Coming Alive

Tap into the life force that resides within each you and access a wellspring of positive energy to fuel your creativity, renewal, confidence, and engagement.

In Coming Alive, Barry Michels and Phil Stutz describe how to identify and master the enemy within, which they call Part X. They offer four Tools to connect you to your life force and harness the energy and will to combat Part X. These Tools activate your aspirational self; they spark creativity and resilience; they help you to transcend the mire of negative thoughts and circumstances and align with a powerful ally that unites us in our common desire to live lives of meaning and engagement.

Drawing insights from their decades of psychotherapeutic practice, their lived experience, and their moving and generous understanding of our interconnectedness, Michels and Stutz have created a paradigm-shifting guide to achieving optimal mental health and spiritual well-being.


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Praise for Coming Alive

There is something indescribably beautiful about living life in integrity. The tools Barry and Phil teach in Coming Alive gave me the courage and clarity to align myself with the truth—no matter how hard or painful it seemed at the time. It’s an incredibly fulfilling and meaningful way to live.
— Gwyneth Paltrow
What a gift! A riveting exploration of four (bone-chillingly relatable) modern ailments and their thrillingly practical solutions . . . Barry and Phil have written a manual for moving beyond impulsivity, exhaustion, demoralization, and victimhood, toward a life of self-control, vitality, optimism, and resilience. Singular in its approach and deeply spiritual in its concerns, Coming Alive is a book I’ll be pressing on friends and foes alike.
— Maria Semple
When I was going through the most difficult years of my life, I was able to use this method to find my strength. In Coming Alive you can find the road map to enlightenment.
— Drew Barrymore
‘Practical’ and ‘effective’ are words psychology has always been afraid to embrace. But after working with Barry and Phil for years, I can tell you that they deliver spiritual and psychological transformation. The results, at least for me, have been life changing.
— Adam McKay
Part X is another way of describing the addict mind,
the obsessive mind, the Jungian shadow, or any fear- or anger-based thought or action. It’s been Phil and Barry’s collective life work to deconstruct Part X and explain it to the rest of us mortals so that we can work with it and not be a slave to it.
— Hank Azaria

The Tools

The Tools is a dynamic, results-oriented practice that defies the traditional approach to therapy. Instead of focusing on the past, this groundbreaking method aims to deliver relief from persistent problems and restore control—and hope—to users right away. Every day presents challenges—big and small—that the tools transform into opportunities to bring about bold and dramatic change in your life.

For years, Phil Stutz and Barry Michels taught these tools to an exclusive patient base of high-powered executives and creative types. Now their revolutionary practice is available to anyone interested in realizing the full range of their potential. Stutz and Michels want to make your life exceptional—in its resiliency, its productivity, and its experience of real happiness.


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Praise for The Tools

This blew my mind more than anything else I’ve learned this year.
— Dr. Mehmet Oz
The motivation book that everyone in Hollywood is obsessed with.
— Vanity Fair
Breakthrough material.
— Marianne Williamson