Old Range

August 1st, 2022

My father died when I was around two with no other siblings until after my mother remarried and I was fourteen.  Back when I was a young child most families had 3 to 5 children with a few bigger families pushing up into the teens.  The curious thing I recall is that in most family groups there were one or more children that looked and/or acted as if they were not part of that package.  I thought it odd and no answer emerged from my wondering; the standard adult retort, “Gods will.” 

Growing-up provides lots of opportunities to encounter observations and experiences that are void of clear and precise answers.  I got used to it for a time but tension built when I found myself going off to college with no true clue what I wanted from the experience.  I had been working out in a gym last year of high school and also taking Karate lessons.  To add to my confusion the gym made me a trainer and my Karate school elevated me to beginning instructor.  At the same time, I got a parttime paid job and moved into a rented house with some friends.  We formed a band and got gigs to play.  I signed up for classes in hypnosis hoping to find some inklings to what I was doing and why.   

When I was accepted to my college fencing team, I dropped the gym and Karate.  I discovered that living with a girl was less stressful than the “band house” although the women did rotate.  My parttime job became fulltime with a promotion to assistant manager and I married one of the ladies.  I went to school parttime and to a different college when I changed my major from engineering to psychology.  Perhaps the hypnosis training did have an influence or my observation of human characteristic was an early calling.

Different schools, jobs, wives, life experiences and a couple of amazing children and I still held sacred my curious nature to what and how influences are produced.  Busy, busy, busy until I bumped into a health challenge.  The logical procedure would have been to cut back on work hours and attend to health.  Now that I recognize as an influence.  Instead, I opened a center and started working with people with emotional and physical health problems every day after my normal job.  I began teaching weekends with programs that I scripted from psychology and dressed-up to market as something new and special.  I think it worked well and we all got to explore new potentials and have fun. 

Fourteen years later I started to feel the wind of change.  Found a special lady and married again closing the center and going on the road.  We found a place to settle and wait for this force of change to reveal itself.  In truth, the new normal will appear a couple hundred years after everyone alive forgets the old normal.  That is a bridge I may not live to cross but I’m not done exploring the nature of influence, the value for life and creating a human story we can all follow into potential.  

I’m seeking a range to roam, explore and share without threats and control.  This is not about a promised land or a logical story.  This is about becoming aware of what is influencing me and tasting it long enough to make a decision to follow a thread leading to a now unknown potential for becoming.  There are no directions or maps and the death toll is 100%.  I believe that once you feel it you may pursue the path with both caution and enthusiasm.

I’ve been around for so long that I now know a little bit about a lot of different topics.  I’m willing to discuss or debate any one of them but I don’t see any of my points as absolute truths.  Have you noticed, some processes that we used to be able to rely on are now faltering?  I trust moving forward into the unknown, with caution of course.  I do like a sense of confidence but new learning is useful and a great tradeoff.  Both these options are really amazing influences.  This is the year for expanding range and discovering what unknown is in the fringe or shadow at the former edge of yesterday’s range.


Unconscious Patterns

July 1st, 2022

For those of you that have been following our blog sequence this year, you should by now have started to feel an increase in range.  Sometimes it feels like a larger margin around an image or a “thought.”  Others report noticing space around a topic that they need to make a decision about.  Imagine moving an image left or right and finding another choice hiding “off screen.”  I have had lots of reports from individuals that hit a wall finding jobs and others stuck with anxiety unable to move forward.  As range opened, they discovered jobs, new friends and a spark of confidence.  Improvements in health is the largest category reported and good news post pandemic.  Would love to hear about your process and I invite anyone that is not playing to get with it.  Life is a process that requires movement.

For some it feels impossible to initiate a new process without detailed steps, or to do anything unsupported by a friend or group.  For you we have created a simple series of seven classes that you can do with others.  No prior knowledge or special skills needed.    Everything in form is made from patterns.  If range is too large a challenge for you, we can work with the smaller unconscious chunks that build the range.  The knowledge base on these patterns is huge and published in many different formats.  We don’t need all that training and complexity for our simple task.  If an unconscious pattern is locked with past preferences that worked once-upon-a-time, it is normally a challenge to undo that past act of wisdom that is now outdated in our conscious world today.  But if a room is stuffy, you can open a window to circulate fresh air.  The same simplicity works for unconscious patterns.  Take one at a time, working with a friend’s attention on you to make the selected pattern conscious for a moment or two.  Yes, you will need to repeat this activity as frequently as possible over a week.  And if your partner is up for it, you may trade off back and forth with them.  In just fourteen weeks you will experience expansion in range and support for a friend.

Life is not easy and it begins with us totally dependent on others to maintain it.  Yes, thank you mom (or dad), with her attention and care we learn to trust and rely on patterns of care offered around her schedule.  But we all seem to have an independent nature that soon commences to show itself by defining “no.”  What psychology terms the “real self” is starting to form and is essential for a healthy adult.  The fact that by design we are mostly unconscious imposes criteria on what and how long we may fully attend to anything requiring a decision.  I believe this action supports the “demand” from the creation process for balance.  If we don’t develop the practice of conscious decision making, we are forever expressing self as a reaction to some unconscious influence.

How are life and relationships working for you?  How is your health?  I have been a counselor for over fifty years and have observed a lot of “speed bumps” in those unconscious patterns that hamper relationships and health.  I can remember when I trusted my instincts as when to take a raincoat with me upon leaving the house.  Now I leave one in my trunk because I have no clue what the weather will do.  When I began professionally, the work was all with relationships and trust—again, things have changed.  To develop into a global person, you are going to need more detachment from your “tribe.”   

We have started to break our bond with the external absolute (truth or one right way) and our views of gender and racism.  We got started but have a lot more work to do (decisions driving action).  Tribal leadership has always had to struggle to stay in power but now it seems the wise don’t wish to engage.  And health has long depended on those unconscious patterns to perform its task with all options in question at this point.  In another fifty years we may look back with amusement on these times but I don’t believe I will be there to join you.  However, I do remember folks installing “bomb shelters” in their front yard.  Do you get the power of the unconscious influence from fear driven patterns (reactions).  Let’s get busy, wise and healthy.


Make a Point

June 1st, 2022

Have you read the book, Flatland by math teacher, English clergyman and Shakespearean scholar, Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926)?  A highly entertaining satire framed in a two-dimensional Flatland, where women are thin, straight lines, lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.  The plot is the frustrated adventures of the main character, a math teacher, A. Square, and his exploration of dimensions and consequences.  A first-rate fictional introduction to the concept of the multiple dimensions of space.

Without range there could just be a point.  Some folks like making a point and for them that might work; but lacking range, no one would get the point.  To make this point would require a phenomena, the power to imagine the point.  Where would we put this imagined point?  To produce a space for the point we would need to produce no-point.  Now we have a gradient issue; how big should the point be counter to the no-point?  Power to be assigned and distributed will need some state of balance to manage and time to allow entropy, reclaiming the power.  We could compress some of the no-point space and produce a point and maintain balance and symmetry.  We could also divide both the point and no-point into any number of variations of point-patterns of equal distribution of power, and still retain balance and symmetry by making time relative to the state of the points.  All the points would be related, same power, and their unique presence via this natural base of relation would create ranges common to all points.  Now we have the foundation of a background, the environment of the no-point, and unlimited threads of potential for the points for a time.  Welcome to the game.

On a long journey, it is useful at times to recall where you started from.  We forget about the requirement for balance which periodic reviews help reestablish.  Get out of balance and you lose your point and the same is true for your no-point.  This range includes all forms of interactive trauma over a point, the mismanagement of your point and/or the destruction of your no-point (environment).  Evolution allows the game to refresh and slowly divide all the elements into smaller bits to accommodate more ranges of potential.  Certainty is some form of death.  I used to do a seminar on fake certainty which was cool because you did not need to die but what happened to value?  Do you believe in  a cheesecake that you cannot taste?  Real for us humans is a pretend standard.  What does I love you mean and how is it working out?  Are you seeking a truth in a no-truth world because the world grew up and perhaps you missed a step?  I don’t have any answers but I have lots of questions.  In our logical system, I believe and preach, you need attention to define good questions and this process leads to decisions that move us all forward because we are connected by our relationship as humans—get the point?   


Range Samples

May 1st, 2022

For building a new range, if you are not already a financial investor, I recommend any book by Ray Dalio.  Ray Dalio is the founder, co-chief investment officer, and co-chairman at Bridgewater Associates, a global asset manager and leader in institutional portfolio management as well as the largest hedge fund in the world.  He has developed his skill and success from studying cycles in human history and uses this data to inform his decisions about the cycle that we are in today.  The cycles are typically longer than the average person’s lifetime so we don’t intuitively know what is happening today.  He reports that “these periods have produced tremendous human suffering both financially and, more importantly, in lost or damaged human lives.  While the consequences are worse for some people, virtually no one escapes the damage.  Still, without minimizing them, history has shown that typically the majority of people stay employed in depressions, are unharmed in shooting wars, and survive natural disasters.” (pg. 37; Principles for Dealing with The Changing World Order)

Or, for a new range you could look at “The Spiral Dynamics Model” developed from the work of Clare W. Graves Ph.D.  Also a report of cycles, the nature of the elements in ranges change in cycles over large expanses of time.  I’m suggesting you become comfortable with the fact that a related series will change ultimately.  In my work I have observed that people who are secured into a range are not cognizant that the scales change.  When it occurs there is a tendency for people to assume they have failed somehow and their confidence wavers.  This leads to losing their secured place in that range of possibilities, a central point, and a retreat to a pole position for defense.  Not healthy or wise.  

The unique piece for each of us humans are the patterns of how we interact with others and the background (natural world).  Once you engage in a range of possibilities your exclusive pattern will begin to navigate you in that range.  I’m sure that you have noticed that others who share a range, theme, scope, etc. have different views than you.  The similar aspects are the matrix of the landscape, whereas your particular experience is a product of your pattern (focus of attention).  Distinctive outlooks allow all to find and hold center in a possible experience.  Imagine a “round table” in the center of a possible action where every person is independent but shares the achievable extent possible.

As an act of exploration, a fun search for discovery, humans plot a course in any new range, and in a short time, find a confident center point.  You become secure in what you know about this reach of potential.  I’m not talking about skill or knowledge but a feeling of comfort in your level of engagement.  However, many are enlisted in ranges by decree or necessity (cultural or family demand).  Demand assigns you a position and seldom one with choice.  Generating a location adjustment within this scope rarely happens because the position is unconsciously secured—in this case, by the energy from the demand.  Lose the demand and folks entering a new range naturally gravitate to a seat providing options.  Please remember, we are exploring new range to update our intuitive patterns that, over time, will refine our position in past forced commitments.  


Range not Chaos

April 1st, 2022

If scientific research is correct our conscious processing is limited to 7 +/- two bits of information and yet a normal mind processes 120 bits (unconscious) and the retina reports on 11 million bits.  I could continue with this account but I think it is clear that we humans only have conscious ability to select a pattern or learned skill and hopefully adapt it on the fly to address the ever-changing dynamics of life.  Add to this the evolutionary process of dividing each bit into smaller and dissimilar elements and the solution left is to abandon ranges of patterns and narrow attention to only ranges essential for life.  Yes, this feels like a threat and it often plays out that way.  Abandoning accuracy and diversity does increase the probability for errors, not from indecision, but from the limitations of considered variables.  The human states that this produces is that of polarization.     

For a present day example, note that in 1960 surveys indicated that 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said they would prefer that their children marry someone with a similar party preference.  By 2010 the groups preference grew to 50% for Republicans and 33% for Democrats.  What happened to love, respect, value, virtue and strong work ethic?  Do you see how the ranges have collapsed to reduce consideration once held in value?  To offset this system breakdown we all need to begin building back ranges to secure and increase future potential and survival.

I know, I have already tasked you with introducing new ranges to play in with the goal of securing a state of your being within the context of each of those ranges.  The fact is that less than three percent of folks will alter an established range landscape even when their life depends on doing so.  This is not because they agonized over the possible range structure for years but they were simply enticed into a range and repetition did all the rest.  A story to justify and a habit to anchor with a large pinch of time is all it takes and very difficult to unwind.

Out of college I loved back country camping and running.  Children came along and I switched to car camping and biking.  They grew up and I became a foodie and trail hiker.  I have lots of camping gear, an old pair of running shoes, a few bikes and tons of recipes and trail maps in my garage.  Today I take shorter hikes, read a lot of books, cook a variety of foods and sample whiskeys.  At this point in life healthy choices and health insurance opt for my range attention.  What I like to think of as “wisdom” directs me to blogging and teaching.  Not me as wise but wise for me.  I prefer being married and spending time with friends.  Both I rotated through frequently in life but now I’m attempting to stabilize them as worth the three percent challenge.  This is all about you and not me but we old folks can be a model.  Build those ranges and create playgrounds for you to mature.


Learn “Selection”

March 1st, 2022

Have you ever tackled a new task, solved a jigsaw puzzle or even prepared a novel recipe and had the necessity to repeat the process?  The second time you probably noticed that it went quicker because you may have discovered some short-cuts or recalled some clues that expedited the course from the first round.  We could say that you evolved in the process and made some selections that reduced a few of the “required” steps.  This is the nature of an evolutionary process where a secured plan or experience is broken down into its components and streamlined.

Most of the time we humans operate plan dependent.  We perform the way we learned and resist change for the sake of the efficiency from familiarity.  Very proficient and conserves energy because our body stores patterns and replicates them without the need for thinking (an energy conserving process).  Yes, this is a review and we are now on this planet at the time of evolution and “selection.”  Most folks fail in attempts to override plan dependency—it is both secured and unconscious. 

It is fun and stimulating to explore new ranges of activity and a great set-up to engage us into the act of selection.  Find something novel to explore and continue to review it until you find yourself making selections from your encounter with the exploration.  Your attention is the selector of change or creation; however your choice to define this undertaking.  The more we practice diversity the longer our span of attention becomes.  A juggler has to pay attention to more than one thing and timing for both release and capture.  New ranges provide the stimulus for the transformation in your state of being toward selection; a growth in potential.     

Last week I read the book, The Complete Ice Age.  In our time of climate change my hope was to expand my range on how all those major cycles of freezing and heating influenced the surface of our globe and everything alive on it.  This larger picture of sway helps understand the nature of the present emanating modification.  What was affirmed for me is that no one force was powerful enough to generate all the molding processes over time.  It took many dynamic forces and millions of years to get us where we are today with no clues as to where we may be in the future.  There was evidence of redundancies that over time collapsed and new patterns generated.  The records indicate the possibility of many evolutionary periods of influence or at least noting the fact that these ages took eons to establish and only a small percentage of that time to tear down.  Our above noted human cycles may in fact be a reflection of created life in general.  We need to increase attention in a range for insight.  Albert Einstein said, “It is not that I’m so smart.  But I stay with the question much longer.”


Birthing Ranges

February 1st, 2022

Back in December of ’21 I did recommend the book Noise by Kahneman, Sibony and Sunstein.  The hope was to introduce the finding that our intuition does not in fact perform as amazing as we have generally believed.  Yes, we do figure out how to solve new problems based on our past experience with similar issues.  However, the issues that are similar don’t frequently resolve with the “proven” past treatment.  I believe most of us have notice that this style of problem solving does take a little tweaking most the time but it is fast and “automatic.”  The data, if you read the book, in fact confirms that the past learned and saved solutions were usually not the best options.  Automatic systems prove to be lazy systems (lots of system noise) and we frequently conjure of a fast solution without comparative data and that gains the title of wise or best only by the story you generate to validate your action.  It feel amazing because it worked but that does not win it top position in efficiency.  Of course, in our present epoch of change something that sort of worked at 40% is now just a frustration.  Gone is the pride we felt when we saved the moment with an amazing intuitive hit.

But if we drop a coin (now a card) into “the right” slot machine at “the right time” and win we call that intuition.  Not quite the same as above description but does end with a feel good if you in fact win.  Wait, innovation is frequently referred to as intuition.  Physic is traditionally discussed using mathematics but Richard Feynman invented a simple system of eponymous diagrams that would yield him answers without using any mathematics.  An extraordinary feat of intuition.  And Einstein was quite contemptuous of experiment, preferring to put his faith in pure thought.  His novel theories incorporated others novel theories and pure innovation—intuitive without question.  Have you ever sorted through boxes, books or web sites looking for a special something and became frustrated by misdirected labeling?  That is a non-intuitive process with a different reference for that same broad term.  I have been dancing you around and could have just stated that we have lots of different meanings for the words we use and many without any apparent association.  The only possible common threat that I can see with intuition is the possibility of a feel good moment.  A word is a term in sound that represents a symbol.  A symbol is an idea in form as a pattern.

We need more ranges and need to swiftly pick the range that has all the relevant information to process an event wisely.  We would need labels for all those ranges but using the same word or symbol would require a lot of sorting.  We seem to preference “how it feels” at some moment in the range but with that as a marker ranges tend to get more cross indexed.  Last month I suggested we start with new ranges.  Read a book, make a new friend, go for a walk someplace new, try a new food, etc. and acknowledge this new experience as the foundation for a new reach.  Do a meditation and track this new happening in your “mind” from start to end.  Threads will link associated information from other ranges but don’t go down that rabbit hole.  Stay with your new span and as you move back and forth, end to end, feel all the permutations, the order and the offers.  Notice and feel with every new swipe what you missed or glossed over on the last one.  Invite your imagination to stage curiosity; what was out of sight, to produce the offer to expand this new array.  Repeat this meditation with your new series each day for at least four days to secure the scope.  Dream space will build all the cross indexing but your meditations will have secured the range as a new resource.  The work beginnings.



Beginning Range

January 1st, 2022

My personal goal in life is to improve my attention and awareness to what influences me and what I might influence.  The very fabric of the concept relationship.  My “work, passion and intention” is to assist others along these same lines.  I blogged all of 2020 about what I termed the parallax; the system of phenomena and the system of logic.  I blogged all of 2021 on which rudiments we need to attend to in these systems to manage the change mandated by a present evolutionary shift.  A secured relationship is an anchor to anything more stable than your idea of self.  The idea of self is a perceived sensation supported by a story.   Everything changes so time is the trap.  We perceive the stuff in the background of our lives as enduring and therefore reliable.  Evolution challenges that concept by dividing the patterns and thus distorting the structure of background elements; all the titled logical pieces in our universe (climate change, concepts of government, wellness, finance, etc). 

Since the start of this mandate we humans have switched our securing focus, our idea of truth, to imagination (innovation in all fields) and range.  Like our stories, creative ideas take time to prove as safe or correct.  Lots of danger in labeling new ideas quickly as truth.  Range provides a broader view including all the variables.  But by design we humans are very handicapped in range.  Wise to learn how to change and sort the puzzle pieces of range that we humans are dealt.  This year we will start to work with range.

Range is more than the reach of sensory awareness.  Recall, memory, and consciousness have ranges and all with unique individual configurations.  The goal is not to have one giant range containing all your life experiences.  That would be like having photos taken every moment of your life and tossed into “shoe boxes” or a big hard drive.  Not an effective way to gather and sort information to make quick life decisions or deal with our newly generated uncertainty of life going forward.  Remember, the labels from past are no longer correct.  Our intuition sorted experience by patterns; how it felt as you engaged.  No longer reliable because of the changes in states but the tool is very effective and needs to be adapted.  We still need to be in the center of all our ranges (termed spiritual growth) so we may make decisions and flex.  When not in the center, but at an edge called a pole our only choice is to defend.  Not a wise position and totally effective for decision making.  Yes, the underpinning of reactions and sadly easy circumstances for others to control your actions.

Over the course of this year we will delve into all the relative situations and implement plans to become a new version of self.  Like with any new learning experience you will gather a multitude of new ranges.  The caution is not to dump them into familiar past ranges.  Our first task will be to mark what a new unique collection of experience or data feels like and that will be the matrix for the new label.  For now just notice the process and we will continue this chat in February.



End of Cycle

December 3rd, 2021

I believe that as your brain takes form post-conception, its first job and most important one, to keep you alive.  Perpetually in the dark it receives data and interprets it to produce your metabolic balance in an ever-changing external environment.  Stimulus response is too slow for state changes.  The brain must predict (or imagine) an external condition and adjust as data input flows in.  Making an incorrect prediction ahead of time and adjusting is a normal operation—we expect to be close (the story index, “right on the mark”) as adults but not so for children.  We watch out for them because they are “not old enough to know yet” as is the accepted story.  Also not old enough to have developed a large database (inductive or intuitive) and the brain has not yet developed the logical functions (deductive).  (refer to the work of Jean Piaget)

You don’t see you except through relationships (and other types of mirrors).  The next job for that brain is to generate a conceptual you and a view of the external world from that perch.  I believe we secure this perception of self with a complexity of sensations as feelings to represent you; then we secure this package into the environmental background that our brain is receiving descriptive data from constantly.  For more details and proofs from neuroscience, check out Lisa Feldman Barrett’s book, How emotions are made: the secret life of the brain.

This is an amazing biological system with the ability to heal and repair, at least for a time, and it’s birthed with range in the form of patterns.  You probably look something like the rest of the members of your family and culture.  These patterns may seed your unique range of potential.  I believe these patterns are so intense that we humans need a small amount of conscious processing to experience different influences as references for seeking out the potential extensions of our range.  Of course, we process our potential consciously with stories and that inspires us to imagine the idea of self in a projected context.  Perception within the range of our secured feeling marking self should provide a clue and utility for testing.  In theory, how we feel when modeling a new stream of potential should indicate utility in perusing the test stream more.  An amazing system but not perfect which supports my theory that each unique thread has boundaries.  In other words, you can do anything with your unique thread of potential and definitely more variance than one has in a lifetime—the limitation is a clue to direction or time and not accomplishment.  Movement is the most essential addition from the logical system.

If we lose balance we become ill and die.  We can thrive without human relationships as long as the background (nature) is secured (all bets are off during evolutionary change).  Our focus from the phenomena system is range and that requires support from the logical system to flourish—the platform of becoming.  In 2022 we will focus on range and how to improve it.  I recommend the book Noise: a flaw in human judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Siobony and Cass R. Sunstein.  Please put this on your Christmas list, the story for the season.


Predict and Adjust

November 1st, 2021

Our plan is to secure into a larger range and hopefully several ranges.  “When we sync up both our output (motor movements, vocalizations) and our input (seeing and hearing one another’s movements and sounds), we may extend our body’s awareness and sense of self to the larger collective.” (Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Phd; Hivemind.  Now I think we should look at a concept that will facilitate this action.

In my late teens I discovered the word cybernetics in an article about guided missile systems.  During the “cold war” days weapons were news.  My thought was that it was similar to the way I see humans function.  No computers back then but I did research and follow the development of cybernetic concepts in our local library.  This path led me to Gregory Bateson’s book, The Ecology of Mind.  It was not data per se but inspiration that I received from his works and I formed a loose concept that human brains make predictions and use input to adjust.  It is not stimulus/response but stimulus/adjustment and the stimulus is massive.  This explains why we all are subject to influences and assumptions.  In this model, relationships are essential and they support range development.  That is as long as you don’t always hang with people that “think like you do.”  With similar thinkers, movement and vocalization may secure range size or even reduce it.  The same sharing with diverse topics and thinkers will challenge small range and compel larger conventionalization.  Change is pursuit into the unknown and not dwelling in the familiar past.    

With a theory of constructed concepts and emotions we can reopen the conversations put forth by Steven Pinker in his book The Blank Slate (also work by Chomsky, Paul Bloom, Skinner, Locke, etc.).  Not to challenge theory of mind but to examine how much structure is generated in the nine months in the womb.  How quickly might a brain predict patterns to interface with that first human in contact that is essential for life?  A new-formed brain would have to assimilate patterns to support metabolic needs for life and possibly download all patterns from mother (father, family and culture).  By birth the brain would have a perception of preferences for support and nurture.  I have no idea how such a concept could be tested but I believe this theory is more open to change.

Change does tend to produce states of politicization and moralization but human history demonstrates that over time most humans re-center in range along new threads in thinking and behavior.  I naively thought that over time the difference between camps of thinking would become so small that change would become less burdensome.  That is most certainly not a reality yet.  We are very close to the point technically that an implanted chip could wipe memory and augment the process but who would we trust to program the chip?  I’m not personally quite ready for that step.  Instead, next month we will look at current research to better support and empower our ability to shoulder up and change.  Don’t drink the Kool-Aid yet.