our of it. It was an, “Oh I know how that is done,” and with that the mystery I enjoyed was gone relative to that trick. It seems to me, this (the mystery,) might be something people who defend the “magical” perspective may enjoy and don’t want to loose. My answer to that is this, Yes, you grow, you learn, and you understand how things work as you go through your life journey, and the mystery associated with those things vanishes and is replaced with knowing and clarity. The thing is, there will always be something else for you to realize the joy of discovery, uncovering the mystery of, so as we continue to move through life, we can continually be delighted and find other things that are mysterious to us.

    Part of the joy of life is the uncovering, the discovery of the unknown. I assure you, there will always be something to uncover, something to discover, IF that is what you want and enjoy because there is no end.

    There is no end to it all, but this is the end of this post ;)

    Best regards,
    Jerry

  48. Connie M says :

    Hi Bill and all,
    I think we each have our own understanding of the word magic due to our experiences in this life and in past lives.
    I also wanted to point out that you are presenting your own political points of view and calling them post-conventional. So you are telling me that if I continue to evolve, it will be OK to let the bad guys destroy the planet. I guess we are to serve but not protect.

  49. Arun Nanes says :

    Hi Bill,

    Thank you for clarifying the magical or coincidental approach of life. I apologyze for my short view of mind.

    Could you could make some comments of the law of atracction and cause and effect. In my experience good atracts good and v.s.

    Is that is coincidence too?

    Regards,

    Arun

  50. Meredith says :

    I agree that developmental theories are fascinating, although back in nursing school when we had to learn them for tests I was not too jazzed about it. But then I was at a lower developmental level than I an at age 62. Way more conventional. I find developmental theory especially fascinating because of my two children who are 4.5 years apart, the youngest (the girl) is and always has been way more developmentally advanced than the older (the boy). They are both adopted and not related to each other. I’m wondering if it is typical that women as a group tend to be more developmentally advanced than men, all else being equal? Would you care to comment on this idea/

  51. christine cloutier says :

    Hi Bill,

    I am one of your client that came from The Secret. I am very intuitive and felt that I needed to check you out. It took me 3 weeks of listening to the demo before I decided to order the Prologue. I am now at the first level and paying the price on the physical and emotional level. I would not trade this for anything. It is not always pleasant but I know where I am going and I am very grateful that you are there even if you make tonnes of money. You payed the price and you are showing us the way.
    Thank You very much.

  52. Susan Gafvert says :

    Thank you so much for offering these in-depth discussions on development. I have just re-committed to using the Holosync CDs because it makes so much sense to me that they are helpful. The Blog is really helping me see whole new dimensions to my resistance to transforming my life for the better, and anything that might be magical! (I ordered Holosync and began using it in April and May. Then put it aside when serious health problems came up.) With that behind me I am truly looking forward to continuous Holosync practice. I was raised an atheist; however, my scientist Father taught me to be curious about the brain and its capacity. I have dwelled in the pre-rational life, slammed the door on it and anything else that smelled of “New Age” for years; then surrendered to my curiousity about The Secret which lead me to you and Centerpointe. I am hungry for an authentic and happy life; and for the knowledge you so generously share.

    Much Gratitude,

    Susan Gafvert
    Rehoboth Beach, DE

  53. Wayne Allen says :

    A while back I wrote an article through my site, a “pre-blog” e-zine article about this topic. Here’s a quote:
    ~~~~

    The Metaphor of the Spiral Staircase

    The reason things seem stuck and challenging, by the bye, is contained in yet another metaphor – the spiral staircase.

    If you can let go of the western idea of higher=better, what you see is that, on a ‘spiral staircase,’ the path returns upon itself. You’ll quickly see that the path of meaning means “same issues, different perspective.” Add in Wilber’s “transcend / include,” and you see that, with each circuit, you bring along (include) what came before, while at the same time, you approach the issue from a more “enlightened” and therefore transcended perspective. (“both / and” vs. “either /or”)

    In other words, your issues are your issues are your issues, until you die.
    How you deal with them is entirely optional.

    A New Way of Seeing

    In order to begin conquering the stressors connected with personal development, you have to let go of the western idea that there is a “good, better, best” hierarchy when approaching your own growth. You must move past the notion that “up” is somehow better than “down.”

    Please, tell me I don’t have to list all of the judgements and dichotomies within the language, (i.e. higher/lower, right/wrong, good/bad, etc. ) My point is that black/white, dichotomy thinking is deadly. If you can’t let go of judging yourself on the basis of whom you are “better” than, you are well and truly doomed.

    I tell clients that they have only one or two issues – and that these issues re-occur with different “faces” – i.e. a relationship issue with parents will re-play with a lover/spouse, and will replay with teachers, and ultimately with our relationship with the Ground of our Being.

    Thus, the wise person confronts their issue each time the issue arises, (no matter what the guise or “level,” as opposed to whining about it showing up again.

    This is the point of the spiral staircase analogy. Stuff re-occurs. What may change is my perspective.

    The whole article: http://www.phoenixcentre.com/features/conscious/spiral.htm

    ~~~~
    Bill, as to your paragraph of trying to write more clearly, I suspect Scott Peck was correct, in “The Different Drum. He posited 4 developmental stages for all aspects of life: chaos, fundamentalism, doubt and mysticism. He said that is was difficult to talk “two categories down,” as it seemed to him that the usage (languaging) gap was to large to bridge. He used this example:
    fundamentalists might say, “xxx saves me,” whereas mystics might say, “xxx is a good role model for my walk.” Not going to be much dialog there…

    A personal note re. writing: My last book came out in 05, and a couple of friends commented that my next book should be easier to understand – “more for the person in the street.” I asked them: But did YOU understand it?” Both replied, “Yes! It’s the easiest read ever!”
    Hmm….

  54. izet says :

    Hi Bill,

    Keep up the good work! You can’t imagine how much I enjoy this blog and it’s so helpful to me making these things clear. Can’t wait to read your next post

  55. Jed says :

    Bill,

    Your discussion of Maslow/Wilber’s (et al) developmental stages theory is one of the clearest yet. Thanks.

    Another way of viewing “magical” thinking has to do with the simplest definition I ever heard of the idea of “magic”; Anything that is beyond my understanding/level of comprehension seems ‘magical’. My (and maybe yours?) conscious and unconscious intentions/projections onto the Kosmos often seem to result in unexplainable effects. At each developmental stage, I seek to understand what my relationship is with the Kosmos. The cool thing is that the answers at each stage are right – until they don’t work for me anymore – and I either crash and burn, or experience a transformation of awareness.

    Wilber’s Theory, for me anyway, have helped to increase my personal comprehension of the Kosmos’ inner workings. Curiously, the more I know, the more incredibly “magical” the universe becomes. The fun part is there doesn’t seem to be any end point; the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

  56. _Jon says :

    With regard to the ‘Parking Spot’, I had a bit of discussion with a teacher from Cayce’s foundation, on the very subject, nearly 20 years ago. I’ve had a long time to ‘chew’ on it, so-to-speak.

    Here is my opinion: Focusing on achieving a good parking spot is a practical use of one’s abilities. The trade-off, if there is one, is for me to be willing to accept changes in my time line in order to achieve my goal.

    For example (I’ve had multiple personal experiences with this scenario), if I know that I am taking the kids to the mall, I begin a process of envisioning and safe, easy trip that includes a close parking spot. I have a practical reason; managing 5+ kids through a mall parking lot can be like herding cats. Therefore, I intend to park close. However, I also know that in order for that to occur, my timing has to be just such that I will arrive in that aisle at the time that another patron is leaving. It isn’t coincidence for me – it is timing. I *know* that there are people leaving close spots regularly. So I am willing to be sensitive to flexible actions during my trip to the mall – traffic changes, alternate route, etc. Sometimes I am even patient in waiting for the girls to _finally_ be ready to go. I know the priorities I have set; certain time of leaving, safe travel, close spot, etc. In my mind, they have priorities and I know the flexibilities I will allow. I *know* what I am doing. And I’ve done it. As have several of my friends. In fact, one friend isn’t allowed to drive to dinner because he never does it and rarely gets a good spot.

    Now, I have to acknowledge your first point – you didn’t say ‘close’ parking spot or ‘good’ parking spot. I am – in effect – responding to an argument you didn’t make. I am knocking down a straw man, as it were. But if your response was truly about a ‘parking spot’, with no reference to it’s desirability, then I believe you were being disingenuous. That benefits no one. I hope you weren’t doing that. My hope that you were being short on your reply in order to lead into your further comments regarding pre and post conventional states of belief. In that context those are good comments.

    But I believe you are wiser and broader than those comment indicate.

    Thanks for creating, reading, and writing.

  57. Charlie Collings says :

    Hi Bill,

    As several others have noted (asked?): do you put psychic abilities and prayer into the realm of “magic”?
    The power of prayer is a scientific, documented fact. As for psychic abilities, it is unfortunately a haven for charlatans and worse who prey on the fears of the unwitting. However, if you’ve ever been in the company of one who truly has “the gift” you don’t doubt its existence. I’ve been lucky enough to meet several in this lifetime.

    I agree totally that “magic” won’t make your life better all by itself without any input/work on your (my) part. But hard work and a little bit of intuition and the occasional “angel moment” has led me to a very joyous – including prosperous – life.

    Perhaps it all depends on your definition of “magic”? Perhaps you would care to clarify yours in light of these discussions…

    Thanks for putting yourself and your beliefs out there for our thought, discussion and ultimately, enlightenment.

  58. Joseph says :

    It occurs to me that pretty much anyone who can even CONSIDER — let alone understand — some of the developmentally advanced viewpoints expressed here must surely be at least in or moving rapidly toward the post-rational/post-conventional stage. Almost by defintion, would that not be the case for anyone attempting to do serious self-growth? I would think that those at the “lower” levels would not even consider such a thing until their current belief system ceased working for them. Then, as explained by chaos theory and the law of entropy (as expressed as the reason why Holosync works), once the old ways no longer work, the system must reorganize at a higher level or cease to exist.

    So, it seems to me that anyone who is consciously on this journey is inherently already at or beyond a post-conventional stage (or at very least in the chaos that precedes the reorganization on the way to post-conventional) by the simple fact that they (we) are even able to entertain the possibilities of things discussed here, or that personal growth is anything other than “hogwash” (which I would think would be the belief of someone solidly in the conventional). The major differences, then, come down to how much of the previous stages we continue to try to hold onto and integrate into this higher level, and how much additional information we have begun to acquire so as to be able to put words to newer levels of belief and functioning. Moving forward, there is also of course the experiential component — it’s impossible to truly understand the concept of “enlightment”, for instance, without ever having the experience of it. Without the experience under one’s belt, it’s just an abstract idea that we will either choose to believe or not. But the fact that one can even MAKE the choice to believe it exists would, I should think, put them in the post-conventional stage, right? If so, doesn’t that broadly apply to most everyone here?

    Does that make sense? The four basic stages are quite broad. If we think of it as an ascending linear process (which it isn’t, but it makes it easier to talk about), then there are an infinite number of points along the continuum at which we would choose to include or exclude an infinite number of beliefs that came before. The idea that there’s a neat little “box” for each stage that everyone must fit into is not really my idea of integration (nor is it what I think Bill is saying).

    Is it that it really comes down to awarenes and conscious choice? If one’s default mechanism is to rely on magical thinking, that’s one thing, and is probably not going to be very resourceful in the long run. “Luck”, or coincidence, will only take a person so far. However, if someone consciously makes a CHOICE to say “what the hell — I guess it can’t hurt to wish” but still couples that with appropriate action and education, and is fully aware that they are making the choice to ALSO indulge in a “lower” level of magical thinking because it’s fun (or feels safe, or whatever), that’s something else entirely. Perhaps as one continues deeper into the realm of the post-conventional — and certainly when into the transcendant — the thought of even making such a choice would no longer occur to you. But it seems to me that as long as it’s a choice, it can still be part of the post-conventional, albeit with a (un)healthy helping of pre-rational thrown in!

    Or am I conflating developmental levels with intelligence? This is where I get confused, I think. On one hand, I believe that experience of the Divine (for lack of a better word) can happen regardless of intellect. On the other, it seems like a lot of what it takes to understand the higher levels of consciousness also has to do with how much a person can learn and understand intellectually. Then, of course, to transcend it.

    Wow…so much to absorb!

  59. Scote says :

    Hey Bill,

    You do good work. Service is pretty much all that is left. How can I make myself more resourceful to improve my ability to serve, is my daily question.

    My hat is off to your efforts to give “advice” I think of my Granny’s words, ‘wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it’. Any yet you keep at it!

    Thanks,

  60. bonnie villines says :

    hooray for you Bill,
    I told a friend about Centerpointe, and they researched it and came back and said that your marketing pitches were constant and that when you subscribed you got bombarded with marketing materials to get you to purchase more stuff. What a shame, I thought. I love your marketing materials, and admire that you have it down to a science. Your desire to help people has come throught loud and clear to me, I have have no problem with you making as much money as you possibly can. I think money comes when you help people. You have helped me. Thank you

  61. Bob Covert says :

    Geeze Bill, after reading your article and all the comments, my question seems so insignificant!

    I was just wondering how your day was going!

    But since we’re on the subject of magic, there are only two times in my life that I experience any type of magic:

    1) The look of love I get from my grandchildren…

    2) The look I get from my slightly dementia laden dad whenever I tell him:
    “I didn’t invent the napkin but I do encourage their use”!

    Love and laughter are the only true forms of magic in my world, all the rest are just parlor tricks, fun to watch but you know your being tricked… well unless your my slightly dementia laden dad and you tell him he’s drooling, he’ll wipe his chin for a good twenty minutes until you tell him your were just kidding then he laughs for a good twenty minutes!

    Seeing him still able to laugh is magic both to him and to me.

    So if some of your readers insist on believing in magic, then tell them to go out there and give someone enough love that you see it come back to you in THEIR eyes!

    That’s magic!

  62. Dr. Houston Vetter says :

    Bill,

    I always enjoy your comments and insight. I always agree and see your frame and I often also consider what if we had different definitions of nominalizations like “magical thinking”? I sometimes wonder if the models and methods I use would be consider ‘magical thinking’ by you and others and yet I always comfort myself by reminding myself in the model I’m working with at present I’m not concerned with is it “magical or rational or logical thinking”, I see the model I use as results (solutions) thinking. I’m talking results now in the present not months or years down the road.

    I just as easily understand the model that you and Ken Wilber present and yet some of the tools and techniques I use that actually help people have the experience of the stages/levels that are in your model may be considered “magical thinking”, as a flash light seems magical to any tribe of people in a remote area who are unfamiliar with electricity, batteries and light bulbs. The difference is what would it feel like to actually be able to experience instead of intellectualize the model you present. That is the value of Holosync and Wilber’s Kit as I see it.

    Using something like Spiritual Technology to integrate/align one’s first set of charges/polarities may sound like magic and yet it follows a specific structure all the way through and the results speak more to it being magical thinking or not as they are noticeable now and they made the experience of Holosync or Integral Life System work faster and quicker.

    When I or others take someone with a physical issue and in less than 30 minutes correct it, the explanation can seem like magical thinking just because it is using a Quantum Physics model vs a Newtonian Model and the expanded model allows for particular beliefs and expectations that get what most consider miracles.

    Again, for me the results determine magical thinking or not. I realize that Quantum and Newtonian models can be placed in more than one of your developmental levels and yet I find it interesting that what a higher developmental level may consider rational (non-magical thinking) to a lower developmental level the non-magical thinking of a higher (or different) developmental level can be considered magical thinking.

    Your assessment of “The Secret” has much validity and your explanation of what is missing is a solid one, not the only one and yet it is a solid one. Originally ‘The Secret’ was supposed to be a TV show about and based on the work of Jerry and Ester Hicks and their channeling of Abraham and what was being put forth in their work. A whole Art of Allowing cruise was filmed with lots of one on one interviews with Jerry, Ester, Abraham and others on the cruise.

    However, Rhonda’s vision/desire went through some refining as she was putting the project together and now in the latest version, the one where you are still in. Ester Hicks and Abraham have been edited out and there is zero mention of them, their work or any of what started the whole ‘The Secret’ Project.

    Also, the real Secret was edited out of ‘The Secret’ and that is one of the major reasons different folks have had to come out with further explanations such as your Masters of the Secret course, etc. Your Life course teaches ways to actually get the real secret that uses the Law that has been called a secret.

    The real Secret as research has shown was edited out of Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich”. (In the unabridged manuscript of Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” the hidden secret that he refers to 24 times in the book that isn’t in the book and the Secret and was written and the key words and phrases that were edited out of Napoleon Hill’s work and out of Abraham’s contribution to ‘The Secret” is “vibration and vibrational relativity”.

    It lines up with Quantum Physics and I like to say it like this, It isn’t that Action is necessary, it is that action is inevitable when one’s thinking and feelings (VAK) are aligned going in the same direction. Then action is inspired vs following a formula of do A, then B, then C, then take action.

    Watching the movie “The Secret” is like looking for the original and seeing a very close counterfeit. It is just a little bit off so everyone attempt to fill in the missing aspects that are missing to make the counterfeit real and yet even if we get it to look exactly the same by our additions hopefully it will be cashed by the universe as the universe always cashes the original.

    To Your Best,
    Dr. Vetter
    docresults@comcast.net

  63. Trish Leonard says :

    I like Anthonys comments, worthwhile & maybe I would enjoy more of yours.

  64. Karen says :

    Hi Bill,

    When i saw “The Secret” i was looking for some majic in my life. I was not in such a good place and needed to believe in something,anythng! What happened is that it started a quest for knowledge……….i couldn’t search the internet enough to quench this thirst inside me to look for a better way to do things. I knew i was unhappy, but didn’t know how to stopp it. I faked my way through my days, searching for peace. I tried manythings, and spent lots of money. I don’t know exactly when, but somehow i tripped across something about Holosync.

    I have been using it for 7 months now and am about to move to Awakening Level 2. (I bought the whole program after the initial couple of months) I am far from where I want to be, and I know you have heard this over and over, but I feel it has drastically changed my life for the better already. I am excited about exeriencing the changes I have ahead of me. I can’t wait to go home after work and meditate! I have enjoyed reading everything you have sent and posted and listening tothe retreat tapes and i just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you have done and the people you have helped.

    anytime I get a little frustrated these days, or something doesn’t go my way………I hear Bill Harris over my shoulder whispering “let what ever happens be OK” and then it is.

    It is my dream one day to save up enough to go to one of your retreats. So don’t go anywhere, OK! You ROCK!

  65. Keely Meagan says :

    Great Blog! Great conversation!

    I would like you to comment on action. My pattern has been to flail about, taking as much action as possible in the hopes that something would work. Needless to say, I get very tired. Until recently, I had no clue how to sit back, and watch, and wait for the right action to appear.

    The segment in the Secret with Jack Canfield (?) showed this so well. – Jack intended to make $100,000, but had to wait months until the magazine popped out at him, and he realized he had to get into that mag somehow. And then later a reporter from that mag showed up and he knew this was it…

    So, how do you know which actions to take? Intuition? A gut feeling? Do you simply take any action and expect that will be enough? How do you know when to act and when to wait?

    Back to magic – I think there is some semantic confusion happening around the word magic. Most people on the blog seem to be using it in a very superficial way. Old pagan understanding of magic was that “magic” was the result of knowing how the universe worked. Doing things (taking action!) resulted in “magical” healing because that action was aligned with patterns of the universe that automatically lead to healing! This seems to me to be what science is trying to unravel – how does the universe work? For this reason magic will never be a negative word for me. It seems to me this is all what we are trying to understand, so that we can save ourselves, our environment.

    Looking at ancient beliefs passed down in indigenous cultures can provide enormously valuable guideance for todays challenges – restoring the earth, restoring community, restoring our own sense of self worth and balance. Science is a newcomer to the exploration of how the universe works. It’s great, but young. Thousands of years of understanding of the natural world is available to us if we humble ourselves enough to ask. I am grateful the Bioneers (www.bioneers.org) is one organization that is combining the best of science with the guidance of indigenous elders.

    Thanks again for the conversation!

  66. Sandra says :

    Hi Bill,
    I watched The Secret and was very impressed with your story about Robert, the gay guy who was bullied at work, hated his job, and wanted to be a stand-up comedian. In your segment, you said that you told Robert to change what he was focusing on – what he doesn’t want – and focus on what he DOES want. And you said that, magically, in 6 weeks, everything changed – the people at work who harassed him before either resigned, or moved to another company, or started totally leaving him alone! And the homophobic people who abused him, were no longer there! And in his stand-up comedy gigs, he got standing ovations!

    From your story, Bill, it seems that Robert took NO ACTION except to change his thoughts from what he didn’t want, what he waas afraid of, what he wanted to avoid, to what he DOES want. So isn’t your story an example of the “magical thinking” that you’re criticising?

    Unless there are some other parts to this story of actions Robert took to change his situation, that were cut out of the movie, it seems that Robert changed his situation solely by changing what he focused on – am I right?
    If not, perhaps you could clarify – for all of us – what you meant in telling this story in The Secret.

    Many thanks,
    Sandra

  67. Steve Wallingford says :

    Hi Bill,

    It seems that some of your viewpoints could easily be construed as being modern scientific conventional thinking. Scientific conventional thinking has become the core point of view of our modern world. This way of seeing the world can be well tested, verified in laboratories, written up in peer reviewed journals, printed into text books and eventually solidified into the minds of millions via the endorsements of highly qualified and respected teachers and commentators.

    These scientific viewpoints thus become hardened into ‘facts’ and therefore the only ‘rational’ way of seeing the world. That is until the indisputable ‘fact’ is disproved when a subsequent ‘fact’ supersedes it. Generally this occurs when a new observational technique or device allows the same phenomena to be observed in an entirely new way. The history of science is rife with this. Nevertheless, scientific ‘facts’ are often seen as the indisputable ‘truths’ of our modern world.

    Our current society is primarily centered on beliefs in these proven ‘truths’ and in a philosophy that can be termed ‘scientific rationalism’. The benefits of this worldview have been great. Basing our decisions on repeatable observations has brought us tremendous technological gain. The dark side of this collective viewpoint has been the death of the importance and meaning of life.

    The standard bearers of this view are the ‘radical materialists’ who see all of life as chemical interplay. The body and mind are seen solely as a manifestation of the material and belief in the existence of the spirit, or soul, is just seen as a remnant of magical thinking. This ‘logical/rational’ view, taken to its end, often results in nihilism. An individual life, including human life, has no meaning, no purpose, no moral or ethical imperatives, and is therefore hopeless and pointless.

    There is ample evidence that this nihilistic view is quite prevalent in our society and that its consequences for the whole, and the individual, are dire. The incredible number of people on anti-depressants is but one symptom of this malady. I know there are numerous other reasons for the prevalence of antidepressants, but the underlying morose brought on by this nihilistic view cannot be denied.

    Bill, it seems that your view adheres to this scientific conventionalism at times. I am trying to align your statements which reflect a mechanistic view with other claims that they come from a transcendent origin. Your assertions indicate an understanding of life that consists of each individual as an island with no underlying connection to other people or to the rest of the universe. Your statement in regard to synchronicity is particularly indicative of a mechanistic viewpoint. Are you saying that you believe that an individual has no connection with the collective consciousness, big mind, universal consciousness, God or the many other names placed on the unnamable? Are you saying that there is no connection to whole that can be sensed or experienced? If that is what you are saying it is certainly at odds with the vast majority of voices which speak from transcendental experience. Please correct me if I am misinterpreting your position.

    My interpretation of your writings is that you see synchronicity as the brain having the right set of filters turned on in order to become aware of something. Further, you assert that certain occurrences, which can be of remarkable congruence with an individual’s plans and needs, are just coincidence. You also indicate that believing that synchronicity is possible is likely to lead to poor results in life. “If you’re counting on this type of magic to functionally get through your life, you’re not going to do too well.”

    In my personal experience, letting go of mechanist ideas, which were acquired from years of scientific indoctrination, and by seeing reality from a more post conventional, and at times transcendent view, with the aid of years of meditation, helped me to see that the belief in coincidence alone is the lower order viewpoint. This shift in perspective has hardly been my downfall as my life over the last twenty years has improved in everyway.

    Overall, I think that the warnings against the magical/preconventional modes of thinking are valid. However, be careful not to throw the transcendent baby out with the magical bathwater. Adherence to the scientific view can pull one out of the morass of magic, but lodge one in the mire scientific conventionalism.

    Thank you Bill for creating this thought provoking blog and thanks to those who have posted such interesting and insightful comments.

  68. Alice Poole says :

    Great response, Bill!

    I agree that the action piece is sadly missing from The Secret movie. I must admit, though, I have had the “who’s calling on the phone” intuition for many years and for more than just a few calls here and there. I also experience precognition routinely and yet I prefer not to analyze this gift too much.
    I am really interested in hearing your thoughts on Piaget. As an MA in Education, I’m more of a Freirean thinker myself so I’m looking forward to your thoughts!

    Best regards,
    Alice

  69. Kelly Homolka says :

    If you believe in psychics go to this webiste:

    http://www.randi.org/joom/

    There you will find a million dollar prize for anyone who can prove it- and no one has ever even come close.

  70. Vicky Linsalata says :

    I love your blog. Thanks for taking the time to do it. I agree wholeheartedly with what you’ve said thus far re: devlopmental levels.

    I also think you’re right on about The Secret. You rock, Bill!

  71. Dirk says :

    Bill,
    thanks for your honesty and clarity. It is very refreshing.
    I really appreciate your willingness to show up and share what you have learned and experienced (holosync).
    I look forward to each and every post.

    Love and peace.

    Dirk

  72. Joe Bally says :

    Bill,
    I left the TM movement thirty years ago – because it worked! I evolved beyond the conventional thinking level which it seemed to be opperating from. The TM Siddhis program seemed to be a step backwards into magical thinking – the law of gravity no longer applies! Since you have identified yourself as a TM Siddha, I’d like your comment on the benefits of the progam, as opposed to the hype.
    Thanks,
    Joe Bally

  73. Mandeep says :

    Great post Anthony, the awareness part is my favorite. Most people are clouded with limiting beliefs, etc. When the teachers say get absolutely clear on what you want, I think they mean free yourself from the limiting frames of mind as part of the visualization. As my friend says, fuzzy pictures lead to fuzzy results.

    Bill talks about taking action and giving value to others. I want to address this point. Just as our limiting beliefs and what we put out into the universe are often unconscious, our positive results can be in there as well. I’ll get back to this point in a second.

    Bill spoke about him always getting business opportunities left and right and him having to say “no to all” in a seminar I was watching. Even here, we see him saying “I don’t want the money.” I’m here to say that’s why he has the money. This is one of the things that the secret never taught.

    Have you ever experienced the more you want something, the further it goes? It works in all areas of life. If you put a big value on something, your mind tries to over-analyze and you get “I hope I do this right” syndrome. The power of our mind is so great that we can do anything! So the less you want something, and the more normal it feels, the easier it will be to take action, and the easier it will come to you. Bill doesn’t have to take massive action in making money because he BELIEVES making big money is absolutely normal for him. So the action he takes to do it is probably automatic and the results are obtained easily. So bring no significance to the outcome. Bill says “learn from the best and copy them.” Well Bill doesn’t really care that much about making money, he’s not attached, so you should be unattached and think it’s normal also!

    Mandeep
    http://mastermindmiracles.com

  74. Your quote:
    Many, many researchers have found that people (and societies) move through developmental stages–cognitively, morally, spiritually, in terms of ego development, in terms of their values, and in many other ways. In each new stage, a person has a wider and more all-inclusive perspective, in which they see (and have conscious choice over) more than they could see or consciously choose at the previous stage. What they were immersed in before, they can see and exercise choice about from the new perspective.
    ———-

    Absolutely, and in your well-said statement above is also the summation of your other statement that you can’t solve a problem from the same developmental standpoint as when the problem was generated.
    I’ve found that the spiral theory does a great job of explaining this, as exhibited on Integral Institute’s web site. I wonder why you are refraining from explaining human development in this way.

    ——
    your quote:
    One of the main reasons for the success Centerpointe has enjoyed is that, first and foremost, I’m interested in how I can serve your needs. I learned long ago that my needs are automatically taken care of if I meet yours…
    ———-
    I hear you, Bill (Mr. Harris!) How true, and I believe you. Trancendence can be spotted by this single attitude that “my needs are taken care of when I meet your needs…” or teach you how to meet your needs, and duplicate my success.

  75. Yolanda says :

    Bill,
    Nice post. Thanks a lot!

    Stay happy,

    Y

  76. Adhile says :

    Hi, this is the first time I give an opinion about anything on a blog ever, but I couldn’t help myself. People forget that we are individuals and as such, what resonates with one might not resonate with another. In my opinion people should use what ever information is given, digest it, take the best and keep on moving, instead of wasting time arguing about someone else’s generous and unselfish opinion of what ever information he or she has acquire through life. We are in a learning process and I am just grateful for someone like you who’s sharing your knowledge, whether I agree with it entirely or partially. Maybe at a later time that which I might disagree with, will make all the sense in the world. Some of it is data now, later might become truth. We just don’t know for sure. It’s nice to be able to truly listen and to appreciate what is given at any time.
    Thank you for you giving…

  77. Sean Simpson says :

    Bill,

    Your blogs are fantastic. I rave about them. I’ve heard so much criticism about the Secret, and what people say is just in a way; but granted it comes down to your pre-coventional/post-conventional views. I make sure I tell people critical about the secret to check out your blog to see the perspectives of one of the teachers from the Secret (and really, that of the others as well, as I know the others promote taking Action as well, as opposed to magical thinking).

    Thanks Bill. I cherish you.

    –Sean

  78. Chez Spykers says :

    Wow Bill, have just found your blog on The Secret, well written and so understandable. I have been doing Holosync for around 5 years now and am on level 4. I attribute the great leaps in my personal growth, the ability to get above a problem to view it and also my ability to “let go ” of rising crap… all of this and much more, to Holosync.
    I also believe in fairies but that does not mean l can see them, thanks for putting The Secret into perspective for me.

  79. Sally Larkham says :

    Thanks, Bill – as ever, you’re helping to make the world a little clearer.

  80. Hello Bill, I agree with you concerning the ‘Secret’. The meat ” (the truth) of the information was left out of the book and movie. hmmmm, maybe that is why she is producing another movie?? When I saw the second cut of the movie (the one without Hicks in it) I knew that in a year or so lots and lots of people were going to be very diappointed. However, she did connect into alot of people , who will hopfully pursue the information and contact you for a fuller understanding of how to manifest. I am working my way through the first level of your online course and am more than just pleased with the results. Through them you are teaching the real deal!!!!! Thank you!

  81. Bob says :

    i am so glad to be part of this revolution
    the industrial revolution did so much for the 20th century
    i feel you are contributing to a new revolution for the 21st century which ultimately will make the industrial revolution seem like childs play
    the world is moving forwards again!

  82. Myla Mitchell says :

    Wow!!!!!!! Thank you so much for this. I cannot tell you how much you & this series (The Masters of The Secret) has ALREADY helped me. I’ve had so many problems with some of the things that my husband got into & left me partly because of because they center around King Solomon and magical mysticism. While I believe what you’ve stated above about magic (“delightful, awesome, joy-inspiriing”) as well as leave things open to being beyond my understanding & thus can look magic, I also feel and relate so much to your comment, “Such people want to elevate “the ancient ways” as a solution to the problems of the world.” Your series and comments are also helping me with the problems I had when I watched only 1/2 of The Secret & felt nausiated and frustrated by what seemed like a surface, materialistic, fantasy life of wishing which didn’t work for me nor appeal to me. Your clarifications have already transformed my life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am taking steps toward my ultimate freedom and the freedom of others.

  83. Samadhi says :

    Bill you clearly and articulately answered any question I had. I was thinking the other day “Am I just seeing all my dream cars because I sent them there, or my perception is clearer and more “ready to see them?” Something told me it was the latter and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you have given me and the rest of the HOLOSYNC users.

    I understand what you are saying when you say it is more important to serve people then to benefit from say “The Secret.”

    I look forward to more of your blog posts. I realize you are busy but they are interesting reads and helpful and informative to me, as I am sure to other readers here.

    Samadhi (Marie E. Pollnow)

  84. Chris says :

    Bill, Thanks for this blog, I’m becoming aware that a lot of my thinking that I thought was postconventional is actually pre. This is helping me a lot, thank you. Chris

  85. Kathleen Catanese says :

    Thanks Bill, I really appreciate this Blog. I would like to hear your response to Anthony. I also have some confusion about your meaning of magic. I know what you do not include but is there anything you do include such as spiritual healing or prayer.

  86. Dawn says :

    Hi Bill,
    Thank you for the Blog. You have now convinced me that Holosync is a meaningful, useful tool to help me navigate life. I confess that for a few months I have been using the program(Prologue)without any of the support media that you offer. Someone gave me the copy off of a Russian Share site. Although I feel that I have benefitted by using Holosync, I haven’t fully understood it. I would read Mind Chatter and often times thats all it was-chatter, a magazine, it did not SPEAK to me. The Blog however is so much more revealing of your character and your mission. It certainly does take courage to put this stuff “out there” knowing that each person will understand and react to it from their own particular level. I don’t always agree with you but I trust you.
    You are helping me and I am grateful for your work. To help myself I am going to purchase Holosync and get the whole understanding of the program. I’m getting on the Bus-it’s going in the direction I’m headed.
    I hope you can keep up the Blog.
    Dawn
    p.s. what is your definition of Magic?

  87. Jess says :

    Bill-

    I can’t tell you how much I admire you and your point of view. I’ve always had a “post-conventional” view on things ever since I was a young teenager on my quest for finding my place in the spiritual world. Most of my friends were avid Christians and I visited many churches. I still find happiness in every day and in every role I serve on this crazy little planet called Earth.

    Thank you for your wonderful answers!!!! I didn’t read all of the comments on The Secret, but I also felt that there was something missing. How can I access “Masters of the Secret” course that you talk about? I have been working hard for very long without visualizing and without setting myself up for success before acting. The Secret gives us all great ideas on how to create the right frame of mind to happily achieve our dreams, but it makes it sound like magic. Thanks for the wake-up call!

  88. Mary says :

    Bill,

    I have just started reading your blog and wanted to say simply thank you for sharing your insight with us. I find what you communicate makes so much sense.

  89. Julius says :

    Hi Bill..

    Wow, amazing discussion (with your few previous posts as well) using the developmental stages. They’re similar labels that Kohlberg uses for moral development (pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional). As a recent psychology graduate, I look forward to your future posts, especially on Piaget! I never actually knew that my studies in psychology would be so applicable ‘in the real’ world. =)

    – Julius

  90. anne ingraham says :

    Hey Bill I gotta say this is good. I am doing my affirmations right now for the second level and just reading and reading them to get it ready to send in is making me bliss out! Wow if you are sinking this into my daily meditation cd I can only imagine how well I’m going to feel!
    Thank you very much!
    Anne in Brithish Columbia.

  91. anne ingraham says :

    Hi everyone, maybe ‘the secret’ should have been titled ‘the magic’!

  92. aneeta says :

    Hi Bill,

    Iam enjoying your Holosync program. I have just shortly joined and enjoy
    all the different experinces I am encountering. With humour I am begining
    to find clarity and are focusing in some direction. Thnks to you

    Regards
    aneeta
    south africa

  93. Regina Anderson says :

    As Bill has stated, he is human. His thoughts are HIS, not YOURS. Everyone is a unique spark of energy and everyone’s thoughts vary from one to another. ALL of equal importance in these blogs, for or against the subjects. If more people were turned on to The Secret, good. If more people were turned on to Holosync, good. If not, whatever! If it comes down to more positive energy in the world, isn’t that a good thing in order to raise the levels of consciousness?

    Bill, you’ve obviously got people thinking!

    I’ve learned to benefit from both sides of the coin!
    Regina
    Peace

  94. Nancy Helm says :

    Bill: Just to let you know I think you are a very wise man. What hurts is that your having to justify yourself like you had to do in this last blog just was crazy. If other people want to come down on you it is because they are miserable. You don’t have to justify yourself. All you have wanted to do is help other people be better people. I really feel bad for you that you had to take so much energy from yourself to write all of that. I usually wouldn’t write anything but felt compelled to do so.

  95. Jack says :

    One of my bad habits is going to the source to find answers. In this case, I went to http://www.themastersofthesecret.com/ and read Bill’s first session. He very clearly discusses in that session with Joe Vitale exactly where he stands with regard to manifestations–writing down goals, thinking about them, asking himself how he’s going to achieve them, and then following through. Joe mentions visualizing the goals he’s working on and when either of them stop doing those things, their successes taper off accordingly.

    I think we could narrow it down to about one word–focus–with one caveat, apparently. One other thing he mentions there is that you can have anything you want as long as you don’t need it, i.e., you prefer, but aren’t attached to, the outcome–you’re willing to accept your goals regardless of how they come to you. I recently told a group of people that they should be more concerned with the message they’re being given than the way it’s delivered–separating the wheat from the chaff, or finding the diamond in the rough. I think it’s Brian Tracy who talks about finding the nugget of gold. I’ve been to week-long seminars where nothing substantial came until Thursday afternoon, but that one nugget was worth all of the rest.

  96. Peter Hoffman says :

    I think this needed to be said.

    It’s what I’ve been thinking towards for a long time.

    Thanks!

  97. Frank Johansen says :

    Hi .

    I was blessed with a so called near death exeprience , so I totaly agree with you regarding your statments about LOVE.
    I havent read ” The Secret”, but know about the positiv affirmation idea.
    You divide phenomena in: laws of universe andmagical thinking, but do we really know ALL the laws and it`s possibilities? Since I have had four precognitive experiences , which was possible to verify ( I “saw” people in places were I had absolutely NO reason to believe they were, drove there to check it out and there they were!!) i`m convinced there is a lot more to know about the universal laws.
    Best regards and a HUGE thanks for all clarifying mind chatters you have written and your creation: Holosync.

  98. Bob says :

    Hi Bill,
    A little question that has been lolling around in my head is…..

    Personally i believe there are people on Earth that can “communicate” with the spiritual world ie:- talk to dead people :-S

    would you consider this as a developmental stage that is possible in all humans blocked out in our sub-conscious mind which may be attainable with the advanced use of holosync?

    great blog and personally i agree with what Nancy Helm has written

    hope you have time to consider my question
    take care and have fun!

  99. JD says :

    Hi Bill. I can appreciate your perspective, but what about the very process of creation? I’m thinking about the experiment which James Ray references in your Masters recordings as well as Gregg Braden, where DNA is placed inside a near vacuum and the photons (light) are observed to fall into the same pattern as the DNA. Essentially showing us the very basis of how consciousness creates.

    If we are out there looking for that prime parking spot, are we not creating that spot? Who is to say if that when are intently focusing our consciousness it is taking away something from someone who isn’t doing the same?

    Is there really only so much “stuff” out there to be created that we are taking away from someone else?

    You may not have time to answer this, but for my own sake I needed to type this out.

    Peace,
    JD

  100. Chris says :

    Hi Bill,

    I feel its time for a glowing testimonial. After nearly 3 years of using holosync (just finished AL4) I feel I now qualify.

    Here’s my story. I am a 26 yr old male virgin with a rubbish job, still living at home going nowhere. I have poor/ non-existent relationships to other men and no hope of finding a girl since the mere thought of approach paralyzes me with anxiety. Needless to say I have been depressed, have been no fun to be around and at some points even suicidal.

    All this until very recently. You see I’m not writing this to primarily tell Bill how great he is (I know he’s well past needing that!) I’m writing to YOU. The person who cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. The person who wants to change but thinks they never could. The person who knows he/she is capable of so much more. The person who hates themselves and is desperate. The person who is identical, at their core, to myself.

    If you have found Centerpointe then I believe you are one of the LUCKIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH!

    And I’ll tell you why.

    Here’s just a few ways I am different now. (You may or may not be able to relate to them.)

    I can now approach almost ANYONE with effortless ease and confidence. I can FEEL their heart, if I so choose, and I know exactly what to say and how to say it in order to create a warm connection. I do not NEED to be like this with everyone since my need for approval and acceptance has almost vanished. I know that if I want to I can give someone my gift of energy, presence, support , warmth or banter and they can take it or leave it. (They rarely leave it) I feel less alienated and separate from people, regardless of age, race or anything else. I feel less compelled to shut myself away and withdraw and more interested in how I can connect to others and relax with whatever happens. If people hate me then so be it – I’ll go be with someone else. I realise my self-worth is something I can choose as opposed to having it dictated to me from ‘outside’ of myself.

    If you feel into your deep heart right now YOU want nothing less either. The truth is we live in a culture that is anti-postive, especially here in the UK. We all avoid each other to an extent and if we have to engage each other it’s usually to moan about something. This is the bottom end of the spectrum of course and we are all happy in moments, some people more than others it seems, but on the whole I believe we suffer. Holosync use over time helps you to FEEL SAFE to be, do and have anything you want. You become more like that charasmatic outgoing / quietly confident type that we all wish we were like. The truth is that you are already that person and you know it! You’ve seen that person fleetingly appear from within only to disappear again behind the safety barrier. The trouble is that there is this invisible rope inside your head that pulls you back. Holosync melts this rope!

    I believe my main problem is/was that I have surpressed my true masculine core. I believe there are millions of men who are the same. You know the type, all smilely and friendly but deep down just wanna cut thru the BS and get the job done and do what he wants and be happy. Not in an obnoxious, anti-social way but rather an assertive, self-assured way. There is a good chance you are this kind of man.

    Without rambling on too much here is my plea to you. Get started with this program or, if you have, never give up. I can tell you I’m not even half way thru yet and I am starting to feel like I can focus my mind on whatever I want and get it. The sooner you start, the sooner the dream can slowly unfold into a reality.

    And finally to you Bill, I dont think there is a way I can express in words how you have saved my life…so I won’t even try.

    Be Well

    Chris, 26, SW England

  101. Jim Callan says :

    Hi Bill,

    I rather enjoyed your responder’s response on “magical thinking,” The Secret, levels of development and other responder’s comments. I am particularly glad that you used the word “bliss” when describing a frame of reference of high development. It is quite difficult (er, at least I have found it so) to describe the great state of bliss and gratitude that one can experience–perhaps you can discuss this more in future blog entries. For now, I wanted to pitch a cent or two in on “The Secret.”

    I am amused that The Secret has earned so much attention. People have such short memories. Good ideas never die–they just seem to get repackaged and sold to a new audience as shorter and shorter sound bites. (Think of flea markets.) Since you, Bill, and others have mentioned books, perhaps it would be beneficial for folks to read some of the classics that gave rise to The Secret. This is especially true if they found the subject matter of “The Secret” helpful or inspirational.

    Consider a few titles from my personal library…such as Claude M. Bristol’s “The Magic of Believing” published in 1948. This is in my mind one of the classic works on the subject matter of The Secret. Before Bristol’s book however, Emmet Fox wrote a book that greatly influenced Norman Vincent Peal and his “Power of Positive Thinking” movement entitled “Power Through Constructive Thinking.” Fox’s book was first published in 1932. Others have mentioned the “Secret of the Ages” and “The Book of Life” multi-volume series by Robert Collier published around 1925. I have some works on the subject matter of The Secret that have publication dates in the 1890s. I see that Mr. Al, that mentioned “The Science of Getting Rich” is also a collector of these old classics as well.

    I have no doubt that The Secret subject matter can be found in some of the writings about Plato and Socrates as well. (Well, possibly not but it would not shock me) My point of course, is that “The Secret” is not new and that successful people have shared the Law of Attraction for years. It is a basic life principle worthy of sharing. I do agree that we should probably lose the mystical language and “all about me” mentality promoted by “The Secret” in particular.

    I am so glad that Dr. Vetter mentioned Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich” which alluded to The Secret. I want to mention my favorite–Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret” that explicitly expounded on the secret and won Earl a gold record. I laughed in agreement at Dr. Vetter’s statement, “Watching the movie ‘The Secret’ is like looking for the original and seeing a very close counterfeit.” I am not sure, given how far my own personal library goes back, that it would be possible to locate the first explicit published referenced to the subject matter of “The Secret.” I am confident that many many published works both predate and far exceed the treatment provided in “The Secret,” because I own a few of those that do. Your readers that enjoyed “The Secret” should expend a little effort (action as you have phrased it) and see if they can attract some of the original works on the Law of Attraction.

    Another responder, sygun, mentioned the book, “The Urantia Book.” Given your previous posts and the work that Centerpointe does, I found the mention of Urantia surprising. For folks with similar leanings, might I suggest a book to add to your personal reading list entitled “The Guru Papers.” Many have found this study on how beliefs can be manipulated and coerced very helpful in deriving independent beliefs of their own.

    Bill, I enjoy your Blog and the posts others add. I hope that as the blog evolves we can move beyond “The Secret” and its NYTimes mass appeal and get back to your core principles.

  102. Ilias Glenis says :

    Sunflower Secrets Anyone?

    Last winter I went to the Ukraine and enountered a woman standing outside a subway station in Kharkov selling small bags of sunflower seeds for about $.25. I walked past her on my way to get some snacks to take back to my hotel room.

    On my way back she was still standing there in the wet mud and it was about 10 degrees celsius outside. As I watched her she stood motionless as droves of people walked past her just as I did. I could tell from her breath that she was very cold because when she exhaled you could see her breath breaking up as she shivered.

    As I read these posts and contemplate Bill’s comments it occurs to me that so many of us have the luxury of focusing our energy into such trivial things about what it means to use “magic”, or rational and unrational thinking to get what we want.

    All that elderly woman standing in the cold wanted was a few cents for some sunflower seeds that she obviously repackaged in generic Ukrainian saran wrap so that she could make her store bought bag of sunflower seeds go a long way to make her $1.00 for the night.

    When I approached her on my way back I kept thinking of my mother and father who came to America from Greece so that they could have a better life since they grew up in poverty.

    When I reached her, I tried to communicate with her and wanted to give her a $5.00 bill in US currency. When I did this she immediately scrambled to pull out as much of the sunflower seeds she could to gve me my $5.00 worth of sunflower seeds out of her now soggy wet paper sack that she probably had saved for months now and used over and over.

    You want to talk about the law of attraction and magic and all this nonsense about pre or post rational thinking or what have you?

    This woman insisted that I take the sunflower seeds when I kept trying to tell her it was ok and to take the money, but her pride would not allow me to leave empty handed.

    So I walked back to my hotel room munching on the best tasting sunflower seeds I ever had in my life. I also dropped a few on the ground asking the universe to provide for this elderly woman standing in the snow that cold Ukrainian night. (I threw a little bit of magic in for good measure.)

    I wonder if any of those sunflower seeds began to sprout when spring came. I guess I’ll never know because I don’t intend on going back there.

    All I know is that woman gave me more that night than all the wishful thinking has ever brought to me out of mere circumstance, or focused intention or whatever.

    When one is faced with survival, all of these trivial thought patterns become secondary to what it means to be alive.

    It’s when we are truly faced with survival, that heightened states of consciousness motivate us to aquire what we need. What we want is secondary.

    Yes, it’s true that my perception of these comments is a reflection of my own map of reality.

    I wonder how much thought that woman is giving to what her map of reality is right now.

    Let us for a brief moment give appreciation to all that we have and all that we have to give.

    And if you ever come across someone who is willing to stand in the freezing cold to over-deliver on sunflower seeds, please don’t mention anything about the secret.

    Sincerely,
    Ilias Glenis – Dedicated Holosync User

  103. Carol Baumgartel says :

    Bill: Well done. It takes focus, not magic, to cause the brain to reawaken to who ‘you’/ ‘I’ are/am.
    Not magic. Years ago (15?) I read The Life We Are Given, by George Leonard and Michael Murphy. My understanding is that Ken Wilbur developed his programs– re: ITP-Integrated Transformative Practice– as a result of this work–or maybe vice versa. Not the point.
    The point is: you’re system and support work.
    It is my hope for each of the peole posting their upsets hear your response.
    Thanks!
    Carol

  104. Ronnie says :

    Hi Bill.

    Overall, I applaud your blog and the points you make, for instance about parking spots, that one was priceless.

    I´m a successful recording artist myself and I know it didn´t come through wishful thinking and magic. It came through playing a ton of gigs without getting paid while still enjoying every second of it, sitting home alone writing songs when my buddies where out partying (I still write good party songs though based on their stories haha) and spending 2 hours a day practicing my vocal performance. What kept me going all those years before I made it, well the answer is simple and I´ve realized it afterwards as I´ve studied the subject extensively, I kept my focus on what I wanted and refused to quit.

    There is one thing I would like to point out. To me there still seems to be something more out there that modern science of today cannot explain fully, maybe it is attraction and vibration, God, I don´t know. However, all to many times we as a society seem to get so caught up in our own time, thinking we know it all while in fact we know so little. I mean, 50 years ago all the experts told us we can´t run a 4-minute-mile. Roger Bannister proved the experts wrong, and a brief look through the history books shows us that this keeps occuring again and again and I believe (yes I used the b-word :) ) this will continue to occur in the future.

    What matters though is what works, what doesn´t, and I fully believe that what you teach is the way that works put into a practical formula. And that is what really matters at the end of the day, did it produce the desired results or not. If it did, great, keep doing it and perfect it. If it didn´t, see it as a lesson not to do so again and try anther approach.

    Have a great weekend guys.

  105. Heather says :

    Whew! Thank you for taking the responsibility away from me – of willing a good parking spot. I just could not figure out what I was doing wrong. I was really beating myself up about it… Ha.

    Really, though, thanks for your genius. My child-like side wanted to believe in the magic, but my true self just wasn’t quite buying it. This makes for a big conflict in the mind. Each side trying to prove it’s point. Now I can feel good about happy coincidences – without reading too much into them.

    Clear all those “magic” cobwebs – and I become a logical person who can pat my child-like side on the head and keep moving forward with action. Action really is the key, isn’t it? (The worst thing to do is nothing.)

    I really am amazed at your ability to explain things with absolute confidence and without creating the aforementioned conflict in my brain (i.e. “I want to believe this, but something tells me…”). You are a true leader in all this muck. And Holosync is a true saviour. And, no, I was not paid to say that!

  106. Elle says :

    By the nature of what Bill is teaching, many are going to be “attracted” who are not in the best place in their lives, but who are striving to learn and change. The discussion is very healthy and is part of the process of discovering our own truths to live our lives by. We have a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous: “It’s not Well-People’s Anonymous.” There is going to be some drama as people heal. Thanks for your leadership Bill.
    Ellen

  107. Maggie Fisher says :

    Hi Bill,
    Thank you for your sincerity & holding to the spiritual principal that we benefit when we help others without expecting anything in return. I believe that I will always be fed but I have to dig the potatoes, so to speak. I enjoy your blog and gain a lot of insight. You have a wonderful way of communicating. I realize that resistance sometimes helps me grow more so than just blindly accepting everything I hear or “see” that’s why I have a brain.
    Blessings,
    Maggie

  108. Ron says :

    Thanks Anthony & Bob Covert for your comments.

  109. Alemenia McLean says :

    Oh my Holosync Experience! Have none of the people listened to anything you said in your follow up letters about letting what ever happens happen. Do not try to pick it apart, looking for the reason or rhyme of it. Just be quite and become the witness, the observer. You would think people would be so glad to have things just flow, just because. I think with our society of quick fixes and so on that instant gratitude is somthing that will soon be a thing of the past. It is becomming that for me. I stood before the judge and he ask. Did you shoot that man in self defence? No I replied. I shot him in the ass and he jumped the fence. I am not well learned, but I am one of thoes people that Wilber talks about the less than 1% If they keep listening and being quite in it they will get sooner or later and I got my PHD at Home Depot on isle 15 (post hole digger). Happy Holidays Bill Harris. I love you.

  110. Linda Corbin says :

    Dear Bill: Wow! This magic sounds like much drama coming in. I have completed the first level. Just a baby and yet I have been initiated into meditation in 2002 by an Indian Master. Yes I have had many profound experiences with this being, but with Holosync I have dropped things that I don’t need so fast. I am looking forward to the next level. Thank you so much.
    With gratitude
    L.C.

  111. Holly says :

    Since I read your original blog about The Secret, I can’t get my mind off of it. I also read your response to the criticism’s you have received, and I have the following to offer:

    You have really hit a nerve with people and it is my opinion that they are bothered for two reasons:

    1. People want hope in times when things seem uncertain and desperate. The Secret’s popularity exploded because it came at a time when people needed it. Now that people have implemented it and it hasn’t worked for most, they have a hard time accepting it. It is like their hope has been taken from them. What many still don’t realize is that they just need to educate themselves more deeply about this concept and that it is based on action, not hope.

    2. This comment is listed in your “about us” section on your website, centerpointe.com. “With Holosync, anyone can learn The Secret to creating whatever they want in life.” 2. The same section refers you as “Teacher of the Secret”. You then go on to write on your blog “Magic, Magic, and more Magic”, “Quite frankly (and some of you won’t believe this, because you don’t know what it’s like to be in my position), I really don’t care if I benefited.” Why would you use a tool that you criticize to promote your products? This seems hypocritical to many people. In fact, I purchased the Holosync CD’s because I was brought to your website through “The Secret”. The real question here is your methods, not your motivation.

    You seem to be a man of integrity and high moral character who is firmly grounded in reality and works to serve the greater good, so this appears to be hypocritical to some people.

    Another thing that I am curious about: I have followed The Secret from the beginning (since it was on Oprah) and I have watched the response from a lot of the teachers (Joe Vitale, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, etc.) and there seems to be some angst about the way the movie was produced and edited, as if it misrepresented their opinions and/or didn’t include all of the relevant and important information that they relayed. Is this true?

    Nonetheless, thank you for creating the Holosync products. They have transitioned my life for the better.

  112. Ole says :

    Hi Bill,
    Regarding the secret. To me it is very simple. If you find somebody involved in fraud and conning you must react even if your guru is involved. Because you expect him/her to have integrity.
    Love Ole

  113. Karen Dahl says :

    Hi Bill

    I have to admit that your personality is colder and more direct than mine and at times that has not felt good to me.

    You would never have enough time to get done the important things you have done with all the “nice, happy fluff” that I and lots of others feel we need in our lives. It shows you’re getting it done and I am not, period. It takes time to be nice, happy and fluffy :)

    I am grateful for “The Secret” because it has lead me to your work and dream at Centerpoint. I have purchased “The Secret” for special people stuck in their existing lives. Amazing things have happened not from magic but from being able to have “hope” again which in turn has lead them to use action to attract different results. That, to me, is magical. Makes me smile and warms my heart when this kind of “magic” starts the awakening process. For a short period of time millions of people got excited and some actually started to act. Thank you for being part of this “magic” otherwise I may never have been exposed to your life long work.

  114. Linda Geoge says :

    Bill, thanks for this blog, and for clarifying…. I’ve been (or rather, was) a fan of Ken Wilber’s for a long time. (Probably discovered him before you – I read all his early books). However, I moved on from him some time ago. I find his writing overly wordy and complex. Simplicity. Life is a mystery – it’s meant to be. We cannot contain, constrain, explain or try to understand it. It just is. For my five cents worth, I’d like to pass on a few words of wisdom from some truth seekers I resonate with. Oh, before I do – Anthony – thank you for your thoughts – We are definitely on the same wave. Beautifully written also. This is from Gregory Szanto’s book ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Earth’: “The scientist says that reality exists only in the material realm. The spiritual world is not real. Either it does not exist at all, or it exists only in the imagination, which amounts to the same thing. The mystic takes the opposite view, it is the physical world which is unreal. It is maya, illusion (David Icke, brilliant, read his book ‘Only love is Real, Everthing Else is an Illusion’ – agrees)..The real worl is that of the spirit. We are not our bodies, not even our minds. We can get away from our bodies and away from our concrete, conscioius minds by practising meditation (holosync!) Then we experience true reality by reaching our spiritual level. The magician encompasses both levels. His model contains both body and spirit as integral parts of one realty……….There is only the manifest and the unmanifest. Physical reality is not created out of nothing. It is contained in what we call nothing……..To devalue the power of the mind is to refuse to face reality. Anything that exists on the material level began its life on the mental plane (the Secret. No secret really.) The occultist and the scientist both use the mind in different ways. The scientist through the consciious faculties and the occultist through the unconscious. But scientists are gradually becoming more aware of the deeper levels of reality……The magician sees the universe as a multitude of lines, criss-crossing each toher, forming a vast pattern, like a gigantic spider’s web. The four levels, the spiritual, creative, formative and material co-exist on these lines and the magician transposes one to another.”

    Gregory Szanto, byw, was a barrister who gave up law to become an astrologer. He’s brilliant. His writing leaves (sorry Ken) people like KW in the shade. Why? Because he feels the mystery, the magic, of life…and he intertwines this with a superior aptitude for synthesising and intellectual prowess…

    Hope he wont mind that I shared some of his brilliance.

    Thank you Bill for providing this forum and for the work of Holosync – which I am still not 100% pro pro about…. jury still out, so to speak. Perhaps it will always be that way – as holosync, for all its ‘scientific’ background, touches the mystery……

    Thanks for reading everyone

  115. Linda George says :

    …..At the risk of taking up more than my fair share of space, can I (please) just add one more thing (and sorry about the proofing of my last piece… type too fast)… This was written in the 70’s – from Osho: “To be in a state of not knowing is intelligence, it is awareness – and it is noncumulative…..Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. Then you will know – and that knowing will come out of your experiencing. That knowing will never destroy the mystery: the more you know, the more you know that much remains to be known. Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced.”

    Life is lived on the visible, but created on the invisible. The invisible is what some call ‘magic’. Bill, I have to agree about the parking space thing – I think we are really being a little childish here. The world is not going to miraculously conform to our expectation of it (as you have, far more eloquently explained). BUT – there is magic, serendipity, synchronicity, coincidence…. They live in the dimension of the invisible (out of which the visible is born). We get glimpses of the invisible, in these moments….. I can’t subscribe to the belief that ‘there is no such thing as coincidence’. Yes, as you say, focusing, the power of intention, desire, has an attracting power – it aligns us with supportive people and situations. And we probably DO meet the right person when we are in a state of ‘readiness’. However, the ‘decision’ as to WHO is right for us, and why, and in fact, WHEN(because everything is about timing, the person who is ‘right’ for us at 24, is not going to be the same type of person who is right for us at 44) – this is something that belongs to the realms of the mystery…. (I’ve written a book about this – you can check it out at http://www.lifemaps.co.nz) . It’s magic, in other words. I love your conclusion Bill – the universe is entirely infinitely love. We loop around (through the maze of words) and come together in the end! Thanks guys.

  116. beth says :

    Thanks, Bill, for applying developmental theory to religious conceptual processes. It adds a layer of clarity to my focus on the topic of at a time when I was looking for some more depth.
    You brought into discussion the example of abortion in the context of developmental theory, and used Carol Gilligan’s model. I am guessing there will be quite a stir about this inclusion, and would like to suggest you refer folks to Gilligan’s studies on abortion and her other writings. I think people are looking for more ways to consider abortion, and your post-rational example didn’t go into any depth. It is complicated, and Gilligan does offer some non-judgmental examples that differentiate preconventional narcissism from a more holistic and relative perspective about what a woman sees as her best interest.

  117. Anka P says :

    Bill Thanks for clarifying and I agree. I also understand (now) why you so vehemently oppose “magical” thinking. Yet I am a believer – in magic no less!

    Let it be known that once you take responsibility to for your own destiny i.e. your mind and change even one thought a day, life becomes magical and you the magician, the creator of your own life.

    Ditto for the day you become grateful rather than habitually disgruntled.

    The realm where everything really starts to make sense is the space of nonsense.

    I call it magic. But let’s not argue semantics.

  118. Jackie says :

    From Jed’s response 11/15/07

    “Curiously, the more I know, the more incredibly “magical” the universe becomes. The fun part is there doesn’t seem to be any end point; the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

    I could not agree more! Well put, Jed!

  119. zoltan says :

    I think Bill totally misunderstands the Sedona Method. The Sedona method DOES teach that you can “get stuff” by releasing. They even sell a course called “effortless creation.”

    To prove my point, here is a quotation from Lester Levenson, author of the Sedona method:
    “When we know that we have everything and therefore need nothing, then everything comes to us for the mere effortless thought of it.”

    Could this be any clearer?

  120. Wayne says :

    Hello Bill and Friends,

    I consider someone to be at the magical stage who believes that they are manipulating the universe, God, or the gods, with special powers that they have. At this stage one believes that their ego is making things happen. But what about someone who believes that the Divine Other is acting in their life through other people and circumstances that they may have been asking for or seeking? I believe that openness, communication, and prayer works in two ways. The first way, as you have described is in focusing the mind on how to get what one wants. I also believe that something else is happening (you might consider this magical thinking) and that is that the Divine Spirit works in our lives, meets us halfway if you will, communicates back to us, gives us things that we couldn’t have imagined possible and is not limited to the Laws of the Physical Universe as we are.

    Sometimes people or circumstances will come into our lives in spite of our focus or in spite of the fact that we are running away from ourselves. The Source will reach out to us even when we are determined to hide. Other times people or circumstances come into our lives as a result of our working together in harmony with this divine source. The Source, as any good parent, does not just let her children make a list of demands and then grant those wishes. To get something you must give, you must work, and you must have the right mindset. But I do not believe that the Laws of the Physical Universe are any limitation to the ways in which the Divine can work in our lives.

    It seems to be ego-centric to say that all of our experiences are created by our own minds and our programming and to deny that we are in a dance with a mysterious Other that is the source of our true self and true home.

  121. Nolene Stuart says :

    Darling Brother Bill,
    Thank you for giving me some really succinct and easily communicated answers for me to share with my hand-clapping-while-chanting-“I do believe in fairies, I do believe in fairies”-friends. I love them dearly but they are so easily discouraged when Tinkerbell doesn’t show up. I am printing this set of pages for them to read. I know it will either help them or be used to fill a wastebasket. We do what we can, right? In the past, I couldn’t hear what I needed to hear until I was ready to hear it. It is still that way as I grow. You are the biggest and most powerful facilitator in the happy progess of my evolution/growth/enlightenment. I just started Purification Level 2. One of these days I will write a chapter for your new book with all of the pertinant details.
    “What the Bleep Do We Know” and “The Secret” are DVDs that are helpful tools but NOT some new-age Holy Writings that are infallible and to be held as infallible and “sacred”. I recommend them to folks who are searching for answers and if they watch them and want to talk about those messages then I tell them about Holosync because I know they are seriously looking for a way to grow. I think there are many ways to get folks to ‘come to the party’. Neale Donald Walsh teaches the same thing about organized religion that George Carlin does but George is vastly more profane (and funny, to me) about it. Many teachers with different styles for all of the students on this planet.
    Have you seen the movie http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ ? I just saw the first 10 minutes. Really intense.
    Thank you for your help and lots of Love on you, Nolene

  122. traci says :

    You rock Bill ! People are too critical. Keep speaking (or typing) your truths! There are those of us who love what you have to say, the products you offer, and are happily gaining knowledge, clarity and understanding of our own life because of you and others like you. I for one say THANK YOU !

  123. Saratha says :

    Reliance on “magic” results from wanting things without putting in effort, and I’m glad you’ve made this clear. Heavy reading here, but I’m very grateful for the clarity it offers – so at the highest level, life is about service?

  124. Brian says :

    I agree. Using magic to get a good parking spot is a very materialistic thing. The other issue at stake here is; what’s wrong with walking a little ways? It’s good exercise and we could all use some of that!
    This is a great blog. Very entertaining! I’ve never visited a blog where the comments are almost as long as the post. Keep up the good work of challenging people’s thoughts. good exercise for them, I say.

  125. Anne Keller says :

    I have to say, Bill, I sense you aren’t completely free of the magical belief aspect yourself. You believe in the spiritual side of life, and that by giving, you will receive. Life IS magical, and the unexplainable IS part of everyday life. But I agree, action is necessary. Desire and imagination is part of the journey, but when action becomes part of the equation, dreams can become reality.

    Some of us seem to be incredibly lucky, while others struggle on, even though they try their damndest to succeed. I have no answer for this. There is so much pain in the world, it’s hard to understand why and how, but I have a theory.

    A few of us seem to be more evolved than the masses spiritually. It’s one thing to believe, but knowing is something else. Knowing comes from personal experience, though some people are born feeling this oneness with the Universe. You can try to help others understand this incredible gift, enlightenment, as Jesus and the other great teachers did, but unless they have the experience themselves, all they can do is believe, and belief is not enough to take you there.

    Bill, I put my website up after watching “The Secret”. Watching the DVD galvanised me into action. It gave me the courage to come out of the closet, so to speak, and tell others of my own experiences, in the hope the telling would lift and inspire others.
    Did I make any money? Nope. I’m poverty-stricken and I really mean that. Sometimes I have to choose between buying flour or eggs. I’m poorer now than before I watched “The Secret”.

    Yet I have this incredible luck in other areas of my life. When I focus on and ask for something, it often happens. Yet money evades me completely. Yes, I do have an attitude towards it.

    Here’s the thing, Bill. I’ve had dreams that came true. Yes really! Read the e-book “A State of Bliss”. Too many crazy unexplainable paranormal things have happened to me in my 59 years. Quantum physics has unwittingly given me an explanation on how those things are possible. Walk a mile in my shoes, Bill, before you dismiss me as a looney.

    Back to the masses. One person cannot change the world, but they can influence it. If people can use the power of thought to attract what they want, and if we attracted everything bad that happens in our lives, what causes the innocents to suffer? Children dying of cancer… aids? Who generated the bad thoughts that create mass destruction? Earthquakes… Tsnamis? Are we, the masses responsible? A kind of group effort, hell bent on chaos? I think not.

    One last thing… if positive, excited thought was enough to get you what you want, how come gamblers lose?

  126. Allan Moore says :

    Hi Bill,

    I agree with Keven Wallingford’s post. I have read your writing over and over and the more I read them the more confused I get as to where you stand, until now that is. You appear to me to a be a “mechanist”, you appear to view the world from an atheistic viewpoint. I hope I am wrong.

    Let me tell you about synchronicity. It happens so much that it cannot be chance. Let me tell you about meeting people, friends I haven’t seen in years and with whom I have lost contact with. This is what I do. I think about them, I think about meeting them in a certain place or I think about them contacting me through an address I have always had contact with. Then I either go to the pre-determined place at a pre-determined time and voila! Friend appears. (EVEN IF I KNOW THEY HAVE LEFT TOWN SOME TIME AGO). Coincidence? Bill you appear not to have the faintest clue about how this universe actually works or even what it is. I am not being offensive but this is what is coming across.

    Reducing what you are saying to the bare essentials, removes the need for holosync altogether. Ie, simply focus and apply yourself to what you want. Well that’s fine but as I pointed out in an earlier missive, for most people that doesn’t work any more than simply “wishing” for something.

    You can show that the brain becomes balanced using holosync and that may have some benefits, however I think it depends on the pilot as much as the plane being built. I expressed in a previous missive how we fill any new biological capacity by “growing” into it. However this takes practice, time and an act of will. What worries me is that you have meditated for years useing holosync, almost certainly have a balanced brain, although you talk like you are almost totally left brain dominated but haven’t had one paranormal or psychic experience. I have been having paranormal and psychic experiences since I was a small child…….without meditating. (As a child). What is important though is that visionary, psychic and paranormal experiences are sign posts along the way of meditation to show you are making progress. It appears that you have missed that bit altogether. In itself that doesn’t really matter, so long as the real aim is achieved. But if your real aim is simply to operate better in this world and experience some sort of sense of oneness, unity or love then ultimately its a waste of time. These things only really matter IF you have a true spiritual perspective and aim and by spiritual I mean supernatural. God etc.

    So I am left wondering A) Am I right, are you an atheist. B) What the real point to holosync is if it doesn’t truely mimic meditation. You see there is a difference in developing the brain by traditional meditation. It requires conscious effort and involvement. So you are building your “inner muscles” whilst doing it and opening channels and doors to other worlds of being. With Holosync I believe you can do the same faster but only if you attempt to pilot the brain being built in the the right way.

    Final word re human knowledge and why science can never really be trusted when it comes to explaining life or reality.

    FACT> We have limited senses. We cannot sense the whole nature of reality, not even with the best equipment.

    FACT> Our brains filter out information, deemed not to be crucial to operating in this 3d world.

    FACT> Our brains are limited, our intelligence is limited, our understanding is limited. We are seeing the world with limited senses, filtered information and then using our meagre intellects trying to make sense of it.

    FACT> We have another problem. We cheat. We apply knowledge filters. The worst culprits for this are scientists. Whenever they find anything that disagrees with their idea or world view, they simply ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist. The world is full of these clowns.

    I wish you well.

    Allan

  127. Anne Keller says :

    Me again Bill,
    Allen Moore has a point. You do come across as being somewhat blinkered about the supernatural or paranormal. Spirituality, God, synchronicity and pyschic phenomena are all bundled in there together. It’s all part of the same deal. Anyone who believes in God or their spiritual selves usually also believes praying can influence events to some degree.
    What is prayer? Emotional thought directed at a power larger than ourselves. How does prayer work? It’s a communication between the energy within our photons and the energy within the photons of the Universe. The ‘power of thought’ is just another term for ‘prayer’. More upmarket, trendy.

    Do we have total control of our lives? No, of course not. We can’t make the sun shine. We don’t control our Earth or the Universe. We could feed the starving millions, but the rich usually only make token gestures of generousity. Governments also only make token gestures. We are human, imperfect and selfish. Every last one of us. Partners in crime. So much we could do to uplift the world. We could “Pay It Forward”. But how many of us do?

    I have noticed the effect giving has in my own life. Yes I am poor, but I always have enough. Almost immediately, within days, after I have given unconditionally of myself or possessions, I am given help or things I need are given to me. Not just the odd thing I could write off as coincidence, either. More like a pouring than a trickle. Synchronicity.

    Breathe in – Breathe out. Give and ye shall receive.

    Another thing. I seem to have a built in radar detector. I can find people’s lost items. I can feel things. I have the same uncanny synchronicity with people that Allen has. I decide on a course of action and a string of related opportunities will present themselves. Way beyond confidence and action. One time I wanted to find out more about a certain subject I had no knowledge of. Within 3 days, without any action on my part, a string of related coincidences pushed the information at me from 5 difference sources.

    Sometimes we have to accept we are being helped by forces beyond our control.

  128. frank says :

    bill is right
    the secret has an excelent point about the power of the mind and attention importance of directing it – on the other hand it was made/edited to keep (some) people dependant for marketing purposes

    now
    “i would rather succees with “no explanation” than fail with tom of books written – explaining it
    success does not reuire explanations”

    this is my personal motto – made and constructed by me

    one have to be carefull of getting into too much explanations and justifications – has to be “cruel in recognising the facts in each relalm”
    please notice: – really successful people rarely explain their successes and write tones of books about them. on the other hand loosers explain their failures in very noble terms – official literature and popular culture are ful of them
    we are thoght wrong in popular culture and scociety what is “noble”
    run away from “friends” who justify your shortcomings and surround itself with people observing the reality and improving it by doing what it to be done in this world to achieve success in this world.
    “god will pay” one for good thoughts and intentions – for paper money you have to do some other work more appropriate to this world
    it is not realistic to exchange goods between diferent worlds as presented in secret – how ever thoughts – actions cold be coordinated and this is the way thought or spiritual world will do magic in materiall world.

  129. Karyn says :

    Hi Bill
    I was one of those people who found Centerpoint and Holosync through The Secret…I am up to Awakening Level 2…it has changed my life and my ability to cope in this life… I have not missed a day since starting..its fantastic …thank you thank you thank you
    Karyn

  130. Jeff Pukal says :

    The following quote came from a man who has healed hundreds of people and maintains an 85% healing rate.

    “For Those Who Believe
    No Words Are Necessary.
    For Those Who Do Not Believe,
    No Words Are Possible.”

    Dom Inacio de Loyola

  131. Deb L says :

    I definitely realize that there is no ‘magic’ or wishful thinking involved in attaining what it is you desire as the media would have liked the general population to believe after the release of the Secret. I found that the Secret did not fully explain that you need to work at what it is you want not just ‘wish’ for it and think that’s all there is to it. Having said that I have been on a journey to heal a health issue and have worked extremely hard on all aspects of my healing. My blood work has recently all come back normal but my body tells me (with pain and inflammation) that I am not healed. Where am I going wrong? I appreciate the opportunity to comment. Thank you so much.

  132. booey says :

    Hello,

    I’m using Holosync technology and appreciate the research that has gone into it. I also appreciate your perspective on the Secret. I share your perspective. Actually, it was Ken Wilber’s Integral philosophy that most helped me to think clearly about this. From my reading of your blog, it’s clear that he is also your philosophical teacher – or one of them. You seem to be using his precise arguments and framework. That’s great, but I’m wondering why you don’t credit Ken? (I’ve only read a few of the blogs, so maybe this is happening already, and I just need to read more. Thanks for your great work and your service to make a better world.

  133. Martin van Laerhoven says :

    Thanks for all your creations with which you are trying to help so many people.
    I find the discussions about magic and “The Secret” sometimes confusing, the secret for me was just an indication how we influence our life’s, with all the explanations we make it more complicated then it realy is. The position we find ourselves in at this stage of our lives does not come from magic but is due to our “Intent” or “Focus”
    I believe this was already pointed at by James Allen in his book “As a man Thinketh” Some good material to watch to help understanding this are:
    “What the Bleep do we Know” and “Conscious acts of Creation” (Dr. William Tiller)
    Be Well
    Martin

  134. prince oliver says :

    i realy love your c,d tapes you are wounderful thanks

  135. Cindy says :

    Bill, I like your example of the parking spaces to explain an example of magical thinking. However, I get confused when I hear Abraham (Esther Hicks) proclaim that what you really, really want and what you really, really, don’t want is what you attract. You say that one must take action to obtain the desire and by focusing on the desire, we see things and notice opportunities which we wouldn’t ordinarily see if our focus was not there. My confusion and question is, how is one taking action to get cancer if they are focusing on NOT wanting cancer? Cindy

  136. R says :

    This is the most reassuring, calming information I have seen in a long time. Not that I wouldn’t want magic that worked to get me out of these difficult and painful times. But I have not read The Secret or watched the movie because I have been afraid it would lure me into believing in things that don’t work, and then wasting more time. I’m not even sure where I am with regard to your definitions, Bill, but I know I want to get to a better place, where I am not paralyzed by the thought of bills coming in and not enough money to pay them. The trouble is, my idea for overcoming this is either to continue the way I have been going (and hope for improvement somehow, either my own or the reception that others have to what I create, which is dangerously close to magical thinking) or to go back to the old way, hunting down a job that I don’t like and doing it until I die, no matter how mindless and miserable it is, or how many magical thinkers I have to take orders from. The trouble is I’d rather die than do that.

  137. Wayne Dent says :

    I owe everything I have to the wish fairy! Why just this morning I wished for a million dollars and the next thing you know, I received several e-mails informing me that I had won several lotteries. How do I know that it was magic? Because I hadn’t even entered any of the lotteries that I had won.

    Now there’s the proof that magic thinking works!

  138. LA says :

    I like to park far away. I need the exercise. :-)

    I’ve liked these posts. I bought two CD series from TUT a year and a half ago, and while they were uplifting, they were more like the Secret… Holosync has helped me more in the last 6 months than anything else has helped me in YEARS. I’ve changed my eating habits and lost weight, I’m more positive in general, and I’m HAPPY. And I’m only on Awakening Prologue! Thank you, Bill!!

  139. phil says :

    Hello Mr Harris, I dont expect you to read this comment or anyone else for that but I have to comment here. First why Im commenting sir.
    My world is one of bliss, and I invite all of you to jump in, because the water’s FINE.
    Secondly I couldnt swim before and thanks to yourself and your work Im happily swimming along. Take care, Be safe Mr Harris. Kind regards phil.

  140. phil says :

    I have to comment yet again Mr Harris. The secret who gives a monkeys whether you benifitted or not. you have benifitted me in ways that 20 years of self help hasnt so your word is good enough for me sir. Also I had a great laugh at the parking responce from you well wicked sir lol Take care,Be safe Mr Harris Kind regards phil.

  141. Erik says :

    This is some of the most useful and interesting things I’ve ever read. I went back and started to read(and listen to) you blog from the beginning and I’m loving it. There are many things that I missed the first time or simply didn’t understand.

    Thank you for all of this amazing stuff. I really wish you all the best.

    FROM BILL: I would strongly encourage everyone to read the entire blog. There is a lot of useful information here (if I do say so myself).

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