Monday, January 12, 2009
A Book Review
Book Review for Think and Make It Happen, by Augusto Cury
The title of this book captured me at first and made me curious about the theories and ideas of this scientist. For the last few years I have been learning on my own about the power we have within ourselves to direct our thoughts instead of letting them lead us into worry, fear etc. and I wondered of this learned man would agree or disagree with what I had been realizing in my own experience.
Dr. Augusto Cury is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and scientist in Brazil, whose theory of Multi-Focal Intelligence is now being used by scientists all over the world. This book is his way to help others understand the power and beauty of the mind and learn how to Think Correctly (another name of his theory & teaching). The medical terms & acronyms were a bit daunting at times & made me want to stop reading a few times.
Cury was a serious skeptic of Christianity and Jesus Christ until he did a study of Moses, Buddah, Mohammed, Confucius, Plato, Socrates, Freud, Einstein and Jesus of Nazareth. In his words, “I was so taken by Jesus psychological health that it jarred me out of my skepticism about him. I was one of the best atheists on this earth, perhaps more firm in my belief in atheism than Marx, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Diderot. But when I used Multi-Focal Psychology to examine Jesus personality detail by detail, I was surprised, perplexed and shocked by what I found.”
The book proposes 12 principles that he uses to help people become the “authors of their own lives, rather than the audience.” I won’t list the principles, but will say that they were all clearly explained along with scientific data & personal examples from the clients he has helped. He suggests using the book in one of 3 ways:
1 – “Read it as you would any other book, with a view to increasing your intelligence and wisdom.
2 – Read one chapter per week, with a view toward incorporating an living each principle.
3 – Work through the 12 principles (one per week) as part of a small group, benefiting from the experiences & interaction of others and the synergy those results. At the end of each chapter, I’ve included important thoughts to use to discuss in the group and to reflect on personally.”
Overall, I found the book uplifting, helpful & practical. His ideas affirmed my own discoveries about being the director of my thought life & seeing the positive way my belief about myself was lifted & confidence was gained in all areas of my life.