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Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.

In this program, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has created 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today's modern world. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne's researching of 10 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries. As Wayne says, "This is an audiobook that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you'll live in a new world aligned with nature. I'm so proud to present this interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, and offer the same opportunity for change that it has brought me."

©2007 Dr. Wayne W. Dyer; (P)2007 Hay House

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for life

This is a great book for a happy peaceful life. Wayne Dyer makes the Tao te Ching come to life for today. Everyone who has listened to it with me has become enlightened and found more peace and contentment in their lives. I love to listen on my way to work . It has helped make the more difficult days go smooth and peaceful. Wayne Dyer has a way of speaking or writing to make you feel he is a close friend and mentor. Close, friendly and down to earth wisdom awaits anyone who will listen. Dr.Dyer Quotes in this book "When the student is ready the teacher will come." Wayne Dyer has been my teacher. Yes I use it daily.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Changed my thoughts

This book did change my thoughts and my life in one simple sentence Dyer wrote: "Relax, let go, and allow." So simple, yet those words affected my life in a profoundly positive way. I need to keep rereading this book (or listen to the audio), but every time I do, I find my thoughts changing. I feel less self-hatred and less anger. That is worth ten times the price of the book.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • 10-05-07

Great Book

I would really recommend this book. I found it extremely enlightening, and an enjoyable read. I've read a very limited number of books in this genre. But I was so impressed I have now bought 3 hard copies of this book and I am giving them as gifts.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 03-21-09

Good reminder

This book continues the thoughtful work of Dyer. In this text he reads and then comments upon the work of Tau Te Ching, "The Great Way". It is helpful that he reads a passage and relates the reading to everyday life and thinking. At the end of each section Dyer offers concrete ways to practice what has been taught. The book is well read, but the listener will benefit most if (s)he listens away from distraction. Dyer is helpful to those who agree with him and those who do not. There is just good insight here.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • Hebbronville, TX, USA
  • 10-24-07

Excellent book!

This book is just awesome. It brings all the wisdom of ancient times to our reality. I like the fact that Dr. Dyer makes it applicable to all walks of life and is non-denominational. You don't have to be a Buddhist, Muslim or Christian to understand that this teachings apply to all of us. The world would be a better place if we would all practice the wisdom of the Tao.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!

This book is a great way to get to know the Dao De Jing or tao te ching, however it's spelled. I have listened to several of Dr. Dyer's works, and I think that this is up there with the best. It's a great real world explanation of the Dao for folks that are looking for a little different perspective on life. I think he does a good job of bringing the "Eastern" philosophy to the "Western" mind. Some of his suggestions may seem a bit pollyanna, but that is his nature.

44 of 48 people found this review helpful

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A Growing Awakening

For anyone who has followed the career of Wayne Dyer, this introduction and exploration of the Tao is as compelling for appreciating his own spiritual growth as it is for the insights and lessons offered. If you are part of the global groundswell of growing spiritual enlightenment, this book will deepen your understanding of our universal connection and offer practical advice for living within the space of silence and compassion. The more you listen, the more is revealed. Thank you, Wayne, for inviting us along while you explore!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Newberry, SC, USA
  • 08-27-09

Pretty Good

This was pretty good, but not up there with his best work. I am a fan of Dr. Dyer and I think this could have been better. One drawback is his soothing voice narrating this book. His voice tended to drone me to sleep if I were in bed. I had to listen several times to hear the book due to this. As far as content...

The book is deep, "very" deep. It may be too deep for some and I think I fall into that category. It went so deep that he lost me at times. This is why I give it a 3 star rating instead of 4 or 5 stars. Deep, but not so deep that you lose the point would have been better.

I think his unabridged version of "The Power of Intention" was far better.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Less is more

I have been a fan of Wayne Dyer for many years and own several of his books. This book I do NOT recommend. The Tao Te Ching is a beautiful spiritual book and in Dr. Dyer's interpretation the beauty and essence is lost. Less is more Dr. Dyer. If you want to listen to a pure and inspiring version of the Tao, I highly recommend Steven Mitchell's book. The title is "Tao Te Ching: A New English Version". When I listen and reflect on Steven Mitchell's version I feel a lump in my throat as I do when I hear any pure wisdom. This is a gauge for me that what I am listening to is connecting with my higher self. When I listen to Wayne Dyer's version, I feel my mind becoming cluttered and confused. I hope this book does not spoil the Tao for those who are hearing it for the first time. Don't stop here. This is not the purest form of interpretation. Seek out the Tao in other interpretations and when you connect you will know and when you know you will be enriched with its essence. Only then will you BE one with the Tao.

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  • Ash
  • Raby, Australia
  • 11-28-11

AWESOME!!!!!!

This weekend audio session took what I understood of his works 'Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life' and 'the Shift' and added far more detail and understanding to the message. I highly recommend this as an integral part of making that Shift of higher conscious in everyday life. The quality of the presentation is excellent. Money well spent!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 02-24-08

Great listen

A great listen with many little gems along the way.
It helps me to relax and realise that I am just a part of nature and that 'all is well.'
Well worth a download.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 03-05-11

An Atheist meets his match!

I've been an atheist for about 6 months now & had got to the point where I realised that yes: it may have truth to it, but it doesn't translate into any kind of way of life. In fact, I'd go so far to say that it is very much a negative philosophy of 'I don't believe in something', rather than asserting something to believe in.

So I watched ?The Tao Of Steve? (after reading the peerless book ?My Friend Leonard?) & was intrigued enough to search up the subject, whereupon I discovered this & the book itself. I tried the ?Tao Te Ching? but the version I had is a little dense & ineloquent, requiring detailed study & reflection.

When I tried this, however, it was like pure spiritual truth. Each verse is a condensed, simple version of the Tao (if not 100% faithful) & the small essays elaborate on the important themes of each verse to aid understanding.

The weirdest thing is that most audio material relies on you hearing the majority of the words in order to understand the contents. Driving in a car, this is not always feasible but seems to work on a subconcious level, meaning the wisdom is not necessarily perceived although it is certainly acted on & absorbed by the mind.

My one criticism (if I might be so bold) is that the Tao does not seem at heart to be a Christian Theistic philosophy, but more Pantheist. This audio program relies heavily on the Bible & God to explain the Tao even though (as he Dr Dyer admits) the Taoist concept of God has nothing to do with reward & punishment.

That said, I did find the Biblical verses added understanding & Dyer is bold in proclaiming Taoist philosophy & that we all worship one 'God'.
I'd recommend this program as an excellent starting point for anyone interested in Taoism & I think it is an excellent way to balance ones life - between the relentless fierce logic of secularism, and the pure embracing (almost naive) love of the Tao.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Ash
  • 07-27-09

Best book ever

I am not a person who usually writes a review but having listened to this masterpiece I could not resist.
This is one book which tells you about all the things you come across in other personal development books. I was listening to the beautiful quotations and the magical voice of the author and "beautiful" was all I could say mesmerized by such wise and simple things.
Highly recommended for any person who wants to look at his life....

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • 08-22-08

Simple but relavent

Words of wisdom from the past and translated into english for the modern world. It does give you a lot to think about.

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  • Richard
  • 07-03-11

Profound

Listened to a few versus every day and found it very relaxing and thought provoking. The reader voice conveys the messages perfectly. Would highly recommend.

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  • Louise Wheable
  • 06-12-17

Totally inspirational

The only thing I found totally disappointing with this audible..is.. that it came to an end!!!! But the good thing is.. I can listen to it all over again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patty
  • 11-14-16

Enjoyed this book

Where does Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A book you can listen to over and over for reference. Makes sense and helps to clarify your thoughts

What did you like best about this story?

interesting and helpful insights into your own thoughts

Have you listened to any of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Love Dr Wayne Dyer voice so soothing. This has been translated beautifully

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Look into your self

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dalvinder
  • 11-01-11

"Wonderfully paced"

This audiobook is in my Top 10 most listened to in a week. Fantastic philosophy to live life by.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. R. D. Cox
  • 03-03-11

Honest, well written and read

Honest, well written and read account of the Tao

Without the BS associated with other writers, I have decided I will study the Tao - but in light of other philosophies developed in the last 2.5k years and some older.

I wont follow it wholesale - but I will recommend this book and I will be reading it again I it has changed my life.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M M Laitinen
  • 01-13-11

excellent!

Really enjoyable book to listen. Gives a new dimension for those long walks when listening to Wayne Dyer. If you like his style, don't think you'd be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenny
  • 10-13-15

Should be taught at school level globally.

Beautifully read by Wayne, his voice so soothing and calm. Wise words to adopt in one's own life philosophy. Brilliant read, highly recommend to all.

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  • Jason
  • 12-08-15

Exceptional Audiobook

Cannot express enough how much I love this audiobook, Wayne truly was a gifted soul. Highly recommend listening if you need guidance in living life's purpose. Namaste

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • PrincessRah
  • 08-03-16

Love

Thank you. This will change me forever more just as i believe it was supposed to. Everything is just as it is supposed to be & now i realize that. I will try to live everyday in awe of myself & this wondrous realm we live in. I shall continue to be love and remind myself that it is really all that matters. I feel changed, amazed & just as I should. I wish everyone could experience this💜

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Agnieszka
  • 02-22-15

the best life guide I have ever read

Thank you Dr Dyer for making it easier. more I am listen more understand and all pieces coming together.

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  • Michelle
  • 10-15-16

Fantastic

Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for spiritual growth, Thank you Wayne ❤

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-20-16

Thousands of years on and it's still the greatest

Tao is the greatest piece of writing in history.
If only these simple words were considered before acting. Oh what a wonderful world it would be.

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  • Peonyrose
  • 04-15-16

This book will change your life for the better forever.

Amazing, powerful, masterful, wise, beautiful. I feel so blessed to have listen to this book I am crying as I write this. Get this book now. Blessings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • jodie
  • 12-09-17

soulful

his voice immediately sets a calm setting to which his teachings come across so beautifully. an incredible spiritual teacher. ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-17

A wonderfully inspiring nook

Dr Wayne Dyer has a beautiful voice to listen to.
The title of the book says it all.

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  • Belinda
  • 10-01-17

Brilliant!

Love this book! Wayne Dyer is a favorite author of mine. In this book he takes ancient wisdom and applies it to today. It's easy to listen to and makes perfect sense. I will listen to it again.