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Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation (Earth Life Series) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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The Earth Life Series is a trilogy of books that I must confess I did not read in their proper order. I didn't discover the series until I received the proof copy of Spiritual Growth, the last book in the series, and read it from cover to cover. Unlike some channels whose messages seem to need hours of decoding, Orin's language is crystal clear. For an example, see page 32 of the March/April 1989 issue of Body MindSpirit.
I then went on to read the first two books in the series, Living with Joy and Personal Power Through Awareness. Surprisingly there is no duplication of information. Orin's ideas remain clear, concise and eminently practical. An astonishing array of life situations are exposed and opened to light with a compassionate understanding of the human condition. Orin's suggestions are laced with examples and stories that help the reader see how they work. Each chapter is followed by worksheets and meditations so the lessons can be immediately put into practice.
The meditations help to open pathways for the teachings to be absorbed. The teachings, in turn, augment the meditation experience so together they work to bring about change.
I found that the writing always seemed new, which to me, is a sure sign of spiritual depth. When I reread sections weeks later they seemed quite different. Of course, they were the same; it was I who had changed. Some teachings that had seemed difficult were now obvious and I realized how powerful many of the exercises had been. It is not that the information was new, only that it had been presented with a simplicity that allowed it to be grasped at many different levels.
It is this very simplicity combined with unerring guidance to the highest good that make the Earth Life Series a powerful light along whichever path of growth you choose. -- Body Mind Spirit magazine, October 1989 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You are often tested by the universe to see how much you believe in your vision. Every goal is reachable if you keep working on it. (also in the last paragragh on page 183 of the living in higher purpose chapter).
My second favorite passages are on page 191 of the recognizing life purpose chapter that read:
There is often a time lag between the new thought and the having it that confuses and stops many people from continuing to think of the new.
So past thoughts may still affect you for a while, even as you change your thinking. Within two to three months, however, the new thoughts will have gained momentum and will have created new outer forms to match.
I felt the urge to mention these passages taken from the book because they resonate to me (and I am sure others who read the book) how important it is to believe in your dreams regardless of how long they take to manifest. Living with Joy also gives helpful information on how the bigger the dream that you have, the more time that it may take due to the internal changes that are going to have to occur first. The book contains fun excercises and information regarding stimulating the internal changes needed to put you on the path of joy and increasing your receptiveness to attract what you desire. There is going to be others who read the book and discover many other helpful passages and healing information contained in the book. Last, but not least, the other favorite information that I got from this book was how important it was to honor yourself as a unique individual and avoid comparing yourself as better or less than when it comes to how others are doing in their life. Yes, I am aware that countless others may know this, but I enjoyed being reminded of this because I live in an area where it is sometimes too easy to let others define you by what you do. Please understand that I am happy and appreciative where I live, but the first thing I did discover when I moved to the D.C. area is that it is all too common for many people to ask your occupation as a condition of defining you. I quickly learned to avoid comparing myself to others and just be the best that I can be. However,it is always good to read a helpful and cheerful book (such as Living with Joy) on why it is important to your own overall happiness to go within yourself to discover your highest path, and compare your life to that (also found in the recognizing your life purpose chapter). This book is very important to purchase if you have even the slightest concern and/or determination to increase the happiness and joy in all areas of your life and those who surround you.
Although I've always been fairly positive and happy overall, at times I would sink into a funk about some aspect of my life or another that wasn't working out like I wanted it to. Living With Joy has totally smoothed out those rough spots by helping me to think about and experience my life in a new and better way.
Some of its basic tenets are this: that you can learn and grow and accomplish what you need to in life on a path of hard work and struggle or on a path of ease and joy - your call. That there is plenty to go around for everyone if you choose the path of joy. That the life situations we encounter are a direct reflection of our own attitudes and state of mind. That approaching social situations from a stance of love and compassion will cancel out negativity and hard feelings. And that you can life your life the way you want to, not the way you feel like you have to or the way you feel is expected of you.
My sister recently blogged about Living With Joy and had this to say:
I am continuing to be amazed and astounded at how suddenly unproblematic my historically always-problematic personal life has become, through the simple exercise of some Living With Joy basics: being willing to stay vulnerable, to speak the truth that is my deepest truth, to listen fully without making either myself or the other person "wrong", to express love when I feel it, the way I feel it, without either attachment or aversion to outcome, to give my full attention and full compassion to the situation someone else is having, while knowing it's not my situation to navigate. To be quiet when I want to be quiet, which is amazingly often, considering what a chatter-box I can tend to be. There is no one who stresses me. It's a change in me, and I like it, and I absolutely love the way it opens doors to all the good in everyone I know. There is so much good in all of us, it floors me.
I highly recommend this book!