“When we see where our performance comes from we can let go of personal preferences and just enjoy the experience.”
Denise starts off this Nine Live episode exploring “Preferences”, observing how on some days she can have lots of thinking around how her day should pan out, how her children should behave, how the sessions with her clients should go, looking at her own preferences around her looks. She is pondering what life would be like without those preferences, asking herself what would happen if they were to drop away.
“There is a space before preferences which is so pure, so beautiful, it’s pure consciousness. That place of innocence.”
Denise being a performance coach to athletes realises that most athletes have a preference to win, they prefer to play well, however before that preference there is this beautiful soul place, that takes us right into the moment, where there is no need to get over our thinking, helping us get back to our true self, allowing us to jump the boundaries of time, space and matter. She realises it’s only possible to not have preferences when she touches that space, this pure consciousness, the space before the form, before our experience is brought to use via the three principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness.
She sees that preferences are just thoughts which we’re not conscious of most of the time, preferences are personal compared to the impersonal nature of life. Seeing this allows us not to take anyone’s behaviour personally or react to it, seeing the illusory nature of it.
In terms of sport this means not having anything on the game, just creating for the joy of creating. She calls it going beyond the performance zone. Not needing to force anything, and being aligned with that space allows athletes to have access to data which they can wisely use which helps with their performance in the moment. In that space you just know what move to make and in what direction to go. When you play sports from that place, you can have so much fun, you can create the impossible, anything can come through your body which you would have never thought possible, it’s beyond limitation. That’s the missing link for Denise in sports performance, she has no doubt about it.