of Personal Brilliance
Aureal Williams. BSN,
In an instant,
we recognize the dreamy, intuitive, water personality, the abstract
thinking, spacey air personality, the grounded, practical, "just
the facts" earth type, and the dramatic, true believer, fire
personality. Empedocles, a Greek philosopher from the Fifth Century,
BC, is the first documented writer to associate these four basic
"roots," as he called them, to the human experience. Some
2500 years later, Jim Canterucci brings this knowing into a new
framework of Personal Brilliance for maximizing human potential.
In the elements of Jim Canterucci's Personal Brilliance, Awareness
equates with the element of water, Curiosity with air, Focus with
earth and Initiative with fire.
the elemental core of each Personal Brilliance catalyst helps a
person own the energy as an organic, inner experience, an innate
part of his or her being. The added perspective of elemental quality
amplifies the depth of the challenges we face when manifesting the
Personal Brilliance catalysts into everyday habits. The Personal
Brilliance Advisor can help the client grasp her basic signature
by noticing which Personal Brilliance catalyst, or element, she
over uses and which catalyst she tends to avoid. Understanding his
elemental nature, a client can see the life challenge for what it
is and move through core blockages associated with integrating the
particular brilliance of that catalyst.
You can find
out how brilliant you already are by taking the online Personal
Brilliance Quotient (PBQ) at www.MyPersonalBrilliance.com.
This quick, online assessment gives you a picture and description
of how you interact with the four catalysts.
A closer look
at each of the Personal Brilliance catalyst/element associations
relates to water - About awareness, Jim Canterucci writes,
"Your mind and body have built-in sensors that give you an
incredible capacity to take in information, sort and process it
and either store or delete it. Water, representing the qualities
of intuition and inner wisdom, permeates, saturates and refreshes
us. An object has to be specially treated to be water-resistant.
Our intuitive self, therefore, is an information sponge. In a flash,
we know if there is connection and this first hit tells us if it
is worthwhile to absorb more or move on.
Jim also writes
that awareness is about being alive. We have life on planet earth
because of water; this element is the very fluid of life, externally
for life sustenance and internally, for life awareness. The natural
element of water, and its corresponding capacity of awareness, allows
us to stay fluid with the potency of each present moment - it keeps
our boat afloat.
Curiosity relates to air - In the Personal Brilliance chapters
on curiosity, Jim Canterucci writes, "In terms of innovation,
questions come in two basic forms - wonder and doubt." These
two words describe a full spectrum of the element of air.
Wonder is like
magic. We are intrigued to explore beyond what is visible to the
naked eye. How does that work? How does that happen? If I take it
this far, what happens next? All of these questions pertain to the
wonder spectrum of curiosity, or air element. With this catalyst,
something resonates an inner possibility process and we want to
take it a step further; we want to investigate and learn more.
a counterpoint to wonder on the spectrum of curiosity. Here, we
do not take another's word for something; we check it out for ourselves.
The quality of doubt, as it relates to curiosity and the air element
propels us into our own inner authority as we explore what has been
said, done, or denied. As Jim writes in Personal Brilliance, doubt
propels many discoveries and inventions. With curiosity and the
element of air, we see beyond existing form and into what may be
possible, if we only explore.
effect relates to when the flapping wings of a butterfly in Brazil
sends a breeze through the atmospheric currents and affect the weather
in Texas. Air, as natural element, connects our planet in a unified
experience as it swirls currents across continents. Therefore, too,
do the currents of air, as inner experience, connect us to the whole.
The air that swirls the currents of curiosity leads each of us to
explore those key pieces, whether through wonder or doubt, of our
contribution to the whole of life on earth.
to earth - How do we ground what surfaces through awareness and
curiosity? How do we choose what gives our life substance? These
are questions for earth, or focus, energy. Focus represents holding
a possibility close to heart, to give it life.
or earth energy, equals an unconditional embrace. What is possible
here, what wants to take form, or be reformed? As Jim writes in
Personal Brilliance, Focus provides a 360-degree view. With this
wide lens angle, we learn how to create form out of the formless.
This capacity takes patience. While the intuitive awareness of water
is instant and the curiosity factor of air is like quicksilver,
earth energy is slow, as eons of geological change demonstrate.
To have focus one must have the patience and stamina to embrace
the potential as long as it takes to birth something and make it
relates to fire - It is fire that combusts inertia into action.
Love, energy, belief, and courage are all aspects of the element
of fire. To take initiative on that which is ours to do requires
all of these capacities.
In the Personal
Brilliance chapters on Initiative, Jim writes, "Pursuing a
goal that's in conflict with your value system is kind of like trying
to squeeze your feet into shoes that are a size too small."
We cannot get very far if our shoes do not fit and lack of alignment
between what we do and what we believe does not propel us forward,
either. When we do not believe in what we are doing,
inertia and, sometimes, procrastination show up instead of action.
also relates to self-esteem and when we lack self-value, we tend
to disbelieve ourselves. In these cases, fear and worry take over.
As Jim writes in Personal Brilliance, fear and worry are detriments
to initiative. We cannot do what we do not believe. Fire represents
the burning passions of our lives, what fuels us, as in the Ayurvedic
understanding of fire in the belly, the Agni that helps us digest
Excesses & Deficiencies
In the application
of elemental theory, there is a perspective of looking at the personality
through the lens of excess or deficiency within each element. This
approach is used extensively in the elemental theory of Chinese
medicine, and it can be of benefit to Personal Brilliance Advisors
too, when working with clients to achieve full capacity living.
table represents examples of excesses and deficiencies related to
the elemental component of each Personal Brilliance catalyst.
discomfort with emotional expression; resists introspection;
foreign to intuitive experience; over-influenced by others
easily distracted from task at hand; whiney; stuck in the
responsive, personal boundaries clear and firm; strong self-knowledge.
to consider other perspectives, other options; mind closed;
flights of fancy; only abstract thinking, avoids concrete thinking
communicate in reciprocal exchanges - like the breath, in and
out; capacity to imagine the future while staying current with
the present reality.
to exercise and money management; not grounded in life's practicalities;
cloudy, confused; lack of discernment
approach to exercise; stringent money management - nothing frivolous;
has to see to believe.
adaptable, accomplishing; patient, tolerant.
creative expression; shy to a fault; low self-esteem; lack of
personal faith; fear and worry.
dramatic; rageful; unforgiving; demanding; irritable; arrogant
artistic, inclusive, gracious, appreciative. Fulfilling.