Departing for a new kind of freedom

An “individual” is more than a mass of matter forming unconscious patterns. People are “individuals”, each of whom has their own right to live their own lives. This includes recognizing old patterns in order to discard them: by means of a transformation away from abstract, theoretical thinking and toward acting and being.

Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up

Pablo Picasso

Freedom, autonomy, self-actualization

Governmental systems, religious systems, healthcare systems, economic and financial systems, even relationship systems, education systems and family systems: all the innovations we have created continue to be based on a materialist philosophy and fence us in. They don’t account for individuals and the needs nature has given those individuals.

In the course of scientific progress, not only has the self-image of the modern-day person been radically restricted terms of space and time, it has also been subject to a qualitative devaluation of its essential character.

From the industry, which has always considered people to be a “workforce”, to classical psychology, which has generally treated people as deficient beings and has gradually been mutating into neurology: our western, cartesian world view has subjugated the “individual”, similar to any other visible and measurable object. This is empiricism. In this model, people are regarded as victims of their own experiences. In Maslow’s groundbreaking development of “Humanistic Psychology”, the object of scientific analysis are people who have obviously maintained their childlike disposition, including their curiosity and inquisitiveness: people who don’t ponder too much but act completely naturally and live their own freedom.

Transformation: From thinking to acting, and coming to be

Sonja Becker is one of the founding members of the Sage Learning Method, a new method for adults who want to be happy and free. Not “free from”, but “free for” – a form of “unlearning” according to the logic of the laws of nature. With the help of “unlearning”, numerous people have successfully gotten rid of inherited psychological burdens, discarding the “well-behaved” role of “acting nice” and certain automatisms: away from ego-driven materialistic thinking and toward direct action, away from isolation and toward partnership, away from exploitation and toward service and commitment, away from “emotions” and toward real feelings, away from the unconscious and toward the conscious, in order to shift away from the material world and into the world of humane laws: this is what “transformation” means.

In the western world, we have reached a point where there is a need for radical change and transformation, objectively and subjectively. Many people sense this, but don’t know how this is supposed to work.

Many remain imprisoned in their ego world and role patterns – a life sentence. It is only as a result of an impulse from the outside, e.g. from a mentor, that every individual can bring about change in order to break through the momentum of a pondering ego stuck “simmering in its own juices”.

Transformation means going from thinking to acting. In the sense of “Positive Psychology”: changing from problem-based thinking to patterns of mental growth. On the threshold, there are three guardians: anger, anxiety and curiosity. Subjectively, the motif expresses itself in present-day questions such as: So that’s all there is? Will a million dollars make me happier than I am now? Am I doing this for myself or just to live up to expectations? Am I perhaps needed but not loved? Or simply: What do I really want? Objectively, such a transformation is necessary in order to go beyond the parameters of the 20th century – conflict, competition, crisis, war – and act only on the impetus of love and courage.

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Mahatma Gandhi

The ego is stuck in the daily grind

Overcoming anger and anxiety and pursuing your own curiosity is the key to overcoming internal barriers. However, this can only happen with support from the outside. It takes a wake-up call, a paradoxical intervention, some feedback or even a setback, which leads to self-awareness: I just keep revolving around on my own success-driven axel. “Success” itself is an ego category that is less about actual success than about victory.

What is happening here, based on our experience, are very different ways of proceeding for men and women. Especially in business, almost all men have to shed “war-hardened” role patterns to pass through fears that women don’t have. In typically male games, self-centered motifs present themselves in the form of arrogance, disdain, dominance, intimidation, control. The fear of broaching the subject of one’s own change reveals symptoms such as dullness and brooding. “Unwinding” is another term for transformation: rewinding back to original curiosity, a way to fast-forward to get to change and open action.

When women leave off with their “drama addictions” and “unfair games of seduction”, which they have been using to control men for millennia, their behavior becomes more relationship-oriented. They concentrate more on creating connections and networks such as family and friends, on applying empathy, on being open to their passion … and also on having the courage to achieve these goals. This doesn’t mean that men don’t have these qualities; but that they don’t use them in the male paradigm. As a result of a transformation away from ego, in time, fear and uncertainty will change into a “cosmic feeling of unconditional love” (Roland R. Ropers): the very kind of love that is the highest level of energy that people can experience (hopefully) interpersonally.

If men accept their fears and are willing to integrate a more “humane” kind of leadership, a new business paradigm will arise beyond that of everyday business marked by strategies of war and destruction. This type of leadership is all the more significant in these times, where environmental protection needs to take precedence over war, feeding people over destruction, where global cooperation and partnerships are essential to save our planet.

Theoretical coaching is like breakfast cereal: You’re hungry again by noon

Transformation work is the conversion of thought into action. Only someone who has left the ego zone of false assumptions and expectations can manage it: a woman and mentor like Sonja Becker. Most coaches and trainers, psychologists, priests, teachers, NLP whisperers and motivation gurus try to traverse this path theoretically, with empty catchphrases and coaching calendar proverbs. The result is cosmetic, consisting of imperatives (“Be yourself!”) or other clichés, uttered by people who themselves serve role clichés. Accordingly, their advice is mostly short-lived and not at all “made to measure”, as they would put it.

An individual can only be guided to their personal freedom individually, and only by people who themselves are free, and whose own ego identification has been destroyed. Then you are not (only) at work on your own success and but on your own legacy. This is the task of “Radar for Leaders”; this is where a new entrepreneurship is coming into being.

As a navigator for leaders, Sonja Becker enables people to perceive their reality in order to act creatively, free from fear and control. This means deleting everything from the mental hard drive that is driven by ego. Unleashed, consciousness becomes selfless, giving and loving – which feels better than everything that was before.


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