Book Review: Harmonic Wealth
Who’s up for sharing thoughts on a couple of well known Law of Attraction books? I thought it would be fun to share insights and critiques for those who are wondering what to read and what to skip.
I myself just finished Harmonic Wealth, and was really surprised by my reaction, for a variety of reasons.
Back in early 2007 when I saw the author, James Ray, interviewed on Larry King alongside other contributors to The Secret, I was disappointed in his answer to Larry’s toughest question. (Joe Vitale was the only guest that didn’t back down and gave a straight up hard core answer.)
Then I saw Ray in person at one his free live events, which is when I knew for sure he definitely wasn’t for me. (Slick closing techniques; lots of flash, little substance.)
But then I finally sat down to read Harmonic Wealth. One of the measures of how much I enjoy a book is whether I recommend it, but also whether I lend it out. This book I’m recommending, and not lending out – since I continue to refer back to it! It’s a high compliment in my book. 😉
The first page I dog-eared was 53, where Ray describes intentions as “offer waves” and explains the quantum physics aspect of Law of Attraction in a way I could actually repeat!
On page 59 Ray talks about how 70% of lottery winners are broke within a few years and how 82% of NFL athletes squander savings and file for bankruptcy within two years of their last game. He says it’s because “Things that are self-created are more readily self-sustained and rapidly (if necessay) re-created. But if you don’t know how to generate it in the first place, you won’t know how to keep it, even when it falls in your lap. If you can’t create it, you can’t keep it.”
This guy makes good sense to me.
Here are a couple other quotes that made me nod in agreement:
- “Mastery is not persistence when you see a light at the end of the tunnel. True mastery is persistence when you don’t yet see the light.”
- “My goal is to help you shatter tenacious ideas that have festered into facts in your mind.”
- “When the intention is clear, the method will appear.”
Ray quotes Morris Massey’s research in that very few people make significant life changes after the age of 13, unless the person experiences a “significant emotional event.” (That’s when many of my clients finally reach out for support, when they’ve experienced or are in the midst of one of those “significant emotional events.”)
His Critical Six method is one I now share with clients. The self love test is simple, yet accurate. He explains the difference between being self centered vs. selfish. (“Self centered is taking care of yourself first and foremost, doing what’s best for you and living the life you choose. This is healthy. Being selfish is you trying to get ME to live the life you choose. This is not healthy.”)
Ray talks about how people “scare away money” by shopping with a tight, vise-grip look on their faces. And how it takes mastery to be grateful in advance. Isn’t that the truth?!
He recommends focusing on the feelings you want to live in. I tweeted this from Ray: “Cultivate them, even if they’re foreign. As you wear them and walk around in them, they’ll become second nature.”
Ray convinced me once and for all to launch ongoing group work (to be announced this month and starting in January) with these words: “Whether it’s with two people or ten, the power of partnerships creates energy and innovation that cannot be accomplished on our own. The Bible tells us that where two or three are gathered in agreement, nothing is impossible.”
And that’s only halfway through the book! My favorite part was the last section where he says:
- the Universe is a big yes machine
- that we must think, feel and boldly act FROM, not toward, the outcome we choose to create in life (hmm, where does that sound familiar?)
- and his friend Nicole’s experience on the trapeze (“I’m a catcher, and I’ll catch you. Your job is only to swing and let go.”)
Having said all that, I will say I didn’t agree with his heavy emphasis on action or on the food and exercise rules he shares. But I’m certainly not holding that against him.
All in all, I gotta say I’m now a huge James Ray fan. For those of you who already knew this and kept insisting I read his book, thank you.
(Along with your thoughts and comments, please post suggestions for our next book review!)