The Shift by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“The Shift” is a companion book to a movie by the same name, also by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

From the inside jacket: “The Shift . . . illustrates how and why to make the move From Ambition To Meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual connectedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose.

The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive; it signifies that we become driven about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing Meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda.”
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Generally when I read a new book I breeze through it quickly to get an idea of the subject matter and to develop initial opinions. Then, I’ll take some time to think about what I’ve read and develop my arguments. If I find the material interesting, entertaining or educational I will read the book a second time or many more times until I’m satisfied that I’ve extracted as much from the writings as possible.

I discovered within the first few paragraphs, of the first chapter of “The Shift”, that using this process wasn’t going to work. In the first chapter, Dr. Dyer uses his knowledge of Quantum Physics, Metaphysics and traditional religious philosophy to explain the creation and meaning of life. I am at the infant stage of my understanding of quantum physics and new religions so I struggled a bit with the terms (at times I was reminded of the e.e. cummings mind bending poem, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”) but found the ideas so delicious that I wanted to pause at every paragraph and give in to the temptation to meditate on the meanings he wanted to impart. I also found it very helpful that Dr. Dyer created a sort of dictionary in order to define or standardize certain terms. I’ve found that one hindrance to conversations about these subject matters is the existence of a common language. I hope that this is the beginning of one.

In chapter two, Dr. Dyer describes the current existence (how we’re living our lives) for most of us and how we’ve managed to go astray. I found myself arguing with him, and then sheepishly realizing that what he was reporting was true. There was much in this chapter that I could easily comprehend and understand. In fact, I found myself pumping my fist in the air and shouting, “Yes!” in agreement, a time or two.

In chapters three and four Dr. Dyer explains how to make the shift to Meaning and how to know if you are on the right path. He also offers more definitions, which is helpful in understanding the material and for relating the information to others. The last two chapters are very interesting, exciting and thought provoking.

One of the many things that I appreciate about Dr. Dyer, is that he lets his audience know what resources he’s used in preparing his material. This is helpful for me so that I can explore that knowledge base as well.

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I have received “The Shift” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, for free, from Hay House, in exchange for writing reviews for Hay House’s new book releases.