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Dr. Ernest Rossi’s latest book for creating consciousness documents how behavioral science professionals can better facilitate health and mind-body healing by creating a new consciousness through wonder, wisdom, truth, and beauty.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 15, 2012 — Over the last half century, the work of Ernest Lawrence Rossi Ph.D. has had tremendous impact on the field of behavioral science. In his 2007 book, The Breakout Heuristic, a compilation of four decades of his most important articles and papers, Rossi presented his four-stage model of change. It encompasses in-depth brain research, the study of the function of dreams as a precursor to psychic growth, the epiphanies of therapeutic hypnosis and the use of art, beauty, and truth in human relationships to create a new consciousness. Throughout Rossi’s work it is evident that humans are constantly changing with their environment and through the process of self-reflection. As a student, colleague and friend of the late Dr. Milton H. Erickson, who was his mentor for a decade and with whom he co-authored several books, Rossi continues to explore body-mind research and hypnosis and gain news insights on how psychotherapists can make an impact.

In his latest book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists Can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Truth & Beauty, Rossi expands on his ideology in four parts with myriad illustrations, graphs and charts. Part One presents core research detailing how novelty, enrichment and the “wonder” of meta-cognition turns on activity-dependent gene expression and brain plasticity, which can create a better brain in everyday life, as well as the arts, culture, humanities, and sciences. Part Two takes the reader beyond philosophical disputes about the “Hard Question” of the nature of consciousness to present actual case histories and scripts detailing how we create new consciousness with a four-stage creative process in our daily work. Part Three extends and illustrates Darwin’s profound words about how micro-evolution operates in daily life. A minute-by-minute transcript documents how “Buddha Consciousness” can facilitate Darwin’s Daily and hourly Dharma with the Novelty-Numinosum-Neurogenesis Effect in a top-down manner. Part Four presents a new protocol for creating consciousness and pilot research that documents how we may be able provide mind-body healing by optimizing stem cell activity while decreasing chronic inflammation and cellular oxidative stress.

Rossi begins with Culturomics—“a new scientific approach to understanding meaning, consciousness and culture by searching for deep insights via large databases of text and media.” He also examines the psychosocial genomics of the creative ideo-plastic healing experience; the function of sleep and dreams; introduces four principles for his New Neuroscience School of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, and Rehabilitation; presents a neuroscience approach to integrative medical insights (similar to The Human Genome Project); considers Darwin’s reasoning that evolution is a daily and hourly process; reveals how art, beauty, and truth can heighten neural activation which impact the brain and have important implications in philosophy, the humanities and sciences; and discusses the new neuroscience of the internal mirror neuron system.

This informative must-read book is for all those to aspire to light and brighten the lamps of human consciousness.

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“This fantasic book is a much needed contribution capable of transforming the entire thinking and practice of therapy! Our profession is headed toward “scientific delirium madness” if we do not embrace what the Keeney’s tell us about finding the healing heart of therapy.  They teach us how to bring transformational creative magic – authentic mojo – into every therapy session.  Bravo!”

Stephen R. Lankton, LCSW, DAHB Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and author of clinical books including The Answer Within, Practical Magic, and Tools of Intention.

Circular Therapeutics is a magical book written by authentic traditional healers who have impeccable scholarship. Like an extraordinary painting, this book helps you invent a life that escapes the bondage of theory, narrative, and meaning.  It is much needed medicine for therapists, healers, and anyone interested in the art of helping others change – I celebrate its circular poetics and therapeutics of the heart!

Paul Trachtman Former Science Editor of Smithsonian Magazine

“Hillary and Brad Keeney have written one of the best psychotherapy books of recent years.  The writing passionately yet clearly calls us to find the disciplined flow of being true healers in this soul-deadening time . . .  It carries the wisdom of the ages with cutting edge developments.  I most highly recommend it!”

Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. Psychologist and Author, Hero’s Journey and The Courage to Love 

“Circular Therapeutics sets all schools of therapy on their collective heads in order to get to the goal of clinical work – healing. Lavishly illustrated with case examples and charming little ‘interludes’ between chapters, we find a clear meeting of heart and mind.  Here is found the cybernetics, poetics, Zen, and healing of therapeutic transformation.  Clearly a book to read, set aside, and then read again as it teaches, intrigues, and satisfies.”

Betty Alice Erickson, M.A., Former Editor in Chief of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter and author, Hope and Resiliency and Milton H. Erickson: M.D.: An American Healer.

“Offering a unique perspective to the practice of change, the one-of-a-kind duo of Hillary and Brad Keeney lead us inside the path of transformative circularity where we find ourselves heir to the oldest healing traditions. Circular Therapeutics holds the wisdom that can change the profession of psychotherapy, and is destined to be a classic that every therapist must read!”

Pedro Vargas Avalos Director of Clinical Psychology Graduate Programs

University of Mexico Circular Therapeutics invites us into a dance of helping, healing, learning and knowing. While focusing on helping relationships, Hillary and Brad Keeney offer us profound insights into the very systemic ideas that are at the heart of being human. As such, it is a book that should be read by therapists, cyberneticians, and systems thinkers, but also dancers and poets. And it is a book where we, as readers, become engaged with the wisdom of improvisational performance. It is a sheer delight that inspires positive movement in many senses -movement in our thought, movement in our bodies, with ourselves and with others in a joint improvisation.

Frederick Steier, Ph.D. Professor of Communication, University of South Florida, and Former President, American Society for Cybernetic

“I honor and celebrate the way the Keeney’s are asking therapists to open their hearts to healing ways!  Their work is a wonderful teaching and blessing.”

Flordemayo Traditional healer, Founding Director, Institute for Natural and Traditional Medicine, member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.

“Circular Therapeutics is a straightforward and masterful account of a profound way of healing. It should be required reading, not just for psychotherapists, but for anyone interested in understanding and changing themselves and others.”

Stephen Tyler, Ph.D. Hubert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology, Rice University; a founder of postmodern anthropology and author of The Unspeakable; The Said and the Unsaid: Mind, Meaning, and Culture; and India: An Anthropological Study.