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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439118213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439118214
  • ASIN: B002ZNJX5S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Laura Day is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Intuition and has spent over two decades helping companies as well as individuals use the power of intuition to achieve their dreams. Her global clientele includes celebrities, scientists, business executives, and other professionals. She speaks regularly both here and abroad, and has appeared in numerous publications (Marie Claire, People Magazine, Newsweek) and on television including CNN, The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News, and Good Morning America.

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The First Element

INTENTIONALITY

The "practical" people of the world are quick to dismiss "wishful thinking," and yet the process of creating anything begins with a wish. Wishing focuses your internal resources -- intellect, intuition, unconscious drives, and physical and emotional energy -- on any creation you choose.

Wishing is the active, engaged sister of fantasy. Your imagination ignites desire and then hunger to initiate the process of change. Without the motivation of desire, without hunger, you would achieve nothing since you would want for nothing. Your hunger drives you in search of nourishment, just as a plant turns toward the sun for more light and deepens its roots for more water.

You experience hunger in many ways. Desire is hunger. Envy is hunger. Loneliness is hunger. Everyone is hungry. Artists are hungry. Students are hungry. Scientists are hungry. Entrepreneurs are hungry. Visionaries are hungry. Humanitarians are hungry. All of us are hungry. Hunger drives you to expand what and who you are.

Yet you often distrust your desires. If you fear you cannot satisfy them, it seems safer to repress your hunger. You have made hunger the enemy, but hunger is life. When you repress, judge, or deny hunger, you deny life.

Do not fear your hungers. They are neither good nor bad. Use hunger as fuel. Use hunger as energy. Guide your hunger. Focus your hunger. Use your hunger for growth. If you do not consciously direct your hunger, your hunger will use you and those around you.

Go ahead -- dream of what you want. Allow yourself to wish. Allow yourself to feel your hunger. In The Circle, nobody endures hunger.

When you make a wish, you direct the energy of The Circle. You give yourself -- and the Universe -- a positive focus, a path for energy to travel.

The use of will is the magic wand of human being. Yet very few of us use our wills effectively. Your will organizes and mobilizes all the other energies inside of you and around you into an irresistible force. Your ability to make a choice and stick to it -- your will -- is your most powerful inner resource.

Since this is your first conscious journey in The Circle, you must focus all of your being on one, single wish.

Take your time now in selecting your wish. Ask youself many questions. Let your mind run free. Draw up a long list, then narrow it down.

What single change in your life would give you the most joy? What single change would bring you the most relief ? What is your biggest concern? What issue do you spend most of your emotional energy on? What lack is the source of your greatest sorrow? What is the one thing that you most envy in others? If you knew you couldn't fail -- as if a genie would grant it -- what would you wish for?

Keep in mind that a wish need not be "reasonable" or "rational" or "deserved." Nor is a wish a "should" or a "must" or a "would have." Your wish now should be the thing you ache for, your soul's deepest need.

You may have many desires, so it may not be easy to decide on just one.For now, though, you must choose just one wish to create as you master thenine elements of The Circle. The Circle is always there to travel again withanother wish, but during your initiation, when you are just learning the waysof The Circle, you should focus on a single wish. Otherwise, you may dilutethe energy being built up around your primary goal.

As you reach one goal, you will form new ones, and The Circle will help you with all of the mini goals that arise during the day. Doing one thing well and effectively will positively impact all areas of your life. Also, there is no possibility that you will select the "wrong" goal. Your needs and desires will become clarified within The Circle. If you choose a wish at odds with what you truly want, that wish will evolve to serve the wholeness of your being and your life.

So what do you wish for right now? Make your wish. One, single wish. Together we will begin to bring your wish to life. You can also write it in your Workbook.

In the past, you may have wished for many things that you did not receive. There is an alchemy of wishing. It's time you learned to wish within The Circle. To do so, you must express your wish in a way The Circle will respond to. The language of The Circle is the present tense.

When someone experiences an event as happening in the future, it does not yet exist for that person. And if something does not yet exist, it is not possible for that person to experience it and change it.

In The Circle, the acts of wishing and receiving are simultaneous; there is no distinction between past, present, and future. The future occurs now. So in The Circle, there is not "I want," but rather "I have." Phrase your wish as if it has already happened.

If you focus on "I want," you direct your inner resources to reinforce wanting rather than having. If you focus on "I have," "I am," "I feel," or "I embrace," your inner resources will find opportunities for this to be true.

So instead of saying, "I wish I would fall in love," within The Circle you say, "I am in love." Instead of saying, "I wish I weren't struggling financially," you say, "I am earning all the money I want, doing something I love."

Once you wish within The Circle, we call your wish your New Reality because it is already happening, right now.

It is also important to phrase your wish positively, in terms of what you want, rather than negatively, in terms of what you might be trying to avoid. When you wish in the negative, you focus your attention and energy on the very thing you don't want, which directs your unconscious to reinforce it.

Instead of focusing on what is not happening at work, say, focus on creating recognition and success. In doing so, you direct your inner resources to notice opportunities to achieve your goals that you would otherwise have overlooked.

Instead of, "I wish I weren't sick," you say, "I am healthy and full of energy." Instead of saying, "I wish I weren't alone," you say, "I am involved in a loving, committed relationship." Remember always to phrase your wish as if it were already fulfilled.

If your wish is to be heard within The Circle, then, it should be specific, positive, passionate, and present. Wish for one thing at a time, know precisely what you want -- and embrace that wish with all your heart and soul as if it has already come to pass. By doing so, you will unleash amazing energies.

State your wish out loud. Now embrace it. You are creating yourself and the world anew.

Copyright © 2001 by Laura Day


More About the Author

Laura Day is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Intuition and has spent over two decades helping companies as well as individuals use the power of intuition to achieve their dreams. Her global clientele includes celebrities, scientists, business executives, and other professionals. She speaks regularly both here and abroad, and has appeared in numerous publications (Marie Claire, People Magazine, Newsweek) and on television including CNN, The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News, and Good Morning America.

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"The Circle" was well-written and very easy to read and put into practice.
Nicole E. Biggs
Working in The Circle as explained by Laura Day in this book is pure practical magic with foundation.
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I could say this might be the best book I have ever read (hundreds of times!!)
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222 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Circle covers material that will seem familiar to those who have read Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich and others), Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking), Deepak Chopra (Creating Affluence), and Anthony Robbins (Awaken the Giant Within). Readers who found those books helpful will find that The Circle brings their understanding of the power of focus to a new and more refined level. The Circle is especially good for clarifying the psychological states that lead to accomplishing important desires.
Although the book refers to concepts that many associate with spiritual beliefs, Ms. Day encourages you to see the book as independent of any particular religion or set of spiritual beliefs. She also says that it is just fine to reframe her words here to fit into your own religious or spiritual beliefs.
The book's key point is that "what you perceive, what you conceive, and what you create are one . . . ."
The concept is developed in three parts: initiation ("In your initiation, you discover your one true wish and put it into the language of The Circle."), apprenticeship, and mastery. These three parts are broken in turn into a total of nine steps:
(1) Intention -- You pick a single wish that is "specific, positive, passionate, and present."
(2) Embodiment -- You create "reality" tales and songs, and meditate in ways that make the wish more real to yourself.
(3) Ritual -- You follow new rituals that you create to help you achieve your wish and eliminate old habits that would undermine you.
(4) Finding Luck (or Synchronicity) -- You learn to look for meaningful coincidences and tap into them. Often, opportunity will look like a problem, a setback, or a distraction. Pay attention!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By VEO on October 5, 2003
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Don't let the size of this book fool you. It's all you need to begin affecting change in your life. So much power within the red and white cover... Setting intentions(making wishes)is nothing to take lightly and this book emphasizes this point by showing you how to set yours effectively. It also gives you key details about what to expect once you do "make your wish" and why things may happen as they happen. Laura Day breaks the whole process down into 3 sections with 3 elements within each section. This makes it easy for the reader to grasp each level. I read it straight through and then went back to each element to re-read it and complete the action at the end.
I have read many books on intuition, creativity, and searching for your life's purpose. I plan to donate them all to my local library because "The Circle" is all I need to find and begin my true life path. Peace to All!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bunnyrabbit4 VINE VOICE on April 17, 2009
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Finally a very positive book that shows you why the other manifesting books have not worked!! I've read many of these books and all leave me with what I consider to be "flawed" truth.

The Circle asks you to start with self-assessment. It starts where Louise Hay left off by saying that you must believe yourself worthy of the things you want, but it goes deeper as this passage reveals:

"Once your are conscious of something--whether a behavior or a value or a hidden agenda-you are more able to make the choice to move beyond it."

The Circle, while written in the eternal future/present of having the wish you want to manifest already true in your life, does not gloss over how conflicting emotions, your perception of the reality of your situation, and subconscious drives can work to make sure your dreams and affirmations fail.

If you believe in the idea of manifesting, you also have to accept that you created what you have now and most importantly.....

are maintaining it through your belief system and the external structures that have formed around it to support your assumptions!

It is very easy to say you want X which is being kept from happening by supporting structure Y, which you have decided you can not live without!! Wishing for X doesn't magically change your refusal to part with Y!

The Circle says that you can not affirm your ability to manifest something and at the same time expect that affirmation to instantly remove negative beliefs and external structures that are directly related to the manifestation. It points out that focusing on an affirmation will immediately bring into awareness the road blocks that have always stopped you from having what you want.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wish I could buy a copy of Laura Day's book THE CIRCLE for everyone I know. What greater gift is there to give someone other than the power to make their dreams come true?
THE CIRCLE: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life shows readers how to harness energy both within you and all around you that you never knew existed, and how one carefully crafted wish can serve as a match to ignite potent and lasting transformation in our lives.
Each of the book's three sections -- Initiation (intentionality, embodiment, ritual), Apprenticeship (synchronicity, making space, coherence), and Mastery (outer roadblocks, inner roadblocks, contact) -- features exercises that lead readers to discover the hidden potential in themselves, in others, and in the surrounding universe.
I have used this information to bring me closer to my goals than ever before -- and I have Laura Day to thank for that! As Laura herself writes in the opening words of THE CIRCLE:
"You are the intuitive, you are the healer, you are the creator. In THE CIRCLE, all of the gifts of human being are yours. You are enough, right now, to create anything you dream for yourself and others. Open this book and enter THE CIRCLE."
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