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Emerging Insights, 15 October 2020

Read, as best as you can, with an empty mind. There is nothing to do, but there is something to see! Explore and test for yourself what I am about to share!


I recently had a conversation with my good friend and colleague Dr. Wayne Buckhanan from the US.

Wayne and I are both trainers in the cognitive behavioural fields of Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguist Programming. Both of these fields work with the mind-body-emotion system of how we create meanings, how we embody these meanings, and then think, behave and act through these embodied meanings.

The premise working at this level is to engage with and enrich the quality, robustness and scope of perception of the meanings that we hold about our world and our circumstances.

This in turn is to provide us with greater flexibility and adaptability to respond to the events in our lives. Furthermore, enhance our ability to self-lead, relate to others, lead others, solve problems, etc.

Essentially, the behaviours that we display, decisions that we make and the actions that we take are an observable expression of our internal and embodied reality.

The idea here is, that by enriching our internal reality, we influence our behaviours, our decisions and our actions.


“An ego mind without knowledge of universal wisdom, can be a dangerous weapon!”
Mike Schwarzer


As I began to see our deeper nature over the last few years, I also noticed that engaging at an intellectual level was only half of the equation and that it had its limitations.

As I see it, the intellectual mind, or Little Mind, lacks an innate BS detector. A quality control system that naturally screens our thinking. Not just for its usefulness but also for its ecology in terms of how it serves the health and wellbeing of the individual, their community as well as the environment they live and work in.

It is limited as it largely relies on the quality and scope of our meaning making ability through the assumptions that we make about ourselves and the world.

Without a healthy awareness that any thinking that arises from our intellect is largely made up, that means we literally create our reality, we are at risk of being blinded by and stuck within the boundaries of those assumptions.

It requires skill and effort …!

Playing the game of life at this level, to operate with greater clarity and insight, requires skill and effort. The ability to step back, to check in and question the quality and ecology of our thinking and that of others.

In a busy and complex world with complex problems, where intellectual thinking dominates, this is not just a big ask for many people but can also be confronting for them.


“We do what we do until something else makes sense to us!” Dicken Bettinger


However, when our thinking is informed through our Deeper or BIG Mind, it is guided by a rich, unlimited and real-time intelligence that arises from outside the boundaries of our intellectual assumptions.

An intelligence that has innate integrity and ecology. An intelligence that provides us with higher level awareness through which we see ourselves, our world and our challenges with fresh eyes.

No skill required … effortless!

Playing the game of life from this domain, requires no skill. It requires a quiet mind, absent from busy thinking. It is effortless!

This brings me back to my conversation with Wayne 😊.

I often use the ‘Iceberg Model – Thinking in Systems’ to illustrate the Deeper Mind as another level of consciousness.

The conversation came about through Wayne’s curiosity to find out more about the Deeper Mind and how the model works.

We ended up video recording the conversation and titled it ‘Talking about all things Inside-Out!’ As the conversation went just over an hour, I have created a couple of short digestible snippets:

  1. Seeing the Deeper Mind
  2. Deeper Mind and the Iceberg Model – Thinking in Systems

1. Seeing the Deeper Mind

In this segment I talk about how I first got to see the ‘Deeper Mind’ beyond a conceptual level. It was one of those ‘Aha’ moments where I didn’t listen to the words but where the words were pointing.

This was a pivotal moment. As I now could clearly see where I was pointing, I naturally gravitated towards exploring the world through the Deeper Mind domain in my work with clients rather than the cognitive domain.


2. ‘Deeper Mind and the Iceberg Model – Thinking in Systems’ 

In the second snippet I graphically illustrate the Deeper Mind through the Iceberg Model.


If what you have read and seen has wetted your appetite and you wish to have access to the entire conversation, ‘Talking about all things Inside-Out’ click here!


The Deeper Mind is the source of wisdom, clarity and creativity. The intellect is a beautiful thing, but we were never meant to live in it. The intellect is to be used as a tool bring to live what we see through the creative energy of our deeper nature!

I trust that what you have read has intrigued you and aroused your curiosity! To further explore how you can lead from and to this deeper wisdom or simply to reach out to start a conversation contact Mike at mi**@mi***********.com or visit www.mikeschwarzer.com.

I look forward to serving you with my next reflection!

to your highest learning and growth




About Mike Schwarzer

Mike is a Transformation Professional and Learning Leader who is passionate about helping leaders and organisations to solve the problems that they have not been able to solve elsewhere.

He works with the underlying mental, behavioural and deeper innate dynamics that drive people’s and organisations’ thinking and actions. He creates and holds the space where they learn how to tap into their inner and outer capabilities in transformational ways and lift their perceptual abilities to see their world, its problems and emerging solutions with fresh eyes.

At the organisational level, Mike’s approach challenges the status quo and hierarchical thinking. He takes you into the world of living ‘open & adaptive’ systems and their self-organising nature. From there you will be able to create a workplace culture that naturally draws from the collective wisdom of all its people and that is highly adaptable to the changing winds of a complex world.

For more information about Mike visit www.mikeschwarzer.com.