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Dr. Tara Swart

The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain

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"The Source" by Dr. Tara Swart is a guide to using neuroscience and spirituality to improve mental well-being, increase productivity, and achieve success.

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    Visualization and the law of attraction

    You’ve probably heard people use the terms visualization and the law of attraction before. You may have even dismissed them as a bit of hocus pocus since they’re often discussed with reference to “thought vibrations” and “higher powers,” but actually, science backs them up.

    The ideas are nothing new. The law of attraction can be defined as the ability to create relationships, situations, and material things in your life as a result of the way you think. Visualization means manifesting the life you desire by engaging all your senses – say it, hear it, smell it, taste it, see it, and feel it. By focusing your mind you make your dreams become more tangible and direct your energy toward them through your actions.

    So what’s the science behind this? Well, there are two powerful processes going on in your brain when you practice visualization: selective filtering and value tagging.

    Selective filtering basically means that you filter out the unnecessary while focusing on the important stuff. You do this all the time, otherwise, you’d be simply unable to concentrate.

    Visual tagging is something that goes on in your brain in the background. It constitutes the importance your brain puts on a place, person, smell, or memory. For example, a green VW Beetle parked outside your house might bring back memories of your first car. You might even want to strike up a conversation with the owner. But, of course, if your first car was a red Mini, the Beetle doesn’t have the same value to you so it could sit there for days without you even noticing it. 

    These processes are important because if you focus your brain on what you want in life, this raises your awareness, which in turn results in opportunities coming into your life. You simply begin to see the possibilities in front of you in a way that your brain was keeping hidden from you before. You then “attract” these possibilities as a result.

    But if you want to use your brain’s power to the fullest, you first need it to be healthy. Let’s find out how to get there in the next section.

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    What is The Source about?

    The Source (2019) reveals the secret to mastering your mind. It draws on cognitive science and the author’s coaching experience to provide a four-step plan to fire up your brain and get what you want from life by becoming a new, confident you.

    The Source Review

    The Source (2022) by Dr. Tara Swart is a fascinating exploration of the power of the mind and how to harness it. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Presenting cutting-edge neuroscience research in an accessible way, it provides practical insights into optimizing our brain's potential for success and well-being.
    • By integrating Eastern philosophy with Western science, the book offers a unique perspective on personal growth and self-improvement.
    • With its engaging case studies and interactive exercises, the book keeps readers captivated, ensuring that even complex concepts remain interesting and applicable.

    Who should read The Source?

    • Personal Development seekers
    • Stressed individuals looking to improve their mental health and well-being
    • Entrepreneurs and business leaders

    About the Author

    Dr. Tara Swart is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and Kings College, London. She’s a neuroscientist and former psychiatrist and, as an executive advisor, she’s worked with many leaders in media and business. Previously, she coauthored the award-winning Neuroscience for Leadership.

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    What is the main message of The Source?

    The main message of The Source is the power of neuroscience and mindfulness to unlock your potential.

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    Is The Source a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Source is worth reading for its insights into the mind and its practical tips for self-improvement.

    Who is the author of The Source?

    The author of The Source is Dr. Tara Swart.

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