Brain Optimization with Emphasis in Nutrition, Wellness/Life Coaching with Emphasis in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Consciousness with Emphasis in Non-Duality. Certification Courses.

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10-Month Certification Course in Brain Optimization™ with Emphasis
in Nutrition -- Flip Learning Format

- Tuition Starting at $125 per Month -

This Course Leads to a Certification
as a Brain Optimization™ Practitioner.
To see the certificate of completion please click here


Learn from the Pioneers that Created Brain Optimization™,
as a uniquely effective aproach to optimal health -- physical
and mental -- as an institute serving the United States and the
world since 2005, and as a cutting edge profession.


Online Worldwide
Santa Monica, Glendale and Los Angeles In-Person


Logistics and Course Curriculum



Access to Information about this Course:
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A Vocational Certification Course, also Well Suited for
Healing and/or Personal-Development


This course is designed to fulfill the vocational needs of practitioners wanting to work in the field of Brain Optimization™ with an Emphasis in Nutrition. It is also well suited for those desiring to attain healing
and/or personal development.




Enrolling All Year Round

Normal Format:
10-month certification course in the flip learning
format -- a uniquely effective combination of video classes and one-on-one coaching sessions
. A 3-hour video-class and 1-hour coaching
session every other week.

Accelerated Format: For those interested in finishing their certification in half the time (5 months) we offer an accelerated format with classes
every week.

Slow-Paced Format: To accomodate students with less time available to study or with a more restricted budget, we also offer a slow-paced format with classes once a month. In this format the total tuition price does not change, but the monthly tuition payment is reduced to $125.00.




Location: Online Worldwide on Skype or phone.
Santa Monica, Glendale and Los Angeles in-person.




Deadline to Enroll: Enrolling all year round; limited only to the teacher's time availability. Please check with us at 310-455-6815.




Access to the Edited Classes in HD Video: Available in a
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SIERRA NEVADA, CALIFORNIA



"If we haven't learned to nourish brain and body properly, we can't expect
to have a healthy brain, to have good mental health, or to be happy"
-- Gian Girardi, founder


 

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From One of BOI's Graduate Students

Gian is a professional teacher. I have found his private sessions, meditations, and classes a work of art. My time with Gian has been life-changing not only from a physical standpoint, but mentally and spiritually as well. I signed up for a brain/body nutritional class with Gian back in 2009; wow! How that improved my life from a physical standpoint. Then I attended some meditation sessions that Gian held on the weekends and again, what a spiritual revelation! Since then I have continued seeing Gian for private sessions, and again, what insights have come! Gian is not only a wise man, but his teaching style is outstanding and his compassion and intuition are life changers! -- Mark

 

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One-On-One, Flip-Learning Format


1- The student watches a 2 1/2 to 3-hour video class.

2- He/she answers a 21 questions test -- tests are not graded.

3- Student meets with his/her teacher one-on-one for a 1-hour coachig session, on Skype, phone or in-person.



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Dates and Class Schedule


Students can enroll any time in the flip learning format, conditioned only to the teachers' time availability to provide training to a new student. Please call us at
310-455-6815, or write to us at Alana@BrainOptimization.com




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Time Commitment for the 10-Month Flip-Learning Format


Video Classes: Each video class is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. The student needs to watch one class every other week.

Coaching Sessions One-on-One: Each coaching session is one hour long.

Homework: A commitment of about six to ten hours per month is required. The student can do more homework based on their time availability and enthusiasm. 

1- Completing a true / false quiz after each class (not graded but mandated to become certified)

2- Reading books and written material (optional)

3- Watching specific movies and documentaries (optional)

Total: The aproximate time commitment necessary to participate in the regular 10-month format, with classes every other week, is 13 to 17 hours per month.


Other Formats

The accelerated 5-month format, with classes every week, requires
twice as many hours per month.

The slow pace 21-month format, with classes once a month, requires
approximately half the time of the 10-month format.

Commitment to apply the knowledge to one's own life: All BOI courses aim at helping the student improve his or her life, so that later they know how to help others do likewise. Intellectual knowledge has value,
but is definitely not enough.



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Final Paper

 

At the end of this course a four-page paper is required in order to obtain the final certification. The student can choose any subject they found interesting or
valuable during the course.



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Tuition and Fees


10-Month Certification Course in Brain Nutrition Counseling™

Classes Every Other Week: $250.00 at the enrollment and $250.00 per month,
until the total tuition price is paid.



Upfront Payment: A 10%, $250.00 discount, is available this year 2014.

Students desiring to pay their tuition upfront pay $2,250.00 instead of $2,500.00

-- No upfront or hidden fees or request for donations of any kind --



Other Formats

Accelerated, 5-month format, with classes every week: $500 per month until the total tuition price is paid.

Slow pace format with classes once a month: $125.00 per month until
the total tuition price is paid
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Scholarships:
Scholarships are available under precise, predetermined conditions, like low income students living in India, China, Russia and third-world countries in general. Please check with us.




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Enrollment Process

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Course Curriculum




1st Class: The Foundation of Brain Optimization™ with Emphasis in Nutrition (Introductory, Tuition Free Class)

01- Understanding the ongoing revolution of Orthomolecular Medicine and Orthomolecular Psychiatry.

02- The Brain Optimization Institute's origin and mission. 
03- Connection between optimization of the brain with nutrition and mental as well as physical health.
04- How optimizing the brain with nutritional interventions helps immensely to attain success in life. Using Brain Optimization™ to move from Victim to Victor.
05- The connection between brain and happiness -- personal and transpersonal.
06- The teachers' struggle and eventual success. The 1st breakthrough at balancing his metabolism and the 2nd one at balancing his brain neurotransmitters. When your diet works and when it is insufficient; when supplements work and when they fail.
07- Understanding the present legal issues and the ethical responsibilities in the Brain Optimization profession.
08- Other approches to Brain Optimization.™ Do they really work?
09- How you can use Brain Optimization™ and this Certification Course to heal yourself and others.
10- The fundamental issue of compliance with nutritional treatment. Behavioral modification. Overcoming resistance to taking pills and supplements.
11- Supplements safety vs. drugs safety -- based on mainstream statistics! 
12- The power of suggestion when taking a pill, and how it should be used intelligently by every practitioner, including doctors. 
13- A supplement program for life? Pros and cons. Is it for you? How you can implement it? Will it help you age gracefully and healthy?
14- Most recent breakthrough in Brain Optimization™ and antiaging.
15- How to organize your supplement program. 
16- Taking supplements with or without meals -- pros and cons -- swallowing techniques and storing your supplements safely.
17- Can supplements produce undesirable interactions when taken together? Can supplements produce side effects? What to do about it? 
18- The importance of practicing nutrition on oneself. My mentor's "sad" experience in Oriental Medical school.
19- Are supplements from China and India really safe?
20- How and why selling supplements to your client can help you immensely to consolidate your private practice. The invaluable blessing of having your own business.
21- What will you learn during the 10-Month Certification Course in Brain Optimization™?


i- Required Homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature
iv- Reality show that demonstrates the impact of glucose management on mood, endurance, the so called mental strength, happiness and more.

 

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2nd Class: Wise Use of Carbohydrates; Fundamental Pillar of Brain Optimization™- Part 1

 

01- Macronutrients vs. Micronutrients
02- Macronutrients' impact on health and happiness. Why it is fundamental to master them. How this was done in the past through the cultural diets. How it will need to be done from now on. Why science is struggling so much with something apparently so "simple?"
03- Simple and complex carbohydrates and their powerful impact on health and happiness. 
04- What is glucose and why and how the body produces glucose.
05- Why glucose is the most fundamental brain pathway -- even more than neurotransmitters. The complexities of the body's glucose regulatory system.
06- Lifestyle changes that are damaging this delicate biochemical pathway, in our country and civilization.
07- The Six Hour Glucose Tolerance Test, and why the stubborn misinterpretations of the glucose curves by mainstream medicine.
08- The Normal curve.
09- Abnormal curves: the typical hypoglycemic curve and its impact on the brain. The infamous mix curve -- surfing the glucose curve up and down. The flat curve and depression. The most typical pre-diabetes curve. 
10- Why hypoglycemia is a scientifically proven disease, that affects mostly the mental health of the individual. When was it discovered; and why mainstream does not like this label.
11- Brain, body and mind symptomatology. Hands-on self-assessment during the class. 
12- A pathway to other serious diseases.
13- The teacher's personal story -- how healing the metabolic disorder in his glucose pathway lead to a fulfilling life. 
14- Genes and the glucose pathway.
15- Glucose metabolism and chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia
16- Self-diagnosis at home, when your doctor is uncooperative.
17- Pre-diabetes; what is it, and what isn't. The infamous spikes! Do they affect only the diabetic?
18- Pre-diabetes impact on brain/mental health, health in general, loss of happiness and productivity.
19-What are the consequences of not addressing pre-diabetes? The impact on obesity and vice-versa. The impact on aging and vice-versa.
20- Could you have pre-diabetes? How to assess for it at home?
21- Q&A 

i- Required Homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature
iv- Reality show that demonstrates the impact of glucose management on mood, endurance, the so called mental strength, happiness and more.

 


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3rd Class -- Wise Use of Carbohydrates a Fundamental Pillar of Brain Optimization™ -- Part 1

01- Diabetes Type Two -- why it is under diagnosed. Why America is experiencing an epidemic of type two diabetes and what can be done about it.
02- Type Two Diabetes' impact on cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as brain/mental health and happiness
03- Can it be healed? How? 
04- Type One Diabetes. An explosion of Type One Diabetes -- why? 
05- An extraordinary case story -- physical exercise's impact on the glucose curve
06- Is it possible to heal Diabetes Type 1? 
07- Insulin resistance -- what is it and how it impacts the brain
08- Could be insulin resistance the main cause for aging?
09- Could you have insulin resistance and you don't know it? What can be done about it.
10- Insights from your client's diet report
11- Advanced Glycation End Products -- are we been "cooked" from within, and we do not even know it?
12- Coffee and the glucose system.
13-Junk food: Pizza, Subway friend or foe, the Soup Exchange friend or foe. Nutra sweet. Sodas. Fructose and high frustose. White sugar and white flour. Tortillas. White rice.
14- Could occasional binging on carbohydrates be helpful? 
15- Overweight's impact on health, self-esteem, happiness and life span. How to loose weight. Are you up to the challenge?
16- Intestinal flora and the glucose pathway. How carbohydrates impact this powerful and sensitive internal ecosystem. 
17- Our happiness may depend on the type of micro-organisms we have in our guts.
18- Do probiotic supplements really work? Any alternative?
19- The Three Golden Rules of Nutrition, or the Three Golden Rules of Happiness?
How to win the battle for good nutrition - apply this one trick and you will succeed.
20- The Glycemic Index and the trap of fruit and fruit juices
21- Nutritional deficiencies and the glucose metabolism -- protein and fats.

i- Required Homework
ii- Recommended Homework
iii- Recommended Literature
iv- Reality show that demonstrate the impact of glucose management on mood, endurance, the so called mental strenght, happiness and more.


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4th Class: Proteins and The Dance of Life and Death, Part 1: Animal Protein

01- Protein and the great drama of life on this planet; and perhaps on others. Why life in the ocean may not be as fun as we imagine. 
02- The protein we choose can sustain life or take life -- it is up to us. Case story of a deadly high protein weight reduction diet.
03- A deadly taboo in the arctic circle. 
04- What happens when university students visit a slaughter house
05- Vegetarianism may be a humane answer to the horrors of slaughter houses, but there are other factors to consider.
06- Proteins and amino acids.
07- Complete vs. incomplete proteins -- essential vs. non-essential amino acids.
08- Amino acids deficiencies and their impact on the brain's neurotransmitters.
09 Why "isms" may not be useful in nutritional counseling.
10- A ethical selective approach to protein compared with a dogmatic approach. Can you eat meat and still support the planet and the animals?
11- Is it true that every protein -- vegetarian or not -- can be consumed safely if we choose the best quality and the right quantity?
12- Is fish the greatest protein ever? Are we about to lose it?
13- Why there is mercury in my fish and how to remove it -- "the semen of Shiva." Impact of mercury on neurons -- university research. The safest fish species may not be safe for much longer -- unless we change the definition of safe :) 
14- Any radioactivity in my fish? -- concerns about Fukushima. Fifty nuclear reactors in tsunami country. How ocean health and human health are connected. Why and how to avoid overfocusing on this unless you are an activist.
15- The aquaculture industry -- volume, growth and main players, future of the industry. Feed conversion rate.
16- How this risky and competitive business requires dangerous measures to subsist. What are these measures? How they affect teh human body? 
17- Comparing wild vs farmed fish -- antibiotics, hormones, fat content, muscle content, GMO corn, dye, pro-inflammatory Omega-6, mercury, small vs big fish, nitrosamines.
18- What can we do to protect ourselves?
19- Ecological considerations in regard to the ocean and fish -- what percentage of the fish is already gone?  Acidification of the oceans; does it have any impact on fish? 
20- Could pesco-vegetarianism be the answer? Why this diet may allow us to feed 11 billion people hungry for protein.
21- Q&A.

i- Required Homework
ii- Recommended Homework
iii- Recommended Literature



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5th Class: Proteins and The Dance of Life and Death, Part 2: Animal Protein

01- Flying at 9,000 feet.
02- Is industrialized farmed beef a safe, healthy food? Any antibiotics? Hormones? Fat vs. muscle content. Any GMO corn? Any pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? Tranquilizers? Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?
03- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
04- Ecological considerations for industrialized farmed beef. Total cattle population, demand on land, grain, gasoline consumption, FCR and its ecological consequences.
05- What is in the Free Range Grass Fed Beef? Any difference? -- Antibiotics? Hormones? Fat vs. muscle content. Any GMO corn? Any pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? Tranquilizers? Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol? 
06- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions. Can folate and other foods and supplements help to compensate for these issues? To what extent?
07- Ecological considerations for organic, free range, grass fed beef. LCR and FDR.
08- Is industrialized farmed poultry a safe, healthy food for humans? -- Any antibiotics? Hormones? High fat content and little muscle i.e. soft meat? Any GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? What about tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?
09- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
10- Is organic, free range, "naturally" fed poultry a safe, healthy food? Any antibiotics? Hormones? Fat vs. muscle content? Any GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory omega-6? Arachidonic acid? Tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?
11- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
12- Ecological considerations for organic, free range, naturally fed poultry. What would be the impact on global warming if we all stopped eating beef and ate poultry instead? Poultry's FCR.
13- Are industrialized, farmed eggs a safe, healthy food? -- Any antibiotics? Hormones? GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? What about tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?  E-Coli?
14- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
15- Are organic, free range eggs a safe, healthy food? Any antibiotics? Hormones? GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? Tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol? E-Coli?
16- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
17- Are industrialized dairy products a safe, healthy food? Any antibiotics? Hormones? GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory omega-6? Arachidonic acid? What about tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?
18- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
19- Are organic, free range, grass-fed dairy products good food for you? Any antibiotics? Hormones? GMO corn? Pro-inflammatory Omega-6? Arachidonic acid? What about tranquilizers? Nitrosamines? Cholesterol?
The best dairy products -- cow milk vs goat milk, cow cheese, cow milk yoghurt, goat cheese, goat milk yoghurt, aged vs fresh cheese, raw cow milk, raw goat milk.
More about dairy products: a powerful source of protein? Mucus forming? Allergy detonator? Pro inflammatory? How to attain a cholesterol of 600 and get three heart attacks before sixty. Age and consumption of cow milk?
20- What can be done about these issues -- practical solutions.
21- Fundamental conclusion and its impact on the planet. Ethical considerations. The power of the consumer.


i- Required Homework
ii- Recommended Homework
ii- Recommended Literature.


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6th Class: Proteins and The Dance of Life and Death, Part 3 -- Plant Protein


01- Plant Protein
02- Significance of Dr Ernest Geiger's experiments in rats with corn and amino acid supplementation. Were his results accurate? Are they still valid? USC 1940s. 
03- Best ways to overcome the limitations of plant protein.
04- Complete protein with less than ideal amino-acid distributions.
05- Legumes with Grains -- Organic Beans and Organic Brown Rice, Organic Lentils and Organic Brown Rice, Organic Corn and Beans, Couscous and Garbanzo Beans. 
06- Gas is a real limitation for some. Any effective solution? 
07- Grains: Organic Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Couscous, Corn and so on.
08- Yes, there is a poison in our organic grains and legumes, but this simple practical measure solves the problem.
09- Power bars -- a dream that started 35 year ago.
10- Soy protein -- friend or foe?
11- Soy challenges and how to address them: GMO, trypsin inhibitors, phyto-estrogens, isoflavones endocrine disrupters, allergenic effects, hypothyroidism and lectins.
12- Soy and the ovo-lacteo vegetarian movement of the 70s and 80s 
13- Fermented soy products: organic miso, soy yogurt, tempe, natto
14- Non-Fermented: organic soy milk, tofu, textured protein, soy protein powder -- organic and non-organic.
15- Final recommendations in regard to the use of soy products.
16- Nuts and seeds -- Nuts: walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, pine nuts, (peanuts), (Goji Berries) 
17- Seeds: almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
18- Challenges and practical solutions to rancidity, aflotoxin and allergies. When low blood pressure becomes a problem. Excess vs moderation. Proteins that can be completed with grains and legumes - Chinese wisdom.
19- Final recommendations in regard to the use of plant protein. 
20- Final recommendation for those interested in practicing a vegetarian, low-glucose diet.
21- About the recommended literature for the next class.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature




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7th Class: Veganism vs the Paleolithic Diet. Science or Religion?

01- How to become a vegan safely. Is it for you? How can you know? Why the devil is in the details. 
02- If this were the fundamental benefits of a vegan diet: a) adding ten extra years to your life or more b) no cancer c) no cardiovascular disease d) no arthritis e) no osteoporosis f) no inflammation g) no diabetes h) no Alzheimer's disease and i) no obesity; would you become a vegan? Are these scientific facts or wishful thinking? 
03- What are the most fundamental issues to consider and compensate for?
04- On incomplete proteins, decrease pleasure for some, digestibility and gas, GMO and pesticides, lectins, B12, L-Carnitine, Omega-3 fish oils, D3, rancidity and aflotoxin, indulgence in simple carbohydrates and chewing.
05- Protein in vegetable juices? Science or Myth?
06- Pure plant protein powders.
07- What about honey? Why the vegan diet can easily become a religion, and why to avoid this attitude. India: the ancient conflict between vegetarians and meat eaters.
08- Vegan monkeys that supplement with animal protein.
09- Veganism combined with fish?
10- The Paleolithic Diet -- origins. Why is it popular among scientists? 
11- Dos and don'ts -- Serious initial limitations: no salt, only wild vegetables, no processed oils, no dairy products, no grains, no legumes, no honey.  
12- How to relax the dogma and get out of religion? The Paleolithic Diet Plus
13- Which organs in the human body benefit the most with the paleo diet? What type of individuals benefit the most. 
14- What type of diseases will likely be avoided by following the Paleolithic Diet Plus?
15- Any scientific study? Have the significance of the studies and the value of the diet been minimized?
16- Does the Paleolithic Diet meet the 3 Golden Rules of Nutrition? Is it a low glucose diet? 
17- How much weight you can expect to loose in the Paleolithic Diet?
18- Addressing the many "cons."
19- The Paleolithic Diet Plus Menu. 
20- Will the Paleolithic Diet also come and go as many others? 
21- An interesting case: about cooking meats at home -- offensive to the senses? Fightin our genes, who will win? Is being sick an option?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature




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8th Class: Fats, Oils and the Brain

01- When it comes to select carbs is it OK to trust nature? When it comes to select protein is it OK to trust nature? When it comes to select fats should we trust nature again? 
02- Does eating too much fat lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer? Really?
03- Does eating too little fat lead to Alzheimer disease? Why?
04- Triglycerides and Cholesterol? What are they really? Friends or foe? 
05- What are the fatty acids, and why we need to understand the Fatty Acid Chains?
06- Saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid molecules.
07- Their impact on health and happiness. 
08- The five wonder oils.
09- Root cause of sixty different types of diseases, and primary cause of aging.
10- Why and under what conditions polyunsaturated oils may not be your best friends.
11- Causes and assessment for rancidity in oils.
12- Why some oils are more susceptible to rancidity and what can be done about it.
13- Industrial oils refining processes and consequences for human health. What can be done about it.
14- The history of the trans fat oils and their impact on health -- estimated premature deaths.
15- The FDA responsibility and what was the end of the story. 
16- Coconut oil -- is it dangerous or it is the best oil ever?Why has it been demonized?
17- The essential Omega-3 fatty acids and their multiple impacts on health.  
18- How to secure them in your diet. 
19- What about Omega-6 fatty acids?
20- How the Omega-3 and Omega-6 are similar, and how they are different. Their ratio's impact on health. The present situation in the Western world and what can be done about it.
21- Attaining cellular flexibility and its impact on health, youth and life extension. Impact on the brain.

i- Required homework.
ii- Recommended homework.
iii- Recommended literature.



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9th Class: BOI 21 Scientific and Common Sense Nutritional Principles -- how to attain good health, success and happiness through nutrition.

01- "First Golden Rule of Nutrition."
02- "Second Golden Rule of Nutrition."
03- "Third Golden Rule of Nutrition."
04- "The 20-20-20 Principle."
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"High Quality Principle."
06- "Low Calorie Principle."
07- "The Listening Principle."
08- "Pleasure Principle."
09- "Rotation Principle."
10- "Simplicity and Repetition Principle" -- Example.
11- "The Five Golden Oils."
12- "Chewing and Savoring."
13- "Wise Cooking."
14- "The Supermarket Principle."
15- "Life changing glucomete.r"
16- "Physical Exercise and Nutrition."
17- "The Supplementation Principle."
18- "Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge."
19- "Local Food."
21- "Food and Positive Thinking."

i- Required homework.
ii- Recommended homework.
iii- Recommended literature.




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10th Class: Supplementation: Introduction to Orthomolecular Medicine, Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Supplementation with Natural Substances in General.

01- Orthomolecular Medicine's Founding Fathers. What does it mean that they were "geniuses."
02- What is Orthomolecular Medicine really?
03- The power of natural supplements: how to age only two years in a period of twenty years -- implications. Safety record of natural substances -- the more supplements we take the further we may be from the grave? What about drugs... FDA reports on drug's safety.
04- Can we reverse the aging process? 
05- 21st century medicine: why Orthomolecular Medicine and the use of natural substances are here to stay.
06- Youth Extension vs. Life Extension. The "Chinese curse" may not be true anymore.
07- If natural substances are so safe, are you ready to begin seeing clients? 
08- Patient's compliance in Orthomolecual Psychiatry -- the greatest challenge in clinical work.
09- Practical ways to increase compliance with treatment -- a behavioral modification issue.
10- Revisiting and optimizing the most practical system to take supplements and its impact on compliance and personal wellbeing.
11- Revisiting the issue of resistance to taking pills, swallowing techniques, how to safely swallow 30 capsules in one gulp, and how to store supplements safely.
12- Revisiting negative interaction between supplements? Any positive ones? 
13- Revisiting the feasibility of creating and following a supplement program for life -- what for? 
14- Revisiting: can my supplement program replace my doctor? What about replacing my health insurance?
15- How to heal physical and mental imbalances as they arise.
16- The promise of Orthomolecular Medicine and natural substances to the United States, and how it may likely impact our economy.
17- The value of practicing Orthomolecular Medicine on oneself -- my mentor's story.
18- Dealing with unrealistic expectations in your client and why. 
19- Could the use of natural substances be the most powerful, effective healing art method ever? Why?
21- A multivitamin multi-mineral is a good place to start supplementing your diet -- why? Why it is also insufficient. Best multivitamin multi-minerals in the market today.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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11
th Class: Simplest and Most Effective System to Brain Optimization™, Part 1

01- When you visit the shrink, what does he or she check first? From melatonin to serotonin.
02- The greatest and simplest system to optimum brain health and Brain Optimization™ -- how I learned about it, and why it is still the most practical and effective method.
03- The fundamental architecture of the brain. The "Four Breath of God."
04- What are the neurotransmitters really? What are they made of?
05- The four main neurotransmitters and their significance in orthodox psychiatry as well as in orthomolecular psychiatry.
06- Do you have a Western or an Eastern brain? 
07- The three "brakes of the brain"
08- The "one at a time" principle of orthodox psychiatry vs. The holistic approach of orthomolecular psychiatry.
09- Are the new psycho-pharmaceuticals more dangerous than the old ones? Our student's story.
10- From a $400 per month medication to a $15 per month supplement -- a true story.
11- Feeling edgy? 
12- Why every brain is different, and how to figure out the uniqueness of your own brain. 
13- How to find out your neurotransmitter's deficiencies without paying one penny -- to doctors or laboratories. 
14- The eight "magic" numbers and how to obtain them
15- Does it really work? One month to recovery from pathological ADD -- 6/2004 to 7/2006 -- 10,10,13,11 to 03,04,09,04
16- The power of simplicity.
17- What are the mental disorders that you can expect from specific deficiencies?
18- Impact on personality. Example, "The Cook"-- 18, 40, 34, 24.
19- Can we change our personality? 
20- The three main dosages necessary for clinical work.
21- What if you really learn this methodology? Could you make a living and give a great service to your clients just with this method alone?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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12th Class: The Simplest, Most Effective System to Brain Optimization™, Part 2


Working with the student's brain numbers.



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3th Class: The Simplest, Most Effective System to Brain Optimization™, Part 3


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14th Class: BOI's Fundamental Brain Supplement Program and more on Brain Optimization and the Fundamental Natural Substances that Lead to It.


01- The foundation of the building, and then the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors.
02- Multivitamin multi minerals and IQ. Multivitamin multiminerals and behavior. 
03- When salmon is not enough. Salmon consumption and depression.
04- Is your brain shrinking? 
05- Borderline pellagra? What to do about it?
06- Borderline scurvy? What to do about it?
07- "Now and then the sun rises," but in the Arctic.... 
08- Protecting your mitochondria.
09- How to create a Supplement Program Chart for your clients.
10- Reviewing The Six Column Brain Nutrition Supplement Decision Chart. 
11- Example using student's numbers, or: 29, 31, 21, 24 -- 16, 17, 24, 07
12- Why it is necessary to apply the system to oneself --"healer heal thyself."
13- The neurotransmitter that will make you "powerful" and successful.
14- Intervening at different stages in the dopamine pathway for healing and optimization purposes.
15- Adaptogenic herbs and substances -- what are they, how they work, examples. An excellent book on the subject. 
16- "Walking in the Tibetan mountains"
17- Are you becoming uncomfortably angry. Can just 200 mg be responsible for my anger? Why this precursor should be included.
18- Parkinson's Disease. What is it really? An interesting success story.
19- The neurotransmitter that will make your creativity explode. Should you eat more egg yolks? If it was so good for the monkeys, why not for me? 
20- Wouldn't you like to have a calm brain? It might cross the brain barrier after all! Too little to be effective? When a calming, mild herb is concentrated 6 to 1. A success story with six capsules per day. What about 4?
21- Wouldn't you like to have a playful brain? From the thanksgiving turkey to the brain there is only one step in between. And in Chile it grows on the side of the roads.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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15th Class: Orthomolecular Medicine Made Easy, Part 1

01- "There is no other single substance or formula that can produce such remarkable properties, in terms of efficacy, long term safety and economy." The man behind these words. The calibration of a genius.
02- A must-read! Why? Finally a solution to schizophrenia?
03- A gift with many names. May be smoking is not that bad after all?
04- And the market is offering it in three different forms -- do all three work the same?
05- Was BW another genius? An extraordinary story about the beginnings of the 12 step program, why the program could have become twice as powerful, and how the opportunity was lost due to dogma and mental rigiditiy.
06- LSD, to reduce what? 
07- The evolutionary hypothesis.
09- What substance the human body uses for digestive system, skin, nerves, to obtain energy from carbohydrates, to manufacture sex hormones and repair the DNA?
10- The three diseases that shaped medicine.
11- The missing molecule behind the nightmare.
12- What are the symptoms of this disease? Dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental disturbances -- neurosis and psychosis.
13- The food that feeds the monster.
14- The secret behind tortillas...
15- The four Ds.
16- Long before death, they lost it to schizophrenia. 25% of mental hospitals' admissions were not mental patients -- but the symptoms were exactly the same!
17- One of the most controversial decisions in psychiatry ever -- was it a scientific decision or a business decision?  
18- How every disease not treatable with nutrition is a billionaire business for the pharmaceutical industry. What was the immediate consequence? An alternative conclusion could have saved millions from untold suffering. Why? Who is right? My mentor 's case. 
19- But what about neurosis? Impact on millions. Impact on big pharma. What about ADHD? 
20- The best lipid regulator ever. Minimum therapeutic dosage. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcoholism, schizophrenia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, diabetes, stress, gastrointestinal disorders, leukoplakia, lupus erythematosus, senility, vascular disorders, hyperlipidemia. Can a single substance help with all this? pros and cons.
21- Q & A

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature



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6th Class: Orthomolecular Medicine Made Easy, Part 2

01- November 2011 a research team adds an inexpensive supplement to the water in Alzheimer's rats. After four months they were cognitively cured.  And then?
02- A new form of Russian Roulettes: RR #1: at age 65, Alzheimer's disease already affects 10 % of the population! RR # 2: At age 80, it affects 40% of the population! Want to play? Or, If there is an inexpensive supplement that removes the bullets from the barrel, would you take it?
03- Other substances are known to decrease the chances significantly. Would you take them?
04- 40% less plaque in an Alzheimer's patient's brain with another inexpensive supplement! Would you take it for the rest of your life? 
05- When 20,000 mg are still safe. How much are you willing to take?
06- Possible side effects and how to handle them.
07- We could create a PHD program just on this one substance alone: Vitamin C 
08- The man behind the research: another genius with two Nobel Prizes. He wrote 1,000 scientific papers!
09- If the mind is an extension of the food we eat, would you be interested in learning what he was eating? How much vitamin C he was taking? 
10- The molecule that saves lives is quite small and reactive. 
11- Why the primordial soup of life had already the key to optimum health.
12- Fluoxetine (Prozac.)  Something is wrong here?
13- How much does a goat weigh? Why is she so full of energy and life? 
14- What happened to your own production of Vitamin C -- the gene is gone!
15- Scurvy in its grotesque forms has practically disappeared, but are we still paying a high price? Scurvy has killed more sailors than all wars together. How scurvy looks like? 
16- If you go to a doctor today, complaining about the three main scurvy symptoms, what medication will they likely give you?
17- But what is Vitamin C good for?  I'm taking several grams a day and there is no change in my symptoms. 
18- Does Vitamin C deficiency compromise the immune system? How many grams would I need to correct the problem? Why it is dangerous not to supplement with vitamin C during a cold or any infectious disease?
19- What is the FDA recommended daily allowance for Vitamin C? 100 mg! Remember the goat? Can you rely on official government information to make your decisions in regards to eating, supplementing your diet and staying in good health? Do you see who is in charge of the official governmental information? 
20- Intravenous vitamin C to fight many diseases including cancer. 
21- Why some can't take intravenous vitamin C.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.


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17th Class: Orthomolecular Medicine Made Easy, Part 3


01- This vitamin is less effective -- just do not buy it.
02- This one is quite effective but it is not a vitamin!
03- Now the sun can rise, but the fish is really fishy. 
04- When life becomes a half life, disease becomes the norm and vibrant health a fantasy of some "crazy" nutritionists and scientists.
05- Do you need your immune system first line of defense, or is the rest enough for you?
06- Is Vitamin D not necessary?
07- When infectious diseases can come in right through the front door.
08- The most controversial vitamin ever?  How rigidity and stubbornness killed millions. Apologies do not raise the dead from the grave, but yes, it is a first step towards redemption. 
09- How much do I take then? How much did you produce?
10- What if I am under the weather?
11 The most scarce vitamin in Nature -- essential to life? Tolerance for low, sub-clinical levels.
12- I come with my whole family, would you still accept me at home? 
13- If you do not take me in, you will have no children of your own.
14- I can help you with: fatty liver, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, phlebitis, endocrine disruption, muscle pain, peripheral vascular disorders, claudication, and also premature death. Can I come in? But you better know first about a close cousin of mine...
15- Synthetic here may be dangerous and decrease one's life span. A silent killer. 
16- LEF was right all along
17- Linus Pauling recommendations. Hoffer's recommendations. What is the teacher doing?
18- What's my trick? 
a) I reduce your oxygen requirement
b) I gradually melt fresh clots, and prevent embolism
c) I improve your collateral circulation
d) I prevent scars
e) I decrease your insulin requirements
f) I increase your muscle power
g) I preserve your capillary walls. How successful would a drug be that was capable of doing all this?
h) I am a powerful antioxidant, much more powerful than Vit C
i) I can also protect your skin. 
19- Tolerable upper limit according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
20- How much have you been getting in your diet?
21- Why you may want to take Orthomolecular Medicine seriously.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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18th Class: Bio-Identical Hormones, Are They Safe? All of Them?

01- Bio-identical hormones vs. pharmaceuticals.
02- Why pharmaceutical hormones are dangerous and why their business lacks integrity.
03- The genius that revolutionized this field.
04- When you need or don't need a doctor involved.
05- Inexpensive, high quality hormone panels for yourself and clients.
06- What happens when "the mother is absent" -- how the children behave?
07- What are the benefits that the research is proving over and over?
08- What could be the downside? Impact in men; prostate, testosterone and estrogen levels.
09- Impact in women, testosterone and estrogen levels.
10- Impact on the brain.
11- When is the time to start?
12- When weaker is better.
13- The three fundamental estrogens.
14- Cancer risk is not increased by using the right bio-identical estrogen.
15- Does weaker means less effective? -- not necessarily.
16- Bone density, heart health, multiple sclerosis and postmenopausal urinary tract health.
17- An anti-estrogen estrogen! 
18- Legal considerations and protection of your consumer's rights: www.homecoalition.org
18- When "the mother becomes pregnant" -- clinical conclusions of the progesterone genius. 
19- Estrogen dominance: what is really, how to solve it. Can the benefits be so many?! Where can I get it? How much? How to control it? 
20- Progestins -- healing substances or a form of legal/organized crime? Shocking mandated disclosure by the State of California.
21- Why losing your masculinity or your masculine side is dangerous and what to do about it.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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19th Class: Modern Microbe Hunters

01- Why the pharmaceutical industry does not want you to know this information, and what they are doing to make sure you don't get it.
02- If that fails, what they are doing to make sure that you can't get access to these substances, and why they will fail regardless of their efforts.
03- Are pharmaceutical antibiotics worthless then? Not yet.
04- Hydrochloric Acid Therapy -- why it works and what are the limitations 
05- Enzymatic therapy -- why it works and what are the limitations. 
06- Raw food and rawism. Could it be for you? Why so many fail after about three years? Is it some scientific truth here that you can put to good use? The art of raw cooking. Raw cooking classes offered by Viviana.
07- The probiotics promise.
08- The e-coli challenge. A near death experience. 
09- What we can do if we get e-coli infection and how to prevent it in the first place.
10- Kombucha and other fermented foods that could be great for you. Are they that great? 
11- When the Scientific American finally agreed with holistic medicine, did it give any credit to holistic doctors and researchers?
12- What are these new mainstream "discoveries" about? They are awesome in fact! 
13- Is acid reflux curable? Or, you better keep taking your anti-acids? 
14- When the inner ecology has gone South, what do you do? What about heading South too? The Mexican clinics not only treat cancer, they also treat Candidiasis -- which can be as painful as cancer.
15- Why the regular nutritional approach to candidiasis is impractical, and what can be done about it. Are you treating candidiasis or something else? Does it matter?
16- Including antibiotics in your everyday supplement program. If the veterinarian gives daily antibiotics to the cows, can you also take them daily?
17- Candidiasis messes up with your brain and also with your glucose control system.
18- IBS and the brain. IBS and your intestinal flora. 
19- Bacteria in your mouth. Is that good? 
20- How to wash your teeth safely for a lifetime of good dental health. 
21- The standard of care in dentistry is quite convenient as a business model but, does it really work for you? Do you have any alternative?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature


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20th
Class: Minerals Supplementation Impact on Youth and Life Extension, Agriculture and Civilization.

01- The twelve arbitrary essential minerals
02- Potassium -- when supplementation becomes quite a challenge.
03- Sodium -- salts that are poison for your body and salts that will make it sing. 
04- Magnesium -- when supplementation becomes even more challenging.
05- Calcium -- friend or foe? 
06- Zinc -- quite helpful, but to what extent?
07- Copper -- worst enemy? Are you sure?
08- Iodine -- Can I take THAT much?
09- Selenium -- is it THAT powerful?
10- Iron -- Do you want me to age prematurely and die, or to be well and oxygenated?
11- Manganese -- its name comes from "magic."
12- Phosphorous -- 60 mg in your coke, is it good for you?
13- Chlorine -- where do we get it?
14- The seven arbitrary non-essential minerals.
15- Sulfur -- Is it worth supplementing with it? Practical applications.
16- Chromium -- the clever mineral.
17- Cobalt -- yes, your brain may shrink!
18- Nickel -- friend or foe?
19- Fluorine -- a blessing for your teeth or an effective way to decrease the population? What about Prozac -- fluoxetine. 
20 - Fascinating Strontium.
21- Molybdenum. Micro-minerals. Sea water. Mineralization and youth/life extension. The fascinating use of sea water in agriculture. How to produce a super body based on mineral abundance.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.

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21st Class -- Fundamentals of Anti-aging

01- Quick test to assess your biological age.
02- How monkeys helped us discover the power of supplements to extend youth and life.
03- What Linus Pauling and Abram Hoffer had to say about the subject? 
04- Is aging a mental program?
05- Is the body naturally capable of regenerating itself over and over indefinitely?
06- How to protect your body from deadly family genes?
07- How to protect body and brain from natural decline in cell energy production. 
08- Excess weight produces disease and shortens life span -- what can you do about it?
09- As we age, should we gradually move towards a plant based diet? Does it make sense? According to solid research, animal protein may not be the best choice to extend youth and life; revisiting the subject.
10- Physical exercise as an anti-aging strategy -- does it really make a difference?
11- Practical ways to increase your levels of growth hormone.
12- Nobel Prize awarded to a scientist specialized in anti-aging. 
13- This anti-aging supplement costs $8,000 per year! Would you buy it? 
14- How was it discovered? How was it patented? Is it worth the money? Can you get it?
16- Can you get the same results without spending the money? 
17- Would you like to live 1,000 years? Today it might be possible according to experts.
18- Life extension's impact on social security :) Does our dear government want us to live that long? Is it fair to live so long? Would it create social chaos?  Really?
19- Decreasing external indications of aging. Is it important?
20- Hair loss and skin care.
21- How to continue your education in nutrition and stay informed in regards to scientific advances in anti-aging. How to make a living with your certification as a Brain Optimization Practitioner™.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature.



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10-Month Certification Course in Brain Optimization™ with Emphasis in Nutrition

Classes Every Other Week: $250.00 at the enrollment and $250.00 per month,
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Upfront Payment: A 10%, $250.00 discount, is available this year 2014.

Students desiring to pay their tuition upfront pay $2,250.00 instead of $2,500.00

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This course leads to two certifications:
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Gian is a professional teacher. I have found his private sessions, meditations, and classes a work of art. My time with Gian has been life-changing not only from a physical standpoint, but mentally and spiritually as well. I signed up for a brain/body nutritional class with Gian back in 2009; wow! How that improved my life from a physical standpoint. Then I attended some meditation sessions that Gian held on the weekends and again, what a spiritual revelation! Since then I have continued seeing Gian for private sessions, and again, what insights have come! Gian is not only a wise man, but his teaching style is outstanding and his compassion and intuition are life changers! -- Mark



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Certifications: The course leads to two certifications -- as a Wellness Coach after nine classes and as Life Coach by completing all 21 classes.
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Normal Format:
10-month certification course in the flip learning
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Accelerated Format: For those interested in finishing their certification in half the time (5 months) we offer an accelerated format with classes
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From One of BOI's Graduate Students


The first time I met Gian and Viviana was at one of their free weekend sessions in Studio City. I immediately loved and deeply connected to their energy. The space was beautifully decorated by Viviana with fresh flowers. There was lots of "love" in the place. Gian led us through a powerful meditation and I remember thinking, as a teacher myself, that he was an excellent teacher. I kept in touch with Gian and always had an interest to become a life coach, so I enrolled for his
Certification in Life Coaching.

It was one of the best choices I have ever made. Gian is one of the wisest and most accepting, non judgmental people I know. What he has taught me has been an invaluable asset in both my personal growth and ability as a life coach/ teacher. I loved attending my personal sessions with him and he was extremely generous with his time and knowledge. He is a brilliant man. In fact he is so highly intelligent that only a certain type of student will be drawn to him -- one that wants to truly go deeply into the material and into understanding life's complexities and mysteries.

I highly recommend both of them -- Gian for any of his programs, and Viviana for
her yoga retreats and her amazing raw food cooking classes, for which she
possesses a special gift.

I am thankful to have met them both

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1- The student watches a 2 1/2 to 3-hour video class.

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Video Classes: Each video class is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. The student needs to watch one class every other week.

Coaching Sessions One-on-One: Each coaching session is one hour long.

Homework: A commitment of about six to ten hours per month is required. The student can do more homework based on their time availability and enthusiasm. 

1- Completing a true / false quiz after each class (not graded but mandated to become certified)

2- Reading books and written material (optional)

3- Watching specific movies and documentaries (optional)

Total: The aproximate time commitment necessary to participate in the regular 10-month format, with classes every other week, is 13 to 17 hours per month.


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Upfront Payment: A 10%, $250.00 discount, is available this year 2014.

Students desiring to pay their tuition upfront pay $2,250.00 instead of $2,500.00

-- No upfront or hidden fees or request for donations of any kind --



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Accelerated, 5-month format, with classes every week: $500 per month until the total tuition price is paid.

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Course Curriculum


I- HOW TO BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR HAPPINESS THROUGH THE POWER OF SELF-CARING.

A scientific approach based on research which demonstrated that taking intelligent care of our human needs leads to happiness.


01- The research that lead to the discovery of the model. Why Self Caring is a scientific path to happiness.
02- Introducing the psychometric instruments -- Self Caring Inventory and Subjective Happiness Scale
03- Why this is a unifying paradigm for life.
04- How Self-Caring impacts the realization of our goals.
05- Why improving Self-Caring is a better model than behavioral modification and the correcting bad habits approach.
06- Why Self-Caring is the foundation of the Spiritual Life
07- Self Caring as a path to happiness vs. Self-Caring as neurosis
08- Needs vs. Wants. Likes and dislikes. Human needs
09- Why the development of our soul potentialities is a need and what we can do about it.
10- As long as we believe that there is a separate self suffering is inevitable. However, we can reduce it immensely -- how to do this effectively.
11- Self-Caring impact on health -- Stockholm's research
12- Self-Caring impact on money.
13- Self-Caring impact on love.
14- The students take the Self Caring Inventory and the Subjective Happiness Scale during the class.
15- Evaluating the results.
16- If you are a Wellness or Life Coach, how you can use these instruments to help your clients. Why they provide an invaluable assessment.
17- Extremely poor results in these tests indicate....
18- The importance of education is supreme. Adequate knowledge can save us from mountains of suffering. Examples...
19- Where this invaluable knowledge can be attained and why mainstream education does offer even the minimum knowledge to live a successful life.
20- Overview of each one of twenty one fundamental human needs, and pointing the path towards mastering them.
21- Why education today, including higher education, often perpetuates the victim state. How the education available at BOI constitutes a holistic, complete path to happiness, and to the end of suffering.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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II- THE THREE MOST FUNDAMENTAL WELLNESS COACHING MODELS; AND HOW TO DISCERN BETWEEN TRUE AND FALSE PATHWAYS TO HAPPINESS


01- The three variables that control happiness according to the most popular belief system in the planet
02- Evaluation of how well the student is doing based on this model
03- Why not only it does NOT work, but in fact it is a dangerous philosophy of life -- leading to suffering.
04- The most ancient wellness model -- the yogic approach to happiness. The ancient concept of sadhana
05- Evaluation of how well the student is doing based on this model
06- Does it work?
07- BOI Wellness approach to happiness and success
08- Evaluation of how well the student is doing based on this model
09- Why it works, and why it is more practical than all previous models
10- The three complimentary factors
11- The role of meditation -- can it help? what for? Could meditation produce suffering?
12- The immense challenge of attaining wellness and how to win the battle
13- Old habits are hard to die -- is it true?
14- The role of self-discipline -- does it play a role really?
15- The role of a balance life -- is balance really that important?
16- The role of will power -- is developing will power necessary to attain wellness and happiness? If I want to develop it, how do I do that?
17- How fear prevents happiness, and how we can attain fearlessness
18- The anchoring technique to change mental and physical habits -- "tiny changes in direction lead to a completely different port."
19- The reminders method and the intentional approach to changing hard to die mental and physical habits
20- Is abstinence necessary to change habits that we know lead to suffering? How to.
21- How to put under full control the 4 most powerful forces that control your wellness and happiness. The role of education. The old sadhana model revisited.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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III- THE TEN RULES OF NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THAT OF YOUR CLIENTS

01- How to attain balance from a nutritional perspective -- the perfect, balanced dish
02- The value of pleasure -- why your health depends on it. Culinary pleasure as an art -- pursuing pleasure instead of quantity
04- Soothing negative feelings with food -- why it works and why it doesn't
05- The most dangerous addiction affecting the US population is not alcohol, cigarettes or drugs, and it is easy to solve -- education!
06- The physical energy system of brain and body
07- The Ten Golden Rules of Nutrition
08- How to win the battle for good nutrition -- it is easy if you just know "this one trick..."
09- How many meals a day?
10- Are you taking away my carbohydrates? are you serious?
11- What happens when we eat too much?
12- How much protein I really need? Vegetarians says I do not need much
13- Is organic, free rage and grass fed worth the extra money?
14- What type of food you want to have at home for sure
15- Is food in restaurants healthy for your body and mind?  Does it depend on the restaurant?
16- What are the best oils for my brain and body?
17- Rotation, does it help? What for?
18- Respecting your genes and body
19- What is more important, physical exercise or a good nutrition? How do they interact?
20- How you can enjoy pizza everyday without harming yourself (if you know enough.) The Italian paradox brought to the next level.
21-How to use nutrition to succeed in sports and professionally.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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IV- THE POWER OF VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

01- Why verbal communication is so fundamental in life and even more so in Life Coaching
02- The first and most fundamental principle of good, effective communication*
03- Effective versus poor communication
04- "When your client wants to complain endlessly"
05- The clipboard technique and dealing with extraversion *
06- When you feel upset with your client. The importance of addressing it. Why it is likely that a boundary has been trespassed.
07- Healthy boundaries with your client*
08- Why it is better not to abandon your client
09- When the client stops coming
10- The risk of becoming coercive
11- How to confront your client without damaging the relationship
12- Patience -- why and how
13- Carl Roger and his mission *
14- Empathic listening -- why it works and why it doesn't, and why it is a technique and it is not a technique.
15- Unconditional regard. What is the core of the practice
16- On becoming emptiness to overcome judgment. The most powerful counseling technique*
17- Do you like your client? How this impacts outcome? What to do when you do not like him or her.
18- Non-Violent Communication. The core of the technique and its two satellites.*
19- The "Truth Principle." The game of truth: communication based on content vs. communication based on context -- two practical examples: criticism and laughing about others.
20- The power of non-verbal communication*
21- Summary:  the seven fundamental tools to attain good communication with the client.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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V- THE SCIENCE OF TYPOLOGY


01- The Myers-Briggs system
02- One of Jung's greatest insight is the most neglected by mainstream psychology
03- The eight Jungian functions of the personality
04- The long history of the four basic personality types -- more than 2,000 years!
05- The four types and the four lobes of the brain
06- What is your type?
07- Four different instruments for temperament assessment
08- What percentages of each one of the types are you?
09- Why it is a must to know your client's personality type
10- Why the personality should be presented back to the client in a positive light
11- Development of the eight Jungian Functions is a path towards higher and solid spiritual development; however...
12- Are you the personality? If you aren't, what are you then?
13- The 4 main Myer-Briggs types
14- The 16 Myers Briggs sub-types
15- Which type will likely be your future clientele?
16- Application of the Myers-Briggs to marketing your skills as a Life Coach
17- The idealist confusion
18- The connection to vocational counseling and selection of personnel
19- The types are the foundation of civilizations
20- The Idealist's desire for a more enlightened civilization
21- Awakening to the personality -- the short route and the never ending slow mainstream approach.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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VI- VOCATIONAL COUNSELING

01- Vocation and psychopathology in the US
02- Gaston's case
03- The Actor that gave up his career
04- The hair stylist that got scared, and changed her vocation for a "safe" secretarial job. Why safety can be extremely dangerous -- Joes's case
05- The right and left brain
06- Authenticity a shortcut to happiness
07- The use of the Myers-Briggs
08- The vocations is of the soul
09- Does an ego psychology have something to offer when it comes to "reconnecting."
10- The need for more research in soul psychology
11- Crucial questions to "reconnect" your client with their vocation.
12- The one million dollar question
13- Does childhood has anything to do with vocation?
14- The enjoyment factor
15- The meditation approach to finding your vocation
16- The intentional approach to finding your vocation
17- The vision quest of the native American's
18- Conscious avocation as a path for growth and transformation
19- Decreasing resistance to an avocation experience
20- Interests vs. vocation
21- integrating our interests in a coherent whole.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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VII- COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY / PART I


1- The origins of Cognitive Psychology
2- Research at Pennsylvania University with depressed patients
3- How CBT became the most popular psychotherapy in the US
4- Differentiating thoughts and feelings -- why this is fundamental to attain personal growth
5- Inner and outer differentiation
6- The fundamental principle of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
7- The 4 main thought distortions
8- Should Statements - the bossy language
09- Origin in military language and monasticism
10- Freud's Super Ego conceptualization
11- Resistance to what is = suffering = should statements
12- Jumping to conclusions
13- All-nothing thinking
14- Labeling
15- What are you really?
16- When did the confusion began?
17- Additional distortions: emotional reasoning and others
18- The 3-columns technique
19- The 4 column technique - why?
20- The 5 column technique - why?
21- How to use the column technique to evolve personally and spiritually.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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VIII- COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY / PART II

01- Deep psychology from a cognitive perspective
02- Faulty beliefs lead to suffering
03- The down arrow technique
04- The down arrow technique applied to motivations reveals the purpose of life
05- Why a loss of self-esteem is at the root of our suffering and how it can be demonstrated
06- Seven fundamental vulnerabilities of the ego or personality
07- How to assess your personal vulnerabilities (DAS)
08- Freeing oneself from the need for approval
09- Are you addicted to love?
10- Your work = your worth?  The achievement trap
11- Why and how we need to overcome perfectionism
12- Entitlements, Omnipotence and Autonomy
13- Dreadful equations that control life in ego consciousness
14- The roots of workaholism and perfectionism
15- The root of greed
16- When self-image begins to rule life
17- What the mind is really? -- the concentric circles model
18- The Collective Silent Assumptions -- CSI
19- Why there is only a partial escape until Awakening and Embodiment happen
20-What is Awakening really and how to attain it
21- Abstractions vs symbols that point to a concrete thing. The greatest lie ever told.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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IX- FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR

01- Metaphysical origins of the Victim to Victor evolutionary model
02- Characteristics of the Victim State vs the Victor State
03- Intermediate levels
04- How to find out in which level you are in
05- Parallels of the human evolution and the soul evolution
06- Independence as the path to victor-hood
07- The death of the dependent self and the process of building self-confidence
08- Why the Victor State is a mental state and can affect anyone -- rich and poor, healthy and sick individuals
09- The importance of mirroring
10- The value and perils of confronting -- confronting vs criticizing
11- The most fundamental assumption in metaphysics is the existence of the "me"
12- Why everyone’s tests are different for the same goal?
13- Turning failure into success -- making lemonade out of a lemon. Why a good trying is success already
14- Why and how to define success for oneself, and what is the best general definition
15- Sharing your success and failures appropriately with the client
16- The path of action and accomplishments -- will power, courage,  why the hero needs to be brought to the surface
17- Abraham-Hicks and other metaphysical teachings position about action
18- The manipulations of the victim vs manipulations of the victor
19- Action vs Self Caring -- which one is more important
20- Why helping your client to move from waiting to doing is a great success in Life Coaching
21- Setting Goals during the Life Coaching process, and checking that they are authentic. Is this necessary
.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature


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X- FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

01- The DSM-IV and how it works
02- When you suspect a mental disorder
03- Mood disorders vs. personality disorders
04- Depression -- motivation and sadness
05- Mild, moderate, severe depression -- how to asses them
06- Self report of levels of depression
07- When to refer your client to a psychotherapist or a holistic psychiatrist
08- Anxiety -- worries and fear
09- Normal vs. abnormal anxiety
10- Mild, moderate, severe and extreme anxiety -- how to asses them
11- The mockingbird of diseases and the loop between anxiety and its symptoms
12- Panic Disorder -- an initiation into the mysteries of the mind?
13- Connections between anxiety and depression -- which one is more painful?
14- The main personality disorders
15- Childhood disorders -- ADD / ADHD, ODD...
16- How to assess for ADD / ADHD and what to do about it. Mainstream, alternative treatments and when to refer the client to a license professional.
17- Caffeine vs Met-amphetamines. The spiritual aspect of ADD
18- OCD, Bipolar and other less common disorders
19- Personality disorders vs mood disorders
20- How to assess them using the DSMIV-R
21- Legal considerations?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XI- COUPLES COACHING

1- Need for harmonious, meaningful relationships, inlcuding romance is a human need
2- Soul mates -- does it exist? What is it really?
3- Soul contracts
4- Why the end of a relationship is not necessarily a failure
5- Assessing the quality of a couples relationship
6- Why the Myers Briggs is a powerful tool for couples coaching
7- When you should suspect serious incompatibility. How to use the system to find your life partner.
8- Personality disorders and their role in dysfunctional couple relationships
9- Four destructive communication styles and how to uncover them
10- Resolving conflicts through Non-Violent Communication
11- Sexuality a source of harmony or inharmony in the couple relationship
12- Sex as a weapon
13- Being faithful -- is it important?
14- The victim and perpetrator cycle. How to counsel when there is domestic violence.
15- Satisfaction with each other's role in the relationship. Is it fair?
16- The search for intimacy
17- Poor vs. rich verbal communication
18- The relationship between verbal intimacy and sexual intimacy
19- Common interests and how they can become a source of closeness or of competition and aggression.
20- Expressions of affection and how to help the couple leave the coach's office in harmony
21- Summary -- the six powerful tools of the couples coach and how to become skillful at them.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XII- HEALTHY ENJOYMENT OF THE SENSES VS SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY


01- One of the most exciting areas to work? -- it depends
02- Cooperating with evolution
03- The nurse and neurofeedback
04- Substance abuse as a spiritual accelerator
05- The value of sensory pleasures to experience a healthy life
06- Assessing for substance abuse and chemical dependency -- how much and how long.
07- The holistic/wellness model -- four basic factors and the Psychology of Consciousness
08- Attaining the first milestone -- letting go of denial and attaining sobriety.
09- Substance abuse impact on the Life/Wellness Coaching process
10- Low rate remission; an indication of serious failure in mainstream approaches to substance abuse
11- Every client should be in the 12 step program?
12- Substance abuse and nutritional deficiencies
13- Nutritional interventions to correct deficiencies -- Mv Mm, D3, B12, Omega-3, Muti aminoacid, B1, B3, Vit C
14- Niacin and Bill Wilson
15- The power of company
16- Impact on relationships
17- The twelve step programs -- value and limitations
18- Psychedelics in the treatment of substance abuse
19- The addictive personality or the addictive brain? Balancing the neurotransmitters
20- Is the addict a seeker?  Why Psychology of Consciousness can help immensely.
21- Who should work in this field? How the call to work in this field, and in other fields manifests? Creating a recovery center?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XIII- THE NEED FOR HEALING -- BRINGING BODY, BRAIN AND MIND BACK INTO BALANCE


1- Healing and the four pillars of Wellness Coaching
2- The nine fundamental rules of nutrition -- is your client  violating them?
3- When the foundation is solid what can we do to trigger healing through natural substances
4- Where we can find the best information online to heal every known and unknown disease
5- Where to buy the best holistic manual to heal every known disease with natural substances
6- How to buy an affordable health insurance, or how to feel safe without health insurance      
7- How to create a powerful affordable healing system at home based on nutritional medicine
8- Where to buy the best nutritional supplements at a very reasonable cost and create a profitable business to help oneself at consolidating a Life Coaching practice.
9- How to have access to excellent medical tests for little money
10- Winning the battle of keeping body and brain free of contaminants, like heavy metals.
11- The two best antibiotic created by nature - how to produce them at home and how to use them.
12- Using effectively the power of suggestion to heal, and why it is so fundamental to never misuse it.
13- How to practice preventive medicine at home
14- Intentional Medicine -- the use of non-linear substances to attain healing at home
15- How to get the best non-linear substances available today
16- How to produce intentional substances
17- Use of non-linear substances to free oneself from the root of all diseases -- spiritual ignorance
18- Healing your pets -- preventing disease in your pets and healing them with natural, inexpensive, safe methods.
19- The power of prayer to heal and how to use it
20- Projecting energy through your hands
21- Healing vs. teaching to take care of the body/mind organism.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XIV- IMPROVING SELF-CONCEPT A SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS

01- What is the self-concept about -- just a basket of ideas about me?
02- The impact of self-concept on happiness
03- How psychotherapy helps at improving self-concept
04- How Life Coaching does the job better and more efficiently. Affirmations while exercising
05- Where is the self-concept located?
06- What is the nature of the self-concept?
07- If I am not what I think I am then what I am really?
08- How the self-concept is created, how it evolves and when will it end?
09- The self-concept inventory
10- How to use it for oneself and clients
11- Low, average and high self-concept
12- Self concept versus self-esteem
13- Self-concept vs. self-acceptance
14- Controversial research on self esteem
15- Accomplishments and self-esteem. The "I can't" is the greatest impediment
16- Powerful impact of self-concept on our everyday life and in our level of success
17- Is narcissim a good personality trait?
18- Loving oneself unconditionally -- the Awakening of the heart center. The difference between compassion towards oneself and self-pity. Liking oneself with detachment (wisdom)
19- How to improve the self-concept of your client in one session and with one intervention
20- How to improve the self-concept of your client through a period of many sessions
21- The power of the "I am this" affirmations.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XV- THE METAPHYSICAL PATH TO SUCCESS, THE MYSTICAL PATH TO SUCCESS AND THE WELLNESS PATH TO SUCCESS


01- What is success really? Three healthy definitions, and how an unhealthy definition leads to disease, inauthenticity and failure
02- The Wellness Path to Success -- four fundamental variables leading to health,  success and happiness.
03- How to become a Wellness Coach
04- The controversial Metaphysical Path to Success -- an ego centered approach.
05- The Law of Attraction - thoughts, emotions & expectations control our energy field
06- Point of attraction. How to raise our point of attraction
07- Focusing our attention in the positive aspect of life
08- Creating positive expectations
09- The entitlement principle - "the couple that had different philosophies."  The limits of "her success."  An ego centered success is usually at the expense of others.
10- How the quality of our thoughts create our own reality
11- Scripting Technique - "an RV trip to Northern, CA and a visit to the court room"
12- Pivoting technique
13- The power of affirmations - "Divine protection." I am centered affirmations vs. "I-less" affirmations
14- The power of "a simple reminder"
15- Enjoying life by balancing the two lowest centers of Consciousness
16- Becoming playful and how to attain it from a chemical perspective
17- The "power of will power" -- action is indispensable and why not everyone has enough will power to attain success. What can be done about it?
18- A friend in troubles -- when metaphysics becomes fanaticism
19- Take the grains of sugar and leave the grains of sand.
20- If you are really determined to move to the vehicle state you may consider stopping ALL manipulation. However, strengthening the ego has its place in the soul and personal development.
21- Why for a Life Coach metaphysical tools are valuable and even necessary.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XVI- THE MYSTICAL PATH TO SUCCESS

01- If you are really determined to move to the vehicle state you may consider stopping manipulation.
02- Revisiting the characteristics of the Vehicle State - do you want it? Are you ready for it?
03- Not leaving the metaphysical path on time leads to suffering. Vice-versa?
04- Where can you get the proper training? Why is it difficult to get it?
05- Success by becoming a philosopher -- "Bob's case."  How to avoid taking life too seriously, and how this attracts success
06- Positive expectations versus no expectations
07- The power of detached intention
08- The Market Place Path vs. the Mountain Top Path
09- Work vs. service and creativity
10- Surrendering the fruit of our actions -- Why? How?  Is this your world?
11- So what is success in the Mystical Path?  Surrender
12- Why surrender is such a challenge?
13- Surrender to what?
14- From "God knows my needs" to "'That' knows the needs of this MBO."
15- Making plans, establishing priorities, creating a rational schedule, doing our best, and then?
16- What's the result of failing at the practical level?
17- But, how will I survive?
18- Dealing effectively with fear of scarcity from the Mystical Path to Success
19- The mystical path does not deny the law of attraction. Does it make use of it? How?
20- The value of a serviceful attitude and how it helps to attract success
21- Balancing the 5th and 1st Centers of Consciousness.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XVII- HEALING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY


01- What money is really
02- What if I run out of money. How our relationship with money is controlled by fear. Can we picture a different relationship?
03- Distorted beliefs about money promote fear, greed, violence, and abuse of the environment. All we need to do is to become aware of our subconscious beliefs and change them. Why this is the highest path instead of the path of "the secret on how to become millionaire?
04- The money I make in life depends on my efforts to make money
05- My money = my worth?
06- Money is not success, but... Defining success for yourself
07- Should I really charge for my services if I am a spiritual person?
08- Do I need money to be happy? How much?
09- There are seven types of success -- can you have them all?
10- Why the ego can't succeed really at becoming a millionaire. The amount of money you will make in life is predetermined?
11- What would be the implications of "the I an illusion?"
12- Demands vs requests to the universe. The Universe knows the needs of this MBO. Then, is your survival guaranteed? Humbling the Ego vs. strengthening the ego
13- Dealing successfully with a stressful financial situation -- a passage to the victor state
14- Consciousness knows my needs, or, it is just taking care of itself?
15- What do I do with my wants. Being a loving parent to your body and inner child.
16- Authentic desires are an expression of the Divine
17- Healing our relationship with money, requires us looking into the programs of our family of origin.
18- Money as "not my business." Money as a "non-issue."  Can I "forget money."
19- Wise use of money vs. reckless use of money
20- Do you still need to deal with negative thoughts about your future income?
21- Risking money in a business adventure -- pros and cons.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XVIII - THE POWER OF OPEN ATTENTION. THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER IN HEALING AND PURSUE OF HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS. AN INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS


01- Healing takes place in the Tree of Life -- The Seven Centers of Consciousness
02- Molecular approach, energy approach, psychological approach and spiritual approach to healing.
03- Paying attention and concentration
04- Concentration and success
05- The fortunate experiment that lead to an extraordinary scientific discovery
06- Narrow focus vs. open focus -- "walking in the jungle."
07- Flexible Focus
08- Why narrow focus can produce chronic stress. Why worrying is so destructive to the organism?
09- How our society is coping with narrow focus
10- Is it working?
11- What happens when we get stuck in narrow focus -- how this can happen as a result of thinking about duties all the time
12- How even the spiritual path can lock the seeker in narrow focus
13- Do we need narrow focus at all?
14- Substances that narrow the focus and substances that open the focus. Is it legitimate to use them? Why substances that open the focus are persecuted by the establishment.
15- Why to attain a balance of narrow and open focus every day is fundamental and how to do it. Why learning to move from narrow focus to open focus in an instant may be the ultimate skill.
16- Left and right brain types and their respective attention styles
17- How to attain and cope with narrow focus when you are a right brain type.
18- Is it possible to attain material and vocational success without narrow focus?
19- Narrow Focus Meditation
20- Open Focus Meditation
21- What Open Focus teaches us about "what we really are." Moving from the conceptual, memory based "I" to your real Self.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XIX- FIRST CLASS ON HOW TO CREATE A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN LIFE/WELLNESS COACHING

01- Do you feel entitled to success? -- from I am not entitled to I am entitled, to unconcerned.
02- Do you have the patience?
03- Why are you willing to go through all these troubles? Managing your time? Potential for big money?, Choose the work you do? Work from home? Do you feel a call?
04- Competing with the mainstream -- is it possible?
05- Do I have the computer skills necessary to succeed? If I don't what can I do?
06- Do I have the computer system necessary to succeed -- why the investment is relatively insignificant
07- Selecting your computer system wisely
08- Why two computers
09- Back up system -- the importance of protecting your data
10- The paramount importance of your internet network -- how this determines where you will live.
11- Defining your services and products is key to success
12- How to present your self-improvement products in the best light and where
13- Why a website is fundamental
14- Creating vs. maintaining your web-site
15- Where does your website lead?
16- A business is basically a list of customers?
17- Creating your email list
18- Online e-mail list managing programs - MailChimp and others
19- How many will open your mail?
20- Using mailing lists from online newsletters
21- The mail client program -- your most powerful marketing and administrative tool?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XX- 2ND CLASS ON HOW TO CREATE A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN LIFE/WELLNESS COACHING

01- Using the customers of other companies, then your business must be based on solid products.
02- Monetizing your web-site -- how to do it
03- Defining the level of success you want to attain, will determine your marketing strategy.
04- Defining your calendar of activities -- workshops, classes, counseling sessions, etc
05- Defining your marketing plan -- what you must include if you want to succeed today
06- Determining your fees for services - the law of demand and supply vs the snob effect.
07- What is there for me?
08- Online marketing and the social networks
09- Why non-regulated professions like Life Coaching need to reclaim the market.
10- Testimonials
11- Administration -- basic principles to be effective at managing you business
12- The systems approach to efficiency and growth
13- Making good use of your computer guy -- is fundamental for your business
14- Emails efficiency vs. phone efficiency
15- Voice mail efficiency and protecting your time
16- The paramount importance of logistics
17- How to write an email that sells
18- Branding
19- Paypal, credit card terminal vs. a virtual terminal.
20- Creating a contract -- always work in progress
21- Renting an office vs. working from home -- other alternatives.

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

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XXI- THE LIFE TRANSFORMING POWER OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE


01- An explosion of enthusiasm
02- What happens in the brain when you do physical exercise?
03- Your neurotramitters and physical exercise
04- Depression, anxiety, Alzheimer's and physical exercise -- as prevention and treatment
05- Being in shape vs out of shape -- enlightening research and how to apply it to our life
06- Sports Psychology and Sports Psychology Principles -- one of the most effective and practical psychologies available today
07- The fundamental principle of sport psychology - Trash the "I can'ts"
08- The pivoting approach to the thinking process and the use of affirmations
09- Nutrition and physical exercise
10- How to be a leader and the power of example
11- Overcome your fears and notice how you feel when you finally overcome a fear - fear of heights, water, animals, confrontation, public speaking,
12- Work out your negative emotions. Set backs - discouragement vs. a new action plan
13- Self-image: feeling proud of oneself and feeling that you are beautiful
14- Include adventure in your life
15- Self-discipline and happiness. Finishing what we started
16- The psychology of the victim. Dealing with excuses. The role of the trainer
17- The psychology of injuries and how to deal with them. The psychology of pain -- recommended literature and TV show.
18- The sitting position and disease. Why going to the gym at the end of the day does not work in this case. What can be done that really works.
19- Simple exercises that can save our ife -- benefits to different systems in the body
20- What about yoga? What about walking? What about stretching? What about throat and tongue exercises? What about biking? How many times a week?
21- Weight loss without physical exercise?

i- Required homework
ii- Recommended homework
iii- Recommended literature

Other topics -- related to these subjects -- may be covered during the classes.

Course Length: 42 weeks or 21 weeks in the accelerated format

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Gian is a professional teacher. I have found his private sessions, meditations, and classes a work of art. My time with Gian has been life-changing not only from a physical standpoint, but mentally and spiritually as well. I signed up for a brain/body nutritional class with Gian back in 2009; wow! How that improved my life from a physical standpoint. Then I attended some meditation sessions that Gian held on the weekends and again, what a spiritual revelation! Since then I have continued seeing Gian for private sessions, and again, what insights have come! Gian is not only a wise man, but his teaching style is outstanding and his compassion and intuition are life changers! -- Mark


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"All healing comes from Consciousness Itself."

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From BOI's Graduate Students



20 years of seeking the ‘Ah ha’ moment of understanding. Thousands of books, hundreds of courses, weeks of retreats until my weary journey finally ‘led me’ to a strange thing called "Awakening to Your True Self Is Not Difficult" presented by a gentle, unassuming being, whom I’d never heard of. I was immediately deeply dubious.

“Really?! Awakening?! In just a few hours?”

I’d spent so long contorting my body and psyche in the quest for Oneness that I’d pretty much given up on the end result. I could stand on my head for hours, fast for days and recite Patanjali’s Sutras backwards, so it seemed highly doubtful that ‘some person’ was going to successfully trigger this experience in just a few hours. And yet, I found myself booking an appointment. And lo and behold, I still can’t believe it myself, Awakening happened.

And, the earth did not shake, flames did not rise up through my spine and my chakras did not vibrate!

The experience was in fact logical. Simple. Natural. And so very quiet.
And the knowingness expanded as the session progressed. Word by sentence by understanding. The process dissolved deep and crusty beliefs that I held true and dear. It was a penetrating shift, a quiet revolution that has brought and continues to bring much softness and peace.

Since then, still life and humanness, yet space and joy.
Laughter too, because it is here all the time, everywhere,
“What you are looking for is what is looking” -- Saint Francis of Assisi
“We are already wisdom” -- Arnaud Desjardins

Catherine

 

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There are moments in a person's life that they will never, ever forget. Their first love, the first time they "really saw" something bigger than they could comprehend - perhaps the ocean or the night sky brimming with stars. You have given me such a moment. Awakening is as big as any of those - in fact it's much, much bigger.

In my five-year search for awakening I have had to overcome a deep resistance to spirituality that I learned from my family. I have learned about a huge variety of spiritual traditions, from Christian and Sufi mysticism to shamanism, Zen and finally Advaita. I've joined groups, read books and done retreats. In the process I had many wonderful experiences. But I didn't awaken. I caught glimpses of it, like the ox in the Zen poem. But despite (or because of?) all my effort, I did not succeed.

Then on July 17th 2102, it happened. First you awakened my partner Kathy on the telephone. When she got off the phone, she immediately transmitted to me what you had first given to her. It worked. Instantly, just as you said it would. My ego-self (what I call my monkey-mind) was utterly astonished. My higher Self said, "Of course, it was here all along."

The month since then has been an unfolding of wonder and serenity that I could never have imagined. The awakening has remained, and has broadened and deepened. Now there is always a stillness, a witnessing, an awareness that reveals itself as that which never changes.

There are no words to express this gratitude.

Namaste,
Bodhi Paul Chefurka

 

 

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Dear Gian

I feel the presence of God in everything around me. My obsessions are fading out. I am experiencing a powerful increase in physical energy, mental clarity, and patience. My fear of death has disappeared altogether. My relationship with people around me is healing and I feel a natural desire to express my love and appreciation to them. My breathing has deepened.

Thank´s Gian for being a catalyst for my awakening. It is becoming more and more real in my whole being, and deepening with each passing day.

C. M.

 

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Powerful and insightful, The Awakening brought me peace, tolerance and clarity to help me through some of the most difficult periods of my life, by decreasing my negative emotions and worries. The Awakening served as a pathway through which I could go beyond unreachable expectations and find inner truth.

Julia S., Southern California, USA.

 

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Dear Son

Since the days we had our conversations about "Awakening" I have noticed valuable changes in myself that I would like to share with you. I think this feedback can be helpful to you in your work with your students. Let me list the changes here:

1- I have noticed a significant decrease in my fear of earthquakes. Traumatized repeatedly by so many earthquakes here in Santiago Chile this fear had become painful and rock solid in my mind. After the Awakening is like a faint feeling in the distant background.


2- I feel happier

3- Now, political issues, that used to obsess me, do not bind my attention and I feel detached.


4- Practical issues like mechanical problems with my car, are no longer a reason to worry.


5- Money related worries no longer make my life painful. I attend to these things, but they do not make me suffer.


6- To be right, to win or lose a discussion or argument, has stopped being important to me. In fact, I do not like arguments anymore and avoid them, despite that in the past I was quite an argumentative person.


7- When I remember my own parents -- already gone -- I feel a new, sweet compassion for them.

In summary I would say that I am living my life with significantly less neurosis, greater humor and a valuable dosage of peace; a peace that I really needed!

I thank you for having had the love to communicate to me the Awakening. Thanks to this awakening to what I am really, I will leave this world being a better soul.

With love

Your mother

 

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There is an old song with the line, "They say that breaking up is hard to do." Much like that old song, they also say that waking up is hard to do. I say - don't believe it! Though it is indeed hard to do, if you believe that it is. Like everything else we choose to do, intention is what guides our success. Gian honored my clear intention to awaken and has provided the framework to my awakening. In an hour and half phone call, he was able to show me that I already had the power to see beyond the illusions that cause pain. He was able to share the language that brought me to awareness. I am deeply grateful.

Gian's ability to convey an understanding of our function in the universe is unmatched, in my experience. He speaks with ease, humor and simplicity, and before you know it, you can see more clearly than ever before! Awakening is the only way to move past the burdens and challenges of our lives. If one can do it so easily, how can one resist?

~ Kathleen Farago May

 


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One-On-One, Flip-Learning Format in the Certification Program


1- The student watches a 2 1/2 to 3-hour video class.

2- He/she answers a 21 questions test (not graded)

3- Student meets with his/her teacher one-on-one
for a 1-hour coaching session; on Skype, phone
or in-person. These one on one sessions are not
available during the 4-Week Tuition Free Course (first
four classes). They begin as soon as the student
commits to the 10-Month Certification Course.

4- The student receives access to the next video-class. The
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Dates and Class Schedule


Students can enroll any time in the flip learning format, conditioned only to the teachers' time availability to provide training to a new student. Please call us at
310-455-6815, or write to us at Alana@BrainOptimization.com



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Time Commitment for the 10-Month Flip-Learning Format


Video Classes: Each video class is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long. The student needs to watch one class every other week.

Coaching Sessions One-on-One: Each coaching session is one hour long.

Homework: A commitment of about six to ten hours per month is required. The student can do more homework based on their time availability and enthusiasm. 

1- Completing a true / false quiz after each class (not graded but mandated to become certified)

2- Reading books and written material (optional)

3- Watching specific movies and documentaries (optional)

Total: The aproximate time commitment necessary to participate in the regular 10-month format, with classes every other week, is 13 to 17 hours per month.


Other Formats

The accelerated 5-month format, with classes every week, requires
twice as many hours per month.

The slow pace 21-month format, with classes once a month, requires
approximately half the time of the 10-month format.

Commitment to apply the knowledge to one's own life: All BOI courses aim at helping the student improve his or her life, so that later they know how to help others do likewise. Intellectual knowledge has value,
but is definitely not enough.


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Final Paper

 

At the end of this course a four-page paper is required in order to obtain the final certification. The student can choose any subject they found interesting or
valuable during the course.




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Tuition and Fees


10-Month Certification Course in Brain Nutrition Counseling™

Classes Every Other Week: $250.00 at the enrollment and $250.00 per month,
until the total tuition price is paid.



Upfront Payment: A 10%, $250.00 discount, is available this year 2014.

Students desiring to pay their tuition upfront pay $2,250.00 instead of $2,500.00

-- No upfront or hidden fees or request for donations of any kind --



Other Formats

Accelerated, 5-month format, with classes every week: $500 per month until the total tuition price is paid.

Slow pace format with classes once a month: $125.00 per month until
the total tuition price is paid
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Scholarships:
Scholarships are available under precise, predetermined conditions, like low income students living in India, China, Russia and third-world countries in general. Please check with us.




How to Pay Your Tuition: At the bottom of this page you will find
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Enrollment Process

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Course Curriculum



I- Introductory Class -- Resting as "Your True Self" Leads to Awakening

01- What is Psychology of Consciousness?
02- What is Awakening really? Is Awakening a spiritual experience? Can it be attained without a spiritual experience? How the many misunderstandings around Awakening perpetuates suffering.
03- Understanding what Awakening can and can not give you.
04- Is awakening for me? Will Awakening be the end of suffering?
05- Will I disappear?
06- Is Awakening the end of the spiritual path?
07- What "embodiment" is really?
08- Can this course in Psychology of Consciousness give me Awakening?
09- Once I wake-up, will I be able to help others to wake-up too? Will I need to learn something specific?
10- How can I do good embodiment work after the Awakening? Is it really necessary? Is psychology of Consciousness effective to attain embodiment? Will I do embodiment work through this course? If I do not wake up, will the embodiment work be helpful or a waste of time?
11- What changes then before and after Awakening?
12- Will the "seeker" be "dead" or still "alive?" What does the "death of the seeker" really means?
13- Why there are so few awakened "beings" in this planet? How this could be solved?
14- Was the spiritual struggle useless or a necessary evil?

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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II- Awakening the Student to Their True Self (Consciousness) through the Positive Path to Awakening


Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- What is Awakening
02- The illusory I and its many identification thoughts -- I am this, I am that. A list of ten.
03- The identity basket and its unique characteristics. The power of any small change in identity.
04- A useful model and definition of the mind - the concentric circles model. Characteristics of the mind objects -- Positive and negative (dualistic in nature), impermanent. Does the mind       exist? Introspection with eyes closed.
05- The Perceiving -- the eye at the center of the storm. Its characteristics: non-dual, constant, part of this Universe?
06- Relation between mind and Perceiving -- the screen of the mind.
07- Real vs. false. Constant vs coming and going.
08- What is a baby really? What were you then? What did you become later?
09- Noticing the Perceiving and you are That!
10- Every mind-body organism is an organ of sensory perception, for whom?
11- What is the soul? The soul is also overwhelmed by identifications. Who evolves then?
12- What does it mean "Abiding as the Self or Resting as Awareness" -- how to use this as a spiritual practice, as a meditation approach. The backward step. Reminder. Ramana's words in regard to what we must do to attain and where free will begins and ends. Undefined, undifferentiated Awareness.
13- Relationship between Consciousness and the body -- noticing the body exercise
14- The perceiver does not exist?  What about the perceived?
15- Baptism (naming) an initiation into falsehood. How the active voice of the language bind us, and what we can do and can't do about it. The magic of the passive voice. The MBO trick and others.
16- Words that point to non-existent objects
17- Awakening vs. Liberation -- why Awakening is only a milestone
18- The thought "I am not Awakened"
19- Emotions and negative reactions -- where are they happening? Why are they happening? Do we need to fix them?
20- The blessings of Awakening are the proof -- increase in trust, decrease in resistance to what is, decrease in neurosis, decrease in negative emotions, increase in self-confidence, increase in efficiency, the mind becomes more silent, greater enjoyment, decrease in dislikes, significant decrease in all fears, and so on. Material benefits too?  The importance of noticing these changes
21- Q&A -- eliminating all confusion about what we are really is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Identify the 21 steps to Awakening. Generate personal notes to work later with clients.



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III- Awakening through The Negation Path to Awakening -- Denying the Existence of the False and Eventually Letting Go of all Beliefs about Oneself.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class
02- The Art of Living Empty. Why it is NOT a spiritual experience and how it bestows freedom
03- Why the Buddhists emphasize so much the Emptiness pointer, and what is the Emptiness really.
04- If the "I" does not exist, what are the implications? Will you loose yourself? What does it mean that every sentient being is Empty? Why this is the most effective path to a life free of interpersonal conflicts. How to practice it. How to practice this in spiritual counseling.
05- Why the Ultimate Truth can be expressed so effectively in a negative way. Why a Universe without "me" is a happy Universe, and how we can see that we are the Universe. Is this a subject free Universe?
06- Repeat the initial meditation exercise
07- Are we robots then? Revisiting the MBO concept? How this simple concept can free us from the greatest lie ever told. Actions are the result of programs not of personal decisions.
08- So "I, so and so, never existed?" Revisiting the pointer "to whom is this coming?" Dealing effectively with negative emotions
09- The self-referential nature of the "I" -- revisiting the screen of the mind.
10- When mental objects are not owned they simply come and go -- they float free on the screen of the mind and no one grasp them.
11- The highest mantra? Finally a mantra yoga that really works?
12- The highest use of the mind is to point towards freedom from the"I." This is called "The path of Wisdom" -- Nisargadatta Maharaj
13- Get this and be free in a moment. Miss it and you will not make it in a million years! Regressing to the "I" thought -- is it possible? The path becomes extremely simple -- remembering the Truth. Are we free after Awakening or the subconscious, false "I" still has to        die? Will we have an ego for the rest of our lives?
14- Go empty. Eliciting the feeling of Awakening. 
16- When we meditate, who is meditating? When we have a spiritual experience, who had it?
17- The ultimate answer to a life free of interpersonal relationship issues. "Sutras" and "Tweeter."
18- Dealing with negative emotions -- to whom is this coming? Fear vs. Consciousness takes care of itself.
19- Why Non-Duality - truly a spiritual revolution - is the most advanced spiritual approach in the planet today, and why it always was. How BOI is contributing and how our student can contribute. Spiritual practices bind us, can this liberating approach do that too?
20- How to trigger the Awakening state in your clients. Why for the teacher soul, teaching is an easy and delightful way to evolve spiritually.
21- Q&A -- eliminating all confusion about the powerful negative approach to Awakening and Liberation is INDISPENSABLE. Students that haven't Awakened yet are invited to a 3-hour one on one Awakening session.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Watch 'M" interview and noticing the awakening experience.



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IV- Realizing the Oneness of All Things and No-Things (the 7th Game of Consciousness.)

Class starts with a guided meditation.

1- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject.
2- What did the Buddha mean when he said that everyTHING is empty
3- What does it mean that "Emptiness is also devoid of intrinsic existence."
4- Is the Universe a mechanism or a creation?
5- What is the alternative to the mechanistic position?
6- What this 7th game is about -- from Emptiness to Oneness. Open eyes meditation. Stepping into. Why Oneness may be more restful than Emptiness. Resting as Alness. "Knowledge divides wisdom makes everything whole again."
7- How failure at knowing how to play successfully the 7th Game of Consciousness leads to suffering. The perfect antidote to "the need to be right," "the aversion to be wrong, "the need to change the other," "the inferiority complex, the superiority complex and comparisons in general,"the need to win," and puritanism -- the "unacceptable" impure aspect of creation. The lotus symbol.
8- Taking a test to assess 7th Center of Consciousness issues.
9- How this game is usually played out in yoga and why it tends to produce no results.
10- The use of magic mushrooms to move into Oneness -- is it a legitimate approach?
11- What are the possibilities of integration of the experience when using mushrooms?
12- The use of the pointer -- "stepping into instead of stepping backwards."
13- Nisargadatta on "Nothing and Love"
14- Will Science eventually answer all the questions about the Universe?
15- The enquiry on "what is all this really"
16- The fundamental importance of releasing all expectations and moving into "the experimenter's position" with a completely open attitude.
17- Is the leaf a leaf or is simply a part of the tree?
18- At what point does the leaf became a leaf?
19- How it can become again part for the tree?
20- Is that something that has to happen or it is already and never stopped being that way?
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 7th Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.



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V- The Seven Games of Consciousness.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class.
02- The Seven Centers of Consciousness and their corresponding infinitely complex Cosmic Games. Graphic representation. The energy approach vs. the psychological approach to "illuminating" the Tree of Life.
04- Why Consciousness is playing these Games? Are these serious games or we can take them easy?
05- The Maximum potential of the human character -- the "Krishna" syndrome.
06- The three monastic vows of renunciation.
07- The Mountain top vs. the Holistic Path (Market Place Path.)
08- Why the Sixth Center of Consciousness is the best starting point -- from Non-Duality to Duality instead of vice-versa.
09- Consciousness perceives every game and every task as a challenge. Practical application of this concept.
10- Why the soul may need thousands of lifetimes to master these Seven Game.
11- Playing the games leads to total integration. The Seven Games of Consciousness model integrates all the fundamental aspects of life.
13- Example of poor integration: "it is not OK to charge money for spiritual service. "Are you comfortable charging for your time? Why this does not deny the value of being generous. There has to be some relative balance between what you give and what you receive. Charging for our time is an imposition from Nature itself. Where is the problem then? In the belief system.
14- How to dramatically shorten the path. Why the ego can't play these games effectively.
15- Neurosis is the result of playing these games from a fictional character.
16- The ego is incapable of attaining balance. Each game generates enormous amount of neurosis
17- Playing the games from Consciousness is a shortcut to happiness and success too
18- The seven Games of Consciousness in the Spiritual Counseling process. Assessing each one of the centers.
19- Accessing unlimited wisdom as a counselor. The best counseling technique you will ever learn and perhaps the only one will ever need. Why this is never taught in a mainstream university and what are the consequences.
20- Recognizing the challenge of counseling leads to humility and application of the right techniques. The "self-humbling" approach to counseling. Intuition -- what is it?
21- Q&A -- eliminating all confusion about what life is about and therefore about the Seven Games of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Read Article on the Seven Games of Life and start reading book on the Seven Centers of Consciousness.


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VI- The 5th Game: The Game of the Soul - Creating and Serving others.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. What this game is about and how failure at knowing how to play successfully the 5th Game of Consciousness leads to suffering, severe psychopathology and disease. Taking a test to assess 5th Center of Consciousness issues. 
02- What is the fifth center about. What is the soul about? Does it really exist or it is a useful concept? In which way the astral body a super computer.
03- Past lives do require in-between lives. What do we do there?  Many sages many Masters was just the beginning.
04- Presentation of a video on Soul Psychology based on research.
05- Why the research is credible? How to read and learn about the research while having fun.
06- How we can learn about the Psychology of the Soul? Why this is indispensable to become a good Spiritual Psychology Counselor.
07- Why the content of the research can completely change the way we do counseling
08- "We are not human beings trying to have a spiritual experience but Spiritual Beings having a human experience." Why Teilhard the Chardin famous words would be correct, but only partially.
09-  How the birth as a soul and repeated reincarnations lead to the development of a soul character. Are we identified with this character? Where did the adventure begin? Was it in the astral or was in a physical planet?
10- Do we carefully planned this incarnation? Who helped us? What type of contracts we acquired? Free will vs. predetermination at the 5th Center of Consciousness -- Superconsciousness. Why this is so helpful in counseling?
11- Expanding our belief system and that of our clients to solve past traumas -- why it works.
12- Who evolves?  The three main reasons for incarnating. 
13- The vocation is of the soul not of the ego. Why mainstream psychology often does a lousy job at vocational counseling. Why and how a spiritual psychology counselor can do a much better job. Where we can get a more extensive training.
14- At what point of our evolution we become specialized souls. How that works. At that moment it abandons her original soul cluster.
15- The importance of expressing our vocation on earth as the path towards happiness and evolution.
16- Why the expression of our vocation leads to evolution.
17- The time when the soul reconnects with her career here on earth is a crucial moment in that lifetime. Many "demons" may visit us.
18- Why the wrong decision can be deadly. "The actor that became a constructor."
19- "The farmer that became a banker"
20- "The hair styler that became a secretary in her family business."
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 5th Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.



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VII- The 4th Game: The Game of Relationships and Love.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. What this game is about and how failure at knowing how to play successfully the 4th Game of Consciousness leads to suffering, severe psychopathology and disease. Taking a test to assess 4th Center of Consciousness issues.    
02- Why "I hope you get well soon." What is going on in the brain when we fall in love or during a break up.
03- The monastic vow of celibacy and the romantic aspect of life.
04- The feminine perspective on the couple relationship -- sexuality as an expression of romance
05- The value of friendship. Is friendship really forever? How friendship makes as happier in life. Why allowing our friends to be as they are, providing that....
06- Is marriage forever? How to sustain a long relationship and how this can help us to be happier and evolve spiritually.
07- Interaction between the 2nd and 4th center during sexual intimacy.
08- Interaction between the 2nd and 5th center during sexual intimacy.
09- Interaction between the 2nd and 6th center during sexual intimacy.
10- Empathy and compassion the seeds of unconditional love. Why suffering is helpful and necessary to develop empathy.
11- Empathy in counseling - service and the 4th Center of Consciousness
12- Love to animals, plants, the earth and the ocean, and humans, leads to unconditional love. Nature opens the heart center.
13- The Bhakti Yoga Path -- love for the Divine.
14- Unconditional love opens the door to childlike trust in a benevolent Universe -- which destroys fear. "God is not a tyrant."
15- Eliciting and attracting Divine protection.
16- Helping the client by increasing their sense of Divine protection.
17- The powerful effect of a simple reminder and how to use it in counseling. The value of repetition. The value of spiritual affirmations.
18- How to help couples in counseling using non-violent communication approach
19- How to help couples in counseling using non-duality techniques. Where, and why, to find more information about Couples Coaching.
20- How to severe a dysfunctional relationship.
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 4th Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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VIII- The 3rd Game: Developing a Healthy Personality)

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. What this game is about and how failure at knowing how to play successfully the 3rd Game of Consciousness leads to suffering, severe psychopathology and disease. Taking a test to assess 2nd Center of Consciousness issues.
02- What is the personality really? Understanding the powerful forces at work that exploit human ignorance about how to enjoy life through the development of a healthy personality, which includes: intellect, will power, memory, communication skills, assertiveness, a healthy sense       of justice, humor, self-respect, a positive self image, a positive self-concept, self-esteem and self-confidence.
03- Why knowing ourselves at a personality level is quite a challenge and how we can save time.
04- Psychotherapy as a way to "see" ourselves and as a way of healing the personality.
05- What is the ego? Is having a strong ego something wrong?
06- How the self-concept is created, where is it located in the psyche and how we can improve it. 07- Why the spiritual ego may not be necessarily better than the materialistic ego
08- Using positive mirroring to heal the personality in spiritual counseling -- conditions is must fulfilled to be truly healing.
09- Wrong conclusions based on research on self-esteem.
10- Narcissism or inflated self-esteem -- what is it and how to correct it. Why research on meditation shows that it does not necessarily help narcissism
11- The main purpose of classic psychotherapy and linear psychology vs. the main purpose of spiritual psychology -- how to reconcile both approaches
12- Will power's role in the development of a healthy personality. The sense of adventure and the value of challenging ourselves. Accomplishments impact on the personality. Is there such thing as too much success?
13- Positive thinking in the development of a healthy personality.
14- The brain's role in the development of a healthy personality. How an imbalanced brain impacts the personality.
15- The development of intelligence -- how to develop it and how to maintain it. How intelligence can be helpful in the spiritual path and how it can be an obstacle.
16- How to keep our memory in good conditions and how to take our memories for what they are -- just memories, nothing real.
17- A healthy sense of justice -- what is it and what are its limitations
18- How to develop our humor -- why it is a spiritual challenge.  Why humor often comes when the mind is out. How humor is at the center of the difference between an "awakened individual" and someone that still is sleeping the dream of the "I"
19- How and why to attain a positive self image. Does vanity has a place in spirituality?
20- How to develop a healthy self-concept, self-acceptance, self-esteem and self-confidence
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 3rd Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Read Book on Typology.


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IX- The 3rd Game: Creating a Healthy Personality (continuation.)

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- The domains of the ego
02- The Silent Equations -- irrational programs that control humans' mind and behavior and allow suffering to happen.
03- Lessons from Humanistic Philosophy -- the philosophy at the root of all our Western Sciences. How much is worth a human being?
04- My money = my worth.   My success = my worth. My accomplishments = my worth
05- How much others like me = my worth.  How much he or she loves me = my worth
06- My beauty = my worth.  My health and youth = my worth.  My knowledge = my worth
07- The Collective Silent Assumptions (CSI)
08- This is important
09- This is real
10- I am the doer
11- I have not done my best
12- There are things here that have a separate existence
13- I have a separate existence
14- The human neurosis
15- Who benefit with all these programs
16- Who put them there?
17- Observing the personality -- does it help? The role of humor. The vindictive one. The paranoid  one. The cranky one. The vane one. The judgmental one. The proud one. The polite but distant one. The perfectionistic one. The lazy one. The romantic one. The teacher one
18- Ego is identification, not programs.  Personality is programs
19- How the language is constantly contributing to this mis-identification
20- How we can create a language for awakened beings. How the language we use in counseling needs to be a non-ego centered language -- as much as possible. Why our present language creates immense confusion in the seeker.
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 3rd Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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X- The 2nd Game: Enjoying the Senses without Addiction.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. What this game is about and how failure at knowing how to play successfully the 2nd Game of Consciousness leads to suffering, severe psychopathology and disease.Taking a test to assess 2nd Center of Consciousness issues.
02- Understanding the powerful forces at work that exploit human ignorance about how to enjoy life through the senses of their physical bodies. What is this magnificent Game about?
03- Why hedonism is a false philosophy and why asceticism is also a false philosophy, and what does it mean that they are false?
04- Addictions -- when the game becomes deadly. Who are at highest risk? What are they looking for? Where is the problem located -- in the brain or in the mind?
05- Addiction as a spiritual path -- the nurse that chose an addictive brain.
06- What's likely the most effective solution to addiction? Why is not pursued?
07- Awakening may free us from many addictions, but likely not all of them.
08- Compensating for addictions through the right use of nutrition and supplements.
09- Our attitudes towards sensory pleasure may be coming from the old repressive monastic paradigms. How to free ourselves from this dysfunctional program. The monastic vows are an assault on the second center of Consciousness -- how it works.
10- How fear leads to repression and contempt and eventually hate. Why despite of all this the       monastic paradigm helps souls that went too far into indulgence. Is it possible to find the center again? What is it necessary to understand?
11- Lack of enjoyment of the senses may lead to depression -- and vice-versa (unhedonia)
12- Balancing the first and second Center of Consciousness. Why it is so indispensable
13- Believing that sex is not a need, and it is wrong, also comes from old dysfunctional monastic paradigms -- monks teaching lay people how to live life in the world. Celibacy and repression lead to sexual addictions and paraphilia
14- Puritanism and asceticism -- these isms are usually deeply rooted in fear of loosing control. Do few souls need them? Possibly. But, obviously not everyone needs them!
15- The promise that more is better, comes from a confusion about the power of pleasure to produce joy.
16- Quality, instead of more, leads to mindfulness and the development of sophistication in the sensory experience. However, that is only the beginning.
18- Music, visual arts, aromas, culinary arts and sex are windows to the Divine -- it is up to us to make the connection.
17- Sexuality can be spiritualized through love, and the impact in the organism changes. How this can be done without strange tantra and taoist techniques.
19- Attaining the right dosage of adventure in life. How security kills -- three years of psychoanalysis to safe his life from suicidal depression
20- The search for a spiritual high -- is it an addiction?  Is it a valid addiction? What are the real results?
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 2nd Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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XI- The 1st Game: The Game of Survival - Making a Living.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. Why the Game of Survival is a magnificent Cosmic Game and why it is just a game -- dialog in the Bhagavad Gita.
02- Taking a test to assess first Center of Consciousness issues. Main two aspects of the game of Survival. How first chakra issues lead to poverty, severe psychopathology and physical disease.
03- Most of the problem is in our belief system about charging for our time, the purpose of money, how to do business, our philosophy of life, greed, fear of scarcity, lack of trust in the universe, omnipotence, childhood programs like the over value of becoming rich, etc
04- Revisiting our beliefs in regard to charging money for our time. The selfish aspect of this game and center needs to be understood, respected, and balanced with a spirit of service.
05- Visiting our beliefs in regard to the purpose of life at the first center of Consciousness. Why materialism is a false first center of Consciousness philosophy. Why greed is an imbalance in the first Center of Consciousness. What is better, to work it out energetically or psychologically?
06- The "hippie" philosophy -- the belief "I do not need money"
07- The "spiritual sadhu" syndrome -- the belief that "God will provide even if I do nothing."
08-The monastic ideas about money -- the belief that pursuing money creates distance from God. A literal interpretation of "you can't serve two masters at the same time."
09- Metaphysical beliefs about money that can cause suffering -- "I can have it all"
10- Fear of scarcity is rooted in a false assumption -- "there is an "I" here that is responsible for making money."
11- Creating a "safety emotional net" at the bottom line. Who is really in-charge of the survival of the mind-body organism? Why it survives? Who puts a roof over it and brings food to the table?
12- Differentiating between cause and means -- the rice story
13- Scarcity is not the biggest problem -- our beliefs about it are
14- The value of setting clear goals. The goals and means need to bring balance between the first and the fifth centers.
15- The value of efficiency. The value of planning, prioritizing and organizing our time and space to address meaningful needs and goals. Why failure at this level leads to guilt and anxiety. How we can easily correct the issue. How to avoid the trap of trying to do too much at once which creates a mountain of stress. Setting realistic goals to attain during a particular segment of time. Why modest goals are more productive. The artist's dilemma. Working hard or having a balanced life?
16- After we have attained a reasonable and balance level of efficiency, what do we do? Why how much money we will have at any point in time is NOT up to us.
17- Respecting money by using it wisely. Why both, the "miser syndrome" and overspending lead to suffering.
18- When your savings are gradually disappearing -- an archetypical situation? What to do about it. How to assess if fear of scarcity is founded in some real situation or on pure imagination.
19- The Mystical Path to "Abundance" vs. the Metaphysical Path to "Abundance."  Is "abundance" having money or freedom from fear of scarcity?
20- The pursuing of the "I am a rich man (or woman.)" A lesson in dis-identification. When bankruptcy becomes inevitable -- why?
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the first Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.



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XII- The 1st Game (continuation): Keeping Body and Mind in Good Health.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

1- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject. What this game is about and how   failure at knowing how to play successfully the 1st Game of Consciousness leads to suffering, severe psychopathology and disease.
2- Understanding the powerful forces at work that exploit human ignorance about how to keep the body in good health.
3- How to protect ourselves? The three golden rules of wellness: 1- Learn about how to prevent disease and how to heal the body and select VERY carefully who you believe. 2- Apply what you learn by patiently implementing health supporting habits 3- Stay away from temptations like having the wrong type of foods at home -- how to do this.
4- The two basic and two highest principles of Wellness Coaching.
5- Nutrition and health -- overwhelming research demonstrate that....  Is good diet enough or we need to take supplements?
6- Physical exercise and health -- overwhelming research demonstrate that....
7- Positive / objective thinking and health. Why rational thinking cannot be underestimated with spiritual excuses. Overwhelming research demonstrate that....
8- Vocation -- doing what we love cannot be replaced by spiritual philosophy. Overwhelming research demonstrate that....
9- How these four principles lead to good health
10- How these four principles lead to happiness in the relative - first to fifth centers.
11- When it comes to health we just can do so much -- here surrender is also fundamental.
12- Why Awakening leads to the right balance between the dualistic centers
13- Going or not going to the doctor -- navigating effectively the mainstream medicine paradox
14- Anti-aging as a spiritual practice -- in ancient times and today. Surrender to the aging process is the only way to balance the equation.
15- When the pursue of good health becomes fanaticism. How surrender helps
16- The purification road most often leads to poor health and suffering. It has its place however.
17- Excessive preoccupation with our health or hypochondriasis. Irrational, catastrophic thoughts that lead to endless anxiety. How to control hypochondriasis with Cognitive Psychology and how to heal it with Non-Duality
18- Ending the fear of death leads to fearlessness and invaluable happiness
19- Being ready to die any moment is the only way to attain freedom from the fear of death. How to reach that level of courage?
20- Living with fear is not living. When dying is better than living in fear - lessons from DV.
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 1st Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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XIII- The 6th Game: Finding Our True Self.

Class starts with a guided meditation.

01- Summary of the last class and introduction to the subject.
02- What this game is about and how failure at knowing how to play successfully the 6th Game of Consciousness leads to suffering.
03- Taking a test to assess 6th Center of Consciousness issues. 
04- How this game is usually played out and what are the consequences for the individual and our civilization.
05- The focusing on the "spiritual eye" technique coming from yoga, is it effective? How the technique was described and what were you supposed to find.
06- A personal experience.
07- Two advanced yogis opinion in regard to this technique
08- How the description of the technique can make a significant difference.
09- What is the revelation of the 6th Center of Consciousness? How to include it in the practice?
10- What is the Zen position in regard to what happens in the forehead? What is this space? In this space there is space for everything.
11- What are the implications on the kundalini and on sexuality?
12- How long to practice, if you decide to practice?
13- What about the posture? Does it have any impact on this technique?
14- The "Joy Factor" when practicing this technique.
15- A meditation on "Joy."  The vagus nerve connection
16- What is the "attention" or the "noticing" about?
17- Why forcing or manipulating the attention does not make sense.
18- The fundamental importance of releasing all expectations and moving into "the experimenter's position" with an open attitude. "Let's see what happens."
19- Putting every Game from 1st to 5th in one big bag and surrendering it to the Big River of Life. But how interesting! Are we really committed to let go of all suffering?
20- How this is done in the Mountain Top Path and how it is done in the Market Place Path -- the path of internal detachment.
21- Q&A - eliminating any confusion about the 6th Game of Consciousness is INDISPENSABLE


Homework
: Review the class in video and complete test.


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XIV- Learning about Human Emotions through the Map of Consciousness

Class starts with a guided meditation.

1- The kinesiological test a window to discern truth from falsehood.
2- The Map of Consciousness.
3- Mathematical characteristics of the scale  
4- Assessing and healing emotions
5- Shame
6- Guilt
7- Despair
8- Sadness
9- Fear
10- Desire
11- Anger
12- Pride
13- How to approach these issues in counseling.
14- Applying the Map of Consciousness to the spiritual path -- discerning true from false spiritual teachings.
15- The 400s is the realm of science, can it be helpful for our spiritual development?
16- The 500s are the astral real.
17- The 600 and above is the realm of Non-Duality.
18- Interesting and/or valuable calibrations to keep in mind.
19- Limitations of the system.
20- Keeping an open mind and using the system as a point of analysis.
21- Calibrations from other kinesiologists.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional Reading.


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XV- The Delicate Passage from Victor to Vehicle -- the Dark Night of the Soul

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- The powerful Victim, Victor and Vehicle model to help oneself and clients move forward spiritually
02- From the Traditional to the Metaphysical state -- basic review
03- From the Metaphysical to the Mystical state --  the path to surrender and liberation
04- The V-V-V paradigm as a great assessment tool
05- How it helps the individual realize where he or she is stuck in the victim role or in the victor (metaphysical) role. 
06- A marvelous map -- pointing always in the precise direction of greater spiritual evolution
07- Pathways of inner transformation
08- The death of the dependent self
09- The dark night of the soul
10- From waiting to doing and from doing to being. What does "being" means in the Market Place Path?
11- The chakra system revisited
12- Why responsibility is valuable but it is also a cross. What to do about this.
13- What desirelessness means in the Market Place Path
14- Courage as a path to transcendence
15- Who has Karma?
16- How to attain Cosmic Intelligence?  Who attains it?
17- Waiting begging and complaining, doing and thinking positively, doing while surrendering
18- From "I create my own reality" to "I am a vehicle for the Divine"
19- Before self-consciousness, during self-consciousness, and beyond self-Consciousness. Observing self-consciousness
20- The "here I am feeling," vs the "there is no-one here" feeling.
21- Who evolves really?

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test.


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XVI- Living a Life Free of Expectations

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- The young man and the Buddha.
02- Expectations are a source of suffering.
03- A life free of expectation is a much happier life.
04- Why even positive expectations can create suffering.
05- Metaphysics teaches how to create positive expectations, does it work?
06- The mystical path to success teaches how to be free of expectations, is it possible?
07- The good traveler has no fixed plans and is "not intent on arriving" -- Lao Tzu
08- The difference between a preference and an expectation.
09- Desire is not "your worst enemy" -- expectations might very well be.
10- Desire without expectation.
11- Suffering is the result of a frustrated conscious or unconscious expectation.
12- The one million dollar self-enquiry -- what am I expecting consciously or unconsciously right now?
13- What we can expect from a world in constant fluctuation and what we can't expect.
14- The mind -- thoughts and feelings -- are external. What is internal then?
15- When there is suffering it is likely that we are looking for happiness in the external, in the mind -- we expect something from the "world."
16- Happiness is ALWAYS available -- it requires a simple shift in attention.
17- Why moving from mind to Consciousness immediately brings happiness.
18- Expecting happiness from moving into Consciousness is unnecessary -- happiness at that level is a certainty.  Bhakti Yoga applied to expectations.
19- Unrealistic spiritual expectation are the most damaging at generating suffering.
20- Why the desire with attachment -- expectation -- of having spiritual experiences, samadhi, ecstasy, nirvana etc. create immense and unnecessary suffering in the seeker. "God" is to be         found in the midst of the human experience, not in spiritual experiences.
21- What about the expectation of NOT having expectations?

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional book.



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XVII- The Power of Acceptance (Surrender)

Class starts with a guided meditation


01- The Spiritual path is divided in two long stretches.
02- Resisting -- the warrior's path.
03- Accepting; the path of the Mystic.
04- Surrender might be the fastest and easiest path to enlightenment, but surrender to what?
05- Surrendering to the divine.
06- Surrendering to a semi-god or guru and its possible consequences.
07- Surrendering to the present moment; to what is.
08- Surrendering to Consciousness.
09- Surrendering to what is, annihilates time.
10- From the power of Now to the power of Yes.
11- From "yes" to "allowing everything to be as it is" -- good pointers from Non-Duality teachers and how to use them in meditation.
12- The fundamental difference between acceptance and deep acceptance.
13- Why time is a mentation.
14- Why past and future do not exist. Words that point to no-where.
15- A universe free of the concepts of time still is. Physics and time.
16- Learning to live in the now.
17- Living in the now leads to awakening.
18- The plunge in the Now.
19- Abiding as the Self leads to the Now.
20- No-one here leads to the Now. Stepping into leads to the Now.
21- Is accepting suffering the ultimate acceptance, the ultimate paradox?

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional book.



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XVIII- The Power of Bhakti Yoga

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- The four main types of yoga.
02- Bhakti Yoga.
03- The Psycho-Physiological Yogas.
04- Karma Yoga or the yoga of service.
05- Jnana Yoga. Raja Yoga.
06- Why understanding this classification is fundamental.
07- What is the right yoga for your personality.
08- Different forms of Bhakti Yoga.
09- Consequences of the fundamental imaginary division -- "I and God."
10- Although believing in an external God may prevent us to take responsibility for our lives and for the universe as our own creation, and trigger painful resentments towards that "God," still...
11- Why most main religions are part of the Bhakti Yoga Path.
12- Why Bhakti Yoga can become a dangerous path, and how to protect ourselves.
13- Which are the most dangerous Bhakti teachings and how to avoid them.
14- Positive contributions of the Bhakti Yoga.
15- Which parts of Bhakti Yoga are safe to practice?
16- "Bhakti moments" after Awakening and what to do about them.
17-  Devotional Non-Duality.
18- "Letter to God" from a Jnani.
19- "The Story of Ribhu" -- Ramana Maharshi.
20- The role of thankfulness in Bhakti Yoga and in Metaphysics.
21- The role of thankfulness in Non-Duality.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional book.


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XIX- The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- The life of Ramana Maharshi.
02- The origin of Advaita or Non-dual teachings is further back in time.
03- Founding father of non-duality in East and West.
04- The Self-enquiry approach.
05- His position of predetermination -- is it helpful? Non-Causality vs. Free will.
06- The soul's path between free will and a chosen destiny.
07- Is free will an illusion?.
08- The only free will we have according to Ramana -- Intention: "I want to live this day as ..."
09- The relative versus the absolute perspective -- the symbol of the cross.
10- Why honoring and respecting the power of the dream -- a match for Consciousness.
11- Happiness in Ramana's teachings.
12- Understanding his greatest pointer -- "Abide as the Self" - "The Ultimate Container."
13- Other relevant aspects of his teachings -- emphasis on Silence. Going beyond the mind.
14- Was he a mountain top Jnani?
15- What is the whole thing about Arunachala.
16- Separating Indian culture's peculiarities from Advaita teachings.
17- His advanced disciple Robert Adams.
18- "To whom is this coming? When no-one is better than no-one.
19- "I do not know what I am."
20- Best information sources. Why Ramana's and Adam's teachings could have been distorted somewhat already, and what to do about it.
21-  Q&A.

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional book.

 

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XX- The Teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- Nisargadatta's Life.
02- Smoking may not be that bad after all?
03- "I am"  vs. I am this.
04- Meditating in the feeling of "I am."  How that helped Nisargadatta. Will it help you?
05- What did he mean by "know the false if you want to know the Real."
06- Mind vs Consciousness.
07- Love and Wisdom -- Nothing and everything.
08- Everything is happening automatically -- what this means really.
09- "I Am That"  -- comprehensive and practical Non-Dual approach to Awakening and later to Liberation.
10- Does it work?
11- Spiritual paraphernalia distracts as much as any other worldly distraction.
12- Discussion and Q&A on Nisargadatta's most famous thoughts and pointers.
13- His advanced disciple Ramesh Balsekar.
14- There is no-Doer.
15- What is the main consequence of really understanding that we are "highly programmed individuals." How this understanding can be life changing. Forgiving oneself and others
16- Robots? Revisiting R. Adams.
17- A one word religion.
18- Should I stop all planning?  Is spontaneous action more delightful?
19- If your next activity is predetermined -- can you trust it? Can you trust the Universe to manage your schedule?. Why doing that?
20- The value of painful experiences -- why they are predetermined. How to welcome them. My life has not been what I expected and was programmed to expect, what to do about it?
21- Q&A

Homework: Review the class in video and complete test. Optional book.

 

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XXI- Miscellaneous aspects of the Path of Non-Duality

Class starts with a guided meditation

01- From Narrow to Open Focus -- the Open Focus Brain
02- Biofeedback and neuro-feedback equipments. The future in Psychology of Consciousness
03- Research on Open Focus and Awakening
04- Why narrow focus is a state of tension and why practicing concentration may not be the best way to meditate. How to bypass this issue
05- When narrow focus becomes pathological
06- When the brain loses its capacity to sustain narrow focus, and what to do about it.
07- Factors affecting our civilization's capacity for concentration
08- Relative happiness is dependent on the biochemistry of the brain
09- Does Happiness that springs from resting as Consciousness depend on the biochemistry of the brain?
10- Brain Optimization as a path to Awakening.
11- Resting as no-one has a powerful impact on physiology. How to measure that impact scientifically.
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12- Abide as the Self or Resting as Awareness?
13- Proper understanding of "allowing everything to be as it is"
14- Allowing from the mind vs. allowing from Consciousness -- i.e creating space
15- How Consciousness uses the human body and mind, and where we can get more information
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16- The Modern Advaitists of the West. How they are transforming our world from inside out. 
17- How the student can stay in contact with them and their teachings?
18- Pseudo Non-Duality -- what is it really?  Does it exist?
19- The future of Non-Duality as a grass root movement and how the explosion of Non-dual teachers is likely to impact our world. What could happen if our whole civilization wakes up? Is it possible?
20- What is the core teaching of the modern Advaitists? Stop the seeking.
21- Why Awakening is not the end of suffering but the beginning of a new life?

Homework: several optional books and videos for this part of the course.


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