- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Real People Press; 1st 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: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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There seem to be some parallels between the end result of this process (unexplainable sensations/experiences of "beingness") and more mystical spiritual traditions like Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism (Dzogchen).
I Love NLP. Love love love. Genuinely understanding how our brains work and can be re-programmed for the better. The subconscious is amazing and tapping into that can be a serious endeavor. NLP takes hundreds of years of mystical teachings that can take a lifetime for an ordinary person to master (if they're lucky) and gives you an incredible shortcut. No need to master meditation or esoteric philosophy on the "absolute nature" of things, etc...
With the many books on Tibetan Mysticism and Philosophy that I've come across, I've just felt at a loss to really absorb any of it. I knew the whole point was to find that amazingness within, to shift from that victimhood mode to a more abundant mode. But sometimes traditions that have taken hundreds of years to develop can become overcomplicated with time. I couldn't stay patient with how short our time is in this society. NLP gives you a ticket directly to the finish line. I've always been frustrated at the use of words like "enlightenment" and "being", which mean absolutely nothing to me. But through the Core Transformation process I better understand from a psycho-scientific perspective what it all means. You don't go through life happy even when bad things happen - but you keep your strength, focus, repose, from a deep core within - a "wellspring" within - so you can handle things with confidence when you otherwise would fall apart, freak out, or otherwise act irrationally. I really appreciate the plain English. I've been so incredibly sick of meaningless translations of words and prose from hundreds if not thousands of years ago from around the world. It's been otherwise like trying to understand Shakespeare, which I don't have the patience to bother with.
I would say for the most effectiveness, one should lead a life of service to bring happiness and well-being to others. Be community and relationship oriented. Then this shortcut to "enlightenment" will make more sense. It's not something that can or should be achieved in a solitary life. There are many books that take the Boddhisattva (spiritual warrior) path of Mahayana Buddhism (including Tibetan and Zen) and discuss the importance of compassion, giving, generosity, abundance, gratitude, mindfulness, etc. All of this helps the "Core Transformation"....
But I am nothing short of flabbergasted at how simple and elegant the Core Transformation process is. I've always felt it's unfair for "enlightenment" to be limited to only the most dedicated practitioners who often already live a comfortable life and with minimal stress/pressure. Everybody deserves to go through life with strength and clarity and feeling empowered instead of weak, even if life gets challenging. This cuts to the chase.
I will warn that as much as our negative/destructive behaviors are often working against us, sometimes there are legitimate reasons for us to be angry, fearful, etc. Sometimes we need to attend to our life's challenges (securing income, shelter, food, leisure time, etc) and so we have to strive for a better/simpler life as well. Sometimes life is a mess (after losing a job, for example) and so mileage may vary - sometimes the stress is practical. But hopefully you'll be able to get through it with a bit more strength and confidence than before.
I'm relieved that I can have my "own" way to become a more centered person without feeling like I have to jump on the eastern spiritual bandwagon. At times I feel so jealous/envious, but I feel at such a loss because it takes years of focus which I don't have (as a single parent) to even seem legitimate and not some 'faker' looking for approval. I've felt a certain resentment/bitterness towards people who act enlightened, full of nothing but gratitude and love and bliss.... when I have struggled in my life. My life has been a struggle and it bothers me that others can act so happy. It's insulting and totally unrelatable to most of the people who go through life scraping on by. In that sense I've felt like I don't want to be like them at all. At one point I had a direct interest in eastern spiritual paths but was looked down upon in somewhat of a condescending way as a "faker" looking for approval. Ever since then I've felt bitter about it all and have stayed far away. But now I feel like I have a means to be at their level on my own terms without active naively "happy".
Now I can feel like I can be around "enlightened" peers and behave more confidently and not feel so insecure/inferior. I'm keeping this wonderful secret (and anything NLP) to myself.
When I met one of the authors I asked them if they could sign my book for me. They were so incredibly gracious. I have even bought copies of this book and given it away to people. Great book, I can't recommend it enough!!
Not anymore! And I have only read half of the book!!
On a negative note, I don't think this book is for everybody because I don't think a lot of people can administer the steps to themselves alone. Because of my experience of doing CBT writings, it wasn't that difficult for me to do the steps. I have to say that it was different at first but I finally got the hang of it.
It's too bad there isn't that many certified therapist using Core Transformation. Like some other reviewer have said, maybe it is because the therapist would not get repeat customers doing this kind of therapy. With my professional CBT Dr., I was seeing her every other week for a year. I felt like a broken record talking to her about my same issues that was gripping me.
I really can't say enough on how this book has helped me. Even with the issues I had it really helped me to keep my reactions in check!!
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