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After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a better job, but it's more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the "power of intention." He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors" and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success...They don't say With my luck things won't work out. Instead, you’re more likely to hear something like, I intend to create this and I know it will work out." Connectors are also committed to Dyer's "seven faces of intention"--creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity, which he speaks to throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with five suggestions for becoming stronger connectors, such as how to monitor one's inner speech or shift out of low-energy beliefs. Some criticize Dyer for not giving credit to other teachers who offer this same message, especially Jerry and Esther Hicks (A New Beginning I) and even Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's impossible to know whether this was a deliberate omission, but it is obvious that Dyer has tapped into a growing conversation about co-creating with "source." Other leading-edge voices in this conversation include Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization ) and Lynn Grabhorn (Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting). --Gail Hudson

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For this very popular speaker and bestselling author of the classic Your Erroneous Zones, intention is not dogged determination, but an inner awareness "that exists in the universe as an invisible force of energy." This conviction, gleaned from Dyer's professional experiences, metaphysical studies and contacts with personal mentors, has allowed him to link to the force of intention and use it to enhance his life and work. For Dyer, there are seven faces, or energy fields, of intention: creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity. Drawing on a variety of spiritual traditions and gurus, Dyer first describes how to surmount the barriers that may get in the way of connecting to this power, such as negative thinking, relying on the opinion of others or retaining a controlling ego. Although Dyer's message is deeply sympathetic, his conception of the fields of insight reads like a familiar mixture of Eastern and Western philosophies wrapped up in a new theoretical package. In a chapter on living a stress-free life, for example, he recommends silently repeating the words "I want to feel good"-i.e., practicing a form of meditation-and elsewhere advises practicing detachment, a cornerstone of Buddhism. Another tactic, using forgiveness as a means to achieve peaceful relations with difficult family members, has recently found a wealth of expression. But whatever his sources, Dyer's soothing voice and gentle prescriptions for happiness remain uniquely his own, as fans will recognize.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401902154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401902155
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, and Inspiration and now Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life have all been featured as National Public Television specials.

Dyer holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John's University in New York.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the "father of motivation" by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

When he's not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting message, Wayne is writing from his home in Maui.

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853 of 938 people found the following review helpful By Jack Rosenblum on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to end up recommending this book with one major and two minor reservations. If you can get past the reservations (which I will explain), I believe there is something here that might make a difference in your life and mine. You'll notice that the majority of reviews give the book 5 stars, but a significant minority give it 1 star. I'm guessing that the wide disparity of reactions is based on how surmountable or insurmountable the reservations were to each reviewer. My purpose is to help you decide whether for you it would be worthwhile shelling out the $18-$25 price of the book

Here's the major reservation: in Calvinism, you could tell who was saved and going to heaven by how successful and prosperous they were. In Social Darwinism, successful people were evidence of survival of the fittest. In the Power of Intention, people create the lives they want based on being "aligned with Intention". The implication is that if they are poor, diseased, homeless, or victimized, they are not aligned with Intention. They may not be sinners (Calvinism) or unfit (Social Darwinism), but they are unenlightened and somehow responsible for their unhappy fate. I wonder what advice Dyer would have had for the victims of the recent tsunami.

If Dyer's theories are correct and universal, should we be translating his book and dropping it into distressed areas like Darfur in the Sudan or perhaps in the Sunni triangle? Personal responsibility is a powerful and often overlooked factor in the human condition, but Dyer seems oblivious to the possibility that there might be other factors at work, as well. His five words "I want to feel good" would be a tough sell for the sole survivor of a family that has just been murdered.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have never written a review on Amazon because, quite frankly, I have never cared enough to take the time. However, this book has changed my life and I want to tell other potential readers that this book will change theirs, too.
This may sound outrageous, but Dyer's words have healed me. I cried through so many passages because I knew that blocks in my life were finally being lifted from me. I got it. And I got it in a big way.
I was about to go to see a psychiatrist about a chronic mental issue. I was convinced that I absolutely needed medication to help me. I read this book and my problems have decreased in such a dramatic way... problems have been replaced by peace. It is not an easy fix-- I still struggle, but then I remember how to access intention. The difference is that before I would have struggled all night long. Now, I have the tools to go back to peace and calm immediately. I take it moment to moment and that sure beats being addicted to medication.
I read some of the reviews below; while most were positive, there were surprisingly some negative ones. Some questioned Dyer's motives and claimed that he does not offer concrete ways to access intention. I cannot disagree more. I feel that his motives are pure and genuine... and why shouldn't abundance rain on a man who has helped so many? If he did not offer concrete ways to access intention, I would not feel so energized and healed.
Buy the book, borrow it from a friend. Whatever you can do to get your hands on this book, do it. It will change your life.
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286 of 321 people found the following review helpful By Jay Reese on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A lot of important information is given in this book that will help you connect to the field of energy that you are connected to whether you may realize it or not, and then detach from what you are trying to manifest in order to allow the manifestation process to bring you what you desire.
This is a comprehensive book that will help to elevate your life in all areas. It will help you turn you negative thinking around, which is the by-product of turning your life around. This is one of the few books that has impacted my life, and has helped me to `feel good' which is why it is highly recommended.
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240 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on February 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that will teach you how to align intention and focus, along with your energy to manifest what you desire to create in your life. By using the tools in this book, you WILL receive that which you place your focus on.

This book will teach you how to become A 'Connector' by working in harmony with those around you. It gives you examples to raise your energy above the negativity of 'competition' and shows you how to align yourself in harmony no matter what your outer conditions are. When you are attuned to this field of alignment, you will radiate and attract to you exactly what is within the field of energy you are in harmony with.

Connecting to the filed of intention is a conscious, daily, moment by moment inner experience to connect you to the highest that exists within you. As a result you WILL bring about EXACTLY what you harmonize with on all levels. This book is a wonderful tool to help you consciously bring about the best in your life from the inside out.

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of If God Was Like Man, Stop Being the String Along, and Know Yourself
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Scott Clark on November 24, 2004
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Sure, there are some people who may rag on this book and try to point out some inconcistencies or flaws, and I hope it makes them feel good to be so sharp. I really do. I'll be the first to admit that self-help type books can have the tendency to be too "out there" or touchy-feely, or whatever -- if you've read a few you'll know what I'm talking about. This one was different for me though. What I really liked about this book is the way it asks you to just look at things differently. And although I havent seen it mentioned, what I've come to recognize is that the underlying theme of the book is to look at life from a perspective of love and patience. Sounds corny I know, but if a person can be emotionally mature enough to realize that love, acceptance, friendship, (and all that good stuff) are important elements of our happiness then they are on the right path. And if some of those things you desire are lacking in your life, its not like you cant create them. Duh, everything you want is obviously out there. You just have to look at things differently, which in turn will probably make you act on situations differently, which in turn will probably help you to fulfill your desires. The greatest complement I can give this book is that it has helped turn me from a competitive, ego driven snob into a more charismatic, interesting, better person. Really. And I aint even done yet.
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