Book reviews: Mind, Body and Spirit
THE HONEYMOON EFFECT
By Bruce Lipton
Although much has been written about the subconscious, it's taken computer science to fully reveal its complexity. In the Honeymoon Effect, cell biologist and award winning author of The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton offers some clear insights into what prevents us from creating a reality we desire or anecdotally, what might be thought of as heaven on earth".
On a conscious level we are creators of our life whether we are ready to acknowledge it or not. What often prevents us acknowledging this is that most of us are living at an unconscious (without awareness) level which is driven by programmed beliefs.
In one startlingly obvious chapter in The Honeymoon Effect, Lipton unravels an important key to the subconscious. And that is that it is simply a very powerful processor of information that's already been programmed ie input in, input out. It is those programs, or sets of belief about ourselves, others and the world we inhabit, that determine the way we experience life.
We can change the program or the script by bringing the dark to the light - the subconscious to the conscious.
NOWISM: THE TIME & SPACE CONTRACT
By Kate Davies
A Present Moment Publication
It's a simple fact of life that we are here, now. Where else would be? And yet how to live in the here and now is one of the most perplexing questions that scholars and mystics have attempted to answer throughout the ages.
What makes Australian author Kate Davies tentative early entry into the Mind Body Spirit field of literature so engaging and readable is her sense of humour and clever wordplay. The Time & Space Contract is not a scholarly work but one that engages the heart, the mind and the funny bone.
One of the more enlightening chapters speaks about vibration - you know good and bad vibes. We all talk about them as if we are affected by them but what Davies beautifully elucidates is that vibration is simply the nature of all things in time and space and what we tune into is what we are transmitting.
It's a subtle reminder that if you don't like the vibe of something, it's up to you top tune into a different frequency.
WHAT IS GOD
In The Garden Publishing
As someone who has always struggled with organised religion, Christine Horner's down to earth exploration of what God might be is a revelation and a relief.
Revealing because it connects the dots between all of the religious figures I have so admired but who are often portrayed as excusive to the religion that has adopted them, and revealing in the sense that it demystifies in an impersonal way the universal question of if there is a God who or what might best describe him, her or it.
Horner's case for the existence of God lies in the personal (religious) and impersonal (scientific), "the universal medium connecting and infusing the totality of existence as the defining source of matter".
It's not arbitrary or a leap of faith that requires complex thought processes, which is one of the things I most enjoy about What is God? Rolling Back The Veil. When we awaken to the living truth that "individually" and collectively" resides within all of us we become a light unto the world.
THE SECRET HERO
By Rhonda Byrne
Simon & Schuster
Spending 200 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list is no mean an achievement. Australian author Rhonda Byrne became one of the best selling self-help authors of all time when her first book The Secret, a compendium of late 19th and early 20th century paradigm documented the importance of why people should start to think for themselves.
The Secret Hero (which is all of us) continues the theme of being aware of what we think about, but in many ways, skims the surface of the complexities of the mind, genetic traits and why we might actually hold the beliefs that we do in the first place.
As much as Byrne is to be admired for her positivity, much of her writing boils down to inspirational postcard oneliners. Positive thinking, affirmations and visualisations can be useful tools in discovering the diamond within but it will never truly sparkle unless we get rid of the grime that encrusts it.
To do that we need to dig a bit deeper, something that The Secret Hero fails to do.
THE GRAND ILLUSION
By Brendan Murphy
For the simple pilgrim on the path in search of truth, masterly and voluminous tomes such as Brendan Murphy's The Grand Illusion can often seem quite daunting despite their invaluable insights.
The fact that this 500-page synthesis of science and spirituality is signalled as Book One might make it seem even more so.
Thankfully, Murphy is an aspiring musician and very much an ordinary truth seeker with an extraordinary ability to dissect the commonalities in science and spirituality.
Much of his focus is on what we might think of as extra-sensory abilities, such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, telekinesis, telepathy and psychokinesis but put in the context of scientific discovery which co-relates to mystical experiences and "unexplained phenomena" throughout history.
While his exploration into what determines consciousness and how it impacts on the individual would make a worthy thesis, he writes and explains complex concepts in layman's terms, which is what makes The Grand Illusion one of those reference books that you dive into and come away with a better understanding of what is real and meaningful and what isn't.
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