#BookReview – CHOICES AND ILLUSIONS: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be?

This fascinating book holds an important key. Whether you’re interested in the science of thinking and beliefs, how your own mind operates, how others control your thoughts, why things just don’t work out for you, how you can create the life you’ve always wanted, how you can realize your true potential, how you can find peace, or, on a grander scale, how you can help make the world a better place, this book provides insights for all. Simply reading it will open your eyes to new worlds of possibilities. You’ll change once you’re exposed to the illusions most live under and by, 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 scientific discoveries. Eldon Taylor’s approach is pragmatic, and his conclusions are inspirational and soul enhancing. Along the journey, you’ll hear fantastic stories of divine intervention, see why you think and do what you don’t 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.
      Eldon says, “Many believe that self-help and self-improvement is about rags to riches, failure to success, and so forth, when indeed it’s the beginning of a journey into self-discovery. Inside every human being is an eternal truth and a life purpose. Using our mind power is simply starting the engine on that path toward highest self-actualization.”

 

My Review

Eldon Taylor shares research and stories with us proving that we have the illusion of choice, when in fact our subconscious mind has already decided for us. Our thought processes, decisions, and behaviors are often driven by biases and beliefs of which we might be completely unaware. To complicate matters, we are all too easily influenced by subliminal messages within advertising that we are besieged with each and every day. Consequently, the inner voice directing us might not be completely our own.

This book has been out awhile, so the research presented is no longer new. Even so, the author presents the studies and information in an intelligent, thoughtful way, showing us what all of this means to us as individuals and as societies.

Taylor’s writing style is conversational and easy to follow. He shares stories along the way, adding a personal touch and giving readers a better understanding of the information discussed. He offers tips on how to recognize and change the negatives within our inner voice, so that we can work toward positive change and take better control of our lives.

My one quibble with the book is with the final chapter, entitled ‘Change’. This chapter reads like a sales pitch for Taylor’s InnerTalk program. The entire chapter is made up of testimonials from people who have used his InnerTalk products, touting them with glowing reviews. I found this heavy-handed sales pitch irritating. I just don’t think a chapter of testimonials on the author’s products is appropriate within a book.

Aside from that last chapter, this book is an interesting read, reminding us we are only confined by the limits we place upon ourselves.

*I was provided with an ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.*

 

About the Author

Eldon Taylor is an award winning, New York Times best selling author of over 300 books, and audio and video programs. He is the inventor of the patented InnerTalk technology and the founder and President of Progressive Awareness Research. He has been called a “master of the mind” and has appeared as an expert witness on both hypnosis and subliminal communication.

Eldon’s Father was in law enforcement for most of his life and for many years Eldon himself was a practicing criminalist conducting investigations and lie detection examinations. His hobby for over 30 years has been horses and at one time he owned a large all-breed stallion station and racing stable. His down to earth common-sense pragmatism combined with his intellectual interests have led some to identify him as the “blue-collar progressive traditionalist.” Now if that isn’t ever an oxymoronic description—but then perhaps it is not after all.

Eldon is listed in more than a dozen Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who In Intellectuals and Who’s Who In Science and Engineering. He is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association and an internationally sought after speaker. His books and audio/video materials have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have sold millions worldwide.

Eldon is the host of the popular radio show, Provocative Enlightenment. He has interviewed some of the most interesting people on the planet including the likes of JZ Knight (Ramtha), George Noory, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Lorna Byrne, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Jose Arguelles, William Paul Young, Lynne McTaggart, Don Miguel Ruiz, Debbie Ford, Nick Begich, Harv Eker, Gregg Braden, David Hawkins, James Twyman, Hossca Harrison, and Glynis McCants just to name a few. His shows are both provocative and always fresh by way of both the perspective and the exchange.

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