The Roots of Trans4mind Personal Development Training
By Peter Shepherd, founder of Trans4mind.com
So how did the website Trans4mind.com come about? Well, I’ve always been interested in psychology and philosophy, especially practical ways to be happier and more successful. In the process of becoming a psychotherapist, I also received a lot of personal guidance and coaching. I learned a lot myself, and I really needed that at some difficult periods in my life, to turn things around. I know what works and I want others to have the benefit of that as well.
In 1997 I wrote the book ‘Transforming the Mind’ to compile the most valuable personal development information I’d acquired from my studies. The Internet was just becoming accessible and so I made the book freely available and this formed the basis of the Trans4mind site - it remains freely available online here now. More recently this has been updated to become the Kindle publication, Daring to Be Yourself.
Trans4mind really took off when I moved to France in 2000 to be with my wife Nicole. I was able to work full time on the site and put a whole lot of work in. And the website has remained popular – over a million people have downloaded that ebook, and there are hundreds of thousands of visitors every month. Plus it’s expanded to other countries – Nicole, for instance, runs the Trans4mind.fr site and there are a bunch of others, including Russia and China imminent.
The next big step occurred a few years ago when Wallace Huey got in touch and suggested a new service on the site, Heart to Heart Coaching. People sent in a personal question and Wallace offered his coaching in our weekly newsletter. It was a very popular service. Over a few years, this enabled us to learn exactly which issues the site visitors are most concerned with - their life challenges - and we developed comprehensive resources for each of these.
Since then, Wallace and I co-founded the company Trans4mind Ltd, registered in Ireland, and we have worked hard over the years to develop the curriculum of Trans4mind Personal Development Training. We are now in the position to offer a fantastic training and coaching tool – both online and in the real world.
The purpose of Trans4mind has evolved beyond just sharing interesting information, to having a real mission. Because there are real challenges we face…
The challenges we face
I feel that the human nature of Mankind has progressed little over the centuries. There are fundamental problems, like the schism between left and right brain thinking, between male and female ways of being. And the vested interests that resist any kind of progress, free thinking and open-mindedness. The oligarchies, the 1% for whom equality is a swear word.
I think we need to evolve, to move forward as a race, and then we stand a chance of resolving the immense social, cultural, economic and ecologic problems that are staring us in the face. Human nature has to change. That’s all!
It’s that or going over the edge of a cliff, as H.G. Wells foresaw: “Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe.”
If you don’t care about personal growth, that’s OK. You might be quite happy and you will stay that way, until something happens that you don’t have the resources and wisdom to handle – then you may go downhill. Or you may get old and wonder where your life went, since you had been living in a safe but limiting cocoon. Or you might be pretending you’re quite happy, because you don’t want to face that actually you are living someone else’s life rather than what you want to be doing, and that you spend considerable effort avoiding things you don’t want to confront. Or you might consider that painful emotions are just a part of life that is inevitable, and you can continue to live with this suffering.
Most people do nothing, and so human nature continues to create all the problems that we see in the world, on a personal, familial and social/political scale. But it is possible to ‘find ourselves’ through releasing the limitations we impose on ourselves as a result of our upbringing and negative learning experiences. Only such a person can fully and freely love – without judgment – their fellow man.
Many people are waiting for technology to advance further and solve the problems of Mankind. However technology is just a tool. It can raise our standard of living. However it’s primarily intended to create desirable consumer products that make the rich richer and that profit the few. That’s all. The real issues remain – greed, lust for power, intolerance, prejudice, fear – the qualities of the human animal based on a competitive struggle for survival, and all the fears that result.
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The importance of empathy
Jeremy Bentham stated, “It is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.” But that’s not necessarily true… The end does not justify unethical means. The only way the majority could be happy if the minority were suffering as a result, is if they had become psychopathic: with empathy switched off and compassion missing in action. This blindfold is called expediency and occurs a lot in the world’s socio-political-economic systems, even perhaps in our local neighborhood or family. We get used to ‘switching off’ and it’s time that we as individuals awaken to our responsibilities – to the mutual connection with our brothers and sisters everywhere. Personal development goes beyond personal happiness and extends to the true fulfillment that we can best obtain through loving service and shared responsibility.
Improving the quality of relationships is the key to a better world to live in. With tolerance and genuine listening all problems can be resolved – these result from a state of being that integrates mindfulness, compassion and loving service. The qualities of an awakened human BEING… connected with inner knowing, the source of universal truth that is part and parcel of our essential loving nature.
This is what the world needs – without all the false dogma and political manipulation we see with established religions and the closed-minded protection of vested interests. We need to begin living a life of service based on compassion, instead of a selfish life based on a barrage of fears. We need to become conscious of who we really are, as human beings rather than merely human animals. Communicating and creating instead of enslaving and going to war.
The spiritual path – where to start?
The spiritual path is a vital component of our training. “Who am I?” is the classic meditation question, but it’s too big a question. It’s too generalized… where do I start? The question needs breaking down. Gradually we can learn who we really are, with the guidance of good personal development training. We can discover what our values really are, and whether we are currently living according to them … or if we living according to what we were told to do, what is expedient, to please others and their expectations of us, or just the easiest solutions to the challenges of life. As we examine each of the many life challenges, and the role we are currently playing, we build up a truer and truer picture of “Who am I?” We learn we have an inner resource for knowing, our inner guidance. Only then we are coming from the right place when we ask the more practical questions: “What do I want for my life?” and “How will I achieve this?” For these are two essential questions that every responsible adult must be able to answer with integrity.
The fundamental principles that underlie effective personal development are as follows:
The Need for Personal Development
Let’s get back to the nitty gritty… Most often, when we have an uncomfortable or stressful feeling about our life circumstances, we bury it beneath watching TV, having some food or a drink, gossiping with the neighbors, working out at the gym, whatever. We may not even acknowledge we have a problem, and even if we do, we hope it will go away rather than doing anything about it - after all, things are as they are, what can we do to change them?
There's little recognition that the real source of our problems and anxieties, or lack of purpose and fulfillment, and maybe lack of meaningful relationships in our lives - the real source lies within us. We each have the power to take responsibility for what is within our control. And to realize - rather than resist - what is not and let it go. By being more self-aware, by responding rather than reacting, we can feel more inner peace and at the same time have more integrity - start to really be ourselves rather than meeting others’ expectations.
So personal development is a process of finally uncovering our true self, in effect. Recognizing our potential, expressing our creativity... Emerging from the chrysalis of our past upbringing and conditioning.
We may get a handle on one particular issue that we realize we need help with and read up on it, maybe look it up on Trans4mind, or visit a professional for assistance… maybe a life coach, why not! And that may indeed help for a while.
But the many other challenges we face in life tend to pull us back down - they most likely haven't been recognized or addressed, and as each connects with the other they have a powerful weight, and so most often we return to our habitual patterns of behavior. Life goes on much the same.
But now a better path forward is available. We can learn to master the combination of life challenges that are common to the human condition, like a jigsaw. We learn the basic principles of how life works. Principles we already know deep inside as they are universal truth, not theory or dogma.
The importance of personal development alongside personal support
A person engaged in personal development is endeavoring to learn how they can live a happier and more fulfilling life, through exercising free choice, seeing objective truth, being in touch with their inner knowing and authentic values, and realizing the highest degree of purpose.
Addressing the challenges of life, these challenges become no longer stressful; instead they become aspects of life that are positive opportunities for learning and expression. The result is a change of consciousness, an evolution of human nature. We will be coming from a place of pure intent – compassion and loving service – so the effect of our vision, the power of our manifestation (particularly combined with others with whom we are connected through intent), will be relatively huge compared to those who are motivated by fear and competition (that has no creative effect at all).
Be the changeImagine an oasis of peace, fulfillment and unbounded thinking. Now imagine you are this oasis, spreading out and expanding until you fill your whole environment. You have become the center of your own revolution…. a revolution in consciousness. It’s not only about doing the great things, it’s about doing even small things with great love. Then your influence shines like a beacon.
A few truly awakened people have a bigger effect on the mass consciousness than you might think. It’s about manifestation - manifestation works when it’s based on loving service. Creation is powered by love.
Now's the time to begin to transform your life...
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How and Why the Training Works...
Wallace Huey and Peter Shepherd, Co-Founders of the personal development company Trans4mind, have been focused for the last few years on developing the curriculum of Trans4mind Personal Development Training - a series of online video workshops presenting a huge amount of personal development know-how, put together in a wonderful system. It really is the ultimate path for your personal growth and transformation and we are so happy that it’s now available to you.
Would you like to know the best path to take in any situation?
Would you like to feel calm, serene and capable in any situation?
Would you like to be the master of your life instead of its slave?
What is preventing you? Your Life Challenges!
So what are your Life Challenges? They are parts of your life where you experience stress and difficulty. For example: overcoming fear and anxiety, having a successful romantic relationship, or finding your life’s purpose. Trans4mind Training Workshops train you in addressing and mastering these life challenges.
And what are the practical benefits of participating in Trans4mind Training?
Are you experiencing stress or confusion in your personal life? Maybe you haven’t forgiven someone, or you feel guilty over something you have done, or you get angry too easily, or you have had a major loss and find it hard to pass through your grief?
We all have issues like these in our lives. Participating in the Workshops will assist you to become clear as to your healing path and be free of unpleasant feelings such as lack of forgiveness, guilt, jealousy, anger, inferiority, anxiety, grief and unwanted habits... so that you always walk with a spring in your step and joy in your heart. Would you like to feel happy and free in yourself?
Do you want to make something of your life but feel powerless as to how to achieve success? Maybe you are having difficulty in reaching your goals, expressing yourself creatively, finding your life’s purpose, presenting yourself well, being fulfilled at work, working well in a team, being an effective leader, mastering money, or empowering other people you care for.
Participating in Trans4mind Training Workshops will enable you to feel powerful, dignified, abundant, purposeful, creative, fulfilled, confident and be well prepared to become a leader who is of service to your community. Would you like to feel powerful and successful?
Do you want to be surrounded by people who you care about and who care deeply about you? Maybe you need to develop better social skills, to know how to establish where your responsibilities begin and end, to express yourself well, to ask powerful questions and be a good listener. Perhaps being non-judgmental is a challenge for you, or you’d like to be able to resolve conflict and create intimacy.
Participating in Trans4mind Training empowers you to address all your communication issues and to surround yourself with relationships that bring joy and happiness. Would you like to feel content and inspired, surrounded by a network of caring and loving relationships?
Left unresolved, these challenges obstruct our personal growth and so we offer online video training workshop for each major life challenge, and a Life Discovery Experience to determine those challenges that are uppermost in YOUR life, since we are each of us different in this respect.
Would you like to have more understanding of the great issues of life? Have you ever felt perplexed with the big questions like... Does God exist? What is the purpose of life? How can I know my core values? What is love? How can I understand death? and How can we live consciously together on Earth? Would you like to have your own powerful insights into these big questions? Imagine the clarity and serenity this will bring.
This service is provided by Wallace personally, made available through the Meetup sessions that Wallace offers over Skype each week. You will uncover your inner truth and learn how to realize your own answers to the big questions of life.
Instruction in this essential skill to develop on the spiritual path is provided through Wallace's book, Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off, supported by Wallace’s teaching in 1/1 private sessions on Skype. When you apply these understandings, you will learn to create a way of being that nurtures dreams... dreams which inspire us to have a vision - our love and creativity expressed. A true vision automatically empowers, inspires and energizes us to make things happen in reality. Would you like your life to be truly inspired?
Imagine if you could be trained in all these life challenges... What would you become? Where could you go?! How much joy would you have?! It would be life transforming, that’s for sure. And that is the opportunity we are offering you...
To complement the training, we provide many resources at Trans4mind.com - including articles, videos, PDFs and quotes - for each life challenge in our training, and for every issue of personal and spiritual development.