There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem [NOOK Book]

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In this inspiring new book, bestselling author Wayne W. Dyer puts forth the powerful notion: namely that our ultimate purpose is to fulfill a spiritual destiny. In There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Dyer shows us that there is an omnipresent spiritual force right at our fingertips that contains the solution to our problems -- from ill health, to financial worries, to relationship difficulties. Drawing from various spiritual traditions, especially from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Dyer helps us...

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In this inspiring new book, bestselling author Wayne W. Dyer puts forth the powerful notion: namely that our ultimate purpose is to fulfill a spiritual destiny. In There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Dyer shows us that there is an omnipresent spiritual force right at our fingertips that contains the solution to our problems -- from ill health, to financial worries, to relationship difficulties. Drawing from various spiritual traditions, especially from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Dyer helps us unplug from the material world and awaken to the divine with.

The first part of the book provides the essential foundations for spiritual problem solving, and explains the basic principles needed to understand and access the world of spirit. In these chapters, you'll read the words of Pantanjali, a Yogi mystic whose teachings and practices deeply affected Dyer and informed his realization that the spiritual force is everywhere.

The second half, organized around the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, contains specific suggestions to help readers put spiritual problem-solving into practice. The prayer embodies the fundamental message of this book. St. Francis's legacy is one of love, harmony, and service -- putting our collective energies toward what we are for instead of what we are against. Each of these last seven chapters begins with a line from this prayer; Dyer then goes on to offer specific and practical suggestions for applying the teaching to everyday problems. These suggestions include affirmations, writing exercises, guided meditations, and other strategies for putting St. Francis's words and the wisdom of this book into practice.

Profound and thought-provoking, yet filled with pragmatic advice, There's A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem is a book about self-awareness and tapping the healing energy within all of us. As Dyer writes, “Thinking is the source of problems. Your heart holds the answer to solving them.”

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According to Wayne W. Dyer, any problem, whether it be ill health, financial difficulty, or relationship trauma, has a spiritual solution. Trusting his own advice, he responded to a heart attack by applying the principles of this book to his new situation.
Publishers Weekly
The first half of this book is virtually interchangeable with any number of manuals by Deepak Chopra, John Bradshaw and Marianne Williamson. Self-help guru Dyer urges readers not to let their problems get them down; problems, he chirps, are just illusions anyway. Like many other pop spirituality writers in our multicultural age, Dyer draws on spiritual wisdom from the world over, peppering his pages with quotations from the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible. Dyer too often veers into the blatantly self-promotional, weaving in letters from readers who say their lives have been utterly transformed by following his advice. But the second half of the book an extended meditation on Francis of Assisi's well-known prayer "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace" distinguishes this offering from the rest of the self-help pack. Dyer urges readers to choose peace, to think about the sun's light and energy when they stumble into a place of darkness and to focus on hope when all they feel is despair. He advises acting loving in situations filled with anger and hate, letting go of fear and "shifting from pessimism to optimism." These aren't breathtakingly original suggestions, but Dyer, returning again and again to the words of St. Francis, presents such familiar lessons in a fresh and loving way. Dyer's large and loyal following will enjoy this book, but he would have done his readers a favor by lopping off the first 140 pages. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The best-selling author of over 20 books, Dyer (Your Erroneous Zones) offers a timeless message that draws wisdom from many spiritual traditions. Some readers may have difficulty digesting his blend of Eastern and Western concepts, but the practical examples will enable most readers to understand and apply the insights. Dyer completed this book after he experienced a heart attack and updated it with stories of his personal application of the ideas. This lends credibility to his claims that we cannot send problems out of our lives by attacking them or understanding them in more depth but by correcting the error in our thinking that produced the problem in the first place. Readers may have difficulty grasping his definitions of problem, solution, and spiritual, but the book is engaging and easily lends itself to rereading. An enticing and challenging work; recommended for all public library self-help, religion, psychology, or contemporary issues collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/01.] Leroy Hommerding, Ft. Meyers, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061796852
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 135,394
  • File size: 620 KB

Meet the Author

Wayne W. Dyer is one of the most widely read authors today in the field of self-development. He is the author of many books, including such bestsellers as Your Erroneous Zones, You'll See It When You Believe It, and Real Magic.

A psychotherapist, Dyer received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and has taught at many levels of education from high school through graduate study. He is the co-author of three textbooks, contributes to numerous professional journals and lectures extensively in the United States as well as abroad.

He appears regularly on radio and television shows around the country.

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Chapter One

Spiritual Problem Solving

The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to the divinity within.
'- HazraT Inayat Khan

Can you make a flower grow? Probably your first response is, “Such a simple thing to do. Plant a seed in some dirt, provide sunlight and water and in time a flower will emerge. The proof isthat there are millions upon millions of flowers sprouting all over the world at this moment!”

That is certainly true. However, I am inviting you to reread the question and consider who or what generates the life that makes a flower grow, because the who or what is the source of solutions to all our problems.

Who or what causes the flower seed to blossom, and the tiny embryo to become a human being? Who or what grows our finger-nails and beats our heart even as we sleep? Who or what is behind the movement of the winds, which we feel but never see? What is this force that keeps the planets in place and hurls our world through the galaxy at a breathtaking speed? These questions have been asked for as long as humans have had the ability to contemplate their existence.

Spirit is what I have chosen to call the formless, invisible energy which is the source and sustenance of life on this planet. This force, no matter the name we give it, can solve every problem that we encounter. There is a spiritual solution to every problem, we only need to learn how to access it. In this book I will explain ways that I have found to access this force. I will begin by explaining thethree basic steps to finding your spiritual solutions to problems.

I first read about these steps when I immersed myself in How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali, written sometime between the fourth century B.C. and the fourth century A.D. Thesespiritual disciplines and techniques were written to enable a person to achieve the ultimate unitive knowledge of God. I will refer to this powerful collection of writings frequently, and share with you how this knowledge can be applied in your life.

I trust you will discover for yourself that these things you have come to label as problems have a ready solution available to you right now, in this moment, in that world we are calling spirit.

The First of Three Steps for Accessing Spiritual Direction

Recognition:It may appear obvious that one must first recognize something before applying it, but this is actually the most troublesome step in moving toward spiritual illumination.

Recognizing the availability of an invisible force that can be put to use in solving a problem, requires overcoming a great deal of our early training and conditioning. Have you ever thought about the limitations we experience when we identify ourselves as only a physical body in material existence?

For instance, do you believe there is only one kind of power or knowledge, which relies on your sensory or intellectual faculties to solve problems? Most of us have been taught this is true and that all of the information that has been acquired is the total inventory of options available to us. This is a conditioned attitude of nonrecognition of our divine connection to spiritual problem solving.

In this state of nonrecognition we believe that medicines, herbs, surgery, and doctors are responsible for all healing, or that improving one's financial picture involves the exclusive application of working hard, studying, interviewing, and sending out résumés. In essence, nonrecognition leads us to believe that our knowledge is limited to those kinds of phenomena, which are explainable through our sensory functions.

Patanjali described a kind of knowledge or power that is not accessed solely through the material or sensory world. Recognition that this power exists and is always available is the first step in acti-vating it. However, it is not accessed solely through the teachings of others, or through ancient writings, just as we do not dream because someone teaches or writes about dreaming. Recognizing, like dreaming, is something we access by making an inner and outer commitment to our ability to recognize.

For example, in this first step when you are faced with a problem, I suggest you create a personal affirmation such as: “I may not know exactly how to access the spiritual solution here, but I fully recognize that a spiritual solution exists.” By recognition of its existence, we invite the power to be known by us.

As physical beings we can make a flower grow in the sense of the response to the question in the opening sentence of this book. But if we are thoughtful we realize that we cannot even begin to unravel the mystery of the invisible force that initiates life. Yet it is in this omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent spiritual world that we find the solutions to all our problems. This spiritual force is everywhere and in every thing and every one. When we incorporate the first step, recognition, we begin the process of accessing this all-knowingpower.

The Second of Three Steps for Accessing Spiritual Direction

Realization: We discover that knowledge achieved by realization is of a much higher order than intellectual reasoning.

This is not an exercise in intellectual reasoning. In this step we go beyond recognition of a spiritual presence into the phase of realization where nothing but our own personal experience is trusted. We become an explorer in virgin territory where no one but ourselves can be. Here, only you can validate your experience.

Our desire to realize the presence is an integral part of the unexplainable dynamic that creates life. When we actively meditate on a chosen spiritual ideal or even a given personality we are expressing our desire by inviting the presence to be accessible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    A life-changing book.....a must read book for anyone

    I have read Dr. Dyer's book "Your erroneous zones" years ago and learned a lot about myself. When I felt that I needed it the most I found this book. It was incredible!. It is full of good advice and makes you think more and more. I will definitely recommend it to anyone looking for self-growth and development.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    I have read several chapters and I love it. It is helping me so

    I have read several chapters and I love it. It is helping me so much. Every day I can't wait to read more. This book is helping me to deal with life challenges in a different way. I no longer hold on to the things others say and do. I believe more in myself and my dreams. Thank you Dr. Dyer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    Next to the Bible, The best book ever!!!!!!!!!

    This is a book I read over and over. Keep it on your night stand because you can use it to calm yourself in any situation. When I start reading it I can actually feel my heart beat slow down. It truly is Dr. Wayne Dyer's best book ever and I have most of them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Comforting and Encouraging

    I have always believed that the best answers to life situations come from God. Plus St. Francis od Assisi is one of my favorite people, and I've used his prayer to meditate upon for more than 20 years. So this book is a perfect match for me. I read it eagerly and was delighted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    All I can say is Dr. DYER ROCKS!

    Every book of his has great insight and positive ways of being in this world his books are a comfort as well as a treasure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Great inspiration

    A great guide to have in your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    St. Francis of Assisi Essay

    This book is based on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. It explains how to utilize the wisdom of St. Francis to deal with everyday problems in the modern world. Dr. Dyer does a wonderful job of intertwining the goodness of this prayer with your life. The book privdes a great way to live you life and enjoy it without getting angry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    great book

    A great book everyone should get to read.
    I gave it as a present for a friend who was very sick, so he could understand how the mind body conection works

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

    Calms the Spirit

    This book is truly life changing. I continue to re-read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    The Zenith of Wayne Dyer

    I believe this to be a beautiful culmination of all of Dr. Dyer's work. Essentially Dr. Dyer utilizes wisdom, history, a higher power/level of consciousness along common sense to touch the crux of human struggle/opportunity. This book will engage fundamental thinking and reasoning that enables or dis-ables the choices we make. I have given this book to friends, colleagues, physicians who have all had the same experience and reaction. As a personal note, Dr. Dyer's book 'Your Erroneous Zones' was instrumental in the 'recovery' and the optimum improvement of the quality of life of family members, friends and patients. That's a long but good story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    Wayne Dyer A MAN WHO HAS WALKED HIS TALK

    We must all need a spirital solution to every problem ; as Wayne has learned this first hand as a little boy. We can often read comments by those who may have never been in a foster homes and have not experienced pulling them self up by their boot straps; and have maybe not applied real life experience into a book first hand such as in: A Spirital Solution To Every Problem. We learn about a transformation from the author from his earlier writings as he moves to an application of the east to the west and how they are interelated in so many ways.This gives one a reason to believe even more in the Bible than before and may help those non believers to open their eyes. It also shows us how we are all connected to one another in more ways than not, whether one believes in the east or west. If I have done half as much as this man has accomplished in all his writings and experience with life I would keep my ears open to everything that he tells us in : A Spirital Soution To Every Problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Ain't that the truth

    There is indeed a spiritual solution to every problem. Simply ask God and he will answer you. If you listen. That is the message in my favorite spiritual book, I Talked To God And He Wants To Talk To You. It is also the message in this wonderful book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    This program will change your way of thinking

    It will change your life if you apply the principles he discusses. I have listened to this 3 times already and am on the 4th time. You pick up something new every time. Unbelievable...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    A little bit of light in the darkness

    This book clearly can shine light in our dark places. It offers wonderfully spiritually inspired suggestions to gaining a sense of peace and inner wisdom to our problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    The answer is with in

    Excellent advice to use and grow spirtualy. It is written in a loving manner, using ( I believe ) clear and easy to understand langauge . His only error, if this constitutes an error ( and by his admission), he tends to repeat the same lesson , in a given chapter, a number of times. This is good for thick headed types like myself, if you are quick on the uptake you may find it a bit repeative at times...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    NOT Recomended-one star bwecause I had to rate it with at least one star.

    The title is truly misleading. One cannot take all of these religions and plaster them together as if they are in agreement with each other, which this author has attempted to do. He obviously does not have any idea (spiritually speaking) of the true beliefs of these religions. It would appear he has used the terminology of different religions to make his own point to sell his book. I would not recommend this book for any kind of spiritual solution. Better yet, open the Word of God and let God speak to you personally.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    gettin the book!

    I saw Dr Dyer talk about this book on public television and am going to buy it. He reminds me of another series though - one might enjoy... From Devorss publishing its titled 'Life and teachings from the masters of the far east' its a 6 volume effort but worth every second...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Enlightened Wisdom from an Enlightened Man

    Wayne Dyer is truly a mystical beacon for our world today. He reveals many possibilities for those on the spiritual path and for those wanting to learn more about spirituality without convential dogma and sectarianism. Mr. Dyer has become more spiritually advanced with each passing book and lecture. He combines the spiritual wisdom of sages and mystics of all countries, and all ages to enlighten those willing to learn and grow spiritually. His extensive and inclusive mystical knowledge is a definite indication of his advanced stage on the spiritual path, and helping humanity to advance spiritually is another. For people dedicated to the inclusive love and wisdom of the spiritual path and their soul growth, I whole heartedly recommend the Rosicrucian organization AMORC (800-88-AMORC) also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    Here he goes again!

    It is all about Wayne (not merely this book, everything is all about Wayne). To quote Publishers Weekly: Dyer too often veers into the blatantly self-promotional, weaving in letters from readers who say their lives have been utterly transformed by following his advice. Does the word narcissism fit? Yes!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 14, 2011

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