"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Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment, is create a practical quantum handbook for those foundering in an outdated conception of what constitutes “reality”.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."