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After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a better job, but it's more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the "power of intention." He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors" and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success...They don't say With my luck things won't work out. Instead, you?re more likely to hear something like, I intend to create this and I know it will work out." Connectors are also committed to Dyer's "seven faces of intention"--creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity, which he speaks to throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with five suggestions for becoming stronger connectors, such as how to monitor one's inner speech or shift out of low-energy beliefs. Some criticize Dyer for not giving credit to other teachers who offer this same message, especially Jerry and Esther Hicks (A New Beginning I) and even Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's impossible to know whether this was a deliberate omission, but it is obvious that Dyer has tapped into a growing conversation about co-creating with "source." Other leading-edge voices in this conversation include Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization ) and Lynn Grabhorn (Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting). --Gail Hudson
Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention?not as something you do?but as an energy you?re a part of. We?re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.
Part I deals with the principles of intention, offering true stories and examples on ways to make the connection. Dr. Dyer identifies the attributes of the all-creating universal mind of intention as creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive, explaining the importance of emulating this source of creativity. In Part II, Dr. Dyer offers an intention guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in daily life. Part III is an exhilarating description of Dr. Dyer?s vision of a world in harmony with the universal mind of intention.
- The vague god
There are two serious flaws in this book. The first is related to language. Words are either not defined or they are use differently than ordinary English usage. Even the word "intention" is used somewhat strangely. What exactly is this "source"? The second flaw has to do with knowing. Mr. Dyer makes many bold assertions but that's all they are - assertions. What is the basis? How does he know what he knows? Quoting from a few spiritual thinkers is not a basis for knowing. Therefore, these ideas are without a epistemological base. It appears that Mr. Dyer has sensed the presence of God and that there is eternity written in his heart. But his knowledge of God is vague and incomplete and thus appears in strange ways. It reminds me of Paul on Mars Hill commenting on the statue of the unknown God. For those who wish to read more along this line thinking I would recommend the book "Eternity in Their Hearts"....more info
- SIMPLY amazing
There's a lot of things in this book that I've heard before, having read so many spiritual/self-help books. But, for some reason it all "sunk in" when I heard it from Dr. Dyer. The idea of intention being something that we can all tap into helped me change my outlook and change my life. I highly reccommend it. Amazing things will start to happen to you....more info
- Open your mind, read this book, and prepare to be lifted
Dr. Dyer is a man possessed with the mission of lifting humanity to it's highest potential, one person at a time.
This book helped me get a grip on my spiritual path.
The fundamental premiss of the book is that you are connected to all thing. The book helps you understand and embrace that connection.
Must read....more info
- What a Wonderful Way to Deliver a Wonderful Message!
Wayne Dyer builds a bridge between science,religion, and spirituality with The Power of Intention. This is a very uplifting explanation of how and why to BE in the world. Using wonderful metaphors and stories, The Power of Intention lays out a very broad and firm foundation for everyone on the spiritual path -- whether they've been traveling the path for years, or only just begun.
In this book, Wayne Dyer uses his insight to tie together concepts that are familiar to all of us, though understood by only a few. Readers of this book will come away with a greater understanding of the power of their own thoughts and emotions to create each moment of their life -- for better or worse. Readers will also gain a deeper understanding of how their thoughts can help, or hinder, others traveling their own paths.
I think all of Wayne Dyer's books are "must reads;" but this is one of the more comprehensive and useful books yet. Great book. Five-stars....more info
- Fluffy... but passionate and substantial.
I had never been introduced to Dr. Dyer before I picked this up. I tend to listen to material like this all the time, especially at the gym.
So my initial reaction to this was, "Oh man, what kind of hoaky-fanoki who-do voodoo did I pick up".
I thought this primarily because of the delivery of the work.
Dr. Dyer speaks with passion and compassion... and I was not accustomed to his method of delivery. He is very soft spoken and generally I am not interested in listening to someone timid for any length of time.
After allowing myself to accept that he might be delivering something I really need, I just gave in and listened intently.
And I was really impressed. The material in this work is actionable. You can use it, and it works.
IMHO, overall this message puts a different package on a the concept of the "Law of Attraction".
His take on this is fresh and has subtle hints of clarity that are hard to come by.
This is great stuff even if you aren't a believer in this "type" of work.
I highly recommend it... to give you an indicator I have listened to this 8 times over the last 3 months... and have gotten something out of it every time....more info
- Wayne "Deepak" Dyer at His Spiritual Best!
THIS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE WAYNE DYER BOOK! I went through many works by this prolific author, and this is my absolute 'top'. Profound and very 'avantgarde' spiritual issues presented in a plain, accessible language: that's Wayne's notable merit in this book. One suspect, though (nothing to be worried about, don't get me wrong, but...): DEEPAK CHOPRA'S wonderful "The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire"(2003) is SURPRISINGLY similar to Dyer's "The Power of Intention"(2004). In perfect Deepak's style, every subject in his book is presented at a MUCH higher and more refined level of awareness than in whatever work by Wayne. Nevertheless, in Chopra's book everything rotates around the concept of 'Intent' --to be understood EXACTLY as the concept of 'Intention' in the book Dyer wrote one year later. Now: I know the spiritual 'genius' of Deepak Chopra is extremely influential among his colleagues, and I know Wayne Dyer used to admire the man a great deal, but isn't "The Power of Intention" a little too derivative? Well, you know what? Chopra benefits enormously from such a popular, down-to-earth interpretor of his (and of other authors, for that matter) more complex ideas. Bottom line: "The Power of Intention" is a very deep-ak (pardon: DEEP) book --easy, entertaining and yet enlightening. Go for it!...more info
- The Power of Intention
This book changed my whole attitude and way of thinking. It's one I will refer back to when I find myself out of balance. A+...more info
- PowerFull Message
A friend of mine recommended this CD and I have to say that I am really impressed with Dr. Dyer's message. He touched on so may important topics that have to do with every day life issues and lessons. I can't tell you how many times I have heard the CD since I bought it. I will definitely continue to practice his messages and will share them with family and friends.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer - Power of Intention 2 Set CD
The two CD Set is very inspirational and on the Power of Intention. Dr. Dyer entertains and informs in a way that is very relaxing and uplifting.
I recommend this set to anyone interested in self improvement....more info
The Power of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer is a book that will help you tap into the power within. It will help you stay focused on what you want rather than focusing on what you don't have. The book will help you control your thoughts. It will also help you achieve a more joyful, spiritual life. You will also learn how to tap into a universal source of energy.
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- The Power of Intention 2-CD Set
Good introduction to the Power of Intention and great reinforcement after you have read the book. He gives you all the tools needed to start changing the way you think and respond to yourself and situations. I am using the CD set over and over to help reinforce these new ideas. There is another set with more CDs but this set will do. Of course reading the book gives you a reference to go back to because you can tag the important concepts....more info
- Good Intentions
Dr. Dyer's "Intentions" are good - I believe that. I followed his recommendation and started reading the last chapter of the book - a basic narrative of people who are interconnected to the "Source." I bought the book because the doctor actually did have good things say. This is one book I had to stop reading. This is a metaphysical primer. I'm not sure if I ever met a person who lives their life with as a high degree outlined in this book. The "Source," well that's a highly blanket and speculative term. Clearly that can apply to any of the three major monotheistic religions. The reason I had to drop this book is because my mind actually went numb reading the obvious repeat language - those who are connected to the "Source" or, "connector people" over and over and over again. Dr. Dyer does mention God but not from his perspective. He does use the phrase "divine Source." The "Connector" people don't get angry, jealous, egotistical they now exactly how to live life; they have everything they need and so on. If there is an absolute good "Source" providing all our needs than there's an potent adversary, the evil "Source" that people tap into to get what they want and win all the time. Get my drift. It's a rather small book for a rather complex world and not recommended for teenagers....more info
- Great with reservations
I agree with the reviewer that had reservations about the book. Being that if what the author writes its true, that theoretically if you were to drop the book into a 3rd world country it would follow that those peoples lives would improve if they applied and accepted these truths.
To address the comment made about the Tsunami victims. Dyer in the beginning of the book, talks about how he accepts the weather as it is because it is all part of the source and the world we have been blessed to live in. So what about when disasters strike? Tornadoes, hurricanes, and people are killed by them? Dyer does not tackle these questions anywhere.
Nor does Dyer discuss why bad things happen to good people. I am not a Christen fundamentalist in the least, but at least in the Power of Positive thinking, the author talks about staying positive even through the worst of times. Dyre implies that there will not be bad times if you stay in touch with the source. Would this mean that everyone who was ever killed by a natrual disaster were not in touch with the source?
My final problem is on page 207, Dyre states that everything that has ever happened to us "This is your past, and whatever your energy level at the time, whatever your needs, whatever your station in life, you attracted the right people and events to you..." If this statement he makes is true, and everything happened in the past exactly as it should, then why am I reading his book? In other words, I thought the point for getting in touch with the source and intention was to make my life better? If nothing was ever wrong all along, then whats the point of the power of intention.
All this being said, I believe the book is outstanding, and I beg anyone to get me past my reservations above because I want to believe it...
- Gives you a second wing
This book is an extention of the realities in Dr. Dyer's life and in that of those who know how to work together with the Creator of the Un-Iniverse. This new book simply takes us to a much higher level. Dr. Israel King, Ph.D. Author of How To Keep A Man...more info
- The Bible for the 21st century
The Power of Intention should be consider the bible for the present century. It really helps us to get rid of very old belief systems that put us limits to grow spiritualy. Reading this book will help you re-evaluate your existance on earth, find your purpose and the most important is to feel so happy living this life while understanding that death is just a process and not the end. We are meant to exist forever in everlasting evolution. You will not feel lonely anymore by conecting to the endless love of the universe and God. Make a habit of meditation and you will creat the world you want...more info
- Good Intentions
Wayne Dyer is writing about good intentions from his perspective. I agree whole heartedly with what he says and I think this is one of his best works. If some of you wish to come from a negative intention, then you will reap negative rewards. I prefer to come from positive intentions because I have already proven that the positive thought process has worked so many, many times in my life. None of us has all the answers to every situation that life throws at us, but as we learn to live our lives in the best possible attitude of intentions that we can muster up, we will surely discover that life, although extremely hard at times, does have its up sides.
We can wallow in self pity for only so long and then we have to realize at some point in our lives that we have to drag ourselves up out of the mire of despair and despondency and start living a better life. A better life is at hand when we learn to set our priorities higher, live with a positive intention factor, learn to laugh instead of always whining, and reach out a helping hand to those who don't quite "get it".
Thank you Wayne Dyer for your uplifting, wonderful attitude. You have helped me get through some tough times and now I know how to set my intentions at a higher level and live a more fulfilling life, even though I still have my ups and downs, I come through them much easier and can laugh at even myself....more info
- I like the cd version
I like Wayne Dyer. Some of his books are stronger than others, but that can be said about any writer. I like this book when he presents it in front of a live audience. That is Wayne Dyer at his best. I recommend this and any other Wayne Dyer if it is a cd or dvd of a live speach. It seems more authentic and it is far far far more interesting. ps. Around the same time, Dyer's friend Deepak Chopra came out with a book (and cds) called: The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence. I see them as companions. They are saying the same things in different ways. Their ideas feed each other. And both present viewpoints that strenthen the basic premis....more info
- Pass on this one!
The best parts of this book, are quotes from other people's work.
Buy their books instead....more info
- Another powerful book
The author of this book has been helping people for decades to overcome obstacles in their lives. He teaches from the heart. This book is excellent because it shows how our intentions are the cause of our reality. Figure out what you really want and manifest it in your life. This stuff works. I know from my positive experiences.
Peace and Happiness,
Patrick Leonardi...more info
- Excellent Book
This is another one of Dr. Wayne Dyer's Excellent books. A lot of great information in here on how to live a better life, be a better person and to create the world that you desire. The cd's on the Secret to Power of Intention are excellent to listen to in your car. Wonderful lessons on how to deal with any situation that arises in your world and how to begin to change the things that you attract to you for the better. I love his quote "Change the way that you look at things and the things that you look at change" Soooo true. I have read several of his books and have several of his cd's and his has taught me many lessons to live a better life.
He teaches you to turn every situation into a positive one and how to look at all aspects of every situation to be more of an accepting person. This really changes your world.
All of his material is life changing. ...more info
- You have more power than you think
I disagree with others' reviews that Dyer is a pseudo-evangelist or preachy, etc. He uses words like "God," "Source" and "Universe" interchangeably, not because he is diminishing their "value" as words, but because in his view they mean the same thing but a person who does not believe in "God," per se, may not feel comfortable thinking of "God" as a higher power. The bottom line is that these are words. Arbitrary definitions of concepts that are difficult at best to explain using human vocabulary and logic.
The deeper, and I believe more important message from the book, is that we have more power over ourselves than we think we do. We just don't tap into it. Whether you believe that your power comes from within yourself or "God," "Source," whatever, is irrelevant, at least in my opinion. Dyer believes we are connected to God/Source because we were created in that image. Therefore, we are a "piece of God" as he says. We are not God ourselves, but if we attempt to tap into the gifts we were given, we will see that power manifest more and more.
I have personally used visualization to manifest something that eventually happened in my life. After reading this book I was more convinced that I can learn to stop letting others control me. People are so worried about everything everyone else thinks about them. We spend so much time obsessing over other people or things we have no control over, that we waste valuable time and energy that could be better spent living out our passions. Dyer teaches the reader to be grateful, even for the hard times. If you've read Eckhart Tolle's books, he echoes much of what Tolle rights, except in much less complex language. If you have read about Law of Attraction and/or The Secret, then this book is an excellent supplement to that as well.
Dyer's main message is that you don't have to live your life for other people, you don't have to live your life hoping and wishing that things could be better. You don't have to worry all the time about things that will probably never happen. He encourages the reader to "untrain" our brains into thinking about the good stuff. If you keep thinking about the bad stuff, then you'll just keep getting more of it. He wants you to feel good. Isn't that what we all want? Doesn't mean you are God. Doesn't mean you hurt other people to get what you want. Doesn't mean you think about something and the next day it shows up. You have to work at it. It's a process. But it can and will work. I feel SO much more calm, positive, centered, and focused after reading books like this and Tolle, and doing meditation (not Dyer's--I recommend "The Secret Mediation" by Kelly Howell). Recently my Mom even said she couldn't get over how relaxed I seemed, how different (in a good way). I told her, "I can choose to be angry and bitter or I can choose to make the best out of a difficult situation." And you know what? The more I thought that, the more I felt it. It does work--you just have to stop holding yourself back.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by life, if you "what if" everything to death, etc. this is a great book to read. ...more info
- banal and old-guy lecturing
I agree with a lot of readers this is some wanna-manifest-$ guy rewording other people's great thoughts. I have another work by Dyer and have never cared for his old-white-guy-type lecturing "what you need to do...". I also bought a book for which he had written a snippet review for ('end of the universe...'? by Renard) where he predicted it would be one of most spiritually revolutionary books...blah blah blah. But it's not true - in the least - and I would be surprised if Dyer even read the book. I feel instead he participates in that ugly Hay House nepotistic-marketing where they force their authors to promote all Hay House authors regardless of quality. There's so much good work out there that is engaging and not so lecturing - get those!...more info
- An amazing book which will change your life
I read this book during the last year of my Ph.D. and wrote my dissertation. This book changes my perception of the world and incredibly brought me to the finish line of the program. It's the power of a mysterious force. ...more info
- I found it metaphysical.
Based on the good reviews I read about this book, I thought that it worth to be read, however I has a difficult time to understand what he means, it has nothing to do with other self-improvement books like the seven habits by Stephen Covey, Life Strategies by Phillip C. McGraw, or Optimal Thinking by Rosalene Glickman.
Anyway Mr Wayne Dyer has disillusioned me after reading one of his books for the first time. ...more info
- The man who knows too little
This is without a doubt the most boring piece of tripe I have ever read! The title "The power of intention" should be changed to "the power of my ego". For one, Dyer rehashes stuff from previous books over, and over, and over.....I figure he just wants to keep making bucks by trying to convince everyone he is evolved. Secondly, the Power of Intention as he describes it sounds very much like positive thinking vs. power of the mind to create reality. Even if I misunderstand his "intention" how is it that so many people in the world are unable to tap into this and create a life free of disease, or hunger, or abuse? I liked Dyer better before he became evolved!! In his first book, "your erroneous zones" he at least put forth the ideas that actually represent who he is: someone who wants what he wants. I found that book more useful because it encouraged us to ditch useless thought patterns that hold us back. Wake up Wayne!! This psudo-religious stuff you're into now is an act. ...more info
- Interesting read
Nice read, deliberately vague at the beginning, need to read on to understand his meaning. interesting premise, good read, but could be more engaging. ...more info
- The Rantings of a Televangelist on Paper.
If you put in a bag the words spirit, intention, field, God, source & intelligence, and then shook the bag you would recreate this book The Power of Intention which for all intents and purposes is nothing more than the workings of an undisciplined mind. The introduction and opening chapters hold promise filled as they are with profound quotations and based on the premise that mind can effect matter through intention. But the reader is quite soon struck by the realization that he is bearing witness to the rantings of a televangelist.
Indeed throughout this book we are told things like "God is writing this book through me"; "Trust yourself as a piece of God"; "Practice Japa meditation or the repetition of the sound of God" and most peculiar, "Even an atheist doesn't have to believe in God to experience God".
The central problem with the good doctor's thesis is taking the now extensively documented scientific evidence for the human ability to influence the physical world through conscious thought and intention and linking this to a literal "field of intention" emanating from a supreme being. He cites for example Lynne McTaggart's book The Field, one predicated on finding the science behind this human ability. Yet nowhere in this or in her later book The Intention Experiment does the word God appear in its indexes.
Dr. Dyer wants us to believe that "everything in the universe has intention built into it". This omnipresence has `seven faces' the essence of which is that God loves you. This logic leads to the notion that there is an all creating universal mind of intention indeed an `original designer' for all manifestation and we can connect to it or intend to come into being any experience or thing we want for ourselves simply by choice. Willpower, drive and perseverance is replaced since our goals all pre-exist: think them and they will appear. There is no need for the concept of evolution in this world where the Flint Stone's are a documentary in which humans and dinosaurs exist simultaneously each a mere choice to experience on the world stage.
As part of this religious drama the author puts forth the absurd contention that the higher octaves on a piano are better than the lower ones because higher pitches vibrate faster and are therefore more spiritually informed. This medicine of higher pitch applies to musical character as well: "Harsh pounding musical vibrations with repetitive, loud sounds lower your energy level and weaken your ability to make conscious contact with intention." Pg. 75. We must now burn all recordings of Igor Stravinsky and Bruce Springsteen.
Within Dr. Dyer's `gated community' of the mind and spirit his cartoon for living includes banning commercial & cable television, alcohol in any form, choosing alkaline rather than acidic foods and also finding people who are connected to God. Yoga, massage, and visits to monasteries and geriatric centers are advised. Dyer seems to treat emotions in the very Baroque sense, a historical period when nature of all kinds was to be controlled and molded into various contrivances: Palace hedges cut in the shape of animals, each emotion distinct from another, thought and feeling, mind and body polar opposites. The ego itself so intrinsic to healthy personality development subject to mental jujitsu surgically cutting out the `bad' parts.
Central to this author's misperception is the notion that phenomena like emotions or musical compositions can be reduced to distinct singular properties. On the contrary nothing is more complex than an emotion nuanced by all manner of shadings, multiple meanings and quite non-static impacts that evolve and change as we process them. It is simply preposterous to advocate music devoid of low vibrations and repetitive rhythm. Equally so to strive for a constant state of happiness in a Disneyesque world scripted by Steven Spielberg.
Having produced over 30 books Dyer's chapters in this one take on a boring formulaic style concluding each and every one with a multiple step program for change and for summarizing chapter contents. My advice to prospective readers of this book is to direct every one of your own steps away from making this purchase....more info
- Believe what you want to happen in life, and it will happen
A firm believer in the above, I have used the Power of Intention to decide what I want in life, write it down look at it and tell myself everyday that it will happen. I have accomplished many things in life by by applying the principles in this book. Dyer hits all the points in how to apply these principles to your everyday life and dreams.
Rebecca D. Turner author of "Tattoo" a business book, read it-grow your business-enjoy your life!!Tattoo ...more info
- Keep looking back at it
I just finished reading this book which was given to me by a friend. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I think there are some very obvious techniques, and certainly not all of this information is new (The Secret, The AMazing Power of Deliberate Intent, A New Earth, ect, but this is very concise about how to train your mind to relanguage things. By relanguage things, I mean to look for the positive, or at least an appeasing explanation for things to snap you out of bad feelings, stress, anger, whatever. One of my favorite stories is of a grandfather talking to his grandson telling him" I have two wolves barking insode of me. The first wolf is filled with anger, hatred, bitterness, and mostly revenge. The second wolf is filled with love, kindness, compassion, and mostly forgiveness." The grandson asks "Which wolf do you think will win?" To which the grandfather responds 'Whichever one I feed". THere are many nuggets throughout and you can focus on one area of your life at a time or just determine a new way of being who you are, or at least who you were meant to be. ...more info
- Not worth it
When I first purchased this book, I wasn't expecting any great revelations, having read various and sundry books relevant to this genre. However, I was interested in any little tidbits I might be able to glean, and though there were some in this book, the author managed to put me off with what seemed very like arrogance couched in humility.
Two sections of the book especially stand out. In one, he talks about being on the beach when a Japanese tourist drowns. He says he can see her spirit and that she seems so peaceful, and then he prays for her. My question was, if she was so peaceful, why did she need his prayers? That just seemed arrogant. Another section was so over the top that I finally stopped reading the book: He talks about a man who used the power of intention to impregnate his wife. This man became so full of himself he believed he could make any woman pregnant just by "intending" it, and he sounded as if he thought he was the second coming of Christ. The bald-faced, sexist arrogance of this part of the book was breathtaking and nauseating.
My overall impression was that this author, while he has some good (though not original) ideas, is no master of his craft. He may talk the talk, but his ego barely fits through the door....more info
- Sound and fury
Fortunately, I've known one of Wayne Dyer's wives (out of 4?), who he treated as a posession --- no leaving the hotel while he's working, no socializing without him, no learning to drive, and other emotional abuse.
Just wanted you'all to know what a phoney he is.
If someone gets some help out of his messages, it's in spite of him. Kindness is great, but know that you can be kind/generous/peaceful/etc without Wayne's inspiration --- aka guru complex. I think hi$ Hawaii e$tate $um$ it up -- it's a great gig if you can get it.
Skip Wayne, and go straight for the Dalai Lama, Geri Larkin's 'Stumbling Toward Enlightenment', or any of the 'regular folks' who make a more honest living.
Wayne Dyers books have been a mainstay for me all these years. His books help one to clarify fuzzy thinkin and make positive changes. Along with Deepak Chopra and Esther Hicks and of course The One Command by Asara Lovejoy....more info