Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PLPT Reading List – December

Currently Reading

I’m currently just about halfway through The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer. The subtitle of the book, “Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way”, indicates what the book strives to teach us to do.

We all know that our thoughts help to bring about our reality. In this book Dr. Dyer helps us to understand how to intentionally create the life that we want to experience; not by drive or determination, but by divorcing from our ego and tapping into the universal energy that allows the act of creation to take place.

That phrase might sound a little heady, but once you get into the meat of the book, it offers very practical advice. Here is an excerpt, by way of example:

Seven Steps for Overcoming Ego’s Hold on You

1. Stop being offended. The behavior of others isn’t a reason to be immobilized…Being offended creates the same destructive energy that offended you in the first place and leads to attack, counterattack and war.

2. Let go of your need to win. Ego loves to divide us up between winners and losers. The pursuit of winning is a surefire means to avoid conscious contact with intention. Why? Because ultimately, winning is impossible all of the time. Someone out there will be faster, luckier, younger, stronger and smarter—and back you’ll go to feeling worthless and insignificant.

3. Let go of your need to be right. Ego is the source of a lot of conflict and dissension because it pushes you in the direction of making other people wrong….let go of this ego-driven need to be right by asking yourself, Do I want to be right, or be happy? When you choose the happy, loving, spiritual mode, your connection to intention is strengthened.

4. Let go of your need to be superior. True nobility isn’t about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.

5. Let go of your need to have more. The mantra of the ego is more. It’s never satisfied. No matter how much you achieve or acquire, your ego will insist that it isn’t enough. You’ll find yourself in a perpetual state of striving, and eliminate the possibility of ever arriving. Yet in reality, you’ve already arrived, and how you choose to use this present moment of your life is your choice.

6. Let go of identifying yourself on the basis of your achievements. Notice it all; and be grateful for the abilities you’ve been given, the motivation to achieve, and the stuff you’ve accumulated. But give all the credit to the power of intention, which brought you into existence and which you’re a materialized part of.

7. Let go of your reputation. Your reputation is not located in you. It resides in the minds of others. Therefore you have no control over it at all. If you speak to 30 people, you will have 30 reputations… Leave your reputation for others to debate; it has nothing to do with you.

I’m learning so much, and reconnecting with some concepts that perhaps I’ve failed to apply since initially learning them. I recommend that you read this book if you’re working to create any kind of change in your life. You can purchase The Power of Intention from the PLPT Bookstore, by clicking here.


Anonymous said...

Dyer is one of those people I'm waiting to sink my teeth into. I first heard of him via blogs. Then I started to follow him on twitter...then I heard of his books in my research for school. He keeps coming back up. He's such a positive being though...I have GOT to figure out his significance in my life--repetition is always telling...

Kim Jackson said...

It happened similarly for me, Jess. I initially saw his words on a website (can't remember which). Then I would see quotes from him via The Daily Love emails. Then I followed him on Twitter. His quotes are everywhere, and very often they speak to me. So I had to finally dig into one of his books.

You'll figure out the significance when it's time!

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