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The Astonishing Power of Emotions

by Esther & Jerry Hicks

by Karen Bentley, Reviewer

TITLE: The Astonishing Power of Emotions
SUBTITLE: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide
AUTHOR: Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)
PUBLISHER: HayHouse USA; $24.95 Hardcover
MESSAGE: How to uplift yourself and why you must uplift yourself

STARS: 5 (out of a possible 5)

Rush out to your favorite bookstore or log on to Amazon.com and buy this powerful and innovative book. With the help of Abraham, a collective group of higher beings who channel their thoughts to Esther, Esther and Jerry Hicks have created another spiritual masterpiece. For those of you who somehow might have missed it, the Hick’s first book, Ask and It is Given, started the Law of Attraction movement. It’s one of the top 10 spiritual books you must read.

The Hick’s newest work and this review subject, The Astonishing Power of Emotions, teaches how to quickly and easily achieve emotional relief from worries, judgments and other bad feelings. The trick is simple, easy, and doable: just reach for a more uplifting thought about what’s going on. The thought doesn’t have to be perfectly crafted, spiritually-oriented, religious or complex - just a slightly more elevated thought. Practical, concrete examples of how to do this are provided.

The Astonishing Power of Emotions should be required reading for every Earthling who’s angry, guilty, depressed or stuck in a rut, which is pretty much all of us.

Score 5
“Pure, positive energy” exists, is real and is vast. Your Inner Being (soul, spirit, God-self) is an extension of this energy. The only way to feel good in every moment is to align with this energy that is your Truth. When you do the work of making yourself feel better, it indicates that a change has occurred, and that’s really all you have to do.

“We want you to know that whenever you are choosing to think unkind thoughts about yourself (or anyone), you are counter to your Inner Being, who only feels love for you.”

“It is our promise to you that when you are in alignment with your Broader Perspective, you are then acting from a place of deftness, clarity and precision.”

“Your work – your only work – is to find feelings of relief and therefore to come into alignment with who-you-really-are and what you really want.”

In many religious and spiritual circles, personal desires and getting your own sweet way has a very, very bad name. Wanting something is viewed as the ultimate source of suffering, as selfishness that derives from the ego, or as an inconvenient frustration that’s never satisfied. Luckily for us, the Hicks and Abraham give us a more enlightened perspective about desire. The bottom line is that our personal life experience results in the expansion of the universe, and this expansion comes about through our newly discovered preferences about how our life can be improved. “Desire is born out of the contrast you are living…for during that process of knowing what you do not want, the clear, expanded idea of what you prefer instead is born.”

When a desire is born, we either align with it (the art of allowing) or we resist it. The choice to allow or resist our desires to manifest is what this book is about. Your desires create a kind of current or “stream of life” experiences. Most of us are stuck in the trap of having desires and then blocking them with all our might by paddling against the stream.

NOTHING THAT WE WANT IS UPSTREAM. “Everything that you have ever asked for is downstream, where you can easily find it, experience it, possess it, or live it. The Hicks and Abraham tell us to relax into our inevitable legacy. The fastest way to do this is to think of the current or stream as an emotional vibration. We only have to develop one skill: Identifying whether or not the emotion we are having feels good. If it doesn’t, you are resisting and paddling against stream. The art of allowing “is the conscious, gentle guiding of your thoughts in the general direction of the things that you desire.”

Everyone suffers from resistance, which is why everyone will benefit from the 33 examples for releasing resistance. Topics include receiving a scary health diagnosis, divorce, disrespectful children, a gay son, people who lie about you, inability to lose weight, getting passed over for a promotion and more. Each example should be read and savored to learn how to let go of the oars and float to the life experience we have imagined for ourselves.

Abraham says that the price we pay for being in a state of resistance and discord is “far too great a price to pay. In our view, nothing justifies an upstream disconnection from self.”

“When you discover your ability to deliberately turn your thoughts downstream, without any modifying of (another’s) behavior at all, you will discover the indescribable feeling of relief that only comes through the releasing of resistance.


The first part of this book explains the concepts of resistance, allowing and emotional/vibrational alignment with Self. The second part shows how to put the concepts into action to feel better about the real-life problems we deal with. It’s easy to read, follow and understand. Neutral God terminologies are used that will be acceptable to people of every religion or no religion.

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Karen Bentley is America's Spiritual Reviewer and exclusively reviews books and movies from a love-based perspective. She also writes about the power of love to solve life's problems and sugar-free dieting. Bentley is the author of 8 books including The Book of Love, 10 Radiant Ideas, The Power to Stop, The Sugar-Free Miracle™ Diet Handbook and move. For more information go to
www.karenbentley.com, or to www.sugarfreemiracle.com. www.spiritualreviewer.com will be available January 1st.

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