“Absolutely EVERYONE should read this book!” – Jesse Sloan (Amazon reviewer).
Hi, this is Stefan Cockroft. Do you want to be enlightened, happy and empowered? Of course you do! We all do. But most of us need some help to get there. A New View of reality: How You, Me and the World Can Awaken is your “ticket” to getting yourself on that path to enlightenment and freedom.
Each of our lives are built on the foundation of our core beliefs about the nature of reality. The truth is that we’ve been conditioned to believe a fundamental lie about the nature of existence by the system. This lie fosters negativity and creates essentially all of the problems in the world. We’ve been taught that matter is the foundation of reality, when it is in fact consciousness. We have been taught true meaning and fulfilling experience is beyond our reach (if it is even acknowledged it is there at all). And the nature of this fundamental consciousness or meaning is infinite love, infinite freedom and infinite empowerment. Life is essentially positive and when we attune ourselves to the essence of reality, we can know infinite love, freedom and empowerment in our own lives.
It’s fine for me to make these claims, and they might be nice ideas, but what is the proof? I see my perspective as being very similar in respect to the likes of that of Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. The issue of proof is also relevant to how my writing differs from those two authors. Tolle writes primarily from the perspective of experience, and Chopra writes using “broad brushstrokes”. My point of difference is to present specific logical and reasoned arguments for ALL of my claims. My writing is 100% dogma free. And you can hold me to that!
At times, in my book, I get into some deep and involved metaphysical issues. I realize that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So, for that reason I offer a unique reading experience. The book is presented so you can read it in two different ways – not at the same time, obviously. You can choose to read it the normal way or via a short-cut route. If you choose to take the short way, you won’t miss out on any of the main issues covered, but you will skip over some less essential discussion.
When you buy the book you will also be given access to a free four hour audio copy of this book (a condensed version).
You will find aspects of this book challenging and maybe even hard going. However, I swear that it will be worth it if you want to have your eyes opened to the true nature of reality and how you can start living that true reality. If you buy this book and read it, I believe you have the potential to make history – not just in your own life, but in helping making the world a better place. Enlightenment is in these pages.
If you like what I’ve described, I invited you to go now to the Kindle Store and purchase a copy of the book for way less that a cup of coffee.
My very best wishes,
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Hi. This is Stefan Cockroft, again. I wrote this book because it's the book I was once looking for, myself, but couldn't find. Instead, I had to go away and find the answers for myself. But that means I can now present the very book I was once looking for to you and to others! And that really, REALLY excites me. Why? Because I know it is full of amazing stuff that can transform people's view of reality for the better! Really! Honestly! Truly!
CHAPTER 1: HAVE WE BEEN BRAINWASHED?
“Every adventure requires a first step.”
–Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
“Question everything generally thought to be obvious.”
From the moment each of us enter this world, we start being taught things by our parents and by others around us. And then, when we’re old enough, we go to school—and there we’re constantly told how things are, or how we ought to see reality. Then, as we grow older and we become increasingly social, we’re progressively exposed to the influences of forces such as: cultural institutions, educational institutions, commerce, politics, the news and entertainment media, and of course social media; and then career and workplace cultures. So, over time, we’re increasingly conditioned as to how we ought to view things. We may not have even given it much thought that this is what has happened to us: we might instead assume that the way we’ve come to see reality is because that is the only way that reality can be seen to be. It might not have dawned on us that there could be another fundamentally different way of perceiving reality that is as feasible or even more feasible than what we’ve been “taught” is correct.
Of course, none of us see things exactly the same. For example, some of us might have been raised in religious homes, and such views have influenced how we see the world. For others of us, we might be more conscious of diverse perspectives on life, and throughout our lives there have been times when we’ve altered our point-of-view on not just everyday matters, but also on more fundamental aspects of things relating to life and reality. Yet, despite this, we may still feel that we actually merely tagged our new beliefs or ideas onto the view of reality that we already had, or sort of “rearranged our thinking” to make the new things fit—rather than radically altering our core thinking about existence, itself.
If we really want to be open to developing a fundamentally new view of reality, then we need to be prepared to examine and question our deepest or most basic assumptions about the nature of existence. And so, without more ado, that is what we’re going to start doing right now. We’re going to begin by looking at the three main views that exist on the nature of reality, itself. Ready? Let’s go…
CHAPTER 2: INTRODUCING THE 3 VIEWS OF EXISTENCE (Beginning with Dualism)
Once Upon a Time There Were Three Views of Reality
Once upon a time there were three bears…and you’ll recall that there were also three little pigs…and so too there were (and are) three views of reality. That’s to say, academic philosophy presents us with three main views of nature of existence. There are a number of variations of those three views, but I believe that they can all be reduced to just three core ones. Those views are called dualism, materialism, and idealism. Easy as one, two three…
“Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall
One named Peter, one named Paul…”
The first view is called dualism. Dualism describes the way many people in western cultures probably tend to think of reality as working when they’re going about their everyday lives—when they’re not giving the issue much thought. The thinking goes along these lines: each of us has thoughts and feelings, each of us has a body, we all live in a physical world, and broadly speaking the “mechanics” of this seem to tick along fine. Somehow, the diverse phenomena of thoughts, feelings and the physical world seem to function together okay, and that’s all that really matters.
However, if we look at the situation a little more deeply, the idea of dualism is that reality, or existence, is made up of two main things, or two main substances—“dual”, of course, meaning “of two”. Those two substances are the physical and the non-physical. What represents the physical is fairly obvious: generally, it’s things made of matter. Non-physical things, on the other hand, are things like thoughts, minds, emotions, consciousness, awareness and ideas. A loose way to think about the difference between the physical and the non-physical is that physical things tend to be visible, and non-physical things tend to be invisible. (Although that isn’t strictly always true, because physical forces are clearly physical, yet they are invisible. But, I still think the visible/invisible rule-of-thumb is a useful way to think about the physical and the non-physical—as long as we keep in mind that there are exceptions to this rule.)
Dualists argue that those two substances that make up the entirety of existence—the physical and the non-physical—interact with each other. So, for example, if I fall over and knock my arm, I feel pain. The physical (injury to my arm) apparently causes me to experience something non-physical (a feeling of pain). Like I said, most people accept that these two physical and non-physical factors seem to function together and so there’s not a problem. That’s as long as we don’t stop and critically examine the notion of dualism.
A Closer Look at Dualism
If we take a closer look at dualism, we find that there are actually big problems with it. Big problems in that dualism is actually completely illogical and makes no sense! Why is that? Well (this is the crux of the matter, so listen up), the physical and the non-physical are completely different substances. (“Substances” might seem like an odd term to use, here, but that has been the traditional usage of language in philosophy.) Being of different substances, the physical and the non-physical are completely different in nature and have totally different properties. Physical things exist in physical locations in space and time, and they have physical attributes that can be measured in terms of physical size. Non-physical things—like feelings, emotions, thoughts and minds—don’t have physical locations, and they have no physical size. (Keep in mind, here, that minds are not the same thing as brains.) Thus, because they are so completely different, it doesn’t make any sense that the physical and the non-physical could, or would, relate to one another or interact with each other.
When we look at our world through dualist eyes, it generally seems to be functioning fine without any problems. But when we stop and think about what is actually meant to be going on in dualist terms, we realise that we’re supposedly witnessing laws at work that make no reasonable sense; and, consequently, the world as we believe it to be is actually defying the laws of logic! A comparison with dualism might be something like two people trying to have a phone conversation in two different languages, with neither understanding the other. In short, the communication isn’t going to work! Another analogy might be trying to run Windows-only software on an Apple computer. It wouldn’t work because they involve two different computer languages. And on the level of fundamental reality, logically speaking, the physical and the non-physical shouldn’t be able to communicate with each other or impact or influence each other in any way because they are two totally different fundamental substances, and so their natures have nothing in common on which a relationship can be based. And I mean absolutely nothing in common: they are complete opposites! In theory, they shouldn’t be able to connect with each other or relate with each other in any way.
So what’s going on? On an everyday level, it certainly does seem that the physical and the non-physical are interacting with each other. But, if dualism is an illogical explanation for what’s happening here, then we need to come up with an alternative explanation for what appears to be taking place. And a clue to this might be in the word “appears”, because, as we know, appearances can be deceptive.
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