"Stephen Pirie’s is a playful nature, full of a mischievous verve that compliments his very considerable intelligence. What he has done in his Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment, is create a practical quantum handbook for those floundering in an outdated conception of what constitutes “reality”. Stephen’s presentation is lively, humorous, and conversational, free of mind-numbing disquisitions on quantum mechanics theory in the abstract. Most physicists chunder on about physics as an objectified body of knowledge that has no immediate relevance to the feelings and kinesthetics of getting on with life. Stephen simply grabs what is immediately useful and applies it to what is needed to get the job done. Simple Tools is exactly what it calls itself, a service manual for fixing broken belief systems. It is the right tool for a very specific job. What Stephen is promoting is the application of what he calls the “Big Now” tool. This is a much larger, more open conception of reality than has been employed in so-called modern and progressive cultures to date. As Stephen observes, “These tools if used well should feel like you’re base-jumping off a cliff, bungee-jumping, or falling in love. The initial free-fall is exactly what is needed to step beyond old habits.” Stephen describes the preparation for the jump, reviews the necessary elements of the procedure, outlines the benefits of the jump experience, leads the reader to the jump-off point, and emphasizes the importance of having trust in what happens once the fall begins. It is left to the reader whether or not to take the jump.
Stephen also provides explanatory graphic illustrations for all the key principles of Simple Tools, making the fundamentals of changing outmoded beliefs quicker and easier to grasp. He covers all the essential quantum turn-abouts required for basic perceptual revision, including the transcendance of dualistic thinking, the negative effects of perfectionism, the phase conjugate aspect of time, which allows access to your future, balancing the masculine and feminine functions of the brain, the emotional component of placing intent, and the absolute necessity of “letting go” to allow possibilities to take tangible form. He also explores the dynamic of intuitive perception, calling it “The Make-Like-Einstein Tool”, which extols the benefits of being single-minded, odd, and following your bliss.
That’s a lot for the Belief Doctor to encompass in a short fifty or so pages, but the book’s brevity gives it an impact that might otherwise be dissipated in pointless equivocation, timorous hedging, and overly scrupulous concern over potential critical skepticism.
Stephen's book is a guide to action in the present, which promises to alter what that present means in a completely transfigurative and lasting way. It is a transformative work much needed during this increasingly compelling, ever-widening transition in human consciousness."
Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment is a marvelous piece of work demonstrating an enormous distillation of complexity into simple meaningful tools to improve one's everyday interactions with life.
Well done, Stephen.
Reminds me of an old Sufi saying... "Because you understand 1 you think you understand 2 because 1 and 1 is 2. But first you must understand AND."
Stephen Pirie has put together a very succinct volume here. Tools for betterment are precisely what you'll get from this book. The tools help us not only in reframing experience and seeing things in a new light, but in helping us tap into the intuitive mind. The latter incorporates non-local awareness, an important expansion of human intelligence, and part of what Pirie calls The Big Now. The author implores us to be adventurous, bold, and honour hunches and explore future possibilities. His view is to balance left and right-brain thinking, the masculine and the feminine dimensions of mind. It is a noble quest, and one well worth embarking upon!
"Simple Tools" combines quantum physics with common-sense to reveal timeless processes of life, creativity, intuition, health and wellbeing.
Reviews of Stephen Pirie's book:"Be and Become"
Stephen Pirie's book, Be and Become, provides valuable insights and guidance principles for those of us who realize that "doing business as usual," simply won't work in the 21st century. Be and Become is not just a sit down and read book but a workbook designed for you and the problems you will surely face in this new century and, taking some of the ideas found in it in mind, this millennium.
Borrowing from the quantum metaphors of the previous century, Pirie demolishes the old Darwinian saw and replaces it with a shining and hopeful spiritual vision.
Awkward Truths is a brilliant book. It's all the more so when read aloud to a friend or group and the many ideas within it are discussed. Great fun. Great insights -- and that's just on first reading. On subsequent reads I've received many additional, valuable insights, all highly pertinent to, and useful for, everyday life.
If this book does not get you thinking, then nothing will. I can't wait for the next one.
The book Awkward Truths challenges scientific theories, religious doctrines and new-age beliefs. It makes you think, it provides answers and it gives you confidence to embrace uncertainties and explore alternatives without fear.
Though it deals with heavy issues, it is light reading - very funny at times. A great book for anyone with an inquisitive mind.
Stephen Pirie's new book "Awkward Truths" lives up to its title by corralling a herd of sacred cows let loose by science, religion, and new age philosophy, and then subjecting each to intensive delousing.
With unassailable logic and ironic humour he exposes flaws in their arguments, with special emphasis on how and why the findings of quantum physics keeps the streets of our minds free of these meandering quadrupeds.
Reading this book has been an empowering experience for me and I thoroughly recommend it. I'm looking forward to Book II.
Stephen Pirie's Awkward Truths is, as the cover says, beyond the dogmas of science, religion and new age philosophies. It is a book for the intelligent, the enlightened...especially the skeptical.
The book is provocative. It challenges the reader to examine the pope's authority; heaven's existence and many other dogmas. It is irreverent but funny.
In this book the author plays with philosophy; flirts with science; and challenges religion. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read for someone with an open mind and a sense of adventure.
Stephen Pirie has found the right mix of humour and dare in tackling many of today's "truths" which we take as gospel. Through well thought-out reasoning, Stephen challenges even the most concrete theories, consistently proving the "Pairadoxical" nature of life and how this can be used beneficially in any area of experience, circumstance or field of inquiry -- be it science, religion, politics or new-age.
Awkward truths goes to the heart of what we today can only describe as an awakening -- a rebirth of humanity's natural ability to ask why and seek truth.
Hooray! Stephen has opted to get off the fence and ask questions that so few dare think, let alone speak! A must read for anyone seeking deeper awareness and clarity of thought.
This is a development from a more comprehensive book, 'Be and Become', which is currently out of print and which contains an extraordinary Table of One and All, some of whose insights are reproduced here. The awkward truth of the title is the inherently paradoxical nature of life and the human being, which Pirie explores with relish.
He begins with the observation that life is a paradox of security and surprise, which means that the unilateral pursuit of security must be self-defeating. In addition, 'whatever we know is always partnered with what we don't know'. Hence such pairings as known and unknowable, certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. This also means that any one-sided statement by a scientist or religious leader is inherently incomplete as life is based on inseparable dualities.
Philosophically, according to this view, it is impossible to separate determinism from free will, choice from fate. By the time the reader has finished perusing these dichotomies, a new way of thinking is born and one ceases to try to reduce one side to the other.
The style of the book is informal (sometimes almost too colloquial!) and direct, but this makes the book all the more accessible.
I finished your manuscript "Maya Sends Her Love" last night.
It's a very good book. It made me think a lot; I woke up thinking of it this morning and will surely think of it in days to come.
You asked me to be critical about it ... I find it hard to do so.
The work is prophetic in a way, but also idealistic. The reader can't tell where the prophecy ends and where the vision of the beautiful world - the one that we should strive for - begins. This is a very good thing. The reader has a lot of room for manoeuvring - they'll get enough hints but there is plenty for them to think about.
I don't think you should change anything in your book - it is a parable after all, and it offers a vision of something we should strive for.
Given present ecological and world difficulties and challenges, you are presenting the way forward in a very nice way.
Once again, I liked the book very much.
I am very impressed with your book "Maya Sends Her Love." It provides a very easy introduction to many of the “mysteries” of quantum physics in a very readable little story.
I certainly encourage you to seek a wide audience for the book – the message it contains is important.
Maya Sends Her Love: A Parable For Our Times is in the form of a story told by a grandfather to his granddaugher about the troubling times in which we are currently living. The central metaphor is that of the fall, but this time the fall is redefined as falling into love, peace and understanding rather than a fall 'from heart and harmony to numbers, names and notions.'
He introduces Zeno's paradox into the narrative, commenting that we might have come to know that 'we are all interconnected, nurtured and renewed in Zeno's timeless gaps.'
For the profound thinking about overcoming duality behind this touching story see Beliefinstitute.com
It's an important message to be sent out into our out-of-balance world. Your parable comes at a perfect point in time.