The Inside-Out Revolution
Inspirational, Spirituality, Health & Healing
Would you like to experience amazing clarity, peace, and freedom, even in the midst of challenging circumstances?
In this groundbreaking new book, bestselling author Michael Neill shares an extraordinary new understanding of how life works that turns traditional psychology on its head. This revolutionary approach is built around three simple principles that explain where our feelings come from and how our experience of life can transform for the better in a matter of moments.Understanding these principles allows you to tap into the deeper intelligence behind life, access your natural wisdom and guidance, and unleash your limitless creative power. You'll be able to live with less stress, greater ease, and a sense of connection to the larger unfolding of life.
Welcome to the space where miracles happen... Are you ready to begin?
"Every time I stop and take a deep breath, I automatically relax. I can feel my shoulders coming down, my body feeling calmer, and my mind becoming quiet. That's what my experience of reading this book was like--taking a long, slow breath. I read it in one sitting, and by the end, I was calmer, more relaxed and reminded of one of life's most important truths. I encourage you to read this delightful and profound book and discover that truth for yourself."
Jack Canfield, New York Timesbestselling co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, The Success Principles and Tapping into Ultimate Success
"The Inside-Out Revolution is a powerful new way to wake ourselves up out of the trance of life. Destined to be a practical, spirtiual classic, this book shows you exactly how your thoughts create your reality."
-Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.,NY Times Bestselling Author of Conscious Loving and The Tenzing Norbu mysteries
"I love this book! What Michael Neill shares so eloquently is at the heart of what Richard and I learned, taught, and wrote about throughout our lives together - a true understanding of mental health and how to access it quickly and effectively for a better life."
- Kristine Carlson, Co-author with Richard Carlson to the New York Times bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book series
"One day, every school will have a class on teaching children how to think. Michael Neill's brilliant new book, The Inside Out Revolution will be both the handbook that teachers read for prep and the primer for the class."
-Robert Holden Ph.D. Bestselling author of Shift Happens! and Loveability
"This is not a book about doing; it is a book about being. And it doesn't just talk about transformation - it transforms you as you read it. I felt things that had been big issues simply become laughable, and found myself growing more peaceful, happy, and joyful with every chapter!"
- Stever Robbins, co-founder of FTP software and host of number 1 iTunes business podcast 'The Get-It-Done Guy"
"I have enjoyed Michael Neill's work for many years and benefited from it in my own life. In The Inside-Out Revolution, he offers a brilliant approach for creating more peace of mind while keeping your edge in today's busy world. Don't just read this book - let it pour into your consciousness and revolutionize your life!"
-Paul McKenna, PhD (International bestselling author and TV personality)
"In The Inside-Out Revolution, Michael Neill has beautifully captured the essence of the three universal principles at the source of human experience. This book will be a powerful change agent in creating a more gentle, loving ,creative ,productive and peaceful world."
-Dr. William F. Pettit Jr., (Consultant Psychiatrist)
"Camera, Sound, ACTION! Michael's new book has thoughtful and practical "rubber to the road" steps to clear your mind and to actually start living a simple and more relaxed life."
-Andrew Litvin, (OSCAR and BAFTA award winning line-producer and producer of 'Ginger & Rosa')
"Michael has a unique gift for making the impossibly complicated incredibly simple - his teaching is like a force of nature with a simple grace and flow that packs incredible power for those who let it in to their lives. The Inside-Out Revolution is not just a new book, it's a new way of living that will transform the quality of your life faster, easier, and much more gently than you think."
-Ali Campbell, Bestselling author and celebrity Life Coach
"Michael Neill has done it again - here's a blueprint for a truly wonderful life, based on a new way of looking, knowing, and being. The Inside-Out Revolution is a brave and compelling perspective, easily understood and implemented. Go beyond techniques and strategies, and watch what changes for you when you experience life from the inside-out. Highly recommended."
-Chris Westfall, National Elevator Pitch Champion (USA) and author of The NEW Elevator Pitch
"Rarely does a book made such a poetic and exciting series of promises and then deliver on all of them. This one does, and it will change lives."
-Steve Chandler, Author of Time Warrior and 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself
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-Dr. William F. Pettit Jr., Former associate professor of psychiatry, University of West Virginia
The idea is simple but eloquent. It involves an understanding that everything we perceive in our world is a false representation of the truth; yet, we place all of our hopes and dreams for finding the deeper meaning of life on the falsehoods of those external sensations. Perceptions vary from person to person because they are shaped by prior experience. As such, no two persons can possibly form the same perception even if they’re standing side-by-side, in the same room, witnessing the same event. Our brains are wired to process a relatively limited amount of sensory information at any moment in time. So, the sensory information your brain selects to receive and process , for instance, will be different from anyone else who happens to be in the same vicinity.
In Michael Neil’s model, this biological fact is critical in developing an understanding of the source of happiness. We tend to operate from an outside-in approach, which means we allow our perceptions from the outside world to influence how we think, which in turn influences how we feel. He sums up this notion in terms of three universal principals:
1. The Principle of Mind- There is energy and intelligence behind all forms of life. The energy doesn’t hold any particular point of view, it simply operates to ensure the perpetuation of more energy.
2. The Principle of Consciousness- The capacity to be aware at any moment in time. Different levels of awareness determine the quality of our human experience. In general, consciousness gives us the ability to realize the existence of life.
3. The Principle of Thought- The means by which we create our individual experience of reality. It is the link between the formless world of pure potentiality and the created world of form we identify as reality.
The inside-out paradigm is really about how thoughts influence feelings. Thoughts are fluid and can be changed depending on our level of consciousness. For example, if we’re ruminating about a negative event from the past, feelings of anger, sadness, hopelessness, etc., will prevail. If our thoughts are focused on the present moment—not reflecting on the past or worrying about the future—the feelings associated with them are likely to be more positive in nature.
Neil describes levels of consciousness using the symbolism of an high-rise building. On the ground floor we find the level of consciousness defined as Objective Reality. At this level, we internalize events from the external world (outside-in) and believe what we are experiencing is the real thing. On the floors just above the ground floor we find Subjective Reality where we recognize our experiences as our personal interpretation as seen through the filter of perception. On the higher floors we find Constructed Reality. At this level, we understand the world is what we think it is (inside-out) rather than what we internalize from the outside-in. And finally, at the top floor we find Illusory Reality. This level of consciousness takes some work to achieve. It basically states, “There is no separation between ‘out there’ and ‘in here.’ But for my thinking, I am a pure expression of the energy of life.”
In the final chapters of Neil’s book, he applies the inside-out paradigm to the transformative process. He takes the reader through the logical steps required to transform behavior to a thinking-feeling model that affords the opportunity for miracles and ultimately happiness to occur. He dismisses the notion that happiness is the result of hard work and concludes that happiness is the automatic outcome when we’re “online”, that is, present in the moment and devoid of extraneous thoughts that distract us from our major purpose.
If you’re looking for clarity, peace, freedom and happiness in your life, than this book will definitely be well worth the short time it will take to read it. It’s the type of book you’ll most likely want to keep on hand for those days when the outside world is closing in and you need a reminder to shift your perspective to the inside-out.
Stated on the cover of Michael Neill’s new book “The Inside Out Revolution” is a bold claim: “The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever”. At the top of the cover is a testimonial, “If you could only read one book in your lifetime, I’d recommend this one,” from Shama Kabani, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group. Inside Out Revolution did not have as big of an impact on me as these testimonials hinted at, yet I feel it does contain valuable insights for the reader in living everyday life.
“We create our individual experience of reality via the vehicle of thought,” Neill writes. “Thought is the missing link between the formless world of pure potentiality and the created world of form.” I’ve heard this “change your thinking, change your life” type of message before, but in Inside Out Revolution it is presented in an easy to understand format. I liked the author’s use of stories to illustrate his points. At the end of each chapter is a nice review titled “Putting It All Together” where the main points of that chapter are summarized.
Another chapter that resonated with me was “Original Grace”. “The return to this ‘original grace’ of life is always available to us,” Neill says, “and takes no particular effort to attain because it is in fact a return to our natural way of being.” Inside Out gives suggestions on how you can get in touch with the pure essence of your being and live from that place. Neill makes an analogy that our natural state of Grace is our “factory default”, and suggests we do a “reset” of our psych when our lives seem out of balance. “We don’t create abundance,” Neill writes, “Abundance (our natural state) is always present. We create limitation.”
“You won’t find the principles (Neill) teaches here anywhere else in psychology, the media, or the self-help world,” writes PHD George Pransky in the Forward of Inside Out. As an avid reader of spirituality and self help books, I felt I had read similar material elsewhere. Yet Neill does present his thoughts in a unique and compelling way (I read the whole book in four days – once I started it I was hooked). If you are new to the self help world Inside Out is worth a read. If you are not the book is a good refresher of concepts you may already be familiar with from other sources.
I received a complementary copy of this book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
The book launches with tremendous hype. It begins with four solid pages of quotes from other authors and industry leaders plugging the author and this book. Then there are pages of stories about people who had amazingly transformed lives from following the principles. After reading through all this, I felt I was listening to a salesperson waxing rhapsodic but neglecting to tell me what they were actually selling. Following this hyperbolic hype, Mr. Neill’s writes that “there are no techniques anywhere in this book – there’s nothing for you to learn, remember, practice or do”, which frankly confused me. This miraculous life conversion is available to us even if we don’t learn or remember the information in this book?
Finally, we are introduced to the three principles that are illustrated with stories and techniques from Mr. Neill’s coaching practice. There are some great nuggets in these stories and illustrations, and this is where Mr. Neill shines. He illustrated the points well, and summarizes at the end of the chapter all the ideas that were covered. For seasoned readers of the philosophical genre, you will have heard variations on these principles before. For those who are new to this arena, these may be new ideas and most certainly could spur you on to your own ‘aha’ moments.