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Powers of Mind Paperback – 1975
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Sir Adam Smith goes hunting for his higher self and takes us with him on his journey as he describes everything he went through during a year of searching for his higher consciousness. During this year, he willingly takes part in any, and as many experiments he can in effort of finding the highest state of consciousness.
Unlike some books that simply describe the scientific data about what was going on in Test Subject so and so's brain while he was being questioned, Adam Smith tells you what it is like being the person going through these states of mind. And not only what it was like going through them, but what it was like living life after he had been through these life changing events. If he did something he thought was useless, he tells you that and doesn't blabber on about what could have been.
Powers of Mind opened my eyes to all sorts of states of consciousness that I never thought were possible. Maybe I was living in a dark cave all of my life, but until I read about the extraordinary people in this book and what they were capable of, I had no idea what the human mind could do. The boundaries of or existence are limitless and Adam Smith shows us that in this well written novel outlining what all our minds can do.
You will NEVER find a better deal on this site than Powers Of Mind for a penny.
This is one of the most underrated and unfairly forgotten books I can think of. When I found it in my Dad's library and read it at age 12, it changed the way I saw life and my mind and why I am on this planet.
Reading it 30 years later, it's just as powerful and enjoyable.
Smith is really George Goodman, a brilliant mind who wrote some of the best books on money and Wall St, including Paper Money and The Money Game. Here he turns his brilliant brain to the various modalities of consciousness expansion around in the mid-70s, the peak of such pursuits. From yoga to acid, biofeedback to tennis, sensory deprivation tanks to EST, and on and on, he checks it all out. What makes this book so enthralling and loveable is the author's constant awareness of multiple perspectives and his willingness to be deeply curious, wrong, and in awe, often all at once.
Smith calls it exactly as he sees it; if he thinks something or someone is a fraud, he gently points that out. If there is more to something or someone than meets the eye (a major theme), he evokes the mystery while never judging or discounting the "impossible". It's tough to write about the nebulous, but Smith does it in such an elegant way that you feel both smarter and happier every time you put down this book. He's also funny as hell at many points; imagine the 200-IQ uncle/grandfather/best friend you always wanted, and here he is.
Great writing can be like a drug in your brain, expanding and enlightening your basic take on the world as you read. This is just such a book.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. At a penny for a beautifully bound hardcover first edition, this is well beyond the no-brainer category. It's a full-brainer, and it'll be even fuller and happier once it's encountered this book.
God bless you, Mr, Goodman, wherever you are.
You've made my life a lot more fun.
And thanks for being a truly well-rounded reader, Dad, and for exposing me to ideas that may not have always jibed with your own. You were right: "The older I get, the smarter my old man becomes."