Archive for September, 2010

A New Way to Think About a 2.0 life.

Posted in Living Abroad on September 28th, 2010 by Sandy – 1 Comment

Winton in 2.0 lifestyle attire

When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper on “Resistance To Change.” My observation was that  people are far more willing to endure the misery of the known, than to take a chance on the unknown.

While on the one hand the world is becoming more accessible both technologically and physically, the news media creates in many cases a sense of fear which fuels a latent sense of insularity.

I recently came across a  statistic that I found stunning, telling and sad all at once… “Read more” read more »

Resourceful thinking

Posted in Thinking Patterns on September 26th, 2010 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Overcoming fear is on everyone’s agenda. In The Huffinton Post is a good article by Anne Naylor. What do you think is the hardest fear to overcome?  why?

Constructive Thinking Patterns-Modeling-Another Way of Combating Fear

Posted in Discoveries, Thinking Patterns on September 23rd, 2010 by Sandy – 2 Comments

I wrote about “Peeling The Onion” as a technique to discover a state of anxiety disillusionment resulting in inner peace. Starting with a projected future outcome that creates a heightened state of worry one slowly asks what would be so bad about each outcome, until one arrives at a place where one says to themselves, “ I can live with that.”

Train Under The Best Modeler

Because this blog is dealing with “ practical inner tools we can use” I wanted to briefly visit another area which adds to one’s self empowerment tool kit. This is the idea of “Modeling.” Neuro-linquistic programming, better known as NLP was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, psychologists, in the 1970’s as a way to demonstrate how we could have fuller and richer lives by modeling successful behaviors. read more »

Accepting Higher Order Decision Making

Posted in Thinking Patterns on September 17th, 2010 by Sandy – 4 Comments

Use Your MInd to Change The Landscape

One of the goals of this blog is to keep familiarizing ourselves with the idea of turning our ordinary daily life into extra-ordinary daily life. One way is to begin to look for synchronicities, and then to consciously make them a part of our decision making process. or recognize that our decision came from a synchonicity.  This is one process for making life magical.

Jung observed that synchronicities seemed to occur proportionately to the emotional intensity and upheaval one was going through in their life. And based upon my premise that we have “invisible partners” it would stand to reason that as our lives become more intense, we are more likely to be asking for help both consciously and subconsciously.  So it is at these times that we want to have our antennae up. We want to be in a state of mindfulness. In this state a trip to the grocery store, mall, or anywhere could lead to a person, sign, or image of some kind that will help us make a decision. it is as if our partners are saying to us with these messages “think about, or try, or definitely ‘yes or no.”‘ read more »

Creative Thinking-Decision Making Chart

Posted in Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on September 12th, 2010 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Life's High Wire Act

Under “Information” on the right hand side of my blog site you will see “Intuitive Decision Making Model.”  Click on this and you will see a full discussion. What I have done is to diagram, from experiences,  my own decision making process regarding the use of intuition layered on top of the rationale thinking processes. Look at that for a moment, read the explanation and then come back to this discussion. read more »

Creative Thinking-The Value of Negative Synchronicity

Posted in Thinking Patterns on September 7th, 2010 by Sandy – 5 Comments

Dead End

As I have been writing about previously, the synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence. In one sense you can think of it as a message intended for you specifically, which is more than just a coincidence. It is related to what you are desiring, pondering, or wrestling with. Let us look at an example of the use of a negative synchronicity.

You have just been offered an enticing job with a new firm and it is in  San Francisco where you have always wanted to live. You have done the research. It looks good. However,  your wife likes where you are and is not that keen on moving but will. You aren’t really sure what to do. A pal drops by your office and encourages you to  attend an open house cocktail party after work.  Leaning up against the bookshelf you see a book entitled, “Losing Everything, The Great Fire and Quake of 1906.” You open it and it is all about disaster in San Francisco. This would be a negative synchronicity. It is a cautionary sign. You might turn the job down or at least turn up your antennae before making the decision.  The next day while  you are out on a job inspection, you decide to take a short cut and see that the street is named San Francisco Way. Several blocks down you come to a “road under repair” sign. Take Detour.  This is a confirming negative synchronicity. Even though all the research you have done might favor the move, turning it down might be in your best interest.

We can never tell the consequences of our decisions but at one level we are looking for the most meaningful experiences for our lives. When we let our intuition and our recognition of these signs help guide us, I feel we are doing just that.

Creative Thinking-Synchronicity Revisited

Posted in Thinking Patterns on September 1st, 2010 by Sandy – 4 Comments

"My what a synchronicity I was just thinking of calling you"

The challenging assignment these days is to really take on new tools to help us in these topsy turvy times. I wanted to revisit this idea and explore it, perhaps in the next several blogs, because it can be not only useful but make ordinary life extra ordinary.

Jung described synchronicity as a meaningful coincidence. So just what is that and why is it so important? A coincidence is what it would be if I were talking about you and suddenly you walked into the room. But would it be meaningful? Not necessarily: it is just a coincidence.  Now think of the situation where you are calling me and I am simultaneously thinking about calling you. That situation happens frequently. It is a meaningful coincidence because we are both thinking about each other and are actually in the process of contacting each other.

So how do we harvest the information and why is it so important? First of all think of it as the collective unconscious trying to get in touch with you with information that will help you especially if you have ask for it-struggling with a decision for example. In my book I used the idea of “Invisible Partners.” But you can use any label you like. The idea is that something useful is meant to come your way if you can recognize it. read more »


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