Understanding Change is a personal management technique that evolved from a combined examination of life, morality, performance and health using the disciplines of medicine (including neuropathology), physics (including chaos theory), philosophy (including noology), and spirituality (including ontology). It was first applied as a therapeutic tool in a medical practice, then used as a management tool in addiction rehabilitation. Now it is used exclusively as a recovery stability tool enlightening participants on building, rebuilding, or strengthening the power of insight toward the understanding of a perpetually changing physical reality (including the body) and the stable, infinitely expandable mind.
Understanding Change is a different way of seeing the world and the way we fit in it. It sees change as inevitable, continuous, and imperceptible until it precipitates – as a new situation or a new twist to an old situation, a new opinion, unkind word, or different expectation, an illness, pain, or untoward feeling.
Next, it works on the consideration that mental function is a non-physical process that is embryonic at birth and must be awaked and developed to its fullest potential. This is a learning process, not one that is naturally occurring or determined by genetic factors. It works from the premise that the mind does not mature naturally as a product of biological growth and aging. A person cannot “know” simply because the body has reached a certain age or that he/she has inherited the genes of a successful family. Each mind must be stimulated individually with the ingredients of information, discipline and encouragement, ingredients that must be considered in a full range of experiences – the impositions and mercurial challenges of nature, the demands, manipulations, and unpredictable interactions of society, and the often unexpected variations of health, stamina, and physical wellbeing. The stimulation for this understanding is neither organically derived nor financially acquired; it must be imparted through guided exploration from those ahead to those behind who then become those ahead.
Unhealthy behaviours, therefore, are not really bad or sick conditions, but are reactive or instinctual behaviours that come into play when psycho/socio/spiritual values and understanding are flailing or insufficiently realized. They are the shields in battle, so to speak, not the real weapon. They can, thus, appear weak, inappropriate, invasive, bad or sick when used as the primary thruist too often, too readily, or too intensely.
The Understanding Change method sees that it is the mandate of the human being to stimulate and develop this deeper asset of mental power and acuity. Thus, when it is not the primary attribute driving performance, instinctual responses can become the most reliable or perhaps only strength out of choice or necessity. It is the reliance on these natural, instinctual responses as the mainstay of behavior that is revealed as improper or unhealthy behavior. Because this is a lack rather than an affliction, it is more expedient to build what is not there rather than fix what is only functioning within its design limitations. Filling the deficit can then give a person the strength to go forward with self-determination and self-actualization, not a chronically fragile existent needing to be sheltered from the ravages of life just to survive.