Bahman Yazdanfar

How did Bahman Yazdanfar get to this point?

Life is a process. In the early stages, we depend on the wisdom of our parents, family or guardians, or lack of it in some cases, and later in early adulthood we develop our personal attributes and write our own life script, highlighting our strengths, and hiding our weaknesses. As we arrive at our adult life we focus on how we want to be perceived, and how to be recognized for the particular skills and talents that we may possess.

In this role we manage to read and respond to the people that we interact with daily, adapting our behaviour accordingly. Although the whole process takes no more than a life time, the marks we make last long after we have gone. Bahman Yazdanfar is no exception to this rule, and he is aware of the fact that making a mark begins within oneself, and hopes to spread this message among interested fellow human beings.

Bahman Yazdanfar was born in the late fifties, in Tehran, and he came to Toronto as an immigrant early in 1986, at the age of 27. Thereupon he began to learn English and familiarize himself with the local culture, which was very different from that of Iran, where he was born and raised, Afghanistan, where he attended medical school, and Europe where he resided before his arrival in Canada.

Like many newcomers, Bahman started from scratch by working in a factory as a general labourer while trying to get back into his field. Unfortunately policies and laws of the land at that time were not favorable and he had to choose another career.

He then started pounding the pavements of Toronto, as well as wandering from coast to coast seeking his destiny in his new home country. In contrast to the more than a dozen countries he had traveled through prior to his arrival in Canada, Bahman learnt that this is the place where immigrants from all cultures, backgrounds, races, and religions live side-by-side, and share the commonality of belonging to the human race.

Bahman has survived many hardships: years of political turmoil and social unrest in the Middle East, where he was raised and educated, loneliness and statelessness in Europe while he was waiting to immigrate, uncertainty of the future and day-to-day confrontation in Canada to get adjusted to the new life. Adversity, to him, has come to mean an opportunity to learn and understand the universe, and each rough ride has taken him closer to the realization that he is not here to waste his breath on trivialities, so instead, he focuses his energies and creativity on problem-solving.

This new environment has provided Bahman with an opportunity to observe and discover that people from all walks of life and every corner of this planet suffer internally in a very similar fashion. At thirty, looking back at his life and the roller-coaster he was riding on, Bahman pondered that there had to be something more to life than just work and paying the bills. Hence, he started to search for peace of mind and to seek reasons for his existence, and like many, he tried different venues with no avail.

A few years into his journey, Bahman realized that although lots of things were happening, conscious changes seemed to be minimal. He witnessed people gradually losing their hope of serenity, mainly due to restrictions that they imposed on themselves as a result of their belief systems. Bahman recognized that he had been asking the wrong question all along, and if he asked the right question, he might be able to bring his mental restlessness under control.

It was in 1996 that Bahman asked a new question, "Why do we do what we do?" and thereby he embarked on a new journey to develop a system that he could use in order to discover himself. During this process he withdrew from emotional involvement with others, stopped smoking and drinking after more than a quarter century, and detached himself from overindulging over material possessions. These distractions out of the way, he has gradually produced a number of simple principles which have helped him to continue until the present time.

To achieve his objectives, Bahman utilized his knowledge in Medicine, Sociology, Psychology, Politics, History, Economics, Religion, Technology, and Business, all of which were major parts of the many subjects that Bahman had covered through either educational institutions or self-directed study. Drawing on these subjects, he rethought connections between established ideas, and re-combined them in an entirely new way, implementing his unconventional and outside-the-box thinking approach.

A few years later, while he was sharing his story and the result of these experiments with a few friends, Bahman was encouraged to share his findings of the previous fifteen (15) years with others, and in 2008 he gave a name to his technique, Medcentration. Over the next two years Bahman tried to write down his methodology in a logical order to simplify the path for those who are willing to try this different approach, and are committed to a lengthy odyssey to achieve excellence in their lives.

Though Bahman is now more determined than ever to attain a higher level of awareness, and is fascinated with the past as it affects the future, he lives in the present. As a result, he finds himself to have a compelling interest in personal freedom for everyone and a code of honorable treatment of others.

Bahman recognizes that people in general enjoy the social elements of connection and friendship. The challenge is to find a middle ground, where these relationships do not cause irritation, and where avoidance of involvement with others does not result in loneliness. His feet-on-the-gound approach and broad life experience provide him with the necessary tools to understand others objectively, and to help those who are willing and ready to accept it.

Bahman's passion for addressing matters of serious public concern has led him, in recent years, to allocate most of his time to journalism. His own media outlet, Voters Echo, has links to online interviews which he conducts and panel discussions which he facilitates. These videos, along with articles written by himself and other conscientious observers, draw our attention to issues that affect us all, though they are ignored by mainstream radio and television.

Basic principles for a confident living!

Principle # 1
Do not lie and do not tolerate a lie; not to answer is your other option.
Tell the truth and accept facts only; silence is your other option.

Principle # 2
Do not pretend to be what you are not; showing attitude is one thing, backing it up is another.
Behave according to what you are, always backing up what you are all about.

Principle # 3
Do not complain about things that you do not have solutions to.
Find solutions for every challenge before taking credit for discovering it.

Principle # 4
Do not get excited about others; hasty excitement is always followed by prolong sadness.
Be calm and cool about others to avoid future regrets.

Principle # 5
Do not attach yourself to anything or anybody; external confidence cannot be contained by you.
Develop internal confidence by avoiding reliance on external factors.

Principle # 6
Do not become part of any man-made institutions; your obligations will be greater than your advantages.
Become emotionally self-reliant and free of participation in man-made institutions.

Principle # 7
Do not pass a day without asking yourself these questions: Why are we here? What is our purpose? Which path are we choosing? When are we leaving? Where are we going?
Every day ask yourself these questions: Why are we here? What is our purpose? Which path are we choosing? When are we leaving? Where are we going?

Principle # 8
Do not collect unnecessary materials; cluttered surroundings create a complicated life.
Limit your belongings to necessary items; for a simple life you need clear surroundings.

Principle # 9
Do not blame others before examining yourself and your own actions.
Examine yourself and your actions to avoid blaming others for your problems.

Principle # 10
Do not stop developing your intellect; self-improvement is the main objective of life.
Continue developing your intellect daily; self-improvement is the main objective of life.

Principle # 11
Do not believe what you receive by your senses; your intellect should examine them before you take action.
Let your intellect examine what you receive by your senses before taking any action.

Principle # 12
Do not respect others because of their age, relationship, position, race, religion, wealth, etc.; the only valid criterion for respect is behaviour that denotes the level of respect one has for oneself.
Respect people based on how they respect themselves; external factors as a reason for respect will bring disappointment, and can be detrimental.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Here are answers to some of the common questions that have been asked about Medcentration.

What is Medcentration?
Medcentration is an intellectual disciplined technique that teaches individuals to get into a state of awareness by concentrating on the mind’s thinking process.

Who should consider Medcentration?
Those who have been struggling with their thoughts or behaviour without knowing the real reasons behind them, or those for whom certain issues constantly over-occupy their minds. As well, those who find it challenging to deal with family members, spouses, colleagues, and others, may try Medcentration to find out if it works for them.

What does Medcentration offer?
Medcentration is a logical tool to use in order to discover one's actual sources of perspectives on one's own life, positive or negative.

Does Medcentration recommend that one should change one’s way of life?
Medcentration neither encourages, nor discourages anyone from changing his or her way of living; it merely provides a tool to examine the past in order to find why one does what one does today. It is an individual choice to change or not after discovering the source of any behavior that one might have.

What if one doesn’t think of oneself as a person with serious issues?
Issues, serious or not, are subjective to the individual. Medcentration is not necessarily a therapeutic method; it is mainly a self-discovery and self-development tool. One does not need to suffer to practice Medcentration, since it can be employed to elevate positive behaviour that one possesses by stimulating and even replicating the source of it.

Does Medcentration apply equally to everyone?
There is no cookie cutter process that fits all, and a step-by-step process is available as a guideline for those who wish to follow, and the success or failure of Medcentration for an individual depends on his or her thoroughness in implementing it.

How long does it take to see results?
Basically Medcentration is a life long process that mainly depends on the past experience of participants, along with their eagerness, initiative, effort and commitment. As soon as one has adapted this technique for a while it becomes part of one's habits, and in no time, one becomes aware of basic personal development.

Why should I choose Medcentration over other methods of personal development and relaxation?
Medcentration neither discards nor substitutes for any other method of improvement, prevention, or treatments. Quality of life is determined by the way a person thinks, behaves, deals with life's challenges and interacts with others. Knowing the real causes behind what one does makes the daily routine more exciting and less agonizing. Some may need a combination of different methodologies to achieve their objectives.

How does Medcentration work?
Medcentration has mainly two stages: discovery and recovery. At the beginning one learns how to examine one's own unintended thoughts, memories, and experiences in depth, to unmask forgotten and unaddressed issues that one might have. As a result one will have a better understanding of the facts and figures surrounding the issue that has just been been discovered. From here, a decision can be made as to whether there is a need for a change in one's life. The second stage is the time during which one is committed to making that change, which is a rather lengthy process, and this stage will empower the subject to be more in control of actions and decisions to be made.

Who benefits most from Medcentration?
Medcentration is most effective for those who have been around the block a few times. The more experience one has, the more the points of reference. Adults from all walks of life with a mixed demography have shown interest in this practice. Some are just curious to find out what it is all about, some are aware of specific issues in their lives and looking for an answer, and a few have exhausted their energy in a variety of venues in order to resolve their inner conflicts.

Is Medcentration practised one-on-one or in a group session?
At the beginning one can start within a small group for the basic instruction and brain-storming experience to find out if this methodology suits expected needs and wishes, and later continue with one-on-one sessions until one feels comfortable enough to continue independently. One may seek consultation help when a question arises, or a sensitive issue needs attention and guidance.

Is Medcentration painful?
Medcentration can be painful if an undesirable part of the unknown past becomes known, since the human psyche tends to forget and deny unwanted experiences. However, this practice includes components that try to prepare individuals for coping with their discoveries, mitigating the level of discomfort, if any.

Does Medcentration help to get rid of dependencies?
The causes of many bad habits, unwanted behaviours, fears, phobias, etc. are buried deep in the subconscious mind, and as long as the source is unknown it is very difficult to deal with them, no matter how badly the conscious mind wants to. During each day of our lives we are either awake or asleep. Our mental activity decreases during our sleeping time (the Theta & Delta states), and increases during day time activities (the Beta state), although if we meditate, daydream or are being hypnotized we have an opportunity to tap into our subconscious mind (the Alpha state), at which time we can receive suggestions, both positive and negative, which our conscious mind may not allow while we are awake. Medcentration helps to slowly build a bridge between the Beta and Alpha states, and eases the communication between the two. In other words, Medcentration is a form of active self-hypnosis that facilitates the process of accessing the Alpha state, consciously.

Does Medcentration help to heal medically diagnosed problems?
Mind and body have never been separated and many ailments are the results of internal conflicts that can be manifested in the form of body pains, anxiety, stress, imbalance, depression, etc. These signs and symptoms can be costly if unattended for a long period of time, and many of them cannot be absolutely diagnosed, not even by modern medicine, in which case physicians refer to them as "psychosomatic". Medcentration can be helpful in a couple of ways: by stimulating and challenging the mind to discover past treasures and by removing internal doubts and conflicts. These processes create a less stressful mental environment, hence, an opportunity to free up resources and stimulate the body’s own healing processes, if possible.

Is Medcentration safe?
Humans are in the habit of thinking from dawn to dusk non-stop, and even while sleeping mental activity is ongoing, just at a different speed. Medcentration is nothing but directing existing thought with an organized system of filing, re-examining and contemplation. Discomfort appears at the early stages mainly because an individual may have exceeded his or her ability to tolerate facing past painful experiences, but this can be discontinued once the person has sorted out the real reason behind the thought pattern or behaviour.

Who is a Medcentrationist?
A Medcentrationist is one who has been trained as a trainer to teach Medcentration, be a Medcentration Consultant, or a mentor. He or she is one who can guide participants through their journeys by customizing the programme to fit their requirements, and who can help to look for those clues that might be missed by the participants, as well as connecting the dots between the patterns that might have been blocking certain abilities.

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