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The Roots of Trans4mind Personal Development Training

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By Peter Shepherd, founder of

The beginning

So how did the website 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 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.”

Igor Morski

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.

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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:

You can have a much better life if you are true to your core self, therefore guided by love and intuitive inner knowing.

You can be an oasis in the lives of your family, friends and community, to uplift their lives with your presence, to help make the world a better place.

That’s what is needed today: you being… YOU. With no fear in your life as you are overflowing with love.

The aim of each workshop is to support the Trainee to obtain insights about one of their life challenges - challenges that are common to all of us, since we are human beings.

But our society provides very little education about these life challenges - there is no school of life other than hard knocks. Indeed we very often receive misinformation from parents, teachers, colleagues, media, religion and the culture in general.

If we cannot meet our challenges we are stressed and confused. We retreat to safe but limiting solutions. If we do not truly know ourselves, we are unaware of our needs, our values and our purpose. As a result we fail to live a life that is fulfilling. Stress, confusion and lack of fulfillment makes us unstable and far from peaceful in our being.

We react instead of respond. We regret the past and worry about what the future may hold, instead of being fully involved and mindful in the present. We suffer from painful emotions, frustration and low self esteem. We become unconscious of our loving inner self and its natural insights into universal truth.

We believe truth is to be found by viewing the world objectively, always keeping an open mind, keeping all beliefs open to revision. Seeing what is. And secondly by combining objectivity with a conscious looking within, to what the heart is saying. This source of inner knowing relates to the spiritual essence of a human being, whose motivation is essentially service and compassion founded on unconditional love.

This is quite apart from the mind and instincts of the human animal that empower the ego. Our animal motivation is primarily fear, reacting to perceived threats to survival, and therefore leading to envy and greed.

We truly need to know ourselves, to find our inner loving core. It is for each person to discover their own version of truth and to recognize the universal values it contains. The measure of that truth is alignment with the values of loving service.

With open communication, we gain in understanding, we see reality more clearly, our empathy increases and we feel compassion.

Communication -> Understanding -> Reality -> Empathy = Compassion

The CURE is Compassion

By learning how to find the truth that underlies each of the life challenges, and implementing these insights into our everyday life, we can start to follow our spiritual path. This means we will remain conscious and responsible whatever the situation, and at the same time involved and flowing with the stream of life, connected with all around us and profoundly appreciative of every moment of our lives.

In this way, Trans4mind is an oasis in unbounded thinking. So what is unbounded thinking? We experience. We learn. We share. We progress.

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 change

Imagine 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?
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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?

A. Healing Yourself
B. Being Successful
C. Loving Relationships
D. Life’s Big Questions
E. Connecting with Inner Guidance
Finally, you'll have Trans4mind's Tools for Transformation

Because this is a life-changing experience, the value of Trans4mind Training can only be obtained with the personal help and guidance of a registered facilitator:
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