Yes you can read that with two meaningsâ€¦
Firstly, Iâ€™m very excited about the release of the new Bond film â€œSPECTREâ€Â this week
Secondly, whenever you take the time to go deeper with NPA, you can expect to experience a big release – and thatâ€™s always exciting!
So I thought Iâ€™d shamelessly combine these two exciting prospects and design some great questions for you to ask yourself, to reveal your own inner SPECTRE, and release it (ie let it go) with some some plot-twisting cookie cutters and The NPA Process.
Releasing your personal Spectre could have a profoundly freeing effect in your life and Iâ€™ll get to the questions in bitâ€¦
But first letâ€™s look at the clues in the story and why itâ€™s such a powerful jump point for some self-inquiryâ€¦
“Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds”
We are all subject to our personal stories, whether we are conscious of it or not. And in many ways, we are all a bit like a multiplex cinema with many stories happening simultaneously.
Stories tend to follow archetypal patterns and becoming conscious of them allows us to align with the inner â€˜script writerâ€™ and influence how the story (our lives) run.
Now, I havenâ€™t yet seen the new Bond film, but from what Iâ€™ve read and seen it follows an archetype that is well worth taking a look at in your own life.
So, hereâ€™s what I know about the plot of Spectre:
A cryptic message from Bondâ€™s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Andâ€¦ spoiler alert (but probably not)â€¦ I’m guessing that Bond triumphs in the end…
So this is a story of uncovering the shadows of the past that still influence our livesâ€¦ itâ€™s an awakening story!
The Spectre Factor
So does the word â€˜spectre’ even mean?
Well, being a modern guy, I Googled it, and hereâ€™s what Collins English Dictionary says:
If you look a little deeper, you find something interesting about the origin of the word:
And hereâ€™s a part of the entry that tells us a little more about the nature of itâ€™s meaning:
So, we have past and future and all the ingredients of something scary – awesome!
Back to Bondâ€¦
In the Bond films, the spectre of SPECTRE has been visited several times (if youâ€™ll pardon the irresistible pun). SPECTRE in Bond-world is the name of a sinister organisation and itâ€™s actually an acronym for:
“Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence,
Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”
The Spectre In You
Itâ€™s a natural part of the human condition that we have aspects that seek to expand AND aspects that seek to control and minimise change. Itâ€™s the yin and yang, the in-breath and out-breath, the dark and light of lifeâ€¦
Sometimes these minimising parts are called inner saboteurs or ‘the shadow’â€¦ weâ€™re calling one â€˜your inner SPECTREâ€™, but there are many namesâ€¦ and – donâ€™t freak outâ€¦ theyâ€™re organised.
Of course those expansive aspects are also highly organised, and choosing to engage self-inquiry mode leverages their awesome power 🙂
Only The Brave
OK, back to youâ€¦
By now, you may have gathered that these 007 questions willÂ be inviting you to delve into your more shadowy inner territory. But relax, because as well as an inner SPECTRE, you also have an inner Bond.
And more good news… Bond always has his genius back-room-buddy Q, who hands out awesome gizmos that make things easier. In this case – The NPA Process!
If youâ€™re not yet fully of-fey with The NPA Process, look for the extra resources I offer on this page.
I know youâ€™re up for it, so letâ€™s get to the questions, tie the strands together, uncover and release the SPECTRE in your lifeâ€¦
How To Approach These Questionsâ€¦
Itâ€™s a very normal response when approaching self-inquiry questions to â€˜clenchâ€™.
This is because thereâ€™s a natural ‘bracing of selfâ€™ that happens when we approach the unknown or set about discovering things that may have been held in the shadows.
I know how you feel, Iâ€™ve felt that internal clench on many an occasion.
What Iâ€™ve found (though at first it may seem counter-intuitive, especially given the subject matter), is the best way to counter this, is by approaching the exercise lightlyâ€¦ Answer the questions in an almost nonchalant manner, as if unattached to what comes back when you ask them.
I often say that true self-inquiry is not about seeking the answers, but rather letting the answers find you. So, ask the questions, and write down whatever comes – even if it doesnâ€™t at first seem to make senseâ€¦
IMPORTANT: The questions are designed to elicit a â€˜splurgeâ€™ response rather than a singular or distinct answer. So let the answers be an â€˜out-flowingâ€™ and write whatever comes. When the answer to a questions seems to naturally complete itself, move to the next. Iâ€™ll tell you what to do with the â€˜splurgeâ€™ later.
And, as I said before, if youâ€™re not yet fully of-fey with The NPA Process and finding ‘cookie cutters’, while it’s not essential, you should probably get this:
And at the very least you’ll need the words for The NPA Process, which you will find as part of the “Don’t Take Them Personally” exercise, which is available via the widget in the sidebar.
ALSO IMPORTANT: These questions presuppose the idea that you, metaphorically, have an inner â€˜spectreâ€™, and if youâ€™re not cool with that presupposition – donâ€™t do the exercise!
Green light? Great…
So grab yourself pen and paper, or open a notepad/doc on your device of choice and answer these, in orderâ€¦
If you were to know, where in your life is your inner SPECTRE having the biggest influence right now?
Letting your mind drift back and gently caress the timeline of your lifeâ€¦ and contemplating the notion that there are clues to your inner spectreâ€™s nature and origin, what memories, moments or patterns pop out to you?
Whatâ€™s the scary stuff that stops you from doing what you know you ought to do for your own good?
What lies do you tell yourself, or have you told yourself in the past?
If youâ€™re ruthlessly honest, where in your life do you entertain thoughts of payback and revenge?
What do you fear that people might find out about you and how does that influence your decisions?
What are the external pressures in your life, and what do they suppress?
Seriously, if youâ€™ve answered all of these as honestly as you can, thatâ€™s an amazing thing, and youâ€™re probably wondering what to do with all that revelationâ€¦
Start by taking a deep breath, and then letâ€™s do some NPA…
OK, now youâ€™re going to use your answers to find, what we call in NPA, your cookie cutters. These are the connected keywords that, when you NPA them, loosen or free the grip of your inner spectre energy.
Iâ€™m going to break this down in two different ways. For those who know NPA and have some skills, and an â€˜easyâ€™ version for those that donâ€™t.
Instructions For NPA Veterans
- Treat each answer as a spew and find the most animated cookie cutter.
- List your 7 cookie cutters.
- Read the list out loud and then do an energy read to find your 8th â€˜inner spectreâ€™ cookie cutter.
- NPA each of the 8 cookie cutters in order
- Optional: do a flip for the whole sequence.
Instructions For NPA Newbies And Beginners
I highly recommend you â€˜treat each answer as a spewâ€™ as per the veteran instructions. You can learn how to do this with my NPAÂ Key Word Cheat Sheet for parking change, but if you donâ€™t yet know how to do that and you canâ€™t wait, then hereâ€™s what you can doâ€¦
Read or scan through your answers, then, looking at them, immediately complete the following sentence:
This is the energy of ________
(Use the the first thing that pops into your consciousness to complete the sentence)
Whatever you complete the sentence with can be used as your â€™inner spectre cookie cutterâ€™.
Use it to fill the blank in The NPA Process, and remember to say the all six lines out loud.
Be present to what you experience, whatever release, awareness – even if itâ€™s a nothingnessâ€¦
Show Some Love
Iâ€™d love to to hear what you experience doing this, so please let me know in the comments. And remember to grab my NPA Key Word Cheat Sheet, it will help you avoid the common mistakes I see people make all the time when it comes to finding their cookie cutter keywords and will help you make the most of these questions.
Also, if this helped you in any way, please pay it forward with a share!