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The Heart of the Matter

Darren R. Weissman, Cate Montana

Empowerment, Spirituality


How do you access your authentic self in order to have a fulfilling and meaningful life?

The Heart of the Matter introduces you to a simple but extraordinarily powerful tool called the See Feel Hear Challenge that will inspire you to easily transform reactive patterns of behavior and negative ways of thinking into a profoundly balanced and healthy lifestyle of your own conscious design.

Based on the latest findings in neuroscience and neurocardiology, this book reveals the astounding power of our emotions and how they can either limit us or set us free. As important as eating, breathing, and sleeping, processing our emotions is the fundamental key to creating harmony in all areas of life. This technique will help us do exactly that: provide guidance on how to live in the moment and create the incredible existence that we desire.

Using clear steps and real experiences, Dr. Darren Weissman's latest work, co-authored with Cate Montana, teaches you a new way to live intentionally. Get ready to evoke positive change that will impact the world you're a part of-change that will remold your body, mind, and emotions into a purposeful expression of the radiant spirit that you are. Whether your life is speaking to you through addictions or dysfunctional relationships, illness or unhappiness-or you're focused on becoming an Olympic champion-The Heart of the Matter gives you a potent tool for real change and transformation that you'll be able to use no matter what issues may arise.

Foreword by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

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Aug 11, 2013 BookLover
The Heart of the Matter: A Simple Guide to Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper by Dr. Daren R. Weissman and Cate Montana, M.A., guides us through the See Hear Feel Challenge to live a more authentic life that is true to our heart's desire. This book enables us to live authentically and truly hear what our heart is telling us.

The See Hear Feel Challenge presented in this book is so simple and easy to use, yet it will profoundly change your life to live more true to yourself. This challenge shows us that through truly acknowledging our emotions we can live our heart's desire and overcome our personal self-undoing patterns and negativity.

I was profoundly moved by this book. The exercises found inside the book showed us how to use the See Hear Feel Challenge in every aspect of our lives from addictions to personal shame.

In The Heart of the Matter we are shown that our emotions can either inhibit our lives or empower us and our lives. The one thing I loved most was that we are shown how to create a garden of self-love for ourselves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to overcome fearful emotions and live a more empowered life.

I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my unbiased opinion of this book.
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Aug 27, 2013 ClorisKylie
Each of us has special quirks and distinct personality, but Dr. Darren Weissman and Cate Montana figured out two questions that every person on the planet would answer almost identically:

First question: Would you ever choose to be sick, have unhealthy relationships, or feel angry, depressed, anxious, or fearful?

Answer: Hell no!

Second question: Would you want to manifest your dreams and desires?

Answer: Hell yes!

With the “Hell-no” question, Weissman and Montana introduce us to the role of the subconscious mind in our beliefs and actions. The majority of the time, we’re carrying out the programs that were loaded into our minds by well-meaning parents, relatives, the media, and society. These limiting programs are the reason we experience negative emotions and their corresponding physical maladies. If we could’ve made conscious choices, our life experiences would’ve been very different.

It seems we’re doomed!

Not really.

With the “Hell-yes” question, the authors show that it’s possible to make different choices and to manifest our intentions. We start by decoding the messages in our feelings and physiological symptoms to discover the truth of who we are. Next, we manifest our intentions by focusing on where we desire to go (rather than on what we want to go away,) and by focusing on our wishes as if we were already there.

The Heart of the Matter shines the light on fascinating scientific studies about the way our bodies and emotions are interconnected. Did you know that a study group that mentally exercised their little fingers 5 days a week for 15 minutes over a 12-week span increased their muscle strength by 35 percent? Compare this to the 53 percent increase in strength achieved by the group who did physical strengthening exercises.

Here’s a fascinating fact about the heart that The Heart of the Matter reveals: “Neurocardiologists have discovered that the heart has its own internal nervous system.” Who would’ve thought the heart could “independently sense, process information, make decisions, and even demonstrate a type of learning and memory”?

This book combines the knowledge about the subconscious mind found in Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton, with the principles of manifestation expressed in books such as The Moses Code by James Twyman and Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I especially liked the question and answer section at the end of the book, in which the authors answered my own questions about the manifestation method they call “See Feel Hear Challenge.”

The Heart of the Matter: a thought-provoking and inspiring Hay House book!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Sep 02, 2013 timlarison
We are all born into this world with simple joy within, believes Dr. Darren Weissman and Cate Montana. How we lose that joy, and how we can get that connection back is the basis of their new book: “The Heart of the Matter: A Simple Guide to Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper”.

As we experience life “the litany of heartaches and grievances add up, all too quickly,” say the authors. They reveal the “See Feel Hear Challenge” – a process that brings to our awareness the hurts of our past, buried in the subconscious, with the intent of healing these painful emotions. “When we begin to understand the mind, specifically the subconscious, we learn that these symptoms are not personal in any way, but rather spiritual in every way: they are wake-up calls to alert us to evolve to our fullest potential,” they believe.

After devoting several chapters to defining the “See Feel Hear Challenge”, I liked how the authors in the concluding chapters clarified the process through a series of questions from Montana (in the role of the lay person) to Weissman (the “m.d.” expert). In one of these exchanges Weissman writes, “I find that most people, when setting an intention, do so out of fear rather than love. They’ve focused on getting away from something or preventing something from happening, rather than genuinely focusing on where their hearts are leading them. Love always moves toward things; fear always moves away. A fear-based intention will keep a person anchored to the current situation he or she is in.” Wise words which I will remember the next time I am setting an intention.

While I found the See Feel Hear Challenge a helpful approach to healing with many valuable insights, I feel it would be difficult for a person to work through his or her painful emotions just by reading the book. Weissman’s and Montana’s work is a good guide for therapists in revealing a process that could be applied in sessions with clients. I think it is too much to expect the average person to work through these emotions by himself or herself without the aide of a skilled counselor.

In the final pages of the book the authors quote Marianne Williamson – “We were born to make manifest the glory of God that exists within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone!” The Heart of the Matter is a good book in raising the reader’s awareness of what may be blocking the Spirit within, with steps to heal those blockages.
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