Seeking Innovation

April 1st, 2024

We are initiating this “range development” process with a focus on children because we hold the impression that they are very imaginative.  They do demonstrate a vivid imagination but not for innovation, for structure—the right or expected way.  I’m inspired by the work of Jean Piaget but his style of reporting is not an easy read for most.  Andrew Shtulman is todays leading expert on children’s imagination and an enabling force behind innovation.  I recommend his book, Learning to imagine: the science of discovering new possibilities.  Harvard University Press, 2023: ISBN 9780674248175.

It has been my observation that the average human has a plethora of unconscious patterns focused on movements (actions) to protect their life.  Not a bad thing having blueprints protect your life when you run around 93% unconscious.  Obviously vital that we obtain this knowledge early in life along with other associated guidance.  We experience an expedited learning curve as a child yet we don’t learn half the complexity needed to develop into fully defined potential.  I perceive their learning spotlight is unconsciously a list of essentials that are basic for a general overview of how to embrace life as a human.  The term “Come again as a child” may not be sufficient to reach life potential.  In fact, scientific research indicates that education boosts innovation more proficiently than imagination.  What we learn supports a better mesh and in fact a more proficient form of imagination associated with innovation.  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” is a quote by Marcel Proust that hints imagination needs to mature upon an educated platform.

If you aspire to the concept of success in life “as reaching some level of potential”, you may need to expand your range of conceivable and that is our goal.  The limits to how far you may travel with imagination has built in human constraints.  Research proves that we need more learning as inducement to approach those higher levels yielding a new prospective.  You may discover clues via fantasy, fiction and other forms of imaginative stimulus but they offer no real secure gains toward your goal.  Imagination provides only an impetus to select diverse topics to explore.  This process requires a lot of attention, not in finding an answer but in understanding a model or principle that will reveal an inkling.  Your questions guide you to hints that will amalgamate into a wide scope of understanding stemming from these new learned comprehensions.  The more diverse the knowledge base the longer you may sustain with your new aptitude.

Life is full of redundancies with change always waiting at the edge to insert influence.  Starting next month our focus of attention will spot and invoke change to facilitate this new impetus for securing potential.  Each month we will invoke a different scale to focus attention.  We have a new game.


Imagine Not Knowing

March 1st, 2024

Let’s begin building our references for dealing with the unknown from our very early years.  You may recall, the set-up was very different as a youngster.  Generally, very little expectation that you knew how to perform in most situations.  Most kids had some assistance with small tasks, had lots of repetitive training and had someone willing to manage if they got distracted, fatigued or just bored.  Our very early years (pre three) allowed us familiarity with movement and we stored all those occurrences as pattens in our body.  Over time, anticipated responses were attached as an addition or amendment to the already stored unconscious movement patterns.

We learned early that some “words” had assignments but a collection of spoken words produced some type of “story” (a pattern defined by words or sounds and not just movement).  We had a very accelerated learning curve with very little conflicted experiences.  Those defiant “no” rebellions at age two were tolerated and managed. From the start we tended to preference people with the same appearance, and soon, the same language.  The process was designed to create good tribal (culture or just family) members, well defended (and restricted) by unconscious patterns along a theme of supporting local harmony (less no’s) by stories or actions. 

The course from child to young adult transitioned through very turbulent teen years for most.  Stories began to layer over patterns and build complexity—the nature of subconscious configurations.  This produced a force that felt restrictive yet somehow a safe perimeter.  What typically creates the turbulence is the need to find this balance point, an allowable amount of risk.  Change requires a larger range of possibles by sampling experiences beyond the trained childhood standard.  The task of identifying and securing an appropriate level of risk is the act of maturing—having a range to make a decision in.  This intensity of development is a set-up for your starting gate to explore potential as an adult. 

As you are all aware, there are a lot of variables to the above story.  The good news, we began as imagined and preserve our relationship to imagination throughout development.  If we learn skills and cultivate imagination we are on a path to a future potential. 

  • We need to develop a larger range or we live forever with mom
  • We need to discover a different way to do everything or old patterns rule
  • We need to help others and allow others to help us
  • Learn to define and secure your skill and respect the skill of others
  • It is not what you believe but what you do and do well
  • No such thing as value unless it is distributed
  • Entertain the meaning of “no” as “not that way”

I offer a set of goals and the clues are in your potential for most, and others in defined skills.  Never a competition because we all share a deadline.  If you dream of winning that race just follows your habit of being.  The game is complex and I believe a top-down form of creation.  When you play a “box game” it does not matter who wins; at some point the game is over and the box is shelved.  Is your goal the box or the engagement?    


Value of Symbols

February 1st, 2024

Before we developed language, we made-up stories as a report on what we, in our minds, thought happened and scratched those reflections as images onto cave walls—sacred space today reflecting fabricated stories about possible real events.  Do you understand, we are still processing life with the same protocols?  Yes, the good news, we have larger and more confident groups.  We know that there are lots of languages but very few written.  A few of us humans converted markings on walls into written language but the stories still reflect our bravado along with facts about the event.  We are storytellers and not factual reporters.

I believe that we inheritably inflate our part in any experience to overcome the unconscious patterns designed and installed in all of us for our protection (unconscious lessons by family and culture).  We define in stories how we overcame the risk to our life to accomplish our goal and seek acknowledgement from our peers for the effort.  A move from cave walls to Facebook with little alteration in the requirement for tribute.

When we witness a phenomenon, any imaginable perception, we record it as a symbol—an image that we link to the actual phenomena.  When we developed language, we attempted to apply logical structure (mapping for space as location) and that breaks the connection to the phenomena; a non-logical perception.  This assimilation of thought to logical things is useful in practical human life.  We Earth creatures define self as a logical object in space.  We necessarily express ourselves by means of words and we usually think in terms of space or location.  But the unknown, by definition, is not a logical reference nor does it exist in any defined space.  Language requires us to establish between our ideas the same sharp and precise distinctions, the same discontinuity, as between material objects.  This is not possible.  A novel creation is not a logical recalled experience.  Getting lost in the attempt to map via logic may generate sufficient disconnect from the inspiring potential.  

Over the centuries, we have attempted to revert to those old symbols; that effort traditionally presents itself as totally ideological.  Very fun experience for a meditation but will not pay the rent.  Phenomena does not occupy space.  If we attempt to rid ourselves of those old clumsy links to symbols, we find ourselves lost in a space with no future—always unknown and phenomenon by definition.  The game of processing quality to find quality introduces contradiction into the very heart of the process.  The logical conclusion to redundancy is annihilation. 

We have created an undefined “space” for potential.  Materializing symbols are clues from that potential and we need to attend to those clues for sufficient time (a special partition of space) to become a demonstration in logical form to represent, with limitation, that potential.  We have a game.         



January 19th, 2024

A bonus presentation to illustrate the concept of opening up to a different approach or format.  I had the opportunity to chat with a former student, a very lovely and talented woman who I respect.  A different background and different philosophy.  I don’t view her as wrong or right—old game that we humans, by design, need to grow past.  She is amazing and accomplished and willing to share her time.  I support that and believe, life forward without some form of an absolute, is the next step for humans.  Check out her YouTube Channel, Dani Henderson and we have had chats in the past that she has stored for presentation.  More things are in a state of change than the weather.  I encourage you to wake up and find your future potential; a phenomenon that is “real” yet not fully developed as a logical element yet.

What is Stirring the Pot?

January 4th, 2024

Welcome to a new year and the next step in developing a new potential for you.  The basic instruction, if you recall from close of last year, is to leave the new range you created void and simply observe or attend to what propagates within.  You are looking for a clue or an inspiration (I term this as a “wind in your head”) that invokes questions.  This new creation is discovered by the inspiration ignited by the questions.  What you need to know is that this takes lots of questions to seam into form.  Most get a clue and integrate past experience to form, a modified old strategy.  It may be enough for some change but most of these plans fail to inspire a novel scheme. 

Being patient is the most difficult task for me and I will share some concepts that helped me prevail.  The philosophy of Merleay-Ponty on perception has aided me in filtering out what I assume from what I in fact observe.  To develop this skill, take some time to sit and observe and record everything you see without the opinions or conjectures that freely flow from your thinking.  I like coffee shops but watching workers is also fun.  When you review your notes after a period of observation you may be astonished by how many assumptions you recorded.  We humans are story tellers by default.  Take some time to refine this skill.     

Based on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, I believe the “background” is the element that evolves steadily over time.  Background is the field of evolutionary change and independent of our actions or reactions.  Perhaps you have noticed that in our present state of change.  Direct your observations to answer the question, “what is the subject doing now?” and note their action.  Ignore the background elements and your interpretation for their actions.

I imagine we are all aware of deduction and induction reasoning (THINKING, FAST and SLOW, Daniel Kahneman).  Charles Sanders Peirce, an American philosopher and logician from the late 1800s defined three kinds of reasoning we use to solve problems.  As you may recall, deduction draws inferences where the truth of the premises ensures the truth of the conclusions.  Induction is simply a way to draw conclusions from a series of observations.  The third is abduction, a less structured form of reasoning but focused at the core of insights.  Based on the act of insight, although perhaps an extremely fallible insight and not universally shared with a group.  It arrives from putting together what we had never before dreamed of putting together and it comes to us like a flash.

We may be impatient but the truth is the automatic (defensive) programs activate faster than we can think and this process conserves energy.  Nice design if your goal is to secure as redundant only your recorded past experience.  A new potential, a new version or accomplishment for you, is going to take an investment of energy—time and work. 

My blogs are simply my thoughts on a subject and all the academic book references are a product of the research I did to create my new ranges.  This process may not be revealed in any of those titles and I list them to remind you to always expand range.  A stranger or an outside symbol (information source-books, movies, friends) are the frequent means to integrate (and still mind safety patterns) new interpersonal values.


End of the Season

December 1st, 2023

The last theory that Stephen Hawking was working on before he passed was a “Top-down cosmology for the universe in a holographic form.” (On the Origin of Time by Thomas Hertog).  You may recall, in quantum theory, an observer may influence energy to change it into a particle.  In this latest theory, life (on Earth) is the observer and the heart of design for the universe we inhabit.  A game changer and it will be fun to see how this plays out in cosmology.  Nice associated piece, not sure how relevant that is to philosophy or psychology but I have been teaching with that premise secured—we may influence our future.  An imagined design or concept in our three-dimensional space is a holographic form.

Life form adheres to the first law of thermodynamics, the law of conservation.  We humans store basic life lessons as patterns and only add minimal information to the basic patterns if an update is required.  We have learned to manage and survive with a minimal investment of energy.  That is the basis of limited consciousness and resistance to change, new ideas and implementation.

That said, we need a clear and open range to implement potential.  All our energy attention needs to focus and flow into that space to bring potential into structured form.  Our natural inclination is to move “everything” into the new space under the guise of improvement.  We bury our potential below our past to conserve.  The unknown you faced at birth is your gateway into potential.  Do you understand the merit of the old phrase, “born again?”

At birth you had very little history (in womb was a real experience) and your parents (family, culture, country) “demanded” a title and set of limitations for you to comply to that first law of thermodynamics—your name is the anchor.  Now we have a starting point conserved and a game.

Like any game, if you pay attention, you can navigate the game.  With a little attention (awareness) we could build a better birdhouse or implement numerous potential experiences in life.  More complexity requires more attention and questions defining where to focus attention.  The answers or information flows in packets or quanta of energy that I call clues.  As a metaphor, think of reading a novel.  You may have selected the book because of author, topic, or just the book cover.  Each chapter provides content and clues guiding you to the yet unrevealed conclusion.  Potential is an unknown chapter in your life.  The main difference is that with a book you can cheat and advance to the final chapter—not so with life.

The goal this year was to secure the open range you created last year with nothing but a statement of merit or value.  Empty space is a question that invites clues in compliance to your title of merit.  Do you get that space always evolves over time? I call this a set-up.  Your questions about clues will both inform and inspire you providing momentum evolving into a response.  Yes, the force of evolution will generate a response and your potential will be birthed.  This is the same process that you experienced with your physical birth anchored by name and culture.  Faster this time around because you are familiar and skilled with the set-up.


Selena Ingles
Illinois, US

The nemesis of the dark is the light. 
Dancing and prancing it weaves together a tapestry of
emotions, behavior and patterns.  Without the duality of
both dark and light one becomes their own worse nemesis
and fights to survive.  Residency in survival causes our true
selves to be oppressed.  We can not win for losing as both
sides collide.  Society draws a line in the sand and asks,
which will you decide?  Knowing good and well that it is
with these two sides aligned that we may find our light.
Finding balance in both, we find security and hope.  Hope is
a beautiful lie that we eat when our hearts sigh.  Grounding
deeply in between these two is the best thing for me and
you.  Together we can survive.  Unchained by words of men,
listening to the voice within.  You and me and them.  This
world is ours to take.  Let us each take each other by the
hand and work together for this land.
-A gift for a changing world.

Ten seconds to Balance

November 1st, 2023

Attention is the most difficult attribute for humans to develop.  I imagine the automatic “intuitive” safety-directed response that, by design (fast and no thinking required), disrupts the opportunity to consciously attend and generate a fully informed decision.  Over the years, I have developed and practice what I call the “10 second rule.”  I have trained to insert 10 seconds minimum attention to an intuitive response.  Obviously, a crisis will not afford you this opportunity and that is wise but most learned reactions will.  In 10 seconds, I demand an image of the outcome or I will halt the process.  I create a symbol external (think timer) to review options and make a conscious decision.  I accept the risk!  We might call this spiritual work—the theme or spirit of the work that is wise for me in the long run.  This is not about power or control, only the nature of influence.  Energy is equal to the relationship between mass and time (and now science deems there is no mass so time is important).  This is a possible influence because the system does not evolve backwards—evolution is a marker of time.

A few more points I have observed or learned about the integration of attention.  A caution should never be ignored.  If you are attending to anything with a caution employ “divide attention” and maintain equal attention to both the stimulus and the caution.  Not an easy form of attention but worth mastering.  A constant level of attention is critical to stay alert to changes in data in order to make safe choices.  A caution is not a demand to stop and it is not a distraction.  It is a communication that supports your safety in attending to your goal or task.  A caution is not limited to a hazard to life but could be an emotional or spiritual threat.

An emotional energy does not pose a caution but may be disabling.  The intensity of emotion (energy to support action) voids any chance of equal attention.  “Alternating attention” still supports your choices to influence but with emotion you need one more step to level the field.  Attend to the emotion and immediately notice that your presence is greater than the emotional energy (assuming you don’t become the emotion).  Notice the time absorbed in this step and switch your attention to task.  Attend equal time to your task and switch again back to emotion repeating this process until the task is completed or the emotional level recedes.  The trick here is to use time, an external reference, instead of the internal reference of your space (volume).

A small amount of emotional energy is often used as a switch to change states of being.  To attend to a task or stimulus you may need to be in the mood; a different state.  You will not notice the volume of emotional energy until you compare it to your presence.  If it proves to be manageable, match the energy and quickly switch your attention to the task or stimulus for an event.  Repeating this process quickly will bond the energy to the task and support your attention.

The default for humans is focus of attention but that is a filter and not a choice.  When there are multiple stimuli, as in thoughts, fully attend to one at a time and choose not to continue the attention.  As that stimulus diminishes quickly move to the next and repeat.  Remember to fully attend to each stimulus and choice to dismiss.  You select what you wish to attend to and your influence is expressed in choice.  All the above skills may be developed through meditation—a focus of attention.


Review of Attention

October 1st, 2023

I suggested last month that we consider a statement of “merit” to prepare our new range as a space to integrate potential.  Do you get how attention to this statement—the “merit” as a subject—is transposed into an object for design and development?  Attention is referred to as the allocation of processing resources and it is one of the most intensely studied topics within psychology and cognitive neuroscience.  People are not born with the skill of attention.  Like many human skills it has to be developed.  Its development and training start from a very early age.  We try to grab the attention of a baby by making strange noises.  Later we focus the attention of the child by reading them stories.  As the children grow up, they are required to concentrate on whatever they study or read.  All of these activities help to some extent to develop and focus attention but concurrently also focus on distraction.  Both attention and distraction are developed simultaneously; the seed of free choice.

The two primary things we need to develop to expand the potential of human life are a relationship with influence and expanded attention.  The relationship with influence is simply operating consciously with a definition of you contained.  Attention is a lot more complex.  Attention is closely related to consciousness.  Both are integrative and yet also selective.  Indeed, so close is this relationship that models of attention are asserted also to provide, through the corollary discharge of the attention control signals, two important aspects of consciousness; the sense of ownership of the conscious experience and its immunity to error though misidentification.

Attention is usually conceptualized as the boosting of signal-to-noise ratio both through inhibition of processing of unattended stimuli and through enhanced processing of attended stimuli.  Consciousness refers primarily to phenomenal experience itself, and secondarily to aspects of that experience such as its wholeness, its feeling of self-ownership (first-person ontogeny), the ability to report its contents verbally or in other ways, and the awareness of being conscious (meta-consciousness).

Lack of attention is the largest issue that a human will face seeking potential.  I will expand more on this topic next month—attention is required to form wise questions and delve into the unknown future.  We have just been through and are still in tough economic times.  I want to remind you to keep your attention on your priorities, they deserve your attention; in fact, they feed on it.  When the moment, or a solution to a problem, is counter-intuitive you will surprise yourself more often than not by acting outside your normal patterns and in your own best interest.  Enjoy yourself, as entertainment, anytime you leave the present to lean on the past or wonder about the future.  Now is your best friend.

Steps to consider:

  1. Get grounded-feel what is real
  2. Adding energy before you start reduces effort
  3. Mindful helps you be present
  4. Own what you are doing or don’t do it
  5. Don’t watch the time but watch the flow
  6. When you are done be done in every way


Define the Path

September 1st, 2023

Before we start the task of designing a new range, we should entertain a metaphor for the difference between a range and a state.  Water traditionally has three states with science now possibly adding a fourth (H3O2).  The original three were liquid, vapor and ice.  Oxygen has other ranges and with Carbon that starts with CO2 (carbon dioxide).  And Hydrogen also shares a range with Carbon as in Hydrocarbons (HGLs) in many forms.  In fact, all the elements on the atomic table are a state of energy expressed in form (pattern) and most combine to generate different ranges.  Lots of repetition in all the systems of our world.

My interpretation of ranges and their potential is inspired by Robert Kegan’s work on what he calls “Orders of Mind”.  Lots of complexity and biology contributes to these maturing levels of range, especially with the first two in the series.  I imagine that most of you have seen “adults” that act very juvenile a majority of the time confirming that biological age is not a predominate influence.  That said, most of you reading this blog are in level three, some in level four, seeking entry into the next potential range.  Kegan professes that an “order” or range is a subject that you may imagine, talk about and even plan for.  Transition of this concept of potential from being a subject into an object is elevated by your attendance, your presence of being in this new range of potential.  For example, you can plan a trip to Disneyland and research all possible adventures offered but that is never the same as the experience of being there.  Lots of information available that you must assume to be true yet unknown.  Post visit you become the person that knows and that level of information secures this change.

In philosophy the first order to establish a new range is to form a moral statement.  In my teachings, I call it defining a value.  Moral feels like a religious idea, but today, value feels like profit.  For now, try to imagine you having merit for your participation in life moving forward.  Counter to the consequence of dragging your present range of potential into this new expanse—everything would lose merit. 

I wasted a lot of time in my first transition by taking classes, joining organizations, hours of meditation and seeking guidance from people with a better story.  All I created was a lot of demand and some depression that led me to feeling exhausted most of the time.  I disassociated with everything but my job and created (imagined) a new range in the manner offered in last years series of blogs.  If you recall, it takes attention to clues and self-directed questions.  In a short time, my job space got easier and my field of attention expanded.  I became aware of the range offering and contemplated how to active this terrain.  Sitting on my apartment roof each night and watching the fireworks from Disneyland inspired me.  Those small rockets, when ignited, make a very massive and beautiful demonstration.  My statement, “In my spare time, I will influence people in a positive manner.”  Two weeks later I started teaching in my spare time.   


Face the Risk

August 1st, 2023

It is a phenomenon that once a person becomes accomplished, say, as an athlete, musician, or most any professional, they may quickly obtain the same high levels with a second professional endeavor.  A related field of course is most productive for such change but evidence documents that all types of career redirects are possible to expedite.  This is one of the reasons why we created more range.  This month we will look at a less obvious influence that supports this effect.

Your first range for a potential for being an expression in form initiates at birth, or at least some yet undetermined moment before or during the term.  How many years, carefully coached by parents, family and culture, did it take to develop you into a competent adult human?  Your frontal brain lobes for decision making don’t kick in until you are around 25 years old and you never obtain more than seven to nine bits of consciousness to work with.  A challenge and there are more limits that are less obvious.  

You are instructed how to walk, talk, eat, sleep and behave and you do an amazing job learning.  You are also informed not to touch hot ovens, sharp objects, electrical outlets, play in the street or drink unknown substances.  It is a dangerous world and the most important lessons are to keep you safe and alive.  But all this information is not stored in a manual.  It is totally integrated into patterns, most of which are unconscious; we are not yet sure where they are stored in your body but you can access this data at near the speed of light and your conscious thinking brain does not need to be involved—it is too slow.  Call it intuition if you like; it integrates risk with stored familiar information and defensive movement into an action faster than your brain can think.  Now that is wise!  Your early teachers and learning experience do affect it to some degree but it will implement action with the goal to protect you.

Congratulations, if you are reading this blog, you were successful with your first range of potential.  If you have been following this stream of blogs you have created space for a second range of potential for you.  Now here is the caveat — your first range is secured as risk-aversion.  Unknown potential is always a risk.  Have you ever had trouble implementing a new and improved (increased potential) version of you into the range you were birthed into?  We have some great success if the avenue is aligned with family and culture (part of first range) or as some change in state for you.  For example, as a promotion in a job or field that coincides with your family and cultural considerations.  Do you understand why only around 3% of folks can secure a major desired change in behavior into their life?  Never wise to abandon your first range (protection) but don’t attempt to integrate it with your new range.  Next month we will start to set up your new range for risk with a new potential.