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There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem Hardcover – August 21, 2001

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With his usual mix of enthusiasm, optimism, and anecdote, Dr. Wayne Dyer is back again to emphasize that we are in control of our life experiences. Quoting everything from the Bible to The Tao of Pooh, he returns continually to his central point: with truth and self-awareness, all things are possible, including physical healing, improved relationships, and great personal accomplishment. There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem dissects what is meant by the word problem and shows us how to achieve our deepest wishes with surprisingly simple suggestions.

Illustrating the possibilities with a variety of stories and letters, Dyer manages to nicely balance the whimsical with the practical. On one page, you'll find straightforward advice like, "If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway." In the next section, you'll find a long explanation of the importance of finding "the potential to keep your field of energy uncontaminated." Some may find this disconcerting, yet it also allows careful readers to search out the particular story or method that works for them. Anecdotes from addicts, parents whose children have died, and hospital patients are strewn throughout the book, as are references to Dyer's previous works and lengthy passages from other spiritual authors. In every case, these stories showcase the power of positive thinking and using those positive thoughts to manifest positive change. Although this attempt at changing the world one thought at a time is not vastly different in tone or message from Dyer's previous works, his fans will nevertheless appreciate it. --Jill Lightner

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The first half of this book is virtually interchangeable with any number of manuals by Deepak Chopra, John Bradshaw and Marianne Williamson. Self-help guru Dyer urges readers not to let their problems get them down; problems, he chirps, are just illusions anyway. Like many other pop spirituality writers in our multicultural age, Dyer draws on spiritual wisdom from the world over, peppering his pages with quotations from the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible. Dyer too often veers into the blatantly self-promotional, weaving in letters from readers who say their lives have been utterly transformed by following his advice. But the second half of the book an extended meditation on Francis of Assisi's well-known prayer "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace" distinguishes this offering from the rest of the self-help pack. Dyer urges readers to choose peace, to think about the sun's light and energy when they stumble into a place of darkness and to focus on hope when all they feel is despair. He advises acting loving in situations filled with anger and hate, letting go of fear and "shifting from pessimism to optimism." These aren't breathtakingly original suggestions, but Dyer, returning again and again to the words of St. Francis, presents such familiar lessons in a fresh and loving way. Dyer's large and loyal following will enjoy this book, but he would have done his readers a favor by lopping off the first 140 pages.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060192305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060192303
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful and wise book, full of love, hope and practical advice. It teaches the importance -- and explains the rewards -- of living a life with a strong spiritual center in a world that is frighteningly materialistic, and does so in a way that is refreshing, uplifting and entertaining.
If you're looking for a lift, read this book right away. It's probably Wayne's best, and, in my book, that's saying a lot!!
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By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love Wayne Dyer books and have read many of them. But, this book just didn't do it for me. I love the premise of the book where he promotes positive thinking, higher energy levels, and not giving your energy to negative thoughts, since what you give out will come back to you. However, I had difficulty with 3 areas of the book: 1) Evil doesn't exist 2) The fact that Dyer never addresses the concept of free will, and 3) Illness is due to erroneous thinking.
First, evil does exist and we see it every day...it's all around us. Denying it's existance is like sticking your head in the sand. Dyer says that evil cannot exist, since God created all things, and God is good, so why would a good God create evil? Well, I think the answer lies in free-will, which brings me to my second point. Although God is good, he also gave us free-will, which means that we are able to choose the path of God (good positive, energy) or something opposite of God, which would be evil. Dyer never addresses free-will in this book even though he continually quotes the bible and other spiritual/religious writings that do in fact address the concept of free-will in depth. How he can quote so many things from these books and yet deny the existance of free-will is beyond me.
Finally, Dyer states that illness stems from erroneous thinking. While I do believe that many illness are brought on by negative thinking and stress (I do believe there is a mind/body connection), if you follow Dyer's theory on this than how is it that infants can get ill? Is an infant capable of thinking erroneously when he/she cannot even take care of him/herself? Dyer lightly brushes the surface of the issue regarding children and illnesses, but then totally dismisses the issue and moves on to the next topic without giving us a reason or answer.
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Format: Hardcover
I read and loved Wayne Dyer's THERE'S A SPIRITUAL SOLUTION TO
EVERY PROBLEM . . . one of the best books I have read in a long
time! . . . he shows how there's a spiritual force available to help
us, regardless of religion or whatever is bothering us (ill health,
financial difficulties, etc.) . . . I liked the numerous examples,
along with references to the Bible, Koran and many other similar
works . . . in reading this, I felt as if Dyer was talking directly to
me . . . his insights into the human condition will certainly
get you thinking.
There were many memorable passages . . . my problem is choosing just a few to highlight here . . . but try I must, so here goes:
Coming to this awareness of being steadfast in abstaining from harmful thoughts is a potent tool for accessing a spiritual solution to problems involving relationships. When a person is talking to you and you are slipping into the mode of feeling angry about how you are being talked to, you can remind yourself in that instant to abstain from thinking harmful or angry thoughts. I find that it is quite effective to use the following words, first internally, and then I say them out loud. They are, "You're right about that!" Not sarcastically. Without rancor, I simply allow the other person to be right, which is all their ego really wants.
Recently, my brother was telling me about all the people he was meeting who has prostate cancer. "It's like an epidemic," he said. "Three guys down the street, two at work, all in the past week or so." My immediate response to him was, "I will not think thoughts of prostate cancer.
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I read many of the reviews here about this book with fascination. I have read just about every Dyer book out there, listened to every tape set and attended his seminars. I can say Dr. Dyer has gone through an evolutionary process and I have followed along with him, which is probably why I find his material seems to resonate with me. He first started with books that put forth "mind over matter" advice - you know "if you don't mind it doesn't matter" type of thinking. Dr. Dyer helped people to take control of their emotions and reactions in order to have better lives. This was a decidely more practical, psychological point of view. Over the years, Dr. Dyer became more spiritually aware and his work shifted toward tapping into our energy fields, higher self and God/Universe to tap into our potential. Some folks are at the stage where the earlier works will be of more value while others will find the newer material meets them where they are. This book met me where I was and I really value it. If you want concrete steps on how to work with your mind and emotions, read his earlier books. If you want a more "New Age" approach, for lack of a better term, then this book is excellent. All of his books have value, you just need to match them to where you are and where you are is exactly the place you need to be right now - there's no right or wrong place to be. It's also good to realize that no one author has "all the answers" and that all of Dyer's materials are another source of wisdom that you may or may not want to incorporate into your life right now.
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