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The Journey: A Practical Guide to Healing Your Life and Setting Yourself Free

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  621 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
This is a book about Freedom

All of us sense that deep inside lies huge potential. We long to experience it, yet something holds us back. We long to set ourselves free, but we don't know how. In this book, you finally learn how.

When Brandon Bays was diagnosed with a basketball-sized tumor in her uterus, she was catapulted into an extraordinary, soul searching journey. D

Paperback, 196 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Eva Dillner
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When this book came out, a friend called me "Brandon Bays does what you do with Shen Therapy, only she uses a different technique. Would you please read the book and do the Journey with me?" I did as she asked.
There are several things that make this book stand out. One is that it's not the usual sell for the next product, as is so common in this genre, but the scripts are included at the end of the book. For anyone trained in emotional release work, hypnotherapy, regressions or NLP it was easy p
Josephine (Jo)
This book was lent to me by a friend and it is indeed a remarkable story of how we can do a lot to heal ourselves through our own minds. I am however a little unsure of how this would work for the average person in the street. I think that personally I would not be able to get into my inner self in the way described and I am sure that I would never have enough self belief to take the risk and try self healing. Brandon Bays had been very involved for some time in healthy living and personal devel ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, if you're reading my review, you should know I'm a pretty skeptical and cynical person, and an atheist. However, I was very open to reading this book when a friend recommended it to me after doing the Journey with her therapist.
It starts with Brandon's story of self-healing, which sounds a lot lighter than it probably was. Then, she starts successfully applying it to other people and expanding the method. In the last few pages of the book you will find the scripts for both the Emot
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story about Brandon Bays process of healing herself of a huge cancerous tumor via her path of emotional healing.Ms. Bays has since created a process, called the Journeywork, and offers these intensives around the world where people can come and do these emotional healing processes that help them heal on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Brandon's healing is a testament to the power of our innate wisdom as healer. This book was hard to put down, Branson's own story was so c
Brian Davies
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book had a large non malignant ovarian tumour. She takes the reader on her own journey, using a healthy lifestyle and alternative therapy and successfully healed herself without surgery. Shen then went on to help others cure themselves of a wide range of ailments. the writer claims past trauma can affect our health on a physical level and we need to uncover those events and deal with them. I have followed the exercises and used them. It employs a form of self hypnosis, which s ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
This is a non-fiction book about self-healing and awareness. The author healed herself of a basketball sized tumour in her stomach, and then went on to help thousands of people 'heal' themselves of physical and emotional damage, taking each of them on their own 'journey'.

I found each of the personal stories extremely inspiring and moving, and it reaffirmed my belief that unresolved emotions can manifest themselves in a physical illness or ailment in the body. It also reaffirmed my belief that in
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at the airport in New Zealand-- apparently it's been more popular there, Australia, and the UK. I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was very fresh and unique compared to others I've read. Those so many out there that have simply said "Your thoughts create your outcome." And this author takes it a big step beyond that. She teaches how we unconsciously hold on to past negative emotions in our body and steps on how to release them in order to be healthy again -- mentally, ph ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was very much curious about this phenomenon. I read the book and now I'm even more interested in this subject. I'm even thinking about joining a journey weekend, because I need to experience it myself to know what it is.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lupus, reviewed, self-help
This book is okay. I definitely think the stories were drawn out and could have been explained with less words. Definitely too long and over-indulgent. The whole book is written with a tone of conviction however. The author is very adamant about her journey to self-healing and what worked for her has been practiced on others and has worked for them as well. For some reason, I ran out of patience. Probably because of the repetitive stories and the "amazingness" she exudes when trying to over-conv ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meelis by: Preili Pipar
Väga hea lugemine. Väga emotsionaalne lugu. Ei hoidnud lugedes oma emotsioone tagasi. Aitäh soovitajale!

lk 166: "Tea, et ükskõik, mis tuleb sinu juurde ootamatult, on kingitus Jumalalt, mis tuleb sulle kasuks, kui sa selle täiel määral ära kasutad."

lk 167: "Sa oled see armastus, mis on alles, kui kõik muu tuleb ja läheb."

lk 140: 87-aastane munk Arthur pärast rännakut: "Miks nad seda kirikus ei õpeta? Kõik need aastad ma ei teadnudki."
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this one was pretty good. A bit of easy reading and a bit too salesy, without any recognition that maybe this won't work for every single person on the planet, regardless of their frame of mind.
Still, some new concepts and worth reading.
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in self-healing or studies having to do with cell memories or repressed emotions
Recommended to Hope by: Bob Levy, my life coach
Very intriguing/motivating, I read this just as I was signing on to begin the workshops that led me to pursue the journey practitioner's program.
Melis Zararsız
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
great book, motivating... helpful exercises. touching real story.
Diana Donosã
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book. A really good lesson of life.
Therese Bergwall
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Läst på svenska: Resan
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
A very interesting book. Brandon Bays has an amazing personal testimony of healing. For the most part, I enjoyed this book.
The experiences she has gone through are nothing short of amazing.

So, why did I only give her book 3 stars? I find her terminology confusing. At some points in the book she sounds like a Christian, thanking God (unless his is just the "thank God" type of expression). But her processes are extremely New Age, referring to The Source, and Infinite Intelligence.

I believe in alt
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inšpiratívna knižka, v ktorej Brandon Bays prezentuje svoju ozdravnú metódu zvanú Cesta. Podľa nej sa človek vďaka Ceste dokáže vyliečiť zo svojich emocionálnych, ako aj fyzických problémov, ktoré práve často bývajú spôsobované potláčanými, niekedy aj neuvedomelými negatívnymi emóciami a zážitkami z minulosti. Základným piliérom metódy je objaviť tieto emócie či zážitky a dosiahnuť odstránenie chybných predstáv a vzorcov správania, ktoré vyvolávajú, prostredníctvom odpustenia samému sebe ako aj ...more
Ingrid  M.  S.
When I got the opportunity to read the first four chapters, I couldn't expect anything. In truth, I thought she just writes about how to live, although the title was too different. So when I first read the phrase in the first chapter, my heart immediately stopped. I couldn't read on for several minutes and you know why? Because there was this sentence: "Some part of me knew that there is something inside of me seriously ill and that I finally got to go to the doctors to find out what it is. " An ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
recommended by my therapist, this author is certainly trying to sell you on her seminars and products despite lip service to the contrary. I disagree with her assertion that grief, when managed honestly, can be gotten over in 5-7 days...yikes. But this is her story and she can make whatever assertions she would like. Her methods are useful and even when used in pieces and not part of a two-hour "journeywork session" I found them helpful. Fireside chats with people from my past, searching to name ...more
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who struggles with a chronic physical disorder
A true story. The author is the health specialist on a Self Help lecture circuit with the world renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins. She discovers she has cancer and is given a short time to live. Tapping into her knowledge about the self healing properties programmed into the body functions and human phyche Bays discovers the "cause of illness" and initiates the healing process within. This is a real experience shared by several others with like experiences and offers additional tools to ...more
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Dawn Flockhart
The author's own story of healing drives this book from the start, and other anecdotes keep it moving right to the end. The so-called "miracles" that people can perform for their own healing are inspirational, to say the least, and raise the question "why them, and not others?" This book does more than tell stories though: it answers that question, and moreover, explains how any of us can heal our own lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A must-read for anyone looking for a different w
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book offered a fundamental piece of the puzzle in my coaching modality, it provides a toolkit for successfully navigating the emotional terrain within. By working with the exercises that it provides, I am successfully healing old wounding and trauma, including present day symptoms, and learning to be with the fluxuations of my emotional being with less reactivity.

I highly reccommend this book to anyone. Contact me if you are interested in studying it deeper and want support, I live in Seba
Sanne Wurzer
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Een prachtig boek over hoe de schrijfster leert alle moeilijkheden die ze tegen komt in het leven (inclusief heel heftige ziekte) in zichzelf te genezen, door gewaarzijn bij wat er is, en door te onderzoeken wat bepaalde 'pijn' haar te vertellen/te leren heeft. Ze heeft hierbij ook pragmatische oefeningen en werkboeken gemaakt, die in het boek te vinden zijn. Een aanrader vind ik. Zeker voor mensen met interesse in persoonlijke ontwikkeling en spiritualiteit. Moest wel even wennen aan haar stijl ...more
A. Gulden
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Once heard a story that each of us comes into this life as a pristine, pure, flawless diamond. And, through the trials of growing up and the course of life's pains, our innate brilliance becomes hidden by a load of rubbish.

Then when we become adults, we cover the whole mess with a coat of bright, shiny nail varnish. We present this artificial veneer to the world and wonder why no one seems to think it's that extraordinary. Over time, we may even come to believe that this protective shell is who
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirit
In my opinion this was a very different kind of self-help book. What I found most interesting was that the author had dedicated her life to alternative healing modalities and then became very ill anyway. It was through this illness that she was able to discover "The Journey" - a very simple emotional healing technique which translates into physical healing at a cellular level. I admit to being sceptical and if the opportunity arises I will attend one of her workshops to see for myself.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, non-fictrion
I really liked this book, I liked Brandon's honest straight forward writing and her belief in what she is doing.

I liked hearing her story (tumour, career, fire, personal life) but there were times the book dragged on with the other peoples 'Journey' stories. I get that they were a big part of explaining her work but when I start skipping paragraphs I know I've got what I needed out of the book.

Saying that... She is amazing, her story should be told everywhere.
Greg Diehl
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
A good friend of mine recommended this book and found it very inspiring. I've enjoyed some of the writings of Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins (NLP), both of whom are very influencial figures in Bays life. I did my best to read this one with an open mind. I believe Brandon is sincere and has some good things to say, however, in the final analysis draws dramatic conclusions from a daunting dearth of data.
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I found this book very insightful and information quite applicable. Basically it addresses the issue of emotions and memories being stored cellularly in your body. Science has proven that people whom have received organs recall memories from the life of the organ donor. The concept behind this book is to provide a process to interrupt the cellular memory with the purpose to heal personal unresolved emotions and/or unpleasant memories and replacing them with peace.
Adrienne Carmack
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating tale of the author's journey through her own healing, and her path to share the wisdom she gained with others. I love this story so much, because it is a truthful recounting that shows what is possible. The author shares many ways in which others can access themselves, and encourages self-practice and freely shares what is needed to do this.
Barbro Kinnunen
Interesting read of a womans way to self healing and mind opening. Ends with a guide how to go about it yourself, though I personally feel that you need to have a trained person to do that with you. Reading the book was a first step before going into the method for me together with such a trained therapeut. Now I'm having my husband read it, so he'll knows what I plan for me to do.
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American houswife who claims to have healt herself of a tumor in her belly.
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“[M]y only route was trust: trust in a *deeper* wisdom, the wisdom responsible for making my heart beat, my eyes shine, my hair grow; trust in the infinite intelligence responsible for making my cells replicate; trust in the part of me that is awake when I'm asleep at night.” 1 likes
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