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The Nexus Complex: A Personal Guide to Truth Paperback – December 1, 2012
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The introduction starts out by saying the Nexus Complex is a system of interrelating concepts, techniques, and processes that presents various conceptual data relating to social Truth, a method to verify this data, and a procedure for applying the resulting Knowledge to achieve an advanced level of personal sapience. See, I told you this book was deep.
I read through the book slowly, taking time to think about the lessons presented in the various chapters. Some of these lessons didn't do as much for me, and others really struck home and had me thinking about my own life and how the concepts could make it better. I think this is an important point, because one doesn't have to "get" everything in this book to gain value and live better. I'm sure that some that read this book won't "get" everything. And that's okay.
There is a large section of the book devoted to love and fear. These are what Lentz includes as the fourth component of the Nexus Complex System Formula, but that's not as important as the stimulation of thought on these two very important aspects of our lives. I strongly encourage readers to consider what Lentz writes about love and fear and how they influence our choices. I'll also add that the writing on choices is extremely important and worth taking extra time contemplating, and doing some self-introspection on the choices you are making in your life and how those choices relate to what you desire and achieve. Because as Lentz points out in the chapter on choice and free will, you alone have control of your choices and you cannot "not" choose.
The author includes a glossary at the end to help with some of the terms used throughout the book that I'm sure will be beneficial to most readers, and there is an appendix that contains variations of The Golden Rule. I really liked this because I wrote an article with this theme for The Korea Herald newspaper years ago when living and training in Korea.
"The Nexus Complex" tackles some difficult topics, and is not a light read. If you are looking for a stimulating intellectual read that can help you understand truth and yourself, Greg Lentz has written a book that will do just that. Read it, ponder it, and become more enlightened.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel and others.
If you are one that will continue with the book, you will have to proceed slowly and give thought to what is being said. You will probably find yourself frequently going back to pages already read. You will also find the book to be quite rewarding when you apply some or all of the teachings to yourself.
Note that there is a glossary at the end of the book that could be read first so that the abbreviated descriptions can be used as an intro to the concepts.
The Nexus Complex has a formula that is the foundation to the tasks that must be realized:
Data = Knowledge = Truth = Love & Fear = Wisdom = Advanced Sapience
The book goes into a detailed discussion to define each part of the above and how the former will affect and tie into the latter. Then you will be shown how to apply each to yourself. There are some good and deep discussions on love and fear and truth. Your understanding of these factors as used by the Nexus Complex is very important.
There is another important fact that is discussed and related to throughout the book. It has to do with how you react to day to day events or occurrences. Your response to each event is a choice that you have created. That choice has been heavily influenced by many factors in your life, but it is still a choice and you can change a choice. Imagine being able to respond to an incident in a way that is different than the anger or fear that was there before – this would make a great difference in how you feel and certainly would change the way others react to you.
I finished this book about six months ago and I decided to try some of it at that time. I had a multi-year battle with cancer that I eventually won. However the collateral damage was great. I essentially became a different person due to the nerve damage. Nothing works the way it should and some functions do not work at all. I found that my reactions to the issues were such that I was becoming depressed. I decided to use what was what was discussed about “choice” in reactions and proceeded step by step to confront each reaction. It took constant alertness to eventually replace what was in my subconscious but over the six months, I was able to make many changes. The result is the depression and negativism are no longer there. Essentially it is now “damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead.”
So, can this book help? Yes. It definitely helped me.