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Merriam-Webster defines Transfiguration as “a change in form or appearance: metamorphosis”.

We transfigure the meaning of events in our life to match the beliefs we hold as true. Here’s a simple example that many people have experienced.

If you have ever gone to the movies with a friend, perhaps you discussed afterwards “ your favorite scene” or “worst part” or ”best character”, etc. Do you and your friend completely agree on the favorite scene, worst part, or best character? It is highly unlikely that you do even though you are both watching the same movie at the same time. So, why does this happen?

We perceive our world and filter it’s meaning through beliefs we hold as true. We assemble the evidence of our interpretation to prove our point, thereby transfiguring, or fitting the perception to match our belief. Within the computer program Excel, this is referred to as a circular reference.

When different people receive the same input at the same time (i.e., at the same event), they interpret the meaning of that input through their own belief filters, giving meaning to perceptions based on learned emotional response patterns, patterns that might range from joyful optimism to angry outbursts, sometimes even rage.


Well………I was driving home from the office at around 3pm yesterday on I40 in Albuquerque. Traffic was heavy and I slowed down quickly to merge on to I25 northbound and the person behind me had to slow down quickly as well. He passed me on the left and promptly saluted me with the “you’re #1 hand signal”. My filters were focused on safety, his filters might have been as well, but the expression was different. We were in the same event, at the same time with slightly different visual perspective because I was ahead of him.

Have you ever been really mad at someone because of something they have or have not done? Are you willing to consider that your points of view are different? If so, and you are willing to adopt a broader view and see things from a more elevated position then you may be more relaxed and present in the moment as an observer. Numerous medical studies show that relaxation and calmness have many beneficial influences on our body. Daily self-hypnosis calms our mind and activates the parasympathetic branch of our autonomic nervous system. However, hypnosis does not alleviate traffic congestion.

What is Hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of mind with numerous beneficial characteristics. It is the ability to relax the inner chatterbox, sweep out mind clutter, and focus on positive input and desired outcomes. Through hypnosis, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy, we tap into our subconscious mind–that great power within us through which our… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions

According to StatisticBrain.Com, 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions and 8% achieve their goal. Why so few? It is because we do not believe we can achieve the goal. We experience our life through our beliefs. Perhaps you remember the 16th century philosopher Rene Descarte who said “I think therefore I am”. In… Continue Reading

The Brightest Spark and Darkest Terror

Our brightest spark and darkest terror come from the same place. In an earlier post about behaviors, we examined how we are either moving toward something that is life enriching or moving away from something that is life threatening. Every negative emotion, and every negative action has a positive intention. Then, I saw this post on Facebook… Continue Reading

To Change My World, I Change My Beliefs

be·lief bəˈlēf/ noun 1.an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. “his belief in the value of hard work” 2. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. “a belief in party politics” _________________________________________________________________________________ A belief is something that I think is true. Among other things, beliefs are held as true about a person,… Continue Reading

Our Body Can Heal Quickly

According to Whyquit.com Our body’s ability to heal quickly is a beauty to behold! After quitting smoking within: 20 minutes your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal. 8 hours remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.… Continue Reading

Quit Smoking Cigarettes

It is important to quit smoking cigarettes. According to a BBC News  article the cost of smoking one cigarette costs 11 minutes of life a pack of 20 costs three hours 40 minutes and a carton of 200 cigarettes costs 1.5 days. On average my clients, here in Albuquerque quit smoking before 6 sessions–which is about 9 hours… Continue Reading