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The author of the book: Phillip C. McGraw
Date of issue: 2005
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This is one of those books that I'm not going to finish. And I'm one of those compulsive 'gotta finish it' kind of people that usually waste too much time on books I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, hoping to find at least a little bit of value in.
But this book... I could, but I won't. I'm just going to save myself the trouble and the time. And I'm
Able to do that because from what I've read I already know that I highly disagree with the premise of this book and the ground perspective of the author.
I'm a spiritual kind of girl. I believe in universal laws, like the law of attraction and karma and stuff. I believe humans have an ego that is fear based and that is often at odds with our souls agenda and wisdom. The ego thrives on fear, competition, separation, division and conflict. The soul operates from a state of unity and oneness and peace and wisdom and love and kindness. The grace of the spiritual can be fierce and difficult and challenging but it is kind and it always promotes growth.
This book is ego driven.
Dr. Phil talks about how the world is a competition and how to learn to manipulate other peoples and your own experience to get somewhere and to do whatever it takes: whatever works. He talks about a game of winners and losers, and if you're not the winner, that means you're the loser.
That is the egos game. That is the game lots of people play, in which everybody loses (not ultimately, because even when we lose, we win. Ultimately we can only win, because we can't escape what we are, as souls, as beings of light. But humanity can lose. Earth can lose. If we keep relating from an egoic state of mind.)
I'm not interested in playing the ego game and therefore I am not interested in reading any more of this book. I'm not here to play the ego game: I know already it doesn't work. I'm on a completely different path.
McGraw and I simply disagree on the basic premise and purpose of life.
The potentially dangerous and confusing thing is that McGraw takes concepts or rules that holds some truth and are close to the spiritual laws and twists them around to fit the ego game and the egos purpose. So some of the strategies he sets forth can actually bring about an effect. The danger (in my eyes) is if it leads to more ego driven behavior, if it serves the purpose of division, if it is misused. That is always a risk since egos are clever and it takes anything that serves it's purpose in upholding a state of separation and uses it to that end.
For example, it's true that you can learn how other people work and then manipulate them to your own benefit. You can also use your mask, how you present yourself and what you do, to manipulate or deceive others. Of course your behavior and attitude has an effect. You can play the wolf game, be nice and sincere until your target is close enough and then wolf them down, eat them, destroy them, come out the 'winner'.
BUT... Is that really how you want to be and act? Is that really how you want to treat other people? Do you really want to play this game, this way? Or do you want to use your knowledge, power and skills to heal, yourself and others? To take note of how others behavior affects you, more than how you affect them, so you can hold onto your peace, not so you can manipulate their behavior?
I know how I want to live, I know these basic spiritual laws, and I also know how to use them for peace for healing, not for destruction and selfishness.
So be careful you are not mislead down a path that leads you where you don't want to go. Because some of what McGraw says might resonate with your intuition of what's true, and you might start following blindly.
We all must use our own judgement and intuition to discern the truth, and here it was just clear to me that this guy really operates from ego, and his goals go completely counter to mine, so whatever he says that could or is on some level true is used for an aim that is at odds with mine. Actually, counter to mine.
As an example, McGraw states this at one point: don't believe me- see and decide for yourself. This is sort of a 'rule' in spirituality: everybody is their own judge and needs to discover for themselves. You can have help and guides, but be careful not to get a guide that is caught by their ego and that takes the stand of an authority, taking away your power.
Your power is yours.
You find out what's true.
Anyhow McGraw says this, but what he does is a completely different thing. He claims authority, he claims his strategies are the solution to aaaaall of your problems, if you just read this book and do as he says you'll be in the clear.
He wants you to live his truth - not your own.
And the real catch is, that if you find out at the end you disagree, then you're still wrong. Then it's because you haven't learned or you're stuck in your old ways. Manipulation? Oh yes. McGraw even admits to this, and then goes on to say that now that he has admitted it, it's not really manipulation.
Thanks for the honesty, but i'd say it's still manipulation nonetheless. It's just a matter of whether he's successful or not.
I didn't buy it.
And it's okay if McGraw thinks I'm an idiot. I'd rather be an idiot than live his ways, his strategies.
Another point where I severely disagreed with McGraw is when he's listing all that is wrong with the world, including the teenage murder rate (4000 a year ), but in the end of the paragraph he claims that the saddest statistic of them all is... That 45% of youth has experimented with alcohol, 25% with drugs.
SO.. McGraw thinks alcohol and drug experimenting is worse than murder?!
It is more disturbing to you that teenagers try out alcohol or drugs than that they kill each other?! That is disturbing to me.
Just another example that we have very, very different values....
Anyhow, I suggest you go read some Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Adyashanti or one of the many others who actually let you find your own truth.
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Read information about the authorPhillip Calvin McGraw, best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, psychologist and author who is the host of the psychology themed television show Dr. Phil. He gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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