Choices & Illusions
I think he’s got that right.
I would add that we want to not just understand the power of our mind, but also to implement and work with that knowledge. Taylor’s book preps us for that process quite nicely.
Here’s an insightful excerpt from the book:
I have often been asked for tools of change, and the two most powerful technologies that I know of are self-hypnosis and subliminal technology. Your mind dictates your life, at least from the perspective of your choices when dealing with all that life brings you.
Your thoughts may actually belong to someone other than you. Perhaps you are only storing them so as to be prepared practical hypnosis to act on them and buy, vote, feel, or emote on cue.
Meaning, if we don’t harness the power of our minds, someone else probably is.
In fact, one of the more eyebrow raising reports from Choices and Illusions was Taylor’s 1991 study of the role of belief in mortality rates of cancer patients.
Cancer patients listened to Taylor’s subliminal InnerTalk program created specifically for cancer remission. The results revealed significant remission rates. (38% of “terminal” cancer patients were in remission at the study’s conclusion.)
But when Taylor looked at the role of various factors contributing to remission, he found that more so than the patient’s attitude toward the disease, more so than the patient’s quality of life, was the physician’s belief about the patient’s likelihood of healing that contributed to remission.
The physician’s belief.
From chapter 4, Creating Self:
The person died regardless of his or her own attitude toward the disease or its ultimate outcome. The one determining factor present in virtually every case was the physician’s attitude.
Yes, this was just a small pilot study, but considering how much focus the patient’s attitude gets when it comes to personal healing, perhaps we should be choosing our doctors more carefully.
Actually, there were many eye opening facts and inspiring stories shared in this revised book. It’s worth checking out if you’re interested in understanding the subliminal workings of the mind more thoroughly.
In it, you’ll find Taylor shows how your choices may not be your own and how pervasive mind manipulation has become, along with his best tools for enhancing your own personal empowerment.
If you are familiar with his work, please share your thoughts in the comments below for interested fellow creators. Thank you!