April 8, 2018 /Blog/... In the Flow, Open Ended Questions

Published by: janean strong on 04-08-2018





The epitome of being in the flow... maybe Mysti asked open ended questions!

Open Ended Questions...... For many of you in the coaching profession the concept of open ended questions is very familiar. We generally think of open ended questions vs closed ended questions. The former allows for more information and dialogue and the later usually generates a simple yes/no answer or at best a couple of words.
Examples of both: What did you do today? Did you go to the grocery store?

I learned of a different very powerful way of using open ended questions as a way of creating flow and movement when you feel stuck. It generates new fresh ideas and opens the flood gates of inspiration.
I would like to give credit to Dr. Richard Bartlett of Matrix Energetics for this concept.
When I am feeling stuck, I like to do this before I fall asleep. But, it can be done anytime, anywhere.

Think about what you are feeling 'stuck' about and ask your Self open ended questions. Now these particular questions are not meant for you to come up with the answers. Forget what the answer might be. The idea is to let your subconscious mind and your right brain look for the answers when you are not thinking about it.
For example... How would I know if this is the right thing for me to do? What would it look like if I knew? How would it feel to know? Who might be able to help me? What would it be like to be able to move forward? How would I act differently?

A good friend of mine also sent me this blurb on open-ended questions. It includes an even more powerful level of using them, to both ask and then command action to be taken relative to the open-ended question.
He starts by saying: "Open ended questions are perhaps the most powerful mind-oriented consciousness-transforming tool I've come across. The results of their use are difficult to track in an intellectual way - if you pay careful attention, you will be able to notice expanded abilities and increased access to information, arriving in a more expanded way, than traditional methods of learning through reading information and memorizing."

He continues..."I generally used open-ended questions at the start of my so-called 'nap' time, which was actually my personal 'work' time. After allowing the mind and body to relax for a few minutes, I would then start to ask questions. They can be on any subject, but MUST be OPEN-ENDED. These are not requests to reveal data or 'yes' or 'no' answers. The key is that an open-ended question CANNOT be answered by your linear conscious mind, so it gives up and allows your deeper awareness and cognition to take over. You have no idea what's in there, nor what your potential is, so this is a great place to find out!"

This next part is where he shows how to construct the question..."I then consider the subject for the open-ended questions. Say its regarding opening up to greater awareness, I might ask: "If I were to experience more awareness, what would that look like? Or, a question regarding some habit you want to change: "What would it feel like to have this change? Or, you just want to become more than you are, on all fronts, but do not know really what you want... "What would it look like to know what question to ask to expand into my greater potential?"

And finally, here is the most powerful form of an open-ended question with this last piece..."When you get comfortable with the concept of the open-ended question, and really start to craft better and better ones for YOU, then you can go to the next level, and add a Command to the question. Here we go, with the questions used previously, altering them slightly and adding the Command part:
"If I knew how to experience more awareness, and DID THAT NOW, what would that look (or feel) like!?
"What would it look like to have this change, and EXPERIENCE IT NOW!?"
"If I knew what question to ask to accelerate expanding into my greater potential, and ASKED IT RIGHT NOW, what would that look and feel like!?
I played with this for years, and it (unconscious) played with me for years. We tag-teamed growth and expansion in awareness. The only limit is your imagination. Playing with open-ended questions is important. Your unconscious mind is not serious, so why should you be? It just goes on Intelligently managing affairs about 'you' without your participation (unless you start asking these questions!) on a vast number of levels and far more information than any conscious mind can deal with.

The conscious mind is a mono-processor, singular, linear.
The unconscious mind is a parallel processor able to consider MANY different streams of information!
Use the former to access the latter! Have fun, and know that results may be more than are expected!"

I think you get the picture. Simple yet incredibly powerful.
Try it! Ya got nuttin to lose!

My latest Podcast conversation


is with Ricardo Hubbs, Follow Your Bliss
Ricardo Hubbs has evolved his childhood delight in taking photos into creating his version of the best ‘job’ in the world. It’s fun, fulfilling and he gets to work with some of the top people in their field as an on set stills photographer.
Learn how Kismet, seemingly incredible synchronicities and a fearless ability to jump into the unknown has led Ricardo along the path of wonderful adventures.

Even though he is a product of a typical suburban upbringing, Ricardo has managed to carve out an unconventional lifestyle for himself.

After completing his BA in political science, he backpacked for two years around the world. Working as he moved along, his camera captured the world around him.

That camera would one day define his career.

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Kate Michels is an Emotional Wisdom Trainer, founder of Core Alignment Coaching, NLP Trainer, speaker, best selling author and 'Coach of Coaches'. She is an expert at assisting others to live aligned in their truth. Emotional Wisdom Training is one of the most advanced Life Coaching systems in the world. It’s a value based, motivation-orientated, intensely personal process that is focused on an individuals unique purpose. the constructs of traditional counseling, mentoring, psychology and life coaching to support people to accept their past, become aware of their present and awaken to their future. Kate is internationally recognized in more then 9 countries. Her clients experience lasting results with life challenges including Bi-polar disorder, Social Anxiety, eating disorders and sleep issues to the normal spin cycles of every day living. Life events incidents and accidents create beliefs that either motivate or limit. Kate helps her clients know what these beliefs are and where they came from giving people the ability to reprogram and live more resourcefully.

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Medical Cannabis has immense value for healing, pain and chronic conditions. Learn about your endocannabinoid system and the many uses of this valuable, often misunderstood plant. A fun and very informative conversation with Dr. Michael Smith!

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Your Yummy Recipe


Buttermilk/Kefir Scones

3 C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (soft white wheat)
1 1/4 C Buttermilk or Kefir
( I use Kefir because it keeps in the fridge for a very long time and buttermilk goes bad quickly)
1/3 C melted Butter

1/4 tsp Real or Sea Salt
2 Tbs Baking Powder

For a savory scone add cheese (I like to put a bunch of Vintage white Cheddar in the food processor and then store in the fridge for these occasions) and maybe some herbs.

For a fruity scone add 2T Sucanat or Coconut Sugar or brown sugar
Chop up any dried fruit
I like apricots with 1/2 T dried Orange Peel Or dried Plums with 1/2 T Lemon Peel
Or Raisins with 1/2 T cinnamon

Step 1.
The night before, hand mix the flour, buttermilk and melted butter in a mixing bowl. If using dried fruit and/or peel, add at this time.

Let sit overnight in a cool place.

Step 2.
In the morning preheat the oven to 425.
Add salt, baking powder and any sweetener or cheese to the mix now.
The batter is pretty thick so mix all together in a stand mixer for best results.

Step 3.
On a large mat roll out the dough, by hand, into a long rectangle about 3/4 inch thick.
Cut into triangles or other interesting shapes.
Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpats and bake for 12-15 mins or until lightly browned.

These are very YUMMY!



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