The wholemind system
The wholemind system and techniques create a” user’s manual” to the mind and can be taught in workshops, personal sessions or through specialised audio downloads. I use a series of self mastery techniques and processes that I have learned over the years through my studies in Business, Personal Training, NLP, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Marketing.
wholemind is a dynamic mind coaching system which helps you harness the power of the unique strengths and aspects of your own “wholemind” and thinking in order to achieve your goals.
wholemind was developed through the studies of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neuro-Science, Hypnotherapy and Psychology. It is a coaching system which empowers the user and has been described as “The Users Manual to The Mind“.
Why Would You Want to Harness Your wholemind?
What is stopping you from achieving your goals? Why can’t you stop the bad habits? Why are some thoughts crowding into your mind? Why can’t you just deal with stress like other people? Why can’t you stick to the diet? What causes you to lose confidence and self esteem in certain situations?
How does wholemind work?
The reason why we do, think, act and feel the way we do to our environment is largely influenced by the way we have set up our “maps” inside our heads. Most of this happens on “autopilot”. For most people, thoughts come and go, they have little realisation that you can take control of your thoughst.
You “think Your Thoughts”, they don’t think you.
If you have set a goal such as stopping smoking, controlling eating, improving confidence then you must change the way that you use your brain, body and mind; your wholemind.
The map is not the territory
There are two worlds that you simultaneously interact with everyday. The outside world which some people call reality and your inside world or perception of what is “real”. What is real to you is not reality. What is real to you is an internal representation of the outside world which has been filtered, edited, and distorted by your mind. Your real world is simply and “internal representation” of reality, and normally quite a poor one.
- We answer the following questions. What do you want? and Why you are not getting it? If there is a “problem” then where does the “problem” come from; the root cause. How do you continue to create the “problem”. What benefits does the problem provide? We need to tell the difference between what you can influence and what you cannot influence. You can always influence your inside world and that’s where we begin.
- We create a new “map” between “here” and “there”. The Lifemapping technique is normally used at this stage.
- Once you have a map, you can begin to understand your own unique mind.
- Develop and maintain the motivation needed to create your desired change.
- Achieve and maintain a resourceful state of mind.
- Apply certain Wholemind techniques which will help you change the way that you use your mind and change your perspective.
- Habituate and maintain your new habits, skills and outlooks with take home techniques and CDs.
What is a mind?
I can think of no better explanation for the mind than that of Mindfulness expert and Neurobiologist Dan Siegel and I use it here in order to create a starting point for the tools and techniques that I offer.
“The Mind can be described as an embodied relational process which regulates and governs the flow of information and energy”
- The word Mind is therefore a nominalisation (in NLP jargon). It is not a thing, it is a activity.
- It is contained within the body and part of that body is the brain.
- The mind uses the brain and the thought processes to create awareness of itself.
- It is relational and governs information between the environment and other people to the inside and from the inside to the outer world. Behaviours flow from thoughts and feelings, some of them conscious and under conscious control, most are not conscious an can be described as “being on autopilot” or unconscious.
So why can’t we just change our thoughts with the snap of a finger?
Why can’t we just change our response to reality?
There are a number of filters that affect our thoughts, feelings and emotional “state”. Our state influences what we naturally feel like doing or not doing.
This feeling is far more powerful and motivational that the cold and cognitive, “what I should be doing”!
These states are created unconsciously and both influence and are influenced by our “maps” of the world. As mentioned earlier, we respond to the maps not to the real world.
Your performance, behaviour and actions depends greatly on how you’re feeling, your emotional state when you enter into the situation. Your thoughts are influenced by your feelings and vice versa.
As an example, Martin Turner, International Sports psychologist and expert in human performance under pressure, explains that we won’t perform optimally in a sport unless we get into ‘the challenge state.’, a challenge state enhances our performance while a threat state interferes with our abilities.
There are four areas of filters and influences that you can focus on when using Wholemind techniques to keep yourself in the flow and avoid an unresourceful state of mind.
The Four Areas of Filters and Processes of the Mind State
Mind and Body work together to form Wholemind.
These first two filters edit, delete, distort and generalize your reality or internal representation so that you create a simplified and manageable chunk of information about your world. Most of the time this system works perfectly, but when it does not, you react inappropriately to situations.
1: Focus: “What are you focusing your thinking on?” Including memories, values, beliefs, mindfulness, ego states and imagined events of the past or future, the various human needs.
2: Languages of the mind: “How are you thinking about your experiences?” including all representational sensory systems, Thinking skills, Thinking preferences, mental strategies.
The second two filters are how you body and brain physically influence your thoughts, feelings and Mind State.
3: Physiology and Biology: including movement, posture, breathing, heart rate, neurology and brain architecture, genetics , habits, fitness levels and overall body physical wellness.
4: Chemistry: including what you put into your body, blood sugar, medications, water, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, supplements.
Manage these and you will manage your Mind State and Emotional State! Manage your emotional state and everything else will follow.
The wholemind system helps you put this altogether so that you can achieve your intended outcomes and goals.
Understanding how to operate your brain in a more progressive and useful way puts everyone at a distinct advantage.
To change elements of your life you may need to change your mind so that your thoughts are aligned with your behaviours. That way you get to achieve your goals.
Your mind is a dynamic process and far more than just your brain. Your wholemind is the process of your mind, brain and body working together.