Seventeen years ago, months shy of turning a very scary “four oh!,” at the lowest ebb of my life—distraught over a bad breakup, second career in ruins, debt far exceeding my life’s savings—heartbroken, I wondered if I’d ever be happy again.
By any account, my life was a train wreck.
Among other seemingly futile attempts to “get my groove back,” I began sending out free inspirational e-mails. And slowly—very slowly—I felt better.
Within a year, as my little mission grew and my website expanded, I found myself experiencing sporadic happiness.
Within two, I was dating, earning, and had an impressive following.
After three, I began to travel the world, teaching that anyone, anywhere, no matter where they are, no matter where they’ve been, can learn how to live deliberately and create consciously. And on one such trip, even after I thought it might be too late for myself, I met a woman who’d later make me a first-time husband and father.
“Stranger than fiction,” as they say.
Today, after all these years as my own student and teacher, my ultimate daylong workshop, which I’ve shared with tens of thousands of “life-adventurers” (on 6 continents, in 34 countries, in over 132 cities), has evolved into my Playing the Matrix book, now in PAPERBACK! In it, I share all that I’ve learned, plus, with the benefit of hindsight, I share exactly what I did to unwittingly hasten a comeback that would wildly exceed my earlier life successes.
Playing the Matrix has become my most advanced program, not because it’s complicated—it’s not—but because it’s so unconventional, unexpected, and at first, seemingly contradictory to all the wisdom taught by others.
Distilled to as few words as possible, this book aims to give you a better understanding of who you are, how you got here, and, above all, what you can still do with your time in space.
— Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., Founder of A Course in Mindful Living
In Playing the Matrix, New Thought leader and New York Times best-selling author Mike Dooley brings to bear his advanced course on living deliberately and creating consciously. The concepts Mike shares in these pages make up his most impactful, most transformational program ever. For the first time, these complete ideas are at your fingertips in book form!
At the heart of the Matrix lies a simple yet highly unexpected concept for creating major life change, unlike anything shared by other teachers, past or present. It clearly reveals why “manifesting” sometimes works with incredible ease, why it sometimes doesn’t work at all, and why, on occasion, it works and yet in hindsight we wish it hadn’t. You’ll not only learn about the “Bermuda Triangle of Manifesting” that too often leads to heartbreak and loss, you’ll discover how to navigate around it, under full sail, with new “a-ha” moments as you come to understand:
Playing the Matrix lays out the actual physical and metaphysical mechanics of manifestation, including your role in reality creation, so that you can deliberately orchestrate the changes you wish to see. Once you begin working with the Universe instead of unwittingly working against it, you will truly astound yourself.
“There is sooo much I can say about this book… I mean... literally... omg!!!! It was hard for me to finish because there were so many gold nuggets that I wanted to go off and implement, so I kept stopping and starting. I will simply say this, this book is life-changing. Read it. Implement the teachings. Change your life. Live in the Matrix!!!!”
- Shayla L.
“Mike teaches us how to be conscious creators of our lives, how to avoid self-sabotage, how to eliminate the ‘cursed hows,’ how to fuel our dreams with passion, and much more. The matrix he’s created is ingenious. It’s a roadmap for manifesting anything we desire, and it works.”
- Dr. Donna Hoffman
“I've read some fabulous books, but non grabbed me like this one. I've done umpteen exercises, many of which were great. But after reading Playing the Matrix with Mike's energetic and inspiring approach, I felt a shift in my life. Things are already happening!”
- Terri Hofstetter
“In Playing the Matrix, Mike finds a way to explain the inexplicable. And gives concrete examples and action steps for defining what you want (happiness, right?!) and how to manifest it - without disappointment.”
- Carolyn H
“This book is like having the Universe as a life coach who is sitting down with you to break down and explain how easy and magical everything can be.”
- Andrew Critelli
“Playing the Matrix is a fun, easy read with great exercises and interesting thoughts. The exercises are simple, self-revealing, and motivating.”
- Marcia T
“If you truly want to live a better life, then this book is the outline on how to do that. Mike breaks it down into simple steps and leaves the rest up to you and the universe.”
- Buddy Lo
“Mike gives you super tangible action steps, sound advice, and an actual chart to use (the "matrix"). I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make a move and create the mindset + action steps necessary to get there.”
“I like that it’s not just theory. There are REAL action steps. You won’t finish this book and wonder how to do this — you’ll know exactly HOW. It’s all laid out here.”
- Annie B.
“I honestly feel this should've been the instruction of life manual given to our parents at birth. Life would be so much better for the mass of humanity…. Playing the Matrix is the cheat sheet to assembling the immense puzzle of life.”