Barry Neil Kaufman is a best-selling author of 12 books, including Happiness Is A Choice and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues. He is the Co-Founder, with his wife, Samahria, of the world renowned Option Institute International Learning & Training Center in Sheffield, Massachusetts (U.S.A.), which offers programs for adults who come to learn The Option Process®, an empowering and life-changing system for personal growth. The Option Institute is also home to Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program®, helping families who have children with special needs.
Mr. Kaufman and The Option Institute have been featured in over 2,000 major media articles and programs, including The New York Times, People magazine, Reader’s Digest, Good Morning America, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey. Over 200 universities have placed his books on reading lists for courses in departments such as Philosophy, Psychology, and Education.
Additionally, Mr. Kaufman leads workshops, conducts seminars and presents motivational talks worldwide. He and his wife won the Humanitas Prize for their screenplay of the NBC movie, Son-Rise: The Miracle of Love, after helping their once-autistic son emerge from the “incurable” illness of autism. He twice received the Christopher Award for his writing. Mr. Kaufman has 6 children and 3 grand-children.
- Happiness Is A Choice (Best Seller)
- Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues (Best Seller)
- No Regrets
- To Love Is To Be Happy With
- Giant Steps
- A Miracle To Believe In
- A Sacred Dying
- Future Sight
- Outsmarting Your Karma
Happiness Is A Choice
Happiness Is A Choice represents the cutting edge of Barry Neil Kaufman’s evolving teaching, focusing on empowering our moment of change, the moment in which we can make self-acceptance, inner peace, joy, and love immediately tangible with these easy-to-use tools. Bears (Barry) Neil Kaufman offers a gentle, yet powerful, way to jump through a lengthy “process” of change right into action.
This book takes us step by step on a journey to increase personal power, sharing the same techniques that participants use at The Option Institute. In his work over the years, Bears has observed that people who are most successful in finding happiness share certain traits. He has used these traits to create, in this book six Shortcuts To Happiness that you can begin using immediately.
Happiness Is A Choice is filled with moving and inspiring examples of people taking roadways you too could follow – mapped by those who have chosen happiness, peace of mind, and love as a way of life. Many of these people used the tools presented in this book to heal troubled relationships, to revitalize stagnant careers, to deal with sickness or stress, or to infuse new vigor into their lives.
This book will change your life. A book to cherish and to share…a book that will ignite the healing process.
Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues
In 1979, the classic best-seller Son-Rise was made into an award-winning NBC television special, which has been viewed by 300 million people worldwide. Now, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues presents not only the expanded and updated journal of Barry and Samahria Kaufman’s successful effort to reach their “unreachable” autistic child, but goes beyond to include a sensitive portrayal of how that singular event has become a world-wide phenomenon.
Part one of Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues is the astonishing and poignant record of Raun Kaufman’s development from a lifeless, non-communicative child into an active, loving, and verbal boy. When he was a year old, Raun began to withdraw from human contact. Oblivious to his surroundings, he appeared deaf and blind, staring silently for hours, examining his fingers, and rocking endlessly.
The experts offered little hope and as the Kaufmans watched their son slipping further and further into his impenetrable shell, they sensed time was critical. They decided to act on their own – crossing a bridge into uncharted territory in what became the adventure of their lives. When the Kaufmans completed their program based on love and total acceptance, their son showed no traces of his former condition.
Part two tells of Raun’s development after age four. His accomplishments surprise us and teach us much about love and limitless possibilities.
Part three delivers deeply moving accounts of five other ordinary families who become extraordinary when they refuse to be daunted, refuse to stop loving, and, guided by the Kaufmans, use The Son-Rise Program to reach their own “unreachable” children.
Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues is an awe-inspiring reminder that love made tangible can move mountains.
Power Dialogues: The Ultimate System for Personal Change
PowerDialogues is the most readable, useful, and comprehensive guidebook to date on The Option Process® Dialogue. As a landmark book for thousands of people around the world, it offers a unique, simple, and effective tool for personal growth. It is now being used, as well, by helping professionals as a cutting-edge adjunct to many educational, therapeutic, and spiritual traditions. Additionally, The Option Institute International Learning & Training Center uses PowerDialogues as the primary text in its Certification Programs.
This book is a must-read for those who want to learn how to take charge of their own destiny and master a sense of self-trust, inner ease, and clarity that is built on a platform of respect, dignity, and love.
PowerDialogues takes a quantum leap forward in providing mastery in The Option Process Dialogue, a Socratic form of inquiry using a logical system of questions. It represents a phenomenal breakthrough in the manner and speed with which Mentor/Counselors learn and train.
For professionals wanting to integrate this process into their existing practices, PowerDialogues gives them a working understanding of, and skill in using, The Option Process Dialogue with clients, patients, and all those they assist.
For those interested in The Option Process Dialogue for personal exploration and development, PowerDialogues provides a life-changing system that can be applied to make meaningful and lasting personal changes.
Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award. No Regrets is an intimate memoir of an extraordinary reconciliation between a father and son. This remarkable true story explores the fear that can rip families to shreds, as well as the courage and love that can bring them back together exemplifying the Option Process® in action.
Kaufman and his father had a rift between them the size of the Great Divide. Kaufman’s father, Abe, considered him the black sheep of the family and rejected his son’s philosophy and teachings. When Abe called saying he had twenty-seven malignant tumors in his abdomen and groin, Kaufman responded with excitement, “Sounds like you’re about to have one of the great adventures of your life, Pop!” There was silence at the other end of the phone, until he heard his dad say to his mom, “See? That’s why we called him. Listen to what he just said!”
Barry Neil Kaufman’s response typifies his attitudinal perspective. An outrageous, “out-of-the-box” optimist, he helped his father live more fully in his final two years of life than Abe had in his previous eighty-three years. It’s the same attitudinal perspective Kaufman had used to help his own son recover from autism, nearly twenty-five years earlier.
The life-affirming principles that are woven throughout No Regrets have been taught to thousands of people at The Option Institute since it was founded by Barry Neil Kaufman in 1983.
To Love Is To Be Happy With
This best-selling book, which details the principles and applications of The Option Process, has become an indispensable personal manual for hundreds of thousands of people who want a more loving and life-affirming basis by which to guide their lives. It has also become a teaching text, along with Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues and A Miracle to Believe In, in over 250 universities.
The Option Process is a very simple, beautiful, accepting, and non-judgmental dialogue method and attitude. Through the fascinating and intimate stories of the author and those with whom he shares the Option Philosophy, we read the awe-inspiring stories of people who come to trust themselves and experience themselves as their own best experts.
In each chapter, Barry Neil Kaufman shows us how to apply those very same principles in our everyday lives …dealing frankly with love relationships, guilt, self-trust, children, questions of health, sex, and money.
The Option Process, based on the attitude that to love is to be happy with, is an extraordinary way to discard self-defeating beliefs and to clarify doubts that have for years inhibited our personal and professional success.
Here are the stories of young people at critical turning points in their lives. Here also is the story of the man who neither judges them nor censures them, but simply accepts them and, ultimately, helps them to make their own choices.
Children are born from us; they are not owned by us. They are not possessions. The fact that they are little does not mean they are less. They are free spirits for us to love and enjoy. For all of us, children can be a beautiful experience … doorways into our own humanity.
“My son Adam asked me to pass on his gratitude to you for writingGiant Steps more than 30 years ago. Reading it started out as a requirement to attend a Happiness Option Weekend program a few months ago. Your book had a profound effect on Adam … so much so, that he lobbied for permission to complete a book report on it, received a 92%, and in the process introduced your book and it’s philosophy to two new generations…his teacher’s and his own. Adam is most grateful to you.”
Lenore G., Canada
A Miracle To Believe In
A group of strangers from all walks of life come together and are transformed as they reach out, under the direction of the Kaufmans, to help a little boy the medical world had given up as hopeless. This heartwarming journey of loving a child back to life will inspire you and present a compelling new way to deal with life’s traumas and difficulties.
A Sacred Dying
In the “comings and goings” of life, many of us will be there, at some time, to support a loved one facing death. This book is dedicated to all those who want that experience to be gentle, fulfilling and loving for the people they so cherish as well as for themselves.
Sam Mullen and his family faced what every family has confronted or will confront eventually: Mom was dying and no one had been prepared. With the help of a very special mentor, Sam learns to embrace what is happening and ultimately teaches his whole family how to celebrate life in the face of death..
If you’ve ever ignored your own “visions” or intuition, this book may very well change your mind. After you’ve read this book, you’ll think twice before you dismiss your next dream, hunch or premonition.
Peter and Jamie had everything – a loving marriage, a beautiful baby, and a successful business. Then, suddenly, with life at its fullest, Peter is haunted by a frightening premonition – the sense of a violent tragedy awaiting his young family. With growing surprise, he discovers that his own unspoken fears match his wife’s recurring nightmare. Caught in the shadow of their “FutureSight,” the only lifeline for Peter and Jamie is the whispering voice from within.
Barry Neil Kaufman has created a compelling tale based on the experiences that changed his life – and may change yours – forever.
Outsmarting Your Karma
Sometimes it is the simplest thought that allows us to cut through the clutter of confusion and, in a moment of time, reframe our beliefs and worldviews. The reflections and insights in Out-Smarting Your Karma and Other Pre-Ordained Conditions are offered in the hope that they may gently and playfully tickle your mind to question your “reality” … and inspire you to recreate your thoughts (and, therefore, your life) so that everyday experiences become more sensible, friendly, fulfilling and empowering.
This book by best-selling author Barry Neil Kaufman (Happiness Is A Choice and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues) was published in October 1996. Twenty-six pages from the book have been posted here on this web site for your perusal and enjoyment!
So take a “break” and have a mental snack on us… you’re sure to come back for more! Just click on any of the links below to preview sample pages from Out-Smarting Your Karma and Other PreOrdained Conditions.
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- The Guided Option Meditation Process
- Making Love Last
- Everyone Can Be Happy … Including You
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- High On You – Songs by Samahria Lyte Kaufman