The Roots of Trans4mind 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 Trans4mind publication, Daring to Be Yourself, also available on Kindle.
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 5 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.
But I’m optimistic. I believe the Trans4mind website is contributing to this evolution, and that Trans4mind Training in particular will dramatically increase the difference we can make in this world. It’s urgently needed.
As we move our life forward, and as we transition our lives for the better, we inevitably come face to face with a wide range of challenges that stretch our existing life skills to the limit. Our training is here to support you, to help you manage life transitions successfully, to reach your full potential in all ways, and thereby to make your heartfelt dreams come true.
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.
Trans4mind Personal Development Training isn’t just about learning how to be more successful, important though that is. It’s more fundamental than that. It’s about awakening to our true nature, our powerful, loving inner self. It’s about finding our healing path and developing our relationships. And having a grasp of the big philosophical questions of life. And it works because it’s empowered by life coaches, people whose life purpose is to help raise human consciousness, people who can help individuals really implement what they’ve learned, to develop new positive ways of being. To change human nature.
The fundamental principles that underlie all 46 of the Trans4mind Training life challenge video workshops 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. In next week's issue I'll be introducing the Trans4mind Training workshops - each based on one of these life challenges. In the Training we learn the basic principles of how life works. Principles we already know deep inside as they are universal truth, not theory or dogma.
We start to see an holistic picture emerge, a much deeper understanding. The jigsaw connects in front of our eyes. We don't just have a problem, we have a potential. The human heart becomes visible. Our life is transformed - especially if we are not just doing the training on our own. The support of a Trans4mind Life Coach will help us to make further connections and to put in practice what we learn, so we are not alone. And this is powerful…
The importance of personal development and coaching
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.
Generally speaking, a coach assists another person to practice skills they have learned, and to enhance their understanding by asking appropriate questions that introduce new perspectives on the challenges they face. A life coach is therefore of great help to someone engaged in the path of personal development, helping them to implement new life skills they are learning and to help the person, their client, to understand better the issues involved.
Personal development plus life coaching is more than the sum of the parts!
It’s so easy to read an article, or buy a good book, and find things that you agree with and that are helpful. But will you implement these insights? Will you develop new behavior based on them? If not they are water under the bridge. Most of us need the help of a life coach to support us in developing new positive habits, in actually realizing our insights and new goals in the real world. Then things really do start to change.
Trans4mind Training (and the accompanying coaching) addresses the challenges of life, so that those 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.
Many others are working in this direction too, and that’s great, but I believe that with Trans4mind Training we have a special and important role to play. Now's the time to participate and transform your life...
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