Barbara Berger’s bestselling international classic is a book about power of the mind. This is a book about the ways in which you can take control of your life and create the life you’ve always wanted to live. But how do you take control? In this highly practical book, Barbara Berger gives us the tools and then guides us, step by step, into how we can change our lives by changing our thinking. If your life is not working, or you just want it to work better, here’s a simple yet effective way to look inside yourself and see what you can do about money, relationships, love, your health, family, work, peace, joy, and much more. And it will be faster and easier than you ever dreamed possible.
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About the Author
American-born Barbara Berger is the bestselling author of fifteen self-empowerment books. After Barbara left the USA to protest against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, she settled in Scandinavia and continued her quest to learn more about the science of the mind, spirituality and psychology. Today, she gives workshops and coaching to help her clients harness the power of their own minds. She lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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The Road to Power
We are what we think.
We can change our lives by changing our thoughts.
This is a book about power.
This is a book about the ways in which you can control your life and create the life you've always wanted to live.
Our thoughts and words are all-powerful.
The Revolution in Consciousness
This is the great revolution in consciousness that is taking place right now. More and more people are claiming their own power. More and more people are awakening to the simple fact that what they think, declare, and focus on is what they attract into their lives.
We are only victims of our own thinking.
If your life is not working, it's time to look at your attitudes and thoughts because only here will you find the key to taking control of your life and changing your destiny.
Decide on the life you want, visualize it, affirm it, decree it, focus on it, believe it, have faith in it, and you will find yourself living this life much sooner and much faster than you ever dreamed possible.
The Way the Mind Works
When you realize what it's all about, it's almost too simple to be true. It's almost a joke.
When the realization dawns on you, and you stop laughing, you'll probably ask yourself why you spent so much of your life working so hard, struggling like mad against outside circumstances, when all you had to do was change your own thinking.
The outside world is just a manifestation of what we choose to think about. Focus on sickness, poverty, and misery, and you will experience these things instantly. Change your focus and concentrate on the feast of life, on your blessings, on all the Good in life, on vibrant health and the abundance of the universe — and instantly they will appear for you.
What changed? The universe surely didn't. All that changed was your thinking.
The Power of Inner Work
Look around you. Most people are struggling desperately every day to survive or to perform, achieve, and succeed.
So many of us also find ourselves rushing around madly, because we believe that the harder we try, the more worthy we will become as human beings.
I know, I've been there myself. I was brought up that way, just like you were. I had the same education and heard all the same arguments we created to justify struggle. For example: That's the way the world is. You have to work hard to make it. Money doesn't grow on trees. Life is a struggle. If I work hard enough, maybe they'll love me. Old age means sickness and misery, etc.
Believing this, we desperately try to force our Good on the outer plane. Until sooner or later, we realize that it just doesn't work like that. We cannot force our Good on the outer plane.
The real point of power is inside.
So do the inner work. Examine your thoughts and attitudes, dump the ones that don't work, and adopt the focus that will create the life you want to live.
And leave the outer plane alone.
The outer plane will take care of itself. It's like a magical computer printout of your life, anytime you press the print command, it will give you an exact reading of what you are thinking on the inner plane.
So forget struggle. Forget hardship. Forget poverty, sickness, and unhappiness. Do the inner work and start enjoying your life right now.
Since this is a book about power, each chapter contains practical techniques you can use in your daily life to gain control of your life and create the life you want to live. All the techniques described in this book have helped me improve the quality of my life at one time or another. I felt moved to write this book because these techniques helped me so much, I want to share them with you.
I tried to design this book so it's easy to use. I wrote this for busy people and for people who have little patience with long-winded intellectual discussions and/or long, boring explanations. If you want fast results, if you want techniques that are easy to understand, easy to learn and that work quickly, this book should be fun for you.
For several reasons:
First of all, this is a short book.
And second, you don't have to read the book from start to finish to make it work for you. You can just dive into any chapter that attracts you and start there. Just follow your intuition ... then this book will be happy with you too!
I've also found that different techniques have worked for me at different times of my life and that the methods I use also keep changing according to the situation, the problem, or the needs of the moment. Again, I try to follow my intuition and use whatever technique feels right.
We are all constantly evolving, growing, and changing, so we outgrow techniques or we get tired of them and release them for a while so we can move on to new methods. Likewise, a technique that worked well for us in the past can suddenly start to appeal to us again, even though we haven't used it for months or years. Then we go back and reconsider it and find new meaning, new depth, and new power. Our understanding of different techniques and ideas will constantly evolve for us, like peeling off the layers of an onion, as we continue to grow and gain power over our lives.
And finally, everything in this book is meant to give you great pleasure and a deep sense of joy. I believe that when we connect to our Higher Selves and understand that we are responsible for our lives and destinies, we see life as the great adventure it truly is and can consciously claim our own power to become the true creators we in fact already are.
The Power of the Force
Whatever we human beings choose to call it, our universe, our existence, our actions, our evolution are guided by a higher principle, intelligence, or power.
This power or force has a lot of different names, such as:
God Life The Force The Life Force The God Force The Creator Brahman Allah Tao Jehovah Our Heavenly Father The First Cause The Life Principle I AM That I AM The Presence The Supreme Being The Divine Presence The Animating Principle The Cosmic Mind The Living Spirit The Higher Self
Recognize the Force and Stop Resisting
When you recognize the Force and stop resisting the nature of human evolution, you will find that your entire life changes. When you realize that you are 100 percent responsible for everything that happens in your life, that your Higher Self in fact designed your life for your own soul growth, and that every difficulty you meet on your pathway through life is part of your learning process, you will experience a feeling of relief, elation, and true liberation.
You will understand that all struggle on the outer plane solves nothing. You will see that we are not victims of anything. There are no accidents in Life and no victims.
Life is a game we cannot lose because we are all here to evolve, no matter what happens.
In fact, life on Planet Earth is like going to school. This is our classroom, which we designed ourselves for our own benefit. And struggle is only a sign that we are resisting, that we are not yet doing the inner work we must do sooner or later to move on to the next stage of our evolution.
But, of course, there is no rush. You can resist as long as you want to ... because there is an infinity of time ... and sooner or later, you will get it.
The Universe Is Your Source
Everything in your life, my life, and everyone else's life comes from the infinite universe. The infinite universe or the God Force is the source and provides us with everything. And since there is an infinite, endless supply of matter and energy, how can we lack?
Poverty is really the failure to recognize the infinite universe as the source of everything. Other people are not your source, nor is your job, the welfare society, the government, your family, or outside circumstances. None of these things are the source of your life, wealth or prosperity. Other people and situations are the channels through which the abundance of the universe manifests in your life ... but they are not the source.
Open Your Heart and Mind to the True Source
So recognize the true source of all life and abundance and open your heart and mind to greater Good, greater prosperity, increased health, abundance, peace, and joy in your life. It is always available. It is always there, just waiting for your recognition. So stop limiting your Good, your health, or your wealth by limiting your ideas or stating that you can only receive from fixed channels. For example, don't say that you live on a fixed income (in other words on your salary) because by doing so, you are closing the doors to the source of infinite supply. Realize, affirm, and visualize your Good coming to you through an unlimited number of channels from the infinite universe.
Affirm daily: I am now open and receptive to my Highest Good. The unlimited supply of the universe now pours forth to me from an unlimited number of channels. I give thanks for the infinite blessings and outpouring of abundance that are now manifesting in my life.
What is true abundance?
True abundance is all the Good the universe holds for us:
Love Peace Radiant Health Financial Prosperity Time Beauty Spiritual Growth Friends Family Music and Art Joy Nature Wisdom and Understanding and an infinity of more ...
Why settle for less?
The Power of Affirmation
Do you know your word is law?
That what you say, even casually, becomes your reality?
I am quite sure people would be much more careful of what they say if they were aware of the power of the spoken word.
You see, every word you speak or write is an affirmation. To affirm is literally to make firm.
To affirm is to manifest your thoughts into material form.
Unfortunately, far too many people, not realizing the power of their words, are affirming lack, poverty, illness, and unhappiness for themselves. By complaining and proclaiming misery, they are decreeing and creating the very misery, lack, pain, and sorrow they so dislike.
Take Control of Your Words
You are the only person in your mind. You can decide, right now, to take control of your words, both written and spoken, and thereby take control of your destiny. After all, you and no one else is responsible for what comes out of your mouth. No one else can force you to speak words of negativity. It's your decision. So if you want to change your life, take responsibility for your own words right now.
Once you become aware of the power of words, you can quickly see why other people's lives are as they are. Just listen to what they are saying, to their conversations. It's very revealing. People who complain all the time, who focus on misery, who are always moaning and groaning about how difficult their lives are, do really have difficult lives. Their lives are as they decree them to be.
Those who proclaim joy, success, and love, those who speak positive words, who decree that good things are happening, live joyful, successful, interesting, loving lives.
"In the Beginning Was the Word ..."
The Bible and other ancient scriptures all speak of the power of the word. They teach that our words are the creative force of the universe, alive with power for good or for evil.
Many modern psychological techniques also recognize the power of our words. For example, neuro-linguistic programming, an effective new technique for reprogramming our mental states, helps people change their behavioral patterns. An important tool in NLP for understanding behavioral programs is listening to what people say.
Mantras, or the use of sacred words, also aim to reprogram our minds and bodies to increased health and happiness through repeating words of power.
The world-famous mantra below was created by the French physician Emile Coué (1857–1926) to help people heal themselves of all kinds of illnesses and psychological problems. Coué, who was a medical doctor in Nancy, France, successfully treated thousands of patients with this mantra. All one has to do is repeat it aloud, fifteen times in a row, three times a day, each and every day. Repetition helps the mantra work on our subconscious mind, which then acts accordingly, without interference from our logical intellect.
Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
Proclaim Your Affirmations Aloud Every Day
You can develop positive affirmations for every area of your life. You can also use affirmations created by other people, like the Coué affirmation above. Or you can use passages from sacred texts, the Bible, or better yet, you can create your own affirmations.
Start with those areas in your life that are most pressing and begin affirming the positive outcome you want to experience. Decree life as you want it to be and believe it should be. Always affirm in the present tense. It doesn't matter if your affirmations are not yet true (have not yet manifested in the outer world). By affirming positive outcomes, you create them, first in your subconscious mind and in the universal mind, then in the outer world. Your words and your belief in your decrees make them manifest on the physical plane.
Repeat Your Affirmations 15 Times in a Row
I suggest saying your affirmations every morning and evening aloud for about five minutes at a time. If you have time during the middle of the day, say your affirmations again.
Many teachers and healers also suggest repeating each of your important affirmations fifteen times in a row, to energize yourself and give your affirmation the necessary power.
Repeating the Lord's Prayer out loud fifteen times in a row is a very powerful general affirmation.
When you find yourself in situations where you can't say your affirmations aloud (for example, at your office, on the train), write them down in your notebook. Writing affirmations fifteen times in a row is also a powerful way to manifest Good in your life.
Not only should you change your affirmations to meet your evolving needs, you should not hesitate to be specific in your affirmations. It's fine to use general affirmations on a daily basis, but for specific needs and situations, be bold and affirm the results you want.
For example, to increase your income and meet your financial obligations, be definite about prosperity. (See Chapter 10 on The Power of Money.) Affirm:
I am a rich child of the infinite universe. Abundant supply now manifests in my life and I now meet my financial obligations easily and effortlessly. _________ (state amount) now comes quickly to me ...
For health problems, you can create your own specific affirmations to meet specific needs or use general affirmations such as the examples below for health and healing:
My body is strong and healthy. Every day, new life, strength, and vitality are flowing to every atom, cell, and organ of my body. Every day in every way I am getting better and better and better.
I love my body and give thanks for its perfect functioning. Every cell and atom of my body now radiates vibrant health and vitality.
I give thanks for ever-increasing health, strength, and vitality. I am enjoying radiant good health now.
Affirm and Demonstrate!
As you continue to affirm, you will see the results of your inner work begin to manifest in the world around you. You will experience surprising demonstrations, unexpected changes, new Good, and an increased sense of control over your destiny.
As you begin to experience the power of your words, you can expand this power for Good by affirming Good for other people too. Often your affirmations of Good for another person can turn the tide in their life. Especially when their need seems great, do not be afraid to speak bold words of affirmation to them directly.
Say things like:
You will be fine.
Everything is okay.
You are just fine the way you are.
Of course you can do it.
I know you can do it.
I have complete faith in you.
I predict complete success for you in this venture.
I admire your talents and ability.
You are strong and healthy.
You look so much better today.
Thank you for the inspiration you've given me.
I really appreciate your help.
Such words can make all the difference to the people around you, whether they be troublesome acquaintances, good friends, co-workers, family members, children, or lovers. (See Chapter 17 on The Power of Praise and Blessing.)
Affirm and Enjoy!
Continue to play with your affirmations!
Sing them, chant them, dance to them, write them down, hang them on your walls, paste them on your refrigerator and telephones, hang them in your bathroom, repeat them silently to yourself throughout the day. I promise you that soon you will realize the full power of your words to create the Good that you so rightfully desire and deserve!
Excerpted from "The Road to Power"
Copyright © 1996 Barbara Weitzen Berger.
Excerpted by permission of John Hunt Publishing Ltd..
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Table of Contents
The Road to Power Fast Food for the Soul Book 1
1 The Road to Power 3
2 The Power of the Force 7
3 The Power of Affirmation 11
4 The Power of Release 17
5 The Power of NO 25
6 The Power of Visualization 31
7 The Power of Alpha 39
8 The Power of Focus 45
9 The Power of Secrecy 57
10 The Power of Money 59
11 The Power of Giving 67
12 The Power of Love 71
13 The Power of Silence 75
14 The Power of Nature 79
15 The Power of Eating Less 83
16 The Power of Exercise 87
17 The Power of Praise and Blessing 93
18 The Power of Friends 99
19 The Power of Fast Food for the Soul 103
The Road to Power More Fast Food for the Soul Book 2
1 The Road to Power 109
2 The Power of Reality 113
3 The Power of the Force 117
4 The Power of the Choice-Maker 121
5 The Power of Mental Technology 131
6 The Power of Right Seeing 135
7 The Power of the Joyful Giver 139
8 The Power of No Age 145
9 The Power of Even More Money 153
10 The Power of Clear Goals 167
11 The Power of Deep Peace 171
12 The Power of Joy and Laughter 177
13 The Power of the Mental Hug 181
14 The Power of Treatment 185
15 The Power of the Good 197
16 The Power of Our Teachers 205
17 The Power of the Vision 211