TAO OF ANAGNORISIS
What is it?
Gnosis means knowledge.
Anagnorisis is a moment in a plot or story, specifically a tragedy, wherein the main character either recognizes or identifies his/her true nature, recognizes the other character's true identity, discovers the true nature of his situation, or that of the others – leading to the resolution of the story.
Tao of means path.
So the literal and intended meaning is: The Path of Sudden Self-Awarness (self knowing)
So the major question is always, as it always has been, how do I know myself?
And how do identify my true nature?
This is done, as it always has been done, by leading you to create the space and time to ask yourself these questions. Which is done through stillness and journaling.
The somatic (body) elements I added are an extension of my approach. In essence by giving you movement, nutrition and exposure protocols you will come to know yourself better.
Each level and dimension: physical, cognitive, psychological, physiological, spiritual, emotional, will be addressed through various drills and protocols.
By becoming aware of the subconscious we can start observing what is serving us and what is not. Subsequently we start running interference on the destructive to rewire, reframe and reprogram our subconscious mind.
The accumulation of this process is The Path. The result is expanded awareness, insight and knowledge.
Implementing this definition by @food.lies as it perfectly describes what holistic nutrition should be about. 1. Sustenance, manner of life, nourishment. 2. That which sustains life, provisions, diet.
Instead of the (often) neurotic approach of counting calories, macros and punishing deficits I aim to provide a framework of nourishment based on the person state, relationship to food and daily life. The protocols intent is predominantly based on mental acuity, clarity and well being, with the added in strategies towards their body-composition goals.
Everyone starts from different places and different states. Often the intake isn't necessarily the problem as the patterns around eating. Like emotional eating, habitual eating without awareness or out of boredom and constantly feeling unsatisfied.
I've made my own through an argus journey of nutrition attempting to find a style that fits me best. It is a process of experimentation that the client and I as their coach embark on to find what suits their needs. Through my self-experimentation, research, reading, and help from nutrition specialist, my awareness of the effect of nutrition has substantially enlarged.
This awareness and how to create awareness around nutrition, the victus (manner of dealing with nourishment) is done in collaborarion with Dominic Rapson. His resources can be found here or at @origins.nutrition.
Coming from a style of training like bodyweight training where the original intent is focused internally, in the sense of being able to control your own body and understand your movements, has given me a different insight in coaching movement than the stereotypical entry point of bodybuilding to get big.
The last few years have been an enrichment and enlightenment in the scope of movement through people like LittleBeastM, Ido Portal, Julien Pineau, and many others who built their movement practice on the intention and concept of expanding and building self-awareness.
There is great knowledge inside ourselves about our abilities and capacities. Much of which lie dormant if we don't intentionally put our awareness in our practice. Instead, the majority tends to go train, move an external weight with an external focus which is based on external reward. These people rarely ever build a sustainable practice, get results, don't find any meaning besides the empty reward of checking a box.
Instead of the focus being on the checking of empty boxes, we put our intention on body awareness. Focusing our attention instead on what things are feeling like, where you are tight, where you are mobile, where things flow, where things obstruct. On the mental side, we look at where you feel fear, hesitation, where you feel resistance. This intentional internal focus has you learning about how your mind works, how the body works and how they interact together as you go through the program.
Our aim, together as coach and client, is to build a framework that is sustainable based on feedback that allows us to upscale or downscale while challenging your capability. A deeper awareness will foster that plays on internal rewards system and self-knowledge.
Morning and Evening Protocols (MEP/Circadian Rhythm):
Most people's lives are dictated by the daily chaos, decision fatigue and a lack of coping mechanisms to deal with the unknown. What if instead we could prime your for the day and prepare for you the coming day(s)? what if Instead of daily chaos, there is now daily order through a structure that is the blueprint to a good start of the day and a relaxing close to the day?
This is what the framework of Morning and Evening Protocols (MEP) is based on. Allowing a person to refine the process by making the protocols their own via experimentation and understanding which ones have the most effect. We address how to upregulate and energize yourself for the morning, how to downregulate and be more relaxed before sleep and what you can easily do for a night of better and deeper sleep.
Instead of waking up groggy, or being unable to sleep, the protocols allow you the enter deep sleep which in results will make you feel more rested. By figuring out which is impeding on your circadian rhythm we can lock it back into your natural waking and sleeping cycles that put your alarm clock out of use.
For all of human history right up until the industrial revolution, man has awoken at daybreak and slept soundly at nightfall. These natural rhythms, the circadian rhythms are still there, they are only diffused by our modern habits and modern distractions. As the client gets a sense and awareness of when they are tired without the distractions they will more easily figure out when their optimal time to sleep is.
Somatic & Cognitive Focus Protocols (SCFP):
The feedback I've had from all clients whether online or in-person is how it is a challenge stay focused. This isn't just with long term goals but equally represented in short term tasks or errands. Low energy, low mood, uninspired and thus unfocused that doesn't sound like a state most want to be in, right?
The structure around Somatic and Cognitive Focus Protocols (SCFP) are all based on things we can do cognitively or somatically (body-wise) to either keep internal focus or build internal focus. As we are more prone to be distracted, and our energy lies in focus and attention, we're freely giving our energy away on each little notification or other distraction. This inability to focus constantly takes us out of entering a workflow or general flow and sucks out energy as we dispense it in restarting each time to rev up our focus.
All of the tools used in the protocol are tools that have been (and are) used in all cultures and civilizations where the focus was most prized and valued. By conjoining the mind in the body of the setting of boundaries and set rules, it allows us to pour our attention into what needs doing. Whatever self-control we can build through the body benefits the mind and visa Versa.
Where we were once losing focus and attention we install parameters and instructions for control which helps us retain energy. Greatly reducing wasted time and wasted energy. As the client gets a feel for the protocols they will autoregulate (self regulate) and experiment with duration, frequency, and intensity of their given tools, making the process wholly their own.
Divine Task Authoring (DTA):
We, as a species, are all in search of meaning and purpose. Divine Task Authoring aims to provide a list of questions that guides you to these answers internally. This is to redirect the search externally to internally. In no esoteric or spiritual sense do the answers lie within. However, we never really take the time to earnestly ask ourselves the important questions about our life and ourselves. Our thoughts, our feelings, and emotions will guide us to what creates an answer to this question.
The Greeks call this creator of answers within a divine intellect or intelligence. We could describe it as a part of our higher reasoning faculties located within the brain, which needs time and stillness to digest and offer back an answer. The DTA framework isn't there to provide you exclusive answers as much as it is there to provide you questions that are supported in a space of stillness and time. Our brain can only connect thoughts, feelings, emotions and the subsequent ideas if we remove certain inputs and stimuli.
When we are constantly overstimulated we most thus always keep processing. Therefor space, stillness and time allow our brains a deload, a period of low stimuli so it can process what we ask it and what it hasn't had time yet to process. Not only does this further expanded self-awareness it also allows people to recognize and acknowledge habitual patterns they would otherwise be blind to through sheer mechanic of habitual looping.
In the given framework of DTA one starts first clearing the muddy waters of the mind, allowing them to settle. Subsequently, as the practice progresses, the client will work through levels of conditioning, beliefs, perceptions, filters, and coping mechanisms that have obstructed the deeper layers of their psyche. By addressing these, guided with questions, they can start breaking through these layers finding clarity in who they are and what they want.
Auto-Dianoia is the last pillar and concept of the Tao of Anagnorisis. It's the Greek word for Self Reflection. Our daily self reflection practice is done with questions that provide insights in the same way the Stoics or Buddhist monks approach their practice of introspection.
Through journaling, we build daily self-awareness and self-expression. By allowing us some space to reflect on the current state we can change whatever state we found ourselves in by priming the questions. These questions give the psyche a red thread to express its challenges and its solutions.
The daily journaling is an extension of the Divine Task Authoring which aims to create an anchoring practice into the present moment. Allowing you to start the day with clear intentions and give you a chance to unload, review and process at the end of the day.
The framework for journaling is built around the client's state, wants, desires, challenges, and obstacles. It's a combination of fostering gratitude for what they currently have and air while offering them a challenge for who they want to become and could embody. All the while giving them a visual record that keeps them responsible for their daily choices and actions. So they can see whether they are moving closer to their goals or away from them.
As the journey and practices progress the questions change, where they are involved and encouraged to have their say in the process so they can essentially lead themselves not only to the desired change but to a sense of autonomy and self-control.
Understandably not everyone can afford my one on one coaching service. Which is why I've created Post Traumatic Growth Method alongisde Bård Inge. The title, although dramatic, refers to the posibility for growth after stressful periods, events or a turbulent past. Many of my clients come to me with sever anxiety, major depression, PTSD and childhood trauma. At PTGM we provide the protocols to deal with these mainfestations of stress and trauma through regulating the nervous system. Find more info at www.ptgmethod.com