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Project Sanctuary Peer Review by Michael C. Pollack, Ph.D

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Michael C. Pollack, Ph.D., CCHT
San Francisco, California, USA

  Silvia has translated the presuppositions and change patterns of NLP into clear, meaningful language, primarily through her wonderful use of language and metaphors.  

Michael C. Pollack, Ph.D., CCHT San Francisco, California, USA

  I read this book while wearing two hats: that of a piritually-oriented lay person, and that of a hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner. Silvia Hartmann has done a masterful job of weaving together concepts and processes that satisfied both of these parts of me. Through the use of metaphors, parts integration, submodality shifts, and hypnotic language patterns, Dr. Hartmann has used a light-hearted approach in blending together some very important healing concepts and tools.
One commonly heard complaint about mainstream Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) texts is the often confusing and truncated language of the field. Silvia has translated the presuppositions and change patterns of NLP into clear, meaningful language, primarily through her wonderful use of language and metaphors.

Her concept of letting go of pre-conceived notions about what something might mean and to just "dive in" on a deep level in order to discover the true meaning is an approach to facilitating change that some may find very illogical. Yet, it is its illogical nature that makes it so powerful. It is something that our logical, rational mind cannot fathom, but our subconscious creative mind understands perfectly and uses to create the changes we want in our lives. After all, true lasting change occurs on the level of the subconscious, not
the conscious mind. That may well be one of the primary reasons that
conventional "talk" psycho-therapies often take so long -- talking about an issue keeps it on the cognitive, ego-mind level. It takes quite a while for that to trickle down to the subconscious, where it is really needed.

Another concept that some may find rather "radical" is the notion that the first step towards true conscious/subconscious mind communication is to accept things as they are, and to proceed mostly on feeling, trust and intuition.

I also loved how her wonderfully instructive and delightful case studies so effectively brought home her points. I don't know of any other book that so thoroughly, thoughtfully and easily presents the ways to create and use a personal sanctuary, along with such creative tools to use there. Silvia's imaginative integration of the "sanctuary" with so many of the "alternative" healing approaches popular today presents a set of skills useful to all.

I have already used her approach with some of my clients, and the outcomes have been very positive and rewarding to all of us. I strongly recommend this book as a 'must' in any professional or personal library.

Michael C. Pollack, Ph.D. 

Michael C. Pollack, Ph.D., CCHT San Francisco, California, USA

 
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