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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060522518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060522513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“...a magnificent spiritual guide. I love this book and am delighted to endorse a most enlightening text.” (-Caroline Myss, bestselling author of Sacred Contracts, Why People Don't Heal and How They Can, and Anatomy of the Spirit)

“A truly remarkable book written with heart, clarity, simplicity, with an amazing depth....” (--Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD)

“...a beautiful integration of the world’s most effective meditation techniques, in a unique format we can all readily master.” (--John Gray PhD, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus)

About the Author

Psychologist John Selby has spent over thirty years practicing and teaching meditation and its benefits and has studied meditative techniques and traditions all over the world. The author of seven meditation and self-help books, Selby has sold more than half-a-million copies of his books worldwide. His books have been translated into eight languages.


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My current work teaching Silicon Valley folk new methods for using their minds more creatively seems a fanciful leap from my country origins. I was born into the fourth generation of cattle ranchers in California and Arizona, so I guess that makes me one of the few remaining Americans who actually did the work of a cowboy while growing up - it was not so glamorous actually. I was eager to head back east to Princeton - and from then on it was non-stop change ... government-funded EEG mind/psychedelic research in the late sixties ... meditation and mind-brain exploration and research plus working as a therapist in the seventies ... several year-long journeys south into Indian realms where I felt most at home.

In the eighties, I moved my base of operations to Europe, working as a therapist and educator and writer - and found people seriously eager to plunge into the deeper mind-management methods I'd been developing. Also - after a number of fulfilling and enlightening but not-quite-right relationships, I finally found the love of my life in Switzerland ... and then off we went to Hawaii to start a family (most fulfilling of all) and go deeper into mind-brain explorations, culminating in the late '80s with the creation of the BrightMind Network and the very beginnings of what is now called The WizeWell Process.

Our boys grew up and went to college in California, and after almost 20 years in paradise, Birgitta and I moved 2 years ago to Santa Cruz and are now working over the hill in Silicon Valley - where finally the times are right for my 'cognitive shifting' and innovation-activation training to be well received. During the last decade I've been finalizing my life work developing short-form awareness-expansion techniques and Focus Phrase methods for quickly quieting the mind and shifting into present-moment engagement and enjoyment.

Quite a number of related books have emerged along the way - and now Birgitta and I are fully engrossed in launching a new mind-tech company called WizeWell. Most of the 2 dozen John Selby books you'll find on sale at Amazon have led up to these new cognitive tools -

Feel free to learn more at http://www.wizewell.com


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Easy, clear explanations and meditations.
J. Wilson
He is a truly a pioneer at bringing the benefits of the esoteric practices of Eastern meditation to the Western world with his practical and spiritual approach.
Roger Peter Marec
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in enhancing the spiritual aspect of their lives.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hackett on June 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Selby has brought together the worlds great wisdom traditions and methods in a very accessible, enjoyable book. His style of writing makes you feel as though you are learning from a friend, which indeed, you are. His insight and caring shine through on every page. The online support that he offers to help you with your meditation practice is a wonderful bonus gift. If you've never been very successful at meditating, had trouble silencing the "monkeys" or just want to be able to deepen your meditation experience and bring it into your everyday, working life, then treat yourself to this book. Many blessings to you on your path.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read several other books by this wonderful, soulful author, and always with very satisfied results. John Selby doesn't just "talk about" meditation here, this book is extremely pragmatic, and a pleasure. Even by the end of the Introduction you already know how to do the first step in his meditation. This is for me the complete meditation program I've been looking for. Selby has brought together the basic psychological process of all the world's great meditation traditions, into a format that fits into my life. There are even 4-minute meditations here, for when you're right in the middle of the day and need to cool - this is just great! And the online audio support ... - a godsend. Thanks to John for finally making meditation a deep part of my life! Sandra
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Oli on January 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have seen on meditation from a comparative religious perspective. John Selby presents a system of meditation by way of the lives and teachings of seven great spiritual figures.

For the first five teachers, he focuses on the open acceptance of reality as it is. He considers the unconditional surrender to the Ultimate to be the main aim of spiritual life, viewed from both the Eastern perspective of absorption into a nameless reality and from the Western perspective of loving oneness with God.

In discussing the last two teachers (who are less well known), he focuses on self-awareness. This balances the previous emphasis on surrendering the mind and will with practices designed to make self-knowledge blossom.

Overall, this book is excellent and is a worthy guide on the spiritual path.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris Geissler on June 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
John has collected the most powerful meditation methods of 7 of the most influencial and spiritual humans to ever walk the earth plane. My hat is off to him. His wisdom and insight is astounding and it is criticle that we use the methods he provide to assist us in finding inner peace in a world so dark and negative. I ordered his meditation CD's from his website and wish the post office would hurry up, I can hardly wait. God bless you John! And thank you a hundred times a hundred times.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on June 1, 2003
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This was one of those books that just clicked with me on every chapter. I have read many books on meditation and they all eventually say the same thing and this book put it into such a format that it made an impact on me almost immediately.
What I am most impressed with is the follow up care that you can receive on the internet. The web site provides you with audio teaching to back up what you read in the book and I have mever seen this done before.
I highly reccomend this book to beginners and advanced students as well...if you do not get anything by reading it then your mind needs to be more open.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Peter Marec on June 13, 2006
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There is nothing not to like about John Selby. He is a truly a pioneer at bringing the benefits of the esoteric practices of Eastern meditation to the Western world with his practical and spiritual approach. He has developed programs for tapping into our 'higher source' for children, executives and anyone who doesn't feel connected with their heart or higher source of wisdom. I read this book several years ago and now it has a special place on my many bookshelves. I felt compelled to write this review after hearing John a few days ago on New Dimensions radio in an interview with Michael Toms (newdimensions.org). His formula for arriving at 'present time' and consciously reconnecting is one of the most effective and simple techniques that I have ever tried. He has authored over 40 books and has many online audio/video/text courses at johnselby.com with many of them being free, and others being low cost. He has a new exciting book out with Paul Hannam called Take Charge of Your Mind, Core Skills to Enhance Your Performance, Well-Being, and Integrity at Work. John Selby has also worked extensively with John Gray(Men Are From Mars..) to compile some guided audio CDs. These techniques can be used in as little as a couple minutes - for instance when your work is at high-tide, or for an hour or more. They can be learned in less than two weeks. Of all of John's works, I have enjoyed this one the best and find it the most fundamental of them all. To what ends are these techniques employed? Why achieve these states? John says it simply. "I am here to serve, to prosper and to enjoy myslef." You can too!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor V. Popov VINE VOICE on September 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book and I liked it very much. The one thing thatI didn't get is he has 7 seperate spects of the meditation, each with a tiny mantra, such as "I accept the word as it is:. One is told to think this thought at the beginning of the next phase of meditation, but my understandning is that the entire point of meditation is to remain in thoughtless awareness. I thought this kind of goes against the point. 2ndly, in the book it says that one can get the guided meditations online, which one can, but I though that the guided meditations were unnecessarily priced. I know he has to pay money to run the site but I think that if he didn't charge what he does he might get more ppl to sign up. I dont think downloading a guided meditation should cost 8 bux a pop. But the book was very good and gives you a breif overview of the 7 masters 4 stars.
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