5 elements of transformative thinking and movement you need to know

5 elements of transformative thinking and movement you need to know

jill“Said it’s time for change; We need to change; When the seasons change; I ain’t afraid to change; Oh we need a change; We all can change.” —“Season’s Change,” written by Brian and Brandon Casey, performed by Jagged Edge featuring John Legend

Here we are in the last quarter of the year on the Gregorian calendar. In Wisconsin, it is autumn; we know that a long winter is approaching. Our children are busy learning new lessons in school and the holidays are sneaking up right behind us.

In climate zones that demonstrate four seasons, autumn is often cited as many people’s favorite. In a few weeks, most cities within the United States will “fall back” by an hour. Many other countries throughout the world practice Daylight Saving Time as well.

I’d like to point out that our clocks aren’t the only things that will change.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

—Jane Goodall

I believe that if people were asked the question: “What do you think you could do to change the world?”, many would answer, “Well, I can’t really; I am only one person.” Yet, most of us would agree that making conscious changes in our personal lives are one of the greatest freedoms in life. Russian writer, philosopher and political thinker Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Many people now agree that our world has become “global” and interconnected in many ways (economically, socially, environmentally, etc.). We are no longer independent islands floating in a sea of isolation. Many spiritual, metaphysical and scientific experts affirm that we are all connected. In their book, “The Systems View of Life, A Unifying Vision,” Fritjof Capra and Pier L. Luisi claim the many problems we face within our world (energy, climate change, and water scarcity and financial security, etc.) take on a systemic relationship because they are all interconnected and interdependent. As a result, it will take systemic solutions to solve these global problems.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect to your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

—Steve Jobs

When I work with clients, I always teach the theory of connecting the dots, meaning that patterns of thought and behaviors (thought patterns, feelings, actions or nonactions) are connected back throughout a person’s life in a cause-and-effect fashion. The patterns of our thoughts and behaviors are signposts and clues that offer us direction and forward movement. But we have to develop ways to read and decipher what they mean to us. When we allow ourselves to be open to new ways of thinking, feeling and doing things, we create the possibility to change our realities. As a result, the people in our lives will also be affected by those possibilities. We make changes to society at large in this way: first within ourselves and then throughout the world.

So what exactly constitutes transformative thinking and movement?

  1. Get in touch with your fears (the very thing most of us avoid). Know that the fear may be an involuntary feeling meant to protect us. Unfortunately, it also has the power to hold us back from transforming.
  2. Know that our thoughts create our version of reality. They can be conscious or subconscious. When they are not in our best interest, they tend to become habitual and can create actions that prevent us from moving forward.
  3. Find ways to be still and listen. We should seek to develop habits that help us to connect to our inner wisdom so that we can consciously create what we want versus haphazardly creating from a place that is not productive for us. We can do this through meditation, taking a warm bath, relaxing, awareness exercises, becoming incredibly engrossed in an activity, etc. Everyone has a different ways of contacting their inner voice.
  4. Trust that once you get into that inner place, ideas about transformational thinking and movement will automatically pop into your head.
  5. Develop the courage to implement the ideas that were presented to you in that quiet place and then do so. Reflect on how your inner visions have the ability of unifying all aspects of your life and how they are a microcosm of the whole world — even the whole universe.

Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit http://jillegreinke.com.


This article first posted Natures Pathways Magazine October 2014  http://naturespathways.com/editions/southeast-wi-edition

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