Angela Monique is a certified life coach and research assistant at Ryerson university in Toronto. She is a pantheist and technocrat. Her academic interests are in psychology and philosophy with a particular focus in systems psychology, a field of study concerned with the complex interactions that produce human behaviour. This branch of science explores connections between health, cognition, consciousness, altered states, relationships, sexuality, the environment, and social phenomena. Angela has made a number of philosophical critiques on more specific topics, many of which you can read about in her blog and literary works.
Angela’s practice is aimed at helping people identify and remove blocks that prevent them from achieving what they want in life, whether that’s in health, relationships, or personal development. She accomplishes this with 1-on-1 coaching and by providing programs based on scientifically proven techniques. All of her theories and programs are based on science. Spirituality, however, also has a strong influence on her practice. Angela believes that science and spirituality are not mutually exclusive, but are in fact different ways to explain phenomena.
This way of thinking has a very practical benefit. Take the following example: HIV is caused by the virus itself (biology), engaging in unsafe sex (a behaviour), and the type of community one associates with (social factors). In science, this way of looking at phenomena is referred to as the biopsychosocial model. It explains how an event, illness, or psychological state may be the result of several different circumstances. This concept is relatively new to science however, in contrast with the previously predominant medical model which viewed disease as being purely biological in nature. Angela believes that spiritually minded cultures were aware of such a multidimensional model a long time ago and that it is what they are referring to when they talk about “patterns” and “energies,” etc. in human behaviour. Consequently “energy” is not a mystical concept; it is a helpful term which can be used to describe phenomena that have any combination of biological, psychological, and/or behavioural aspects. As such, Angela believes it is fair to say that health and wellness is the result of energetic patterns within the mind, body, and environment. Viewing it this way can allow you to see connections between phenomena that you might not have otherwise seen.
It has also been consistently shown through science that these patterns can be manipulated in order to help individuals become more authentic to themselves and thus achieve what they want in life. For this reason Angela encourages individuals to adaptively cultivate, balance, and channel their impulses. Some techniques through which this can be accomplished are hypnosis, CBT, free association, emotional regulation, and activities like yoga, art, and meditation. Which techniques are best for an individual depends on their personality and what they’re hoping to accomplish.
Other ways in which patterns can be changed are through improving society, improving the environment, and improving interpersonal relationships. In Angela’s blog she talks about different ways to do this, both individually and collectively as a society.
The goal of Angela’s writing is to explain this ideology so that it may contribute to the evolution of the current biopsychosocial model of phenomena. This shift has already started (Suls & Rothman, 2004), and Angela intends to play an active role in driving the momentum towards a new, more cohesive understanding of the universe.
- Suls, J., & Rothman, A. (2004). Evolution of the biopsychosocial model: Prospects and challenges for health psychology. Health Psychology, 23(2), 119-125. 10.1037/0278-618.104.22.168