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Excerpted from I Had It All the Time by Alan Cohen. Copyright 1994 by Alan Cohen. Excerpted by permission of Alan Cohen Publications.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"You are not a black hole that needs to be filled; you are a light that needs to be shined."

  Alan Cohen, I Had It All the Time, Part 3

Like the reader for whom Calvin intends to write, many of us have been fixing ourselves for a long time. Every season there emerges a new and revolutionary volume or method that really gets to the core of why we are so screwed up. But how many of these books really do penetrate to the heart of our wholeness?

This could be the last self-help book you will ever read. If you grasp its principles, you will not need to fix yourself again. In contrast to many self-help techniques which play on the reader's sense of inadequacy, this volume makes a clear and uncompromising stand for your innate strength. 

I do not purport to add to the truth you know; everything you need to know is already within you. Instead I shall remind you that you have simply been looking for answers in the wrong place out there instead of within you.

This book will not have a sequel; to the contrary, it heralds the end of a long and self-diminishing train of thought the notion that you need to be something other than you are. It will not introduce you to a revolutionary technique; but it will introduce you to yourself. This book will not direct you to a mystical master or exotic gems but it will assist you to unearth your own hidden treasures and awaken the master within you.

This book has one message which will be presented from many different angles, until you are so sure of its dynamic truth that you will swear you wrote it yourself. You are not a black hole that needs to be filled; you are a light that needs to be shined. The days of self-improvement are gone, and the era of self-affirmation is upon us. It is time to quit improving yourself and start living.

I Had It All the Time is a refresher course. It will refresh your memory of who you are and what you came here to do. It will awaken your heart with a new courage to follow your dreams and put your deepest intuitions and inclinations into action. And it will restore your soul as you remember that you are greater than any circumstances you may encounter. 

The Spirit within you is greater than anything in the outer world. The power of your life is now returned to your own hands, where it has always been.

You had it all the time.

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