If someone had told me a few months ago that money investment could be an exercise in spirituality, I would have laughed out loud. The picture of the crowds in front of a Stock Exchange, buzzing telephones, monitors with strange, inexplicable figures, blinking away like crazy, as fortunes change hands does not really make for spiritual environs. Far from it. And the world of bankers, stockbrokers and financial gurus does not particularly relate to the finer, altruistic services associated with genuine spirituality. Yet this book made me think differently. After reading it, I was reminded, once again, that everything one does is spiritual, if one does it with love and a genuine sense of presence.
This book is chock full of information that reveals the author's sincere concern for his investment shareholders, who have reposed their trust in him and the efforts that he has made to give them the best value for their money. But that is not all. It also builds its thesis on a modern and increasingly discussed world view based on the "intrinsic order" description of quantum mechanics, pioneered by David Bohm.
The four principles that provide the framework for investment in this book are as follows:
1. Infinity: An infinite number of outcomes for a proposed investment are possible. This process involves left brained thinking which uses facts and sensory evidence as inputs in order to make judgements.
2. Paradox: Where possibilities are narrowed down to probabilities, because of interaction and interconnections between the several, mutually opposed variables affecting the investment. This involves right brained thinking.
3. Harmonizing: Having zoomed in on a few probabilities, this process involves a right brained approach, where one's feelings serve as input. This involves right brain activity.
4. Action; When deliberate action is taken based on the above analysis. Clearly, this part involves the left brain.
A major issue that this book focuses on is "feelings" about the investment. If listened to with care and attention, and synergistically combined with evidence gathered by all the available, physical, left brained input can lead to incredibly high dividends. The decision making process begins to resemble that of a detective investigating a well planned out crime. This is where the whole brain nature of the process comes in.
The author provides tools for all the four processes above and more. These include, taking an inventory of all physical and emotional factors to be kept in mind, how to awake intuition, how to distill positive emotions from negative ones, how to distinguish fear from anxiety, how to awake intuition and develop it as well, among others. He illustrates his point amply with examples drawn from his own life. Each chapter is provided with interesting and well formulated exercises for the reader who wishes to develop his investing talents.
What impressed me most about this book is the treatment of the "God" word and the chapter on the benefits of meditation. Being a "former atheist";Jason Voss is incredibly sensitive to similar concerns and avoids questioning the applicability of the scientific method of investigative inquiry. But he also takes up the limits of "material realism" very effectively, by invoking the validity of all experiences, not just those that pass scientific scrutiny. The author also shows exactly where scientists resist taking cognizance of phenomenon that defy their own materialistic laws, and how acceptance of all experience is more persuasive in its reach. This part of the book is applicable to all readers, not just investors, seeking greater returns for their liquid assets.
There is also an eye-catching and interesting treatment of the meditative state and its role in transforming conscious intelligence to a more universal "wisdom". Original graphics are used to illustrate his point.
The information in this book is not only very inclusive and high reaching, but also, very much grounded in physical reality. It is also an easy read despite its relatively esoteric content. All in all, this book is a rare winner that could catalyze more such books into existence.