The Secret to The Secret
Talking with Dr. John Demartini
November 09, 2006
When was the last time you sat down and really thought about what
you were grateful for? We all have much to appreciate; yet most of us
focus on what we lack. Knowing that I have a tendency to be one of
these people, I try to stay open to informative materials that remind
me to be positive. And not so long ago, a friend told me that I really
needed to watch The Secret.
Being the jaded girl that I am, I first attempted to avoid this
movie, which came out earlier this year. But later I gave in and
watched it. The film is what some of my friends have called "the Hooked on Phonics
for the spiritually aware." It's a collection of philosophers,
teachers, writers and quantum physicists who all speak on the "Law of
Attraction"—the idea that what we draw into our lives is what we
continually think about. If we clearly ask, believe and stay open to
receive what we want, then the world will give us exactly what we
"Whatever we think about and thank about," philosopher and
inspirational speaker Dr. John Demartini says in the movie, "we bring
Being a modern day philosopher and inspirational speaker, Demartini
travels 300 days a year throughout more than 50 nations. He's the
author of nearly 40 books dealing with subjects ranging from business
development to children's personal development to chiropractic
philosophy. He speaks and writes about personal transformation through
the power of gratitude and unconditional love.
Hearing that he was coming to Maui to do some workshops I decided to
speak with him to get a deeper look into this interesting man. Calling
his hotel in Sydney, I introduced myself and asked him to briefly
explain the two-hour "Relationship Myths, Mirrors and Magic" workshop
he was planning to do on Nov. 16 at the Renaissance Wailea Beach
Resort. He said that he would explain the common myths of
"For example, no one really betrays you," he said. "You often
project your values onto them and expect them to live by your values
instead of honoring that person for living by their own set of values.
And then you feel betrayed because of the fantasy that you projected."
He added that he would help people set realistic expectations and
teach them how to communicate their values. He then went into "The
Breakthrough Experience," another two-day workshop that he'll conduct
on Nov. 18 and 19, saying it will help "dissolve stress and how to see
the hidden order in daily chaos."
He said his method would help people be more "poised than poisoned,"
allowing them to be appreciative of the things around them. This, he
said, would let a person "have more love in life."
Demartini told me he was born on Thanksgiving Day which he said
definitely had an affect on him, most notably because his mother always
told him to count his blessings. When he was 17 and living on Oahu's
North Shore, he nearly died of strychnine poisoning after eating the
wood rose plant. This was apparently pretty common for surfer hippies
to ingest back in the 1970s.
After being found in his tent and nursed back to life, Demartini
said he was intuitively led to the inspirational speaker Paul Bragg,
who helped him find his passion in life. Now Demartini says he wakes up
every day and goes to sleep every night naming the things in his life
that he is grateful for.
"I usually do this until I have a tear in my eye of thanks," he told
me. "I'm sure you have had a moment where you were so grateful you had
a tear in your eye."
For more information on Dr. John Demartini's workshops and prices call 1-888-DEMARTINI or go online at www.drdemartini.com. MTW
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