RAFTS Map: Results, Actions, Feelings, Thoughts, STATE of Consciousness
There are many books on Conventional Success, and many books on Spirituality, yet rarely are the two aspects integrated in a holistic way.
Quality of Life is paramount
both individually and collectively, and has been the thrust of civilization from stone age to iron age, from the industrial revolution to the digital age.
Yet, there's a very real danger of people devoting their whole life to spirituality
at the expense of conventional success, and unnecessarily living a poor and depleted life. Indeed, there are occasionally stories of people who have endured arduous meditation for years and years with nothing to show for it - still not
sensing that enlightened peace of mind, and living on handouts as they slip back into their old, habitually conditioned, selves. On the other hand, there are people totally dedicated to success alone, who have amassed fortunes, yet, again
live depleted and unfulfilled lives.
This contrast suggests that, in practice, many people would benefit from incorporating both spirituality and success principles into their lives. Indeed, an underlying premise of this book is that
spirituality and success are not mutually exclusive, and it's time to bring these aspects together.
As far as I'm aware there, there are no other books rooted in spirituality that also cover conventional worldly success, even when the word 'success'
appears in the title. There are many excellent books on spirituality alone such as Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now,' a personal favorite, and generally highly rated by others. Deepak Copra's '7 Spiritual Laws of Success' is another. There are
also widely available materials on spirituality that I have drawn on, that include, (in no particular order), Osho, Mooji, Adyashanti, Shunyamurti, and Jiddu Krishnamurti; as well as many others. None of these materials deal with conventional success techniques
to any significant degree, (and, generally, were not intended to).
This book, then, is intended to help towards bridging the gap and integrating both aspects: spirituality and conventional success.
of Pictorials (Maps) and Tables
It's comparatively rare for books on spirituality or success to use pictorials to illustrate points, and when they do, the illustrations are often confined to a few or less. The 27 Pictorials (Maps) and numerous
Tables in this subject 'Peak Performance' book, help to organise, recall and apply content more systematically.
The illustrations are also indicative of a creative approach to showing information that may appeal to 'right-brain' and visually-oriented
Creating from the perspective of Authentic Self
Few books emphasize the need to create from an authentic place. Plunging into 'success' blindly can be disastrous. This is a major
issue with some success books, that can lead people to merely 'follow the Joneses' and live a 'hamster wheel life.'
Certain Tables and Maps help to illustrate clearly how to live from authenticity rather than from ego. There are a number of
very popular contemporary books that make reference to a 'new mind' and 'new you.' This book goes a stage further in elaborating on what it means to live from a higher 'awakened' perspective, and makes various suggestions on how to put this new perspective
into practice. This includes, but is not limited to, advice on how to become a calm and bold Spiritual Warrior living the values of Freedom, Love, Adventure, Gratitude and Service.
Use of thought experiments
The Introduction invites the reader to step back in time, which helps in understanding the notion of Oneness that is central to spirituality. Closely related thereto are the Buddhist concepts of no-self, interbeing, emptiness and impermanence.