If there is just one “self-development” book you will read this year, make it The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani, which introduces the reader to the concept of Consciousness Engineering. The book provides an easy to follow and profoundly powerful blueprint of models and systems for living a truly balanced and fulfilled life, while striving to attain the highest level of human development so we can fulfill our potential and leave the world a better place. Disrupting the way we see and show up in the world, it has the power to bring humanity-positive paradigm shifts on a global scale.
It will not be to everyone’s liking. There is a degree of discomfort in challenging our ingrained beliefs and venturing out of our established comfort zones. We can only grow through insight and awakening. There is no growth without change after all!
Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company specialising in innovation in education by introducing mindfulness and personal development into global education and perpetual learning. He is an entrepreneur, education technology innovator, speaker, investor and philanthropist. The company’s mission is to empower people to live healthier and happier lives, unleash their fullest potential and be extraordinary by introducing them to tools and ideas that are currently missing from traditional education systems.
Many of these ideas in the book are not new and include ideas and systems that have been taught through Mindvalley and are already being successfully applied in schools and organisations and by hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world, but these have now been brilliantly crafted into easy to follow models and systems, readily digestible and accessible on the one platform.
Putting his computer engineering background and the ability to absorb vast amounts of knowledge to good use, Vishen Lakhiani has decoded complex ideas and organised them into easy to understand models and systems for living. Craftily weaved into the rich content are the gems from more than 200 hours of interviews with some of the leading players today, including Arianna Huffington, Ken Wilber, Michael Beckwith, Peter Diamandis and Richard Branson.
Using the analogy of hardware and software upgrades, Vishen makes the reader think about how their particular culturescape experience may have programmed their own beliefs and habits. While we rush to upgrade to the latest devices and systems updates for our technology tools and toys, we rarely give the same attention to upgrading our own models of reality and systems for living. We often unquestioningly carry the baggage of beliefs and “rules” that have been imprinted on us since early childhood and the majority of which are hidden at a subconscious level.
The book leads the reader to question their own current models of reality, to identify the outdated models and rules that no longer serve and challenges us to consciously re-code our thoughts and beliefs and upgrade our systems for living. It will change the way you view the world around you and the way you’ll view yourself and the role you play in shaping both your inner and outer world.
But the book doesn’t leave the reader there. It guides the reader to rethink what’s possible and to create a vision for the future which is tailored around the reader’s happiness and free from the “shoulds”. To focus on the most important end goals, without getting caught up in means goals. The last section is the most exciting, but it is a very personal journey in getting there. It provides a blueprint for becoming extraordinary, to move from escaping the current culturescape to finding your calling, to shift things and to create new models and systems for living which will also move others and cause the culturescape to evolve.
Drawing on Ken Wilber’s essay on “Egolessness,” the reader is taken on a journey of becoming fear-proof and on becoming a spiritual badass, on becoming immune to criticism or from needing praise, and fuelled by their own inner happiness and self-love and a forward-looking energy and the courage to challenge the status-quo, in order to embrace their own calling and to create positive change in the world. It is a journey of crafting a life full of rich and rewarding experiences, of achieving empowering growth and development and moving towards making a meaningful contribution.
This is so much more than a book. Buying the book comes with an online learning experience like no other as it is part of an interactive social learning platform where the reader can interact with the author and a community of extraordinary people with big ideas. As I have been a part of Mindvalley’s online learning platform and community for a few years I am excited about the impact this book can have on enriching lives, building more purpose-driven careers and positively impacting society.
I have started my own journey and am excited by what’s possible. I invite you to start your own journey.
The book has been released on the 10th of May 2016.
You can find out more here: www.thecodeXmind.com.