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A masterpiece

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Reviewed: 30-01-17

This is the last of 11 books written by Dr David R Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. 1927 - 2012 (aged 85).

He headed up the largest psychology practice in New York with 50 psychologists under him so he is an acknowledged expert in his field.

All of his books were written with his intention to help readers move further along in our journey from us being controlled by our mammal brain to us reaching the highest states of consciousness (enlightenment).

This audiobook is 12 hours long which is about double the length of an average audiobook.

Does it need to be 12 hours long or is it one idea with a lot of infill? It needs to be 12 hours long.

It seems to me to be a book for people who are already part of the way along the road away from thoughts and into consciousness.

The further along on this path that you are the more this book will resonate with you.

If you are not into spirituality then maybe you might not get as much from this book. The book mentions God.

It is the most advanced and expert self help book I have ever read.

This book "Letting Go" has so much in it that it is difficult to review without writing another book (:

One point that I haven't read elsewhere is that emotions cause thoughts, not the other way around.

He suggests that if you look at these emotions as they come up (generally fear, guilt or pride) without trying to change them, they will eventuality dissipate.

By dissipating 1 emotion you could get rid of thousands of thoughts around that particular issue.

I highly recommend buying this book.

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Gambler

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Reviewed: 15-01-17

This 35 hour audio book is 7 hours longer than the extremely long Andrew Carnagie book that I also listened to.

I preferred this book and I got to like John D more than Andrew.

One would almost need to be retired to get time to listen to these books.

I suppose it is important to be thorough for historical reasons as they are all real people.

It is balanced and shows both sides of this great man.

He was very much a gambler but did not like to take any risks.

A matter of life and death.

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Reviewed: 07-01-17

It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.

I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.

It calmed me.

It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.

It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.

It is stoicism in the extreme.

But I like that.

It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.

And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.

Amazing.

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Didn't learn

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Reviewed: 07-01-17

Unfortunately I did not learn much from this book.

Maybe it's my fault or maybe I've just learned a lot up to now.

I felt that there was nothing new said in the entire book.

Sorry about that, I don't like writing negative reviews.

If you're new to self help it might be fine.

I don't disagree with the bulk of what was written but it just wasn't for me.

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Simple

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Reviewed: 07-01-17

Is it too simple? No.

Is it possible to make something too simple? No, as long as it still works, and it does.

Could he have simplified it more. No. That's good because it saves me having to simplify it and pick out the best bits and eventually choose the 1 bit that I hope to remember to use.

The greatest thing is that it doesn't take time to do so that means I was able to begin using it straight away even before I had finished the book.

Is it possible to tweak it slightly to suit yourself? Yes.

The book is 57 minutes long. Is it too short? No. He gets all of the message across easily in that time. Is it too long, for me maybe. There were bits that I won't use because I have slightly different practices that I already like, but if I didn't I'd agree with and do the ones detailed in this book.

Was the book worth the money? Hell yes. It's worth a huge amount more but I'm not complaining about getting a bargain every now and again.

Here's to a simple and improving life.

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Entertaining

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Reviewed: 01-01-17

Good to dip into. Entertaining but not life changing. Good advice from various famous or successful people.

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Huge

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Reviewed: 15-12-16

Part of the way into this book I decided that it wasn't for me. I decided to listen just for entertainment. Then I remembered that the author was probably a lot smarter than me (I often forget that). I listened a second time with an open mind. I am a team leader but it's unlikely that I'll change the way I've been doing things for the last 30 years. People (including me) do not change much. But I found the Scrum system was invaluable for tackling my annual paperwork mountain. I divided it into Scrums and got it done very quickly. This big job used to get procrastinated and therefore hang over me for most of the year but not anymore. For me that is huge.

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Every word counts

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Reviewed: 23-09-16

This short book summary will be worth a huge amount to me.

I would have purchased the unabridged versio if it was available on Audible.

It deserves focus.

I stopped it constantly and took notes.

I will use it to help me keep my goal to eat more healthy food.

I have been putting it off as I prefer eating the less healthy options.

The book explains that I am feeling resistance.

Resistance causes hesitation or procrastination or fear.

He suggests that we can crush resistance by taking action despite fear.

He says that resistance is in direct proportion to love. The opposite to resistance is indifference. We only feel resistance because we care (love).

What you put in is what you get out.

There are lots of great points + strategies in this little book summary.

For example get organised.

Just because this book summary is short doesn't mean that you can't get a lifetime of knowledge from it.

I feel better armed now to succeed in my daily battles.

The energy you put in = the energy you get out.

The narrator is good with thoughtful pauses.

The author is world class my short notes do not do the book justice.

Listen to the audio sample and you will get a good idea whether this book is for you or not.

I think it's great.

I would highly recommend that you buy it.

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Storyteller

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Reviewed: 07-08-16

The author is a great narrator. He is excellent at telling his story.

Even if you didn't own a small business it is an interesting audio book to listen to.

If you do own a small business he talks a lot of common sense which is mostly missing in this world.

Worth listening to

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Reviewed: 26-07-16

Anything that quotes Marcus Aurelius is worth listening to.

The book is also worth listening to in that it shows that stoic philosophy is a practical thing to practice rather than just an academic exercise.

It might have been better to just buy Marcus Aurelius's Meditations instead but I think I will enjoy and understand the Meditations more having listened to this book first.

The author is wiser than his years. It's good in some ways when an author read his own work but an older voice with more gravitas might have impacted more.

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