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Handbook To Higher Consciousness [Paperback]

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Jan. 1 1993 0960068880 978-0960068883 6th edition
This perennial bestseller is more popular than ever and has helped countless people experience dramatic changes in their lives from the time they begin applying the simple, effective techniques.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Changed My Life Forever April 13 2002
By A Customer
> Today I received a request from a metaphysics student
named Mike. He asked if I would share my experience
with this book. After I responded to him, it occurred
to me to leave an edited copy of what I sent him,
at Amazon. com. for others who may enjoy hearing from
someone who has loved the book for over 2 decades.
Dear Mike,
> The Handbook To Higher Consciousness by Ken
> Keyes needs to be experienced, to be understood
> and to be learned. As you probably know, what is
> truly learned, is life changing.
> What is learned from "The Handbook To Higher
> Conscious" by Ken Keyes stays the same, but
> it will reveal continual
> "Ah-ha's" as it is experienced through the years.
> I have found that no matter what pathway explored
> that everything boils down to what Ken defines
> as "Addictions/Demands" and
> Preferences". (Demands bring unhappiness,
> Preferences bring happiness. What is a demand
> for one person, may not be for another.)
The key seems to be to become aware of ones own demands (not other people's)and then to go to work on up-leveling them. Not to become a BETTER person, but to be a HAPPIER person.
> The book and its methods, makes
> one increasingly aware, that everyday life
> is a school; a school filled with people and circumstances
> that makes you aware of what triggers your own
> demands, and interferes with your happiness,
> and consequently the happiness of others. As Ken says:
1. Everyone and everything, becomes your teacher.
2. Everything is either perfect for your growth or for your
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary and practical life-changing book March 27 2001
Originally written in 1975, this is the classic predecessor to more contemporary personal transformation authors such as Wayne Dyer or Neale Donald Walsch, both of whom have acknowledged Handbook To Higher Consciousness as a major influence.
The book is based around unconditional love for oneself and others. One of the main points continually emphasized here is the importance of changing your addictions to preferences. It is okay to have preferred outcomes in life, but once we are no longer attached to results, we are set free to experience life more happily and fully in the here and now. Ken Keyes presents us with numerous ways of achieving this, based around "The Twelve Pathways To The Higher Consciousness Planes Of Unconditional Love And Oneness".
These suggestions are entirely practical, and cover every area of human experience. "You make yourself and others suffer just as much when you take offense as when you give offense" is a powerful truth, as is "to be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have". "The Instant Consciousness Doubler" of experiencing everything that everyone does or says as though you had done or said it is another winner. Every page is packed with insights and suggestions for a more enlightened life.
The nature of life is that we win some and we lose some, so we might as well accept it and enjoy ourselves whenever possible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And for the analytical types out there.... Oct. 3 2002
OK, so maybe you don't even believe in a personal God, let alone all that mystical mumbo-jumbo. Falsifiability means something to you when it comes to dealing with reality. Be that the case, I still recommend this book. The first part of this book is pretty hokey (similar to others in the self-improvement genre) but once disciplined to read over the ... and try to listen to what Ken was trying to say, a light went on. He makes some good points-'tho many have learned them by high school. I've gotta admit that this book has changed me. I'm a work in progress, and this ain't the holy grail, but I think they should teach this stuff in school. More important than calculus in this digital age. It does take a particular philosophical (theological?) view, so some tolerance is req'd. What it does is present a different perspective of life's problems and your interpersonal behavior patterns. Those whose only problems are "caused" by others (or those with no problems) and those without any curiosity will probably not benefit from this author. Other 5 star ratings I'd give would be to Doug Adams Hitchhiker's; Schaums Tensor Calculus, and Guns of August (by what's her name)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Age Bible June 23 2001
By L. Su
Here is a powerful idea from the book, which has been very helpful to me: "I accept myself completely here and now, and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say and do as a necessary part of my evolution into higher consciousness."
The author's analysis of the 3 unhappy levels of consciousness is extremely useful and clearly articulated. His writing is distilled to the essential ideas, and is worth reading repeatedly.
Keyes is just plain right. The more I look at my consciousness, the more clear it is to me that his formula for happiness (or peace of mind) is correct.
His primary point is that if we can simply let go of these primary thought patterns, whether they be about security, sensations, or power, then we can be happy. The full meaning of those terms is lucidly explained in the book.
One little thing: I'm not sure about the name of the "power" center of consciousness. When you work with this book, one of the activities is to try to always be aware of which center of consciousness you are using. Very often, I found I was (am) in the power center, but for it to be real for me, I had to expand the concept to include everything to do with "self", in the sense of feeling one's worth or esteem, especially in relation or comparison to other people. Perhaps it could have been called the "Self" center (Or the "small self" center). Maybe that's no better. Ken, what do you think?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Here's another book I liked a lot. It's from the 70's when this stuff was really popular. Ken does provide good tools for observing your own behavior and changing unconscious... Read more
Published on March 21 2002 by Shawn Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this!
I have owned this book for over 15 years and have read it over and over. I can't tell you what a sense of calm it gives me. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars You have all you need
I read this book at a difficult time in my life, and in fact when I first opened the book I had to stop crying to read the words. Read more
Published on June 20 2001 by Emilie Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook to Higher Consciousness
I originally bought this book in 1974 while attending the Univ. of Southern Illinois. It made complete sense to me back then and now that I have rediscovered it after cleaning... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, the best that ever was, or ever shall be .
In 1972,a(real)friend casually dropped off the "Handbook" for me. Little did I know how it would cange my life,forever. Read more
Published on May 29 2000 by tommy howard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book
I found the book better than the Bible, & I read the Bible, cover to cover, 34 times.
Published on Dec 5 1999 by Allen L Vance
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