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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401927097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401927097
  • ASIN: 1401927092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He is the author of more than 30 books, has created numerous audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Wayne holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.


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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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It's truly a simple matter of attitudinal energy generated from within ourselves.
Dave W. Jonsson
The original title of the book and movie was "From Ambition to Meaning," and interestingly, there are only four chapters, each with one of these words.
Susan Schenck
This book is quite short, so it is a quick read, It is full of inspirational quotes and personal stories.
Patti Chadwick

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Shift is a companion book for the movie with the same title, both of which are self-sufficient. Nonetheless, I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, as it will help you grasp much of the significance. The book doesn't give away the plot of the movie, though it refers to it once in awhile.

Like the other 30-some books by Wayne Dyer, this one is filled with inspirational quotes from famous spiritual teachers and classical holy texts, personal stories, and parables. This one, however, is only 112 pages and can be read easily in a day or two. It can be read several times and you will still get something out of it.

The original title of the book and movie was "From Ambition to Meaning," and interestingly, there are only four chapters, each with one of these words. The first chapter, "From," discusses the void where we came from and how in the womb, we are doing nothing but being lived by "all creating energy that seems to do nothing, and at the same time leaves nothing undone." Wayne cites quantum physics to validate the nothingness from whence we came. We are reminded that everything in the material world is truly like what it came from. Ergo, we are truly spiritual beings having a temporary human experience. And "our real self is the loving observer of our sensory experiences." He leads us to the conclusion that "nonbeing and love are synonymous." We are given tools on how to get back to the Nothingness, such as meditation, feeling the oneness, and surrender. We are even challenged to give away one item a day, anything we do not use on a daily basis!

Before we realize that, however, nearly all of us get sucked into "Ambition," which is the title of chapter 2. Here we learn how our false self develops as we identify with the ego.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Tomalewski on March 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Recently I received in the mail a free copy of "The Shift: Taking Your Life From Ambition to Meaning" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. I had responded to a Facebook query regarding individuals who were willing to review new books published by authors under the auspices of Hay House. As a metaphysical teacher and Law of Attraction disciple, I am a long-time fan of Louise Hay, and as such I am always interested in the works published through Hay House.

I recommend this book highly to anyone who desires real change and transformation in their life. I especially recommend this book to anyone who is addicted to "doing." If your doing results in feelings other than peace, contentment and happiness, then you probably are experiencing some level of stress on the emotional, mental and physical level, and you probably are looking for a way to change that.

This book can help you with that.

I received this book at the perfect time in my own awakening and transformation. As of the end of February, I officially stepped into the "to" phase of transformation (the book is divided into four phases ~ "From," "Ambition," "To," and "Meaning" ~ and the feelings of clarity, peace, relief and optimism that I experienced while reading Dr. Dyer's words, are indescribable.

Each of us comes from a place whose essence is pure "Being." Yet, we live in a world that over-values "doing" and under-values "being." This contrast can cause a lifetime of pain, struggle, and illness. Dr. Dyer's book characterizes this contrast through personal and anecdotal examples of relatable life situations.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mommaw on March 22, 2010
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Although this book is not up to Wayne's normal writings, it is a small book with a simple message. It did possess a really good meditative thought in Chapter 2 part 3, "Who I Am Is What Others Think of Me."
Page 45: Throughout life, we're bombarded by ego messages attempting to convince us that our worth comes from observations and opinions of others. Once again, this false self proclaims as truth that something or someone external to us is responsible for our validation. Self esteem stems from internally held positive beliefs about ourselves, not the approval of others.
Page 46: Believing that who we are is defined by what other people think of us cripples the joyful spontaneity of or authentic selves. If others disapprove, and their opinion defines us, then we modify ourselves or shrink from view. The fact is that who you are has absolutely nothing to do with any thoughts or opinions that exist in anyone else in the world. Period! Wayne has done an excellent job of getting this one point across and I say Bravo Wayne! A well needed teaching and the understanding of it sets ones spirit free to fly!
For those of you who struggle with the opinions of others and are seeking approval from others, this book will set you free! It will put you on the right path to freedom that you never felt before. A must read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Savory on April 3, 2010
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Wayne Dyer walks his talk and every time he writes a new book I know it will apply to my life. His advice is sage and trustworthy and works everytime. The shift happened for me after a "fall" as Wayne describes it. I had a stroke and in my recovery I did everything I could to seek spiritial advice on how to recover, becuase medical wisdom said I would never recover. I lost my memory and most of my vision and six years later I'm working on my doctorate in technology. I am 64 years old and have never been healthier or happier and I owe a lot of that to the wisdom and many books I've been following Wayne as he writes them. I recommend this book to anyone that is tired of the physical world predicting your outcome and ready to create your own economics. God is greater than any problem. One of Wayne best books is "There is a Spiritual Solution for Every Problem and that is the truth. Don't wait until you experience a "fall" read every book you can get your hands on that he has written and your life will get better immediately. He tells it like it is.
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