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Book of the Month – March 2014

The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne W. Dyer

Change the Way You Look at Things and
The Things You Look at Will Change

imagesDr. Wayne Dyer writes about the Four Steps to Intention and says that: “Activating your power of intention is a process of connecting with your natural self and letting go of total ego identification.”

In his book he discusses how the process of intention takes place in four stages.  Here’s an extract from the book:

1. Discipline is the first stage.  Learning a new task requires training the body to perform as your thoughts desire.  So, eliminating ego identification doesn’t mean disconnecting from your relationship with your body, but rather, training your body to activate those desires.  You do that with practice, exercise, nontoxic habits, healthy foods, and so on.

2. Wisdom is the second stage.  Wisdom combined with discipline fosters your ability to focus and be patient as you harmonize your thoughts, your intellect, and your feelings with the work of the body.  We send children off to school telling them:  Be disciplined and Use your head, and call this education, but it falls short of mastery.

3. Love is the third stage.  After disciplining the body with wisdom, and intellectually studying a task, this process of mastery involves loving what you do and doing what you love.  In the world of sales, I call it falling in love with what you’re offering, and then selling your love or enthusiasm to potential customers.  When learning to play tennis, it involves practicing all of the strokes while studying strategies for playing the game.  It involves enjoying the feeling of hitting the ball and of being on the tennis court – and everything else about the game.

4. Surrender is the fourth stage.  This is the place of intention.  This is where your body and your mind aren’t running the show and you move into intent.  ” In the universe there is an immeasurable  indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link,” is the way Carlos Castaneda describes it.  You relax, grab the trolley strap, and allow yourself to be carried by the same power that turns acorns into trees, blossoms into apples, and microscopic dots into humans.  So grab that trolly strap and create your own unique connecting link.  Absolutely everything in the entire cosmos includes you and your disciplined, wise, loving self, and all of your thoughts and feelings.  When you surrender, you lighten up and can consult with your infinite soul.  Then the power of intention becomes available to take you wherever you feel destined to go.
The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne W. Dyer

 

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Book of The Month – May 2013

Loving What Is by Byron Katie – Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

The Work began on a February morning in 1986, when Byron Katie woke up on the floor of a halfway house, at a complete dead end in her life, and began to laugh. She had woken up without any concept of who, where, or what she was. She awoke to the fundamental, luminous state of being that is without any separation, that experiences itself as pure love. Like great spiritual masters from many traditions, she knew she had reached the end of confusion and suffering. That was the moment she burst into laughter. Determined to give people a way to discover for themselves what she had realized, Katie developed a simple method of self-enquiry that she called The Work, a life-transforming system for discarding the stories we tell ourselves, which are the source of suffering, and replacing them with the truth (“what is”) and a life of total joy. She began teaching The Work wherever she was invited – at first in small, informal gatherings and eventually to packed workshops around the world. The Work consists of only four simple questions that you can apply to any problem. It is so easy and practical – but also profound in its application:

Question 1 – Is it true?

Question 2: Can I absolutely know that it’s true?

Question 3: How do I react when I think that thought?

Question 4: Who would you be without the thought?

Byron Katie uses the word Inquiry as synonymous with The Work.  She writes:

“To inquire or to investigate is to put a thought or a story up against the four questions and turnaround.  Inquiry is a way to end confusion and to experience internal peace, even in a world of apparent chaos.  Above all else, inquiry is about realizing that all the answers we ever need are always available inside us.  Inquiry is more than technique: It brings to life, from deep within us, an innate aspect of our being.  When practised for a while, inquiry takes on its own life within you.  It appears whenever thoughts appear, as their balance and mate.  This internal partnership leaves you clear and free to live as a kind, fluid, fearless, amused listener, as student of yourself, and a friend who can be trusted not to resent, criticize, or hold a grudge.  Peace and joy naturally, inevitably, and irreversibly make their way into every corner of your mind, into every relationship and experience. The process is so subtle that you may not even have any conscious awareness of it.  You may only know that you used to hurt and now you don’t.”

Loving What Is by Byron Katie – Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

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Book of The Month – April 2013

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

‘In the Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.  Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love…’

AGREEMENT 1 – BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD:

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

AGREEMENT 2 – DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY:

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

AGREEMENT 3 – DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS:

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

AGREEMENT 4 – ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST:

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

From the best-selling book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

Amazon Link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366020881&sr=1-1

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