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THE

PRESENCEPROCESS"A healing journey into esse

Present Moment Awareness

MICHAEL BROWN

a m a s t e Publishing Vancouver, Canada

Beaufort Books New York, NY

Copyright 2005 by Michael Brown

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or rransmitted in any form or by any means without the wrirten permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations used in book reviews and critical articles.

LIBRARY O F C O N G R E S S C A T A L O G I N G - I N - P U B L I C A T I O N DATA

Brown, Michael, 1962 The presence process: a healing journey inro present moment awareness / Michael Brown.ISBN-13: 9 7 8 - 0 - 8 2 5 3 - 0 5 3 7 - 5 I S B N - I O : 0-8253-0537-3

2. Spiritual life. 3. Alternative medicine. . Brown, Michael, 1962 Health. I. Title.B F 3 1 1 . B 7 5 5 2005 204'.4DC22 2005019805

Co-published by NAMASTE PUBLISHINGP.O. Box 6 2 0 8 4

Vancouver, BC, Canada v 6 j 4A3 www.namastepublishing.com namaste@telus.net

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Distributed in North America by MIDPOINT TRADE Designed by Val Speidel Front cover photograph by Scott Morgan

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Disclaimer Neither author Michael Brown nor the publisher assume responsibility or liability arising from the use of any information in this book. In no event or circumstance shall Michael Brown, Beaufort Books, or Namaste Publishing be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of The Presence Process. The Presence Process is not intended to cure or heal illnesses, whether physical or emotional, only to facilitate individuals in entering into a state of presence, and the Process should not be taken to be a

TO MY FAMILY

Joan Tinker Anthony Brown Fiona Austin Amanda Tinker Sharon Pellegrini Alan Austin Franco Pellegrini Mathilda Engelbrecht Derek Brown & Jessica AustinThank you for your unconditional love and support.

TO EVERYONE W H O READS THIS BOOK Thank you for entering our flourishing garden of present moment awareness.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements / xxiINTRODUCTION / i

Rediscovering Present Moment Awareness / i What Is Present Moment Awareness? / 10PARTI A T T U N I N G T O T H E P R O C E S S / 15

The Heartbeat of Reinforcement / 19 Aligning Our Intention / 22 The Mechanics of the Process / 27 The Consciousness of Questions / 33 The Pathway of Awareness and the Seven-Year Cycle / 40 Movement Beyond Motion / 50 Beyond Addiction and Affliction / 55 Trading in Results for Consequences / 62P A R T 11 P R E P A R I N G F O R T H E J O U R N E Y / 75

The Process Trinity / 77 General Guidance for a Gentle Process / 84 The Integrative Approach / 91 Our Level of Entry / 101 Confirmation / 106

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P A R T 111

T H E P R E S E N C E P R O C E S S / 115

Intending to Listen / 118 A Personal Note / 119 Activating Our Process / 121 Maintaining Our Momentum / 121S E S S I O N O N E / 124

Our Inner Presence / 124 The W i l l to Breathe / 127 Consciously Connected Breathing / 133 Our Consciously Connected Breathing Exercise / 134 Experiencing Inner Presence / 137S E S S I O N T W O / 142

Identifying the Messenger / 142SESSION THREE / 155

Getting the Message / 155SESSION FOUR / 164

Feel It to Heal It / 164 Restoring Balance to the Quality of our Life Experience / 169S E S S I O N F I V E / 174

Activating Inner Compassion / 174 Rescuing Our Child Self / 180S E S S I O N S I X / 184

Decreasing Our Negative Emotional Charge / 184 The Emotional Cleansing Process / 195 Into the Water / 203

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SESSION SEVEN

/ 206

Feeling Our Way Through / 206 Cooling Off the Ego / 213 Taking Charge of the Negative / 221 Embracing Physical Presence / 223SESSION EIGHT / 229

Activating Peace of Mind Through Forgiveness / 229SESSION NINE / 239

Restoring Emotional Balance / 239SESSION TEN / 252

Living on Purpose / 253 Gratitude / 267PART IV C O N S E Q U E N C E S / 269

Fruits and Flowers / 272 Radiating Present Moment Awareness Responsibly / 299PARTv C O M P L E T I O N / 313

Freedom Is Our Responsibility / 316 Roses Have Thorns / 319 The Power of Our Presence / 321 About the Author / 325

A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S

CHRIS CHAPMANfor

teaching me how to use my head to write what I

feel in my heart. The late Dr. Robert Prallfor assisting me to make the initial leap. Sarah Darden Prallfor taking my hand and gently leading me into all of this. W i l l i a m Reboldfor being such a humble example of how to be an effective teacher. Indio Maldonadofor providing the opportunity for me to awaken naturally to present moment awareness. Jo Dunningfor introducing me to the power and possibilities of emotional cleansing and the fun of the phonetic language. Eliav Medinafor staying w i t h me through the storm. Leonardo Mercardofor "the medicine", the drum, the circle, and the songs. Raven Mercadofor the friendship and for "the Raven food". Moses Mercadofor reminding me how to play. The late Nelson Fernandezfor alerting me to the necessity of discipline. K e v i n Costellofor the laughter and for reminding me how to breathe. The late Jonathon Baileyfor always being 100% present w i t h me. Pete Pietriefor holding the picture that a book such as this was possible and for walking w i t h me all the way to this moment. The late C o l i n Kingfisherfor teaching me how to pay attention. David and Chen Eagleheartfor allowing me to take care of the fire. Graywolf and Devakifor giving me a place to be when I didn't know what to do. Charles Ganzonfor saving my life and for showing me what the word "unconditional" really means. Marybeth Jamesfor watching over me while I was healing. Erika Cardenas Arroyofor showing me the way home and for preparing me to make the journey. D o t Johnsonfor sup-

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

porting this vision w i t h your body, m i n d , and heart. Connie K e l l o u g h for your unshakable faith, your impeccable guidance, your "gentle" and wise contributions, and for saturating each word on these pages w i t h the Presence of your loving attention. To all who have'come to me for personal facilitation through The Presence Processthank you for leading by example. Si@

T H A N K YOU, O N E AND ALL.

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INTRODUCTION

REDISCOVERING PRESENT M O M E N T AWARENESS

IT GIVES ME GREAT JOY and satisfaction to know that The Presence Process is now available to you. This experience has been designed to accommodate anyone who has realized the importance of choosing to reconnect w i t h the power of his or her Inner Presence. The Presence Process is a guided journey that contains all the practical techniques, perceptual tools, and knowledge required to consciously extract our attention from the i l l u sions and trappings of time in order that we may reenter the present moment of life. It is a safe and gentle experience that is simple to follow. The benefits are real and therefore lasting. The Presence Process is the outcome of a quest that consciously began in the Arizona desert in 1996. It was there that I had my first three real experiences of what I now call present moment awareness. Before these encounters, I had for almost 10 years been preoccupied w i t h the task of attempting to cope w i t h and heal myself from an acutely painful condition called Horton's Syndrome. This condition began in 1987 and manifested as daily bouts of indescribable agony. I do not wish to go into any detail about the symptomatic nature of this condition other than to say that I was told by one of South Africa's top neurosurgeons that my a i l ment had no known cause or cure. He also warned me that, because of the intensity of my condition, I was a potential candidate for heroin or morphine addiction and for suicide.

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THE P R E S E N C E P R O C E S S

In an attempt to find relief, I literally tried everything from visiting a South African Xhosa Sangoma and having cortisone injected into my face, to having my wisdom teeth removed and a variety of spiritual healers lay their hands and crystals upon me. I followed every recommended allopathic course of prescription medication, and in pure desperation, I also tried every suggested alternative w h i m . N o t h i n g brought relief or release. In 1994, about one year after moving from South Africa to San Francisco, I came to terms w i t h the realization that nothing and nobody "out there" could assist me, so I embarked on a quest to heal myself. I began by studying Swedish massage and then qualified as a R e i k i Master. As a consequence of experimenting on myself w i t h different physical, mental, and emotional procedures, I discovered that if I maintained what I then called "a high personal energy frequency", I could substantially lessen the levels and occurrences of the pain that I was experiencing. This discovery was the first whispering of what I now know to be my level of present moment awareness. My first real introduction to a powerful experience of present moment awareness was initiated in 1996 in a Native American Sweat Lodge in Tucson, Arizona, through the guidance of a Yaqui Indian Medicine M a n . It is unlikely that I w i l l ever forget the resonance of those first few moments when I stepped out of the sweat lodge after my first two-hour journey through heat, steam, d r u m m i n g , singing, and praying. For the first time in my life, I truly felt as if every aspect of my being was vibrating w i t h life. I felt as if I had been re