Browsing Tag

chris prentiss

Passages Malibu Celebrates 16 Years of Luxury and Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Since August 11, 2001, Passages Malibu has stood at the forefront of non-12-Step addiction treatment. When Passages Malibu opened its doors 16 years ago, Co-Founders Pax and Chris Prentiss forever changed the way addiction is viewed and treated. Passages Malibu was created after CEO and Co-Founder, Pax Prentiss fought to overcome his own battle with addiction for 10 difficult years. The treatment that is utilized at Passages is also what helped save Pax’s life and break the cycle of his addictions, for good.

Before the revolutionary holistic treatment offered at Passages Malibu was available, addiction was viewed as an incurable disease. This philosophy is accompanied by hopelessness, stigma, and shame. Passages chooses to empower those who are suffering with addiction so they can regain the hope, strength, and courage to get to the root cause of the issue causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. We don’t agree with the disease model of addiction for our research as shown that dependency is a result of one or more of the following four causes:

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

The treatment model at Passages Malibu has helped saved the lives of thousands of people around the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to make such a positive impact on those who suffer. Whether it is you or someone you know who is struggling with dependency related issues, Passages can help.

What Makes Passages Malibu Different Than Other Treatment Centers

Unlike other rehab centers, Passages provides you with a comprehensive treatment plan in luxurious comfort and tranquil surroundings. When you enroll in one of our non-12-Step holistic treatment programs, you will be assigned to a team of specialized therapists that will help you get to the root cause of what is causing your dependency on drugs and alcohol. Our unique philosophy and top tier treatment team at Passages offers a genuine solution to what could be a fatal problem. If addiction is not properly treated in a timely manner it could be a matter of life or death. Don’t wait another day. Get the treatment you deserve, at Passages Malibu.

How to Contact Passages Malibu

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Where Can I Read Reviews on Passages Malibu?

The team at Passages wants you to know how great our program truly is. All the reviews and testimonials on this site were written by Passages alumni, who have graduated from the program. As you will see in each review, the alumni’s of Passages have had a remarkable and life changing experience. We believe in our holistic program of healing, but understand that it helps to hear it from those who have been through the program and experienced it first hand. Please take a moment to read some of our reviews and see for yourself that Passages is everything we claim to be.

 

 

World Class Experience…

at a World Class Program!

Last year, I spent 5 weeks at Passages Malibu, working on a lifetime of mental health issues which led to substance abuse. I could not have chosen a better Program to help me wrestle with my demons.

The facility and Staff are top notch; First Class all the way around! The program consisted of hours and hours of one-on-one counseling with my primary, family, spiritual and chemical dependency counselors.

Passages also provided other programs to help with my Recovery. Some of my favorites were Tai-Chi. Music and Art Therapy, and Personal Training. Added to that were additional hours in Massage, Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy. I was so grateful for the self-care part of the program, and believe my Recovery progressed rapidly due having the time to relax after so many productive and intense counseling sessions. The Passages Way works on each aspect of your mind, body and soul.

Today, I am much more involved in life than I was a year ago. While I still make mistakes and the occasional poor choice, I don’t have to live a life where I believe I’m the mistake. For that and much more, I have Passages to thank.

It really is a World Class Property. Which makes for an easier time to work on your “stuff”. I highly recommend that you give them a call before you begin your journey of discovery to the healthier you. I’m thankful I did. And, they take Insurance; BONUS!

Passages saved my life!

My experience with Passages was beyond any expectation. Yes, I was scared to call and ask for help. My family and friends were encouraging me for years to quit drinking but I didn’t know where to begin or what I needed to do. I was lost. My career was in a rut. I couldn’t save a dime. I was spending all my money on alcohol and pot. I became out of shape and undesirable. I wanted to get my life back and back get control. I wanted to make myself and my family proud of the man I was but alcohol and drugs stood in the way. I was trying to cope with so many underlying issues I wasn’t even sure what they were or how to fix them. I went to Passages for 90 days and the results have been incredible. I’m happy, healthy, and live a life I can finally be proud of. I’m thankful for the people at Passages who really helped me overcome this nearly deadly battle. I encourage anyone out there who is reading this to please pick up the phone and call them! You won’t regret it.

Cade M.

Love when I find a treatment center that actually cares about the patient first!

This place is amazing! Thank you for all you do and helping my best friend in getting back up on his feet. Super grateful… highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone looking to break free from their addiction 🙂

Passages Delivers as Promised

Passages provides excellent holistic treatment for addiction in a beautiful environment. The experience heals and nourishes the mind and soul. If you are engaged and ready to fully dive in to the experience with an open mind, you will get what you came for.

Thank You Passages

When I first reached out to Passages I was scared. I knew I needed help but I was afraid to ask for it. Once I mustarded up the courage to reach for the phone and finally call for help, I felt I great sense of relief. For about a year I watched the Passages commercial on TV and found the message to be powerful and quite intriguing. After hearing Pax’s story and how badly he struggled with addiction it gave me a lot of hope that I could pull out of this hole I dug for myself. My troubles began with alcohol, then marijuana, then cocaine. I chased a high to escape from my insecurities, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I just didn’t want to feel anything. I wanted to be happy and confident but I was destroying my life with these substances. During my 90 day stay at Passages, my entire world changed and improved. All of the therapists help bring many things to light and helped me heal my underlying conditions causing me to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. I am so thankful I reached out and committed to changing my life with the help of Passages. My family, career, and relationships are all so much more stable. The best part about being at Passages was the care and support everyone there gives you. They treated me like family. I never felt so welcomed somewhere before. Pax and Chris made regular visits and interacted with us—they treated me like a normal person, not someone with a disease or sickness like they do other places. Thank you to everyone at Passages who helped me get my life back and save me from destroying my future. I am so grateful for this, every single day.

Spectacular

Passages gave me the tools to help me get my life back. The day I arrived I was really nervous, I was greeted with open arms by the entire staff. I felt like I was surrounded by my family it was so strange. I arrived after dinner was prepared and I was so hungry, the staff was so thoughtful they put a plate aside for me just like my mom used to do. My days were crammed pack with little down time, evenings were extra special spending time with others around the fire pit talking and spilling our guts. I needed a place where I could get to the roots of my addiction and begin to rebuild my life and that’s exactly what I received at Passages. I found getting help is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a reason to celebrate and something to be proud of. I have recommended Passages to many People I know so they may have the same opportunity of living a Happy and Healthy life. Thank you to everyone at Passages, the list is long and I will never forget those whom saved my life.

My Perfect Sobriety Retreat

When I first heard about Passages I was skeptical. I was not familiar with the philosophy as it is much different than other rehab facilities out there. After my first initial phone call with admissions I knew this was the start of something great. Insurance covered a large percentage of my 30 day stay. It was everything and more than what you see advertised. The grounds are immaculate, the staff is helpful and welcoming and more importantly that treatment sessions are world-class. Since graduating from Passages I have a better understanding on what was driving me to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. I now focus my time and attention on healthier alternatives to manage my stress and anxiety. I believe anyone out there who’s struggling with addiction could benefit from the treatment offered at Passages.

Since my stay 13 years ago.

I was one of the first 100 patients to walk through the doors at Passages Malibu, and receive treatment almost 13 years ago – I was but a mere 20 years old with absolutely no hope for my future. At that time in my life I couldn’t figure out which way was up, and which way was down – I had been abusing heavy drugs daily since I was 15 years old and never thought I would be able to kick the bad habits I had created for myself in that time. My biggest fear when walking into treatment was that I would be ridiculed and made to feel that I was a lost cause, and that I would always carry the stigma of “junkie” with me forever.

Before I even left for Passages, I called and left a message on their hotline asking for more information – within 10 minutes of leaving the message, to my surprise I received a return phone call from Chris Prentice himself. (during what would have been dinner time on the West Coast) I was shocked that this man, this stranger; would take anytime to reach out to me directly, let alone take the time away from dinner with his family to reach out to me so quickly. We spoke for nearly an hour, and after hanging up with him, I was booking my flight and would be arriving the next morning.

I spent 5 weeks at Passages Malibu (even spending my 21st birthday there – which the staff and my group made one of my most memorable birthdays I have ever had to this day) and was able to learn so many wonderful things that have helped me become the person I am today. Not only was I able to regain a positive outlook for my life, I realized that I wasn’t cursed, I wasn’t powerless, and I certainly wasn’t a “junkie” – I was a wonderful human being that just had many unresolved issues from my childhood and past that were causing me to want to “unplug from life” and drugs was how I personally chose to to do that unplugging.

I wish I could say that life was nothing but cupcakes and rainbows upon leaving, because it certainly wasn’t – but I have always remembered what I learned and have no question I wouldn’t be around today if it weren’t for Chris, Pax, and the rest of the staff at Passages Malibu.

Today I am a successful, happy, and extremely balanced 34 year old. I have a wonderful home, a fantastic career, and a loving family.

The treatment program offered at Passages is one of a kind, and completely life changing. I encourage anyone out there struggling with addiction to reach out to them and simply speak to someone, you will surely get the same warm feelings I got 13 years ago when I made the phone call for help, and I promise after spending time at Passages – you too will once again regain the positive outlook for a bright future.

Worlds Best Rehab Passages Malibu. Please go and discover a new you

I can’t say enough about how Passages Malibu saved my life.Mike bent over backwards fighting daily for treatment for me from my insurance. These guys saved my life. They are not just a treatment facility they are a family and you become part of that extended family once you attend. I never in my life had a chance to deal with the trauma from my childhood . I never felt like I could relax let my guard down.I could never open up. The first thing you will feel is how safe feel like living in a therapeutic cocoon.I never had that and was my first taste of that I was able to let go and let my guard down and for once in my life trust others.I can’t say that I didn’t have my own personal struggles . I did my mind was at war with my physical self ..Passages gave a road map to rediscovering myself. Accepting my faults as beautiful gifts and using them as postive assets to my life.Im ok and know I’m where I should be for right now in the universe.I rediscovered my lust for life and appeicate the small things as I did as a child that brought me so much joy and meaning to my life.Im not saying I’m not perfect or did I turn into a guy eating sprots and tofu which I tried there and was so good.I even relasped which im ok with because it was part of my journey to letting go of the pain and getting back on the right path .Ive learn to learn from my mistakes and embrace tham learn from them .the fact that I’m not perfect which is beautiful and that’s ok.. I held on to all this pain for so long that it became apart of me.I blamed everyone but myself I wrongly after my Dad passed blamed passages. That was the old me repeating a pattern blaming others for my mistakes even my drug use. I again looked for a reason to use and blame others . This time I noticed what I was doing I’ve gain the insight and tools to identify what I was doing . I was able to stop think and turn things around.Pax and Mike and all of passages thank you for such a priceless experience and a journey that awaken my soul .,You can’t put a price on peace of mind or self awareness or pulling me out of the purgatory I was living in and accepted this as my life forever.Im happy to say im on my own journey and everyday a new beautiful day filled with such beauty and joy. thank Pax and Mike for such a beauitful priceless gift .. Matt Overton ( Passages Family of 2015)

A life-changing process

If you want to change your path, go! If you want to blame others for your inability to recover, stay where you are and save yourself some money and time. Because you will look for someone to blame everywhere you go. I believe they have the best treatment possible. It was my first and I hope my only one. I got to meet one of the co-founders and he is very down to earth, accessible and supportive.

At first I was worried about the possibility of having a fun life without substances. At last I found all of the ways I could enjoy every day and be sober, thanks to Passages Ventura and its wonderful staff.

Great alternative to 12-Step programs.

I attended Passages almost five years ago and personally found the experience transformational. The staff, the program, and the setting were all very conducive to my recovery. While I don’t think anyone will have much success without the right frame mind and dedicated effort, the approach at Passages was just what I was looking for after being underwhelmed by the 12 Steps. Although I did have one brief slip shortly after leaving, I was able to right the ship quickly and have been sober over four years now. I believe my time at Passages was instrumental to my new way of living.

An Amazing Unforgettable Experience

My name is Scott Anderson, and I was a True Addict/Alcoholic in every since of the word. Before I went to passages in 2010
I had been on an All Day Bottle to Tooth Vodka habit, as well as popping copious amounts of Morphine/Vicodin & Valum & smoking Weed. All after being white knuckle sober for a year after a previous 7day detox from Alcohol & Cocain.
My girlfriend gave me the Book on the Cure which I read while I was using. One night I had enuf!
I Made the call to passages and was picked up in the morning by a town car headed to Passages. That was the Best Decision I’ve Made in This Life.
What can I say?… From the moment I began treatment with a Team of Phsychologist, an Acupuncturist, massage therapist, what I called the “Resident Guru”, who I’ll never forget, that guided us daily in Meditation, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Sound Therapy, Hikes through the canions, kayaking, surfing…
It was Just an Amazing. And we had the Best Chef! This was no Rehab! I called it “Therapy Camp”. Reason being, this place helped me work out my underline issues that drove my addictions with the help of a collaboration of therapists daily. I stayed for 90 days by choice. At the end of each month I knew I had more work to do on myself. And the work I was getting done with my therapist was so deep and going so well I also wanted to keep it going. I made lots of great friends and we all helped Each other along the way. I could go on and on. Passages Was A Truly Special And Life Changing Experience. It was hard work no doubt about it! But I put in the work that needed to be done because I truly would not be here today without my intentions and the help of every person at Passages.

According to Healthcare Global

Healthcare Global also gave us the topmost review in their feature called “Top Ten Rehab Clinics In The World” due to our innovative mode of drug and alcohol addiction treatments. Their feature recounts several facilities we provide to our members to make their journey quit drugs easier. There’s a mention of our pristine ten-acre facility and the ocean view and our leisure facilities including our gym, vast tennis courts, swimming pools and basketball courts.
Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Quotes by Chris Prentiss of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

“When people who believe themselves to be addicts or alcoholics come under great stress or trauma, they mentally give themselves permission to drink or use drugs as a remedy.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“Every person in the AA program who’s successful is living proof that he or she does have power over addictive drugs and alcohol- the power to stop.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“If you can stop using substance or stop your addictive behavior for extended periods of time without craving, you are not dependent. You are dependent only if you can’t stop without physical or psychological distress (you have unpleasant physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms) or if you stop and then relapse.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“Who you allow into the circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

“The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

“The more you engage in any type of emotion or behavior, the greater your desire for it will become.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

“We recognize that you’ve used substances to try to regain your lost balance, to try to feel the way you did before the need arose to use addictive drugs or alcohol. We know that you use substances to alter your mood, to cover up your sadness, to ease your heartbreak, to lighten your stress load, to blur your painful memories, to escape your hurtful reality, or to make your unbearable days or nights bearable.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“… all decisions and actions that will affect your relationship must be made by answering this single question: Will the action I am considering have a negative impact on my relationship? If the answer is yes, don’t do it.”
Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“To preserve what you have, to keep your relationships alive and glowing, give generously- give of your time, you assets, your attention, your help, and your love. Give of yourself.”
Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“We help our clients discover and correct the underlying conditions that are causing them to self-medicate, to seek relief in substances and addictive behavior.”
Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“What you think of as your common sense in regard to relationships may be based on something you have come to believe that isn’t totally true or may not be true at all.”
Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“Each of us is different and has different needs. In addition, our needs change over the course of our relationship. When you are committed to an enduring relationship with someone, you aren’t simply concerned about having your needs met. You also go out of your way to care for your loved one, being aware of and adaptable to their changing needs.”
Chris Prentiss, The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

“The moment you make the internal changes necessary to obtain your goal, the outside world changes instantly.”
Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

“When nothing else worked, we created a holistic, hand-tailored program that saved Pax’s life. At Passages, he and I use what we learned in curing him to help others discover the roots of their addiction or alcoholism and break free.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

To shop our online wellness store, please visit www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

store-facilities_2

Rated the #1 Rehab in the World by Healthcare Global, Passages is the most exclusive holistic, non-12-Step, drug and alcohol addiction program available today. Passages Malibu offers first class individualized treatment in a magnificent setting with complete privacy for our elite clientele.

Passages was created in 2001 by Chris and Pax Prentiss; a father and son team who have a sincere desire to help others overcome their addictions. As a result of their unwavering commitment to their clients and staff, and their cutting-edge holistic treatment program, Chris and Pax have led Passages to become the recognized industry leader, setting a new standard for the treatment of addiction internationally.

Passages’ fully customized treatment program–the same program described in The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure–first discovers and then heals the underlying causes of your addiction.

You’ll receive a treatment program that’s tailored specifically to your needs. We’ll work one-on-one with you, providing 60 hours of individual therapy per month with doctors and therapists who are at the forefront of modern addiction treatment—more than any other treatment center in the country. Our approach is grounded in holistic principles and focuses entirely on your mind, body and spirit so nothing is left undone. It’s our way of making sure the changes you make last a lifetime.

There’s a lot of life out there waiting to be lived. Let us help you find your way back to a life that is healthy, productive, and most importantly, happy. If you would like to experience our unparalleled addiction treatment program, or learn more about our revolutionary addiction treatment philosophy, call us now. (888) 397-0112. Insurance accepted. 

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

God’s Game by Chris Prentiss

A gift for You

On April 16th, 2016, I will have been on this lovely planet for 80 years. People close to me ask what I want for my birthday. I have all I want. Instead, I want to give a gift.

This is my fifteenth book. My original plan was to have my distributor provide this book to the bookstores and online booksellers to begin sales this month of April. Instead, I’m giving this book to You and to the world as a gift. You may share all or any part of it in any form so long as it is provided free of charge.

Chris

DEDICATION

This little book is dedicated to You

who may still be wondering:

Who am I?

Where did I come from?

What am I doing here?

and

What’s it all about?

 

 

Now

It’s three-thirty in the morning; that quiet time when the world is renewing itself.  I’m sitting before my fireplace watching the flames turn the logs into glowing shapes and strange images. The crackle and pop of the fire and the occasional shower of sparks is mesmerizing.  The unburned portions of logs have created dark caves through which I can see the white hot embers at the heart of the fire and, like many of our ancient ancestors over the seven hundred thousand or so years since fire was first mastered, I’m staring into the flames, enchanted, seeing fantastic images, letting thoughts come as they will.

As I sit here, half wondering, half dreaming, I find myself thinking what it would be like to be God.  You know, the popular conception of God: all powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing and omnipresent, meaning: “All over all at once.”  I’m startled at my first thought:

“Boring!”

There’s no one to talk to, not on God’s level, and even if there were, what’s to talk about when everything is known, past, present, and future?  There’s nothing to do God hasn’t done, nothing to see God hasn’t seen and nothing to know God doesn’t know.  And because God is a permanent fixture, it’s horrifying beyond even the wildest, most extravagant thought I can conjure up:

Eternal boredom!

To my tiny human imagination that situation is intolerable. I’m wondering: “What would God do in such a circumstance?”  The answer comes fully formed, as if I’ve swallowed a capsule with the information inside.  I know what God would do:

God would create a game to play.

I can see it as if The Game is laid out before me—as indeed it is!  If it had come in a box, it would have been labeled,

“God’s Game.”

What God wanted to do more than anything was to end the boredom; and not just for a little while, but for a long time—almost eternally.  I say almost because it was going to be a game, and, like all games, needed to have an ending.  What God wanted, needed, was to have the fresh, exhilarating experience that comes from not knowing what’s around the next bend in the road. Quite a feat when You know past, present and future.

What I imagined God wanted to do, was to experience ‘experience.’

That’s what God’s Game will be about—the experience of experiencing.

What God wanted was to experience the ultimate of ultimates: joy, rage, rapture, pain, passion, love, wonder, happiness, cruelty, cowardice, degradation, hopelessness, sadness, hate, ecstasy, sickness, health, war, disgust, bliss, boredom, gratitude, reverence, loathing, longing, envy, disdain, devotion, fear, lust, terror, rain, peace, tenderness, snow, relaxation, excitement, panic, heat, heartache, betrayal, inspiration, satisfaction, defeat, freedom, winning, cold, disappointment, thirst, villainy,  anger, desire, delight, exultation, dread, losing, celebration, triumph, redemption, killing, water, failure, horror, hunger, loneliness, starvation, kindness, gentleness, affection, all the degrees of love—and one of the greatest, ego.

God wanted to experience God

in all the trillion, trillion, trillion ways that everything in the Universe is experiencing—everything in the Universe.

Isn’t that what We’re all doing—experiencing?

We’re all God—We couldn’t be anything else—there was nothing else to begin with—so, everything that came after God was, is and ever will be—all God. Not all of God, but:

all God.

I began to think about the thought process that would go into the creation of The Game.  Of course, God could have just willed it into being with one mighty thought, but I couldn’t do that because, although I’m God, as You are God, We have only a tiny bit of all the original God powers, and I had to think my way through it. I began by thinking what The Game would be like, what it will have to be like, for me to be able to play.  So, here I am now, sitting in front of my fireplace, thinking my way through the creation of The Game:

as if I am God.

After 80 years on the planet, I have some information about the way things are, so I can imagine how it came about. To begin, there are two major problems.  The first is My omniscience, My all-knowingness; actually:

My Consciousness.

Remember now, I’m thinking my way through this as if I am God. So, as God, if I don’t get rid of My ability to see into the future, knowing everything, The Game won’t be any fun.  There won’t be any suspense, no sense of mystery no:

waiting-to-see-what’s-coming

which is the whole point of The Game. Of course, as God, I will have already looked into the future and seen what was coming, so, I will have to figure out how to solve that most incredibly difficult problem.

The second problem is that I will need a game board to play on. Again, the answer comes, fully formed. I will solve both problems with one stroke:  As God, I will create the Universe.  Instead of playing on the board, I will play in the board.  Actually,

I will be the board.

The board will be made from Me, and I will use up all of Me in creating it.  I will spread Myself to Infinity and to Eternity, willing Creation.  Creation of what?  Well, look around, that’s what I will create:

All-That-Is.

As God, the greatest deed I will ever do will be:

The creation of the Universe.

After that, everything in My new Universe will be possible, even easy in comparison. My new Universe will always be perfect. It will exist in a stream of  absolute perfection and everything in it will be Alive.

“Universe” is derived from the Latin words “unus,” meaning “one” and “versus,” meaning, “to turn into.”  It means “one” “turned into” the Universe.  The creators of the early Latin language also conceived of God becoming the Universe.  Don’t you find that interesting?

The other major problem, the one about My omniscience, My all-knowingness, My all-seeingness, will be solved when I turn Myself into all those little Bits and Pieces of the Universe.  My God Awareness, God Knowledge, God Power, God Creativity and God Consciousness will be spread out over the totality, each tiny Particle receiving Its share, and therefore, My All Knowingness, My All-Seeingness, My God Consciousness, and ALL my God Powers, which are now concentrated, and therefore potent, will be spread out:

over the entirety

 and will be so reduced in potency that I will only be able to get glimpses of the future and the past.

And, wonder of wonders, every Particle will be different from every other Particle.  There will be no two snowflakes alike, no two spider webs alike, no two raindrops alike and no two blades of grass alike. Now, that is some feat. Talk about diversification:

It will be total!

And wonder of wonders, every infinitesimal Particle will possess a tiny portion of:

Me.

And every Particle will be afloat in a sea of:

My Consciousness.

What We will call:

“Space”

Which is also:

Me

In the creation of the Universe, I will use up all of Me; there will be no little portion left over with which to create mountain ranges, skies, galaxies, stars, black holes or planets.  Every part of Me will be used up, and Everything will be in its exact right place—always.

 I, speaking as God, certainly am not going to create a Universe in which truly bad things could happen to Me because if one truly bad thing could happen to Me, so could two, three, and more, leading to the possibility of destruction.

That is not going to happen!

That’s because the entire Universe will be made from:

Me,
is Me,
and
All is—One
Me.

As it is now, I am

Complete Existence.

 In order for Me to play, I will create a smooth, effortless, flowing of events that will follow one another in an unbroken flowing. It will become known as:

Time

Eventually, after 13.82 billions of years of Time from the moment I will turn Myself into The Universe—pure, pristine and exquisite, and 4.543 billion years after Planet Earth will come into existence, My creativity will bring forth:

Thinking Beings:

You!

Physically, you will be made of 93% Stardust and each of You will have a portion of all my God Powers and attributes. Most important, My God consciousness. You will be able to use that to imagine, to do, to create, and to destroy.  I do not mean to destroy in the total sense of the word. That power will be left out. I mean to destroy in the sense of returning a portion of All-That-Is to its original energy state. As, for example, when paper burns it will transform itself into heat Energy, which will be absorbed back into the mass of total Energy, or as when Someone will seem to die. The physical part of that Person will remain physical, although it will change as it decomposes or is burned up and will change into another form, but the part of the Person that is not physical, My Consciousness Part, which We will call Our Spirit or Soul:

Will continue to exist;

As God, I will create:

The Law of Evolution.

That Law will provide for the development of organisms along lines that lead toward ever greater complexity and consciousness; to manifest themselves as more of what they are made of:

Me

To give You an idea of what it means that each tiny Particle of you will be Me and will have a part of all my God Powers and attributes, consider that an average Thinking Being will be made of atoms. How many? Seven followed by twenty-seven zeros.

7, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

That’s more atoms than there will be stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. It’s also a billion, billion billion.

Our sun will emit neutrinos, the smallest Particles We will know of, and they will pass through Us—constantly. How many? A trillion neutrinos will pass just through your pinky—every second. We will never see a neutrino; they’re too small. We will only know they exist because they will leave footprints behind as they travel.

Because each manifested Particle will have a tiny bit of all My original God information, My God powers, My God consciousness, each one of You will know, at some level, “What Is,” but because You may get caught up in The Game, You may forget to take time to look inside for the information so I’m going to provide You with this little book as a reminder.

The moment I will create the Universe, everything will be in its exact right place. Therefore, You will not be able to be out of place in the Universe.

ever

Wherever You will be, that’s where You’re supposed to be, the only place You can be, doing whatever it is You’re doing. That, all by itself, should bring You a degree of peace, knowing You’re in the right place at the right time.  Even though by being in that place at that time, You might stub a toe, or worse, You will still be:

In the right place—at the right time.

Furthermore, whatever is happening to You at that moment is perfect, as I am perfect, and it will be for Your best benefit.  There is nothing else that could possibly happen to You that could benefit You more.  That’s because of:

Who-You-Are.

Acting on the basis of that will bring You great happiness and vast abundance because:

It is

What Will Be

My God Consciousness will permeate everything and everyone. Thinking Beings will all be connected by it. The Consciousness and Awareness of Thinking Beings will be My consciousness, My Awareness. My Consciousness will flow through and be part of Everyone and Every Thing. All ideas will come from My Consciousness where all ideas and information will be stored, to be released at the proper time:

When Thinking Beings need them and are ready for them.

When We will need a new idea, Our thoughts will focus on what We need to know; then the flow will begin.

The greatest honor One will have will be simply:

To be part of the Universe.

And Who I, as the Universe, will honor with existence, Who I will deem to be worthy to receive air, water and the substance of the earth, Who I will love and care for, You, should not disdain:

because it is Me Who You will be disdaining.

Of course, I won’t abandon My Powers without a set of Rules, actually, Laws, that will regulate The Game. If there were no laws, it would leave everything in the hands of blind chance, what we will call:

“chaos.”

If something went wrong, there would just be oblivion, as when the lights go out, and, because I am eternal, as My Universe will be eternal, the lights would be out:

forever.

A few words about chaos.  Real chaos, meaning total disorder and confusion where anything can happen, will be an impossibility in My Universe.

Only complete order will exist.

If anything less than complete order could exist, My Universe, meaning Me, would be in danger of destruction because anything could happen, including destruction. Therefore:

Chaos will not be a possibility.

It will just be a word that we will use to describe things we don’t understand. Because I do not want the lights to go out forever, into being will come:

The Laws of the Universe

 The Laws that will govern The Game.  As You might imagine, the first Law I create will be the Law of:

Conservation of Energy.

That Law will provide that none of the energy in My newly created Universe can ever be lost or damaged, only changed.  That’s because everything that will exist will be made from:

Me

will be Me,

and

I don’t want to lose any of Me.

The next law will be:

Only the very best thing can happen to Us at any moment.

There will be no other event that could happen that could benefit us in any greater amount. The event may seem bad, look bad and feel bad—it may hurt Us, take something from Us: a prized possession, a Loved One, a goal not achieved, a desire not obtained or even the loss of a part of Ourselves, but in the final outcome—in My Universe—whatever happens will be of greatest benefit to Us—and everything else in the Universe as well.

Because, as God, I want to keep The Game interesting, the next Law will be:

The Law of Change.

That Law will provide that everything in my new Universe will be in a state of constant change and constant motion—everything except the Laws; they will remain unchanging—at least until The Game is won.

Please note that I did not say “won or lost.”

The possibility of losing will be zero—there will only be winning.  It may take a long time to win, perhaps billions of years, but:

in the end, The Game will be won.

On The Path to winning, it may sometimes seem as if one or more of Us is losing, but that’s just because some of Us will not be paying attention. We will either have forgotten Who-We-Are or We won’t have taken the time to find out. That Person will seem to be losing, but it’s;

“Losing on the way to winning.”

The losing part is only temporary. And even what seems like losing is actually winning because of what We learn while We seem to be losing.

Paying attention to the Laws, working in harmony with them, will bring great pleasure, supreme happiness, great abundance, and the sure knowledge that everything is:

exactly the way it’s supposed to be.

Not paying attention to the Laws will bring Us pain, unhappiness, disillusionment, stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. Why? Because that’s how We will be able realize that We are off The Path to winning.

The next Law will be:

Cause and Effect.

That Law will provide for a response to every change or action, with the response being in perfect accord with the change or action that caused it.  Cause and Effect will be a flowing of events:

smooth—unbroken—flawless

Every change or action producing another—in perfect harmony—in perfect accord with the Laws of the Universe.

There will be no real Beginnings or Endings

just a smooth, continuous flowing of events and situations into other events or situations. Life and death, for instance, will be part of one recurring cycle. They will effortlessly flow into each other in accordance with Universal Law. Everything in My Universe will be part of one recurring cycle. And all recurring cycles will exist within larger recurring cycles which all will exist within Time, which always Will Be.

Knowing that the Law of Cause and Effect will require All-That-Is to respond to Us as We will be at every moment, We will be able to make changes or causes within Ourselves that will produce the outer conditions, the Effects, that are nearest and dearest to Our hearts.  Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that wonderful? Would I, as God, create it in any other way?

Would You?

The next Law will be:

The Law of Opposites

That Law will dictate that for it to become light, it first must be dark. To become dark, it first must be light. To become hot, it first must be cold. To become cold, it first must be hot. To become short, it first must be long. To become long, it first must be short. To become dead, One first must be alive. And to become alive, One first must be dead. If it were not that way, it would be the only exception of My Universe that did not follow the Law of Opposites. And the Life and Death Cycle:

Absolutely follows the Law of opposites.

So, when that moment comes when Our hearts stop beating, transformation will continue on as it has from our birth; the Physical Part of us returning to earth, the Spiritual Part continuing on as Spirit. It will be like walking from one room into another and be:

No more remarkable than any other moment.

 As Spirit, We may, after a period of adjustment and learning, return to Our superb planet as another person, most likely emerging in the same family. At that time, We may not remember how We will have come to this planet, but We will surely know the way; and what We have done once:

We can certainly do again.

Because of the Law of Cause and Effect, a rock thrown into a pond will make ripples—every time—the bigger the rock, the bigger the ripples.  Just as We will be able to depend on that to be true and never be disappointed, We will be able to depend on all the causes to produce the same effects every time. For instance, if You knew the Laws that regulate Happiness, following them will always produce happiness. Once We learn to master The Game, We will know what causes will produce what effects; in other words: What actions to take that will produce the results We desire. In every situation or condition, by taking the appropriate action, We will be able to bring about:

any other condition or situation of life We choose.

To become a Master of The Game, you only will have to observe and study What Is, to see how it works.

As God, I will make many physical Laws, Laws that will govern matter, such as:

The Law of Gravity

A force of attraction that will hold celestial bodies in their orbits and that on Earth will assure that things will fall down and not up. It will also enable Us to see how much We weigh; something that for some reason will occupy a lot of Our thinking.

As God, I will create:

Light

One of the greatest wonders of My New Universe, and:

A Law that will control the speed of light.

That Law will provide that light will travel at a velocity of 186,282 miles per second; no more—and no less.

That is: 670,616,629 miles per hour.

When a photon of light will leave what will be the sun, which will be ninety-three million miles from Planet Earth, it will take eight minutes and twenty seconds for the photon to reach what will be this spectacularly beautiful planet. Each photon of light will be a tiny packet of energy.  Its energy will not be released until the photon comes into contact with an object which will then cause the packet to explode, releasing its energy.  For instance, when We will stand in the sun, We will feel its heat because We will be bombarded with trillions and trillions of tiny photons of light that will impact Us traveling 186,282 miles per second which will explode on contact, releasing their energy as heat and radiation.

The photons of light that will enter Our eyes will create color and form by stimulating the 126 million rods and cones that will be in each of our eyes. However:

We will never see anything other than light photons.

We will never see a tree or a horse or a cow, not Our parents or Our friends, not even Ourselves—all We will ever see will be the light rays that will reflect off those objects into Our eyes where they will form images that will be received in Our brains, which will form a picture.

We will never see the objects themselves.

And the picture will not be “out there.”  It will be entirely inside Our brains—it only will seem as if it’s “out there.”

When the photons of light coming from the sun will enter the earth’s atmosphere, which is about 300 miles thick, some of them will collide with molecules and scatter blue light, causing the sky to appear blue.

It is interesting to note that light will not be propelled, as when We throw a ball or shoot a bullet, but whenever light exists, such as when We strike a match or turn on a light or gas burns as a distant Star, the photons of light will travel at that amazing speed of 186,282 miles per second: instantly.

No acceleration.

Some of the photons of light that We will see will have traveled through space for millions or billions of years before they reach Our eyes.   Therefore, when We will look into the night sky, We will actually be looking back in time to when those photons were first created. The distant stars that produced those photons will possibly have become extinguished thousands or even millions or billions of years ago. You will never see anything in its original, basic form because One: You will only be seeing light rays that bounce off of it and Two, you would be seeing:

My original form before Creation

That’s not Happening

Because seeing My Original Form, would be too much for Thinking Beings. Therefore, just by looking at something, it changes slightly from its original form to whatever it is you will see.

As God, I will want Us to know when We are on The Path to winning or losing, so I will create all the variations of unhappiness, emotional pain and joy.  Whenever We feel happiness, ecstasy, exhilaration, peace, pleasure, love, wonderment, reverence, thankfulness, joy, or feelings like those, We will be on The Path to winning; when We will feel unhappiness, frustration, hopelessness, avarice, hatred, greed, thoughtlessness, anger, revengefulness, ingratitude, emotional pain, or feelings like those, We will be on The Path toward losing.  Once We learn to recognize the signs of winning and losing, We will be able to make the necessary adjustments to Our feelings, thoughts and actions to remain on The Path to winning.  As God, I will make The Path to winning more pleasurable so I and You (as Me) will be encouraged to follow it.

A tip about pain: Emotional pain let’s Us know:

We are off The Path to winning.

Physical pain lets Our bodies know:

Where to send healing energy.

To make The Game even more interesting for Me and for You, I will bring forth the Law of:

Free Will.

That Law will provide for all Thinking Beings to do exactly as They please without reservation.

It will be total FREE will, unbounded and without limitation.

As God, I will want to be able to play The Game and do exactly as I please.  I will want to be able to experience anything and everything, which is why I will create The Game in the first place.  Therefore:

You, as God, will be able to do exactly as You please.

The more inventive You will be, the more You push out the boundaries of Your experience, the better—but remember!—the unbreakable, unbending Law of:

Cause and Effect

will also be part of The Game.

To make The Path more interesting, I will create earthquakes, tornadoes, tidal waves, fierce storms, floods, plagues, viruses, drugs, hurricanes, flowers, alcohol, avalanches, sex, spontaneity, music, war, and peace.  I will also create one of the greatest:

Love

My greatest attribute is, and has always been:

Love

My whole Universe will be saturated with Love, permeated with love because:

I am Love

To experience love will be to experience Me. Love will be the most pleasurable feeling We will be able to experience because it will be the closest One can get to experiencing:

Me

Some there will be who will not experience love. Give them some of yours as no One needs Love more than One who does not feel it. The absence of Love will be the greatest despair One will experience, meaning They will not experience:

Me

in My most wonderful manifestation.

I will also create one of the funniest:

atheism.

To be an atheist means I won’t believe in Me!

Because, as God, I will create eternity within which to play, I will “rig” The Game.” Which means I will tip the scales toward winning because never to win through all eternity would be the same as losing and:

I don’t want to lose.

What does it mean “to tip the scales toward winning?”  It means that:

My Universe will be favorably inclined.

It means that there will be slightly more Light than Dark, that the more favorable outcome will be favored over the less favorable outcome, that We will have a better chance of achieving Our goals than not, and it means that everything will have a better chance of working out in Our favor than not. Would I, knowing I was creating a game for Myself to play, create it any other way?

Would You?

At some point in time, We will all win in My new Universe:

We cannot lose.

We will be indestructible children of a golden Universe.

We will be The Universe—a part of it.

We will be—Me.

Remember that, and You will play The Game differently, with more confidence, more love, more enthusiasm, more playfulness, with more of a carefree attitude, with more trust, and with more care for your Fellow Humans. (I will especially like that.) You might take more chances, be more confident. And why not?  You will be the Universe, You will be

Me.

It will not be any fun for Me if no One can appreciate what I will do, especially Me, so, the moment You will come to know Who-You-Are, You will also know what I have done (what You have done) and I will be able to experience that—through You.

What a thrill!

When any one of Us finally perceives Who He or She Is, it will be like opening the greatest gift of all time and finding out that We get to keep it:

Forever!

It will be the greatest experience of this or any lifetime. It will absolutely be one of My favorite experiences. Which brings Us to the Object of The Game, a way to win. So, what will be the Object of The Game?

For all Thinking Beings to become aware of Who-They-Are.

Using Our Free Will, Our Intellect, Our Intuition, Our Perception and Our Consciousness, We will finally figure out:

Who-We-Are.

Every single Thinking Being does not have to figure it out on His or Her own.  When enough of Us have figured out Who-We-Are, a point of critical mass will be achieved at which time Everyone will become aware of Who-They-Are and the Game will be won.

Hooray for You, Hooray for Me, Hooray for Us!

That will be a time of such exultation and ecstasy that it will create a climax of joy so great, so intense, as to eclipse even the moment I will create the Universe, and instantly all Parts of Me will come back together again in the sheer joy of unity, knowing We-Are-All-One.

And so God spread Himself/Herself to Infinity and to Eternity, Willing the creation of All That Is!

Now—We have a place to play and Rules that govern The Game; and:

The game is on!  We can play!

Welcome to

THE GAME!

Other books by Chris

Zen and The Art of Happiness

Be Who You Want, Have What You Want

The Laws of Love

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: Co-author Pax Prentiss

The Little Book of Secrets

The Alliance (Not yet published)

Sober Place (Not yet Published) Co-author Pax Prentiss

Books by wu wei (Chris’s Chinese name)

The I Ching, The Book of Answers

The I Ching Workbook

A Tale of the I Ching (How the I Ching Began)

I Ching Wisdom, Volume One

I Ching Wisdom, Volume Two

I Ching Readings: Interpreting the Answers

I Ching Life (Becoming Your Authentic Self)

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams, Blog Edition

By Jennifer McDougall featuring, Chris Prentiss

“A relationship is like a garden. To create a condition that will cause your plants to thrive and produce abundantly, you must weed, water, fertilize, and care for the plants in your garden. You must also know about the special needs of the plants you’re caring for. Some need more or less light than others, some need more or less water than others, and some need special fertilizers.”

– The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss

After a series of failed relationships and heartbreak, I searched everywhere for the one book that could help explain everything there was to know about creating the relationship I have always dreamed of. It was not until reading The Laws of Love that my relationships became healthier and more steady. Whether or not those relationships lasted, they were healthier. With the help of this book, I learned about the many aspects of a healthy relationship, different approaches to try in difficult situations, healing my own wounds from the past, and when to walk away from a toxic relationship.

One thing you must know before we continue is this: “Attraction may be what draws us to another to create a relationship, but it is not what keeps us together. Attraction blooms in the beginning of a relationship because of physical attraction or sexual attraction or because a certain need is being fulfilled, but those impulses will all wear off, some sooner, some later.” (The Laws of Love, p. 150-151) If your relationship is solely based on attraction, you’re doomed. There must be depth to the bond you and your partner have other than the attraction you have towards one another.

For years, I found myself in unstable relationships with partners I had no business planning a future with. The trouble wasn’t always them either. In some cases, it was me. I accepted the love I felt I deserved.  There was little I truly understood about creating a healthy relationship. Reflecting on this now, I realize there’s a lot of drama I could of avoided if I read this book a lot sooner in life. Relationships are not always easy. Sometimes we need help. That is exactly what this book can do for you. Whether you are currently in a relationship or looking for one, this little gem can point you in the right direction to creating the relationship you’ve been dreaming of.

  1. If You Would Be Loved, Love Yourself

“Love yourself first and everything else will fall into line.” -Lucille Ball

To love yourself, does not mean to be in love with yourself. As Chris Prentiss states it in his book, “The kind of love I am talking about has nothing to do with being so caught up with your own accomplishments or success that you become egotistical, or being vain about successful family members, acquaintances, or family friends. And it has nothing to do with physical beauty or social status. Rather, the love I’m talking about is the regard you hold for your personal attributes of good character.” (The Laws of Love, p. 159) When we practice self-love, we take better care of ourselves and make decisions based upon the high respect we have for ourselves. Someone who does not love themselves, usually makes poor life choices- and participates in self-destructive behaviors. They tend to get themselves in trouble and attract an unnecessary amount of negative energy.

When we stop for a moment and realize how unique we are, how different we are, and how much we have to offer the world, we learn to appreciate our many gifts, talents, and the abundant amount of opportunities we have to be thankful for. To be loved, you must first learn to love yourself. Practice taking better care of your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. When you do these things you will attract positive people and events in your life. There is a wonderful meditation called, “Meditation on the Perfect You.” This 24-minute meditation will help cultivate a deep inner peace that will ultimately expand your consciousness and transform the way you see yourself; allowing the pleasures and fulfillment that you seek come to life.

Tips on practicing acts of self-love include:

  • Maintaining a positive attitude from the second you wake up till you fall asleep at night.
  • Eat healthy and stay hydrated with plenty of pH balanced and alkaline water.
  • Avoid the use of all nicotine, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Practice a healthy hygiene and grooming routine.
  • Surround yourself with positive reinforcements and those who encourage, motivate, and support you. Avoid toxic people/energy.
  • Embrace changes and challenges in your life instead of dwelling on them.
  • Meditate at least once a day.
  • Get outside. Breathe in the fresh air and soak up the Vitamin D.
  1. Relationships Only Thrive in Safe Space

“If the environment in which your relationship lives is harsh and unforgiving, a place where sarcasm, degradation, and anger is present and where forgiveness, thoughtfulness, and love are in short supply, your relationship will wither and die…painfully.” – The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss

Safe Space, is the space you create in your relationship that allows you and your partner to speak freely about your thoughts and feelings without any judgement, anger, or fear. It means “… in your eyes, your partner cannot make a mistake or do anything wrong.” (The Laws of Love, p. 69) Communication is one of the upmost important aspects of creating a healthy relationship. You and your partner must listen to one another fully– without interrupting them. If your partner has something on their mind or if something is bothering them, allow them to let it all out without responding harshly. Creating Safe Space removes fear from your relationship. When you know you can go to your partner about anything in the world and they are not going to attack you, you will be more likely to continue a free-flowing movement of communication in your relationship. And that is a very pleasant feeling.

Deal breakers and non-apologetic transgressions are still to be taken seriously. You should not make excuses for your partner’s reckless behavior or over indulgence in drugs and alcohol, and excessive financial spending habits. There should still be a fine line between right and wrong in your relationship.

To learn how to create Safe Space in your relationship pick up a copy of The Laws of Love today.

  1. Your Relationship Will Endure When You Make It Your Primary Priority

“To enjoy a meaningful way of life and produce a long-lasting relationship, you must place the continuation of your relationship above everything else.” – The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss

In order to have a successful relationship, you must put your relationship and your partner first, always. Before making any type of decision consider your partner in the equation. If the decision is going to have a negative effect on your relationship, your best bet is to avoid making that particular choice. Avoid doing anything that could jeopardize the relationship. Every decision has a consequence so everything you do and say should be taken into consideration, as it will most likely affect your partner and your relationship. When we don’t put our relationships first and prioritize other people, our jobs, or anything else instead we run the risk of losing the person we love. Remember: this is a partnership. It’s not the same as it was when you were single. Your words and actions now play the role in two lives now, instead of only one.

Photo by: Jennifer McDougall

Photo by: Jennifer McDougall

  1. An Ideal Relationship Can Only Exist Within Complete Trust

“Trust is the greatest of all foundations on which to build your relationship. Trust makes it possible for you to tell your partner your deepest fears, greatest shames, and most private thoughts without fear of ridicule or misunderstanding. Trust permits you both to soar free, roaming the skies of love without fear of falling.” – The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss

It’s a wonderful thing to know that you can trust someone; that no matter what you can depend on them to follow through. Trust is something many people struggle with because of events that might have taken place in the past. When we stop worrying and learn to trust one another, there is a strong sense of security that is felt. That security helps strengthen a relationship creating less room for jealousy and doubt. In The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss points out this very valuable key in creating the relationship of your dreams. He also mentions that you and your partner should both act in a way that represents loving, faithful, and respectful partnership. The two of you should trust one another not to flirt or do things you wouldn’t do if you were together.

To learn what you should do if that trust is broken, pick up a copy of The Laws of Love today.

  1. Successful Relationships Require Light from the Past

“Past relationships have created impressions and behavior patterns that carry over into your current relationship, affecting it in many ways. That includes relationships with parents and friends as well as with other people who have shaped you and your partner, particularly love relationships—the good as well as the bad.” -The Laws of Love, Chris Prentiss

Ever wonder why your partner reacts a certain way when you bring up a particular topic? Or how they shut down when you get after them about something? Do you ever wonder why they don’t open up to you when you ask certain questions? Or why they get sensitive during certain holidays or events? Chances are there are things in the past that have happened that effects the way your partner handles current events and circumstances. It’s important for the two of you to talk about past relationships, traumatic events, abuse, even joyful moments, hopes, and fantasies. Explaining to your partner why you are the way you are, will help give them insight into the person you are in the present moment. Keeping an open line of communication is very important and there is also where having Safe Space can be helpful. Doing these things will help you and your partner understand how to best treat one another.

 

Q & A with Chris Prentiss, the author himself  

J: Which one of the Laws of Love would you say is most important in creating the relationship of your dreams?

C: Creating safe space.

J: When did you first know you were in love with your wife, Lyn?

C: After a few months of occasional meetings and sending and receiving email, Lyn was in Hawaii, I began to perceive the wonderful, caring, sensitive woman Lyn is. What started as physical attraction, deepened into admiration for the person Lyn is, then into affection, then love blossomed. After 15 years, the love is stronger than ever.

J: What characteristics do you feel are most important when trying to find love?

C: You can’t find love. Love finds you. Gibran wrote, “Do not think you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” When we wish for someone to love, we are deceiving ourselves. What we are actually searching for is someone to love us.

Jennifer McDougall w/ The Laws of Love

Jennifer McDougall w/ The Laws of Love

To read all of the 14 Laws of Love in detail, please purchase a copy of The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams, please visit, www.PassagesWellnessStore.com.

To read more about Chris Prentiss, please feel free to visit his website at: www.ChrisPrentiss.com

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Passages Malibu: Revolutionizing Addiction Treatment for 15 Years.

When Chris and Pax Prentiss opened Passages on August 11th, 2001 they had one goal in mind, to open the world’s finest treatment center, and help as many people as they could. Now, fourteen years later and it’s clear they have accomplished their goal, not only has their groundbreaking, holistic approach made them the No. 1 rehab in the world, but they’ve also revolutionized the industry.

“When we opened 15 years ago, we were ridiculed by other treatment centers for not incorporating the 12-Steps into our program, but why we should, we knew the 12-Step philosophy was contradictory to what we believed to be true about treating addiction. Ultimately, we refused to use it and instead relied on professional one-on-one treatment to be the mainstay of our program. Over the years, as Passages grew in popularity other treatment centers were more inclined to adopt our ways or be faced with becoming stagnant.” Said co-founder and CEO Pax Prentiss.

At the core of the Passages’ game changing philosophy is their focus on healing the underlying conditions that cause addiction. They do this through a holistic program that offers an abundance of one-on-one therapy. “One-on-one treatment is far more effective then groups when it comes to treating someone’s underlying conditions.” Says Prentiss. Pax should know, he was addicted to heroin, cocaine and alcohol for ten years, and failed many times at traditional rehab centers that incorporate the 12-steps and offered only group meetings.

Passages is Joint Commission Accredited, has been ranked the No. 1 rehab in the world, and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out.” In 2009 Passages opened its sister facility in Ventura California.

On August 10th, 2015, Passages opened their very first outpatient treatment center located in Venice, California for those who are in need of holistic outpatient treatment that is similar to what is provided at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.  Passages also has a sober living facility located in vibrant Santa Monica, California.

 

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers – Addiction Ends Here

About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Founded by Chris Prentiss and Pax Prentiss, Passages Malibu opened in 2001 with its second location, Passages Ventura, opening in 2009 and an outpatient center in Venice, California which opened in 2015. The three drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12-step/AA model of addiction treatment by taking a holistic approach with a program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than suggesting that addiction is an incurable disease. Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura have earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs. The co-founders are also authors of the acclaimed series of treatment books that include their groundbreaking flagship book, “The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.” At Passages, we believe: Addiction Ends Here.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Passages Ventura Celebrates 6 Years of Holistic Healing

By Jennifer McDougall

On May 17, 2009, Co- Founders, Chris and Pax Prentiss opened a second holistic healing center in Ventura, California. This non-12 step treatment center has been the home to thousands of those seeking to heal the underlying conditions causing them to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Passages Ventura is the sister facility to the world renowned non-12 step treatment center, Passages Malibu located exclusively in beautiful Malibu, California. After experiencing unparalleled success with the program and innovated treatment methods at Passages Malibu, father and son team Chris and Pax decided to expand by opening the doors to a new and more affordable treatment center focused on the same treatment methods used at Passages Malibu.

The program model was initially created after many failed attempts for Pax himself to get clean and sober. Pax struggled with addition for 10 years, but thanks to the program designed at Passages, Pax has now been sober for over 15 years and is the CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. He remains involved in the day- to- day functions at both facilities and works with many of our clients one-on-one to help mentor and guide them into the direction of ultimate sobriety and healthy life choices.

Not long after opening, Passages Ventura earned the coveted JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral treatment programs. Passages Malibu is accredited by JCAHO as well, and both facilities continue to ensure the highest quality of treatment for each and every client that walks through the door.

There are currently 11 holistic treatment methods being utilized at Passages Ventura, all of which are provided regularly during a 30 or 90 day stay. A few of the treatment methods offered at Passages Ventura are: Acupuncture, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Life Purpose Counseling, and Yoga Therapy. Passages also offers Continuing Care at both facilities, which a coordinator will recommend you to trustworthy therapists, enroll you in a local gym, help you find a sober coach, and whatever else you may need in order to be sure your sobriety is on track and successful.

Passages Ventura has seen an extraordinary amount of growth over the last 6 years. There is an immense amount of passion and care that goes into treating individuals at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. The staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s safe to say that the success currently taking place at Passages is only the start to what’s to come. There is no limit to the growth at Passages Ventura. Chris and Pax are excited to continue to help thousands more who want to permanently overcome their addictions and live a life free from the intoxicating discomfort and pain caused by the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug & alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing an innovated and holistic program that focuses on healing the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.  Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

For general inquiries about treatment, contact: (888) 397-0112.

For media inquiries, contact press@passagesmalibu.com.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Reading Recommendations by Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Jennifer McDougall

Studies have found reading to be one of the most beneficial activities you can do that can help improve your life and physical well-being. Reading can help improve your memory, focus and concentration, vocabulary, writing skills, and reduce a large amount of stress. It also allows you to expand your mind with a vast amount of knowledge with an endless number of exploratory topics.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we encourage our clients to read and be open to new material. To help you find some of the latest and greatest books on the market we have created the following recommended reading list. We hope you enjoy these many books, some of which written by our Co-Founders, Pax and Chris Prentiss.

  1. Be What You Want Have What You Want by Chris Prentiss
  2. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  3. The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Yours Dreams by Chris Prentiss
  4. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
  5. Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
  6. Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love by Judith Orloff
  7. The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure by Pax and Chris Prentiss
  8. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  9. I Ching Wisdom: More Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume Two by Wu Wei
  10. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

To shop our extensive collection of books, clothing, and other merchandise please visit our online wellness store at www.PassagesWellnessStore.com.

large

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photos by: Jennifer McDougall

Spring Equinox 2015: A Message From Chris Prentiss

“Hello, Everyone.

This is truly a magical time of the year. The forces of light and dark are equally balanced. All is in perfect order. This is a time when the light force is in the ascendancy, and the dark force is diminishing. That is true not only for the actual light of the sun, but also for the energy of our pretty little planet. Perfect harmony and balance  have been achieved. We are part of that. It is a fertile time of the year, not just for plants, trees and animals, but also for ideas, new resolutions, a time of forgiveness, for renewing friendships and ending conflicts  It is a time when plans can be fulfilled, long-held dreams carried out, and it is a time when the beneficial aspects of our universe becomes manifest in our lives. Make the most of it; be the best you can be. You owe it to yourself and those around you to shine and set a great example. You are special, and this is the time of the year when your specialness can be magnified. Doing so, you will find your actions reflected to you many times over and you’ll be carried to the skies of success as though on the wings of six dragons!”

Chris Prentiss

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo Credit: Jennifer McDougall

Special November Message From Chris Prentiss to The Staff at Passages Addiction Treatment Center

Welcome to November! It’s a lovely, fall time of the year. Thanksgiving is Thursday the 27th. Malibu weather is usually sunny, warm and beautiful, or it’s raining, which is also very beautiful. Rain is special and I, for one, am always grateful for it. Let’s make this an extra-special November. Do something extra-special for yourself. Do something extra-special for someone else. At Passages, make an extra effort to be cheerful, helpful and go out of your way to be extra-courteous to your co-workers and our clients. Everyone, including yourself, needs extra special attention. I love it when I walk through our facilities and I’m greeted with warm, friendly attitudes and smiles, even handshakes or hugs. I love it when clients come to me and say, “Your staff is beyond belief good! I’ve never experienced anything like it!”
Be happy. Whether you know it or not, the Universe is unfolding exactly as it should, and it has your best interests at heart. After all, you are, “The Universe,” a part of it. The Universe always takes care of itself, and you are “itself.” You are always held in its great awareness.
In a little less than six months, I will be starting my eightieth year on the planet. I have come to understand that the way we are at every moment influences the next moment. We are, in fact, the authors of every next moment. Be a bright, shining star and light the way for those who need your warmth and guidance. At the end of November, look back on your month and say to yourself, “I was the best I could be .” It will make you feel extra good and give you a great head-start, propelling you into an extra- fabulous December. Live life large.

10 Facts About Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Jennifer McDougall

Addiction treatment is essential in healing the underlying causes to a person’s addiction. At Passages, we are proud to offer our clients the best possible treatment available, anywhere. Besides being named the “Number 1 Treatment Center in the World” by Healthcare Global, as well as one of the “Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out” by Forbes, Passages Addiction Treatment Centers are the most unrivaled, world-class treatment centers available today. We have the finest facilities in the world for treating drug and alcohol addiction, but what really sets us apart is our effective treatment programs.

Throughout the years, Passages has helped heal thousands of people from all over the world. Because of Passages success in the leading the treatment industry, there are many questions we receive. Here are 10 interesting facts about Passages and the team that helps save so many lives day after day. For more information please see the contact number at the bottom of this page.

  1. Passages accepts a handful of private insurance.

Call us toll-free today at (888) 397-0112 to get a quote. Please note while we do accept some payment from some of the private insurance carriers, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

  1. We have been treating the underlying causes of addiction for over a decade.

Passages Malibu recently celebrated 14 years of ending thousands of people’s addictions to drugs and alcohol. We specialize in effective one-on-one treatment and use 19 different holistic treatment methods in which every client benefits from.

  1. Affordable treatment is available at Passages Ventura.

Chris and Pax Prentiss founded passages Ventura in 2009. The tranquil setting and caring staff truly makes healing both comfortable and reliable for every client who participates in the program. It has helped thousands of people build the skills they need to heal the underlying conditions causing them to use, and begin a healthy and addiction- free life. Visit www.PassagesVentura.com for detailed information.

  1. Pax Prentiss celebrated 16 years of sobriety in 2016.

Pax and his father Chris Prentiss co-founded Passages Malibu after Pax had many failed attempts to get clean and stay sober while battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol for 10 years. They created Passages using the methods and the cutting-edge philosophy that Pax used to cure his own addiction and overcome the underlying issues driving him to repeatedly turn to drugs and alcohol for many years.

Pax serves as the CEO and co-founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Center. He leads Passages whole-heartedly with the intent to help each individual who enters Passages Addiction Treat Center overcome their addiction and go on to live a fulfilling life, addiction-free, just as he was able to do.

On September 4th, 2016 Pax celebrated 16 years of sobriety. This is an exciting celebration and we are all so proud of everything he has accomplished over the years and continues to do to help those facing the battle of addiction.

Follow Pax on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the latest with his personal and professional life.

  1.     Passages is not a 12 Step program, nor do we believe that addiction is a disease.

At Passages we do not label you an addict nor do we believe you are powerless over your addiction. Instead, we use holistic therapy methods to treat the underlying condition that is causing a person to use drugs or alcohol. We do not believe that addiction is a disease. Our research shows us that people have a dependency on drugs and alcohol because one or all of the four reasons:

  1. A chemical imbalance

  2. Past trauma or unresolved circumstances

  3. Difficulty managing current conditions

  4. Untrue beliefs or an imprisonment of a negative perspective

Anyone who is abusing drugs and alcohol is doing so because of one or more of these four causes. Through extensive research and direct experience, we have learned that addiction is not the primary problem but rather the symptom of a deeper underlying issue.

We began sharing our revolutionary, non 12-step holistic treatment philosophy with the world in 2001 and have been regarded as leaders in the addiction field ever since. Before Passages, addiction was viewed as an incurable disease accompanied by hopelessness, stigma, and shame. We’ve found a better way. Instead, we approach addiction as a completely treatable condition.

  1. Passages offers both intensive inpatient and outpatient addiction rehab services.

We had several program options for those in need of treatment. We offer intensive inpatient treatment in Malibu and Ventura, California. We also have a beautiful sober living home right on the beach in Santa Monica, where you can receive outpatient services during your stay. For details, please call (888) 397-0112.

  1. We have a gorgeous sober living home located right on the beach in the vibrant city of Santa Monica, California.

For details, please call 424-231-8100.

  1. Our remarkably trained team of professional therapists and medical personnel are licensed and experienced in the field of addiction and holistic wellness.

At Passages Malibu, we offer more unique treatment methods than any other rehab center in the world. Unlike the cookie-cutter group approach offered by most rehab centers, our program is customized specifically for each client who walks through our doors. We consider each individual situation and scenario before a personal addiction treatment plan is introduced and implemented. By utilizing a set of diverse methods of addiction treatment, we are able to deal with your addiction from all angles and concentrate on every aspect of your healing process.

  1.   Passages has a Wellness Store full of wonderful products for you to choose from.

Our bookstore offers Books, Audio CDs, and Merchandise, including our flagship addiction treatment book, the world-renown The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure by Pax and Chris Prentiss, co-founders of Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura. This groundbreaking book details Pax’s harrowing 10-year addiction to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol and outlines the treatment plan he used to get sober – the same treatment plan model used at Passages since 2001.

The store also includes over a dozen books penned by Pax’s father Chris, who is also an established author of books on personal growth, including several books on the I Ching, as well as the wildly popular Zen and the Art of Happiness and The Little Book of Secrets, among others.

We invite you to browse our full list of titles. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of empowerment today. www.PassagesWellnessStore.com

  1. We allow you to stay connected with close friends and family members during your time with us at Passages.

Unlike other centers that don’t allow you to have your cell phone or computer with you, we believe its important for you to have the comfort and support from your loved ones while in treatment.

 

Capture

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

Follow Passages Malibu on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Image via www.PassagesMalibu.com

For information on talking to a loved about attending Passages, please read this helpful guide.

10 Ways to Build Courage

By Jennifer McDougall

Wouldn’t it be great if fear would just get out of the way so that we could make the moves we spend hours daydreaming about? Well, I have 10 suggestions that will help you overcome the fear and anxiety that is holding you back from living a courageous life.

Courage- Mark Twain

1. Identify what is you are afraid of.

2. Practice doing things you haven’t done before. This will help you become more bold in your actions and will open you up to new ideas and perspectives.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”- Neale Donald Walsch

3. Visit somewhere you have never been before. Take a different route home from work.

4. Speak from the heart.

5. Stand up for someone. It could be a total stranger or your best friend.

6. Express yourself with your style. Dress how you feel. Wear what you want. Use your personal style as a form of art to express yourself.

7. Trust yourself.

8. Know that no matter the outcome, what happens is exactly what is meant to happen. The universe makes no mistakes.

9. Try out new restaurants you don’t usually go to.

10. Admit when you are wrong.

 

Call us today at: (888) 397-0112.

 

Images via We Heart It