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AVOID AT ALL COSTS
on 5 May 2015
This has been the worst experience of my life (that is saying a lot) and I have spent two years in recovery to date. I don't recommend this experience to anyone as it will destroy your life and result in some very disturbing experiences you really want to avoid. It seems good at first, even for the first 2-3 times through and the original TPP is certainly better and less extreme than the revised version. But if you think of continuing then it only gets worse and you reach a point where it results in a lot of pain and confusion, work complications, health problems, possible mental illness. I did it 4 times in all but didn't even finish it the fourth time. It really is no laughing matter and I can't possibly explain the how awful it has actually been. I feel I should apologise to family and friends who have been affected by my experiences with this dreadful book.
If you are considering doing the TPP then please don't. What you are looking for is tried and tested Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practices for example. Those practices are ancient and therapeutic, whereas this is new and experimental. It's really not suitable for anyone IMO. This is a toxic practice and you should really stay away from it if you have any history or depression, anxiety, paranoia or any past problems with any similar practices such as Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, (which I also found very problematic). In fact the only thing which has hastened my recovery process has been traditional meditation practice. If you are searching for anything like this then your mind is probably coloured by spiritual ambition and possibilities of alternate states which is the wrong way entirely.
So what makes it this terrible? First is the breathing technique which encourages fairly rapid "continuously concentrated breathing". This is designed to enable integration of unconscious emotional states which lie beneath the ego and conscious awareness. I found that although this appears to work in some way, the breathing method results in a constant breathing habit. So you're just breathing rapidly all the time and you can't get out of the habit. It's taken me years to undo the problem of over-breathing (basically hyperventilation). This is really bad if you have asthma. Since terminating the TPP I've found that the cause of asthma is over-breathing by doing a thing called Buteyko (a tried a tested scientific Asthma treatment) I've been able to reduce my breathing back down and correct most of the health problems it was causing. I was getting terrible problems with very strange sensations that I suppose are related to hyperventilation.
The other issue is the "mirror effect" which the TPP causes. This causes completely terrifying experiences of serendipity that cause you to feel really paranoid and scared. The process became intertwined with work and other interests and created problems everywhere. So please take this as a very strong warning: There is nothing here and this practice will probably cause more problems than it solves. I wouldn't usually write such an emotional review but this is important and I really want everyone to avoid entering this particular rabbit hole.