Sometimes we find in life that we face difficulties not because we are doing something wrong, but because we are doing something right. I knew that by releasing The Completion Process I would be up against a lot. I knew I would be facing difficulties because I would be doing something right in a society that is currently based on wrong. But I must be honest and say that I had no idea that I would get the amount of resistance and antagonism that I am actually getting. And the saddest part is that most of the resistance in this initial phase has been coming at me from people that I allowed and held the very closest to me. The tonality of this year’s purification theme in my relationship sector has been betrayal.
When I am publicly attacked (which happens more and more now), it is difficult to know exactly what to do. I have been adhering to a policy of staying out of it entirely. I have been channeling all of my energy into my work instead. But that works only up to a point. That point is when the war against you starts to actually work. It is easy to say “haters gonna hate so don’t let them steal your attention” when all they do is talk. Talking is painful enough. But my opposition is not content to simply talk. Instead, they take action. Action that has seriously impacted me this year. Action like tanking my amazon ratings and going behind my back to turn people against me and hacking into my website and social media pages to try to shut them down and flooding my publisher with warnings and hate mail and contacting people who would hire me for appearances to talk them out of it and trying to take legal action against me. At that point, sort of like when someone drops a bomb on your country, you have to be involved whether you like it or not.
And then there are the people in the middle. It is these people that make it feel like you just can’t win. They write me emails and post comments incessantly asking for a response to the attacks so they can make up their mind about you. But for many of them, if you respond by defending yourself, they tell you that you are sinking to the level of your opposition and that they are disappointed in you. If you do not respond, they assume your antagonists are right and side with them against you.
A while back, one of my principal haters decided to take the approach of making the case that I am a fraud because according to them, I “plagiarize all of my material”. The thing about my various hate groups is that they have all decided to unite against the common enemy… Me. There is even a closed Facebook group that serves as a place for all the people who hate me to coalesce. It is dedicated entirely to Anti-Teal material. And so, like a mantra that rippled through them all, plagiarism was the overwhelming accusation. For many who follow my material and whom are insecure to begin with, this frightened them. They started to feel disillusioned. They started to doubt me. Soon the people around me were flooded with e-mails from people expressing their sudden doubt in me and asking desperately for reassurance.
Naturally, when my new book, The Completion Process came out, the hate groups were quick to say that it too must be plagiarized. They began throwing out names of other processes, designed by other teachers, as potential candidates for plagiarism. The devotees of an Indian cult group (pictured at right) came after me saying I had stolen the process from their Guru, Nithyananda. A Guru I had never heard of in fact until they brought the accusation against me. However, their accusation held no weight whatsoever. The two processes were not even remotely related in terms of content, both simply involved the name “Completion”. And now, because that angle didn’t work, the hate groups are accusing me of stealing the process from Michael Brown who wrote a book called “The Presence Process.” At this point, I wonder whom they are going to say I took The Process from next. The problem is that it seems my haters have much more time on their hands to slander me than they have to actually be diligent about doing their research. However, yet again, we keep receiving e-mails from worried fans who want to know if I stole the process from Michael Brown instead of Nithyananda. And this time, it doesn’t feel good to just let the accusations go on without addressing it. I am not going to address the plethora of insults thrown at me by my opposition whose intent is nothing more than character assassination. But I will address their newest accusation. And this time, I actually can address it because I actually am familiar with Michael Brown. And so, for those of you who have asked for it, I will cross compare The Presence Process designed by Michael Brown with The Completion Process.
To begin with, it is critical to understand that I have been using this technique formally with my own individual clients since 2010. I just so happened to used it on one of my clients in 2014 while I was on a trip in Florida. He told me I really should turn it into a formalized process. At first, I didn’t think I could break the process into formalized steps. I also didn’t think I could train other people to be able to do what I was doing with people (facilitating the process) because of the extreme variables of the subconscious mind. But I managed to do it. I wrote the book detailing the process in 2 months.
Much like a mathematician who figures out a formula after years of toying with different figures, I figured out this process as a result of many variables. It is an amalgamation of sorts. I discovered what I now call emotional Vipassana as a teen when I was being abused (this is detailed in the beginning of the book). I was introduced to the concept of visualizations involving the inner child and the safe place during the years of therapy that I underwent to overcome ritual abuse. I understand soul retrieval and developed my own methodology involving it as a result of the out of body travel I have done both spontaneously and electively since I was born. I discovered that triggers are the wormhole connecting us to the aspect of us that is unhealed so that we can create resolution through this out of body work and also by considering that any symptom we experience is our being trying to get our attention so as to heal (working with us instead of against us). Being an expert in human emotion, I designed the process the way it is designed specifically to resolve emotional wounds. The exact formula as to how all these different elements are supposed to fit together and why came to me and through me as a kind of ‘revelation’.
My antagonists claim that I took the process from Michael Brown’s presence process. But the chronology is amiss. I discovered Michael Brown because I was facilitating one of my clients with what is now called “The Completion Process”. During this session, this client of mine said that 1 of the 18 steps in the completion process, including my suggestion of unconditional presence reminded her of the teachings of Michael Brown and his process that he calls The Presence Process. I eventually did read the Presence Process and loved it. We usually do love the things we already agree with. This was YEARS AFTER The Completion Process was created (or channeled).
But for those of you who still want to know the difference between the two processes, I will outline them for you because I am familiar with The Presence Process and I am the very person who created The Completion Process.
Cross Comparison of The Presence Process and The Completion Process:
Like Eckhart Tolle, Michael Brown is a master of presence. Presence is not a concept that is owned by either teacher (nor by me nor by anyone in existence). It is a staple of spiritual practice and has been for thousands upon thousands of years. Instead, it is a state of being that any and all people will eventually develop awareness of when they progress down the path of spiritual awakening. One thing that bothers me relative to intellectual property and spirituality is that if you take 2 people on opposite sides of the globe and make them meditate for years and write down their findings, you would essentially see the exact same thing (or we would hope) coming out of those writings. This is why the core of religions around the world is the same. At that point, the question would be who plagiarized whom? The answer is neither. It is the same because they are writing about the same thing. In spirituality, teachers essentially write about the same thing in their own words. Soul retrieval for example was practiced by the Shamans in South America and simultaneously by African Healers (despite the fact that they never met or interacted). Anyone who developed the capacity to astral travel spoke about the fact that aspects of soul get stuck in space and time. Anyone who developed the capacity to astral travel developed techniques for retrieving those stuck aspects.
The main difference between The Presence Process and The Completion Process is that The Presence Process is designed to teach a person how to be 100% fully present with themselves no matter how they feel (bad or good). Michael Brown has essentially managed to formalize mindfulness meditation for the western world. He has made it so mindfulness meditation is no longer an abstract practice. The entire point of The Presence Process is just as the name suggests, Presence. The idea being that if you develop the capacity for unconditional presence, everything else, such as healing and awareness and insight will immediately occur on its own because the consciousness that is being directed in presence practice IS in and of itself the healing force. The Completion Process on the other hand could reasonably be called a modern day soul retrieval process. It is designed specifically to help you unhook from past traumas that you have experienced. And it is no surprise that being unconditionally present with your triggers (strong emotional reactivity) is the first step to being able to go back in time and perform a soul retrieval on yourself. Even though healing is the result that both processes create, The Processes themselves have two different overall aims.
The Presence Process is a ten-week experiential process that involves the following steps:
Week One: The reader commences Michael’s 15-minute breathing practice 2 times daily to both start and end the day. Being fully aware of the in breath and out breath. Breathing without pausing no matter what. This practice is to continue for the full 10 weeks. The reader begins practicing the art of synchronizing the conscious response “I am here now in this” with the breath. “I” on the in breath “Am” on the out breath. “Here” on the in breath. “Now” on the out breath. “In” on the in breath. And “This” on the out breath. The reader is told that any discomfort they encounter is an indication of charged emotion surfacing for integration.
Week Two: The reader is asked to recognize their reflections and projections. They are asked to notice their reactivity and to realize that their reactivity is nothing more than the result of an un-healed aspect of their own being that needs integration. They are asked to recognize how they are projecting this unhealed aspect of themselves onto whatever situation is causing them to react. The reader is asked to stop focusing on the circumstance that upset them and to instead realize that the upset is a messenger for the unhealed aspect of themselves.
Week Three: The reader is asked to respond instead of react. They are asked to respond by taking their attention off of the event or person who is upsetting them, stepping away from the story that is causing them to react (dis-identifying). And placing their attention on how they are feeling instead. They are encouraged to become aware of the fact that this is a reflection of something unhealed and to become aware of what that unhealed something is by asking “When did I last experience this same felt resonance?” (This is the step that is the most similar to one of the steps of The Completion Process. Both processes recognize that when someone is emotionally triggered, it is an indication that the un-healed past is vying for attention. However, The Presence Process asks you to have this awareness so that you can awaken from the “pre-written drama” (dis-identify from it). On the other hand, The Completion Process uses this awareness to actually enter the past and to alter it (use your identification with it to create resolution).
Week Four: The reader is asked to learn how to feel unconditionally. This is the basis of unconditional presence. It means that no matter how you feel, you are there with the feeling instead of trying to change it. The reader is told to be with the way they feel without trying to understand it, fix it, change it, visualize, transform, manipulate or heal it in any way. Michael suggests that if you feel the upset, the unhealed past that is linked to it is instantly integrated into the consciousness.
Week Five: The reader is asked to connect with their own innocence. Michael asks the reader to connect to their child self, the one who is un-healed and to realize that their current upset has nothing to do with what is happening now. He proposes that the reader can imagine their child self standing in front of them and feeling exactly how they feel. The reader is then asked to be completely unconditionally present with how the child feels without trying to change how the child feels in any way. They are asked to practice unconditional presence with the child self. This is an exercise presented in the book and not an actual part of The Presence Process itself. He suggests that this is not necessary to do but that it may help you connect to your childhood self and recover your innocence.
Week Six: The reader is asked to move into a state of being (not a doing step). Where they are asked to show up to any experience they may have and any charged emotion. The reader is asked to deepen their commitment to presence. This week the reader is being asked to have awareness of the state of being-ness. This practice bares the closest resemblance to the teachings of Buddhist mindfulness (teachings also given by Eckhart Tolle). The reader is told that along with their morning and night breathing practice, when they are upset, they are to practice the formal steps of presence (which we can say are the actual formal steps of the presence process)…
1. Dismiss the messenger (the ‘now’ situation causing them to be upset). 2. Turn their attention inside on the way the upset makes them feel. 3. Then they are to be 100% unconditionally present with how they feel and to feel it without agenda. No fixing it, no manipulating it and no trying to understand it. By feeling it without condition, the reader is told that it will integrate and be digested by the conscious.
Week Seven: The reader is asked to begin a practice, which they will continue for the next 3 weeks. The reader is asked to submerge themselves in a bath of comfortably warm water for 15 minutes. The reader is asked to focus on any feeling that surfaces as a result of being in the water. Then they are asked to dry off and immediately attend to their 15 minute breathing session. The reader is asked to not allow themselves to be absorbed in any story about why they feel the way they feel or what it means but instead to experience their own mental confusion that arises as a result of being present with the way they feel. The idea is that by dis-identifying with the feelings but being fully present with them, a state of wholeness and holiness is restored.
Week Eight: The reader is asked to recognize that they cannot seek or make peace; they can only realize it. They are asked to realize it through forgiveness. Michael explains how we end up unhealed in childhood as a result of not being unconditionally loved. The reader is encouraged to forgive their parents and bless them with the unconditional love that they, themselves wanted from their parents. This creates peace. The reader is encourages to be unconditionally loving (forgiving) towards themselves by being unconditionally present with the way they feel regardless of whether they feel positive or negative. The reader is then asked to humbly pray for forgiveness.
Week Nine: The reader is asked to recognize their unconscious definition of love because Michael suggests that this is the barrier we have to unconditional love. Michael suggests “Our unconscious definition of love is the resonance of the emotional signature we experienced as children whenever we needed to be loved.” The reader is asked to identify the way they felt when they needed to be loved (for example, lonely or angry). The reader is asked to acknowledge that this is their unconscious definition of love and therefore is the barrier to being unconditionally loving. The reader is asked to realize that in order to experience unconditional love, they must stop looking for love externally and give love to themselves instead through being unconditionally present with themselves and by practicing the art of giving what we need to ourselves. For example, the reader is encouraged to stop seeking success externally and instead to simply imagine what success feels like right here and now. Michael suggests that by doing this, success will naturally come to us which is different than trying to get success externally. The reader is asked to become aware that giving unconditionally is receiving.
Week Ten: The reader is invited to consciously enter the unified field by realizing that they are not separate from everything they see as “other” in the world. Much like the teachings of non-duality and oneness, Michael asks the reader to behave as if they are one with all life around them. He suggests that to be able to feel this unification, we must stop doing and instead learn how to be. The reader is asked to begin the practice of appreciation by giving things around them and ultimately themselves unconditional felt attention because by doing so, they are automatically seeing and acknowledging the value of it. The reader is then asked to continue this (along with the previous nine steps of practice) as a way of living within the world.
Anyone who is familiar with The Completion Process can already see how different these two processes are. But for those of you who are not familiar with The Completion Process, allow me to summarize it.
The steps of The Completion Process are as follows:
• Create a Safe Haven. We set up a Safe Haven (safe place) in our mind, and we also create a primary “Safe Support Figure.” This has to be done only once, unless you wish to create a different kind of place at another time.
• Emotional Vipassana. We practice Emotional Vipassana in order to explore the feeling or trigger. When we have a strong uncomfortable emotion or feeling in the present, we close our eyes and sink into the feeling. We familiarize ourselves with the unique sensations of the feeling. We are unconditionally with that feeling, experiencing and observing it without needing it to change. After a time, we see if we can name the feeling. We can do this with ourselves regardless of whether there is a particular feeling present; it is simply much easier and more impactful when a strong emotion is present.
• Validate the Present Feeling. We give the emotion or feeling the message that we are completely with it, that we see it as valid, that we care about it, and that we are ready and want to know what it has to say. We are open to fully receiving it.
• Invite the Memory to Surface. We use the sensations of the feeling like a rope connecting us to the origin or causation of that very feeling. We ask, “When was the first time I felt this exact same feeling?” And instead of mentally chasing the answer, we let our being offer it up to us like a bubble floating up from the depths of the ocean in whatever form it comes.
• Re-Experience the Memory. If/when a memory surfaces, we observe and experience the memory in whatever way it comes to us. We take time to be present with the intensity of the feeling of the memory. We emotionally re-experience it.
• Validate the Feeling within the Memory. We give the emotion in the past (same as we did when it was present tense) the message that we are completely with it, that we see it as valid, that we care about it, and that we are ready and want to know what it has to say. We are open to fully receiving it.
• Step into Adult Perspective within the Memory. When we feel ready, we step out of the perspective we are currently in (such as first person) within the memory and step into the perspective of our current adult self within the memory. In other words, we move from passively witnessing the memory to active visualization.
• Validate the Child’s Emotions. We comfort and show affection and unconditional, focused presence to our child self in the scene with one prerogative in mind, validation of the child’s emotions. We give the child the message that it is right and OK to feel how they feel, and we give the child permission to fully feel how they feel. If we feel unequipped to do this, we bring our Safe Support Figure from the Safe Haven into the scene to do this for our child self.
• Await Relief. We wait for the child self in the scene to naturally move in the direction of relief (keeping in mind the child selves may just need you to prove that you will be there for them forever, just as they are).
• Call Back Other Fractured Aspects of Self. We “call back” any other fractured aspects of the self that are present in that one scene and lovingly merge them into the core child self, so we are only dealing with one child self.
• Meet the Child’s Needs within the Memory. When and if the child feels validated and is ready to move forward emotionally, we take action to find a resolution to the situation at hand. This is where creativity and individuality are important. We must find out what need is not being met and meet it. We can say things to our child selves that make them feel good. We can stand up for our childhood selves. Give suggestions and take suggestions but, ultimately, trust yourself (or the person doing the process) to know what is needed to alter the circumstance. Above all, trust the child self in the scene to know what he or she wants and needs.
• Choice to Stay or Go. When a feeling of relief has occurred as a result of taking action to change the circumstance in the memory, we give the child the choice to stay in the memory/visualization or to come to the Safe Haven.
• Check for Completion. If the child chooses to stay, we ask the child why he or she wishes to stay, we respond accordingly, and we repeat Steps 10–12 if necessary before bringing the process to a close. As we repeat the steps, we check again for any more nonintegrated, fractured aspects of the child self that might still be stuck in the memory. If we find any, we merge them into one child self and ask again. We trust the child to know what is right for him or her and we meet all of the child’s needs within the context of the memory. If the child wants or needs someone to stay, we leave an aspect of ourselves or our Safe Support Figure there with our child self. If the child chooses to go to the Safe Haven, the child is brought to the Safe Haven.
• Enter Safe Haven and Deactivate the Memory. Coming into the safe haven, the memory the child was taken out of is then closed (for example, shrunk or popped like a balloon).
• Create Purification and Healing. Place the child (or children) in the healing water and bathe them as a purifying and healing ritual for entering into the Safe Haven. The child drinks the water as well. This symbolically ends the previous life in the memory so that the child can begin a new life here in the Safe Haven.
• Meet the Child’s Needs within the Safe Haven. The child’s needs and wants are met within the context of the Safe Haven to the degree that the person doing the process feels as if the session is complete.
• Option to Stay or Merge. The child is given the choice to stay in the Safe Haven or to rejoin and merge with the adult perspective. If the child chooses to stay, lovingly embrace and support that choice. If the child chooses to merge, we imagine the child merging with our adult perspective and becoming a part of us, like a puzzle piece going back into place.
• Return to Conscious Perspective. We return to conscious perspective, taking at least a few deep breaths as we bring our consciousness back to real time. And we gently take time to re-acclimate to the sharpness of our surroundings and the new level of integration and presence that we feel. We need to be present with the way we feel when we come out of the process. Our body needs to process the integration that just occurred.
The Completion Process is not a practice that unfolds over the course of several weeks. It is a single sitting process that is designed to be done any time someone feels emotionally triggered. Both Michael Brown and I agree that to heal past trauma, you must not try to escape from the pain you are feeling when you become upset. You must instead go ‘towards’ the feeling. Both Michael Brown and I agree that unconditional presence is the principal agent for gaining awareness and consequently for healing. Michael Brown suggests in his process that going towards the feeling with an attitude of unconditionality is in and of itself enough to fully transform it so we can experience ourselves as whole again. And I suggest that the reader in fact capitalize on the feeling in order to journey backwards in time specifically to understand it, fix it, change it, visualize, transform, manipulate and heal it. So The Presence Process and The Completion Process in fact directly oppose one another in this respect.
Wherever hatred exists, people who are creating revolutions within the system will be a target for attack. Unfortunately, slander works because people believe what they hear. If something is repeated enough and by enough people, everyone assumes it must be right. This is why consensus that is reached by a group of people fueled by hatred is such a dangerous thing.