Armageddon of the Mind
How to prepare to read this book
He who knows others is learned;
he who knows himself is wise
He who conquers others has power of muscle;
he who conquers himself is strong.
Tao Te Ching 33
This book is for the seeker. The seeker is looking to discover something about themselves, that they never knew before. It is a synthesis of eastern mind science: (Taoism and Buddhism) conjoined with western science: psychology (Gestalt therapy and humanistic psychology) and anatomy and physiology with similar themes in Zoroastrianism and Catholicism. The journey begins on practical self-discovery by asking “Who am I” and “Where am I going in my life.”
Many people remember and learn by lists. For example: When you where in school, a list helped you to remember words to spell or the enormous amount of terms to remember in college biology. In popular reading: “The top ten ways to lose weight, The 5 most important methods for closing a business deal, The ten things you need to do achieve success” etc.
A Taoist approach for self-and spiritual development is different. A true Taoist probes a person to the point that they come to their own realization of what they need in their world and does not define it in lists, outlines or otherwise. Self-discovered truth always has much more powerful and longstanding impact than doctrine – but requires more work.
I invite you therefore, to read this book not as a carved in stone gospel of sorts, but as an invitation to think and expand your own universe within your mind. This is a book of self-directed questions and reflection that will have different answers for everyone; therefore, I do not and cannot answer the questions for you.
The ability to acquire information or the capacity to do so has never been greater. Notice the number of affordable books available or all the information at your fingertips via the Internet. But at some point, you must use that information as a springboard to find your own truth. Self-help books do not help you by reading them –they help you by providing concepts into which you provide the action and energy for change – in other words putting things into motion.
Perhaps you will build bridges from the “old school” of thought to your truth or perhaps you will have the courage to venture out into a whole new paradigm of thinking, inconceivable until now. Whatever the case, it is my hope that you believe in yourself enough that your truth becomes enough for you, rather than depending and leaning on the agreement of the rest of the commonality.
You may find yourself as you read this book saying, “Wow, I never heard that before” or “this guy is a wacko.” Either way it caused you to think for yourself and perhaps open yourself up to a new direction (action).
I have been teaching martial arts, healing and philosophy for over 25 years now, and I always encourage my students to become leaders by thinking for themselves. To listen, not only to their peers and subordinates, but to ultimately trust their own instincts and inner voices – the true meaning of listening - To truly trust yourself in all that you do.
This is a book about truth.
The truth about how and what it means to be a Warrior of the Spirit (rather than of the body) in order to survive disease, hard times, mental turmoil, disaster and hopelessness.
Yes, it is my truth, but that is what makes it genuine.
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