El poder del corazón: Encuentra tu verdadero propósito en la vida (The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life) brings together the “dream team” of self-help authors. For the first time in the same book, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle, Joe Dispenza, Linda Francis -18 authors in all- share their teachings and exercises where the heart, that blood-pumping organ, is the fountain of love and intelligence that has nothing to do with the mind.
This collaboration doesn’t end with the book -beautiful illustrated with photographs and mandalas- but continues with the movie The Power of the Heart, which opens worldwide and also includes the participation of these authors and spiritual guides.
The inspiration for the book began with a phone call. The Belgian author, Baptist de Pape, had recently graduated from the exclusive University of Tilburg Law School, when he received a very lucrative offer of employment from one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. Baptist’s joy was short lived, however. He was at a point of changing his life, but was this what he really wanted?
That sleepless night, the young man remembered the words of Eckhart Tolle: “It is fine to ask what you expect out of life, but the better question is, what does life expect out of you?” And that is when his life truly changed.
Baptist set off on a journey that would take him around the world to learn from the authors of the most successful self-help and spiritual guides. El poder del corazón, published by Atria, is the testament of those encounters that were for Baptist -and surely for readers of self-help books- incredibly motivating.
The book helps understand the work of each of the authors and also puts them in context with one another. The result is a milestone in the genre of self-help.
“How do I know if something is good for me or for the world? It is my body that tells me how I feel, and I believe that the heart is at the center of it,” reflects Isabel Allende.
“You will never reach your full potential if you don’t open your heart,” affirms Paulo Coelho.
“The way to connect with your soul, with your spirit, consists solely of taking your conscience to your heart. Take your conscience knowledge to your heart,” adds Deepak Chopra.
As Baptist listens to the people he admires, the lessons they teach and the exercises they give -ways to contemplate the tangible, deep breathing, paying attention to your intuition- his life irrevocably changes. At the end of both the book and his journey, the young man knows he will never look back.