cocoon:Welcome to your cocoon! The sound you just heard was the door closing and locking behind you, so let’s not waste any time…. (By the way, what often happens first as you enter your cocoon is that you get a gift from  the “Universe,”  a little  “reward”  for taking  your  first step toward self-realization. This  will  be  different  for  everyone,  so  you’ll  want  to  be  open  and  alert  and  on  the lookout; and it helps to express some appreciation – to no one in particular, if you like – when the gift arrives.) * * Before we start there’s an important distinction that must be made between a “belief system” and a “model.” A model is defined as “a schematic description of a system, theory, or phenomenon that accounts for its known or inferred properties and may be used for further study of its characteristics1,”  and “a systematic  description  of an object  or phenomenon  that  shares important  characteristics  with  the  object  or  phenomenon.  Scientific  models  can  be material, visual, mathematical, or computational and are often used in the construction of scientific theories.”2 There’s  a  simpler  definition  at  that  says  “a  scientific  model  is  a representation  of  an  object  or  system.  An  example  of  a  scientific  model  would  be  a diagram of a cell or a map…. even a model rocket!”3 In other words, a model takes the evidence already at hand – in our case, the results of  the  scientific  experiments  in  quantum  physics  and  brain  research  –  and  develops  a theory or representation of how that evidence might be applied if taken to the next level. A model is designed to be tested and challenged to see how well it performs. On the other hand, a “belief system” is often formed in contradiction to the evidence at  hand,  and  cannot  withstand  testing  and  challenging.  In  fact,  a  belief  system  tries  to avoid being tested or challenged at all costs.

The remainder of this book will be talking about models, not belief systems – models that have been tested and found to work. You  are  not  going  to  be  asked  to  believe  anything.  Instead,  you  are  invited  and encouraged to test these models for yourself. All I can say as your scout is that the models I will present worked for me and got me where I am today – standing here looking at the Pacific Ocean, a truly amazing place I am very happy to be.


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