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The Role of Personal Transformation in Education

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personal-transformation-eduction“Never will I seek nor receive private, individual salvation.  Never will I enter into final peace alone. But forever and everywhere will I strive for redemption for all creatures throughout the world.” (Quan Yin Vow – The Vow of Compassion)

Personal Transformation is a radical breakaway from any existing paradigm. Personal Transformation does not involve gradual or evolutionary process, but rather it is an instant sudden shift that stems from an altogether different level of Consciousness.  Our attempts to provide new solutions from our current level of awareness are in essence futile.  In Einstein’s words, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

In our human experience we are familiar with the model:

Intention >>> Behaviour >>> Result

This is to say that out of a certain intention we engage in behaviours and actions in order to manifest specific results.  Yet, more often than not, the produced results are a far cry from the original intention.  Why do we fail, in spite of our effort, in spite of our knowledge, in spite of our sincere intention, to produce the desired results?  This is because underneath the Intention, there is the aspect of Consciousness.

Consciousness >>> Intention >>> Behaviour >>> Result

Consciousness always manifests itself.  It is possible that the entire Creation is a result of manifested Consciousness.  Most of the time, human beings are aware of their intentions, yet they are unaware of their specific Consciousness.  When Consciousness and intention are incongruent, the manifested results are unaligned with the Intention, yet they are congruent with the (undetected) Consciousness.  The Process of Personal Transformation accordingly enables you firstly to become aware of the existing Consciousness, and secondly to create a radical shift in your level of Consciousness, so that Consciousness and Intention become aligned.  Consequently, the congruency in the process of Consciousness >>> Intention >>> Behaviour allows the intended results to manifest.

Introduction

I have been working for the last nineteen years with various groups of people, conducting experiential workshops at a highly personal level.  As a result of being exposed to more than one million accumulated hours of human experience, from pain and agony to thrill and ecstasy, it has become clearer and clearer to me that intellectual learning – becoming clever and adding more information – has hardly any relevance to the quality of our lives.  We live in the Age of Information.  We have easy access to almost any information that exists on the planet, and yet the quality of our human life has not improved.  Perhaps it has even deteriorated.

I am no longer interested in information.  This road seemed to be good enough in my early twenties when I was a medical student holding the assumption that information is a useful power.  For the last twenty years my research and inquiry is aimed not at gaining more information, better information and different information, but rather at getting to the root of our Existential Wisdom.  Wisdom that, when we are touched by it, transforms our life in a dramatic and radical way that we could not have perceived before.  It is this existential wisdom, the wisdom of our Being, that can create a new kind of human existence, a new society, a new structure.  This wisdom is effective empowerment.  From my experience in working with many groups of people, I have immense trust in the power of experiential exploration and active, dynamic and dissective interaction. In contrast, I do not value the normal educational process whereby the teacher “breastfeeds” the student, and the student attempts to “vomit out” the swallowed material as accurately as possible in order to gain high marks.

The word education is derived from the Latin word educaré, which means to “bring out” rather than to “push in”. The aim of Personal Transformation is to shift, in a radical and profound manner, your level of Consciousness and thus your way of being in the world.  The aim is to raise the frequency of your vibrations, in order to unleash your human profoundness.  Modern physics tells us that the entire universe is nothing but vibrations.  There are “different” things in the universe because the frequencies of vibration are different.  You see various colours because the spectrum of light vibrates at different frequencies.  You hear different sounds because the sound waves have different frequencies.  You perceive an object as solid or as fluid or as gas, depending on its vibrational frequency.

  • Do human beings vibrate at different frequencies?
  • What is your current level of vibration?
  • What are the outcomes in life that arise from different levels of Consciousness?
  • Is it available for you to shift the level of your Consciousness?

In observing people, we can sense, even if we cannot explain it, that there are “different” levels or types of people in the world.  We might sense them as “shallower” or “deeper” personalities.  We might sense their different moralities.  We might come across people who are concerned only with their own survival and pleasure, while others have moved beyond certain worldly temptations.  We have rapists and we have Mother Teresa.  We have “important” business people with personal wealth that exceeds the gross domestic product of certain countries and we have the Dalai Lama.  All of these different manifestations in the world are the result of different human vibrations at different frequencies, indicating the existence of different levels of Being and Consciousness. From the moment you meet another person, you pick up his or her vibration.  You might experience it as an attraction – “I like you”, or as a repulsion – “I can’t stand you”.  If you meet the Dalai Lama, you pick up the vibrations, as they are extraordinarily high.  From a distance, you sense that this is a different Being with a different Consciousness.  You might not call it vibrations.  You might call it a presence.  The label is not important.  What is important is that it is there.  It is tangible and as such, available for all of us.

Most humans will not rape a woman or a child.  It is not available at their level of vibration.  Similarly, you do not expect to find a Dalai Lama on the stock exchange floor in New York. As we vibrate at different frequencies, so different manifestations transpire in our daily life.  It is possible that every aspect of life, whether you are healthy or sick, peaceful or angry, intimate or lonely, ordinary or exceptional, profound or shallow, interested or apathetic, alive or dead – all emanates from your specific Consciousness at any given moment.

Perhaps the qualities of a child – the innocence, the excitement, the love, the authentic self-expression, the aliveness and high level of inner energy, the sensitivity to pick up what is happening to another and to be responsive to it in a simple manner – are due to the strong sense of Being, which equates with a high frequency of vibrations.  When observing young children from a distance, children who are playing without adult interference, we often remark how these children are simply being themselves.  

  • Have we, as adults, lost certain aspects of our Being?  
  • Are we operating at a lower level of Consciousness than that with which we started life?
  • Can we reverse our “decay” process by shifting our Consciousness?

The aim of Personal Transformation is to create a sudden shift in the level of your vibration, a quantum leap in Consciousness, so as to transform your way of being in the world.  The aim is to create a new domain in your human existence.  A domain of Beyond Psychology – the Advance Wave, which is the next step in our human evolution.    This is not a “do” and “do not do” encounter.  This is not about how to be better.  This is not a psychological assessment of ourselves.  This is about taking a road that does not exist yet.  No; correction.  This is about creating a road that does not exist. Yet.

Many educational disciplines have attempted to shift human life.  Different religions in their pure forms, the many branches of modern psychology, the different kinds of philosophies, and today, the science of physics as well – all have attempted to lead us to a different manner of being.  Yet religions have failed us.  We sin even more than before.  Psychology has failed us, as we are more neurotic than ever before.  Philosophy has failed us; we are more ignorant than before.  We have not arrived at the Promised Land. The way the world is, at this given moment, is the brutal indication that these disciplines have not succeeded.  I am not intending to explore the reasons for that.  The results of a post mortem will not change the direction of your journey.  You and I rather attempt at the Discipline of the Being.

In reflecting upon the history of mankind on earth, we can detect certain waves.  There is the hunter wave of which we have no accurate information as to its duration.  It was followed by the agricultural wave, lasting approximately six hundred years.  The next wave was the industrial wave, lasting between two hundred to three hundred years.  We are now in the fourth wave, which is the wave of information, where we are reaching a near global access.  This wave is estimated to last fifteen to twenty years.  As we can see, the waves become significantly shorter in their duration.  The next wave to come is the wave of productivity when nature’s basic design codes and rules will be utilised to expand our energy gain and our technology.  For example, physics is talking about a solar sail that will allow spacecraft to use solar energy in their travels through space. But the most fascinating wave is the sixth wave – the wave of Being, which can allow us to create a breakthrough not just in time and space, but also into the very essence of our existence.  Sometimes the sixth wave is also called the wave of Imagination or the wave of Relationship. It is the wave of Being and Imagination and Relationship that Personal Transformation is aiming at.

Just as we are able to create a breakthrough in different aspects of life – in medicine, in travelling to space, in science – so it is possible to create a breakthrough in our personal and professional life and in our ways of being in the world.  What is essential for us to recognise is that the model that we define as “thinking and feeling” will not assist us in creating a breakthrough.  As a matter of fact, thinking and feeling is our only single barrier. It is the one single aspect that prevents a breakthrough in our human life.  This is regardless of the content of the thinking and feeling.  This is regardless of whether the thinking is effective, productive and correct or not, and regardless of whether the feelings are positive or negative.  It is simply because thinking and feeling is based on the past, in what was, even if the past is just one moment ago.  And a breakthrough is located in the future, as a breakthrough is what has not happened yet.  Therefore, it is the domain of Nothingness, which exists beyond the domain of thinking and feeling, that holds the promise of a breakthrough, both in our personal and professional life.

This brings us to the aspect of understanding.  Our logical society and educational system places tremendous emphasis and value on the notion of understanding. Mankind wishes to understand everything. Psychology wishes to understand human beings, philosophies wish to understand life and its meanings, religions wish to understand God, and science wishes to understand nature from its subatomic particles to the totality of the cosmos.  This desire derives from the assumption that if we can understand a thing, we will be able to control and manipulate the thing in a manner that satisfies us. As Carse has said: “We seek to control every possible eventuality – to control totally the future and the past in a way that is anaesthetising the present.  We want to control the game, the players, the outcome and the audience.”  Essentially, the need to control stems from fear.  It is your existential fear that cries out that without understanding you have no power over your survival and no control on your life direction. 

Fear >>> Understanding >>> Control >>> Survival

  • However: What if humans are not designed to understand? 
  • What if it is not essential to understand?
  • What if it is not possible to understand? 
  • What if there is no value in understanding?

Firstly, at a level of pure observation, there are many things that we do not understand at this moment in time.  Perhaps there are aspects of the cosmos that we will never understand.  Do you know that ninety four percent of the entire Universe is dark matter, which in all probability we will never begin to grasp? And yet, the human race as a race is still surviving.  Hence, the fear that drives our obsession with understanding is not necessarily justified.

Secondly, it is possible that it is not possible for any one of us to understand anything. Do we really understand how electricity produces light?  I am aware that we have scientific explanations suggesting the existence of positive and negative electrodes and movement of electron current between them.  But do we understand how these aspects produce light? Furthermore, do we understand what creates positive and negative poles in the first place?  This basic aspect is not available to us.  We manage to observe the phenomenon, but not to understand it. The same applies to all of our technologies.  At a fundamental level it is beyond our ability to understand how a human voice can be transferred over thousands of miles through a device called a telephone.  We know about waves and transmitters and satellites.  We know it is happening, but at the basic level, we cannot understand the “what makes it be so”.  We have observed the phenomenon of an egg being fertilised by a sperm to create a new creature.  But do we understand how it is actually possible?  This is beyond our comprehension.  

Do you understand the cosmos and its complexities?  Or do you understand the aspect you call God?  It is arrogant to consider that we can.  Every time science discovers something, it discovers that there is another level that has not yet been discovered.  There was a time when science assumed that we would be able to figure out everything. By now it has become clearer that the mystery of the universe might be beyond our human capabilities. And if you recognise that you do not understand the cosmos, the totality, the biggest frame, then how can you understand any part of it?  Was the universe created from nothing or from pre-existing material?  Who put the energy and matter together and for what purpose?  How does the brain create interpretations?  Who really does the actual knowing? 

What we are really looking for, is what is looking itself.  What we want to know, is what is knowing.  What we are after is the awareness of awareness itself.  We are thinking about thinking itself.  What we want to understand is what is understanding.  These are the aspects that are beyond understanding and therefore beyond the scope of conventional education.

The absence of understanding itself does not impact any additional difficulty to your life.  With or without understanding, you still exist.  Your difficulties stem from holding the view that you are able and designed to understand.  And therefore, when you come across something that you do not understand, you make this thing wrong.  If you do not understand quantum physics, does it mean that it is necessarily wrong?  All it means is that you do not understand it.  Yet, when you do not understand your partner, you find it difficult to share a close space with this person. And yet it is not possible for anyone to understand another. It is your addiction to the need to understand, that might prevent any possible progress.  Furthermore, understanding is merely the replay of old information.  You cannot understand anything that is totally new.  You are only able to “understand” the familiar.  As such, if you are interested in your own growth, in taking yourself to places you have never been before, in innovational education you need to abandon the attachment to understanding.   Personal Transformation is an educational discipline which operates beyond the boundaries of understanding.

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand,
 things are just as they are.”
(Zen Proverb)

Transformation and its Notions

Transformation means the restructuring of an existing situation into a new one.  In mathematics, it means converting a problem from a situation that cannot be resolved into a new term that makes a solution possible.  In physics, transformation means a physical restructuring, such as the transformation from steam to water to ice, and vice versa. While in transformation everything stays the same, at the same time everything appears to be different, and as such, behaves and produces itself differently in the world.  While steam, water and ice are all constructed from atoms of hydrogen and oxygen in the same combination, the characteristics of steam, water and ice are very different and so is their behaviour in the world.  In human life, transformation means being aware of being aware.  It is being aware of your awareness.  It is watching yourself watching.  It means being the driver instead of being a passenger.

Transformation in comparison to conventional education is not an evolutionary process, but rather a paradigm shift.  Darwin, in his theory of evolution, suggested that evolution is a slow process that develops over a long period of time; that it is an accidental process that happens by chance due to random mutations; and that it is aimed at ensuring the survival of the fittest.  In comparison to evolution, transformation is firstly a sudden shift.  It is a quantum leap that happens in an instant.  Suddenly, you are aware of what you have not been aware of before.  You may have to invest in the process of transformation for a period, yet the shift itself is like a sudden flash of light.  Accordingly, the sudden shift is often a felt shift – there is an immediate recognition and you are aware of the recognition.  Thus, suddenly, in an instant, your vibrational frequency and Consciousness has shifted, and you find yourself functioning at a different level of Being.  Hence, transformation is a paradigm shift: it is a profound change in the thoughts, perceptions and values that form a particular view of reality, as Personal Transformation is the coming in contact with the inner wisdom – the wisdom that permeates the entire existence.

Secondly, the process of transformation is a conscious and well-designed process.  For transformation to occur, you need to hold the view that transformation, at a personal level, is possible and desirable.  Too often people say, “I cannot change” or, “this is the way I am” or, “this is how I have been doing it for years”.  Of course you can change, as everything in the cosmos is continuously changing.  The process of change does not skip human beings.  By denying the possibility of change you diminish and reduce life itself.  

Thirdly, the outcomes of transformation are unpredictable.  The best metaphor to illustrate transformation is by using Darwin’s tenet that life developed initially underwater and then moved to land. This being the case, then transformation can be described as follows:  When the First Fish ever walked onto land, it opened the possibility for Eagles and Elephants. Transformation involves risks.  The First Fish had taken the risk to step onto a land that no-one had ever stepped onto before.  The outcome of this daring step is that some millennia later, Eagles and Elephants are to be found.  This outcome could not have been predicted by the First Fish.  The risk of taking a step into a new domain opens possibilities that are beyond any prediction or assessment.  As such, Personal Transformation can lead us to a new manner of existence rather than to an improved version of the old paradigm.

For transformation to occur you need to surrender.  You need to set aside the old notions.  You need to drop all of the existing “boxes”, as wonderful as you claim them to be.  Observe a fish that has been born in a fishbowl.  The fish might be well cared for.  The water is regularly filtered and maintained clear, the temperature is correct, and the food is dropped into the tank daily.  If you talk to the fish, the fish will respond by saying that it is very happy, as all of its survival needs are met.  Yet, if you ask the fish what it knows, you will find out that all the fish knows is the fishbowl.  It is not that the fish is ignorant about the existence of the outside of the fishbowl; the fish has no way of knowing that an outside exists.  As a matter of fact, a fish that has never been outside the fishbowl, does not even know that it is wet!  Its awareness of itself is extremely limited.  Only by breaking away from the box – away from the fishbowl – can the fish discover that outside exists.  (And at the same time also discover that it used to be wet, and that it did not have this awareness before.)

Furthermore, for transformation to occur, you need to confront the hidden stuff that is in your “boxes”.  You need to confront fears, tensions, hesitations, paradoxes, old knowledge, conflicts, avoidance mechanisms, ineffective emotions, beliefs and behaviours, the past memories with their attached pain, and the future expectations with their worries.  In other words, you need to confront every aspect of your existence and the manners by which you have put it together.

Finally, for transformation to occur, do not pay attention and do not relinquish your power, to the resistance that emanates from people around you.  New paradigms are always met by resistance, mockery and hostility. The impact of transformation is seen immediately in relationship. Once a person encounters transformation, it is rare for the relationship to stay the same.  And when one partner in a relationship breaks away from the “old boxes”, the other person might feel threatened.  Out of fear, your people will hope that the change is a temporary one.  Out of anxiety they will demand from you to revert back and not to proceed.  Out of their own insecurities they might attempt to restrict you to the boundaries of the old, familiar and “safe” paradigm.  Yet, in committing to Personal Transformation, you can make a difference in to the many lives around you.

 

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Evolution

Slow process

Accidental; involves chance           

For adaptation and survival

Outcome is predictable

Survival of the fittest

Transformation

Sudden shift

Conscious, voluntary

Beyond survival: for Purpose and Vision

Outcome is unpredictable

Benefit for the whole

Evolution (conventional education) versus Transformation (The Advance Wave) Personal transformation can:

  • Revive the Inner Child in you;
  • Restore your authenticity in a plastic world;
  • Shift your perception of the circumstances, thus amplifying your quality of life;
  • Allow you to reclaim your responsibility rather than remain a victim of the game that you have created;
  • Re-empower you and put you back in the driver’s seat;
  • Call upon your humanness;
  • Invite the creation of a breakthrough in your relationships;
  • Restore the balance of goodwill into the cold world;
  • Set an end to all conflicts;
  • Allow you to heal your injuries, and step away from the perceived inadequacies of “I am not good enough”, into who you really are, such as “I am love”.

And it is when personal transformation expands itself into social transformation that our planet can become conducive for children to be born into.

The Four Steps of Transformation

Step One – The Introduction

This is the time that you consciously start to sense the possibility of living life in a new dimension.  At this entry point, you can still back off.  Your fears might get evoked very strongly and you might experience second thoughts that lead to a retreat. At the entry point you suddenly know that if you pursue the new path, your life will never be the same again.  This is the time that for transformation to occur, your commitment is required.  This is when you face the crucial dilemma: Are you to proceed, or is the initial exposure more than enough for you, and would you rather regress back to the old world?  The initial introduction clearly declares that there are other ways of knowing and as such of being in the world.  It also says that once you take the path, there is no return.

Step Two – Sincere Inquiry

Knowing that there is something worth finding, you start a journey of quest and exploration.  It is an intentional process of discovery.  It involves struggling with what you know.  It requires a dedication to the process even if the gratification is not immediate.   This last aspect is crucial, as please do not forget, you live in a society of “instant coffee”, “fast food” and “quick sex”.  You want immediate rewards, or otherwise you declare yourself as “not interested anymore”.  But the inquiry beseeches you to hold on, to take the challenge, to transcend the pain and the fear and to remain strong in a dark hour.  It is like physical training.  If you wish to remain fit, you train all your life.  Sometimes it is painful.  Sometimes it is inconvenient.  Yet, it is always rewarding.

Step Three – Integration

This is an ongoing process of associations, where all the new inputs are integrated into a complete whole, in a manner that is unique for you.  It takes time to test, examine and redefine the insights and to implement the recognitions into daily life.  It requires continuous introspection, modification and correction.  At this stage, people often find themselves exploring aspects and subjects in which they had no previous interest.  You explore and discover alternative methods and different ways of being.  At this stage, the bigger picture of life is starting to present itself to you.

Step Four – Connection

This is when you recognise the need for collective transformation. The question you face is: “If transformation is effective at a personal level, can it be effective at a global level?”  This is when you start to interact with the world at large. This is when you recognise the possibility for a different type of life on the planet: the possibility of creating a different type of mankind, if sufficient number of people – the required critical mass – will become part of and enrol in transformation. This is the stage at which you exert the effort to make transformation available for other people.  For your people.  For people you do not know.  For all people.  For humanity. This is possibly the biggest challenge – to create a global consensus that fundamental transformation is possible and desirable in the practicality of human life.

In engaging with transformation, it is important to recognise that the parts are influenced by the whole, and the whole is influenced by its parts.  When you drive your car on the road, your driving is influenced by other drivers – they are also driving your car as the entire traffic dictates your mobility, your speed and the need to stop at times.  As you are being part of the traffic, while you are driving your car, you are also driving all other cars that are on the road at that time. Hence, the parts and the whole are inseparable.

It is when individuals who are committed to transformation invest energy in society as a whole, that the entire system is re-organised into a new whole, and escapes into a new order.  Each aspect of transformation makes the next aspect more likely.  And as the whole is re-organised by its parts, so the whole affects and influences its parts.  For the sake of the parts, the whole needs to be transformed.  And it is the creative minority that is able to re-order society.

While transformation is a “do it yourself” revolution, it is not a do-it-by-yourself process.  Per definition, to grasp and reach at what is beyond a system, you need to transcend the system.  You need to transcend the system of thinking and feeling. You need to transcend the current agreements.  You need to be awakened from the pervasive sleep of society.  And this is almost impossible for you to do on your own.  You cannot transcend the system from within the system.  You need someone who already knows how, someone who has already transcended the system, so that you can be directed and guided by this person.

Notions of Transformation

The following are certain fundamental principles of Personal Transformation:

  1. Transformation is Possible

    Since everything in the universe is continuously changing, and not a thing remains constant for too long, change is available for every human being.  In addition, change, being a universal law, is desirable and should be pursued actively.  Change is the dynamic of life.  Fundamentally, once human beings transcend their fear of survival, they discover, just as it is for a natural child, their internal desire to transform and change, to be exposed to new experiences and situations, as with change comes the excitement of new possibilities.

  2. Everyone Needs and Deserves to Be Healed

    The healing process is a natural process.  Healing is not necessarily for the ones who are sick.  Healing is a continuous process of growth and development.  Healing is the manner by which our learning manifests.  When you learn an aspect that you need to learn, you naturally and automatically invite a process of self-healing.  We all need to heal.  Furthermore, everyone deserves to be healed, as healing is the gift we give to ourselves and to others.

  3. Human Beings are Good

    Transformation claims that every newborn is good.  No-one gets born a criminal or a sinner.  As such, fundamentally, all human beings are good.  All human beings yearn to develop, to grow, to make a difference and to know that there is a real meaning to their human existence.  Sure, our behaviour leaves much to be desired.  Without a doubt there is much wrongdoing in the world.  Therefore, transformation makes a distinction between the “I” and the “doing”.  You are not your doings.  Who you are is good.  Your doings might need a tremendous amount of correction.  Yet who you are is quintessentially good, and not even as opposite to bad, but simply good as is, at a core and fundamental level. This stands in contrast to many other disciplines such as religions that suggest that we are sinners and unavoidably bad, or Freudian psychology that suggests that we are predestined to be neurotic.

    Only when human beings discover, from an internal locus of control, that they are good, only then can they start shifting their behaviour to be congruent with who they are.  As far as human beings hold themselves as bad and wrong, they do not expect any real good behaviour from themselves.  “Bad people” cannot produce “good behaviour”. When you know that who you are is good, you take a stand on demonstrating and bringing your goodness to the world.  Because people hold the view that who they are is bad, they are reluctant to embark on a journey into the Self, as they are afraid of what they might discover.  It is when you know that who you are is good that you are no longer afraid to explore and to reveal the uniqueness and singularity of who you are.

  4. Human Beings are Big

    Human beings are able to handle anything that life presents to them.  Human beings are bigger and stronger than any circumstances.  As Viktor Frankl said, human beings have the ability to be bigger than the concentration camps that existed in Europe.  Under no circumstances do human beings need to lose their humanness.  As such, there is no need to be afraid.  There is no real need to hold yourself as small, incapable, unequipped for life, or requiring constant protection.  You are big enough to play the game of life and to play it well.

  5. Human Beings Create Their Own Reality

    Human beings create their own reality through their perceptions.  When human beings observe a phenomenon, they immediately and automatically induce their own interpretations, leading to the creation of their own subjective reality, which is their own subjective view of the world. Hence, the interpretation creates the Drama into which you live your life. Your subjective reality consequently also evokes and provokes clashes with others who unavoidably have different subjective realities.

    Phenomenon >>> Observation >>> Interpretation >>> Subjective Reality

    However, any subjective reality can be changed and shifted by changing the perceptions and the interpretations.  As such, life on earth can be shifted dramatically by shifting enough perceptions. We can shift our lives from investment in survival to investment in Purpose and Vision.  We can shift our existence from a Lose-Win game to a Win-Win game.  And a shift in perception is instantaneous. Knowing that your reality is the result of your (restrictive) perceptions and that it is not necessarily the truth; being aware that it is you who creates your own reality; and since often your reality is non-useful for you, you can create a new reality by adopting new perceptions.  This is a notion of self-empowerment. By shifting your perceptions – which can be done in a single moment – you shift the quality of your life.  Thus, you do not need to remain a victim or a slave to your own creation of reality.

  6. Human Beings are Equipped to Handle Life

    In the same manner that a tiger in the forest is naturally equipped to handle its environment, so human beings are naturally equipped to deal with life, with all of its complications. Everything you need is already invested in you.  You are not deficient of anything. As from birth or even before, you have been equipped for your own specific journey through life.  This approach stands in contrast to certain streams of psychology that instruct you to “take things easy”, to deal with issues slowly, or suggest that life is too much for you to handle. You are equipped to deal with life in a massive manner, as you are able and ready. Once you adopt this notion, you no longer need to anaesthetise yourself in an attempt to avoid the difficulties of life.

  7. Human Beings are Spiritual

    We are spiritual beings in a physical form.  Our essence, who we really are, our higher self, is spiritual as opposed to physical. As such, we do not need to seek spirituality but rather need to express it through our daily involvement with the world.  Sometimes we label ourselves as human beings.  This is not the truth.  At most we are being humans, and even this is only for a short period of time.  At the end of the allocated human period, we return to be the Being.  In knowing that, we do not need to long for the time when we leave the planet, but rather we need to do what we came here for, in the short time that is available for us.  At the same time, the experiential exposure to our Being, to the Spiritual realm, is in itself a profound healing process.  It is from the spiritual domain that true healing, at a cellular level, as opposed to a conventional therapy, emanates.

  8. Human Beings are Responsible

    At an intrinsic level, human beings do know what they want and are willing to take responsibility for their lives and life around them.  As such, human beings do not need to be told what is good for them. They do not need to be led. They are able to take charge of their own lives, for they are leaders and not followers. All that human beings need is the effective facility, or the vehicle, to get to their target.  Human beings who play the Victim Game simply need a reminder that who they are, the essence that they are, is Responsibility.

  9. Life Purpose

    Human life is not about the attempt to survive as survival is merely an illusion. Human beings are on planet earth for a specific Life Purpose and Vision. It is the journey in the direction of the Purpose and Vision that creates the highest quality of life possible.  It is only in living your Life Purpose, that the process of life, with its inevitable suffering, becomes meaningful.

  10. Inner Wisdom

    Like anything else in the cosmos, human beings possess internal wisdom.  You can sense wisdom by observing a flower turning to face the sun, or in watching a beetle surviving in the desert.  Hence, there is Wisdom in the Creation itself.  It is the existential wisdom that allows human beings to choose correctly, to empower themselves and others, and to exert their profoundness and magnificence. This inner wisdom is clearly available to each and every one of us; it is not the exclusive possession of only a few lucky ones.

  11. Interconnectedness

    Everything in the universe is interconnected to everything else. Separation does not exist.  Everything is affecting everything else and is simultaneously affected by everything.  As such, it is through Personal Transformation that a collective transformation can be achieved.  And what is good for the person is good for the whole.

The Formula

“You cannot teach a man anything.  You can only help him to discover it within himself.”
(Galileo Galilei)

Our Personal Transformation work with encounter groups is based on our Human Profoundness Formula (H.P.F.):

    Developmental Process  -  Perceived Inadequacies  x  Inner Wisdom  =  Human Profoundness

This formula reflects our human life.  It is correct for every human being: from people such as Albert Einstein, Viktor Frankl, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and many others who have demonstrated their profoundness in the world, to the ordinary around-the-corner shopkeeper who starts his day at four a.m. and closes the shop at eleven p.m.

Viktor Frankl, the Jewish psychiatrist who spent some years in a concentration camp during World War II, raised a significant inquiry regarding human existence.  Some years after observing and being part of prisoners’ lives under the horrific setting of concentration camps, Viktor Frankl said in essence, the following: We all have been in the same circumstances.  Some of us made it, some of us did not.  And yet, the circumstances were the same for everyone. As such, Frankl offers the essential conclusion that it is not the circumstances that dictate the outcome.  We are all occupying physical bodies, living on the same planet, sharing in essence the same human conditions that existed on the planet long before we even got born.  We all experience the suffering of life, as we all, with every moment that passes, are getting closer and closer to physical death.  And yet, while the circumstances are identical, only some of us, and maybe very few of us, do make it.

Recognising that the circumstances are not the critical factor, what then does make the difference in human existence?  Recognising that human profoundness is available to all of us, as it is also part of the human condition, but only a few of us manifest it, what is required for human profoundness to show up in daily life?  How do human beings shift their lives from being mundane, futile and confined into the vain attempt to survive, to becoming meaningful, significant and worthwhile?  Our formula suggests that by subtracting the perceived inadequacies from the developmental process, and multiplying the result by the inner wisdom, we can arrive at manifesting human profoundness in the world.  It seems simple enough as well as practical and available.

So let us look at the formula in some details:

The Developmental Process

This is the natural inherited process that is available to all human beings.  The developmental process is an integral part of being a human being.  This developmental process has been on the planet for millions of years, from the very start of human evolution.  As such, the process, being natural, is fundamentally correct.  There is no need for us to intervene, change or develop a new process.  At most we can learn about it through pure observation.

The Perceived Inadequacies

This is a crucial aspect in our formula and in your daily life.  Most human beings on this planet have adopted the self-perception and self-deception that who they are is not good enough. This perception has developed in your early childhood, usually before the age of seven.  In the years following, it has gained a tremendous amount of “evidence and support” to its correctness through the many events that have occurred in your life.  By the age of thirteen to fourteen, this perception has been solidified.  By now the perception is so deeply engraved into your existence that every irrelevant difficulty immediately triggers it and brings it to the surface of your awareness.  Whilst the perception of “I am not good enough” is not a truth – it is only a perception – when perceptions are regarded as reality, they lead to human aberration.  Therefore, although it is only a perception, it manifests in your ordinary daily life with significant and severe consequences.

It is your own “human stupidity” that firstly created the primary perception of “I am not good enough” and then turned it into reality, out of which all your perceived inadequacies develop and escalate.  Being not good enough is a threat to your survival.  Hence, being not good enough means “I can’t survive”.  It also means that from now on “no-one will love me”, as people who are not good enough are unlovable.  The result is that you perceive yourself as being on your own in a hostile and dangerous world.  These beliefs lead to no trust at a global level (“I can’t trust anyone”) and to the need to be careful as you walk into the world with constant fear and suspicion.  Therefore, you are continuously on guard, never letting go of your protection. 

These perceived inadequacies become the main obstruction that prevents the natural flow of life in a twofold manner.  Firstly, they restrict and limit the natural developmental process. Instead of maintaining and developing your own authenticity and uniqueness you become neurotic, irrelevant and a faceless member of society.  The more the perceived inadequacies close on you, and the more the adaptation to them, the less remains available to you in terms of your own self-development.  Secondly, the perceived inadequacies are a total negation of your inner wisdom.  These perceived inadequacies neither allow you to get in touch with your own perfection and completion, nor with anyone else’s perfection and completion.  If a flower, any flower, is perfect the way it is, is it not true that any human being, being part of creation, is also perfect?  This simple truth cannot be recognised by you, unless you drop the restrictive filter of the perceived inadequacies.

The-Perceived-Inadequacies

What would happen if the perceived inadequacies would be eliminated from your life?  How would you show up if you would recognise and experience your own perfection? What would be the consequences for the world? Perhaps the world would be a better place for you and for me.

Therefore, the crucial step is the elimination of the perceived inadequacies from your life.  This will allow: (a) the developmental process to renew itself, and (b) the calling to the fore of your inner wisdom and hence a shift in your Consciousness. It is the recognition of the perceived inadequacies – with their fallacies, ineffectiveness, destructiveness and their mere stupidity – that can allow the perceived inadequacies to be eliminated; if not from your awareness, then at least from being actualised into your world.  As such, the mere identification of the perceived inadequacies and their fallacies can disempower them, rendering them invalid.  This is the power of awareness.  Stepping into a new level of awareness, seeing what we have never seen before, creates the paradigm shift – a profound shift in consciousness, thoughts, perceptions and values that leads to a new and higher version of reality.

The difficulty in such an approach stems from the possibility that the very existence of the perceived inadequacies prevents you from recognising them.  If you could recognise them by yourself, you would disarm them and diffuse them long ago.  The aim of Personal Transformation is thus to enable you to dismantle the perceived inadequacies – the “dictator” that has been in power for as far as you can remember – and to ultimately reconstruct your Inner Wisdom, your Consciousness and as such your Human Profoundness.

Inner Wisdom

Underneath the externality of human form there is a vast ocean of inner wisdom.  Inner wisdom is the authentic recognition of our wholeness and the fundamental relationship that connects us to the totality.  Inner wisdom stems from your Being that resides outside the domain of survival, prevailing for eternity.  This is the inner wisdom that is invested in every aspect of existence – in your ability to breathe, in a flower that turns to follow the sun, in the dolphin that rides the crest of a wave, and in the purity of a child. 

As we drop our social guards, as we step out of the cultural limitation and restriction, as we discard the perceived inadequacies, we start reaching an inner place, a place of stillness and nothingness, where our existential wisdom resides. Once we touch significantly on our Being, our level of vibration is raised, and our Consciousness is shifted, and from then on, our personal transformation can start to roll, leading us to the discovery of our Life Purpose and Vision. Thereafter, as we start to manifest who we are through the Purpose and the Vision, our human profoundness is revealed and shared into the physical world.  This is the time that our temporary existence in a human form becomes meaningful, for us and for others.

Modes of Learning

There are two specific models by which a person can learn and develop: the cognitive learning model and the cellular learning model.

(a) The Cognitive Learning Model

This is the very common model of learning that most people use most of the time. Observe yourself listening to a lecture in a classroom. In cognitive learning, comprehension of the language spoken is a prerequisite.  As you are listening, you make sense of the sounds you are hearing, and then the information gets stored in your memory.  The storage is done automatically.  Later when you are required to reproduce the stored information, you retrieve it from your memory.

The aspect of storing the information in your memory is the crucial aspect of cognitive learning.  Ask yourself: How much do you, right now, remember from everything you have ever learned?  How much do you remember from every moment at school or at university?  Or from every book you have read, or from every conversation you have had, or from every movie you have seen?  Perhaps not even one percent of what you have come across has been effectively retained. Therefore, while the cognitive learning method is available and usable, and while this is the only method that you use intentionally, it is also extremely ineffective, as it depends on the limiting and restricting aspect of human memory.  As human beings, and specifically in our educational system, we have wasted a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy on utilising a system that in its very design, has been proven extremely ineffective.

(b)    The Cellular Learning Model

In cellular learning, the learning itself resides in every single cell of our bodies.  This model is the most potent manner of learning.  Once the learning becomes cellular, it is retained for the entire lifespan of the organism.  Each organism starts its life with certain cellular learning that prevails forever and becomes part of the characteristics of this specific organism.  Cellular learning manifests itself in all aspects of the organism’s life: it manifests in physical reactions, in the pattern of thoughts and emotions, and in the produced behaviour. It is possible that during a lifetime, a specific spectrum of cellular learning is available for each particular organism.  This is to say that in addition to the cellular learning that we have been born with, there is a spectrum of cellular learning that can be acquired during the process of life itself.

Effective cellular learning needs to be established in two manners simultaneously: ineffective, destructive or restrictive learnings that are already in the cells have to be released or discharged from the cells, hence creating cellular de-learning, and simultaneously, effective, constructive or useful learnings are to be deposited into the cells, hence creating cellular learning.

It is possible that by now many of your emotions are situated in your cells in a mode of cellular learning.  As such, you find that certain patterns in your life tend to repeat themselves, whether they are effective and supportive for you, or whether they are ineffective and destructive in your life.

Here is a simple example of the availability and practicality of cellular learning.  Imagine yourself in a building occupied by a few hundred people.  Imagine that suddenly the building bursts into flames.  In a split second, all the many people who come across the fire recognise fire as a fire.  No-one will make a mistake upon the recognition of fire.  The fact that everyone recognises fire as a fire suggests that the learning of fire is not in your memory.  If the learning of fire was cognitive, and as such memory-dependent, we would expect a portion of any group not to recognise the situation for what it is.  But because you have learned fire in a cellular mode, it is available for you for the rest of your life.  Hence, even if you will come across fire only in fifty years from now, you will still recognise it in a split second.  The learning of fire is cellular, and as such it is not bound to the limitation of the memory.

Using the example of fire, let us consider certain advantages of the cellular learning mode:  firstly, once cellular learning occurs, it remains available for you for the rest of your life, with no need to rehearse, repeat or reinforce the learning. As such, it is very economical and extremely user friendly. Secondly, the content of the learning comes to the fore when it is required and needed.  The organism is not bombarded with the information unless it is called for by the situation. Thirdly, the information includes in it the possible consequences to the person facing it.  This is to say that the learning is not a sterile learning.  It includes the possible impact on the person’s life.  As such, cellular learning is simple, clear and unambiguous.  It prevents unnecessary confusion and presents the person with all the details that are required for reaching the correct conclusion.  Lastly, in cellular learning, the required actions and solutions are included as an integral part of the information.  Hence, cellular learning is an effective learning, leading to outcomes and results through the actualisation of the information.

Cellular learning is thus an experiential learning that requires the involvement of the entire person in his/her totality.  For cellular learning to occur, both the para-sympathetic (autonomic) and sympathetic (voluntary) nervous systems are to be triggered, resulting in visceral responses and changes.  The emotional body has to be evoked as strongly as possible and the mental faculties are to be stimulated in order to produce new associations.  The more the person in his or her totality gets involved with the learning; the more the self-exposure without protection or pretence; and the more the vulnerability and the willingness to participate from “head to toe” –  the greater the possibility of creating and producing cellular learning.

While conventional education is geared towards cognitive learning, in an effective Personal Transformation process, the emphasis is placed on creating cellular learning and cellular de-learning, thus resulting in a profound shift of Consciousness.

The Role of Personal Transformation in Education
Written by: Dr. Baruch Banai

 

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