The Insight Project
Explore Your Highest Spiritual Potential
Developed over many years and supervised by Peter Shepherd, founder of Trans4mind.com, the Insight Project is a system for self-discovery that will help you move from where you are in your life right now, into realms of awareness and power that you may never have dreamed to be possible for yourself.
This is the most advanced approach to personal spiritual discovery and the enhancement of consciousness, applying the technique of 'meta-programming' ... meaning "to transcend or rise above one's programming or conditioning of a lifetime and beyond."
The Insight Project teaches a process of self-discovery, leading to one's own, self-directed spirituality. This is quite different from sectarian teachings, like religion, which impose dogma, leading to other-directed spirituality. The course includes an in-depth exploration of the belief systems which make up the various facets of your personality, and therefore determine your identity (and hidden conflicting identities) and corresponding life goals. The intuitive wisdom of the emotions is accessed using simple biofeedback equipment, providing a path to full realization of the Higher Self - the spiritual power of life, love and truth.
Have you ever considered (perhaps somehow sensed) that who you are and what you are capable of must be more than your everyday life seems to suggest? Look at how most of us live - we endure our jobs, raise our families, handle life's challenges the best we can, and seek out whatever pleasures we can in the time remaining. Very few people seem to have a real certainty or direction to their lives.
The Insight Project is the ultimate tool for re-discovering just who you really are, stripped of the artificial and unnatural. From the more-objective, bird's eye view that is the Higher Self, it becomes possible to rise above the programming imprinted by the experiences and cultural conditioning of your current lifetime and beyond, as well as the programs genetically inherited. These insights bring wisdom: acceptance and understanding. One is no longer limited to an ego-centric identity, in contrast to one's true potential of unlimited love, life and truth.
The world is full of people who want to tell you what to believe and how to live. Experts in many fields, from politics to psychology to religion, are more than willing to step forward with a prescribed set of rules for you to follow. Yet, many of them are clearly as confused as the rest of humanity! Now, there is a way that you can find the answers for yourself using effective mental exercises and procedures.
We need to examine all the thoughts we have, the considerations and beliefs, and find out what's true and what isn't. And what actually belongs to somebody else... something somebody else told us and we've accepted. What's been imprinted or programmed, in other words. Stripping that stuff off (and letting go of the accompanying painful feelings and misguided behaviors) and finding what is our own inner truth. Because it comes from inside us it is pure and our inner knowing, from each of us as a spiritual being. It's based on universal knowledge, i.e. knowledge that is free of any kind of conditioning. The perspective is unconditional love.
To be free and independent we need to make our own mind up, to be both sensible and sensitive. We need to be objective and use reason and logic, but beware fixed ideas, prejudices and false assumptions carried over from past experience and conditioning. At the same time we need to take account of our feelings and intuition, as inner knowing is our mind's link to Spirit. Our intuition or inner guidance often isn't accessible in pre-packaged verbal sentences, it arrives in feelings, images, imagination, concepts and understandings - and we need to separate those from the other mental content, and then articulate them. We "just know" our inner truth, and it's this heart-felt nature that is the best guide. Fortunately, with the Biofeedback Monitor we have a way to clearly perceive what is happening in our emotional reactions, both conscious and subconscious. With the methods of the Insight Project (in particular the Indicator Technique), we have a way to determine if a thought is rational (not emotionally burdened), a rationalization or other thought distortion), something taken on board from others, i.e. a form of conditioning - or one’s inner truth, an intuitive knowing, which the Monitor clearly indicates.
Trans4mind's advanced course, The Insight Project, is about upgrading your perception from blindfolded or blinkered 2D through to 20:20 vision in multiple dimensions... clearing all that obscures insight - your inner vision - the wisdom of your Higher Self, which is founded on Love.
The course contains a sequence of practical techniques that you administer to yourself, with the aid of a biofeedback device, in order to differentiate the spiritual part of your being from the mental and physical. Discover your Higher Self and its capability of Full Realization.
How does The Insight Project work?The Insight Project is a set of special procedures that you apply to yourself, with the aid of an Emotional Response Indicator, in order to differentiate the spiritual part of your being - the Higher Self - from the mental and physical. From the viewpoint of the Higher Self it becomes possible to rise above the programming imprinted by the experiences and cultural conditioning of your current lifetime and beyond. This is the process of "meta-programming": to go beyond or transcend programming.
You work at your own pace through a cleverly researched gradient of development. Early on, you learn the anatomy of problems. You discover the way that conflicts are structured within your mind such that they hang around and effect your feelings and behavior long after the original situations are gone.
The well-proven techniques are designed to resolve the conundrums, dilemmas and dichotomies that arise from being essentially spiritual and immortal, but living within a survival-driven body and environment. It is a life-enhancing approach, and holistic in that it is about integrating your spiritual life with all of your everyday activities and goals - in the here-and-now.
The use of a GSR (galvanic skin response) Emotional Response Indicator device facilitates the necessary element of neutral objectivity. The Emotional Response Indicator visually indicates the suppressed emotional content of thoughts and feelings, particularly fears and resistance. When thoughts are emotionally clear, on the other hand, they do not have this reactive undercurrent and can be trusted as one's intuitive knowing.
By means of a self-study program, The Insight Project delivers the most advanced gains available, all for a fraction of the cost and time of other methods. Whilst you can obtain great benefits very quickly, the vast range of techniques within The Insight Project can be re-applied over and over, as appropriate to your changing circumstances and viewpoint of awareness.
The factors that prevent awareness of the Higher Self (the non-physical essence of being) are dealt with in great depth, inspected much more thoroughly and incisively than any previous spiritual or meditative method has made possible, such that the results from this work, properly done, will cause an everlasting freedom of viewpoint. The procedures of The Insight Project are tools with which progress on the spiritual path may always be supported.
What are the benefits of The Insight Project?We asked some students:
The benefits you can expect to obtain include:
"If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you,
look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the past's effect.
"If you want to know your future, then look at yourself in the
PRESENT, for that is the cause of the future."--Majjhima Nikaya
How is The Insight Project different from other personal growth systems?
The Part I - Meta-Programming course contains the following Levels of application:
Level 1: Basics
All these Levels serve to demonstrate the phenomena that inevitably occurs in life of the imprinting of fixed patterns of identities and resulting behaviors and feelings. Once spotted, this conditioning or programming has less effect, and you are to a significant extent released from the phenomena, much more your true self, and so you naturally begin to identify that part of your being that is the Higher Self - the spiritual component that is immortal. You've got your head above water and now you can learn to swim, to get on dry land, to climb the mountain and ascend to the stars.
Is The Insight Project for Me? ~ Some Questions & Answers >>
"Transforming the Mind" and the free Positive Approach course will be adequate preparation - my book "Daring to Be Yourself" combines the two. Others will need further work, such as the free Love is All You Need program and the New Life Course.
The Insight Project is a set of analytical procedures that you apply to yourself, with the aid of an Emotional Response Indicator, in order to differentiate the spiritual part of your being from the mental and physical. Discover your Higher Self and its capability of Full Realization.
The Insight Project courses cover everything you need to know, from learning to do basic procedures in self-administered sessions, through to the most advanced techniques for spiritual self-realization available in the world at this time.
You can purchase Part I - Meta-Programming, work through it over a couple of years, then purchase the subsequent Parts II-V, which will typically provide five years of intensive spiritual development in total, plus remain as a wonderful resource for ever after.
Alternatively you can buy the whole package of Insight Parts I-V Complete and save $488. See this page for more information about the five Parts and the special package.
After your online purchase, you download the course in PDF format, which you can view in the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader. Or you may like to print out a copy - or print the pages you need as you go along.
Students can take advantage of unlimited personal email support from the Supervisor, Peter Shepherd. A bunch of FAQs are answered here. Please do not hesitate to email Peter Shepherd with your enquiries.
IMPORTANT! To do the course you will need the InnerTrac™ Emotional Response IndicatorThe Emotional Response Indicator is a type of Emotional Response Indicator specially designed to assist in psycho-therapeutic and personal development procedures. There are many situations in which it is extremely helpful to be able to detect the presence of emotionally charged, suppressed mental content just below or at the borders of subconsciousness. This is a tremendous aid in assessing which of many specific topics is most relevant to be treated and at the same time, such material is also accessible and readily viewable by the subject. This can save many hours of wasted searching and discussion and when you have used an Emotional Response Indicator for a short time you will wonder how it is possible to be effective in developmental therapies without one!
The recommended InnerTrac™ Emotional Response Indicator is presented below. It costs US$ 497 plus shipping. If you order, kindly inform the proprietor, Hank Levin (email), that you learned of the device at Trans4mind.com...
Introduction by Hank Levin:
The revolutionary InnerTrac™ is a small, hand held device that measures subtle changes in the electrical resistance of the body that occur in the presence of stress and emotional arousal, including changes that are below the awareness of the client, i.e. subconscious stimulations. Therefore it is a form of Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) biofeedback monitor. It is carefully designed to serve as a valuable guide in a remarkable number of healing modalities--from EFT, TFT and EMDR to traumatic incident reduction-- and is ideal for use on The Insight Project. It allows one to detect and pinpoint the presence of emotional "charge," and verify the progress of its resolution - a tremendous advantage for the practitioner. Note: on The Insight Project you are both the practitioner and the client at the same time, i.e. it is a self-delivered method of personal development.
Demonstration of the InnerTrac:
The InnerTrac™ will detect the presence of, and measure the progressive release of, negative emotions. This makes it invaluable for guiding the practitioner through the successive steps of any effective therapy or application of positive psychology. Furthermore, with skill - and full training is provided as part of the Insight Project - the Emotional Response Indicator can be used to assess a number of likely or possible issues, and ascertain the one with the most "emotional charge" at the moment that is most accessible to be effectively handled. It will also show when you - the client - is upset; and it will indicate when you are "released" from the issue being handled.
In addition to the InnerTrac, any Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) psycho-galvanometer will do the job, providing there is instantaneous and easily visible readout of changes of body resistance. Read more about GSRs here - plus we provide a free PDF course on how to use the GSR meter.
Interview with Peter ShepherdPeter is interviewed by Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, who asks about his background, how and why Trans4mind was founded, what spiritual growth means in practice, and the heights that can be reached with The Insight Project, which Peter developed and supervises.
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Beyond Part I...
The techniques of Part I - Meta-Programming are proving to be a most effective method for each of us to discover our full potential. The Insight Project works to realize and integrate the Higher Self, the true spiritual Being. We can be at rest in this awareness, like the eye of a storm. The world whirls all around, in the field of consciousness. This "I" is both an observer and a constant center of all the activity. It is only at this center, having dis-identified from the many controlling forces, that the person achieves freedom, to master, direct and utilize them. Being at the center, the observer can also be seen as the experiencer, able to more fully experience inner and outer events and to become unafraid of living. The free person can move around in his personality and in the world, instead of being locked into fixed and safe patterns, and in that way can be in touch with unlimited potential for experience
Parts II-V of the Insight Project
The Part I course contains the fundamental principles and techniques of the complete Insight Project. You learn to apply the Emotional Response Indicator in the context of profound personal development procedures. On a well-proven gradient you gradually become skilled in working on your own with the techniques; in addition at all times you have as much support as you require by e-mail correspondence.
Part I - Meta-Programming handles all past identities (that are still being held on to right now) so that you are being your own desired identity playing your own game. It is the deprogramming of reactive identities and the beginning of release from the game of being Homo Sapiens. Part I reveals the Imprint phenomena and gets the individual Meta-Programmer aware of his or her Higher Self. Having learnt the principles and application of basic The Insight Project techniques and established a clear and stable state of being - itself in advance of states achievable by other methods - one is then well prepared to begin the advanced procedures of The Insight Project, which are presented in four further Parts:
The Insight Project - What it Does for Me
To Learn More -Some introductory techniques you can try on your own:
Why not try out some simple techniques that illustrate basic Insight Project principles? These could well prove quite beneficial to you. Note that on the actual course all procedures are done with the important aid of Emotional Response Indicatoring with a Emotional Response Indicator, which enables advanced approaches that would otherwise be impossible.
The following technique is given for those of you who already have access to and familiarity with an Emotional Response Indicator or similar GSR device. (Our free training course PDF.) The paper describes one of the most important methods used in The Insight Project, called Indicator Technique. This is an incredibly effective way of discovering the previously obscured truth underlying any issue - your truth, based on your intuitive insight, newly visible when existing programming (fixed ideas and mental distortions) is stripped away. You can get some fantastic insights by learning and applying these initial materials, and then go on to the full course with considerable confidence. The method can also be applied in the context of any other spiritual growth procedure to expose the inner knowing of the Higher Self. These are our crown jewels but we are giving them here as a gesture of service to the wider community.
Articles About The Insight Project and Human Potential:
These pages explain how it is possible for you to re-discover the Higher Self - that is, the real you. From the viewpoint of the Higher Self it becomes possible to rise above the programming imprinted by the experiences and cultural conditioning of your current lifetime and beyond, as well as the programs genetically inherited. The most advanced techniques currently available are used to take down the structures that restrict the Being to an ego-centric identity, in contrast to one's true potential of unlimited love, life and truth.
An excerpt from the introductory course materials, giving a detailed description of the principles on which The Insight Project techniques are based.
The truth that lies within us, independent of external experience, learning and the views of others, is intuitive spiritual knowledge called "gnosis." The Insight Project is a Gnostic school for the modern age. Students use biofeedback to show suppressed emotional content of thoughts and feelings, particularly fears and resistance. When thoughts are emotionally clear, and when they do not contain repressed conflicting intentions, they do not have this reactive undercurrent and can be trusted as one's intuitive knowing, one's gnosis. Using the unique Insight techniques, your inner truth is uncovered, deeper and deeper as you peel off the layers...
We are like players of a video game - we get so involved in the game that we forget that we are playing a game. We forget our true nature. This article by Ken Ward is a thought-provoking introduction to some of the basic ideas of The Insight Project.
Personal development has, as one of its aims, to transcend the human condition. If one's consciousness survives death, then the motivation to achieve this becomes far stronger. Frederick Myers recognized this as a critical question for all intelligent people and worked relentlessly to provide us with a solid proof of life after death.
Your Questions Answered...Where do I start?
Well, if you've been viewing the site for a while now, I guess you've read at least some of 'Transforming the Mind'. That's the area that the New Life Course takes off from. It's a personal development course based on the principles of rational-emotive psychology, with elements of NLP as well. It helps to get a person thinking clearly and emotionally stable, which one needs to be before going on to The Insight Project. Part I, The Insight Project is an in-depth, advanced course that moves into the area of transpersonal psychology and spiritual development, and includes the use of a Emotional Response Indicator, which is essential.
Where does the name "Meta-Programming" come from?
In NLP a metaprogram is the particular way experience is filtered and perceived by an individual; this isn't hard wired, it can be revised. Meta-Programming is the process of creating a model of the structural patterns an individual uses to construct, maintain and reinforce their subjective reality. Metaprogramming is also a term used in computer programming and organizational management, referring to programs that supervise other programs, or to an objective designer and directorial role.
Is The Insight Project anything to do with scientology?
I "did" scientology when I was young, when it was still reasonably priced, and I consider it a significant part of my education. Consequently, elements derived from scientology are included - particularly the use of GSR bio-monitoring - but it's more different than similar, because in my opinion many of the more "advanced" parts of scientology are off the wall. However the foundation - which is also to be found from alternative sources, one might add, with very different terminology (since truth is universal) - is valuable when reapplied in a wider context. There is no element of looking into the past for causes, because anything from the past only has a disruptive effect when it is held onto and replayed in the present. Everything you need to deal with can be found in the here and now - those beliefs and fixed ideas you have carried over into the present and which connect the past like a ball and chain. Each individual has a unique structure of inner conflict, and each person discovers their own inner truth - unlike with scientology these things are never evaluated for you, indeed your gains largely arise from your personal process of discovery.
Can The Insight Project aid me in my journey?
Yes, for sure, if you feel motivated to work hard at sorting out the real and deep issues that underlie your view of the world. The Insight Project exposes the conflicting intentions one is holding subconsciously that are resistant to your awareness. It clarifies your identity, beliefs and goals and leads to many insights of truth that would not otherwise be obtained, short of years of intensive meditation done well.
"If he is indeed wise, the teacher does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather he leads you to the threshold of your own mind."