Handbook To Higher Consciousness Paperback – Jan 1 1993
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named Mike. He asked if I would share my experience
with this book. After I responded to him, it occurred
to me to leave an edited copy of what I sent him,
at Amazon. com. for others who may enjoy hearing from
someone who has loved the book for over 2 decades.
> The Handbook To Higher Consciousness by Ken
> Keyes needs to be experienced, to be understood
> and to be learned. As you probably know, what is
> truly learned, is life changing.
> What is learned from "The Handbook To Higher
> Conscious" by Ken Keyes stays the same, but
> it will reveal continual
> "Ah-ha's" as it is experienced through the years.
> I have found that no matter what pathway explored
> that everything boils down to what Ken defines
> as "Addictions/Demands" and
> Preferences". (Demands bring unhappiness,
> Preferences bring happiness. What is a demand
> for one person, may not be for another.)
The key seems to be to become aware of ones own demands (not other people's)and then to go to work on up-leveling them. Not to become a BETTER person, but to be a HAPPIER person.
> The book and its methods, makes
> one increasingly aware, that everyday life
> is a school; a school filled with people and circumstances
> that makes you aware of what triggers your own
> demands, and interferes with your happiness,
> and consequently the happiness of others. As Ken says:
1. Everyone and everything, becomes your teacher.
2. Everything is either perfect for your growth or for your
pleasure.Read more ›
The book is based around unconditional love for oneself and others. One of the main points continually emphasized here is the importance of changing your addictions to preferences. It is okay to have preferred outcomes in life, but once we are no longer attached to results, we are set free to experience life more happily and fully in the here and now. Ken Keyes presents us with numerous ways of achieving this, based around "The Twelve Pathways To The Higher Consciousness Planes Of Unconditional Love And Oneness".
These suggestions are entirely practical, and cover every area of human experience. "You make yourself and others suffer just as much when you take offense as when you give offense" is a powerful truth, as is "to be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have". "The Instant Consciousness Doubler" of experiencing everything that everyone does or says as though you had done or said it is another winner. Every page is packed with insights and suggestions for a more enlightened life.
The nature of life is that we win some and we lose some, so we might as well accept it and enjoy ourselves whenever possible!
The author's analysis of the 3 unhappy levels of consciousness is extremely useful and clearly articulated. His writing is distilled to the essential ideas, and is worth reading repeatedly.
Keyes is just plain right. The more I look at my consciousness, the more clear it is to me that his formula for happiness (or peace of mind) is correct.
His primary point is that if we can simply let go of these primary thought patterns, whether they be about security, sensations, or power, then we can be happy. The full meaning of those terms is lucidly explained in the book.
One little thing: I'm not sure about the name of the "power" center of consciousness. When you work with this book, one of the activities is to try to always be aware of which center of consciousness you are using. Very often, I found I was (am) in the power center, but for it to be real for me, I had to expand the concept to include everything to do with "self", in the sense of feeling one's worth or esteem, especially in relation or comparison to other people. Perhaps it could have been called the "Self" center (Or the "small self" center). Maybe that's no better. Ken, what do you think?
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I love this little book. I have been working with the twelve pathways and the seven consciousness centres for the past three years and have experienced an awakening as to how much... Read morePublished on May 8 2010 by S. Jenkins
Ken Keyes explains how to live the life you really desire with out all the wasted effort. We use it in our MetaphorGolf. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Dennis Anderson
I read this book shortly after it came out; it was one of those books that just jumps off the shelves at you. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003
Here's another book I liked a lot. It's from the 70's when this stuff was really popular. Ken does provide good tools for observing your own behavior and changing unconscious... Read morePublished on March 21 2002 by Shawn Regan
I have owned this book for over 15 years and have read it over and over. I can't tell you what a sense of calm it gives me. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002
I read this book at a difficult time in my life, and in fact when I first opened the book I had to stop crying to read the words. Read morePublished on June 20 2001 by Emilie Berg
I originally bought this book in 1974 while attending the Univ. of Southern Illinois. It made complete sense to me back then and now that I have rediscovered it after cleaning... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2000
In 1972,a(real)friend casually dropped off the "Handbook" for me. Little did I know how it would cange my life,forever. Read morePublished on May 29 2000 by tommy howard