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What you want materially and what you want spiritually are both important, says John Gray, Ph.D., in How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have. "Wanting more is the nature of our soul, mind, heart, and senses," he says. As an antidote of sorts to the sometimes overly strict books of late that advocate a life of utter simplicity, he concedes that it's okay to want a big promotion or fancy car. It's also noble to want a solid spiritual life and to want to be at peace with yourself. However, he says, you need to recognize and work on the many self-defeating behaviors that may be thwarting your chances for reaching your goals. In fact, he identifies 24 typical stumbling blocks to look for.
How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have is perfect for the ostensibly successful businesspeople who can't explain why they're miserable, or people who blame their partners for their miseries instead of looking inward. It's filled with anecdotes and tools to help you achieve a fuller sense of identity. Gray says that one of the most important steps to reaching this level of self-awareness is meditation, and Gray gives dozens of stepping-off points for meditation exercises to help you ascertain what exactly it is that you want, and how to remove any obstacles--whether external or internal. Take it from a man who used to be so ascetic that he was rendered homeless but now has achieved a strong sense of self and has managed to write nine bestselling books: both spiritual and material success are within your grasp. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this work, Gray moves beyond his popular Mars/Venus gender insights (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/98) and looks at the total person. He believes successful people experience unhappiness because they are cut off from their essential, unique selves by blocked emotions. He also posits that people who are not connected with the inevitable negative emotions associated with identifying desires cannot prosper materially. Finding and maintaining one's authentic self and allowing it to manifest its desires allow material success to flow into a person's life and enhance happiness. While little of this is new to those familiar with Deepak Chopra, Suze Orman, and others, Gray's insights and exercises will prove useful for those who want to take responsibility for their own happiness and success. Gray's delivery is that of a skilled lecturer rather than a person reading from a text. Listeners who have access only to the abridged readings will need to follow up with the book or this set to obtain details for the concepts and techniques. Therefore, libraries that can afford the unabridged work should purchase it. Expect demand; highly recommended.AKathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Had a copy over a decade ago and just ordered a replacement because I refer to the "love tank" concept a lot when coaching others.Published 5 months ago by Mel
I Love the information sheared in this book it helps when you have to make some thought decisionPublished 5 months ago by Mervin Herbert
This book changed my life because it touches the "pain" and the "hope".
It free us from the obstacles and show us the way of peace and success. Read more
This is a life changing book. It is worth reading more than once. It answers a lot of questions about life, love, and happiness.Published 13 months ago by Steve Sweeney
I stopped reading when I came to the point about Vitamin G, which is God. Everything else was sounding good, then BAM, "God." He just kept mentioning it like a crazy person. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by youaremyhero
I found "How to get what you want ad want what you have" by John Gray really informative. I was inspired by the ideas mentioned in the book and learning to apply them in my... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Devina
I like how John Gray talks about the problems that many people face in their lives and gives examples of how we can make minor adjustments to improve.Published on February 7, 2013 by Laura A Fazekas
Thought it would be a little different then what it was, never finished the book cause it just didn't
keep my attention.