My article published in PQ magazine - October 2019
One in six people suffer from mental illness. Students struggle with studies. And our failure to get in touch with our true brilliance makes it seem like Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a real threat.
I’m a CIMA student and Certified Transformative Coach. One student who learned for me, went from 95 (marginal fail) to 132 out of 150 in the infamous CIMA P1 management accounting exam. But I don’t teach accounting. Instead I talk about the human potential to overcome challenges.
This article aims to give you hope that there is a better way.
Our health is within us. We have an innate ability to learn through insights also called “light bulb” or “aha!” moments. Learning our mother tongue and how to walk comes naturally.
We have an innate ability to recover from set-back. Your emotion reaction to an exam fail will diminish within days, even without the situation changing. New ideas for solving issues come too. We take that for granted but it’s our health and resilience.
This inner “wisdom” is a tailor-made solution generator. Throughout history moments of progress occur with someone seeing something in radically new way, e.g. the discovery of gravity (Isaac Newton), invention of the light bulb (Thomas Edison) and entrepreneurial breakthroughs (Bill Gates and others).
This isn’t just the intellectual mind. These are jumps in consciousness.
In USA, my colleagues in Insight Principles, help employees solve “unsolvable” multi-million-dollar business problems.
This is humanity’s birth right. We all have a connection to wisdom built in, and it does these amazing things for us. As a Transformative coach, I help people to see that innate resilience, learning ability and wisdom.
AI has no equivalent. No matter what AI does to our profession, I’ll rely on insights to give me a new way of life.
What obscures it?
What is it that stands in the way of a more insight-rich experience? It is a misunderstanding about how the mind works. It is just assumed to be true but both neuroscience and physics disagree with it.
It is the belief that outside events directly cause our feelings and experience of life. (e.g. exam failures).
It is, in fact, thought that creates our experience of life. Our thinking and emotions react so fast we are conned into believing it is the outside that is causing our reaction. Over-thinking results as we try to control the world so the thing, we wrongly believe could hurt us, doesn’t happen.
Einstein’s protégé David Bohm said, “Thought creates your world and then says I didn’t do it.”
Getting insights into how the mind really works reveals the fallacy.
Tony was angry and convinced his employers were incompetent. He came to my first public talk. The next day his world changed. Overnight he had had an insight into the role of thought and it changed him permanently. No longer did he hate work. Two talks later, he dropped decades of depression and anxiety.
Tony had been holding tight to his opinion that he couldn’t be happy without his employers changing. He had been heavily over-thinking trying to find a way to change them. When he learnt his thinking wasn’t reliable a breakthrough happened.
Just three minutes of over-thinking causes signs of mental illness. Thirty minutes and you start switching on disease-causing genes and turning off healthy genes. Inflammation results. Symptoms will depend, partially on those genes, possibilities include depression, anxiety, heart attack, asthma attack and schizophrenia.
This new understanding of the mind reduces all that mental strain.
CIMA’s P1 has a 52% first-time pass rate. 60 multi-choice/calculation questions across the syllabus. Time problems are common for those who fail, but not for those who pass well.
I love accountancy. Exams are a fun challenge to me. (My thinking creates my world.) I put in the hours. I aimed for insights. I dived into the material, played about with the formulae. I took clean breaks when I stopped thinking about P1. I was rewarded with an ever-deepening understanding. I was quick and intuitive in the exam and got a good first-time pass.
Contrast that with fearing the exam, rote learning and being slower. Failing, trying to recover with question practice. Getting bored. Hating accountancy. Blaming P1. It is a hard exam, or do we just think that?
Insights and the role of thought go to the essence of who we are.