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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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-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.

 

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-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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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-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.

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Moving Through the Fire: Skills for Navigating Challenges

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Most everyone would agree that life at times can be challenging.  Jobs change, relationships end and new ones begin.  There may be times of financial difficulties or challenges at work.

 

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Life, it seems, is always in a state of change, and through change comes transformation.

 

In order for transformation to take place, it requires a catalyst or a breaking point.  Last week we introduced the concept of this breaking point known as Calcination, the first stage of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation. This week we look at how to move through this stage and apply these principles to a leadership role.

 

Moving Through the Fire

 

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 -Rather than avoiding or fearing the breaking point, willingly “move into the fire” so to speak.

 

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-Recognize the challenge is a sign that something inside you or your organization needs to change.

 

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 -Instead of being passively swept up by the tides of change, develop the ability to recognize the early signs that they are coming, and then lead the charge to catch that wave, rather than being pummeled by it. In other words, be proactive.

 

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-Make a list of the things you know are imperfect or getting in the way of progress, i.e. identify your “lead”, then make a plan and step into action to root out and eliminate those issues.

 

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-See the situations that are arising and “putting on the heat” as OPPORTUNITIES for growth, improvement, and ultimately for transformation.

 

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 -Take on an attitude of Embracing Transformation and find a certain sense of excitement or adventure in the journey.  To do this requires we cultivate a combination of courage, risk-taking, and willingness to sacrifice what no longer serves or whatever is getting in the way of progress (including and especially internal blocks or false limitations).

 

In our 7 Keys to Cultivating the Creative Advantage, the above attitudes relate to the 6th and 7th keys of embracing Uncertainty (as you don’t know where the next change will take you, but you can see it as an opportunity to harness new potentials) and operating at the Edge, or cultivating those attitudes and capacities within yourself and your team to strive towards peak performance.

 

Finding Strength During Challenges as a Leader

 

When you as a leader embrace transformation and proactively strive to work with and harness the change-process, rather than fear it or avoid it, then you will truly start to master your role.

 

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Thus, when a challenge or conflict arises, learn to redirect it, using it as fuel to fan the fires of transformation.

 

A leader must have foresight and help their team or constituents recognize the opportunity inherent within the coming change, and then support them to take a more optimistic or proactive attitude towards it, rather than a victim-attitude.

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To do this effectively, you can help reflect to each of the people involved about the role they have played in contributing to the issue, and empower them to be responsible. In reflecting to your team members, it is important to not come from a place of ‘make-wrong’ or chastisement, but from a place of authentic communication about the inner human side of change that is needed in order for the whole situation to transform to a higher level of order.

 

Furthermore, rather than putting the responsibility on the shoulders of those few individuals who might be at the root of the current issue, a leader recognizes that they are simply a reflection of the whole, or a symptom of a bigger issue.

 

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Transformational leaders understand that, “We are all in this together. We are all in the same alchemical vessel that this team is, and therefore, we are all responsible and we must all go through this change together and help one another through it.” This removes the negative emotions of guilt, blame, shame, judgment, separation, etc that can create “bad-blood” between team members and fester into even deeper issues. Instead, it helps to further pull the team together when they recognize that their leader is not pointing fingers at them, and rather is helping guide them through the change process.

 

Stay tuned! Next week, I’m excited to share a simple yet powerful exercise for creating positive change in your life or organization.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

Fire:

 

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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.

 

Air:

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

Earth:

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Throw “Common Sense” Out the Window… Turn Your World Around

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Quantum Physics has been with us since about the 1920’s (over 90 years now), yet its principles are so radical and divergent from our every-day experience of the mundane world, that we have had a hard time grasping it as easily as the “common sense” Principles of Newtonian Physics.

 

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It has really only been since the turn of the new millennium, that more people are finally ready to accept and embrace these quantum principles and adapt them to their worldview.

 

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Even still, we are not fully there when it comes to our day-to-day experience of the world around us (heads nod in agreement).  The reason for this is that reprogramming our perceptions takes time, practice, and consistent reinforcement or remembering. Most importantly, though, it takes direct experience.

 

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While these principles might seem pretty “out there” at the moment, we at Quantum Leap Alchemy can help you come to understand them in simple and practical ways.

 

Making the shift to the Quantum Mindset, however is something that must be experienced directly.

 

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Trying to describe it in words and mathematics alone is where society has gotten stuck in attempting to adapt to the quantum paradigm over the last 90 years. Truly understanding it comes through direct, personal, hands-on experience. Only then will you really know what it means to perceive through the quantum view.

 

We were indoctrinated into the Newtonian, Industrial way of thinking for several hundred years. Quantum physics has only been with us for less than 100 years.

 

Yet we now stand at the precipice of being ready to take the leap.

 

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When we do finally take the leap into the quantum view, we will make a radical shift in a short amount of time. Such a radical shift is needed now to turn our world around towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.

 

There is really only one way to shift into Thinking QuantumLeap! But when you leap with us at Quantra Leadership Academy, we will help you navigate your way successfully into the Quantum Zone, where limitations disappear and possibilities abound.

 

So, here is the scoop on the 5 W’s of Thinking Quantum:

Who?

You

What?

Quantum Principles

When?

Now

Where?

Here

How?

Leap!

Quantum thinking coincides with using our whole brain in a synchronous way. In such a state we are able to radically rewire our brains, potentially in an instant.

 

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Sometimes a 6-second window of truly getting into the Quantum Zone is all you need to carry you for an entire week. Getting into that space is where the art comes in. It does take repetition to train yourself to access it, but when you do and you really get the feeling of it, then it gets easier and easier to recreate the experience.

 

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In our Quantum Creative Leader Immersion training, we help you discover how to access the Quantum Zone and cultivate a Quantum Mindset.

 

Through the patterns and methods we give you the process to rewiring and breaking out of old out-dated ways of being and thinking happens much faster than through traditional means or by sheer will-power alone.

 

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Our next Quantum Creative Leader Immersion workshop is coming to Los Angeles in the early Spring of 2015. In the meantime, check out our online training modules and stay tuned for more opportunities to take the leap into the Quantum Mindset.

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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