Office Kitaoka Inc.
Vol 004: 2018.8.15
"A Psychonaut's Monolog" Online Newsletter
"'Expansive Psychology Method (EPM)' Work
for Those Who Seek Innovation Mentorship"
Latest Info: Guhen Kitaoka will start to hold his "Expansive Psychology Method (EPM)" workshops in English. The first evening event will be held in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on 31st August.
The details of the EPM evening workshop:
Guhen defines his recent work as follows:
"Kitaoka Work" = "Expansive Psychology Method (EPM)" = "Post NLP Work"
Among these terms, "Expansive Psychology Method (EPM)" is Guhen's own denomination, and is based on a recent best-selling history book, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," written by Yuval Noah Harari.
According to this important book, the history of the modern Western empires has been consistently a history of "cognitive expansionism" (this is a term coined by Guhen, and means that a cognitive expansionist is a person who can continually update and expand his or her own box (model of the world, set of presuppositions, etc.). Their "Frontier Spirit" used to enable the modern cognitive expansionists to discover the unknown continent of America, go as far as California during the Gold Rush period, and invent electric bulbs, trains, cars, airplanes, telephone, radio, television, computers, nuclear weapons, spaceships including Apollo 11, and so on. The cognitive expansionism further later enabled modern Americans to discover and explore "the unknown territory of altered states of consciousness" during the sixties' Counter-culture revolution, as well as "the unknown territory of Cyberspace" to start different revolutions in the fields of IT, VR, AI, genetic engineering, molecular biology, etc., from the late nineties.
Guhen has been of the firm opinion that the CEO's of such mega international corporations as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, etc. are all legitimate children of the cognitive expansionism.
Guhen has been claiming that EPM as a post NLP work could enable a Japanese Steve Jobs (i.e., someone who is a highest level innovator) to be born in Japan for the first time in its history.
and neuroscience, which are the basis of EPM, is concerned with
his Telos (life purpose), methodology and "transparentization,"
(meaning a means to make mental processes explicit in terms
of neuronal circuits) respectively.
What the participants of the EPM workshops will be able to achieve is described below:
1) Acquisition of a set of basic communicational skills:
The participants of the EPM works will become experientially versed in the five principles of "SRCF/C" enabling one to become an effective communicator and/or to realize one's full potentials. "SRCF/C" means the following skills:
S (State) State management
It is said that, if one is equipped with sufficient levels of these skills, then one would not need to study such a methodology as NLP at all in the first place.
2) Unconscious Work:
They will acquire the extensive know-how as to how to establish rapport between the conscious and the unconscious mind, as well as how to deliberately request the unconscious mind to "self-edit" the pre-established unconscious programmings through which our subjective world has been created in the first place.
3) Work for Developing Presentation & Modeling Skills
They will be taught a comprehensive set of skills which will enable them to become extremely effective presenters and excellent modelers of "personal geniuses" of the industries they are involved in.
Among the three areas of the EPM works enumerated above, the second "unconscious work" may turn out to be exceptionally unique and to be of special interest to the workshop participants. Therefore, the characteristics of this area of EPM are expounded below:
i) Usually, our subjective world which is made conscious by ourselves ("FA" in "John Grinder's Model of Human Subjective Experience" shown below) has been produced by the pre-established programmings which we have acquired during our childhood. It is practically impossible for us to change these unconscious programmings ("F1") in a conscious way, and the very fact that we cannot make them conscious or explicit in the first place is the biggest reason why we have great difficulties to get out of the box (model of the world, set of presuppositions, etc.) in which we have been locked up since our childhood.
EPM enables one to deliberately request the unconscious mind to "self-edit" the pre-established unconscious programmings through which one's subjective world has been created, so that one may always obtain the outcomes one consciously desires in one's subjective world.
ii) EPM enables one to effectively and efficiently establish rapport between one's conscious and unconscious minds, through the ways described in the next section blow.
iii) Guhen was affected by cerebral palsy in his infancy, which made him admitted to institutes for disabled children twice during his childhood. A series of severe traumatic experiences he had at these institutes later forced him to be locked up in a "psychological situation without escape," and become a social unfit. When he was in his late twenties, he was initiated by an Indian guru, and subsequently came to know NLP. It was only through intensively studying and practicing spiritual and epistemological (that is, NLP) training that he has finally succeeded in getting out of the "cul-de-sac" he used to find himself in.
Guhen thinks that his escape from the "inescapable box" was eventually made possible, a) as the result of the "conscious" process of his learning new behavioral patterns, and b) because he thoroughly applied that conscious learning process to his own daily life in an experiential (that is, unconscious) way.
In other words, the miraculous escape of his was made possible through experientially repeating, for instance, each of the growth stages suggested by the "Adult Development Psychology." Guhen thinks that EPM would dramatically promote one's adult development, by making the (usually only unconscious) growth process of each stage of adult development "explicit" and "learnable."
Also, the way he has succeeded in the past in escaping from the place where there was no apparent exit now makes him convinced that, if there is a single person who could create a Japanese Steve Jobs, he or she must be Guhen himself.
The following are some expositions about how one can "deliberately request the unconscious mind to eself-edit' the pre-established unconscious programmings through which one's subjective world has been created in the first place," as mentioned above:
A) John Grinder's Model of Human Subjective Experience
John Grinder, a co-founder of NLP, proposed a model of human subjective experience, as follows:
In the above diagram, "FA (First Access)" is the subjective world (model of the world, virtual reality, computer monitor, etc.) in which a human being can access the first thing. A series of successive transformations of inputs (impulses), which correspond with computer programmings, are defined as "F1 (Filter 1)."
"F2 (Filter 2)" is a process where a meta comment (inner dialogue) is made on what is going on on FA, a bridge designer takes out part of the design and, by rotating it, places it to another place of the design, etc. In other words, FA is defined as the primary experience and F1 as the secondary experience.
Grinder suggested that, the processes involved in F1 may not be made explicit at all, and that, if someone succeeds in thoroughly elucidating these processes, he or she would deserve a Nobel prize. Yet, the studies made by modern Western neuroscientists, which Guhen has recently been inquiring into, may after all turn out to be the very attempt to make the mechanism of F1 explicit and/or transparent.
Namely, EPM proposed by Guhen is one of the answers to the question "If the co-founders of NLP had been equipped with such modern technology as fMRI, which has turned out to be the holy grail for modern neuroscientists, at the time of 1975 when NLP was born, what kind of science would they have been able to create?"
B) Mechanism of the Unconscious Mind, #1
The following diagram shows the "Matrix of Experiences," which represents the world of the unconscious mind.
There exist in a continual way inputs and outputs, which are made conscious, on the timeline of past, present and future.
The process of each input dealt with by the unconscious mind takes a certain fixed amount of time, and each input necessarily produces a time lag for it to be processed in the matrix of experiences, and to be sent out as an output.
The fact that the time lag which each input produces cannot be recognized by the conscious mind at all is the main reason why things in the phenomenal world appear to happen in an incoherent way as a total chaos on the conscious time line, while, in reality, they happen in a continually ordered and extremely logical sequence, as far as the unconscious mind is concerned.
Incidentally, the matrix of experiences is closely related to the following paragraph quoted from the first issue of the current newsletter:
"I have been studying Neuroscience in the recent years and discovered that the modern neuroscientists are practically saying the same thing as the genuine eoccultists,' such as some of the thinkers of the New Thought movement. For instance, they both indicate that, while it is inevitably the conscious mind that first poses a philosophical, mathematical, or business related problem, it is - contrary to common sense - solely the unconscious mind that processes the problem-solving task throughout, and that hands the final solution it has arrived at back to the conscious mind."
C) Mechanism of the Unconscious Mind, #2
The term "demons" used in "Prerequisites to Personal Genius: Turtles All The Way Down" co-authored by John Grinder has nearly the same meaning as "parts" used by such psychotherapies as Gestalt.
Each demon corresponds with each instrumental player of an orchestra, and when it exhibits its maximum performance in the "field" given to it by the conductor found at the center of the players, the orchestra can achieve a beautiful concerto ensemble.
The surface of each cone in the above diagram represents the interface between ourselves and the outer world, and, according to Guhen's own understanding, the center of the sphere is the "meta position" of NLP, or the "witness" of Indian philosophy. The cone thus represents the scope of behavior predetermined by the witness in which each demon can "freely" move around.
This mechanism of the unconscious mind is closely related to the "Mental State Predetermined by Anchoring" expounded in the next article D).
D) Mechanism of the Unconscious Mind, #3
One of the most important models of NLP is "Anchoring," which is a human version of the "Conditioned Reflex" as exemplified by "Pavlov's Dog."
As shown in the above diagram, a human being can only "freely" express himself or herself "within the limited framework," where he or she has been "forced" to enter such a specific mental state as panic, confidence, euphoria, a zone state, etc., through the process of anchoring which an anchor triggers or fires in him or her, usually without his or her conscious awareness.
The "Mental State Predetermined by Anchoring" is closely related to Heisenberg's "Theory of Probability."
Further, "SDMLB (State-Depending Memory, Learning and Behavior" proposed by Ernest L. Rossi, the editor for Milton H. Erickson's "Collected Papers," is the best definition available for explaining the mechanism of the anchoring process, in Guhen's opinion.
As has been expounded above, EPM aims at making explicit the process of how one can deliberately request the unconscious mind to "self-edit" the pre-established unconscious programmings through which one's subjective world has been created, and enables its work participants to acquire the know-how for "indirectly controlling" their unconscious processes, so that one may always obtain the outcomes one consciously desires in one's subjective world.
Guhen will start his EPM work delivered in English from 31st August. The details of the event can be accessed at:
PS: If the reader is interested in Guhen's past and current work, he or she may be able to refer to his CD-ROM book entitled "CYBERBOOK: An Integral Epistemology for Enlightenment."
This book was published in London, the UK, in 2000, and part of it can be accessed at:
Guhen intends to sell copies of this CD-ROM book to the interested workshop participants onsite. Alternatively, you could contact us for the details from:
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