Mark: yes that is what I am saying thank you for explaining it.
You really do understand it. Yes "The Secret" is twisted truth or you could say doctrines of devils, most of the writings of the Law of Attraction were channeled by spirit entities. There is a difference between the Law of Attraction and the Law of the Harvest or The Law of Restoration. The Law of Attraction is something we “will” into accruing but the true principle is we reap what we sow, that means the Lord can bless us or not bless us based on our actions in this life. It does not mean we can tap into a power of natural laws to focus our wills, desire and dreams on and just visualize their manifestations. Ken Bowers and I just talked about that a week ago. In his research he has understood the same lie in the Law of Attraction. He and I discussed how witches use the Law of Attraction in magic and call it the same name. They use it to invoke demons to do their bidding (which works by the way). If we see any fruits when using the Law of Attraction to direct our lives, those fruit are not from God, but from the same source from which witches get their power. This idea is a twisted truth, a counterfeit to lead us astray. It misses the most important part of the Lord’s plan - “Fathers will” - and is using powers not from God but from the adversary. These are not natural laws that we tap into that are neutral. Either we are working through the power of God doing his Will or we are working through the powers of the adversary, for he can do miracles too. But man on his own is nothing for we are told that by Moses and King Benjamin.
Moses 1: 10
10 And it came to pass that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.
5 For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your nothingness, and your worthless and fallen state—
The Secret was promoted on Oprah along with many other occult teaching she promotes continually. The Secret has gone through the LDS Church like wildfire. It still is destroying trees in the vineyard of the Lord.
All this self-help stuff leaves God and His will out of the picture and makes ourselves “gods” unto ourselves. It gives no credit for blessings from Father or any judgments, which are the true Law of the Harvest. We are in a generation where we are obsessed with self, and worship ourselves instead of worshiping a God - our will only.
It is wonderful that you sensed through the Spirit that something was off. It is difficult to recognize something like this as evil or satanic, but you felt something was not right and that is what counts. That will be the vital thing we must have to make it through these times. We truly must have the Spirit with us at all times to discern truth from Lies. The Spirit must be our guide. The teachings of today are diametrically opposed to the idea of a Father in Heaven that we are to submit our will to. The world insists that we are the ones to direct ourselves and actually call it evil if we believe in a Father in Heaven that we are to submit our will to. They say that the only “sin” or “evil” in the world is To Believe In A God.
As Christ said at the great council in heaven over the two plans "Father Thy Will Be Done".
The only logical key I can share for catching deceptions that works is those very words. Father, Thy will be done or Thy will not mine. We must be willing to completely submit our will to Father in all things always, becoming like a child should be to a Father. We must look to His will in all that we do. We must let go of Pride in all of its forms. We must become Humble before Father in all things.
Matthew 18: 1-4
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
We tend to think of spiritual things in the way we think of mortal maturity as growing into adulthood where we begin to act as adults making our own decisions, choices and finding our own truths, with no one to answer to but ourselves. But this is not what the goal is spiritually. The goal is to become more and more like a Child, submitting our will to Father in all things. The purpose of this life is not to grow up and become a God here. It is merely a test if we will fully submit to Father here, to become like a Child, humble, obedient, teachable etc. Therefore we must be willing to say “Thy will not mine” in all things and endure to the end. We must not try to grow up too fast upon our own will or we find ourselves where Lucifer found himself. There is no short cut to reach Godhood by going around Father. It must be taught directly by Father each and every step. We are not to go out and find ways to become like God that he is not teaching us in our Church. All we need is the teachings of our Church. It is not the fast track to independent Godhood. It is the track of being one with Father which takes us more than a lifetime of submitting our will in all things to Him. The goal is never to be independent but to be One with Him.
Notice in the following talk that becoming a child takes time, it is a process in life. We are not told to become a child then start trying to become Gods. We are told to just submit our will to Father in all things and all of our growth will be taken care of through that process.http://tiny.cc/child314
Henry B. Eyring, “As a Child,” Ensign, May 2006, 14–17
“Here is King Benjamin’s stirring description of what that change to become like a child is and how it comes to us:
“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”
We are safe on the rock which is the Savior when we have yielded in faith in Him, have responded to the Holy Spirit’s direction to keep the commandments long enough and faithfully enough that the power of the Atonement has changed our hearts. When we have, by that experience, become as a child in our capacity to love and obey, we are on the sure foundation.
From King Benjamin we learn what we can do to take us to that safe place. But remember: the things we do are the means, not the end we seek. What we do allows the Atonement of Jesus Christ to change us into what we must be. Our faith in Jesus Christ brings us to repentance and to keeping His commandments. We obey and we resist temptation by following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. In time our natures will change. We will become as a little child, obedient to God and more loving. That change, if we do all we must to keep it, will qualify us to enjoy the gifts which come through the Holy Ghost. Then we will be safe on the only sure rock.”
Lucifer can appear as an angel of light and deceive us with things that “appear good”.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:14-15
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Nephi 9:9
9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
We should not be searching the world for “secret doctrines”. The world has them. They are Lucifer’s ancient secret doctrines which he has taught since the beginning of time. All we need is in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Way of the Disciple,” Ensign, May 2009, 75–78
…… the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone’s theory or proposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend. And with that knowledge, He has given us the gospel—a divine gift, the ultimate formula for happiness and success.
As we can see we are not to seek our own will, but Father’s will. We do not find Father’s mysteries out in the world. The mysteries of the gospel, or rather the deeper understanding of the gospel comes through living the basic truths of the gospel and contemplating them in holy places. It is through personal revelation that the Lord reveals these mysteries to the obedient. They are not discoverable through books DVDs made by and for the world. Non LDS philosophers, no matter how good they may seem cannot be a source of divine knowledge. This truth comes through the power and gift of the Holy Ghost and only through that power. Look to the scriptures, the prophet and only then to personal revelation that is consistent with what they have taught. Do not seek for mysteries in the archives of Babylon, then try to make them fit into the Church. They will never fit, for they are the secrets of Babylon not Zion, therefore lies not truths.