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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2009
Very good value too as you get the book plus the audio version on CD, which is beneficial for listening to on a regular basis so that the ideas become second nature to you and eventually form part of your own belief system, hopefully replacing many of the negative beliefs that may be hampering you in your desire to have a better life.

Unlike some authors, Louise doesn't lead you to believe that you can achieve seemingly impossible things, like learning to fly unaided, or reversing aging so that you can look teenage when you're in your eighties! She's not telling you that you can achieve ANYTHING you desire if only you just 'believe'! - So no need for disappointment when your next lottery ticket does not turn out to be a winner of millions and/or you still haven't managed to knock forty, fifty or sixty years off your appearance to look young again. (Which, let's face it, many people would dearly love to achieve and might come away with the mistaken belief that they could do so, after reading a certain best selling LOA book! No names mentioned!). Instead, Louise shows you how you can make realistic changes by rooting out negative thought patterns where they exist and replacing them with the positive and self loving thoughts that is about acceptance of who you are and what you cannot change, to bring about a self fulfilling lifestyle of constantly learning new and rewarding things and feeling good about yourself as you are, instead of making yourself feel miserable by hankering after things that are always going to remain out of reach. Here, you will find advice on different areas of life, such as money, relationships, creativity, and on how negative beliefs about those areas, often put there by well-meaning parents or friends can thwart your efforts to obtain them.

She touches on a lot of the negative self talk that can underlie much of many people's thinking, even that they may be unaware of, such as the automatic thoughts that some have, like "good people can't be rich" or maybe someone thinking that they lack creativity, or accepting that they will never be any good at a particular thing because someone once said in their childhood that they wouldn't ever be. Louise gives an example from her own life of being told she could never be a dancer, and then learning to dance much later in life. If she had never been told the negative statement early on, she may have learnt much sooner.

She also gives advice on what affirmations to use for when you have such an overwhelming problem or problems that you cannot see any way out of them. Instead of trying to imagine all kinds of outcomes, you merely say a few simple but effective affirmations that engender an acceptance but with the belief that all is working out well in spite of all appearance to the contrary, and with no feeling of having to force or push or worry something into manifestation. It's all about trust in the universe and everything working out to your highest good, without the need to keep fretting and mulling over a problem that you may have little or no control over. This way it takes the pressure off you to be visualisng the correct thing or wondering if you've worded the affirmations right. Louise gives many examples of what you can say for different objectives, and gives examples of negative underlying beliefs or self talk and then gives examples of what to replace them with, which is probably the most helpful aspect of all for anyone struggling with making positive changes in their lives.

The CD is the most helpful thing of all and is best to listen to every night for a month, at Louise's suggestion, but really is good to listen to regularly most nights even after the first month as it may take longer than this if you have had many years of unhelpful thought patterns. Your thoughts cause neural pathways in the brain, and like water travels along the channels of least resistance, so does the thoughts, therefore you need to groove out new neural pathways in your brain, and to do this, you need to adopt the new positive beliefs but this can only happen with constant use. - After all, it took years to form the old neural paths so will take longer than four weeks to form new (and helpful) ones!

The best thing is to listen to the CD on a very regular basis. I cannot see how anyone struggling will not gain at least some help and comfort from listening to Louise's voice on the disc, if not every night then as frequently as possible and certainly when you're feeling down or particularly lacking in hope or motivation. It could even be a life saver for some. Her genuineness and warmth of spirit is very apparent on the recording and this can be a great source of comfort and an aid to ease any suffering of the mind or soul. It certainly can't hurt to give it a try.
For anyone hard of hearing then of couse the book is the option and this contains slightly more than the audio version and can be dipped into at any chapter dealing with whatever aspect you feel you need help with. Really there's something for everyone here. A very worthwhile product indeed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2011
I absolutely unconditionally LOVE this book. This book helped me to develop myself on a whole new level personally and professionally. It's so easy to read and understand I refer to it often. It has some amazing affirmations for growth and development that if used often will help you to improve things in every areas of your life. The affirmations are so lovely and uplifting there's enough of them to choose for every day of the week. Just choose and trust and believe. Like everything else which is new to you it takes time to learn new things, so a great deal of perseverance is required before changes can be seen. By using this book i have created new relationships, a new job, i have become more prosperous, and become more self aware of the things I now believe I am capable. If there are things in your life that you currently want to change or you want something but seems too much out of reach, then I recommend for starters you get this little book, it changed my life and it can change yours too.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2005
Great book. Even better CD. Listened to it before I went to bed and got up in the morning like a bullet. So much energy and with such determination and got things done that day that I had been putting off for ages. Highly recommended if your stuck and you need a good kick. Her no nonsense voice wakes up your purpose and gets you on track.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2006
I must confess that I was never a fan of Louise Hay before this but I've since converted! This small book is packed with so much clear and concise information regarding affirmations and is beautifully illustrated throughout. Specific topics such as health, self esteem, forgiveness, job success, relationships are also discussed at some length. It also comes with a CD which is the audio version of this book. So you can choose whether to read the book or listen to the cd. You will not regret buying this set!!!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2007
As someone inclined to dismiss affirmations generally, reading this book and listening to the CD has changed my attitude - for the better I believe. I decided to give it a try after all if they did not work what had I lost, at worst I would merely be where I was before. As suggested by Louise playing the CD before and during sleep works also - I awaken with a much more positive calm energy for the day. Even if one is skeptical I would definitely recommend trying this as there is nothing to lose and plenty to gain. Try now and enjoy the benefits immediately.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2011
The book and CD can be used on different levels; the book is laid out in a very lightweight way, with just a few affirmations printed in bright colours on each page. I thought it would be a bit flakey, and insubstantial, but I started listening to the CD, which is exactly the same words as the book, and I felt quite differently immediately. Louise's style is very direct, challenging you to beleive in yourself and really take control of your own life and the direction it is taking. It is now 8 weeks since I first started listening to the CD, which i take on business trips with me, and listen to every day in the car, and i can truly say I am changing lots of areas of my life, and feeling so happy most of the time that is is ridiculous. Learned pessimism or self-criticism takes a long time to break, but this book and CD can really help you do that and make positive changes in all areas of your life. I am incredibly pleased I stumbled upon it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2008
If you are reading this, you are ready to take the next step and assume responisbility for your own life through the way you think and act. This CD is full of love, positive affirmations and Louse L.Hay's soothing voice that will help you get there. Amazing. You can do it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I was suffering from depression when I bought this book; it had been suggested to me that listening to positive affirmations might help me, so keen to try help myself, I gave this a try. Part of depression is broken self-esteem and increased negative self-talk, so I have turned to Louise Hay's books and CDs for help.

I found the accompanying CD was what really did the trick. Rather than my reading voice being drowned out by my negative self-talk, I found my inner critic was silenced when Louise was talking to me. She talks in pleasing soft tones, she has care and compassion oozing from her voice and she talks a lot of logical sense. I listened to the CD every morning whilst getting ready for work and let the information sink in through repetition and tried not to judge any of the affirmations positively or negatively. I found they really did work and over time, with the help of this and other works by Louise, my self-esteem has very much improved and I have a much more positive outlook on life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
I love this little book....I downloaded it on Kindle, and then bought a copy of the book so I could enjoy the illustrations in colour. It has quite profound affirmations, and I found the CD so helpful, particularly when playing it just before sleep and first thing in the morning.

Trying to stay positive when things are falling down around one is not easy, but this book and CD encourages the use of the daily affirmations as a repetitive exercise. As Louise says, if you say your affirmations 1 hour a day and worry about things and think negatively the other 23 hours of the day, then of course it stands to reason that the affirmations are not going to work. We need to keep stopping the negative thoughts in their tracks as they pop into our heads, and replace them with positive affirmations. It's not always easy,but I have found it's the only way to help me stay focussed and not fall into doom and gloom thinking when I am going through a rough time. I highly recommend this little gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book not least because it more or less combines a book with an audio book. The CD which comes with it is Louise Hay condensing the ideas and giving some good affirmations in a more practical, 'no-nonsense' style than I have previously heard from her, which is very refreshing.
The ideas are simple but profound, if one is open enough to let them in and allow the change, and playing the CD for 30 days, as Louise recommends, is a great way to take in the ideas and let them change you, your way of thinking, and thus your life.
Always delivering, Louise and her latest book hits the spot again.
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