Apart from being one of my favourite Tina Turner songs it’s also a critical part of our mission – to change the fabric of our society from the inside out. We’ve co-created an innovative, evidence based personal development program that requires participants to love themselves.
Love is the most powerful emotion and in it’s widest sense has a huge range of feelings and emotions attached to it. Anyone looking to create their own personal empowerment often feels challenged to love themselves, so I would like to share a number of different references that, I hope will soften that reaction.
In “Love 2.0 – creating happiness and health in moments of connection” Barbara L Fredrickson Ph.D. proposes we take a step back from normal pre-conceptions of love and offers a substantial range of evidence to suggest: Love can even give you a palpable sense of oneness and connection, a transcendence that makes you feel part of something far larger than yourself, she says amongst other things:
Love, as it turns out, nourishes your body the way the right balance of sunlight, nutrient-rich soil, and water nourishes plants and allows them to flourish. The more you experience it, the more you open up and grow, becoming wiser and more attuned, more resilient and effective, happier and healthier. You grow spiritually as well, better able to see, feel and appreciate the deep interconnection that inexplicably tie you to others, that embed you within the grand fabric of life.
“Why Love Matters” by Sue Gerhardt is a lively and assessable interpretation of the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and biochemistry. It is invaluable reading for parents and professionals alike, she says amongst other things:
Attempting to be too ‘nice’ or ‘strong’ is a dangerous course. It cuts off the flow of feelings, which is essential for physical and mental health. As Candace Pert has suggested, we need this flow for the system to function well. Our feelings are a vital signalling system, both within each body and in it’s communications with others. Feelings are a source of useful information to which we should pay more attention, using our biochemical signals to guide us in our more conscious negotiations with others. Feelings then do not have to be blocked or ignored or numbed. They can take their proper place as the core of the self, a self that can be elaborated in words.
From Daniel Goleman’s “Social Intelligence” neuroscience has discovered that our brain’s very design makes it sociable, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain linkup whenever we engage with another person. That neural bridge lets us affect the brain – and so the body – of everyone we interact with, just as they do us.
We have used these concepts as the foundation of our core program and it’s applications to help you realise you are so much more than you believe. When you overcome any discomfort and discover what we call your ‘energetic connection’ you can trust yourself and take responsibility for your life. Our program is experiential; it’s not an intellectual understanding or words. It’s about non-verbal communication, sensing, intuition, gut feeling, 6th sense, instincts, presence, love etc. It’s making you aware of your innate abilities and connecting you to your wisdom to be your most powerful self.