Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

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by Wayne W. Dyer
     
 

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Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned

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Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.

In this book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne’s researching of 12 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today. Some of the chapter titles are “Living with Flexibility,” “Living Without Enemies,” and “Living by Letting Go.” Each of the 81 brief chapters focuses on living the Tao and concludes with a section called “Doing the Tao Now.”

        Wayne spent one entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu’s messages, practicing them each day and ultimately writing down these essays as he felt Lao-tzu wanted you to know them.

This is a work to be read slowly, one essay a day. As Wayne says, “This is a book that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you’ll live in a new world aligned with nature. Writing this book changed me forever, too. I now live in accord with the natural world and feel the greatest sense of peace I’ve ever experienced. I’m so proud to present this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, and offer the same opportunity for change that it has brought me.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401920524
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
42,276
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author


Affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author, speaker, and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (21 of which became New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone!, Wishes Fulfilled, and I Can See Clearly Now were all featured as National Public Television specials.

Wayne held a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University, had been an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York, and honored a lifetime commitment to learning and finding the Higher Self. In 2015, he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure.

Website: www.DrWayneDyer.com

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Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually bought this book a year ago. I started to read and put it down. I just wasn't ready. In April, I started Tai Chi and then began the book, as the ancient practice and this book are true companions. I read a chapter a night, almost done. I have started to apply the wisdom to my daily life and am finding peace in this chaotic world. It does work. I have highlighted points that strike me, and once done, will begin again and reflect on those thoughts. For anyone ready to remove the drama from their lives and find some peace, this is a great book to start the journey.
Lumi More than 1 year ago
It does not matter in what religion you are, this is for everyone.There is only one verse to read and you will notice that is a very special book that will help you find answers in life. This book is so inspiring and motiving. This book is better than any medicine out there, it is a very powerful book. This has been one of my favorites books of all-times. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tao Te Ching, the "Great Way," contains the 81 verses of Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher (604 BCE - 531 BCE). Wayne Dyer spent the better part of a year researching translations of Lao-tzu's verses and has compiled them in a magnificent book where he speaks of the modern-day application of each of Lao-tzu's teachings. One of Lao-tzu's most famous teachings is, "The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step," or "...begins beneath one's feet," depending on which translation you read. The book is profound, moving, and is meant to be read and savored over time. Dyer has been writing about all things transformational for many years and not only does this book not disappoint, it may very well be the hallmark of his work. Chapters are titled "Living by Letting Go," "Living Untroubled by Good or Bad Fortune," "Living in Wholeness." In the world we inhabit today, these are words to live by.
Drew_K More than 1 year ago
Wayne Dyer's Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life is a great interpretation of the ancient Tao Te Ching. Wayne begins each chapter with an excerpt from one of the various Tao Te Ching then goes on to decipher the mystery of the message. Utilizing his clear & peaceful state of mind he brings his enlightened state to mix with this ancient wisdom. Together it creates a wonderful balance of contemplations that will not only inspire you but get you into a peaceful state for the day. Wayne Dyer's words carry light and that is what you will feel reading this book of ancient wisdom brought into a modern perspective. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, what you earn, where you live, etc THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! This is my first, and so far, only review I've ever entered. I just finished the last of 8 CD's in this book set and can't wait to start it over again! Especially for commuters, this is the perfect way to not only pass the time, but enjoy it! Dr Dyer is superb in his translation of the Tao Te Ching and can be applied anytime, anywhere!
LanaGirl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was motivating and inspiring, and if you are able to apply it to your life, you will be better for it. The Tao lets you "let go" of emotions and situations that are painful. I would like to say that this is Mr. Dyers perspective of the Tao. Everybody should read the Tao on their own to see how they read it. You can type in Tao on any search engine on the web, and you will see places to go to understand it and read the verses. However, I do believe that this is a really well explained book, and Mr. Dyer really helps you understand the Tao wisdom. This is not a book that will change your life overnight, as the Tao wisdom can take a lifetime to master, if someone ever does, but it will really change your life, and you will be better for it. Any religion can practice this wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of a long road trip, I slipped the CD version of Wayne Dyer's thoughts on the Tao Te Ching into my player and began to listen. I've been familiar with Lao-tzu's writings for many years, but Dyer's research and presentation skills made the ancient wisdom ever so accessible. I am on my third time listening to the 81 verses and find I am observing both my life and the world from a new perspective--more hope filled and with a fresh, gentler view of what true strength means. It all makes so much sense! I am also aware of a deep desire to change some of my values and thoughts to be more in harmony with the Tao. I practice these new insights daily. Thank you, Dr Dyer, for not only your research and writing, but that you practiced LIVING the Tao personally.
Sparrow20 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books to read for anyone who would like to change the life its been living till now. I do recomend it very much. It is very inspiring and simple to understand so it is good for anyone intrested in hope and inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading for all adults. Do the recommended program of reading one verse per day, then digest it, followed by practice. It will change the way you think about things, and your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a passage or more from this book each day. Since getting this book I have begun living and studying the Tao Te Ching. It has already had a positive effect on my life. I suggest anyone just crack it open and read a passage. You will truly enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really helps explain a text that was written over 2,000 years ago. It also helps bring meaning the the current era and found it to be quite useful. Thank you Dr. Wayne Dyer!
peacefulBA More than 1 year ago
I have read Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life by Dr.Wayne Dyer several times and my life has been changed. It is a book I keep readily available to pick up and re-read so it can become a way of life for me. Dr. Dyer's explanation of the "Tao" is easily read and understood leaving the reader with an unexpected sense of peace and understanding of life. It does not take sides it simply explains what we humans tend to loose site of. It all makes such amazing sense if the reader simply takes the time to enlighten themselves. Dr. Dyer's gift of explaining the thoughts of the Tao should be read by all those in leadership rolls as well as by the average person like myself, as it could and would make this world and our homes a peaceful place in which to live. I have passed this book onto all of my family members and will continue giving it as gifts as long as I am able. Thank you Dr. Dyer, you have changed my life through your efforts and I am certain your explanation of the Tao has changed the lives of others as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on Tao principles, this book is valuable but doesn't offer any new or ground breaking perspectives. I prefer the best-selling book by Dr. Rosalene Glickman to learn how to optimize your thoughts, feelings, relationships and any situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Wayne Dyer's books and I loved this new one. I have tried to read the Tao before and thought it was very interesting but hard to understand. Also, each translation of it is different and I wasn't sure which one was more 'correct'. Wayne worked with several translations and interpreted the Tao in a way that I trust and found very enjoyable and beneficial. How lovely it is that he wrote this book on the ancient wisdom that has been elusive to me for so long. Highest recommendations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book truly improved my life.  I was working a job that I didn't like at all, I was depressed, and ready for positive change when I bought and read this book over Valentine's Day weekend in February 2014.  I left that job the following week and I have continued to move my life in a positive direction ever since.  The wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu is timeless.  Dr. Wayne Dyer does an excellent job of following each chapter with an explanation/interpretation of his own.  I felt like this book was speaking directly to me and my life situation at the time.  Nearly a year later, I still reference the book on a regular basis to read a chapter each time.   In total I've probably read it over 3 times in the past year.  Whether or not you are religious (and I'm not), the eastern philosophy of the Tao is pure and practical wisdom that will never expire.  There is nothing dogmatic about it.  It outlines the way to live happily, peacefully, simply, effortlessly and spontaneously with yourself, others, and nature.   Anyone with an open mind that is striving for self-mastery will greatly benefit from this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several Wayne Dyer books and this one I finally understood enough to incorporate in my life. I've told several people reading this book is like doing yoga. I feel so calm when reading each verse and his interpretation. I think you must be in the right time in your life to 'get this'. I have always thought about myself as more than a 'body' and this book kind of makes it all make sense of how I've felt for years. I wish I had "gotten it" years ago but I guess at 49 it's not too late. If we all read and understood and incorporated this in our everyday living, the world would be a better more peaceful place to live in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading a chapter a day, I find this book thought-provoking, inspiring, balancing. An enjoyable read in layman's terms. I have recommended it to friends, and bought it as gifts. Thank you, Wayne Dyer, for another great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over 25 years of writing self-help from a cognitive-behavioral perspective has made Dyer one of the most prolific self-help writers, as described in the book by Peter Teiman,'One man's crusade'.Read the latest Dyer book and benefit immediately by it's wisdom.
kmrandall More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Wayne Dyer books. Although to be honest I love every book I've read by him. This book is exceptional in it's simplicity, elegance and practical advice. Wayne outdid himself on this book. I can't begin to explain how this book has changed my life. A great book!!!
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