Mind Power Issue #27
What My Conversation with Nelson Mandela Taught Me About Finding Purpose Amidst Suffering
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Issue #27 – Monday, Sept 5th, 2016
In this issue of Mind Power we will examine the ways we “get in our own way” by trying to protect our outdated ways of viewing the world. Then we’ll discuss how we can get out of our own way and accelerate our evolution in spite of this natural tendency toward resistance to change.
The Inside Scoop on How Change Happens
in Human Beings (Like You), Part 2
by Bill Harris
Short summary of Part 1:
In Part 1 of this article, we described the work of Nobel Prize-winner Ilya Prigogine regarding how complex systems (including human beings) evolve to higher levels of functioning in response to their environmental influences.
We noted that complex systems, including human beings, have an upper limit of how much they can handle coming at them from their environment, and that this limit is based on the amount of entropy, or randomness, the system has the ability to dissipate to its environment.
The system is, in effect, a flow of energy, and the more complex the system, the greater the amount of flow it can handle. If input into the system from its environment becomes too much, however, the system cannot dissipate enough entropy (remember, it has an upper limit).
The entropy then builds up and the system begins to become internally chaotic and unstable. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, this is what is happening in the system that makes up who you are.
If input continues at this higher level, the system will finally come to a point where it is so unstable the slightest nudge brings things to a screeching halt. At this point, the system has the ability to move in an infinite number of unpredictable directions.
This bifurcation point (bifurcate meaning “to divide into two branches”) is a kind of moment of truth. Either the system totally breaks down and ceases to exist as an organized system, or it spontaneously reorders itself in…
The main characteristic of this new system is that it has the capability to handle the input from the environment that caused the old system to become overwhelmed and break down. In Prigogine’s words, the system “escapes into a higher order.” Out of chaos comes new order, a new, more evolved system.
Finally, we noted that when one experiences this process of change, whether through use of Holosync® or any other life experience that creates change, there often can be a temporarily feeling of uneasiness.
This feeling happens as the system – your internal map of who you are and what your place is in the world, sometimes called “the ego” – temporarily becomes more chaotic in preparation for…
This chaos always precedes breakthrough and seeing things in a new way.
When our internal map of who we are and how we relate to the rest of the universe begins to break down as part of this process of reorganization, we mistakenly think WE are breaking down.
Why? Because we mistakenly identify ourselves with this internal map (often called the ego). Because we think we are breaking down instead of realizing it is only the internal model of who we are that is breaking down, we try to protect the old system at these moments, and we do this in one of three ways.
This attempt to protect the old system, ironically makes growth and change more uncomfortable.
In Part 2, we will:
- Examine the ways we “get in our own way” by trying to protect the old system as it goes through these quantum leaps, making the process of change uncomfortable, and…
- Discuss how we can get out of the way and accelerate our evolution in spite of this natural tendencies toward resistance to change.
At moments of peak experience, when the system is poised to reorganize at a higher, more functional level, we try to protect the system in one of three ways.
Method number one is to try frantically to dissipate the extra energy the system can’t handle. There is too much coming into the system, so we try to artificially push more out, like bailing a sinking boat. We do this through anger, talking, running and other physical activity, sex, exercise, compulsive behaviors, physical ailments – anything that dissipates energy and temporarily blows off the pressure.
Method number two is to attempt to block the input of more energy into the overloaded system. This often manifests as a desire to isolate oneself or, in more extreme cases, depression. In depression, we shut down metabolically, we breathe less, and even unconsciously constrict the pupils of our eyes so as to take in less light. We want to be alone, and to get away from any kind of input.
The third method is to distract oneself from the feeling of overwhelm through drugs, alcohol, sex, television, dissociation, eating, or anything else that distracts.
Often people use methods one or two as their main method, with #3 as a backup. Some people react first with anger, then if pushed further, become depressed. Others get depressed as a first line of defense, then react with anger if pushed further. Often method #3 is going in the background all the while.
Keep in mind that we do these things because we desperately want to “save” the current system. We have the feeling that WE are falling apart, when really what’s happening is that our internal map of who we are is what is falling apart – due to its inability to handle the environment it’s in.
The chaos and death of the old system and the reorganization of the new system (if allowed to happen) is a good thing because it results in a new internal map that can…
We use these strategies because they work (sort of), especially in the short run, in that they may temporarily release some of the pressure. No evolution, however, takes place because the system is never allowed to reach the point of peak experience where it spontaneously reorganizes itself.
Had the system been allowed to reorganize itself at a more evolved level, the new system would have been able to organically handle the increased fluctuations from the environment by dissipating whatever energy needed to be released.
What this means in terms of personal growth is that as we evolve – as our view of who we are and how we relate to our world embraces more of our connectedness with the rest of the universe – what we once found overwhelming no longer bothers us.
This is exactly what we see happening to participants in The Holosync® Solution program: they become more peaceful, more able to flow with whatever is happening. Daily use of Holosync® audio technology accelerates this process of evolutionary change, and our support services help you to go through it quickly, easily, and smoothly.
You become more balanced, more aware, more peaceful, and able to handle the stresses of daily life much more easily. Your mind works better. And, you become…
Because the healing process can be cathartic, we provide a great deal of support to participants in this program. In what we feel is a truly ground-breaking approach, we use written materials, telephone contact, monthly letters, and periodic workshops and retreats to teach participants:
- How to identify when you are coming to a point of peak experience, where a quantum leap is ready to happen
- How to begin noticing you own unconscious strategies for protecting the old system
- How to get out of the way so as to let the process complete itself in a natural (and easy) way.
It is the very strategies for protecting the old system that sometimes cause the process to be painful.
that causes pain, not the evolution itself.
Death and rebirth is only painful when we identify with what is dying. Once we experientially know that we are the evolution itself rather than the system that is passing away and being reborn, the growth process becomes smooth and rapid.
process, we also teach you how to make
the process easy and comfortable.
To overemphasize the cathartic aspect of this process, however, would be a mistake.
First of all, the quantum leaps in growth happening to those in this program are well worth an occasional feeling of overwhelm, which we all experience in our lives anyway, with or without the Holosync® technology (although probably with much more pain and much less awareness).
Most of us really don’t realize just how good we can feel, how good life can be. Living out our lives without healing our childhood wounds is more intense by far than anything we might encounter in the adventure of discovery, healing, and unfoldment made possible by this technology.
In addition, when the brain goes into the deeper alpha, theta, and delta brain wave states, the brain makes great quantities of endorphins, enveloping much of the pain of change in…
In fact, one of the really incredible added benefits of the Holosync® technology is that its use demonstrates that the kind of bliss talked about by mystics and saints is real and that you, too, can experience it.
Participants in The Holosync® Solution program more typically feel delighted than overwhelmed. This doesn’t mean that participants in this program don’t feel their feelings – they feel them more fully than ever, but with an awareness that helps them to feel them as the perfection that they really are.
The Holosync® Solution program is a powerful tool for those who are really ready to move past all that is holding them back from expressing their full potential. It is not the only way to heal yourself and reach your full potential as a human being, but it is a very powerful and effective one.
to the fullest, this program may very well be
just what you have been looking for.
If you feel you are ready, we invite you to join us.
A final note: The world is entering a new era in the realm of personal and spiritual growth as the many “systems” of our planet rapidly approaches a moment of
I believe will change your life.
Why do I say that? First of all, because she was instrumental in helping me change my life.
If you’ve heard me tell my story, you know that years ago I was a very difficult, unhappy – and decidedly unsuccessful – person.
With the help I received from Mary Morrissey, I’d probably still be that unhappy and unsuccessful person.
I asked Mary to write an article for today’s Mind Power issue, and boy did she deliver…
Me About Finding Purpose Amidst Suffering
by Mary Morrissey
Many times, I’ve been asked, “Mary, why do bad things happen to good people?”
What purpose does pain and suffering serve… and does it come into our lives because we deserve it in some way?
Whatever form the question takes, the answer is nearly always the same:
No one deserves to suffer, but suffering CAN be a doorway that allows us to step into a fuller, freer, more expansive version of ourselves.
the remarkable President Nelson Mandela
After investing decades studying the invisible side of success, and coaching and mentoring tens of thousands of people all around the world in how to create lives they truly love living, I’ve been fortunate to meet some pretty extraordinary people.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak to heads of state at the United Nations on several occasions with the Gandhi Foundation and MLK Jr. Foundation on the subject of non-violence.
I’ve also been invited to co-convene three different week-long meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and different world leaders in Dharamsala, India.
But when I was offered the opportunity to meet with President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss some of the most pressing issues that our world was facing…
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918, and was instrumental in the fight to dismantle the country’s discriminatory apartheid policies.
Because of his vocal protests for justice and equality in the face of an apartheid-led government, he was imprisoned for 27 years, from 1962 until 1990, for what his government deemed to be crimes against his country — a country he would later lead, as president, from 1994 to 1999.
After his term as president, Nelson Mandela continued to work as an activist and philanthropist until his death in December of 2013.
He’s widely recognized as one of the greatest change agents of our time.
Out of all the people in the world that I wanted to sit down and talk with, he was the one with whom I MOST wanted to have a conversation, and I was overjoyed to have the chance to finally meet him face-to-face.
a small group to meet with President Mandela
It was a fascinating experience!
We were asked not to use any kind of flash photography to capture the moment, because President Mandela’s eyes were so damaged from his years of working in the blinding sun, that he couldn’t tolerate even the brief flare of the camera’s bulb.
We were, however, allowed to ask him questions.
I had just one thing I wanted to know:
“How is it that you were imprisoned for almost three decades, and sentenced to hard labor, and there’s not a shred of anger or resentment in you for all of that time you lost, all of those years that you could have been with your family, that were stolen from you?
“And then, you went on to, not just forgive your captors, but to lead your country in the fight against apartheid. How did you do it? How did you find it in your heart to forgive?”
President Mandela gave me a simple response: “The man who went to prison never could have become president.”
But he went on to explain that, in his younger years, he was violent, angry, and unable to make sense of his circumstances and conditions.
He protested and fought against apartheid, and was arrested for it, and sentenced to life in prison.
He told me that, at first, sitting in prison, he thought over and over again, “All is lost.”
But then one day, a new thought began to seep into his consciousness, like a drop of water on parched earth, “Maybe all is NOT lost.”
He had no reason to hope that life would get better. He was in prison with no hope of release in his lifetime…
And yet, a tiny bit of hope remained, and he told me that he hung onto it, “like a desperate person hanging onto a branch before he plummets off a cliff to his death.”
For many years, nothing happened to justify this hope.
But one day, President Mandela had a new thought…
beginning of the end of apartheid.”
President Mandela slowly began to realize that there might be a larger purpose to his imprisonment.
As he started to think about this, he began to wonder: “If my imprisonment was part of the end of apartheid, how will I ‘be’ while I am in this prison?”
He chose to start becoming the person who could fulfill his vision to end apartheid — a strong and compassionate leader — and this is what led him to begin writing letters that would go on to change the world.
He was allowed to send one letter per week from prison, and he used this method of communication to garner support from the media and from various influential people for the end of apartheid.
Each and every week, Mandela wrote faithfully, forgetting his own pain in the light of his growing role as a symbol of hope and freedom for his people.
The rest is history.
I’d received far more than the joy and happiness of realizing a life-long dream to meet President Nelson Mandela…
I’d also discovered the power of the question that he’d asked himself:
“If the suffering that I am enduring is part of a larger plan, how would I behave? How would I speak, act and think if this place is part of a greater good?”
I believe that every single one of us is called to greatness, and every experience that we have is a part of the process of bringing us into the full expression of that greatness.
In every circumstance, we can choose to either shrink down in despair, or to use what resources and opportunities we have — no matter how small they seem — to hold true to our values, move toward our dreams, and to act and think like the kind of person we choose and desire to be.
This is President Mandela’s legacy in my life and in the work I do in the world. I will always remember our meeting and cherish the short time we spent together.
About the Author:
Mary Morrissey has invested the last 40 years in studying transformational principles and the invisible side of success.
She’s the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams, which became a PBS special. She’s also been featured in the popular films, The Moses Code and Beyond The Secret.
Over the last 30 years, Mary has taught millions of people, from all walks of life and from all around the world, how to take their dreams from imagination into reality through her books, courses and live events.
Mary Morrissey is widely considered the world’s foremost expert on dream building.
As I said, without the help I received from Mary Morrissey, I’d probably still be an unhappy and unsuccessful person.
I owe a lot to Mary (I’ve known her since I was 14 years old and she was 15!).
Shortly after I met Mary, when we both were in high school, she became an unhappy, hopeless young mother on her deathbed.
Today, she is happy and healthy, running a 7-figure business doing what she loves.
Of all the people who have helped me in my life, Mary is at the TOP of the list. And, I know that any association you might have with her…
After you watch this interview we just recorded, you’ll know why I say this.
Seek out and learn from people who are most like the person you want to be.
The fastest way to become the person you want to be is to learn from someone who has already made the journey. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel”.
“Everything that you’re experiencing right now, positive or
negative, is a doorway that will allow you to step into a
~ Mary Morrissey
This Really Happened…
I have suffered from depression almost my whole life (I have just turned 50) and I can honestly say that holosync is better than any antidepressant on the market. I have always been a writer in my head and since holosyncing I have become one on paper. I’m not published (yet) but I will be.
I have been using Holosync for a couple of years and am on Awakening level 3. I have 4 great children and a wonderful husband and because the effects of meditating have been so obvious they know to give me that hour in the day with no disturbances – even my 8 year old little girl!
Thanks for everything.”
~ Marsha Jacobson
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