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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845902866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845902865
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Come along on a wonderful journey with these two master teachers and playfully deep thinkers. Gilligan and Dilts will challenge you, delight you and move you. With poetry, humor, exercises, and some amazing language, you will feel like you are in the room with them as they invite you to journey far and return to yourself again in a new way. Heed their call; read this book. --Bill O Hanlon, author of Change 101, A Guide to Trance Land and Do One Thing Different

This is an absolutely outstanding collaboration between two of the world s foremost transformational pioneers and a breakthrough contribution in the field of personal development. Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilligan have produced a superb account of a magical four day seminar so vivid and dynamic, you feel you are part of it as you read. They ve developed a truly profound, integrated and evolutionary model from leading-edge approaches in NLP, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Aikido, Meditation, Five Rhythms and much more, and co-train it live with tremendous humour, compassion and wisdom. If you want to come more alive, be more present, bring more of yourself to the party with all its joys and difficulties then I wholeheartedly recommend The Hero s Journey as your guide. --Judith Lowe, PPD Learning Ltd, NLP Training, London

This book provides an ideal format for groups who want to explore new dimensions of personhood. For me, it crystallized concepts that I had wondered about, yet had never known how to discuss. Gilligan and Dilts establish a vocabulary for spirituality that for goes beyond the philosophical, into the experiential. They are teaching what mystics have always known and done. --Judith E. Pearson, PhD, NLP Trainer and Licensed Counselor

About the Author

Stephen Gilligan, PhD, is a licensed Psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. Stephen was among the group of students that gathered around the founders of NLP during its formation at U.C. Santa Cruz from 1974-1977. Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson became his teachers and mentors. Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming a model of human behavior, learning and communication since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read many NLP books, and have become tired of the sameness of many of them - the same NLP stories, the same exhortations to brighten those sub-modalities or collapse those anchors !. Consequently I was very excited to discover this new angle on self-development through NLP. "The Hero's Journey" provides a pathway to help identify your inner calling and deal with the negative energies holding you back. It's a refreshing approach, seamlessly building in many NLP and hypnosis tools including timeline, parts integration, and perceptual positions.

I hope this book stimulates a new NLP literature to replace the stagnation of many current NLP works.

This is not to say that this book is the whole answer. I have a number of reservations about it - I find the self-congratulatory style of the presenters irritating and the use of pseudo-intellectual language offputting ("the following exercise applies the systemic NLP processes of spatial sorting, somatic syntax and the concept of characterological adjectives ..."). Why can't the book be accessible to everyone ?

But put aside the "new age" gloop (or as the authors have it - "extend into a field of fields, where there is an intelligence ... a mind beyond mind") and you'll find a very interesting and useful resource for advanced NLPers seeking to help themselves and others along the path to self-fulfillment. If NLP is a major part of your self development, then this book is well worth reading. It helped me clarify my goals and issues. I hope other authors will develop the route further.
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I have trained with both authors and have a high regard for them. This book is essentailly a transcript of a joint seminar they delivered. For me the journey metaphor works and is a great frame to explore the material they offer for personal change work. If you are interested in their work, particularly if you are looking for a brief introduction to Stephen Gilligan's self relations approach, this book has a lot to commend it. However, it is edited from a seminar transcript and while this gives a little sense of what is like to work with them, it also means the text reflects the context it was originally created for - group work - and this means that the book is not as tightly organised as it would be if it had been written from scratch. Some reviewers comment on "new age" comments. Both authors are serious practitioners and well qualified professionals. They also challenge convential wisdom, Stephen in particular will joke about his Californian/Irish sense of humour - do not mistake wit for shallowness - the material they present is powerful and they are skilled at working with people at a deep level. This is not formulaic nlp it is much more interesting than that. If you have worked with the authors or would like to you will probably enjoy the book and want more. If you are looking for something that takes you beyond the normal frame of NLP you will probably like it, if you are new to this type of personal work you may struggle to connect to the work by just reading the transcript in isolation. It is very difficult to convey what actually working with the authors is like experientially, the only way is to actually go along and work with them. I hope some people who read the book do use it as a spring board to do just that.
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`Train yourself to feel excited when you're really stuck' says Steve Gilligan in this intriguing take on the classic Hero's Journey work of Joseph Campbell. Conflict is the energy that shifts us out of our comfort zone over the threshold as we hear our calling into a new world of adventure.

What a great reminder for us coaches that it's good not to have the answers for the client and to go with the discomfort of the `stuckness.' It's OK for us to be out of our depth and metaphorically to capsize the boat unintentionally. And for those of us looking for new and creative solutions, different ways of thinking, this book offers insights and inspiration.

With Gilligan and Dilts, we witness two great personal development masters, giving us a privileged insight into their work as trainers and healers. They encourage curiosity and listening at a deeper, broader level with an elegance that belies the sophistication of their approach. Above all the generosity of spirit of both guys shines through as they dance, play, tell stories and entertain the audience. Nowhere do you get the sense that they want to be celebrities on the centre of the stage. It's the work and the clients who matter most as the true heroes.

The book is derived from transcripts of a four day workshop and through careful editing, enables the reader to feel engaged in the experience. Wisdom, healing, laughter and energy exude from the page. The pair weave intellectual concepts from NLP, Hypnosis, Aikido, Buddhism, the Five Rhythms and more into the structure of the Hero's Journey as well as Gilligan's own model of the Generative Self. Those who want more than theory are well served with a range of well-explained practical exercises. You can have a go at these on your own or with a coach or colleague.
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I suspect this volume contains some interesting material for NLP coaches and for anyone interested in personal development. Unfortunately - it is not a book as such, but transcriptions of an extended seminar - complete with rambling and jokes that no doubt worked at the time but - well, maybe you had to be there. Its a format that is very wearing to read; even Osho and Krishnamurti had their discourses edited and this is in desperate need of same.
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