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Flavours of Thought
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“This book is intrinsically simple. Simple to read; simple to understand; simple to apply. Its simplicity is what makes it genius.”
“It is the deceptive power in its apparent simplicity which allows Flavours of Thought to be easily accessible to both beginners and time served devotees of personal development work. The book is cleverly engineered and crafted to produce light bulb moments (or understanding) whether it’s being read cover to cover, dipped into randomly or as an aide memoir when required. I do all three, often!”
“Thinking about thinking is something we probably don't spend enough time doing. One of the reasons why may be because it is just too hard to fathom! Well, this book makes it easier as it uses metaphor for helping us understand. I love the way flavours combine to make recipes for real life situations, for example, rejection (a great one for writers!)”
“A few things resonated for me. The flavor of `reception' which means being still and listening. In a world full of noise from social media and constant online consumption, we need a reminder to turn off and just be quiet to listen to the world. Tom speaks of the collective unconscious, a realm of ideas we can all access if we are receptive. This is where we need to be in order to be creative. I spend a lot of time doing, so I need to be reminded to stop and listen sometimes.”
“I'd like to acknowledge Tom's skill at helping people understand these huge topics and enabling people to experience them. Tom's guided visualizations enabled me to write my first novel and have continued to help me create. He manages to merge the worlds of technology and ancient wisdom, being the epitome of connection.”
“Flavours of Thought is so easy to read I hardly knew I was reading. I 'woke up' from it feeling refreshed, calm and ready to embrace my fulfillment.”
“This is such an easy thought provoking book to read. You can read the whole thing or just dip in when you want to. It is a Help Yourself Cookbook for Life because it covers so many different thoughts and situations in your life, you can keep coming back to it. It also gives you an insight to other peoples' emotions and feelings. So just get cooking and start having your own 'Ah ha' moments.”
“Even if you're used to thinking outside the box, this book gives an added dimension to possibilities. I've read it front to back twice and get something different from it each time.”
This is a book about thinking. We never give our thoughts a second thought. This is a shame as how and what we think fundamentally changes what sort of day we have and what sort of world we inhabit.
It describes just 21 of many possible types of thought we can have and cleverly combines them into 21 simple to follow recipes.
This is just a soupcon of what is available to us but it's a great starter.
This book is purposely short so it can be read and absorbed easily on ereaders and smartphones.
It doesn't take long to read and it quite possibly might change your world and those around you forever.
Book Excerpt from Flavours of Thought:
Nothing in this book is necessarily true.
In fact little of it is proven or even provable. Yet it's the kind of stuff which we sense is intrinsically real.
Indeed, the concepts in this book are intrinsic to our very own nature as this is a book about thought and about what and how we think. The aim of this book is simple; just to get people thinking about thinking.
Thinking about our thinking isn’t easy. Imagine if a tyre knew it had a puncture and was able to repair itself while still travelling, at speed, down the fast lane of a highway. This would be a wonderful invention but obviously, with current technology, you need to stop to make that tyre change.
Similarly, this book is a pit stop for your thoughts; somewhere to pause and take a breather for a while to work out what you are thinking.
What is remarkable is that, by thinking about our thoughts in a whole new way, we can change our understanding and our very nature. What's more, we don't have to be prescriptive about exactly how we think about thoughts. Just thinking about them in a different way is enough to generate a new perspective.
The metaphor used here to generate this change in perspective is to look at thoughts as possessing different qualities - or flavours.
Furthermore by combining different flavours of thoughts in various combinations - or recipes - we can achieve a transformation in our thinking such that any issue can be resolved and any opportunity capitalised upon.
Remarkably, we go about our days not giving a second thought to our thoughts.
This is a bit of a shame as the way that we are thinking fundamentally affects how well our days go. This is not just about something as trivial as changing your outlook. For example, adopting either a glass half full or glass half empty mentality.
Your thoughts alter the world around you and your inner space too. It's even thought your thinking affects your health and it's certainly clear it can affect your demeanour which in turn can affect those around you.
What this book contains we all know is true in our hearts and in our guts. It might not be fully understood by mainstream science but some enlightened thinkers are researching the mechanisms behind what is going on in our brains and minds. The subject matter of this book has been to date the domain of philosophers and, to some extent, those with religious or spiritual leanings. As such, it has attracted nebulous and intangible labels such as faith, prayer or just plain old wishful thinking.
Many people who espouse this kind of thinking can often be heard saying. "Thoughts become things."
This is kind of right but misses the mark by some way. It is more accurate to say that "Thoughts are things."
They are as real as the book, or electronic reader, from which you are reading these words. They are as real as the photons of light that reflect off the markings on the book that enter your eyes, that then get converted to an image and interpreted as words in your mind.
These words started as thoughts in my head; I wrote them down as words and now they are creating thoughts in your head. In anyone's book, these thoughts are things. Like the light you are using to read them, thoughts are energy. They radiate out from our minds and get picked up by others.
Unlike electromagnetic radiation, they don't permeate in our three space and one time dimensions and they are not restricted by the speed of light. This is why their nature is not yet fully understood or appreciated. They are the stuff of higher dimensions - 5th, 7th and 9th to be precise. That said, when you work outside our normal dimensional realm, precision as we understand it takes on a different nature.
The flavours described here don't relate so much to those that we taste like sweetness, bitterness, saltiness, sourness and savouriness (or umami).
The world of thought is much more aligned to the world of sub-atomic particles and quanta, as this is the level upon and at which it operates. You cannot have a thought and think about it at the same time in the same way that you can't measure both a particle's position and momentum. That is of course only from our current space-time perspective.
The flavours we discuss here are oddly strangely analogous to the flavours ascribed by quantum physicists to exotic, fundamental particles known as quarks. Quarks are thought to be the building blocks of protons and neutrons which, in turn, are the building blocks of atoms and all matter.
The word quark was coined by James Joyce in Finnegan’s Wake - “Three quarks for Muster Mark” - and hijacked by the physicist Murray Gell-Mann.
Gell-Mann, and others, further postulated that quarks come in a number of flavours types (or colours) called up, down, charm, strange, top and bottom.
Some plagiaristic fun can be had, as well as significant illumination, by further hijacking Gell-Mann’s flavours and applying them to the weird and wonderful world of thoughts.
Our thoughts too can be segregated into flavour types, whether this is by coincidence or design. Note that I do not suggest there is anything more than a literary correlation.
Thoughts which are ethereal whispers can be associated with Strangeness.
The murmurings of our unconscious mind are almost Charming these 'strange' thoughts into existence and into our awareness.
Our conscious mind gives it all a sense of Direction and gives us the illusion that we are really 'driving the bus'.
Like the directions of the compass, thoughts can come and go in at least four directions. Our thoughts can uplift us or get us down.
Thoughts can come from the top of our heads or we can bottom them out. The up, down, top and bottom 'quarks of our mindfulness' can twist a thought on a sixpence and send it off in an entirely new direction.
So, in part 1 of this book, I have divided each of the types of thought into the three groups labelled Strangeness, Charm and Direction; each with seven flavours each.
In total, this gives us 21 different flavour ingredients for the recipes that follow. I am sure there are more and many other ways to divide and describe them and I encourage you to think of some more of your own.
It's a bit mind boggling but just these 21 thought flavours can be combined into an amazing 51,090,942,171,709,440,000 possible recipes.
Now that's a lot of thinking in anyone's book.
All matter has equivalent anti-matter as its counterpart. When they meet, they cancel each other out. Accordingly, for each flavour, you will find a description of its opposite, or anti-flavour, which represents the inability to taste it.
In part 11 of this book we will look at just 21 of these recipes. You will see though that although there are virtually unlimited recipes, that there is a natural cascading pattern from the world of the Strangeness through Charm and into Direction which leads to these 21 main flavour combinations.
For each of these recipes, you will find recommended Occasions when they can be used. In the same way you might have ice cream for breakfast or cereal for supper, feel free to use them when and where you 'think fit'.
That said, I do encourage you to experiment and make up your own flavour combinations as it must be remembered that nothing in this book is true.
Enjoy and savour.
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