The New York Daily News reports today that while Kabbala was 2005, Scientology 2006, “The Secret” is Hollywood’s new religion for 2007.
At a pre-Oscars dinner for eventual Best Supporting Actress winner Jennifer Hudson, thrown by Stuart and Jane Weitzman at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Friday, Secret “teacher” Lisa Nichols explained the philosophy to Emmy Rossum, Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane.
“They were abuzz about it and wanted to talk to the guru,” another guest tells me. Andre Leon Talley, Rachel Roy and Damon Dash were also in the room.
An uncharacteristically credulous Oprah Winfrey has even had Nichols on her show to discuss the philosophy. Nichols writes for the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, whose creator, Jack Canfield, is also a Secret teacher.
The premise behind this new cult/spiritual belief is just as kooky as the rest. Apparently by using ‘The Secret’ you can alter reality, “from finding a parking space to curing cancer to getting a BMW – through positive thinking’. Also according to Rhonda Byrne who is the spiritual leader of this theory (and former Australian TV producer who herself ‘discovered’ The Secret in 2004) claims there has been a conspiracy to keep us the public from discussing this but revealed it to Beethoven, Lincoln and Einstein.
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