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How did I get here?

I started out as a curious teenager. I wanted to know about the higher states of consciousness that mystics for thousands of years had been describing and I wanted to understand how the world worked. So while my studies involved textbook science and math, my outside readings included authors like Jane Roberts with the Seth series and The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva. I wanted to learn how to become more than I was. I read Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow rich and Clement Stone's Success System That Never Fails. Later I studied Jack Canfield "self esteem and peak performance". This was long before his Chicken Soup fame.

In 1996 I read Carl Sagan "Candle in the Darkness" and for the first time felt that I had the tools to evaluate science from pseudoscience. Unfortunately, I had not yet read James' article and so I rejected too much. For example, I did not renew my membership with Neotic sciences. Further, due to my inability to distinguish fringe science from pseudoscience, I stopped all readings and explorations of the areas described above.

It was only years later, after having read James' article and having some undeniable experiences myself that I began to revisit what was real and true and what was bunk.

During the time I was reading David Chalmer's work on consciousness and James' article and evaluating science I was also engaging in spiritual practices that over time would have profound effect on my view of the world.

As a result of these spiritual practices I found that my reaction to life was changing without conscious effort on my part. Things that used to irritate or annoy me no longer did. Fear of certain things or people left me. It was transformative.

Now I do not and did not believe in the supernatural. So I wanted an explanation. From Sharon Begley's article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) I found that Jeffery Schwartz had done work on neuroplasticity And from there I went on to discover quite a bit of fringe work being done in this and related area.

Dr. Schwartz's work suggests that behavior can change the brain. If this is true, then is it be possible for thought itself to alter the brain or other physical matter? This is one of the questions the my experience has led me to explore. I will return to this question frequently.

I hope you find these questions as fascinating I do and I encourage your to look at and subscribe to my blog where I will be writing about work in these areas.

Sincerely,

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