Since it’s release in the fall of 2018, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind, has transformed the lives of individuals around the world. Assisting them in becoming conscious of their unconscious perceptions and behaviours, many say it’s been a useful guide for developing self-awareness and helping them live in the here and now─the window or portal to all realities.
An updated version of the book is to be released over the coming weeks, so I felt inspired to share with you all some of the Amazon reviews the first edition has, the introduction and I’ll also answer a few questions I’m frequently asked by some of my readers.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I grew up believing I was someone or something that I’m not! After much trial and error in my earlier years, experiencing many ups and downs, I reached an all-time low in 2010, I was 23. After indulging in a drug and alcohol binge for almost a decade, I was blessed with a clear perception as I regained my sovereignty.
After a spiritual experience which led to my drug addictions, literally falling off me overnight, I still had to confront my shadow, however. I had to dredge into myself to discover why I’d been unconsciously perpetuating such a detrimental lifestyle for almost a decade.
Self-awareness can be scary at first, especially to those who are new to the awakening journey. Becoming conscious of what’s always been inside of you can be a shock to the system. You discover many programs that have had you at their mercy since you were a child. They often amplify when you first see them, but fear not, my book is designed to help you get through that initial shock.
I delved in various religious, spiritual, and mystical traditions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age thought, Zen, Kriya and Kundalini Yoga, Astrology, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and more, only to discover that they all lead us to the same place: the eternal now!
Although I was fortunate enough to realign with my integrity, I still see many around me still immersed in those kinds of patterns. Since that night, when everything shifted, I’ve felt driven to share this life-changing information with the world and especially those who are near and dear to me. I hope to inspire, and prove to people that no matter how much of a hole they’ve dug themselves into, they can always climb out─if I can do it, anyone can!
“Why do you believe this book is important in our present society?”
That’s a great question. Take a look around you. Like I mention in my book, the year 2020 has brought people’s demons to the surface like never before, and the energy is only going to magnify. The bushfires in Australia, the global coronavirus pandemic, and maybe even more conflict on the horizon with the presidential elections taking place in November stateside, the storm is only going to get worse.
My book helps people be defined by their inner world, and not the forever fleeting scenes of the cosmic drama. When you know how to retreat into the eye of the storm and embody your natural state, you can take whatever life throws at you as you know, all circumstances are transitory.
The world needs this book. Too many people are walking around with a blindfold over their eyes. It’s time to take this blindfold off and perceive reality with crystal-clear windows of perception. Only our beliefs separate us, at our core, we are one─this book helps one find their way out of the maze of superficial separations, into their centre of oneness.
The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind is not a book you read from cover to cover; it is one you keep with you at all times. Whenever you’re triggered into an undesirable state, flick to the section relevant to what the present moment contains. This guide is nonlinear, which means you can jump in at any part you prefer, and I hope it benefits you throughout your awakening process.
I’ll be covering various metaphysical concepts that are generally misunderstood by society. There are two ways to define an idea: in an expansive or limiting way. In this book, I’ll be redefining these concepts so they can prove beneficial to your development. Changing your perspective of these truths will enable you to not only embody them but also dissolve the limitations you believe the illusions of the past have inflicted on you.
Most people unknowingly conform to a fear-based worldview; they’ve bought into a plethora of beliefs that unconsciously dictate their lives. These unconscious perceptions convince them to perpetuate behaviours that don’t serve them because everyone around them is doing the same; monkey see, monkey do.
For the most part, society is a mixed bag. We adopt positive core values and beliefs from those around us, but also a host of disempowering mindsets which are unconsciously passed down from generation to generation. Adhering to society’s limiting beliefs creates a bitter, resentful attitude toward life and living in such a state only attracts negativity. When people identify solely with a persona that is moulded by past experiences, they lose touch with their timeless self.
The good news is that we can change our state of being any time, but most only decide to when the proverbial monkey throws a wrench at them. It usually requires a dreadful experience to convince one change is necessary; in this book, however, I aim to help people bring their limiting beliefs into consciousness, empowering them to change without needing to hit rock bottom.
It is a scientific fact that between the ages zero to six, children are significantly more receptive to their surroundings than during adulthood. Their brain is locked in theta brain waves, which are akin to a recording device. They absorb beliefs, behaviours, and mimic other’s reactions merely by observing the people around them. Children have what is known by neuroscientists as mirror-neurons, which means their brain is wired in such a way so they can copy everything they experience in their outer environment. As a result, their family, friends, schoolteachers, and pretty much everyone in their society, has contributed, in some way, to conditioning them to fit in with their culture.
“A third story concerns the plasticity of the youthful mind. I heard my mother remark occasionally: ‘A man who accepts a job under anyone is a slave.’ That impression became so indelibly fixed that even after my marriage I refused all positions. I met expenses by investing my family endowment in land. Moral: Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.”
– Sri Yukteswar (Autobiography of a Yogi)
No one is to blame; this book isn’t about pointing the finger at others, as you chose your culture before you incarnated in the physical plane. The limitations you’ve inherited are the challenges you’ve agreed to overcome in this life. You came to this world to play the game of self-discovery, to unveil your true self amidst a plethora of darkness, limitations, and illusions. Physical incarnations are self-imposed on a level of consciousness your thinking mind cannot fathom; acceptance of this reality, however, can work wonders.
Repetition programmes the subconscious mind. You don’t have to think about how to open the refrigerator door, for example, as you’ve done it so many times that it’s become automatic. The subconscious is the habit mind, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. It also contains a host of mental and emotional patterns, that have a considerable impact, not only your behaviour but also the kind of people and situations you attract in your life.
The reprogramming of the subconscious becomes a challenge when a person develops a whirlwind of patterns that sabotage their experience of life. This book aims to help them transform these automatic processes.
“Our thoughts are mainly controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed before the age of six, and you cannot change the subconscious mind by just thinking about it. That’s why the power of positive thinking will not work for most people. The subconscious mind is like a tape player. Until you change the tape, it will not change.”
– Dr Bruce H, Lipton PhD
Emotions reflect your perception of the environment; it is fundamentally your beliefs that must be changed if you wish to start perceiving differently.
I don’t expect you to agree with everything in this book, as life is a matter of perspective; we all see some things differently, and that’s all well and good. What you do agree with, however, I want you to memorise to such an extent, that you don’t need to pick up the book to apply the information to the circumstance at hand.
For example, a situation triggers you into depression, sadness or anger; instead of wallowing in the emotion, respond with awareness as these triggers are opportunities for the expansion of your consciousness. Apply the information you’ve learned in this book as soon as you’re able. Every time you return to balance after being triggered, you’ve overcome the old self.
Knowledge doesn’t teach anyone anything. The words in this book are merely doorways of opportunity; it is you who must walk through them by applying it. When you apply this knowledge, it becomes wisdom. You can only know these truths through experience; there’s no point in just memorising these teachings and not applying them; their application is essential.
“Let us not love in words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”
– John 3:18
You’re already everything you desire to be. This book isn’t about becoming anything; it’s designed to help you drop those ideas that contradict your true nature. In doing so, the light of your soul can shine unrestricted; get ready to embrace your innate perfection.
Also, this book may seem repetitive, but that’s because I want to drill this information into your subconscious. You’ll soon come to know the book inside out; and the more you know it, the easier you’ll be able to put it into practice. Memorisation is an essential aspect of the doing process. Finally, I wish to extend my appreciation to you for having the courage to not only face that which contradicts your truth but for also being brave enough to express it. In love and gratitude, I hope you find this book beneficial to your development.
“I whole heartedly recommend this amazing book. As many of us have belief systems and thoughts that do not serve us, it is an excellent book for anyone on the spiritual path or anyone looking for more self awareness. It is inspirational and easy to understand, as Craig Woods uses many quotes from the Bible to Buddha that reiterate his message. His book is divided into sections that are easy to reference when a challenge comes up, for example, criticism, emotions, relationships, habits… I have the paperback to study and the Kindle to keep with me. Enjoy!”
“I absolutely loved this book!!! One of the best spiritual awakening books I have ever read, and that says a lot from me. Lol! It was written in a way that allows you to go much deeper in the understanding of what your higher self already knows. It’s broken down into every imaginable subject matter. I will see myself referencing it as a reminder of subjects like: compassion, forgiveness, stillness, criticism etc.”
“Very heartfelt thank you to the author Craig Woods for compiling such wisdom. This book is not meant to be read cover to cover (although you could and it would be a spectacular read). However it is meant to be opened spontaneously to a page and for the reader to receive the wisdom specific to them in the now moment. Every time I flip it open I receive the perfect message. The wisdom and truth resonate at such a deep deep level. I hope this becomes a best seller! It should! It’s timeless wisdom!!! Bravo!!!”
“If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Excellent easy read book filled with wisdom for the discovery of the true self. The format of the book is what makes it understandable and easy to read and refer back to. Craig Woods did an outstanding job providing food for thought and spiritual guidance for daily living and for the awakening process of the higher self.”
“Amazing read! Highly reccomended. This book and the writer along with The Power of Now, saved my life and guided me through some of my darkest times. A kick start to my spiritual journey. This is not a book you read once and leave on the shelf, more of a guide you can refer back to at any time! Do your self a favor, get a copy for you and your loved ones.”
“Wow , what a beautiful book , I bought the hard back version twice . When it arrived the first time I decided because I loved it so much I would give it to a friend for her birthday , then of course ordered another for myself. It looks and feels beautiful , and when you open it , wherever you open it it absolutely speaks to your heart . I would highly recommend it ❤💛💚💙💜”
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