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The Nexus of Mind and Life!
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James Tripp - 14 February 2019
Hello and welcome to JamesTripp.co.uk
Today I have been reflecting upon the nature and function of this website, and recognising that, in truth, I have never really been happy with it at any point since it’s launch way back when!
Indeed, across time I have grown less and less happy with it despite re-writing it many times - my feeling now is that it has grown stale, and it is therefore time for some excitatory action… time to bring it fully back to life!
Simply put, I’m going to start blogging again! (Written blogging, that is - I’ve been video blogging on James Tripp | Chaos Wave for many years now.)
Hence forth, JamesTripp.co.uk will be a kind of ‘living book’ - unfolding in public and, ideally, with contribution by it’s readers through the comments.
The topic is: Exploring the Nexus of Mind and Life
If you are a UK Military Veteran or Veteran family member looking for assistance with getting your head right and/or transitioning to civilian life, please visit: rock2recovery.co.uk
If, however, you are looking to find out more about my Developmental Coaching philosophy, format, fees and biases, please read on/explore the site on your own terms!
If you are thinking of booking coaching with me, you need to know something of my coaching philosophy and what I do and don’t do… so read on!
Human beings are fundamentally developmental creatures. This means we are born with an innate capacity to develop in our understandings, perspectives, capabilities and patterns of engagement.
The coaching work I do is all about putting people in the driving seat of their own self-development so that they can become the person they need to be to create a life that is both rewarding and fulfilling for both themselves and those others they choose to co-create with (friends, family, enterprise partners and more).
This developmental orientation and focus on who you are becoming is the underpinning of all the work.
For this reason you will not get coaching in terms of ‘action steps and acountability’, you will get coaching in terms of developing the patterns of being and engagement with life that habitually create the results results that you want.
The Creator Frame
Many coaches claim to suspend their biases and coach exclusively from the clients ‘model of the world’ - they are deluding themselves! We always come from our biases so, given this, it is better to acknowledge them, and utilise them to good effect rather than being ‘hypnotised’ and controlled by them. For this reason I 'wear my biases on my sleeve.'
My primary bias in both coaching and in life is the creator frame - this is a way of looking at our lives from the perspective of how we participate in the creation of both our ongoing experience and the habitual results that we get in life.
In all the work we do, I will be 100% biased towards you increasing your power and capability as a conscious creator of your life. (This does NOT mean consciously struggling to overcome your unconscious patterning, it means bringing consciousness to working with the totality of who you are and who you are becoming - this is the true nature of personal mastery).
From this perspective, the work is all about you recreating yourself as a more effective creator of your life.
As such, in working with me, I will explicitly treat you as the dominant creative force in your own life and coach you towards your full potential in that role.
Be > Do > Have
So why do we need to recreate ourselves to truly recreate our lives?
The answer lies in the Be > Do > Have formula.
Be > Do > Have is how we work and how our lives work - our habitual results in life (what we have) emerge from how we habitually engage with the world around us (do) which, in turn, emerges from both how we are psychologically organised AND how we psychologically organise our selves and our realities ongoing (how we are 'being').
When people try to change their lives they often try to change what they have without really changing much about what they do (except in the crudest sense) or try and change what they do without really changing how they are being. These approaches rarely yield sustainable success. If you know this already, this may well be why you are here!
When we work together, we work at the front end of the equation - how you are being! This means seeing deeply into the matrix of who you are how you create and stepping into your power to affect inner transformation that, in turn, leads seemlessly to an outer change in the shape of your life.
Recreate Your Self to Recreate Your Life!
Issue Specific Changework
For many years I offered issue specific changework as a service - this is something I no longer do!
This does not mean that you cannot bring specific issues or outcomes to the coaching!
Indeed, you can bring as many as you wish, but they will be 100% yours to own and, in my view, 100% secondary to your development as an empowered creator of your life. In practice, this means that whatever you bring will be used in service of this 'higher cause' rather than than as ends in and of themselves.
The exception here (and it’s only a partial exception) is in the work I do with military veterans and families via rock2recovery.co.uk
James Tripp is an internationally recognised and respected personal adaptedness coach, generative hypnotist and teacher of self-mastery, hypnosis and influential communication.
Coming from a diverse background including philosophy, music, martial arts, movement culture and NLP, James is also the developer of the critically acclaimed Hypnosis Without Trance approach to hypnosis.
Beyond working with his developmental coaching clients and between ‘walking the earth’ to run workshops in the areas of his expertise all around the globe, James also works with UK military veterans via rock2recovery.co.uk in restoring mental health and adapting to civilian life.
His ‘home turf (London and Edinburgh) workshops also typically draw students from around the world.
A Note on Hypnosis
Because I am known for my expertise in Hypnosis, people sometimes ask me if I can't just 'hypnotise' them to be different in some way they have decided would be better.
To me, hypnosis is simply the strategic use of human communication to move human minds and, as such, is a powerful tool for shifting experience and perspective. What it does NOT do is reprogram people as if they were nothing but simple machines (although sometimes it can appear that way).
Some hypnotists claim to be able to 'fix any problem' in just one short session, a claim that, in my view, betrays a very limited understanding of human beings and human life and completely ignores the developmental nature of mind and behaviour.
Could I, for example, choose a random homeless person from a street corner and hypnotise them to have the patterns of thought, experience and engagement of a Steve Jobs or a Dalai Lama (or any other human being, for that matter)? Not a chance! (And neither could anyone else.)
The reality is that we are developmental creatures and the nature of development is that difference builds on difference... and there is no way to magically bypass this!
'Hypnosis' - sometimes formal, sometimes 'conversational... and almost always non-traditional - is a key part of how I coach, but it is used 100% in the service of your development and not as a magical means to attempt to bypass it.
And, please note, this does NOT mean that you cannot get radical transformative shifts as a result of single hypnotic interventions (you can), it just means that oftentimes the overall journey is greater than a mere single step.
"James, James, James... I want to let you know how much I appreciate your work. I am an NLP and Hypnosis Trainer (US and UK) with a 30 year history in the field, and quite frankly, when I look around the 'academic and professional hypnosis community', I see more bullshit than substance.
It is refreshing to see you at your art... and your great language utilization is as natural as it is effective. You are a member of an elite circle... you are the real deal."
Michael Watson - International Trainer of Hypnosis and NLP
"Unlike some other coaches (and I know a lot), he has developed the knack of switching attention to the aspects of life that REALLY inspire and excite you, as a unique individual. A session that may perhaps have started on a rather flat note builds into a beautiful, rhythmic tune… and finally to a glorious crescendo of energy and motivation.
Wrapped into that effortless-looking process is a huge amount of skill and experience. I unhesitatingly recommend James and his work.”
Judy Rees – X-Ray Listener and Co-Author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds
“I have worked professionally as an agent of change for twelve years, done thousands of client sessions and read several hundred books on Psychology, NLP and Hypnosis...
James gave me several useful nuances that I am using in my daily work, and his ideas have inspired me to develop some useful modifications, experiments and techniques of my own. Strongly recommended!”
Jørgen Rasmussen – Author of Provocative Hypnosis and Provocative Suggestions
“I thoroughly recommend spending some time in [James'] company. He knows many things, has the flexibility of an NLPer (a good one) the intent of a hypnotist (a good one) and the manners of a true gent.
He will bend you in two with his mind.”
Anthony Jacquin – Hypnotist, International Trainer and author of Reality is Plastic
who I work with!
“You you have to 'niche' your services” goes the battle cry of the marketers - I don't and I never have!
Across the years I have helped all sorts of people make all manner of personal changes and adjustments through both issue specific changework and personal coaching. Some examples:
I've coached many dozens of 'worker drones' to shift gears and transform themselves into successful idependant business and/or practice creators. Musicians and performers to overcome the mind-made limitations that have held them back. Special Forces operatives to manage their state of mind. Military veterans to adapt to life beyond the military. I’ve helped all kinds of people transcend habits and addictions (smoking, crack, heroin, porn etc.). People recover from past 'trauma' and 'PTSD' (labels that have limitations in themselves)... Overcome 'depression'... Transform their relationships... all manner of people transcend all manner of apparent limitations.
Individual people with unique lives.
A professional poker player I worked with learned to bring more authenticity and presence into his connections and relationships. A Record Producer re-booted his career and took his artist development expertise to a whole other level. The head of a PR Consultancy breathed new life into her business after taking time away to raise her children. A business leader with over 1000 people under his charge overcame a growing problem with anxiety and panic attacks and regained his strength and grounding... just a few of many possible examples.
Whilst all these people are indeed diverse, there is one thing they all have in common:
They are each one someone who was sincerely committed to genuinely transforming themselves and/or reshaping their lives!
(Once again, if you want it, you'll get it.)
Today, as I write this, my life has moved on - I am a creator first and a coach second and this means that my time for coaching is strictly limited.
As such I choose (aside from rock2recovery.co.uk) to coach only those who are willing to step into high levels of ownership for their role in creating their lives.
PLEASE NOTE: I am currently not taking on ANY private clients for issue specific changework, ONLY developmental coaching work! There is no flexibility on this!
The Nature of the work
I’m a coach not becasue I chose it as a career but becasue it came to me as a natural extension of my own self development - initially in ‘fixing’ what I thought was wrong with me through to growing into myself as an empowered creator of my life.
To every session I bring over half a lifetime of experience in self-transformation, and a quarter of a lifetime of working professionally with others in coaching and facilitating change (for reference, I’m 45 as I write this).
In all the work, I strongly bring my biases, which include respecting your personal sovereignty 100% (part of the reason I don’t do ‘accountability coaching’).
I bring my experience and expertise, you bring your commitment and intelligence, and together we co-create shifts in your personal apability and experience of yourself.
For what it’s worth, from a facilitation perspective I also bring any combination of modern Hypnosis, Clean Language, NLP, General Semantics, Comprehensive Resourceing, Applied Psychology, Ancient Wisdom and much more more.
In working with me, I will explicitly treat you as the dominant creative force in your own life and coach you towards your full potential in that role.
What to Expect?
This the work is 100% about meaningful personal evolution/transformation and real-world results.
As such, this work is for those who understand that they can learn, change and grow in profound ways and who are willing to immerse themselves fully in that process.
To work effectively in either context, a willingness to 'invest in loss' (let go of old ideas, beliefs and patterns of engagement), and a desire to radically transform your engagement with life are absolute prerequisites for the process.
With these in place, you are in a powerful position to transform yourself in meaningful and significant ways - switch on, take ownership, engage fully and apply what you learn and your life will transform.
All the work is undertaken through a creative and generative connection between two intelligent systems (you and I). We work in a 100% 'no bullshit' zone which cuts in both directions (I don't flannel you, you don't flannel me!). Within this dynamic, I show up 100% committed to helping you get powerful, generative results that will change your life significantly for the better and I ask that you do the same.
You can expect that I will be using everything that I know about hypnosis and pragmatic psychology to influence you towards more power and choice in your life, as well as a specific outcome that meets your needs. Some of the work might be formal 'eyes-closed deep processing', some might be overtly hypnotic (if that's a good fit). Some will be making use of 'mind games' and thought experiments to deeply shift perspectives and understandings. We may alter physiology to access various resource and processing states and discuss deep principles of the mind and human experience and I may challenge and provoke you. At all times I will be out to influence you (always towards more power and choice) with words and metaphors.
Throughout this both my heart and focus will be with serving you and rather than pleasing you. We may end up doing some pretty deep work and shining a spotlight on some uncomfortable things... and I will most certainly be challenging the foundations of your reality - this is my side of the work.
Immersing yourself in the processes, explorations and engagements with an intention to get rich transformation from them is your side of the work (although I will be there to coach you on that too)!
WHAT I DO:
I help you see the unconscious matrix that has been running your life - what you do with that (both consciously and unconsciously) is down to you! (Though I can, of course, give you some input on that too).
I work with you to uncover and depotentiate and/or reorganise unconscious drivers (fears and desires in all their shades)
I help you connect with where you have true power and choice in how you meet and create with both internal and external circumstances
I consider you as the dominant creative force in your own life and will, as such, coach you towards your full potential in that role.
WHAT I DON’T DO:
I won't hold you 'accountable' (instead I will help you become who you need to be to in the driving seat of your life).
I don not undertake the unconscious 're-programming' of people - I help people wake up to their own power as creators of themselves and their lives.
I will not give you action steps or help you create linear plans.
SO, A FOOD METAPHOR...
To make the most of the coaching, show up 'hungry'. If you are hungry, you will eat, digest and extract a lot of goodness (we will be creating a nutritious meal).
If you think you might be showing up to 'push the food around the plate' then you might want to save yourself the fee because 'force feeding' isn't my game!
Deep Developmental Work
This work is offered via two formats - the Going Beyond Yourself Intensive and Ongoing Developmental Coaching.
The format you choose will depend upon your personal requirements. If you are looking for this coaching to support you in delivering a specific life project (building or growing a business, social enterprise or other project), then the Ongoing Developmental Coaching format is recomended.
Whichever format you choose we begin with Yin Path Work - learning to wake up from (or wake up to) to the illusions and mind-made limitations that are holding you back from engaging with life at your best.
The work progresses forward (the rate will depend upon the individual ) to Yang Path Work - recreating yourself and your experience of the world so as to live from a place of powerful generative influence (generating seemingly magical results).
Both taken together represent the path of mastering your mind to master your life.
Unlike a lot of what passes for coaching, the work I offer does not pretend to be entirely 'non directive' - it comes from a worldview... an understanding of human psychology and experience and how that relates to our habitual results in life. To give a flavour of that:
Life is Chaos...
...a ceaseless cascade of infinite and interconnected variables unfolding across multiple simultaneous planes (physical, biological, cultural, social, psychological etc. etc.).
From out of this unfolding chaos, stuff and states-of-affairs emerge - experiences, relationships, businesses, works of art, music, technologies, social movements, historical events, memes and much much more.
And then there is you!
Apart from the chaos and yet a part of it all at the same time. So how do you engage with it? How do you dance with it? How do you create with it with art, lightness and joy?
The answers to these questions dictate the quality and impact of your being in the world, as well as the quality and impact of the differences your participation makes.
This may seem poetic, but there is pragmatism behind the poetry. Most people, to a greater or lesser extent, struggle with life, trying to bring the chaos under 'control'. They try to impose simplistic cause and effect models to that which consists in complexity and emergence (the psycho social reality of the human world we are part of), an this is a suckers game that cannot be won. The unfolding of life cannot be tamed. Others, sensing this, just yield and allow themselves to get swept along and washed away but life's tides. But there is a third way - creatively and expressively surfing the 'chaos wave'.
Any surfer knows that they cannot control the wave - the wave is as it is... dynamic in its unfolding. Try to control the wave or deny the nature of it and they wipe out. Refuse to engage with the wave and they are just pushed around, clinging to their board ending up who knows where and in what state.
So we want to surf the wave - creatively and generatively. It requires sensitivity, understanding and the 'right touch'. It requires letting go of the need to control but in turn connecting with subtler and more powerful forms of engagement.
The work we undertake is ultimately about connecting with this way of being. The perfect result an effortless ongoing creation of a fulfilling and rewarding life, from both the inside out and outside in (of course, we are human, so as good as we get we will still 'wipe out' from time to time).
The Going Beyond Yourself Personal Intensive is all about the most important first principles in connecting with this way of being and engaging - The Yin Path. The Ongoing Developmental Work begins in the same place but enables progression beyond into Yang Path Work.
The ongoing coaching create the opportunity to go beyond those first principles and get into deep Personal Adaptedness (becoming the perosn who you need to be to create the kind of life you want to have).
The Yin Path - Invest in Loss
The Yin Path is about waking up from the everyday trances that have been running our lives.
In Taijiquan training there is an expression: 'in order to profit, you must invest in loss'. This means letting go of cherished ideas and patterns of response and engagement that have been holding you back.
Some of these will be obvious to you - you will be able to see clearly the things that are not working so well for you in how you are doing life. Others will not - they will lie hidden or seem innocuous or irrelevant.
So with this intensive we are all about going beyond yourself - letting go of the rocks that have been weighing you down and freeing you to connect with your deeper, lighter more creative potential.
The Yang Path - Create Yourself To Create Your Life
Where The Yin Path has us awake from old, limiting trances, the Yang Path has us create a new and empowering repertoire of trances (performance states) that serve us as creators of our lives.
WHO IS THIS WORK FOR?
We are living in transitional times. As I write this one in seven of the UK workforce is now self employed - individuals carving out their destiny as captains of their own ships in changing technological, cultural and economic waters. And for those who remain in traditional employment the game is changing fast - stay fresh and ahead of the curve or get wiped out. We all need to find our own paths increatively and generativey engaging with the world, such as we meet the needs of both ourselves and those around us in terms of health, wealth and relationships. The world is moving and we must move too.
Through my work across the years I've seen people transforming their lives and waking up to new possibilities and ways of being on multiple levels. I've seen 'worker drones' transforming themselves into business creators, shaping their own destinies. Musicians and performers overcome limitations that have held them back. Professionals of all sorts transcend procrastination and fear of failure. And all manner of people transcend all manner of perceived limitations.
A professional poker player I worked with learned to bring more authenticity and presence into his connections and relationships. A Record Producer re-booted his career and took his artist development expertise to a whole other level. A PR Consultant breathed new life into her business after taking time away to raise her children. A Managing Director (with over 1000 people under his charge) overcame a growing problem with anxiety and panic attacks and regained his strength and grounding... just a few of many possible examples.
There are hidden 'rules of engagement' for these transitional times (very different from those inculcated through conventional education)... new demands upon us in terms of how we must engage if we are to fully participate and thrive. You may already feeling this and be looking to get ahead of the curve, or you may just be fascinated with the magic of non-linear generative engagement.
Each persons Personal Intensive is different, depending on where they are at in relation to currently embodying the principles of generative engagement and with regard to their own persona patterning. The purpose of the intensive is to connect you more deeply with yourself at your best as a 'generative operator' in your life.
Again, the format you choose will depend upon your personal requirements. If you are looking for this coaching to support you in delivering a specific life project (building or growing a business, social enterprise or other project), then the 6 or 12 month Ongoing Developmental Coaching format is recomended. If you are looking for personal transfromation for it's own sake, a Going Beyond Yourself Intensive can be a good fit.
Going Beyond Yourself - A Personal Transformative Intensive
Going Beyond Yourself is a two day personal intensive geared toward transcending limiting belief/identity structures and counterproductive 'trances of engagement'. The two days are spent together in 'realspace' (not online) exploring your key operational beliefs, self concept and habitual patterns of engagement in relation to the Principles of Generative Engagement.
The objective is to loosen off your unconsciously created, reactive self and connect you more deeply with self-as-creator in both a pragmatic and magical sense.
As a result of this intensive you will find yourself embodying a new range of options regarding generative and fulfilling engagement with life.
We spend two days together (the location can be anywhere in the world... arranged to best suit your needs) immersed in the principles of generative engagement and exploring your existing patterns in relation to these.
We will evaluate and disrupt personal patterns that are not optimally serving you and invite the deep intelligence of your entire system of being to recreate those patterns along better adapted (to the life you want to create) lines.
The 'pillars' it is based upon are:
'Creative, generative engagement with life.
Increase personal acuity and understanding (becoming a better witness to your own unconscious processes so as you can come to master them more deeply.
Disrupting specific habituated patterns as and where useful
If you are interested in engaging with this work, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what it is that appeals to you about it, where you are at currently in your life and what differences you would like to be making in terms of your engagement and results.
If you would like to connect with me about a Going Beyond Yourself Personal Intensive, please do contact me on email@example.com and let me know something of where you and what it is you are looking to create, transform or achieve.
Online Developmental Coaching (currently via Zoom, Skype or in person)
This format consists one-to-one work across time on Zoom or Skype. Sessions are generally 90 minutes but may run long or short (by agreement and/or emergance) and are scheduled approximately weekly or bi-weekly. Coaching runs until the time block booked is used up!
Whilst the true value of this work is drawn from your creative effort and input in combination with my experience and expertise, I charge simply for my time (within that time, you will get my full focus and the very best input and/or facilitation I can create with you). Time with is bookable in the blocks:
10 Hours = £2000
50 Hours = £15000
100 Hours = £40000
You will note, the greater the requested future commitment the greater the hourly fee (some find this unusual, but it is the way it is here!). Time is used flexibly (session lengths are flexible and by agreement though the default template is 90 minutes) but there will be an agreed calendar period in which the hours are to be used. Bespoke blocks for intensives between 10 and 50 hours are by personal agreement.
If you are interested in personal changework or coaching (either issue specific or developmental) you can message via the contact form at the bottom of this page.