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Simon Lewis

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Conversation with Simon Lewis: How do we make the most of our Consciousness?

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My goal is to find ways to answer this most important question of our time, so others may find their inner selves. Everyone wants and needs maximum mental performance, yet school dropout rates attest to the size of the gap that our adolescents drop into. Why are these solutions a hidden secret? How can we develop an integrated approach to maximize our most precious resource on Earth — our collective consciousness — and nurture it in each of us? Why aren’t measurable repeatable approaches, to bridge the gap from potential mind toward actual mind, widely known and available to all from youth to old age, and how do we make this become a reality?
I hope you join me to discuss these and other questions,

Simon Lewis
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Closing Statement from Simon Lewis

I just finished reading all of your final comments and want to extend special thanks to TED for making this civil, thoughtful and remarkably global forum possible, as well as the INK organization who originally invited me to India in association with TED, and gave a first opportunity to share my ideas before an international audience.

And I want to thank each of you, who spoke or who listened, for it is your contribution that empowers all. I understand from TED that remarkable audience of some 2,000 participated online in our swiftly assembled colloquy, with over a hundred drawn to participate with comments from countries as far apart as the USA, India, South Korea and China.

I wish all of you of the happiness to be found in seeking the hidden path toward actual mind, and I thank you for showing me how much interest and concern there is, how many tangible ideas are offered, from around the world to help achieve this for all societies and ages.
Thank you, Simon Lewis

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    Sep 27 2011: What do you mean with "increase cognitive awareness through natural processes". I mean, what do you consider as not being natural? Do I have to think about being natural while living my now right now?

    Also, to be considered natural should not be reasonable to be some kind of symmetric process such as: "From Potential Minds to Actual Minds, and from Actual Minds to Potential Minds"? Or is this another individualistic line of thought?

    What is collective consciousness? If it is really consciousness, should not the collective actually realize that? Or perhaps you just realized that we have some kind of collective inconsciousness, and then just called it collective consciousness?

    So I guess, I will put the same simple question as you did: Is it possible to unleash the unbounded energy of the self and multiply it in a global common goal, so that when divided by everyone can recover each one's energy loss with immense joy and fulfillment?

    Yes, because after all, we are just tourists here...
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      Sep 28 2011: Good questions, Bruno. By "natural processes" I mean to exclude psychoactive or psychotropic substances that cross the blood–brain barrier to affect brain function, perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and behavior. My experience, repeated across published research, suggest that there is so much--so many unbounded energies of the mind --that is untapped, leaving depression as the WHO's leading world disease, that may be tapped with natural interventions, i.e. targeted therapies without broad psychoactive therapies.

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