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7 Days to Inner Peace: The Building Blocks of Awareness by Bill King

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7 Days to Inner Peace guides you through 5 minute daily exercises that will change your world. It gives you practical, simple and powerful methods that help you to recognize ways you sabotage your own peace and happiness and to break the habits that hold you back. Bill King, having shirked the yoke of a long and successful career in corporate America, brings a refreshingly organized and straight-forward writing style to the self-help world. The book is rooted in action. It explains, in plain English, what you can do today that will improve your life and bring you closer to peace. The building block approach takes you on a journey to sustained happiness, joy, and well-being, and it makes it almost effortless to change. You have never experienced anything so easy or rewards more satisfying.


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"Unrelenting happiness and sense of well-being in all aspects of his life."

1. CONTROL

"In the universal language of mind, in which the spiritual works were written, seven means control...On our way to becoming spiritually adept, we must first learn to control the physical body, and the emotions, and gain control of the conscious ego." (from WIKI Answers: [...])

2. INTANGIBLE

The seventh is then the middle point, a thing of zero dimensions, and untouchable. Present but intangible. It therefore represents the holiness which is inherent in the universe. (from [...])

3. WHOLENESS

Kabbalah teaches that 7 represents wholeness and completion. After 7 days, the world was complete. There are 6 directions in our world: north, south, east, west, up and down. Add to that the place where you are, and you have a total of 7 points of reference. (from [...])

4. TOTALITY

The number 7...numerical symbology illustrating the 'totality or completeness' of whatever is in view. It is the 'all inclusiveness' of a thing. (from [...])

5. EXPERIENCE

You value experience more, than empty advice from others. You love the "College of Self-Education," than mere bookish knowledge. (from [...])

6. MYSTICAL

The Number 7 has for ages been regarded as the Number of mystery relating to the spiritual side of things. It may be remarked that all through the Bible and other sacred books, the seven, whenever mentioned, always stands in relation to the spiritual or mysterious God force, and has a curious significance in this sense whenever employed.

(from [...])

7. SPIRITUAL

On a more spiritual note, there are connections with the number 7 in most of the worlds' religions. Catholics have seven virtues, seven deadly sins, and seven sacraments. Hindus recognize the seven chakras of the body. And probably most notably for Jews/Christians is that on the 7th day that God rested after creating the earth. And the 7th of July is the day of the annual lovers festival in Japan. (from [...])

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Bill King shares his experience.

There are those who say, "Experience is the best teacher."

He is careful to tell us that there are no letters (degrees) next to his name. But what it is that he shares clearly comes from a point of inspiration (and success) from within his being.

Bill takes up the challenge of how to encourage his readers in such a way that there is a sense he wants to focus on the other person's needs (the reader). The task is to how to discover a way of relating so that there is no interference with the direction (path) in which the reader wishes to go. Even if there is reluctance and/or resistance on the part of the reader (rebellious types), gentle guidance is offered that may allow even more rebellious sorts to yield to better feelings that come with relaxation and control.

So Bill wants to stay out of the way of those with whom he shares his "lessons from the heart." Throughout "7 Days To Inner Peace," there is constant reference to how the reader can take charge of his/her life and begin to assert personal influence. That potential exists. The question is, will there be receptivity to explore the ability to be more in charge of one's life?

This is a practical, easy-to-read, down to earth workbook. The "Building Blocks" offered contain specific concrete steps and exercises that can become the hallmark of anyone's existence. Throughout there is the ever-present background of skilled/learned meditation (the "Relaxation Response," as Herbert Benson, referenced in the text, names it). Implicit is the suggestion that by engaging in improved personal well-being any form of relaxation brings to the individual, such practice places one in a position, then, to branch out and explore how best to relate to oneself to achieve maximum happiness and satisfaction in living.

That's right, relate to oneself. Often overlooked, the fact is that each one of us has a relationship with oneself first and foremost, and if that is not functioning well, then reaching out and relating to others can be fraught with stumbling blocks, conflicts and even fraught with ill intentions.

Bill notes that "..thoughts can and do create your wishes." He also claims that if the reader takes him seriously and follows what is outlined in the book that "amazing things will start to `magically' appear in your life." So if there is conscious awareness of the Building Blocks in your life, then there is carefully expressed purpose and a more likely outcome of happy fulfillment. The "magic" is not pulled out from a hat seemingly from nowhere, though. It appears because the reader is willing to take the steps necessary to move into a realm of assertiveness and increase influence over behavior and accompanying emotions.

Out of practical success comes a book filled with words of wisdom. What Bill shares, works. This phenomenon has been apparent to him over and over again as he has brought the "Building Blocks" to family, friends and to a variety of settings in the business world and elsewhere. The book requires no major commitments on the part of the reader and can be applied even without a full reading (appealing to the widest audience). How thoughtful!

Encouragement to give what is shared "a fair shake," however, is offered. What is contained in this book can be applied no matter what a person's personal, religious, political or other beliefs might be. It does not matter. Anyone from any persuasion, any background can benefit from Bill's approach. All that is required is a willingness and openness to take a serious look at how you think and feel and therefore how you act (behave). By taking an assertive role in understanding and influencing who you are in the world, the potential for greater contentment (self-realization) exists.

"Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you." This is one of the quotations at the end of Bill's "7 Days to Inner Peace," a quotation from James Freeman Clarke.

Burton Danet is Co-Founder, A Better Community for All (ABC4All) [...]

The Exercises

How to start the Building Block exercises:

Go to a quiet place, get comfortable, close your eyes, and try to clear your mind. For about 2 minutes, take slow, deep breaths and visualize that you are inhaling peace and exhaling stress.. For the next three minutes:

Reflect on the thought, notice how you feel about the thought and what emotions you are tying to it. What positive emotions or feelings come out of the experience?

Repeat the thought again and again slowly as you consider its meaning in your life.

Concentrate on feelings of thankfulness and have an expectation that great things are going to follow during the day.

Lastly, picture a positive event taking place in your near future. It is very important to visualize it and notice the positive feelings you associate with it. Place your crystal clear intention into God's hands, knowing it is fulfilled.

Repeat Exercises 1-7 for a total of 4 times

Once you have completed the exercises 4 times for a total of 28 days, start on exercises 8-14.

Building Block 1 - Feeling God

"Today, I am a holy extension of God. I notice only good things throughout my day." Throughout the day, look for things that are pleasant to you. As you do this exercise, you will notice that more of what enhances your emotions will appear, or that it is easier and easier to be in a pleasant mood.

Building Block 2 - Abundance

"Today, I am a powerful magnet for all things I desire. I see and feel money, love, and happiness flowing to me like waves of the sea." Any time a thought of lack comes to you, smash it like a fly on the wall! You can say, "Opportunities are everywhere I go." Avoid saying anything that reinforces lack, such as, "I cannot afford it," "That is too expensive," "I could never have that," or "I never get things like that."

Building Block 3 - Forgiveness

"Today, I forgive all that I have judged." As soon as a judgment thought occurs in your mind, release it immediately by saying, "I forgive (the situation, person, or event). I forgive myself for this judgment thought."

Building Block 4 - Positive Thoughts

"Today, I release the negative thoughts that have been persistent in my mind." Any time a negative thought of any kind comes to my mind, say, "That thought doesn't mean anything."

Building Block 5 - Balance

"Today, I balance any tendency that is not in my best interest." During the day, I balance what I do for others with what I do for myself.

Building Block 6 - Compassion

"Today, I will focus on seeing from the other person's point of view." During the day today, before reacting, put yourself in the other person's shoes. For example, if someone cuts you off in traffic, wonder if they are in a hurry and need to get to work for an important meeting. Or you could wonder if they are heading to pick up a very sick child to take him to the hospital. Find the true feeling of compassion.

Building Block 7 - Love and Gratitude

"Today, I am at peace and I share my peace with everyone around me." Any thought that invades your peace today, stop and say the Exercise of the Day again.

Repeat Blocks 1-7 for a total of 4 times

Once you have completed the exercises 4 times for a total of 28 days, you are ready to start working on building blocks 8-14.

To learn more about each of these exercises or to learn more exercises and techniques, you can purchase my book, 7 Days to Inner Peace: The Building Blocks of Awareness.
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I love this book! It is a simple book with a powerful plan and well laid out format.
I actually noticed a difference in my day the first time I started the building block exercise. My main appreciation for this book is that it does not set you up for failure with steps that confuse, frustrate or become time consuming.
You begin with a two minute meditation and an easy plan to follow.
The book and building blocks progress as I progress with this method and suggestions by the author. In truth some of the things I have stumbled in the past have been eradicated by Bill King's book and I get more encouraged each day I read it.
Honestly, who doesn't have two minutes to meditate? It will be the best two minutes you have ever spent to improve your mind, life, and outlook towards a better tomorrow.
This is a well written book with positive results.

ISBN: 0980120608

Rating: 4.1/5

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ISBN13: 978-0980120608

Publisher: posiTRACT Solutions, LLC (October 27, 2008)

Language: English

Subcategory: Personal Transformation

Pages: 164

7 Days to Inner Peace: The Building Blocks of Awareness
Self-Help
Author: Bill King
Title: 7 Days to Inner Peace: The Building Blocks of Awareness