Andrea Isaacs

Emotional Mastery Mentor, Coach

A pioneer in combining body wisdom and neuroscience, Andrea has a unique system that increases emotional intelligence (EQ). A keynote speaker, coach and trainer since 1994, she brings warmth, humor and new possibilities to life’s challenges. She’ll give you easy-to-use tips that can impact your life immediately with more ease, peace and joy in your personal and professional life.

As former artistic director of her own dance company, she has decades of experience in embodiment. Combining that with the Enneagram, she created EnneaMotion, using movement to embody any emotion. This inspired Somatic Focusing, her coaching method that efficiently and effectively increases EQ. Backed up by a brain lab research project, it brings wholeness and inner peace to the brain.

She has impacted thousands around the world with her “let’s get real” approach on issues of trust, integrity and respect.

An Enneagram expert, she’s been featured on dozens of summits including The Shift Network’s Global Enneagram and Body Intelligence Summits.

With her system, it’s easier to step outside your comfort zone when you’re ready to grow your business, begin, end or renew personal and professional relationships with a sense of wholeness, balance and joy.

Her virtual programs also increase EQ. Due to the popularity of her EQ quiz (EQQuiz.com), she’s been hosting webinars about quiz results. After receiving her quiz assessment, Carita Evatt wrote: “Andrea has an inner wish to lift up and support people to be more of what they can be — a larger version, a very beautiful version of themselves.”

She has been a faculty member for the Enneagram Institute since 1994, for the Humanity’s Team’s global program, “The Conscious Business Initiative” and EQ for Leaders Leaving a Legacy, bringing the neuroscience of change to the business world.

She has a passion to bring more joy to motivated, conscious, hard-working CEOs, entrepreneurs and coaches who are changing the world.

EMOTIONAL MASTERY FOR FREEDOM, CHOICE & IMPACT

In this webinar, our participants learned about three of the most powerful modalities for emotional mastery — the Enneagram, embodiment, and neuroscience — and how to use these modalities uniquely and holistically. Andrea shared her iconic “The Isaacs Method for Emotional Mastery” in the webinar and explained how to engage the body, heart, and brain to sustain profound and lasting change.

With The Isaacs Method for Emotional Mastery, you learn that you can choose your responses to life’s challenges because you know how to —

  • Expand your emotional capacity and flexibility,
  • Increase your emotional intelligence,
  • Make choices aligned with your heart’s desire,
  • Take action on your behalf, and
  • Navigate growth and change successfully

… and live as your best and highest self, no matter what.

Keynotes:

I was painfully shy. Are you shy/reserved?

  • Take a look back in your life. Think about those moments when you wanted to say something, and you held yourself back.
  • Holding yourself back from being “fully you” is one of the most painful things in life.

Being fully you

  • Being “fully you” does not mean expressing your anger or rage. Articulating yourself in a way that reflects and honors your best self is being fully you.
  • That’s how we change our lives and the world. These changes often lie outside our comfort zone. So, how to make stepping out of your comfort zone easier?
  • We have neural pathways for every thought, feeling, and action. For instance, you are not a swimmer. You don’t have a neural path for swimming. When you get trained to swim, you develop a neural pathway. 
  • Since childhood, we develop different neural pathways of doing things, including new ways of thinking and feeling.
  • If there’s something we want, a way of feeling, thinking, or being in the world that we haven’t done yet, there’s a lot of good reason. These early imprints, neural pathways, which we had as children, are much stronger.

How neural pathways are created. Why do we think change is difficult?

  • When a baby is born, he does not yet know what to expect from the world, treat or show up.
  • When you’re treated in a certain way and get these messages spoken or unspoken, it creates a neural pathway.
  • With time, the repeated neural pathways get stronger, and that’s why people understandably think change is difficult.

Creating a new neural pathway.

  • Ennea means nine in Greek, and gram is a diagram or drawing. The Enneagram is a geometric symbol that represents nine different personality styles. Each style has its unique strengths, styles, and predictable challenges.
  • We can embody different personality styles.
  • To stay present and not run away.
  • To soften the anger. 
  • Speaking with a presence that is kind, calm, connected, and curious.
  • Perhaps you can ask a question, have a conversation about what happened. Then get into a mutual understanding and see each other’s perspective. The situation can be solved and never have to happen again.
  • So, if you’re hurt or embarrassed or angry, causing the relationships to be challenged or maybe even to end. Instead, you can nurture and deepen that relationship.

Enneamotion

  • Using movement to explore and embody the Enneagram. 
  • The predictable shadows when they spiral down these emotional levels of health are being short-tempered, quick to get angry, and rage, the worst case.
  • If we don’t like something, we avoid it. We are scared of it. This really means we’re not in charge of it, and hence, we don’t let ourselves learn how to manage that energy.

Fast, firm, and direct – Anger is just energy

  • Many of us avoid feeling anger, assuming it might hurt someone or ourselves.
  • Anger is just energy. It happens to be a lot of energy, and we get to decide what to do with it. During this time, old neural pathways run to withdraw and shut down.

Ever felt to withdraw and shut down an emotion that you didn’t want to express?

  • Did you ever express your anger or pain in a way that didn’t really work? So, how to deal with it?
  • When you have emotional mastery, these challenges about expressing ourselves, over or under expressing when we’re hurt or angry, can actually be managed. 
  • No one likes the shadows of any personality style. None of them is helpful or nurtures a relationship. It doesn’t resolve the situation even if we underdo or overdo it.

Repetition 

  • When you get into a rhythm, you get into a feeling. So, whatever mantra or poem you create for yourself becomes a song in your head, just like that one song that you can’t get out of your head.
  • This feeling is uplifting and empowering, giving you the courage to be you.
  • The imprints of the things that are hard to change happened so long ago. It’s useful to have compassion for yourself and to say there’s a good reason. And that pattern serves you well when you are young.
  • You feel a threat if you don’t give yourself compassion. It’s necessary to acknowledge and thank yourself for taking care of yourself. 
  • As we go back to that early imprint, we create an antidote.

Creating antidote

  • Imagine being bitten by a snake. There’s an antidote that has some amount of venom that saves your life. The old flu vaccine had a flu virus in it. With this metaphor in mind, we all have our own very unique emotional venom. 
  • We’re all unique individuals. We’re all treated differently in our childhood. Go back to those early imprints. And for just a moment, we have the coachee feel emotional pain, the emotional venom. Then guide them, shifting their energy into the body, into what the body longs for. 
  • We temporarily bypass their thinking mind. When the coachee bypasses his/her thinking mind for a moment, the body finds a deeper longing. And then we anchor it. 
  • We anchor it twice – 
    • In the body with that mood drop – whatever your body wants to do and then have body inform the mind about a mantra that you can say and has the same intention 
    • When you have a word or phrase or a mantra and a body position that both carry the same intention, it is powerful enough to create a new neural pathway. This pathway supports who you want to be. Your body believes that you are safe now and more willing to let you embody a new way of being.

Practice the mantra/word/phrase when you don’t need it.

  • Every time you practice your mantra, it gets stronger. You get to choose which neural pathway you train
  • When the same old emotion takes charge and starts running:
    • You may anticipate the challenge. You can say your mantra/phrase. Then your brain remembers the neural pathway and energizes the pathway. Your comfort zone gets bigger. 
    • You may not anticipate when someone or something pushes your buttons. Anything unexpected can happen, and we’re prepared. As soon as we figure that something triggered us, we can shift the energy into our body and respond differently.
    • Train, strengthen, practice to expand your comfort zone. Higher will takes over whenever you face something unexpected. And you just do the right thing with no effort. The lower will is in your comfort zone. And higher the will is, you respond differently.

Are mantras the same as affirmations?

  • It’s always connected to the body’s felt sense. Embodying the emotions you long for is really powerful in creating and strengthening a neural pathway.
  • Hence, the mantras and affirmations are not the same unless they are embodied.
  • When you manage emotions, your relationships can be nurtured and not challenged.

We’re all leaders in some way. This way, we can lead better.

  • As a leader, it’s useful to know that we’re not all the same. When we understand the perspective and personality styles of those we lead, it becomes easier to be on the same page.
  • It’s easier to give feedback to someone in a way they most like to hear.

It’s an emotional whammy: Self-management

  • Emotional Mastery is like an umbrella. Self-awareness is the first step towards emotional mastery.
  • When we have disturbing emotions that don’t serve our highest good, are whammy.
  • If we don’t know how to manage or shift these whammies, then our whammies are driving us. The whammy is the driver of our life path. And it’s not going to take us where we want.
  • That’s how we do self-management. By learning to be the master of our own emotions. And it does improve our social skills.

What if an old emotion like feeling defeated from some old experience left someone with a physical mark like a bent back or neck?

  • Sometimes it does mean you’ll stop going for your dreams. And it can also stop us from knowing what our dream is.
  • My thoughts, actions, and feelings are aligned.

📣 A BIG shoutout to Andrea Isaacs for sharing such profound tools on emotional mastery with our participants. ❤️ Watch the entire video to know more in detail about the Enneagram, emotional mastery practices, an insightful Q&A, and more. 

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