Our Beginning...By Lynn Sumida
Miruspoint® Facilitators Inc., was created in 2005, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada but the impetus for it came years before, from a search to find what we joked about as the "Holy Grail" - the key to people profoundly transforming their lives. Steve Davis, Donn Smith and I regularly saw people, in our private practices, sabotaging themselves over and over again; taking one step forward and two back and making unbearably slow progress. For many years we searched for techniques and strategies that would do more than change a person’s behaviour. We wanted to help people fundamentally shift how they saw themselves, their lives and their futures; to create a process that would really allow people to free themselves of the baggage of the past and fears of the future. Donn Smith, and his personal journey, was instrumental in discovering key elements that became part of the Prime Potential® process. I am very grateful to have collaborated with him and appreciate his significant contributions.
The process Prime Potential® is the result of 25 years of searching and hard won knowledge, and Miruspoint® Facilitators Inc., was created to bring this profound process to the world. Since its inauguration, the additional programs of Family Evolution® and Unfolding Life Purpose® have been developed, each program expanding on the foundation established by Prime Potential® and allowing for deeper and more expansive integration.
In addition to these programs, a Facilitators Training Program was created by Steve Davis and myself, to share the Prime Potential® process with other professionals. This training includes all the foundational theory and innovative technology that contributes to Prime Potential®, as well as instruction on guiding people through the four-session process. We have trained counsellors, therapists, coaches, consultants and body workers from Canada, the United States, England and Australia.
Steve Davis was instrumental in developing the training program and loved teaching it with me. It is with great regret that his passing in 2008 no longer allows for his contribution in the training. His legacy lives on with this work and the contribution it makes in the world. We are proud to include a Tribute to Steve Davis as we continue the work which we began together.
Miruspoint®’s mission in the world is to support people’s ability to live from the “place of all potential.” Unleashing the potential we each have can transform our relationships, work, communities, and society at large. It represents a fundamental shift in being, and opens the door for greatness. It encompasses being in the flow of life and tapped into the universal energy that is available to us all. Our fundamental belief is that everyone can live lives filled with “miracles.”
Miruspoint’s® vision is to unleash every human being’s potential to live vibrant lives filled with joy, peace, and meaningful contribution.
The People at
miruspoint® Facilitators Inc.
Lynn Sumida, MSW, RSWPresident & Director of Training
As President of miruspoint Facilitators Inc., and in her roles of Facilitator and Director of Training, Lynn is committed to bringing more light into this world. She embodies a unique blend of compassionate insight and pragmatic wisdom as she draws upon her wide-ranging experience in the worlds of counselling, consulting, training and management. Lynn's extensive background in the field of social work, thirty years in private practice and extensive experience training other professionals in North America and abroad, gives her a wealth of knowledge to draw upon in her varied roles of leadership.
Lynn's early experience in social work were in the fields of health, education and mental health. In her private practice she specialized in working with sexual abuse, trauma/loss and relationship issues. As a trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, she incorporated these tools into her work with victims of trauma which culminated in the development a model for healing trauma and abuse called Coming Full Circle. This work with trauma and abuse had a profound and indelible impact on the development of Prime Potential®.
Being a Senior Faculty for the William Glasser Institute, Lynn studied with Dr. William Glasser and his ground breaking psychological theory called Choice Theory. Lynn has taught this theory and its practice in many countries and has embedded Choice Theory’s precepts into Prime Potential®, imparting a deep understanding of internal motivation and personal responsibility for all behaviour. Lynn also co-authored with Donn Smith, The Extraordinary Within: Welcoming Change and Unlocking Our True Essence, a book containing the account of the early development of the concepts that formed the foundation of Prime Potential®.
Leading miruspoint is exciting and challenging. It is a joy to have the opportunity to work directly with clients, do research and development, teach other professionals, and develop programs for groups and individuals. The next few years will be focused on the implementation and distribution of a group program to assist organizations and groups in their evolution, working on a youth leadership program that will "pay forward" the benefits youth can offer to their communities and finally, offering support to those in key roles of leadership, through our Legacy2 program.
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Business & Strategic Development
Paul considers the day he was asked to join Lynn Sumida at miruspoint® a day in which he received a great gift – the opportunity to be involved in work which offers significant life change for individuals, and by its impact, on communities and the world at large. Bringing a rich and diverse background, ranging from spirituality and counselling to business and management, allows Paul to contribute to the expanding vision of our work. With experience in sales and marketing, project and asset management, and strategic planning, Paul's influence has been felt in program and materials development, the re-design and launch of our online presence, the fine-tuning and implementation of a strategic marketing plan, and overall business development.
As we look toward the future, our desire is to see the impact of Prime Potential® and all of its related programs continue to expand and flourish, both in terms of geography and impact. Paul's experience and expertise allows us to draw up a wealth of resources from an individual who, as a facilitator, understands not only the heart and nature of our work, but is able to take that work and integrate it into a strategic business plan which will help us to accomplish our goals.
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A Word About Our FacilitatorsThe Prime Potential® Facilitators Training program has three stages:
- the initial training program, which is 19 days of direct face-to face training, over the course of 6 months
- the mentoring phase in which trainees work with clients and a certified mentor
- the Certified Facilitator, who has attained a level of full competence with the process