Monday, May 5, 2014

G283 Semi-Coma; Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness

Title of the book: Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness

Author: Gulten Dye

Publisher: Self published

Publishing Date: 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9838290-0-3

Summary:

This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn’t always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It’s about my struggle to discover who I really am, what I believe in and how I’ve arrived at a place where I am able to appreciate myself and my surroundings.
Most of my life I lived in a state of arrested consciousness without being aware of it. Then one day out of nowhere my eyes opened just enough for me to question my way of living and my state of mind. That was the day questions started to arrive. They were nothing like the questions I had before. As if they weren’t even questions they were an unraveling string of realizations followed by overwhelming sorrow. How could I have lived my life as if I was in a semi coma and in turn induce my own suffering?

Of course in the beginning of seeing I didn’t realize that my eyes would open slightly from time to time to give me an illusion of happiness, but because I had no idea what true happiness was I would drift back to my state of familiarity. I lived my life mostly on an automatic life-sustaining machine by my body without my mind interfering with it.

It is my hope that the stories I share with you will somehow touch your heart, perhaps crack open a door and shine a light for you to embark on your own quest of self-discovery. I don’t presume to have all the answers; I don’t even know all the questions. At the very least, I am seeking to understand and allow life to happen; learning to take responsibility and ownership of myself and my actions, and appreciating all that is.
Read the chapters, each on its own. As you move through them, you will uncover my intermittent consciousness as I explore my thoughts or beliefs and might be able to even get a glimpse of my evolution along the way.

I am blessed to have had so many people touch my life and, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me on my journey. I have come to realize that because we are all one, that anything I come to know and am willing to share with others affects all of us in a positive way. With great humility, I open up my imperfect, yet perfect, life for you to walk beside me. I am forever grateful and honored.

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Other works:

She hasn't written any other works

Background: 

Gulten Dye was born and raised in a small town in Turkey and moved with her family to Istanbul as a small child.  It was there that she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse at a local hospital before moving to the Philippines with her boyfriend.

After being there a little over a year, they got married and a short while after that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where she immediately began her studies to be able to work as a Registered Nurse. While studying for her boards, she was allowed to work as a scrub technician in an operating room at a nearby surgery center. She passed her boards and worked in an operating room for many years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada there she worked at a busy University Medical Trauma Center as a staff nurse for several years until she earned the position of Charge Nurse.

By 2001, she was divorced and living with her two young sons.  Her desire to make more money became her impetus to start her own business, which soon became her sole source of income as her success grew.  She has never looked back.

Gulten found her talent and passion in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sold them to well-known people, such as Celine Dion, Rachel Ray and Mary Higgins Clark.  She became an international success when her work showed on Entertainment Tonight and Insider and was for sale in the high-end casinos in Las Vegas and on high-end cruise liners. She then created a jewelry line called Metamorphosis, a line of interchangeable jewelry that brought her even greater success.

Gulten is also an author and self- published her first book Semi Coma - Evolution of my Intermittent Consciousness in 2011, currently selling on all digital media as well as in hard copy.  Her second book “The Missing Link” is awaiting publication in 2013.

In 2013, she opened her new concept store where she not only sells her own designs, but includes many local artists of different medium, including a local authors section.  In turn for being able to sell their artwork in her store, all artists have agreed to teach others their medium for the future generation free thinkers.

Gulten lives and creates in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Visit her website at www.gultendye.com

Theme:

"This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn't always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It's about my struggle to discover who I really am, what I believe in and how I've arrived at a place where I am able to appreciate myself and surroundings." (From preface)

Problems addressed: 

Very often people don't really think for themselves when it comes to certain things, but instead they only respond to stimuli as a reflex. I would guess something similar to zombies, or a non-thinking and acting creature.

Summary of content:

People don't really trust themselves or care much for their intuition which enables them to go through life as zombies. The author encourages people to trust themselves and to build up their own happiness and to be aware of it.

Thesis:

"There is a real joy of knowing the way to true happiness that doesn't depend on outer conditions." (8)

Main points:

There are twenty three chapters. I read the book from cover to cover, but she mentions to read each one as its own. "Read the chapters, each on its own. As you move through them, you will uncover my intermittent consciousness as I explore my thoughts or beliefs and might be able to even get a glimpse of my evolution along the way." (Preface) Here's a small sample of topics that she covers:
*Chapter Three: Fear
*Chapter Six: Teaching Pure Gold Values
*Chapter Nine: Intuition
*Chapter Twelve: Friends
*Chapter Fifteen: Live Each Day
*Chapter Eighteen: Love
*Chapter Twenty-one: Practice Makes Perfect

Why its interesting and informative:

The book is a mixture of philosophy and there is encouragement to meditate on certain statements and their meanings. I recall that when I was reading it few months back, I read some parts of it to a friend of mine, Jennifer, and it really resonated deeply with her.

Supports thesis: 

When I think of what I chose to be the thesis, I have to say that yes, the book does support the thesis because the author does find joy in being liberated and in being free without people telling her how to live her life.

Addressing issues:

I find it interesting that lately I seem to be reading books where one is encouraged to be free either from technology or societal expectations on what should make life happy for someone. I would guess that since everyone was young, we have been trained to think that the more we have of something, the more happier we should be and so forth. I also think that an issue like this has been going on for ages and its not just a modern invention.

Ideas in book vs larger ideas:

I would imagine that if people can somehow conquer the part of the mind where they want more and more and where happiness comes from society instead of own mental state, the world will be a much kinder place.

Agree/Disagree:

I think I agree a lot with what the author has written and has mentioned in the book. Even in Ecclesiastes, in Jewish Testament, its mentioned that happiness comes from something other than possessions and people. Somehow everyone has to find a path to happiness that doesn't depend on forces we can't control.

Sources:

The author used her own life as a source, as well as anecdotes from friends.

Conclusion:

In my opinion its well worth reading the book, but I think I gave it four stars due to slight grammar issues which were distracting for me. I think I'll re-read it soon because I regret that I kind of forgot a lot of what was written in there.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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