The Happy Wizard Webinar: “Surviving the Cultural Changes”

Twelve one hour webinars, one each month plus an email personal questions link all for $100.  All the webinars will be archived on You Tube to view as often as you wish after you sign up.  You are welcome to join at any time and I will forward you the twelve links.  Thanks


Life is a process to support the concept of “being” by movement, real or imagined.  Change is essential and time is the variant; slow change over time being easier to adapt to.  With fifty plus years experience working with folks embracing or resisting change, I feel confident that humans are still up for the task of integrating new potential into their lives.  However, two present observed phenomena may impede expediting this goal.  I believe we can simplify the process.

Change in the past occurred within a familiar looking world.  Science today confirms that our world is not structured the way we have always perceived it to be.  I believe the sign of this pending development was noted by Gregory Bateson in the seventies in his book Steps to ecology of mind.  “But what worries me is the addition of modern technology to the old system.  Today the purposes of consciousness are implemented by more and more effective machinery, transportation systems, airplanes, weaponry, medicine, pesticides, and so forth.  Conscious purpose is now empowered to upset the balances of the body, of society, and of the biological world around us.  A pathology—a loss of balance—is threatened.”  To update this for the present concern I think we need to add AI.

The second phenomena is the strong social support for reactions and the idea that a reaction is a choice.  Reactions are learned, the matrix of habit or redundancy.  It has value because familiar may be safe and in a life as a collection of habit pieces (structure) change is always highlighted.  The good news, our attention goes to change and we discover potential.  The bad news, we resist the change and therefore the potential.  With attention on reaction we slip into the “shadow of self” and miss all potential.

I know, I’m retired.  I’m also traditionally a live audience facilitator and the web poses a big challenge.  I speak and watch where the “energy goes” and from that I gauge how to present a topic.  But this program is all about change and how to embrace it as happy—I think we are all up for it.  Besides I always wanted to work with Gregory Bateson’ s material and the goal is to generate a change in state with the emotional energy of happy.  I believe this will be a fun adventure with lots to learn at all levels of awareness.  We will chat next month.  First assignment is search and recall a felt response for “I feel happy.”


Second webinar-range and resistance

Surviving  the new cultural premise is our theme.  And our strategy is to be happy with the process.  Surviving refers to your perception of value and not bio-mass.  Humans historically have been able to accomplish that within some range of ease to dis-ease.  But the world view didn’t need to change much in the past.  Today the world we perceive and the world that is being revealed from science is not the same.  We need to learn to secure into something to anchor for the storm.

This chat today is to examine our range for processing life.  But first we need to review two concepts.  Abstraction is how removed we are from the action incorporated in an event.  And framework is a system of levels of inversion nested within the wholeness of any given event.  A concept developed by Gregory Bateson that explains why folks seem to “resist” new ideas or broader views.  These levels serve as filters, or as I prefer, algorithms (filters ignore something, algorithms select something).

Without moving, without doing anything notice how large a chunk your attention is on right now.  This is your range of awareness and if I ask you to attend to this awareness the range becomes smaller or more filter to make room for the projection of you into the range.  You are attending now (one point) and you are aware (second point).  This is conscious range with is around 7 points, more or less.  When we zoom in (magnify) we build discernment and when we zoom out we gain a overall view (with lots of filtration).  More points or more “consciousness” puts your over threshold and into chaos (think deer in the head-lights).  When you zoom in you will always find imperfects, it is just not a perfect world by design.  The question is how may we improve this process to gain a more desirable world view.  Processing is movement, read or imagined.  Simple, we add an algorithm instead of the “default filters.”  We add GRACE and our new affirmation is: “moving with grace makes me feel happy.”

For the advanced group out there, entertain the idea that if you were to work through all the inversion levels (resistance) and arrived at a view of wholeness what would you notice.  You’re not in the picture.  When you become “one with” you corrupt the whole.  What is the end game; perhaps to reach the potential point where you are the whole.  Yes, when you find a really cool hidden lake in the mountains and stop to take a selfie with the lake in the background you are not adding anything to the whole; you are reducing it.

Range for a living organism incorporates genes, somatic, environment.  Quote from Gregory Bateson, Steps to ecology of mind.

“What is required to give a balanced “theory of evolution” is the occurrence of genotypic changes which shall increase the available range of somatic flexibility.  When the internal organization of the organisms of a species has been limited by environmental or mutational pressure to some narrow subset of the total range of living states; further evolutionary progress will require some sort of genotypic change which will compensate for the limitation.”

Third webinar-securing range

The cultural premise is an unconscious coupling for humans with their biological environment.  We are designing a consciousness coupling—I feel happy.  With attention on movement, balance becomes paramount.  We added grace in movement to expand the limits past threshold last month.  This month we will examine the nature of the ranges we are expanding.  Polarity or dichotomy ranges lack a single consistent elements running the total length of the range and thus interfere with the assumption that adding energy is a positive increase in potential.  Also, with any alteration we only need to attend to the difference proposed by the modification and not all the data describing the changed state.  By securing one element the length of the range we may produce a consistent demonstration where increase in energy is congruent with increase in range.  We will initiate this process by attending to securing “no” in our life.  No is a concept consistent with increase in discipline.

For the advanced group, the issue with dichotomy ranges is that “0%” is in the center and the extreme right and left points are maxed at 100% and that is not possible.  We leave on a sphere and any two point may create a line—in both direction in this special case.  Such an assignment to points would lead to corruption and distortion as the data circles the loop.

Forth webinar-moving and centering in range

Remember, a secured range has a common thread from end to end.  It is not a statement of absolute but it is your statement.  Unsecured you intuitively compare the present event to a past similar event and conclude that this is like that.  This awareness of a familiar calls for same action; a re-action.  Culture implements change over 100 years to cycle perhaps in 200 years.  Such a slow process sets us up to always being at re-action; feels the same as yesterday.

Our goal is to move ranges around and set them up with us in the center.  We can take a quick look at Law of large numbers and probability.  Hard to explain this is a short talk but we have a tool to play with and explore.  Imagine the secured range from humble to arrogant.  Zero is extreme humble (remember, no good or bad), half way up the range we meet a point when humble diminishes to a small arrogance.  At the top end we could become president.  If we mark the range from 0 to 10 than at 4.999 someone else by assignment could/would  be arrogant enough to hold the center.  At 5.001 you would be arrogant enough to hold the center.  Not a competition but a set-up.  Greater level of arrogant would be useless and inappropriate.  Felt ranges (how arrogant do I feel) are difficult to code and gauge comparatively.  Play with this and notice what happens.  The homework is to do  meditations and request a felt response for appropriate arrogance (20 minutes, often) until you secure a level that works—your friends and family can tolerate.  The magic is your intuition is now in training for a new task and it will assist in finding the sweet spot.

For the advanced group:  From Gregory Bateson: “Probability, being a ratio between quantities which have similar dimensions, is itself of zero dimensions.  That is, the central explanatory quantity, information is of zero dimensions.”  You may compare similar stuff but the comparison is not stuff.  Intuition is not a stuff but a comparative tool and therefore free of location—we can reassign it.

“Coding devices characteristic of verbal communication differ profoundly from those of kinesics.”  Yes, we have more than one active systems of communication.  “The human communication which creates redundancy in the relationship between persons is still preponderantly iconic and is achieved by means of kinesics, paralinguistic’s, intention movements, actions, and the like.  It is in dealing with the universe, message plus environment, that the evolution of verbal language has made the greatest strides.”  Our internal coding is not universally congruent with similar coding from another human.

Fifth webinar-redundancy, coding, securing done

This month we are looking at redundancy and the need to secure “done” to open for potential in our life.  In our model, humans create an idea and project it external (outside your concept of self as a location).  All objects are an imagined idea made redundant (real, predictable, tangible).  Bateston stated: “The patterning or predictability of a particular event within a larger aggregate of events is technically called ‘redundancy’.”  You allow for a range in this package (a limited potential but safe) and project the imagined idea of you into it.  Yes, you are objectifying yourself to be part of this world you think of as real.  If you find some value in the world and can produce a demonstration relating to that value then you may be real and of value.  We are all seeking a truth in an imagined game.  The game does have structure and a relative (partial) truth but no absolute truth.  This is the good news because we can always find a larger “truth” and that opens potential for discovery.  But the past and future are secured in stories as artifacts.  The only gateway for potential is the moment now.  To be now and open to the creation of a new potential you need to not be burdened with (holding on to, securing into, treating as sacred, etc.) an objectified world made up of repetitions of events.  Threshold is the limit to the redundant package that you know and have designed as “your past and future.”  Beyond that point if you venture forth you will discover a potential—an unknown.  If you are at least secure in your presence it will be an opportunity, perhaps on another level, a different “location”, or the start of a trail or path.  Yes, we need to have “no” secured to identify the structure of you.  With some of that in place you secure a “done” with any past event, person, idea and allow the void in your pattern of redundancy to open “ram” for your new adventure.

Careful here, done means no longer involved in your life stream.  If you made this all up the only thing connecting you to anything past or future is you holding on to that idea.  Got it?  Not easy and remember the French caution: Plus change ca c’est la meme chose.  You will need to secure the space for a change to be new and different.

Sixth webinar-the learning curve for the new cultural demand

So far in this series we have attended to mood, balance, grace and improvement of life ranges by securing into a consistent element.  The first element to secure was “no” and from that we explored range expansion and centering in the attended range.  Last month we began the internal search for outdated concepts, useless consideration or expectation and even artifacts to secure as done and abandon them.  Freeing these small internal spaces creates room for new potential experience.  We need to keep it simple and in a few months there is one more element to secure.

This month we are looking at learning which is also redundancy.  Gregory Bateson breaks learning down into levels.

“Zero learning is characterized by specificity of response, which–right or wrong–is not subject to correction.

Learning I is change in specificity of response by correction of errors of choice within a set of alternatives.

Learning II is change in the process of Learning I, e.g., a corrective change in the set of alternatives from which choice is made, or it is a change in how the sequence of experience is punctuated. (No limit to levels but he never observed anyone above Learning II).”

We will use these learning concepts in a few months to secure that last element but next we will talk about the emanating  structure that learning builds on.

I got introduced to the concept of structure in the writings of Jean Piaget.  Somewhere in the mid ’70’s papers by Clare Graves on evolution of value systems surfaced and it made great sense to me.  The descriptions were complicated but the concept was beautiful.  I’m going to share with you the Dr. Chriss Lemmon interpretation because it is congruent to the model we have been working with in the webinar series.  Check out Spiral Dynamics on line on latest works by Ken Wilber for more detailed interpretations.

Seventh webinar-two systems of spiritual growth

Spiritual growth is managed change in potential alone a theme of self.

Source of creation would be an imagined idea of self.  This would be everywhere, equal and still.  To produce a demonstration (a lifetime) this idea would need a location (objectification) which could be achieved by compression of the idea into a point of reference.  Movement would be essential to produce the compression. Form or matter is the object of an idea compressed.  Albert’s formula indicates that M=E/c2; that would be compression (not division because all the parts maintain the state of whole and complete).

Life is a balance representing the idea of self in a state of being between an object and a force; both reflecting potential.  The ultimate objectification is death and the ultimate force (subject or theme) is transcendence.

Today, when we say we evolve from something, we mean the data and not the biology.

A meme is the structure that support the achieved potential of a human that fills in behind the discover process and is available for the next wave of human to maintain grouping of the humans into cultures—from enlarged ego self to world centered.

Eight webinar-end of the thread

In review, the sensed awareness of the concept of you in the center of all the ranges that you operate in, one at a time, is called presence.  The practical extent of a range is one full view of your awareness with attention focused on you in the center.  Creation is the imagined act of you “being” present in this world that you perceive through awareness but it is also imagined or created.  Any range you operate in (make decisions) where you are not at least in the range, or best in the center is referred to as a “shadow” experience—the shadow of you is operating.

The act of creation would have no need to entertain no or done.  The biggest problem with creation would be too much and that is why we need a location, which is a limit, for it to be in form and potential.  Also, the action of implementing a demonstration for this created imagined potential (life and form) would require a secure location to weather the chaos brought about by the action (our Universe).  As we move (become—a change in being) in our direction of potential we need to re-secure (new location to accommodate the change) to save growth to date.  We do that by securing no and done in our model of life; a reset point.  Acceptance isn’t necessary, once a potential secures in space, the world will naturally fall into relationship with it.

The fun part is that with all expressions of “no” and “done” secured, humans would become narcissistic.  It’s all about me and everyone else is “fired”; you know that story.  Or my team, group, culture, church, or whatever is the best which in time leads to “they are the best because of what I contribute.”  Don’t forget the fact that movement needs balance.  To balance this issue we will explore another thread next month, the art of securing “we.”

Ninth webinar-exploring the concept of “we”

Growth would have to be a discernment or a difference in data that produces a feeling of meaning sufficient for humans to perceive and respond (not react but create or refresh, mature).  Always an increase in complexity because potential is an undiscovered element within the whole.

Our education has biased the objective or linguistic side of communication.  The term integral or tier two I feel is balancing the story of what we think important with the feeling of meaning.  I think this awareness will emanate from pattern discernment—the awareness of the change in pattern—and not from the post modern story index; the inclusion of all.  However, I do agree that both concepts will be essential and included as we mature.

Your assignment is to do a short meditation to discover what meaning feels like.  Make a list of events, friends, stuff and sensations (love, likes, anger, opinions) and log them with a number from one to ten assigning value for meaning.  Did you know that brain imaging indicates different patterns for emotional state but no gradient of meaning.  Another person is perhaps your only clue to grade meaning.  You would both be whole but separate in both the state and nature of streams in potential.  Would an entrainment with another provide you a means to secure meaning learned in comparison that by design would not be competitive.  The very nature of securing “we.”

Tenth webinar-the bigger view

Humankind supports spiritual or potential growth (mostly unconscious) by developing structure in each group or culture that supports the imagined potentials of all the folks in those sets.  Currently a slow methodical process because of the “time” needed to secure the structural steps before moving forward and the challenge to calibrate those internal feelings and meanings to pair with external demonstrations.  As the internal and external integrate this time needed to process life (make decisions and move) will expedite.   I believe humans will employ robotics more or intuition will mature to a level not even envisioned now.

The internal ranges for humans are calibrated in feelings and usually projected out as some form of art.  We have not been remiss in creating art but not nearly as prolific as the information age associated with the modern meme that 60% of us now occupy.  I predict that the focus of the post-modern age that we are now entering will be attuning and sorting all those internal feelings.  The foreshadow of this is the post-modern drive to be so PC.  For the concept of you to survive as unique you will need to be ahead of the propelling force to become neutral.

Emotion is the force to produce motion (again, real or imagined) and we humans have the habit of labeling emotions by the movement or action associated.  Why would the energy to move need to be identified by a designation?  We don’t mark  the fuel we use on a trip.  Also, scientific testing indicates that we are not very incisive or consistent in identifying feelings and the level of energy in the body doesn’t vary much to correspond to perceived different levels of feelings.  Research indicates that the more confident our view of our feelings the more we are in inaccuracy.  Being arrogant is of little value here.  A learning adventure awaits us.

We learn gradients in the external world by watching other folks (too much, too little, different direction, etc.).  We learn scale in the internal world by empathy.  We observe or sample what other folks feel.  Balance here is important.  Don’t match your subjects and become them or judge them.  Take that concept of self you worked so long to discover and just move it aside like a vale.  Sample your subject—you don’t need to know them or talk to them.  Allow yourself to feel their experience in their body now.  Just a sample and then allow your vale to return between you and them.  Go to a mall, a Starbucks or a library and practice.  I call this technique entrainment and it is very simple but like arrogance, it does require some fine tuning.  The more you sample the faster you calibrate and pick lots of different folks.  No thinking involved.  You are learning “I am” and not “I know.”  And by the way, you are all now advanced students.  Have fun!!

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April 10, Tuesday at 1 PM final


Dr. Lemmon’s defined levels of spiritual training (spirit meaning potential).

Level one: recognizing a concept that in the external world is defined as you via language (who am I) and internal with a familiar feeling (this is how I feel).  Congruent perhaps with the vision shared by family and culture, supported by expectation from same group, directed by demands from same group.  What Bateson called zero learning.

Level two:  to discover from trial and error experience what linguistically best defines you as a unique person (what I can do well, what I like to do, what keeps me engaged).  Permission from what this refreshed person feels to discover internal meaning and a trail of clue to expand these feelings.  None of this is likely to be familiar but in time intuition will adapt and become more useful.  What Bateson called learning to learn.

Level three: or what I referred to as advanced, is a person that will reflect on the internal meaning discovered and map a stream of potential as a more fulfilling direction of movement.  At the same instance, externally finding or creating the structure to develop this stream of potential in the real world.  At this level intuition may start to navigate in the stream of potential instead of the old familiar past you.  What Bateson called learning to learn to learn.