Buying and Selling ‘Secrets’ to Make Millions – the Big Illusion

There’s never a day goes by without me finding a good handful of emails in my inbox from people claiming to be able to reveal secrets to me that will completely turn my life around and make me very rich.

I can always tell them a mile away. I’ve got a sort of radar for them and they get deleted immediately and blasted off into the cyber wasteland.

It never ceases to bring a smile to my face.

In fact, the whole concept of secrets has taken on a different meaning for me since I have come to realise that there aren’t actually any secrets at all. There’s nothing at all on this planet that I need to go chasing after and pay big bucks for.

It’s only about perceived value after all.

And the funny thing is that the things they are offering me as highly guarded secret information which is only known by a few, have been picked up and gleaned from somewhere else.

Socrates was one of the first examples of a philosopher who became well known and highly renowned for his knowledge and yet all he did was dig around in what everyone else had done and pull it all together librarian-style. He didn’t, in actual fact, write anything at all or discover new things. He just presented what everyone else had created, but in a very erudite fashion. So people remember him for this.

Today the market is saturated with self help gurus, people who have developed and refined their own systems of healing and self-empowerment. There are countless variations on a theme and each one is claiming to have the one method that will blast your self-imposed limitations sky-high and allow you to emerge enlightened.

I believe that each of us has the knowledge to help and heal ourselves. No-one can do that for us. When that inner switch gets thrown and we give ourselves permission to go there, anything can happen. There’s no instant fix.

And there’s nothing new. There are no secrets we can buy into that will turn our lives around. Everything just gets taken again and again and is remixed and regurgitated. We add the odd ingredient that makes it taste just a little bit different and then slap a new label on it. But the essential information remains the same.

As an example, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work has inspired so many present-day self help teachers and his wisdom is being repackaged in a multitude of forms as the secret of the day. And there are many more.

I believe we have to reach that point where we are willing to show up for ourselves. When we can acknowledge that we have all we need and are able to be true to ourselves, looking beyond the illusion, that’s when the real magic happens and we start to blossom.

Have you ever found yourself chasing after an illusion only to realise that you have real power within you? I’d love to hear about it.

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6 Responses to Buying and Selling ‘Secrets’ to Make Millions – the Big Illusion

  1. A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chickens did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed and the eagle grew to adulthood. One day he saw a magnificent bird high above him in a cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

    The eagle looked up in awe. “who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of birds,” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

    Your post reminded me of this story. Only we can make the change and be great. And only we can believe in ourselves because it doesn’t matter what others say. Only we know the truth about ourselves and it is us who choose which path we’ll go.

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for sharing this story Franziska. I remember it from many years ago and am glad you’ve recounted it here. It really doesn’t matter what other say about us. x

  2. Lisa Valero says:

    Great post Fiona!!!!
    You are so right when you say “There are no secrets we can buy into that will turn our lives around ~ the essential information remains the same”!!!
    We need to find it within ourselves because it is there! Self-help books are good to encourage you or help you along the journey; paying dearly for instant riches that won’t happen is an exercise in futility!
    I think many people today keep looking for the “instant fix”, the ready solution with little or no effort on their part. Thus they spend a lifetime searching, unhappy and unfulfilled.
    Look within and you shall find! Loved it!!! ♥♥♥

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, it’s all there within us. And just something as simple as finding the strength to say ‘yes’ can turn everything around. x

  3. Grace Kelly says:

    Hi Fiona,
    Great post.
    Yes i have found myself chasing illusions from time to time. What i feel i would like to share though is that when i was really really really low, it was those self-help “gurus” and books that initiated the spark of self-empowerment within me. Sure, they may have been teaching stuff everyone else was but i did not care where they got it from, I cared about learning how to get out of my desperate situation and return to grace and some of these people helped me to unlock the power within, some tried to get me on board a space shuttle to “secrets” haha! but they never won, why? because of course the power is within, sometimes it is just nice to be reminded of how to access it through tools, “gurus” philosophers and other peoples thoughts and ideas and sometimes it is nice to help others access it too.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for commenting Grace. And great to hear you got out of your low without paying dearly for a secret you already held within you. Books and other ready-accessible tools are perfect for reminding us what we can do for ourselves.

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