Exquisite, an invitation to a benevolent Paradigm of unified expanded consciousness
The authors begin by explaining in its study model, so very accessible, nontechnical, how our rational mind generated our personality or "self". They emphasize us that this self-image is a cognitive process and not really what we are. Limitation occurs because our mind differentiates between self and others, also arranges individual identity into categories, which results in a sense of alienation that causes us unhappiness, where we only see a part of reality about ourselves and the world, and therefore we miss the Wholeness. At this point, the authors detail us a number of distinctions that makes the Self for self-preservation and better understand this process of self-image.
This is where the book gets really interesting as the authors explain how it would be to experience ourselves and our experiences in what they have called the No-Self. This dimension of expanded experience, the Non-Self, is where we allow ourselves to go beyond this culturally conditioned identity to a state of consciousness in which we become aware of our body-mind aspects, which is also transpersonal or metatranspersonal. This universal dimension or "field of awareness, the net that includes everyone else's conciousness", is where this unified perspective comes from, we feel part of the Whole and / or where all others are part of Us, in which it is possible that we interconnect with empathy, acceptance, trust and love.
The authors invite us to choose intentionally and deliberately to participate in this new paradigm of unified collective consciousness, of the We in a satisfactory (fulfilled) shared experience, in a healthy interaction for the benefit of all. They do not suggest giving up our individuality, but to move more freely between Self and Non-Self, where if we are not slaves of the fragmented narrative of the Self we can be more empowered while still being yourself, but at the same time expand into a unified experience, of inclusiveness of the billions of beings on the planet. Seeing reality free of judgment that ennables full awareness of the moment we express our authentic being, a state of Being that allows us to respond with the same responsibility, generosity and love towards Us (myself and the others unified)..
The third part is a compendium of the extensive bibliographical research that gives substance to the content of this work. The book is presented within the theoretical framework of the neurosciences and does not contain practical exercises, although there are some routes to follow. For me these investigations are important and relevant, especially for intellectuals who give more weight to the young science than ancient wisdom traditions of the world. Regarding the latter, we can find very useful practical exercises to develop the state of No-Self.
My appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book