Sunday, September 30, 2018
Book Review: 'Buddha and Einstein Walk Into a Bar: How New Discoveries About Mind, Body, and Energy Can Help Increase Your Longevity' by Guy Joseph Ale
‘Cosmology, neuroplasticity, superstring theory, and epigenetics – Universal Intelligence’
California author and pioneer in the field of human lifespan Guy Joseph Ale is the founding president of Lifespan Seminar and vice president of Asia Pacific Association of Psychology. His focus has been the scientific, spiritual, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects of the awareness that we can sense how long we can live and the practical applications of this insight in daily circumstances. Ale received the Eminent in Psychological Science Award at the International Conference on Psychology 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.
Guy’s internationally known status is due both to his studies and research but is also accomplished by his unique ability to communicate with his audience. In his opening paragraphs he introduces himself in the witty way he writes this entire book: ‘Buddha and Einstein walk into a bar. They meet inside with Alexander the Great, Darwin, Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela. It's their monthly meeting. In each of these meetings one person suggests a topic of discussion. Everyone orders drinks, and because it's Einstein's turn to introduce a topic, he says, “There's this gentleman in Los Angeles, California, named Guy Joseph Ale, who has been researching since 1992 the proposition that we humans have a latent capacity to sense how long we can live. I would like him today to explain his findings.” The others nod in agreement and Einstein says, “Guy, the floor is yours.” Thank you, Albert. Gentlemen. This book would not exist if I hadn't almost died from a lower back emergency in 2007. I explain this in detail later in the book, but for now I'll just say that being that close to death prompted me to ask myself: What is the biggest understanding I have at this point about myself and life? The clear answer that came back was that I'd known since 1992 how long I could live. I've devoted my life since then to researching the scientific, spiritual, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects of this awareness and its myriad implications in everyday life. The simplest analogy of knowing how long you can live is having a fuel gauge in your vehicle of flesh, blood, and bones. You can go through life without knowing how much energy is in your tank, just like early vehicles could drive without fuel gauges. However, developing fuel gauges in later models clearly gave drivers better control of their cars. I realize, gentlemen, that you all represent different parts of my own psyche, the dominant instincts driving me through life. Each one of you gave me guidance along the way. The phrases you communicated would vary slightly at different times, but each of you transmitted a clear message according to what your characters and work exemplify. Buddha spoke of self-knowledge: Understand yourself and trust yourself. Alexander communicated: You live only this once; you can. Darwin stressed an intellectual grasp of this awareness, first to understand it on my own, and then to explain it to others. Lincoln had a singular repeating instruction: How does it benefit others? Einstein focused on imagination: Anything that
is based in reason and facts is possible. Mandela stressed pragmatism and responsibility, for what this awareness means in my own life, and for seeing it through to a broader communication. How does this guidance happen? In several ways. For example, I would go to bed, even last night, a fifty-eight-year-old boy dreaming, and would ask for support. The nickname acronym for all your names is BADLEM. Sometimes one of you would speak up, and sometimes I'd hear a group voice….’This is the voice that wisely brings out attention to Lifespan Seminar tools - Exercises that align the different systems of the body, Mindfulness and meditation—to relieve daily stress, Good nutrition—simple rules sustainable for a lifetime, Proper rest—for your mental and physical peak performance, and Active lifestyle—to stay vibrant through your entire life.
Sound simplistic? No in Guy’s warm manner he brings common sense to the table in the manner in which he recognized it in his own life. Read and LIVE!
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