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Anatomy of Desire: How to Be Happy Even When You Don't Get What You Want Paperback – January 2, 2007

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"Conversations with God says that happiness is not getting what you want, it is wanting what you get...Few books do as good a job, as quickly, of reconnecting us with that wisdom than this book by Gina Lake...The practical information in this book demystifies desire and helped me to distinguish between the fear-driven desires of the ego and the urges of Essence. Anatomy of Desire is an easy, quick read that has had a lasting impact on me. I highly recommend it... It offers a simple, accessible, articulate, and interesting take on the very human experience of desire and gives us the tools to make clear choices about how we want to live our lives. An easy, excellent read." —Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, his blog, September 1, 2007

About the Author

Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615137628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615137629
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura Prue on May 4, 2007
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I love this little book! In "Anatomy of Desire," Gina Like explodes the popular cultural myth that desire fulfillment leads to happiness. In it she states that "while there is no freedom from desiring, because desiring will exist as long as we are human, it is possible to become free from needing our desires to be met." The practical information in this book demystifies desire and helped me to distinguish between the fear driven desires of the ego and the urges of essence. "Anatomy of Desire is an easy, quick read that has had a lasting impact on me. I highly recommend it along with all of Gina's other wonderful books.
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Gina Lake does a brilliant job of explaining desire. When you understand desire there is no need to manage it or focus on it the way most LOA experts teach it.
If you have been involved in LOA and are at a place where it doesn't serve you as well as it used to, this is the book for you! The clarity that you will receive from this book is priceless.
I just want to add that although I have read many books from Amazon, this is the first review I have written. This book is a must read!
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Gina Lake's "Anatomy of Desire" is pure gold! It is filled with spiritual gems and powerful insights that drip with presence.

Her material rings of both authenticity and clarity. You know that favorite author of yours that always "nails it" just as you see it? Or answers questions you've always had? Well for me, Gina Lake does the job. The problem is, I find myself highlighting the whole damn book!:)

Here's a taste (pg. 23):

"You are evolving toward pure Awareness, which is not identified with the body, mind, desires, or feelings but knows itself as All. Until you have acheived this level of dis-identification, you are identified to some extent with your body, mind, desires and feelings.

"Those who are deeply and more completely identifed with these suffer greatly, and those who are less deeply and completely identified with these suffer less."

The focus of this book is on a topic that all of us do, yet few of us think about HOW we do it or even if it is really US doing it!? Most of us are just a slave to our mind's never ending litany of demands and desires which is why there is so much suffering in the world.

Gina Lake has thought alot about this vital subject and clearly explains what the mind is up to and why it has nothing to do with who we really are.

Love and Serenity,

Michael Jeffreys
Author, Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars
Organizer, Santa Monica Eckhart Tolle Meetup
(To see my list of "Top 10 Spiritual Books" please visit my website.)
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Gina states clearly how our "conditioned desires" interferes with our happiness and clouds the truth of our Essence. As Gina explains, "The ego uses fear to inspire you to take action, while essence inspires you through feelings of joy, excitement, happiness, and elation".

Gina's warmth and love permeates throughout every page, captivating the reader to absorb the depth of her wisdom, moving one beyond mere words to truth itself. "Anatomy of Desire" guides one through the maze of egoic desires to the desires of essence.

A marvelous read and one that may be referred to often.
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This is just one more Home Run from Gina Lake. In this one she shows us how to be "unconditionally happy" and she does it exquisitely and clearly. It is a fun and easy read that will transform even the foulest of moods. She shows us that our ego is always craving for more but that we don't have to feed it. She teaches us to recognize that we can only "BE" happy but the ego will continue to cry for what it wants but giving it that will never satiate it. Do yourself a huge favor and get this book.
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Initially, I found the tone of this book very harsh, so much so that, at one point, I nearly decided to give up on it altogether, especially since much of the stuff it contained did not ring true to me. However, as the book progressed, I became more appreciative of some of the material. As a matter of fact, I highlighted a good number of insightful passages.

I personally respond much better to very compassionate teachings, for example those of Orin (channeled by Sanaya Roman) and of Aron (channeled by Barbara Brodsky), who teach us not to condemn our ego but rather to love its fearful, wounded aspects so that they may evolve. Only when we truly feel great compassion and forgiveness for ourselves will we be able to truly forgive those that hurt us or hurt others while they act out their own pain and fear.

My own desires do not make me unhappy, far from it! I let the Divine Will handle them, without grabbing at them. I feel so grateful for the abundant life I enjoy! The realization of our individual desires contribute to the expansion of the universe. Look at the world and consider the wonderful inventions that originated in the minds of countless human beings who brought their visions to fruition.

The Anatomy of Desires generally looks at the ego and its desires with severity and, now and again, with compassion, as if to attempt to correct it trajectory. It runs on two tracks.
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