Welcome to the Thirdofeight Institute, a personal development community that helps individuals who seek to recognize, develop, and achieve deeper purpose in their life.
At the Institute, we believe we are all children of God who deserve to feel loved. We can grow in peace and power through healing our wounds, learning truth, cultivating our curiosity, practicing new habits, developing new and healthy appetites, and engaging with these wholesome desires.
While the principles we incorporate are universal, each student receives a customized but fluid prescription to allow the practices taught to match their unique identity and background. Through our community of mentors and resources, we help students learn and apply truths by teaching to the immediate needs of their devloping motivations and skills.
Curiosity is the driving force of creativity and the defining spirit of childhood. The trauma of adulthood often gets in the way by placing unnecessary limitations on our beliefs, abilities, and talents. It can incorrectly define us in dogmatic and incomplete ways. These learned behaviors prevent us from recognizing, cultivating, and attaining our true potential. As we cultivate curiosity, we are more able to grow beyond our present limitations.
Trauma hurts us, and is a result of destructive experiences. When this happens to us, we can have a hard time healing from its effects. Trauma is a barrier to the learning process, as it manifests as a myriad of false beliefs that we carry around within our bodies and minds. We help students understand and break down these barriers.
We learn to navigate the world by coming to understand the rules and laws that govern it. As we learn to master these principles, we gain power within ourselves to act and not be acted upon. We teach students eternal truths with the understanding that that when grasped and applied, truth provides a sure map to better ourselves, and in turn, the world around us.
Sometimes students have trouble integrating themselves into society. In this case, we provide means to help them with a variety of routines that will help them adapt and feel more comfortable. Certain routines might be essential to a student who is attempting to build up confidence, self respect, and civility in an unpredictable and unsteady world. We promote practices of patience, cleanliness, responsibility, reliability, and self reliance.
One of the signs of a free, curious, and motivated mind is in engaging in the process of creativity. We provide guidance and instruction for students who wish to do this. They gain competence through a process of learning and applying with a proprietary system we have developed; we teach principles and provide opportunities to integrate those skills. Story plays a pivotal role in teaching and helping students development their creative potential.
Trauma is the result of intense damaging experiences that leave us embedded with false beliefs. Resolving trauma is a tricky business. The most important factor in resolving trauma is recognition by the survivor of their unhealthy condition, how he got there, and the desire to overcome it.
We engage with clinical practices and practitioners who help our students in navigating these issues. We also have resources that can provide help and opportunities for those who might not be in a position to pay for a professional therapist. Mentors help students find their way through this space.
We help students become familiar with routines which will help them increase their self-reliance, reliability, and self control. We also help them with transitions by setting predictable and repeatable expectations. This training helps them maintain the positive personal qualities routines might offer.
These routines might be spiritual, physical, intellectual, or emotional. We can help them develop skills in many areas and arenas of life, including those of educational fundamentals, personal finance, employment, exercise and nutrition, hygiene, and personal dress and expression, and finding and pursuing one's life purpose.
The routines and transitions we prescribe to students are determined by the goals the student establishes for themselves. We can assist anyone who might need extra help establishing healthy regimens for themselves so that they might be enabled to achieve their long term goals.
We train students to tap and expand their inborn creative potential through a carefully designed system built on the ideas of infinite individual value and unique personal vision. Each student's path is adjusted to their distinctive goals, aims, and ambitions. Mentors help students establish and articulate their goals. We then use a variety of classes, discussions, categorizations, theory, and work opportunities to help bring these ambitions about.
Thirdofeight Institute is made up of a growing network of individuals who have walked the path we advocate. Whether it be in personal healing, routines and transitions, or tapping and expressing personal creativity, we see each member of our community as the embodiment of our ideals. As members master themselves, they tend to seek to assist those around them who are less fortunate, and we help them do this.
Upon enrollment, at least one mentor is connected to each student. As the student engages with him or her, this personal life coach of sorts is intended to serve the purpose of a student's first line of defense, information, and access to the resources of the institute. The mentor has the privilege of assessing and assisting the student in prescribing a starter curriculum, and to take an active role in facilitating and monitoring as it begin to play out in the life of the student.
As the achievements and needs of the student change and develop, the number and role of mentors in a student's life can multiply or shrink. This will be a function of the needs and desires of both the student and the mentors involved. As they follow the curriculum, it is our hope that students will be given access to all the resources and opportunities required to help them succeed.
Once a week we hold informal video conference calls for each specific area of study, whether for trauma, finishing school, or creativity. They are typically on Sundays, and are made up of the vested parties in each arena. Students are invited to participate, both as listeners and contributors.
We have introductions, invite questions, share what we're currently working on, discuss unique needs, as well as share stories and talk about the various relevant principles that help us all succeed.
Avenues for Inspiration, Motivation, and Application
The institute operates and hosts an array of events, market places, performance opportunities, and gallery venues for students to apply what they are learning and heighten their expectations and standards. These venues provide real world opportunities to incorporate the knowledge and skills they learn and/or products and services they create into functioning society and the economy at large.
One of these venues is a fully functional old-time fantasy marketplace. We also have open mic night, feasts, high teas, as well as an ongoing temporary outdoor garden gallery for painters, sculptors, and traditional artists.