- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Access Consciousness Publishing Company; 2 edition (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939261023
- ISBN-13: 978-1939261021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 254 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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? 😉