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"A publishing sensation" Daily Express 'Esther and Jerry Hicks, with the help of commendations from Oprah Winfrey, have sold almost 1.5 million copies of their last three books.' The Independent
About the Author
Jerry and Esther Hicks produce and present the leading-edge Abraham-Hicks teachings on the art of allowing our natural Well-Being to come forth. While presenting Law of Attraction workshops in up to 60 cities a year, they’ve created more than 600 books, audios, CDs, and videos.
I've spent a big chunk of the last 5 years of my life reading, researching and applying the things I've learned from a host of books and audio/visual programs all aimed at helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. And like so many of the resources I've used during this time, "The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent" (TAPoDI)focuses on tapping into the unrealized potential that lives within all of us, but simply isn't used because we a) don't know about it and b) don't understand how to use it.
As someone who's studied a large volume of material on this general topic, I tend to look at such works from the viewpoint of "how is this material similar to other works I've studied" and "what does it have to offer that's new, original and, especially, useful. Here's my take on TAPoDI:
Like many other "New Age" authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks present to us a view of life in which WE, ourselves, are both the biggest limiting factor in our lives and the key to unleashing the utterly unlimited potential that is the human "spirit". WE create our own life experience. Period. If our lives aren't what we want them to be, aren't enjoyable and don't consist of the things we love most, we have only ourselves to look to for change. If we are living limited and unsatisfying lives, it is we who have (often unwittingly) CHOSEN to do so ... nothing or no one else is to "blame" ... it is we who create our own eperience of life.
But, never fear. As beings whose true nature is that of unlimited spirit with the power to create all that we dream of, it is only our lack of understanding of our true potential and our unwillingness to explore that potential and use it that has kept us locked in lives we don't enjoy completely.Read more ›
Perhaps in contrast to some other reviewers, I really find "The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent" to be more impressive than "Ask and It Is Given". This book feels richer in some way, particularly in the first half where Abraham expands on the principles of manifestation in a way I've never read anywhere before.
I feel Abraham's real emphasis in this book is on the necessity of a person finding vibrational alignment with their inner being (higher self, etc) in order for our beautiful desires and thoughts to flow through into our lives as actual manifestations. While "Ask and It Is Given" is truly wonderful (and I think the more important book to read first for those just discovering this information), this book represents a real evolution of some of the key concepts. It feels like a deeper work to me somehow, and I find myself returning to its pages frequently throughout the day.
I agree that some of the exercises may seem repetitious, but I believe this is intentional; by exposing us to real-world situations (and ones that nearly all of us have experienced at some time), it makes the entire process of deliberate creation a more understandable one. It's as though the first book is the basic reference text, and this one is a kind of "Advanced Applications of..." sequel. Read it and you'll see what I mean.
So in essence, the first book has all one needs to create the life of their dreams -- but this book makes the process so much deeper, supportive and illuminating. What more can one say, but - "Thank you Abraham!".
This book is about being a conscious creator of your life, how to use thoughts, beliefs and emotions to create the circumstances and events of your life. The material is empowering and powerful and the exercises really work, I have used them in my life and professionally. This book can truly be a great resource if you are ready to allow yourself what you really truly want.
If you don't own previous works of abraham-hicks, this book is great. Yet if you own books or recordings, or frequent their website, this book propably will not offer you anything new. The same processes that we got to know in "Ask and It Is Given" are again presented here, with new examples.
Personally I find the two first books of Abraham and Hicks the best A New Beginning I and II, their material comes alive when in dialogue with people and their problems or wishes.
This is a how-to book. If you are interested in a resource that gives you a more in-depth version of why this works, The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts is a great complement to this one.
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What I am hearing people complain about in their reviews is that there is nothing new in this book, of course there's nothing new you silly little ninnies! Truth will always be the same; yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Of course, people will always find different ways to say the same thing, but the bottom line is that it will still be the same thing. The question is not whether or not you want to buy the book, the question should be, "Am I really going to embody the messages that I am reading"? I have over 1,000 books in my personal library and yeah, a lot of them are incredibly similar, but I find that even with the slightest bit of a slant on something, I can understand it and apply it in a whole new way.
The real truth is that we don't really need any of the books we have read or will read. We don't need to go to lectures or seminars or even to church or the temple; all we really need to ever really do is go within. Past our personal b.s. (belief systems) and straight to our own personal fount of wisdom and truth. The reason we don't go there more is because we are scared that we might run into a monster or two but hey, I created the monsters in my life, as well. I might as well embrace them. Besides, monsters are so misunderstood and they need love too.
But get this book and start consciously and deliberately applying the information. No, you probably won't bump into anything new, but embrace what you are willing to now know fully and completely.