Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #72: "At Zero" by Joe Vitale

Dear kids,

Don’t you just love it when you find out that a book you really enjoyed has a sequel? Zero Limits by Joe Vitale isn’t exactly a heady, intellectual read, but it is a nicely written, highly entertaining personal story that teaches a simple, beautiful spiritual practice. So I was surprised to learn that there was a follow-up; I thought we had this information covered.

And that surprise wasn’t totally off-base. At Zero: The Final Secrets to Zero Limits,  the Quest for Miracles Through Ho’oponopono is a great piggyback read, but its promise to take you deeper into the practice it describes isn’t fully delivered. Read the book if you loved the message of the first and would like some inspiration to continue using this practice.


Here are a few of the book’s highlights (all direct quotes):

  • Data is a word used for this unconscious programming, the garbage that prevents you from hearing the voice of your Divinity. At a Zero Limits event, someone once asked Dr. Hew Len about the difference between ego and Divinity. Dr. Hew Len replied: First of all, there is no such thing as an ego. Did you know that? No such thing.
  • When people lash out against me, you, or anyone else, it’s rarely about you, me, or anyone else. It’s about the program they have. Here’s the rub: if you can see it in another, then you have it, too. Dr. Hew Len is famous for saying, “Have you ever noticed that when you have a problem, you are there?”This is how Dr. Hew Len helped heal an entire ward of mentally ill criminals. He didn’t work on them; he worked on himself. He saw them as projections of a program within himself.
  • There are 100 billion neurons in your 3-pound brain. Every second 11 million sensory impressions fire along your brain’s highways, but only 40 actually reach your awareness. Forty! What happened to the 10,999,960 other bits of information? Your brain filtered it and filed it as not useful to your survival. How did it know what to filter out?
  • But why do the phrases work? That’s even harder to say. It could simply be belief. The placebo is powerful. Coupled with the famous story of Dr. Hew Len and the hospital ward he helped close, the phrases become easy to believe as having magical powers.
  • In short, here are the four steps from Schwartz to help you get a handle on this: Step 1: Relabel: Identify deceptive brain messages and the uncomfortable sensations; call them what they really are. Step 2: Reframe: Change your perception of the importance of the deceptive brain messages; say why these thoughts, urges, and impulses keep bothering you. (“It’s not me; it’s just my brain!”) Step 3: Refocus: Direct your attention toward an activity or mental process that is wholesome and productive—even while the false and deceptive urges, thoughts, impulses, and sensations are still present and bothering you. Step 4: Revalue: Clearly see the thoughts, urges, and impulses for what they are—sensations caused by deceptive brain messages.
  • Simple, right? Yes, it’s a balancing act. You want to focus on what you want—but without attachment, addiction, need, or desperation. If there is any of that baggage, you clean on it to release it. The ideal is to be in a “Wouldn’t it be cool?” spirit.
  • A clear intention—stated without desperation or need, with a childlike spirit of trust, faith, and fun—led to an opportunity nobody could have predicted or orchestrated. Our job was to take inspired action when it appeared, and we did.
  • Dr. Hew Len often says that you don’t need an intention at all. “Just clean so Divinity can come through you,” he reminds. That still sounds like an intention to me. I once asked him, “If you keep cleaning, can an action step come to you that you should take?” “Absolutely!” he quickly answered. “As you clean, you get everything out of the way, so Zero can tell you what to do.” Again, practicing Ho’oponopono is clearing the mental weeds and inherited memories so that you hear inspiration when it calls you.

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