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The Power of Intention Paperback – December 15, 2005
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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
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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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It's a book that says the same thing as many other books, but yet it's powerful, simple, and well put together. I assumed that because it was talking about the nature of thoughts and reality that it would be like many books that I have read. While it is conveying a similar message, the execution is superb. The tone is warm and inviting and non-judgmental.
Effortlessly, it takes away arguments for negative thinking. You feel the connection to the basic principles of the universe: beauty, kindness, love, expansion... After reading it, I went out and passed on a powerful, loving affirmation to everyone I could and I was touched by the results. It reminded me of how we truly are all connected and how God works through you every day to affect those around you and most of the time you don't even know it. It also showed me how people's energy can change when you direct loving energy towards them. Many people are really touched by kindness and love and share things with you that you never would have known. It's like the world just opens up!
I highly recommend this book. The Power of Intention is easy to follow and speaks to the heart (from the heart). It doesn't assume that you preposses a certain spiritual understanding as some books do. Wherever you are, exactly where you are, is just perfect for picking up this book. If you can read at the 6th or 7th grade level you can benefit so much from this book! And if you are a PhD from Harvard or Yale, you can benefit from it too!
I am a raving fan.
The only point that I want to make is this...God is not part of us. God created us and He keeps the universe in control including us.