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  • Webster’s Dictionary: Definitions of Presence
    The fact or condition of being present.
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  • Fear and Alchemy

    1. 1. 206-478-7173 Janaki Severy www.managingdynamics.com janakis@msn.com Managing Dynamics
    2. 2. Managing DynamicsWhat is Alchemy?What is Alchemy? Alchemy is a magical process thatAlchemy is a magical process that changes something of questionablechanges something of questionable value into something of great value.value into something of great value. It can be physical, spiritual orIt can be physical, spiritual or psychologicalpsychological Today will discuss Spiritual andToday will discuss Spiritual and Psychological Alchemy in thePsychological Alchemy in the Physical WorldPhysical World
    3. 3. Managing Dynamics Spiritual alchemy creates promise andSpiritual alchemy creates promise and possibilitypossibility Psychological alchemy is a process toPsychological alchemy is a process to transform ourselves through manytransform ourselves through many stagesstages Alchemists are….Alchemists are…. Magicians who Create their RealityMagicians who Create their Reality
    4. 4. Managing Dynamics Our Brains areOur Brains are Programmed for SurvivalProgrammed for Survival We pay attention to danger and things that place us at riskWe pay attention to danger and things that place us at risk Attention to danger matches our neurology which isAttention to danger matches our neurology which is programmed to avoid conflict and stay aliveprogrammed to avoid conflict and stay alive Fear is an over used survival mechanismFear is an over used survival mechanism FFalsealse EEvidencevidence AAppearingppearing RRealeal
    5. 5. Managing DynamicsPerceptions Create RealityPerceptions Create Reality  Billions of sensory impulses come your way every moment  As you grow, you selectively filter out the vast majority of impulses and only allow a fraction into your awareness  What you allow is determined by your habitual patterns of seeing and interpreting the world Reality is flexible. It is made of selective acts of attention and interpretation
    6. 6. Managing DynamicsOverwhelmed….with fearOverwhelmed….with fear  We deny our fear that we are merely survivingWe deny our fear that we are merely surviving  We hope if we don’t talk about it the fear will go awayWe hope if we don’t talk about it the fear will go away  We are frightened to death of being honestWe are frightened to death of being honest  We are afraid of recognizing how destructive fear isWe are afraid of recognizing how destructive fear is  Fears produce maladaptive responses for survivalFears produce maladaptive responses for survival Trance: Automatic behavioral reactions that we doTrance: Automatic behavioral reactions that we do without thinking when we perceive a real or imagined threatwithout thinking when we perceive a real or imagined threat
    7. 7. Managing DynamicsThe Challenge….The Challenge….  Our fears lock us up with self-censorshipOur fears lock us up with self-censorship  Our fears censor those around usOur fears censor those around us  Our fears keep us intimidatedOur fears keep us intimidated  Our fears keep us afraid to speak honestlyOur fears keep us afraid to speak honestly Fear has two components: Believing we are powerless to change things Feeling Threatened by inevitable outcomes Our disability is our inability and unwillingness to recognize our fears
    8. 8. Managing Dynamics Why do we NeedWhy do we Need Alchemy?Alchemy?  Unnamed collective and personal fears  Denied fears leading to inaction  Stored fears in our bodies make us sick  Fears creates stress  Stress that exhausts and harms us To Challenge our Fear Based worldTo Challenge our Fear Based world
    9. 9. Managing Dynamics 90% of our life is motivated by fear of some kind90% of our life is motivated by fear of some kind Instead of the joy of what we could create !Instead of the joy of what we could create !
    10. 10. Managing DynamicsAlchemy….Alchemy…. CreatesCreates PossibilitiesPossibilities MagicalMagical UnnamedUnnamed PotentialPotential TransformsTransforms
    11. 11. Managing DynamicsAlchemyAlchemy TurnsTurns FearFear IntoInto PotentialPotential  We live in a world of trances  Our trances come from fear  Our fear comes from our emotion  Our emotions are information Transform “Prima Materia” (spiritual raw material) into Manifest Potential
    12. 12. Managing DynamicsThe Emotional ProcessThe Emotional Process Emotion Eliciting Event Emotional Feeling Awareness of Situation Action Interpretation Cultural Influences Response Selection
    13. 13. Managing DynamicsYour Brain as TranslatorYour Brain as Translator  Brains are hard wired/yet plastic  Brains can be rewired and retrained  We experience what we believe  We validate what we perceive  Events themselves are neutral  Interpretation of events shape our experience  Fear is an interpretation of an event We can transform our fears and recreate our lives.
    14. 14. Managing DynamicsSpiritual AlchemySpiritual Alchemy Realization of ourRealization of our potential is like a secondpotential is like a second birthbirth We must discover ourWe must discover our inner world in order toinner world in order to create our outer worldcreate our outer world We must break our patterns of fear To begin our patterns of creation
    15. 15. Managing DynamicsExplorations of FearExplorations of Fear Think of a time when you recall being afraid. Take a moment to make a few mental notes .  What happened?  What were you afraid of?  What beliefs caused the fear?  What did your fear stop you from doing? Share your experiences referring to the specifics above.
    16. 16. Managing DynamicsEinstein Says…Einstein Says… The physical body, like all material objects is an illusion,The physical body, like all material objects is an illusion, and trying to manipulate it can be like grasping theand trying to manipulate it can be like grasping the shadow and missing the substance.shadow and missing the substance. The unseen world is the real world, and when we areThe unseen world is the real world, and when we are willing to explore the unseen levels of our bodies, wewilling to explore the unseen levels of our bodies, we can tap in to the immense creative power that lies at ourcan tap in to the immense creative power that lies at our source.source.
    17. 17. Managing DynamicsEnergy Or Matter?Energy Or Matter?  Physical planes are both particle and a wave  Your body is both solid matter and limitless energy  Reality is flexible and subject to revision  Reality is a result of perception  Perception is an act of attention and interpretation
    18. 18. Managing Dynamics  You have billions of sensory impulses every moment  You selectively allow only a fraction into your awareness  What you allow into your awareness is your choice We live in a world of selective perception Your perceptions reflects your world What is allowed into your awareness?
    19. 19. Managing DynamicsShift Fear to IntentionShift Fear to Intention IntentionIntention INTENTION  Creates  Plants seeds of desire  Begins manifesting  Creates outcomes Creating in the field of possibilities requires clarity, specific intention, and being awake
    20. 20. Managing DynamicsIntentionIntention  What is intention?  How is intention connected with creating my life?  Do my intentions influence others?  How do I improve manifesting my intentions? One always gets what one intends regardless of what the mind says.
    21. 21. Managing DynamicsQualities of IntentionQualities of Intention  The act of determining some action  The end or object intended  Intention is the active partner of attention (presence towards an outcome)  Intention is the way we convert automatic processes into conscious ones
    22. 22. Managing DynamicsIntention InsightIntention Insight Intention is a phenomenon that happens outside ofIntention is a phenomenon that happens outside of ordinary awareness.ordinary awareness. If you are aware, you realize your experiences comeIf you are aware, you realize your experiences come from your intentionfrom your intention You can select to be satisfied and nurtured byYou can select to be satisfied and nurtured by events in your life or victimized and embittered byevents in your life or victimized and embittered by them.them. You get What you Intend…You get What you Intend…
    23. 23. Managing DynamicsIntention and ThoughtIntention and Thought  You always manifest, thought itself manifests  What you focus your mind on, increases  To change your results, change your thoughts  If you want to experience something, become it  Your desires are always available, though the path is hidden at times  The world is perfect, our seeing is the problem
    24. 24. Managing DynamicsManifesting IntentionManifesting Intention  When did you last manifest a positive intention?  Describe exactly how you felt: emotions, thoughts, etc, so you can recreate the experience  Once you manifest an intention you can do it again  When your intention is clear and well formed, you are emotionally connected  Emotional intensity and belief bring intentions to reality
    25. 25. Managing DynamicsCommitmentCommitment  What is commitment?  How can you make lasting commitments?  What perceptions must change for you to make commitments?  Where do you need to place your attention to make and keep commitments? The essence of living an authentic and emotionally intelligent life starts with the commitments we keep with ourselves.
    26. 26. Managing Dynamics Commitment RequiresCommitment Requires WorkWork We must do our personal work first We must be present and aware of our own fears, frustrations, hopes and dreams This work prepares us to begin to live consciously When we are present, energetic, and intentional, we can make and elicit commitments
    27. 27. Managing DynamicsConscious Commitment…Conscious Commitment… ……is a pact between beings, rather than personalities. In affect whatever our personalities are, we must not let them get in the way of our commitments  We must assist each other to wake up  We must assist each other to be all we can be  If our egos are leading, we must stay present and not let them ruin our deeper connection We must keep opening to each other and to life itself Conscious commitment requires Being Authentic
    28. 28. Managing DynamicsCommitment TransformsCommitment Transforms Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the works that speak boldly of your intention…and the actions which speak more loudly than words. It is making the time when there is none: coming through time after time, year after year. Commitment is the “stuff” character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism. Unknown
    29. 29. Managing Dynamics “Try? There is no try. There is only do or not do." Yoda, in The Empire Strikes Back

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