The Monkey And The Spreadsheet

Written by Abraham Thomas

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Which wasrepparttar real you?

But, where was consciousness? Which wasrepparttar 142144 real you? Nature had a mechanism, which isolatedrepparttar 142145 truth. When an animal sensed danger, it sniffedrepparttar 142146 air to investigate. It was a process which generally stilled neural activity. Survival, in a perilous world, demanded a responsive approach, free of distorted views. An inquiring mind wasrepparttar 142147 most open. And, it was not as if an investigation needed to be about life threatening concerns. Even when you wrote a shopping list, that very inquiry stilled background thoughts. Inrepparttar 142148 end, that curious personality wasrepparttar 142149 true you. The superior consciousness. The most powerful intelligence in nature. That questioning drive was devoid of emotions. Open to recognizerepparttar 142150 new. All other drives had fractional views. Views, which were distorted, or bending torepparttar 142151 whims and fancies of anger and fear, or love and compassion.

The spreadsheet list

For worrying issues, you did not need costly counseling. You could begin you own investigation. Just an exercise on a spread sheet assisted this process. Just as in a shopping list, a search process was set in motion. This routine began by listing, line by line, any aspect of a vexing problem, as it came to mind. A short line would be entered, in a single cell ofrepparttar 142152 spread sheet. Like a shopping list. It could just begin with, say, "Downsizing" and go on down. Many conflicting emotions surged inrepparttar 142153 background. Each line would be a thought, which could point to pages of reports, or be just a hunch. It represented a particular feeling. The curiosity drive was powerful. It would bring in differing viewpoints. Each viewpoint was noted down. These views would arrive in conspicuous sequence.

Emptied mind

When you noted them down, you brought them into consciousness – intorepparttar 142154 view of isolated and competing drives. The more outraged drives, including four letter references to corporate stupidity, became conscious of opposing viewpoints. Raging emotions could have eliminated those muffled, crucial insights. The average issue would fill about 60 or more cells. All your views about those uneasy rumours inrepparttar 142155 office. It was a process which emptied your mind concerningrepparttar 142156 subject. Byrepparttar 142157 timerepparttar 142158 list was over,repparttar 142159 mind would have thrown up many rival positions. Opposing viewpoints usually broughtrepparttar 142160 needed balance.

Organized thoughts

Oncerepparttar 142161 list was over, a label was entered for each thought in an adjacent cell onrepparttar 142162 spreadsheet. From a calmer perspective, labelling an entry became easier. The slimming down ofrepparttar 142163 corporation was notrepparttar 142164 end ofrepparttar 142165 world. There could be promotional opportunities. Even possible career improvements. Solutions were bound to emerge. So an entry in a cell could be labelled as an “opportunity.” Each such label would fit several more entries. Gently,repparttar 142166 picture cleared. Subsurface drives which triggered anxieties came out intorepparttar 142167 open. Things atrepparttar 142168 back ofrepparttar 142169 mind, which went thud, inrepparttar 142170 dark. The process ended with sixty thoughts in a dozen labeled categories. A "sort" ofrepparttar 142171 labels column would arrange similar ones together, in alphabetic order. Listing similarly labeled ideas together would bring clarity. They became groups of consistent, allied thoughts.

Creativity from a stilled mind

Isolated drives came out intorepparttar 142172 open. A dispassionate consciousness viewedrepparttar 142173 tumult and made sense. Unlikely worries seen together distilled reality. Purged anxieties. The less likely outcomes could be ignored. The inevitable ones had to be accepted. That left you withrepparttar 142174 actions you could take. Invariably,repparttar 142175 things you could do never took all that much time. The rest ofrepparttar 142176 stuff just climbed off your chest. Acted on, ignored, or accepted. Another threatening issue would have been acknowledged, accepted and foreseen. Overrepparttar 142177 years many such concerns raised their heads. Each time,repparttar 142178 spreadsheet evaluation balancedrepparttar 142179 mind and stilled its hidden anxieties. When major concerns in life were sorted out,repparttar 142180 creative forces ofrepparttar 142181 mind converged. Anger and fear, love and altruism cooperated to search for solutions which met allrepparttar 142182 concerns ofrepparttar 142183 mind. An integrated mind wasrepparttar 142184 most creative force inrepparttar 142185 world.

Abraham Thomas is the author of The Intuitive Algorithm, a book, which suggests that intuition is a pattern recognition algorithm. The ebook version is available at The book may be purchased only in India. The website, provides a free movie and a walk through to explain the ideas.

Psychology and Sacred Moments

Written by Elisha Goldstein

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Studyingrepparttar effects of sacred moments on people’s lives could serve to add understanding and knowledge for practical ways to increase well-being while providing a possible therapeutic alternative to treating stress. A serious need exists for programs that promote well-being in both psychologically healthy and unhealthy individuals. It is important to understand whether aspects of sacred moments can be cultivated as a therapeutic intervention and consequently whether their cultivation can contribute to a reduction in rising medical costs associated with stress. Current research is quick to point out that rising amount of stress in western society is due torepparttar 141471 increasing complexity of responsibilities and events (i.e., 9/11). Stress is a precursor to anxiety, and approximately 19 million Americans are afflicted with some type of anxiety disorder today. Furthermore, disorders such as anxiety critically impact quality of life and well-being. Although current research is working towards discovering factors that influence well-being, there is still a pattern of sidesteppingrepparttar 141472 qualities of sacred moments in reference to mental health and well-being. Withrepparttar 141473 field’s persistent emphasis on techniques toward mental health that do not explicitly involverepparttar 141474 sacred andrepparttar 141475 transcendent, it seems critical to continue to tap this area for its value to psychology.

Psychology is becoming more interested in those moments that transcend and includerepparttar 141476 ego, are non-ordinary, and are personal. Arthur Hastings, a leading Transpersonal Psychologist points out: "These experiences are usually defined as going beyondrepparttar 141477 ordinary sense of identity or personality to encompass wider dimensions ofrepparttar 141478 psyche andrepparttar 141479 cosmos. This can include experiences of intense love, enhanced perception, a sense of merging into a more comprehensive identity, spiritual and religious experiences, psychic awareness. . . . Other definitions suggest that transpersonal means optimal health and well-being, holistic development ofrepparttar 141480 self andrepparttar 141481 psychology of transformation."

Both sacred moments and well-being are suggested in Hasting’s description of transpersonal psychology. A study of sacred moments could aspire to bring transpersonal psychology out intorepparttar 141482 mainstream of psychology and bring mainstream thought intorepparttar 141483 transpersonal realm.


1. What effects doesrepparttar 141484 cultivation of sacred moments have on subjective well-being, psychological well-being, and stress.

2. What arerepparttar 141485 participants’ experiences of having sacred moments? What helpsrepparttar 141486 cultivation of these moments and what hindersrepparttar 141487 cultivation of these moments in daily life? The recent surge of interest in well-being has brought a serious need for interventive strategies.

*** There is currently a study that is about to begin that exploresrepparttar 141488 affects on sacred moments on daily life.

IF you are interested in learning how to potentially cultivate more of these moments in your life, please check out

Elisha Goldstein is a 4th year doctoral student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. He is currently exploring how the cultivation of sacred moments in daily life affects well-being and stress. If you would consider participating in this invaluable study, please go to You can also check out

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