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Simple, clear exposition - a great book
on April 1, 2011
After reading this book, I first have to say, if I read another word by Joe Vitale about his having been homeless, I'll scream. I'm so fed up reading about it. Those of us who know anything about Joe Vitale know that he was homeless at one point, and he's now a multi-millionaire, presumably. I'm also fed up hearing that he's a "big movie star" after appearing in "The Secret". It was a good film and he has been in other films too, but he's certainly not what I would call a "big movie star".
Also, in the book he talks about letting go of ego consciousness, But to judge from it, I have to say that it "sure sounds like" he still has a huge ego.
Having got all that off my chest, I'll go on to some positive factors as regards Joe and this book. He writes, as always, in a simple, clear style. Anybody and everybody should be able to understand what he writes in this book. It is very readable; Joe's positive outlook is very infectious and inspiring. If anything, the book seems a bit too simplistic.
The four basic stages of awakening Joe deals with in the book are as follows: Stage One, Victimhood, Stage Two, Empowerment, Stage Three, Surrender and Stage Four, Awakening.
In the chapter about victimhood, he draws our attention to the fact that only victims "blame and complain". We are more powerful than we know, in fact we are limitless. It's important to stop complaining and to change our language, so instead of talking about "problems", for example, you talk about "opportunities"; you don't "have to work out", you "get to work out". You should focus on what's right in your world, instead of what's wrong.
Well, this was all fine and good, but I felt I knew all that beforehand, and wondered whether it was a waste of time for me to continue with the book.
In the chapter about empowerment, Joe discusses clearing limiting beliefs, "nevillizing" your goal, i.e. visualizing the end result of your goal with feeling. Feeling is the key factor, and he uses the term "nevillize" in a reference to the mystic and gifted speaker and writer Neville Goddard who advised us, among many other things, about the power of feeling. (I, like Joe, am a great fan of Neville.) Then we need to let go (of our attachment to wanting something, for instance) and take inspired action. Joe notes that it's more powerful to intend something rather than just to want it. It's also powerful to focus on gratitude. You look on what you have right now and are grateful for this, and you'll find that actually you're already wealthy.
Again, this chapter was good, but there was nothing new.
Then I started on the chapter about surrender. Here we're reminded about Dr. Hew Len and the "miracles" he effected in a Hawaiian mental hospital for the criminally insane by means of his Ho'oponopono techniques. Now I've previously read Joe's book "Zero limits" on this healing method, and was greatly inspired by it, and I myself have used the techniques with some success. The process is absolutely simple, since the only thing you need to do is recite for yourself the phrases "Please forgive me, Sorry, Thank you, I love you" (or only the two latter phrases), directing the words to the Divine, while thinking of your problem. However, the process is somewhat laborious, since it all takes TIME. The theory is that by performing this technique you're healing, or clearing, yourself, and this happens since every problem or person with a problem you meet in your life is a reflection of yourself and your own problems. You thus take responsibility for everything you encounter and clear/heal yourself by the practice of this technique.
Although I'd read "Zero Limits" and practised the technique previously, it was beneficial to be reminded of it. Not only this, but I felt that I got more information about carrying out the method properly than in the original book. Apparently it's a matter of focusing on the feelings/emotions you have when working on the problem in question (if I'm permitted to use the word "problem"). I hadn't realized this before, hadn't really felt any feelings but simply repeated the phrases in my head (and still the process had worked!). (Looking back at my comment at the start of my review about the size of Joe's ego, I suppose that if I'm to accept the theory behind this technique, I will need to focus on Joe and clear my own ego, since he's obviously reflecting an aspect of myself!)
Joe informs us that the Ho'oponopono phrases constitute his new self-talk.
And thinking back to the chapter about victimhood in relation to the necessity of taking responsibility for everything in our lives, I realized that though I don't feel like a victim, I have problems with a certain person in my life, whose behaviour towards me makes me feel sad - and since I can't control this person's behaviour, since we can't control anybody's behaviour, I have apparently had a feeling of victimhood in relation to this person; and to deal with this feeling and move out of victimhood I will myself have to take responsibility for his/her behaviour and use Hew Len's process to heal myself.
So I got an important insight from the book.
I find that the process of surrender, which is stage Three of Joe's awakening course, is absolutely vital to living a happy, abundant life, but difficult to achieve. So simple, but so hard to do. Especially as regards achieving a manifestation, it is an essential factor in my view.
In Joe's chapter on awakening he admits, finally, that he isn't actually awakened yet, but has experienced only glimpses of this stage - satori moments. Good for him to admit it, I was wondering about that.
You must make time daily for meditation, in fact your whole life can be a walking meditation. Again, gratitude and being happy in the moment, that is, all the time, are important elements in achieving this stage. You can and should ask for help from the masters.
Perhaps the very best chapters of the book are the two subsequent ones, which are transcriptions of interviews with Joe, one on the subject of the awakened millionaire and the other on awakened relationships. He explains everything very clearly in these interviews. Especially inspiring are his statements about awakened relationships. "An awakened relationship is completely based on love ... You are, in fact love, and the other person is coming from love and is, in fact, love." Very powerful.
Hew Len taught him "If you are complaining about something, whatever the problem is, do you notice that you're there?" If you hear about earthquakes or flooding or whatever, you helped create them, and that's why constant cleaning (by way of Ho'oponopono) is so important.
The only negative features of the book are a few spelling mistakes and the like, mostly in the first part. Otherwise it is a book that grows on you and can help you gain insights and realizations. I strongly recommend that you read it.