by Dr Joe Vitale
There are only a handful of books that have dramatically influenced my life. There's The Magic of Believing and The Robert Collier Letter Book. But number one on the list is The Book of est. It beat out Think and Grow Rich, and even the Bible. I know that's bold and controversial. But it's also the truth.
Here are two reasons why I love the book:
The book is the famous est experience in written form. est, or Erhard Seminar Training, was the controversial self-help movement of the 1970s and beyond. Anyone who withstood the heat of the weekends were never the same again. Lives were transformed forever. You faced yourself and your story in a way that was confrontational and oh so real.
I never got to do est. I was a skeptic and a hold out. I made fun of it when I saw all the articles about it. But I was afraid of it. I was young and in college and unsure of everything, including myself. By the time I got around to wanting to do est, it was gone and reincarnated into something called The Forum. I did the Forum and endorse it today. But it's no est.
The Book of est puts you into the room and gets you to feel the intensity. You somehow experience est. When my late wife began to type up the book to be republished by me, she had to keep stopping. She said it was intense and dramatic. She died during the transcription process. But that had nothing to do with the book. It had more to do with her choices and what the book urged her to face.
Obviously, a book isn't a drill sergeant self-help instructor yelling in your face about what isn't working in your life. But The Book of est comes close. It's safe. It's easy reading. But it's still real. Oh so very real. Just reading it can cause you to awaken to your own patterns. And once you see them, you can let them go. Or not. After all, what you get from the book is what you get.
But that's only the first reason I love The Book of est.
The second reason I love this book is because the writing is, well, hypnotic. It's riveting.
Luke Rhinehart has the gift of writing dialogue and description that puts you in the room with the characters experiencing est. In many ways, this was one of the first examples I ever found of what I eventually labeled as Hypnotic Writing. While I later wrote a book called Hypnotic Writing, it was Luke Rhinehart, who paved the way for me to know what it was when a true master was at work. For me, this is one of the best written books of all time.
The author wrote some other cult classics, too. The Dice Man is a masterpiece. It's well written, engaging, humorous and in some ways dangerous. Just like The Book of est. But where The Dice Man is alive and well in print, The Book of est has been gone for decades.
Search on eBay or Amazon and you might find copies going for one hundred dollars on up to a thousand dollars. I've paid that much for copies, too. I collect them. The Book of est is one of the rare life changing gems that I can't get enough of or read enough times. Sometimes I give the book away. Usually I don't. Usually I just keep it for myself, as one of the most powerful books of all time kept hidden in my own secret vault of wisdom.
The good news for you is this: Luke is now a friend of mine. We've corresponded, shared books, and decided to join a partnership. With the help of my friend Mark Ryan, the most powerful self-help book of all time is now available to you.
And all you have to do is click here to begin it.
Aude Aliquid Dignum,
Dr Joe Vitale
Author of way too many books to list here