A Prayer Format

One thing most religions have in common is the practice of prayer. On the other hand, a point of difference between many religions is who or what to pray to.


Logging the events, emotions, and relationships or communications that happen in your life is commonly called journaling or keeping a diary. This is a worthwhile practice. Over time it gives you insight and perspective into patterns of your life. The act of making the entries is a technique for reducing stress, especially when done on a regular basis.

Everyday Basics

There are some daily living fundamentals that are essentially must haves for making significant progress, and leading a happy, productive life. The reason is not so much for the rightness or moral goodness of it, but rather because having these things as habits keeps you in a good place mentally, physically, and emotionally.

This is in the form of a check list.

The Utility of Past Lives

Reincarnation is one of the alternative scenarios for what happens after death. I imagine that it will take humanity as a whole a very long time to definitively prove or dis-prove it.

Of course, knowing that there are alternative view points on what the here-after experience might be, gives a certain comfort. Even if one of them is wrong, another might be right. The vast majority don't want to surrender their consciousness permanently.

Body Management Series 4: Hacks for Getting Back To Thin

These are simple tactics for getting thin

1. Spend most of your time with Fit, Healthy Friends.

2. Do not drink calories. That means you drink water, soda water, mineral water, black coffee, americano, straight expresso, or black, green, yerba mate or herbal tea. This also means no juice, no regular soda, no foofy sugary coffee drinks, no sweet tea, no alcoholic beverages of any sort - they all contain calories, and no sugary energy drinks.

3. Record everything you eat precisely, down to every bite, when, and where. This can be written, or even photo's from your cell phone.

Points of Entry

The best points of entry into profound personal development are the topics and areas that concern most people, and have a lot of the attention of most people.

Ironically, these are the core problems of the world, which most folks if they don't have any of these problems regard themselves as pretty well off, in general. Having any of these, people generally think they have a problem that they need help with. Lacking any of these, most folks are generally fairly content with their lives.

The Impact of Television

Dear Reader,

How much time, in a typical week, do you invest in watching television?

An hour a day? 5 hours a day? More than that?

According to a 2012 Nielsen study, the average American watches 34 hours of television per week. 34 hours !!!

As much as I wish I could say that I wasn't among the rest of us in this regard, until recently, I've been a TV junkie. Just like you probably are.

We could, literally, work another full-time job with just a few more hours!!

Personal Editing - Transferring Behaviors

This simple format is fantastic for generating new behavioral choices.

1. Create an anchor for dissociation. (Alternately, if you need to in step #3 you can step or "spin" out).

2. Find a memory of a stuck state, where you were less than resourceful, or your behavior or response was less than optimal, or where it felt like you didn't have access to a range of choices.

Change Personal History - Single Event

This pattern is a way to resolve some memory with unpleasant, negative, dis-empowering, or unwanted feelings associated to it.

You are changing the way you experience your personal history by giving a gift to your younger self.

1. "How do you think of the memory now?" -- Anchor #1

2. Break State

3. Build a powerful resource anchor. -- Anchor #2

4. "Take these resources (Fire Anchor #2 & hold) back into this situation, (fire anchor #1) (pause) and notice how different it is.

5. Test - Think about the memory again. - how is it now.

Where did NLP Really Come From?

The classic story is that John Grinder, a linguistics professor and Richard Bandler, a computer programmer and mathematician got together and modeled the patters of the great psycho-therapists of the 1970's. This list included Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, Milton Erickson, and Frank Farrely. It's noteworthy that each of these four had them selves founded a school of therapy. Virginia created Family Therapy, Fritz - Gestalt Therapy, Milton - Ericksonian Hypnosis, and Frank - Provocative Therapy.

The 3 Main Mental Diseases

In the 1980's Richard Bandler sometimes spoke of the the 3 human diseases.

1) Seriousness
2) Self - Importance
3) Loneliness

This is actually workable. Almost every serious psychological "condition" can be approached in this manner.

It's good to have alternate perspectives to work from. From this perspective we would say that 99% of problems are the result of taking something too seriously, seeking / pretending self - importance, and loneliness.

What is this "Wisdom Strategy" Stuff All About?

In other articles I've told you some of my story, and how this all initially began. I'll give a brief over view of that here as a beginning, and perhaps give you little more insight, understanding, and feel for who I am, and what this about.

The earliest inkling in this life that I had of anything remotely resembling transformation, or a pursuit of wisdom came from watching a few of the classic TV shows in the 70's and early 80's.

Body Management Series #3 - On The Importance of Hydration

Water, as we all know, comprises a very large percentage of our body mass. Our bodies need adequate water in order to function properly.

An essential question is how much water to consume daily. The traditional answer is 64 ounces = 2 quarts = approximately just a little less than 2 liters = 1/2 gallon.

How are you doing with that? How much pure water did you drink in the last 24 hours? It's important to know this, and manage how much water you drink.

Most people consume less than half of that amount of water on a daily basis.

Body Management Series - 1 Replace Soda


This is a new series on an important topic that I believe a great many people have an interest in. That is how do we optimially manage our bodies?

A very important part of this is managing our physical mass, in other words our weight.

If I notice my weight change, even 5 or 10 pounds, I notice that my physical vitality, energy, endurance, and even general mood changes as well. When I get a little lighter, I begin to notice that I actually can feel better, sometimes I can even feel a lot better, with just that being the only thing that is different.


Milton Erickson once said, "You can pretend anything, and master it."

Pretend is acting as if, and acting as if, is actually how we as humans work.

It's functional in general.

For instance, when we measure something, we say, it's one foot long. Well, things are only exactly 1 foot long about every billionth time somebody says that. the other 999,999,999 or so times, it's something else., a little longer, or a little shorter.

The Step Into Action Motivation Pattern

Every so often we have major tasks that we really must do. It's really important to us that we actually get it done.

Have you had one of these puppies?

It might be writing a term paper or thesis, finishing that long term project at work dealing with things you don't understand or care much about, the major home improvement, the business plan for the part time business with multi-million dollar potential but zero pay initially, it might even be getting the house cleaned up after it's gotten out of control for several months, etc.

The Fundamentals

There are a few simple (not necessarily easy) fundamentals that form the foundation for progress with the Wisdom Strategy materials. These are core life disciplines, which will make it possible for you to make consistently profound progress.

The Power of Designing Outcomes

In NLP we have a basic skill of helping someone to discover their well - formed outcomes. You can think of outcomes as goals or results that you intend to accomplish or attain. Looking at this we might say "What do you want?", or "What is your desired outcome?", or, "What result would you like to accomplish?". These questions are more or less synonymous.

Goals = Desired Result = Intention = Objective = Desired Outcome

Recursive Releasing

This is the variation of the basic Sedona Method release technique that I find to be most powerful. I call this Recursive Releasing, and it's generally the form that is included in many packages.

Often times we develop a number of layers of associations of thoughts, meanings, and feelings around various topics. In order to release or transform them, its often valuable to be able to slice through the layers like a hot knife through butter.

Here's how to do Recursive Releasing:

1. Choose a topic to play with. We'll call this, "abc."

Who Does It?

Who Does it?

Who makes your personal development happen? It's a bit of a personal question, isn't it?

There are two main answers: Someone else, and you.

Teachers, facilitators, coaches, guides, mentors, even friends and family, etc. can be invaluable, because they can see things in us, hear things in what we say, help us to access heartfelt resources that we might never otherwise notice.

Is the Universe a Friendly Place?

A few thoughts from a recent correspondence.

Empowerment, wisdom, love, and authenticity when combined over time equal personal freedom.

Life, and all experience are truly vast inter-related and multi-layered systems of processes. Cause and effect is an illusion.

I'm reminded of an interview that Albert Einstein gave where a reporter asked him, "Dr Einstein, you have studied the universe from the vastness of the cosmos to the workings of tiny sub atomic particles. In your opinion, what do you feel is the most important question that humanity needs to find the answer to?"

Making Optimal Decisions

Your life is the sum - total of the decisions you have made, are making, and will make. History is the fabric of decisions that humanity has made.

If you want to have a great life, consistently make great decisions.

There are no completely inconsequential decisions. Obviously, some decisions are more impactful than others. However, every decision you make contributes in some way, small or large, to how you experience life.

Sometimes we put certain classes of decisions more or less on auto pilot. We call those habits.

The Self Concept Procedure

This is adapted from Leslie Lebeau's (formerly Leslie Cameron Bandler) Self Concept Procedure that she distributed through FuturePace, Inc. in the mid to late 1980's.

You are the only person you have to wake up with every morning. How do you feel about this person you wake up with every morning?

How you feel about yourself determines the quality of your life experience. Nothing can make up for not liking yourself.

Indications of a Positive Self-Concept:

1) Defining oneself on the basis of positive attributes, assigned based on self evaluations.

Outcome Specification

In the book NLP Volume 1, The Study of Structure of Subjective Experience, Robert Dilts and company start out by discussing environmental variables which are things we don't have control over and choice variables, which are those things we have a choice about.

We could say that NLP, and perhaps even more so, the work of Wisdom Strategy Research Institute, is about turning environmental variables into choice variables through specific outcomes.

Circle of Excellence

This is a way to gain greater access to a resource / particular kind of excellence.

1. Identify a particular kind of excellence in your behavior that you want to have more available in more situations. For instance, confidence, creativity, being calm & alert, playfulness, compassionate, powerful, enthusiasm, etc.

2. Remember a time when you have this excellence, and as fully as you can, access your chosen kind of excellence

3. Imagine a circle full of this "kind of excellence" on the floor, what color is it? How big is it? What shape is it?

Corrections for a Stalled or Rough Meditation Practice

Many people don't meditate on a regular basis because their experience of meditation is unpleasant and stressful. There are specific difficulties that are sometimes encountered. Generally, that is one of the advantages of working with a good meditation teacher, they can guide you. However, most meditation teachers don't have this full set of distinctions, because this is an assembly of knowledge from many sources, not limited to one meditation tradition.

Quad Theory: The 4 Essential Factors of Enlightenment

The essence of Quad Theory is that there are 4 qualities, or personal attributes that are essential for success at any endeavor, including the attainment of Spiritual Enlightenment. Those 4 qualities are: Love, Wisdom, Empowerment, and Congruence. These 4 qualities are found throughout history in most major philosophies, religions, and even the structure of the government of the United States of America.

Body Management Series - 2 After 10 pm Consume ONLY Water

Dear Reader,

Our digestive process needs time each day to complete it's work for us. And, our body as a whole needs a chance on a daily basis to cleanse itself.

Both of these processes are happening continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

If we are putting food and calories into our body in the middle of the night we unnecessarily burden our bodies digestion and cleansing.

Useful Beliefs

This is a very incomplete listing of beliefs that are useful, empowering, and probably worth believing:

There is no such thing as failure or defeat unless you create it as such for yourself.

There is no such thing as failure or rejection, there is only feedback, and results.

I always succeed in producing a result.

Anything that's possible for one person, is possible for anyone.

Everything is possible.

The past doesn't necessarily equal the present, or future, unless I continue to choose to create it.

I really like myself.

The Four Core Fundamentals

The Fundamentals list is kind of on the long side. It's a lot of things to keep track of everyday. The list is definitely valid. Most people already do pretty well with most of the self-care kind of things. So, here is an abbreviated set of Fundamentals, which for most people, are the four core things to initially focus on the most.

1) Meditate Daily

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