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Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling Hardcover – February 28, 2006

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The bestselling author of the New Age classic The Power of Intention has another book that will probably delight his fans and new readers who resonate with his spiritual approach. Inspiration, Dyer writes, is the opposite of motivation and goal-oriented thinking, the latter, "grabbing an idea and carrying it through to an acceptable conclusion." Inspiration, on the other hand, is when "an idea has taken hold of us from the invisible reality of Spirit." To Dyer, getting rid of ego in all its manifestations is the first step to connecting with the power of inspiration. In alternately wise and plodding prose, Dyer cites self-laudatory examples of his own personal generosity to strangers as well as various synchronicities that he takes to be expressions of the interconnectedness of all things and signs that he is spiritually on the right path. Yet many of the ideas here seem recycled; anyone who has watched What the Bleep Do We Know? will be familiar with them, and Dyer's name-dropping asides about his Maui writing retreat and successful lifestyle can be off-putting. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401907210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401907211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first encountered the words of Wayne Dyer 5 or so years ago on PBS. I liked what I heard. Though nothing he says is original, I did like the way he presented it.

The first book of his I read was "There's A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem", the book on which the first lecture I watch on PBS was based.

I was inspired by, and enjoyed that book. As I did the next two or three. But recently, and especially with this latest volume, he simply repackages his older books in a different form. Ironic for a book about inspiration.

I want to be clear that I have no intrinsic problem with some of the concepts he talks about. But this book, and his lectures, and overall attitude lately, as opposed to my first exposure to him, are becoming quite the turn off.

In this volume, there were somevery glaring examples of either contradiction, strict unfairness, and at times, ego...despite Dyer's commitment against the ego.

I also found it very repetative, but I realize he warns of that early on. However just because something is acknowledged, does not mean it should be accepted.

The following items bothered me the most, and I would be interested to learn if others readers agree with these bothersome items.

-The oft mentioned assumption that he is personally the reincarnated spirit of St. Francis of Asissi.

-He is not very supportive of his friends. To him it seems that to even be in the presence of an unhappy person insults him. His reason being that since life is perfect and nothing wrong EVER happens to us, being unhappy or scared of something is simply a low energy, and one thathe is unwilling to stand inthe presence of.
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"Inspiration flowing through us is a messenger from the realm of our nonphysical self, from where we were before we entered this visible world of form. We have the ability to return to that formlessness right now, in our body, without experiencing physical death. - From the book

Renowned lecturer and author Dr. Wayne Dyer has dedicated his newest book to in-Spirited living. Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling contains methods for finding your way to an inspired life, absorbing the inspiration of others, becoming an inspiration, and transcending commonplace uninspiring energy.

According to Dyer, inspiration is the opposite of motivation. Motivation is "grabbing an idea and carrying it through to an acceptable conclusion", but inspiration is the reverse-allowing ourselves to be moved by a Force greater than ourselves. While motivation pushes us towards goals, inspiration is a relaxed flow, enabling us to enjoy where we are on the way to where we're going. By remembering our constant connection to Source energy, we tap into peace, ease, and abundance.

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling teaches some brilliant principles that I've discovered in my own life, and found to be a guiding source for inspiration and on-purpose living-such as the power of giving, gratitude, and following curiosity. Some of my favorite quotes from the book include:

"Remember: We're already connected to everything that we think is missing from our life. Below and above the ranges that our eyes and ears perceive, the entire activity of creation remains invisible and inaccessible-but when we shift from sensory searching to trusting what we know, we discover the folly of chasing after anything in order to feel inspired."

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"Inspiration" was a gift from a friend who knows I've enjoyed some of Dyer's previous writings. I feel bad she spent the money...

Initally I thought maybe I was missing something or simply being overly critical; I really wanted to love this book. Some of the concepts resonate (although nothing new), but... it's poorly written, self-laudatory ad nauseam and, sadly, just leaves a very negative impression of Mr. Dyer (the "Dr." title just doesn't seem to fit in this case).

Soliciting money for his friend in Maui was in very poor taste, his name-dropping monotonous, and his self-righteous undertone throughout the book, a bit alarming.

Doubtful I'll be spending any more of my hard earned money on Dyer propaganda and will advise my friend the same. There are a lot of other dynamic, inspiring authors out there.
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There's no question, Dr. Dyer is a terrific inspirational speaker and writer. His latest offering, Your Ultimate Calling, is no exception.

On the positive side, if/when you need a pick me up, a life guide, a spiritual coach, or you just want to read something that will lift your spirits, this book is just what the doctor ordered. It's simple yet ultimately satisfying. It's hard to argue with the main concept, if you want to be successful at anything, a little spiritual intervention wouldn't hurt.

The only reason why I'm giving it 4 stars, rather than 5, there isn't an incredible amount of "meat" in the book. Dyer keeps drilling into our heads what we need to do, but I still wish he'd be a little more to the point. Maybe I need a little more hand-holding than most.

Otherwise, a terrific read.
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