Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/6/1
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Imagine your limitations becoming a doorway to states often called "Inner Peace," "Joy," "Love," or "Oneness." Core Transformation meets the deepest strivings of our times: to heal our problems and develop spiritually. "Oneness and Being," the goal of most psycho-spiritual approaches, is no longer a mysterious ideal. Core Transformation makes it tangible, even inevitable. The simple ten-step process in this book offers a gentle, compassionate way to melt limitations rather than fight them. People have used CT to heal relationships, "problem" emotions such as anger or jealousy, overcome anxiety or depression, stop smoking, improve health, and more. Whatever your life issues are, discover how they can actually become the source of an inner gift. Reviews for Core Transformation: "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
Connirae Andreas, PhD, is an internationally known trainer and developer of NLP whose work has helped define and broaden the field. Dr. Andreas is best known for her development of the groundbreaking Core Transformation process, a method of gentle and profound transformation through accessing states of Peace, Oneness, and Presence. She is co-author of many books and training manuals, including Heart of the Mind, an engaging introduction and "handbook" of key NLP methods. She and husband, Steve Andreas, were the first to create systematic and precise training manuals for NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings, setting the standard for quality and used by trainers worldwide. Their work has been translated into over 15 languages. Connirae's developments also include the NLP grief process, timeline change work, advanced language patterns, and parenting methods. With her most recent work, the Wholeness Process, Connirae once again has created a simple and precise method for experiencing what spiritual teachings talk about, in such a way that it transforms and heals our life "suffering."
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.
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...eating when I'm not hungry, and applied the state changing question, I went through a few layers such as feeling satisfied, and 'already feeling satisfied, what would that enable you to get that's even more important,... eventually I arrived at inner peace, and my core value of 'Oneness or Unity.' When I reached the core state I intuitively asked what would transform that even more, the answer for me was 'divine light.' Since then I have been able to ..catch myself in the act, and not eat when i am not hungry.
Having read as little as 50 pages you can run a five step version of CT, without the Timeline technique. What enhances this more is using the core value to further transform the limitations, which makes the results even more spectacular. As you get further into the book you can add on more sophisticated techniques such as Parental Timeline reimprinting, dealing with conflicts between parts, growing up a part, and so on, which make for some intriguing and exciting experiences.
If you're not familiar with nlp, this book is written for everybody, and is totally jargon free. My recommendation if you don't get an answer to your question, keep asking, it's like a hammer and chisel, sometimes it takes several hits to make a breakthrough.
It's easy to imagine its huge potential for psychologists, nlp trainers, life coaches, gurus, and anyone who wants to make a change, and I plan on using it extensively from now on. I note that there are Core Transformation coaches all over the world, and it's a mystery that it's not more popular given how powerful this technique really is. This would most definitely be my desert island read. Hope this was helpful.
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!!