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.
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.