Here is an excerpt from The Presence Process "Revised Edition" written by Michael Brown
Michael Brown claims that our emotional state is the causal point of our mental and physical suffering, and unless addressed, no real permanent change will be made in the quality of our mental and physical experience. Thus, by only rearranging our mental/physical world through diet, exercise, etc. we will never obtain true lasting wellness. I have received great rewards using the tools provide through Michael Brown's work, and highly recommend it as an important component to real-eye-sing wellness!! If you are interested in Michael Brown's work I recommend checking out his website, www.thepresenceportal.com. Be well and may ye flow in whoa?
"Pursuing a primarily physical approach, our quest for weight loss may cause us to go on a fat-free diet, while ingesting a diet formula that enables us to dissolve the fats in our system. We may also start an exercise program, or step up our current one, to burn more calories. We might even attempt radical physical processes like stapling our stomach or wiring our teeth together. Because such physical approaches involve attending to the effect and not the cause of our excess wight, they take effort. Some of them take blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention a substantial financial commitment.
However, even when the weight is lost, this doesn't guarantee the effect we are seeking. For a while we may feel better about ourselves because our appearance has improved, but this feeling wears off because the cause of our excess weight isn't physical.
All diets fail in the lov-term because they fail to address the emotional causality of overweight. Stapling a stomach can't seal off the discomfort of emotional turmoil we don't know how to stomach. Wiring teeth together doesn't empower us to express ourselves authentically and thus address our suppressed emotional charge. So even though these processes may be quick, depending on how drastic they are, the sense of wellbeing achieved through them is inauthentic and therefore temporary. When the inner discomfort finally resurfaces, it may be devastating because now there appears to be nowhere to turn.
These physical procedures don't integrate the unconscious mental activity related to self-image. Neither do they quiet the internal emotional eruptions that manifest physically as bingeing. Even if a procedure stops us from eating, the addiction to food as a means of self-medication, sedation, and control is transferred to other behavior. For a while we may look good, but our thoughts still get tangled in negativity. No matter how much fat is remove, surgically or otherwise, beneath the surgace we don't feel good. THe log-term outcome is the proof of this."