Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE GIFTED How To Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Daphne Michaels: A Review

THE GIFTED: How To Live The Life Of Your Dreams
Daphne Michaels
Published by Daphne Michaels Books; May 15, 2014
Format: Paperback, 130 pages
Genre: non-fiction, inspirational, psychology, personal development
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
"My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed." Christopher Morley
 My Review
In the darkest and most challenging phases of our lives, we may feel like our existence plays out like a movie on a screen, each frame a shot that has been already written and etched on film, unalterable. Every attempt to change it as the projector's light shines, hopeless. In her inspirational book, author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist Daphne Michaels reminds us that, although we can't stop it from rolling, the 'movie' of our life is interactive and can be dramatically changed through nine gifts we are all born with: Awareness, Potential, Stillness, Disharmony, Harmony, Ease, Clarity, Freedom, and Engagement. Like thoughts and instincts, these spiritual dimensions are in organic connexion with our being, but we rarely experience them in their full glory, preventing us from achieving authentic happiness.
When our lives spin out of control (in our personal relationships or in the workplace), we all tend to find answers to our problems in the same old places and usual life patterns, because we are afraid of change, destruction, and renewal. Challenges cannot be faced, opportunities cannot be seized when we tune our self-awareness (our real needs, our true potential, our dreams) on a low focus. When we bank on an unreal perception of our potential (unreal because dictated by other people's expectations and external circumstances, or simply lack of self-focus), goals and dreams dissolve into nothingness. We are not in tune with the universe and our true mission. If we fight our need for transformation and refuse to leave a wrong career, a wrong marriage, a wrong way of life behind, we create sorrow for ourselves and others. The secret of how to wield our power of transformation  and rebalance our being (overcoming exhaustion, healing through small and continuous health-ensuring "corrections", and igniting our creative impulses), is inside us waiting to be claimed.
Michaels leads us through the stages of self-discovery and personal growth with the grace of a manual that is as succinct as it is inspiring. Part of a series of motivational guides to self-improvement (The Gift Of Your Dreams, The Gift Of Charisma, The Gift Of Creativity, The Gift Of New Sunrises), The Gifted: How To Live The Life Of Your Dreams is a pleasant read and a wonderful reminder that when we align our actions and pace of life with our true intensions, we are in sync with the universe and we will inevitably attract a series of positive and meaningful coincidences.

***Review copy graciously offered by the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion.


  1. Sounds something for everyone in this book.

    1. We all have stopped following our "internal GPS" at some point....I am sure the situations described by the author sound familiar to many of us.