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The Power of Intention Hardcover – February 23, 2004
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After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a better job, but it's more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the "power of intention." He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors" and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success...They don't say With my luck things won't work out. Instead, youre more likely to hear something like, I intend to create this and I know it will work out." Connectors are also committed to Dyer's "seven faces of intention"--creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity, which he speaks to throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with five suggestions for becoming stronger connectors, such as how to monitor one's inner speech or shift out of low-energy beliefs. Some criticize Dyer for not giving credit to other teachers who offer this same message, especially Jerry and Esther Hicks (A New Beginning I) and even Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's impossible to know whether this was a deliberate omission, but it is obvious that Dyer has tapped into a growing conversation about co-creating with "source." Other leading-edge voices in this conversation include Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization ) and Lynn Grabhorn (Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting). --Gail Hudson
From Publishers Weekly
For this very popular speaker and bestselling author of the classic Your Erroneous Zones, intention is not dogged determination, but an inner awareness "that exists in the universe as an invisible force of energy." This conviction, gleaned from Dyer's professional experiences, metaphysical studies and contacts with personal mentors, has allowed him to link to the force of intention and use it to enhance his life and work. For Dyer, there are seven faces, or energy fields, of intention: creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity. Drawing on a variety of spiritual traditions and gurus, Dyer first describes how to surmount the barriers that may get in the way of connecting to this power, such as negative thinking, relying on the opinion of others or retaining a controlling ego. Although Dyer's message is deeply sympathetic, his conception of the fields of insight reads like a familiar mixture of Eastern and Western philosophies wrapped up in a new theoretical package. In a chapter on living a stress-free life, for example, he recommends silently repeating the words "I want to feel good"-i.e., practicing a form of meditation-and elsewhere advises practicing detachment, a cornerstone of Buddhism. Another tactic, using forgiveness as a means to achieve peaceful relations with difficult family members, has recently found a wealth of expression. But whatever his sources, Dyer's soothing voice and gentle prescriptions for happiness remain uniquely his own, as fans will recognize.
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Whenever I am feeling down or hopeless, I pick up the book or queue it up on my phone to listen. It is so inspirational and definitely redirects my mood. The exercises in the book have helped me to reframe my thinking and focus on what matters.
I have read several of Dr. Dyers books and this is by far my favorite. There are many books written with this type of ideology but this is by far the best, easiest to read, and believable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to reframe their thinking and co-create their life.
For me, what made the difference this time reading Dr. Wayne's book: I was ready to receive his powerful message. If you're at that place in your life, ready for remarkable changes, this book is a wonderful vehicle to help you reach your destination.
I have been reading the book randomly when I commute to work in the morning and then again on the commute home for about 10 days. My life has changed immeasurably! I am no longer surly, judgemental, fearful or chronically angry. I let go of all those feelings after what I read in this book. I feel odd writing this, but felt compelled to share the changes in myself. After I read for a bit, I close the book and just mentally say, over and over, "I am infinite and I am connected to the Source. I am beauty, success and abundance." The second I start feeling negative or judgemental, I just mentally repeat that mantra. I have not even started using the cd yet. I can only imagine the bounty of happiness that will come with that.
Weird as it sounds, I now feel relaxed, happy and in the moment. My body feels looser and lighter, I do not have obsessive worries and money and abundance are very apparent in my life. If someone told me five years ago or even five weeks ago that I would be writing something like this after perusing a book, I would have handed them a straight jacket.
This IS a life changing book. I love my life now!
The best thing about this book is that if you put Dwyer's instructions to work, things actually begin to happen. It's extremely exciting and all I could think about was that if I keep practicing Dwyer's life-changing way of looking at the world, there's no telling what I can acheive.
I don't read self-help books and I usually shy away from religion, but this book won me over completely. I recommend it highly. You'll feel better the minute you finish the first chapter.