WRITER'S DIGEST ~
"Dr. Brickman appears to have discovered a very helpful new kind of therapy, a breakthrough process, as the cases he explains suggest. A still soft voice is the key, going within to find that inner voice, a new or the real self. With this inner guidance that the author has discovered after years of study/research/inner work himself, with this inner guidance, the doctor-author proves the success of the patients in reaching their own personal goals.
"This process could be a real boon to his colleagues, other therapists and potential patients alike as talk therapy is often elusive and unsuccessful. The verbatim sessions of patients following the soft voice are easy to read and with the additional commentary, the process gains validity. Seemingly if patients do not go within they go without." - Writer's Digest, Book Awards 2012
"This new approach furthers understanding of the deeper aspects.
Penetrates more deeply into the real being that is, the core."
- R. Leibel Groner. Crown Heights, USA
"As an academic neurologist, I was immediately fascinated the moment I started reading Dr. Brickman's book, the still soft voice. ... I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in psychology, hypnosis or therapy ~ and certainly for anyone who knows they have an inner core but either don't know how to tap it or to listen to it just yet!"
- Dr. David Z. Rose, Academic and Vascular Neurologist, University of South Florida, a research university, Tampa, Florida
"Truly a breakthrough, necessary reading for healthcare providers, therapists and for everyone else. These journeys take us to a most fascinating, hidden universe." - Dr. (Lt Col.) N.R. Meccia, USAF, MSC
"In a world of agitated loud voices demanding to be heard, Author Clifford Brickman's new book 'the still soft voice' is an oasis of tranquility, and you need not travel further than your own mind. Recommended to anyone with an open one, and the rest of us who
are just tired of all the shouting." - Ruby Harris, Chicago, U.S.A.
"An amazing intriguing book. The Still, Soft Voice tells us
perhaps all of us have an 'inner core,' the all-knowing part of personality that we try to ignore by distracting ourselves from our real purpose and strengths. The book caused me to think .. Am I distracting myself to avoid issues? Do I have strengths I am not taking advantage of? .. This is a very worthwhile read and I strongly recommend this book; you will completely change your perspective on human consciousness." - Y. Leichtman, Illinois, USA
"Could the Inner Core or Inner Essence be the area of conscious-ness that links the Soul to the outside world? Throughout the ages man has tried to reach out to the infinite and unknowable. Accessing the Inner Core may take one to these elusive boundary lines where the sacred and the divine converge with the physical world. ... The Still, Soft Voice illuminates the multitude of paths one may take in reaching their own personal truths. That is why I feel it is so valuable." - David Phillips, California, USA
"The ultimate truth has to be God, by definition, but relating to God…how? Intellectually, through pure reasoning? It's impossible for one person; perhaps we are not supposed to understand intellectually and that’s not what God wanted from us. But–then– what? I mean how–how to go about it–about communicating with our Creator. There should be a simpler way to communicate with God with the most basic and ultimate truth. The Still, Soft Voice holds tremendous potential for the world." - Franklin Abel, Illinois, USA
"Even when first opening the book, I felt a sense of excitement,
as if going to a new place where I've never been, to find a secret
of life to better understand myself. Trusting that positive inner
voice, that you get a sense of, can lead to better things in life;
so far this book seems to help me find it. As I delved into the
life stories and personal discoveries, and connections, this
made it more believable for me. It made it possible to
find that inner voice and to know it's for real."
- Benjamin Malmed, Chicago, USA
"I got your wonderful book a little while ago. Definitely an eye opener and the first book of its kind that I've ever read. What I like about it most is the Chasidus and Kabbalah that you intertwine with the therapy and discoveries you've made." - R. Eliyahu Benhiyoun, Crown Heights, North America
"Reminder to listen to the inner self as it gives recommendations on what to do and insights into relationships with people and the people themselves. It also can put one in situations that are good for you or keep you distracted from going into to situations that are bad for you. It is advice based on all one's past experiences and thoughts. It is never wrong. Not acting on its advice can be troublesome to say to least. This is what I think it is saying and I agree." - Susan Shito, Hawaii, USA ~ about Audio Intro
- Michael Chase, o.b.m., USA
"I've traveled around the world to seek this, to India,
to gurus, to teachers & shamans; and as it turns out,
I found it in downtown Chicago in your office, and
there it was, all the while hidden within myself."
- Roseanne Barr, Hollywood & Hawaii, USA
"Dr. Cliff .. how nice to read your words, thanks !!!!"
- Rosalie Gellman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"My life is much happier, now that I have given myself
permission to listen to my inner voice."
- Gold Leaf Press, California
"Thank you for sharing..with us about the 'inner core'. Our editorial staff..think you have a good idea here. The reality of a voice within all of us is quite intriguing."
- Valerie of Guildford, England, United Kingdom
"Well done ...A Brilliant Meet-up ...let me know where
...I'll try to join you all."
- Kimberly Tester, Lead Research Analyst, Northwestern University
“Dr. Cliff is an energetic, charismatic, and intelligent professional. Whether he's presenting to the Chicago Consciousness group or giving a radio interview to Roseanne, he's informative and entertaining too. Absolutely recommend him for his empathy and intuition when speaking with others."
- Dr. Robert Head, President, Rockford College ~ at Jane Addams Hull House
“Dr. Cliff, go home and finish that book."
- Dr. Carl Whitaker, Innovator & Founder of Family Therapy
Question to Carl W: When will the family actually change? - Answer:
“... when you find the infra-structure."
- Rita Warschauer Brickman, Milwaukee, Wis. USA
"... wonderful vocabulary."
- Dr. Carl Jung
Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throughout the world.
There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-halls, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul."
- Dr. Sigmund Freud
It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only made by those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even if it be a scientific one. ... Science in its catechism has but few apodictic precepts; it consists mainly of statements which it has developed to varying degrees of probability. ... The capacity to be content with these approximations to certainty and the ability to carry on constructive work despite the lack of final confirmation are actually a mark of the scientific habit of mind.
- Prof. Saul Bellow -in Allan Bloom, 'Closing of the American Mind'
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves--to that part of us which is conscious of a higher consciousness, by means of which we make final judgements and put every thing together.
The independence of this consciousness, which has the strength to be immune to the noise of history and the distractions of our immediate surroundings, is what the life struggle is all about. The soul has to find and hold its ground against hostile forces, sometimes embodied in ideas which frequently deny its very existence, and which indeed often seem to be trying to annul it altogether.
- Prof. Allan Bloom -in, 'Closing of the American Mind'
Despite all efforts to pervert it, the question that every young person asks, 'Who am I?,' the powerful urge to folllow the Delphic command, 'Know thyself,' which is born in each of us, means in the first place, 'What is man?' . . .
Most students will be content with what our present considers relevant; others will have a spirit of enthusiasm that subsides as family and ambition provide them with other objects of interest; a small number will spend their lives in an effort to be autonomous.
- Prof. Saul Bellow -in Saul Bellow, 'Ravelstein'
'He used to quote me to myself.' He had dug up a statement I had made about modern disenchantment. Under the debris of modern ideas the world was still there to be rediscovered. And his way of putting it was that the grey net of abstraction covering the world in order to simplify and explain it in a way that served our cultural ends has become the world in our eyes. . . .
We need to know--our deep human need, however, can't be satisfied by these terms. We can't climb out of the pit of 'culture' and the 'ideas' that supposedly express it. The right words would be of great help. But even more, a gift for reading reality--the impulse to put your loving face to it and press your hands against it.
~ MORE SPECIFICS ~
"As an academic neurologist, I was immediately fascinated the moment I started reading Dr. Brickman's book, the still soft voice. I go right to the meat of the book, turning to page 116 -- where the dialogue between Dr. Brickman and his patient "Katrina" is civil, but hard-hitting, caring, but instinctual. What Dr. Brickman is consciously and delicately doing is surgically excising the malignant doubt from Katrina's anxious, insecure mind, obsessed with worrying and rumination, and then gently telling this poor soul to listen to her own brain, recognize her inner core, and re-discover her own self. Discard the labels and names and wants of other individuals, he suggests to her (and to the other 20+ patients in the book, in different chapters) and focus on your inner being – through the fascinating arts of hypnosis and therapy.
"Now that you know what the book is about, I'll tell you what the book is not about. It is not about a rodomontade, bumptious mental-health professional waxing upon esoteric theories, nor is it a psychoanalytic treatise that some sycophant designed simply to please the clients. Indeed, it seems the purpose of Dr. Brickman’s book is to describe the unique and often pleasant results obtained after he spends time and energy facilitating each patient’s journey towards reaching his or her own inner core.
"Reaching each patient’s inner core, however, and talking directly to it, is not just enough for Brickman, as he also instructs his patients on how to l-i-s-t-e-n to it, a simple task so easily overlooked, and ignored by all of us at various stages in our lives. And as I read on, and began to delve into the lives of the other broken patients, whom their own Inner Core is fixing, I couldn't put the book down. The discussions between patient and doctor are genuine, caring, and for lack of a less cliché word, soulful. After Dr. Brickman reaches their inner core, they give themselves their own sound advice; and breakthroughs are made. It's nice to read about successes such as these, especially as sometimes traditional meds and methods fail. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in psychology, hypnosis and therapy, or in non-traditional mental health improvement strategies; and certainly for anyone who knows they have an inner core but either don't know how to tap it or to listen to it just yet!"
- Dr. David Z. Rose, Academic and Vascular Neurologist, University of South Florida, research university, Tampa, Florida