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I picked this up from the library a few months ago, and although I probably wasn't in the right frame of mind back then to take a great deal of it in, it's still a book I would recommend if you're looking for something to motivate you and guide you to change your life.
There are a lot of books out there promising wonders; change your life in 7 days, how to be happy, how to get rich, how to eat like a thin person...how to do pretty much anything and everything after reading their book. I think a lot of it is baloney (it's been a while since saying that word, but it's not used enough!). Self-help has become a lucrative industry, so I think it's important to be selective and opt for the books that deliver on their promises.
The Power Is Within You was written by Louise Hay, who previously wrote the bestseller 'You Can Heal Your Life'. I must admit I'm a bit of a self-help book fan, but perhaps that's just my interest in psychology coming out. This takes a positive stance towards individual autonomy and independence; reaffirming that we are in control of our lives and our choices.
The book was written in 2001, but is still as relevant today. It uses basic principles from different psychological approaches, but is easy to read whether or not you're a psychology nut. My first impressions of the book were that it was warm and welcoming, a book to comfort you and to pick up whenever you needed a lift.
Although it can be picked up so you can read different sections at different times, say, when you need some comfort or inspiration, to get the full effects you do need to read it all the way through. Take your time with it though; there's a lot of information in here so it's best to read some, let it sink in, and then think about it. Therefore, although it's easy to read, you need to be an active reader in order to make it work for you.
The book is broken down into 15 chapters within 5 different sections as follows:
Part 1 - Becoming Conscious
Ch1. The Power Within
2. Following My Inner Voice
3. The Power Of Your Spoken Word
4. Reprogramming Old Tapes
Part 2 - Dissolving The Barriers
Ch. 5. Understanding The Blocks That Bind You
6. Letting Your Feelings Out
7. Moving Beyond The Pain
Part 3 - Loving Yourself
8. How To Love Yourself
9. Loving The Child Within
10. Growing Up & Getting Old
Part 4 - Applying Your Inner Wisdom
11. Receiving Prosperity
12. Expressing Your Creativity
13. The Totality Of Possibilities
Part 5 - Letting Go Of The Past
14. Change & Transition
15. A World Where It's Safe To Love Each Other
Afterword & Appendix (including Meditations, self-help resources & suggested reading)
I thought the tone of the book was easy to relate to and so it wasn't too much of a struggle to read because Hay presents her opinion and advise in such a way that is relevant and structured.
The advice and general guidance of the book as a whole was relatively good. She presents a lot of common sense and grounded ideas, whilst integrating more modern thoughts. By modern, I mean with regards to the minds ability to effect your body.
This moves me on to the bits I wasn't so keen on. I didn't like the references to religion as I'm atheist, but these were relatively easy to gloss over. What I couldn't avoid were her implications that we cause our own cancers and such like. For her to say this was outrageous at times, but the underlying note made sense; what we think and how we feel affects our lifestyle, our bodies and those around us. None the less, the mix of religious talk and those often very serious implications she made, frustrated me.
Although I read the majority of the book, I wasn't glued to it and struggled to read it all because of the parts I just mentioned. Perhaps I also wasn't in the right frame of mind to read it and take it all in.
However, I did find some of it to be both quite comforting and motivating. If you're lacking inspiration, want to know how to move forward, how to change your thinking patterns and thus change your life overall, then this is worth a read.
Whilst I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying it at the £9.99 RRP, if you can pick it up cheaply or, like me, from your library, it's worth a look. Its 239 pages are packed with thoughts, ideas, inspiration and motivation, though for me, some of those pages were also packed with frustration and disagreement.
Louise Hay's The Power Is Within You, has to be one all my all time favourite books. Those who are familiar with her writing, will know what a powerful and helpful woman she is.
Overcoming cancer and being raped when she was younger, although both dreadful things, have helped build her character and made her into a strong and fearless person. This book focuses on trying to help build build up confidence and power, helps you find happiness and your true calling in life. It's much more then just a self help book. In fact I don't think you even need to have anything 'wrong' with you as such to pick it up. It contains simple yet valuable life changing stories and advice, written in such a heart touching manner then I suggest the whole world go out and read it.
It is truly an inspirational book, one that I re-read a lot, and I every time I do I learn something new. Highly recommended.
How to build confidence and overcome emotional barriers through utilising inner strength and character.