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The Shift: Taking Your Life from Ambition to Meaning Paperback – 2010
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Self-help master Wayne W. Dyer reveals the key change that transforms our lives and how to realise it. "The Shift" represents the major transition that takes place in every person's life. It is a shift away from being dominated by ego, accumulations, achievements and approval - to feeling purposeful and meaningful every day. As you read, you'll find that you are less caught up in the material world and that you are more inclined to connect with your true spiritual essence. Each chapter in this fascinating book concludes with ways to incorporate this material into your daily life. The powerful move away from the ego constructs that we're taught early in life by parents and society - which promote achievement and accumulation - are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. With "The Shift", you'll learn that living life for others means living life for yourself.
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It is necessary to update this review because Amazon has merged the reviews for both the 1-disc release and the Deluxe, 2 disc-set. Adding to the confusion, this is the same DVD that was released under TWO titles. It is listed on Amazon in MULTIPLE locations because many are being sold used. This has resulted in a lot of consumer confusion and disappointment for those mistakenly buying it twice thinking it is two different movies. Amazon will of course refund the mistake (including return shipping) if shipped directly from them, but don't count on it from anyone else.
So be forewarned -- This review below refers to the 2-disc "Deluxe Edition" set under this title: "The Shift" (which is the EXACT SAME disc set as what used to be called the "Expanded Version" under the old title "Ambition to Meaning"). Be sure to scroll up and check the PRODUCT DETAILS and look for "Number of discs: 2" if you want the 2 disc set. I initially posted two separate reviews: one for the single DVD and, one for the 2-disc set, but as I said, they merged the reviews in some places.
I hope this helps clarify things, but if there is still some confusion (and you probably won't be alone - lol!) plz feel free to ask any questions under the comments and I will respond as best I can. It really is a great DVD and probably worth all the trouble you might need to go through to ensure you are getting the product you really want. :)
I love you; Thank you; I'm sorry; Please forgive me. [Maybe a little Ho'oponopono blessing wouldn't hurt. ;-)]
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This review is based on the originally named "Ambition to Meaning" which I was told by Hayhouse is exactly the same as the renamed version "The Shift". When I called Hay House they couldn't remember why it was renamed but said these two DVD sets are indeed identical.
This is a two-DVD set: the first DVD is the "movie" (which is more of a docudrama) and is 2 hours long. The second DVD is a supplemental disc containing about 2+ hours of interviews, additional movie footage, and music. Both DVD's are excellent and worth a few dollars more for the set, as compared to the single DVD version that is also available. The second DVD contains the taped interview with Dr. Dyer that the movie was ultimately written around. It goes into depth into areas sometimes only touched on in the movie itself.
The movie follows the stories of various guests checking into a beautiful resort along the California Coast: a young family; a wealthy couple with a troubled marriage; and my favorite, an ambition-driven director, wonderfully played by Michael Deluise, whom I remember as a frequent guest star on the Gilmore Girls. (Some trivia here - he is also the son of Dom Deluise.) The director and his small crew are filming a docudrama starring Dr. Dyer (played as himself).
All of the key characters in the film experience what Dr. Dyer describes as a "quantum moment". It opens the door to transformation for them as they recognize and begin to live "the music inside" that Dr. Dyer teaches we were all born with but too often push aside while we are busy living our lives. One of the key points in the movie: what if we come to the end of our life and discover it was all wrong?
The three stories (as well as some additional, interesting character development) are expertly woven throughout the movie and accompanied by voice-over's from Dr. Dyer. His deep, soothing voice always seems to hit the mark and works perfectly within each scene that it is added to. (Not too much, not too little.) The dramatizations are used to illustrate Dr. Dyer's timely teaching (mostly Taoist) of transformation from a life of ambition into a more meaningful life; a life that can be just as successful and full of prosperity and ambition as you desire but with greater significance through a deeper, spiritual motivation. It is a wonderful departure from the usual "live-audience seminar" format of his previous DVD's.
The narrative and story lines used as a way to exemplify the ideas presented here remind me of another Hay House production also directed by Michael Goorijan "You Can Heal Your life" starring Louise Hay, and of another docudrama, not related to Hay House or Goorijan, "What the Bleep Do We Know?" (I recommend the "Quantum Edition" only, as you can edit out the sometimes tasteless dramatizations & it offers hours of additional interviews). Although both of these are excellent DVD's and highly recommended, "Ambition to Meaning/The Shift" is so expertly written, directed, acted and produced that it has raised the bar and taken this genre to a whole new level. The cinematography of the Monterey Coast is absolutely breathtaking. The tranquil original musical score is worth noting as well. Especially nice are the original piano pieces played by "Joe, the Janitor" mid-way through the movie. (Don't ask... you just have to see the movie - it really does work.)
I have watched this DVD countless times now and continue to learn something new and unexpected about myself with each viewing. This is not a "spiritual addiction" response as a previous commenter on "Ambition to Meaning' asserts of another reviewer who also said they have watched this movie repeatedly. But rather it is to be encouraged if you wish to explore your true purpose in life - or just want to make sense of life's struggles and challenges. You might learn something new with each viewing. Also worth pointing out is that I am a Christian and find these teachings well attuned to the teachings of Christ, so I hope Christians aren't threatened by Dr. Dyer's references to the Tao De Ching. I personally continue to grow and learn learn from Lao-tzu, Buddha, Krishna, Rumi, etc.... I believe, whatever your faith, you will find the movie inspiring if not life-altering.
"Seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you". God bless all who watch this DVD in the spirit it was intended. I believe you will be all the richer and wiser for it.
10-24-12 update: My husband and I just dug this movie out after a long hiatus and find it just as enjoyable and inspiring as the first time we watched it. No doubt this is destined to be a classic. I'd love to see more like this from Hay House. They recently released a set by the same director, Michael Goorjian, Tales of Everyday Magic: The Movies 4 DVD's but they pale by comparison to this DVD and Goorjian's first Hay House releaseYou Can Heal Your Life, the movie, expanded version. They aren't bad but not worth the high price tag of about $50 w shipping from Hay House. (You can get them individually too.)I doubt we'll watch them more than once or twice - but the Greg Braden interview on one of them is great.
Like the other 30-some books by Wayne Dyer, this one is filled with inspirational quotes from famous spiritual teachers and classical holy texts, personal stories, and parables. This one, however, is only 112 pages and can be read easily in a day or two. It can be read several times and you will still get something out of it.
The original title of the book and movie was "From Ambition to Meaning," and interestingly, there are only four chapters, each with one of these words. The first chapter, "From," discusses the void where we came from and how in the womb, we are doing nothing but being lived by "all creating energy that seems to do nothing, and at the same time leaves nothing undone." Wayne cites quantum physics to validate the nothingness from whence we came. We are reminded that everything in the material world is truly like what it came from. Ergo, we are truly spiritual beings having a temporary human experience. And "our real self is the loving observer of our sensory experiences." He leads us to the conclusion that "nonbeing and love are synonymous." We are given tools on how to get back to the Nothingness, such as meditation, feeling the oneness, and surrender. We are even challenged to give away one item a day, anything we do not use on a daily basis!
Before we realize that, however, nearly all of us get sucked into "Ambition," which is the title of chapter 2. Here we learn how our false self develops as we identify with the ego. This entails beliefs such as "Who I am is what I have, what I do, and what others think of me." This "somebody training" involves learning more lies such as "I am separate from everyone else, from what's missing in my life, and from God."
In chapter 3 ("To") we make the U-turn back to our "fromness." There comes a time in everyone's life when they see that the inauthentic self is a lie. This doesn't mean the loss of ambition, but rather that our drive is now directed toward a life based on meaning and purpose. Some signs that we may be ready include: the ego's "mantra of more" becomes less attractive; we find ourselves doing less; we shun the spotlight to work in the shadows; we believe in unity more than separateness; we begin to realize we're connected to Spirit; we begin to trust the wisdom that created us. Next, Wayne tells us what to expect and gives a 7-point summary of our U-turn. He describes four qualities of the shift from ambition to meaning: surprising, vivid, benevolent and enduring.
In the final chapter, "Meaning," Wayne tell us how he told his buddy Ram Dass many years ago, "All of my life I wanted to be somebody. Now I finally am somebody--but it isn't me." All the fame and wealth did not satisfy him and he didn't feel fulfilled till making the shift back to his authentic self. Wayne describes the four virtues that constitute our original nature: reverence for all life, natural sincerity, gentleness and supportiveness. "Today," Wayne declares, "my life is almost 100 percent devoted to service in one way or another. Each day begins with a prayer of `Thank you.'" He describes the three most important things to watch for during the shift: the shift from entitlement to humility; the shift from control to trust (in yourself, others and God); and the shift from attachment to letting go.
Great little book packed with inspiration and encouragement! With the tendency we are heading in for shorter books at smaller prices, this makes a really great gift to yourself or to someone who is over 30 and perhaps beginning to question life's meaning and his/her purpose.