Book Review – Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer

This is a book that combines psychology and spirituality. Best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way, is full of quotes, poems, personal stories and practical wisdom. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. You may have seen his uplifting special on Public Television based on the book (if not, check out for upcoming repeat broadcasts). Dyer doesn’t believe intention is about having a strong desire and backing it up with a "pit-bull kind of determination”. He views intention as a field of energy (the Field of Universal Intention) to which every person is connected and from which every one of us is able to harness its infinite potential. Dyer says that if we can align ourselves with the Field of Intention, its principles work through us and with us. It is our imagination which is the link to the power of intention. This is what connects us to the Spirit or Source or God within us (it makes no difference what you call it). When you trust in yourself, you are trusting in the same wisdom that created you. Our intention must be then to recognize the Spirit as our Source and to detach from our egos. Dyer offers seven tools to break your ego’s hold: Stop being offended; let go of your need to win; let go of your need to be right; let go of your need to be superior; let go of your need to have more; let go of identifying yourself on the basis of your achievements; and let go of your reputation.

Dr. Dyer gives us the imagined picture of what the power of intention looks like through the concept of the seven faces of intention, namely, creativity; kindness; love; beauty; expansion; abundance; and receptivity. He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors” and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success”. Everything that shows up in their life is there because the power of intention intended it there. Connectors are in a perpetual state of gratitude, appreciation and humility. They know in their hearts those seemingly miraculous happenings were brought into their immediate life space because they were already connected to them and they aren’t surprised by coincidences or synchronicity. There is something to be said for how we all tend to "accidentally” create those things in our lives that we actually want to avoid. Dyer helps us realize that happiness comes from within and our patterns of thinking have a lot to do with what types of things we attract into our lives. When you think of successful people, Dyer says, they have made themselves available for success. It is impossible to get them to be pessimistic about achieving what they desire in their lives. They speak from an inner conviction and simple knowledge that the "universal Source” supplies everything. Connectors have an uplifting effect when they come into contact with people who are living in lower energy fields. When you are around those who dwell in the field of intention, you’ll feel energized, cleansed, healthier and inspired.

Dyer offers many interactive activities and specific suggestions to open the link to the field of intention. One is playing the "match game” in which you realize your desires by matching them with your inner speech. Other ways to open the link include being aware of the importance of energy in your life (and what types of things increase or lower your energy), wanting more for others than you want for yourself; develop an attitude of gratitude; think from the end (that you wish to achieve); contemplate yourself surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce; practice the art of allowing; practice radical humility; keep in mind that you can never resolve a problem by condemning it; and, meditate as a way to stay connected to Source.

If you are looking for a book which will show you how to manifest everything you’ve ever wanted and say "yes” to life, Dyer shows you how—believe and trust the universe and the infinite power of intention. Only then can you achieve fulfillment of your desires, find happiness and peace and enjoy life with an inner purpose. The question he says, is not whether you are connected to the field of intention, since that connection already exists; the question is how capable are you are keeping your "link” to the field open and ready for what awaits you? How receptive are you? Is your link rusty or corroded or are you in harmony with this field of intention? His message is clear and empowering: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. If anything, this book has reminded me that positive self-talk is a must to create the reality I desire. To me this book is inspiring and the benefits of aligning with the seven faces of intention far exceed any conceivable costs so I say why not give it a try!

Karen Knorr is a True Colours (Personality Profile) Facilitator and resides in Errington with her husband and two sons.