It looks as if Schirmer, the lone Aussie talking-head on The Secret, really was "set up" by the Australian show A Current Affair. I have, however, modified my opinion that this was a shameful thing on their part.
Take a look at the video of the segment and see for yourself. (Note: This link only seems to work if you're using Internet Explorer as your browser; if you are using Mozilla Firefox, you will be asked to download a plug-in to view the video.)
Schirmer is now in full martyr mode, and he posted a message to his supporters on the thread he started on the Powerful Intentions forum, where he went to boast before the fact, and then to whine after the fact, about his ACA interview. Essentially he said that he is only going to comment once regarding the recent negative media, and will not respond to any further "slanderous claims or defamatory comments."
Notice the diversionary tactic of reciting some of his good works, as well as that much-used declaration about new ideas being a threat to the unenlightened masses.
...As for the people who spoke on there, the truth always wins. All accusations will be dealt with thoroughly and in the proper legal and commercial manner. I'm not angry at them as they have their view and perspective on events, (n)or will I attempt to defend any comments made by others on TV or here ... it would be a waste of everybody’s time and effort and ultimately turn into "he said, she said, I said" rot. The truth will always be the truth even if only one or two people know it. Whatever you focus your energy on you draw toward you, and I choose to focus my energy on the thousands who I help and work with, the teenagers who go through Youth Destiny Camp and are transformed for life, the drug addicts that set free from life threatening addiction, the couples whose relations grow and flourish, the people who hear our story and see a new hope and the thousands of students who have attend our stock market programs and Mind & Money event are now making more money then they ever thought possible. When you understand true abundance you can not harbour revenge, resentment, anger, jealously, spite, envy, or covert what someone else has. All those things are the fear of loss of something ... and if there is true abundance how can one fear loss.
...Being on The Secret was always going to be a risk ... every concept that challenges a persons way of thinking has its attackers ... history shows they continue until accepted by the majority; people were stoned to death for saying the world was round! There was a reason I was chosen to be on The Secret, thousands of others could have been, yet they weren't ... think about it, maybe it has something to do with the life I have lived, the results I have achieved and the standing I have with my peers here and around the world...
This, Dear Ones, is modern martyrdom at its finest.
PS - I'll have more a little later – including more about Vanessa Bonnette, whom I also mentioned in my May 25 post. Vanessa says Rhonda Byrne plagiarized some of her writings, and I think she has a point.
PPS - My thanks to Scott Pape, aka The Barefoot Investor, for keeping me abreast of the Schirmer matter. Scott, as you may recall, wrote a fine article on Schirmer and The Secret last week.
PPPS - My thanks also to Blair Warren, who just sent me this link to a video of the unrepentant Saint David's rebuttal to the "negative press." "Notice how he can't seem to resist turning it into a sales pitch at the end," Blair wrote. "Amazing." Notice, too, how Schirmer invokes the name of another Secret saint, Bob Proctor, whom he says is his mentor. Funny thing, I just heard a tale of someone who claims he got screwed out of thousands by Proctor... but that's not my story to tell.