Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bruce Hood: The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You

I really loved Bruce Hood's book, The Self Illusion. If you want to re-establish the idea of “Self Empowering” this book is for you. The awareness that we call the "Self" is an illusion, created by the brain.

Our brain created this experience of a separate "Self" to handle the billions of pieces of sensory data that we take in every second. When we are brave enough to give up this ego or self, we become liberated from our thoughts, which are in constant protest and judging people, mostly ourselves. The brain created the "self" for a very good reason, so that our species could work together to survive. Bruce Hood states that the “self” is really just the SUM of all our experiences and with each new experience the brain becomes, to a degree, a "new structure" or architected awareness - healthier or unhealthier, depending on what our brain is exposed to: (Love, Toxins, Depression, Nurture, Neglect, Pesticides, Organic ). This is not a simple review; but the book is rather simple as it explains a rather controversial subject, "What is the Voice in Our Heads?" I loved it! To me Hood's theory is empowering! What we expose our brains to can strengthen us, or weaken us, especially as we age. I am now experiencing that voice in my head as only the response to experiences or exposures during the day.  I  aim for better thoughts, experiences, and healthier environments. The whole of humanity is always headed towards sickness or health, depending on what we expose our brains to. Hormones run our lives, as well as the neural pathways formed from experiences, or toxic exposures. The power is back in our hands to make a healthier world for our species, or shall I say, Man-KIND. If you liked 

Karma cannot be real, if TIME does not exist, and Stephen Hawking said, there is no time just infinite probabilities occurring simultaneously. On a wilder note: Akashic Records of Machu Picchu, explain the disappearance of the natives in Machu Picchu as "mental advancement". They left earth after completing the lessons on "creating reality," which is said to be the final Earth's lesson, to become gods who create, and take responsibility for the whole. Some left for other dimensions and some went into the earth. Interesting, I thought, and upon further investigating I was lead  to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco to hear a lecture on The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The room went dark and three pyramids projected on a large screen.


"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Susan Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp." No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?" I always wanted to swim in the Nile. From my memoir, "From Hollywood to God" on Amazon and Kindle books. 
Giza, Egypt
Hiking through Bhutan

Tiger's Temple, Thailand
River Kwai, Thailand

Peru
Tiger's Nest Bhutan



Click link— "From Hollywood to God"  to read my memoir.
The Kingdom of Bhutan