THE RESEARCH BEHIND

MINDFULNESS PATHFINDING


The research into mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and positive psychology has exploded over the last decade and I’ve immersed myself in it like a psychological Sherlock Holmes.


From that forensic examination the foundational dynamics of Mindfulness Pathfinding arose.


And I am not finished!


Every new study that comes out is scoured for value and relevance.


Every person I coach becomes a collaborator because the most important thing is that Mindfulness Pathfinding has to work, and it has to work for you.


(If you think you might enjoy reading about the research findings that support Pathfinding, then definitely check out my short, but easy-to-read book STOP!)










Pathfinding: The Technique


Pathfinding is nothing more than a formalized way of restoring the natural communication between you, your brain, and your non-conscious mind in areas where the brain's culturally instilled beliefs hamper that communication.


We employ a form of “distanced self-talk” in which you engage your brain (and to a lesser extent, your non-conscious mind) as if it were a person.


The purpose of doing this is not simply to more effectively solve problems and achieve goals, but to also do so in a way that “maximizes fulfillment.”


This works best for you, for other stakeholders, and for the greater community. It also happens to be (research suggests) the natural predisposition of your non-conscious mind.


You can initiate a Pathfinding session anytime, even when nothing is going on.


You can also initiate a Pathfinding session when you find yourself in a less-than-fulfilling situation, facing a tough problem, or wondering how best to achieve a goal.


1. OPENING A PATHFINDING SESSION

You open a Pathfinding session by thinking about your “project” (whatever you are seeking to maximize fulfillment for).


2. RECONNECTING PILOT TO PATHFINDER

You ask Pilot (as if s/he were a person) to observe what comes up when you ask Pathfinder something like:


“We want to maximize fulfillment here.

Where is our best path forward?”


Then just look and see what happens.


3. COACHING PILOT

Now the mindfulness part comes in at this point, and it is here that you can help Pilot by acting as her/his Mindfulness Pathfinding coach.


Because you can reassure Pilot that whatever comes up is okay.


Whatever comes up is exactly what should come up.


It may be an impulse for you to take some practical action (like, “Phone him/her and ask”), or an inspiration.


Or it may be that the next step is some non-conscious movement that the brain needs to take itself.


It may be an insight that levels up your experience by changing how you and Pilot see some situation.


It may be an emotional feeling, or a physical sensation that Pilot initiates to level up your experience by changing how the situation feels.


Or it might be an improvement Pilot brings about in your performance or in the physical health of your body.


I can’t know what you will get. This is your journey.


We’ll just look at what’s coming up together and I’ll work with you on that.


4. REINFORCING CONNECTING WITH PATHFINDER

Acknowledge whatever comes up.


You are reinforcing a new neural pathway. It helps to acknowledge whatever comes up by saying something like:

“Okay, there’s that.

What else is coming up now?”


Sometimes, when something comes up that about where Pilot is resisting, s/he may start going into a long story about that.


That’s okay, but that’s not Pathfinding.


You can help Pilot with Distraction and Curiosity by saying something like:


“Okay, there’s that.

You can certainly continue with that,

but...what else is coming up now?”


Pilot is easily distracted; and Pilot is always curious to see what else is going on now...and now is always changing.


This coaching on your part will lead her/him to pause and then pivot back to Pathfinding and the present moment.


5. CLOSING A PATHFINDING SESSION

The end of any Pathfinding session, “closure,” is whenever you or Pilot feel some sense that s/he has leveled up her/his experience somewhat.


That might be getting clarity, physically feeling better, getting a new idea on what action to take.


I can’t predict exactly what will constitute closure in any session for you because this is your journey.


But I will be here to coach you, online, at The Source (a private Facebook Group) for only $8 each month.


Start anytime.                   Stop anytime.

I'm Peter M Fellows and I am a Mindfulness Intervention Coach.


Mindfulness Pathfinding comes from my (over) forty-year journey in the Human Potential Field.


Its purpose is to help you access the inner guidance of your better-informed non-conscious mind.


At the deeper level of your non-conscious mind you see your connection to everyone, everything, everywhere.


You monitor conditions (internal and external), you process that data, compare to your past experience, and determine your best path forward.


That path is designed to help you more easily solve problems and achieve goals and to do so in a way that “maximizes fulfillment” of your values, capabilities, and interests.


Not just for yourself at the expense of others, but rather for yourself to the benefit of others.


This guidance, updated moment by moment, is provided 24/7 to your brain.


Your non-conscious mind is the Pathfinder, but it is your brain who is in the driving seat. Your brain is the Pilot.


All of which works incredibly well - you’ve made it this far in life! - but where you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, threatened, this natural process is not working for you.


That is where the fear-based beliefs that your brain has acquired over your life, are blocking or distorting Pathfinder’s guidance.


And while it is actually your brain who is in pain, you feel like it is you, so you end up suffering. You are experiencing collateral damage!


You can change that.


You can heal your brain.


You can develop a new healthier and more productive relationship with your brain.


You can teach her/him how to reconnect with your non-conscious mind.


You can help her/him learn to trust in, and rely upon, Pathfinder’s better-informed guidance.


What’s happening now is that whenever Pilot thinks there’s a threat to your self-worth s/he automatically goes to fight, flight, or freeze, with no reflection.


What you are helping her/him do is develop a new Unconscious Proceedural Memory so when s/he thinks there’s a threat, s/he pauses and pivots to Pathfinding and the present moment.


S/he asks Pathfinder where the path is to maximize fulfillment in this situation, for this problem, or for this goal.


Because no matter what is happening, Pathfinder always has your best path forward, and will always provide it to Pilot.

MINDFULNESS PATHFINDING


How to google your non-conscious mind

(your “Pathfinder”)

to maximize fulfillment  

for

any situation, problem, or goal!


Copyright 2021 by Peter M Fellows. All Rights Reserved.

Mindfulness Pathfinding

THE NEW AMERICAN MINDFULNESS

“Maximize fulfillment for any situation, problem, or goal.”


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