Can we tap into our subconscious to find alternative answers to problems we face in our lives? How can we make better choices when confronted with the key decisions in our lives?
On Thursday October 5th, certified transformational coach Darja Zorko Mencin delivered a workshop at Librebook on how to address these questions. Mrs. Zorko Mencin was born in Slovenia but lived in Argentina for nearly five years, where she became a certified Taquion trainer by the internationally recognized experts Daniel Cuperman and Graciela Astorga. Taquion uses a blend of different disciplines including: biology, neurolinguistic programming, emotional intelligence, neuroscience, quantum physics and psychology. Through their years of research, Cuperman and Astorga found out that the act of playing can have healing and transformational effects.
“It helps you to grow. Playing does,” said Mrs. Zorko Mencin. “These are games that on a deeper level help you change the design you currently have in your life. That’s the way you can achieve significant change.”
During the workshop, Mrs. Zorko Mencin talked about the Pygmalion effect, named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with one the statues he had been working on for a long time. This effect is also known as Rosenthal effect, and describes a situation where believing in oneself, the full potential one has, can lead to improvements in performance.
“If you fall in love with your life-project, whatever it is, then you can do it. You can bring it to life. But there has to be passion. True passion to be able to overcome uncertainty and doubts. Obstacles that will arise over and over again.”
The workshop consists of laying down a spiral on the floor where nine steps will be followed by each participant. The first step is the most important: Topic or Life-Project, and is the moment where each person has to think about what he or she wants to do, and most importantly, the motivations behind it. On each of the nine steps, there are visualization exercises as well as music in the background. The images used throughout the workshop often depict abstract paintings or allegories.
“Metaphors and music are two of the most powerful ways to connect to our sub-conscious,” said Mrs. Zorko Mencin. “Most people don’t know this. They complain about their lack of creativity. It’s a pity how neglected these tools are.”
After each step, the participants take time to write down any ideas that might have come to them. The final step is called Manifestation, where the participants have ideally collected new associations or identified unseen questions, garnered insight for their own projects.
“This is magic,” said one of the participants, also from Slovenia. “It’s a sort of meditation.” Then she took a picture of her spiral and smiled. “Just magic,” she said.