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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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  This is a must reading for all those who are serious in making change in their life. I, for one, am definitely going to incorporate these principles in my own life and my professional work.  - Rev. Harpreet Sandhu
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  Project Sanctuary is a real tool, for real work, for real movement and change.  - Barbara Powell RNC, CHT, RM
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  I have changed in ways I would never had thought possible in such a short period of time.  - Helena, Sweden
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  It feels like I’m finally getting back in touch with my child self and the magic she believed in.  - Laura, 52, USA
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  Project Sanctuary is simply incredible and a joy to use  - Trev Holloway ww w.holistic-wellbeing.c om
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  The details of how others have used their sanctuaries, very inspiring. Thank you so much for a brilliant and inspiring 'experience' that is more than just a book! 
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  Although I had some experience with fantasy/visualization and exposure to Grovian metaphor work, I had no idea how to really put it all together or how to have fun with it!  - Lisa age 49, USA
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  How have I used the Project Sanctuary approaches so far? With enjoyment, wonder and gratitude that I have my magic back.  - Veronica, 52, USA
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  An eye opener! I had never even considered the fact that I can stay in my safe place for as long as I liked, use it to heal, and change the fabric of my mental reality!  - Alex age 33 USA
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  Thank you so much for a brilliant book, just this one experience has made it more than worth buying it...  - Cheryl
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  Project Sanctuary is was one of the most freeing, validating things I have ever read. THANKS.  - Valerie Collins
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  I ADORE Project Sanctuary!!!  - J
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  Silvia Hartmann has written a veritable cornucopia of ideas about how to begin to explore the powerful domains of our own minds and the minds of our clients.  - Stephanie Rothman-Stickney, CHT
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  What fascinating ideas and information! I especially enjoyed reading about the experiences of the author's clients. Within the first few pages of reading I implemented some of the ideas with my own clients to good effect.  - Katherine Zimmerman, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Author , Reiki Master, EFT Trainer 910 Florin Rd., Ste 107 Sacramento, CA 95831, USA http://www.trance time.com
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  What do we do when we get stuck? When we have no answers? When there is nowhere else to turn? We do 'Project Sanctuary'. Of course. What else?  - Nicola Quinn
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  I adore PS. I'm an INFP. It is such a fabulous way to get answers, and new solutions.  - Debbie Hazelton
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  I found your book to be an excellent source of information that will help many people come to a new understanding of how things work.  - Ken Hetherington
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  I can learn and explore more of life in an afternoon in sanctuary than I can in months at university.  - Helen McMillan
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  This is not an experience I have had before with any book to this degree; I can only conclude that your use of the processes of languaging is nothing short of masterful.  - Bob Newbury, PhD
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  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
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