The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment
How the Left-brain Plays Unending Games of Self-improvementBook - 2014
"Has self-improvement really improved the self? More than ever people are on a quest for self-improvement and enlightenment. People are 'watching' their egos or losing their egos in order to either find peace of mind or get along better with others. And yet, the more we try to lose our ego, the more of it there is to lose. The more we try to make peace, the more we find conflict. It is exactly what happens when we try not to think of the number 3 and that is all we can think about. Our efforts seem to have the opposite effect and this is due to the way the left side of the brain processes information. Over 30 years ago, research discovered that the left side of the brain makes up elaborate stories and convincing explanations. It is the left brain that makes up the most elaborate and convincing story of all, the story of who you think you are. And the more we try to get out of this story, the deeper we find ourselves in it. Try not to be anxious and that's exactly what happens. The more we try to improve our story, the more the story needs to be improved. The left brain excels at these games even when it plays by pretending not to play. If I said that all attempts at self-improvement are futile, how would you respond? Would you reflexively think I'm wrong? Is there any way not to play these games of the left brain? Which part of your brain do you think is asking this question? This work explores other modes of awareness but it is not until one gives up the quest to find oneself, improve oneself or be more spiritual, that one can ever find the peace they were looking for in the first place. And it is not your ego that gives up this quest, it is you."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Denver, Colorado : Outskirts Press, 
Characteristics: vii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm