These four foundations of Emergence are based on the work of Epicurius, an ancient Greek philosopher who spent his life exploring what it takes to be happy.
Foundation 1: MIND MANAGEMENT
Mind Management Mastery is first and foremost mindful. The journey of a life well lived has to start with taking charge of your mind. A client of mine who suffers from severe anxiety said to me one day, “It’s my mind, why can’t I tell it what to do?” In this course you will practice telling your mind where to go so that you are in charge of the quality and direction of your life. During this course you concentrate on focusing your attention on various aspects of mind management such as managing your emotions, acting deliberately avoiding impulsive behaviour and taking charge of any bad habits you might have developed. The Mind Management Mastery course is designed to help you develop mastery over your mind.
Foundation 2: Belonging
Epicurius formed one of the first known communes in recorded history. He argued that in order to be happy we need to take charge of our minds, to belong and to practice freedom from attachment. While the first foundation focuses on developing our prefrontal cortex so that reason rather than emotion governs our behaviour, if we stop our development there, we can become enslaved in a barren world, trapped in our self obsession. We want to sort ourselves out, we want to establish good mental health but then we want to move forward developing our interconnectedness. We are part of a process, it is a complex process, and includes significant suffering but it is also a glorious process and when we connect with each other we can become considerably more powerful and way happier than we can ever be hiding away behind our defences. The Belonging foundation uses the Gestalt notions of having authentic relationships. In order to belong we need to have an authentic relationship with ourselves, with others and with our environment. In this course you will deal with social anxiety, self esteem problems and practice assertive communication.
Foundation 3: Freedom
The freedom in mind management mastery is concerned with freedom from attachment. We do not wait to be free from problems to be powerful and happy, we practice freedom of attachment to our problems. We can spend a whole life time waiting for something to happen so that we can be free to enjoy ourselves. We can wait to be loved, we can wait to be rich, we can wait to famous and in that process we can suddenly find that we have got old and then we can wonder if we missed the point. Freedom from attachment is about developing the highly sophisticated art of being connected from a disinterested place. We do not want to become so detached that we end up aloof and disengaged, we want to become detached so that are liberated from that which has no value, freeing ourselves up to connect with that which is everything.
Foundation 4: Expression
The fourth foundation is concerned with expressing ourselves. We practice mind management to allow ourselves to live according to our potential rather than as a reaction to our fears. Imagine being free to be who you are. Imagine bursting with the joy of life and being free to be your most glorious self. In my view, if there is a reason for your life it is to be liberated from your defences so that you can express who you really are. The final foundation of Emergence focuses on expressing who you really are.