just-watching-1044093-mWhen we look at ourselves in the mirror, we get to see ourselves the way others see us. Sometimes we like what we see and there are bad hair days when there are a lot of things we want to change with how we look.

We change because we want to please others or we want to please ourselves. Whatever the reason my be, we are only capable of changing because we have an awareness of what needs changing.

Like a mirror, consciousness reflects back to you who you are. It reflects only what you can perceive. So it goes back to saying that if you don’t like your perception of yourself, you can go inside and change it. It’s a matter of owning that perception then going deep into yourself and knowing what it takes to change it to what you want it to be.

All metaphors are a mirror of who we are. It is a powerful tool to indirectly reveal hidden, unconscious programs and perceptions. The way we do one thing is often how we do everything. Try it yourself. “How is your car and how you drive it similar to how you do life?” Send us your similarities in the comments below.

Watch for more blogs on different metaphors of life, growth and consciousness.

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How to Know Yourself

by John Robson on March 23, 2014

Throughout the ages the number one growth step has been and still is “Know Thyself!”. Every life encounter and action is influenced, consciously and mostly unconsciously, by who we are.

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And who are we?

A collage of unconscious patterns, an unknown character full of integrity, a style that is cast in iron, a undiscovered soul that has a clear purpose, unique and underutilized potentials, and a rampant self-centered ego that wants to be right, in control and take credit for everything.

And we tend to be so close to ourselves that it is hard to figure us out. Yet to really know your authentic self, your real self, is not easy and takes some effort and self honesty.

Are you ready for the journey? Because if you do not take that journey, you will be stuck in mediocrity, self sabotage, limitation, illusions, inertia and ignorance. I know these are harsh words, but it is where most people in varying degrees hide out as they do life – or is it life doing them?

So how does one know themselves better? Here are some ways:

  • Asking and truthfully answering penetrating questions.
  • Exercises that draw out unconscious, limiting programming.
  • Understanding and being accountable for concepts of mirroring and projections
  • Changing your perspectives.
  • Ridding your dramas, justifiers, excuses, pet peeves, inner tensions and conflicts, victim hood, limiting beliefs, etc. so you meet and experience your authentic self and even your higher self.
  • Meditating to go deeper.
  • Looking at your present situation in your life which may point to limiting programming.
  • Understand how the universal and natural laws are consistently working through you.
  • Knowing intimately your soul and personality and how they differ and can harmoniously work together.

If you are ready to truly know yourself, the number one task is to rid the filters, defences, patterns and untruths that stop you. For an air balloon to naturally rise, we must first rid the ballast. Start to build an unbreakable, solid foundation of who you truly are so you can grow towards more understanding, meaning, authenticity and purpose.

If this interests you and you want to go deeper and heal what stops you in life, then explore the “How to Know Yourself” workbook at Higher Awareness. Be able to answer “Who am I?” better than any one else you many know. And be able to help others do the same.

Otherwise we stay anchored to the ground, bouncing around as the air balloon’s ballast stops us from rising and experiencing the joy, love, peace of mind and fulfillment available to us.

If you are still not convinced of the value of knowing yourself, take our free journey of the multitude of ways you protect yourself from the real you. Take our free “Life Challenges”

We have supported thousands of seekers to know and grow themselves to new levels. When you are ready to break free of the shackles and more forward, we are always here.

Meet you in Higher Awareness

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facilitation training program

The important part of the workshop is the word ‘work’. The biggest mistake facilitators make is what I call ‘talk and gawk’. The facilitator talks and the audience just gawks and yawns. The key is to keep the ball in the court of the participant. To set up experiential exercises and then let them do the ‘work’ and if they want, to share their insights with others.

As a facilitator, there is no need to share your stories unless it is a bridge to the next topic. Workshop attendees are each different and you want them to do their own thinking and not be biased by one perspective – your story.

  • So how do you get the most out of your workshop participants so they attain significant insights and new levels of understanding and ownership of who they are?
  • How do you keep them involved and interested?
  • How do you help them ground and own what they have learned?
  • How do you set the stage so they want to come back for more self learning?

Below are some presentation tips for a successful workshop.

  • Sharing: Advise the participants that they will not be required to share their personal experiences if they don’t wish to. Their written materials will be for their eyes only. This puts many participants at ease and invites them to go as deeply into their exercises as they can. Invite participants to ask questions throughout the workshop.
  • Confidentiality: Participants must feel confident that if they share something personal, the information will not get passed on to others outside of the session. Stipulate to all attending that what happens during the workshop is confidential so a safe place is created for people to explore new and deep experiences.

  • Time to complete: Invite participants to request a few extra minutes of exercise time if needed to capture important insights.

  • Go for depth: Invite participants to experience new dimensions of themselves. If you have created a safe and nurturing environment for them, your students will probably go deeper than they ever have before to uncover some great insights. The group energy often supports deeper connections.

  • Intention: Invite participants to set a clear and strong intention to connect deeply with their subconscious minds to achieve their objectives. Programming of the subconscious requires 3 things: clarity, authority and repetition. Give everyone time to silently but clearly, with authority, direct their subconscious minds to produce depth and insights from the workshop’s exercises. Have them repeat their intention silently to themselves 3 times

  • Journaling, writing and exercises are easier to facilitate because well over half the time participants are doing the work. This gives you time to connect with your notes and prepare for the next exercise. You do not have to memorize a 3 hour speech! So if needed you can review the speaker notes and put key words and highlights in your workbook so you only have one piece of material to refer to during your presentations.

These are just a few of the many presentation skills and tips needed for fun, creative and successful workshops. Explore our facilitation training program.

John Robson of higherawareness.com has for the last 15 years being supporting individuals in finding their uniqueness and training facilitators to share what they love to do.

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Stuck? – 3 ways to get daily inspiration.

by John Robson on March 18, 2014

Inspiration can come to us in the most sudden and unexpected way, yet there are also times when it seems very elusive.  If you’re at a point in your life where you feel drained and desperately wanting be inspired again, we have a few simple tips for you that can help spark your inspiration daily.

These steps are very simple and you probably have already done them in the past. Yet, because they are so simple we tend to be unconscious, overlook their value and end up not getting the most out of them.

Give these daily inspirational ideas a shot!

  • Be still and spend time in your own head – Sometimes all the inspiration we need is actually already in our memory. It’s just a matter of tuning out the hustle and bustle of the world and just listening to yourself. Take a moment each day and just be quiet and still. Just observe the thoughts that pop up in your mind and flow with them with no judgment. Some of the best ideas and inspiration are a product of stillness and nonattachment to old ideas.
  • Take a walk – Almost all of us walk on a daily basis – to the office, school, a friends, around the house or even in the park. Most of us just walk to get to our destination without seeing and noticing what’s happening around us. Next time you go for a walk, open all of your senses to the beauty that surrounds you and you may just find your inspiration around the corner.
  • Take part is something new – Most of the time, familiarity, routine, boredom and being unaware drain us of our inspiration in life. Seeing and doing the same things day in and day out can easily turn our days gray. Why not try something new? Whether it’s a new hobby, a new club, a new place to eat, or adding something random to your day’s tasks. Try to squeeze in something new and unexpected to your day. Inspiration can take many forms and doing something new may just do the trick. For more ideas, see our list of 100 ways to do different things and do things differently.

Now these are just some very simple things you can do every day that can help you put more color and energy into your life. You can also sign up for our FREE daily inspirational messages and quotes to get consistent inspiration every day.

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A profound, short, personal journey entry…

by John Robson on March 14, 2014

Many people get into the habit of personal journaling and diary writing for different reasons. Some people do it to express ideas while most people just do it to put into writing the day’s events and emotions.

Many famous personalities have also shared their journals to the public. One particular personality is Teddy Roosevelt.

One particular entry in his journal that really stood out is the day when his beloved wife and mother passed away.

It was the 14th of February, 1884 and in a one sentence he was able to portray the most heartbreaking day in his life…

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Journal entries need not be a novel. It can be as short as a sentence yet can have the most impact to anyone reading it.

Do you know of a particular short, impactful journal entry that struck you most lately? Let us know in the comments below.

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Successful Workshop Facilitation Tips

by John Robson on March 13, 2014

1000 Students Through My Living Room in One Year
Clipboard01You read it right. I had over 1000 adults through my living room taking workshops in one year. If you want to be a facilitator or coach or are one already, I would like to share with you how I did that.

So how did I fill these workshops?

  • I had standing workshops three times per week for about three hours each, mainly in the evenings. In doing this I created lots of optional dates for people to choose from.
  • I did a lot of networking. I went to other people’s workshops with my business cards and flyers. I went to networking events and tradeshows and delivered my very short pitch to generate highly qualified leads.
  • As individuals took one workshop I gave them a special deal in taking three other workshops for the price of 2.
  • I set up a referral system. Initially it was bring three and get in for free. Later I had better results – bring two paying attendees and you get in for free.
  • I also asked people for referrals.
  • I kept a detailed list of all prospects, their interests, their hot buttons and when they would like to take the next program. My assumption is with everyone – it is never a ‘no’, it is only ‘when’. So I was signing up about 70% of my qualified prospects.

So what were the tools that I used in my networking?

  • I always had three pet questions that I would ask. These would reveal their level of interest in growth, change, empowerment and getting rid of their biggest challenge.
  • Contrary to what most sales trainers teach, I tried to get a ‘no’ as quickly as possible so that I knew I could efficiently move on to the next prospect.
  • I would leave them with my business card and a flyer and asked them if it was okay that I call them or email them the next day. I do not leave it up to them to call me.
  • I practiced my 1 minute elevator speech that contained a few qualifying questions, three large claims [benefits], a few features and exactly how it could benefit them.
  • I created a master spreadsheet list of who I contacted, their phone number, their hot buttons, extra points that I would remember them by, the last time I contacted them and the programs they had taken, if any.
  • I would spend about an hour each day following up my leads and getting commitments for the workshops.

And how did I set up my living room/classroom?

  • Chairs and the couch were comfortable and in a circle and I was basically just part of the circle.
  • I had a flipchart with two pages, one for ongoing presentation material and the other for notes, comments and exercises.
  • I had a remote control for my reflective music that I would play while they were doing their own exercises.
  • I had a self registration table, with receipts and a place for them to put their check or cash.
  • I had hot water, tea bags and cookies for people that came early and for a half-time break.
  • I had evaluation sheets and descriptions of the next programs available.
  • I had a sample name tag so they knew how to fill out name tags, so I can read them easily.
  • I had 15 clipboards each containing the workbook and resource materials for that workshop.

For more details on finding your unique niche, designing your own program, presentation skills and tips, marketing, and business strategies for fun, creative and successful workshops, explore our facilitation training program.

John Robson of higherawareness.com has for the last 15 years been supporting individuals in finding their uniqueness and training facilitators to find and share what they love to do.

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Inspiration about Dreams from Lupita Nyong’o

by John Robson on March 11, 2014

In the recent 2014 Oscar’s Award, Lupita Nyong’o may have given hands down one of the most heartfelt and inspiring acceptance speeches to date.

She not only recognized the real people who inspired the movie, but she also ended her speech with a simple and inspiring thought: Everyone’s dream is valid.

She shows us that there should be no hindrance to a dream. If you put in effort and really strive to achieve it, it can be done.

Here’s a look at Lupita’s short but inspiring speech:


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Magic of workshop facilitating and circles

by John Robson on March 4, 2014

My top 3 spiritual experiences occurred while I was facilitating small groups.

  1. All 9 attendees were immersed in a journaling exercise. I was holding the space for them as each of them were deeply into writing. I then had my first out of body experience. I was floating above them and their souls and lives were instantly known to me. I freaked and then was back in my body. I shared this with a few other facilitators and one of them had a similar experience.
  2. Another time was similar, but I became the space that each participant was experiencing. Again it was an all knowing experience that all was okay and perfect as it was and I stayed with it for many seconds. It was pure bliss and peace.
  3. Another time it was the participant’s that had eerie experience. Again it was a deep journaling exercise and each of them had their own enlightening experience. When asked to share, they each sat there in awe – just basking in the energy. Someone later asked what music I was playing, but I know it was more than the music.
    I wish this for all facilitators and students to experience. From my experience, it usually occurs near the end of a writing workshop. It often requires a safe, relaxing, quiet space and sometimes I use a short meditation to set the stage. And most of all it occurs when you are totally other conscious with no self centeredness and you are totally in the present moment.

Lately I have had good experiences in formal circles and Master Mind Groups. As a reference you may want to refer to Christina Baldwin’s “Calling of the Circle” and Robin Deen Carnes & Sally Craig’s “Sacred Circles” for great concepts and techniques for facilitating a circle or a workshop.

Click the link for information on Higher Awareness’s Workshop Facilitation Training Course and Certification.

To deeper insights and experiences to you all.

Meet you in Higher Awareness.

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Glimpse your uniqueness

by John Robson on February 19, 2014

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“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Hello,

Do you believe you are totally unique? Well, you are. And when you tap into knowing your character and style and who you truly are deep in your being, your life is just a lot more fun, exciting and meaningful.

Get your copy of our most in-depth “Know your character and style” worksheet to help identify and make the most of your matchless gifts. Choose from 50 ways of experiencing your uniqueness and authenticity.

Clarify your emotional style. Identify your emotional breadth, stability, types, degrees, reactivity and varieties — and more. This can help you understand and support yourself and others.

No two of us think the same way. Clarify your thinking style. Identify your levels of directness, inclusiveness, focus, flexibility, accuracy, trust and focus of your thinking — and more. Get insights into why you think the way you do.

When you identify your physical, emotional and mental uniqueness, you will:

• converse with others more easily and effectively.
• better understand and accept yourself and others.
• have quality answers for your job interview questions.
• make better decisions more quickly and
• raise your confidence and self esteem.

How do you get your “Know your character and style” worksheet?

First, take our free Personality Style Quiz and then sign up for your free “Know your character and style” worksheet.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell

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100 Benefits you can get from Journal Writing

by John Robson on February 19, 2014

shutterstock_127010036 (1)Journaling is so much more than just an act of putting your thoughts on paper. Personal journaling can actually have a lot of benefits for your physical and emotional well-being. Whether you journal when you have an idea, when you vent out your emotions or when you recall memories, these lead to some of the many benefits of journal writing.

Here are just some of the benefits you can get when you get into the practice of writing your own journal.

Bridge your inner thinking with outer events. In the fast-paced world we live in today, sometimes too many things happen at the same time that we lose the opportunity to properly dwell on these events and process how they affect us. Oftentimes, it’s only left in our minds and as a result we lose the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons as well. Journaling gives you an opportunity to stop and really feel and think about the events that have happened and process your real emotions. And in writing down your emotions and inner thoughts, you not only put your thoughts onto paper but you are also strengthening your memory and learning.

Helps to heal the past. Journaling can also aid in the healing process. When we’ve been hurt we tend to bottle up our emotions which actually makes it harder to forgive and heal the wounds. The more you write about what you feel towards what happened the more you are allowing your mind and heart to accept the things that you can no longer change. You expose yourself to deeper emotions in your own space and in a safe way until the pain goes away.

Exercise your mental muscles. When you get stuck doing menial and routine work, we tend to forget to exercise our brains. Journaling is one good way to exercise your mental muscles. Before you write anything in your journal, allow your mind to process and organize thoughts. Allow yourself to bask in your new learnings and in that way you use your mind day by day.

These are just some of the many benefits you can get from Journaling. Choose from our list of “100 Journaling Benefits” and find a new motivation for your next journaling session.

How does Journaling benefit you in your day to day life? Or how would you like to benefit from journal writing? Feel free to share below.

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