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I was first introduced to this book in the early 2000's. I remember thinking, when my friend suggested it to me, "what kind of title is that?" I trusted her, so I decided to jump in and read it. And, I'm so glad I did.
At the time, this book was life changing for me. It helped me realize how much of my own actions were creating the problems I had. It helped me take a good hard look in the mirror and make some major internal changes. I read it again last year, and found the information just as timely as it was back then.
The book has reflection questions at the end of each chapter. They are worth utilizing.
In a nutshell, the book basically talks about how since we, as amazing human beings containing every aspect of life and creation within our DNA (and every cell), have the capacity to be everything good, and everything bad. Debbie Ford says, "If there is an aspect of ourselves that we don't accept, we'll continually attract people in our lives who act out that aspect. The universe will keep trying to show us who we really are and to help make us whole again. Most of us have buried these disowned aspects so deep we can't see where we could possibly be a particular kind of person that we look at with distaste. However, if a particular type of person keeps showing up in your life, it's for a reason."
"The strength to look clearly at your past and take back aspects of yourself that you've given away, lies within you. All you have to do is close your eyes, go within, and ask. The power you need is there, but it will only come out when your desire to change your life is stronger than your desire to stay the same. It's always easy to blame others for the condition of our lives. When we lose touch with ourselves we lose touch with our divinity, and because we don't trust ourselves we come to believe that other people can't be trusted. For some people the pain of the past is so great they believe the only way they can cope is to blame and deny. You must embrace your past if you want to change your present. If you want to manifest your desires you must be accountable for the everything that takes place in your world."
This is such a great book, and one I would suggest anyone read.