The Magic by Rhonda Byrne is the third book in her The Secret trilogy. I had purchased The Secret from a Kabbalah Center back in 2007. The book had had an impact on me then. I experienced firsthand the effects of the dynamism that it espoused. However, for some reason, whether it was out of contentment of having seen my wishes fulfilled or because so many drastic yet wonderful changes occurred the following year, I simply forgot about The Secret. It seems that when all is well with us, we overindulge in the moment and quickly forget the behaviors that got us to that point or at least, that’s what happened to me. We become complacent. That’s when the Universe typically steps in to remind us to reconnect to the Source, Light, Maker or whatever you want to call it.
A few months ago, I was facing a difficult situation at work. Whenever I feel stressed or frustrated, I seek refuge in bookstores. Of course, only a bookstore could make it or anything better. I thought I’d purchase a well-liked, expansive classic novel in which I could lose myself. While perusing through the aisles, I came across this book instead. It wasn’t even the genre that I was considering. But it jumped out at me. I laggardly pulled it off the bookshelf. I plopped down on the carpeted floor. I comfortably leaned against the wall in an opening between two bookstands and began reading. Even though I was a little irritated by the author’s vaunting about her ability to evocate almost anything into her existence, I knew that was the book I’d be taking home that night.
I then remembered that I had read The Secret at some point but couldn’t pinpoint exactly when or what I had gathered from it. I just remembered having read and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I was halfway through the book that I could finally remember all the details of the things that had come to pass as a result of using the techniques in The Secret. When I was looking through The Magic, it never occurred to me to check which place it occupied in the trilogy. Perhaps I should have read The Power first since it was the second book in the trilogy. But in the moment that I had noticed The Magic, all I was considering was that it had searched me out; not the other way around. So I took it home. No questions asked.
The Magic is meant to be read and practiced in a 28-day period. The crux of the entire book is gratitude. I’m not referring to perfunctory gratitude as a result of indoctrination from our childhood. I’m referring to a more intentional and organic gratitude. The reader is instructed to read one lesson per day. Each lesson has one or more brief yet impactful practices to help manifest the particular technique being taught in that lesson which is always, first and foremost, rooted in gratitude.
“If you practice gratitude a little, your life will change a little. If you practice gratitude a lot every day, your life will change dramatically and in ways that you can hardly imagine.”
I’m not going to limn here each chapter or lesson in the book. But I will share with you some of the lessons that most impacted me. First, if I was to take nothing else away from having read this book, at least I’d take away the powerful and cathartic effect of writing down a Daily Gratitude list. Everyone should keep a gratitude journal or even a pocket-size gratitude notepad like me. Don’t create rules or any other type of creative limitation. The book recommends writing down ten things per day for which I was grateful. But it was becoming more a point of frustration to meet the ten points then to enjoy the process. Just write as many as you’re comfortable.
Second, I benefited from thanking the universe, in advance, for granting my wishes. On numerous occasions, I had written down how grateful I had been for having received good news or something else. A few days or weeks later, the outcome that I had envisioned came to fruition. The most important word of advice that I can offer at this point is to make sure your visions and expectations are realistic. Wishing to tame and marry Mr. Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey is likely going to disappoint in the end. So…just keep it real. 😉
Finally, the exercise that I benefited from the most was one in which I learned to give myself a break. I was and in moments of weakness, still am, my worst critic. I have a low tolerance for mistakes; especially ones I’ve made. Mrs. Byrne wrote something that truly lingered in my psyche for days, “Negative feelings about yourself cause the greatest damage to your life, because they are more powerful than any feelings you have about anything or anyone else. Wherever you go and whatever you do you take those negative feelings with you in every moment, and those feelings taint everything you touch, and they act as a magnet, attracting more dissatisfaction, discontentment, and disappointment with everything you do.”
As you can see, having read The Magic before The Power didn’t negatively affect me or interrupt any pre-planned process. I still benefited a great deal from having read it when I did. It was precisely what I needed. I can always go back next month and pick up The Power. There’s no need to follow the order so rigidly. Do what works best for you. This book helped me get through my difficult time at work a few months ago. Because I am still applying the techniques that I’ve gleaned from The Magic, I’m enjoying, rather than fearing, the transitory stage that I’m living through right now.
I gave this book four (4) stars on Goodreads. I felt it wasn’t deserving of five stars because it was very repetitive. It could have been shorter but I understand that on average, it takes 28 days to develop a habit.
Let me know whether you’ve read it! I’d love to hear from you.