Book Review: One Mind by Larry Dossey

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


8348_c1.gifOne Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

by Larry Dossey, M.D.
ISBN 9781401943820
Hay House Inc., 2013

Thousands of starlings move as one in breathtaking murmurations. Individual termites work as one colony to construct elaborate nests with complex tunnels and chambers. Queen Elizabeth’s dogs at Sandringham bark like crazy when they “know” she is coming, but while she is still half a mile away, out of sight. These enthralling, fantastic, eerie occurrences pique our curiosities and stretch our minds.

“It’s also the sort of thing that makes skeptics scurry toward ‘coincidence’ with the desperation of drowning men clutching at straws.” —Larry Dossey in One Mind

What’s going on here? How do we live with these real events not yet explained by real science? 

Larry Dossey would have us relax and enjoy them. He quotes Wes Nisker: “Just imagine how good it would feel if we all got together once in a while in large public gatherings and admitted that we don’t know why we are alive, that nobody knows for sure if there’s a higher being who created us, and that nobody really knows what the hell’s going on here.”

His book, One Mind, is written as a series of short vignettes about collective consciousness. The structure means readers can pick up the book, read a short piece, and then put it down to enjoy again later on the next coffee break. He writes about twins who share pain across time and space, near-death experiences, and the specialized, inexplicable skills of savants. He refers to Marc Barasch, founder and CEO of Green World Campaign, who coined the term collaboratory, for “a field of knowing that is greater than that of any group member and greater than the sum of a group’s members.” In a collaboratory: “Solutions to problems surface that we did not anticipate. We become more imaginative, inventive, inspired, productive, resourceful, and innovative”

In the past, scientists tended to shun experiments involving non-physical elements. These days, more and more scientists choose to explore One Mind topics. The entanglement and non-locality uncovered through the study of quantum mechanics pried open some doubtful scientific minds and loaned some legitimacy to One Mind study. When someone like Erwin Schrödinger said, “Mind is by its very nature a singulaire tantum. I should say: the overall number of minds is just one,” other scientists paid attention.

Mounting evidence shows that something is going on, even though we can’t explain it fully—yet. The events Dossey writes about might make us take the Golden Rule more seriously. We must do more than do unto others as you would have them do unto you. He says, “Be kind to others, because in some sense they are you.”

“To become whole all parts must be left behind, for a whole is not the sum of its parts but a different state entirely.” —Joseph Chilton Pearce, cited in One Mind

I don’t know which audience for this book is more important: People who see themselves as part of One Mind, or those who dismiss it as hogwash. Those who see their individual mind is part of a greater consciousness can find reassurance in the many stories Dossey shares of One Mind events. Those who doubt it might learn to relax a little and settle into the wonder of it all.


I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


Just for fun, relax and enjoy a murmuration of starlings here:


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on January 15, 2014, in Book reviews, Books provided by publishers, Hay House, Non-fiction and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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