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INTRODUCTION
Dr. Wayne Dyers 10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace is a truly remarkable book. In recent years there
has been an explosion in popular self help and success books all of which promote the cultivation of certain
attitudes such as setting goals, persisting, working hard and being enthusiastic.
In this book Dr. Dyer goes beyond all that. His main focus is not in cultivating attitudes as much as it is in
really nding yourself and your own way in this world. The aim is not success according to someone elses
denition, but rather success on your terms. The aim is for you to get your life on purpose and to live and
create for yourself the kind of life that you were destined to live. In this brief summary you will soon discover
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10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace


Book by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In this bestselling book, Dr. Dyer discusses the principles that he believes are essential in creating
for ourselves a life that is not only successful, but also lled with a deep sense of inner peace. These
10 powerful principles are ideas that each and every one of us can use and put into practice in our
own lives to create for ourselves the kind of life we really want to live. We all want to have a sense of
peace in our lives and we want to feel like we have a sense of purpose. But, so often we get caught
up in trying to t in by doing the things we are told to do, whats expected of us and to be a good
person and to have success in material terms.
These principles are not about that. The most important thing that any person can have in their life
is a sense of inner peace and a sense of feeling that you are a successful human being who is living
the kind of life you were destined to live. These principles represent the most important and signicant things any person can gather into their life. They are very practical and are things we can work
on every day of our lives.
Although they are principles for success, they are not about what other people think you should be.
They are about living the life that YOU were destined to live and fullling YOUR sense of purpose as
a human being. Its about looking within and connecting with God, that great Source that keeps us
all living and breathing in a fully functioning way.
This summary reects the ideas of the best selling book (published by Hay House) with additional
comments from the recorded live presentation that Dr. Dyer delivered on these principles. This summary is a great reference to help you implement and apply these principles in your daily life to create
for yourself the life that you ultimately desire to have. These principles work, but only if you commit
to them and make a daily effort to absorb them into your life and your way of being.
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Secret #1: Have a Mind that is Open to Everything and Attached to Nothing.
Secret #2: Dont Die with Your Music Still in You.
Secret #3: You Cant Give Away What You Dont Have.
Secret #4: Embrace Silence.
Secret #5: Give Up your Personal History.
Secret #6: You Cant Solve a Problem with the Same Mind that Created It.
Secret #7: There are No Justied Resentments.
Secret #8: Treat Yourself as if You Already Are What Youd Like To Be.
Secret #9: Treasure Your Divinity.
Secret #10: Wisdom is Avoiding All Thoughts that Weaken You.

SECRET #1
Have A Mind That Is Open To Everything And Attached To Nothing:
This rst secret comes from Telopa (Tailopa) a Vedantic scholar from the 1st century who said:
Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing. This secret encapsulates a very
powerful and empowering attitude to adopt in life which is to live by the philosophy that no one
knows enough to be a pessimist. How can anyone be a pessimist in a world where we really know
so little about life and everything in the universe. It was Rumi who said Sell your cleverness and
purchase bewilderment. When we close our minds to what is possible for us (and for humanity), we
close off the genius that resides within us.
Having an open mind means that you open yourself up to the potential and the possibility that anything and everything is possible even that which you consider to be impossible. We are born with
innite possibilities, yet so many of our choices remain unexplored because of our conditioning to
stay safe and with what we know. It sounds easy to say have an open mind but when you think
about all the conditioning in your life and how many of your choices are inuenced by your beliefs,
your parents, your schooling, the color of your skin ex. then it becomes evident that much of what
you think is the function of what your particular tribe prescribed for you.
When you have a mind that is open, you open yourself up completely even to other points of view.
There seems to be an attitude that is rampant in our culture where people are walking around looking for reasons to be offended. The truth is that there will always be reasons to be offended if are
looking for it. Its everywhere in the news, you neighbors, your in-laws ex.
A mind that is open to everything is never looking for a reason to be offended. You are open to a
different point of view without any judgment and you simply see it as a different and an interesting
point of view that you maybe never considered before. Remember that no one knows enough to be
a pessimist. Do we really know whats wrong or right, what works or not? Just look at the placeboeffect to see that anything can work and that our beliefs seem to play a more important role than
anything else. With an open mind you would be able to explore new territories that you previously
might not even have considered. These might be the very things you need in your life.
Being open minded means that you are open to ALL of it especially those ideas that you would
previously have blown of or considered as crazy. Let go of your attachments to what youve been
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trained to believe. Whether something is possible or impossible, either way you will be right.
All progress in humanity relies on people who were open minded. It is in considering the impossible
or the absurd that those highly functioning individuals were able to advance humanity. Progress
is impossible if you keep doing what youve always done and being open minded compels you to
re-look things and in doing so you can nd new avenues for making progress, regardless of what it
is in your life.
The second part of Telopas secret is to be attached nowhere. Being attached means to believe
that if I cant do this or that I will become immobilized. The best example of this is in relationships. If
you are in a relationship with your other half then all you have is two half people. Being detached
means that you are whole and happy with and by yourself and that you dont need anyone else to
make you happy. This is why most peoples relationships dont work because they are relying on
someone else to make them happy.
Your attachments are the source of all your problems. The need to be right and to be the best ex.
are all part of your ego, but your spiritual aspect will help to expose the folly of attachment. Often its
our impatient demands that keeps us from the inner peace we desire at the deepest level. There is a
saying from A Course In Miracles that Innite patients produces immediate results. This apparent
paradox implies a certainty in the outcome which is why we often get attached. With innite patients
the immediate result is inner peace and with inner peace we can create and even transcend the
need to have things different to the way they are.
As long as you are attached to anything, you will always be at the mercy of it and you will always rely
on something outside yourself for your own happiness.

SECRET #2
Dont Die with Your Music Still in You:
Theres just one life for each of us: our own. - EURIPIDES
You are a part of a universal intelligent system; a life-force that orchestrates everything in this universe. You showed up here in the body that you inhabit at exactly the right time and you will also
leave at exactly the right time. In this intelligent system everything works in perfect harmony and
there are no accidents. You showed up here for a reason and you t perfectly into this intricate system called life.
Your heart (your soul) is the essence of who you are. Each and every one of us have a left brain and
a right brain. While your left brain calculates, reasons, analyzes and thinks with logic, your right brain
goes beyond the logic. It allows you to feel and experience through emotions. It is your right brain
that will always lead you passionately to your purpose.
Your purpose in life is like a nagging little creature that sits on your shoulder, urging you to get on
with what you came here to do to fulll your purpose. Your intuitive inner voice will always urge you
to play the music that you hear deep down inside so that you wont die without playing it.
The challenge is that your left brain tends to step in with its logic telling you not to take risks and
warning you about failure and the prospect of disappointing others. If you continue to ignore this still
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quiet voice it keeps turning up the volume, trying to get you to listen. This often takes on the form of
an illness or an accident or being red from your stiing job ex. If you listen only to your left brain you
end up getting up every morning following the crowd just paying your bills and getting by.
Listen to your invisible companion and express the music that only you can hear and ignore what
everybody else thinks you should be doing. Do what you know you have to do to feel whole, complete and like you are fullling your destiny. You will never be at peace as long as you dont play your
music. Let the world know why you are here and do it with passion.
What is you heroic mission? Are you doing what YOU came here to do? You might be living a comfortable life by merely tting in and playing life by someone elses rules, but you will never fulll your
passion that way.
Your purpose, your passion, is that which stirs your soul and regardless of what it is, you can make
a living doing it while simultaneously providing a service for others. The only thing that will keep you
from taking this leap is fear, especially fear of failure. Ironically failure does not exist its only a
personal judgment. When you take action you always produce results and whether you call it success or failure is all up to you.
Take the risks! You cannot fail. Listen to your heart and play the unique brand of music that is within
you.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music he hears, however measured
or far away. - RALF WALDO EMERSON

SECRET #3
You Cant Give Away What You Dont Have:
As ridiculous as it may sound, we simply cannot give away what we dont have. This is quite easy to
understand when it comes to something physical, but as soon as we think of something intangible,
we tend to see right past this principle. If what we have inside is anger, fear, resentment ex. then
these will be all that we have to give away.
By becoming more loving towards yourself, you will attract more positive energy and gradually this
attitude will extend to other people. Consider this metaphor: If you squeeze an orange what do you
get? Orange juice because thats whats inside an orange. When someone squeezes you (by putting pressure on you) what comes out of you? The answer is that what you are full of is what will
come out of you. Its not the person doing the squeezing, but whats inside that will come out.
There is an absolute law in the universe, The Law Of Attraction that says we get back from the universe what we put out there. If what you put out is I am not worthy of attracting what I want into my
life, then the universe will respond with exactly the same message you are not worthy.
Because of this, people tend to keep attracting the same things into their lives over and over again.
They keep sending out the same message and wonder why they keep attracting the same things.
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The ocean of abundance is out there available to all of us. You can take a big truck and ll it up
20 times a day without making any impact on this ocean of abundance OR you can take a little eye
dropper and take only that amount once a month and say this is all thats available to me. Its all
available to you and it was written in the Holy Books that All that I have is thine. Abundance is not
reserved for the lucky or the chosen few. But, if you believe that it is and that its availability is
limited then you will only create that exact same experience of lack in your life.
If your message to the universe is one that says gimme, gimme, gimme then the universe will
respond with exactly the same request right back at you and say now you gimme, gimme, gimme
and you will always nd yourself struggling and always striving but never arriving because you are
always looking to get something. Your purpose in life is not to accumulate anything because in the
end you cant take anything with you when you leave your form. All you get to keep is what you give
away.
So how do you nd your purpose? Its not so much something you nd as it is something that you
connect to and you do this by being of service. How can you give away to others that love and burning passion thats deep inside you regardless of what it is? Discovering your purpose is a process
and you will continue to seek it through different stages of your life. The more you pursue your own
goals and self interest the more it will allude you. The more you seek ways to contribute and make
a difference, the more your purpose will be connected to you. Always remember that your purpose
is about giving and not about getting.
When you shift your energy from getting and unto giving, everything changes. When you stop looking at whats in it for me and start looking at ways to serve, to give and to help, it all starts coming
back to you. The universe responds in exactly the same way with what can I give to you.
Take an inventory of your life and look at what you DO have. The love, the peace, the joy, the abundance ex. and start to give that away and just see how much more of it will come back into your life.
Whatever you want in life, nd it within yourself and give it away. Realize that ultimately you cannot
give away what you do not have within yourself. Everything that you want is available to you in that
invisible world of thought; in the spiritual dimension.

SECRET #4
Embrace Silence:
Blaise Pascals famous observation that All mans miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly
in a room by himself. still rings true today, especially in the noisy world we live in. The average person has more than 60 000 thoughts a day which leaves very little space for silence. Yet, that space
between our thoughts are pure silence and learning to quiet our minds will help us to connect with
God. Be still and know that I am God it is said in the Bible.
Mother Teresa described silence and its relationship to God by saying God is the friend of silence.
See how nature trees, grass, grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move
in silenceWe need silence to be able to touch souls.
This includes your own soul. Everything thats created comes from silence and your very essence
emerged from this emptiness called silence Gods one and only voice is silence. Your sense of
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inner peace depends on spending some of your life energy on creating silence within yourself. It is
the way to get to know God and to remove tension and anxiety from your life.
One of the most effective ways to create silence in your life is through the practice of meditation
which is nothing but making time to sit quietly alone. (note: Dr. Dyer has 2 audio programs available on meditation: Getting in The Gap & Meditations for Manifesting which are both excellent
guided meditations). Meditation is immensely powerful for it not only affects you, but it also affects
those people around you. You will start to radiate a calmness and peacefulness thats infectious and
it will help you to deect any negativity that might come your way.
Through meditation you can make conscious contact with God. You simply cannot really KNOW God
through the testimony or experience of others. Silence is a vehicle with which you can get to experience the unity and indivisibility of God its a vehicle through which you can go from knowing about
God to knowing God personally.
It is in this quiet inner space that everything is created and it is the source of inspiration in your life.
Silence is where manifestation occurs. When it comes to all those things you wish to create in your
life, its important to keep your ego out of it keep it to yourself and keep it in that quiet inner space
of peace and remain in that serenity that silence brings.

SECRET #5
Give Up Your Personal History:
Florence Farr once said to me, If we could say to ourselves,
with serenity, Thy passing moment is as good as any I shall ever
know, we could die upon the instant and be united with God.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Giving up your personal history is a lesson learned from Carlos Casteneda who said that one day
he realized that he no longer needed a personal history. Just like drinking he gave it up and that and
only that made all the difference in the world. The wonderful truth in giving up your personal history
is that if you havent got a story then you dont have to live up to it.
All of us carry around bags of manure called our past (our personal history) and we tend to bond
to the people, the events and the circumstances from our past to the extent that we bond to it and
even identify ourselves with it. Every now and again we reach into the bags of manure and smear it
all over ourselves and then we wonder why our lives smell so bad?
Its important to learn to merge yourself into the present moment. People tend to get so caught up
in the past that it becomes their present moment experience of life. This keeps them locked up in
something that doesnt even exist. The past is over and no amount of guilt will ever change that.
If you are held hostage by something from the past (something thats over) then the solution is to
give up your personal history. One of the most important lessons that Dr. Dyer learned from one of
his teachers was that you will never truly know God unless you give up the past and the future and
merge totally into now because God is always here, now.
The way to do it is not to simply walk away from it because if you do that you will always know that
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is still back there you will always still have an attachment to it because you can still look back at
it. The way to do it is to take your past and embrace it. You accept it fully as yours and you see it as
something that you had to go through in order to get to where you are right now. This doesnt mean
that you have to feel guilty or blame yourself. It simply is and the evidence for it is the fact that it
happened and you dont need anymore evidence than that. Embrace it, own it and understand that
it happened for a reason even if you dont understand it right now.
Alan Watts illustrates this principle beautifully with his analogy of a boat cruising downstream and
you are standing on the stern looking at the wake that the boat leaves behind as it moves through
the water. The wake is just a trial that is left behind. So is the wake of your life its just a trial that
is left behind and the wake does not make the boat move through the water. Your life is not going in
the direction it is going in because of the wake (your past).
Remove all the labels youve placed on yourself for they only negate you. You are not what youve
done, what youve been or what others think of you. Labels are only indications of your limitations
and when you give up your personal history you can give up these limitations.

SECRET #6
You Cant Solve A Problem With The Same Mind That Created It:
A man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error. - CICERO
The opening lines of both The Torah and The Bible states that God created everything and that what
God created was GOOD. If all that God created was good, then bad simply doesnt exist. A Course
In Miracles suggests that you dont have problems you only think that you do.
In the world of spirit problems simply dont exist. When your spiritual connection is weak you move
away from spirit and your mind creates the illusion of your separateness from spirit and the results
are problems. All your problems are nothing but a spiritual decit and there is indeed a spiritual solution to all your problems. When you change your mind you will solve any problem you might think
you have. (see Dr. Dyers book Theres A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem)
Your thoughts are the source of everything in your life. All your relationships, for instance only exist
in your mind. It is in your mind that you carry them around with you regardless of whether you are
with the person or not. The same is true for everything else in your life. Everything in this universe
simply is. It is your thoughts about it that turns it into problems.
If God is everywhere, then there is nowhere where God is not. God is therefore with you at all times.
It is only your belief in your separateness from God that creates the attitudes called problems. Like
light dissolves darkness, spirit always dissolves problems. Resolve to believe in your connectedness to God and hand all your problems over to your higher self.
You have to quite literally rewrite your agreement with reality by always staying connected to God.
Then, wherever you go and whatever you do will radiate your God consciousness. Start at once
to see yourself not as a person who has problems, but rather as a person who resolves problems.
There are 3 levels of consciousness against which we can measure ourselves. They act as a good
indication of our connectedness to God. Remember that when you are connected to God, problems
dissolve.
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The First Level is Ego Consciousness:


This is the lowest level of consciousness in which your primary concern is your personality and
your body. You are always in competition, striving for success and measuring yourself against other
people. Theres a strong belief in your separateness from everyone else, from everything else and
from God. Ego consciousness is very demanding and makes inner peace impossible. The results
are usually despair, anger, hatred, stress and depression. When you move beyond your ego and
make your higher self the dominant force in your life you will start to feel inner peace and success.
The Second Level is Group Consciousness:
This is similar to ego consciousness, but you suppress your individual ego and join a larger group
a religion, a heritage, a political party, a family ex. You are required to think and act in a certain
way, adopt their viewpoints, love what they love, hate what they hate ex. In group consciousness
you are often (unconsciously) part of their destructive ideas, actions and beliefs only to justify it by
hiding behind the group.
The Third Level Is Mystical Consciousness:
The highest consciousness is characterized by being problem free and totally connected. You feel
a sense of unity with all and everything and you realize that you are not what you have, accomplish
or what others think of you. You can see problems for the illusions that they really are and your life
is one of serene harmony with everything.

SECRET #7
There Are No Justied Resentments:
This is a very difcult thing for people to get. Most of us have resentments in our life either resentments we harbor or resentments that are aimed at us. It is important to realize that no matter what
anger or negativity or hate that comes your way NONE of it is justied.
If you carry around resentment about anything or anyone, especially those people who have wronged
you most, you are harmed more than them. We tend to justify certain resentments for ourselves in
our minds people think they have the right to be resentful because of the way they were treated.
The truth is that these resentments will always create despair within you and learning to avoid this is
one of the most important principles for inner peace. What starts off as a way of punishing someone
else (the resentment) only ends up punishing you.
No one ever dies from a snake bite. It is the venom that continues to pour through your system after
the bite that eventually kills you. It is never what others do to you that kills you, but it is the venom
(the resentments) that you allow to pour through you that kills you.
Take a look at your life right now and look at all those justied resentments that you have. You have
to learn to send blame out of your life regardless of what it is. By learning to do this you will be able
to get to this rst level of spiritual riches. Regardless of what it is in your life, whether it be nancial
difculties, relationship problems, disease or whatever you blame; you have to stop blaming it and
accept responsibility for it - even if you are not directly at fault.
So many people spend their live looking for reasons to be offended, but by learning to not be offended gives you control over how you feel at every moment you are alive. When you stop judging
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other people you will get to know inner peace. A peaceful person attracts peaceful energy and you
wont know God unless you are at peace because God is peace. Learn to send peace, love, forgiveness and kindness to whatever comes your way NO resentment. Theres a Chinese proverb that
says if you are going to seek revenge, you better dig two graves. Your resentments will only destroy
YOU even though they are aimed at someone else.
The story is told of an enlightened master who was known for always responding with love and kindness despite criticism, judgment and ridicule. He said that If someone offers you a gift and you do
not accept it, to whom does the gift belong? If someone offers you anger, guilt, insult ex. and you
refuse to accept it, to whom does it belong?
Forgiveness will free you from resentments (even if they are justied). Forgiveness is at the centre
of virtually all spiritual practices and it is probably the most healing thing you can do in your life. Love
and forgiveness will inspire you to work at what you are for rather than what you are against and help
shift your attention to that which empowers you. (see principle #10)

SECRET #8
Treating Yourself As If You Already Are What You Would Like To Become:
First say to yourself what you would be, and
then do what you have to do. EPICTETUS
We all have some vision for ourselves and its usually something different from what and where we
currently are. The challenge for most people is that they are blinded and sometimes trapped by what
they are right now. The solution is to get out in front of your life and look back and see yourself as
already having and being what you would like to become.
When you start to act as if what youd like to be is already real, then you set in motion the very forces
that will collaborate with you to make your dreams a reality. Through the world of spirit we can access anything that appears to be missing from our lives and the way we do this is to get inspired
(to be in-spirit). When you start to deliberately place your thoughts on what youd like to be, you
become inspired.
More than 2000 years ago, Ptanjali wrote very passionately about inspiration and he suggested that
when we are inspired all our thoughts break their bonds and that our consciousness expands in all
directions. Dormant forces will come alive and you will discover yourself to be a greater person by
far than you ever imagined yourself to be. Whatever it is that you want in your life start to act as if
and those dormant forces will come alive and start to collaborate with you. Whatever it takes for you
to make the experience as real as possible do it! Visualize it, collect pictures, rehearse it
Acting as if is not about being deceitful or being fake, but rather about creating a silent agreement
with God in which you work WITH the forces of the universe to create for yourself the kind of life you
ultimately desire. You are entitled to a life of joy, love and happiness and you have a right to have
success and inner peace in your life.
On a more practical level, you start to expect the best and you start to look for whats right (instead
of the normal pessimism) and you start to look out for whats good and right with your partner, your
kids and everyone around you. The universe simply is the way it is and you get to make it the way
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you choose for it to be. We tend to believe in coincidences and random events, but in this universe
there are no coincidences. As you start to place your attention on what you DO want, you can start
to work with these coincidences to manifest what you want in your life.
Through your attention you can put the law of attraction into motion and soon you will see how
the mysteries of coincidences and synchronicity starts to conspire with you in many unimaginable
ways. What you think about expands and by deliberately shifting your thoughts you can affect what
expands in your life. You are connected to God (you cannot not be) and therefore you are a Divine
force that not just experience synchronicity, but someone who actually orchestrates it.
Treating yourself as if starts as a thought and moves into emotion and eventually into action. This is
not only true for yourself and what you want, but also for other people. Start to treat them as if they
are what you expect from them and expect the best from everybody and just see how they live up to
these expectations. What you believe is whats real to you and pretty soon you will start seeing the
manifestation of your beliefs everywhere.
Start to shift your attention from whats wrong unto whats right; to what you DO want and above
all, expect it to show up. Treat everything that comes your way with a sense of anticipation and an
expectation that its part of the manifestation of your desire and soon it will be so!

SECRET #9
Treasure Your Divinity:
You are a Divine creation of God. You can never be separate from that which created you. Try and
think of God not as a person, but rather as a presence. The same presence that sprouts a seed, that
moves the stars across the sky and also moves a thought across your mind.
Think of God as the ocean and yourself as a glass (container). When you dip your glass into the
ocean you have a glass of God and although its not as big and powerful as the ocean, its still God.
When you separate a drop of water from the ocean its weak and will ultimately evaporate. The secret of treasuring your divinity is to be united with God. As soon as you separate yourself you loose
the power of your source; that power which will allow you to create in your life exactly what you
desire and to experience the joy of being alive.
One of the main reasons why we tend to separate ourselves from our Source is because of our ego.
The ego is the idea that you have of yourself the idea that you are what you do and what you
have. The ego insists that you are separate from everything thats missing in your life and that you
have to spend a great deal of energy chasing that which is missing. In the world of ego, God exists
outside of you as someone to fear and it keeps you petried of your own divinity.
You are a piece of God. You are not your body or your personality or any of your accomplishments.
You are a piece of the Divine Intelligence that creates everything in the universe. Remember that
there are no accidents. You are an integral part of this divine force the ever present power of love.
Rely on this source by always reminding yourself that it also includes you.
You are a piece of God who showed up here at exactly the right moment and you will leave at exactly
the right moment. The divine intelligence that creates everything makes no mistake and the entire
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- 10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer -

universe exists in perfection you are a miraculous part of it. Every time you experience guilt, fear,
hate , anxiety or self-rejection you are denying your divinity and along with it your connection to
God.

SECRET #10
Wisdom is Avoiding All Thoughts that Weaken You:
Nothing is unless our thinking makes it so. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Every thought that you have will either weaken or strengthen you. Negative thoughts weaken you
and authentic wisdom is the ability to monitor yourself at all times and shift from thoughts that
weaken you to thoughts that strengthen you. These principles are beautifully illustrated by Davis
Hawkins, M.D in his book Power vs. Force where he provides scientic proof for demonstrating how
thoughts can either strengthen or weaken us.
Thoughts of force (negative/destructive) always require a counter force and usually a battle that only
weakens you. Power thoughts on the other hand, always strengthen you because it never makes
any demands on you theres no counter force. Thoughts that weaken you weaken your entire body.
According to Power vs. Force, shame is one of the thoughts that weaken you most and therefore
forgiving yourself is one of the most empowering things you can do. Even if you use guilt tactics to
get someone else to conform to your way of thinking, you will only be creating a weak person.
To live in guilt is to use up your present moments being immobilized by whats already passed. No
amount of guilt can ever undo whats been done. Through the empowering thoughts of love and
respect for yourself you can release guilt. Dont wallow in past mistakes vow instead to be better
than you used to be.
Thoughts of apathy, fear and anger also weaken you. Every moment of every day presents you with
unlimited options for living life fully and being truly connected to life. Your own mind is your kingdom
of limitless potential. Dont allow fear to drag you down. It creates hate which creates resentment
which weakens and immobilizes you.
A simple and very effective way to handle fear is to turn it over to God with these words: I dont know
how to deal with this, but I know I am connected to You, the miraculous creative force in the universe.
Ill move my ego out of the way and turn it over to you.
Wisdom is avoiding ALL thoughts that weaken you and anger is very weakening. It creates violence
and vengeance that moves you away from peace, yet anger is often seen as anormal (and justied)
emotion in our society. When you shift to thoughts that strengthen you, you move into a positive
vibration and you become strong. What you think about is the source of your experience of reality
you become what you think about and even your body responds to your thoughts (of which the
Placebo-effect is a great illustration).
Thoughts of peace, joy, love and acceptance will empower you for they dont create a counter force
and it stems from a willingness to allow the world to be as it is. This will create a sense of inner bliss
within you. Ultimately you are the master of your thoughts and every moment that you are alive you
choose your thoughts. Your mind is yours to control and it is your corner of freedom in life. Choose
to avoid those thoughts that weaken you and you will know what true wisdom is.
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- The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren -

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