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Core Transformation offers a profound way to touch the depths of our own soulfulness. I had an immediate and deep experience of self-love with it. --John Bradshaw, author, Creating Love

One of the most important works I have come across in any field, Core Transformation should be adopted as the principal therapy by every therapist in the country, understood and practiced by everyone in the helping and legal professions, as well as parents and teachers. I stand in awe at the simplicity, clarity and directness of a work of such magnitude, and will do all I can to promote it. --Joseph Chilton Pearce, author, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Magical Child, Evolution's End

I am astounded. Suddenly we have a bridge from psychopathology (or plain human problems) to enlightenment. There it stands, every beam in place and traffic already passing over it. I know therapist types will make ready use of it, and I hope religions will embrace the profound implications of this fine new bridge into their territory. --Wilson Van Dusen, Ph.D, former Chief Psychologist at Mendocino State Hospital, CA

Core Transformation is a brilliant book about a brilliant process. It quickly takes you to the core of your being. What a powerful and simple gift! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to achieve higher states of love, peace and joy! -Jack Canfield, President, Self Esteem Seminars, author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

The way to a man and woman s heart is through this book. Core Transformation will help you turn your limitations inside out, enabling you to experience yourself in a way you never dreamed possible. -Michele Weiner-Davis, author, Divorce Busting

Core Transformation takes us beyond assumed boundaries, into the virgin territories of the self-a place of greater courage and love, into the well-spring of authenticity, the core of being. -Dan Millman, author, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Life You Were Born to Live

This book will take you there. Compassionately, clearly and interestingly written, with just the right balance of idea and procedure. There is no limit to the good Core Transformation could end up doing. --Huth Prather, author, Notes to Myself

This book will help you make changes that lead directly to increased personal effectiveness. I recommend Core Transformation to anyone in business who wants to improve results. --Dan Thomas, Ph.D., former Professor, Harvard and Stanford Business Schools; author of Business Sense

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In this book you will be invited to identify the behaviors, feelings and responses you like least in yourself, and use them to take yourself on a remarkably healing and uplifting personal journey within, to the depths of your beingness. This journey is called the Core Transformation Process.

The material presented in this book is a breakthrough for me both personally and professionally, and I believe it is a breakthrough in the field of personal growth and psychology. As I explored and developed the Core Transformation Process with clients and with myself, I began to have a sense of awe and reverence for what I witnessed. Powerfully transforming states of consciousness, which I call Core States, were naturally emerging. These states seemed to be identical to the states of consciousness many people strive for in spiritual traditions, described as transcendent or spiritual experiences. Through doing the Core Transformation Process these states became more than a temporary high--they became the basis for living from a new "center."

The way these experiences emerged was surprising and unexpected. I had no intention of developing a process with spiritual overtones. My goal was to develop a process that went deep enough to the core of our experience to be effective with everything from seemingly trivial problems to our biggest life issues. I wanted something that went deeper than what I had known Before--both for myself and for my clients.

In this search I gave myself the challenge of working with people who had some major limitation they hadn't been able to change. The issues they dealt with varied widely from chronic pain, abuse, bulimia, rage, sexual difficulties, codependency, to the man who felt he always held himself back from living his full potential.

In seeking to find what would transform these major life issues I stumbled upon a process that went far beyond my original goals. Most of the people I took through it got the results they wanted in their lives--either complete changes or significant movement in the direction they desired. But beyond that, they wrote me cards and letters telling me things like, "It's a miracle," or, "Everything has changed." One person who didn't get what he had specifically asked for said, "I got something better; something wonderful is happening that's hard to put into words."

Discovering these incredibly powerful Core States at the center of every inner part in myself and others has certainly transformed my sense of the spiritual nature within each of us. This spiritual nature is not a belief system, it is an experience, and I want to acknowledge that you may prefer to describe your experience in other terms. You do not need to have a spiritual belief to benefit from the Core Transformation Process. When we do this process with individual clients, or in workshops, we often do not talk about what kind of experience to expect. You will get equally strong results whether you describe your experience as spiritual, or in other terms that fit better for you.

...As you do these exercises, be gentle and patient with yourself. As you read each step, we will be there with you, guiding you in what may be the kindest thing you have done for yourself in some time. The process is simple and straightforward. First we will assist you in welcoming the parts of yourself that you want to change--they are about to become your strongest and most helpful allies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Real People Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911226338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911226331
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By MAURICIO AGUIAR on March 2, 2004
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I have been an NLP Master Practitioner since 1996 and I recommend the Core Transformation method from personal experience. It is a powerful technique, based on reframing, that goes more or less like this:
1) You identify a behavior/feeling/response you want to change
2) You find a 'part' of yourself that is responsible for the behavior/feeling/response
3) You recognize that the part actually has a positive purpose and ultimately wants to do you good or protect you
4) You make peace with the part and become friends with it
5) You uncover the part's purpose, probably after passing through several layers of intent - you get to the 'core'
6) You ask the part to keep its purpose (which is positive) and change the behavior/feeling/response associated with it, reaching the same results by another, more ecological behavior/feeling/response
7) After the procedure things will begin to change, even though you may not be immediately aware or it - your unconscious mind may not provide you with that knowledge.
In 1997 I had to make this big change in my life and I was not sure how to begin. Fortunately I was lucky to participate in a Core Transformation workshop given by Connirae and Tamara Andreas in Denver. It was an incredible experience that helped me a lot, even though only years later I had enough perspective to appreciate all its influence on my life. The effect, I now believe, was that I came back from the workshop feeling much stronger and sure of myself, with all my internal parts aligned.
You may choose to take the Core Transformation workshop before or after reading this book. This book can be just a book or a powerful change tool depending on how you use it. You can do the exercises yourself or (better) with the help of a partner.
I hope my account helps and that you use this book to make the changes you want in your life.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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The Core Transformation technique described in this book is extremely effective, simple, and not only painless, but as you experience the Core States, it is actually profoundly pleasurable.
When reading this book, do remember that "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch". You need to actually do the exercises in the book. If you try to read it on a purely intellectual level, it will seem too detailed and repetitive. If you have even one experience with just the first part of the process, and you see the way it works, the details and real-life examples that this book provides are a gold-mine.
After my first couple uses of this process, steps six through ten seemed superfluous - the results of the first part were so dramatic, that I couldn't imagine any way to improve on it. These later steps are, however, a real added bonus in terms of long-term integration and incorporation of the change process.
I don't think I'm that unusual of a person, and I don't understand how this book can have been in print for three years, and not be more popular.
I've read dozens of self-help books, and spent hours in both individual and group therapy, but have never made as much significant progress in as short a time as I have in the first three or four times I've used the Core Transformation technique.
Some people believe that the cure for cancer has been discovered, but is being hidden, so that researchers can continue to collect billions of dollars in research funds. Could the same thing be happening among psychotherapists ? Has Andreas discovered the cure for neurosis, but it's being suppressed by the professional establishment so that they can continue to collect billions of dollars for therapy ?
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Shelly L. Fritz on November 28, 1999
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A patient of mine was reading this book and brought it in telling me that I should read it. I told him that I didn't have any problems in my life and that it would be a waste of my time. He insisted, so I bought it, read it and decided to work on my insomnia. I have instantly gone to sleep at 10:30 every night since I did the core transforation (about a month ago). Before I had to take a sleeping pill or stay awake til about 3 AM. This is the first self-help book I have read in recent memory that has reaaly made a difference in my life. I'm on-line with Amazon right now to buy 6 more books for some of my employees and friends.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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The Core Transformation Process, when used, actually does what its "supposed" to.
I used this method for about 6-8 months maybe a dozen or so times a month. The results I created for myself are something that I really don't have words to describe.
In my opinion, this works well as a thing to do by yourself. The book gives more than enough instruction and helpful hints.
I was able to create a MASSIVE shift(s) (for the better) in the quality of my experience.
Very high quality.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn VINE VOICE on October 30, 2009
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The most powerful processes in nlp include parts integration, and if you train with certain trainers you also learn Time Line Techniques, and Timeline Therapy (TM) techniques. When you learn about the hierarchy of ideas, you know that certain types of questions rewire your brain.

In parts integration, chunking up questions open up abstract or big picture thinking, and resolve inner conflict. Chunking down helps you to problem solve, and get more specific. Lateral chunking opens up choices within a category. For example, if you want to buy a luxury car, and you want to consider options other than a Merecedes, you might ask (LC)'what other types of luxury car would I buy?' If you (CU)ask yourself what will having this car get me that's more important? The answer moves you through a different level of consciousness, which if you're like me could be status, comfort, luxury, freedom, peace etc. Einstein said: 'A problem cannot be solved from the same level of consciousness in which it was created.'

So, if you take some of these techniques, combine them, add a splash of genius and intuition, as Connirae Andreas has done, you have an extremely powerful and effective tool of transformation, and it's also easy to use. It's more than Timeline techniques, it's more than parts integration as you may know it. It's parts integration on steroids.

Values are what's important to you.

CT moves an undesired behavior, limitation or internal conflict up through your values hierarchy, and enables you to access more abstract levels of consciousness, until you access your 'core' value. When you reach the core value, you may have some interesting and trance forming experiences.

As the author advises, I used this on a minor behavior first...
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