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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615137628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615137629
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Conversations with God says that happiness is not getting what you want, it is wanting what you get...Few books do as good a job, as quickly, of reconnecting us with that wisdom than this book by Gina Lake...The practical information in this book demystifies desire and helped me to distinguish between the fear-driven desires of the ego and the urges of Essence. Anatomy of Desire is an easy, quick read that has had a lasting impact on me. I highly recommend it... It offers a simple, accessible, articulate, and interesting take on the very human experience of desire and gives us the tools to make clear choices about how we want to live our lives. An easy, excellent read." —Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, his blog, September 1, 2007

About the Author

Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, Trusting Life, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, Living in the Now, Choosing Love, Return to Essence, Getting Free, Anatomy of Desire, Ten Teachings for One World, Choice and Will, Love and Surrender, and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her website offers information about her books and courses, free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings.

More About the Author

Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, Trusting Life, Ten Teachings for One World, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Choosing Love, Anatomy of Desire, Getting Free, Choice and Will, Love and Surrender, and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her website offers information about her books, courses, and spiritual mentoring as well as free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings:

Gina Lake's website: http://www.radicalhappiness.com

The focus of her writing and teaching is on helping people be in the present moment and live the happy and fulfilled life that is possible and on shedding light on the ego and other programming that interferes with that. Gina's teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle's, Byron Katie's, Adyashanti's, and A Course in Miracles.

Gina Lake's blog: http://www.radicalhappiness.com/blog

Gina Lake's Facebook page: tps://www.facebook.com/gina.lake1

Follow Gina Lake on twitter: https://twitter.com/ginalake

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Kathy Dannel Vitcak
In this one she shows us how to be "unconditionally happy" and she does it exquisitely and clearly.
Jay B. Everett
I highly recommend it along with all of Gina's other wonderful books.
Laura Prue

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura Prue on May 4, 2007
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I love this little book! In "Anatomy of Desire," Gina Like explodes the popular cultural myth that desire fulfillment leads to happiness. In it she states that "while there is no freedom from desiring, because desiring will exist as long as we are human, it is possible to become free from needing our desires to be met." The practical information in this book demystifies desire and helped me to distinguish between the fear driven desires of the ego and the urges of essence. "Anatomy of Desire is an easy, quick read that has had a lasting impact on me. I highly recommend it along with all of Gina's other wonderful books.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Randall Linder on August 18, 2010
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I highly recommend all of Gina Lake's books. I was severely depressed, anxious, having suicidal thoughts, and frustrated with therapy when I stumbled upon Gina's books. The Universe brought me her books at just the right time and in just the right manner and thankfully, I was open to receiving them. Through her books, I have learned how to be grounded in the moment; how to be aware of my thoughts and the "egoic mind" with its obsessive, negative messages; and how to notice and listen to my intuition, and change my entire outlook on life. I am also starting to realize the "oneness" of all life. Having before never trusted anyone or anything, I am now learning to trust the Universe and the divinely unpredictable nature of every day events which makes life so wonderfully rich. The tremendous fear I used to feel is now subsiding. Gina talks about the importance of meditation as a spiritual practice which has helped me to restart my meditation practice which in turn helps me stay in the present moment. Refreshingly, Gina's books are free of religious dogma and rules and are available to all readers regardless of religious/spiritual backgrounds and belief systems. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fred Morton on April 29, 2010
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Gina Lake does a brilliant job of explaining desire. When you understand desire there is no need to manage it or focus on it the way most LOA experts teach it.
If you have been involved in LOA and are at a place where it doesn't serve you as well as it used to, this is the book for you! The clarity that you will receive from this book is priceless.
I just want to add that although I have read many books from Amazon, this is the first review I have written. This book is a must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Jeffreys on January 23, 2009
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Gina Lake's "Anatomy of Desire" is pure gold! It is filled with spiritual gems and powerful insights that drip with presence.

Her material rings of both authenticity and clarity. You know that favorite author of yours that always "nails it" just as you see it? Or answers questions you've always had? Well for me, Gina Lake does the job. The problem is, I find myself highlighting the whole damn book!:)

Here's a taste (pg. 23):

"You are evolving toward pure Awareness, which is not identified with the body, mind, desires, or feelings but knows itself as All. Until you have acheived this level of dis-identification, you are identified to some extent with your body, mind, desires and feelings.

"Those who are deeply and more completely identifed with these suffer greatly, and those who are less deeply and completely identified with these suffer less."

The focus of this book is on a topic that all of us do, yet few of us think about HOW we do it or even if it is really US doing it!? Most of us are just a slave to our mind's never ending litany of demands and desires which is why there is so much suffering in the world.

Gina Lake has thought alot about this vital subject and clearly explains what the mind is up to and why it has nothing to do with who we really are.

Love and Serenity,

Michael Jeffreys
Author, Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars
Organizer, Santa Monica Eckhart Tolle Meetup
(To see my list of "Top 10 Spiritual Books" please visit my website.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schultz on March 12, 2009
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Gina states clearly how our "conditioned desires" interferes with our happiness and clouds the truth of our Essence. As Gina explains, "The ego uses fear to inspire you to take action, while essence inspires you through feelings of joy, excitement, happiness, and elation".

Gina's warmth and love permeates throughout every page, captivating the reader to absorb the depth of her wisdom, moving one beyond mere words to truth itself. "Anatomy of Desire" guides one through the maze of egoic desires to the desires of essence.

A marvelous read and one that may be referred to often.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Everett on October 13, 2008
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This is just one more Home Run from Gina Lake. In this one she shows us how to be "unconditionally happy" and she does it exquisitely and clearly. It is a fun and easy read that will transform even the foulest of moods. She shows us that our ego is always craving for more but that we don't have to feed it. She teaches us to recognize that we can only "BE" happy but the ego will continue to cry for what it wants but giving it that will never satiate it. Do yourself a huge favor and get this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shari Blake on August 26, 2009
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This is an excellent book! I love Gina's books and this one was one of the most transformative for me. Just like Eckhart Tolle's 'The Power of Now' this book really helped me understand my ego and its thoughts and desires and begin to realise that I am not my thoughts. At first some of the ideas in this book surprised me because as a follower of the Law of Attraction I was under the impression that to be happy I had to get what I want. This book teaches you to be happy wether you get what you want or not and for that it is a true gem. Happiness doesn't have anything to do with what you have - happiness is our natural state :) After reading this book i've ordered just about every book that Gina Lake has published and they do not dissapoint! P.S. if you don't want to get over stress and suffering then don't read this book!
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