Jonathan Mead, Head Dreamcaster (ed. – maybe not the title he uses) at Illuminatedmind.net, and I view the world differently. There’s really not another way to say it. Fundamentally, he and I have different world views, which is one of the reasons why I read and enjoy his work. He’s got an amazing story to tell the world, and I appreciate the fact that he’s got the guts to go out and tell folks, even if I disagree with him on some things.
So, when he offered a free copy of his ebook Reclaim Your Dreams, I jumped on it. I’m a sucker for books, free books even more so, and a free ebook written by a guy who’s blog I enjoy and who would probably have me shaking my head in disagreement the entire time? I’m there, man.
Quite frankly, I had a tough time knowing how to review this book. I don’t want to say it’s bad, because it most definitely is not. However, until I got to Part 2, it didn’t move me at all. I’m a bit more concrete and linear than Jonathan is, and Part 1 definitely is neither concrete nor linear (I’m going to throw out “new age-y” here, in the hopes that it’s understood it’s not meant derogatorily; maybe “touchy-feely” is a better term). Once I was past Part 1, however, I found a list of practical, easy-to-implement solutions that will help people drill down to the personal foundation that their lives need to be based on. Once that foundation is located, Jonathan gives tips and tools to build from there a life that will remain true to one’s values. That, to me, is worth the price of the book.
Perhaps I’m biased or hypersensitive, especially since I just wrote an essay entitled “In Praise of Real Jobs“, but there seems to be a subtle bit of condemnation that comes through toward those who have “real jobs”. The first portion of book seems less designed for those who want what Jonathan’s selling, and more for those that don’t. It seems to stand in judgment of people who aren’t dying to slough off the chains of imprisonment employment and move into the dazzling light that is “creative work as your own boss”.
To me, there’s nothing wrong with either situation. The only challenge comes when a person is in one camp and truly wishes he or she were in the other (yes, there are people who, while self-employed, would trade it in for the security and consistency of a job).
If you’re in this “grass is greener” situation, however, this book is for you. If you’re lost, unable to figure out how to start turning your dreams into realities (or you don’t know what your dreams are in the first place), then Jonathan’s book is one that will get you there. He makes some amazing statements in Part 2 of this book, entitled “Manifestation”. Check this out, for instance:
“90% of living your dreams is based on how much you live in alignment with your values.”
I’ll say that it’s more like 100% (I’m assuming that Jonathan would say the other 10% is executing your plan to develop the life you want), but I totally agree with the premise behind this statement. The crux of all dissatisfaction in life is saying or believing one thing, but doing something contrary to that. Psychologists call it “cognitive dissonance”, and it’s not fun.
So, final verdict: I think that you can learn from anyone, any time. It’s usually more helpful for your own personal development if you often engage with people who don’t see the world in the same way you do. If you’re already a fan of Jonathan’s work at Illuminated Mind, you’ll really enjoy the book. If you’re more like me, and less like Jonathan, you need to read this book even more. Go pick it up.