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I am passionately dedicated to changing people's lives for the better. Witnessing the incredible impact that a few healthy thoughts can have, I am committed to empower you to achieve remarkable transformations. With a profound understanding of the human mind, I guide you towards unleashing your true potential. Together, we rewrite limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering thoughts, fostering profound shifts that ripple through all aspects of your life. It's a privilege to witness the incredible change that unfolds when you nurture just a few healthy thoughts, leading to a life of joy, success, and fulfillment.  I am neither a psychologist nor a licensed therapist, I am board certified in hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming integrating the spiritual aspect of your human existence.

My Approach

I am not here reciting what I've read, but I am expressing what I have observed that works wonders, and building on the work of Carl Jung the father of analytical psychology, William James, the father of Functional Psychology, Milton Erickson, the father of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Martin Seligman the father of Positive Psychology.

Carl Jung founded the analytical psychology movement and is known for the collective unconscious, archetypes and individuation.
Jung found that there is a collective unconscious all people share and helped people better understand their unconscious mind.

During the last thirty years of his life, Jung embraced Alchemy as a crucial component of his research in psychology. He found in alchemy a perfect symbiosis of ideas and images that matched his own understanding of the complexity of the psyche, affirming his beliefs regarding the unconscious's drive and direction.

Alchemy seeks to transform the lead of the unconscious  into the gold of wisdom, liberating your soul. The alchemists understood the connection between the anima and the soul - “the innermost and most secret numinous of human.”

In 1998, Martin Seligman strongly encouraged the field of psychology to widen its scope and move beyond human problems and pathology to human flourishing.  

Rather than merely focusing on what is wrong with people and fixing their problems, the focus should also be on what is right with people and boosting their strengths.

Born in 1942, Seligman is credited as the father of Positive Psychology and its efforts to scientifically explore human potential.

1. positive emotion
2. engagement
3. relationships
4. meaning
5. achievement

Milton Erickson's clinical practice conveyed an extremely advanced and nuanced understanding of the human mind that modern science continues to validate to this day in realation to individual’s unconscious minds.  

But far more importantly, he understood the value of intelligently and creatively acting on this knowledge, and as a result pioneered effective novel approaches to activate the healing potential of the continuously intelligent and creative unconscious’ of his patients.

1. how the unconscious mind works
2. indirect, permissive and interspersal techniques
3. brief therapy, neuro-linguistic programming
4. observation skills, validation, cultivation, and challenge
5. applying tailoring, utilization, strategic, competency, naturalistic methods

William James the father of Functional Psychology was interested in the study of optimal human functioning and considered subjective experience as highly important.

He believed that to maximize human potential, we must gain insight into both the limits of human energy and the ways to stimulate and optimally use this energy.

Some have argued that William James should be considered “America’s first positive psychologist.

1. how mental processes work
2. helping organism adapt to their environment
3. the purpose of behavior process
4. introspection & observation
5. evolution


What does coaching do?

Coaches provide support, guidance, and strategies tailored to each individual, helping them overcome challenges, maximize their potential, and lead more fulfilling lives.
Mindset and Confidence: Coaching can help individuals develop a positive and growth-oriented mindset, build self-confidence, and overcome self-doubt. Coaches challenge limiting beliefs, encourage individuals to embrace change, and foster a mindset that promotes personal and professional success.

Goal Setting and Accountability: Coaches help individuals define their goals, create actionable plans, and hold them accountable for their progress. They provide structure, guidance, and support, ensuring clients stay focused and motivated.  

Self-Discovery and Personal Development: Coaching can assist individuals in exploring their values, strengths, passions, and beliefs. It encourages self-reflection and facilitates personal growth, leading to a better understanding of oneself and improved self-confidence.  

Improved Performance: Coaches can enhance an individual's performance, whether in personal or professional domains. They provide feedback, identify areas for improvement, and offer strategies and techniques to maximize potential and achieve higher levels of success.  

Career Advancement: Many people seek coaching to accelerate their professional growth and achieve career-related goals. Coaches can assist with skills development, career planning, job search strategies, interview preparation, and navigating workplace challenges.  

Emotional Support: Coaches provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals to express their emotions, fears, and concerns. They offer empathy, validation, and guidance in managing emotions and building resilience.    

It's important to note that coaching is a personalized and individualized process, tailored to each client's unique needs and goals.
Define Meaning, Values, Motivation, and Goals: Coaching provides a space for individuals to explore and define their core values, personal meaning, and motivation. Coaches assist in clarifying life purpose and setting meaningful goals that align with one's values, leading to a greater sense of fulfillment and direction.  

Increase Communication at Work and at Home: Coaches support individuals in enhancing their communication skills, both in professional and personal relationships. They provide tools and strategies for effective listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and building healthy communication patterns.

Strengthen Relationships at Work and at Home: Coaches can help individuals improve their relationships by fostering understanding, empathy, and effective communication. They provide guidance in navigating relationship dynamics, managing conflicts, and cultivating positive connections.  

Manage Anxiety, Stress, and Overall Health: Coaching can assist individuals in developing strategies to manage anxiety and stress. Coaches offer techniques for relaxation, mindfulness, and stress reduction, promoting overall well-being and resilience.  

Increase Clarity, Happiness, and Overall Well-being: Coaching helps individuals gain clarity about their desires, purpose, and direction in life. Through self-reflection and goal-setting, individuals can enhance their happiness and overall well-being by aligning their actions with their values, priorities, and personal fulfillment.

Accountable Action: Coaches help individuals translate their goals and aspirations into concrete actions. They encourage clients to take consistent, purposeful steps toward their objectives, ensuring they stay on track and make progress.    

Personal and professional coaching encompasses a wide range of areas, and individuals seek coaching to address specific needs and goals in their lives.
Work-Life Balance: Coaching helps individuals establish a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives. Coaches can provide guidance on managing time effectively, setting boundaries, reducing stress, and prioritizing activities that align with personal values and goals.  

Overcoming Challenges: People often turn to coaching to overcome obstacles and challenges they face. Coaches offer support, guidance, and tools to help individuals navigate difficult situations, overcome limiting beliefs, build resilience, and develop effective problem-solving skills.  

Improved Communication and Relationships: Coaches can assist individuals in improving their communication skills, enhancing relationships, and resolving conflicts. They provide insights into effective communication techniques, active listening, empathy, and understanding others' perspectives.  

Identify Your Strengths: Coaches can assist individuals in identifying their unique strengths and talents. By understanding and leveraging these strengths, individuals can enhance their performance, make informed decisions, and align their actions with their natural abilities.

Identify Areas of Compassion and Acceptance: Coaches help individuals develop self-compassion and acceptance. They encourage individuals to embrace their imperfections, practice self-care, and cultivate a positive self-image, leading to increased self-esteem and overall well-being.  

The reasons people seek coaching can vary widely, but ultimately, it aims to support individuals in achieving personal and professional success, fulfillment, and overall well-being.

                          What is the link between Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-coaching?

The link between emotional intelligence and neurocoaching is all about you and unlocking your true potential

When you develop your emotional intelligence, you gain the power to understand and manage your emotions, connect with others, and thrive in every aspect of your life.  

Neurocoaching, on the other hand, taps into the amazing capabilities of your brain. By rewiring neural pathways and harnessing the principles of neuroplasticity, you can unleash your full potential, achieve your goals, and create lasting positive change.  

When you combine emotional intelligence with neurocoaching, magic happens

You gain self-awareness and self-regulation skills, empowering you to overcome challenges, manage stress, and stay focused. 

You cultivate empathy and strengthen relationships, making you an effective communicator and leader.  It's time to harness the power within you.

By integrating emotional intelligence and neurocoaching techniques, you can transform your life, unlock your potential, and thrive like never before. 

Get ready to ignite your personal growth, well-being, and success. The journey starts now!  

Remember, it's all about you! Unleash your emotional intelligence and tap into the power of neurocoaching to become the best version of yourself
You have the potential to achieve greatness. 

Embrace it, believe in it, and let the transformation begin!

What is Neuro-Coaching?

Neuro-coaching is a fusion of cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroplasticity and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques based on the Brain-Mind-Body Continuum aimed to clients to change their thought patterns.

Perceptual Meta-self-awareness exercises are used to stimulate neural re-growth that generates change in the brain-mind-body continuum.

The emphasis is on the brain-mind-body union generating measurable and sustainable mental, physiological and even spiritual enhancement with bottom line increases in performance, well-being, health and happiness.  

A revolutionary scientific observation is we are not necessarily “stuck” with the brain we have. “Rewiring” neural networks and enhancing neuroplasticity in normal brains is possible by shaping neural pathways.

Neuro-coaching works by:

1) accessing the subconscious mind and,
2) accessing the limbic section of the brain that provides the critical link to the brain-mind-body union and,
3) accessing way in which we can affect neural and physiological changes.

Neuro-coaching harnesses the power of neuroscience to optimize neuroplasticity outcomes, facilitating deeper self-awareness, enhanced cognitive function, and sustainable behavior change.

What does Neuro-Coaching do for me?

▶ Improved focus and concentration 
Increased observational skills 
▶ Enhanced emotional regulation 
Increased motivation and productivity 
▶ Improved memory and learning 

Increased attentional allocation 
▶ Better stress management 
Increased self-awareness 
▶ Improved relationships 
Better sleep

Holistic Integration

Neuro-coaching is a science-based, holistic coaching approach that addresses the mind, body and spirit, by applying it in a way every client can actually use it. 

Holistic Integration means bringing together all of the the pieces of ourselves to create the best version of ourselves. This can mean working on our mental or physical health, spiritual health, or anything else that you think of when you consider holistic wellbeing.

Creating Ease uses and integration of feelfulness, positive psychology, hypnosis, neuroplasticity practices and behavior change to provide you with a set of proven tools, techniques and exercises that help you flourish through personal transformation and deliver results because it leads you towards long-lasting, deeper, more fulfilling changes in your life.   

Neuroscience research has shown that Co-Active Coaching supports clients to develop positive new neural networks, respond more calmly to stress, make choices more easily, and access much more of their creativity. This inevitably leads to more effective, successful, and fulfilling lives.

Career Coaching

If you're seeking professional development or career coaching, prioritizing the development of emotional intelligence skills is a must in today's professional landscape. Enhancing your emotional intelligence not only boosts your self-awareness and attention skills but also strengthens your ability to navigate workplace dynamics, build strong relationships, and make sound decisions.

With Creating Ease® you begin to unlock the power of emotional intelligence for sound decision making, paving the way for greater success and fulfillment in your professional journey. Invest in yourself, invest in your career. Let's embark on this transformative path together.

  • identify and assess your strengths, interests, and aspirations, 
  • set realistic goals and develop action plans,
  • overcome obstacles and identify self-sabotaging habits
  • interview preparation, building confidence, using impactful words,
  • people skills development, emotional intelligence,
  • career transition, guidance, and motivation,
  • accountability, through the development process, 
  • make informed decisions for greater success


Emotional Intelligence

Leaders, practitioners, professionals, coaches or mentors, create a clear vision that empowers and inspires change with their clients.

“Great” leaders and practitioners are frequently looking for fresh ways to motivate their clients /team, influence effectively and create a supportive atmosphere that fosters growth.

I am not here reciting what I've read, but I am expressing what I have observed that works wonders, and building on the work of Carl Jung the father of analytical psychology, William James, the father of Functional Psychology, Milton Erickson, the father of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Martin Seligman the father of Positive Psychology.

With my UNIQUE mix of expertise I am here to give you the Tools you need to gain Top Functional EIQ Skills to enhance whatever you do, that you can do better:

  • 1. Re-Direct your Stream of thoughts (thought management) 
  • 2. Shift your Mindset (emotional intelligence, mindfulness) 
  • 3. Generate a Desired State (feel a feeling by choice) 
  • 4.  beneficially Register (neuroplasticity) in your Muscle Memory (automatic habits), because
  • 5. your Automatic Habits determine Quality of your Life and the Rate of your Success!
                            = Feelfulness®

In the old paradigm, it was commonly believed that leaders are born, not made. While it is true that some individuals may possess natural leadership qualities, it is important to recognize that leadership can also emerge from unexpected sources. In the face of adversity, ordinary people who have never held leadership roles can rise and take charge when the situation demands it. This highlights the fact that leadership is not solely determined by inherent traits, but rather it can be nurtured and developed in anyone. Moreover, the understanding that emotional intelligence skills, which are vital for effective leadership, can be acquired and enhanced through the brain's remarkable capacity for neuroplasticity. This means that individuals have the potential to cultivate and strengthen their emotional intelligence, empowering them to become effective leaders by strengthening the following skills:

  • CERTAINTY (MOTIVATION):  High Emotional Intelligence translates to better control of your motivation, increasing your certainty over possibilities, and perhaps even more motivation for your team /clients!
  • CLARITY:  High EIQ translates to increased mental clarity helping you to make decisions with ease instead of overthinking and organize an overwhelming to-do list and decide what to work on first.
  • CHANGE: Highly emotionally intelligent people can handle the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety that comes with working with their clients.
  • CONFIDENCE: Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, motivating and influencing your clients, all of these are vital for you and your clients. 
  • COMMUNICATION: Clear communication is an indication of emotional intelligence, and it contributes to better relationships, and more effective persuasion and influence of others.

with Positive Psychology exercises you will

  • focus on the part of your life that needs most attention right now,
  • to find out what is most important to you in this part of your life,
  • build on your existing strengths to unleash the power within
  • and add new processes to move you closer to the life you want.

with Feelfulness® Skills you will

  • Transform the Leader within from Skillful 2 Fully Confident 2 Peak Performance 2 Mastery,
  • Develop Calm Cognitive Dominance in this fast moving world,
  • With unique Skills you're not going to find anywhere else:

Attention Allocation




Generate a State of Being Skills

Feel a Feeling by Choice Skills

First and foremost you need CLARITY. Without clarity, everything else lacks purpose and achieving the desired outcome becomes challenging, because more often than not, people don't know what they really want.

The Words

Many people are unaware of the effect of words they use and of the stories they tell themselves and others. One of the first purpose of coaching is to help you become aware of the effects of words and language on your thoughts, emotions, and body reactions.
By increasing awareness to not just words but also to the ways in which they are used, the effect of these words on your behavior and the behavior of others becomes extremely useful in choosing words and appropriate behavior more effectively.
Rather than unconsciously seeing yourself (and others) in a negative way by using negative language, coaching helps you circumvent these automatic patterns and their effects and helps you develop new positive patterns.

               5 Traits of Transformational Leadership

When it comes to assessing leadership styles, the role played by certain dispositional factors is well demonstrated by successful transformational leaders.
Each trait might predict ratings of transformational leadership behaviors, as follows:  

  • ENTHUSIASM:  a tendency to “convey positive emotions and project optimism and enthusiasm” may account for the link between extraversion and transformational leadership behaviors.  
  • SELF-EFFICACY: transformational leaders are usually high in self-esteem and self-efficacy, while those high in neuroticism tend toward the opposite, given their negatively skewed worldview. 
  • PROACTIVE: openness to new experience; two main aspects of transformational leadership are entertaining new ideas and thinking outside the box. Transformational leaders are more proactive than reactive, finding fresh ideas to help clients.
  • CONSCIENTIOUSNESS: the ability to self-manage without needing supervision is the mark of any outstanding leader, especially true of a transformational leader with high levels of internal motivation. 
  • EMPATHY: those with empathic nature often show concern, support, and basic respect for others – all pivotal aspects of transformational leadership.



In traditional psychology, problems tend to be approached with a weakness-focus, meaning that the client and practitioner seek to extract what the client is doing ‘wrong’ to correct and solve the problem at hand.

In positive psychology, a strength-focus is assumed, meaning that the client and practitioner seek to identify what the client is doing ‘right’ in a given situation and how these positive attributes can be utilized to solve the problem.

The value in this approach is that the client views the problem more positively and constructively, which not only buffers against self-criticism but also promotes a growth mindset

Meaning & Values

Mahatma Gandhi once said that happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Regrettably, many people become overwhelmed and entangled in matters that do not align with their values and are largely unaware of the harmful effects of caring about things that, upon closer inspection, simply do not matter.

Caring about things that are not truly valued may prompt over-attachment to the superficial and fake, leading individuals to chase an illusion of happiness and satisfaction.

Motivation & Goals 

Motivation refers to the psychological processes responsible for initiating and continuing goal-directed behaviors. A crucial element in attaining one’s objectives is the intensity of motivation experienced at any given time, which is partly dependent on an individual’s ability to generate mental images of their future selves.
The mental representation someone has of a possible future self will positively influence the motivational factors needed to attain specific goals.

One way to get this momentum started is to introduce creative approaches, such as guided imagery and visualization, powerful techniques to envision what one can achieve.

Inner Critic

Many clients believe that a harsh, critical voice is needed to mobilize enough motivation. It is a common misconception that self-compassion equals self-pity.

Clients may believe that self-compassion can cause inactivity, passivity, a lack of motivation, or self-indulgence. Research findings suggest that this is not the case. Self-compassion is associated with greater personal initiative to make needed changes in one’s life.

Self-compassion is also positively associated with mastery goals and negatively associated with performance goals.



Self-acceptance refers to the relationship that an individual has with him/herself and is conceptualized as the acceptance of self despite weaknesses or deficiencies.

Many scholars have added the term “unconditional” to the concept of self-acceptance to stress the fact that self-acceptance is not based on self-evaluation against some standard but a relational stance in which the individual accepts him/herself at a very fundamental level.

A person with a high level of self-acceptance does not feel “less” compared to others because of his/her weaknesses and failures and does not feel “better” than others because of his/her strengths and successes. Self-acceptance is the hallmark of a healthy relationship with the self.


While developing functional-emotional intelligence skills can assist clients in managing their negative responses to the perceived difficult behavior of others, it is particularly beneficial to negate those negative responses.

To better understand and respond to difficult people, it is important to assess the behaviors that are perceived as problematic and discover the strength behind them.

By looking for the strengths behind difficult behaviors and increasing awareness of negative thinking patterns about a particular person, clients can begin to positively reframe those behaviors in a gentle, honest, and accurate way that offers a fresh perspective.


Feedbackers often worry about hurting the other person’s feelings, coming across as authoritative and not wanting to demotivate or discourage them.

On the other hand, receivers can perceive feedback as personal criticism and a threat to their self-efficacy and self-worth.

Considering emotions and point of view (empathy) of the person receiving the feedback, as an opportunity for growth and learning will instill a sense of hope and faith in the receiver’s capacity for change and improvement (growth mindset).


Mindfulness practice is the ability to observe thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Rather than being completely immersed in them, individuals learn to see these thoughts, emotions, and sensations as transient states.

Through observing states, one can notice a difference between the states themselves and the person observing them. By entering this observer mode, one can “step outside of one’s immediate experience, thereby changing the very nature of that experience.”  

This process has been referred to as de-centring, re-perceiving , and de-automatization  to help clients enter this observer mode.



Feelfulness is the ability to feel a feeling by choice thus generate a desire state.

Feelfulness is one of the most most rewarding of all skills to quickly achieve the best possible self.

When you learn to allocate your observational resources to what matters most at the task at hand your confidence will increase and you will get a wonderful feeling from the inside out.

When you demonstrate yourself with honor and integrity, it keeps you on the most purposeful and enriching path and generally makes you a happier person.

This is because when you walk firmly in your integrity and your beliefs and behaviors benefit the greatest good is a win-win.

Practitioner's Strenghts

Knowing what your strengths are as a practitioner can help you to leverage them more deliberately and effectively. Strengths can be used to tackle problems or deal with difficult clients.

They can help you build a positive relationship with the client, and they may contribute to the more rapid and natural development of your professional role by putting them to work consciously.

The practitioner’s unique contribution to problem-solving success has been referred to as the “therapist effect.” Indeed, research has shown that a large proportion of intervention outcome is attributable to practitioner difference in approach.

Leadership Styles

  • Addressing or Possibly Resolving your unique Difficulties
  • Flexibility: how free others to feel unencumbered by red tape 
  • Responsibility: a sense of duty and commitment 
  • Standards: the level of standards they set and adhere to 
  • Rewards: the sense of accuracy about performance 
  • Clarity: the understanding members (clients) have about the organization mission and values 
  • Commitment: the level of dedication to and engagement with a common purpose
  • Mastermind Group


You will learn how to 

1. neutralize your triggers (emotional reaction)
2. choose your appropriate response, by increase your acuity
3. with detached observation skills,
4. to by-pass your negative patterns.
5. to Feel a Feeling by Choice.

This is the Secret to Mastery!

Lead singers do this very well, but they do not focus on projecting their state unto the audience, 

instead they focus on presenting their Mastery by allowing themselves to feel the feeling of (to "swim" in their mastery) while performing, and this is how they have their fans “under their spell.” 

It's not a "spell," it's FEELFULNESS!


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I've coined the term FeelFulness® in 2011 and I help Practitioners and Coaches acquire Functional Emotional Intelligence SKILLS, Quicker with FeelFulness (TM) Techniques to avoid Emotional Contagion and to Master Client Outcome quick and easy in 60 days or less, and to achieve peak performance, stay motivated, be confident at whatever it is you do, that you can do better.

To feel a Feeling by Choice is the Top Functional Emotional Intelligence Skill to acquire. No one else is teaching this skill. Generating a State of Being through the Power of your Thought-Feelings with Word Triangles is for both Therapeutic purpose, Peak Performance or Mastery.

My strategy blends goal-oriented problem-solving functional psychology -through EXPERIENCE (not just theory)- and I am devoted to helping you reach your best potential.

I'll show you how to unleash the power of your Thought-Feelings (R) with Word Triangles (neuro-language) to re-direct your stream of thoughts (thought management) shift your mindset (re-pattern) and create a desired consciousness (Generating States of... ) to productively register (neuroplasticity) in your Muscle Memory (automatic habits).

Because your automatic habits determine the quality of your life and the rate of your success!

I have my own journey to mastery, paved with plenty of struggles but my willingness to overcome these obstacles never wavered.

Perseverance and persistence are my main supporting friends. I've been dealing with several autoimmune conditions that took a lifetime to diagnose and get treatment for; as if that were not enough, a few inattentive people drove straight into my vehicle; but these troubles play just a small part and they do Not define who I Am.

My heroes are Carl Jung, MD, Milton Erickson, MD, William James, PhD, and Martin Seligman PhD, both having dealt with physical illnesses, but despite these challenges they each revolutionized hypnotherapy and functional psychology respectively.

There is something very interesting that happens to people bound by chronic physical conditions: most realize the limitations of the physicalness and begin to expand their mind beyond their ordinary limits.

I am here to revolutionize your though-feeling processes by upgrading your perspectives and provide you with numerous possibilities.

My intuitive and practical methodologies have lasting effects, remodeling your automatic habits. After working in a corporate world with financial systems for over two decades, creating top efficiencies with various systems, I soon came to realize that the human mind is a complex set of systems, generating thoughts, feeling and behaviors, systems which can easily be upgraded, improved and efficient-ized.

I studied, practiced, and got certified in Neuro-Linguistic and Hypnotherapy by the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the American Board of Neuro-Linguistics Programming and trained with the most prestigious Milton H. Erickson Foundation School of Hypnotherapy.

Most people believe that their conscious mind is what runs their show, when in fact it is the subconscious mind that takes care of it all: the subconscious is the operating system without which the conscious mind app would have no ground to run on.

I’m a published author, a Mensa member and I always had a high degree of self-awareness and a great purity of mind; understanding complex subjects coupled with the capability to break them down to smaller pieces for common sense understanding comes easy to me.

I teach and guide through motivation and inspiration, and I believe in "working less while accomplishing more" while my unwavering passion for better-ness inspires others to further their peak performance skill development and increase their well-being. Let me take You to YOUR MASTERY!

All it takes is willingness and I will show you the way…
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The Sacred

William James, Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Rudolf Otto are all scholars who have written extensively about the concept of The Sacred in their respective fields of psychology. While each has a unique perspective, they all share a common interest in understanding the experience of the sacred.

William James believed that The Sacred and God are natural and universal human experience. In his book "The Varieties of Religious Experience," he argues that the sacred is a transcendent and mysterious experience that is beyond our everyday, mundane reality. He describes the sacred as a feeling of awe, wonder, and reverence that people often experience in the presence of something greater than themselves, such as nature, art, or God.

Mircea Eliade in his book "The Sacred and the Profane," distinguishes between the sacred and the profane as two distinct categories of experience. According to Eliade, the sacred refers to a realm of experience that is filled with spiritual meaning and significance, while the profane refers to the everyday, secular world of ordinary experience. He argues that the experience of the sacred is fundamental to human existence and that it provides the sense of orientation and meaning in life. Eliade also suggests that alchemy is a form of "technique of the sacred" that allows the alchemist to access the spiritual realm, and to communicate with the divine. He notes that alchemy, like shamanism, is a "way of becoming sacred" and that it can lead to a state of "cosmic awareness" and "illumination."

The psychological phenomenon of a suddenly appearing, extremely enigmatic, and at the same time fascinating state in which one feels influenced by higher powers was described as a “numinous experience” by Otto and Jung.  Rudolf Otto in his book "The Idea of the Holy," describes the sacred as a numinous experience that is characterized by a sense of awe and fascination in the presence of the divine. He argues that the experience of the sacred is distinct from other forms of experience and is characterized by a sense of mystery, transcendence, and ineffability that cannot be fully captured by words or concepts.

Carl Jung states that The Sacred is what helps us to appreciate and enter into a relationship with the numinous aspects of the psyche, or soul. He argued that the experience of the sacred is a fundamental part of human psychology and that it could be accessed through dreams, myths, and symbols and not just through repetition of religious ritual for obligation's sake.  Carl Jung’s encounter with The Sacred was feeling the presence of the numinous and states that this feeling forms the center of a whole and fulfilled human life and is central to the process of healing and individuation as he understood it.

Jung states that the wide-spread loss of soul is due to the lack  of living numinous experiences and the loss of a spiritual belief system. To Jung and Eliade, religion is not defined through institutionalized practices, but as a personal need to invoke and invite the Sacred into our daily lives. Jung argued that the sacred was not limited to traditional religious obligations to God, but could also be found in secular experiences such as nature, music, sports, and art. He believed that the sacred was a manifestation of the collective unconscious, and that it provided individuals with a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Jung identified several archetypes that are related to the experience of the sacred, including the Self, the Divine Child, and the Wise Old Man. The Self is the central archetype that represents the integration of the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche. Jung believed that the experience of the Self was a transcendent and numinous experience that could be accessed through meditation, prayer, or other spiritual practices.  The Divine Child archetype represents the potential for renewal and rebirth in the individual. It is associated with the experience of innocence, wonder, and creativity. The Wise Old Man archetype represents wisdom, insight, and guidance. It is associated with the experience of transcendence and the search for meaning and purpose in life.

Jung believed that the experience of the sacred was an essential part of the individuation process, the journey towards wholeness and integration of the psyche. He believed that individuals who were able to integrate the sacred into their lives were more likely to experience a sense of wholeness, meaning and purpose, and to live a fulfilling life.

Nowadays psychologists use different terminologies to describe the concept of the sacred, depending on their theoretical perspective and research focus. Here are some examples:

1. Transcendence - the experience of going beyond the limits of the everyday self and connecting with something greater than oneself. This can include experiences of awe, wonder, and spiritual insight.

2. Greater Good - the idea that individuals should act in ways that benefit the larger community or society, even if it requires personal sacrifice or inconvenience. The greater good is often associated with ethical and moral values, and is frequently invoked in discussions of social responsibility, justice, and altruism. The concept of the greater good can be seen as a secular expression of the sacred, as it implies a sense of collective purpose and responsibility that transcends individual interests and selfish desires. In some cases, the pursuit of the greater good can be considered a form of spiritual practice, as it involves a commitment to values that are seen as transcendent and meaningful.

3. Peak Experience - a moment of intense joy, creativity, or fulfillment that can be triggered by a variety of activities, such as sports, music, or artistic expression.

4. Numinous Experience - the feeling of awe, reverence, or sacredness that is often associated with encounters with the divine or with sacred objects or places. Numinous experiences can be triggered by a variety of stimuli, such as music, art, nature, or religious rituals.

5. Ultimate Concern - the highest value or purpose that an individual or community holds. It is often associated with religious or spiritual beliefs and can provide a sense of meaning and direction in life.

6. Flow – the state of optimal experience characterized by complete absorption and engagement in a challenging activity. Flow experiences are often associated with creativity, productivity, and enjoyment, and are said to be deeply rewarding and fulfilling. Flow experiences can be triggered by a variety of activities, such as sports, art, music, or work, and are often described as moments of "being in the zone" or "losing oneself" in the task at hand. Many scholars have argued that flow experiences can be considered sacred, as they provide a sense of transcendence and connection with something greater than oneself.

7. Mystical Experience - a type of spiritual experience characterized by a sense of unity or oneness with the divine or with all things. Mystical experiences often involve feelings of transcendence, ineffability, and intense emotional arousal.

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