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Business FAQ1: Do I need to make the corporate goals explicit, or should I leave the matter to my unconscious mind?

September 12, 2014 9:19 pm

Business FAQ1: Do I need to make the corporate goals explicit, or should I leave the matter to my unconscious mind?

ANS1: I was asked this question by a CEO of a rather small company.

I understand that, from the point of view of corporate strategy, big companies capable of hiring such consulting firms as McKinsey or BCG cannot dispense with explicit corporate goal setting, but, if a company and its CEO are “one flesh” (i.e., if the CEO’s own personal decisions are literally everything for the company), then he or she may turn out not to be forced to make the corporate goals explicit; it is said that such a CEO may not need to even draft a business plan.

My answer to this question was: “You should ask your unconscious mind, which, by nature, can have much more holistic and ecological perspectives when looking at things, using the unconscious signals (i.e., the ideo-motor signals indicating the Yes and No signs from the unconscious mind), whether it thinks that the corporate goals should be consciously worked out, having recourse to your left brain, or whether everything should be left to your unconscious mind, so that the company may be able to fare in an intuitive way, in the direction it wants the company to move.”

Aphorism #2: “Man cannot persist long in a conscious state.”

September 8, 2014 9:50 am

Aphorism #2: “Man cannot persist long in a conscious state.”

Today’s aphorism introduced on this page is the one apparently stated by Goethe:

“Man cannot persist long in a conscious state; he must throw himself into the unconscious, for his root lives there.”

When I recently was reading a book studying the phenomena of trance, I found that people of the past may have been more amenable to accepting the phenomena of trance than modern men. For instance, “trance” didn’t have an entry in the 1974 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, while it did have one in the 1911 edition of the same encyclopedia.

In this sense, when I found that the above quotation from Goethe was made as the epigraph of the book in question, I thought that there was no wonder for such a great thinker of the 18th century to be able to write something that may be regarded as legitimate only after the discovery of the unconscious made by Freud during the latter part of the 19th century.

Also, in one of the books written by the late Yukio Funai, an “occult-oriented” business consultant, I encountered the following sentence stated by him:

“What once used to be called ‘the yonder world’ (or ‘the supra-mundane world’) is nowadays called ‘the unconscious world’.”

I strongly believe that this statement is right to the point.

Blog FAQ5: What is “innovation?”

August 12, 2014 9:31 pm

Blog FAQ5: What is “innovation?”

ANS5: I understand that MBA and/or corporate strategy related people often talk about “innovation.”

From the point of view of NLP, innovation is one’s ability to continually get out of the series of boxes (models of the world, frames of references, presuppositions, etc.) of one’s own.

Taiten believes that the ability to continually get out of the series of boxes is closely related to the Incompleteness Theorem proposed by the Czech-born mathematician Kurt Gödel, which demonstrated that within any given branch of mathematics, there would always be some propositions that couldn’t be proven either true or false using the rules and axioms of that mathematical branch itself.

This theorem seems to indicate that there exists no “perfect” box (model of the world or frame of reference), but that there is always a “more perfect” box which transcends the previous box, like Russian Matryoshka dolls.

The mechanism of how there exists an infinite number of perspectives one transcending another is implied both in the concept of “Witness” proposed by ancient India’s philosophy (Vedanta) and in the model of “Meta Position” posited by NLP.

That is to say, both Vedanta and NLP claim that a certain state of consciousness can be necessarily “witnessed” by a meta-state of consciousness watching that state from outside.

NLP has a number of practical techniques to enhance the power of meta or witnessing, and Taiten is of the firm opinion that corporate people will certainly be able to enhance their innovative abilities by practicing these techniques and by thus continually getting out of the series of boxes of one’s own.

The “Life Coaching” page has been updated*

August 3, 2014 8:57 pm

Part of the contents of the service packages related to Taiten’s private sessions, which are introduced on the “Life Coaching” page,  has been updated and changed:

http://www.kitaoka-blog.com/en/?page_id=32

Blog FAQ4: What is a “zone” state?

5:20 pm

FAQ4: What is a “zone” state?

ANS4: On the “LIFE COACHING” page of this site, Taiten stated that “a ‘zone’ state is a sort of trance state, in which, once they are in, athletes, musicians or artists are said to be able to exhibit their highest level of performance possible” (of course, it is also the case with the future clients of Taiten’s executive life coaching).

A zone state is often equated with such states as a trance state, an “altered state of consciousness,” a “flow” state, a “know-nothing” state, etc.

Taiten has been teaching his NLP students that the main reason why, for instance, a presenter cannot exhibit his or her highest performance is that he or she has not entered a zone state (or a “know-nothing” state a la NLP), because, outside the zone states, his or her left brain consciousness very often interferes with what his or her unconscious mind would like to achieve, while in the zone state, there is deep rapport, or, there is no incongruity, between his or her conscious and unconscious minds.

Taiten often boasts to his students that he was always in a zone state while teaching NLP to them. One day, there was a post-class dinner meeting with the students, and one of them showed him a toy device called “A Cat’s Ears” at the table.

This device in the form of two ears of a cat was to be put on the head of the wearer, and had two electrodes to be connected with his or her temple and ear. These ears moved in different modes, and each mode of their distinct movements indicated whether the wearer is in a beta, alpha, theta, or zone state.

When Taiten took the device from the student and wore it on the head as an experiment, the cat’s ears began to move frantically to indicate that he was in a zone state, which incidentally revealed that what he had been telling his students was not a lie. His zone state continued for a couple of minutes, until one of his student said “wow, it now has been confirmed that Sensei (our teacher) is so great,” which made him immediately get out of trance and be awake, because his unconscious mind apparently didn’t agree with this statement.

BTW, Ernst E. Rossi, the editor of “Collected Papers of Milton H. Erickson,” coined the term “SDLMB (State Depending Learning, Memory and Behavior).”

SDMLB means that, each time one accesses a specific state of consciousness, all of one’s learning, memory and behavior in the past associated with that very state are called up without any effort on the part of one’s conscious mind.

In other words, Taiten thinks that the mechanism where a zone state enables one in that state to exhibit one’s highest level of performance possible without any conscious effort, can be explained with the term “ZSDLMB (Zone-State Depending Learning, Memory and Behavior).” That is, once one is in a zone state, one can most easily and immediately access all of one’s past learning, memory and behavior associated with that zone state.

Aphorism #1: “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends.”

July 25, 2014 11:51 pm

Aphorism #1: “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends.”

On this site, Taiten intends to begin to introduce various aphorisms from a number of sources including Taiten himself. The source of each aphorism will be specified on the site.

The first aphorism Taiten would like to introduce here is the one apparently written by James Allen, a British writer and the author of “As a Man Thinketh:”

“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends, but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.”

(For the purpose of Taiten’s work, this quotation may be better understood, if “has conquered the mind” in the quotation is read to mean “has tamed the unconscious mind.”)

Allen seems to be a teacher whom Kazuo Inamori, a well known business executive in Japan, modeled, and apparently was one of the source writers of the New Thought movement.

According to Milton H. Erickson, who was the most important authority in hypnotherapy, the only reason why someone comes to physical or mental therapy is that there is no rapport between his or her conscious and unconscious minds, and, if there is good rapport between them, one can continue to keep physical or mental well-being.

Taiten believes that this statement by Erickson is implied in the quoted aphorism, which can be considered to be the main theme of his life coaching work.

Blog FAQ #3: Why has NLP been called “Mental Aikido?”

July 19, 2014 3:12 pm

FAQ3: Why has NLP been called “Mental Aikido?”

ANS3: When Taiten was taking part in the certification courses John Grinder held in Santa Cruz during the late eighties, NLP was broadly called “Mental Aikido.”

In Taiten’s own opinion, Aikido is practically the only Japanese martial art which is NOT aggressive, i,e., a martial art in which a practitioner returns the energy he received from his opponent in a multifold form, and he believes that NLP began to be called Mental Aikido as it was regarded that it acheived the same thing as Aikido on a mental level.

In fact, the tomb of Mr Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, which is currently built with a big memorial stone, used to be situated on the very right side of the tomb of Taiten’s family in the local Buddhist temple in Tanabe, Wakayama, where both Mr Ueshiba and Taiten were born (his late grandmother used to see a number of Western students come to their guru’s tomb to worship him). Taiten, as a practitioner of Mental Aikido for 30 years, personally cannot believe that these facts are mere coincidences.

The area where Taiten finds himself the strongest among others is the “transmission of explicit know-hows as to how people can continually get out of the series of boxes (models of the world, frames of references, presuppositions, etc.) of their own,” and he believes that this is the very quintessence of what Metal Aikido is.

Taiten would personally very much ike to make a contribution to the whole society, like the one Mr Ueshiba has been making through Aikido to the national and international societies.

Blog FAQ #2: What is NLP?

July 15, 2014 3:10 pm

FAQ2: What is “NLP,” which is the methodological basis Taiten uses?

ANS2: NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) was born as a progressive practical communication psychology in 1975 on the West Coast (California), and founded by a linguist, John Grinder, and a mathematician, Richard Bandler, at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).

NLP was initially regarded as a new alternative school of psychotherapy, and has subsequently been transformed into a methodology for “modeling geniuses.”

Taiten received all his NLP training in the States and the UK, and was trained by the four most important co-founders and co-developers of NLP, i.e., Grinder, Bandler, Judith DeLozier and Robert Dilts.

He has so far recognized an unbridgeable gap in how NLP is assessed by the general market between in the West and in Japan.

That is, as far as he knows, only NLP as shallow gimmick to be used by business people to manipulate others exists in Japan, and one can find very few competent NLP trainers in this country who are capable of delivering decent therapy work, of modeling geniuses, or of inducing genuine self-change in their clients.

Taiten had been naively believing that he may encounter interesting people including “students of altered states of consciousness” in Japan, like in the West, but was heavily shocked and, at the same time, had an “aha” experience, when he was told by the ex-top consultant in the field of corporate strategy he met some time ago that “The NLP market in Japan is regarded as nothing but a sheer certification business market by the people in the MBA and/or corporate strategy market, and students and trainers (including Taiten!) alike in the NLP market are completely and contemptuously ignored by these MBA related professionals.”

Currently, Taiten is working outside of the NLP market, and offering his executive clients life coaching services based on his own unique methodology, from the points of view of how people exhausted by living in the ever-changing and confused modern society can recover their mental wellness, how experts in each industry can become excellent by modeling geniuses found in that industry, and how professional people struggling for psychological breakthroughs can continually get out of the series of their own boxes and become more and more innovative.

A Note of Caution*

July 12, 2014 2:09 pm

Taiten today began to post his messages to this blog site.

Please note that Taiten considers his writing in English to be his biggest linguistic asset, and believes that he can write more or less natural, decent, and coherent sentences in English.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that his writing in English is devoid of typos and “careless” grammatical errors (just like in the case of his writing in Japanese as his native tongue). This is the reason why Taiten will let each message to post proofread by a native speaking proofreader.

Yet, when proofreading work is not done in time, his messages may need to be published before being proofread.

To indicate which messages have not yet been proofread, the “*” mark will be placed at the end of the titles of the unedited messages.

It is hoped that the viewers of this site will be able to recognize that Taiten’s writing in English is not something unintelligible, producing severe headaches, but is quite well-formed and sufficiently readable syntax-wise and grammar-wise.

Incidentally, the current message has not been proofread.

Blog FAQ #1: What is “Life Coaching”?

1:17 pm

FAQ1: What are the “life coaching” services Taiten is offering?

ANS1: Taiten used to be engaged in businesses in the fields of interpretation, therapy, NLP, and cross-cultural communication coaching for twenty years, while staying in the Western countries (mainly in the UK) until 2001. Since he came back to Japan in 2001, he has been conducting certification courses in the NLP market, and has certified 40+ NLP trainers.

With this experience and background, Taiten is currently providing private counseling services for the executive markets. These services are called “life coaching” (i.e., coaching for solving problems encountered in people’s daily life).

Currently, the offered services include “private life coaching for entering the zone states,” “NLP coaching for fulfilling a dream,” “therapy work for overcoming mental problems,” and “cross-cultural communication consultation.”