What If?: The Challenge of Self-Realization [NOOK Book]

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What if you awoke tomorrow with amnesia-no memory of who you are, what you like and dislike, and so on. Would you be the same person? What if, as in the movie The Matrix, you discovered that everything was a simulation and you were just a programmed component? What if everything you believed was false? Who would you be then? Eldon Taylor has been researching the power of the mind for more than 25 years. He has repeatedly demonstrated the overt attempts that have been made to control your thinking. While very ...
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Overview

What if you awoke tomorrow with amnesia-no memory of who you are, what you like and dislike, and so on. Would you be the same person? What if, as in the movie The Matrix, you discovered that everything was a simulation and you were just a programmed component? What if everything you believed was false? Who would you be then? Eldon Taylor has been researching the power of the mind for more than 25 years. He has repeatedly demonstrated the overt attempts that have been made to control your thinking. While very interesting in theory, most of us do not understand this on a personal level. It is easy to understand the concept of Mind Programming when it is occurring with someone else, but most would deny that they too are victims. What If? is a very personal book. By using everyday situations and guiding you through numerous thought experiments, Eldon does an excellent job of peeling back the layers and revealing the dissonance in much of your thinking, beliefs, desires, and choices-contradictory beliefs held at the same time with no apparent awareness. Once you have seen your own mind with the filtered lenses removed, it is impossible to remain the same. That is why so many have praised this work as being absolutely life-changing-not just a fascinating read-but a transformational experience!
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"Wow-this book is a real eye-opener. . . . Eldon guides you to examine your deepest thoughts, beliefs, and desires.?While his process can be challenging, I recommend that you stick with it, as it can be the catalyst for profound breakthroughs. What If? is unique, provocative, and transformational."

 - Marci Shimoff, the New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

"I simply love this book. Eldon writes in a brilliant, thought-provoking style, challenging and encouraging us to be fully present to our life's journey."

 - Colette Baron-Reid, internationally renowned intuitive counselor and the best-selling author of Messages from Spirit and The Map

 "Few are the authors who turn you inside out, who blow up your preconceived notions and cause you to become honest with yourself through and through. That's precisely what happens when you read What If? I highly recommend this book to those spiritual warriors who are un? inching in their journey to the Authentic Self."

 - Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape International; author of Spiritual Liberation

 "In a world where governments, corporations, and religious institutions compete to capture our attention and then mold our thoughts about ourselves, Eldon's keen insight into this struggle is a valuable asset for anyone desiring to rise above the fray and regain control of their own mind. The power to be con? dent and comfortable with oneself as an individual without blaming others brings great freedom. Well done."

 - JZ Knight, author of the best-selling autobiography A State of Mind: My Story

 "If, like Neo in the film The Matrix, you are ready to swallow the red pill, then consume Eldon Taylor's book What If? The Challenge of Self-Realization and wake up in a new reality where you'll discover truth instead of illusion . . . . Or-your choice-you can continue to take the blue pills, leave the book on the shelf, and the opportunity ends. Nothing will change. Life will go on as usual and you can believe whatever you want to believe."

 - Thomas Campbell, Department of Defense and NASA consultant, physicist, and the author of My Big TOE

 "What a perfect follow-up to Eldon's last three best-selling books-I love it! Rather than trying to convince you of the validity of thought control, Eldon peels back the layers of your own mind and helps you separate yourself and your beliefs from those foisted upon you by society. If you truly wish to do more than just give lip service to personal empowerment, this book is a must!"

 - Peggy McColl, the New York Times best-selling author of Your Destiny Switch

 "Eldon Taylor has broken the mold of most self-help writers as he tackles head-on many taboo questions. Bold, forthright, and most certainly profound, What If? The Challenge of Self- Realization takes the reader on a number of thought experiments to expose how much of our power we've given away. The lessons in this book are vital if you wish to experience what it is to be free to reach your highest level of self-actualization."

 - Dr. Nick Begich, the author of Controlling the Human Mind

 "Personal empowerment just took a quantum leap in this astonishing book by Eldon Taylor. What If? The Challenge of Self-Realization consists of a series of thought experiments that will move you out of the rigid beliefs you didn't even know you had, into a way of life that allows you to fully express your amazing uniqueness and gifts. I highly recommend it."

 - Crystal Andrus, the best-selling author of Simply . . . Woman! and Simply . . . EMPOWERED!

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401930875
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 493,833
  • File size: 478 KB

Meet the Author

Eldon Taylor is the host of the popular radio show, Provocative Enlightenment. He is an award-winning New York Times best-selling author of over 300 books, as well as numerous audio and video programs. His most recent books include Choices and Illusions, Mind Programming, and What Does That Mean?
Eldon is also the inventor of the patented InnerTalk technology and the founder and President of Progressive Awareness Research, Inc. He has been featured as an expert in films, print, television, and radio. He has been called a "master of the mind" and has appeared as an expert witness on both hypnosis and subliminal communication.
More than 20 scientific studies have been conducted evaluating Eldon's technology and approach, all demonstrating its power and efficacy.
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.

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Table of Contents

Preface xxi

Introduction: Not Time Travelers but Thought Travelers xxiii

Chapter 1 Preparing for the journey 1

Chapter 2 Memory: Who Am I? 7

Chapter 3 True Being 17

Chapter 4 The Lucifer Effect 25

Chapter 5 Blame Is Socially Contagious 37

Chapter 6 The Spiritual Quest 51

Chapter 7 The Meaning of It All 61

Chapter 8 Pets and an Afterlife 71

Chapter 9 Crime and Punishment 77

Chapter 10 The Dream Within the Dream 85

Chapter 11 A Rich Inner Life 95

Chapter 12 Love Thy Neighbor 103

Chapter 13 What If There Were No Chapter 13? 111

Chapter 14 Pursuit of Happiness 113

Chapter 15 The Drive for Power 121

Chapter 16 Innocent 127

Chapter 17 Camelot 133

Chapter 18 Human Rights 139

Chapter 19 E Followed by F 153

Chapter 20 Certainty 165

Chapter 21 Biases? 169

Chapter 22 Growing Up 177

Chapter 23 Meaning: It's All a Simulation 183

Chapter 24 The Little Lie 191

Chapter 25 Discernment 199

Chapter 26 The Unexamined Life 205

Chapter 27 Conclusion: The Exam 213

Epilogue 217

Appendix 223

Endnotes 233

Acknowledgments 245

About the Author 247

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    A Very Personal Look At Yourself - This Book is Mind Blowing!

    What If? is an experience in and of itself! By participating in the many thought experiments included in this book, I experienced myself from the inside out--and I was totally amazed and stunned at what I found! Of all the books that I have read in the self-help arena, this one has had the greatest impact. This is a vital book if you are truly interested in beginning the journey of answering the age old question: Who am I? But be warned, this book will challenge you in ways you have not been challenged before. If you are up to the challenge, then you will never look back. This is a MUST READ!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT FIGURED OUT

    What if? The Challenge of Self-Realization is a mind-blowing read. I found the book the most challenging of experiences. Each chapter takes you through thought experiments that reveal just how much of what we think we know or believe is not at all our genuine conviction. This is not a book for those who think they have it all figured out and therefore have closed their minds to self-enquiry. It is a book for those who willingly wish to pursue the truth of their being even if that leads them to relinquishing old patterns and beliefs. Highly recommended if you have the courage.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    A Journey to Self Discovering

    'What If' By Eldon Taylor, is an interesting book that is a clear and to the point guide for examining your thoughts and consciousness by challenging you to examine other alternatives and scenarios looking at a situation from a different vantage point.

    This is a Self-Realization journey where the author suggests a circumstance in each chapter then asks questions inviting the reader to examine their familiar assumptions which may cause them to relinquish old set patterns of belief systems and become aware of contradictory conviction they may be holding on to in their thought process.

    I had expected something entirely different when I began to read this book and at first I was afraid I was going to be disappointed but soon saw the value of the process this book offered.

    The situations presented in each chapter are interesting and thought provoking. Through each chapter I learned to examine my thoughts and beliefs and was pleasantly surprised one day when I viewed a certain incident and immediately challenged my own thoughts and saw how it was in contradiction to my emotions and reactions to the incident.

    This is a journey of discovering to who you really are and change thoughts that have been programmed into you by your culture or through society's standards.

    Those that are ready to take a trip to self detection and to learn to do your own thinking will greatly appreciate this book.


    As part of the FTC disclaimer rules I am making you aware that
    I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    I've read a lot of Dr. Taylor's work, and this is just as good as the others!

    "What If" approaches the implications of our everyday experiences on our subconscious on a realistic level. Whereas "Mind Programming" took the approach of putting into view the influence of the media on our perceptions of reality, and subsequently, on our behavior, "What If" is a collection of thought experiments and anecdotes which seek to show you how you actually think; be it through the deconstruction of contexts to reveal what is properly labeled as cognitive dissonance in moral reasoning, or be it simple do-at-home examples of how our perceptions changed dependent on how we are involved in them, "What If" is certainly a read worth the money.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    A Fantastic Read!

    Eldon Taylor takes you on an adventure into the mind. The thought experiments in this book will astonish you and have you looking at yourself in a whole new light. A great book, I highly recommend it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    What If leaves us hanging a bit

    The book What If intrigued me...especially since I use those words as things to stay away from as a general rule (for those of us who deal with anxiety).
    I thought the book had some really interesting information, and made some great points. But, it was just a series of teasers. Nothing went to deep or too far. Moving onto the next What If subject. It is a book that does make you think, and I can certainly appreciate that. I would have liked to have seen a little deeper into each thought before it moved on, however. Overall, it's a nice book, but nothing earth shattering.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Life lessons

    I enjoyed this book although it was a bit disturbing and made me feel angry at times. But it also made me think about alot of other things that we call Life...good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Really scary

    This book gave me nightmares at night.

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    Posted May 20, 2012

    Scourge

    Can bloodclan join this clan?

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    The Clan Of The Four Stars

    Hello all cats. This is where the rules go....no powes unless given permission by me only.......no go.d modding........oisten to the higher ranks.......dont mess with others......be nice and fair......and have fun.HHHHHHHH Also. Second result is the place for info updates. Third is ranks. Fourth is asking to join. Fifth is gathering place. Sixth is camp. Seventh med den. Eigth mine. Ninth apprentices. Tenth nusery. Eleventh warriors. Tewlfth edlers. Thirteenth hunting grounds. Fourteenth forest. Fifteenth borders. Sixteenth sandy hollow.

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