Change Your Thoughts Meditations: Do the Tao Now! Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Dr Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He wrote more than 40 books (21 of which became New York Times bestsellers), and his work around the world inspired thousands of people to change their lives for the better. In 2015 he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure. www.drwaynedyer.com
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It's basically a two line reading of each essay(81 essays) followed by a very loud "DAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO".
Think "AUM" but substitute DAO.
Personally, it's too loud and in my face. I was hoping for a gentle reading of each verse as I have the book and have really enjoyed it(see my review).
This is just an opinion as I know a lot of people like the "AUM". Duz it come with de AUM? No, it comes with the "DAO".
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If you haven't heard that disc but you're familiar with Dr. Dyer's wonderful speaking voice, you might be a little surprised. His speaking voice is perfect for a meditation disc- very calming and serene. But his chanting voice takes some getting used to. While it's not the point to sound "perfect" or even "pretty," sometimes the chanting is distracting which isn't good on a meditation disc. This time he's backed up by some new-age type music which is pleasant and relaxing and he more-or-less stays on pitch, but, I still struggle with his sometimes atonal chanting.
The meditation is structured as follows: the music plays softly in the background, Dr. Dyer states a positive affirmation (such as "I fully trust that others do know what is best for themselves.", "I act virtuously. I do not need rules to be kind and just." or "I come from greatness, I attract greatness, and I am greatness.") and then follows each affirmation with 3 long (and loud) chants of the word "Tao." He does this a total of 81 times, one for each verse of the Tao. It is a very mellow experience.
For what it's worth, I actually find Dyer's speaking voice to be wonderfully meditative and relaxing. I have several of his excellent CD's such as The Secrets of the Power of Intention: Live Lecture (6-CD Set), on my I-Pod all lumped into one playlist I call "Nighttime." If I can't sleep I put it on the speaker holder for my Ipod Bose SoundDock digital music system for iPod (White)and play at a low volume. I find his calming, restful style eases me quickly into sleep. I have added this disc to that playlist.
Bottom-line: As my review is titled, this disc is recommended with caution. I know that some of you will be cool with the chanting, while others will find it distracting and that, of course, will wreck the meditative experience. If you can find a way to sample it before purchasing, I recommend that.
But, Mr. Dyer does have a very calming voice and I can understand the popularity of his audio cassettes. It make more sense to me that people would buy an audio version of this work versus the book version. I hope a charismatic Westerner with a fine voice will someday properly cover the Taoist classics in audio format. That would be a fine contribution to Taoism.
I don't see the success of this work as a negative for Taoism, as it is my hope the commercial success of this CD will lead more Western readers to look deeply into Taoism.
If you enjoyed the pieces of the Tao used in Mr. Dyer's work, I hope you'll read more about Taoism. Amazon has a fine selection of Taoist books.
I humbly suggest you consider another Translation of the Tao Te Ching. For example, the Penguins Classics translation of the Tao Te Ching. Here is the link on Amazon:
Tao Te Ching (Penguin Classics)
The Merton translation of the Chuang-Tzu is excellent, the Chuang-Tzu is considered one of the Taoist classics. Here is the link on Amazon:
The Way of Chuang Tzu (Shambhala Library)
The Huainazi, also known as The Book of Leadership and Strategy is one of my favorites:
The Book of Leadership and Strategy: Lessons of the Chinese Masters
Also, Lao-Tzu's Treatise on the Response of the Tao (T'ai-shang Kan-ying P'ien) should not be overlooked and it offers a guide to living which readers of Mr. Dyer's works might appreciate:
Lao-Tzu's Treatise on the Response of the Tao (The Sacred Literature)
Or, if you prefer lighter reading, consider the Tao of Pooh which illustrates some core Taoist principals using the well known characters from Winnie the Pooh.
The Tao of Pooh
I hope Mr. Dyer's interest in Taoism will lead his many readers to study Taoism more closely. I was exposed to Taoism through martial arts. I am a student of the Tao and it continues to be a tremendous help in my life. If you learn of the Tao, you will learn if it can be a help to you as well.
I will be suspicious of every Wayne Dyer product in the future. He ripped me off, and Lao-tzu too.
If you want to hear a really relaxing interpretation of The Tao Te Ching, I recommend the Stephen Mitchell version.