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Pulling Your Own Strings (1978) Discussion

chris knight

28-04-2004 18:03:12

Post your reply to this thread if you'd like to share your thoughts, opinions or questions about Wayne Dyer's Pulling Your Own Strings book that he wrote in 1978.

Or his Audio Book Collection is worth a listen to


Post your thoughts or review of this book by clicking on "POST REPLY" or "NEW TOPIC" to add your comments. 8)

Anonymous

28-04-2004 18:42:58

Two quick quotes from the introduction

"This book is written for people who would like to be completely in charge of their own lives - including the mavericks, rebels, and the "scurvy elephants" of the world. It is for those who will not automatically do things according to other people's plans."

"This book is about not letting your own strings go. It is for those who feel strongly enough about not being manipulated by others that they are willing to put a stop to it. It is for those want their own freedom more desperately than anything else."

For those of you who saw the movie "Chicago" - remember Richard Gere as a puppet master - pulling the strings of his client? This book opens one eyes to the fact that some people may indeed be pulling your strings - being in control of how you live your life - and perhaps you never even was aware of it. Your "strings" are just that - your strings. You are in control of your life. If you give control to someone else, you really haven't, you know. You are still in control giving control to another. This books helps us take back control of our lives - shows us how to live the life we want - not necessarily what someone else wants for us. This book opens our eyes to a freedom that has always been ours but was hidden from our view. Now here it is present to us! Freedom may seem scary to some, exciting to others. When you acknowledged your freedom from others - from their control - what was your initial reaction?

Namaste - Ron

Ron

25-06-2004 11:03:27

“Success is a journey, not a destination.”

If I allow someone to pull my strings and point me in the direction of "success" I will be pointed to a spot of an ego goal, and ego goals always leave me lacking in something. Ego has it so that they are never truly attainable, always wanting more and more.

But to look at success as the journey, and not the goal, not the destination gives me a whole new perspective on my life. I am successful day by day, moment by moment, if I choose to see it that way. As I move through my journey, I realize that wherever I am, I am a success there. In success, I have no wants, no desires, no needs, and I am open to what is being shown to me. And as I move through that, I realize my success is doing whatever I am doing. There is no need for me to drive myself to a goal that is not feasible. There is no need for me to drive - just to go with the flow of life - of Love. Getting out of my way is my success known to me.

Namaste - Ron

Eykis

26-07-2004 22:25:25

The journey can sometimes be very difficult, with many losses and defeats. It is hard to see the journey as being successful during these times. True, the journey ends at the same place for all of us, and at that time there will be no more ego, no more fear. But in the meantime what kind of inspiration can we give to those that have lost jobs, suffer from terminal illness and the many other trials of human life?

Ron

27-07-2004 09:39:46

Our journey can at times appear difficult but if we look from a different perspective, it will not appear that way. How we see the journey is always our choice. "I can see peace instead of this" is a good way to begin. Losses and defeats are again our own perspective. We never lose anything of any value, other than the value we have given it. We are never defeated unless we want to win - to feel separate from others. Why wait for the "end" when you can drop fears now? The only "kind of inspiration" you can be for others, is an example of what living in peace and Love looks like. Losing a job is an opportunity for something new to appear. Seeing another with an illness is an opportunity to see them whole and healed. Send them love. Instead of seeing "trials" in life, see them as challenges - as an opportunity to grow.

Namaste - Ron

Eykis

27-07-2004 10:22:29

As Krishnamurti said, "Truth is a pathless land." I am a student of A Course in Miracles. ACIM is a path to pathlessness, which is the present, free of the past and the future. Past and future are the same, and depend upon the memory capacity of the brain which must become silent. "The memory of God comes to the quiet mind" (T-23.I.11; see
also, T-28.I.11).

Ron

27-07-2004 10:28:39

I, too, am a student of the Course. I disagree with you on the past and future being the same and depend on the capacity of the brain. The brain, a part of this body, is likewise an illusion. The thoughts of past and future are within our split mind in this world we make. The past never happened and the future is but speculation of past thoughts projected - nothing to nothing. Only the present exists. "The Memory of God comes to the quiet mind" for me, means that I shall remember my truth in the silence. The Memory of God is my truth - as God is, I AM.

Namaste - Ron

Eykis

27-07-2004 10:48:15

If this world is an illusion, then aren't our thoughts of past/future part of that illusion? Don't those "thoughts" of the ego dissolve away when we finally join with Truth?

Ron

27-07-2004 10:55:16

This world is indeed an illusion, and everything - EVERYTHING - in it, including us, is an illusion as well. What else could an illusion hold, but more illusions. Knowing the Truth and joing is the beginning of the end. Ego ceases to be when we experience the illusion of death. Until that time, we have for the remainder of the illusion. We remember more and more of our truth, and are challenged more and more by ego to deny it. We never truly "join" the Truth, for we have never left the Truth.

Namaste - Ron

Eykis

27-07-2004 10:55:20

Perhaps it is the words "present moment" that I am confusing. For me, the "present moment" is of this world, unlike the "holy instant" where this world falls away and there is only love.

In "The Power of Now", there is an example that reasonates with me of being somewhere and being so overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment that you forget all the things of this world, all the fears and guilt, and feel only the pure love. I've had two of these experiences in my life, decades apart, in very different situations, that lasted for only a flash, but gave me a glimpse of something well beyond this life.

(I just noticed it only takes 10 posts to become a "Spiritual Leader" in this forum!)

Ron

27-07-2004 11:01:40

I like to think of the Present Moment and the Holy Instant as being the same - the spot where no past exists and no future is lurking about - a place of just being in my truth. While we refer to it as an instant or a moment - it is in reality eternity. Being there is truly an experience but one that we find difficult, if not impossible to describe to another using the words we know. In the Holy Instant or the Present Moment - we are in the Love of our Truth - in the Presence of God - experience that which we are.

Namaste - Ron

P.S. "Spiritual Leader" is somewhat misleading, I agree.

chris knight

27-07-2004 11:24:00

P.S. "Spiritual Leader" is somewhat misleading, I agree.
You're right. 8)

Anyone care to suggest a new series of levels?

Right now, we have these levels

4 posts Spiritual Jedi
10 posts Spiritual Leader

We have 45 members that have posted to date ranging from 1 post to 72 posts.

I'm very open to changing the rank system. Perhaps better to discuss this in the Comment & Suggestions thread
http://wayne-dyer.inspiresyou.com/viewforum.php?f=15

Anyone with suggestions, create a NEW TOPIC in the above URL and let's discuss. If no one has any comments, I'll reflect a bit and make a small change in the coming week.

Eykis

27-07-2004 16:46:34

I like to think of the Present Moment and the Holy Instant as being the same - the spot where no past exists and no future is lurking about - a place of just being in my truth. While we refer to it as an instant or a moment - it is in reality eternity. Being there is truly an experience but one that we find difficult, if not impossible to describe to another using the words we know. In the Holy Instant or the Present Moment - we are in the Love of our Truth - in the Presence of God - experience that which we are.


ok, I'm on the same page as you. The question then becomes what exercises can one do to become more conscious of our choice BEFORE we actually go with the fear?