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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Mantra Books (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846941733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846941733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Jones; psychological adventurer, qualified psychologist, professional Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. He practices therapy in Manchester and travels far and wide to give seminars and workshops on how to Live in the Here and Now.www.liveinthehereandnow.comwww.manchesterslimminghypnotherapy.co.uk

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book saved my life , and now having completed many of a similar nature and two years down the road I am still as enthused ( of Paul Jones masterpiece ) as I was when I first read it .This book absolutely frees you from past conscious or unconscious detrimental patterns of behavior (i.e -- so many poor behavioral and habitual characteristics dropped ) It has totally changed my perspective on myself and others , giving me back the person i once was and in the process it has vastly improved the quality of my life and my families.

I got immediate relief from this book as i revisited past experiences , learned forgiveness , conquered the voices inside , found peace and for the first time in my life felt at ease with myself and all around me.The need to change others , gone , the need to be be right all the time , gone , the need to control each situation , gone , exploding into a rage at the smallest incident , gone . The list goes on and on .In its place just peace and understanding , a constant smile plastered across my heart and when situations do arise relief is close at hand.

Thank you Paul Jones
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rizo Gibonious on April 6, 2009
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Cutting a niche in the present moment awareness market must have seemed unlikely but nevertheless.... A true 'how-to' book.

Naturally an outline map of the journey traveled is needed but Jones presents one that eschews some of the more fuzzy and poetic metaphors by building a simple blueprint aided by many short quotes and numerous simple but clear diagrams. And almost uniquely in this genre outlines some exercises that have reputedly come from his career in NLP and Hypnosis, to help us to get to where we seek to be. no stone is left unturned it seems as he discusses direction of attention, values, time perception, the ego and it's overcoming and many more interconnected issues.

Some of the techniques had obvious and immediate results whereas some others (and the work as a whole) promises to tap quickly but less immediately into the pre-conscious processes that set our perceptions. I'll have to get back to you on that one, but as a whole a hugely ambitious attempt: in the opening pages the author sates his intention of not only defining enlightenment itself but also creating a road map there. In doing so he defines a particular type of enlightenment called `practical enlightenment' this largely seems to be an attempt to get around the problem of having the quest for enlightenment becoming an obstacle to enlightenment itself. It appears we are all enlightened already and we have only to clear away what obscures this realization. And one of these obscurations, we are told, is the striving for `absolute enlightenment' - of the type that leads to `extremism, dogma and the ascetic.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janie on March 15, 2010
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really enjoyed this book - it's an excellent blend of psychology and spirituality, very clearly written. It looks at what it really means to live in the present, and the factors which stop us doing so. It makes it clear that most of us spend practically our whole lives out of the present. True living only really takes place in the present, so in that sense most people spend their whole lives not living. This books aims to correct this. I recommend it for anyone who wishes to live more fully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ellen holmes on September 3, 2013
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For starters, the writing is dreadful with errors all over the place. However, that would be forgivable if there were some revelatory content, as promised. But alas, it was not to be. I admit, i got suckered in by the title, greedily expecting someone with no credentials but lots of pretensions to spoon-feed me some answers.

Right off the bat, he paraphrases (badly) two famous Zen stories which he passes off as his own creations, not even giving credit to the old masters for the originals. That was the first red flag. (After a bunch of linguistic errors and typos, that is). Just another one of the many bad writers jumping on the how-to-get-enlightened gravy train.

My suggestion: do not buy this book or any others by this author and instead read any of the excellent books by neuropsychologist Rick Hanson. Also read and/or watch youtube live talks by Alan Watts, Terence McKenna and Robert O. Wilson. Also read Aldous Huxley ("The Doors of Perception") and almost anything by Timothy Leary that has the word "brain" in the title! Adding in some writers of the female persuasion i suggest imbibing some of the deep mother love you'll find in Sally Kempton and Pema Chodron, and you'll be well on your way...
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