Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Lost Symbol: One Writer's Thoughts

Post by NCW member Laura Lee Carter

Just finished Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol and I cannot say that I loved it. Of course I wasn’t crazy about the The Da Vinci Code either. His writing is mediocre at best, but I do enjoy learning some philosophy, science and history along the way.

There are a number of interesting ideas discussed in The Lost Symbol but the one I enjoy exploring the most is at the very end of the book. Katherine, a scientist involved in research into the Noetic sciences, appears to be a composite of many of the leading figures in this real-life area of study.

Here’s their own description of what the Noetic Sciences are:

“The word “noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, for which there is no exact equivalent in English. It refers to “inner knowing” or a kind of intuitive consciousness—direct and immediate access to knowledge beyond what is available to our normal senses and power of reason. As defined by psychologist-philosopher William James in 1902, noetic refers to “states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by the discursive intellect. They are illuminations, revelations, full of significance and importance, all inarticulate though they remain; and as a rule they carry with them a curious sense of authority…”

Noetic sciences use scientific methods to explore the “inner cosmos” of the mind (consciousness, soul, spirit) and how it relates to the “outer cosmos” of the physical world. In other words, they study how people come to know things or affect things through experiences or capacities (intuitions, synchronicities, psi, “after-death” communication, energy healing, etc.) that have no apparent rational explanation, and what this says about the nature of human consciousness.”

Near the very end of the book, Katherine starts talking about how powerful thoughts can be in impacting our world, the astounding power of focused conviction and intention. Do our minds have the power to change physical matter, and literally manifest all that we desire?

Katherine says yes, but well-directed thought is a learned skill, one which some of us have far greater natural ability with than others. To manifest an intention requires laser-like focus, full sensory visualization, and a profound belief in what you are attempting to create.

This, in the end, is what this book is about. We humans need to finally acknowledge our own power of intention, the power of our minds to manifest a better world, and then use that focused energy to change our present reality.

Laura Lee Carter aka the Midlife Crisis Queen!
Life Change Coach, Author, Motivational Speaker


Joanne said...

I haven't read Brown's latest, but that's certainly a pretty good message to leave with the reader. Very inspiring, at the least, to use our minds wisely

Kay Theodoratus said...

Laura: I haven't read "Lost Symbol" and probably won't until I find a used mass paperback.

As a writer, though, Brown does give us some great object lessons on hanging hooks to pull us into the next chapter. It's like TV shows leaving hooks behind just before the commercial break.

Jody Hedlund said...

Sounds like an interesting book! Brown always seems to come up with very intriguing plot ideas.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope to see you again!

mOki said...

Brown's writing is not 'mediocre'. He's the best.

Baja Rock Pat said...

Thanks for the book review. I enjoy Brown's books because he always incorporates ideas like this in them--things that cause me to ponder how these philosophies relate to my own experiences. Often they do, as I have used several of Brown's references from his previous books to enhance my own.

Can't wait to read "The Lost Symbol!"

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