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Relax Into Wealth: How to Get More by Doing Less Paperback – Dec 28 2006
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Alan Cohen is the author of 20 popular inspiration titles including the bestselling .He is also a contributing editor for the New York Times number 1 bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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So, with all of the hype of 'The Secret' and after having read so many books along the same line as this, I thought I was just done reading this stuff, feeling that I've read it all and there's nothing new to know about attracting wealth into my life. I decided I'd read it anyway even though my first reaction to the title was almost a turn off. The sub-title: 'How to get more by doing less' just sounded like another one of those too good to be true type books.
I started reading, and found that I was not dissappointed at all. I was hooked from the introduction where Alan tells about how his flight was delayed and instead of waiting in line and fighting the crowd to demand/request an upgrade, he took the easy way out and decided to take a rest in the lounge and what happened was- the upgrade came to him, quite effortlessly. That got me thinking right away about times I have pushed and struggled to get what I felt like I rightfully deserved and the times when I haven't and how things did actually turn out even better than I could have asked for(or demanded.) Which coincides with a belief that I have that we always get what's coming to us. If we're supposed to have it we WILL have it. -Just may not come from the avenue we may be expecting it to. (which is kind of the beauty to it really)
The first chapter 'Abundance is Natural' is a great starter in that it gets you to recognize the abundance that is already around you. At the end of each chapter, there is a 'Wealth Widsom Builders' section that asks some questions or gives you simple excercises to do. Then there's an affirmation after that. You will do well to take the time and effort to think about the questions/excercises and write down your own answers. The first excercise from chapter 1 tells you to name 5 things you can see in great abundance from right where you are now. The things I immediately saw in front of me were grass, oxygen, trees, houses, blue sky. Then I thought about that for a few moments. We don't get up every morning and worry about whether or not there will be enough oxygen in the world for us today. We just know that it's always there. If we pick a blade of grass, more grows back. (like when you pluck a hair from your chin and 3 more grow from the exact spot!) -couldn't resist that one!
I have been recycling for a few years now, and it amazes me how fast my recycle containers fill up! (I've pondered this activity a lot, trying to figure out exactly HOW to do this with my money.) I empty the containers at the recycle center and before I know it they're full again! Maybe it's because my intention for recycling is lined up appropriately, and my reason for doing that is out of love and respect for the earth and other people, as well as taking responsibility for the trash I produce? Okay, on to the rest of the book....
The thing about this book is that it's well written and holds your interest and you can definately benefit from reading it. The author gives you examples from his own life and others that show you exactly how it all works. The man is not perfect, and he tells how he's reacted in certain situations and learned from it. The book is a nice length, not too short or too long. -and it's packed with very useful advice!
Reading this book and doing the excercises could save you a lot of time, trouble and money over reading several others on the same topic.
Thanks for reading my review! I hope I've helped!
I have read many many of the prosperity writers, from Florence Scovel Shinn (great) to Charles Fillmore to Catherine Ponder to Shakti Gawain to Wayne Dyer. I've probably forgotten a few...oh yeah, I browsed The Secret but didn't buy it. So I can't say that much that Alan writes here is new, but he has such a captivating style that the old maxims came alive and I re-caught the enthusiasm that I once had and let die out.
To me, Alan embodies great intelligence, a wonderful sense of humor, practicality, authenticity and depth. Obviously his principles have worked for him, too, since his first book was written on a borrowed typewriter in a rented attic and now he seems to be living very well in Hawaii. Of all the writers I mentioned above, he's the one I'd most like to know! I bet he'd be a lot of fun!
I've given a number of his books away as gifts (not this one, yet) and everyone said they really liked them.
This is an easy and pleasant read, far superior to many offerings. It may be helpful for a motivational boost or a review. However, it does not come close to surpassing the masterful Dynamic laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder.
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