The Book of Present: Self-Understanding Through Philosophy and Science, was composed in 2017 by Aida I. Askry, Ph.D. and edited by Benjamin D. Schultz in Texas, USA.

This book was originally designed for Aida’s dedicated practitioners and patients including teachers, doctors and healers, professionals, and other leaders of our society in search of ultimate physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening.


To support you, regardless of your belief system, through a deeper exploration of the true nature of your own consciousness, mind, and body, so you may reveal your own pragmatic path of experience and understanding to guide you through your life journey.


Dive Within,

Without fear.


Aida I. Askry, Ph.D.


Since her childhood, Aida has been naturally driven to investigate the full extent of human potential, from the deepest levels of individual consciousness to the capability of our collective society. In 2017, Aida wrote Book of Present: Self-Understanding through Philosophy and Science as an accessible guidebook to awareness, growth, and understanding at every level of the human form.

Aida holds a Doctorate of Philosophy specialized in Holistic Life Counseling and is also a community member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and the American Metaphysical Doctor’s Association (AMDA).

Despite her credentials, she emphasizes that her writing and counseling emerge more from direct experience and heart connection than from her intellectual pursuits. Driven from the heart to educate and support others through the joys and challenges of their life journey, Aida offers live presentations, workshops, consultation, and other one-to-one sessions in English and Persian Farsi around the world.

As a Certified Medical Meditation and Stress Management Consultant (CMMC and CSMC), she is experienced in administration of psychologically and medically supportive therapies such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Contextual Psychology, ACT Therapy, Autogenic Training (AT) and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). Aida is also certified in Applied Positive Psychology by the University of Pennsylvania.

Naturally, Aida views physical fitness as an important component of the fully integrated self. As such, she is an active member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers and holds certification from Yoga Alliance (Registered Yoga Teacher), as well as ACE, the American Council on Exercise (Effective Strategies for Training Obese and Overweight).

For the sake of connecting and harmonizing our global society, Aida believes that everyone on this planet deserves an equal opportunity to practice peace, virtue, and realization of body, mind, and consciousness and that it is the unique responsibility of the leaders at every level of society to create space for this self-development within their entire scope of influence.

Website and Program Co-Creator

Benjamin D. Schultz


Benjamin is a Mechanical Engineer, Web Developer, and passionate Yoga Instructor. He is an advocate of balanced workplaces, observing the necessity for employers to focus on creating a work environment that enlivens employees on every level of their existence.

Benjamin has had the good fortune to spend most of his career supporting one of the largest energy companies in the world in its efforts to transform its culture of project delivery and operations. He has participated first-hand in catalyzing the shift from task-based, prescriptive, and hierarchical culture that discounts individual ingenuity, passion and purpose into an era of employee empowerment, trust, and multi-dimensional autonomy that requires the development of a wide soft-skillset of authenticity, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness. In support of developing these organizational traits, Benjamin has been responsible for the delivery of a global front line operations leadership training program as well as other cultural and behavioral change programs in his capacity as a Project Transformation Engineer.

In further search of holistic personal and societal wellness, Benjamin has become a Registered Yoga Teacher and has contributed to the development of Book of Present and its online features. He believes that only when driven from a place of inner purpose and peace can professionals bring their entire self to work, constructively contributing to our shared society from a place of deeper understanding and holistic competence.

Informing the depth of a desire to define and declare your life purpose