June 9th, 2015
A lot of my students know I have read all of Ken Wilber’s books and now that he is expanding his audience with Superhuman OS, they’re asking if I plan on teaching some integral techniques. I am already doing that, but I frame the material differently. I structure my work on what I observe when people integrate. For example, when we assemble a puzzle we integrate all the pieces into a whole and complete image that resembles the cover of the box. But the experience for most folks is to start by securing the parameter with all the pieces that have a flat edge. Next you sort by color or sub-image and secure an internal part of the design. You systematically process and secure the whole image one piece at a time. Yes, at times you get lucky and find a piece you just intuitively know the location for, but that is not the norm in the process. We don’t say we spent the week integrating a puzzle but we did spend the week securing all the pieces by interlocking them in proper order.
When you stage into another level you explore, sample, discover and secure, and move along. Of course, here too you may have peak experiences but most of the work is securing what you discover. When you manage to secure your parameter by “no” and past agreements as “done” you open up to more interconnectedness as “we.” As you sample through entrainment you secure range in the human data-base, a body reference but not necessarily a personal experience. A reference “like me” but does not need to be “me.” Writers refer to this type of experience as empathy but this term does not account for all the different levels of empathy. At the lowest level it is a request (or demand) for help. I use a different title for the process at higher levels to note the distinguishment. These tastes of other human traits and characteristics enrich your life and the people you share a vulnerable moment with.
With these three elements secured you open to higher states (higher brain states as well as whole complete visions) and meditation reveals new preferences. Selecting and securing a preference directs you to a “gateway” that identifies your unique patterns and loops you back into the creative cycle. At speed these loops become an enlightened experience. You carry your selected preference through the “top” connection of the ascending/descending columns and your selection is created as a demonstration in your life. A creation is not a task so validation is not a required step to support the loop. A fun game and even more fun to see how Ken guides you there. Enjoy the experience however it is framed.
May 9th, 2015
I appreciate all the questions you folks send me and I attempt to answer them all as a personal reply but when I get several questions on the same topic I prefer to respond from this venue. An example is some 10 second rule I mentioned in a past seminar that I believe will become clear as I address our short human “span of attention.” Entertain the concept of sitting outside on a beautiful day staring at a seemingly perfect rose in your garden. How long does it take for you to be distracted from your act of admiration? The average of a minute and a half is not unrealistic. But this time limit reflects the point when you are totally adrift from the then forgotten rose. Difficult to pin down just how long the rose held your total attention. I’m eluding in my “10 second rule” that the drift begins at 10 seconds and completes departure in 90 seconds. May not make an impact on your rose but it will your intuition.
The automatic intuitive system that humans use as a shortcut to evaluate a course of action is triggered by a cue in an event and opens a range with your normal (familiar—worked well in the past) reference as a center point and the two extreme ends produced by your definition of self (limit to what you will accept or expect). Fast, efficient, and works well if the parameters in this event are the same or acceptably close to the benchmark. If there is a deviation your intuition will toss on top another reference. If this is relevant it may guide you to a quick automatic action. If still unsure, intuition will continue to toss out an array of samples. Great automatic system but two flaws show up quickly.
“Power” by my definition is the ability to entertain all sides and points in a decision and have the autonomy and resources to act in any direction you choose. Attention is the key and every distraction reduces attention and accordingly access to power. The power is a consequence of creation which is akin to your presence at the moment of creation—now. With intuition, every few seconds you are distracted by design and all from the past. Faced with a snarling dog you may recall having attempted to pet one in the past. Probably was not a positive experience. If you process this intuitive data fast your hand will be in your pocket, if you get distracted or trance from the terror of the past event your hand may be in the dogs mouth. Ouch!
The second potential mishap with dozens of ranges open is threshold. When there is too much going on you need to pause and start thinking. Thinking filters out intuition and allows you to expand the range (employing both hemispheres of the brain); move the range right or left by “thinking” up (imagination) a new normal; zoom out and make the whole event less important; or just walk away and find your presence before you address the event again. Rarely is anyone satisfied with a decision they made under threshold. Afterwards you are forced to make up a story to justify your action and become custodian of the illusion.
April 5th, 2015
When I was a little kid I made up stories, told stories and loved to listen to stories. Adults were impressed with my great imagination. Obviously the word imagination meant to concoct stories. Playing with story plots must have strengthened my memory because by first grade one reading by my grandmother of my school book committed it to my memory. I did great with grades in reading but I never learned to read. In fact I never read a book until late in high school. Once discovered I loved reading; all the stories I missed I devoured ferociously. I continued with the art of telling stories but now they were from books. Occasionally I would retell a story from a purported author’s book but discovered later to my chagrin that the story was not to be found in the text. In was in the style of the noted author but nowhere logged in manuscript. I was confident with my memory but bewildered by my performance.
Life got busy and less time for stories and fewer folks willing to listen. In job trainings I often performed in an advanced fashion. I didn’t believe the compliments offered me. I was sure the techniques I demonstrated were in the training manual but I failed to find it scouring the manual later. The word imagined transcended from stories to thoughts for me. I could imagine a thought out of thin air.
I was certain that if I could imagine a thought I could build a story around it. Very useful skill but thoughts weren’t always forthcoming. If I had to write a paper, do a talk or teach a class I frequently struggled finding that magic thought to seed the project. I started to believe, “right thought only at the right time.” Marrying my imagination to time and thought was a tragic downfall. I was forced to take notes in an attempt to not lose crucial data and maintain job performance. The magic was lost and replaced with content specific information. Boring effort became the new rule.
At some point I agreed to teach a series of classes that I had the curriculum for. I was very confident until a week before the first class when I reviewed my notes. The teaching concepts were sound but the curriculum targeted a much different type of student than the ones I planned to teach. I had made the commitment and there was no turning back. Internal reflection revealed the old familiar feeling from the days of magic past. I didn’t get an answer but a moment of enlightenment. Not the first time in my life but definitely more intense.
Imagination now was not knowing, not a thought or a story, but trusting and allowing for discovery to take place. Each week I found a book, article, or a story that inspired that weeks class material. It was so simple and the joy of storytelling was rekindled in my heart.
Secure the idea of you with enough confidence and worthiness to trust the path before you. Not an easy task to find that balance point and wise to occasionally seek assistance. Trust restores imagination and will, the true autonomy of choice. Can you imagine that?
March 9th, 2015
We recognize that attending to our garden, to our health or to a loved one can make a difference. In fact, there are usually more life situations vying for our attention than we have time to attend to. What wins the game? How do we decide what to attend to and how well do we hold that focus?
Physics puts forth the concept that attention may facilitate transformation of energy into form; the essence of creation. May be more complex than simple attention but attention is an element of the process. If we include the concept of self into one third of the spaces designated for everything we are aware of, not as a focus on self but inclusion of self in every idea, picture, event and experience, we generate a very powerful consciousness. The very nature of our creation─our presence─would be present in every process of life. Little chance that we could be left out, ignored or even victimized. And since energy “in” mirrors energy “out” we would possess greater ability to attend to others.
While distraction appears to reduce our relationship to power (less energy to get work done) it improves growth. Growth is our ability to discover steps or directions to improve our potential; efficiency, skill, range in processing as well as envisioning and integrating it all into life and interpersonal communications. It may be wise to learn to strike a balance by becoming more disciplined in our relationship with distractions.
As a normal human starts to experience a new event, intuition searches the familiar database and presents a reference (perhaps a picture). If you are secured (certain what works for you) with the idea of you, you have around 10 seconds to make a decision based on what is your secured familiar reference is for such an event. After 10 seconds intuition presents an array of past experiences; some worked and others didn’t. Next intuition tosses out credible references told to you as stories. Give me a break─going through this complex intuited list makes decision making near impossible and frequently wrong. Pause and observe as all the bull-sh.. passes. Conservation rules and you need to go through the list before you produce enough gamma in the brain to veil intuition. Yes, you are going to burn calories because you now need to analyze the event to make a wise decision. The good news is that if you attend to this present moment event and think about choices your intuitive database will update. Attending to the choices or the thought-out choice long enough imprints subconscious with discernment between events and improves the content of your intuitive searches.
Intuition is always on; it is automatic and it feels valid or correct. Your attention is the tool that integrates potential. Intuition, like a computer, is a great tool for speed and efficiency if it is regularly updated. Growth is supported by attention and not intuition.
February 4th, 2015
Can you imagine someone else as correct without you believing you are wrong? Intuition establishes a sensory benchmark that serves as a reference for improvement but at some point this process becomes a limitation. This act of rising to a comparative level is supported by agreements know as family, business or culture. The only state of being that doesn’t need an agreement to maintain is creation. An agreement is an investment of energy to generate a force that represents the capacity of a projected potential from creation. This force makes the participants feel alive (movement) and supports what they believe (the pattern of how they move). If the force is not here now the agreement is an illusion. If it is never here it is a delusion. If you experience some emotions the agreement has touched reality. Very little here to validate the participants. If the agreement produces emotions and is here now you have a reality and the participants are now valid. Humans are valid by being present now (a creation) and thus the agreement has served its purpose to awaken them and is no longer needed. You are now valid and secured (done with the agreement).
Agreements and intuition are useful utilities. Failure to secure from agreements relegates you to being only valid as an object, a member of the agreement. Intuition may be subverted if you don’t frequently update your sensory references by interactions with other folks, by updating external references through meditation and actively sampling new events in life. If you insist on being stuck with an outdated picture that is not congruent with life now you will need to avoid the above three activities. You become a recluse and the popular style for that today is depression.
Most all humans begin life with an agreement called family. We are assigned a role, and with luck some tolerance that your patterns tailor that position to allow a congruent human story to develop. At some point you outgrow the limited part assigned and secure how you have developed. You are done with that character and step away to design a new role in culture. Securing each step of development builds a valid foundation for actualizing potential beyond agreements.
But why do we develop as a story line? For that insight we need to look at how stories serve both agreements and development. For example, we might create a conversation about how bright or how effective a light bulb may be in a dark room but we don’t include the fact that it blinks; AC current is alternating. The story about the light bulb is necessary to define shared parameters supporting the valid nature of the event; an experience that is real. The truth, the light blinks, is not relevant to validation. And the fact that all objects blink is filtered out by refresh rate because that fact is not relevant to human’s need to believe that objects and humans are valid if they match a predictable reality. If your conscious story, the story about you now, is secured with the perception that you are valid now you will feel emotion as the projected energy creates life congruent to your design. Remember, your state of being is either selected by emotions that feed the task of reality (effort) or the flow of creation. Choice wise for a new you!
January 2nd, 2015
If science is correct, the attention from a conscious observer transforms energy into particle; on some level spiritual growth would just be total objectification. Your consciousness is the story about what you are aware of now with the concept of you included and attention from that reference would imprint that bias into the transformed matter. Mine! The idol for self would be the object that represents the concept of self. We have all known people that dedicate their life to producing “false idols”─wealth, worldly goods, knowledge and trophies. It is not my intent to discount such achievements but to point out that a different view of potential may require a different path. To have a degree may make you appear more credible and having adequate funding may bring your vision into timely fruition. But anything that can make you valid supports the nature of invalid; failure is driven by the fear from the shadow of creation (space of no energy). That is, attention to objects creates no-things and attention from an awareness without a conscious self generates limits.
A state of being is obviously what state or mood terms your expression given a stimulus from an event. If you develop mastery of your learned list of stimulus/responses you may choose a state to be in. Your ability to choose and execute that choice with action and demonstration is “power”; a projection of potential. Cool stuff!
But here is the value of “higher” states─if you can set aside your bias and attend to energy you become the source. “I’m a creation” without the I am would be a creation. A body of knowledge is an object and a task is movement of objects. As a projected flow of energy you would need to discover within each event what energy needed objectification to be done with that event and move on to the next event. The perception of being done secures the attention of the conscious you to move fully to the next event. Life would still be a series of events, the redundant nature of life. On this path energy would be projected in one direction and there is no shadow. No shadow does not mean that you are perfect and always right. You don’t need to be correct if you are valid by design and energy in one direction is the characteristic of confidence.
The term “higher” does not mean better but less objectified. Developmental gains may be marked by objects depicting obtainment but those are not the nature of the accomplishment. A true idol is a symbol that represents the expanded subject blossoming from the seed of “I am.” Depth, integrity, wholeness are the resources available from the subjective realized of your potential. Every unique journey at some point is a journey alone. Wise to ground the preparation in familiarity with higher states and operating life from discovery before you launch. Wizardscache offers that training.
December 22nd, 2014
The close of the seasons and the return to the cave or womb; to become calm and prepare for the death of winter has been a tradition in the northern hemisphere for our human epoch. I too look forward each winter to a month of reflection and an opportunity to secure the bounty of another year. I have little interest in Macy’s Event or of sharing with friends and family past stories grown weary over the years. My soul quests for new adventures and celebrates the valid moments, shared events and treasures of the heart now all done and secured in time past. Delight stirs in my belly from the caress of creation and the visions of unexplored concepts, new friends and places, and the spark of old friends reborn. Yes, every spring we are redefined, the design matures and events are set-up for another season. Only in the still winter of the soul may we reunite with the seeds of life to prepare them for the coming seasons.
Blessings to all.
November 20th, 2014
Grace brings to mind charm, elegance, ease of motion or action and perhaps favor by a superior. And I’m sure we have all experienced falling from grace; an occasional faux pas, bumbling, lost, confused and even upsetting your boss. We have been tossed out of “paradise”, guided by a fallen angel, lost our soul and paid good money to be saved–repeatedly. The subjective view of conserving the energy of creation and redirecting it into a redundant pattern hoping to sustaining that energy for a “time”; the encounter we humans have come to perceive as life. This is a prevalent tale from both mythology and religion. But in the shared human history if some such event occurred, and the fact that we are digital, on each “reboot” we would again encounter the energy and effect of that event. The dreadful nightmare of the Shadow.
Don’t forget we made it all up, or we prefer to say perceived it in a specific way. “Falling from Grace” does feel like you really screwed up. But the frequency of missing the mark (sin) is substantially reduced by practice (discipline) and a normal experience in everyday life. And there is no time–only a perception. We could make it up different and change our routine and as a facilitator I can support that process. I facilitate a retreat with the title of “Falling into Grace” and implement mastery of four simple steps to establish a practice of returning to bathing in the energy of Grace. Falling because it marks a historical event; Grace because we humans believe “it could be better”; practice because it changes outcomes in human affairs and validates the objective effort side of the human experience. In a relative short time those digital blips transform from “I screwed up again” to “I need to attend to outcome.” Attention directs the energy of creation to flow into an event and “light” up the potential, a reliable mapping for new direction.
When posted my retreats fill in a few hours. This doesn’t need to be a problem if you have eight to ten friends and a space to meet. The targeted goal from this meditative/cognitive wisdom style retreat is to become a resource. Not a consumable item but an inspiration in your community. Your presence (you as a creation) supports and inspires if you demonstrate the flow of grace in your life. I invite you to start “walking your talk” now. E-mail me to get on a waiting list or create your own retreat offering. Day-to-day living may require effort for us humans but the vision of potential is the magic of imagination. The creation of you, the idea of “I am a specific expression”, is the grace of life imagined by all humans. Imagine the time to be your potential now.
October 26th, 2014
In art we may take a pattern and repeat it creating a design. Likewise in music and film we can loop a segment to create an element in the project. In creating human life we took a slice, either by observation or attraction, of the energy of creation and objectified it into a projected redundant sequence. Objectified means we “tuned” the energy into mass that we defined by label, embodied form, and a belief; “me.” The energy of the universe demonstrates the potential to sort and to transform into particles under specific conditions. Human life is a specific condition and, although similar, no two identical humans (close with twins). Pure random would have some probability of a duplicate so the autonomy must be a design product. In a space/time particle environment these designs would need to exclude “universe time” (based on projected movement of objects in the universe) but still be affected by such time to a variable degree. In simple words, the object called you may become a tombstone but we can by design sustain that process by injecting more or less of those slices of creation energy between events. The events are the attended sequences or steps between creation and tombstone. You may savor a feel good moment but pain holds you in the tracking of time.
If you imagine energy as form and project that design art into potential you would create a lifetime of events. The event are made from redundant slices but because they are projected potential that would never need to be identical. Now here is the fun part of the “time outside” concept. Say you have four events at present in your life that need attention and you have selected one as a priority. All four are being held in your attention (your to-do list) but you examine one task in detail to tackle first. You don’t believe it will be a difficult task to complete so you take a break and procrastinate initiating the project. Universe time influences your event during your distraction and the four have now become eight with this increase revealed as complexity rather than more units. With the selected task now back in your focus you notice it is more convoluted but you assume you missed some details in your original assessment. Good reason for a human to get distracted again and time later you once more discover an increase in complexity. Now the eight events become sixteen in intricacy with many previously unnoticed steps apparent now in the event before you. You decide to ask a friend for advice so you take another break and time strikes your list with now 32 in the queue and your one simple task now has eight steps to complete. Yes, facing threshold you generate a plan and tackle the task and wonder why you are so overworked. Just not enough time you may think but the truth is not enough attention and way too much time hidden in the mix. I recommend a refreshed look at your art of attention and your relationship with states of being that support additional slices of creation. You are invited to my next attention retreat–hold this request in your interest and don’t allow it to become too complex for an event in your life.
September 27th, 2014
To entertain larger than life (normal span of life) concepts we employ imagination instead of “I know” and other limited states (intuition, analysis, etc.). If we consider creation as an event without bonds to a system of time (random), this event would always be and have always been. The energy of creation would have no movement or location but it may hold potential; an abstraction preferenced by a strange attractor (conscious observer). The projection of such potential (again imagination) by a digital repetition of a moment from this event produces a demonstration represented as a life.
For emanating humans, reports from awareness would vary depending on their level of consciousness (the story of what they are aware of “now” including them). Irrelevant of the framing, the stories traditionally reference this potential as “attention.” Attention transforms energy into an objectified demonstration of the bias attracting the energy. And, since a projected potential would be the same directed towards a point as directed from a point, both points experience an increase in objectification or a schedule of development for us humans.
Thus a human experience is an interactive story with a demonstration (action or form) projected via a set of proprietary patterns. Each unique set of patterns are formed by the strange attractor in creation. An interaction between humans would normally be interpreted comparatively (intuitively) due to these dissimilar unconscious pattern bases. All parties to this event would intuit the differences and be triggered (learned response) to a state where they would define action to balance or to justify a personal position. And for more fun they could polarize this position as best, good, right, perfect or inadequate. The thoughtless seed of human drama and it is automatic.
Yes this is an unconscious act but imagine what would happen if one person could set aside their position and simply attend to one or all the participants in the event. You could “set aside” the story and for a moment, sample the other persons position and pause. No need to fully identify with them, support them, be converted or do anything. Attend to the energy and observe as it raised in both you and them. Lose the “speed bumps” and you become the source of attention; creation shows up. How cool is this?
e use attention to objectify (label or define) and effort to move, store and collect the spoils. More and bigger is the goal but in the end the only object you get is a tombstone. Personal discipline (spiritual training) is not managing to control unconscious automated programs but observing them and attending to potential opportunities to allow creation to structure new, more expansive and integrated concepts. Not using your attention to discern but instead as a path to the source; allow creation to update your potential.