The Power by Rhonda Byrne
September 13th, 2010
We all know about the book, The Secret, which was a worldwide phenomenon that introduced the masses to the concept of the “The Law of Attraction”. This book is the follow up to The Secret called The Power.
For some this may be considered a bit “new agey”, “woo woo” or way out there. But the underlying theme that love is the most powerful force in the universe and that all can be healed by approaching with love was fascinating to me. There are great quotes from thought leaders throughout history that are interspersed throughout the book to highlight the points and inspire the reader. Such as this
“Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works whether we accept it or not.” Mahatma Gandhi
She begins the book with the statement, “You are meant to have an amazing life.” Well what a great thought that all of us are meant to have all our days filled with joy, excitement, passion and great things. She claims that through love she will show us how to achieve this. Again the fact that you can change your life by changing your thoughts and feelings is the pivotal point of the book. Give positive thoughts and feelings and you will change your entire life.
But this begs the question “How do you know whether your thoughts are positive or negative? According to Byrne your thoughts are positive when they are thoughts of what you want and love! And negative thoughts are thoughts of what you don’t want and love. It is that simple and that easy. You have to talk about what you love, to bring what you love to you.
The Power of Love
The opening chapter discusses the concept of love as the most powerful force in the universe. The message is that everything you want to be, do or have comes from love. That whatever you give out in life is what you will receive back. And that life doesn’t happen to you; you receive everything in your life based on what you have given. Talk about the good news of the day. Talk about what you love. And bring what you love to you.
The Power of Feelings
Apparently your thoughts and words have no power at all in your life without your feelings. How you feel at any one moment is more important than anything else, because how you feel right now is creating your life. The better you feel the better life gets. I found it interesting that she made the point that life isn’t happening to you; life is responding to you. You decide what your life will be- by what you give out. I like this sense of control over our destiny. Whatever you want to receive in life, you must give first.
Whatever you feel, whether good or bad, determines your frequency, and like a magnet you attract the people, events and circumstances that are on the same frequency. You can change your frequency at any time by changing how you feel, and everything around you will change because you’re on a new frequency. Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel. To change anything – whether it’s circumstances of money, health or relationships you have to change the way you feel.
The Power and Creation
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will” George Bernard Shaw
In this chapter Rhonda Byrne discusses the Creation Process. To create what we want in our lives we should follow the simple three step process of… Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it.
1) Imagine it. Use your mind to focus on and imagine what you desire
2) Feel. At the same time as you are imagining you must feel love for what you are imagining.
3) Receive. The force of love will then work through the force of nature to bring you what you desire.
Whatever you desire you must want it with all your heart. Imagine that you have what you already want and never deviate from that state of being. This is interesting but I still think that the action piece is missing. You still must DO something to manifest your dreams. I do think that imagining the impossible is the first step to creating our dreams. But it alone is not enough. We must take concerted and focused action to achieve them. I am a proponent of positive thinking, of dreaming, and of imagining but it alone is not enough.
Feeling is Creation
This chapter discussed the new thought concept of every person being surrounded by a magnetic field. And that you attract everything through the magnetism of your field. The more love in your field the more power you have to attract the things you love. I found interesting the idea that you do not have to turn the negative into a positive. Just give love for what you want, because the creation of what you want replaces the negativity. There is only one force in life and that is the force of love. You are either feeling good because you are full of love or you are feeling bad because you are empty of love.
Life Follows You
This is the concept that life is not happening to you…life is following you. Your destiny is in your hands. Whatever you think, whatever you feel, will decide you life. I like the concept that we are responsible for our lives and our own personal happiness. I just don’t subscribe to the concept that everything that happens to you was brought about by your thoughts and feelings. I certainly would not want anyone feeling guilty about causing something terrible to happen to them or one of their loved ones. Sometimes bad things happen to great people. The distinction in my mind is how people deal with it.
Keys to Power
The keys to Power are Love, Gratitude and Play.
To use love as the ultimate power in your life, you must love like you have never loved before. Fall in love with life! So how do you fall in love with life? The same way you fall in love with another person – you adore everything about them. That is exactly how you use the ultimate power of love to fall in love with life. Whatever you are doing, look for the things you love.
Gratitude plays a large part in bringing abundance to your life. Gratitude begins with two simple words Thank You. Gratitude multiplies the positive in your life and eliminates the negative. The more you feel gratitude, the more love you give; and the more love you give, the more you receive.
The key of play brings home the concept that life is supposed to be fun. When you feel excited about anything and you feel amazing, capture that energy and imagine your dream.
The Power and Money
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” Mother Teresa
Love is the attracting force that brings money, and love is also the power that makes money stick. When some money comes into your hands no matter how small be grateful. Feel love whenever you pay for anything or pay your bills. Respect, honor and be thankful for the money you have and you will receive more. According to Byrne the beauty of life is that when you put love first, all the money you need to live a full life comes to you.
The Power and Relationships
“The entire law is summed up in a single command, Love your neighbor as yourself” Saint Paul
The message is to give love to others through kindness, encouragement, support, gratitude, or any good feeling and it comes back to you multiplied in every area of your life. Look for the things you love in a relationship more than you notice negative things and it will appear as if something incredible has happened to the other person. The more you give love and feel good, the more magnetic your field becomes and the more it expands, drawing everything and everyone to you.
The Power and Health
“Natural Forces within us are the true healers of disease” Hippocrates
What you continually give to your body with your beliefs or strong feelings, you receive in your body. When you give negative thoughts and feelings of what you don’t want, the force of health to your cells reduces. When you feel love for anything your body receives the full force of health. Gratitude is the great multiplier so say thank you for your health every single day. To improve your health you must give love to your health. Think in terms of what you want… to be healthy, vital and energetic and this will help to create these circumstances in your life.
The key message of this book is to give love because it is the magnet of all riches in life. To improve your finances, your relationships you health or any other aspect of your life, send love to them and be positive and good things will come to you. In general this is a great message. The world would be a brighter place if more people chose to live in the light of love.
*Disclosure Policy* I purchased my own copy of this book and I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for this review. If you decide to purchase the book from Amazon using the above links I will receive a small commission.
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