Culture. Change. Choice.

Our Culture Dictates Our Operating System

We are programmed with family norms, societal norms, and corporate norms. This programming ensures that we don’t need to stop and think every time a decision is required. When we operate in a normative mode, we are able to go on autopilot for efficiency in executing routine demands. Individuals know their roles and they can execute without needing to ask ‘how’ or ‘why’.

This operating system has been programmed in our genes, in our socio-energetic fields, and in our past experiences. We feel comfortable when the events in our life match this programming.

Change Disrupts This System

We react to changes in our environment. Our thoughts, emotions, and sensations provide the signals that something is not matching our cultural programming. Our reactions provide the information that prompts us to take note and to course correct to return to our norms. This notifications system works effectively to keep us on track within the norms of our families, communities, and organizations. However as the pace of change increases and as we introduce diversity, the rate and intensity of these reactions heighten and trigger physical and mental distress. We associate the reactions with symptoms of both physical and mental illness such as tense shoulders, headaches, anxiety and more.

The Disruption Is At A Energetic Level

Notice what happens when we experience a reaction to something that is outside of our norms.  When we have a disagreement with a coworker. When a partner operates by a different set of rules from our upbringing. When we receive messages from society that we need to ‘achieve’ and to ‘enhance’.

We experience the dissonance in our body. We pull back and often avoid repeating the behaviour. We close in or lash out. We devise action plans to solve the issue. We spend considerable effort building our physical and mental resources to overcome the obstacle.

We experience the dissonance in our body. We pull back and often avoid repeating the behaviour. We close in or lash out. We devise action plans to solve the issue. We spend considerable effort building our physical and mental resources to overcome the obstacle. We go to the gym. We eat healthy. We meditate. All of these initiatives help to strengthen our body and mind. However, our body continues to react to the messages that are out of sync to our internal programming.

The disruption is at the energetic level. Beliefs, memories, and notions of how things ‘should be’ can be viewed as frozen energetic structures in our personal space. We can easily think of significant events that get frozen in our memories as images and sounds. These memories are a combination of thought and emotion, which freezes the energy in our personal space.

Changing Our Paradigm Facilitates Change

We recognize that as humans, we are body, mind, and spirit. Yet because we lack accepted scientific measures in spiritual work, we often discount the role of spirit in overall health. Dr. Willem Lammers uses the computer as a metaphor to describe the relationship between these three components. He refers to the body as the hardware, the mind as the software and the spirit as the user of the body and mind. In this context, we can appreciate that by working at the level of spirit, we can effectively choose to change our programming to influence the health of body and mind.

The challenge is to offer a tool to support this work. Recognizing that words have the power to shift energy, Dr. Lammers developed Logosynthesis® as a guided change method. By recognizing the reactions that cause distress, we can begin the work to reprogram our operating system to adapt to the current environment. The work focuses on using the power of words to neutralize the images, sounds and other perceptions that get frozen in our personal space. Recognizing that events happen in our life, this method allows us to change our reaction to these events by releasing the ‘stuck’ energetic perceptions. By changing our paradigm to embrace the power of spirit and energy, we can view distress as one symptom and apply one technique to process the discomforting thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they arise.

Reprogramming Allows Choice

To reprogram, we need to accept the ancient wisdom that words have the power to shift energy. We also acknowledge that our distress is triggered by images, sounds and sensory perceptions that are frozen in our personal space. Using our reactions as information, we can begin to process the limiting beliefs, painful memories and notions about how things should be. The Logosynthesis® method guides the process to restore the flow of energy. With nothing to trigger a habitual reactive pattern, we are able to stay present in the moment.

As we reprogram and restore our life energy, we are better able to connect with our Essence. With our energy in flow, we are better able to see the current situation in the present rather than operate from a reactive past or a fear of the future. We are better able to hold productive conversations to embrace contrasting thoughts and ideas. We are better able to experience the freedom of choice.

Application And Implementation

Experiential learning is key to gaining an appreciation for the beauty and depth of Logosynthesis®. Although the method is easy and can be applied as a self-coaching tool, the concept requires that we reset our current framework. This does not happen overnight but through practice, we gain dexterity and insight. In my corporate experience, the tool allowed me to better focus on delivering results in my role rather than reacting to intense change. In my personal experience, the tool allows me to better appreciate contrasting ideas for a broader perspective – both at home and in my volunteer work. I now recognize that my culture programs my operating system and when the current environment inevitability triggers distress, I view the reactions as information to move beyond my habitual patterns to create space for growth – for me and for others.


Cathy Caswell
Cathy Caswell
CATHY guides people to reduce stress, unlock their potential and enjoy life more fully using Logosynthesis. As a dietitian with an MBA, she enjoyed a corporate career in the food industry in production, marketing, and sales. She knows firsthand the benefits of being able to get unstuck from reactive patterns that negatively impact work, health, wealth, and relationships. As a Coach and President of The Healthy Living Plan Inc. and a Master Practitioner and Instructor in Logosynthesis®, she is committed to supporting leaders at all levels. Through online 1-1 coaching and now app-based remote coaching using the Essence Unlock Potential app, Cathy supports people to routinely use this healthy lifestyle practice to achieve their goals. Cathy is the author of Logosynthesis®: Enjoying Life More Fully and Thriving In Our Times: From Reactions To Action Using Logosynthesis®. 

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