"From time immemorial," says the author, "sages from diverse cultures have passed on enduring solutions to the dilemmas of living. Yet their insights are not as known to the world as they ought to be." This deep, wise, and practical guide intends to make them more so.
It is the harvest of the popular seminars developed and led by Vic Hao Chin, former president of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines and a worldwide teacher and presenter. He gives time-proven approaches for eliminating fear, resentment, worry, depression, and the stress of daily living in order to deepen spiritual practice.
And he includes sections on overcoming negative conditioning, developing relationships, and optimizing physical health. To help readers in the process of self-actualization, he also provides helpful illustrations, case studies, and step-by-step instructions for meditation and breathing exercises.
"In a world where people are, as Hao Chin, Jr. says, 'more occupied with how to compete than how to excel', there is very little time or energy left for dissecting and reconstituting our interior lives. We are taught early on to build up defense mechanisms against emotions like fear and worry, rather than process them and learn the spiritual lessons which they contain. For two decades, Hao Chin, Jr. has been leading self-transformation seminars which teach people the skills necessary for processing inner and outer conflicts in order to reach resolution and transcendence rather than temporary victory. His methods are drawn from a broad range of wisdom traditions dating back to ancient times. Some of those traditions are extremely complex but he merges all of them with amassing clarity and ease of understanding. Let your customers know that there are very workable exercises throughout to help them put what they read into practice for a more fulfilling life.
--Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight magazine
"Practical and inspiring, Vincente Hao Chin, Jr. successfully integrates personal development with a wise understanding of the emotional and energetic blocks that can sabotage growth. Based in much experience, the book provides helpful hints and useful insights for everyone.”
--William Bloom, author, The Power of the New Spirituality
“Can we really change ourselves? Vicente Hao Chin, Jr. believes we can. Like the Buddha, we can wake up, and become who we were really meant to be. This classic work on self-transformation outlines a process through which he has led innumerable people in seminars. Now, on these pages, he can help you make yourself into a new person. That task behind you, you will be able, the author clearly hopes, to facilitate the same experience in others.”
-- Robert Ellwood, author, Finding the Quiet Mind
“This book is direct, to the point, and practical; providing specific exercises along with their rationales. I strongly recommend The Process of Self-Transformation for anyone who is serious about their spiritual development or psychological well-being.”
--Dr. Nelda Samarel, author, international lecturer and former director of the Theosophical Society in America and the Krotona School of Theosophy
The Process of Self-Transformation addresses the most urgent need in our world today, a sensible approach to a humane, balanced and creative life. Vic Hao Chin draws upon a lifetime of studies in the ageless wisdom, applied during decades of experience in diverse settings. He outlines a simple process with interactive practices adaptable for adults or youth – offering a trustworthy guide toward intelligent and courageous relationships.
--Maria Parisen, Director, Krotona School of Theosophy
"As Vicente Chin states in this useful guide 'The roots of human problems lie within the mind and personality of human beings. As long as there are internal contradictions and fragmentation within the psyche of individuals, there will be unhappiness in people as well as conflicts and discord among them.'
The interconnections between the body and the mind are complex. The activities of the mind, both negative such as fear or positive such as joy have an impact on the body. Persistant negative mind patterns such as fears, strong disappointments or anger create blocks to energy flows within the body which impact the jaw, the neck, the back, the shoulders, the legs and the sex organs. When such blocks have arisen in early childhood such as those coming from fears of parents, the current conscious mind is no longer aware of the causes of these blocks.
If a person is depressed with thoughts of despair, helplessness and failure, his body will manifest a similar depressed attitude, reduced mobility, and restricted breathing. All bodily functions will be depressed, including metabolism, resulting in lowered energy production.
The blocks need to be rediscovered and then removed so that the energy flows can be restored and made even stronger.
In order to overcome the obstructions, some people start with with levels of the mind (different schools of psychotherapy ). Other approaches start with the body and its blocked energy flows and only later bring up the mental causes. The self-transformation workshops organized by Vicente Hao Chin of the Philippine Theosophical Society start with the body and the pattern of breath.
For Vicente Hao Chin, the best place to begin is breathing. Breathing is perhaps the most important bodily function, a natural, involuntary activity but at the same time one that is subject to conscious control. Emotional states directly affect one's breathing. When a person is very angry, his breathing becomes more rapid, while fear has the opposite effect, causing a person to hold his breath because action is suspended in a state of fear.
Chin's emphasis is on abdominal breathing. 'Abdominal breathing is an important part of self-awareness processing. It intensifies the flow of ch'i through the entire system, particularly the meridians, because it activates the tan t'ien (hara in Japanese) center in the abdominal area, which is said to be the repository of ch'i.'
Abdominal breathing can produce intense emotional reactions, bringing up traumatic memories and intense guilt. Thus it is often useful to begin the self-transformation process in a group or with a trained therapist. The therapist can serve as a guide, but the healing comes through the body's own healihng process by the increased flow of energy. The function of the therapist is to help guide the increased energy flow to free an individual from the restrictions of the past and the inhibitions of the present.
Along with work on breathing to overcome past blocks, there can be a start to regular meditation. A meditation pattern can be developed to use the inbreath-outbreath sequence, such as the repetion of the one syllable “om”.
The regular practice of meditation has a cumulative effect on consciousness and personality. It enables the light of a higher consciousness to flow down into the ordinary working mind.
Vicente Hao Chin's guide is full of good advice and techniques for overcoming blocks due to the past, and it opens the door to the possibilities of self-transformation."
--Rene Wadlow, President and representative to the United Nations, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens