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Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao [Paperback]

Wayne W. Dyer
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Jan 2009
Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching. In this book, he has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today's modern world. This work contains all 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne's research on ten of the most well-respected translations of the text, which has survived for more than 25 centuries. Each of the 81 chapters is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today and concludes with a section called "Do the Tao Now." Wayne spent one entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu's messages, practicing them each day and ultimately writing down these insights as he felt Lao-tzu wanted you to know them. This is a work to be read slowly, one verse a day. As Wayne says, "This is a book that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you'll live in a new world aligned with nature. Writing this book changed me forever, too. I now live in accord with the natural world and feel the greatest sense of peace I've ever experienced. I'm so proud to present this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, and offer you the same opportunity for change that it has brought me."....Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of more than 30 books, has created numerous audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
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  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Reprint edition (Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140191750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401917500
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, affectionately called the "father of motivation" by his fans, is one of the most widely known and respected people in the field of self-empowerment.

He became a well-known author with his bestselling book Your Erroneous Zones, and has gone on to write many other self-help classics, including Meditations for Manifesting, Staying on the Path, Your Sacred Self, Everyday Wisdom, and You'll See It When You Believe It. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer, who has a doctorate in counseling psychotherapy, has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true.

Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same. His latest titles include: Getting in the Gap and 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.

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Warm and inspiring (Spirit & Destiny) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of more than 30 books, has created numerous audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Website: --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne's world 26 April 2009
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Tao Te Ching..meaning Book of The Way, or book of the Word. One of the best books ever written. Or, if you read the author's insights in the preface, Book of the Way-ne Dye-r (adder of color and light) : )

If you are like most people, you may be wondering should I get this particular version, and how does it compare with other versions or his earlier book.

No matter how great a writer you think Wayne Dyer is, he did not write the Tao, yet his rendition is consistent with the best versions I have read. The difference between this and his earlier book, Living the wisdom of the Tao, being the short essays of several pages, offering insights on each verse.

Stephen Mitchell's version has worked best for me, and it has no essays. The Tao concepts bypass ego based thinking, and the idea of doing things by not striving is allowing a higher more authentic way of thinking to inform your being and your action.

One Jonathan Star version has Chinese symbols at the back, with multiple meanings of each symbol. This allows you to come up with your own version of the Tao, and would really open up your thinking on the Tao.

The Tao is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.

81 verses all less than one page. Like any great mystery, the Tao is there to be experienced and not necessarily understood. Here is a selection from verse 81 to illustrate the difference between different versions.

True words aren't eloquent;
Eloquent words aren't true;
Wise men don't need to prove their point;
Men who need to prove their point aren't wise.

Here is what Dyer writes.

True words are not beautiful;
Beautiful words are not true;
Good men do not argue;
Men who argue are not good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide to Life 7 Feb 2011
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The Tao Te Ching (also called the Dao De Jing) was written some 2,500 years ago in China. The writer is credited as Lao-Tzu or "the Old Master". The Tao Te Ching itself is simply a book of 81 verses. `Change Your Thoughts: Change Your Life` contains every verse from Tao Te Ching. As there have been many translations into English, Dr Dyer has selected his favourite translation for each verse. After each verse are a few pages of Dr Dyer's own interpretations of the verse. He also suggests an action you can take to 'Do the Tao Now'. This is an excellent book for a beginner (like me) who has never read the Tao Te Ching before. Dr Dyer's comments are helpful as they provide a different viewpoint on each verse and gave greater meaning to some of the more paradoxical concepts.
Every verse has a profound and true point to make. The Tao Te Ching is a spiritual self-improvement document. I truly believe that if you implement the Tao Te Ching's advice, you will live a greatly richer and improved life. It is amazing that not one verse seems old or out of place in the 21st century, because the princliples of a fulfilling life are timeless.
Taoism is an excellent philosophy as it does not ask you to believe in any mythical beings or practise any specific rituals. All it does is give advice on what constitutes a happy and meaningful life. It is your choice to act on this advice. The virtues and 'problems' of life are shown through the (yin/yang) dual unity concept.
The Tao Te Ching gives advice on living happily, co-existing with others and being a good parent/leader.
This is a book EVERYONE must read. Dr Dyer's book is a great way to start!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth - pure and simple 3 Mar 2010
By Helen
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The message of this book is simple and one that deep down each and every one of us knows but has forgotten. Let go of all control and suffering and simply be, when you do this life unfolds perfectly at its own pace.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars joyful reading 1 Jun 2009
This is a wonderful books to start your day with. Just read a verse a day and let it sink in and become part of the way you live and see your life. Highly recommended for its down to earth sense and the deep spiritual messages it holds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fast food spirituality 24 Jan 2010
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Overall, I'm a bit disappointed with this book. I'd heard of Wayne Dyer and had reasonably high expectations for this book. The idea of presenting the Tao Te Ching in language intended to be more accessible to a Western reader sounded appealing.

The book is not awful, and it's not even bad... but for some reason, reading it makes me feel sort of down, rather than encouraged, uplifted, or enlightened. I think, for me, the book seems just a bit too American. ie, it's not really written so much for the Western reader, as for the American reader. I found it very difficult to relate to his presentation of some ideas, and I think the reason for this is two-fold:

1. it feels very much like a 'master speaks to student' sort of voice. Which, I've gathered from other interpretations I've read elsewhere, is contrary to the spirit of the text. I didn't get a feeling, as I was reading, that this was a fellow human who shared common human weaknesses, so much as a self-appointed sage who was trying to show the rest of us where we've got it wrong. Which I wouldn't actually mind, if his writing charmed me and I'd got enough of his personality to think 'This is one cool dude who I'd love to emulate' - but it was all sort of 'eh', so the outcome was a bit patronising (IMO) rather than beguiling.

2. A lot of his interpretations differ markedly from interpretations I've read elsewhere. Since I'm by no means an expert in the Tao, I don't want to go so far as to say, "He's wrong and everyone else I've ever read is right" - but his interpretation does feel rather more shallow to me than others I have read. As an example, he seems to translate 'ego' as being roughly equivalent to 'hubristic pride' and 'unexamined self interest'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One can see the seeds of many religions in the Tao Te Ching. I found the explanations interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Tao way of living
The inner cleansing of the soul can be achieved by reading this book.
Wayne Dyer perfectly illustrates a book about living in harmony and peace.
Highly recommend it
Published 28 days ago by Gagan Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent book. Does what it says on the cover. I have nothing more to add - a very highly recommended book.
Published 1 month ago by Sheelagh Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars hmmm
slow obviouse and realy not a great idea after the first ten pages you could skip the lot and still know what its about
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5.0 out of 5 stars A happy customer
A special book that is a treasure. I read it on my Kindle but I have to buy the paperback as there are so many points I want to highlight and also to enable me to loan it to other... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A happy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very thought provoking!
I found this book tough going to begin but once I got into it I found it very thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by Taggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply thoughtful
I read this beautiful book slowly through Lent, taking a verse in the morning and one at night.... like medicine...! The words are simple but powerful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical cognitive help in adjusting one's mindset to move your life...
What a beautiful book! Two main reasons; Ageless words of wisdom (81 verses) from a timeless Sage, Lao Tzu (Father of Taoism), and a practical and modern interpretation for our... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carlton Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
Really good book I highly recommended. Very powerful a lot to learn from it. Please head you no going to regretted. And Dr. Wayne is a brilliant author
Published 4 months ago by s de araujo
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