Are we all slaves to a gross illusion? Who are we? What is the mind, what is consciousness and what is reality? This book offers educated answers and explanations to all these questions and more. This book motivates the reader to reconsider everything they think they know about themselves and the world today, examining the different models of creation, evolution of humanity and the universe, the essence of matter and of life itself, exploring all manner of scientific, theological, psychological and philosophical and metaphysical hypotheses and offering insights into ancient mystical wisdom and the road to enlightenment. Can it be, that this complex, living, breathing, sophisticated, opinionated, creative and conscious entity that we call human, is made up merely from a few invisible atoms of nothingness? We are not simply made from flesh and blood – we are beings of an infinity of dimensions, too vast to contemplate, but our brains and our senses are only able to perceive that which is rooted in matter, for that is the substance from which we believe we are made. What we call reality, is most definitely not what it appears to be.
Imagine that you and me are standing facing each other. Now let’s begin to exchange our body parts. We’ll begin by exchanging our brains. Remember, my brain needs to be connected to your spinal column and all the nerves that run through your body, including your eyes, ears, mouth, fingers…everything. Now, have you become me? Let’s exchange hearts. But my heart has to be connected to arteries and veins and pump the blood that is in your body, so are you yet me? Next, how about we exchange our hands and feet. Then, our arms and legs. Then we can go a step further and exchange the largest organ we have, which is our skin. Are you still you? Am I still me? OK, now let’s exchange some internal organs, say, our livers, lungs, stomachs, kidneys and spleens. How do “you” feel now? So, let’s swap our eyes, ears, nose, mouth…all our bones and our whole torsos and faces. You definitely look like me now…but are you me – and am I you? Can you see where I’m going with this? Let’s keep on until we have exchanged everything. Are you now me looking at you, or are you now a different you, looking at me? Have you become me? What if we were now to swap back the parts of our brains most associated with memory, being the hippocampus, the amygdala and the neocortex. Would you then be you with my body, or me with your memories? The point is, at what moment do you become me? How much of ourselves do we have to exchange before this transformation takes place? And what about our “souls” or “spirits”, or our minds?
When you say “I am” …something or other, who and where is the “I” that is saying or thinking those things? What is your mind made from? Your mind is not a conglomeration or a mere collection of your memories and experiences. It is not a “thing” that lives in your brain. It is not something that is made from any “stuff”, so where does that “mind” reside in the physical world if it is not physical? Is it inside you – or does it just hover somewhere nearby?
Thank you, Peter Weisz and Silver Dagger Book Tours.
About the author
Peter Weisz (Dip Psych, HND, BACP) was born in London, England in 1961 and practices as a psychoanalyst and therapist, specializing in psychodynamics and the study of the subconscious and unconscious mind. He majored in psychology, music, English language and literature. He is the founding director of “One 2 One Counseling”, an organization offering personal therapeutic support to those with emotional and psychological disorders. He has worked at a number of private rehabilitation facilities and treatment centres since 1998 including the world renowned Priory Clinic in London, England. Peter is knowledgeable in ancient and contemporary philosophy, transcendental thought, general science, theology and mystical & esoteric writings, both classical and modern. He has also worked as a professional musician, singer/songwriter, producer and stage director for 25 years, travelling the world with a variety of bands and is the founding director of “A Major Events”, a music production company in Cape Town, South Africa, where he currently resides.
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