Transformation is a precise discipline.
Psychology and Philosophy are disciplines…I see Transformation as a discipline too.
The fact that Transformation is ‘new’ to many people it has a tendency to be completely misunderstood. That misunderstanding is not exclusive to Transformation. It happens with a lot of new disciplines.
When I was being taught NLP by Richard Bandler, the co-creator of NLP, he stated that when he walked into a bookshop and picked up a book on NLP written by someone he had never heard of he said in the majority of times, it either repeated what he had written, or it bared NO relation to NLP whatsoever. Bandler didn’t recognise it as ‘NLP’.
When people first began hearing about Cybernetics, it was assumed to be about a branch of engineering or Robotics.
There lies the challenge.
People try to grasp a subject in terms already familiar with them.
“When a thing is new, people say: ‘It is not true.’
Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: ‘It is not important.’
Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: ‘Anyway, it is not new.”
~ William James
Transformation is a discipline that explores the nature of Being. Transformation takes place personally, collectively, in a business or personal relationship.
It is a discipline devoted to change, augmentation, enhancement, growth (intellectually and spiritually), possibility and to accomplishment.
Transformation is the ultimate Change of Change!
One has to remember, and indeed live by, one very simple tenet: “One creates from nothing. If you try to create from something you are just changing something. So in order to create something you first have to be able to create nothing.”
We use the word "transformation" to name a distinct discipline. Just as psychology, sociology, and philosophy are disciplines, so too we see transformation as a distinct discipline, a body of knowledge, and a field of exploration. I should add that because the discipline of transformation is brand new, it's likely to be misunderstood—something that happens to a lot of new disciplines. At the beginning of the study of cybernetics, for example, people didn't know what cybernetics was. They assumed it was a branch of Robotics, engineering or mathematics. People tried to grasp it in terms already familiar to them. Eventually, however, it became clear that interpreting cybernetics as a branch of anything actually missed the whole point of cybernetics.
From our perspective, the same situation is now true of transformation. Most people attempt to understand our work in terms of psychology, philosophy, sociology, or theology. While it is true that almost anything can be analyzed from those perspectives, none of those disciplines is our work. Each can provide a certain perspective on our work, but none of them is the work. Fundamentally, transformation is a discipline which explores the nature of Being. Less fundamentally, but still pretty accurately, we would say it is a discipline devoted to possibility and to accomplishment, in the sense of the source of accomplishment.