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Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want Hardcover – 2008
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"I love this book. James Ray pulls no punches. He tells it straight, the way it is. In Harmonic Wealth he tells you exactly what you need to do to create the life you want. His writing style is just like his workshops?clear and powerful but entertaining. I highly recommend it." ?Jack Canfield, co-author, The Success Principles and Chicken Soup for the Soul series --Jack Canfield
About the Author
James Arthur Ray grew up the son of a minister, immersed in traditional Christian religion. A practical mystic and thriving entrepreneur, he is one of the few spiritual teachers to have achieved top honors in the business world, having worked with AT&T and Stephen Covey before becoming a successful entrepreneur and business growth expert. As coach and mentor, James has taught thousands of individuals and organizations to create harmonic wealth in all areas of life and business. He lives in San Diego.
L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship's cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.
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Despite the overall impressive material - you must keep in mind that this is no quick ticket to enlightenment. The author himself has had extreme ups and downs - crashing/hitting bottom in 2000 and most recently 2005. If you were to ask me on the street to take life advice from someone who has crashed twice in the last 8 yrs, I would think twice. Plus, according to the author, money can seen as a measure of success - you have to ask yourself how long his measurements would be without "The Secret's" huge impact.
I also disagree with several of his assumptions, such as high performance = high maintenance, and how you have to pay for a rich lifestyle with even bigger issues and problems. Kind of defeats the purpose one might say.
The author also states "sleep as overrated". Stating you can draw on the cosmic energy when you are doing what you love. This seems to contradict with the physical pillar where he mentions taking supplements, meditation, massages, eating organic, monitoring Ph levels, etc, etc - and oh yeah - you don't need sleep! He knows a person who does real well on 2 hrs a night. Well I know a couple who were killed in a head-on collision due to sleep deprivation. Get real..
Also, early in the book the author continually stresses he's about harmony, not balance. He stresses the difference is; at various times of your life a certain "pillar" will need more emphasis than the other ones. This is a very tenuous difference in my opinion, as it boils down to time frame. Even the most balanced persons I know emphasize various areas of their lives to more or less a degree at any time or place - however they maintain an overall balance on a wider scale. To me, this is what balance is - if you want to call it harmony so be it, but I don't agree with painting them to be such differing terms.
Despite what I see as the book's shortcomings, I feel the depth of subject matter the book introduces make up for it's shortfalls. It's a plethora of spiritual concepts and principles in one place.
But keep it real.....
Harmonic Wealth is a book that I know I'll reference several times throughout my life. It offers practical advice in finding harmony within the chaos of different aspects of our lives, and there's a wealth of content to help make that a reality.
James Ray really connects with the reader through his candid conversational style and truthful account of his experiences. He shares moments in his life he's not so proud of, and he shares what he's learned.
There are a few ideas in this book which I didn't resonate with, and a couple comments he makes where I don't think James is even aware he's contradicting himself. I don't think that matters though because James is also up-front about the fact that he doesn't know everything about spirituality, and so he only gives insight and advice about what he does know. He also encourages people to only take the advice which resonates with them, and to discard the rest.
For those reasons, I liked this book even more. It's honest, not perfect, and encouraging to live a wealthier life in whatever ways feel right. In other words, James is human just like you and I and he doesn't try to be anybody other than somebody who's figured out a few things and wants to share them to help shortcut the pains many people feel in their path of spiritual growth.