You know you're doing it right when your thoughts start to solidify and float, apparently waiting to be shifted, spread... molded and worked.
With practice you can get so good at it that it you basically have your own little Holodeck, where you paint out scenes and sculpt shimmering reality with ease.
The ancient knowledge, the stuff that comes around every now and then in some new packaging - that's that state that it is hinting at, too. The same state, but in this realm, the waking realm.
Sculpting the waking realm is no more difficult that sculpting dreamscapes. All you have to do is know what you want, and work hard to get it. That's how you make the world your own.
This is all fine and good - but what happens when you put that kind of effort and dedication into evil? What happens when you use "The Secret" to better yourself in the art of profiting from misery and growing wealthy from crisis? Using visualization and furious logic to justify murder, exploitation and cruelty?
(Funny how, on a small scale, we condemn this type of thing - but on a large scale, it's business as usual. Same goes for acts of violence....)
The answer is that it works just as well. No matter who you are are what you do, you can use the ancient knowledge to your advantage. Nature may be benevolent - and merciless - but in any case, it does not recognize morality. It's laws and systems apply to all of us.
They know it. That's why they are doing so 'well'. They own the joint - because they decided they owned it.