Rhonda Byrne's book The Secret, which showed people how to use the laws of attraction to improve their lives, was a smash-hit phenomenon when it hit the shelves in 2007, going on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. Now the Australian self-help author is back with a sequel, The Greatest Secret, which lays out the next step in a journey that will take the reader beyond the material world, into a realm where all possibilities exist.
"The Secret showed you how to create anything you want to be, do, or have. Nothing has changed – it is as true today as it ever was," she writes. "This book reveals the greatest discovery a human being can ever make, and shows you the way out of negativity, problems, and what you don’t want, to a life of permanent happiness and bliss.’"
In this exclusive extract from her highly anticipated new book, Rhonda explains how one small belief is holding so many people back in their quest for happiness.
"Why is it so few have discovered the truth? Why haven’t the majority of us realised who we are? How can billions of people have missed something so vitally important to our happiness?
We’ve missed discovering the greatest secret because of one small obstacle: a belief! Just a single belief has prevented us from making the greatest discovery we can make. That belief is that we are our body and our mind.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY
Just as you use a car to get from one location to another, your body is a vehicle you use to move around and to experience the world.
Being material, your body isn’t conscious. It doesn’t know it’s a body, but "you" know it’s a body. Your toe doesn’t know it’s a toe, your wrist doesn’t know it’s a wrist, your head doesn’t know it’s a head, and your brain has no idea it’s a brain, but ‘you’ know each and every part of your body. How could you be the body when you know all the different parts, and yet not one of them knows you?
It’s probing questions like these that enabled the great beings of the past to unravel the mystery behind who we really are.
Believing you’re just your body creates the biggest fear of humanity, the fear of death: when your body dies, you fear you will no longer exist. It’s like a dark cloud hanging over your life.
It’s good news that you’re not your body, because your body is going to come to an end one day, as all material things do. The world is completely made up of material things, and not one of those things will last, including your body, which appears and disappears through the process of birth and death. What you actually are never dies!
Your way out of all difficulties begins with letting go of the belief that you are your body.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND
The voice in your head is not you, yet you’ve probably believed it is you for most of your life. While the voice in your head sounds like you, seems to know a lot about you, and has become very familiar to you, it’s definitely not you. That voice in your head is your mind, and you are not your mind.
Check for yourself. Where is your mind if there is no thought? Your mind isn’t there.
If you were a thought – let’s say, a frustrated thought – then you would disappear when the frustrated thought disappeared. You are not a thought, a sensation, or a feeling, because when they end you would end too, but you’re still here after they end. You are here before a thought, you are here before a feeling or sensation, and you remain perfectly intact after they’ve gone. It’s fairly obvious when you look at it. Certainly, we do experience thoughts, feelings, and sensations, but we are none of those things.
In some ways it’s easy to understand how we’ve missed seeing who we really are, because the body and mind are a very convincing combination. Our mind keeps up a constant tirade of thoughts, most of which include the word “I,” as though the mind is us. And you may be surprised to learn that all our bodily sensations come from the mind, too, which reinforces our belief that we are our body.
It’s not that you don’t have a body and a mind, it’s just that they are not the real you. Just like your car, they’re simply finely tuned instruments you’re using to experience the material world."
This is an extract from The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne, HarperCollins.