Current Reads: The Biology of Belief.
The primary these is obvious enough from the title, but this book goes one step further by using decades of clinical trials and research that scientifically prove that the collection of beliefs that we hold (consciousness itself is nothing more than a callection of beliefs), has a biological effect on the human body nearly equal to what we have normally relegated to traditional biology. What was once a new age oddball concept disregarded and dismissed by hard science has now become a commonplace and accepted belief. Our beliefs literaly so strong in their effect on our mental and physical bodies that they can actually elicit effects on our physical bodies as effectively and profoundly that these beliefs can often trump our biology. Yes of course for some that isn’t news at all, but rather accepted truth. Thr only difference now is that we the human race have actual hard science to back this concept up and prove it, that’s it’s not only scietificslly feasable but can also be very helpful as well. The potential offered from having such hard data to support this idea is staggering. Especially when it comes to medicine and the healing arts. And also as it relates to how successful we are and how much money we earn or have in rhe bank. It appears that this system of beleifs that consciousness holds and explores and changes and evolves and contemplates works much the same way as our current system of biology does. Again the potential for how we live and what we experience in life is staggering. Not to mention inspiring and uplifting. No more need to Defend argue or debate this belief.
Also check out the book The Virus of the Mind. Similar thesis. But rather this book shows how beliefs and thoughts and feelings and emotions can spread throughout our mind much the same way that a traditional physical virus can have profound effects on our physical bodies.
Conclusion? “The Secret” isn’t much of a secret anymore. Despite the crises we see around the world, and the battle between the right and the left in politics, we are as humans slowly but steadily evolving to more and more advanced understanding of these perinciples; making them less taboo as they were fifty or one hundred years ago. It’s encouraging.