Choices & Illusions

choices and illusions by Eldon Taylor“Enlightenment or empowerment, call it what you will, is only possible when you comprehend fully the power of your mind.”
That’s a quote from Eldon Taylor’s Choices and Illusions, an advanced copy book revision I was given for review.
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!

  • October 8, 2013
  • The first time I heard Abraham say that someone should ignore the unconscious mind, I was shocked and appalled.
    At about that time, I had created a very easy-to-use process for accessing the unconscious mind. I was romping around, calling up old memories, re-writing nighttime dreams, confronting unconscious beliefs and re-purposing them. I was teaching other people to do it and it was very easy to use. All in all, it was a lot of fun!
    And it didn’t much change my external, physical reality.
    What I now understand all these ghosts to be saying is that there really is nothing unconscious about the unconscious mind. The reason it feels so shrouded in mystery is because we generally don’t pay attention to the vibration of thought — how a thought, as it’s being thunk, feels.
    Now, I watch my physical reality expand and shift based on what thoughts and actions feel better to engage in. It’s very direct and powerful. I also now understand that contrast is not a dark thing rising out of the unconscious to attack me, but is simply showing me where I have conflicting thoughts about the topic at hand.
    It’s all very easy intellectually and somewhat challenging to practice although, like with all things, the more I practice paying attention to what feels better, the better I get at it.
    What these ghosts keep telling us is turning out to be true in my life: pay attention to the obvious and watch where it takes you. The subtlety of mind is interesting but I keep discovering that it is rarely relevant.

  • No doubt, Frank. There’s plenty for us to play with that’s conscious!
    I remember Abe saying there’s nothing powerful about unconscious thoughts; and that if you’re shining the light of awareness on them, then they’re no longer “sub”conscious. That was right after I’d got all lit about by Joseph Murphy’s “Power of the Subconscious Mind.” lol
    Thanks for chiming in here. Always a pleasure to hear from you!

  • Chip says:

    Agreed Frank. You don’t need to plummet the depths of your consciousness and root out the evils. If you just focus on you want, contrast will point out what needs to be attended to. It is actually a very efficient process.
    Life Surfer

  • Janette says:

    I gotta say, this book sounds like it makes things a little too complicated for me (says the brain science geek LOL!) but I also think for some of us, it’s hard to believe in ‘easy’.
    So something that lays out WHY belief works might be useful. As Nelson Mandela says “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
    Or we could simply get more aware and have more fun, as Frank suggests.
    Either way, it seems to me we’re all saying the same thing. Get aware, get conscious – and find the better-feeling thought. Taylor may just have a more complex way to get there. 🙂

  • If I used Sophie’s “what feels lighter” trick on this subject, I’m in agreement with you both.

  • Peter says:

    Fabulous discussion and all summed up so nicely Janette!
    12 years ago I turned around a debilitating disease that was uncurable. I didn’t believe the way I do now but I did believe my doctor who believed we ‘could do it’ and now i see why.

  • Mari Anoran says:

    A few years ago, when I was still married… my husband developed an unusual form of cancer. This was pre-LOA. The original doctor that the hospital assigned us was so negative, we were both instantly repelled and we actually prayed to find a better doctor. Pretty quickly because of our intense Step 1 and Step 2 focus (lol)we found the perfect doctor (ie: upbeat, caring, energetic, etc.) and I know that made a huge difference in my husband’s recovery.
    After studying LOA for the past 3.5 years I see how my former husband’s thoughts and beliefs led to the cancer. It’s also interesting to note how quickly he shifted to a high flying disk once we got with the other doctor. All good! 🙂

  • I love it, Peter, that you proved “incurable” wrong!! ha!!
    And Mari, how smart of you both to honor that “repelled” feeling and to allow much more positive support in. Thrilled to hear about your husband’s recovery.

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