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Simon Lewis

Author, Writers Guild of America, west

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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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  • Ryan T

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    Sep 27 2011: Hi Simon, have watched your TED talk a number of times (and passed it on to a number of friends) as well as read Rise and Shine. Thanks for putting your story out there for us to learn from.

    I'm wondering if you can expand on how you were able to raise your IQ during the period of years following your accident? I know you mention in the book you take a number of vitamin/supplements and have gone through different forms of cognitive therapy. I think any other information you can provide could be very helpful to those of us on a path towards expanding our consciousness.
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      Sep 29 2011: I have had success with Ginko and Gotu Kola. Don't waste your money on the little containers of capsules. I go through that much in under a week. Instead, buy it online in one pound bags. Other herbs help too, such as Basil and Sage. Your brain is mostly fat, so stay away from low fat diets. Eat avocados, olives and the oil, coconuts and the oil, and nuts like walnuts, pecans, and brazil nuts.

      A word of caution. Taking Ginko and other brain herbs is like upgrading your computer. They do nothing in the way of making you think better or smarter. They just makes you think faster, whether your thoughts are good, bad, positive or negative. It is up to you to program and reprogram the software of your mind to achieve the best thinking results.
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      Sep 29 2011: Yes Ryan, so many people ask for more details that I plan to write a book to include example cognitive exercises, a map of the sub processes of consciousness and illustrations of approaches to various elements of the mind and body.

      Rise and Shine gives an overview of my specific program in hopes that readers will use these hints, the terminology in my book's Glossary and Index, in my INK talk on TED (and there is more at my book website www.riseandshinethebook.com

      Thank you for watching my INK talk on TED a few times: it is multi-layered, I know, and that people watch more than once tells me that it is communicating on several levels of the mind.

      With apologies, more details of my approach must wait on a carefully researched and presented book that is powerful to read and maintains the accuracy I sought in Rise and Shine, in my talk at INK on TED, on www.riseandshinethebook.com, and also in my KCRW interviews and The Atavist profile, for which I supplied the images and interviews. I hope you understand: these elements are part of a large canvas that take me years to assemble in order that they may both inform and inspire.

      Thank you, Simon

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