First, I admit that I have been a fan of Esther and Jerry Hicks since I saw Esther in The Secret back in 2006. The book “The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide” was published by Esther and Jerry Hicks in 2007, however, I only recently purchased it and read it. Still, I found it to be a timeless and extremely relevant book ten years later. By the way, if you are not familiar with Esther Hicks, she channels the Non-Physical consciousness called “Abraham.” Through Esther, Abraham presents their teachings.
Okay, if you’re still with me after the last two sentences, I shall begin my review.
I highly suggest you read Jerry’s preface for some history of the Hicks, Abraham, and the Law of Attraction. If you ever read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich“, you may have been left frustrated for not ever figuring out what the “hidden secret” was. Jerry reveals why this was so and also shares their story of how the secret is still being suppressed today.
Next before Chapter One is a brief 2-page “Esther and Abraham Are Ready to Begin” to introduce Abraham.
The first three chapters of “The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide” explain the relationship between the Physical and the Non-Physical perspectives. This lays the groundwork for understanding the next six chapters which cover how our thoughts continuously come about, along with the accompanying emotions. And those emotions indicate the difference (or match) between our desire and our belief. When there is a match, we feel wonderful. When there is a difference, we feel not so good.
My personal “A-ha!” realization…
I finally “got it” in this book (thanks to the canoe metaphor) that being aware of my emotions and what they mean is vital to my conscious evolution. To me, this meant I need to manage my thoughts and quickly intervene when I’m feeling any less than fantastic. And that means I will appreciate all of my emotions and recognize them as an indicator of the health of my thoughts. If I’m feeling joyous, all is well. If I’m feeling less than joyous, I need to reach for a better feeling thought. Simple!(?)
Before I continue, are you still not convinced that your thoughts are powerful? Have you ever felt “sick to your stomach” from just thinking about a past traumatic moment in your life or the news? Or become physically ill from anticipating a stressful event coming up in the future, even though it hasn’t occurred yet? Past or future events do not exist in the present moment, yet just the thought of them caused a real, physical reaction in you. Fortunately, with our thoughts having all of that power, we are able to control what we think. So we should just choose the best feeling thoughts in every situation, right? Again, simple, but certainly not easy.
How To Use The Astonishing Power of Emotions Every Day
What if you’re just having a Murphy’s Law kind of day? Or stuck in traffic and late for work? What if you’re going through a breakup or divorce? Or a friend or loved one just died? How can you regain control of your thoughts and feel better? This book does an excellent job of explaining how to soften negative thoughts and “go with the flow.” But what if it seems impossible to cheer up like in the aforementioned situations? Cheer up; the book has 33 example scenarios (including those above) that walk you through reaching for better feeling thoughts. I refer to those examples often to change the direction of my thoughts, and I usually begin to feel better right away.
“The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide” provides an understanding of the power of your emotions. You will learn to appreciate them and utilize them as indicators of your thoughts. With that awareness, it then teaches you how to adjust your thoughts to produce the desired emotions. As a bonus, the book contains a CD excerpt from a live Art of Allowing workshop with Abraham which was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
I highly encourage you to read this book.