Choices and Illusions
Self Improvement, Empowerment, Inspirational, Spirituality
This fascinating book holds an important key. Whether you're interested in the science of thinking and beliefs, how your own mind works, how others control your thoughts, why things just don't work out in your life, how you can create the life you've always wanted, or on a grander scale, how you can help make the world a better place, Choices and Illusions provides insights for all. Simply reading this book will open your eyes to new worlds of possibilities. Once exposed to the illusions most live under and by, you will change, and putting into practice any of these very simple teachings will open the door for you to achieve your highest potential.
Choices and Illusions tells the story of one man's journey into the workings of the human mind and our reason for being. The adventure is every bit as exciting as the best of scientific discoveries. Eldon Taylor's approach is scientific and pragmatic, and his conclusions are inspirational and soul enhancing. Along the journey you'll hear fantastic stories of divine intervention, learn why you think and do what you do not wish to do, and understand the very clear message that it's never too late to be happy and succeed, regardless of your past actions.
If you want to learn more about how the mind works, who better to go to than a man who has spent most of his life researching, experimenting, teaching, and applying the inner workings of the mind - that man is Eldon Taylor.
Anyone who has been around metaphysical teaching for long at all, will most likely already know your thoughts create your reality, or better put, the focus of your thoughts, the vibration of your thoughts, is what determines what you will pull out of the "quantum soup" of all that is. But do you realize that its not so much your conscious thoughts as it is your subconscious thoughts and beliefs that are doing the pulling. Knowing that, don't you think it is vital to know what kind of beliefs are stored in your subconscious, how they got there, and how to change them?
This is where Eldon's book comes in - he asks the question, "When was the last time you had an original thought?", and then reveals how much of what we believe, and therefore are creating in our lives, is based on messages we might not have even been consciously aware we were receiving, how our every day experiences are filtered through those beliefs that have been formed in the subconscious mind, often slipping in undetected by the conscious, thinking part of us.
Eldon then shows us how we can turn the tables, make our thoughts truly our own, and use the power of the subconscious mind to manifest the world we desire to see. As Eldon so wisely admonishes, "...the key to maximizing our experience rests in the incredible power of your mind. You can foster this power, nurturing it and allowing it to grow, or you can turn it (all of it or just parts of it) over to others. The choice is yours, and that is not an illusion!"
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product
Mr. Taylor asserts that subliminal messages have influenced our daily lives, such as the promotion of consumerism as a way to lessen our stress and anxieties, which leads to further unhappiness when the bills come due. Accordingly, it is suggested that, in an attempt to find our true authentic selves, we reprogram ourselves with more healthy inner dialogue, possibly via Mr. Taylor’s “InnerTalk” programs. A cd is included with the book which contains one of these programs.
On the cd is pleasant and inspiring music containing subliminal messages which include 52 affirmations for unlimited personal power. These affirmations are found in Appendix D of the book and include such things as: I accept myself; I am powerful; I deserve good; I can do anything; and, Success is mine. It is recommended that you listen to the cd a minimum of once a day. I’ve listened to it twice and found a slight difference to my mood and outlook.
Although this is different than most spiritual books, it truly is a real page turner. Those who are serious about deepening their spirituality will benefit immensely, as well as all those people who feel unfulfilled with their current situation.
Note: I received a copy of this book at no charge from Hay House Publishing at no cost in exchange for my opinion.
“Most people hold beliefs that are mutually exclusive…At some point in their lives, the conflicting beliefs challenge one another.” The author supports this notion with an analogy he uses concerning most people’s desire to become millionaires as they simultaneously hold an “unconscious” negative belief about money. Usually the negative belief wins the tug-of-war between the two conflicting beliefs because as he states, “Our beliefs are strongest if fear is attached to them.” Many of his explanations and findings throughout the pages of the book may surprise or even challenge you. He asserts that who you’ve become or how you view your world is probably the result of others’ manipulation of your thoughts.
I really enjoyed the story in chapter 18 about the Buddha, Edgar Cayce, and Jesus, which addresses a common theme amongst many of those in “helping” professions.
The book also included a beautiful Innertalk cd entitled, “Unlimited Personal Power,” which can be combined with the accompanying affirmations found in Appendix D in the back of the book—or you can use your own.
What I most appreciated was the author’s willingness to address his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and flaws in his quest to merge the numerous spiritual revelations he’d encountered with his logical side. He is encouraging, practical, and even optimistic in his outlook on the human condition, which is admirable considering the amount of time he spent time working with members of the incarcerated population. I highly recommend Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be? for all seekers of the authentic self.