Being You, Changing the World 2nd Edition
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Despite devouring hours of content I loved from him on YouTube already, throughout this book, I wanted to disagree with him and fight back with "logic" or "sense". But that moment never came. I have continually had my mind and my life expanded in such a profound way over the 2 weeks of slowly digesting this book everyday. Everything has felt light to me. The things I've been in judgement about have been melting away.
The entire book is a comprehensive clearing. I don't think it's possible to read it without having some sort of transformation take place. And the best part, is that I can literally clear massive emotional charges that are rocking my world, with one clearing statement, repeated one time. I've never encountered a tool that effective, because I had subscribed to someone else's opinion about what is possible.
I attended a seminar 2 days ago and I had someone tell me that I had profoundly changed their world, even though we had only spoken for a few minutes. He even came over and thanked me afterward, expressing his gratitude again. The beautiful, ridiculous thing about it, is that all I did was look straight into his eyes and acknowledge his valuable presence and how it made me feel intuitively. I didn't hide that I'm empathic, I didn't feel embarrassed afterwards and quite frankly, being myself was the easiest and most fulfilling thing I've ever done. And look at how wonderful that was for my new friend also. Who knew? 😉
As another reviewer thoroughly stated, many of the ideas presented here are not original. Taking responsibility for one's creation, or as Dain says it, "Your point of view creates your reality" is a reiteration of the ancient metaphysical principle, "As above; so below." I won't bother to name all of the many spiritual/psychological/consciousness methods that espouse this idea. What Dain brings to this time and culture is a very easy, attractive, version of it.
Dain is a perfect person to appeal to many people, who would not read Alice Bailey or Eckart Tolle, who missed the est training and who like the idea of things being easy. He is cute, a word he uses frequently, although ironically. He is so cute that his face graces the cover of the book. The Access maxim, All of life comes to me with ease and grace" is certainly appealing, especially to this generation who have come to expect good things without hard work. The idea of sex without the commitment or marriage is certainly appealing to many too.
I am endeavoring to keep this a review of this book and not of the whole Access Consciousness movement but its a little hard to separate the two, especially because the reader is invited to continue the process of implementing the ideas by attending classes (which are very expensive).
What I like in the book is that Dain invites the reader to test for himself what resonates as true for him (is it "light" or "heavy") and only to accept those things that are light. He also, wisely, and humbly says that it's not necessary to give up other methods or teachings that have value for him in order to use the ones in this book that are. The main reason I'm writing this review is to underline that advice. I don't want to discourage anyone who could genuinely benefit from this book but at the same time I really do want to discourage people, especially the young and naive, to jump into the "movement" and wholeheartedly accept the body of teachings that may not be in his best interest and may cost a whole lot of money.
The idea of eliminating culturally imposed limitations which block the beauty of ones true self is, again, wonderful and again, Access is not the only group that offers a method to do this. I understand that Gary Douglas, Dain's mentor, who formulated Access, was heavily influenced by several women (some his ex-wives) who had been Scientologists. This is not scary to me as I know that Scientology has some excellent clearing methods, that go back to the "point of origin" of the block. Personally I think that anyone who takes the good from Scientology and leaves the rest is doing a very good thing.
What is scary to me, though, is the report that another of Gary Douglas' sources was the spirit of Rasputin, the mad Russian monk. Again I am open to the idea of receiving wisdom from channeled sources but I warn that one must be very careful to discriminate between what is wise and what isn't. It's no secret, and it shouldn't be, that one can possess extraordinary powers and still be morally challenged. Sai Baba, as just one example of many, who was said to be able to materialize diamonds from thin air, was also accused of pedophilia.
It's true, if we believe history, that Rasputin healed the son of Czar Nicholas from hemophilia and thus gained the confidence of his wife, Alexandra, but he was wildly licentious and, although married, had numerous sexual encounters with women as well as men. I have to wonder how much of Rasputin's ideas have affected Douglas' (and therefore Dain's) ideas on sexuality. It seems that marriage doesn't seem to be on the docket for either man, and who can blame them, when obviously they can get their fill of eager available women. One can say that a committed monogamous relationship, such as marriage, is just an "interesting point of view" that one can blame on society or the church and should be Pod/Poc'd away, or one can say that these two men are suffering from arrested development. You decide.
Again, the only reason I'm taking the time to write this review is to give another point of view to people, especially the young and not-too educated ones who may be unduly influenced by the personas of these two, attractive, charismatic, and apparently monetarily successful men.
I think that Dain contradicts his own words when he says that he never gives answers, only questions. He obviously lays out "how it is" in this book. My advice is to take his and ask yourself, your True Self, to inform you on what in this book is True for you and leave the rest.
And...today, nothing could be truer.
Dr. Dain Heer has realized that with the fast-paced rhythm of societal pressures, people are entering overwhelm more frequently these days.
As a solution for this overwhelm, this book provides those in need with the open doors to anything that is possible in this world.
Dr. Heer's writings will connect with those on a much deeper level. And this reminds me of another powerful quote by Howard Thurman. "There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”
Probably the biggest take-away was the chapter on how giving sympathy is enabling a person to remain a victim rather than empowering them to own and rise above the circumstance. Now choosing to take responsibility for all of my stories.
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There is something about the writing style that makes you want to engage in a dialogue with the author. So that, even when I found myself disagreeing, I was wishing I could speak to him, to see if I'd understood what he was saying, or if he meant something else.
On a very few occasions, it feels like a sales pitch for the Access courses - and that put me off a little, rose my barriers. On another couple of occasions, it felt just a bit too gooey and insincere. But overall, I like it. I wish this guy were my neighbour, so I could have a nice long chat with him in a chilled out unrushed kind of a way. That's gotta be some kind of charisma, if he can make people want to talk to him, even when he's writing stuff that you aren't sure you entirely agree with :)
*examples of things I disagreed with: sometimes he writes something as if he's expecting 90% of people to say, "that's so true!", and I do wonder if it's a cultural perspective, that is more true for Americans. For example, very early on in the book, he says people keep thinking that they can change or control something to be happy, but will never admit to themselves that they feel they've f*cked everything up (word censor put in for Amazon's sake, not because I object to the word) - and that they'd definitely never admit this to anyone else, because they don't want to admit to being "wrong". And I just thought, "Really?". I'm not sure this is true for Brits. I think a lot of British people think they've got lots of things wrong, and have made lots of mistakes. And ironically, just the day before I read that, I was thinking about how I'd messed everything up and got everything wrong, and how I'd love to be close enough to share that with someone - and what keeps me from doing that isn't a fear of being "wrong", it's just not wanting to drag other people down with my problems and insecurities.
Another example of something I disagreed with. About halfway through the book, he says that people never say to each other (paraphrasing, as I haven't got the words in front of me), "I really adore you, and it hurts that you don't want to be as close to me as I do to you. And that's why I sometimes lash out and try to make you wrong." He says a) that no one ever says this and b) if you did, the other person would just melt. Sadly, he is wrong on both counts. I gave nearly exactly this speech to someone I care very much about 6 months ago. He didn't melt. He wasn't awful or evil, he just said (again, parapharsing), "I worry that you are nuts. and you aren't my priority." (I'm not nuts, honest :) - but I am pretty open). And we stopped being friends after that (we are still pleasant to one another when we meet, but we aren't close any more)
Still, I enjoyed reading it, very very much. And it feels right enough for me to want to keep reading, and keep trying out some of the (very simple) exercises and ideas he suggests.
This book does that in getting the reader to focus on all of the internal dialogue baggage that often holds us back.
However I do feel that the whole POD/POC idea while sounding easy to do is actually a lot harder to do than just repeating the affirmation over and over again. Stripping away all those years of indoctrination and perceived wisdom is going to take more than an nice wee affirmation for this reader.
Still, there are some good ideas in her and perhaps coupled with their classes might help more. Or maybe work throug it with a friend who's read it.