Book Review: Harmonic Wealth

harmonic-wealth.jpgWho’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!)

  • December 1, 2008
  • Any parts you particularly appreciated, Iyabo?
    Maybe James got it from you, John. 🙂

  • Peregrine John says:

    I figured I wasn’t the first to call the Universe is a big “Yes machine,” but I didn’t know I was in such good company!

  • Iyabo says:

    I love this book and your post is making me revisit it.

  • I think you’ll find some parts just don’t resonate with you, Tia, as would anyone who’s well in touch with their personal truth, but the parts that DO resonate are well worth it, imho. 🙂
    Hey, do you have a link to YOUR latest writing yet? Would love to read that article!

  • Tia Singh says:

    Okay I’m getting the book now. Too many synchroyouknowwhats to ignore now… I heard about James Ray a few weeks ago and just a day later Jeannette you were tweeting about him!! And since then I’ve been hearing his name everywhere and now here you are blogging about him! Oh btw he’s on FB too 🙂 Thanks for helping me complete my Amazon book list woohoo!

  • Excellent reminder, Mitch! Yes, “action” can be something as simple as taking a nap, or employing a manifesting technique, or thinking a new thought.
    I’m positive that’s not the kind of action James or his colleagues have in mind as they admonish us to “do something” to move us towards our goal.
    But WE know vibrational alignment is what matters most. However we get there is what’s effective – and that’s potentially different for everyone.
    And if it requires action on your part in order to shift the energy, then action is a key component to your success .. not because of the action itself, but the energetic shift it allowed to happen. (I don’t mean “your” as in YOU, Mitch, but “your” as in all of us us.)
    I get to practice this right now, as a matter of fact, as my email isn’t allowing me to send. Before I jump in any further with trying to fix it, I’m going to shift the energy. I’ll feel it resolved NOW, before it is. And then I’ll check in on what feels good – if anything. This thing has fixed itself before while I’ve been in the shower! lol
    Thanks for posting, Mitch! Good point you remind us of!

  • Mitch says:

    But as you’ve pointed out to me, Jeannette, sometimes action doesn’t carry quite the burden that many people think it does. ‘Action’ can mean something easy like writing in my Pray Rain Journal or taking some time to visualize.
    I too have difficulty with people who stress action in LOA because it makes me feel pressure to act immediately when I’m still not really sure what to do. But in my experience, the times that I took inspired action that ended up manifesting a desire, I didn’t even realize that I was doing it. It didn’t really even feel ‘inspired’ to me. It was just something I did naturally, without thinking at all.
    However! I love the quotes you have here, especially the one about mastery being when we are able to keep going when we can’t yet see the light at the end of the tunnel! Now that’s inspiring!

  • I think I’ve admitted this publicly before, Leslie, but it so happens that Action is one of my core values. A fellow coach once introduced me to a group by saying if anyone knows Jeannette, they know she’s not happy unless she’s in Action.
    Which may be why I’ve noticed that often when I STOP the action, that’s when more good things happen.
    Or maybe I’m just prejudiced against action because so many are such strong advocates of it. Like Jeff and James and Mike (Dooley).
    Like you said, Leslie, someone’s gotta balance this thing out! lol
    Thanks for posting, you two!
    And Jeff, thanks for turning me on to the book.

  • I will be the LAST person to say action is required to manifest what we want. But I WILL say action IS tremendously enjoyable when we follow that inner guidance toward it.
    Oh my gosh, have you guys seen the puppy cam?!
    I can’t get any work done!!

  • Leslie Richter says:

    Jeff cracks me up AND I really appreciate his point. Ray James also pushes my buttons because he is so agressively focused and action oriented , he was a body-builder at one point in his life and his LOA savy is very much like that.
    But Jeff sure has a point, it’s part of the whole formula. And when you think of it we can also be razor focused and full of action, in our own way, it doesn’t have to look like James Ray.
    I almost wonder if a bit of masculine and feminine energy is being played out here, because Ray James is very masculine let’s go out there and get the job done. And feminine energy is more let’s feel it out and wait for the energy to be ready.
    Jeff makes me think a balance of male and female energy would be the best. You know feel the energy and go get the job done. and win win.
    Love Leslie

  • Jeff Atherton says:

    You know you love the action part. It’s part of the whole formula. Without the action it be like trying to spend only the heads side of a quarter. It can’t be done. So stop fighting it and just spend the whole quarter. 8^)
    Blue Skies,

  • Hey, I learned that “YES!” improv technique from our twitter friend @andydooley just last week! Do you do improv, Judy??

  • Judy says:

    well, I too, have not been a big James Ray fan either. BUT, you’ve been quoting him a lot these days on Twitter, so I ordered the book to see what you’ve been up to! It arrived today. . .I look forward to reading it.
    I often find that I end up loving folks that I initially struggled w/. Katie Byron comes to mind. Her perfection bugged me until I accepted mine.
    First though, I’m diving into Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson. I loved that the first part of improv is saying YES! hmmmm. . ..

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