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Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality Hardcover – June 12, 2018
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— John Gray, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
"We have entered an era of healing in which the influence of consciousness in health and illness is being validated as never before. For a view of these crucial insights, researcher Dawson Church’s Mind to Matter is invaluable."
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
"Dawson Church’s careful scientific work shows that the Law of Attraction isn’t just a metaphysical proposition—it’s a scientific reality. Drawing from hundreds of studies, and illustrated with inspiring real-life stories, it demystifies the intricate mechanisms by which thoughts become things. As the boundaries of what you believe is possible for your life are stretched by Dawson’s work, they may never snap back to their old shape."
— Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason
"I love this book. It constantly fascinated me with delicious facts and so many captivating stories. And it is wonderful to see science catching up with what the shamans and sages have always known!"
— Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
"Once in a long while, a profoundly disruptive vision shatters the scientific paradigm, refocuses the entire way we see the world, and opens up vast new horizons of human potential. For our generation, this book is that vision."
— Raymond Aaron, New York Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul
"Dawson Church has again proven himself to be one of the great thinkers of our time, demystifying the most complex principles in the universe that influence our lives, with a story-telling ability that makes it all fun and easy to understand. By weaving eye-opening research into engaging, heart-warming stories, an awareness emerges of the power your own mind has to not only direct your life but influence the collective consciousness of the universe itself which binds us together as one."
— Robert Hoss, co-author of Dreams That Change Our Lives; Director, DreamScience Foundation
"This groundbreaking book presents the exciting new scientific evidence demonstrating that our thoughts have a direct impact on the world around us, and it shows us how to harness this knowledge for joyful and effective lives."
— David Feinstein, Ph.D., co-author of Personal Mythology
"I believe that Mind to Matter is one of the most important books ever written. Chapter after chapter it shows us how we are masters of our bodies and the world around us. It’s filled with mind-blowing research that has completely changed the way I approach my life. The results I’m getting by applying the techniques are astonishing. They can transform your mind and the world of matter around you. I can’t recommend this book highly enough."
— Matt Gallant, author of Triple Your Productivity
"Mind to Matter challenges the core principles of modern medicine and conventional science. Dawson Church makes a compelling case that the mind/body link is more profound than we ever suspected, and that science must expand its paradigm to include forces like consciousness, resonance, and energy. Profusely illustrated, the book includes an impressive compendium of research citations, from classic papers to recent breakthroughs. Many practical examples and exercises provide tools to work on our own personal transformation and, if the book’s thesis of interconnection is correct, our social transformation as well. I highly recommend this book."
— Eric Leskowitz, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"Dawson Church has been a pioneer in the field of healing for decades, his research far ahead of its time. His book Mind to Matter is perfectly timed for an era in which people are opening up to the science and research behind energy techniques. Dawson offers a brilliant and insightful guide to how our thoughts create our reality. Packed with fascinating history from the dawn of evolution to the latest brain research, his work is a blueprint for both experts and non-professionals looking for effective healing strategies. Dawson succinctly shows us not just that these methods work, but the empirical basis for how they work. If you have ever wanted to learn the science of manifestation and how your thoughts affect your material world, this book is a must-read. It will change your thoughts, and applying these principles every day will in turn change your reality. The question is—what will you create after you read it?"
— Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Bond University, Australia
"Many in our culture are shifting from powerless victims to powerful co-creators. Yet as this evolutionary impulse toward greater power emerges, we are coming face to face with what happens when power is abused. As we face global crises of unpredictable proportions, we need heart-based creators of deep integrity in touch with their power now more than ever. What would be possible in our lives and on our planet if we connected our power with our hearts? What does science have to say about such manifesting power? Mind to Matter explores this edge of how our power to participate in the co-creation of reality functions from the scientific perspective. It also calls us out on how to avoid overstating our human power, as so many ‘law of attraction’ books mistakenly promise. As our power grows, we are called to acknowledge with humility the paradoxical nature of how powerful we are as creators, yet how uncontrollable the great Mystery really is. May those who read this book step fully into their power, their hearts, and their integrity, and may the world be blessed by how this book affects you."
— Lissa Rankin, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine
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Sometimes it can be hard to know what works and why it works. I have used lots of conventional, alternative and even cutting edge therapies and tools to help myself and others and much of it has been through trial and error.
That is one of the reasons why I appreciate this book because it explains in plain english why things work the way they do. This book is filled with science that is useful and easy to understand. In addition, there are relevant stories that help drive the message home. This can be a tough combination to pull off, however Dawson has done it brilliantly.
I believe he has made our brains more accessible to each of us and he has given us tools that we can use to change our mind, which in turn will change our life.
This is not one of those books to read and then put away. In my humble opinion, I believe the changes will happen when the techniques, that he shares at the end of each chapter, are actually applied.
He also provides access to a lot of free resources online for those who want to learn more and go even deeper.
This is an excellent book for the average person as well as for professionals. If you get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!!
It’s really two books, not back to back, but intertwined throughout.
The first is the New Age manifesto that will surely appeal to his large following. “From that place in consciousness, you live a life of wisdom, intelligence, and love. You no longer ask for love, need love, or crave love, because you are love.” For those who aren’t currently aware of Church (I was not) or haven’t signed onto the language of the genre, unfortunately, this might cause them to put the book down (I almost did). The genre suffers from a perceived lack of authenticity in some quarters simply because the language tends to the flowery.
That would be a shame.
Church is a scientist and offers an abundance of scientific evidence to support his contentions, the primary one being that “mind creates matter” and the second being that our consciousness is somehow universal, not individual. “The entire universe may be self-aware.” I readily accept both, even more so after reading this book.
Church claims that science is the new mysticism, suggesting that science has validated many beliefs that have been around for thousands of years. And that, too, is true. In doing that, however, Church has made an even more important contribution. He has clearly articulated the limitations of science. “What we find when we examine the way science is conducted is that for better or for worse, it is heavily influenced by belief. The ideal of the scientist as an objective assessor of facts is at odds with reality.”
We live in the age of science. Of that there is little doubt. We have raised the scientific worldview to religious status. In the process, however, we have lost sight of context, which, as Church points out, is always critical. We have lost, as the Chinese philosophers might say, our sense of balance. When we isolate science from context we aren’t revealing knowledge, we are dumbing it down to meet the constraints of science as we have come to understand it.
Church rightfully points out that once mainstream science spills over into the conceptual universe in which he participates, it will be the scientists themselves who resist the most ardently. They, having built their reputations and careers on a model of reality that is not quite accurate, will feel the most threatened.
Having said that, my only reservation about the book is that Church did not really help us to understand what those arguments are. There are undoubtedly skeptics about the science he offers. If there weren’t then this would be the biggest cover-up in the history of humanity. Many of the stories he shares are so overwhelming that it would be unthinkable that all of science hasn’t embraced them.
So I, for one, would like to understand what the skeptics have to say. Not because I think they can undermine what Church says here, but because I believe that would reinforce what I believe is the truth in Church’s assertions. Perhaps, however, that is for another book.
In the meantime, this is a marvelous book. And my advice, particularly if you are not inclined toward New Age thinking (those people will read it anyway), is to most definitely read it. It is well written and very well informed. I only wish he had chosen a different cover. This one, I believe, just doesn’t do justice to just how paradigm-shattering his observations are.
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This book will take you on an exciting voyage of discovery. A journey into your own, previously unseen, often misunderstood inner depths. It’s a journey every conscious human being needs to take if they want to fulfil their potential, but it is one that is much more difficult without this book to guide you.
In the past, the prospect of trying to understand how our own mind works could be scary simply because, at that stage, it was beyond our understanding. Dawson Church completely dispels any such fear or anxiety. He’s done extensive research, over many years, as the foundation for this book. He also presents research gathered from many of the leading scientists in the fields of neuroscience and energy management.
Yet it is not a difficult, scientific read. It is full of interesting charts, illustrations and case studies plus each of its seven chapters come with helpful exercises and links to additional internet-based resources. I admit the idea of case studies tended to put me off buying the book. But when I watched a webinar in which Dawson introduced his book, curiosity got the better of me and I’m so glad it did. The case studies really helped me gain a far better understanding of his subject and the benefits such an understanding can provide.
If you are a curious soul, let Dawson carefully guide you through the facts in the book to better understand yourself and your potential as a human being. He shows you what you need to know about being your whole self. How your mind, brain, body and energy can all work together to give you the happy, fulfilling life you long for. One in which you can share your gifts helping make life a better experience for others as well as yourself.
At this present time, when the lives of so many of us are being disrupted by forces seemingly beyond our own control, Dawson’s research clearly reveals how much the state of our own mind influences the way we function. These revelations offer the opportunity for every one of us to develop a far greater awareness and appreciation of our own capability to consciously and coherently influence our own actions. Developing this greater awareness will naturally lead to better life experiences for those around us as well as for our self.
What if all the disruption we are experiencing in the world is nature’s way of offering humanity a great opportunity? Disruption can provide the motivational force we need to reach out for a new level of self-awareness that will take us into realms of possibility we cannot even imagine from where we are now.
For too long, I’ve been teetering on the edge of participating in this great evolutionary leap now being offered to humanity. What has been holding me back? A distinct fear that I might be ‘burned at the stake’ for sharing my ideas about what we humans are, why we have consciousness and particularly self-awareness. Although I know I am only thinking metaphorically, the power of that thought has had the force to hold me back, until now, until I looked inside Dawson’s book. Its clarity contributes enormously to the rapid evolution in human understanding currently taking place, the evolution of our understanding of ourselves and our human nature.
If you want to be inspired and encouraged to become more consciously aware of how you ‘work’ and of how that greater awareness can lead you to live a more fulfilling life in these challenging times, then read this book!
Thank you so much Dawson, for all the time and effort you have invested in producing this book. Most of all, thank you for caring so much about the future of humanity that you’ve given us a book that is a such a joyful, exciting and stimulating read.
It gets a bit deep in places and some of the science takes a few reads to at least try and understand. However it is a thoroughly well researched book by a respected scientist, researcher and practitioner. There are however lots of stories and case studies alongside the science that make it a more than enjoyable read.
If you are on your own personal path of self discovery and rejuvenation, Mind to Matter is a book that will help you take at least a few more steps on your journey.
At the very least, if you are not aware of it, the introduction to EFT is worth the price alone.
Scary how asleep most of us are.
So grateful for the Eco meditation.
Here's to coherence.
What did I not like?
Well, I think at some point he said he made a tea in the microwave. That’s not how you make tea. It’s an insult for tea. Don’t do that.