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If you're looking for a 'how to' style self-help or better-business guide - this isn't it - much as it appears to be marketed that way.
There are no steps provided to achieve 'clarity' - and in fact - one of the stand-out passages, referring to a dog chasing its tail - is there to point out that you'll either 'get it', or you won't. That being given the solution to your problems isn't always enough - having your own revelation may take more, less or different exploration.
Finding the key that you've always been looking for isn't necessarily the goal - you might not have needed the key at all. Or you probably already had it. Or the door was unlocked anyway. Imagine the door gone and it was never there.
There's some great passages and some very interesting concepts to ruminate upon - so I'm not about to tell you not to listen to this book - however - for me, there were some frustrations:
At the end of almost all chapters there is a 'reflection point' where you are encouraged to head to a website and discuss with fellow readers the points raised within the chapter. If indeed you're on the tube - or at the gym etc you probably aren't online - even if you are - you may not want to break from the book all the time to keep going to a website... This may suit you - but it didn't me, and became more and more frustrating as the book went on. There is more content and 'rewards' if you do go to the website - but you need to sign in to facebook to comment... and if you don't comment - you don't get the extra content...
So - not for everyone.
Jamie Smart's delivery is relaxed to the point of being soporific - not a bad thing if you're listening to relax and reflect, but if you have a particular place or time that you listen to audiobooks - you might find - as I did, that you're not in the right mood. I can imagine it helping a stressful train journey, but not helping say, a gym session.
So I hesitate to recommend it - and wish there was an edited version without all the 'call to actions'. I will however, listen again at some point.
Why did I title this review 'Emperor's New Clothes'? The book reminds me of the children's story... but not quite in the way you might think... Until it was pointed out to the Emperor that he was actually naked, he was the happiest and most confident he had ever been.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
I read Jamie's book within days, not being able to put it down, so many insights. His book is in my top 3 of the best books I have read (i have read probably 300+ books, 120+ on self help alone!) I have read it at least a further 5 times! Getting more and more understanding out of it every time!
I didn't think the audio could be better than the book, I was very wrong!
This audio goes one step further, there is a difference between reading a book, well for me, then listening! I had a huge insight that reading I concentrate to much on the words and not enough on what is being said in the book. Plus Jamie voice is almost mediative to listen too!
I turned the audio on and was lucky to have the time to listen to the whole thing from beginning to end, woke up the next day and there was something different about me! Wonderfully different!!! To brilliant to explain in words!! 3 days later still have that feeling of peace, wonderfulness and clarity! Able to do anything with ease and grace!
This audio can change all aspects of your life!
This audio is a must! :-) Thanks Jamie X
20 of 24 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Clarity the most enjoyable?
Listened with a beginners mind and soaked up some familiar concepts in a new, beautifully simple, clear way.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Clarity?
Being reminded that I am whole, that I have the whole world inside of me.
What does Jamie Smart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jamie uses his voice artfully.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
A deeper, clearer understanding of some ideas I had previously wrestled with. While listening to clarity and ever since I have been having the most magical experiences every day.I feel calm and happy and playful.
Any additional comments?
This book is a joy. Also really enjoying watching the video examples of using Clarity in a coaching environment. Jamie rocks.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The basic premise of this book, is that we live in an inside/out word, we are constantly felling our thinking, but having an illusion that we are feeling the world and our circumstances.
If we have a better understanding of how our feeling/thinking system really work, we are free from the illusion, and the natural consequence is that our clarity of mind, and sense of well being arises .
Clarity of mind is the single moust significant variable behind human well being and the first step needed for any good endeavor.
Buy these book only if you what to be happier, get better results and what to experience grater clarity in your life.
"we are successful because we are happy, we are not happy because we are successful"RH
5 of 5 people found this review helpful