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The Presence Process: A Healing Journey Into Present Moment Awareness (v. 1) Paperback – October 1, 2005

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"...its a thoroughly explained mega-tool to help get at and remove what's truly been blocking you." -- Stephen Summers, healer/chiropractor Austin Texas USA Stephen Summers, healer/chiropractor, Austin, Texaxs, USA

"I felt energized, quickened, activated, accelerated, and enriched way beyond what I imagined was possible just from reading a book." -- William Phillips IT Consultant Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. William Phillips IT Consultant Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. William Phillips, IT Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

$Q addresses the basics of why there is drama in our lives and the emotional body charges we carry..." -- Angela Hutchinson Spirit-Works.net Angela Hutchinson Angela Hutchinson, Angela Hutchinson Spirit-Works.net Angela Hutchinson, Spirt-Works.net, 2005

In my over 25 years of practice I have not found a guide that helped people to such an extent to face themselves and their own self-deceptions as this book.  - Dr. Paul Bahder (edited by author)

Simple, inspiring, healing, and transcending. - Dr. Parmjit Singh PhD (added by author)

The Presence Process is a real gift to the world of medicine, healing, and spiritual development. - Dr. M. Atkinson (added by author)

The Presence Process is a simple, direct, how-to manual to integrate your emotional past so that you can stop reacting to it, live in this glorious present moment, and respond to life! This is freedom. This is liberation. - Dr. Frank Murphy (added by author)

He has captured the essence of in-depth psychological work in the service of spiritual growth. - Susan Simpson, Ph.D., Psychologist, Parksville, BC, Canada (added by author)

The Presence Process goes right on the shelf with the best of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Eckhart Tolle, and Ram Dass. - Cheryl Shainmark, Merlian News, 2005 (added by author)

There is great benefit for all who are willing to become self-facilitators fully responsible for their Life experience. -- Diana Carrero, Allendale, NJ

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We no longer need to feel that the path tread by most of humanity is one of quiet desperation. In The Presence Process, we now have a sensible step-by-step procedure that empowers us to heal the ghosts from our past so we can live liberated lives - Now.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; First Printing edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825305373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825305375
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Frank Murphy on April 4, 2007
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Similar to Dr. Bahder, I am both a physician and a spiritual practitioner. As a physician I specialize in integral psychiatry and work with people in a holistic fashion (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) to get to true cause in the matter of their suffering. In over 15 years of practice I have not found a guide that helped myself or my patients to such an extent... to face themselves and their own undigested emotional experiences from the past.

In contrast, I have read many of Eckhart Tolle's books; but like Krishnamurti, Tolle's work is more a description of a level of consciousness and less a set of specific and ongoing instructions that lead you there in a relatively ego-proof manner. (The instructions "Listen to silence. Observe your thoughts. Be in nature. Be aware of your breath as often as you are able" are insufficient in the face of our unconscious emotional discomfort and the ego's desire to avoid real change.)

The Presence Process is a simple, direct, how-to manual to finish your emotional past so that you can stop reacting to it; stay in this glorious and eternal present moment; and respond to life. It is a very powerful tool and the most rapid and effective tool I have found to empower you to heal your inner emotional discomfort. It is that inner emotional discomfort that drives addictions and illnesses (physical, mental, and emotional) AND that keeps us from being here now for any significant length of time. You can acknowledge the power of now and say "yes to what is; however, the unconscious pain of the past keeps drawing us away from the present moment through constantly asking, "What happened?" because it was so painful and, "How do I keep it from happening again?" This drives our unconscious needs and wants which ever drive us from this moment.
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Years ago, I read Eckart Tolle's "The Power of Now". It's a fantastic book but I found it difficult to achieve the state of present moment awareness it describes. "The Presence Process" is the "how to" manual to achieve this priceless state. Michael Brown's brilliant book has substantially deepened my understanding of this subject. It's a catharsis to know for example, that the pursuit of happines is basically our effort to "fix" our adult life but not realizing that the cause of what's wrong with our life has its origin in our childhood. Therefore, getting that new car, more money, a beautiful spouse, etc., won't make us happy. There's alway an empty feeling. Fix the cause and one can start experiencing true happiness. This book tells you in a very precise manner how to do that. Outstanding!
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I am both a medical doctor who works with people in a holistic fashion to get to the root cause of their problems and a spiritual practitioner myself moving along the path. In my over 25 years of practice I have not found a guide that helped people to such an extent to face themselves and their own self-deceptions as this book. This book is really an invitation to experience your authentic self. If you have been stuck or feel that something is still lacking in your life, this book is certain to become your best friend.
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Have you spent a great deal of time and money trying to learn how to live in the present moment? I sure did. Just as I was about to give up, just as I was screaming, "No more!" the "Presence Process" entered my life experience.

I'm only on the third session and I feel different already. I'm learning how to feel EVERYTHING.

The book repeatedly and strongly recommends we 1)trust The Process 2)complete The Process no matter what happens and 3)apply ourselves sincerely to what is asked of us each week.

It discourages us from making any major life decisions or starting a new project (ie. a diet or exercise program) during the 2 1/2 months it takes to complete The Process.

Many spiritual teachers tell us it's urgent that more people wake up if human beings are to survive. "The Present Process" is not easy but it is the fastest and gentlest way I have ever encountered. The book guarantees that we will "evolve from reactive to responsive beings" and actually start "to live life instead of thinking about life".

Not everyone will respond favorably to The Process. As Michael points out, "Some people still need their sleep".

I DO appreciate all the teachers, books and approaches I've encountered along the path.

I DO feel relief and immense gratitude though for the Divine nudge that encouraged me to try one last book.

Thank you Michael. You are a true trailblazer and "The Presence Process" is a great gift to anyone who is ready for this journey.
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This is a fantastic guide to what I would call Intentional Living - being in the moment, being aware of what the author calls your Inner Presence - the little piece of God within each of us. Solid and deep information leads to practical "hands on" sessions including breathing exercises. This is a book that is an excellent companion to Eckhart Toll's Power of Now. I'm going to call it the "Power of How"!
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Probably the most useful book I've encountered in enabling greater ability to "be present" vs. "be in your mind/focused on yourself." Has created significant benefit for me in many areas of life, from business to friends to family of origin to current family (children, spouse). Concept--working backwards through thinking, physical, and feeling planes of experience--seems to work very well. The book structure--written in a way that it engages you beyond your mind, and with exercises that enable deeper engagement--is truly unique. At first reading, I found the language and ideas a little intimidating...not that it's at all difficult, but that it's not at all the typical business read. But it makes more and more sense on each reading, and well worth reviewing/working more than once.

Note: this is NOT a book on technique. You're not going to learn tricks to put emotional charge "aside." This is really about being more alert to charge when it surfaces, and being able to discharge such distractions completely so the energy doesn't have to be contained. And you get to feel truly connected to more people, and yourself, and even experience "unconditional love."

For something more technique-oriented, and less deep, try David Rock's "Quiet Leadership"
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