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"Your Ultimate Life Plan is not your run of the mill self-help book. It's a wonderfully valuable resource for seekers adventurous enough and daring enough to go after what others might consider impossible, living the life of your dreams." 
--Steve Farrell, Humanity's Team Worldwide Coordinating Director

"Do you long to live in a way that is aligned with your heart? Through meditations and exercises, and clear, deep teachings, Dr. Jennifer Howard offers a luminated pathway to living from our innate wholeness, awareness and love. This book nourishes the soul!"
--Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"This is the kind of wise integration of good psychology and good spirituality that so many people need today--instead of just one or the other, which makes both of them weak."
--Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self


"Dr. Jennifer teaches from experience. A practical and effective approach to living a more meaningful life!"

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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., author of The Now Effect

"Dr. Jennifer draws from a variety of traditions and practices, giving the reader many choices and methods to work with. This book is compassionate, helpful and insightful."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation


"A truly thought provoking book based on rock solid psychological and spiritual foundations. Your Ultimate Life Plan takes the reader on a transformational journey from the dark crevices of the shadow to the heights of subtle transcendence. It's an amazing adventure in self-discovery!"
--Dr. Joe Vitale, author of Attract Money Now


"What a book! Your Ultimate Life Plan is a deep river, fast and flowing filled with fresh wisdom. Immerse yourself in this book and it will help you be the person you have always known you were meant to be."
--
John Lee, author of The Flying Boy and The Half-Lived Life

"Dr. Jennifer Howard answers one of the most dangerous questions you can ask: Are you ready to live the life you've always dreamed of? If your answer is 'yes,' read this book, take responsibility for your life, and see what happens."
--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Recovery: The Sacred Art

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An excerpt from Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last by Dr. Jennifer Howard.

INTRODUCTION

Are You Ready to Live the Life You've Always Dreamed Of?

Are you living the life you've always dreamed of? I mean, really? Are you the person you want to be? Or is there a persistent issue in your life you've yet to change or improve? If any of these questions leaves you longing for something more out of life, then this book is for you!

Whether you're a teacher or CEO, are frustrated with your job, have a chal­lenging relationship with your spouse or partner, are longing to live your passion and purpose more fully in the world, or feel that life wasn't meant to be such a struggle, it's often your desire for greater peace and happiness that sets you on the path of living a more conscious life.

In your search for change and growth, you may have begun your transfor­mational journey with self-­help books, workshops, or some kind of counseling or coaching. Maybe you've been looking at certain problems for a while, yet they still persist. You might have seen some positive changes at first, only to notice they didn't seem to last. Maybe it's been a while since you sat down and thought about what you want. Perhaps your already full life keeps you so busy that you aren't able to spend as much time as you'd like on what you're learning, or old habits and issues get in the way.

No matter where you're starting from, you can go to your next level of happi­ness, wholeness, transformation, and success. Using Your Ultimate Life Plan and the Conscious Living 2.0™ principles and practices on a daily basis will take you there. You'll feel more deeply, experience life more profoundly, and enjoy a more intimate connection with yourself, your soul, and others.

So how do you do it
? How do you stay on course to reach your ultimate life and create real, lasting change? By diving deeper. Going deeper means getting to know your internal dialogue and emotional connections by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, which allows you to be more conscious of what's initiating the vibratory quality that actually creates your life experiences. This is the fuel that ignites your co-creation with God in every moment. If you're willing to stay on your cutting edge, increasing insight and consciousness, and becoming more awake and aware, then you'll be happier, and have more freedom and aliveness. Diving deeper helps you achieve authentic and lasting happiness. It's your path to freedom and it's worth every bit of effort. You go deeper because you want to understand, and create real and lasting change. You go deeper because you want to experience the core of your being. You go deeper because, really, what could be more important?

As you live more consciously, moment by moment, you continue growing in ways that allow you to experience and embody more wholeness and freedom. This path leads you to uncover, grieve, and work through historical difficulties, opening the door to the emergence of your real self. Consider the possibility of living a fully integrated life--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

When you're living a conscious life, your job is to be with whatever arises, and to address any difficult or painful thoughts and feelings that block you from experiencing yourself as Wholeness, or non-dual consciousness. As you identify and heal these obstacles, you naturally return to being present in the now. Out of frustration you might say, "I've been through this before and I don't want to feel it again." Yet here it is, right in front of you. If you deny what arises, you just create a stronger energetic charge that holds on to that difficulty. When you live in, "I don't wanna," the tension and resistance just magnifies what's there

Persistent problems, however unpleasant they may seem, contain the unpro­cessed and unexamined thoughts and feelings that, if left alone, keep you from your greatness. That's why the pain, emptiness, and longing you feel can be your greatest gift--it can motivate you to examine parts of yourself that have been overlooked, forgotten, or hidden. It's the irritant of sand in the oyster, which is the impetus for the pearl. In walking the conscious life path, you reveal your deepest Reality, layer by layer. From here you can let yourself be. You come home.

In addition to navigating all the aspects of your inner life, you also have to contend with the environment around you. Our planet is changing at a dizzying rate. Globally, there is intensifying unrest, escalating conflict, financial instability, unemployment, alarming climate change, and environmental destruction. We grieve with those experiencing the devastation of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. Our old way of living and relating has been fundamentally disturbed, and it's easy to be frightened by the unknown.

Most of the world's problems affect us, while leaving us without any sense of what we can do to change them. This book is an inward look at the things you can affect. Living a conscious life is empowering. It facilitates change and helps you live a life of integrity, passion, and contentment.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on December 22, 2012
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This book is predicated upon the idea that the reader, and everyone else, needs to change. I think it's easy to misunderstand this. So first, I'll explain how I see it. I just want to clarify that I don't think this book is solely for the person who has never been able to have any real meaning in life or is just plain miserable. I think it provides a toolkit that anyone can use.

Some people, perhaps most people, really are stuck in a rut. Maybe it's a toxic relationship, a job they hate, persistent negativity, or a seeming lack of discipline to get where you want to be. Some people aren't so much stuck in a rut as having a very hard time crawling out of it with any sort of speed. Still others aren't in a rut at all. They're on level ground but would like to reach a higher plane.

Some folks are continually adapting and handling whatever life throws at them. They learn from the past and plan for the future, but live in the now. I see myself as being in this category. I have been in the other categories, and it took several stages of transformation through several levels of maturity for me to get to the point where I choose to control how I feel rather than surrendering that to external forces. I can see other levels of maturity ahead of me, though.

I noticed that the book refers to Dr. Jennifer instead of Dr. Howard. As her surname is a common first name, someone reading "Dr. Howard" might wonder "Dr. Howard who?" this makes sense to me. So I'm going with that in this review.

Pick up any book about personal change, and it's almost certain the author is prescribing a particular methodology derived from a particular school of thought or a particular theme.
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I've been living this book for several months now, since I've helped with the editing of this book. At first I found the information and wisdom Dr. Howard shares intriguing. In time I began to question myself, is this the life I want? What are my life-long issues and blocks that keep me from living a big life, from my big Self?

This book penetrated to the core for me, and it even affected my dreams. I've dreamt about the concepts in this book and connected to my essence in ways I couldn't have imagined. I've identified core wounds, and I've followed the meditations and guidance Dr. Howard offers and have begun to unravel blocks that have plagued me for years. I notice I'm not triggered in situations that would normally have me react strongly. I'm beginning to feel peace in tumultuous areas of my life, and profound shifts occurring that I don't believe would have occurred without this book. Even better, I notice my relationships growing more harmonious as I get my old, unresolved issues out of the way.

Read this book and follow Dr. Howard's guidance. You'll experience real change, growth, and awareness that will change your life for the better.
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Is it synchronicity that led E. M. Forster to name his novel Howards End, known for its key phrase "Only connect!"? He saw the malaise of our civilization as disconnection--from ourselves, our fellow humans and our planet itself.

Yet we live as if we can exist apart from them, and this illusion has created a splintering of experience. This chasm between our interior and exterior worlds can be healed--become whole--when we restore these connections. Dr. Jennifer Howard shows us how in Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last.

When I first began therapy years ago, I thought of my unconscious as a "Pandora's Box." I know I am not the only one who believed this. I kept it tightly shut to prevent all hell from breaking loose, although occasionally a little squall escaped anyway.

No one told me about the peace, joy and safety beyond the storms, where the rainbow lies. I muscled through my tempests of fears and illusions because not doing so became more scary that digging deeper. In Your Ultimate Life... Dr. Howard continually cheers you on through your process, reassuring you rainbows do exist. I can second that encouragement.

Every exercise in Your Ultimate Life... enriches you. There is such a variety of what I call "flavors" in the meditations that you are sure to find some that speak to you deeply. You may find yourself doing them regularly long after you finish your reading. Like You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise L. Hay, Your Ultimate Life...
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Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last by Dr. Jennifer Howard is a book that teaches people how to transform their lives by dealing forthrightly with their past experiences and the inner workings of their own identity.

Howard challenges each of us to deal forthrightly with our identity. In doing so, there are basic questions which must be resolved. For instance, think about whether or not you are industrious or lazy. Are you contemplative or do you react to people extemporaneously? These are the types of questions which define our identity, as well as the perceptions others have of us.

Howard believes that relationships and intimacy are the building blocks of existence. The author challenges us to analyze our relationships to determine the important elements, the stressers, repeating thoughts and the beliefs we tend to develop from repeated exposure to our friends, relatives and associates.

Howard explains that we have three selves. These are the real self consisting of our own notions of how the world works, our thoughts, feelings and experiences. The false self is who you think you should be or a product of the expectations of others. The true self is transpersonal or the embodiment of our spirit or union with a higher being or purpose.

Howard transcends the traditional view of the ego into a theoretical container holding our individuality, personal experiences, unresolved pain and the sense of "I - ness". Psychologists hold that the ego is made up of your past, your unique identification to your body, as well as personal inner thoughts and feelings.

Howard spends a lot of time developing the concept of our inner voice.
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