Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to Be Free

Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to Be Free

by Wayne W. Dyer


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The bestselling author of Your Erroneous Zones, Pulling Your Own Strings, and Wisdom of the Ages combines psychological insights and guidelines for achieving spiritual fulfillment to present a three-step program designed to help readers look inside themselves to find a new sense of self-awareness and spiritual joy.

Developing the sacred self, Wayne Dyer explains, brings an understanding of our place in the world and a sense of satisfaction in ourselves and others. In Your Sacred Self, Dyer offers a program that helps listeners establish a spiritually-oriented, rather than an ego-oriented, approach to life. Step by step, Dyer shows us how to progress from emotional awareness to psychological insight to spiritual alternatives in order to change our experience of life from the need to acquire to a sense of abundance; from a sense of one's self as sinful and inferior to a sense of one's self as divine; from a need to achieve and acquire to an awareness that detachment and letting go bring freedom.

Your Sacred Self is an inspiring, hopeful, illuminating guide that can help everyone live a happier, richer, more meaningful life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060935832
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/05/2001
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 322,608
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was the bestselling author of 20 books and had a doctorate in counseling psychology. He lectured across the country to groups numbering in the thousands and appeared regularly on radio and television. He passed away in August of 2015.

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Chapter One

I know in each moment
I am free to decide.

You have been facing the wrong way! The most important insight you can have is to realize that you have been facing the wrong way for the better part of your life.

Take a moment, right now, to experience what I mean. Picture yourself in any position that you like. Standing, sitting, lying down, whatever is easiest for you to imagine. Now look at that mental picture of yourself. What you see, in this exercise, is a you who is always looking away from yourself. Always looking outside of yourself. You are facing the wrong way!

Now imagine being able to shift around and face the opposite direction. If you could in some magical way do so, then you would be facing inward.

This is not some form of mental gymnastics in which you simply imagine yourself turning around and facing inward. I am suggesting a way of knowing your spiritual identity. I am suggesting you meet the challenge and take the path of your sacred quest.

We've all been taught to look outside ourselves for sustenance — to look beyond the self for power, love, prosperity, health, happiness and spiritual fulfillment. We've been conditioned to believe we get life's bounty from somewhere outside of ourselves. But it's possible to reverse our gaze from outward to inward. And when we do, we find an energy we've sensed but not previously identified.


There dwells within all human beings a divine energy. The power of this energy permeates our entire being and permits us to perform every function in the vast repertoire of human thoughts and behaviors. There are two aspectsto this divine energy.The outer aspect causes the heart to beat, the lungs to inflate and the senses to function-it essentially keeps our physical bodies alive. The inner aspect of this energy is dormant, but it can be awakened.This inner universe is vaster than the outer universe. Innerjoy makes all joy that is experienced in the world of the sensesseem meaningless. When the divine light within you is experienced directly, it adds a radiance to life unlike anything that can be described with words or pictures.When you discover your sacred self, you awaken this dormant inner energy and let it guide your life. The word most commonly used to describe this inner force is "spiritual."When I talk about spirituality and being spiritual, I am describing an attitude toward God and the inner journey of enlightenment. I am speaking of expanding the godlike qualities of love, forgiveness, kindness and bliss within ourselves. In my interpretation, spirituality is not dogma or rules. It is light and joy and focuses on the experience of love and inner bliss, radiating those qualities outward. I call the journey to discover your sacred self your "sacred quest."

The primary energy that you have been using all your life is the outer energy. This outer energy is life sustaining but does not provide the sense of fulfillment and bliss that we long for. In his book Mystery of, the Mind Swami Muktananda, describes, what the direct experience of divine energy is like:

One day this light will explode, and you will see it everywhere. You will see the entire universe existing within it. The divine light of Consciousness will begin to fill your eyes, and then wherever you took you will see it. You will see its radiance in people, in trees, in rocks, and in buildings. You will see the same consciousness rising and falling in every wave of thought and feeling that passes through your mind; wherever your mind goes you will find your own inner Consciousness, the creator of the world. You will see that the entire universe is contained within your own Self. You will know that everything — all the infinite modifications of the world-is nothing but your own play. You will realize that it is you who are being reflected everywhere and that it is your own reflection that passes before you all the time.

You have within yourself this power of transcendence over the ego-dominated life. You can turn around and face inward, directly contacting your spiritual nature. You can then live each of your days, regardless of what you may be doing, with the sense of bliss that comes from being on the path of your sacred quest.

Making that light explode for yourself involves understanding who you are and what it is that you are doing here in this thing called your body, on this place called earth, at this point in your life.

A Unique Look At Your Life

The starting point to your sacred quest is understanding that the universe and our participation in it are not haphazard things.

Intelligence flows through everything in the universe, and has had many names. It causes the planets to orbit, the galaxies to stay in place, the seedlings to sprout, the flowers to open and you, yes you, to breathe and walk and think.

This invisible intelligence is in everything and it is everywhere. You cannot hold it or see it or smell it. But you know that it is there.

Outer energy, which controls matter and the physical world, is finite. This means that there is only so much oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. There is nowhere to go for more of these when we run out of them. All of the physical trace elements, identified by scientists and studied by schoolchildren everywhere on the planet, are finite.

Everything in our manifested world is made of these elements that exist in a finite amount. I like to think of all of our physical material as continually being recycled. Since we only have so much of this "stuff," it must constantly be put back into use when it changes from one "thing" to another "thing."

The drop of iron that is in your blood today is a part of the total iron supply. Obviously...

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"An extremely valuable guide to all those who seek the exultation of the spiritual experience and who value total freedom as the ultimate goal of life."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago, and yet I have probably read more than 20 times since then. I plan on reading it over and over because there is so much wisdom contained in it that you need to go line by line and digest it all. The ideas that Dr.Dwyer presents are new and exciting. If everyone could read this book and understand it, what a better world this could be! I only wish that I could meet this wonderful man and thank him personally for all that he has done to better my life!
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Offers great insight and answers many questions, poses more and answers them as well. Quite a map for a spiritual journey.
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Having been brought up in the Hindu tradition and having extensively studied the Vedanta philosophy that originated in ancient India, I find the material in this book and other books of Dr. Dyer strikingly familiar. Dr. Dyer includes numerous insights and wisdom from not only the Vedanta scriptures, such as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and Patnjali¿s Yoga¿Sutra, but also from Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, and other faiths. It¿s refreshing to notice that over the thirty-five or so years since his first book 'Your Erroneous Zones' was published, Dr. Dyer seems to have slowly moved from psychotherapy to spirituality. In my opinion, Western psychology and psychotherapy, whatever their brands, do not fully know yet, or recognize the impact of spirit over matter. Vedanta has taught me to minimize the attachment of ego and body¿consciousness, and individualization that are the source of all problems in one¿s life. The moment we make pleasure the primary objective of life, tension is created. The mind is stimulated by desire for more and more. In today¿s global world satiated by unchecked consumerism, most of us have forgotten the fundamental difference between the 'good life' and 'goods life'. In this, and other books, Dr. Dyer skillfully and lucidly explains Divinity and the Self behind our body-mind complex, and attempts to bridge the gap between the ancient wisdom and the modern psychology. In particular, I liked Dr. Dyer¿s detailed explanation and practical suggestions on how to cultivate the witness, and to get rid of the ego, which all Vedanta scriptures have branded as the prime culprit for creating all problems in the world. Finally, one comment: after reading Dr. Dyer¿s five books including this book 'the other four were: Your Erroneous Zones, Manifesting your Destiny, The Power of Intention, 10 Secrets of Success and Inner Peace', I have started finding repetitious material in them. Needless to say, therefore, I will stop reading any other Dr. Dyer¿s book. These five books have enough material and practical suggestions, which if followed and practiced sincerely, can completely change one¿s life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book further inspired me to become even more aware of how my ego was running or ruining my life (it wasn't doing a good job by the way). Making the conscious effort to let my higher spirit rule provided me with such a sense of calm, of arriving. I just finished the book and will read it again. I'm sure there are things I missed that will be important in my being one with my soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I have read by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and I hope to read more in the future. His words are filled with so much love and compassion that one cannot help but fall in love with the book. He refers to many other publications or sources in his books that can guide the reader further in spiritual growth and awakening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Dr. Dyer's work and I can tell that the pen that wrote this book was moved by a deep spiritual ambition and pasion to find personal freedom. The reading of this book is an excellent step for those who feel deep inside that they deserve the best of life. It makes you want to know more after you finish reading it.