Nothing could be easier than living in a world where your thoughts become things…as long as you know what all of your 60,000 thoughts per day are, none are in contradiction, and the beliefs that give rise to those thoughts are empowering, abundant, and preferably rooted in the Truths of Being.

I do not envy Mike Dooley’s challenge here. Not only is Life On Earth a book that dares to answer some of the biggest questions known to man, it also attempts to put into words a construct of ideas that Dooley himself says is too big for our imaginations to handle.

In the book’s introduction, Dooley claims that the answers to these questions come to him whenever he puts them to the powers that be. The answers don’t always come quick, but they do come eventually.

The sceptic within us all will immediately scream out to avoid this book like the plague. However, anyone who has ever read extensively will recognise this feeling. They will recall moments where certain ideas or hidden clues appeared in books or the world around them to create a profound sense of interconnectedness. For example, after reading Dooley’s opinions on time and space, I was surprised to encounter a similar theme in my next random read, Haruki Murakami’s Hear The Wind Sing.

Dooley opens the book with the ideal that all of us come from a single god-like entity and that ions ago we made the decision to choose a mortal live (or lives!) on planet earth. This decision came from the boredom of being all things all of the time and thusly lacking a purpose. This theory put me in mind of Brad Pitt’s quote as Achilles in the infamous film Troy:

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This ‘choice’ to be mortal leads us into the theory of manifestation or thoughts becoming things. Dooley points out that everything good and bad around us has appeared due to our thoughts. Dooley argues that everything including the objects around us to natural disasters and even situations of criminal abuse have arisen due to this infinite stream of consciousness that each of us have. Some of these ideas, the average reader will find hard to digest easily.

The author does modestly admit that these are ‘huge ideas’ and that it is impossible for us to know all things. He does stress though that it is possible for all of us to know enough to succeed and achieve ‘happiness as life’s ultimate end result’. It is our innate sense of ‘incompleteness’ that drives us towards reaching a point where we are whole again, just like we were in the beginning when we were god-like beings. Confused yet? It gets deeper.

We try to achieve this while constantly battling the constant ‘illusions’ of time and matter. While in many ways these illusions distract us, they also often encourage us to go on adventures or journeys towards massive spiritual growth.

‘Time just marks where you think you are in the creation of your present space. Matter isn’t real, it just shows you what you’ve been thinking.’

What I liked most about this book was an important clarification that the author made about manifestation. He stated that thoughts don’t always become things without action. Sounds obvious, but a whole generation got slightly confused on this point when reading Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret a couple of years ago and this important part of the message was lost. Interestingly, Dooley was involved in that book too and here he seems to go to great lengths to remind us of the importance of getting out in the world and putting ourselves about. Our thoughts and beliefs are only the start of the journey. Dooley likens the journey to setting a GPS to a final destination, knowing that you’ll get there and also being ready to accept any potential detours or breakdowns as part of the route.

Accept where you are today. Be present. Have your dreams, but also master whatever’s before you in the here and now.

Life On Earth isn’t all theory, Dooley does make an effort to include some practical tips and guidelines. Highlights include some clear and concise visualisation tips, ‘twenty-one steps for opening the floodgates of abundance’ and ‘the miraculous mechanics of manifestation.’ These are easy to follow and inspiring in their simplicity. After reading this book, one can only agree with Dooley’s sentiment that:

If one’s mind-set were to really, deeply change, they would automatically be taking action, new action, on their dreams.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?

This book is perfect for someone who is already seriously taking part in a spiritual journey. It is not for the light-hearted and must be approached with an open mind. The words of this book are not to be taken as gospel but instead they aim to advise and inform the reader on their own ‘adventure.’

Afterthoughts

  • Another great teacher, Mahatma Gandhi, encouraged some of the same basic principles mentioned by Dooley in this book.

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  • Mike Dooley reckons in this book that collectively we are still only in the ‘terrible teens’ of a worldwide spiritual enlightenment. Could works such as these finally break into the mainstream and ensure that our generation make some big spiritual breakthroughs before our time is up?
  • Another Hay House writer, the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer, wrote an excellent book titled Wishes Fulfilled about many of the same concepts mentioned here. It is well worth a read as a companion piece of work to Life On Earth.
  • A final quote from the book:

Honor yourself, cherish yourself, be yourself. And then, not only will you be pressed into the present moment, you’ll be liberated from comparisons and judgements, from others and yourself.