Frequently Asked QuestionsHelp me understand Ida’s philosophy and therapeutic orientation.
Ida’s work draws from multi-disciplinary concepts in the fields of Personal Development, The Human Potential Movement and Human Development for the purposes of cultivating and harnessing extraordinary potential for individuals and their organizations. She believes deeply in life, (feeling a l i v e) liberty and the pursuit of happiness and these beliefs are married to ideals in the physical world, quantum physics, literature, philosophy and spirituality. The core of her work is creating understanding that allows people and organizations to help themselves, to be self-directed, self-guiding and self-sustaining and to flourish.
What is a typical one-on-one session with Ida like?
Your initial session is a 2 hour consultation, laying out the current concerns and any limitations or restrictions being experienced by you at any level – mental (abstract), physical (tangible), and spiritual (philosophical). Within that session, Ida will consult with you to create a full understanding of the dynamics at work in the concerns and limitations that you are experiencing. The how, why and what are illuminated in order to create a deep comprehension of the patterns currently operating consciously and unconsciously and directing your life or organization.
Comprehension and understanding create shifts in consciousness that open alternatives and creative solutions. This part of the session is followed up with a customized guided meditation to summarize and consolidate the concepts harnessed within the conversation. That meditation is recorded at the time and emailed to you for continued reinforcement of the new patterns that will direct and guide your choices in more positive and automatic ways.
Follow up sessions last from 30 minutes to 3 hours, in person or via Skype or phone. Follow-ups are mutually decided upon based on available time and resources and in consideration to travel schedules.
Do I have to come to Ida’s office to work with her?
No. Ida is available for on-site visits to your home or facility, or by Skype or phone. It’s important to note though that it’s often beneficial to get outside of ourselves and our everyday environment as a way to initiate something new.
Why does Ida collaborate with and refer me to other professionals?
We all have a part to play and no one person is more important to the end result than the result itself. It’s always a combination of people, events and interpretations that get us to a particular place in our lives. It makes sense that a therapeutic variety of experiences for the mind, body and spirit may be a more complete resolution to our imbalances.
What is Personal Development?
Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Beyond self-help, the concept involves formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach or mentor. When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development at the individual level in organizations . (Bob Aubrey, Managing Your Aspirations: Developing Personal Enterprise in the Global Workplace McGraw-Hill 2010 ISBN 978-0-07-131178-6, page 9)
Personal development may include the following activities:
- improving self-awareness
- improving self-knowledge
- improving skills or learning new ones
- becoming a self-leader
- building or renewing identity/self-esteem
- developing strengths or talents
- improving wealth
- spiritual development
- identifying or improving potential
- building employability or (alternatively) human capital
- enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life
- improving health
- fulfilling aspirations
- initiating a life enterprise or (alternatively) personal autonomy
- defining and executing personal development plans (PDPs)
- improving social abilities
What is Human Development?
Human development is a well-being concept within the field of international development. It involves studies of the human condition with its core being the capability approach (Building human capabilities —the range of things that people can do or be in life.) Capabilities are “the substantive freedoms [a person] enjoys to lead the kind of life [they have] reason to value.” The most basic capabilities for human development are: to lead long and healthy lives, to be knowledgeable (e.g., to be educated), to have access to the resources and social services needed for a decent standard of living, and to be able to participate in the life of the community.)
What is The Human Potential Movement?
The Human Potential Movement (HPM) arose out of the counterculture milieu of the 1960s and formed around the concept of cultivating extraordinary potential that its advocates believe to lie largely untapped in all people. The movement took as its premise the belief that through the development of “human potential”, humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity, and fulfillment. Those who begin to unleash this assumed potential often find themselves directing their actions within society towards assisting others to release their potential. Adherents believe that the net effect of individuals cultivating their potential will bring about positive social change at large.
As Elizabeth Puttick writes in the Encyclopedia of New Religions:
“The human potential movement (HPM) … is not in itself a religion, new or otherwise, but a psychological philosophy and framework, including a set of values that have made it one of the most significant and influential forces in modern Western society.”
“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”
― Albert Einstein, “Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”