From Library Journal
Like Wise's more technical The High-Performance Mind: Mastering Brainwaves for Insight, Healing, and Creativity, this work aims to help readers improve their mental powers by optimizing brain-wave patterns. A meditation and brain-wave development teacher, Wise writes lucidly about the four types of brain-wave patterns, or EEGs, giving readers "subjective landmarks" to help them gauge their own patterns without an EEG biofeedback machine. Expanding on the work of C. Maxwell Cade, who developed the biofeedback machine, she offers an analysis of the brain waves of successful people including Chi Kung masters, healers, artists, and CEOs that helps bring scientific measurement and clarity to the subjective processes of creativity and enlightenment. Unfortunately, her overuse of such corporate trainer jargon as mastery and power can become tedious. And though this work is more accessible than her previous title, it doesn't really offer anything new. It is an adequate addition to self-help collections, particularly those lacking her first book, but Jim Robbins's A Symphony of the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback offers more historical background and clinical application of EEG biofeedback. Annette Haines, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
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“Awakening the Mind is a first-rate guidebook for the development of consciousness. Anna Wise is one of the foremost pioneers of brain-wave biofeedback. Her book is filled with practical secrets that she has learned over the years and that anyone can use to make fuller use of the mind and become more skilled at living.” Andrew Weil, M.D.