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Michael Neill Michael Neill bestselling author. childhood reconnector. messy laugher.

Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and creative sparkplug to CEOs, celebrities, and royalty. His books have been translated into thirteen languages around the world. [www.insideoutrevolution.com]

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In 2007, I thought I was at the top of my game. My coaching practice was thriving. I was well respected in my particular field of applied psychology. My first book had been a bestseller, and my second book was just about to come out in America. My wife, Nina, and I were in our twentieth year together and our three kids were everything we could have hoped for and more.

Then one night as part of a program I was attending, I popped a recording of a man named Syd Banks talking about the power of Thought into the DVD player in my hotel room. Halfway through my second beer, I heard something so profound that the beer came spurting out my nose as I burst into fits of laughter.

All he said (and I’ve gone back and played the DVD over again to check) was,  “Every human being has innate mental health.”

The reason it struck me as funny was because somehow I knew that it was absolutely and fundamentally true.

I had been a depressed, suicidal teen. And as I learned and practiced many of the self-help techniques that proliferate in our culture, it got better. For over 15 years I studied and practiced every methodology I could find to stave off depression and ‘create’ positive feelings in my body. And I became convinced that the only things preventing me from sliding back into the misery I had fought tooth and nail to escape were my techniques and practices. So for Syd to say that mental health was natural went against everything I’d learned – and taught – in my first forays into the world of self-help.

Yet I could instantly see the truth of it. After all, babies don’t need therapy. While I can’t honestly say I remember what it felt like to be in the womb, I knew from watching my own kids grow up that, other than during periods of physical discomfort, they lived in a pretty continual state of mental well-being for the first few years of their lives. In seeing the original grace of my innate mental health, I felt as though the burden of nearly 40 years of struggle had been lifted off my shoulders.

Well-being is our nature, and the return to this original grace of life is always available to us. It takes no particular effort to attain because it is, in fact, a return to our natural way of being.

There’s nothing you need to do, be, have, get, change, practice, or learn
in order to be happy, loving, and whole.

– Michael Neill

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