Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be?

Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be?


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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401943394
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 808,920
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eldon Taylor is an award-winning New York Times best-selling author of more than 300 books and audio and video programs. His most recent works include Mind Programming, What Does That Mean?, What If?, I Believe, and Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology. 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. His books and audio-video materials have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have sold millions worldwide. Website:

Table of Contents

Foreword Cristian Enescu xiii

Preface xv

Introduction to the First Edition xvii

Introduction to the Second Edition xix

Chapter 1 Choices and Illusions 1

Chapter 2 Engineering Belief 13

Chapter 3 The Full Power of Your Beliefs 17

Chapter 4 Creating Self 21

Chapter 5 What We Perceive and Fail to Perceive 31

Chapter 6 Psychological Defense Mechanisms 51

Chapter 7 Who Owns Your Thoughts Anyway? 65

Chapter 8 Information Processing Without Awareness 73

Chapter 9 A Simple Model of Mind and Behavior 85

Chapter 10 The Nature of Controversy 109

Chapter 11 Practical Hypnosis 121

Chapter 12 Mind Is Not a Local Event 127

Chapter 13 The Subtraction Game 141

Chapter 14 The Courage to Challenge Yourself 149

Chapter 15 Breaking the Trance 159

Chapter 16 The Kingdom Within 165

Chapter 17 Change 173

Chapter 18 Conclusion 197

Epilogue 207

Appendix A Science of InnefTalk® 209

Appendix B Utah Prison Study 213

Appendix C Personal-Empowerment Stories 215

Appendix D Affirmations for Unlimited Personal Power 229

Recommended Resources 231

Endnotes 233

Acknowledgments 237

About the Author 238


Taylor - Medical Lake, WA

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Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to say thank you !!!!! so very much from the depths of my very soul. I ordered 'Choices and Illusions' read it the day I received it. What an awsome book. For my entire life I've struggled, It has been by far an easy life. I have four Daughters. The past five years have been the hardest for me. I lost my Father, he died in my arms and then my Grandmother 'fathers side' a year later. Then seven moths later my Beautiful Jessica '17yrs of age' was killed in a horrible car accident. I'm still working through her death and the cicumstances involving the manner in which everything 'was not' handled properly. I have to tell you. I received Eldon's free downloads esteeMU, forgiving, leader, and stressfree. I listen to them every mourning for about 4hrs. Last Sunday I sat and listened to them from the time I woke until about 8pm only to take a bathroom break and to grab something to eat. I feel like such a weight has been lifted and so much better in my mind. I am addicted to these cd's and can not tell you how excited I am about getting the 10 cd's I ordered . I just can't wait! I know already without a doubt now that life has so much more GOOD! in store for me, at a time in my life when I thought there was nothing more left and I have to credit Eldon!!!!! Thank you sooooo!!!!!!! very very much! there just are no words to express my gratitude! They really do work! UPDATE! I recieved my cd's! I play them in my salon for my clients and myself every day and I have to tell you they really honestly and truely work! For the first time since my daughter's death I have been able to smile, Laugh, and have been getting back all my desires in life again. My clients all see and tell me what a difference they see in me and my other daughters say 'MOM what are you on' I just said 'it's my new cd's' they can not believe how happy I've become again. All I have to do is look at them! to see just what a difference Eldon's book and cd's have made in my life! I am so grateful to you Eldon. I wish everyone had the book and cd's. My clients all ask me when I tell them about what has helped me and then proceed to ask for the websitesite. Through all that I have been searching for since the death of my Baby girl 'In Loving Memory Jessica Stacey Dettrey' I know I may never get all the answers until I get to heaven but I will never stop thirsting for the answers and the knowledge here. Also through all that I have learned so far I am able to help others in return and that also makes me feel again. Again THANK YOU!so very much Eldon for your life, for your spirit, for your great knowledge,for you! and for helping me! People come to me for help now and I am so willing to help them and share what I have learned. Sheila Vogel Kresgeville Pa.
TheNUmberGenie More than 1 year ago
We are Multi-dimensional beings caught in a web of linear tim-E. Eldon Taylor is like a long, tall cool drink of water in the Gobi Desert. My mind is full of being mindful. After 26 years of consciously studying how energy vibration directly affects thought, word and action as well as the study of how we create cyclic patterns for ourselves; I couldn't agree more with what Eldon has to share in this book . Choices and Illusions is a must read for anyone searching for answers on awakening their true magnificence and unlimited potential. Eldon uses a story about an Eagle who thought she was a chicken .This was particularly meaningful to me as I have often asked my clients to picture every thought, like it were a bird. That bird goes out and gets exactly what it is that you have been thinking and brings it back to you every time when it finally turns into form. I am great-full to you Eldon for sharing your gifts of inspiration and healing with the world. This one's for you.. The Journey The Eagle rose toward something new Knowing not where it took him or which way he flew The air was uplifting as he soared free and strong The light of the heavens reached out for his song Together, they melted and fused with the sun But his feather was left to heal everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading 'Choices and Illusions' last night. I couldn't help but think of several people close to me who could benefit from the ideas Dr. Taylor discusses in it. With the help of something that I read in the book, I was able to figure out the motivation behind a emotional reaction I had to something my husband had said or done that I didn't like. However, as I got towards the end of the book, like a lot of others who have written reviews, I found myself reacting negatively to the promotion of the 'Inner Talk' series, which was created by the author. Despite this, I wanted to try some of his CDs. Is this the result of subliminal messages in the book? Perhaps. But I want to know more, and I am willing to investigate the possibilities. After all, I consider myself, at almost 57, a work in process. I am excitedly waiting to see the results. I may even send some CDs to my friends and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At a time when we are being bombarded by the many problems in our country, this book is a well of inspiration to realize that you can take back your power and not let others influence you. The author makes you feel like you know him and that he is that 'best friend' that is guiding you to a new and better way to live in our world today. Yes, I was also a little put off by the many mentions to InnerTalk, and yet, the programs are so powerful and I see Eldon Taylor as a wise older brother who is pointing us in a new direction to make our lives work for us, each of us whatever our dreams for ourselves are..good read, easy read and makes you sit up and really think about things...if you are ready to go forward to a new future, this is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! I have used this in my discussion with my sisters and my adult children who think I am off my rocker! But they are amazed at how different I am with my life going along smooth and steady......I love the free feeling i get each new day! I love it!!! Great reading - amazing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A profoundly practical articulation of the phenomena of free will. Simple words about everyday questions mankind has asked for centuries--- his book connects science to the metaphysical. The strength of Eldon Taylor's convictions gives me goosebumps! You're missing a huge piece of the puzzle if you don't read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I have been going through alot of life changes and was feeling hopeless when I came accross this book. It has made me understand how I think and how to change the negitive in my life. It was perfect timing for me to read this book!! Thank you Eldon, looking forward to your next book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In today's world we are constantly bombarded by information of all kinds. It would be so nice to think that all of it was true and helpful. Unfortunately that is simply not true as Dr.Taylor has so graphically pointed out. Our rational conscious mind can accept or reject information that we are aware of but when we are not aware of information input through the many kinds of subliminals we are bombarded with daily, that information becomes a part of our belief system and that alters our perceptions and responses to life and as he demonstrates these are self-feeding,self-fulfilling, life-altering systems. This book was a God-send to me and in over 50 years of studying self-help and metaphysical material this is probably the most impressive book I have come across. I enjoyed it immensely especially the way he uses stories of his own experiences to get his point across. He also covers a number of things I've never found in other booksand he covers the spiritual aspects without being dogmatic or evangelical. The book literally blew me away. I am recommending it to everyone I know (strangers too!!!) I am sorry for those who have a problem with Dr.Taylor pushing his CD's. You simply cannot achieve the same thing with a book that you can with a subliminal CD. All jobs can be done with a number of different tools but YOU still have to do the work. I think he has given us some wonderful tools to work with. Thank you Dr.Taylor for the work YOU have done and shared with us in order to make the world a better place. Namaste' Truthstudent Ken
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book essentially looks at how we make choices and how we betray ourselves. It is well written and well worth reading and will provide you with insight. I would read it in combination with Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to learn how to use your thinking to make the most of any situation and life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the recommendations for this book on the first couple of pages and thought to myself, 'I hope it's just partially as good as all the praise says it is.' Okay, I read the book and then I read parts of it over, and over and over. Unreal! With clarity the likes of which I have rarely encountered, this jewel goes right to the nature of who we are, why we are and how we can become all that we know inside we are capable of but never quite accomplish. This is a solid five stars and carry it with you!
biunicorn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Choices and IllusionsHow Did I Get Where I am, and How Do I Get Where I want to Be?by Eldon Taylor I found this 189 page self help book fascinating because it took me in so many directions. First i was able to see the thinking patters that were causing blocks in my life, then I was able to hear personal stories that gave me even more of a clearer picture when it came to old and new ways of seeing things. Through illustrations, charts and graphs the author shows us how illusion can work in our lives on many different levels, including subliminal. I was amazed at how different things can influence the course of my life. The format was well presented and quite easy to follow and I would recommend this reflective teacher to anyone who wants a better picture of how to gain an upper hand in your own life. Thanks, Eldon I learned a lot. Love & Light, Riki Frahmann
van-vinos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read many books of this genre, and in fact rate the authors hypnosis tapes as some of the best. However, I found this book really "dry" to read. It was like reading a very boring text book, so much so, that I didn't even finish it (which is a real rarity for me).
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Extraordinary This audio book was something spectacular. You can read the book or listen to it, and i recommend listening to it. The tone and inflection helps lend to the basis of the story. It teaches us how the mind works and how knowing that can help the reader relate to his or her own life. It's well written and well thought out. It's all about choices and I recommend making the choice to read/listen to this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the original release of Choices many years ago, but when the revised edition was announced I didn’t hesitate in agreeing to review the updated and expanded version. This book was an eye opener for me then, and it continues to expand my knowledge of mind and choice in a way no other book has. Eldon Taylor explains the mind through research and understandable explanations then systematically reveals how the choices we make everyday have been highjacked by life, the media, our peers and everything in between. He doesn’t just point out how we’ve been stripped of our choices, but he teaches powerful ways we can take back our choices, our lives. The power of belief can be very deceptive. Think about the last time you made a choice? Was it truly your own? Let me illustrate it this way. I remember as a child choosing between a Snickers or a York Peppermint patty whenever I was given the option to buy candy. But as I matured I realize that I wasn’t making a choice for me. My Dad loved snickers and my Mom loved York peppermint. Neither were my favorites, I was only choosing what I knew. Now I enjoy both, but my favorite candy bar is simply a dark chocolate bar. While this example is very simple, think about the analogy on the grander scale? Politics, prejudices, beliefs? Do you vote because of what you truly believe or because of what you were taught/hear on the radio? Our entire life is based in choices. I for one have started to be more aware of what may influence my decision before I make one.
Ryshia More than 1 year ago
The human mind is extremely complex as Eldon Taylor again demonstrates in his latest book, “Choices and Illusions”. Richly written, Eldon takes us on a journey into the power of the mind. While no book on the mind can be anything but complex, Eldon softens the depth of the information with strategically placed tales and stories that entertain as well as teach. Do minds communicate with each other – is the basis of creativity more a group activity than an individual one? R. D. Laing Quotes like this along with Eldon Taylor’s thought provoking research and easy prose make “Choices and Illusions” a provocative read. “Choices and Illusions” provides an excellent base to begin the exploration of self, and of the unseen but compelling forces of society that have the ability to shape the basis of our beliefs and ultimately our personalities. It provides the tools necessary to begin harnessing the powers of your mind instead of leaving it run unfettered and potentially controlled by the power of hidden beliefs foisted on us by others. And more importantly, it provides telling evidence that the mind is the one thing that can change your life. Although I found the last chapters weighed down with mentions of prior books and prose that was not as smooth as the earlier chapters, I still found “Choices and Illusions” an intriguing read. With plenty of references to other books on the subject, “Choices and Illusions” is an excellent jumping off point for anyone interested in enriching their lives by becoming aware of their most powerful tool, their mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me this book was an example of what the author warns about. It seemed to be about getting you tobuy his other books and audios.
Neveah More than 1 year ago
The new Revised edition of Eldon Taylor's, "Choices and Illusions", which includes five brand new chapters and also an InnerTalk CD, is an exciting and extremely informative look at the subconscious mind and its role in creating your world. If you want to learn more about how the mind works, who better to go to than a man who has spent most of his life researching, experimenting, teaching, and applying the inner workings of the mind - that man is Eldon Taylor. Anyone who has been around metaphysical teaching for long at all, will most likely already know your thoughts create your reality, or better put, the focus of your thoughts, the vibration of your thoughts, is what determines what you will pull out of the "quantum soup" of all that is. But do you realize that its not so much your conscious thoughts as it is your subconscious thoughts and beliefs that are doing the pulling. Knowing that, don't you think it is vital to know what kind of beliefs are stored in your subconscious, how they got there, and how to change them? This is where Eldon's book comes in - he asks the question, "When was the last time you had an original thought?", and then reveals how much of what we believe, and therefore are creating in our lives, is based on messages we might not have even been consciously aware we were receiving, how our every day experiences are filtered through those beliefs that have been formed in the subconscious mind, often slipping in undetected by the conscious, thinking part of us. Eldon then shows us how we can turn the tables, make our thoughts truly our own, and use the power of the subconscious mind to manifest the world we desire to see. As Eldon so wisely admonishes, "...the key to maximizing our experience rests in the incredible power of your mind. You can foster this power, nurturing it and allowing it to grow, or you can turn it (all of it or just parts of it) over to others. The choice is yours, and that is not an illusion!" *FTC Disclosure: 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 product.
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ColleenMoffett More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very inspiring. In establishing that our free will comes with responsibilities, primarily to self, but not at the sake of others, we can become empowered to make changes from within to ceate the sought after changes in our lives. Allowing for the realization that much of our inner programming may indeed be holding us back from the "propensity for greatness" that lies within each of us. Embracing the knowledge, and applying the wisdom that can be unblocked through forgiveness of self, of others and through acknowledging and release of the fears that may keep us from any attempt at change. And coming to the understanding that at times we may require additional assistance in retraining ourselves to allow for a wider range of perception, therefore allowing for a less challenging and more joy filled journey to our greatest self. Being our greatest self allow us the have the self-esteem and character that allows us to live through our connection with the power that created us. I am eager to experience Eldon's Inner Talk CD's and have ordered some as the feeling of connection I had while reading this book was very real to me. I am excited to add this tool to my bag of exercise's that I use to help me re-align my misinterpretation's of my past. Thank You Dr. Taylor, I am always happy when a book has this kind of an effect on me - reinforces that knowing that life is always getting better and better!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is fantastic! I read Choices & Illusions and have been using one of the InnerTalk CDs, "Quantum Younging" since August. I have it in my alarm clock and it plays early in the morning while I'm still asleep. I've lost 29 lbs in the last 5 months and haven't consciously changed anything to release the weight. I eat fewer meals because I'm not that hungry, take good supplements and am drawn to more fresh foods and water. I'm more conscious of my body and it tells me what it wants when it needs it. I've noticed that I like myself more, have more enthusiasm for my life, more patience with myself and others, and my attitude has improved tremendously. I just turned 40 and I don't feel like it at all. My hair and nails are gorgeous, my cellulite is fading, I don't have a belly anymore and I've lost 2 pants sizes. I can see my abs! All with no exercise and no diet. I eat what I want. I also tried the CD, "Using Metabolism to Melt Fat Away" a couple of years ago and lost 12 lbs in 3 weeks. I intend to purchase more of these to improve other areas of my life and to share with friends. Thank you so much for this important and life-changing work.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book came so highly recommended from so many individuals whom I respect that I couldn't imagine not reading it. I found the book fascinating. I've been a student of spirituality and science my whole life. I loved how the author made the concepts simple and yet very strongly tied them in with the spiritual viewpoint of life which isn't always as easy to grasp. The essence of the Universe and Universal law is the Law of Attraction and the way it is activated is through our thoughts. Mr. Taylor very clearly explains the process and why it works. And Mr. Taylor has found a way, through his many years of research and experience, to expedite that process. I personally know the power and 'magic' of affirmations. But I also know that it's not easy to keep your mind and attention on the affirmations we've chosen and the path we know we would like to direct ourselves to. Mr. Taylor has a line of tapes that compliment and support the concepts in his book. I believe, approached with an open mind, and a willing heart......that there isn't anything you can't accomplish. I plan to purchase several of the tapes and additional copies of the book for myself and for loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor is yet another outstanding resource in the field of empowerment healing. It is a well-researched piece that guides the reader through the process of the mind, it's power, and the importance of monitoring how it's programmed. Taylor not only provides scientific documentation to support his findings, he does so with an element of spirituality that is not common in the science community. Taylor uses personal stories, independent studies, inspirations, humility, and humor to share his message. The format is an easy read it holds your interest with enough facts to prove his point without becoming statistically boring. Some might not like the idea that the author is also promoting his products, but I feel the book gives the outline for guidance, and once you read the information, you'll see the products offered are the necessary tools for the job. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to understand why you are where you are, and how you can get to where you wish to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is my recommendation that you must read ¿Choices and Illusions!¿ Eldon Taylor has created a total mind makeover. Eldon uncovers why we betray our highest best in favor of immediate satisfaction 'the satisfaction that never leaves us feeling truly satisfied'. Not all books are for everyone, but this one likely is. Reviewing the many compromises we have all made while seeking to be our best self. Choices and Illusions goes deep into our highest human potential how and when it was betrayed why and how we disguise it from ourselves, and gratefully the book gets into how we can change all of this and experience true personal empowerment today. If you are interested in finding out how to be truly genuine, feel natural and leave counterfeit self images and representations in the dust in order to live a life of meaning this book is for you. It¿s brings value and meaning to our personal lives. I love the simple easy to apply methods that empower the reader to experience that ¿warm fuzzy feeling¿ that comes from living a life that is self-actualized. by Peggy McColl author of the New York Times Best Seller 'Your Destiny Switch'