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Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 2009
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- Publisher : Hay House Inc.; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 140191750X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401917500
- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.09 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I was reading it, I had this constant yin yang banter going on in my head:
"What? Wait! That's not right!"
"Oh, that's good. I like that."
"No no no - mindless passivity is not the way of the Tao."
"Oh wait, mindful action - that's better. I like that."
On the positive side, there is a lot of wisdom in this book.
On the negative side, I don't think Dr. Dyer actually understands the Tao very deeply at all.
Apparently, he spent a year studying the Tao Te Ching in order to write this book.
By comparison, I know folks who've spent decades studying the Tao Te Ching and would tell you plainly that they're still working on understanding it.
I don't know Dr. Dyer or any of his other work, and it's possible that he's enlightened enough to "get it" after only a year of study. Certainly sometimes he's spot on.
Other times, however, it seems to me he misses the point and substitutes his own world view for that of Lao Tzu.
One of the biggest problems for me, I think, is that he overlays the Tao with God - explicitly here and there, but more importantly implicitly throughout the book.
From my understanding, the Tao of Lao Tzu has little in common with the typical Western view of God
- and that indicates to me a lack of real understanding about the Tao.
If you like Dr. Dyer's other efforts, I suspect you'll like this book.
If you're looking for deep exposition on the nature of the Tao and how to live The Way of Virtue, I think you're better off looking elsewhere.
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Could be just me, but there does seem to be a thread of self-imporovement running through this, a thread that's part of the rope which is stranded with all the other promises of worldly 'success'.
Every verse has a profound and true point to make. The Tao Te Ching is a spiritual self-improvement document. I truly believe that if you implement the Tao Te Ching's advice, you will live a greatly richer and improved life. It is amazing that not one verse seems old or out of place in the 21st century, because the princliples of a fulfilling life are timeless.
Taoism is an excellent philosophy as it does not ask you to believe in any mythical beings or practise any specific rituals. All it does is give advice on what constitutes a happy and meaningful life. It is your choice to act on this advice. The virtues and 'problems' of life are shown through the (yin/yang) dual unity concept.
The Tao Te Ching gives advice on living happily, co-existing with others and being a good parent/leader.
This is a book EVERYONE must read. Dr Dyer's book is a great way to start!
In this edition with commentary from Wayne Dyer, I found myself skipping the commentary as it was often repetitive, excessive in length and largely superfluous.
If I wasn't sure about the meaning of a verse, I would see what Dyer's interpretation was, but this wasn't necessary on most verses.
I liked Dyer's choice of quotes and poems in his commentary. While skipping the commentary, I would stop and read those.
The Tao ought to be read without commentary, I think. Then, if you're unsure about the meaning, you can use a book like Wayne's for some guidance.
I first found out about the Tao because of Wayne Dyer. He is such a talented public speaker and was doing TED Talk (I think). He enthused me and got be curious. So I thank him dearly for that.