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I've always felt that we get
results on the personal level
by finding meaning in our lives
that works the best for us as in-
dividuals. Personal meaning
eventually translates into so-
cial consequences. With that
in mind, it was with no small
amount of excitement and curi-
osity that I approached my first
Basic Workshop.
The PSYCH-K approach em-
phasizes a holistic approach to
self-empowerment that involves
getting the subconscious, con-
scious, and superconscious all
lined up on the same playing
field, so to speak. I didn't know
all the details, but felt that the
two-day Basic Workshop would
somehow fill in the missing piec-
es in my quest for meaning.
My friend Kathy had taken
both the Basic and Advanced
Workshops, and I was impressed
by her experiences: Kathy's life
definitely improved quite a bit
after mastering the PSYCH-K
processes which were based on
integrating the body-mind con-
nection and validating the in-
dividual's deep transformative
work in the body itself.
An old yoga teacher used to
describe his body as the "person-
al experimental field of change
and creation." I had always liked
that way of looking at the body
as both the playground and the
manifestation of our creations.
The time for the Basic Work-
shop approached so I gathered
my bottle of water, snacks, and
plenty of pens and paper for
taking notes. When I arrived at
the Balanced Living Center in
Fountain Valley, I was warmly
welcomed by Karen Johnson,
our PSYCH-K Instructor/Host,
and shown the stock of bottled
water (blessed prior to the work-
shop), the healthy snacks (we
were encouraged to partake as
desired), and a store of pens and
paper for note taking.
There were books, DVDs and
other materials for purchase, and
inspirational fliers and a master
schedule of events to peruse dur-
ing breaks. I was impressed.
After filling out my name tag,
I joined the rest of our group
and got to know everyone. This
workshop was small and inti-
mate, just right for my first of-
ficial exposure to PSYCH-K and
perfect for establishing a better
understanding of meaning and
fulfillment in my life.
Everyone in this workshop
was there for the same reasons
-- some large and some small,
but all integral to our personal
development and spiritual evo-
lution. The space was support-
ive, the people open and friend-
ly, and the time was NOW!
In 1983 PSYCH-K's origina-
tor, Robert Williams, M.A., con-
sciously or unconsciously asked
himself the question, "Is this as
good as it gets?" Williams had
been dissatisfied with his busi-
ness career for quite some time.
He later detailed his disquiet in
the book, "PSYCH-K: The Miss-
ing Piece Peace in Your Life!"
"The fat-wallet, thin-life feel-
ing became overwhelming, put-
ting me in one of those life-
assessment moments, where in
the privacy of my own mind I
could be completely honest."
Here was a man who had def-
initely been conducting his own
existential search for meaning.
Williams left the business world
after taking night classes in the
graduate counseling program at
the local university. In 1986, he
became a full-time psychother-
apist. But something was miss-
ing -- and it was not until the
end of 1988 that a breakthrough
from his superconscious pro-
vided the first of the processes
that over the next several months
came to be known collectively
During the Basic Workshop,
we learned that the PSYCH-K
model of human consciousness
incorporates three things, name-
ly, the conscious, the subcon-
scious, and the superconscious.
The conscious mind is volition-
al (sets goals and judges results),
thinks abstractly, is bound by
time (based on past experience
and future goals), a master of
short-term memory, and limited
to processing about 40 bits of in-
formation per second.
The subconscious mind is
habitual (monitors autonomic
processes like motor functions,
heart rate, respiration and diges-
tion), thinks literally, master of
long-term memory (stores atti-
tudes, beliefs, experiences and
values), timeless in nature (con-
cerned with present time only),
and has expansive processing
capability of around 40 million
bits of information per second.
The superconscious is, by
every conceivable measure, in-
finite and timeless in nature.
PSYCH-K works with the con-
scious and subconscious under
the gentle overview of the sup-
erconscious with the raw mater-
ial of the beliefs that shape our
When we change our be-
liefs, we change our lives.
PSYCH-K processes, called
balances, are designed to rewire
or balance the way our subcon-
scious and conscious minds
work in relation to the super-
conscious with the aim of achiev
isfaction in life. Each balance is
easy to step through and con-
forms to a certain PSYCH-K
universal pattern of proto-
cols that has been shown to
be most effective in achiev-
ing that end. During the Basic
Workshop, we learned how to:
Construct well-formed be-
lief statements
Use the Resolution Balance
and the New Direction Balance
for greater left- and right-brained
Use the PSYCH-K balances
for Self-Esteem, Relationships,
Prosperity, Health, Personal
Power, Grief and Loss, and Spir-
Determine the visual, audi-
tory, and kinesthetic links be-
tween the conscious and sub-
conscious in a VAK to the Future,
which helps integrate sensory
awareness with one's state of
This PSYCH-K Basic Work-
shop presented me with a for-
midable array of new tools to
achieve whole-brained con-
sciousness, and pairing up with
other workshop participants
proved to be less of a challenge
than anticipated. Under Karen's
gentle yet thorough guidance,
we learned to approach the bal-
ance exercises with a "do with"
rather than "do to" attitude. This
helped dispel the myth of sepa-
ration and feeling embarrassed
about our personal challenges.
We were also taught how to
do the balances on our own if no
suitable partner could be found.
I continue to find the balances
meaningful and often use them
in various situations.
The Balanced Living Center
offers several workshops and
other events each month. See ad
on page 15, or call Karen John-
son at (714) 742-7735 for more
Timothy Thompson is a freelance
writer/editor whose love affair with
words has allowed him to explore di-
verse interests in the human mind,
spiritual advancement, global envi-
ronmental and lifestyle challenges and
personal development. He currently
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As Good As It Gets
By Timothy Thompson