Psychology & Self-Actualization

Repressed Emotions: A Guide to Understanding Feelings Hidden Within Us (And How to Transmute Them)

by Scott Jeffrey

OVERVIEW: This guide explores how repressed emotions affect us and provides a step-by-step process for transforming negative emotions into positive energy.

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I’ve always felt at home with thoughts and ideas; I play with them every day.

But emotions were like aliens inhabiting my body and mind. Like many others, I didn’t know how to relate to them or what to do with them.

As is the case with all psychic content, that which we can’t deal with often gets swept under the rug.

And although this approach may seem to work in the short-term, over time repressing our emotions reaks havoc on our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

So what are repressed emotions? What are they doing to us? And how the heck can we work with them?

Towards the end of this guide, I’m going to show you a powerful process you can use to become conscious of your repressed emotions and to transmute them.

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Everything You Need to Know About Spiral Dynamics for Psychological Development and Leadership

by Scott Jeffrey

Why do you humans have so much conflict with one another?

How can two intelligent beings be unable to see eye to eye?

What’s at the root of so much of our internal conflict and our frequent inflexibility to adopt different perspectives?

Spiral Dynamics addresses all of these questions and more.

If you’re interested in understanding human behavior, psychological development, cultural dynamics, leadership, and communication, jump in!

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The Magician Archetype: The Knower and the Creator of Worlds

by Scott Jeffrey

What does Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Yoda from Star Wars, the Architect from The Matrix, Albert Einstein, and Nicola Tesla all have in common?

They are all expressions of the Magician archetype.

But what is the Magician? And what’s the vital role it plays in our lives?

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A Wildly Practical Guide to Authentic Spiritual Awakening

by Scott Jeffrey

What is spirituality? Are there actual signs or symptoms of spiritual awakening?

Of all the topics we cover here, spiritual awakening is perhaps the most misunderstood.

Let’s resolve that confusion now and ensure that we’re on the path to authentic spiritual awakening.

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The Hero Archetype: Friend or Foe?

by Scott Jeffrey

The Hero begins the journey in the ordinary world.

In truth, he isn’t a hero just yet. First, he must enter a special world that challenges everything he is and believes himself to be through trials, tribulations, and initiations.

The hero often refuses his call to adventure and fails many times along the way. Then, the hero can return home with some of great value, not necessarily materially, but spiritually.

What is this hero archetype? Why is it so popular? What is its purpose? And does it really serve us?

Let’s take a deeper look …

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The Ultimate List of Archetypes (Over 325)

by Scott Jeffrey

Archetypes are everywhere.

They are guiding, inspiring, possessing, ruling, and living through us each day.

Archetypes influence 99% of human behavior.

It’s not a question of whether archetypes are influencing your behavior; it’s a matter of degrees.

To the extent you’re aware of the archetypes operating within you is an indicator of your level of consciousness. With greater self-awareness, you’re able to navigate the emotional landscape of archetypes skillfully.

To complement my guide to archetypes, here we’ll explore a comprehensive list of archetypes so you can get to know your psyche.

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The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom

by Scott Jeffrey

Like street vendors in New York City pitching fake Prada handbags in Time Square, credit card companies set up tables along South University Avenue in Ann Arbor.

Every September, the University of Michigan allowed these financial vendors to promote their brand of credit cards to students.

The cards were free. All you had to do was fill out an application, which they conveniently handed you on a clipboard. And in exchange, they gave you a cash-credit bonus for signing up—maybe $50 or $100, and some freebie, sometimes a pen or a frisbee. Now, what financially strapped college freshman is going to say no to 50 bucks and a frisbee?

I had three credit cards by my sophomore year. I launched my first business a year after graduating in 1997. And when that company failed to take off, I started another one a year later. Things were going well until funding dried up when the Internet bubble popped in 2000.

In the end, I racked up $45k in credit card debt by the age of 24. Feeling lost, angry, and confused, I resolved to eliminate that debt within a year. And I swore to myself that I would learn how to manage my finances and never be in that position again.

I’m going to share strategies and insights for achieving financial freedom.

First, let’s explore the psychology of money.

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7 Powerful Meditation Biohacking Tools to Help You Train Your Mind

by Scott Jeffrey

Let’s start with a disclaimer: This post reviews various meditation tools and products that include affiliate links. If you choose to purchase these products through these links, I receive a nominal commission. With the exception of only one product (Muse), I have purchased and used all of the products reviewed in this guide.

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If you’d like to read an excellent primer on meditation, read this guide. It covers dozens of insights I’ve learned from two decades of mind training.

One of the things I explain in this meditation guide is that meditation is a natural process. Under ideal conditions, we would all remain in a present, mindful state.

Clearly, however, we don’t live in these ideal conditions and so meditative practices can play a vital role in our ability to perform better and to relax and return to ourselves.

In addition to exploring the various forms of meditation, there are many meditation tools on the market that offer additional support for your practice. If you can augment the benefits of meditation or accelerate the process, why not do so?

Why Meditation is Essential for High Achievers

If you don’t regulate your mental, emotional, and physical state throughout the day, it negatively affects your performance.

The more calm, compassionate, and centered you are, the more productive you become. If you’re an entrepreneur, meditation practices can translate to the bottom line.

But it goes far beyond that. Research shows that meditation can help:

  • Develop self-awareness (study)
  • Elevate your mood (study)
  • Improve your immune function (study)
  • Strengthen your willpower (study)
  • Sleep better (study)
  • Reduce your stress (study)
  • Enhance your focus and attention (study)

By all markers, mind training can make you a better entrepreneur and human being.

The Best Meditation Tools

Perhaps you’ve tried meditation or you may even already have your own daily practice. Regardless, most people I’ve talked with about meditation seem to struggle with it for various reason (which I discuss here).

Through the years, I’ve invested many thousands of dollars on various technologies and courses in my exploration in mind training. If you’re looking for an edge to help you build momentum or deepen your practice, these meditation tools can help you.

The following best meditation tools are used for different reasons.

  1. Profound Meditation 3.0 by iAwake
  2. EMWave2 by Heartmath Institute
  3. Kasina Mind Media System by Mind Space
  4. Muse Headband
  5. Bose Noise-Canceling Headset

Select the ones that most speak to you. I review my favorite meditation cushion and other resources below too.

Profound Meditation 3.0 from iAwake Technologies

Are you familiar with binaural beats and isochronic tones? You basically take two different pure-tone frequencies that are close but not the same to each other, one in each ear. Combining these two frequencies creates a third tone called a binaural beat. Binaural beats can be created to a wide range of frequencies, including those of brainwave patterns associated with various states of consciousness.

The theory is that by listening to binaural beats and isochronic tones at specific brainwave patterns like alpha, theta, delta, gamma, and epsilon, you can induce various states of consciousness in a safe manner and support your meditation practice.

I’ve experimented with many of these programs on the market, but iAwake’s sound technology is unique. They go beyond traditional brainwave entrainment technology to include what they call biofield entrainment, harmonic layering, dual pulse binaural signaling, and more.

profound meditation 3.0 best meditation tools

These sound technologies are embedded into the background. You mainly hear various soundscapes (mostly rain/stream sounds). Profound Meditation 3.0 is a multi-disc set with a 3-tier system. You listen to the sounds in blocks of 20 minutes. With a high-quality headset, the sounds play in the background as you meditate.

This is a comprehensive meditation program that can produce psychoactive experiences. The accompanying manual explains everything you need to know to get started. The Releasing tracks are great for unwinding at the end of the day.

In my opinion, this is one of the best meditation tools you can use to start experiencing results. If you want to give this a test drive, you can access a free 20-minute track from this program here (along with other free tracks).

Purchase Profound Meditation 3.0 from iAwake

Cost: $227 – Use code CEOSAGE25 to receive a 25% discount on the program.

emWave2 by The Heartmath Institute

Heartmath Institute studies the science of the human heart. They pioneered a means of measuring what’s called personal coherence, the synchronization of physical, mental, and emotional systems. Personal coherence is calculated by a combination of heart rate variability, pulse transit time, and respiratory patterns.

emwave2 meditation tool

The EMWave2 measures these variables with a sensor clipped onto your ear or with the thumb sensor on the device. You can use it as a portable tool, but you’ll get the most benefit by hooking it up to your computer and using it in conjunction with the accompanying software. If you would prefer to use it with your mobile device, check out Inner Balance.

Using HeartMath’s Quick Coherence Technique with the emWave2 attached sensor, the device measures your coherence as you attempt to steady your breath while holding a positive emotion directed at your heart. As your ability to maintain coherence improves, you can increase the level of difficulty. Ten minutes a day is sufficient to increase your coherence score.

Buy from Heartmath Institute

Cost: $199 

Kasina by Mindplace

Using Kasina is like having a laser light show for your eyes only. It’s perhaps the closest you can get to a psychedelic experience without taking a mind-altering substance.

While studies on brainwave entrainment are intriguing, research indicates that light may influence the brain more than sound waves. At least in relation to specific physical symptoms, research by Dave Siever suggests that light frequencies have a greater impact on the brain than soundwave technology.

Regardless, there’s no reason to choose one over the other. The Kasina Mind Media System combines both modalities. You wear a headset and special glasses with embedded LED lights. The device comes with six categories that target different experiences: Accerlate, Meditate, Mind Art, Rejuvenate, Night Voyage, and Trance. After you select the program category and your desired track (descriptions of each are included in the manual), you simply lie back and enjoy the show.

If you have a lot of resistance to meditation or have trouble quieting your mind, give Kasina a try. It’s one of the best meditation tools few people seem to know about. And if you’re a techie, the application is highly customizable so you can build your own tracks.

Get Details on Amazon |  Buy from Mindpace

Cost: $349

Muse Headband

The Muse Headband is perhaps the most popular meditation tool among biohackers. The Muse Headband helps train your brain for mindfulness by giving you sound cues of the electrical activity (EEG) of your brain while you meditate. You wear the Muse around your forehead from ear to ear. Via Bluetooth, the Muse sends the signal to the Muse app on your smartphone. The app gives you real-time feedback (via various soundscapes) through your headphones. The more you quiet your mind, the calmer the soundscape becomes.

With this form of biofeedback, you’ll be able to track your progress with mindfulness training. Practicing with the Muse headband, in a short time, you’ll notice greater awareness. That is, you’ll become more conscious of when your mind begins to wander, enabling you to bring yourself back to the present moment.

I personally try to avoid Bluetooth and wireless technology whenever I can due to sensitivities with electromagnetic frequencies. But many people use Muse and if you’re not concerned about EMF, this product is worth testing out.

Buy on Amazon

Cost: $249

QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones by Bose

Meditation is challenging for two reasons: external distractions and internal chatter. While Profound Meditation 3.0 and Kasina help reduces internal chatter, this product helps reduce external distractions.

bose headset meditation tool

Wearing this Bose noise-canceling headset is like lowering the volume on the world around you. If you listen to any binaural beats, isochronic tones, or meditation music, this headset will definitely enhance your experience. I also use this product whenever I really need to focus on a project. They’re also great for air travel as they block out most of the plane engine’s rumble.

While you can find less expensive noise-canceling headsets on the market, none of them are as effective as this one. They simply work. I keep one near my desk at all times.

Buy on Amazon

Cost: $227 | $349

Buckwheat Meditation Cushion by Seat of the Soul

One of the reasons I mentioned that many people have trouble meditating is because of poor physical ailment. I recommend sitting at the edge of a hard chair when you’re first getting started. But if you prefer to sit on the ground (which has numerous other benefits), then using what’s traditionally called a zafu can help.

best meditation tool zafu cushion

To maintain proper structure alignment, you want only your coccyx region elevated. This crescent-moon-shaped, buckwheat filled cushion with an organic cotton cover is ideal.

Buy on Amazon

Cost: $35

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series

If you’re looking for guided meditation instruction, consider the Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1 by psychologist Jon Kabat-Zinn.

guided mindfulness meditation tool

This program contains four 40-minute guided mindfulness meditations Kabat-Zinn used in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. There is a large body of research to support the efficacy of this program for reducing stress, improving health, and developing the brain.

Buy on Amazon

Cost: $20

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