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Week 10: The Revised and Improvised Presence Process

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Drs. Murphy and Sklar, a psychiatrist and a physiatrist, inquire into the nature of pain, The Presence Process, and the nature of "reality." Dr. Sklar just finished The Presence Process for the nth time. Dr. Murphy, a veteran Presence Processor who has completed The Presence Process n-x times, speaks gratefully of not being finished by The Presence Process. (If you start the Process, finish it, is a good rule of thumb.) The theory starting the Process without finishing it is unpleasant would get support from such notables as psychiatrist, Carl Jung. The emotional "matter" repressed in the unconscious, that is responsible for our symptoms in life, is constantly striving to reach the surface. This is because the body, mind, heart, and soul are self-healing and self-regulating. What the soul can embrace, the soul can release (heal.) The Process facilitates this resolution (distinct from relief which is ultimately fatal.) If you invite material up and then don’t face it and embrace it; life will bring you circumstances that evoke the emotion you are running from (much more unpleasant in the outer world than in the inner world.) Wherever you go; there “it” is. Until you face “it,” embrace “it,” digest “it,” and integrate “it,” it will persist. First life whispers; then it yells. It’s an interesting conversation at least. Some may be liberated from years of pain. It’s possible.