Where to start on a book that is supposed to uplift the spirit, when it actually does the opposite. Who was it that said that if you want to know the true measure of a person, give them power? Well, with the overwhelming success of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield has been very successful, and in this book, he tells us all about it. Throwing around all the big names of the New Age circle, Canfield tells us about a club they've started where you have to have your own business helping people, AND be making enough money so you and all your 'let's bring everyone together to make a better world' types can meet to discuss the 'unenlightened' in really cool, spa-like settings.
Where is Canfield's 'no' person? I'll bet that Michael Jackson had more realism in his life. For a guy who makes a living bringing the world together, he doesn't seem to be able to get along with the women in his life, considering he's on his third wife.
But my very favorite part of this ode to Jack Canfield's ego, was the story of some New Age giant, who Canfield visited. Apparently this guy had an office that was so 'zen' that there was nothing on his desk but a phone, and nothing but a giant picture of a lion behind the guy. Well, Canfield was so intimidated that he couldn't speak, which is why the guru had such a sparse office, if you ask me. Being so unusual would shock anyone. The new age dude explained to Canfield that his speechlessness was because of the guru's high vibration which opened up so much space, that Canfield couldn't find his voice to fill it. I have to say that I too was stunned into speechlessness--at Canfield's gullibility.
But speaking of gullibility, I bought this book in hardback, at full price at a bookstore. I didn't look first on Amazon where I could have bought it for a buck-fifty used, which would have clued me into what a waste of money this book is. I'll be giving mine to the Goodwill, because even at $1.50, I would feel as though I were ripping someone off.
I couldn't tell if Jack Canfield really remembered being on a Golden Motorcycle before he came to earth, along with his fellow golden riders, set to save the rest of us from ourselves, or if it was just a literary device. All I can say is that, Canfield should stick to gathering other people's stories to continue to grow his wealth. Writing takes a great deal of humility and soul searching, and lots of time in the dark in the dark cave of your shadow, not blazing sunlight of your ego.
I love writers because they do the hard work of mining their own misery for their stories, not giving us all a trip through the Disney Land of their ego.