The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It

The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It

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by Dennis Merritt Jones
     
 

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What if we could learn to accept I don't know and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity?

The Art of Uncertainty is an invitation to the reader to consider its essential message: learning to love the unknown by staying present in the moment. If the difficulties of recent years

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What if we could learn to accept I don't know and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity?

The Art of Uncertainty is an invitation to the reader to consider its essential message: learning to love the unknown by staying present in the moment. If the difficulties of recent years have taught us anything-particularly those who "did everything right" and still saw it all fall apart-it's that none of us has as much control over our lives as we believe. The only thing we can control is our next thought.

What if we could learn how to be at peace with uncertainty and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity? What if we discovered that a new paradigm can be more fulfilling, more rewarding, and more peaceful than what we have known? Living in the I don't know and loving it is an art form we can all master, and The Art of Uncertainty is the perfect guidebook.

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Library Journal
Jones (The Art of Being) draws on his spiritual background and the teachings of various philosophers to help readers embrace the uncertainty of life. Essentially, he writes that one must choose to listen to one's intuition and have the faith to follow its guidance and take action accordingly. Jones teaches readers how to use mindfulness to deal with fears, plumb the depths of their potential, appreciate abundance, and make conscious decisions. Each of the 14 chapters delivers a lesson, a mindfulness exercise, and points to ponder. While Jones seems somewhat overly optimistic about experiencing excitement over one's future, he offers a clear-cut way to better self-understanding and experiencing life to its fullest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428724
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/09/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
281,807
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 5.08(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The Art of Uncertainty inspires and provides practical tools that can benefit all."
—Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul
 
“With The Art of Uncertainty, readers can chart a course for learning how to live in the "I don't know" while maintaining a sense of inner-peace and optimism. This simple but beautifully wise and practical book is a gem. Don't step into the unknown without it.”
—Claudia Abbott, Science of Mind magazine

“With warmhearted clarity and transcendental common sense, Dennis Merritt Jones addresses the complexities, obstacles, joys, and ultimate fulfillment of walking the spiritual labyrinth home to the True Self. This is a book to read, reread, practice and embody.”
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

“Masters throughout the ages have taught us to come to the edge of our current belief system and take a leap of faith beyond the known...If you are ready to expand your vision of a life worth living this is a book you will want to read.”
—Gay Hendricks, author of The Big Leap

“Dennis' new book arrives with divinely right timing in my life and in the life of anyone contemplating next steps. How good it is to have this guide to leaning wholeheartedly into the mystery of change and walking in faith toward the full expression of one's potential.”
—Dr. Kathy Hearn, Community Spiritual Leader, United Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones is a brilliant and gifted teacher. His newest work is not only insightful, but gives great tools for each of us to live a life of joy: No Matter What!”
—Mary Morrissey, author of No Less Than Greatness

Praise for Your (Re)Defining Moments:

“In Your (Re)Defining Moments, Dennis Merritt Jones wisely guides his readers into a joyful exploration and discovery of their Original Self that was shot out of eternity into this three-dimensional world to deliver their gifts, talents, and skills as only they can.”
 —Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential
 
"This noble work is filled with truths that can take your life to a new level. Dennis Merritt Jones brings a wealth of experience, insight, and vision to the table. His thoughtfulness and eloquence speak loud and clear."
 —Alan Cohen, author of Relax into Wealth
 
“In Your (Re)Defining Moments, Dennis Merritt Jones offers a compass that leads us inward to the authentic Self, that unique spark of Life we were the moment we were born. Dennis reminds us that we still are that unique being and proves it by giving us clear, practical, loving guidance on how to courageously bring our authentic Self to daily life. When you read this book you will embark on the journey of becoming who you were born to be.”
 —Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, MCC, author of the New York Times-bestseller If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules
 
“Each of us has been created for the purpose of fitting into a divine mosaic that works in perfect harmony with everyone and everything else, and the next major expansion of consciousness on this planet will inevitably occur when we as individuals embrace our own nature and begin working with each other and the physical world with an attitude of cooperation and reverence. It is this truth that is so evidently present in Dennis’s new book, Your (Re)Defining Moments.”
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“Here is a book for those who have read the books, done the workshops, but still sense their own epiphanies are simpler, deeper, closer. If personal identity as we have come to know it is a socially constructed wilderness, Dr. D. paves a direct path through the classic conundrums of consciousness—the sovereign Self of western civilization, the transcendent No-Self of mysticism and the east, and the pristine Now Moment that thrives only in our choice to honor its worth.”
Dr. Barbara E. Fields, executive director of the Association for Global New Thought, director of Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, director of The Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former program director of Parliament of the World's Religions
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments is a powerful antidote to aimless and hollow living. Dennis Merritt Jones has crystallized a path of awakening to free us from the trance states of limiting personal assumptions and inauthentic purposes. Reading this wonderful book is like a deep caress...a precious homecoming with the miracle and magic seeded in each of our souls.”
Dr. Roger W. Teel, Spiritual Leader at Mile Hi Church in Denver, Colorado
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones's newest work, Your (Re)Defining Moments, makes the powerful distinction between personal discovery and personal 'uncovery.' Ours is not a journey forward but a vertical plunge inward to what has always existed. Liberating and gloriously written, Your (Re)Defining Moments is a treasured contribution to a welcomed renaissance in spiritual literature.”
Dr. David Ault, author of Where Regret Cannot Find Me
 
“Through personal anecdotes and probing questions to the reader, Your (Re)Defining Moments gives us access to an engaging self-study on the nature of being and how to live a thoughtful and authentic life.  Dennis Merritt Jones’s down-to-earth style and direct approach to spirituality makes reading this book enjoyable and soul-satisfying.  Balanced with sincere kindness and a gentle sense of humor, this book takes on big ideas such as redefining original sin, re-examining the pursuit of happiness, and admitting we have to let go of some of the past, to make room for what can be.  Dennis’s latest book confirms why I have been a longtime fan of his writing: it’s inspiring, thought provoking, and encouraging.”
Edward Viljoen, author of The Power of Meditation
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments offers a most compelling and convincing opportunity for us all to remember who we have come here to be.  In this book, Dennis Merritt Jones brings a gift of extraordinary insightfulness to everyone who seeks spiritual awakening.”
Rev. Dr. John B. Waterhouse, president of Centers for Spiritual Living
 
“You could spend a lifetime searching for your authentic Self, and defining who you are. Or you could read Dennis Merritt Jones’s beautiful new book Your (Re)Defining Moments and be gently fast-tracked through the process. Life begins with each moment, with each choice. This is an easy one.”
Lissa Coffey, celebrity lifestyle and wellness expert and author of What’s Your Dharma: Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose
 
“Dennis Merritt Jones’s writing reminds me of a cashmere blanket—warm and comfortable without being too heavy. This book encourages the reader to rework their lives without being preachy or overly challenging. A perfect read before bed.”
Rev. Kathianne Lewis, DD, Senior Minister & Spiritual Leader, Center for Spiritual Living
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments by Dennis Merritt Jones is a must read for everyone on the spiritual path.  He is a true Spiritual Master who graciously shares his wisdom, allowing it to unfold in your own mind as gently as a rose opens to bloom. Dr. Jones has written a modern, 21st century guidebook for seekers of truth and students of spirituality. I predict this book will be used as curricula by many teachers.”
Chris Michaels, author of The Power of You
 
Your (Re)Defining Moments...is an amazing book! Dennis Merritt Jones is masterful, guiding us to a deep state of soul remembrance. He reminds us that we were born to be fully expressed and that each moment is an opportunity to choose greatness.”
Cynthia James, author and speaker

Praise for  THE ART OF BEING:

"May this book be your special friend, an introduction to Power and Presence...the essence inviting you to be you."
—Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Agape International Spiritual Center

"If you are seeking more peace, presence, and calm comfort, this book must accompany you on your journey."
—Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, Author of the New York Times best seller, If Life Is a Game, These the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human

"If you want to close the gap between your humanity and your divinity, read The Art of Being."
—Walter Starcke, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Double Thread

 

Meet the Author

Dennis Merritt Jones has been involved in the human potential movement and the field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, mentor, and lecturer for more than twenty-five years. He founded and led the Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley, California, for many years. Jones is the author of How to Speak Science of Mind and The Art of Being; his workshops, lectures, and tele-classes are attended by thousands each year.

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rev-stephanie More than 1 year ago
Dennis Merritt Jones is an excellent writer, a deep thinker, and a "for real" spiritual adventurer. He means what he says, and he lives true to every word. He is also a warm, loving, funny guy who has been my friend and colleague for over 30 years. I had the privilege of reading the original manuscript of "The Art of Uncertainty." I was immediately captivated by Dennis' thesis that we are not in control of our individual life in the sense that if we just sit tight, hang on, and affirm the positive, we can "rest assured" that things will go as we have planned. Throughout his book, he continuously reminds us that if we can surrender, moment-to-moment, to "What Is," no matter what seems to be, and if we can continue to have faith that things will unfold according to the Divine Mystery of One Beautiful Universal Plan (that includes us), we can live each moment in joy and peace. I highly recommend this book. It contains the quintessential message for these uncertain times.
SaucyJim More than 1 year ago
Dennis has put together a piece of work that, to be honest, just may have pulled me back from an emotional brink. The amazing part is how I found key phrases, metaphors, and visualizations that had me scrambling for a pen (okay... okay... I used the notes feature on my Kindle, but you get the idea) so I could get my thoughts and feelings into a form for future reference. In fact, the book will require another reading in the near future, as I am sure the material will strike different chords with different people in varying situations. As I am currently undergoing a lot of changes in my life (financial status, living situation, marital strife, self-employment), this book's message made so much sense on so many levels. While I avoid spoilers in my reviews, you should know this: You will not view your station or path in life the same when you shine the light of this material on them. Living in fear has so many of us curled into virtual balls of inactivity where we believe that we are safe - when the opposite is true. Off the top of my head (as my notes would be too extensive for this review), I can list a few concepts discussed by Dennis that will have a lasting impact on how I view the changes and the unknown future in my life: 1. Habit energy's ability to carve ruts into our minds that can set us on auto-pilot when it comes to how we live our daily lives. More importantly, there is a poignant discussion on how habits themselves are neither good or bad and must be judged their relative merits: Whether they moves us closer or further away from our visions of our ideal selves. 2. The campsites that have been set up along the path to the top of the mountain where others ceased their journeys and decided (whether consciously or subconsciously) to abandon their dreams. 3. The great influence and power of the Collective Unconscious to affect the lives of those who do not live consciously and brave the edge of the unknown - where real growth takes place. For me, this was a big one, as I have been living with an excess exposure to the media in the past few years. It is no wonder I am paralyzed. The media exerts a great influence on the Collective Unconscious - an it sells the worst news to us in massive doses. This is by no means a "top three" list. There are many others that had just as much impact on how I am now viewing my world. I will be forever keeping so many of these concepts in mind as I forge ahead with my life. This should be required reading for anyone who wished to live their life more fully and avoid the pitfalls of negative group thinking that permeate the airwaves. Thanks, Dennis. I owe you one. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What great gift to my soul this book has been! If you're filled with self doubt and frustration, this book will give you the inspiration to push through. Many thanks and blessings to the author:-)
electrosef More than 1 year ago
Being uncertain about outcomes in our daily lives is a widely accepted fact of life, but it tends to be a tad unsettling for most of us. Using practical examples drawn from Dr. Jones' own real life stories, combined with his astute wisdom, this book drew me into sharpened insights about the inside action going on "behind the scenes" in my own everyday living, and pushed me into new awarenesses with every chapter. While reading The Art of Uncertainty, unavoidably at least some part of your consciousness is tranformed. Once that happens your thinking will be transformed if you so choose, and if you do choose that, your life is transformed. Insight I found in this book helped me discover that combining work with love... reveals art!
SandySchwartz More than 1 year ago
The Art of Uncertainty is an enlightened companion for anyone facing the uncertainties of change in their life. Whether these changes are mandatory or chosen this book will be of great assistance in transforming life's uncertainties into opportunities for a life truly worth living. I highly recommend this book written by an insightful and dedicated teacher, Dennis Merritt Jones. ~ Sandy Schwartz