When I speak of coaching, game theory and transformation I am generally referring to creating a system for spiritual transformation. Of course, each of us has a different concept of what it means to be spiritual. Generally speaking, we can say that spiritual transformation is a fundamental change in a person’s sacred or spiritual life.
Psychologists have wrestled with the concept of transformation for over a century. For some, spiritual transformation is understood within the context of an individual’s meaning system, especially in relation to concepts of the sacred or ultimate concern. Two of the fuller treatments of the concept in psychology comes from Kenneth Pargament and from Raymond Paloutzian. Pargament says that “at its heart, spiritual transformation refers to a fundamental change in the place of the sacred or the character of the sacred in the life of the individual. Spiritual transformation can be understood in terms of new configurations of strivings” Paloutzian says that “spiritual transformation constitutes a change in the meaning system that a person holds as a basis for self-definition, the interpretation of life, and overarching purposes and ultimate concerns”.
There are many ways to categorize the process and stages of transformation. One that I was particularly drawn to is offered in the book “The Aquarian Conspiracy” By Marilyn Ferguson”. She lists them as:
- Entry point: Comes with an intention or intuitively
In my own experience transformation is a journey without a final destination. On this journey, there are traps, caves, dead-ends, quicksand, and dangerous crossings.
As on any long journey, the traveler may also have to cross deserts, and valleys, and climb over peaks, cliff edges, and rough terrain of all types. These may appear as physical, emotional, mental or spiritual challenges
Alfred Korzybski, (July 3, 1879 – March 1, 1950) the influential Polish-American independent scholar often stated: “The map is not the territory.” This is a term often repeated by Milton Erickson (December 5, 1901 – March 25, 1980) the influential American psychiatrist and psychologist who developed important concepts in medical hypnosis and family therapy. This statement concerning maps and territory was meant to metaphorically illustrate the differences between belief and reality. We often think we know or have discovered the truth, but more often than not this truth” is just our perception of the world being generated by our brain which is being fed by our emotions. This truth of ours can be considered as a ‘map’ of reality written in neural patterns but it is only our reality, not a universal one.
Our entry into the process of transformation enters our consciousness either through a natural curiosity or a through the pain of longing – a hunger for emotional and spiritual fulfillment. Either way, our journey as with all journeys must begin with an entry point.
Let’s explore each of the 4 stages beginning with the entry point
- Entry point: This comes with an intention or intuitively.If it comes intuitively it will only be recognized in retrospect. It often comes when a critical thinker or just someone rich in common sense can no longer tolerate the paradoxes and contradictions in what is considered normal by the rest of the world. For others it is a shock, extreme boredom, a trauma, a shaman’s mushroom, a life challenging experience, lucid dream, a sudden-deeply mystical experience, or just a sound-bite picked up through social media that serves as an entry point.
Once a person has passed through the entry point there is usually a change in brain chemistry. Skeptics will tell you that it is the change in brain chemistry that has created the sense that you have entered a new realm. The person having the experience simple ask “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” The experience or the brain chemistry?
When we pass through a transformational entry point the sense of reality completely shifts. We experience new levels of visual perception and hearing. We can feel things physically and emotionally in ways that we never imagined. We experience rapid imagery, a wave awareness of what was previously hidden in plain sight, and we are connected to deep-rooted primal memories. Unlike most dreams, or the experiences had through recreational hallucinogens our thinking in this state is crystal clear.
It is in this intensely altered state of consciousness that we create our new and very extraordinary reality.
Some, especially those who have passed through the entry point with the assistance of hallucinogens, enjoy these experiences so much that they are unable to move forward. They are in a sense trapped in a prison of their own desires and short-term gratification. They know there is a deeper, more profound wisdom ahead but they are too enamored of the mental, and emotional trinkets and baubles that they are essentially paralyzed.
Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals
He is founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.
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