Adventures in Trance-Formation
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Adventures in Trance-Formation
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!!
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.
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.
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.
In the 1980's Richard Bandler sometimes spoke of the the 3 human diseases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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?"
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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
This process comes to us from Chi-Kung.
This is a fairly powerful, non-verbal process for loving and healing your self. Many kinds of dis-ease have multiple factors that contribute to creating them. Some of those factors include emotional and energetic factors. The inner smile indirectly addresses both, while encouraging you to be able to experience your natural inner glow.
1. Close your eyes, and relax your body for a moment. Take 3 or more deep breaths.
2. Put a big, smile on your face. Smile a radiantly big smile, if it's not a match where you are otherwise at the moment.
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".