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NEUROFEEDBACK COACHING
-the Flow Zone

 
 

 

 
       
 
 
 

How to build a Neuro Fitness Gym.
- a GATEWAY to the future!
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And help clients get to their next level!!

 
 
 
 
  Using Neurofeedback Technology + Neuro Change Coaching Models = The FUTURE with Unlimited Benefits  
 
 
 

 

  Flow Zone Performance Coaching

The underlying science and how its used in the NMC (Neuro Master Coach) Course.
 

ACHIEVING PEAK PERFORMANCE
Flow for Increased Performance

 

In recent years, various organizations have been discovering the benefits of Flow.
Those organizations that employ a Neuro Fitness Gym Program are able to foster and sustain long-term Flow for their employees and count on increased performance standards. 

By participating in the School's unique course you will gain invaluable tools to access parts of your brain and train it to provide a life with flow. Your life will never be the same!!

 

Background
First proposed by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi in the 70s, flow is the mental state where we are "so immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity that we lose sense of space and time."  

Csíkszentmihályi described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."  

The irony of the effortlessness of flow is that only when we slip past the anxiety and stress can we get to a place of serene ability. Flow is the stuff not only of great work, but of a meaningful life.

“Flow” is being in the zone, getting the groove, being on fire, or just being in a totally optimal state for peak performance. It is that magical moment when everything seems to come together – you become fully immersed in the activity, fears and insecurities melt away, action become spontaneous, and you feel fully alive and in the present moment.

Today affective neuroscience confirms the importance of flow. A particular state of consciousness that anyone can access. 

In positive psychology, flow, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. 

Some Characteristics of Flow 

  • Complete concentration on the task

  • Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)

  • The experience is intrinsically rewarding

  • Effortlessness and ease

  • There is a feeling of control over the task

  • Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination

The flow state is largely a modern twist on an age old phenomenon- the power of living through the subconscious. People who have practiced a high level of Yoga and meditation through the ages, have learnt how to tap into this power.

As technology and distractions proliferate, our  attention spans diminish and so with it our ability to access our subconscious at will.  Question. Does the average modern 15 year old reared on iphones, snapchats, sit-coms have a greater attention span, ability to focus that a 15 year old living 200 years ago? Have you yourself sensed your power of concentration under attack by the incessant distractions and devices the modern world throws at us?

Why is Flow important?
When we are in this state of Flow, we perform at our peak. Not only do our productivity levels soar, but we experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Work becomes a source of enjoyment. 

Flow is the mental state of being when a person in fully immersed in an activity with a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and a sense of success in the process of that activity.

Anyone may experience Flow in many different situations, such as play, creativity and work. Flow tends to occur when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable.

Because of the total demand on psychic energy, a person in Flow is completely focused. There is no space for distracting thoughts, irrelevant feelings. Self-consciousness disappears, yet one feels stronger than usual. The sense of time is distorted – hours seem to pass by in minutes.

When a person’s entire being is stretched during the full functioning of body and mind, whatever one does becomes worth doing for its own sake. Living becomes its own justification. In the harmonious focusing of physical and psychic energy, life finally comes into its own. 

What is The Motivation Behind Your Flow State?

The “Flow” state is where self-consciousness is lost, one surrenders completely to the moment and time means nothing. Like when a competent musician or sportsperson plays without thinking. 

Fear (Extrinsic) motivation (eg; working hard to earn more money) is where your motivation to succeed is controlled externally. This type of motivation is short-lived. Good extrinsic motivation is where you are practicing to get better but you still need a coach to validate your efforts. 

Recent research demonstrates that when controlled imagery (as used in the Neuro Coaching Model) induces confidence along with a flow state, increased performance results. Bottom line: being in a flow state produces significant increases in performance levels in a given external task. 

In fact Flow goes even deeper in a spiritual sense – when you are doing what you love, people and resources flow into your life as well. We certainly need more flow in the work place with so many people disengaged. People who have Flow in their life report that is also a place where joy and happiness is found.

The Science
Individuals who enter a flow state (e.g. sporting events, creative activity, doing productive work) commonly report a feeling of high alertness and arousal that is due to the activation of mid-brain dopamine systems. Many also report a feeling of pleasure that is characteristic of opioid release, but these reports occur only when the individual is in a relaxed physical and mental state. 

Relaxation engages opioid systems in the brain. In turn opioid and dopamine systems can stimulate each other to produce a blissful state. This requires that a person is engaged in a restful and meaningful cognitive state such as what can be achieved via meditation, mindfulness and Neuro Coaching. In turn desired behaviors can be very easily achieved.  

As the dopamine and opioid is released in the brain it provides a level of calmness, pleasure or bliss that can effectively mitigate stress and anxiety.  

Research has also found that individuals who are more prone to anxiety and self-criticism find the flow state very difficult to achieve via the traditional training, coaching or counselling models widely practiced today.

What Happens in the Brain During Flow?

Recent neuropsychological research has found that flow is associated with decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex. 

The prefrontal cortex is an area responsible for higher cognitive functions such as self-reflective consciousness, memory, temporal integration, and working memory. It’s an area that’s responsible for our conscious and explicit mind state. 

Transient Hypofrontality
In a state of flow, there occurs a temporary inactivation of the prefrontal area which triggers the feeling of distortion of time, loss of self-consciousness, and loss of inner-critic. 

Moreover, the inhibition of the prefrontal lobe enables the implicit mind to take over, resulting in more brain areas to communicate freely and engage in a creative process. As mentioned above, in other research, it is suggested that the flow state is directly related to the brain’s dopamine reward circuitry since curiosity is highly amplified. 

How to Get Into The Flow?

It’s important to note that one can’t experience flow if other outside distractions disrupt the experience.

When a challenge is bigger than one’s level of skills, one easily becomes anxious and stressed. On the other hand, when the level of skill exceeds the size of the challenge, one becomes bored and distracted. Since the experience of this state is just in the middle, the balance for most people is essential.

The experience of flow in everyday life is an important component of creativity and well-being.

Indeed, it is the key for self-actualization (realizing your creative, intellectual or social potential). Since it is also intrinsically rewarding, the more you practice it, the more you seek to replicate these experiences, which help lead to a fully engaged and happy life. 

Each time we find our flow we boost our primordial power of subconscious thinking. And this provides us the most simple and effective gateway to get more flow into our lives.

 
 
   
     

The Emotional MindReasoning Mind and Wise Mind Mind from Zen Buddhism.

The Emotional Mind (equivalent to Unconscious Self) is when your thinking, perceptions and behavior is mostly controlled by your emotions.

The Reasoning Mind (equivalent to Conscious Ego Self) is when your thinking, perceptions and behavior is controlled by the ‘cool’, logical, more objective part of your mind, that rationally plans, evaluates and decides .

The Wise Mind (equivalent to Higher Self that resides in the Subconscious) is experienced when you connect with a deep, intuitive knowing or inner wisdom and quiet clarity.

Carl Jung identified a process of personal growth that he called 
“individuation”, which is essentially the conscious realisation of your true, higher Self, beyond your personal ego self. The Neuro Coaching MODEL is designed to support that ultimate process and objective. 

The Neuro Coaching Model provides a practical, step-by-step journey into transformation and wholeness, to the very core of your being. Ultimately, it is
a voyage of discovery for your Conscious Self to your Higher Self through the layers of your Subconscious Self.

Learn Self-Mastery of yourself!
When the coach guides the client through the process, a tremendous strengthening of their whole self takes place. With the use of the Neuro Coaching Model the clients brain is trained to integrate the Conscious Self with their Subconscious Self and Higher Self. In doing so they release their potential and ideal self and grow in refined awareness, health, wellbeing, vitality, security, peace, self-acceptance, intuitive knowledge, clarity, openness, strength, concentration, and positive, meaningful self-directedness. 
 

HOW TO RELEASE YOUR POTENTIAL
Self-Actualization is the key!.
Most healthy, functioning people seek out a positive self-concept. Carl Rogers said that everyone is trying to get from their real, active self (who we have become) to their ideal self (to the kind of person we want to be) and in turn be closer to someone that is happier, more productive and fulfilled than we presently are.

-Getting into the flow state

The need to align our ego to the potential of our higher self.
The dilemma -if we cannot recognize what we are capable of, how can we possibly harness it to take us to another performance level.

All of us create a fog that shrouds our potential which can only be cut through with realization –a willingness to SEE and BELIEVE in (recognize) our true selves. As champion sportspersons understand, this is known as achieving an elevated state of confidence and belief in oneself -which can be simply translated as an ‘enhanced ego’.

A confident, controlled individual who has a belief in their abilities and potential is; mentally agile, makes better decisions, thinks in deliberate and effective ways to create energy, is optimistic and enthusiastic even in the face of pressure. In fact, all of their Higher Order Thinking Skills become significantly enhanced through the process of self-realization.

The potential of the Higher Self (the "aware ego", the Observer Self within us who watches and knows all about us) knows no limits and will always be able to take us to the NEXT LEVEL if we can enter a relaxed state of mind to permit it to guide us.

The Higher Self has a higher form of thinking and clarity and access to what is best labeled as "realization", the truth. However, we must first learn how to quieten the Inner Critic to work with the Higher Self or whatever label the client is comfortable with.

The whole point of meditation and mindfulness is to still the mind to the point where our conscious thoughts can dissipate, like clouds parting to the blue sky of our subconscious.  The power of subconscious has been known since the dawn of humanity, but now, it is probably more important that ever.

The Coach uses the Neuro Coaching Model and the course's technology to show the client how they can easily open a portal (through enhanced meditation and mindfulness) to: align themselves with their Higher Self , enter the Flow Zone at will, fulfil their potential and become the person they desire to be.

Note: If you do not have the ability to relax into a deep relaxed state and permit your higher self to engage you, you have no choices in life -you behave automatically.
 

 

Intuition
The connection between intuition and flow is that that 
both are rooted in the subconscious.

Self-awareness is often rated the highest level a person can reach, but as a form of intelligence intuition frequently scores the highest position.
 

The definition of the word 'intuition' in the Oxford English Dictionary is: 'Immediate insight or understanding without conscious reasoning.' 

Intuition is less about suddenly "knowing" the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded. 

The Conscious is an expert at logic and will use it relentlessly. Conversely, the Subconscious (Higher Self) searches through the past, present, and future and connects with hunches and feelings in a nonlinear way.

It follows that to access the Subconscious is the means to awaken the super-powerful, dormant intuition.

Bottom Line
The key point here is that we must move through our conscious state (our noisy mental state, emotional push-pull, constant mind chatter, anxiety etc) and bodily tension to reach our subconscious /
Higher Self. Traditional coaching or counseling models cannot access our Higher Self. And using traditional meditation to locate our Higher Self takes years of practice.

Today, breakthrough, advanced technology (the hardware) and Neuro Coaching (the software) provides us the ability to obtain enhanced calmness and the necessary steps to open the door to our Higher Self in just a few minutes of use.


Achieving a totally relaxed/mindful state is the important first preparatory stage. However, it is the Neuro Coaching Model (the process), the second change stage, that provides the structure that opens the door to access and work with the Higher Self and dramatically increase our intuition and ability to be in the flow zone.

Today, through our unique program, more and more people are learning how to be in a Flow state and awaken their intuition to achieve tremendous success and abundance in all areas of their lives.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Traditional Coaching has just been super charged and replaced by Neuro Coaching. Today my client's desired future state is only minutes away using the latest the wearable Neurofeedback technology combined with Neuro Change Methodology!

   
 
  .Jonathan Spencer (Neuro Coach)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           

 

 
     

       
               
           
           
           
             
               
 
         
       


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Note: This course focuses on the fields of life wellness and peak performance coaching. Only an appropriately credentialed health care professional should work on medical or psychological disorders.

 
 
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