Adventures in Trance-Formation
Wisdom Strategy Research Institute Newsletter
Adventures in Trance-Formation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a general theme in Western society, including those cultures that have been moderately influenced by the West, which is to say most of the world. This theme is anti-therapy. Therapy in this case meaning psycho-therapy, and all those things similar to it.
If you spend much time around very highly functioning, high achieving people, such as Senior Executives in multi billionaire corporations they are generally very good examples of being highly emotionally intelligent, good communicators, socially aware, cheerful, etc.
If you think about the core idea of Quad Theory, that there are 4 essential skills for success in any endeavor, and in life: Empowerment, Wisdom, Congruence, and Love, it's difficult for me to find any counter-examples.
Isn't it the case that at least in the realms in which they are successful, that people of success, power, influence, and achievement have these 4 traits?
Q - What is a Wisdom Strategy?
A - A philosophy, a technique, a system, a strategy, or a distinction that when understood and utilized gives us access to wisdom.
Q - Are you a guru, teacher, coach or what?
A - Thank you for asking! To some extent all of the above, and to some extent none of the above.
The way I like to think about it is I am a facilitator of Profound Personal Development.
Q - How does that differ from being a coach or therapist?
The 12 Steps, originally of Alcoholics Anonymous, and now the most popular path to Recovery from all addictions, is often overlooked as a valid spiritual path for those who are not dealing with major addictions.
In truth, the 12 Steps are imminently workable for life and living for all humanity. I am presenting them as a free package in the tradition of 12 Step groups.
Joe Vitale is a rather well-known personality in the Personal Development, Marketing, and New Age communities. I have followed his work for some years now, both enjoying and benefiting from it.
Starting with his book No Limits, followed by The Key, Mr. Vitale has advocated the use of a short "Affirmation Stack" as I call it, that goes "I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you." Mr. Vitale claims that this is an affirmational practice for "clearing".
I'm going to share a concept with you in this newsletter that is one of THE KEY DIFFERENCES between those who really make remarkable progress with personal development programs, and those who make little or no progress.
Theres only 1 aspect to this distinction. It's very simple, straightforward, difficult to apply, and could be the missing factor that can totally revolutionize your life.
Most of us in the West try to skip this factor.
I'll call it Massiveness. Sounds kind of hip, sexy, and mysterious, doesn't it?
It's actually an ancient distinction.
Here it comes:
Autumn! Are you ready?
In terms of what seasons mean to us archetypically,
Now, here's an interesting question:
How can we reap the maximum rewards from
Well, for starters, we need to have well - designed,
Affirmations that really are fantastic for me, might leave something
Summer is weird, have you noticed that too?
It's over 100 degrees outside, and I'm freezing inside. Oh well, that's technology for you. Everything has both an advantage and a disadvantage, even if they are subtle advantages or disadvantages.
What I want to talk with you about today is a subtle distinction, a piece of subtle technology, if you will.
What I want to show you is the power of "Yes!"
Specifically, there are 2 things I'm referring to:
1) Yes as affirmation in it's own right.
Hello and Welcome Back!
I took a bit of a hiatus from writing these newsletters over the past year or so.
You probably noticed that you haven't seen or heard much from me over the past many months.
Did you miss me? =)
Over that time I've learned a lot, and I'm excited to share some of it with you here.
So, what shall we talk about and explore today?
Let's take a shower.
For many years now I've done affirmations in the shower.
I like to say them outloud, for most, or all of the time I'm in there.
I started doing this back in 1989 after listening
I hope that you enjoyed the first installment of this mini-course.
In Lesson #2 below, we'll learn a powerful, and extremely simple technique for
Lesson Two: How to Put the Attainment of Your Desires on Automatic Pilot
“My goal is to be rich by the end of the year.”
The essential core of the Wisdom Strategy work, and transformational methodology is a progressive journey through 4 Levels of Profound Personal Development.
Each of the levels is a grouping of packages. A package is a very thorough address and handling to master or resolve a particular topic area.
There are also mini - levels between and after each major level.
Level 1 - Impeccability. Handle the fundamental areas of concern in life, and become a person of Impeccability.
Level 1a - The Rock: Solid Impeccability.
One of the components of the mission of Wisdom Strategy Research Institute is help to make it possible for there to be an Age of the Avatar.
A new chapter in humanity's history when the completely self - realized, impeccable, enlightened individual is common place, and existing among us in the millions. This will give us entirely new and unpredictable realms of experience that will make way for unforeseen levels of positive possibility.
Something interesting happened to me recently. A good friend was completely stressed out of her mind preparing for an upcoming speaking engagement. On one hand that's completely understandable because it can be daunting to get up in front of a few hundred people and bare your soul. On the other hand, I found that it was, as the famous hypnotist Milton Erickson was fond of saying, "an unprecedented opportunity to learn something."
John Grinder is the co-creator of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP for short). NLP is formally described as the study of the structure of subjective experience. More often, NLP is described as a study of excellence. The approach to studying excellence is to find those who are "excellent" or at least are better, or have a unique approach to some endeavor. Then, we go about a process of learning to do what the model does, in the way they do it.
Meditation is simple, proven by dozens of scientific studies to be effective, and in my opinion essential for anyone who is interested in improving themselves.
In fact, if you aren't meditating for at least 10 minutes everyday then either of a couple of things is the case:
1) You started meditating at some point but dropped it out. If this is true for you what this means is that you ran into some kind of a problem that interferred with your meditation practice and therefore it would benefit you to troubleshoot your meditation practice find the snarl and unravel it.
Did you realize that a HUGE percentage of the population is
20.8% of Americans are addicted to cigarretes, and that becomes
22.9% of Americans report engaging in binge drinking once
8.3% of the population is addicted to illegal drugs according to
10% are addicted to sex.
5.7% are addicted to gambling.
Let alone food, coffee, tv, computer and video games, etc.
A vast amount, if not all effective change work happens like this:
1) Clarify your desired goals.
2) Check for incongruence with achieving your goal.
3) Reframe the incongruence found in step 2.
4) Repeat Step 2 and 3 until there is absolutely zero incongruence. The flip of zero incongruence is CONGRUENCE otherwise known as alignment.
5) Out of your congruence, you will take new actions. You will sort of spontaneously find yourself doing new things in alignment with your goal. If not, this indicates further incongruence to reframe.
Epistemology means knowing how we know what we know. Epistemology explores how we know something. In other words, we ask the question, How do you (or I) know?
Isn't that an interesting question! How do you know it's interesting? =)
For instance, How do you know what's real? The experience of reality actually varies from person to person.
A rather profound exercise is:
1. Pick a personal limitation to work with.
2. "How do I know ?" ... you will find an answer to this.
3. Plug your answer from question 2, into the blank in: How do I know ____ ?
Obviously, there are a LOT of approaches to personal evolvement, and many of them are quite valuable. There are, however, two common fallacies that most have in common:
1) Lack of Thoroughness.