Guide to self-improvement and ways of combating self-crippling beliefs

Book facts: Optimizing the Infinite Mind by Erantha De Mel. Published by Meli Inc. USA
Reviewed by Dr. Jonathan McComic M.D. Price: Rs 1900.

Soon after its launch on April 10 in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity of reading this utterly inspiring book by Prof. Erantha De Mel – “Optimizing the Infinite Mind”. This book lucidly describes how you can literally let go of your dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, beliefs and habits; and the ways of reprogramming your mind utilizing the Neural Optimization Technique. Neural Optimization explores the relationship between how we think, and how we optimize our patterns of behaviour and emotional routines. It offers an opportunity to alter or re-engineer the way we function (our in-built neural programmes), and it also offers a technology for creating change.

Neural Optimization Technique is a multi-dimensional process that involves the enhancement of behavioural competence and flexibility as well as the strategic thinking, and understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behaviour. It provides skills for the development of states of mind facilitating individual excellence, and establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presumptions about what human beings are, what mind-power is, and what the process of change is all about. Prof. Erantha De Mel is the founder of the Neural Optimization Technique.

An internationally acclaimed Cognitive Neuroscientist, he was the recipient of the Cambridge Blue Book Man of the Year award 2005 for his contribution to the field of Neuroscience and Cybernetics. As a practising psychologist and researcher, in both psychology and parapsychology; he is engaged in extensive research in both fields and is a scholar with original research into Altered States of Consciousness and Psycho-Cybernetics.

“Optimizing the Infinite Mind” is for all who wish to expand and realize their potential. There are thousands of self-help books, inspirational books, and transformational books on how to improve yourself and become efficient and effective. Generally these books tell us the ways we can change our lives taking successful people as examples. But very rarely do they tell us how, and the internal mechanisms involved in the process.

Most of them are vague, and provide anecdotal accounts, creating a “like others do we also like to do” mentality. In other words, far too many self-improvement books look to other external and internal factors while ignoring the two most important elements - the mind and the brain. This new book provides the reader with techniques to change and enrich the internal mind processes to improve personality, character, and attitude through his/her own efforts and positive mind programming; thereby creating a lasting change in them. It is a remarkable self-improvement book with a difference.

The book is written with minimum technical jargon, targeting the general reader. It comprises three sections - namely, the Infinite Mind, Neural Optimization Technique, and the Optimization Guide. In the section “Infinite Mind” the author describes the nature and the potential of mind processes. Also he provides some knowledge of basic psychology to the reader to understand the mind processes. The second section is an introduction to the Neural Optimization Technique. It provides the reader with the tools of mind programming. Section three is an optimization guide addressing issues such as ‘Combating Negative Thought Patterns’, ‘Re-Structuring of Thought Processes’, ‘Refining Your Self-Perception’, ‘Consciousness and Personal Growth’, ‘Attitudinal Change’, ‘Consciousness and Success’ to name a few.

Self-improvement begins with self-understanding, knowing your true potential and of being aware that you are unique. Improvement can be measured in many ways, in a variety of contexts. What really does matter is how the individual sees his or her “self”, and what they would perceive as improvement to that “self”. The book provides important guidelines in self-improvement and the ways of combating self-crippling beliefs.

“If you try to understand the mind processes and resolve to change your mind, you can change your life,” Prof. De Mel says. “What you perceive and believe create the actual circumstances in life. By changing your inner attitudes of mind, you can change the outer aspects of your life. You may be thinking that success is for a chosen few and you are not one of them. If this is your thinking, start now to eradicate that belief from your mind.” In pursuit of an objective, a goal, or even a dream, whether business or personal, it is possible to increase the likelihood of success by continuously exercising your mind with positive thinking, self-help, and personal growth.

The author goes on to say “Life is an exotic buffet with lots of choices. But the tragedy is that most people are starving to death. We are surrounded with joy, with prosperity, with love. Unfortunately, most of them have no idea of this whatsoever, because they are programmed to think that such things are beyond their reach. They tend to think that they’ve got a raw deal in life. They are programmed with many self-limiting beliefs. It is very sad that they dwell in self-created imaginary prisons and lack a key to access peacefulness and abundance. We possess an amazing mechanism of power within every one of us that needs to be activated. We can either look forward to a hopeless end, or to have endless hope. It’s a matter of how we look at life.”

One of the most significant strategies that Prof. De Mel offers is the concept of reprogramming of mind processes. When applied properly and consistently the techniques described in this book can transform your whole life. Most of us suffer from low self esteem and lack self confidence from time to time. Eventually we believe that self-improvement is impossible to achieve. These thoughts have been shaped by past failures and negative experiences. Hopefully we can reach a point in our life when we are ready for change and are ready to accept information that will help us unlock our self improvement power. This book offers simple and effective techniques to be more focused and productive in every aspect of your life.

By the way, if you have read many inspirational books, you might want to ask yourself why you should read this book. My humble opinion is that you only need to read a few good self-help books and this is one of them. I recommend you to read this book and change your life!

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