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Dr Joan Borysenko Discusses the Benefits of the Hoffman Process

Each one of us looks back and you can say, I remember the time when something fell into place… and at that moment, what really happens is that you’re free from something that was holding you back, and there’s a sense of increased potential, just like you’re more present, you’re able to be here now because there’s not some hook grabbing you into the past or something from the future that may not be the real thing that you want to do but you’re pulled toward it because you think you have to. To be free from that is an amazing thing.

Dr Joan Borysenko is a Process graduate who did the Hoffman Process over 20 years ago while she was running a behavioural medicine clinic at Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. Dr Joan discusses how she was often asked why she did the Process and explains why she decided to do the Hoffman Process even though she was happily married and living a full life with a fulfilling career.

“What people don’t recognise I think is that people can have tremendous outer success and still be struggling inside. One of the most amazing things in the Hoffman Process was the experience of compassion, for your mother, for your father, for any anybody else in your family of origin and particularly the sense of compassion for yourself.

And that sense of compassion for myself… what it did, I realised and how it’s grown how over 20 years, is that I don’t judge myself so harshly anymore and because of that, I’m free of a lot of that ‘I, me, mine’ self-referential behaviour. And much more free to express the compassion of my deeper spiritual self, it’s just a normal part of life.”

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… one of the things that I’ve heard about the Hoffman Process literally from dozens of people who finished it, people that I’ve referred, and I’ve experienced myself is that amazing sense of freedom

Dr Joan Borysenko discusses the study published by the University of California which looked to see how people felt a year after they did the Hoffman Process and how the benefits they received during the Process continued to deepen over time.

“Just a few years ago, a peer reviewed study was published, that was research that was done at the University of California with a fairly large group; a hundred Hoffman Graduates and a hundred controls… and after you do a week where you go away, you invest your time and money, you’re always going to feel better. But what was great about this study is it looked to see how are people feeling a year later, what was the residual effect.

And here’s what was found; that directly after the study as one would hope, people felt a great increase in wellbeing, a decrease in negative affect or feelings and a tremendous amount of increase in compassion. However, here’s the best part, a year later, those positive trends continued; they didn’t diminish or decay over time, they actually grew over time.

Hoffman does something unique, that other personal growth programs and most therapies really don’t do and that is not only does it address the kind of rational things that hold us back; what are the patterns that you learn from your parents. What did you do like they did so that you could get love. What didn’t you do; how do you define yourself in relation to those. Those are rational patterns and its interesting to see them. But the fact of the matter is, most of how we behave and how we feel is not conscious, its not rational. It comes from the other than conscious mind and it’s seated in the amygdala of the limbic system that gives rise to emotions. When we speak in words, it affects the hippocampus of the limbic system where there’s memory, but almost no therapy really addresses the unconscious, where things are stored, in the form of images, in the form of feelings.

And the use of ritual in the Hoffman Process that evokes very deep feelings and that completely bypasses the conscious mind and goes for where the patterns are actually stored makes it supremely effective, much more so than many therapies. I know people have got more out of one week in the Hoffman Process than we had out of 10 years of therapy, so as far as I’m concerned, unique that way, in that it addresses both sides of the brain and also the hippocampus and the amygdala in the limbic system. So it’s a full emotional, rational, spiritual experience.”

To read the full study by the University of California, visit this page ‘The Science Behind the Process’ on our website to download the pdf ‘University of California Grant Research Study (2003)’.

To learn more about Bob’s work, the theoretical underpinnings of the Hoffman Process, please read The Negative Love Syndrome and the Quadrinity Model© A Path to Personal Freedom and Love, by Bob Hoffman. Free download available here

There a few things you can do to find out if the Process is for you:
• Take our “Is the Process for me?” self-assessment test to learn if the Process if right for you
• Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information
• Read what our Graduates have to say about their experience before and after doing the Process
• Take advantage of this great offer and book a free 1 hour consultation with one of our professional therapists

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Dr J.W. Wilson discusses how the Hoffman Process creates positive long-lasting changes in brain structure

For over 30 years, the Advanced Learning Institute (ALI), Canada have been doing neurological and genetic research on the basis of learning and behaviour change. Executive Director Dr J.W. Wilson, was been asked to explain the science behind the Hoffman Process; how is it, that by being exposed to in such a very short period of time, that people can experience such dramatic and profound transformations in their lives. How is it, that someone can enter the Hoffman Process feeling frustration, anxiety and pain in their lives and in 7 days, come out feeling such high levels of joy, peace, clarity and fulfillment.

“At the Advanced Learning Institute, our research shows that there is about 7000 genes that direct all of your brain’s functions. In addition, there’s over a hundred neuro modulators interacting with eachother in very complex ways. All this complexity comes together to direct all your thoughts, all your actions, feelings and behaviours.

…from the scientific viewpoint, do you know why you behave the way you do? At the Institute, we call it ‘structure – function’. That is, the structure of your brain dictates the functions of your brain, like your actions , your feelings and your behaviours. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Probably something very similar to what you have every morning. Why is it that no matter how much you try, even though you have told yourself over and over again, you won’t get upset when your boss, your kids, your significant others, when they say or do that ‘special’ thing that upsets you, you still flip out. It all has to do with the existing structures of your brain. You change those structures in your brain, and your feelings and behaviours automatically change.

The bright lights are the neurons, and the branches coming off them are called dendrites and on those dendrites are what are called receptor sites. When those neurons, dendrites and receptor sites change then your behaviours change. There is no change in your life unless those structures are changed. But we have a problem; those structures that are laid down by the interactions of your history, your past experiences with your family, your friends, your relationships, your environment are very very resistant to change. In fact these structures, that direct all your actions and your habits and your feelings are made out of fats and proteins, sticky gummy stuff, pretty much the same stuff that cheddar cheese is made out of. So how do you change this sticky resistant stuff so you can change your life?

Through a process. Let me explain, think of all the books you have read, the seminars you’ve gone to; all the people that have told you how to change your life and how little of that information really changed you. Why didn’t all that great information create profound change in your brain structures so you could have dramatic change in your life. Well from a biological perspective, information alone does not cause transformation. Think about this for a moment, in the US where I’m from, over 75% of the population is overweight or obese. Don’t you think that 100% of those people know that too many calories make them fat? Yet what good did that information do to help them lose weight? It had absolutely no long-lasting impact on their habits and ultimate behaviour. The same thing happens to you; you have the information that you should feel and act differently yet this information alone does not quickly or profoundly transform you.

You read, you listen to audio tapes, you go to seminars, you watch videos, but you still feel the way you do, you still act the way you do. This is because, as I said, from a biological perspective, information does not cause transformation. So, what does?

It can be said that there is absolutely no transformation in nature without a process. Let me explain a very complex biological process in a very simple way. Think about seeds transforming to flowers, coal transforming to diamonds, caterpillars transforming into beautiful butterflies. How did these wondrous transformations take place? All of them took place through a process. Let us understand that if you want to change those neurological structures, the ones that control your feelings, your actions, your life, just like seeds to flowers and caterpillars to butterflies, you have to enter a process.

Understanding that all transformation in nature is a process, allows us to create processes based on science that actually allow people to experience profound transformations in their lives and this is the power of Hoffman. It’s not just information, its a 7 day process meticulously and elegantly designed to transform your biology so that you experience dramatic transformations in your life, which in turn transforms how the world interacts with you.

How does the Hoffman Process do this? Again, I’m going to over simplify greatly here using metaphors for quicker understanding. The Hoffman Process changes your brain in two ways.

First the Hoffman Process targets the existing brain structures that are sabotaging your happiness, your relationships and your serenity. Remember these networks, that are limiting your joy are like cheddar cheese; solid sticky gooey stuff. The Hoffman Process helps dissolve these negative structures; these old structures that sabotage your success, relationships and fulfillment start to dissolve and in effect, they melt away and as they melt away, they have less power over you and your life’s direction. At the same time the Hoffman Process is helping free you from these structures laid down by your history, its doing something else that is just as important. Its helping your biology lay down new structures. These new neurological structures then give you a new way to be, feel and interact in the world.

Think of new branches and leaves being added to a tree doing the rebirth of Spring. This is what the Hoffman Process is doing in your brain – laying down new connections so you can not only access your true self you’ve always known was there, but also in effect, helping to create a new you.

For over 30 years, I’ve been researching the science of transformation and I can say, if you are ready to make a change in your life and your relationship with the world, I can think of no better opportunity than to explore the Hoffman Process.

Watch the full video of Dr J.W. Wilson explaining the science behind, how is it, that by being exposed to the Hoffman Process, in such a very short period of time, that people can experience such dramatic and profound transformations in their lives…

How is it, that someone can enter the Hoffman Process feeling frustration, anxiety and pain in their lives and in 7 days, come out feeling such high levels of joy, peace, clarity and fulfillment.

Watch the full video of Dr J.W. Wilson explaining the science behind, how is it, that by being exposed to the Hoffman Process, in such a very short period of time, that people can experience such dramatic and profound transformations in their lives.

Dr J.W. Wilson, Executive Director of the Advanced Learning Institute (ALI) explains that the neurogenetic science, what the ALI refers to as the learning code, is completely transforming how people learn, market, build businesses, retain customers, transform cultures and change behaviours. The science is having such a profound and dramatic impact on those that come in contact with it, that once they see it, they never go back to trying to get people to learn or change behaviours in the old ways.

The ALI has worked with world leading organisations such as The Mayo Clinic, Turner Broadcasting, The Rich Dad Organisation, the Deming Institute; the group that conducts leadership training for Nasa, the UN, The USA National Institutes of Health and seminal organisers for speakers like Tony Robbins and Richard Branson aswell as the governments and educational institutions in Nigeria, Estonia, Brazil and Spain.

…the neurogenetic science is completely transforming the paradigms of those of us in education and business development

The ALI is using this groundbreaking science with their partners Imaginal Education and Masters Academy in Canada to develop the first school system in the world to base their learning systems on neurobiology of how the brain naturally learns. Because of the scientific approach, not only is learning more natural, exciting and joyful, but standardised test scrores have now risen to an amazing 400% higher than the province average, learning is completed in 20% less time, and because the learning fits with how the children’s brain naturally encodes new knowledge, behavioural problems have been virtually eliminated.

Another example of where the Learning code is being applied is at Gordon Park School in Kansas, where ALI are creating the first school system in the world that supports and helps heal children with post traumatic stress disorder.

Visit Dr J.W. Wilson’s website Cracking the Learning Code

To learn more about Bob’s work, the theoretical underpinnings of the Hoffman Process, please read The Negative Love Syndrome and the Quadrinity Model© A Path to Personal Freedom and Love, by Bob Hoffman. Free download available here

There a few things you can do to find out if the Process is for you:
• Take our “Is the Process for me?” self-assessment test to learn if the Process if right for you
• Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information
• Read what our Graduates have to say about their experience before and after doing the Process
• Take advantage of this great offer and book a free 1 hour consultation with one of our professional therapists

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Dylan Jones’ Remarkably Honest Account of the Hoffmann Process

Advocate for men’s mental health, GQ Editor Dylan Jones raises awareness on men’s plight with mental health issues in his candid account of his personal experience of the Hoffman Process and repressed childhood memories as he reveals the life-altering release and healing that comes from speaking out.

Since the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, women are finding a voice to express themselves and champion equality across all walks of life. But where has this left the men of the world? Right-minded men everywhere are thinking: “Am I really that bad?” We’re feeling sorry for ourselves, not because we feel as though we’ve done anything wrong, but because a media-driven kangaroo court has deemed us all guilty as charged.

Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ and fashion biannual GQ Style states he had no intention of ever writing about the Hoffman Process. “My wife had been encouraging me to try it for years – apparently my behaviour was becoming so impossible (I was emotionally detached, never ‘present’ and unable to empathise or emote) that the family were walking on eggshells – and when I finally relented, I vowed to keep it a secret.

Like many people I know, I had been seeing a therapist on and off for years, but had never seen the need to shout about it or indeed discuss it with anyone. The older you get though, the more the past starts to catch up with you. Mine had probably never left me. I spent most of my childhood being hit by my father – when he wasn’t hitting my mother, that is. I was beaten relentlessly and repeatedly (daily, in fact), hit so hard that for years it was difficult for me to speak without stammering, finding it impossible to repeat my own name. For most of my life, all I could remember about the violence came in abstract, fuzzy images and I think I managed to pretty much blank most of it out. When I became a teenager, I began treating it almost as badge of honour, like having a criminal for a father, advertising what a tough time I’d had, an excuse for delinquent behaviour and appalling results at school. And then I just buried it, for years, just put it into another box, one I rarely even looked at.

When I first spoke to Serena Gordon who, along with Tim Laurence, bought the Hoffman licence from Bob Hoffman in 1995, I enquired as to whether or not anyone ever wrote about their experiences – and then immediately dismissed any idea that I might want to write about my own. Not only would it compromise me, it could compromise others on the course. I felt almost as though Hoffman was a bit like Fight Club (the first rule of the Hoffman Process is you do not talk about the Hoffman Process), because whenever I discovered that one of my friends had done it, and so far they number seven – that I know of – all I got was a knowing look and a big smile. Not one of them had anything but complete praise for the course, even if they wouldn’t tell me anything about it.

The Hoffman Process is a personal development course with a difference, one that involves a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Eastern mysticism, deep meditation, a form of group therapy and a lot of physically expressive work. The Process has a unique recipe, drawing ingredients from various well-worn modalities, including Gestalt therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, cognitive behavioural therapy, bioenergetics and some fairly extreme psychodynamic work. Examples include journalling, meditation and guided visualisation. It has become, for many, a life-changing experience that can clinically remove negative habits.

Many who finish the Process become evangelical and it has been compared to a form of rehab. The practitioners tear you down then build you back up again, teaching you tools and techniques to help change old behavioural patterns that may be preventing you from feeling fully alive and freeing you to make conscious choices that will improve your relationships with the people around you. It is intensive and often transformational. Even Goldie is a convert. ‘In the Nineties, Goldie became this mad character and I sometimes went a little too far,’ he says, referring to himself in the third person. ‘I’d gone to rehab, I was getting beaten up for my sins three days a week, and it didn’t f***ing work. It wasn’t until I did the Hoffman Process that the whole process of reinventing myself began.

The salient belief of the Process is the importance of childhood or, more precisely, the emotional discovery of the truth about the unique history of our childhood. This is what the psychotherapist Alice Miller calls the drama of being a child. ‘In order to become whole we must try to discover our own personal truth,’ she says, ‘a truth that may cause pain before giving us a new sphere of freedom.’ This is now a popular psychological belief, fast-tracked by John Bowlby’s attachment theory, which holds that mental health and behavioural patterns are largely attributed to early childhood.

The Process is designed to help the unmoored identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood. Its aims? ‘To help you become conscious of and disconnected from negative patterns of thought and behaviours on an emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual level in order to make significant positive changes in your life. You will learn to remove habitual ways of thinking and behaving, align with your authentic self and respond to situations in your life from a place of conscious choice.

At the end of last year I went along to an introduction evening at Regent’s University, in Regent’s Park in London, to see what all the fuss was about. I sat at the back of the room looking for all the world like a broadly drawn secret agent from the Fifties, with my collar turned up and my hat pulled down, adamant that no one should notice me. And as I listened to half a dozen Hoffman graduates get up and discuss the course, telling us all how good it had been for them – and they were nothing if not passionate in their espousal – we heard time and time again that it’s best if you don’t know too much about it before you go, principally in case it scares you off.

How right they were. Six months later, I turned up at a small country house hotel on the south coast along with 23 other nervous inductees. To say that we were all wary is a massive understatement and while a few kind souls went out of their way to be nice to each other, most of us were grunting and staring at our shoes. We were then encouraged to walk into a room and take our seats, ready to embark on a metaphorical journey that I imagine none of us on the course will ever forget. And why would we want to? After all, the Hoffman Process is one of those once- in-a-lifetime experiences that will leave you changed forever. I should know, because I myself have changed.

As I say, if you knew what the course involves you probably wouldn’t want to have anything to do with it, but rarely have I found a week so fulfilling as the one I spent at Hoffman. It is difficult to describe the intensity of some of the group work, and out of courtesy to the other people on the course I’m not going to tell. Suffice it to say that you are encouraged to go back into your childhood – deeply into your childhood – in a way that I didn’t think was possible. Yes, there is a fair amount of expressive work, but there are also techniques for delving into your memories so precisely that the trauma of childhood is scooped out of you – where it is examined, recontextualised and eventually sent on its way. Even though it is a process driven by emotion, intellectually it is fascinating.

On the final day, I came back to London something of a different person. As I drove up the M23, with a car full of fellow Hoffman graduates, the world seemed different too, slightly lighter, though slightly fractured and not without its challenges. A crowded motorway was perhaps not the best way to re-enter civilisation (in fact, it is recommended that you actually squirrel yourself away for a couple of days by yourself in a hotel, advice I stupidly ignored), but it helped contextualise the extraordinary journey I’d been on. This wasn’t an X-Factor journey, though. This was real, a genuine sensation. That sensation is still with me; the pulse is weaker now, but it’s definitely there, reminding me forever that the Hoffman Process is real too, a psychic tattoo that you can’t easily remove.

I loved my week by the sea. And you know what? I want to go back.

Dylan Jones is the editor-in-chief of GQ and fashion biannual GQ Style, chairman of the Hay Foundation Trust and menswear chairman of the British Fashion Council. Follow Dylan on Twitter

GQ Article by Dylan Jones, Sunday 24 September 2017‘The Hoffman Process: Seven days to change a lifetime’, published in GQ UK September, 2017

Dylan Jones interview with the Guardian, Sat 11 Aug 2018

Learn more about Dylan Jones on Wikipedia

To learn more about Bob’s work, the theoretical underpinnings of the Hoffman Process, please read The Negative Love Syndrome and the Quadrinity Model© A Path to Personal Freedom and Love, by Bob Hoffman. Free download available here

There a few things you can do to find out if the Process is for you:
• Take our “Is the Process for me?” self-assessment test to learn if the Process if right for you
• Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information
• Read what our Graduates have to say about their experience before and after doing the Process
• Take advantage of this great offer and book a free 1 hour consultation with one of our professional therapists