Monday, August 31, 2015

"Revelations From Outside the Box" by Peter Schmedding

Title: Revelations from Outside the Box
Author: Peter Schmedding

Genre: Mind, Body & Spirit

How often do we wish we could say what we really feel in our guts? 
Do we ever feel free from restraints that stifle our true emotions and 
thoughts into oblivion? How long will we remain in denial of the effects 
of our evermore toxic world?

Revelations from Outside the Box brings into our awareness the 
unknown traps that secretly compromise our view of reality, undermine 
our conversations and ever so often lead to disagreements and hostility. 

This book questions what we perceive and accept as reality. Relating a string of events that were 
observed in real life report factors, although they are the causes of untold, needless suffering, that we commonly ignore.

In the introduction to Revelations from Outside the Box we already get a glance of what the book is 
trying to tell us. An episode shows how a family of three people live in the same household and, by 
closer examination, in the way they see each other are miles apart. It also suggests how a simple 
adjustment not only prevents such estrangement but rather fosters a sound and productive 
relationship, in this case, between father and son.

Beyond the primary purpose this book describes certain arcane happenings of the human mind. 
It asks the question, could it be that there is a wellspring of wisdom that could benefit us all? 
A hypothetical time travel over a couple of hundreds of years gives us yet more food for us thinking 
outside the box.

The Galileos of our time.  In 1610, Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer published his findings that the earth moves around the sun. With the aid of an improved new telescope, he had gathered the 
evidence by observing the phases on Venus and the moving moons of Saturn. 
This supported without doubt the earlier discoveries of Polish astronomer Copernicus. 

At that time, the idea that the sun moved around the earth, which was then considered the centre of 
the universe, was an accepted fact. It crashed head-on with Galileo’s model. 
Religious authorities saw this as an opposition to the Holy Scriptures, and in 1633 called Galileo before the inquisition, and accused him of heresy. Consequently, Galileo had to withdraw his findings and was confined to house arrest for the remainder of his life. 

History has a habit of repeating itself. 

Not so much behind closed doors as behind closed minds a revolution is taking place. It puts a new 
understanding on everything that concerns our beliefs, consciousness and reality. 
Previously, rather unknown names joined the ever-growing numbers of scientists, thinkers and innovators threatening to upset our common worldview. This may introduce a new paradigm into the fate of mankind altogether. 

“The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings,” declared quantum physicist D. Michio Kaku. 
Professor Brian Greene, a theoretical physicist, wrote a 400-page book on String Theory, a theory 
that promises to become the most prominent theory since General Relativity. He explains how the 
Hadron Collider might one day reveal that string theory with its extra dimensions is supported by 
evidence. Dr John Hagelin, a particle physicist, explains how we are all connected, reminding us of 
Carl Jung’s Universal Unconscious. 

The insights of this revolution lie within the subatomic field and, therefore, as a rule most of us are 
not able to acquire the relevant knowledge by ourselves. We have to trust those who have spent
their lives investigating such factors. Then it is up to us to take it on trust or discard it as nonsense. 
Either way this is how we create our reality. 
Looking further ahead, however, this new understanding would blaringly expose the absurdities, the tragedies—accepted realities at this time in history—that feed headlines around the globe. Furthermore, it would expose the irresponsible behaviour of our planet’s self-proclaimed most intelligent beings, the human race. 

We cannot expect this new worldview—or rather consciousness view—to take a foothold in society 
in the near future. It is unlikely to be accepted until future generations take hold of it.

While I enjoyed reading this quick collection of thoughts, covering topics both psychological and perhaps psychic as well, giving it a numerical star rating is daunting. I can predict the experiences and thoughts expressed will lead to diverse ratings and acceptance. Near the end of the book, the author admits he expects several "types" of readers, as well as controversial discussion of the concepts covered.

This book is largely autobiographical with some creative license, with stories and metaphors demonstrating functions of the human mind.
"The premise is that bringing those happenings into conscious awareness will enrich our lives."
I appreciated one of the author's terms: psychologically blindfolded,
and his clarification that "words...are only substitutions for something else." Miscommunications occur when words have different meanings to each party. In language use "we abbreviate, we delete, we generalize, we assume." 

There was a more extensive section regarding communications between the author and a man who had a traumatic experience as an ambulance attendant. That story brought to my mind the recent episode of the popular television show Grey's Anatomy, in which the beloved Dr. Shepherd did not survive.
In this book the lesson is that "Lisa was sent to you by God." Her experience was part of God's masterplan. On the TV show, the widow, Dr. Grey, speaks to the attending doctor informing her that her husband was that doctor's "one," the patient who would define her life and career. 

The book has some interesting comments on various mental processes such as NLP and the power of suggestion or interpretation. Also valuable quotes including one from Arthur Schopenhauer (who should be known to faithful viewers of television's The Big Bang Theory): All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is vehemently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.

I think this is a book that needs to be read and reread, then discussed to get full benefit. Some will find opinions expressed to be quite subjective. The processes explained will neither appeal to nor benefit everyone.
After reading this book I hope you have a better understanding of why.

I did receive the book in exchange for an unbiased review.
The subject matter fascinates me

Buy the Book


After working in the media for 25 years, Peter Schmedding
retired and for another 25 years devoted himself to children’s
preparation for adulthood. This fulfilled his lifelong dream to
give to the young the nurture and support that he never
received during his growing up years.
 Paradoxically, it was Peter’s emotionally and academically impoverished childhood that taught him, from the inside out, how such neglect damages
the personality. Later in life Peter studied different philosophies of mental health and psychotherapy. He worked as a counsellor for many years. He lectured and presented papers on respective topics locally and overseas. Now, in his advancing years, he writes from personal experiences in a long and adventurous life.

From Peter’s Life

Category one, Educational clips

Electronics for Kids:

Atoms and the Universe:

Electricity Revealed #4:

Electricity four:

Peter and 1000 kids:

Road Safety:

Category two, Talk

 The News. A speech at Toastmasters:

In Conversation with Susan Hampshire:

Across Generation Gap, Interview practice:

Category three, Peter’s Music

Another Sunny Day

Peter at the Organ playing his Interval:

Two songs without words:

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