Navigating Rough Waters: How to Effectively Lead During Times of Emotional Turmoil

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By. Dr. Theresa Bullard


Publilius Syrus once said, “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” And yet, leaders of today must possess the ability to steer the ship of an organization when the waters are rough.


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At times, emotions may run high and while the passionate energy of emotions can be a great motivator, they can also create fear, frustration, blame and defensive behavior within a team.



In our latest series of blogs on the 7 stages of the alchemical process of transformation, we introduced the first two stages of this process, firstly, the breaking point or break down known as Calcination, followed the emotional release known as Dissolution.  This week we look at how you can as a leader can support your team through understanding that emotional times are a natural part of the transformational process.


As a leader you must not only be able to move through your own emotional ups and downs, you must also be able to compassionately support others through theirs.


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A leader who is equipped with this understanding can harness the opportunity for making breakthroughs and healing subconscious issues that are getting in the way of the people you lead.


In our logic-based, rational society today, we tend to frown upon getting emotional. Too many people have been programmed to suppress their emotions, compartmentalize, and disconnect from themselves in order to survive at work and not be looked down upon.


This is actually quite counterproductive because when emotions are buried and suppressed they become a ticking time-bomb or volcano waiting to explode.




The reason is that Emotions = Energy. In fact, they are fuel for the transformational process.


Emotions are what drive us and make us human (for better or for worse). Emotions are actually not a bad thing when they are properly channeled to constructive outlets. The only time they become a hindrance is when they are buried, suppressed into the subconscious, and left unresolved.


A leader who can harness this emotional nature of themselves and those they lead, rather than fearing or trying to suppress it in oneself or others, is going to be a much more effective leader.


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By harnessing the energy our emotions provide us with, we can drive productivity and progress much more effectively.


Because until the emotions are dealt with properly, they will continue to get in the way of clear thinking and productivity.


The 15-Minute Rule


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One rule of thumb is what we call the 15-minute rule. We’ve all experienced getting triggered from some event or encounter and find ourselves still fretting over it and replaying it in our head or getting worked up about it hours and sometimes even days later.


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What the 15-minute rule tells us is that if we are still upset about whatever triggered us more than 15 minutes after the initial event, then it’s a sign that the real problem is not the current event, but an old suppressed emotion or unresolved issue from the past that was buried long ago.


This current event just triggered the old wound. This then gives you the opportunity to heal and resolve that old wound, but you must take time to introspect to do so.  And you must also allow yourself to ask:

-“What does this situation remind me of?

-When have I felt this emotion or pattern of reaction before?

-What from my past have I not resolved that is getting triggered now?”


When you resolve the old wound, then the current situation will dissolve as well. And, when you really heal from that old wound, then it is likely you will not attract situations like this any more.


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When your sub-conscious is clear and your emotions are current, you might still get triggered, but you will find that you consciously experience the emotion in the moment, without trying to hold it back, and it will be able to pass through in less than 7 minutes most likely.


So, this brings us back to that original strategy of going for a 15-minute walk when you get triggered or emotionally stressed by something. 7 minutes of that will be spent discharging the emotional energy and the other 7 minutes can be spent thinking of what to do to address the current situation. By the time you return, you’ll be in a much better state to deal with whatever challenge has come up.


Stay tuned! In our next blog, we will explore the clarity that begins to emerge after the emotions settle.  This is known as Separation, the third stage of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation.



Allowing the Water to Flow: Releasing Emotions after a Breaking Point

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


When life presents you with a challenge, how do you respond?


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For even the most grounded individual, a sudden change can bring about confusion, anger and even sadness.


In our journey through the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation, we described this breaking point or break down as the first stage of Calcination.  Immediately following a breaking point is a period of emotional turmoil as one tries to process what happened. This stage is known as Dissolution.


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Dissolution is when emotions and sub-conscious fears rise up after the burning or shake up from Calcination.  This stage is governed by the element of water, which represent emotions and the release that follows a challenge in one’s life.


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Even though this stage doesn’t sound too pleasant to many people, it is part of the natural process that we all go through. The best way to move through this stage, rather than getting stuck in it, is to not push the emotions down or try to ignore and suppress them when they come up, but rather to find a constructive outlet for them.


Here are some tips for how to constructively let the emotions pass more smoothly so that you can move through this stage faster:


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-If it is a minor incident, you can start by going for a brisk 15-minute walk to transform the emotional energy into physical energy and diffuse it.


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-If it is a major incident that really triggers a core unresolved issue, or fear, then the best thing to do is to give yourself some alone time to check-in with yourself, introspect, and be present to what is trying to rise up from the subconscious.



-One useful tool is to write in a journal. Describe the situation that triggered the emotions giving voice to what emotions are coming up and how you are feeling.


Once you have gotten through all the details about what happened and how you feel, ask yourself some questions and journal the answers.

-The most important question is “What do I want to do about it?”

-The next important question is “In my heart of hearts, what result do I want to experience?

-What would be the ideal outcome?”

-Lastly, “What actions can I take that will get me the desired outcome?”

In asking these questions and journaling the answers, you will likely find that in doing this, your own innate wisdom from deep within rises up to guide your next moves.


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-You might find that dreams may become more vivid during this stage (albeit sometimes disturbing). It can be very helpful to pay attention to those dreams and what their symbolic meaning and archetypal messages are trying to convey to you.


Again, write them down in a journal to help you process them more consciously. And as you do, ask for each part of the dream, “What might that have represented symbolically?” or “What part of me does that symbol, person, or experience reflect to me?” The sub-conscious speaks in images and symbols that are not to be taken literally, and that are always representing some deeper aspect of your own psyche, so interpret your dreams with this in mind.



-Finally, as mentioned before, this stage is governed by the element of water. So using the element of water to help you sooth your soul and cleanse your mind is a great idea. This could mean:


-Going to the beach and listening to the surf of the waves, or going out to the mountain stream or river and listening to the flow of the water downstream;

-Taking a long relaxing bath or shower while contemplating what’s coming up for you;

-Meditating using a guided imagery such as our Quantum Insight album that uses the imagery of a Quiet Pond of water and the Flame of higher insight coming together.

-Or, our upcoming new album called “Into the Gap” will also take you through a great process for relaxing the body, emptying the mind, and sinking deep into the ocean to connect with the Quantum Gap. In the Gap, you can hit the reset button on almost any challenge, and open up the space for all the potential energy of the Quantum Realm to become accessible to you.


Stay tuned, next week we will explore how you as a leader can best support your team through the emotional times of the transformational process.



The 7 Stages to Mastery: Stage 2- The Emotional Release

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


Remember the last time you had your world turn upside down?  How did you respond?


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For many of us, when we experience turmoil, it triggers a period marked by confusion, emotional reactivity, and disillusionment. We may make rash decisions while in the throws of these emotions.


Or let’s say you set a goal to make some needed changes in your life and you do well at the start, but then start to hit internal resistance that shows up as procrastination, distraction, or even self-sabotage. Sound familiar?




What is underlying these behaviors, emotions, and resistance is fear and attachment buried in the sub-conscious that is now surfacing and revealing itself to you. These sub-conscious blocks must be cleared in order for you to achieve your goal.


Understanding where you are in the alchemical process


What you are experiencing in the above descriptions relates to the second of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation, known as Dissolution. Recently, we explored the first stage of Calcination or a breaking down or breaking through point in one’s life.


Dissolution, the stage that follows, is when emotions and sub-conscious fears rise up after the burning or shake up from Calcination.


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While Calcination is driven by fire, the Dissolution stage is driven by water. If you will allow it, this stage can ultimately result in tears. And this would be a good sign, because it means you are letting the emotion wash through you, releasing the energy, and moving beyond anger and reactivity.


You are actually allowing yourself to feel into the underlying hurt in the sub-conscious that was triggered by the catalyzing challenge.


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Doing so gives you an opportunity to connect more deeply with the soul, and while some may be embarrassed to cry, it is actually a natural process that helps us somatically release fear and hurt from the deeper self. When you let it flow, you will also find that new insights and clarity also come to light, as the tears are purifying and they cleanse away confusion or obscurity.


At the Dissolution stage, some people might also find that dreams become more active.  This is because the subconscious mind is trying to reveal what is going on beneath the surface and work things out.


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However, in this stage those dreams might also still be confusing or even a bit tumultuous. Sometimes the dreams may also have a lot of water in them, like waves or flooding, because water symbolizes emotions and governs this alchemical stage.


When the emotional turmoil settles down and tears have washed away the pain/upset, that is when you know that this stage is complete.


So how do you move through this stage?  Stay tuned next week as we explore steps you can take to skillfully move through the emotional turmoil of Dissolution.



An Exercise for Creating Positive Change in Your Life or Organization

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


The alchemists of old were masters at harnessing the power of consciousness to perform amazing transformations and innovations in the physical world.




Through observing Nature, as well as their own transformational journeys and cycles, alchemists throughout time came to realize that there are seven stages to the process of complete transformation.


Over the course of the last several weeks we’ve begin to explore the metaphors of “lead” and “gold”, often alluded to in alchemy, as well as, Calcination, the first of seven stages of transformation.  The concept of lead relates to an imbalanced or imperfect state. This could be anything from our thoughts, our physical health, to an organization. Gold, is a state of refined perfection and wholeness.


Transforming “lead into gold” is the process of moving from the imperfect or imbalanced into a greater state of wholeness and integrity.


Last week we discussed ways to move through the fire, so to speak, in the stage known as Calcination.  This week, I wanted to share with you a simple yet powerful exercise that you can use right now for creating positive change in your life or organization.


Creating Positive Change in Your Life or Organization


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-Begin with identifying your “lead” and your “gold” in whatever current situation you are contemplating. The “gold” is where you ideally see yourself getting to. The “lead” is anything that is getting in the way of that right now.


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-Write it all down on one piece of paper, with the “gold” at the center, and all the “lead” around it.


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-Now that you see it, draw a big upright triangle around it, then imagine it being lit on fire. Visualize each word describing the “lead” being burned away by the fire.


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-Once you have done this for a few minutes and gotten through the visualization of seeing all the words being burned, next go and literally burn the paper to ash.


*I recommend using a fire proof bowl or pot (such as ceramic, pyrex, or stainless steel) to contain the fire. Make sure you burn all the paper to ash and watch the fire as it burns. This will take a while, but it is a very good meditative experience.


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-After the burning, you will feel a certain energy has been released, and the situation feels lighter. Now harness this energy by working to come up with a creative plan of action steps you can take to make a breakthrough.

*We recommend using our Creative Alchemy guided meditation album to do this more powerfully.



-Once you have your plan, schedule times to when you are going to do it. Then, take action!


Stay tuned! In our next blog, we will move into the second stage of the Alchemical Process of Transformation known as Dissolution.



The 7 Stages to Mastery: Stage 1- The Breaking Point

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


Have you ever experienced a breaking point in your life?  A time where it seemed as though everything was out of control and things were falling apart?


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A breaking point could mean losing a job, ending a deep relationship, a major failure at work or even a big argument.


Sometimes a breaking point is experienced as a major trauma or tragedy such as an accident or loss/death of some kind.  Breaking points can even be initiated by you.  For example, you may get so fed up, sick and tired of a certain situation (a job, relationship, etc) that you decide to take new action and make a change.


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Often times, whatever happens is so strong that it rocks the very foundation of your life or business.  Such an incident shakes up your view of reality and challenges your “status quo”, pushing you out of your comfort zone.


In our last blog introducing the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process, we introduced the metaphors of “lead” and “gold”, often alluded to in alchemy.  To recap, the concept of lead relates to anything of a dense, polluted, imbalanced or imperfect state.  This could be anything from our thoughts, our physical health, to an organization, or society, or even the world at large.  While gold, on the other hand, was seen as a state of refined perfection, wholeness, and the ideal state.


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Transforming “lead into gold” is the process of moving from the imperfect or imbalanced into a greater state of wholeness, integrity, and ultimate attainment.


Anytime we want to make a change, achieve a new goal, eliminate a bad habit, or develop a new skill or gift, we must go through these same seven stages to get to a place of mastery in that new area.




When we fight or resist the transformational process that is naturally occurring through various life cycles, whether we are aware of it or not, that is when we are often forced into a breaking point situation.



Our own resistance, attachments, and clinging to the comfort zone creates too much rigidity that impede the progress and natural flow of development. You can imagine this as being like a beaver who builds a little dam of logs in the middle of a river, trying to create a nice little cozy home for itself. It might work out for a while, but when the next strong rain comes, or when the snow melts with the change of season and the river levels rise, that dam is going to be broken apart by the more strongly flowing river current. At that point, the beaver’s cozy home is destroyed and it is time for a change and to get back to work to build anew. It’s Nature’s way of saying “Don’t get too comfortable. There is more work to do in order for the whole to continue growing.”


Understanding where you are in the alchemical process


This breaking point we experienced is the first stage of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation known as Calcination.  This stage is the catalyst for the whole transformational process. It is usually uncomfortable and can be quite challenging, because we are being shaken out of our inertia and complacency that we got used to in the comfort zone.


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Often times if possible, we try to avoid this stage, preferring to remain in our comfort zone. But inevitably whether initiated by us or not, life will throw us a challenge to shake us up and make us grow.


So how do you move through this stage?  Stay tuned next week as we explore steps you can take to skillfully move through the breaking point known as Calcination, as well as, how to apply this knowledge to your role as a leader.




The Seven Stages to Mastery

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


Every year, as one year ends and the next begins, we often take time to reflect on what we experienced, how we did, what we learned, and then set goals for the next twelve months.



In all of this reflection, making of resolutions, and setting of goals, we are likely to identify a few key things we want to do better at, clean up, or shift.


We also identify the things we most desire to experience or accomplish as our ideal for the year to come. In alchemy, we could call these things our “lead” and our “gold”; the “lead” being what we want to clean up or eliminate, and the “gold” being what we want to achieve.


If your resolution is to loose weight, then the “lead” would be the excess weight and whatever contributes to it, while the “gold” would be the ideal body weight and health you most desire for yourself.  If your goal is to make more money, then the “lead” would be anything in your mind or current life choices that limit your abundance or put you in a state of experiencing lack, while the “gold” would be your ideal bank balance at the end of each month, plus how you make that money in such a way as to enjoy the journey and feel good about how you earned the money.


Alchemy gives us the pattern for successfully and masterfully accomplishing both.


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What alchemists really meant by the symbolic phrase of “turning lead into gold,” was to become a master at the art of manifestation and transformation.


Just like people today, the alchemists sought to transform their physical world and themselves into more whole and beautiful expressions of their innate potential. They had an ideal vision of themselves and how they wanted to experience life, and they devoted themselves to attaining that vision and making it a reality.


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The concept of lead in Alchemy relates to anything of a dense, polluted, imbalanced or imperfect state.  This could be anything from our thoughts, our physical health, to an organization, or society, or even the world at large. On the other hand, gold was seen as a state of refined perfection, wholeness, and the ideal state.


Ultimately, the true goal of alchemy has always been the purification of one’s own being in order to come to a state of wholeness and achieving of one’s full potential: psychologically, physically, and spiritually.





In our last blog, we discussed alchemy as it relates to accessing breakthrough creativity.  This week we begin to explore the Alchemical Formula for Transformation.  Through observing Nature, as well as their own transformational journeys and cycles, alchemists throughout time came to realize that there are seven stages to the process of complete transformation.


Since alchemy is about improving one’s nature and actualizing one’s potential, it involves a very specific and intentional process of going through these seven stages.


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Anytime we want to make a change, achieve a new goal, eliminate a bad habit, or develop a new skill or gift, we must go through these same seven stages to get to a place of mastery in that new area. Often people don’t realize there are seven stages to mastery, and so they tend to fall short of truly mastering and fully integrating a new change.


When unaware of the full transformational process, people will tend to get stuck at the half-way point or even earlier, and instead repeat earlier stages over and over, without really progressing.



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By understanding what all seven stages are, how to identify where we are at in the journey, and what is needed to progress from one stage to the next, we can more powerfully accelerate our progress to mastery in any area of life.


In brief, the seven stages of the transformational journey involve:


  • Breaking down and breaking through the old, imperfect forms that limit us, while releasing the creative energy trapped within;

  • Separating out the various essential components that were released;

  • Purifying the parts or separated essences to eliminate any impurities;

  • Recombining the various aspects into a more harmonious and balanced whole;

  • Raising the energetic vibration of this purified substance;

  • Continuing to refine and purify the substance through more cycles of separation and recombination until it is matured and brought into a state of stability and integration;

  • Ultimately crystallizing the transformed essence into its full potential as a thing of beauty, integrity, and wholeness.


The practical applications for our own alchemical journey start with being able to identify each of these stages as it relates to our personal and professional lives.  From there we can begin to understand how to skillfully move through each stage.  In doing so, we ultimately learn to harness our creativity, focus the mind, revitalize our energy, apply our will, and so on.


Alchemy thus becomes a powerful method for unlocking our potential.




Stay tuned! Over the next several months, we will explore each of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation.  We will look at ways to identify each stage, how they relate to our life, how to skillfully move through each stage, and finally how to apply these principles to our roles as leaders.



Alchemy & Breakthrough Creativity

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


In alchemy there is a saying that when it comes to creating or transforming things, it must “ascend from earth to heaven and again descend to earth.” In so doing, we “revive the strength of both the superior and inferior realms.”


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This means that we have to first lift our consciousness up to higher planes, up to a higher way of perceiving, in order to truly access new ideas, insights, and breakthrough creativity.


Then we must bring it back down into the very practical world to manifest it, and bring it into tangible form. Then we repeat this process.  We raise up to a higher plane again and we bring it back down again.




The more we can continue this cycle of raising up to higher planes of consciousness and then bring the new ideas back down to the tangible, material realm, that is when we can successfully combine the strength of both consciousness as well as material, physical form.


Essentially, we are combining these powers of our inner and our outer, of above and below.  This is the fundamental approach we train people in for accessing breakthrough creativity and quantum consciousness.


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This is very different from how most traditional approaches to problem solving operate today.  Most people have been conditioned to approach problem solving from the Industrial mindset of: what is practical, what is logical, and what makes physical sense? This pattern of thinking stems from the old paradigm of Newtonian Mechanics.


While it is practical and certainly has its place in the flow of making things happen, when it comes to accessing breakthrough creativity, this approach is too limited and linear.  It assumes that the only realm to operate in is the physical, material, practical world. You may enjoy reading more about this Old Paradigm approach in my blog Let Your Brain Out of the Box.


The problem we have now is that our way of thinking has been conditioned by these old assumptions.  Quantum Physics today shows us a different approach, one that engages our participation and where consciousness plays a key role.


We live in a participatory universe.  What we experience and create is really based on what and how we are choosing to perceive.


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In other words, what we focus on and how we set up our patterns of behavior largely influence our experience of the world.



So how does this work?


Last week, we explored alchemy and the four elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire which are used as symbols to represent aspects of ourselves, as well as stages of transformation.


These 4 elements can be used to help us to not only access different states of our consciousness but also to drive the transformational process.


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Lets say for example, you are stuck in an old pattern, behavior, or way of thinking, and you want to make a breakthrough.  The first step is to break down the old pattern in order to catalyze the breakthrough.  When we are stuck, in alchemy we would call this a fixed position and we want to make it volatile.


We want to start breaking that up and changing it.  So the element that we would work with is Fire.  Remember, Fire is the most active part of our imagination and consciousness, so we use Fire to make the breakthrough.

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On the other hand, lets say that things are getting a little too erratic, chaotic, and unformed.  You want to contain all of this into some form so that things can settle down and crystallize into something you can really work with at a practical level.


In this case, we want to use the element of Earth. Remember Earth is all about grounding into the physical form and putting it into action.


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In alchemy, we work between Fire, Water, Air and Earth, in that sequence, to keep shifting the energy dynamic and to help harness it according to what our purpose is. Alchemy gives us a 7-step formula for applying these elements in sequence to drive the transformational process all the way through from starting point to final result. This is why alchemy is so essential to mastering the creative breakthrough process.


The more you can learn to work with these tools and access higher states of consciousness, the faster and easier it will become to make these creative breakthroughs.


Stay tuned for our next blogs in this series, where we will start to explore the 7-steps of the Alchemical Formula for Transformation.



Creative Transformation: Alchemy & The Four Elements

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


Deepak Chopra says, “The secrets of alchemy exist to transform mortals from a state of suffering and ignorance to a state of enlightenment and bliss.”


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How many of us suffer because we are not able to access our full potential? How many struggle at work to create or to complete projects?  How may of us feel this tension in our lives?


Alchemy reveals to us a different way.  It shows us how to harness this tension and use it towards our advantage.


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In last week’s blog, we looked at alchemy and polarity. For the next two weeks,  we will explore alchemy and the 4 elements and how they can be used to harness transformation and access breakthrough creativity.


Control Emotions.


In alchemy, the 4 elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are used as symbols to represent aspects of ourselves, as well as stages of transformation.


These 4 elements can be used to help us to access different states of our consciousness and also to drive the transformational process.




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Fire represents the creative spark.  It is our passion and desire.  Fire stimulates original ideas and breakthroughs. The element of Fire is the most active part of our imagination and consciousness.


We can use the symbol of fire anytime we want to access creativity, originality, and excitement. We can also use it to break through an old form that has become too rigid or is blocking us from progression, because fire is the most dynamic element that can burn away the densest forms. Fire usually is invoked to initiate or catalyze a new transformational cycle in Alchemy.




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Air symbolizes and gives access to thought patterns of the mind.  Like the thoughts in our mind, air is constantly moving, expanding, and reaching out.  The symbol of air thus invokes reason and logic, yet in an expansive way rather than a limiting way.


Since air is constantly moving it symbolizes allowing our thoughts to flow more freely, like a jet-stream of thought that is moving in the directions we send it in. When we can really harness the element of Air, we can clear away the clouds so to speak and bring more clarity to the mind.


In Alchemy, air is used to help us use discernment and get clear about what is what – what to separate out or discard, and what to keep. It is also used to help us raise our awareness to higher levels of consciousness and subtlety.






Water symbolizes our emotional energy and our creative intuition.  Water is about our ability to flow and be flexible and keep the stream of creativity flowing all the way through to its destination.  Water will also take on the shape of whatever container you put it in, so it is malleable and encourages us to be adaptable.


In Alchemy, water is used for purification and cleansing or dissolving away any impurities or imbalances in a system. Water also has a great capacity for memory, something that has been scientifically verified, thus it serves as a great medium for storing or containing information and energy, in order to help it integrate into a more tangible and physical level.




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Earth symbolizes solidity and is therefore about grounding higher energies and ideas into physical form. Earth brings things into the tangible, practical world where we can put them into application and action.


Taking action is ultimately what produces results. We can think and be creative all day long, but without action, nothing happens. These steps of getting grounded and practical are what the element of Earth helps us to access. When it comes to earth and bringing things to a physical level, we must also engage the body and its system of feelings through the five senses in order to make it more real and tangible, so that we will have a sense of what it will feel like once the transformation is complete. Earth is therefore where we get more measurable, tangible, and specific in our creative process.


So now that we understand the symbology of each element,  how can we then use the 4 elements  to harness transformation and access breakthrough creativity. Stay tuned next week for part two of our blog.



From Tension to Transformation: The Alchemy of Harnessing Differences

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

The process of alchemy reveals to us how transformation unfolds.  How it works, at its core, is through harnessing differences.



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In Alchemy these differences are often represented as “polarities”.


Many of us are already familiar with the concept of polarity in the body.  For example, left and right sides of the body, which are governed by the right and left hemispheres of the brain, respectively.


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The left hemisphere is generally more logical, detail-oriented, language-based, numbers, rules, and abstract thinking such as is required for doing math.  The right hemisphere is more creative, gestault, non-linear, intuitive, social, relationship-oriented, and artistic.

So we have polarity at work within ourselves all the time, in addition to it showing up in our relationships and interactions with others.






We can also talk about this inner polarity in terms of conscious mind and sub-conscious mind.


The sub-conscious is the part of us that operates beneath the surface of our awareness. About 90% of our brain capacity is being used for sub-conscious activity.  This sub-conscious part of us largely dictates what we accomplish, what we perceive, how we behave, our habits, and how we respond or react to things.


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Then there is the other 10% of our brain capacity that we are consciously aware of. This is that part of us that is activity choosing what to do and how to approach certain situations.


When applying alchemy to our conscious and sub-conscious sides, we learn to harness more of our brain capacity for conscious awareness, balancing and harmonizing these two aspects of our selves, and therefore becoming more self-aware and in control of our decisions and actions, rather than sub-consciously controlled.




When talking about polarity, the discussion would not be complete without addressing one of the biggest polarities in our world, that of masculine and feminine.


In ancient traditions these have been represented as the sun and the moon, with the moon being feminine and the sun being masculine.  In Eastern traditions, this polarity is also referred to as the yin and the yang, with the yin being feminine and the yang being masculine.


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The masculine is about active, dynamic, expansive energy. It is that driven nature that wants to reach out and accomplish something in the world.  The feminine, on the other hand, is the part of us that is more inwardly directed, introspective, reflective, and nurturing.  The feminine is about taking time to be quiet and still, and to rest.


Essentially we want to learn how to balance and create an active, dynamic yet harmonious flow between both these sides of ourselves, as well as in our relationships between men and women. This too is what alchemy is all about.

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The ultimate goal of alchemy is to harness, balance, and unite the power and qualities inherent within these two natures of feminine and masculine, sub-conscious and conscious, right hemisphere and left hemisphere. In so doing, we can operate at a much more masterful level and become self-realized.


So how do we do this process of harnessing differences? Alchemy says the way to balance the two sides is by mediating with 4 elements. These 4 elements are symbolically represented as Earth, Water, Air and Fire.



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Alchemy heavily uses metaphorical language and symbols to convey its universal principles and methods. In our Free Webinar on Accessing Creativity, I discussed the importance of symbols, especially for helping us harness our faculty of creative imagination. These 4 elements of Alchemy are symbols that help us access different states of consciousness and different stages in the creative and transformative process.


Stay tuned next week as we go deeper into the 4 elements and their role in transformation and accessing breakthrough creativity.



Understanding Alchemy: How to Drive Transformation

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


How many things do you encounter in your life and work that create tension, stress, or struggle?  What if you could transform that tension and stress into something beneficial and purposeful?


The key that reveals to us how to harness that stress or struggle and to then use it towards our advantage is the art and science of Alchemy.




Alchemy is about how to drive transformation.How it works, at its core, is through harnessing differences.


Whether we are talking about different perspectives, approaches, personalities, natures or any other instance of different things, people, or systems that interact. Through the interaction of things that are different from one another a kind of tension or polarization is generated.  If that tension is not properly harnessed it can lead to conflict, stress, power struggles, stale mates, competition, resistance, and “being rubbed the wrong way”.


However, when harnessed and directed, the tension between differences can become the very fuel for catalyzing transformation.




The process of alchemy reveals to us how transformation unfolds and how to harness the energy generated when differences collide.


When we learn to work with this process consciously, then we become able to harmonize these differences and drive progression, rather than letting them remain in conflict.


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The key to this rests in understanding how to harness the potential within each of the different essences, and then synergistically bring them together in the right proportions.  In doing so, we learn how to bring a new level of wholeness, order and creative potential to our lives and work.



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Here is a simple physical example of alchemy and how the interaction of different things can generate something new.


Let’s look at the interaction of fire and water. Often we would think of these as opposing elements that do not mix. Too much water puts out the fire. Too much fire will quickly evaporate the water.


When they are brought together in the right proportion and timing, however, the tension, or the difference between them generates steam, which mediates between the two poles of fire and water.


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In technical terms, the combination of fire and water gives rise to a work potential that can be harnessed and directed. For example, the steam could then be used to propel a turbine and converted into electricity, or it could be used for steam cleaning, or any number of other applications that have a useful purpose.


Alchemy teaches us the steps one must go through to harness these differences in the right proportions to gain usable energy out of the tension.


Because we have so many things in our world that are different, alchemy is very relevant to our lives today.  This is also why alchemy is so essential to becoming a transformational leader.  Transformational leaders know how to  harness the differences of the people they lead in order to drive overall progress and creative breakthroughs.


Stay tuned next week as we look further at understanding “differences” often represented as polarities and their relationship to alchemy.



Breaking Out of the Box: The Problem with Your Thinking

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

In our previous blog titled “Let Your Brain Out of the Box: Identifying the Old Paradigm”, we revealed four basic concepts that form the foundation of our outdated paradigm. The roots of this old paradigm extend back several hundred years to Newtonian physics and Industrial Age thinking.


Check out Part 3 of our 4 Part Video Blog Series:

This old box consists of a mechanistic way of thinking that is based on limited, linear logic and the idea that the material world is all there is.

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Even with the new physics revealing a deeper truth and turning all the old paradigm concepts on their heads, and even in our complex, interconnected, and rapidly changing world, most people are still living their lives as though this old paradigm were true. 


We are still operating our schools, businesses, relationships with each other, and so many things in this world as if this old paradigm was true. This is how conditioning and indoctrination work.


The old ways of thinking are so programmed in at a deep level, that it takes more than just consciously believing in new concepts to make a real shift into a new way of being.


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Instead, it takes purposeful re-patterning and re-programming of our mental, behavioral, and neural wiring.  Many people today agree that it is time to re-think our worldview and how we do things, yet most are uncertain of how to do that.

What kind of alternative structure can we adapt to help us make sense of the world in the 21st century and learn to thrive in it?




At Quantum Leap Alchemy, we know that a powerfully rich and deeply true alternative already exists, and it is based on both the new sciences, such as quantum physics, epigenetics, and neuroscience, as well as on ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time and aligns perfectly with the new science. Re-patterning our mental framework and neural wiring to align with this new paradigm is what we specialize in helping people accomplish.


Before we go into the framework of the new paradigm, let’s take one last look at the old paradigm and get clear about why it is no longer working for us.

So what exactly are the problems with the old paradigm of Industrial Age and Newtonian thinking?



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The problem with reductionism is that it completely ignores the synergy that happens when two or more things interact.  


Systems theory today is saying that it is actually the interaction between the parts that is more crucial than the individual actions of the parts themselves.


Through interaction, information is exchanged and feeds back into the system, allowing for parts to respond to that information, self-organize and then synchronize. This causes a new pattern to emerge, that comes from the complex interactions themselves, and results in a whole greater than the sum of its parts.


In the new science, Interactivity is Key, thus making reductionism obsolete.



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The problem with the concept of determinism is that it promotes the idea that coinciding events are just that, a meaningless “coincidence”. Or on the other extreme it leaves some to believe that everything is due to “fate” or even worse, that we don’t have a choice in how things play out.


 Determinism essentially takes away free will.



The new science says that, rather than things being pre-determined, there is an uncertainty inherent in nature. This uncertainty is precisely what provides room for us to consciously participate in creating the outcome.



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This idea of separatism says that you are separate from everything else. 


It leads us to feel fear and constantly be driven to do or achieve more. When combined with interpretations of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest”, this concept has ingrained in us an ethos of competition and fear that only the “fittest” will survive.   This fear-driven mentality leads further to making us think that we need something outside of ourselves to be whole or more connected, and therefore “secure”.   This is a huge problem that we must move beyond.


Fortunately, with the emergence of internet and social media we are beginning to consciously let go of this notion. Even still, however, when it comes to our subconscious filters and reactions, we tend to believe ourselves to be separate from others.  Even while things continue to become more interconnected in our world, when it comes to our personal relationships, we are still reacting as if we are separate.




The new science says that not only are we not separate, we are intimately connected to everything and everyone we have ever observed or interacted with.


Structures built upon a practice or policy of separation, isolation, or compartmentalization are faulty systems of the old paradigm that can no longer be sustained in our world today. Thus, it is time to let go of this illusion.





The concept of realism is a very materially-based view of the world, and it teaches us to only value or believe in what is “Real”, meaning tangible and measurable.  

Realism says that the qualities for success are going to be objectivity, realistic thinking, and what you can gain at a materialistic level.

Clearly the problem with this principle is that it lends itself to greed as a primary value base, and leads to a disregard for anything that is more soul-based or non-physical.


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The new science again turns this principle on its head and says that the only things we can call, with any degree of certainty, as “real” are the things we observe in the moment.


The things of the past that we thought of as “real” no longer exist (and might never have existed, save for our memory’s interpretation of them), and the things we think of as “real” now, might not be so in a future moment. Even that which we think of as “real things” are not as solid and permanent as we once thought. Instead, they are merely forms of energy constantly in flux.   Unfortunately, even though these old paradigm concepts have been shown to be fundamentally false, and the concepts from quantum physics have been known since the 1920’s, we still seem stuck in the old paradigm ways.


So how do we break free from this?



The next steps in the transformational process are to dissolve away the old forms and to then identify what is true from what is false.


Then, once we are clear on what is of essence and true in nature, we can then put the pieces back together again to form a new vision, or a new paradigm. Stay tuned for our final video blog on what it means to Think Quantum!



Let Your Brain Out of the Box: Identifying the Old Paradigm

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard 

Science shows that we have HUGE potential and that we are only tapping into a tiny fraction of that potential that is within us. We are perceiving only 1% of the physical reality around us.  We are using only 3% of our DNA to actively code for proteins.


Check out Part 2 of our 4 Part Video Blog Series:


We are using just 10% of our brain capacity for conscious processing and activities.  All of the rest of our potential, which is a large majority, is untapped for most people.  This potential is not there for no reason.  It is there for us to grow into.  

So, what is in the way of us accessing more of our potential?



We propose that it is largely an issue of mindset. We have been conditioned into a limited mindset that prevents us from expanding into our greatness. What is this box we have been conditioned and indoctrinated into that has trapped us into a very limited way of operating?


So what is this old box?


To put it simply, the old box is the mechanical way of thinking that is left over from the Industrial Age The old mechanistic way of thinking is limited, linear and based on pure logic and a material worldview.

It’s roots go back to the paradigm adapted from Newtonian physics, which is several hundred years old and is what sparked the Industrial Revolution.




Before we reveal the problems with this old paradigm, we first want to credit Isaac Newton for the good his genius brought to our world.


The work he brought through at that time was revolutionary.  It kicked off a major revolution and from it came the Industrial Revolution, which made way for many good technologies that we have today.

His revelations took us out of an era of superstition and into the idea that we can really understand our world and harness these forces that are available to us.



What many people don’t realize is that Isaac Newton was actually an Alchemist.


In Science history teachings, this fact that he was an Alchemist has largely been swept under the rug. Although in more recent years it is being revealed again.  In truth, Isaac Newton was trying to understand “the mind of God” rather than taking “God” out of the equation.


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He had hundreds of volumes of journals on alchemy and personal thoughts regarding this matter of spirit and consciousness being essential ingredients in our physical world.  Yet for all the alchemical work he dedicated his life to, what he has been most known for in the history books is one volume of papers he published beginning in 1687 referred to as Principia (a shortened version of the full title), where he gave his force equations describing moving objects and gravitation, which later became the foundation of classical mechanics.



While much good was sparked from these theories at the time, we now are at a point where we have grown beyond it.  The classical paradigm is limiting us.


That old box is exactly what we need to get out of, and this is the first quantum leap we must now make. In order to make this leap out, it helps to have a clear sense of what the boundaries of this box are, so we can recognize what we must leap beyond.


So, what are the basic principles that the Newtonian paradigm was built upon?  



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Reductionism is the idea that we can reduce a whole down to its parts.

For example, if we want to know what a human being is, we can look at the brain and what the brain does, the heart and what the heart does, the liver and what the liver does, and so on.  Essentially, we can separate all the pieces out and understand what they do at their individual levels and then we think we know what a human being is.

So reductionism is the idea that a complex system can be reduced to the sum of its parts.  



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Determinism is the belief that everything runs on clockwork, that there are formulas and basic principles that, when given precise initial conditions, for example if you know where something starts, you can theoretically calculate it’s entire future.

Determinism is everything is working like clockwork.  If there were some “all seeing eye” that knew the conditions of every particle in the universe, theoretically according to this model, it would know the entire future of the universe.  In this concept, there is no “free will”.  There is no conscious choice.  There is no room for something new to come in and change that.


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The third principle of Separatism states that different objects have boundaries and they are not connected if they do not share the same boundaries. Therefore, separatism says we are isolated in the universe. 

It claims, we are separate from the stars, they don’t affect us;  we are separate from each other; we are separate from what happens on the other side of the world; and the observer or experimenter is separate from the observed. A natural evolution of separatism was the Darwinian theory of “survival of the fittest.”  This concept implied that if we are separate then there is something outside of us to distrust, fear, or struggle against.  So the “survival of the fittest” idea, and the competition that comes from it, further compounded upon this paradigm of Separatism.



This principle is based on the concept that this is a real and materialistic world.

Another way of looking at this is that you can only trust what you can sense with your five physical senses.  I have to see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, or smell it.  I have to be able to experiment on it.  It must be physical and material and something I can experiment on or it doesn’t exist.

This concept, taken to the extreme, says that the only thing that is real is the physical. 

In this view, consciousness and spirit are all in the imagination and do not really exist beyond being reduced to a bio-chemical process in the brain and body. Still to this day many scientists are trying to explain the essence of who we are and our conscious awareness as some epiphenomenon in the brain.

So what is the truth? The truth is NONE of this is fundamentally correct. 

At best, these classical theories are an approximation of how we experience natural phenomenon. But more and more is being revealed showing that the truth is far deeper, stranger, and more intricate than what these old Newtonian concepts would have you believe.

Where do we go from here?

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The first step of transformation is to completely shatter the old form, the old box, the old structure, to break it apart into pieces, purify things to their most basic essence, and then see what pieces must be re-gathered into a new form.

Stay tuned as we dive further into the problems with the old paradigm way of thinking and what the new physics is revealing about the deeper nature of things.



Old Ways are No Longer Working: How to Transform the Way You See the World

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard


We have been trained, conditioned and lead into a certain way of believing, perceiving and thinking in our world. Yet that old paradigm, which dates back to several hundred years ago, that we have built so much of our lives and society upon is simply no longer working.

Check out Part 1 of our 4 Part Video Blog Series:



The evidence we have that it is not working, is that so many aspects of our “business as usual world” are crumbling.  Things have been going through a rapid, chaotic dissolution or dissolving of old structures, and new ways are coming in and transforming life as we knew it.  As this is happening people are wondering what is going on and how to best deal with the changes.


We see the old ways no longer work as effectively, but what is going to work? What new strategies do we implement? How do we shift?





If we go back in history we can see dominant theories or philosophies that were really ingrained into the culture of that time.   As those dominant philosophies shifted, then a whole restructuring would coincide.



The innovations, new technologies, and insights that would come through were funneled around whatever the dominant philosophy was at the time.


What outdated theories are still in place today?


The Industrial Age:




More than anything, the main framework of the old paradigm box that is holding us back is based upon a mindset that was established during the Industrial Age.  The Industrial Age was an era that involved a very mechanical way of thinking.  The mindset was centered on making things practical, mechanical, calculated and controllable.

We came to believe that we could engineer things and all systems should work like clockwork. So the Industrial Age set up a pattern of being materialistic and mechanically oriented.


The Space Age: 




Next we moved forward to the Space Age where we began to move beyond the limitations of being earth-bound and we could begin to explore the outer reaches of space, both technologically and within our imagination.

Thus the Space Age launched us into a new mindset where we could get beyond the limitations of space (though not time), whereas in the Industrial Age we were very limited in both space and time.


In the Space Age, technologies began to become more automated.  It was no longer sweat equity and hard work by manual labor.  Instead, robotics and machinery began to do more of the work for us, through automation.  However, even during the Space Age, our mindset was still very mechanically oriented.


One of the greatest shifts the Space Age helped us to make was to literally see that we are one planet.  We transitioned from seeing a land lock view of our immediate environment to seeing the whole earth. This in and of itself was a huge quantum leap in our consciousness.  From it, we began to think more globally.


Digital Age: 




Moving forward into the late 20th century and to today, with the Digital Age, just about everything has become automated and quick.  The value system is less about a mechanical skill base and more about an information and technology skill base.  In the Digital Age, not only are we no longer limited by space, we are now no longer as limited by time. We now have instant access to information, communication, commerce and with the emergence of the “internet of things”, so much of our lives are becoming automated.


The greatest shift of the Digital Age, came with the introduction of virtual connections and social networks. We are now more aware than ever of how interconnected our world is. We truly are living in a global network, and we are realizing how we are not only one planet, we are one people, a collective.



So what has come of all of this?


The internet is now an integral part of education, of work, and of our lives.  As a result of being more connected, yet still having a mindset influenced by the old Industrial Age’s emphasis on linear process and limitations in space-time, we are feeling stretched. Stress is rising, as many feel as though they are barely keeping up with all of the information being received and all that competes for our attention.



It has become this race against the clock.  We feel compressed in time, as though there is not enough time in the day to get through all the things that are constantly coming at us. 

The younger generations who grew up with this are having an easier time because their minds are working in a very different way. For the older generations, they are having to adjust, adapt and stretch.  One must now be connected or else the world will pass you by very quickly.  The pace of life is speeding up as time becomes more compressed and so much more is happening.


What are the results of time speeding up?




More than ever, people suffer from anxiety, stress, feelings of being overwhelmed, uncertainty, fear, depression, reactivity, and struggle.


To cope, there are more people in modern society who are turning to various substances, especially pharmaceutical psycho-active prescriptions that numb the emotions and mental activity.  All of this leads to dropping balls and living an ineffective life. Such a life is one that might “survive” and “get by”, but it is hardly a life that thrives.


So how do we handle fast paced life?


In order to handle this fast paced life, it comes down to one thing, we need a fundamental shift in the way we are interacting, perceiving and dealing with all the information and the world. 




So that is going to require that we let our brains out of the box, take a quantum leap and go through a paradigm shift. The good news is, that it is already happening, and there is a formula and pathway you can follow to more proactively make the shift and take charge in your life again.





In our coming series of blogs, you will learn more about this paradigm shift that is already underway and what you can do to take the quantum leap. Stay tuned for our next article to explore more deeply what is this box that limits our consciousness and our way of thinking and perceiving. We also invite you to read through our previous posts on how to relieve stress and open up your creative flow more effectively.