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Come è nato e a cosa serve il Framework NIS.

NIS: introduction to the Framework
what is it, and which is its purpose.

The NIS (Neurodynamic Information Science) Framework is a work environment created to facilitate the Empowerment of Human Resources and to enhance Personal Development, Mindfulness and Awareness. It was created by Andrea Mele Motta, Italian entrepreneur and business coach, founder of Thinqua® and co-founder of Ati Group (Ati Formazione srl, Ati Payroll -Professional Payroll srl-, Ati Comunicazione srl, SIAL srl).

In the NIS Framework our Identity, i.e. the person we deeply and truly are , is dynamic, and is made up of a set of information that defines us and that can be modified at any stage of our life. It is our identity, i.e. this set of information, that determines our actions, that is, our success or our failure.

All that we are, and therefore all that we obtain, is only a matter of information:
• change the information that "runs" in your brain and change your identity
• change your identity and change your actions
• change your actions and determine your success or failure.

Your success is all about information "running" in your brain. This vision of personal Empowerment, based on the remodulation of that information that defines us, is certainly not new; but using the NIS Framework you can easily determine:
• what information needs to be changed to achieve a specific goal in your life
• what experience you must live/avoid to modify this information in a way consistent with your goal
• at what level of your identity does this information operate and why eventually it is so difficult to change it
• at what level of Mindfulness and Awareness you are.

NIS is a very elegant, simple and powerful framework, because it can complete all these tasks using only 4 schemes:
• the Pyramid
• the Battery
• the List
• the Circle

There is not a more consistent way to start or improve the Mindfulness and Awareness process, to learn how to become the person you have always wanted to be, to access the life you have always wanted to live, than to use the work environment and techniques offered by the NIS Framework.

Read the insights on the individual NIS schemes (The Pyramid, The Battery, The List, the Circle) to understand how the NIS Framework works and to verify for yourself that its power and simplicity make it the most consistent tool to drive you to the top level of your Personal Development.

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1.NIS: the Pyramid
what is it, what it symbolizes.
The Pyramid is the first scheme of the NIS Framework. It is the beginning of everything, of every process that is generated in our mind.

The NIS Framework is based on an original hypothesis: the survival instinct that "supervises" all our actions to ensure the survival of our organism, and that determines the action itself when it deems it necessary, acts in parallel and with the same dynamics to protect the "life" of our mind, i.e. the set of information that identifies us (our Identity).

In the NIS Framework, the natural dynamics of survival, and everything that follows, are extended to the mental "life" of the individual, with important and surprising consequences.

Our survival instinct "supervises" and takes control not only when it must guarantee the survival of our organism, but also when it must guarantee the survival of our identity.

The dynamics set in motion by the survival instinct emerge and regulate our functioning in those experiences that threaten the survival of our body, as well as in those experiences that threaten the survival of our identity. This unification has a huge impact on the effectiveness and power of the NIS Framework.

The Pyramid represents not only the unconscious Director of our actions, i.e. the need to guarantee the survival of our body and our Identity, but also the engines that this Director uses to move things in the direction of survival: emotions.

In particular, the Survival instinct uses 2 emotions to guarantee survival, precisely:
  • Fear
  • Compassion

These are the 2 emotions that we unconsciously stimulate in others when we feel threatened, both physically and in our Identity, to gain control and guarantee survival, at every level of our existence.

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2.NIS: the Battery
what is it, what it symbolizes.
Question: when does our survival instinct change its role,  from Supervisor to Director, does it take control, and automatically decide our actions and our behavior, without we realize it?

Easy answer: when it perceives a threat to our survival.

The Ego is our survival instinct that takes on the role of Director when it perceives a threat .

When do we perceive something as a threat to our survival?

Well, we perceive anything as a threat to our survival when we believe we do not have the resources to be able to face it with sufficient guarantees of success. Jumping from one bank to another of a 2 meter wide ravine is a threat to our survival if we are not athletes, that is, if we do not have the necessary resources to successfully face this experience. On the other hand, if we have the necessary resources, if we are Olympic long jump champions, jumping from one side of the ravine to the other does not pose a threat to our survival; it is indeed an opportunity to demonstrate our value.

The perception of a threat to our survival is always connected to the lack of specific resources necessary to face it; in the example, the lack of training and a successful long jump experience.

The lack of resources is a negative information encoded in our brain as a memory of an experience lived with a negative result or not lived at all. In both cases our brain has coded a lack of resources related to that experience. In the first case, it may also have coded a trauma associated with that experience.

In front of the ravine our survival instinct Supervisor interrogates its database to verify which information is encoded:
• if the memory of the Olympic long jump champion is coded, it does not take control, remains on standby in the role of Supervisor, and lets the action to be conducted by our conscious side
• if the memory of null resources or of a trauma is coded, it takes control and acts, it activates itself in the role of Director, preventing our conscious part to take action.

With the Pyramid we learned that the same Supervisor / Director dynamic is exercised at all levels of our existence: our survival is also guaranteed at the level of our Identity. The threat to our survival is not only represented by the ravine and the like, but also by anything that interfaces with our identity if it lacks positive coded memories, that is, inner resources.

What are these positive coded memories, these inner resources?

They are the positive feedbacks we receive, the "YES" to our identity; they are the acceptance and awarding of our identity, i.e. of that set of information that defines us.

The Battery represents the level of resources of our identity; different levels of resources correspond to different "states" of operation.
These "states" of operation define our behavior, the emotions we experience and our performance. In the 2 lower states our survival instinct is the Director (Low Brain); in the 2 higher states it is  the Supervisor (High Brain) for the most of the time. In the 1st higher state, the state of Glory, Mindfulness, or maximum performance, is experienced: we exist only in the present, we perceive every detail, simultaneously and neatly, the mind is empty and is 100% focused on the action we are carrying out .

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3.NIS: the List
what is it, what it symbolizes.

Our identity is a set of information that defines us.

This information is encoded in an INPUT / OUTPUT association: to each stimulus we receive (INPUT), be it a word, the vision of something, an experience we live, etc, we produce a reaction (OUTPUT). The reaction can be an emotion, a word, an action that we implement, etc.

The reaction, the OUTPUT, is not accidental, but is determined by the person we are, or by that information that identifies us.

Specifically, the OUTPUT we produce is modulated on the memory that has been encoded relative to the reference INPUT (positive memory, zero memory, negative memory).

If a positive memory has been encoded with respect to the INPUT, for example we are faced with a ravine that we must overcome (INPUT) and we are Olympic long jump champions (positive encoded memory), then the OUTPUT will be a good or an excellent performance.

If instead a negative memory has been coded with respect to the INPUT, for example we are faced with a ravine that we have to overcome (INPUT) and as children we fell into a ravine breaking the basin, remaining for a long time in the hospital, having to make a long rehabilitation and developing over time a phobia for the void (coded negative memory), then the OUTPUT will be a bad performance, for example we will run away from that situation, or we will find ourselves in great discomfort, or we will become aggressive, or pathetic, etc.

The List represents the table of these INPUT / OUTPUT relationships that distinguish each of us; the List is our Identity.

Our Identity is a long and very detailed list of relations between INPUT and OUTPUT; the modulating element of these relationships is the Battery: for each of the INPUT / OUTPUT relationships that make up our Identity there is a Battery that describes its resources, that is, which describes what type of memory, positive or negative, is coded in our brain with respect to the INPUT, and therefore what kind of OUTPUT we can produce for that INPUT.

It is essential to be aware of the meaning that the List and the Battery represent: we cannot produce any positive performance, or be successful, within an INPUT / OUTPUT relationship whose Battery is discharged, or modulated by coded negative memories. The OUTPUT in that case, i.e. our performance, will always be poor.

Success, in any area of life, is not a matter of luck at all. It is a question of which INPUT / OUTPUT relationships are involved in achieving our goal, and which Batteries modulate these relationships. There is only one way to be successful: to have charged batteries that modulate the INPUT / OUTPUT relationships involved in achieving our goal.

The Thinqua® courses, and the Empowerment techniques derived from the NIS Framework, serve this purpose: learning how to write down your List, learning how to associate each Battery with its INPUT / OUTPUT relationship, and above all learning to "replace" discharged Batteries with charged Batteries , without the need to code new positive memories through real experience.

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4.NIS: the Circle
what is it, what it symbolizes.
For any process that we elaborate, it can be a thought, the answer to a question, the emotional reaction to an experience, an action that we implement, etc., there is an INPUT / OUTPUT association and a relative Battery in the List that describes its status of resources (Battery full / Battery low). The Battery charge level determines how we elaborate the process, i.e. determines its output, but it also determines the state of Awareness that we have with respect to the process itself.

When the Battery relating to an INPUT / OUTPUT association in the List is totally discharged, we are in a state of Insecurity, since the lack of resources related to that INPUT prevents us from voluntarily controlling the OUTPUT in the direction of survival; the lack of conscious control over the OUTPUT produces Insecurity (I'm not consciously sure I can survive = Insecurity).

When we approach an experience for the first time we do not have resources related to the INPUT / OUTPUT associations involved in that experience, the Batteries are discharged, and therefore we are in a state of insecurity. This is completely normal; it is a consolation to know that it is quite normal to feel insecure about something we have never done!

Any process begins with insecurity; if we don't want to experience this feeling we can never start something new, we can never change.

If we pass the phase of Insecurity, if we do not give up and move forward, we start developing some resources, that is, we start charging the Batteries with positive feedback. These initial positive feedbacks are so satisfactory that we are passionate about what we are doing, and we go from the Insecurity phase to the Passion phase. In both phases, albeit in a decreasing way, our survival instinct is still the Director, and we are not Conscious, that is, we do not consciously control our words, our reactions, our intentions, etc.

If we do not abandon what we are doing but we go forward (the reasons that drive us to abandon or to continue are the result of the relationship between the desired Identity and the available resources) we make a leap in our functioning: we have charged the Batteries with positive Feedback enough to move from the Passion phase to the Clarity phase, the first step to Awareness. It is a phase in which, unless we perceive a very great threat to our Identity, our survival instinct remains on standby in the role of Supervisor, and we have conscious control of ourselves. We can, for the first time, control the words we say in real time, choose what reaction to have, what behavior to adopt, etc. It is a phase of great performance. In this phase it is already possible to experience Mindfulness. . It is possible to have a very charged battery, to be aware for most of the time, and to remain in this phase of Clarity for the rest of our existence. This phase is dangerous for our personal development, because it leads to the mistake that we have "arrived", that there is nothing more to elaborate and improve, that we have all the resources we need, but it is not so. It is the phase in which the survival instinct passes from the role of Supervisor to that of Director in a silent way, enough to lead us to believe that we are always in control. In this phase, we manage to remain lucid even when the survival instinct takes on the role of Director. It is essential at this stage to use the NIS Framework to identify those actions, words and behaviors whose Director is the survival instinct, i.e. our Ego, although in the mode of execution such actions, words, and behaviors would seem operated in full Awareness.

If we manage to go beyond the Ego, i.e. beyond the survival instinct still ready to take on the role of Director when it perceives threats to our Identity, then we enter the last stage of our personal development, the most elevated functional level which we can access: the phase of Wisdom. Only in this phase we are truly aware and free from the influence of our survival instinct.

The Circle describes the path that leads us from unawareness to Wisdom: the power of the Circle is that at the apex of Wisdom we return where we were at the maximum level of Insecurity. Since at each stage of advancement on the Circle correspond behaviors, values, needs / goals, very defined and common to every human being, the Circle tells us that at the peak of our Wisdom we return to adopt those behaviors, to have those needs and those values that we had at the beginning of our journey. With a huge difference: at the beginning of our journey those behaviors, those needs and values were the expression of a lack; we could not be anything else than that. At the end of our journey, those behaviors, those needs and values are the expression of fullness; we don't need anymore to be anything but that.

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NIS: conclusions
application examples of the framework

The 4 schemes of the NIS Framework lead to interesting conclusions. For example, they consistently and clearly describe the dynamics of self-sabotage.

If we act within an INPUT / OUTPUT association whose Battery is discharged, our survival instinct assumes the role of Director, in order to guarantee the survival of our identity, that is, of that INPUT / OUTPUT association. The survival instinct is a primitive function of the low brain, it does not have the ability to interpret, it does not have the ability to evaluate whether what it must defend, that is, the INPUT / OUTPUT association in question, is an association worthy of being defended, saved , guaranteed, or not. If the Battery that describes this association is discharged, the survival instinct is activated, and defends the information contained in that INPUT / OUTPUT association at any cost, whatever it may be.

Thus, if for example for the INPUT "to be successful" the OUTPUT is "no", because we have followed models that have not transferred confidence in ourselves, in life, in the possibility of being happy, or that have even submitted us and made us passive, our Battery is discharged for that INPUT / OUTPUT association. Whenever, therefore, we find ourselves in situations in which the item "success" is questioned in our List (possibility of a new job we like, possibility to achieve an important goal, etc.), our survival instinct is activated. And it activates itself to do only one thing: to protect our identity, that is to protect the information encoded under "success".

Since the coded information is: "no", "impossible", "I am not the one who can be happy", etc., our survival instinct guarantees the survival of this information. That is, our survival instinct, which is controlling our actions and behaviors, makes us saying things, making choices, taking actions, etc., which inevitably entail our failure. Because this is what is written in our identity, and our survival instinct can’t do anything but protecting this identity, that is, it can only realize it at any cost.

Although it seems to us that we are doing everything to achieve the success we desire, we are unknowingly instead implementing small corrective measures that allow us to fail, that is, that allow our survival instinct to protect the life of that information encoded in our List. This is self sabotage.

We cannot get rich until our list says that we are losers; we cannot have the partner of our dreams until our list says that we are not attractive; we cannot play tennis well until our list says that we are not sports types, and so on. We cannot achieve any goal that is contrary to the information encoded in our List, because in that case our survival instinct intervenes to produce a self-sabotage.

The survival instinct is a proven mechanism, it has existed for millions of years, and is infallible! We cannot beat it, we must exploit it.

We need to recode that information that prevents us from reaching our goals; we must write a List that is consistent with our goals; then our survival instinct becomes our best ally, because it does everything not to allow anything and anybody to undermine the existence of that information, or to prevent us from reaching our goals.

The excellent news is that, regardless of our past, we can now rewrite any information encoded in our List.

Success is a positively recoded INPUT / OUTPUT association whose material realization is guaranteed by the survival instinct!

With equal clarity and consistency, the NIS Framework describes other dynamics, including, by way of example:
  • systematically meeting with problematic friends / partners
  • suffer aggression, be aggressive
  • not being able to say "no" and feeling overwhelmed by events
  • be very critical of others
  • not be conclusive, start a thousand things without finishing them
  • not being able to express our ideas
  • have the impression that others speak badly of us behind us
  • always try to prove our worth
  • be afraid of making mistakes

If you are interested in learning more about the original techniques of the NIS Framework to recode the information written in your List, visit the section dedicated to Thinqua® Courses.
If you are still not sure you want to invest in Thinqua® courses, we invite you to purchase one of the books published by Thinqua® to deepen your knowledge of the NIS Framework.

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