Whoa. That's what you find yourself saying as you read this book. The ideas therein completely flip your moral paradigm on its head. One premise of the book seems to be universally true and valuable. It teaches that the ideal state to be in, is what Vitale calls the zero state. The zero state is a state where there are no memories/programs/influences that are influencing you at all. In the absence of worldly influence from your mind, your emotions or your personal history, that is where you are open to Inspiration. Inspiration would be what Steven Pressfield would call "The Muse". To get to that state you need to release all binds, wounds, and emotional hooks by a process of radical forgiveness and love. By getting the mind out of the way, you can let the magic happen. All good so far.
Then comes the radical premise. If you want to heal anything in anyone you encounter, you should simply heal that part of yourself instead. You may need to read that sentence again. The book is written about a Hawaiian Kahuna (healer) who reportedly healed an entire mental hospital of patients using this method, a method called Ha'Oponopono. Now, you are probably as thoroughly confused as I was at this point, but after some thinking it isn't quite as impossible as at first glance. Follow me for a moment below:
First of all, we know we can take away the body and still be us. If we were paralyzed we would still exist. Then we could take away all of those 1000 voices, instincts, emotions and influences that comprise most of what we call the mind. Then at that point, we are our true self, our soul self, our God self, if you will. We are our inner child. But you can take it one step further if you wish, you can take away your Soul and what are you? You are energy of Life. A piece of the Source. A piece of God if your vocabulary permits. The essential qualitative part of that source is the same as anyone else's piece at the root level. And this life Force, as not part of space or time, cannot be described by a volume or quantity like a puzzle piece, or gallon of water in a swimming pool. An elephant doesn't have a bigger piece of the source than a turkey, just because it is bigger! So it is simply the Source. Under this reasoning the 'piece' of God, or Life inside of all of us is actually the entirety of God and Life. So if inside us is not only our piece but the whole, by healing that issue inside of us, we can heal it inside anyone else!
Whoa. Its a very radical line of thinking, and I am not quite sure where I stand on it completely. Perhaps I need to get myself to the zero state in order to find out the truth!
I don’t know where to ask this question but I listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast yesterday and you got me curious on Holotropic Breathwork. I am curious as to where did you train for it? Did you take one of those workshops? Was it the weekend one or the 5 day one? After training, can you do they by yourself or do you always need a group (which I bet makes it a hassle if not many people around you know it) ?
Haha funny to see this review. I had an acid trip one night about 4 years ago, when I was waiting for the trip to take hold I listened to the audiobook version of this. The trip that followed was one of the most significant experiences of my life, that I’ve had so far. It felt like I was in direct communion with source aka infinite intelligence aka divinity or what have you.
I’d had a handful of trips in the few years beforehand, the main thing I took away was that I began to understand the law of attraction on an intrinsic level. I’d read about it beforehand but prior to any psychedelics I only really knew it as an intellectual idea. So prior to this trip, I have this dope creator mindset percolating then my whole worldview gets shattered. It was great.
Now obviously, what I’m describing is completely subjective – goes without saying. But this book seemed to be the catalyst for the experience, or it at least played a major role. It was the input to my mind when it was in that really open state.
I think ho’o’ponopono itself can be a useful process, if you can hush the ego to the point where you can commit to rolling with it. Dr. Hew Len’s approach is dead simple which doesn’t leave a lot to be satisfied with intellectually. It might be good to pair ho’o’ponopono sessions w/ something like EmWave training, so not only are you consciously shifting into a more relaxed state but you get the quantified element that the mind loves so much.
Anyway. End rant. Rogan’s podcast was dope, it’ll be good to hear you on Duncans.
Sounds good I can’t wait to read it. I absolutely love your book reviews, I find the most amazing books here. Thanks man, keep it up. Oh p.s. after i read your review on the game, i ordered it and and burnt through that book in 3 days. i have never read that fast in my life.
Ha’Oponopono is meditation tool I learned in a yoga teacher training in meditation series I recently took part in. It is a powerful tool of forgivieness, gratitude and love. When I practice Ha’Oponopono it is as if the fabric of lifes pains are lifted away.