Today I’m going to feature Eldon Taylor is an author that has written Mind Programming: From Persuasion and Brainwashing to Self-Help and Practical Metaphysics, I Believe: When What You Believe Matters!, What If?: The Challenge of Self-Realization and many others! In this post there will be a bio about the author and the book, and an interview!
About the book Choises and Illusions:
Choices and Illusions: How Did I Get Where I Am, and How Do I Get Where I Want to Be? holds an important key. Whether you’re interested in the science of thinking and beliefs, how your own mind works, how others control your thoughts, why things just don’t work out in your life, how you can create the life you’ve always wanted, or on a grander scale, how you can help make the world a better place, Choices and Illusions provides insights for all. Simply reading this book will open your eyes to new worlds of possibilities. Once exposed to the illusions most live under and by, you will change, 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 of scientific discoveries. Eldon Taylor’s approach is scientific and pragmatic, and his conclusions are inspirational and soul enhancing. Along the journey you’ll hear fantastic stories of divine intervention, learn why you think and do what you do not 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.
Elton Taylor: As a practicing criminalist, nearly every day I saw someone, who had a world of potential, blow it over some silly stupid notion. Perhaps they stole from their employer and rationalized it away since in their minds the employer was a bum who treated and paid them unfairly. The fact is, every perpetrator of a criminal act can tell you why they did it, and when you stand back, their answers are justifications more than reasons.
ET: I try to live my life from what I think of as the four-corner philosophy. These corners consist of forgiveness, self-responsibility, gratitude, and service. Let me unpack that some.
ET: Research clearly shows that there is activity in the subconscious before a conscious thought occurs. In other words, our so-called conscious thoughts are given to us by our subconscious. My work has shown that it is this subconscious information that dictates the kind of life we will experience, and understanding that helps us clarify why the prison intervention I discussed earlier was so powerful. Change truly must happen from the inside out. We must choose to take control of everything we put in to our minds.
ET: Most of it comes from our environment – our friends, family, peers etc. Unfortunately negative information, such as “you won’t amount to anything” has a much greater sticking power than positive information, and scientists estimate that 90% of the incoming information is negative. Additionally, we have actually been trained in many ways not to think. In fact, in a very real sense, we have all been raised in our own little chicken yards. I think a story is worth much more than data, so to this end I have posted a YouTube video that is the prefect illustration of how this entire process works. The story is called The Chicken and the Eagle and can be seen here.
ET: We are taught things in limited ways. Logic and linguistics make assertions about many things that are simply false to fact. For example, logic asserts that a gallon is equal to a gallon. This is simply not true from many perspectives, including the most obvious. A gallon of water added to a gallon of alcohol does not equal two gallons of combined fluid. Ergo, 1 + 1 = 2 is not necessarily so in the “real” world, for no two things are alike in every way.
ET: We need to realize that most of our lives we have been choosing as though we were taking a multiple-choices test, choosing between A, B and C when in fact there exists an entire alphabet that we could have chosen from. I love to illustrate this point with one of my favorite stories. The story is called the Flower Pot story and I’d love for your audience to check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYYtU6RaK-U It’s a short 3 minute video but well worth the time.
ET: In the large sense, everyone who has contributed to the knowledge that we have today is one of my heroes. Everyone who has paved the way for more civility and greater freedom is one of my heroes. Everyone who takes a moment to go to the aid of another human being is one of my heroes. I think we improve our world one person at a time and the best way for each of us to begin is to help one another. That said, I have the larger than life heroes such as Martin Luther King, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Aristotle and so forth. And I have my close heroes, Roy Bey, my partner in business who believed in what we might be able to do if we made giving back our primary motive, and my partner in life, my lovely bride Ravinder, who for over twenty five years has been my constant source of encouragement and my reservoir of strength.
ET: I could be a bit of a smart aleck and answer by simply saying, “The title to one of my books.” The truth is, we are all programmed in some degree. The science behind our programming is so sophisticated today that it bares the name, Neuromarketing. Literally billions and billions of dollars have been spent learning how to motivate you to act in a given way, while making you believe that you made the choice to behave accordingly. This is truly big business today, and whether it is a product or political platform, it’s all about choosing your choices for you.
ET: The Buddha is credited with saying, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” Science supports this assertion today whole-heartedly. Indeed, not long ago I attended a CEU for health care professionals dealing with the latest in neurological research. There were some powerful concluding remarks, but the bottom line take away is one that is particularly relevant here. Let me digress just a bit first. When I attended University, the prevailing thinking asserted rather axiomatically that personality became fixed early in life, ages 4 to 6, IQ was fixed, brain cells begin to die and do not replace themselves somewhere beginning in our thirties, and so forth. All of this is patently untrue! Today the research shows us that among the best things we can do to improve our lives is change our personalities. We know IQ is not fixed and indeed, the brain is amazing! Voila, today we become excited about the possibilities inherent to neuro plasticity. So now, fast forward to those concluding remarks and the big take away: YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN CHANGE BUT YOU CAN ONLY CHANGE WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN CHANGE!
ET: Thank you for the opportunity to share.