Jimmy Henderson is a published South African non-fiction author. He is a long-standing member of AMORC (the Rosicrucian Order, which is involved in spiritual study) and has been a Lifeline counsellor and trainer for 25 years. He was also a part-time lecturer in Counseling withDamelinManagementSchooland a part-time trauma counsellor with ABSA for a number of years and is now an online facilitator with Metavarsity inCape Town.
He is the published author of three self-help books as well as many articles relating to emotional, psychological and spiritual wellness and regularly contributes to well-known South African magazines and local newspapers.
He was also a regular guest on LOTUS FM in Durbanover the past few years, answering questions on effective parenting and relationships, as well as dealing with teenage problems and suicide. He has also spoken on other radio stations on issues relating to his books (SAFM, Chai FM, Radio Al Alzaar, Radio today).
Special awards –Lifeline long service award -25 years
Rotary Community Service award
Jimmy has completed postgraduate studies in both philosophy and psychology and is now busy finalising his Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology with Unisa. His dissertation deals with the concept of ‘different worlds’ in which each person is said to create his or her own sense of reality.
We all presently function under the guise of a false sense of self or ‘ego’ formed by our experiences in this world. The ego is not who we really are, but is little more than an accumulation of self-awareness surrounded by a collection of self-centred thoughts and beliefs, doubts, fears and insecurities. Somewhere in the midst of all this clutter is still that oasis of pure consciousness (our true nature or authentic self) which sometimes reveals itself in moments of guidance, insight and intuition.
This self-limiting chatter from the ego is usually known as self-talk or mind-talk. However, I prefer the term ‘ego-voice’, which links it clearly back to our self-image and feelings of self-esteem. Put simply, the ego-voice is that which we are continually telling ourselves, and, unfortunately, in most challenging situations, usually takes the form of negative self-statements or beliefs. For example, ‘I will never accomplish this’, ‘I am not good enough’, or ‘I will never find anyone else’. This is not intuition, which originates on a far higher level than the ego. And when working with intuition, it will be important to distinguish between the ego–voice and true intuitive messages.
There are a few guidelines which will help you in this regard. For instance, the ego-voice is usually quite self-deprecating, loud and persistent, whereas true intuitions are constructive, more fleeting and gentle. Perhaps this can be better understood using the analogy of a fisherman. It requires years of practice and dedication in order to be successful at fishing. I have seen them standing patiently for long hours in the early hours of the morning. If you speak to them they always have a prior expectation and a high level of confidence that they will catch a fish. When the line has been cast, an experienced fisherman can tell the difference between the subtle nibble of a fish, the tugs or movements of the currents and being stuck in the rocks. A bite is fleeting and subtle, but still precise. The fisherman responds quickly and without thinking. It is only once the fish has been properly hooked that he or she will reel it in. Once the fish is landed, fishermen are always very happy and grateful for this gift of the sea.
Let us apply this analogy to our own attempts at working with intuition. It takes time to perfect our intuition (practice and dedication). Second, we should always reveal an expectation and full confidence that the intuition will be forthcoming. Third, we can learn to tell the difference between a true intuition, the ego-voice, or normal conscious thinking. A true intuition is also fleeting, transient, yet immediate and precise. There is no thinking involved. If it is in the form of an image, the impression will remain briefly even if our attention lapses for a moment, whereas an impression or image produced by an overactive imagination will disappear as soon as our attention is shifted. Any intuitive message should receive an immediate acknowledgement and expression of gratitude. This cements our relationship with our subconscious mind.
Controlling the ego-voice
Our intuition works best with a quiet and balanced state of mind. And the good news is that the chatter and mind-content that produces the ego-voice can be stilled and eventually cleared of negativity. This stillness comes from the rediscovery of our inner spiritual centre through the practice of meditation. And the ego-voice which tells us that we are a failure or that no-one cares can be directly challenged through counselling or the use of positive affirmations.
The book describes a visualisation technique which accesses the collective subconscious in search of information on God, mankind and a higher spiritual reality. It will make sense to those who are familiar with the processes of meditation and visualisation and provides a simple and powerful means of accessing inner knowledge. It also provides a wealth of knowledge and many insights on God, man, morality and our purpose in the universe.
Multi-Dimensional Thinking (Kima Global, 2007)
In this book the process of spiritual development is de-mystified by linking it to accepted scientific and psychological research as far as possible and viewing it in terms of a gradual learning curve which involves the completion of certain developmental tasks and the learning of new skills relating to thinking and perception. This process leads to a new enhanced state of self-actualization and fully conscious living which the author calls ‘Multi-Dimensional Thinking’.
In this regard, the book contains a series of exercises to deal first with important tasks such as overcoming obstacles to self-development, which include blocked emotions, self-defeating thoughts and beliefs and closed paradigms of thinking.
Second, it provides training in new skills designed to unleash the true creative power of the mind, building new levels of confidence, self-understanding and the development of latent psychic abilities.
Multi-Dimensional Perception (Kima Global 2010)
The book likens our present experience of life to that of a goldfish swimming in a bowl. The water represents our mind and present understanding of the world. Outside the bowl is the universe and what we understand as reality. However, the water is murky as the result of our jumbled-up thoughts and perceptions, painful memories and emotions, limiting beliefs and fears which so clog up our minds that we have only a dim view and cannot see things as they really are. Jimmy points out that we have become so accustomed to living in the bowl that we cannot even conceive of a larger world or universe out there, thus limiting our ability to dream and realise our true potential.
The book offers advanced processes to enable us to clear out the clutter (clean the murky water), raise our consciousness (poke our heads above the surface) and finally, shift our perception, view a new universe of mystery (seeing beyond the bowl) and finally, realise that we are not goldfish at all and simply climb out of the bowl. In this moment of awakening or absolute clarity, we radically alter our experience of ourselves, God and the universe.