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Hidden Unknown Truth is a guide to consciousness, spiritual awakening, and helps readers discover the joy of living. Why was this an important book for you to write?
For most of my childhood and young adult life I struggled with fear. This fear caused anxiety which was at times quite overwhelming. It stopped me from living as my true self. I did whatever I could to fit in and gain approval and acceptance from others. I would compromise my integrity just to feel accepted. It stopped me from taking healthy risks and from many opportunities. This fear eventually brought me to a place of despair by the time I was 30. With a child on the way I decided that I needed to find a solution. I began seeking. I found that seeking a solution to my ever chatting and fearful mind was actually the solution itself. When I focused my attention on hope that there was a solution to my fear, I had already begun to set in motion the manifestation of the solution. The road that I found myself on was practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to challenge my thoughts and help me with seeing the truth about any irrational fear.. This eventually brought me to meditation which has enabled me to contact something within me that is void of fear. A neutral state of being that brings relief and fresh perspective. From here I had questions, a lot of questions which lead me to seeking spiritual guidance. I experimented with contemplative and selfless prayer, gratitude journaling, and giving of myself to help other people. I found that when I focused on meeting the needs of other people, I was not focused on my own fear or unquenchable thirst to feel content. This was the turning point. This is when I realized that I only have a problem when I think I have a problem. To the degree that I try to contribute to life, are my own struggles taken care of, seemingly without my intervention.
The reason it was important for me to write this book is due to a decision I had made, that if I ever found out how to have peace of mind, that I would share it with anybody who was seeking it.
What do you feel is a common misconception people have about spiritual enlightenment?
It seems to me that society has the idea that spiritual enlightenment is reserved for the mystics. That we can only achieve enlightenment after we have solved our outer worldly problems or after years of intense spiritual teaching and practice. I believe wholeheartedly that spiritual awakening or enlightenment is available to us all now, if we seek it.
What were some ideas that were important for you to focus on in this book?
I hoped to produce a complete spiritual guide laid out in a step-by-step fashion using everyday language, so that anybody can make contact with their own conception of a higher power, that will solve any difficulty they face and give them purpose and direction.
Another important idea is that when we focus on a solution, it becomes bigger. When we focus on a problem, it becomes bigger. When we do what we think is good, we attract good. When we do what we think is bad, we attract bad. If we have any problem, the key is to stop thinking about it and focus on what you believe is good. Whenever the problem arises is your thinking, again, stop thinking about it and focus your attention on what is good, such as your higher power. Eventually, your problem will be taken care of if you are persistent with this powerful technique.
Our mind is the creator of our daily struggles. We create our own problems. When we live in fear, we react in fear and this sets us on a path of unconsciously creating our own self-fulfilling prophecy. When we live in faith, we respond in faith, and unconsciously create peace and emanate love.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
The most important idea that I wanted to impart was to watch our thoughts. As soon as we become aware that we are thinking about something, we are no longer controlled by that thought pattern. We have a choice let it go or not. Our thoughts lose all power when we bring them into the light of awareness. They are just thoughts. This one practice will change how we think, feel, and act. We do not have to act on any thought that enters our mind, ever, provided we are aware of the thought.
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Edward Scott book, Hidden Unknown Truth, is about consciousness, self-improvement, and being a better human in whatever one does. The author focuses on important aspects of human life that sometimes get overlooked as people tend to be busy. Reading Hidden Unknown Truth is therapeutic. The author gives step by step guides that will help readers in their journey of self-improvement and enlightenment. The book opens by talking about motivation to try a new way. The author adds in questions that will help one examine life and everything that exists.
I enjoyed the chapter about consciousness the most. The mind is a beautiful but sometimes strange organ. Edward Scott demonstrates how the mind works and why it is crucial to not believe everything that we see. One of my favorite lines by the author is ‘Consciousness begins once we are aware that we are thinking or feeling’. To expound on this statement, the author recounts an experience and how he tried to watch his thoughts. The author writes that we have no power over which thoughts enter our mind but we have power over what we decide to do with our thoughts. The discussion on this particular chapter was enlightening and interesting on many different levels.
Other than getting life lessons, the author also talks about humility and the satisfaction of being a kind person. You may be the sharpest in the room but without humility, you are no different from those who are proud and arrogant. Three major ideas from this chapter are acknowledge, ask for help, and give thanks. There is no shame in asking for help when stuck. Being grateful is an excellent quality for a wholesome being. The explanation beneath every virtue made things clearer. Spirituality is as important as any other virtue. The breaking down of the topics was a great concept as the author highlighted critical areas that readers can pay more attention to.
Hidden Unknown Truth is one of the best self-help and motivational books I have read this year. With the author’s advice, one is sure to sharpen the areas in their life that they feel were being neglected. Edward Scott writes gracefully and reasonably. He minds his readers and understands that everyone has different experiences in life. I like his view on many things like having faith, self-love, respect, being grateful, and not giving up. The discussions are brief but have a massive impact on the reader. Edward Scott encourages positivity and loving life. His step by step approach to achieving inner peace is the best thing any reader can follow.
Pages: 119 | ASIN: B07VFLZ9QB
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