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The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want Hardcover – December 26, 1995

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Returning to the themes of alchemy and wizardry he introduced in The Return of Merlin (LJ 7/95), perennially popular author Chopra here articulates a 20-step guide for discovering the wizard within and taking control of the spiritual journey of one's life. Beginning with the proclamation that the omniscient wizard is within all of us, Chopra uses a weird and eclectic combination of Zen koan, Jungian analysis, Hindu mythology, and alchemy to lead seekers in the way of the wizard. Chopra's thinking and writing is replete with the fuzzy mysticism and superficial spirituality that characterize his other works. Although Chopra's faithful followers will likely demand copies, the book is not recommended.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Chopra is big. His message about attaining joy and fulfillment by recognizing the mind-body connection has struck a chord that's reverberated beyond New Agers into the general public. Still, he basically has only one message, leaving him no choice but to try to jazz it up with each successive book. Recently, Chopra ventured into the world of fiction with mixed results. This time, he blends a bit of folklore into his "lessons" about 20 principles for reintroducing magic into one's life. Invoking the Camelot legends and using Arthur and Merlin (also the focus of his novel, The Return of Merlin [Je 1 & 15 95]) as metaphors for the eternal seeker and inner wisdom, Chopra gives readers the tools to find the enchantment in their own lives. He did this succinctly and plainly in his recent best-seller, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1995); here, unfortunately, the jaunt through Camelot obscures the basic message rather than enhancing it. Nevertheless, Chopra is a brand name by now--demand will be heavy. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780517704349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517704349
  • ASIN: 051770434X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have been reading and studying works of theology, spirituality, philosophy and mysticism for over twenty years, following my own path and doing my best to discern truth from the writings of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and other backgrounds. I have a library of treasured works that have helped me along a journey that has taken me from a time of profound confusion, doubt, dread, depression, anxiety and pain to a life of pervasive peace, consistent joy and ever growing love.
In that vast library of works, many of the books I've read I considered great ... exceptionally well suited to guide me through the particular phase of life through which I was going ... but NO book I've EVER read was MORE PERFECTLY written for where I am now in my life than The Way of the Wizard.
Having been on this journey as long as I have, I can see how this work would seem fluffy and insubstantial to many and perhaps even most people who would read it. Had it been around for me to pick up 20 or even 10 years ago, I'm quite certain I wouldn't have understood it much or considered it profound. But when I finished reading this book for the first time (which I did in one sitting), it was as if the book had been written specifically for me. It rang so true to the precise experience of life I've had for the past several decades that at points I laughed out loud from the pure joy of recognition.
Others have written about the contents of this book ... I've chosen to address the way it left me feeling. There are those of you out there for whom that will be the more telling review. You know who you are.
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Becoming a Wizard isn't a process it's a journey. An awakening. I have expereinced a letting go and a change that I can only describe as magical. The words and thoughts that are on these pages are both mystical and transdescent.

When the student is ready the teacher will appear, and when the teacher is ready the Master will appear, and when the Master is complete he will look no further because he will have arrived at the beginning and realized that he was a Wizard all along.

This will happen to some of us sooner than others. There is no race, and no reward for the one who gets here first. There is plenty of room for all, and when we realize this truth, Ego leaves us and what we are left with is our spirit.

This book will help you discover these insights.....
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Author Deepak Chopra uses the metaphor of Merlin raising the future King Arthur in the Crystal cave to teach the reader 20 lessons that will transform the reader's life.

Each lesson or chapter is divided into three sections. The first section tells a story where in Arthur learns his lesson from Merlin. The second section is understanding the lesson where the teaching is given further explanation. The third section is called Living the lesson which is how to apply the teaching to daily life.

The final chapter teaches the 7 steps of alchemy. They are a nutshell summary of all that Merlin taught Arthur. In this book the goal of alchemy is to transform the person from being an allegorical lead into an allegorical gold.
The steps of Alchemy as follows;

Innocence: the first stage of life. There is very little individuality. The baby lives in the essence of timelessness . This is a state of pristine reality where in we realize that everything in the universe is connected all is one. Babies also do not cling to their emotions but release them as soon as they feel them. There is no illusion of good or bad everything just is.

Birth of the Ego: this is when we develop the sense of I or me. We see ourselves as being separate from creation. We also start to identify with our temporary body something which we cast off when it is old and worn out. What is our identity but experiences transformed into memories. Individuality is an illusion.

Birth of the achiever: this marks the individuals quest for independence to go out there and experience the world. This manifests itself as an urge to aquire things and material possession. This is the ego's way of telling itself that separation is endurable. It is loveless and controlling.
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I read this book every year. It was published in 1995 - and I've read it cover to cover 10 times and referred to it dozens of times more for inspiration. It's thrilling to discover that you are a wizard - powerful, brilliant, a universal citizen with the ability (and responsibility) to heal your own heart and the heart of the planet. If you believe, as I do, in magic and our co-creator status, you will love this book too. It inspires, motivates, educates and reassures mind, heart and soul of our sacred purpose. I think Deepak Chopra is brilliant and this book was a giant step for me on my spiritual path.

Elaine Maginn Sonne, Ph.D, Author of Legends of the Stones and former Editor of Science of Mind magazine
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By Niki on March 16, 2000
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I started reading this book because my mother read it and told me I'd find it interesting. I thought it would be cheesy or boring. Was I wrong. This book changed my life, my perceptions, my way of looking at the world. Everything in my life is brighter than it was before. At first I was wary, but the way Deepak eases you into his timeless knowledge is wonderful. He doesn't force his ideas on you, but builds one idea on top of the other through the book, and you can really see the truth in his words. I am forever thankful that I stumbles on this work by Mr. Chopra.
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