There was a lot of warnings and stuff I wasn't interested in but I guess he wanted to get his point across before he got to the interesting stuff. I have read a lot of similar books on this subject and was very happy it wasn't all about john blowing his own trumpet as many books seem to be. I enjoy this subject and like reading about it there could have been more information for me but you can't have everything!
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Has allowed me to see myself as never before...Nov. 23 2010
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While I wouldn't say I was a "die hard" follower of John Edward, I do know who he is. The reason this book came to me (and he talks about this scenario a few times) was/is to help me better understand how my mind has always worked and to better use what is conveyed to me intuitively.
I found that - while there are a lot of CDs to listen to in this collection - this wasn't a problem. It's a lot of information and, for me, spreading it out over a period of a few weeks made it easier to take in the information.
Up until Chapter 6, I was glued to the edge of my seat. The lessons were helpful, the stories were insightful, and the overall presentation was very well thought out. However, I was somewhat lost in Chapter 6. I'm not sure if it was because it was a bit too scientific...or it was an "orange in a orchard of apples." Don't get me wrong: this chapter wasn't bad: just different. In Chapter 7, things picked right back up where they left off.
As John mentions many times throughout the book, if you're reading this to become a psychic who does readings, don't get this. This isn't about what you do for others, it's about discovering who you are and the abilities you have (and these are abilities, not gifts, as John points out).
There are a lot of truths you have to face as well - e.g., that you are not "special" in the abilities you have. They simply are what they are and should be used as a means to help yourself to better yourself and then to better understand others.
If you're not a book on tape type of person, then buy the actual book. However, if you like to listen and drive, this is a great "read"! While I don't think I would listen to it before bed, simply because the content is so rich, you might find it something that appeals to you.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Metaphysics 101...a course in opening your mind to the possibilitiesNov. 18 2010
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I both read and listen to a lot of books and find that each modality (in print or as spoken word) has its strengths and weaknesses. There are many books that I find fascinating as an audiobook that I might never get through if I had to read them (especially technical non-fiction) and others that do better in written form (some non-fiction benefits from being able to flip through the book and go back to previous sections or has numerous lists and graphs that don't translate to audio), but then there are those rare books that I decide I simply have to have in both audio and print editions. "Infinite Quest" is one of those books.
Another measure of success I find in reading/listening to books is if they lead me to research the ideas presented and have me ordering other books to supplement the learning. Again, this book is one of those books. I found myself frequently stopping the audio to run to my computer and look up topics and book titles. This was as much "an experience" as a book...it was a wonderful "course", and my coursework will continue long after the book is finished.
The purpose of this book is NOT to train you to become a professional psychic, as Edward mentions on many occasions in the book, rather it is to expand your abilities for your own sake and expand your horizons he does in this book.
As Edward puts it: "Life is the university and your evolution is the degree, with an ultimate graduation back to the other side where the learning still continues. What's the job? Be the best YOU, soul, energy that you can be whether on this side or the other and evolve in your ability to get as close to that unconditional love, God, or that divine source as possible."
And that pretty much sums it up...this one is highly recommended.
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INFINITE QUESTNov. 16 2010
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Recently finished listening to "Infinite Quest" by John Edward. First off, let me state that I hate audio books. I find them distracting while driving or performing other tasks. I don't even like listening to music while I'm driving in Denver traffic. Regardless, even though this could be deemed almost an introductory level of instruction it held my attention and I listened to 2 discs daily until it was done. Then I listened to it again. I found the presentation enjoyable and compelling. John did a very good job with this unabridged reading.
A lot of folks, my girlfriend amongst them, are of the opinion that John is a huckster who scams folks by doing "cold readings." I have never met or spoken with John, but I've seen his show many times. I know how scams work. I am familiar with dozens of psychics who have run a variety of scams. Some folks are of the opinion that my own psychic skills are fairly well developed when it comes to "reading" people. John is no fake. He is the real thing. His instruction is solid and I endorse his teachings as valid and positive for anyone who wishes to develop their skills further. Even though he repeatedly endorses his website -- a big red flag -- I checked out that site and it is worthwhile and not some moneymaking scheme. John is a decent and trustworthy individual -- a rarity in the world of professional psychics.
Now that I've told you how great I think his work is, it is time for the ounce of criticism. As we disagree on a number of issues I am going to keep this extremely brief and only touch on three points I feel are of great importance.
First, John makes a statement to the effect that we cause whatever happens to us through our thoughts and actions as well as conscious decisions made by our soul before this incarnation, specifically where and to whom we would be born. This is a valid statement, to a point. I do not believe that everyone has the ability to specify the circumstances of their birth. There are tens of thousands in this country alone who are born into monstrous conditions of continual pain, abuse, hunger and squalor. While some ascetics and martyrs may well choose such an incarnation, most folks would not. While John never took this concept to obscene extremes, another well known guru (who I will NOT name here) has actually said that rape victims "chose" to have that experience. It is a slippery slope and I feel there is a lot of grey area here. What applies to a more evolved soul likely does not apply to one whom the Universe feels is ill equipped to decide their own fate. As John would say, "Point made."
Second, while John speaks of psychic self defense and warms against dark energies and using tools like talking boards, he leaves the impression that all you are dealing with is human spirits. Absolutely no mention of non-human entities was made. Perhaps that topic was considered too disturbing and advanced? I would very much like to read a more advanced text by this author specifically on the topic of psychic self defense. He barely scratched the surface here.
The other criticism I have is that John mentions the use of runes as something novices can experiment with for divination purposes. Yes, I know that every New Age store sells rune sets and many folks have dabbled with them without incident. Rune stones are fairly safe to use, this is true. BUT, dare you to carve runescripts or bindrunes you can inadvertently do significant damage to yourself as well as others. Runes are powerful and potentially dangerous. Not something I would recommend for novices to delve into. But, as I stated previously, as long as you don't progress past doing readings with pre-carved stones it is relatively safe.
All that being said, this is easily THE BEST introductory guide to psychic development I have ever seen -- and I've seen dozens. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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The Real DealNov. 9 2010
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Some people write books because they have a message and some people write books to teach. John Edward is a teacher--with a message. Infinite Quest is a must-read for anyone wanting to develop their psychic (aka intuitive) abilities: it is not a book about how to become a practicing psychic and the author is repeatedly adamant and emphatic about this point. This caveat alone uplifts and transmutes psychic mediumship in general, and Infinite Quest in particular, from the fringes of credibility and into the realm of mainstream spiritual evolution. And in this era of conscious awakening, which is often punctuated by reckless promises of illusory "enlightenment," this reviewer appreciates Edward's unwavering integrity.
His intimate knowledge and mastery of self-development via the psychic realm gives a rare "insider's view" of the nuances of psychic development--substantiated by his years of firsthand experience with the interconnectivity of everything and everyone. And while the pragmatic elements he encourages as tools for psychic development--meditation, prayer, astrology, tarot, and numerology (etc)--could be found in any book, the thrust of his inner-knowing-teaching is to illuminate the ethical and moral responsibilities that inevitably arise as we learn how to "tune in" to ourselves and others.
In the blockbuster film Avatar, the Na'Vi greet each other by saying, "I see you." It is in essence the same meaning as the Hindu greeting, Namaste: "the God in me sees the God in you." And while this isn't strictly the meaning I intend when reviewing Infinite Quest, the phrase keeps popping into my mind because it conveys the intensity with which one feels author Jon Edward's writing. He is candid, clear, inspiring, and sometimes funny, but his dedication to a path of inner learning and outer service is like a palpable beacon of light that validates you in its sphere of illumination as you journey within.
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What happened here? Should be titled "The Tangents of John Edward"Jan. 28 2011
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The strongest thing I felt when reading this book was John's frustration, aggravation, and overall negativity. I felt like I had to "clear myself" after reading this!
Let me backup here and say that I became a "fan" years ago. I admired John's humility and his "every person" appeal that came through oh his show. I had also read one of his earlier books more than several years ago and it was warm, engaging, and seemed heartfelt. Where did THAT guy go? His desire with this book is supposedly to encourage intuitive exploration and growth in others, NOT to help anyone become psychics or mediums, but rather to help individuals enhance their own lives. However, in writing a book to encourage others to tune in to their intuition and develop skills for personal enrichment, the writer ideally should come from a place of encouragement, warmth, support and love, not from fear. John makes a huge point that two things motivate our behaviors: fear, and love. (This is a spiritual truth found in many wonderful texts). Well, I didn't feel a lot of LOVE coming from the pages of this book, nor as the inspiration behind its creation. For example, it is full of DO NOT's, YOU ARE NOT's, DON'T EVER's, etc. You get the point. I found a lot of irony in this book. It was so ridiculous at times it was actually what kept me reading. In understanding the way spiritual energy works, John should have had more confidence that one disclaimer would suffice and relax and write the book with faith that it will be used appropriately. Public materials can always fall into the "wrong" hands, but he addresses the readers of his book as though most of us could at any moment decide we are powerful and professional (and irresponsible!)psychic mediums because we "just read a John Edwards book on intuition." (I thought that was hilarious but sadly, John was very serious!) Not only that, but then we would go out and use our abilities in a hurtful fashion. This is his fear behind nearly every tangent. We are scolded and warned throughout the text. It made me feel like I was about to go do something bad, or had ulterior motives other than the loving heart and desire to heal, and support others that I have ALWAYS had (thus my Psychotherapy background). More irony? He warns against our "inner monster" (EGO) overtaking us as we develop skills and again, doing readings before we are "ready", or considering ourselves professionals when, he is quite sure, we are not, etc. He also reminds us of the ethical considerations and emphasizes that we are not trained counselors (some of us are...I am, and know very well about the ethical repercussions of my sessions). He shares his angst over being "copied" so often. (Really, John? You were the first one to come up with the idea that Spirits do pull their energy back?) Also, there are extended tangents about people he read for who struggled with the message(s) and his abilities, and sometimes would attack him(an obvious risk with this type of work). If your ego is in check, you do not feel a passionate need to defend your skills and your work. Yet John proudly shares and even detailed, on a couple of occasions, the ways in which he shuts down such individuals. I am not impressed. In fact, my stomach knotted. John believes they acted out of ego, I believe it was fear (of the unknown, of the message,etc). His response was certainly ego, in my opinion.
From the beginning of the book he suggests that if you want to learn how to do readings for others, do not bother reading this book as it is a guide for primarily your personal development. That is certainly an important step, for we must know ourselves and understand how our own intuitive senses work before working with others in this manner. But alas, we have more irony in that every couple of pages or so he discusses what to do in your readings with others (or, rather, what NOT to do..). But remember, most of us aren't going to read for others, right?
Honestly, it seems to me the thing John is most qualified to write about is mediumship. That is his "skill", and frankly what he is best known for and what most of us find fascinating about him. Does he share any information on mediumship? Yes. He saves it for five pages at the end of the book. He does offer a lot of material on psychic tools, creating your ideal space, and protecting your energy. That is probably the most useful part of this book, but then again, I don't think you need to use psychic "tools" if you are simply developing intuition to enhance your life. Some folks even grow too dependent upon them. So my point is, it is very unclear who the target/ideal reader is for this book. If you are new to developing intuitive abilities, there are MANY texts on the market which I feel are much more informative, helpful,loving and supportive of a beginner's journey (Sonia Choquette comes to mind).
My final point is that in tuning into yourself, realize that no one is an authority on your talents and abilities but you. Surrpund yourself with people who are supportive, not doubtful. John states (rather arrogantly) that one is either born a medium or not,and that you KNOW and recognize this in yourself early on in life. He believes there are many psychics out there, but a "true" medium is rare. He is entitled to his beliefs, of course, but the reader needs to remind him/herself that is his opinion only, and he is not an authority on YOU. He is not an authority on mediumship either--he certainly didn't "invent" it. He is a personality who became well known thanks to the media. Even in discussing his mediumship abilities, all he can be sure of is what is real for him. If you receive information differently--if your process of connecting is an entirely different experience--that does not make it less valid. I hope if he decides to write yet another book, he returns to his heart to write.