The Whole Health Diet: A Transformational Approach to Weight Loss

CHAPTER 8

THE WHD EIGHT-STEP “TRANSFORMACTION” PLAN

I love words, and I really love to formulate new words. I recently fashioned the word “transformaction,” and here’s a little of what I had in mind. The word “action” refers to energy. Action may be powerful, but it typically comes in short bursts. The word “transformation,” on the other hand, indicates a shift that results in a lasting change. One definition of my word “transformaction” then might be: a powerful shift that brings about lasting change.

Every one of us knows what it means to make a resolution, only to hit a wall. We all know well the frustration of wanting and trying to change, only to fail. One of the reasons for this is that the source of our action isn’t rooted deeply enough. Instead of planting the seeds of our resolution in our heart, soul, spirit, and quantum mind, we fruitlessly plant them within the will of our ego.

The WHD provides you with the following eight-step transformaction plan to help you flow through a powerful shift that’s certain to bring about positive, inexhaustible results. This eight-step action plan is designed to take you deeper, so as to ensure both dramatic changes and lasting effects.

The first and second steps of your eight-step plan are “energy-based” steps. They present you with powerful mind exercises created to help you marshal greater manifest energy—to help transform your material life beyond limitation. The remaining six action steps are “matter-based” steps, intended to help you to better organize and motivate yourself as they empower you to keep your higher intentions engaged for long-term action and attainment.

1. CREATE A SACRED PLACE FROM WHICH TO MANIFEST YOUR MIRACLES

I once visited an aging relative in a nursing home and encountered an experience I’ve not forgotten since. As I accompanied my loved one into the cafeteria, my attention was immediately drawn to an intriguing man who was sitting directly across from us. The aide who was seated beside us explained that during his younger years, the man had been a master luthier, world renowned for his rare, handcrafted violins. He appeared deeply troubled as he sat there with his head in his hands. I could hear him faintly repeating a haunting phrase over and over: “Oh, the noise of the world.” The feelings that prompted his words were unnerving—they struck me deeply.

I could clearly sense his deep frustration as he labored to find some semblance of peace of mind. I watched as the poor man struggled mightily to mute the vapid cacophony of clanging dishes, disjointed conversations, and manic television audio. The noise of the world was frustrating his attempts to create a sacred place of peace.

We all have sacred places of peace and transcendence deep within, which eclipse our mortal minds—domains of consciousness that enable us to create peace and manifest miracles. If not for the distracting noise of the world, we could effortlessly create our sacred places, and miracles would be commonplace.

Your first transformaction step is to create a sacred place from which to manifest your miracles. The following exercise will help you do just that. In order to get started, you’ll have to stop! Step out of the “now” moment you’re in, and go all the way to the end vision of your desired goal. This sacred journey must begin at the end. By ushering your way to the end of your desired vision you’ll gain access to the map of how best to get there. Then, you’ll easily be able to get there by simply walking backward in your mind.

Close your eyes and visualize yourself having completed the successful achievement of your desired goal, captured in a single still-life picture within your mind’s eye. Include as many sensory details as you possibly can. If, for example, your ultimate desired goal is to lose fifty pounds, then envision yourself in your mind as being fifty pounds lighter. Be sure to accompany your vision with an array of embellishing sights, sounds, smells, and feelings. For example, you might envision yourself healthy and fit, walking a beautiful beach on a radiant, sun-drenched day. Imagine feeling the warm rays blanketing your skin. Imagine hearing the seagulls and pounding surf as you inhale the fragrant salty air. The more vividly you envision the details, the better. These sensory details are referred to as submodalities in the world of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).

Over the past forty-five years, NLP research has mapped out the human brain and discovered that the greater the sensory richness and diversity of the imagination during any experience, the more likely the mind is to download that experience. Also, the more detailed the submodality development, the deeper the brain will download the memory. The deeper the download, the more empowered the vision is to change your mind’s landscape of reality.

Most of us are not aware of it, but the person we are today is mostly the result of submodality downloading. The sum total of all our positive and negative beliefs is directly correlated with the sensory details affixed to our life experiences. Both our functional and dysfunctional realities are largely determined by our unconscious mind. Our conscious mind can process thousands of bits of information per second, but our unconscious mind can process billions of bits of information per second. Unbeknownst to our conscious mind, our unconscious mind takes in and recalls nearly our entire life experience.

NLP research has discovered that much of the unconscious mind’s reality-shaping memory is drawn to sensory details. All our devils and our angels are in these details. The important point here is that with the help of submodality visualization, we have the power to eliminate and override any old negative messages that may have repeatedly frustrated our ongoing attempts to reach desired goals. What’s more, submodality visualization allows us to embed new positive downloads to replace old negative downloads, so as to enable us to finally reach our desired goals.

So: stop, step out of the “now” moment you’re in, and go all the way to the end vision of your desired goal. This visualization exercise needn’t take more than a minute or two, but it should be repeated with great frequency. Each time you return to this sacred place of miracles in your mind, you’ll add another brick to the foundation of your dreams.

2. GO TO THE END AND WALK BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE

Now it’s time for the second transformaction step. With the help of visualization, you’ve already arrived at your final destination. Now, to take the next step, you’ll have to go to the end and walk back to where you are, in your mind. Every journey has a beginning, a middle, and an end. “Go to the end and walk back to where you are” is a visualization exercise that asks you to envision yourself moving in reverse direction—from the end of your miracle journey to the middle, and finally back to the beginning. This is the perfect antidote for being stuck before ever getting out of the starting gate. Far too many fail to attain their desired goals before they even get started, because they just don’t know where to begin.

Unlike the first visualization exercise, “Go to the end and walk back” doesn’t call for graphic submodalities. Instead, it asks you to generally envision yourself moving in reverse from the successful achievement of your goal, to the middle phase of hard work and process, and finally back to the beginning jump-off point. By repeatedly going to the end of our dreams and reversing direction we clear timeless pathways to our future dreams.

Once again close your eyes and imagine yourself looking down at your feet standing firmly on the square of your miracle achievement. As you’re looking down you notice two additional squares. The square closest to you represents the middle of your success journey, and the square just beyond it represents the beginning.

Picture yourself in your mind’s eye taking one giant step, landing both feet firmly on the square that represents the middle of your journey. While standing on your middle journey square, focus your attention on embracing the process. Observe your dedication to the hard work demanded of you—feel your unyielding will as you envision yourself pushing through and getting traction. In short, imagine yourself feeling a sense of true satisfaction knowing that your efforts are at last paying off. You needn’t take more than a minute to focus on this vision.

Moving on, imagine yourself taking one more giant step so that both feet have landed firmly on the third and final space, the beginning journey square. While on the beginning journey square, it’s important for you to focus on the enthusiasm and confidence necessary to begin your miracle journey of attainment. Once again, this step does not require any vivid visualization, or submodality input. It is intended to uproot all the fear, doubt, and lack of confidence that have repeatedly undermined your enthusiasm to achieve. The beginning journey part of this exercise gives you the opportunity to embed a powerful new message in your unconscious mind, enabling you to finally overcome the obstacles that have long sabotaged your desire to attain your prized goals.

3. TAKE THREE GIANT STEPS

Now that you’ve taken your two “energy-based” transformaction steps toward your desired goals, it’s time to take your first tangible, “matter-based” steps. Before you go anywhere, you need to know where you’re going. So sit down, collect your thoughts, and think clearly about the task you are about to select as your first real, tangible action step toward your desired goal.

Your first action step should be a baby step. That is to say, it should be doable, but it should also be challenging in a way that gets the attention of your nervous system. If you don’t feel at least a little nervous when thinking about this task, then it’s the wrong choice. There’s got to be some tension in the steps you take toward your desired goal, or there’ll be no transformactional growth. There’s a great line that comes to mind here, spoken by Luisa Rey, a character in the novel Cloud Atlas: “You have to do whatever you can’t not do.” Every time we impose our will over our fear, we create a new level of personal power.

Next, design a three-part, three-step map. The three parts of your map should include the where, when, and how of your first three tangible steps. So take some time to sit down with paper and pen, or use the notepad on your smartphone. Record the date, and then write down your answers in three separate categories for each of your three steps:

For Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3:

1.     What I’m going to do:

2.     When I’m going to do it:

3.     How I’m going to get it done:

The first part—“what”—asks you to specifically define the task that you’ve selected to physically initiate your transformaction plan. Your first step should be a baby step, like waking up early tomorrow morning and taking a brisk three-mile walk. Remember, these tasks should start off relatively undemanding and gradually build in their degree of challenge in accordance with your achievement growth. The key is to take one step toward your highest goal every day! Numbers two and three on your map are equally self-explanatory. They are merely designed to make your self-empowerment journey more conceptual.

Your three-part, three-step map should be continually updated as you evolve through your goal achievement process. Choose your challenges wisely and take your steps fearlessly. To quote author George Addair: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear!”

4. FAIL TO SUCCEED

Words have power. Words like “love,” “death,” “ecstasy,” and “cancer” all have the power to evoke strong emotions that have powerful effects on our entire being via our nervous system. Words derive their meaning and power from belief. This step of our action plan is about changing our belief about word meaning and power. After all, whether we choose to accept or to alter the meaning and power of words is a matter of choice. For example, after centuries of having a negative connotation, the words “wicked” and “bad” have suddenly been assigned a totally opposite, positive meaning by pop culture. Perhaps no word in the English dictionary has greater meaning and power than the word “failure.” It’s a damning and often disabling power that’s laid many a goal to waste. So what’s the story, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, with the header of this action step?

“Fail to succeed” looks crazy, but you must admit, it did get your nervous system’s attention. This header is intended to teach us that if we are to succeed, we must learn to do so through failure. We must come to understand failure as an agent of success. We’ve been taught to fear and loathe failure, and to celebrate success, as if they were two diametric opposites. In truth, the greatest secret to high achievement comes with the understanding that success and failure are opposite parts of one whole.

Ancient Chinese sages often spoke of the importance of understanding what they called the mutual compatibility of opposition. The tai chi circle, or yin/yang symbol, serves as a visual metaphor for this philosophy, as it depicts two polar opposites appearing side by side, each dependent upon the other to create wholeness. This philosophy represents an extreme departure from contemporary Western culture. In the West, we’ve been taught to think of opposition as adversarial. In the East, it’s believed that even the tension that emerges from the forces of opposition is sacred. In accordance with this philosophy, it is understood that there are only blessings or lessons, and if properly understood, the lessons learned can be turned into blessings. And so it is with success and failure. Only our failures can teach us the lessons that only we can turn into our blessings.

In this transformaction step you artistically fashion an image of the tai chi circle. In the predominantly black side of the circle write the word “SUCCESS” in bold white lettering. In the predominantly white side of the circle write the word “FAILURE” in bold black lettering. Next, print at least six copies of your mandala. Place these images in strategic spots where you’re bound to see one at all times throughout your day. Tape one to your bedroom mirror, and another to your refrigerator door. Put one in your car. Keep one at work. Don’t let them out of your sight until you know that you’ve truly gotten the message. You will know when you have.

Note: The word mandala is a five-thousand-year-old Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” Mandalas have long been considered spiritual symbols of power that can assist in bringing forth transformation, wisdom, and unity.

5. UNCONDITIONALIZE YOUR MIND

The truth is, it’s never really been about being too tired, too busy, too early, too late, too dark, too bright, too fast, too slow, too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, too sunny, too cloudy, too icy, or anything else. It’s always been about fear. In fact, it’s about being so fearful of “the great unknown” associated with failure and success that you’ve developed a self-protective defense tactic that keeps you safe from the risk of participation. If your road to success is blocked by an unending list of conditions, it means you’re working overtime in the control room.

This transformaction step on your path to goal attainment is actually more of a quantum leap. It demands that you make the decision to leap over the internment walls of your self-limiting fears. I’ve always embraced the belief that “it’s not about conditions, it’s about decisions.”

Change is very difficult for us. Making the decision to meet change head-on can be paralyzing. We all have a tendency to settle into our comfort zones, because they represent a known history of safety and predictability. Whenever our safety and predictability are in question, alarms are triggered in our brain that put our entire body into a state of “fight or flight.” Our brain is naturally wired for primal fear, in the region between the amygdala and the right prefrontal cortex. Our primal fear wiring represents an important part of our natural defense system, designed for the protection and survival of our species. All this powerful brain machinery networks its way to the far reaches of our unconscious mind. The first time our primitive ancestors touched fire, their primal fear mechanism instantly associated that pain in the brain’s amygdala and right prefrontal cortex, where it was then recorded in their unconscious mind. Once the pain experience makes its way into the unconscious mind, it can never be forgotten. From that time on, the mere mention of fire would elicit the same stress response. And so it is with us whenever we contemplate the unknown possibilities of the next potential failure.

The good news here is that all that primal wiring between our brain and our unconscious mind is not hardwired. It’s neuroplastic, meaning that it can be rewired. Neuroscience has discovered that the human brain was naturally designed to be neurologically rewired and reformatted. Perhaps the best news is that all this rewiring and reformatting can be accomplished by simply changing our inner dialogue.

To engage the process of unconditionalizing your mind and overcoming your fear of the unpredictability of change, you’ll have to start listening to your dialogue. Devote one whole day of your life to tuning in to your inner and outer dialogue. Listen to the words and phrases that you most commonly tend to speak, both internally and externally, and listen especially intently to the energy and emotion behind your words. Does the energy of your spoken words reveal a positive or negative spirit? Also, listen closely to the words spoken by those with whom you spend most of your time. Listen to the energy behind the words most frequently spoken by your significant other, your family, your closest friends, and your work associates. It won’t be long before you start to get a clear picture of why you’ve become so fearfully conditionalized. Whether we achieve or we fail to succeed, it all begins with our words.

We are all either right-brain or left-brain prefrontal dominant. Right prefrontal types tend to be more emotionally fear based, and therefore more inclined to self-limiting conditionalization. Upon contemplation of taking on any great challenge, the inner dialogue of the right-prefrontal-dominant type is likely “I can’t because I’m too tired/too busy; it’s too early/too late.” On the other hand, left-prefrontal-dominant types are more likely to hear the inner voice of their inspired self, encouraging them with confidence-building words and phrases.

Our words represent cause and effect. They both reflect and create our mental states. Research has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that by merely changing our dialogue, we can change our neural pathways. Research continues to show that words alone alter brain chemistry. Positive words elicit a positive neurological effect and negative words have a negative effect. Words are associated with meaning. Meaning generates strong emotional energy, which has a profound effect on our entire nervous system.

The salient message of this transformaction step is this: if you truly wish to succeed, you’ll first have to change your nervous system by replacing all your fear-based words with words of love and happiness. Instead of “I can’t achieve my desired goal because I’m too tired, busy, early, late, etc.,” you’ll have to tell yourself, “I will achieve my desired goal irrespective of any and all conditions, because I’m empowered by all the love and happiness that I continually create.”

The best brain-reformatting results can be attained simply by devoting four minutes every morning and afternoon to the repetition of a sensationalized, positive incantation. I say “sensationalized” because your nervous system will only be drawn into the process if it hears words not commonly spoken. Exaggerated mantras like “I am a genius” or “I am the master of the universe” will more than suffice. Remember, your brain’s neurology doesn’t know or care about accuracy or truth. Your words don’t have to be honest or accurate. They simply have to be positive. Don’t forget to rehearse your positive mantras for four minutes, twice a day. Feel free to change them up from time to time, and remember to keep up a steady flow of positive self-talk throughout your day. Take charge, and unconditionalize your mind with the reformatting power of your words!

6. PLACE FREQUENT CALLS TO YOUR “SOURCE” HOTLINE

We’re always talking to ourselves. As the days of our lives go on, we ponder, we problem solve, and we reminisce within the inner recesses of our minds. Our incessant dialogue with ourselves goes on and on ad infinitum. In fact, the thoughts we think—one thousand to three thousand thoughts per minute—contribute mightily to our busy internal dialogue. So there’s a whole lot of chatter going on deep within us. But the all-important question is—exactly who’s talking to whom?

In the earlier chapters of this book, a significant assertion was put forth regarding our having two selves. With that in mind, let’s assume we’re all composed of a higher and a lower self. Let’s further imagine our higher self as being imbued with innate wisdom, while our lower self is in need of whatever wisdom it can get. So, when you’re listening to your inner voices throughout the day, do you know which self you’re taking direction from? Is your lower self doing most of the talking? Are you even aware of the fact that you have access to innate sage advice from your higher self anytime you want it? It’s all a matter of how conscious you are. Just think—by merely being aware, you can gain access to an innate stream of consciousness within your mind. To my way of thinking, there’s no better place for you to obtain good, sound advice. That’s precisely what this action step involves.

In this action step you create a direct hotline to your higher self. It is really quite simple—all that’s required is your commitment to ongoing mindfulness. You already talk to yourself all day, every day. This action step suggests that you do it more consciously, so that you’re able to clearly determine the source of the information. In time, after you’ve mastered the discernment, you’ll be able to tap into your higher self with consistency and reliability. We all need guidance as we progress through our transformactional evolution. There’s nothing quite like having direct access to a divine hotline.

7. BE LEAVING YOUR MIRACLES

It’s one thing to believe in miracles; it’s another thing altogether to be leaving miracles in your wake. During this time of shifting consciousness, increasing numbers among us are routinely performing miracles. This transformaction step is about turning on our miracle-making machinery. In order for us to tap into our miracle-manifesting potential we must first come to fully understand the vivifying power of belief.

Belief activates both passive and active aspects of our nature. Most of us remain stuck in old passive-belief programming, daring not to believe because of disappointment or skepticism. Passive believers do believe but only sometimes. They are generally willing to believe, but only when their material senses and their logical conscience permit them. Passive believers need lots of reassurance before they invest. Their apprehension casts a wet blanket on their magical fire. Active believers are more willing to push through skepticism and cultural pressure. By letting go of these diminishing forces, we activate a level of faith that unleashes the supernatural energy that engages our manifest power. Belief in the face of uncertainty is exactly what it takes to power up our miracle machinery.

Something otherworldly happens to us when we believe. By projecting skepticism, we may be operating from a place of self-protection and good discernment, but we also lose access to our miracle-making power. When we believe, we flip the “miracle-making” switch.

The best way to strengthen our belief in miracles is to learn to believe in ourselves. The best way to believe in ourselves is to engage in action. I’m sure that somewhere near where you live there’s a children’s hospital, a soup kitchen, an orphanage, or some such place that’s waiting for you to take part in a miracle. It’s time for you to transcend limitation with action. Give of yourself where it is most needed and watch miracles unfold right before your eyes.

8. AFFIRM THAT YOU ARE A MAKER OF MIRACLES

We are the thoughts that emerge from our minds. Our state of mind manifests our relative reality. Our one thousand to three thousand thoughts per minute flow forth from five different reservoirs within our mind:

1.     Negative unconscious—negative and unaware of it

2.     Positive unconscious—positive and unaware of it

3.     Negative conscious—negative and aware of it

4.     Positive conscious—positive and aware of it

5.     Superconscious—positive, aware, and fully in control of it

Each of our reservoirs produces a different state of mind. Unfortunately, according to neuroscience, our minds spend most of their time in the negative unconscious state. In fact, research tells us that we are spending approximately 96 percent of our time unconsciously in the negative thought state. Therefore, we’re walking around ruminating about the worst possible outcomes all day without being conscious of it. What’s worse, brain science also now tells us that, unbeknownst to us, we inadvertently slip in and out of trance states hundreds of times per day.

Trance states are altered brain-wave states that produce a “spaced out” effect, much like when we gaze out a window into the distance with some degree of disconnect. Trance states are extremely fertile mind states, conducive to the planting of transformational thoughts that can radically alter behavior. Behavioral change through hypnosis is an example of how trance can access our deepest unconscious mind. So you might say that by unconsciously hypnotizing ourselves hundreds of times a day, we’re reinforcing thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that exert a powerful influence on our perception of reality.

When you then consider the fact that 96 percent of our existing thought patterns are unconsciously negative, the picture starts to look very troubling. In fact, many of us are unwittingly embedding negative thoughts deep into the innermost recesses of our unconscious mind all day, every day. Imagine how many millions of us are lying in bed falling asleep to the news every night. As we’re lying there half-asleep, in trance, we’re reinforcing all of our most negative and fearful forebodings. All this doesn’t leave us much room for positive conscious and superconscious thinking.

Positive conscious thinking represents our good intentions—like wanting to lose weight, to be fit, and to be healthy. The only thing here is, no matter how consciously positive or determined our intentions are to lose weight, to be fit, and to be healthy, they’re heavily outgunned by the neurology of our negative unconscious mind. Thus, it’s easy to see why there aren’t as many miracles being manifested as there could be.

The superconscious mind is the miracle-making domain of the mind. The concept of superconsciousness relates back to the idea of paying attention to what we’re paying attention to. Awareness of our awareness affords us the power to change our perception. It’s like being both the lead actor and the director of your life movie. So consider the possibilities here. Most of us are chronically negative and unaware of it; some of us are consciously positive—but only until the chronic negativity returns; and few if any of us are locked into a superconscious flow. One more important point here: each of these states of mind represents a choice. Choosing to take superconscious control of our mind can be transformational. It’s where miracles are born.

There is a simple but powerful affirmation exercise in the Whole Health Diet that I would like to share with you now as you take your final action step. This step is designed to switch you over to superconscious dominance.

This affirmation exercise is all about you speaking directly to yourself. More to the point, it’s about your superconscious soul self speaking directly to your unconscious mortal self. This should be done standing completely nude in front of a mirror. It is recommended that you stare deeply into the pupils of your own eyes in order to align directly with your soul self. You’ll be reading from a scripted monologue while still maintaining intermittent eye contact in the mirror.

Imagine that as you read the words of the scripted monologue, your mortal voice has been given over to your soul and that your mortal ears are listening to your soul’s immortal voice. So now, as you prepare to connect with your soul, take three slow and deep breaths. Then position yourself in front of the mirror and begin reading the following:

“I am who you are. Throughout your eternity of lessons and blessings, I have always been within you and I forever shall so remain. I am forever silently observing and assisting you. I remain within you even when you think you’re alone. My love for you is unconditional, and I will remain here for you anytime you need me. I am your source of infinite light, divine inspiration, and universal transcendence. It is I who makes you the miracle maker that you are. Anytime you desire to reach beyond your mortal grasp, I will be here to empower you. I’d like to remind you that you are always far greater and far more powerful than any of your mortal challenges. There is nothing in this world that you cannot overcome. You are immortal. I am the eyes and voice of your soul. We are as one, for I am in you as you are in me. Go now and know that you have been blessed to perform miracles. Remember, you need only believe in your own soul.”