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Making The Shift from Ego-Driven Ambition to a Life of Meaning

I’ve been engaged for many years in helping people (including myself) make the shift towards their highest potential. I have now made almost 70 trips around our sun, and the one thing that stands out very clearly is that all of us want our lives to have purpose and meaning. What does it take to reach a state of consciousness that nurtures a life of purpose and meaning? First, in my movie The Shift, and now in the companion book of the same name, I’ve tried to map things out.

The Shift—illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual connectedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose.

As we contemplate leaving the morning of our life, where ego has played a commanding role, and entering the afternoon (and evening), where meaning and purpose replace ambition and struggle, we may encounter unexpected occurrences that accompany this new direction.

It’s almost a universal law that we’ll experience a fall of some kind. Yet these falls or low points provide the energy we need to move away from ego and into a life of meaning and purpose.

The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive and ambition; it signifies that we become ambitious about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda.

What is The Shift?

The first shift that we all make takes us from nonbeing to being; from Spirit to form; from the invisible to our corporeal world of things.

The next shift is the phase I call Ambition where we take on an ego self that is the opposite of the place of Spirit from which we came. Ego in this context is our false self.

These first two shifts are mandatory in the human journey.

Unfortunately, for many people, Ambition is often the end of their life story, but there are two more shifts open to us!

We can all choose to make the leap past the second shift of ego-driven ambition. We arrive at the third shift when we realize that we have an option to make a U-turn away from the false self. We can do an about-face and head back to the place of Spirit in a third shift.

And then, in the fourth shift, we achieve a life of Meaning and purpose by rededicating our Ambition to the fulfillment of our authentic self. We discover that the laws of the material world do not necessarily apply in the presence of the Meaning that is encouraged by our shift to Source. Manifestations of miracles begin to populate the landscape of life.

Meaning is now what defines all the moments of our existence. We can fulfill our greatest calling when we consciously undertake the journey from Ambition to Meaning. We can transform our individual lives and influence the destiny of our sacred planet as well.

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Kevin says:

What amazes me Dr. Dyer is the synchronicity and clear delivery of your messages and how they have lined up with the timing in my life. I really, really am grateful to get my email “There’s a new blog entry from The Wayne Dyer Blog!”

Much warmth for you and yours,


Terry says:

And now I have new music to listen to…Ethan Lipton Rocks…

Herve says:

The Shift is a wonderful movie, setting a path for ambition to meaning. It really sets in place what our purpose is and that is to become who we are, to believe who we are, to be living into our thoughts of ourselves. Thank you for helping clarity. The steps are simple, the work is the path, the dream- the destination. Namaste

Susana says:

I love “The Shift”. Just thinking about that movie fills me with inner peace. That said, I still struggle with letting go. I’m from Portugal. I hope it’s released with subtitles so I can pass it on to friends and family.

Paris says:

Thank you, Dr. Dyer, for another piece of the puzzle. Your messages have been gifts of your spirit which add value to those who are open to receive them. The “shift” is an affirmation that I am on the right path with the changes I am making in my life. “Where two or more agree, God is in the midst.” This gives me great inspiration.

Dr Richard says:

The first shift–acknowledge you create your reality. If you don’t own it, you can’t change it. If you think you’re not, you’ll continue to create victim situations for yourself. If someone helps you build your house, who does it belong to, them or you? They only assisted you in building yours.

Dr Richard C Michael, “I AM”

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Nealon Hightower, Six Simple Truths says:

Wayno…We’ll see you on QVC March 5-7th. Will you be showcasing some fashion jewelry? 🙂 Good luck with your book, The Shift. The movie rocks! It’s required watching for all my clients while they are transforming.

Gay says:

I also love the two phrases sited by Mucunda above (March 2nd). How poetic and comforting when we derive the same energy and knowlege from such insightful and inspiring words. Let it be contagious!!!

cynthia says:

Thanks, Dr. D!
Isn’t the shift to Source pretty much coming back full circle? As writing partners, we have been consciously allowing spirit to dictate the topics that we take on in our blog. In a way, you could say that co-creating with Source has become our ambition! We love you!
Cynthia & Kelli

Edith says:

This writing has truly resonated with me and affirms my final journey of fulfillment of my authentic self. I don’t regret any of the journey to reach this stage; thru all the challenges, this is the reward. I love you, Wayne Dyer!

Rana says:

Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve been sending over here, into my life..

Miss Ash says:

I reviewed your book on my blog. The book was really intense, even though it was an easy read. It is going to take time for me to absorb it.

Janet Pfeiffer, The Secret Side of Anger says:

Only after I went through the darkest and most terrifying experiences was I able to understand Meaning.
During those times I turned to Spirit for guidance and strength. Meaning became crystal clear. I am deeply grateful for the suffering I endured because it moved me from ego (ambition) to spirit (meaning). Blessings, Wayne.

Jaz says:

Your teachings along with others I idolize like; Carlos Castaneda and Dr. Hawkins have become a template for living a new and invigorating life. Even at the ripe age of twenty I realize the information you offer has pragmatic and observable changes within the self. Making the shift is truly the most rewarding journey one can experience.

linda says:

I ‘m find myself more passionate about my values. Could this be part of the Shift to a more meaningful life? The other part of me however feels more selfish in expressing them.

Rebecca says:

I like this article.

Nealon Hightower, Six Simple Truths says:

Ahh yes….the good old ego. I’ve spent the first portion of my life feeding it and the second portion trying to starve it. Amazing how it can get by with so little nourishment and still be so active some days.

Erin Dragonsong says:

Such a succinct and crystal clear summary of the process of personal evolution. Personally I find it incredibly encouraging that so many people are now moving on to these other “shifts.”

With Blessings,

Sandi, Carisma,and Starlyn says:

Anxious to get the book. I have all the others and really enjoyed them all! Wayne is an incredible person we saw him live in Scottsdale he motivates my life and millions of others…We Love You. Thanks for all that you do! looking forward to every book in the future and hopefully many more films

Mucunda says:

Manifestations of miracles begin to populate the landscape of life. Meaning is now what defines all the moments of our existence.

Valerie Curcuro, Life Coach says:

A wonderful excersise that illustrates the shift Wayne’s talking about is called “walking the labyrinth” we can access the spirit and mind through a physical practice, if there isn’t one in your community, you can easily make one, it’s a meaningful moving meditation and spiritual practice that can facilitate a deeper understanding.