GENERAL PRACTICES - are used as tools in the tool box and as instruments on an internal dashboard of life allowing us to be mindful of our experiences helping to guide us through the transformation process. Affective footprints, instrument readings of feelings and bodily sensations, are relative to thought forms but not specific to them. Thought forms are configurations of fractal patterns (self-similar forms) in our metaphorical tree of consciousness or the sphere of consciousness. This gives us a set of tools to navigate inner work, they also support relationship practice.
General practices being with our ways of being. These ways of being help us traverse life and the perceptual field, in terms of how we percieve ourselves and reality. This process begins with worldviews.
Our Beliefs and Worldview
We have spent some time outlining core beliefs that have developed from studying world religions, parallel scientific principles and distilled these into foundational understandings about, human consciousness, the universe, and human experience.
Why is this important?
I once showed up at a therapist office and asked her, what her worldview was? She answered me by saying well it is a little of this, and a little of that. I said, "Can you be more specific?", Frustrated she replied well it’s just eclectic. Eclectic, can be good, but the fact of the matter is, almost any therapeutic - spiritual path a person would undertake is based on certain beliefs, worldviews, understandings of how mind and consciousness work. For example, for years western medicine has limited "mind" to biological brain theory, looking at it as contained solely in the brain, and a function of bio-chemical interactions. While any number spiritual practioners from multiple traditions would be the first to advocate a viewpoint that says "mind" extends far beyond that. Depending on the beliefs and understanding a person has, their solutions are more than likely going to be limited to an understanding level that is relative to their framework. This is why we have spent time outlining our foundational beliefs and view of the universe.
Better Tools Makes for Better Results
Years ago, I owned a woodworking factory, at first we started with highly skilled people and limited amounts of tools and machinery, in time as orders grew, it became necessary to hire more people. But we had a problem, we had already hired most of the higher skilled crafts people in the area. As we hired people that didn't have the innate abilities and skills to do the work that needed done we had to come up with a solution. The solution was better tools. By providing better tools we can all become skilled masters. Learning what these tools are, why they work, and how to use them is key to doing more effective and quicker spiritual growth.
Efficiencies in Counseling
So much of counseling is used up listening to issues, and repeat scenarios and while we think there is a time for that and value in it. We would prefer to teach skills that will help you advance quicker and then check in, that we might learn how well these are being applied and if they are working for your life situation.
Being true to ones self and learning how to step beyond beliefs, and develop new ones as we step through consciousness is a key part of the transformational process.
Orientation and Assessment
Individual Orientation and Assessment (different modalities of assessment) provide a way for us to evaluate a beginning point for work we are doing. This allows us to take ownership of where we are at and then step into practices that move us higher and deeper from this place. Self-assement is key in providing us with criteria by which we can mark our own progress on our journey.