What Is The MythoSelf Process
On this page you'll find out about how you can experience the MythoSelf Process for yourself, the origins of the methodology and approach we call the MythoSelf Process, some elements and applications of the MythoSelf Process, and a short list of some of the folks who are certified in the MythoSelf Process as Licensed Facilitators and Trainers.
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● An Overview of MythoSelf Facilitation
An Overview of MythoSelf Facilitation
Private MythoSelf Facilitation begins with a discovery of who you are and how you are at your very best. This is the "shape and form" of who you are when you are beyond all sense of limitation or constraint - when you are having one of those days where ... "you simply cannot put a foot down wrong."
We have all had those days when we wake up and the world has organized itself so that you have what could only be best described as a perfect day. From the moment you open your eyes to the moment you fall back asleep this day has been ... "as good as it gets."
For most people days like this come 'once in a blue moon' - when the Sun and Moon ... Jupiter and Venus have aligned just right - today will be 'your perfect day' . Maybe on vacation or when you've planned something really special or you're celebrating some unique event in your life - on days like this you find it possible, not guaranteed but possible, that you'll have one of those perfect days.
The MythoSelf Process goes beyond waiting and hoping for a day like this 'to just happen'. Instead by learning how you are on days like this, on 'perfect' days - you can recreate them and have them whenever you choose - anywhere, anytime, with any one - or even with no one at all - regardless of the circumstance or situation ... no matter what! The MythoSelf Process contains this magic.
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Whether you're after more Self-Confidence , or greater Self-Esteem - whether it's Personal Development, Self-Improvement, Spiritual Growth or even more Personal Power, MythoSelf Private Facilitation can help guide you to these outcomes. You'll begin by accessing a "Ready State" - what you're like when you are literally ready for anything. Your MythoSelf Facilitator will tease this out of you, prompting you to recall what it's been like for you in your past when this was the case.
Starting from the "Ready State" all decisions are most easily made and implemented in a natural and more effortless manner. Since you begin from the a position where you are "ready for anything" everything becomes possible ... at least as a consideration. When everything is possible your considerations shift to consequences ... what will and might happen as a result of the decisions taken, the impact of those decisions on you and others and your willingness to accept the consequences reaped ... both positive and negative.
What makes this process so powerful is the way you learn to organize yourself in regard to making decisions, critical decisions and mundane decisions. Rather than organizing in regard to some external data or consideration of "the facts," which as often as not are incomplete or missing entirely, you organize in response to attending to the subtle signals you get on the inside based on years of experience ... sometimes despite "the facts."
Some people call this INTUITION, but the reality is that this is a process you can learn. You'll learn how to draw on your years of personal experience and expertise. It's really a matter of learning how to tune into the deep knowing that you already possess and to remain open to the signals in your body and mind that are present during the decision making process. Most of all it's about learning NOT to override these signals and your own good sense.
In fact we've found in our years of working with people that most folks actually know when they are making a good decision and when they are not. Yet many people often override that knowing based on some supposed "facts" or some external advice, or even a desire that interferes with their own good sense.The MythoSelf Process adds in the ability to recognize the signals that surround making exquisite decisions immediately and without question ... and building the trust to act confidently in your own best interest and the best interests of others as well.
Using a proprietary method learned in the MythoSelf Facilitator's Training program and refined through extensive personal supervision MythoSelf Licensed and Certified Facilitator's will assist you to have the experience of what it is like when you are at your very best within minutes of beginning your private facilitation work ... and it will occur in a comfortable, conversational way. This is due in part to the unique methodology used only by Certified and Licensed MythoSelf Facilitators.
MythoSelf Facilitation sessions typically last for between one and four hours, depending on the facilitator and the intention both you and they have for the session. Usually the first session will be a little bit longer than subsequent sessions and you can expect that in most cases you'll work with a facilitator for between three and six sessions - again depending on yourself, the facilitator and the intention for the facilitation.
You will know without question what it's like for you to experience yourself at your best from the very first session, and subsequent sessions will be used to help you to generalize this experience throughout your life and have immediate access to it in special situations where you most want it. These situations could range from personal relationships, professional encounters, making presentations, performing at an extraordinary level ... you name the situation and your facilitator will make sure that you have the learning and skills to access your 'best state' then and there - no matter what!
Joseph Riggio initially designed the MythoSelf Process in 1995 when he began delivering a training that he called the "Mythogenic Self Process." At that time Joseph was a senior student of Roye Fraser of NLP America/Blue Dell Systems. In the early 1980's Roye had developed a proprietary model of working with people using a positive, excitatory framework he called the "Generative Imprint" Model. This was after his study of Konrad Lorenz's work on imprinting as well as numerous other sources including Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey," the hypnotic protocols of Milton Erickson and the NLP source material. This work was absolutely unique in that instead of working with clients around their problems, the client's presenting problem became a lens through which to access a highly powerful and profound positive state Roye referred to as the Generalized Desired State (G.D.S.) - a unique "Ready State" of pervasive well-being.
Initially the MythoSelf Process was a direct presentation of the Generative Imprint Model delivered in a unique series of exercises designed by Joseph presented over four days. This program was designed to offer participants the opportunity to experience the Generative Imprint Model for themselves facilitated by two of Roye's senior students - Joseph Riggio and Nancy Ludwig. In the intervening years Joseph refined, modified and added to these initial exercises, shortening the delivery time of the program from four days to three days, and at the same time substantially increasing the depth of the experience for the participants. These exercises still remain at the heart of MythoSelf Process Facilitation and the basic MythoSelf Process 3-Day Program today.
In addition to the experience of "Being at Your Best" ... what we call the "Generalized Desired State, or G.D.S." ... we place a great deal of attention in the MythoSelf work today on spirituality and the position of the "self" in relation to that which is Greater Than Self - what you'll find us referring to as "G.T.S." - the dissolution of the experience of duality.
Direct access to the perception and experience of a state of pure "Being" provides the methodology we use to attain this state of spirituality. There are two aspects of "Being" present in most Western philosophical disciplines. The first aspect represents the duality where self and other both simultaneously exist ... of which some examples are, "this or that," "here or there," "past or future." This equates to "ordinary" perception in terms of cause and effect and linearity. The second aspect can be represented by the singularity where all sense of self and other collapse ... becoming, "this and that," "here and there," "past and future," ... the unified point of pure perception and experience remains. The second aspect of "Being" expresses most closely what we aim at in the MythoSelf work.
In other words, this singularity then becomes the perception of experience as it unfolds without interpretation or filtering. Inside of this position the totality of the pure perception of experience fills the individual so completely that all sense of boundary dissipates and dissolves. In assimilating this experience time ceases to exist and the individual stands at the center of the Universe while simultaneously extending to its outermost edge. "Like this ..." all sense of self also dissipates and dissolves into that which is "Greater Than Self" - the experience of G.T.S. The individual experiences only the pure rush and exhilaration of the epiphany of "Being."
We organize the perception and experience of being present to that which is Greater Than Self in relation to the sense of yourself at your best the Generalized Desired State, and the pervasive sense of wellbeing that accompanies it. From the G.D.S. the individual experiences anything and everything as possible. Holding these two experiences, G.T.S. and G.D.S., in simultaneity and oscillating between them generates the state of experience that contains and manifests both, what we call INTENT. INTENT manifests most evidently as a profound directionality in the individual's life, a sense of being on one's unique path ... living in accordance with one's purpose. You can equate this with Joseph Campbell's description of "Bliss" that he so often referred to when describing the "Call to Adventure" and the "Hero's Journey." You can also equate this approach with the Fourth Way path espoused by the mystic Gurdjieff that equates to a complete spiritual fulfillment and unfolding.
The uniquely "Western" perspective of the MythoSelf approach makes the blurring of the distinctions of duality extraordinarily relevant within the context of the discussion suggested when comparing "Eastern" and "Western" approaches and philosophies. These distinctions never require resolution when the perspective applied within the MythoSelf Process becomes operative . "This and That," "Yin and Yang" ... exist and operate simultaneously within the perspective of the "Fourth Way" path of the MythoSelf Process and without requiring explanation or resolution. Referring to this particular and unique kind of perspective as a "Fourth Way" path of spirituality has become common. Fourth Way spiritual paths refer to "Being In the World" while pursuing spiritual awareness or enlightenment. This position remains uniquely different from those spiritual paths that emphasize moving away from or even exiting the world proper, e.g.: meditation, contemplation, hermitage.
Many well-known spiritual paths (both Eastern and Western) begin with the foundational premise of working with the "negative" or "shadow" experience of the individual ... or, put more simply, what doesn't work in an individual's life. This orientation generates an awareness of limitation, and in doing so presents to the individual that which must be transcended. The suggestion, that transcending limitation to create the opportunity for transformation has significant limitations itself.
The MythoSelf work begins from a decidedly different premise - we orient around the most positive experience of the individual (this approach flows from origins in the Generative Imprint Model). We access the most positive experience of the individual and use it as a lens to focus them towards the unfolding of their awareness in relation to possibility (as opposed to limitation). Like this the individual experiences transformation in the instant of this awareness being present.
Another distinction between the MythoSelf work and many other spiritual paths concerns the difference between transcendence and transparency. Transcendence suggests moving beyond or above the existing limitation. Within the MythoSelf work we prefer to develop "Transparency" - the dissipation and dissolution of all limitation ... going to where limitation simply doesn't exist. We take the individual to a higher logical level where the limitation transforms into the perception of pure information without judgment. Transparency is a state of being that allows the individual to be present to the immediacy of the unfolding moment while fully and completely experiencing it - creating the possibility of assimilating and integrating the unfolding moment. This moment exists outside of and beyond any boundary condition of duality.
Most simply put -
"The MythoSelf Process revolves around the unity contained in the ‘Unfoldment' of ‘Being.'"
While at first glance this description may sound somewhat cryptic ... we'd most like for you to experience it as a movement taking you from who you have been ... to the realization of both who you are being ... and who you are becoming ... to the point where the "who you become," you experience and express as a choice you have, with both the ability and resources to make. "Becoming" in this way unfolds endlessly ... within you and around you. As you have the experience of "Becoming" you are an integral part of what unfolds. We refer to this state of awareness as, "Having the experience of your life." And, this we mean in the most literal possible way.
The processes, methodology, techniques, tools, notions and concepts contained within the larger structure of the MythoSelf Process are all there to guide and facilitate a person to have the individual experience of their unfolding into becoming themselves . The MythoSelf Process leads a person to the position where they learn to let go completely of all pretense and masking of the essence of their Being. In this way you become aware of yourself both in relation to the larger context that contains you and with which you have a profound and personal relationship ... and to know yourself as you are when you are most magnificent, most exquisite ... most free to express yourself and manifest a life without the burden of expectation or explanation.
Essentially, the MythoSelf Process explores and exposes a deep psycho-spiritual teaching and training that allows you to come to know who you are and who you are becoming ... and creates the opening and possibility for you to recognize this ... and then to decide who you most want to be becoming.
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Upon considering the MythoSelf Process it becomes evident that within a Fourth Way approach, operating from the experience of "What Works" makes great sense. It allows for the possibility of transformation within the domain of possibility as opposed to that of limitation. The outstanding question then remains:
"How do you access a position of pervasive well-being and pure potent possibility?"
We begin metaphorically or mythologically, by identifying the dominant metaphor or myth that drives the individual experience. Initially we elicit and access this as a body-based experience. This becomes evident by accessing the state as held in the physiology or the "somatic form."
Consider this example:
"When you think of yourself in terms of how you are at your best what are you aware of that is true of you?"
"Thinking about a specific time when you experienced the world from the position of everything going well ... a position where you couldn't put a foot down wrong so to speak ... what event comes to mind?"
"When you consider this event what do you become aware of about yourself ... specifically in terms of your somatic experience?"
The outcome of this elicitation becomes the basis of the entry into modeling the G.D.S. In most - if not all - cases a skilled facilitator performs this modeling, as it remains virtually impossible without guidance for most people to notice themselves with this level of precision.
Once the facilitator establishes the G.D.S., the dominant metaphor or myth that the individual associates with it then becomes the object of attention. The trick in making the dominant metaphor or myth relevant to the individual exists in uncovering the subjective relationship of the metaphor/myth for them ... how this metaphor/myth has shown up and shows up regularly in the individual's life. It will be an orientation that can be obvious and direct, or elusive and suggestive. Either way, the metaphor/myth remains the organizing paradigm of the individual.
This work can be seen from either an Eastern or Western perspective without interpretation or adjustment. It parallels spiritual work that can be found in both Eastern and Western approaches beginning in antiquity. While no suggestion has been made that this work represents something new or even innovative, the approach of the MythoSelf Process has been organized in a way that makes it accessible within a modern context.
There are three basic elements of MythoSelf Facilitation:
In addition to these basic elements of private MythoSelf facilitation there is also the possibility of work around eliciting and refining your personal myth and also integrating the MythoSelf material with skills development that is individually tailored for each client. Any specific work that you'd like to discuss involving applications of the MythoSelf process individually, with groups or within an organization can be organized by your MythoSelf Facilitator.
Regardless of how you choose to arrange to work with your facilitator they will guide you through the options available to you and what they recommend based on your particular situation and circumstance. Always you can count on them making this process personal and also individually customized to you alone.
There are many ways people choose to continue learning once they've learned how to access themselves at their best. For some it's the development of specific skills like: communication and interpersonal dynamics, bringing out the best in others, focus and clarity, conversational and non-verbal patterns of persuasion ... and the list could go on. Some people find that once they've experienced this for themselves with private facilitation, they'd like to experience an intensive MythoSelf Process 3-Day Program where they can immerse themselves in what they've learned, attend and experience the MythoSelf Advanced Program and have their experience refined and reinforced in an intensive setting and learn how-to begin using these skills with others as well. If you have an intention to learn how-to facilitate this process in yourself and in others , you can attend the MythoSelf Facilitator's Training program directly with Joseph Riggio.
As always it's your choice. We recommend that you contact us to make an appointment to speak with a Certified and Licensed MythoSelf Facilitator. You'll have a chance to "meet' your facilitator and discuss what's most important to your before you decide, there's never an obligation or cost in doing this - and you can always take whatever time you need in making your decision . Just go to our Contact Us page and fill in the form for "Custom Training" with the words "Private Facilitation" or write us directly at email@example.com. We'll get back to you within 24 hours and if you request have a MythoSelf Facilitator contact you by either email or telephone as you indicate in your email.
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Please find a full list of poeple trained in the MythoSelf Process can be found on the Certified & Licened MythoSelf Trainers & Facilitators page
Here is a list of MythoSelf Trainers & Facilitators with Individual Bio Pages: