Creating a mindful life

A Mindful life is a unique experience for each person.

Mindfulness training is a pathway of tapping into the potential the Mind has to activate and restructure the brain and create health on all levels.

Mindfulness is a compassion-based approach with a multitude of brain changing benefits.

Through evidence-based science, a revolutionary understanding of the neuroplasticity of the brain reveals that the adult brain is changeable and continues to develop throughout life.    We can change our brains through mindfulness and self-compassion much like we change our muscles and bodies through physical exercise.  Mindfulness can be compared to a type of physical fitness or physiotherapy for the brain.   Through discipline and practice, new neural networks and pathways within the brain are developed first short term and then with ongoing practice they remain long term.

Mindfulness training has been researched and documented with key benefits mapped and linked to many parts of the brain.

It is a form of attention training rooted in non-judgement.  It enhances skills of concentration and intention.  This deliberate process of paying attention in a specific way activates the brain and creates states of mind that change brain structure. The flow of information and energy creates changes through the brain, brain stem and bodily systems resulting in mind, body, psychosocial, psychoemotional and intrapsychic health.

Ultimately Mindfulness develops the skill of present moment living allows access to deeper experiences of joy, balance, peace.  Through a process of developing inner and outer attunement, relationships can become more connected with deeper empathy and intimacy. This reconnection expands as the experience of vastness and interconnection into the depths of consciousness grows through mastery.  A sense of compassion for self, others and beyond emerges creating evidence-based changes in the pre-frontal cortex and the middle brain.

Mindfulness works through the mind and heart, through meditation, inner journeys and exercises.  

Mindfulness can

  • help us understand our emotional selves, interpsychic selves and strengthens the emotional regulation systems
  • soothes our complicated threat and fear systems
  • Gives pause to our drive and impulse systems affecting reactivity
  • Soothes and enhances our secure attachment systems
  • Sharpens our ability to concentrate and focus
  • Develops mental coherence and insight
  • Supports our bodily and immune systems
  • Builds self-awareness and self-confidence through compassion

At Alchemy Pathways, Mindfulness is a key pathways of tapping into the illuminated mind. Mindfulness coupled with Shamanic Wisdom Pathways create an evolutionary and new earth approach to reconnecting with the authentic self and expressing full potential in all aspects of life.

Contact Lorena to find out more about Mindfulness and Shamanic Wisdom Pathways.

The Shaman Archetype

Are you aligned with the Shaman Archetype?  Here is a brief self-assessment.

  1. Do you believe that there is a spirit in all things?  What is your daily practice to connect with the spirit of nature, animals, and crystals – elements of the earth?
  2. Shamans believe that we are all connected to Great Spirit. What are your thoughts on this?
  3. Spirit and Spiritual energy are described in the shamanic tradition as having divine qualities such as love, peace, harmony, joy, manifestation. Do you agree?
  4. Soul and Spirit are an interplay of the dark light with the bright light. What is your belief and definition of these aspects: the dark and the light?
  5. Do you believe that there is a shamanic archetype in all of us? Shamanic healers often say they are called through their soul ray to this spiritual path.  Were you called?  How were you called?
  6. The Foundation of Shamanic practice is the ability to enter, sustain and at will move in and out of shamanic states of consciousness. Where are you with this and how did you develop it?  Were you born with it?
  7. Shamans develop experiential and direct relationships with their helpers and guides, trees, flowers, stones, crystals, beings of light. They are sensitive to the spirit in all things.  What direct relationships with nature and animal allies have you developed.  Do you connect to the spirit within each and respect that that spirit can transmit light and healing?
  8. What is your daily practice for energising and clearing chakras and your energy field? How do you infuse yourself with light?
  9. It is said that Shamans “see in the dark”.  Primarily this is about the Third Eye, spiritual vision. Knowing can come in many ways, information can be auditory, visual, kinesthetic, feeling or just knowing. The shamanic tunnel – the third eye is key to assisting those transitioning in shamanic work.  What practice do you do that focuses on your Third Eye?
  10. Shamans have a tendency to wear black, to be invisible, unseen, to be cloaked; they have no fear of the dark light. What are your thoughts on this?
  11. Almost all Shamanic traditions describe shamanic vision to be rooted in the third eye.  Their pathway to this vision is to combine clear vision with a compassionate heart.  Shadow work is required to transform third eye obstacles such as cognitive distortions, reactive defences, denial, projections and delusions to name a few.  What shadow work have you done?  Have you focused most of your spiritual path on developing a compassionate heart or have you done both?  Do you think you can have an authentic, compassionate heart without self-compassion and inner- balance?
  12. Shamans move between levels of consciousness, they call it other worlds, the upper world, the middle, world and the lower world. All of these worlds contain both our shadow and our light and provide the shaman with the opportunity to transmute energetically and retrieve aspects that are ready to return to us. Which level of consciousness has been your focus:  the upper world of angels and beings of light, the middle world of conscious reality, the lower world of personal and collective subconscious healing?
  13. What is the deepest shadow work that you have done?
  14. Shamans work with different levels of aura, soul and morphogenic fields – the personal, the family, the collective.  The LEF, luminous energy field, is described as energy and light emitted by all living things.  Morphogenic fields, a well-researched concept by scientists, surround all living things, including systems such as family systems and even DNA.
  15. What are your thoughts on how ancestors and family systems can affect your life?

To find out about upcoming Shamanic Reiki Workshops and Shamanic Energy Sessions contact Lorena

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Understanding Integrative NLP: Opening to Spirit

NLP:  Opening to Spirit through bringing choice to Mind and Body by Lorena Colarussso MNLP

For further information on Skype or In Person Professional NLP Mentoring or Individual Therapy sessions, please contact Lorena Colarusso, NLP Master Practitioner.

NLP is the study of the structure of subjective human experience. Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners are trained in an accelerated learning strategy to detect and understand how individuals structure their thinking, their patterns of being in the world, their perceptions.  It is a profound therapy that focuses on how language and experiences has affected our minds, bodies, our inner parts, our values and beliefs.  It explores how our thoughts, speech, actions and connections create our personal reality. Through freeing ourselves from limiting events and beliefs, we can open up to our spiritual selves in a more authentic way.

NLP Facilitation can shift beliefs and patterns that no longer serve clients in present day. The therapeutic goals are set by the client bringing beliefs, emotions, and traumas, patterns that are limiting their life and preventing them from accessing their full inner resources. Trained NLP Practitioners become facilitators for clients who call upon them to use NLP skills of changing, transforming subjective reality when it no longer serves a person.   The process is embedded in respect for each person’s model of the world and an acknowledgement that all are valid.  The goal of NLP is to provide the opportunity for choice in our mind, body and spirit.  Those who take the path of NLP are often curious and even fascinated by our human perceptual experience.  NLP therapeutic questions are about, how we do what we do? how we think?, how we learn?, how we experience our emotions?  Specifically the focus is on how we structure reality individually in our brains, our minds and our bodies. Tools and processes of NLP and Trance are used to access and shift limiting imprints and beliefs. .

NLP Origins NLP began in the early 1970’s with many contributors, from many fields.  The developers were originally Richard Bandler, John Grinder. Three key therapists that influenced NLP were Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy, Virginia Satir, a key force with Family Systems Therapy and Milton Erickson, Clinical Hypnotherapist. Other insights came from Gregory Bateson, anthropologist who contributed the cybernetics and communications theory.  Many over the decades have added to the knowledge base of NLP.

Outcome Clarification NLP is well known in the coaching world for its tools of contrast and clarification, outcome setting and aligning our goals and values with all levels of our being in order to create motivation for action.  The primary foundation is that human beings have all the resources they need within them.  Experiences of trauma and critical messages create through our unique physiology of thinking, body imprinting, limiting beliefs and stored images that prevent us from reaching our full potential.

Language Patterns NLP Practitioners are trained in detecting the gatekeepers of our perceptions, how we distort, delete, generalize.  In other therapies these are known as defenses and denial.  A key training in NLP is to be able to listen to and identify the patterns in linguistic structure that are used to create the distortions, deletions and generalizations. Metaphysical NLP works with the conscious, super conscious and subconscious minds.   NLP can create shifts of perception both in present time and with past traumatic or limiting imprints.  These shifts can facilitate transformations, evolutions of perceptions that have been frozen in time.

NLP Practitioners are trained to gather information, through listening to language in communication which can reveal what level of thinking a person is aligned with. These communication levels were developed by Gregory Bateson and are called Logical Levels. We communicate and think through the five senses at the level of Environment, Behaviour, Capabilities, Values/Beliefs, Identity, and Mission. Moving beyond these logical levels, we can communicate through energetic and metaphysical dimensions. Most NLP focuses on the five sensory model.

Communication is the Response that you received.  One of the Presuppositions of NLP is this statement about communication. NLP Practitioners are trained to be effective communicators, to experience communication with sensory acuity. Sensory Acuity means listening both to language and physiology. Effective communication begins in the space of trust and rapport. Rapport is developing an attunement, a mirroring and resonance between the two people communicating. While Rapport is sometimes judged as contrived, it actually requires a stepping aside of ego and a mind, body, spirit openness to the other person for it to truly be created.

Sensory Experiencing of the World NLP Practitioners are often fascinated by how individuals experience the world. Determining a person’s representational system is a part of NLP. We all use our five senses to experience, what we see, hear, feel, taste, smell and added to this model is what we can experience through the transpersonal and intuit energetically. Each one of us develops a unique way of remembering the images and experiences internally through these senses. It is said that 40% of us prefer images, 40% of us prefer feelings, taste and smell and 20% prefer sound or self-talk. It is possible, due to HEF, Human Energy Field surrounding each of us, that a new percentage could be added with respect to the transpersonal and energetic preference. NLP Practitioners are trained to identify a person’s representational systems for the purpose of self-awareness, learning styles and improved communications. NLP Practitioners also are trained to work with the nuances within those representational systems, using sub modalities, strategies, mapping and anchoring to facilitate change for a person who wants to have more control over how they think and feel.

NLP Timeline Therapy is known for its ability to work with perceptions of events in our personal history and personal stories.  It is a process of mapping, healing and re-imprinting our perceptions of events that stop us from our full potential. Timeline Therapy reconnects us to our inner resources and focuses on connecting our mind and spirit to our destiny and future instead of our past.  In NLP language these perspectives are known as Perceptual Positions and Future Pacing. Through NLP and Trance we can unveil, transform, integrate and leverage our existing internal resources and the resources of our ancestral timeline.

NLP Reframing is a process that can shift your perception of a situation by changing its meaning. Reframing is key therapeutic strategy focused on separation of the intention from the behaviour. Optimists reframe their experiences by focusing on the positive intention and Pessimists reframe their experience by focusing on the negative. The process is cognitive strengthening tool allowing a person to dissociate from an emotional relationship to a problem situation or state and accessing a different pattern of thinking.

NLP Motivation and Influence. Influence, a word that is often misunderstood with respect to NLP tools and strategies. As humans we are constantly in the flow of influence, either being influenced by others, by our filters of perception; or in the process of influencing the perceptions of others that we come in contact with. By understanding our primary subjective filters of motivation and attitude, we can access choice as how to use these filters to become conscious co-creators in all dimensions of our life values.

Contact Lorena Colarusso, Master NLP Practitioner for more information on NLP therapeutic tools for personal development and therapy. Sessions can be scheduled on Skype or in Person. Lorena certified as an NLP Master Practitioner with Deanna Sager M.Sc, OAMFT, Canadian Association of NLP Practitioners and NLP Metaphysical Practitioner, Dr. William Horton, Psy. D., National Federation of NLP.  Additional trainings include Dr. Michael Hall, Ph.D., Transformational, Meta Coaching., Robert Dilts, NLP University, Anthony Robbins, Unleash the Power Within.

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