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About Dr. Matt
Dr. Matthew B. James, President of The Empowerment Partnership, embodies the principles he teaches. While devoting himself to the integrity of his spiritual path, Dr. Matt has built an international firm dedicated to personal transformation, authored several books and trained thousands of students every year in mastery of the four bodies of empowerment. Throughout his work, Dr. Matt weaves effective modern technologies with the timeless wisdom of ancient spiritual paths.
Dr. Matt began meditating at the age of five, and through his childhood, learned spiritual practices directly from such teachers as Baba Muktananda. He also studied Huna, the original science of consciousness of the Hawaiian Islands, from Uncle George Na’ope who was honored as one of Hawaii’s Golden Living Treasures. Dr. Matt received the gift of carrying on one of the ancient linages of Huna, the Bray Family lineage, from Hawaiian elders.
In the ’80’s, Dr. Matt studied directly with several well-known teachers in the human potential movement, including Tony Robbins and Richard Bandler. He became a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) at the age of 13, and became a Master Trainer at the age of 22. Dr. Matt is President of The Empowerment Partnership, an international training organization that teaches personal transformation.
Building on the work of his father and others, Dr. Matt developed the Mental Emotional Release® process, a therapeutic technique that has proven to be extremely effective in conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and clinical depression. His book outlining this work, Drop Your Baggage: Freedom from Fear with MER, is scheduled to be published in November 2015.
Dr. Matt’s other books include: The Foundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times; Find Your Purpose, Master Your Path; Integrate the Shadow, Master Your Path. His latest project is Empowerment Fit, a program that incorporates targeted mind/body/spirit practices to create optimal physical fitness and health.
Dr. Matt’s degrees include an MA in Organizational Management, a DHC in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and a PhD in Integrative Health Psychology.
He currently lives in Kona, Hawaii with his wife, Soomi, and his children, Ethan and Skylar.