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Rhonda Byrne

Revelations and practices to end suffering and discover lasting happiness

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The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne reveals a life-changing truth that has been passed down through centuries. It unveils the path to happiness, love, health, and success.

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    Your true self is not a person.

    Let’s kick things off with a simple question: Who are you?

    Well, that’s easy, you may be thinking. You’re a person with a name, an age, an ethnicity, a profession, and a particular set of memories.

    But what if you learned that you aren’t a person at all? What if who you really are is something else entirely? What if your identity is an illusion – an illusion that’s causing all the pain and suffering in your life? 

    You might not feel as if you’re suffering. Sure, you might get upset, anxious, or stressed sometimes. But doesn’t everyone experience those things? Actually, they don’t! According to the author, if you experience any negative feelings whatsoever, you’re suffering. But it doesn’t have to be that way –⁠ you can actually live a life of constant, complete happiness. And it all starts with realizing who you really are. 

    The key message here is: Your true self is not a person.

    Right now, you’re almost certainly having an experience that feels like being a person. You feel like you have a body. You feel like you have a mind. But these feelings are actually illusions masking the truth.

    Let’s start with the body. You can think of it just like a car –⁠ a thing you use to move from place to place. When you’re inside a car, you never say that you are the car. The same is true for your body –⁠ it’s just a vehicle that carries the real you.

    Your mind isn’t the real you, either, though it can often seem like it is. After all, you have a voice in your head that talks like you, knows all about you, and refers to itself using the word “I.” But that voice belongs to your mind –⁠ not you. If there are no thoughts, then there is no mind – but you are still there because you are neither a thought nor a feeling.

    You also aren’t a collection of personality traits. How could you be? Your personality constantly changes over your lifetime. And these different versions of you can’t be the real you; if they were, a bit of you would disappear each time your personality changed.

    The real you is not a body, not a mind, not a personality. So what, or who, is it? That’s the greatest secret –⁠ and you’ll discover the answer in the next blink. 

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    What is The Greatest Secret about?

    The Greatest Secret (2020) is a sequel to the worldwide best seller and self-help phenomenon The Secret, which inspired millions to better their lives by using the laws of attraction. In this installment, we learn an even greater secret: who we really are, and how we can use that knowledge to achieve everlasting happiness.

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    The Greatest Secret (2020) by Rhonda Byrne explores the hidden power that can transform our lives and bring us lasting happiness. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers a guiding light, showing us how to tap into the power of the universe and access our true potential.
    • Shares wisdom from various spiritual traditions, providing a multi-dimensional perspective on the secret to living a fulfilled life.
    • Unveils profound practices and techniques that can help us overcome challenges and create a state of inner peace and abundance.

    Best quote from The Greatest Secret

    There is only one Awareness, and its the same Awareness that is operating through everybody. There is just one of us. Our name is I.

    —Rhonda Byrne
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    Who should read The Greatest Secret?

    • Fans of The Secret and other New Age manifestos
    • People attracted to the spiritual and mystical
    • Seekers of joy and happiness

    About the Author

    Rhonda Byrne is the mastermind behind The Secret, which is both a documentary film and a best-selling book. Byrne has been featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people and in Mind Body Spirit magazine’s list of the 100 most spiritually influential people. In addition to The Secret, Byrne has written several other top books, including The Power, The Magic, and Hero.

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    The main message of The Greatest Secret is to discover the power of consciousness and uncover the source of limitless joy and abundance.

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    The author of The Greatest Secret is Rhonda Byrne.

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