Does your life flow with serendipity? Vishen Lakhiani believes there’s a universal force that governs us and we can all tap into it. All of us. Including you.
If you’re living without serendipity, you're probably relying on thought patterns and beliefs you picked up as a child. In The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Lakhiani interviewed the top people in their game—Richard Brandon, Elon Musk, Ariana Huffington, Tony Robbins—and delved into their secrets. Then he reframed that information and put it into easy-to-understand pieces. You begin with the culture that surrounds you and the brules you live by. You learn how to recognize what no longer serves you, how to upgrade your beliefs and your systems for living, and how to bend reality. Then you discover the difference between means goals and end goals, and how to put it all together to have a life of purpose and meaning.
Lakhiani says, “[Bending reality] is the ideal state where you’re happy in the now, and you have a vision for the future that drives you. When you’re in this state, there’s a feeling of growth and enjoyment. It’s about the journey as well as the destination.”
Each chapter comes replete with honest stories about Lakhiani’s life, his gambles, what failed, and what worked. The writing style is mesmerizing because Lakhiani excels at storytelling and the information is motivating and encouraging. There’s also an Online Experience (http://www.thecodexmind.com/extraordinary) that corresponds to each book chapter and contains numerous videos to further enlighten you on the chapter highlights. For example, in Chapter 4 – Rewrite Your Models of Reality, Lakhiani mentions a severe case of acne and how he cured it in four weeks through creative visualization. The online site contains both a video on creative visualization and a link for a free course. I was so inspired by his success that I made a recording around my own health issues and have been playing it twice a day.
But Lakhiani saves the best for last. At the end of the book is an Appendix where he describes his golden treasure, the 6-Phase Meditation. He discovered that a blend of methods/ideas produces a greater whole than the individual parts. There are six pieces to his meditation: compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, future dreams, the perfect day, and the blessing. By combining all of these into one meditation, you get the best of the best. He also developed an app for the meditation that you can download for free from Omvana.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is a fascinating book that will leave you well-armed to face the perplexing world of stress and high technology and come away with a more relaxed, purposeful, and blissful you.
[Originally published in the Conscious Life Journal, November 2016]