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Books About Foundations of Self-development

Personal Development Center Books

Finding answers to life’s important questions.

The Personal Development Center offers books about the foundations of self-development. We strive to explain the science behind supernormal abilities of individuals from experiential, physiological and historical perspectives. Lead author and research scientist Robert L. Peck applies his background in energy transfer to explain many of the ancient energy models of the body and mind. Peck describes the self-development practices of several esoteric philosophies along with some of his personal methods for controlling pain.

PDC books cover a wide range of self-development models, techniques, and philosophies. You can access information on altered states of consciousness, the control center in the lower heart, the power of intention, and more. If you are looking to acquire a philosophy of life or need to know how to access more joy, we address those needs, too.

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A special ancient practice of deliberately tensioning the body to gain the same benefits as from natural eustress responses.
The source of thought and feeling, organs of the Soul used to interface with the outer world and lower heart. Stethos in ancient Greece. (See Directing Life.)
The physiological muscle and flesh beneath the perineal skin. The Bulbospongiosus (also called the Bulbocavernosus) is a sponge-like, contractile/expansive flesh capable of forming a solid bulb such as noted when stepping into an icy cold shower. (See Controlling Your Hormones.)
Churning involves lower abdominal contortions which increase vitality and are commonly associated with deep sobbing. Churning can be experienced at times of strong demands on the body and mind. Called Mantha in Sanskrit. (See The Golden Triangle, Directing Life.)
Metaphysical building blocks of reality: “Air, Fire, and Water determine the nature of the fourth Element Earth, which is then made real by Mind.”
The power for change.
Good stress that counters bad stress. Coined by Hans Selye who explained how intentional “muscular, nervous activity or anything else that requires effort” could reduce unwanted (dis)stress.
Unusual feelings in the lower abdominal region, associated with inner insights and strength.
Center of the body in the perineum which is the center of control and feelings. This is not the beating heart in the chest. (See Creating Heaven on Earth, Joy and Evolution, Directing Life, The Golden Triangle.)
Many ancient writings refer to hormones as the mystical Elixir for energizing the inner allegorical gods or god-like powers. The powerful transformational hormones were known variously as ambrosia, amrita, haoma, soma, living waters,and chi in different cultures.
The power to change yourself and your world without reliance on the external power of institutions or authorities.
The word Intention had an earlier meaning based on the Greek word upothesis, which has the metaphysical definition of describing “that which has been settled before it begins.” It is far more than the modern usage of being a plan of action or design.
Sanskrit term for Intention. It is the vision of what you want your self and world to be in the future. Mantra integrates your past and present with this intended future.
A higher state of consciousness brought about through the practice of bringing the mind to bear on one point of awareness which then “ties the brain function under one control.” (See American Meditation.)
Metaphysical force that unites. The source of evolution, vision and the power of intention. Called Brahma in the ancient Sanskrit documents.
Manifested intention.
The ancient view of the Perineum is still evidenced with its name, which is derived from the ancient Greek words Peri which means “center” and neuma which means “control” or that the Perineum is the center or heart of control.
Called Eros in ancient Greek; Rudra and Bhairava in ancient Sanskrit. The inner power to manifest your intention.
Becoming vitalized, stimulated, more alive.
Inner transformational fluid, now known to be adaptive hormones which enliven or quicken the body and mind to manifest one’s intention.
Awareness of the self and outer world and a chosen path to be followed.
The breasts were known in ancient Greece as Stethos, which were defined in ancient Greek as being “the seat of feelings and thought as we (currently) use heart.”
The feminine creative center of both sexes which exists in the perineum of both sexes, serving to stimulate the production of soma.