Temptation – The True Nature of Choice, Will, and Facilitating a Process of Change

The definition of temptation is to induce a person to committing an act by manipulation, seduction, curiosity, strong desire, or out of the fear of loss. Something that coaxes us to engage in short-term urges of enjoyment that threatens long-term goals. We seem to decide between two things, both of which are desirable and compelling in some way, which means we have to give up one of them in order to have or create the other, and a form of internal conflict ensues as a result. We still have a strong desire for what we’re “giving up” while simultaneously knowing that if we engage in it we’ll regret it in the long run, we’ll sabotage ourselves somehow, or we’ll feel disappointed in ourselves.

The feeling of loss we experience when giving up something we find pleasurable or emotionally gratifying in some manner, or that fulfills a need of some kind, in pursuit of something we feel is even more desirable or beneficial, can set into motion a form of internal conflict and constant negotiation that produces an experience of suffering in regards to our choices. It creates a kind of catch twenty-two as a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” type scenario. This is why “will” is an inherent part of choice as the necessary means for actualizing it and bringing about the desired change by exercising our ability to consciously self-create in a deliberate and purposeful manner.

What we tend to experience is that the minute we decide to give something up that we find pleasurable and have established a habit around, we feel an immediate sense of loss, and experience an intensified and heightened desire for it. We crave it and develop a hankering for it. As we abstain from it, our desire for it seems to become even more pronounced and stronger. Not because it actually is, but because we’re going through change as a withdrawal where we’re very aware of the absence and we miss it and have a longing for it. Because we miss it we have a heightened awareness around it, and think about it in a compulsory manner.

This craving as missing what we’re giving up is the most basic form of temptation that begins a greater process. Once we make it past the initial thrust of exercising sheer willpower and we get a few days into it, we feel we have a handle on it, we become more relaxed in regards to it, and another form of temptation comes into play. This is the coercive, gently seductive part of us that starts talking to us in a way that totally makes sense and makes it okay to relapse, give up our desire to change, and go back to business as usual. This voice plays on our weakness, portraying it in a way that makes it seem like we’re not giving in, just deciding we can do it while still pursuing our other goal in spite of it. We tell ourselves we can somehow manage or control it or not let it affect us. This aspect of us is very persuasive and convinces us to go back to our old ways and forfeit the idea of changing.

This kind of abstinence brings a sense of suffering, internal conflict and emotional anguish, as well as a form of constant emotional negotiation where we begin arguing with ourselves as one aspect outright manipulating and trying to gain power over another aspect. We always have multiple aspects of ourselves that look at everything from different perspectives, with different attitudes, ideas, and motives. In purely psychological terms these are called archetypes or sub-personalities, but we can also think of them as different aspects of our own personality as being of a “multiple” nature and therefore exist in a primary state of constant inner turmoil that’s often arbitrary and capricious.

We are not singular beings with a concentrated focus, but rather composed of a dynamic multifaceted nature that often exists in a primary state of opposing itself. We also have subconscious tendencies, which are emotionally motivated and experientially driven that often directly oppose our rational and objective thinking. The subconscious mind is the part of us that’s ritualistic, habitual, and automated in nature and forms habits around emotionally gratifying activities, then defends the right to preserve those activities. Anytime the subconscious mind is in conflict with the self-conscious, thought-oriented mind of objective reasoning, it nearly always wins out because it uses emotions as the means to seduce, coax, and manipulate the rational mind. Emotions, when left unguarded and allowed to play out without containment, tend to completely run our thought and engage us in compulsive urges and pleasure driven behaviors that have no regard or concern for consequences. This is what we call the lower, animal mind that’s instinctively driven through compulsive sensuous urges and thoughtless behaviors.

When we make a decision to change somehow, our path divides as a kind of fragmentation and sets into motion the need to debate the validity of our choice based on a sense of loss. Whatever we give up, we miss, even if we realize it was bad for us. As we miss it we form an intense longing for it by only thinking about what was good about it, forgetting all the bad. A form of seductive enticement takes place within our own mind. We literally battle with ourselves, first weakening ourselves through thoughts of desire and enhanced sensory imagination that amplifies and concentrates the feelings of pleasure around the activity of it, then struggle with a form of mental anguish at being strong enough to resist it.

This whole process takes place because we haven’t learned how to operate our own mind in terms of realizing how we form an internal representation of ideas that make them either compelling or repulsive. Anytime we’re talking about the “will”, we’re referring to the imagination. It’s through the imagination that we work directly on our own subconscious mind, which doesn’t “think” in terms of verbal thoughts, but rather takes verbal thoughts and turns them into sensory realities in the imagination that invoke a strong emotional component that either make them pleasurable and compelling, or painful and repulsive. Pleasure and pain are the motivating forces of our lower nature as a form of primal drive. Subconsciously we’re always moving towards pleasure and away from pain.

To “will something” is to create the reality of it in the imagination “as if” it’s already happening, creating an experience of it that’s very desirable and has positive emotions associated with it. The language of the subconscious mind is “strong sensory experiences” that elicit an equally strong emotional response. Emotions are the language of the material plane and come as a natural response to our thoughts and experiences. We have to make whatever it is we want to create (our choice) very appealing in sensory terms, while making what we want to quit doing very disgusting and repulsive in sensory terms. Ideas as a sensory reality that mimics an actual experience invokes emotions that not only become the formative motivating factor, but also act to connect us to that same idea all around us. Emotion is the language as a frequency of the material plane and runs in currents that are being transmitted and received all the time. Whatever our emotional state, we’re engaged in the reality of that state and act as a magnet for its fulfillment by organizing and interacting with that same emotion in everyone and everything around us.

One of the primary functions of the imagination is to form “internal representations” of thought as ideas that we use in place of the actual reality of it. When we think about an activity as an experience, we make it either compelling or repulsive based on “how we think about it” it terms of what we associate with it and use to give it meaning. When we associate positive ideas and feeling with it, we create a very pleasurable, joyful, and fulfilling experience of it. Likewise, when we associate negative ideas with it, we make it painful, ugly, and disgusting somehow. This internal representation as an imagined experience of it provides us with a preview that either makes it tempting and hard to resist, or uninteresting and easy to forget. In order to make an idea compelling we have to infuse it with very pleasurable and desirable associations, while making the idea we’re moving away from seem disgusting, repulsive or awful somehow.

If we pay close attention, we’ll further realize that the internal images or scenarios we form in our imagination of the idea has certain sensory attributes and qualities that work at the purely subconscious level to make it seem either distant and dissociated or up-close and intensely real. These sensory features are called sub-modalities and are the method we use to further develop how we represent an idea to ourselves. Anything that we watch and run through our mind’s eye that seems small, off in the distance, and either black and white or monotone in color, lacks intensity and isn’t provocative. It seems far off and unattainable, more like a distant memory that produces very little emotional impact. However when we form images and imagined scenario’s that seem up-close, in vivid color, and intense where we see, hear, feel, smell, touch, and are talking to ourselves about the experience we’re having in very positive terms, they become immediate and act to produce very compelling emotions.

Likewise, whatever we associate an idea with not only shapes the meaning it has but how we “feel about it” when thinking of it. As a general rule the mind is always in the process of forming a chain-of-association that links ideas together as a way of making them mean something and classifying them accordingly. Whatever ideas we associate with an idea shapes that idea in terms of what it means, and them meaning it has shapes how we experience it and what it means about us in relationship with it. We develop ideas to give them meaning by how they exist in relationship with other ideas of a similar nature. When we make positive associations it intensifies the love and desire for the idea, whereas when we associate very negative and disgusting ideas with it, it makes it very repulsive and we form a kind of disdain for it. In whatever way we shape the idea in our mind as an experience that’s associated to other ideas of the same nature, that makes them either desirable or repulsive, shapes our tendency towards or away from them simultaneously.

By learning how to work with our own imagination to form an internal representation of an idea that we use to let go of ideas or break habitual tendencies, or move towards more beneficial ideas with a sense of eagerness and enthusiasm is the secret to using your will to transform habits and behaviors that we’ve outgrown or realize are not in the best interest of our growth and development. When we make a decision to quit one thing and begin doing something new, and we use our “will” to actualize the reality of our choice, doesn’t mean to suffer and struggle through the agony of constant temptation to eventually tire, relapse and give up, but comes rather as our ability to change how we’ve polarized an idea to move it from a desirable to an undesirable state, while transferring the feeling of desire from the old idea onto the new idea. By taking what we once deemed pleasurable and rendering it painful by how we re-present the idea to ourselves internally by “remaking the experience”, makes it easy to resist. As we form our new idea with intense sensory details, positive and compelling emotions, and associate it with ideas whose meaning makes us feel the way we want to feel, we naturally move towards them with a sense of love, devotion, and excitement. It’s all about how an experience makes us feel and what it means about us as we engage in it.

All ideas as realities or potential for creating realities through choice and will, exist in a polarized state as complementary opposites that are extremes of the same idea and form a range or scale between them as degrees of the same thing. All change in the ultimate sense comes as a change in degrees of the same thing, rather than a change in kind. Whenever we “quit” one thing in favor of another, it usually comes as moving from the negative aspect of the idea to what we could think of as the positive aspect. We don’t ever really quit habits, but rather transform them into new habits that are more desirable in terms of their benefits. Whenever we decide to change a behavior, we have to decide what behavior we’re going to replace it with or what we’re going to do instead. If we leave an empty void by deciding to quit something without replacing it, we’ll tend to draw something else in unconsciously and simply begin doing something else that’s not thought out and deliberate. So the minute we decide what we’re no longer going to be, we have to immediately decide what we’re going to be instead, and make a transition from one mindset to another.

Association also has another component in behavioral changes and that comes through the process of “anchoring” an idea as a means of designing a natural “trigger” for it as an activating mechanism. We form a series of associations to an idea that act as the means of activating a whole behavioral pattern as a kind of memory. Throughout our daily life, as we go about our normal activities, we are constantly forming an association in the present with memories of the past as a way of being able to assign “instant meaning” to things as our natural perception of them. Certain behaviors, characteristics, words, tone of voice, touching us somewhere on our body, smells, and so on, act as triggering mechanisms that cause us to reference old memories and bring them forward into the present, associating the present with the past as a form of “this means the same thing as that”, and we subconsciously play out the same pattern as a set of automated behaviors. By realizing this, we can either associate the new behavior to the same thing that served as a trigger for the old behavior, or we can create a new one that we use intentionally to instantly change our state and “activate the pattern” we’re replacing it with. In this way, the old behaviors are no longer capable of being activated in us unconsciously by the same triggers.

Once we realize how to use our imagination to transform old ideas and form new enticing and compelling ones, we realize that we’re no longer “tempted” by the old, and have no trouble whatsoever refraining from it. Just the fact that we’re still tempted by an idea shows us that we either haven’t really made a true decision against it and for something else, and we’re still therefore debating it, or we haven’t used our mind in the appropriate way to change how we perceive, present, and relate to the idea. The decision to quit one thing in favor of another comes through realizations that we form around what we’re doing and the results it produces as natural consequences to our actions. Once we make a decision towards something new that facilitates our growth in a positive manner, and we “willfully bring that choice into fruition”, means to use the natural power of our imagination to re-orientate ourselves in relation to both, what we’re letting pass away, and what we’re creating in its place. Anytime we use our will as our imagination in this manner, change becomes easy and natural and undertaken with a sense of enthusiasm and anticipation, and temptation of the old doesn’t even exist as a part of our experience. We simply forget about the old and move fully into the new filled with a sense of anticipation and awe at our own ability to create our reality and become self-determined as a result.

Dr. Linda Gadbois  

Integrative Mind-Body Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor  

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Learning to become an Excellent Communicator – Self-Expression as Performance

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Knowledge originated as the “Arts and Sciences” in what most see as contrary ideas that are in reality extensions of each other. Knowledge as science can be thought of as an idea in theoretical form that can only be proved through experimentation or by applying it at the practical level to create living phenomena out of it as an experience of it. The application comes as a form of communication where we become the “channel” or “vehicle” through which the idea comes into physical reality by way of us. We act in some way by applying the idea to our life, and “act it out” or “perform it”. Because our method of application and style of performing is unique to us based on our personality, “how” we do it becomes a form of self-expression, where the science applied becomes an art-form.

 
Many of you may have seen the “communication pie” that reveals the components of communication as being 7% based on the words being used, 38% being the tone or quality of your voice in terms of “how” we say it, and 55% of the communication comes through our physiology as what we’re expressing by how we’re being. Naturally, many of the experts want to take this in a literal manner and begin breaking apart a whole expression into “body-language” as categories and labels in a way that can be standardized and therefore taught in a methodical manner, yet, what this is actually showing us is that we actually communicate by expressing with our whole being. Communication is a full body transmission that simultaneously reveals the inner state of the person communicating, while also revealing their mental paradigm that forms their unique perception and interpretive style. What this shows us is that we can never really hide how we’re feeling. Our attitude forms the greater part of our communication. What we value, believe, and have a preference for shapes our communication in subtle ways that while they may not be readily recognized in our attempt to conceal them, they are still fully conveyed in our energy, which is felt by others.

 
Communication is intuitive and being done all the time through our “presence”, regardless of whether or not we’re talking. People can sense our energy as our mental atmosphere, read our emotions being reflected in our body postures, gestures, and facial expressions, as well as biological processes such as flushing of the skin, tension in the lips, dilated pupils, shakiness in our voice, and so on. We also communicate in a basic sense by how we present ourselves, through our personal grooming, style, wardrobe, jewelry, etc. We create an image of ourselves that give people an impression of “who” and “how” we are, and what kind of person we are. To take up the study of body language that turns it into a mechanical, systematized process of categorizing and labeling specific postures and gestures as meaning this or that and applied to everyone equally, is like buying a book on “dream interpretation” that gives a universal interpretation of certain objects as if they mean the same thing to everybody, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The message in the communication expresses not only the idea being communicated, but also the person doing the communicating. We can tell how they feel about what they’re communicating, what their perspective is, and whether they’re being congruent in terms of what they’re communicating being contradictory to how they actually feel. Whether they’re creating an illusion and lying, or whether or not they believe what they’re saying, and saying it out of honesty. What we’re doing with our body always matches our internal state. Always.

 
This gives us the tools we need for becoming excellent communicators by becoming aware of how we’re being as we communicate. By realizing that in order to communicate effectively, we have to first form the proper state or mood out of which we communicate, knowing it’s going to be the greater part of the communication. Cultivating the proper attitude through which we communicate is critical to the message or idea being communicated. Becoming aware of how we accentuate our voice quality through our tone, speed and hesitations as a form of timing, the rhythm of talking, what and how we emphasize words, what we’re doing with our body, our facial expressions, and gestures by how we use our hands, controlling the look in our eyes, and so on.


The basic dynamic always going on as the basis for our communication, is that whatever mood or emotion we’re embodying and expressing through, we stimulate that same emotion in others, calling it forth in response to us as the “connection” or “stream of communication” as an interactive flow of energy. We connect to others and the external world through feelings and emotions. Emotions connect us to things outside of ourselves that brings what’s inside, outside, and vice verse as a correspondence. Our action stimulates an equal reaction of the same emotional quality. How we act towards others by how we’re being, determines how they act towards us in a natural response to us. This is a fundamental form of “cause and effect”.

 
So all communication is in fact a “performance” where the words being employed are only a minute part of what’s actually being conveyed. To become an excellent communicator, you need to become an excellent performer. You take an attitude of expressing ideas by “embodying them”, creating the proper mood necessary for stimulating the same feeling-mood in whomever you’re communicating with. You do this by asking yourself, what feeling is necessary for the expression of this idea within the conditions and circumstances it’s being used to create? What is the purpose of the communication, and what effect or behavior is it designed to create? What emotion will give the proper emphasis and elicit the desired response as an outcome? Based on what you’re communicating and what result or course of action it’s meant to set in motion, what state do you need to cultivate in order to become the proper channel for expressing the idea that will elicit the same state in another? What part of the person’s imagination do you want to touch on through the nature of the communication, and what seed will the communication plant as a fertile idea in their mind that they will continue to grow through the emotion connected to it that it was delivered through, long after the communication is done?

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To plant a seed as a thought to be grown in the mind of another, we match the idea with the emotion. The emotion determines in what way the idea will be developed, and what kind of reality they will create out of it as a result. When inspiring and passionate emotions are coupled with an idea, it’s developed in a very positive way as the means for expressing the emotion through the idea. When negative emotions are applied to the same idea, it’s developed in a way that expresses that emotion and serves to create more of it. Thought and emotion are always joined to create experiences as the reality of the thought. The emotion is our “direct line” into another and the formative or creative factor that shapes the idea to be an expression of it. While our thoughts may be unique to each person, and the words we use form different pictures in each persons mind as an association, emotions are universal and shared by everyone in a congruent manner. Anger produces anger, and though how it’s expressed may be different from person to person, it still acts to stimulate and create more anger. The emotional component of an idea is what we connect to in others, and the idea as a thought is simply the form the emotion takes on as a vehicle to express as a reality. Whenever we’re communicating, the emotion “is” what’s actually being communicated through how we’re expressing ourselves. Our expression stimulates that same nature and expression in another and acts to multiply it.

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By learning to view how we communicate in a new light, we can not only become more self-aware, and perhaps realize why our communications fail to produce what we want them to produce, but through the awareness alone, we can hone our style for self-expression by learning how to perform much like an actor takes on the proper state and character traits to play a role in a convincing manner. Just as when we were kids and we modeled our hero’s and those we wanted to be like by taking on the same qualities and behaviors that served to develop us in those same ways by becoming the expression of them. When we learn how to communicate by performing, we develop higher forms of self-expression and become powerful creators in our own life. We learn how to “give” people ideas that we want them to develop and act to co-create with us by forming a joint reality out of them.

 

So as you think about communicating and what it is you wish to produce by way of the communication, think about what feeling or emotion as a state-of-mind that you want to elicit in them as the fertile ground for developing the idea you’re introducing into their mind as a thought that will be developed in their imagination into an internal experience. Then intentionally cultivate and take on that emotional state before you communicate the idea. Notice just how employing the emotional state changes how you form the communication in your imagination that changes how it delivered or expressed. Then, practice communicating in a way that consciously expresses the emotion by how you’re being. By your energy, your body posturing, facial expression, the tone and quality of your voice, and the rhythm in which you speak, and what you emphasize by “how” you say it. Communication is actually an art-form that’s performed. Like any performance based art, you have to practice to develop your style and your ability to become more expressive by learning to utilize your entire being as the basis for the communication.

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To produce new behaviors takes the firm decision to do so, and commitment to a dedicated practice that’s undertaken in a devoted manner. Once we choose what we want to change and the new methods to be employed in their place, and we start by imagining our selves being that way, and doing it that way, we begin using the creative aspect of our imagination to form internal representations of an idea as a reality, that we then use for acting out to produce the same idea as an outer affect. Imagining an idea gives us the basis for practicing it. By practicing we build knowledge into our muscle where it becomes natural and automatic. We begin transforming how we’re being in the world, and how we express ourselves as a result. We learn how to truly connect to others and share ideas that simultaneously allow for emotional expression that’s healthy and productive in nature. By expanding our ability to express ourselves more fluently and eloquently, we form a new kind of confidence and enhance our experience of living by enriching the meaning things take on.

 

Practice only makes perfect when you know how to practice in the right way. Otherwise, it simply propagates a whole series of errors.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Transformational Coaching

Personal Development

Professional Development

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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Innovative Leadership for Creative ways of doing Business – Becoming a Social Architect

Cosmic_creativityMany people view leaders as those having a vision that they then use to inspire the group that will be responsible for actually creating it by instructing them on what they need to do in order to create the vision as a team effort. And while this is probably a somewhat affective method for a corporate, drone worker type mentality, or those who imagine their role as “boss” is to micromanage and rule over others with a whip in hand and a stern face, but for the more innovative and creative enterprises, a leader is one who organizes the talents and personalities of every team member to form a dynamic vision as the integration of multiple ideas to come up with a unique and specialized idea that incorporates the full participation of everyone involved. It’s a creative process, that even when developed into an organizational practice, remains a “work in progress” where new ideas and creative solutions are consistently being experimented with as a means of constantly improving whatever service, product, or process the business provides.

 
I often get asked what my “method” or “model” is that I practice by, usually anticipating an answer as a “tried and proven” method handed down by someone considered an expert in the business of leadership (whatever that means) that everyone will recognize and therefore trust. I always find this question a bit confusing and often draw a blank in response to it, because the only method I use is the creative process and the scientific method of experimentation. While the combination of these is somewhat of a “method”, how it’s formulated and utilized varies with every situation, dynamic group of people operating as a team within that business, and the basic vision and intention for the business of the person most responsible for organizing and overseeing the operation of the team as a whole. Every situation has a unique idea they’re creating, with a unique group of talent and varying levels of expertise, and a unique style as their personality, service or method of delivery, and vision. My job is simply to help them realize what this is, embraced it in the practical sense, and put into place the basic processes for creating it as a reality while keeping it as simple as possible.

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I don’t walk in with a preconceived idea about what needs to happen, or a “cookie-cutter” method that I impose on them under the facade of being an expert with ready made solutions to every problem, but rather I help them to begin thinking about things in a new way, learn how to operate as a whole rather than as fragmented and disconnected parts, and elicit participation of each individual, and their ability to capitalize on the talents of every team member, while developing a portfolio of diverse ideas that can be strategically integrated to form new and possible solutions, or to come up completely novel methods. I teach Entrepreneurs to begin thinking in new ways and maximizing the talents of their staff and associates. I provide them with the skills for learning to think and operate as a dynamic team with a shared goal as a desired outcome. Where every member is valued for their unique perspective and expertise and contribution to the daily operations and how that enhances and enriches the experience of everyone involved. The best way to get buy-in and accountability from everyone involved is by utilizing their ideas, while taking an attitude of perfecting them “as you go” based on feedback that allows you to shape them through the actual application into an efficient system.

 
I teach business owners how to develop a business plan as an overall vision that’s an integration of different visions to form a working collaboration. When people’s ideas are actively employed and used to help form the standard procedures of the business, there’s a strong investment to make sure they succeed and an increased accountability to make sure they’re adhered to. When everyone involved is a valuable part of the whole and necessary to make it a success, they perform at much higher levels, and with an attitude of enthusiasm, sincerity, and commitment. When they’re an active part of the creation, and a necessary part of the equation, your staff and business becomes a family, and the commodore and quality of life for everyone involved is greatly enhanced, where loving their work is the norm, and the company as a whole can achieve a state of excellence in what they do, and every member grows and learns within their daily experiences.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Innovative Management Services

Professional Development

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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Intuition – the Synthesizing Faculty of the Mind

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Many people ask “what is intuition” exactly, and how do you know if you have it? In order to use something as a tool or consciously engage in it, we have to have a fundamental working understanding of how it operates in our lives while simultaneously permeating and influencing our environment. Intuition is not a “thing” or specific function of the mind, but rather a state-of-mind out of which we perceive the outer world as whole, interconnected and synthesized, rather than fragmented, disconnected into random parts, or where some thing exists as separate from everything else.

 
Intuition is a primary function of the right-brain, subconscious, higher mind that perceives holistically. Whereas the conscious mind perceives surface appearances that are fragmented, apart, and often directly opposing one another, intuition perceives the underlying realm that connects everything as an analogous play of correspondences that exist in harmony as a dynamic interplay of opposing aspects of the same idea that are necessary to stimulate and co-create a joint reality that plays out themes of various sorts. The conscious mind breaks the whole apart and analyzes it as separate units that are whole within themselves, whereas the subconscious brings all aspects together and synthesizes them into a greater whole that’s a larger pattern.

 
The intuitive mind holds within it’s awareness both the conscious and subconscious as a rhythmic flow of dissolving and coagulating, of expansion and contraction, breaking apart to identify various aspects, then putting them back together into a dynamic eco-system in order to understand how they operate to create whole realities. Our intuition extends our personal reality and perceives the greater Will as a group or community dynamic being acted out by several people as a series of interrelated themes. Life is comprised of smaller themes as behavioral patterns that are all of the same basic nature (fractal patterns) that form analogical correspondences to larger more dynamic and complex -patterns. Everyone is playing a part in a greater story that weaves their paths together in a synchronistic fashion. It sees (senses) not only the significance of others in our lives, but the part we play in their life also. The connection is perceived as an immediate “knowing”. An inner feeling that has a realization inherent within it that reveals the nature of the connection.

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Intuition is the faculty of the mind that is used to tune-into and perceives the spiritual world of pure energetic intelligence that’s always operating silently below the surface of the physical realm. It’s the feeling, emoting, impulsive quality that motivates thoughts and actions from the subtle level of “cause”. It prompts a chain-reaction as a feeling that ultimately becomes behavior as our actions. Through intuition, we tune-into and enter into a dynamic relationship with the spiritual world that transcends, yet permeates, and serves to orchestrate the physical realm.

 
Intuition is what’s referred to as our higher-senses as our inner awareness that tunes into the “inner nature” of all living beings and the greater field of consciousness that interconnects all of reality, that we experience as feelings, which communicate “soul-to-soul”. It communicates Inner-nature to inner-nature. It doesn’t necessarily bypass or ignore surface appearances of the external world, but orientates itself from the perspective of the inner being real and therefore true, regardless of what the outer is communicating or displaying. It then aligns and compares the inner to the outer as a means of recognizing integrity, or a lack of it. It doesn’t recognize the outer as true, unless it matches the inner. It perceives synthesis and unity rather than separation and a lack of integrity. Because of our innate intuitive ability that we all have (though only some develop) and how it recognizes law as operating in the subtle realm, we can readily perceive falsehood and outward deception not through our physical senses, but through the feelings we have about things, often without knowing why. We ‘know things’ not through an intellectual process of reasoning and deduction, but through a simple feeling we get ‘about’ them when we hold them in our heart and mind, or when we are feeling their ‘presence’. When we’re in the presence of people, places and events, we’re in-tune to and blending with the energy they’re generating and emitting which carries information ‘about’ it as qualities and characteristics that are sensed emotionally. Energy, which is pure vibration as consciousness, doesn’t lie, only the outer appearances being produced to hide an ‘inner truth’ are truly capable of deceiving.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Personal Development

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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Moral Fiber and the Nature of Corruption

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In order for a system to self determine by setting standards of operation based on ethics, morals and values, they must be followed and upheld at all times in order to maintain the integrity of the system. If we allow or tolerate less, then the system’s integrity is compromised and it becomes corrupted to the extent of the allowance. While this is very easy to see in business where we set standards for things like appearances or attire and we give full descriptions of those requirements, then an employee shows up in violation of our standards, and we allow them to go ahead and work anyway, we have just lowered our standard due to a lack of compliance that are now reflected by the new standard set by the violation. What we allow and tolerate is a reflection of the company’s moral integrity whether they realize it or not.

 
This same type of dynamic is going on all the time at the personal level. While many fail to even recognize and define what their moral values are, and then consciously act to create the ethical standards they use to live their lives by as a moral code that simultaneously provides a guideline for making decisions of what they will and won’t allow (of themselves and others), all of which ultimately form the basis for their integrity as a person. Instead, most create an image of themselves that they would like to portray, that is more about complying in order to fit in, be like others, gain friends and associates, overcome insecurity and low self-esteem, or attract clients of some sort. We begin the process of constantly prostituting ourselves by readily negotiating our ethics and morality. Some never form a clear idea around their ethics and standards and so have no real direction or compass in life. They blow in the wind and become subject to whatever influences they surround themselves with.

 
While we have a sense of what we are doing at a deeper level, we cloud it over with all the evidence we bring into any decision making process that diverts the attention away from the ethical reality in a dark debate of endless compromise. We are able to fool ourselves to a certain extent at the conscious level, but at the subconscious and soul level where the ego doesn’t exist and we experience everything in terms of feelings, emotions, morality and the corresponding images they contain, we are clear on what this type of compromise means about who and what we are. This facilitates feelings of self disappointment, loathing, feelings of betrayal, regret, despise and resentment. The reason more people don’t explore to determine what ethics they hold as standards for modeling their behavior is because they realize that if they state them clearly, and articulate them with reason, they’ll have to uphold them. What we communicate creates a form of accountability. In upholding them they will have to make conscious decisions as to who to remain in relationship with, and who to dissociate with. They fear they will lose friends and clients and so they never state them or actually uphold them so that when they compromise themselves, no one else will know . . . . however, the problem is, they know. We don’t ever really fool ourselves. We just begin the long process of selling our soul to the highest bidder. We corrupt ourselves because we don’t believe in ourselves and don’t have a sense of clarity around the type of person we choose to be, and so we become the effect of others. We allow associates, friends and society to determine and shape us, because we fail to willfully determine ourselves. No decision is a decision. Compromise violates integrity.

 
Integrity isn’t about you being able to consistently pull off a public image or master a persona. It’s about walking your talk. Lead through example. Be the change you desire. Practice what you preach. Teach only what you can demonstrate. Decide who you are, what you’re about, develop your values, morality and ethics for practice, and demonstrate integrity in upholding them. In this, you may not have as many friends or colleagues, but the ones you do have will serve to evolve you to even higher standards of being. And most importantly, when you lay down to rest alone in the dark, left only to yourself, you will be at peace with yourself and experience an inner calm born out of a sense of contentment.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Spiritual Teacher and Mentor

The Importance of a business model – “Essence, Personality and Identity”

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Just as our personality and identity form the basis out of which all our personal expression comes as a natural and automatic by-product, the model for a business serves the same function. It establishes the basis for what forms our vision, mission, values, ethics, standards and philosophy – out of which we can easily form rules, policy, protocol and procedures. All of these can be summarized as the businesses personality and identity which are key factors for developing image and style. All people working within the business share a similar “personal model” to the business model, and all company training is designed as an expression of the business model which then establishes it as a culture.

 
The business model also establishes firm guidelines by which everything can be measured and evaluated for compliance and effectiveness, as well as to ensure consistency. It creates structure and order through well-defined rules and methods that ensure a smooth running operation. So a sound and well thought out business model should be one of the first steps to business development. If you are having constant problems with a lack of consistency, poor training, or the inability to make decisions that support the primary values and ethics of the business, one of the first places to look when trouble-shooting, should not only be the business model, but whether or not it is understood and being effectively demonstrated by key people and strategically implemented in all areas of the operation.

 
A business model should also clearly convey the overall identity and personality or “style” of the business. Not just through the primary vision, mission, and values, but also in describing the emotional atmosphere and moral conduct of everyone involved. Job descriptions should also include the personality traits and characteristics of the person as the ideal basis for how they perform their position, what image they convey to clients, and what type of experience they create through their common interactions. Emotional intelligence should be built in to the fundamental training programs, and all leaders within the organization should consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and well-managed emotional control. The managers, staff leads, and professional staff should be trained in psychological skills that they teach by demonstrating, as well as use intelligently to interact and handle any problematic situations should they arise in a creative and peaceful manner.

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As an Entrepreneur or developer of a business, we have to provide ourselves as well as our people with the necessary resources to build the practice from the ground up instilling intelligent practices into the very foundation. If transforming an existing practice to take it to a higher level of excellence and proficiency, strategic intervention that introduces change at the most effective and influential level of the organization is crucial. All persons responsible for producing the change must be educated in the psychological skills necessary for producing change through emotional engagement and by not only eliciting a state of cooperation, but a state of enthusiastic and invigorated participation. People need to be invested in the change as an actual outcome or community experience that will give them a powerful sense of themselves by being a productive and important part of it.

 
The attitude we use in how we treat our staff, is the same attitude they employ in assisting our clients. Whatever emotions we employ when interacting with our staff, we stimulate and call forth in them, and they perform out of that emotional state. The biggest factor for improving performance of the very people running our business is to understand the importance of the emotional atmosphere of the business as set by “key people” within the organization and how they’re “being” on a regular basis. All behavior is ultimately emotionally driven. Whatever mood someone is in is directly reflected in how they’re behaving and what energy they’re putting off. Negative emotions produce behavior that expresses those emotions, activating them in everyone else that they come into contact with. Likewise, positive emotions produce an elevated energy that infects others with the same feeling.

 
All business models should include a strong emphasis on the “psychology of the business” by defining rules of engagement that involve attitudes, emotional expression and etiquette. These are behavioral standards of the business, which means they must be upheld at all times by everyone involved, no exceptions. One person with a bad attitude and frequent emotional outbursts and destructive behaviors, tolerated and allowed to continue as part of a team, will act to undermine that team by infecting them with the same toxic energy. One bad apple, indeed . . . ruins the whole bunch! Strong emotions of any kind are powerful influences that serve to stimulate everyone around them with the same emotions. Be very clear on the emotional atmosphere necessary to create and operate your business in a way that determines what kind of an experience someone is going to have who’s doing business with you.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Professional Training and Mentoring
Innovative Management Services
Business Consulting

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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The Significance of a “Model” (System of Beliefs) in Creating Reality

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Time and time again I see Coaches and Consultants who offer their services almost like an elaborate goal setting session – or ongoing session – who walk-in and give people ready made advice or a pre-designed program that offers the solution to their current problem. Yet as many of you have experienced even if you get off to a good start in an attempt to implement the program – it usually doesn’t take long for you to relapse, or for the program to fizzle. This is because you are in the situation you’re in – your life is the way it is – because of the models you are working out of. You have to have a paradigm that supports and represents the desired change- the type of situation, circumstances or conditions you’re are striving for – or you will never be able to create or maintain it.
In order to create something different than what you have currently created – you have start with the model called your identity – then move out into your model of the world. You must redesign your beliefs and your habitual emotions – repetitive attitude and behavioral patterns – how you “see” things in order to create a new vision. Referencing failure in an attempt to produce success does not work. You will simply turn that “goal” which on the surface represents success – into a perfect reflection of the model you reference and associate it with – which creates the state of mind – gives meaning (feeling quality) to your goal – out of which you will perform. An impoverished model will consistently produce poverty.
Goal-setting, as it is commonly called, is more like taking a dream and breaking it down into the step-by-step process necessary to create it – it involves an elaborate, interactive system of supportive beliefs to pull it off. In order to create a model we can use the method of modeling. The true essence of “modeling” is if you don’t currently have a successful model to reference, to imitate or use as a template – if you currently do not know how to do what you want to do – find someone who has, study them, elicit their strategy and create a model out of their strategy – use that model as a reference to associate with your current situation, modifying it accordingly and use it for measuring, comparing and give your desired creation a similar meaning – which will create the pathways necessary for success.
Pay attention to your own thoughts and what you say about your situation to others. We have to realize and appreciate the power of the spoken word – realize the importance of the language you use which calls forth that same idea in the mind of others. How you talk about yourself, your feelings, your situation, your outlook, how you talk to others – the attitude out of which you communicate – not only perfectly expresses your “true models” but it literally calls forth that model into a living, observable, breathing reality. “It became flesh, and walked amongst us,” is referring to the imaginary thoughts created out of a belief as a self-created illusion that is mistaken for true reality. In order to create in a conscious and intentional manner, think only about the desired outcome and what feelings, emotions, and behaviors would be being employed while having the experience of it.

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As human Beings we are gifted with the natural ability through the use of our mind to “create reality.” We create out of our beliefs “about” things. These beliefs exist in relationship to each other and form belief systems. These systems perfectly support, justify and validate each other – producing a reality that can not only exist like it’s own eco-system, but also attracts to it people of a like mind, who will interact appropriately to co-create that same reality. It then appears so real to us, we use it as evidence to convince ourselves and others that it is real, true and factual. We then feel as though we are subject to our own creations and we don’t perceive our selves as having any real control or power over our situation, when in fact, we are the ones that created it.
Models are templates that act as blueprints for creating corresponding realities. These realities consistently and repetitively form patterns which become our “life story”. We were not born into sin, technically speaking, and God did not make a mistake, we are in fact masters of creation, and perfectly create realities out of our beliefs. These realities form illusions that we superimpose over our current situation using them to create a personal version by the story we tell about them that make them mean something. The meaning we give things forms how we experience them and how we influence them through our behaviors and the nature of our relationship and interaction with them. This is the incredible power of your mind.
In order to produce change in your life, in your relationships, in your circumstances, you MUST do the work it takes to re-design the person whose model is creating it – YOU! You cannot re-design the organization without first redesigning the people creating it. Any attempts to produce change that does not involve transforming identity, beliefs and paradigms will not result in success. If you are able to briefly encounter a form of success – perhaps because someone else, such as a consultant has enough control or frequency to create out of their model – you will not be able to maintain it.
The power of Leadership within an organization is someone who has a superior model to operate out of (one that references success as a means of representing the goals and identity of the organization) and can communicate that model in such a way that it literally “teaches” that model to the people who will be in charge of actually producing it. They do so by creating a compelling future and inspire people towards it. In order to actually do this they must have their model so intact that they consistently act out of it at all times and use it as a filter for decision making and monitoring the progress or direction of the organizational flow. This is the only way that their influence, repetitive suggestion and emotional expression consistently move people in a common direction without creating contradiction.
Dr. Linda Gadbois

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
To inquire, click here