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In my recent post, “How Facebook (FB) is Altering Your Mind” we looked at how the social network is affecting mind and personal development. With almost 100,000 views, it has obviously struck a chord with many readers.

So if you liked that, get ready.

What I am about to show you now is something you have probably never seen, yet what it reveals can be seen everywhere: newspaper articles, political viewpoints, religious affiliations, everyday conversations, how we view other people, what shoes we buy, the policies of the Boy Scouts, what we think of art, film, and poetry, the comments we make on Facebook… even our dietary choices.

Once you see this, you will view every aspect of daily life in a dramatically new and useful light. Over the last 10 years of my career as a public speaker, researcher, writer, and coach, this one understanding of how we are as human beings has been one of the most insightful and durable things I have ever encountered.

And it explains why Vegetarians did not – by and large – vote for George W. Bush (GWB), which is fascinating. In fact, it explains a tremendous amount more than that, including the future of political parties, the development of technology, and your own future… we’ll get to that.

Ready?

Political Vegetarianism: An Annoying Question

As a Raw Vegan during the Bush years, a question kept coming up for me that I could not answer:

“Why do I not know any Vegetarians or Vegans who voted for or support George W. Bush in either the 2000 or 2004 election? (Or who voted for John McCain in 2008, or Mitt Romney in 2012, for that matter?) I don’t see vegetarian bloggers for Bush or any pro-vegetarian groups backing him.”

I thought, “Hey, we eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Is there something about eating apples and raw almonds that makes people vote other than conservative? Did the Green Smoothies and Tofurky turn us against GWB or make us favor his opponents?

The answer to this line of inquiry would be the result of years of reading about human development, largely thanks to the published work of American philosopher and author Ken Wilber, the genius mind behind books such as Sex, Ecology, Spirituality and A Theory of Everything. The answer surprised me, and helped make deep sense about the dietary path many Americans are on – and how it often corresponds with a shifting of one’s political, religious, social, and cultural center of gravity.

Now before we get to the juice (or meat) of this, a few questions for you, the reader:

  1. If you are Vegetarian, Vegan, or Raw Vegan, did you vote for Bush?
  2. If you did vote for George, would you do it again?
  3. Finally, if you voted for Bush but were not yet eating a plant-based diet, but have since that vote eaten plant-based, or currently eat plant-based, would you vote for him again?
  4. Do you know any vegetarians who did vote for Bush?

I suspect that the predominant number of“no’s” many of you have given as answers to these questions will weed out most of the naysaying on my premise that Vegetarians and Vegans by-and-large don’t vote conservative… if not, let’s take a look at where the vegetarians live in the U.S., and how those regions with a larger vegetarian demographic voted in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Maps of Vegetarians and Voters in the United States

According to the Vegetarian Times, The United States has approximately 22.8 million Vegetarian-inclined citizens as of October 2012.

Below is a list of the top vegetarian cities in the United States, as determined by the prevalence of vegetarian restaurants in each locale. Let’s assume – based on supply-and-demand in a free market – that more vegetarian restaurants are located where vegetarians are higher in number.

1 Portland, Oregon
2 Seattle, Washington
3 San Francisco, California
4 New York, New York
5 Atlanta, Georgia
6 Washington, D.C.
7 Minneapolis, Minnesota
8 Austin, Texas
9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10 Chicago, Illinois

These vegetarian-laden counties ALL voted Democratic in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Presidential Elections, and only two of these states writ-large – Texas and Georgia, voted Conservative Republican in those years.

Now let’s go to Google Maps and pull up the United States. Below is the search for “Vegetarian Restaurants.”

You will notice that the predominant number of dots on the map correspond to counties that are increasingly Democratic, and not favorable to conservatives. You can do a cursory side-by-side comparison using this county-by county results map from the 2012 Presidential Election provided by The New York Times:

So this is notable from a sociological perspective, but it does not answer my question about the psychology of Vegetarians: Why did I not know anyone personally, professionally, online, or as a group who was vegetarian and backed George W. Bush?

This is where it gets really, really interesting. Whether you are liberal, conservative, independent, or live in your parent’s basement playing with your Wii and posting memegenerator images of talking dinosaurs, listen up, because this will provide fundamental insights on the future of our social and political landscape on a global scale.

Worldviews: Bush and The Vegetarians

Substantial cross-cultural research over the last 50 years, spearheaded by a guy named Clare Graves – has shown that individuals in every culture, at every age, are progressing through stages of worldviews. These stages progress over our lifetimes, and you are not at the same stage now that you were at the age of 5, 12, or 17.

How we see ourselves, our friends, religions, food, politics, movies, life experiences, other cultures… all of these aspects of ours and others’ lives are filtered through our worldviews. Not only that, but these ways of seeing generate ways of being and capabilities that are unique to the level we are at. More on this in just a moment.

The worldview of George W. Bush, and that of your average wheatgrass-drinking, tofu-loving, animal-friendly, eco-Vegetarian are quite different (you may be saying, “Tell me about it.”) But it’s not just different.

One worldview – or set of worldviews – is actually more developed than the other. One has a greater capacity for compassion, care, mutual understanding, co-creativity, and new solutions to complex problems than the other.

(Hint: the Vegetarians have a more developed worldview set than former President George W. Bush).

Breathe. Depending on who you are, that last statement may make you feel curious, angry, or self-righteously self-satisfied with all your sprout-eating and that Tofurky you served your extended family last Thanksgiving, along with your sly sermonizing about how if everyone would eat a plant-based diet it would stop all wars, feed everybody, and save the planet.

So how do we know these worldviews are playing out in every individual, and how could anyone be such a pretentious asshole as to suggest that your average Vegetarian could have a more developed and capable worldview set than our former President?

(Oh, and Vegetarian & Vegan advocates – if you think your series of dietary practices and perspectives are the final stop on the developmental spectrum, just wait till the end of this post.)

Let’s unpack all this by taking a tour of worldviews courtesy of Clare Graves, Ken Wilber, Don Beck and Christopher Cowan – all intimately related contributors to this important discussion of development.

From Ego to Eco : How We View the World Over Time

Ken Wilber’s book A Theory of Everything starts with a big bang – but it’s not of the external Carl Sagan Cosmos variety. What Wilber opens with has to do with the interior emergence and development of one’s perspective on the world over the course of a lifetime. The study of this type of development is called Spiral Dynamics.

Don’t let your brain yawn(!) – you are about to use what follows to win arguments, understand your parents better, and predict the future of American politics, nay, global politics, just for starters.

Here is Ken Wilber from A Theory of Everything:

The model is called Spiral Dynamics, based on the pioneering work of Clare Graves. Graves proposed a profound and elegant system of human development, which subsequent research has validated and refined, not refuted.

“Briefly, what I am proposing is that the psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding, emergent, oscillating spiraling process marked by progressive subordination of older, lower-order behavior systems to newer, higher-order systems as an individual’s existential problems change. Each successive wave, or level of existence is a state through which people pass on their way to other states of being. When the human is centralized in one state of existence, he or she has a psychology which is particular to that state. His or her feelings, motivations, ethics and values, biochemistry, degree of neurological activation, learning system, belief systems, conception of mental health, ideas as to what mental illness is and how it should be treated, conceptions of preferences for management, education, economics, and political theory and practice are all appropriate to that state.” (“Summary Statement: The Emergent, Cyclical, Double-Helix Model of the Adult Human Biopsychosocial Systems,” by Clare Graves; Boston, 20 May 1981.)

Graves outlined around eight major “levels or waves of human existence,” as we will see in a moment. But it should be remembered that virtually all of these stage conceptions. . . are based on extensive amounts of research and data. These are not simply conceptual ideas and pet theories, but are grounded at every point in a considerable amount of carefully checked evidence. Many of the stage models, in fact, have been carefully checked in first-, second-, and third-world countries. The same is true with Graves model; to date, it has been tested in more than fifty thousand people from around the world, and there have been no major exceptions found to the general scheme.

So, thanks to Clare Graves we have an understanding of how people view the world – as they develop as human beings – that has been cross-culturally tested among people of all economic strata… This evolutionary interior worldview development occurs in an individual, be they George W. Bush who joined a secret society and thought Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (they didn’t) or a Vegetarian who likes communes and thinks McDonald’s restaurants are the real WMD (they kind-of are).

Now let’s get on towards what this ACTUAL developmental reality looks like, and see where George W. Bush and The Vegetarians line up. From there, we can have some very interesting conversations about the implications of worldview development in the 21st century as it plays out for YOU, political and religious groups, the media, businesses, and cultures across the globe as we inter-relate and co-create in this new century.

But before we do, a brief but important comment about the title of this section, “From the Ego to the Eco.” We evolve as human beings – our very awareness evolves – from pre-personal to personal to transpersonal, or from ME to WE to ALL OF US. It looks like this:

When we are born, we are not even fully aware of our personhood or able to take care of it yet, being completely reliant on our parents and those who love us to feed us, take care of us when we are sick, wipe our bums and mouths (although not in that order, hopefully), etc. This is the pre-personal stage. ME has not quite arrived on the scene yet.

We quickly begin to realize as young babies that we have a body and thoughts. We begin to connect with, investigate, and take care of them, and we learn this our whole lives. This is the personal stage, also known as Egocentric or ME.

But we live in the world, and their are other people. So, we learn to associate with them at one level or another, and more often than not most human beings only learn to understand and associate with people in their own locale. This is why most people worldwide – even today – practice the religion of their parents, eat the way their local culture ate as they grew up, and see the world the way their peers have socialized them to do. This is the Ethnocentric, or Sociocentric Stage of human awareness, or US.

However, there is a big world out there – lots of cultures, languages, political ideologies, religious practices, cuisines, styles of architecture, modes of expression, ways of communicating, types of perspectives on the meaning of life, and so on. Some of us are not content to be limited to just the associations, perspectives, practices, and delicious burdens and pathologies of our own society – we want heaven, hell, hilarity, and co-creativity on a larger scale in which we recognize that we inter-are with a greater population of souls with concerns that are not so unlike our own. Our awareness expands again to take on the care and concern of “other” people – no matter how different – and here we reach the Worldcentric Stage of human development, or ALL OF US.

And sometimes that level of Worldcentrism extends to what we in Integral circles (Ken Wilber) call Kosmocentrism, or a care and concern FOR ALL BEINGS.

Hence, we move from the EGO (me) to the ECO (all beings), if we develop far enough in our awareness and capacities for responsibility, care, compassion, co-creativity, and so forth.

Perhaps you can already see where we are going with this. But do keep in mind these important major stages that you – and everyone – are developing through. You will see them playing out in the worldview development model called Spiral Dynamics, which we will now investigate.

Spiral Dynamics: The Worldview Terrain of Bush, The Vegetarians, and Everybody

Here we go. As in other articles, I am not going to re-invent the wheel, so here is a pretty full treatment of Spiral Dynamics by Ken Wilber in his excellent and short must-read book, A Theory of Everything. First, the chart of the Spiral Dynamics worldview stages (click it to make it bigger), and then a great excerpt from Wilber’s book that will give you an excellent felt-sense of each of these distinct levels of awareness.

After you review and reflect on Spiral Dynamics, we will talk about Bush, The Vegetarians, and the implications…

Here’s the Spiral Dynamics chart:

Spiral Dynamics Stages

And now, Ken Wilber from A Theory of Everything:

These studies, in fact, appear to be a crucial part of any genuine Theory of Everything. If we are going to include the physical, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of existence, then this important research offers us a more generous overview of the many possibilities of the psychological dimension.

In a sense, this research is the psychological correlate of the Human Genome Project, which involves the scientific mapping of all the genes in human DNA.
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We return, then, to Clare Grave’s work, which has been carried forward and refined by Don Beck and Christopher Cowan in an approach they call Spiral Dynamics. Far from being mere armchair analysts, Beck and Cowan were participants in the discussions that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa. The principles of Spiral Dynamics have been fruitfully used to reorganize businesses, revitalize townships, overhaul education systems, and defuse inner-city tensions.

Spiral Dynamics sees human development as proceeding through eight general stages, which are also called memes.

“Meme” is a word that is used a lot nowadays, with many different and conflicting meanings–and many critics say the word has no meaning at all. But for Spiral Dynamics, a meme is simply a basic stage of development that can be expressed in any activity (we will see many examples as we proceed). Beck and Cowan affirm that memes (or stages) are not rigid levels but flowing waves, with much overlap and interweaving, resulting in a meshwork or dynamic spiral of consciousness unfolding. As Beck puts it, “The Spiral is messy, not symmetrical, with multiple admixtures rather than pure types. These are mosaics, meshes, and blends.”

Beck and Cowan use various names and colors to refer to these different memes or waves of existence. The use of colors almost always puts people off, at first. But Beck and Cowan often work in racially charged areas, and they have found that it helps to take peoples’ minds off skin color and focus on “the color of the meme” instead of the “color of the skin.” Moreover, as much research has continued to confirm, each and every individual has all these memes potentially available to them. And therefore the lines of social tension are completely redrawn: not based on skin color, economic class, or political clout, but on the type of meme a person is operating from. In a particular situation it is no longer “black versus white,” but perhaps blue versus purple, or orange versus green, and so on; and while skin color cannot be changed, consciousness can. As Beck puts it, “The focus is not on types of people, but types in people.”

The first six levels are “subsistence levels” marked by “first-tier thinking.” Then there occurs a revolutionary shift in consciousness: the emergence of “being levels” and “second-tier thinking,” of which there are two major waves. Here is a brief description of all eight waves, the percentage of the world population at each wave, and the percentage of social power held by each.

1. Beige: Archaic-Instinctual. The level of basic survival; food, water, warmth, sex, and safety have priority. Uses habits and instincts just to survive. Distinct self is barely awakened or sustained. Forms into survival bands to perpetuate life.

Where seen: First human societies, newborn infants, senile elderly, late-stage Alzheimer’s victims, mentally ill street people, starving masses, shell shock. Approximately 0.1% of the adult population, 0% power.

2. Purple: Magical-Animistic. Thinking is animistic; magical spirits, good and bad, swarm the earth leaving blessings, curses, and spells which determine events. Forms into ethnic tribes. The spirits exist in ancestors and bond the tribe. Kinship and lineage establish political links. Sounds “holistic” but is actually atomistic: “there is a name for each bend in the river but no name for the river.”

Where seen: Belief in voodoo-like curses, blood oaths, ancient grudges, good luck charms, family rituals, magical ethnic beliefs and superstitions; strong in Third-World settings, gangs, athletic teams, and corporate “tribes.” 10% of the population, 1% of the power.

3. Red: Power Gods. First emergence of a self distinct from the tribe; powerful, impulsive, egocentric, heroic. Magical-mythic spirits, dragons, beasts, and powerful people. Archetypal gods and goddesses, powerful beings, forces to be reckoned with, both good and bad. Feudal lords protect underlings in exchange for obedience and labor. The basis of feudal empires–power and glory. The world is a jungle full of threats and predators. Conquers, out-foxes, and dominates; enjoys self to the fullest without regret or remorse; be here now.

Where seen: The “terrible twos,” rebellious youth, frontier mentalities, feudal kingdoms, epic heroes, James Bond villains, gang leaders, soldiers of fortune, New-Age narcissism, wild rock stars, Atilla the Hun, Lord of the Flies. 20% of the population, 5% of the power.

4. Blue: Mythic Order. Life has meaning, direction, and purpose, with outcomes determined by an all-powerful Other or Order. This righteous Order enforces a code of conduct based on absolutist and unvarying principles of “right” and “wrong.” Violating the code or rules has severe, perhaps everlasting repercussions. Following the code yields rewards for the faithful. Basis of ancient nations. Rigid social hierarchies; paternalistic; one right way and only one right way to think about everything. Law and order; impulsivity controlled through guilt; concrete-literal and fundamentalist belief; obedience to the rule of Order; strongly conventional and conformist. Often “religious” or “mythic” [in the mythic-membership sense; Graves and Beck refer to it as the "saintly/absolutistic" level], but can be secular or atheistic Order or Mission.

Where seen: Puritan America, Confucian China, Dickensian England, Singapore discipline, totalitarianism, codes of chivalry and honor, charitable good deeds, religious fundamentalism (e.g., Christian and Islamic), Boy and Girl Scouts, “moral majority,” patriotism. 40% of the population, 30% of the power.

5. Orange: Scientific Achievement. At this wave, the self “escapes” from the “herd mentality” of blue, and seeks truth and meaning in individualistic terms–hypothetico-deductive, experimental, objective, mechanistic, operational–”scientific” in the typical sense. The world is a rational and well-oiled machine with natural laws that can be learned, mastered, and manipulated for one’s own purposes. Highly achievement oriented, especially (in America) toward materialistic gains. The laws of science rule politics, the economy, and human events. The world is a chess-board on which games are played as winners gain pre-eminence and perks over losers. Marketplace alliances; manipulate earth’s resources for one’s strategic gains. Basis of corporate states.

Where seen: The Enlightenment, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged , Wall Street, emerging middle classes around the world, cosmetics industry, trophy hunting, colonialism, the Cold War, fashion industry, materialism, secular humanism, liberal self-interest. 30% of the population, 50% of the power.

6. Green: The Sensitive Self. Communitarian, human bonding, ecological sensitivity, networking. The human spirit must be freed from greed, dogma, and divisiveness; feelings and caring supersede cold rationality; cherishing of the earth, Gaia, life. Against hierarchy; establishes lateral bonding and linking. Permeable self, relational self, group intermeshing. Emphasis on dialogue, relationships. Basis of value communities (i.e., freely chosen affiliations based on shared sentiments). Reaches decisions through reconciliation and consensus (downside: interminable “processing” and incapacity to reach decisions). Refresh spirituality, bring harmony, enrich human potential. Strongly egalitarian, anti-hierarchy, pluralistic values, social construction of reality, diversity, multiculturalism, relativistic value systems; this worldview is often called pluralistic relativism. Subjective, nonlinear thinking; shows a greater degree of affective warmth, sensitivity, and caring, for earth and all its inhabitants.

Where seen: Deep ecology, postmodernism, Netherlands idealism, Rogerian counseling, Canadian health care, humanistic psychology, liberation theology, cooperative inquiry, World Council of Churches, Greenpeace, animal rights, ecofeminism, post-colonialism, Foucault/Derrida, politically correct, diversity movements, human rights issues, ecopsychology. 10% of the population, 15% of the power. [Note: this is 10% of the world population. Don Beck estimates that around 20-25% of the American population is green.]

With the completion of the green meme, human consciousness is poised for a quantum jump into “second-tier thinking.” Clare Graves referred to this as a “momentous leap,” where “a chasm of unbelievable depth of meaning is crossed.” In essence, with second-tier consciousness, one can think both vertically and horizontally, using both hierarchies and heterarchies (both ranking and linking). One can therefore, for the first time, vividly grasp the entire spectrum of interior development, and thus see that each level, each meme, each wave is crucially important for the health of the overall Spiral.

As I would word it, each wave is “transcend and include.” That is, each wave goes beyond (or transcends) its predecessor, and yet it includes or embraces it in its own makeup. For example, a cell transcends but includes molecules, which transcend but include atoms. To say that a molecule goes beyond an atom is not to say that molecules hate atoms, but that they love them: they embrace them in their own makeup; they include them, they don’t marginalize them. Just so, each wave of existence is a fundamental ingredient of all subsequent waves, and thus each is to be cherished and embraced.

Moreover, each wave can itself be activated or reactivated as life circumstances warrant. In emergency situations, we can activate red power drives; in response to chaos, we might need to activate blue order; in looking for a new job, we might need orange achievement drives; in marriage and with friends, close green bonding. All of these memes have something important to contribute.

(end of Ken Wilber excerpt)

With New Eyes, Let’s Take a Look

We get to do some very interesting things now.

First, where is George W. Bush’s Center of Gravity in terms of his worldview? By Center of Gravity (COG), we mean where his answers, responses, perspectives, and activities are mainly going to operate from. Of course, sometimes he will respond “below” his COG, and sometimes above it. But, most of the time, what do you think?

I would say George W. Bush’s COG is at Blue Mythic Order. Take a look:

4. Blue: Mythic Order. Life has meaning, direction, and purpose, with outcomes determined by an all-powerful Other or Order. This righteous Order enforces a code of conduct based on absolutist and unvarying principles of “right” and “wrong.” Violating the code or rules has severe, perhaps everlasting repercussions. Following the code yields rewards for the faithful. Basis of ancient nations. Rigid social hierarchies; paternalistic; one right way and only one right way to think about everything. Law and order; impulsivity controlled through guilt; concrete-literal and fundamentalist belief; obedience to the rule of Order; strongly conventional and conformist. Often “religious” or “mythic” [in the mythic-membership sense; Graves and Beck refer to it as the "saintly/absolutistic" level], but can be secular or atheistic Order or Mission.

Where seen: Puritan America, Confucian China, Dickensian England, Singapore discipline, totalitarianism, codes of chivalry and honor, charitable good deeds, religious fundamentalism (e.g., Christian and Islamic), Boy and Girl Scouts, “moral majority,” patriotism. 40% of the population, 30% of the power.

Bush: My country right or wrong. The Boy Scouts. You are either with US or the terrorists (unvarying right and wrong). Pro-big business at almost every turn (which is more of a Blue-Orange melange). Ethnocentric enough to go to war in Iraq with depleted uranium munitions and wage a conflict that would take the lives of between 110,000 and 1,000,000 people depending on who you ask – just between 2003 and 2007 (you can follow up here on those stats). And that war was supposed to be to grant “Freedom” and “Democracy” to the people of Iraq – but most of us know it was to protect our own oil interests (ethnocentric Red/Blue behavior, with Orange polkadots all over).

But there were some who disagreed with George W. Bush’s war in Iraq waaaay back in 2002-03. Who were those people?

Enter the Vegetarians. Where is their Center of Gravity? I would say it is Green: The Sensitive Self. Take a look:

6. Green: The Sensitive Self. Communitarian, human bonding, ecological sensitivity, networking. The human spirit must be freed from greed, dogma, and divisiveness; feelings and caring supersede cold rationality; cherishing of the earth, Gaia, life. Against hierarchy; establishes lateral bonding and linking. Permeable self, relational self, group intermeshing. Emphasis on dialogue, relationships. Basis of value communities (i.e., freely chosen affiliations based on shared sentiments). Reaches decisions through reconciliation and consensus (downside: interminable “processing” and incapacity to reach decisions). Refresh spirituality, bring harmony, enrich human potential. Strongly egalitarian, anti-hierarchy, pluralistic values, social construction of reality, diversity, multiculturalism, relativistic value systems; this worldview is often called pluralistic relativism. Subjective, nonlinear thinking; shows a greater degree of affective warmth, sensitivity, and caring, for earth and all its inhabitants.

Where seen: Deep ecology, postmodernism, Netherlands idealism, Rogerian counseling, Canadian health care, humanistic psychology, liberation theology, cooperative inquiry, World Council of Churches, Greenpeace, animal rights, ecofeminism, post-colonialism, Foucault/Derrida, politically correct, diversity movements, human rights issues, ecopsychology. 10% of the population, 15% of the power. [Note: this is 10% of the world population. Don Beck estimates that around 20-25% of the American population is green.]

And Don Beck is about right. 20-25% of the American population is Green, which means that about 80% would have gone with the President at that time, if what I am suggesting is true.

In May 2003, “A Gallup poll made on behalf of CNN and USA Today concluded that 79% of Americans thought the Iraq War was justified, with or without conclusive evidence of illegal weapons.” Thanks, Wikipedia. There you go. Only folks at Green (which would include The Vegetarians) and higher were against the War, for the most part.

In the last few years American society has evolved its thinking. The great majority of Americans and U.S. politicians see the war as a mistake politically, morally, strategically… men, women, and children on all sides deserved better due diligence, diplomacy, and Worldcentrism.

So you can see from the above description that Vegetarians are very well-suited to a COG of Green. Ecological sensitivity, against hierarchy, reaching decisions through consensus (which made the Bush Administration’s push for war drive the Veggies crazy), multiculturalism, etc… The 2008 Vegetarian Times study showed that, “over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.”

Those rationales for Vegetarianism push strongly past Blue/Conventional foods and ways of being (Blue does what everyone else does… its about conformity) to ecological sensitivity and responsibility, animal rights, and ways of eating and encouraging food production which are decidedly post-conventional and very Green. The Green worldview (think Sensitive Self) is a stance of care and concern for ME, US, and ALL OF US that is reflected in Vegetarian dietetics and culture. It moves beyond Ethnocentrism to Worldcentrism.

THIS IS WHY VEGETARIANS DID NOT VOTE FOR BUSH.
Seeing that Spiral Dynamics is a true growth hierarchy, this is why I am saying that Vegetarians are more evolved in their worldview than George W. Bush.

Phew. Long road, eh? But unforgettable and really important.

Why is This Important?

Well, this is the topic of two excellent books: Spiral Dynamics by Beck and Cowan, and A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilber. I suggest strongly you read Wilber first. It is one of my top 5 books out of 3,500 I have read in the last 20 years. I recommend it to everyone – even high school students.

This is important for many reasons, the first being that everyone is moving through these stages. That means that you are going to see these worldviews playing out everywhere: media, facebook posts/comments, conversations, products, politics, religions, relationships of all kinds, and yourself.

And what everyone is doing together are meshing and weaving these worldviews…. well, when they aren’t absolutely clashing up against each other. And that happens a lot.

You may have noticed that we did not talk about all the worldview levels yet. What has been presented so far are what we call “First-Tier” worldviews, and they have one similar flavor: each worldview thinks the others are off their rocker. It creates what Don Beck of Spiral Dynamics calls a “Global Autoimmune Disease” because the global body is often fighting itself

So, let’s now let Ken Wilber finish this show and I will have a few closing words. From A Theory of Everything:

But what none of the first-tier memes can do, on their own, is fully appreciate the existence of the other memes. Each of the first-tier memes thinks that its worldview is the correct or best perspective. It reacts negatively if challenged; it lashes out, using its own tools, whenever it is threatened. Blue order is very uncomfortable with both red impulsiveness and orange individualism. Orange individualism thinks blue order is for suckers and green egalitarianism is weak and woo-woo. Green egalitarianism cannot easily abide excellence and value rankings, big pictures, hierarchies, or anything that appears authoritarian, and thus green reacts strongly to blue, orange, and anything post-green.

All of that begins to change with second-tier thinking. Because second-tier consciousness is fully aware of the interior stages of development–even if it cannot articulate them in a technical fashion—it steps back and grasps the big picture, and thus second-tier thinking appreciates the necessary role that all of the various memes play. Second-tier awareness thinks in terms of the overall spiral of existence, and not merely in the terms of any one level.

Where the green meme begins to grasp the numerous different systems and pluralistic contexts that exist in different cultures (which is why it is indeed the sensitive self, i.e., sensitive to the marginalization of others), second-tier thinking goes one step further. It looks for the rich contexts that link and join these pluralistic systems, and thus it takes these separate systems and begins to embrace, include, and integrate them into holistic spirals and integral meshworks. Second-tier thinking, in other words, is instrumental in moving from relativism to holism, or from pluralism to integralism.

The extensive research of Graves, Beck, and Cowan indicates that there are at least two major waves to this second-tier integral consciousness:

7. Yellow: Integrative. Life is a kaleidoscope of natural hierarchies [holarchies], systems, and forms. Flexibility, spontaneity, and functionality have the highest priority. Differences and pluralities can be integrated into interdependent, natural flows. Egalitarianism is complemented with natural degrees of ranking and excellence. Knowledge and competency should supersede power, status, or group sensitivity. The prevailing world order is the result of the existence of different levels of reality (memes) and the inevitable patterns of movement up and down the dynamic spiral. Good governance facilitates the emergence of entities through the levels of increasing complexity (nested hierarchy). 1% of the population, 5% of the power.

8. Turquoise: Holistic. Universal holistic system, holons/waves of integrative energies; unites feeling with knowledge; multiple levels interwoven into one conscious system. Universal order, but in a living, conscious fashion, not based on external rules (blue) or group bonds (green). A “grand unification” [a "theory of everything" or T.O.E.] is possible, in theory and in actuality. Sometimes involves the emergence of a new spirituality as a meshwork of all existence. Turquoise thinking uses the entire Spiral; sees multiple levels of interaction; detects harmonics, the mystical forces, and the pervasive flow-states that permeate any organization. 0.1% of the population, 1% of the power.

With less than 2 percent of the population at second-tier thinking (and only 0.1 percent at turquoise), second-tier consciousness is relatively rare because it is now the “leading-edge” of collective human evolution. As examples, Beck and Cowan mention items that include Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere, chaos and complexity theories, universal systems thinking, integral-holistic theories, Gandhi’s and Mandela’s pluralistic integration, with increases in frequency definitely on the way, and even higher memes still in the offing….

[end of excerpt from A Theory of Everything]

We have been fighting each other over these worldviews – and yet we all have to develop through them.

EVERYONE starts and square-1 and moves forward, hopefully far enough to be a happy and fulfilled person. If we are to survive as a species, we are going to have to grease the wheels of development and help people keep moving forward. Part of that approach is to be aware that these worldviews are playing out, and to see the value and legitimacy of each and every one for human development. The worldviews that are particularly skilled at doing just that are Yellow-Integrative and Turquoise-Holistic. More on that in a future post.

As a bombshell aside – Republican Party! You guys are wondering why the Grand Old Party is dying? It’s not because of some moral decay that is happening to American society, it’s actually because of the evolution of worldview development among the U.S. populace. You are being outgrown, developmentally speaking. The Center of Gravity of the average voter has moved beyond you. If you want the Republican Party to survive, you will have to figure out what Green meme (and higher) Republicanism looks like, or you will have to shift to another political party affiliation.

Finally, Vegetarians (Vegans and Raw/Live Vegans)! Remember earlier in the post I said:

(Oh, and Vegetarian & Vegan advocates – if you think your series of dietary practices and perspectives are the final stop on the developmental spectrum, just wait till the end of this post.)

Well, here we are. Green ain’t the final answer, as it turns out. And neither is Vegetarianism, Veganism, or Raw/Live Veganism. What’s next?

Wait for my book on the subject. But as a hint: it’s a higher, wider, deeper, and more capable dietetic on all levels than any of these dietary approaches – and Vegetarianism, Vegan, and Raw/Live Vegan are very, very important. But they aren’t the last developmental stage, dietarily speaking.

A quote with words of wisdom for us all: Michal Eastcott said, “The law of evolution governs life on earth. No form of life can remain unchanged for long without crystallizing and disappearing.”

We’ve got to keep moving… not just moving, but developing, because whether it be a political or dietary ideology, if we’re not busy evolving…

Are You Entertained? Are You Not Entertained?

I hope you are somewhere between curious and thunderstruck by this post emotionally, intellectually, and in terms of what you can do with this information.

What I have just presented to you has been one of the more impactful understandings of human life and culture that I have ever encountered.

It has been a great pleasure writing this post today, and I sincerely hope that what you have just considered will improve your life – and your expression of your life’s Unique Self Purpose.

Thank you for all your comments. I am open to every viewpoint in our continuing conversation together.

Most sincerely,

David Rainoshek

 

 

P.S. A Few Pieces of My Work You Might Check Out Today

If you liked this post and eat a plant-based diet, check out my free B12 Exposed Presentation. The topic is really important. Even if you’re not eating Veg, its crucial information, and free.

Thinking about doing a cleanse? Check out my 92-Day Juice Feasting Nutrition Program, which has been done successfully by hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Finally, if you read to here, you’re a big-time learner. I wrote a 12-week Course on my approach to learning called HyperLearning. You can view my free 90-minute webinar presentation on HyperLearning here.

Thanks for coming by. I love the great comments and conversation.

See you again soon,

David

 

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It’s been called FaceCrack.

And if you have been getting a sinking feeling when you use Facebook that you did not have as a first-time or new user… if you have a hard time with people who use it or incessantly check it (such as those endlessly posting photos of their latest meal, cat experience, new flame, new car, vacation)…

If you have been wondering if Facebook (FB) is good for you – or is good for society… or have been thinking “this has got to end,” then this blog post is for YOU.

From Twinkies to rainbows, football games to architectural styles, music, manners of speech and touches of skin, weather patterns, sleep quality and human relationships, to hallucinogens, television programming, prayer and meditation… everything is altering your mind – providing a rich tapestry of state experiences that flow on 24/7/365 for your whole life.

But what about Facebook? Is it really altering your mind? Absolutely. Significantly. It is changing the physical structure of your brain’s neural network, which even changes how you feel about yourself and other people. And in ways that may surprise and enlighten you.

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on the Internet.

Have you ever noticed the rush you get from checking your email, googling a subject of interest, browsing your Twitter feed, receiving a text from your love interest, peeking at what your friends are up to on Facebook, or other similar internet-fueled activities? Did you notice that the anticipation of receiving the information you had sought out was often more gratifying than receipt of the information itself?

A biologically-based need for seeking drives these Internet activities that you come to crave. The culprit that propels your seeking behavior is a simple organic chemical, or neurotransmitter, called dopamine.

That is Krista Peck in “The Role of Dopamine in Internet Craving.”

I am not going to reinvent the wheel here. What Krista is about to explain is going to tell you a LOT about what is going on behind your eyeballs when you surf the interwebs, and it looks a lot like one of those pigeons B.F. Skinner fed pellets to as a reward for certain behaviors. Pay attention, this is going to be important as you develop a more full understanding of the implications FB has on the human brain and mind. Peck writes:

Dopamine is a key player in the brain system concerned with reward-driven learning. Dopamine has many functions in the brain, including roles in behavior and cognition, voluntary movement, motivation, punishment and reward, sleep, dreaming, mood, and attention – just to name a few! Dopamine is released by rewarding experiences such as food, sex, drugs, and neutral stimuli which become associated with these things.

New studies suggest that dopamine regulates the motivation to act. Recent observations indicate that the brain is more active when people are anticipating a reward rather than receiving one. This is because we are wired to seek, and to really enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

Examples of seeking behavior can be seen in various human activities, such as rainforest tribes hunting and gathering to ensure survival, young adults ritualistically going out on weekends to find fun and potential sexual partners, and comparison shopping when looking for the perfect new piece of furniture to add to your home.

In the digital age, we have various ways to send and receive information – which can be a blessing and a curse. We have tools that allow us to satisfy our information-seeking cravings with instant gratification.

The Internet can ensnare you in a dopamine loop since it makes the process of reward-seeking so quick and easy. Before you know it, you have several tabs open in your Internet browser so you can monitor and engage with your various social media channels while you try to get some work done. Over time, you may add more channels and/or check them more frequently.

This all starts sounding a lot like addiction, doesn’t it?

Well, you have to remember that the thing between you and the Internet is a pesky neurotransmitter called dopamine.

Basically, we like dopamine surges – and we get some of the best ones when we are hunting for something new. Actually getting the something new is a downer… so the hunt is where the best dopamine surges are found.

Web Addicts

They have a term for it: Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). And what is being found out of recent studies in China is that “web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol.”

In a study of 17 men who answered “Yes” to the question, “Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop Internet use?” MRI scans of their brains showed evidence of disruption to connections in nerve fibres linking brain areas involved in emotions, decision making, and self-control.

Dr Hao Lei and colleagues write, “Overall, our findings indicate that IAD has abnormal white matter integrity in brain regions involving emotional generation and processing, executive attention, decision making and cognitive control.”

Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the ability of our brains to change themselves over our whole lifetime. What we are finding – even from brain scans – is that the neurological structure… the architecture of our brains (due to the brain’s neuroplasticity) is being altered by internet use – particularly as I suggest, by usage like Facebook, which creates an addiction cycle for the user as you will now see.

FB/JPMs: Facebook Jolts Per Minute = 100s or 1000s

Facebook-TV

Facebook is worse than Television Programming for your brain. Far worse.

Reporting back to you from a visit to my Facebook Timeline in the last minute, here is what I can report:

In just a 15-second scan down the page, I saw: A Brooks Brothers ad for 40% off. Someone inviting me to Instagram. Someone posting, “even in the seemingly chaotic manifestations of external appearances, i know everything is perfect.” A post about a school shooting. Photos of someone juicing. Audible advertisement. A PETA post. 8 Movies That Turn to Shit After 20 Minutes. Chewbacca Actor Battles TSA Over Light Saber Cane. A gal posts, “Tonight was like PMS full moon crazy night…jeez ladies, calm the hormones.” “NSA whistleblower comes forward: Edward Snowden exposes global spy grid run by government spooks.” A post with one of my friends lamenting about their breakfast, photo included.

And this doesn’t count what I did not consciously review at first: the ads: a 50% off designer glasses ad; Guitars: Top Sellers; Tired of Info Marketing?; A God Spot in the Brain?; Passion for Fitness?; Avalanche Consulting, Inc. Change Your Underwear (are those last two somehow related?).

What does this all mean? Facebook Jolts Per Minute or FB/JPMs (or even FB/JPSs) and they diminish one’s attention span significantly.

The term Jolts Per Minute is usually used to describe how many times the action changes – by sight or sound – on a given television program. Television programming is designed to cater to the shortest attention spans – and entrain short attention spans.

Part of the process of creating a television program is to ensure a certain number of JPMs to forcefully hold the viewers attention. These may be images of violence, loud emotional speech, laughter, sexual innuendo or just about any other form of emotional manipulation.

Watching Mr. Rogers or Bob Ross paint on PBS has a very low JPM level, say 5-15 JPMs. This allows a consistent stream of thought on the subject at hand – long enough to learn something new by reflecting on it.

But we have gone beyond Jolts Per Minute to Jolts Per Second (JPS). In Critical Perspectives on ADHD Thomas Armstrong writes (and this is worth reading – you will be blown away by this and its implications for Facebook, etc.):

It has come to the point where advertisers talk about “jolts per second.” One media commentator, for example, refers to: “MTV-style hyper-visuals, where anything less than a dozen jolts per second is considered boring.”

He continues:

Jolts-Per-Second
from page 35-36 in Critical Perspectives on ADHD

So, we are addicted because we have a short attention span, and we have short attention spans because we are addicted. And all of this is being used to keep you surfing the web in places like Facebook. Then they hem you in some more by giving you the tidbits you already like. You’re being addicted, and you’re being tracked and coddled to keep you addicted. Enter The Filter Bubble.

The Filter Bubble

Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, even The New York Timessites all over the internet are tracking your clicks and literally feeding your mind with stuff they think you will like. Which sounds nice if you want personal information service, right? Wrong.

All your search results are filtered, or based on your past and where you already were in your life. The friends you already have, the kind of articles or products you have already bought, etc.

In other words, you are in what author Eli Pariser calls a Filter Bubble (see his book, The Filter Bubble). Here is his TED Talk on it:

The Bubble is created by these online companies to please and coddle you with content you already like and know, so their advertising and sales will benefit by your repeated patronage. The Bubble as an embedding effect: it keeps you where you have already been, making it hard for you to continue to grow. It’s like being in a Middle-School clique of information…

How to get out of the Bubble? You actually need elements in your life outside of the Bubble that are driving your growth: people, books, courses, Life Practices, conversations… things that encourage you to continue to develop and don’t encourage you to stay steeped in your past. Then when you come back to the web, what you search for will be upgraded because you are growing. Don’t expect Google or Facebook to provide you novel info to help you grow – they are looking in your past, to your comfort zone, not your future, where you are growing. More on that at the end of this post in the What to Do Re: Your Brain and Mind section.

Self-Worth: Facebook Crushes It

Basically, Facebook is to your self worth what drinking a Big Gulp of Coca-Cola is to your blood sugar levels, both short- and long-term, as you will see. Have you experienced this? Facebook brings you up temporarily (wow, isn’t that, and that, and that, and that, and ooooh that… interesting, shocking, stupid, funny, sad, challenging, whatever), and then drops you like a stone almost every time you log out. And the longer you are on, the more self-absorbed and worthless you often feel. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Don’t think it’s happening?

Here is the research.

Take a look at this recent article, “Facebook study says “envy” rampant on the social network.”

LONDON (Reuters) – Witnessing friends’ vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.

A study conducted jointly by two German universities found rampant envy on Facebook, the world’s largest social network that now has over one billion users and has produced an unprecedented platform for social comparison.

The researchers found that one in three people felt worse after visiting the site and more dissatisfied with their lives, while people who browsed without contributing were affected the most.

“We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry,” researcher Hanna Krasnova from the Institute of Information Systems at Berlin’s Humboldt University told Reuters.

And the article, “Facebook study finds narcissistic users spend most time on site.”

Social networking websites keep people connected with friends, co-workers and acquaintances. But new research suggests that online profiles can also feed narcissistic tendencies and highlights a disconnect between one’s real-world personality and curated online identity.

The blog All Facebook reports the findings from a study called “Self-Presentation 2.0: Narcissism and Self-Esteem on Facebook,” which investigated 100 Facebook users’ profiles and analyzed the subjects’ real-world personality traits.

The results showed that students with comparatively lower self-esteem scores and higher narcissism scores not only spent spent more time on Facebook, but also tended to “self-promote” more than the students with higher self-esteem scores and lower narcissism scores.

Basically, the architecture of FB – and the culture it creates or encourages – leaves many of us feeling less happy with our own lives. This drives a degree of emptiness – which encourages narcissism in an attempt to raise our spirits. We post pictures of something cool we did, or try to get more “likes” or “friends.” But our blood sugar – our self esteem – keeps crashing, and the longer the Facebook Habit goes, the less attractive it is for us. We develop a dependency, just like a drug or processed junk food.

And this is why we are starting to see that…

People Don’t “Like” Facebook Anymore

Using something that you have bad feelings about is a also a drag on your self-esteem. If there was a Like Button on Facebook itself on the internet, people would be “unliking it” in droves.

From the study on Envy and FB mentioned above, the researchers concluded, “From a provider’s perspective, our findings signal that users frequently perceive Facebook as a stressful environment, which may, in the long-run, endanger platform sustainability.”

Another recent study by Pew Research has shown that young people – the most important demographic for FB, are leaving the site in droves (not visiting anymore) because they are tired of it. Here are some quotes from study participants:

Female (age 14): “OK, here’s something I want to say. I think Facebook can be fun, but also it’s drama central. On Facebook, people imply things and say things, even just by a like, that they wouldn’t say in real life.”

Male (age 18): “It’s because [Facebook] it’s where people post unnecessary pictures and they say unnecessary things, like saying he has a girlfriend, and a girl will go on and tag him in the picture like, me and him in the sun having fun. Why would you do that?”

Female (age 16): “Because I think I deleted it [my Facebook account] when I was 15, because I think it [Facebook] was just too much for me with all the gossip and all the cliques and how it was so important to be– have so many friends–I was just like it’s too stressful to have a Facebook, if that’s what it has to take to stay in contact with just a little people. It was just too strong, so I just deleted it. And I’ve been great ever since.”

For all the nice connections that can be made on Facebook, the dark side is a culture of anonymity lacking face-to-face real-world encounters, as pointed out by “Female (age 14)” above. People are more likely to say things in discussions or debates they would never say to someone’s face, making FB another place where insults – and the negative experiences they create – are more commonplace on FB than in daily life offline.

This reality has been skillfully satirized by Funny Or Die:

 

Facebook is Making Us Stupid

John Harris of the UK Guardian, writing about Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, says Carr “looks back on such human inventions as the map, the clock and the typewriter, and how much they influenced our essential modes of thought (among the people whose writing was changed by the latter were Friedrich Nietszche and TS Eliot). By the same token, he argues that the internet’s ‘cacophony of stimuli’ and ‘crazy quilt’ of information have given rise to ‘cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning’ – in contrast to the age of the book, when intelligent humans were encouraged to be contemplative and imaginative.”

Harris continues, “But here is the really important thing. Carr claims that our burgeoning understanding of how experience rewires our brain’s circuits throughout our lives – a matter of what’s known as ‘neuroplasticity’ – seems to point in one very worrying direction. Among the most hair-raising passages in the book is this one: ‘If, knowing what we know today about the brain’s plasticity, you were to set out to invent a medium that would rewire our mental circuits as quickly and thoroughly as possible, you would probably end up designing something that looks and works a lot like the internet.’ “

In other words, are brains are being rewired by internet technology like Facebook – through unsatisfying hunting-fueled dopamine addiction, 100s or 1000s of Jolts-Per-Minute – to be impulsive and unable to hold a consistent thought stream long enough to draw new, emergent conclusions we have not come to before. New growth requires consistent attention to something, and time to gestate with it.

Facebook at its very core is not designed to facilitate deep brain/mind development – it keeps you hopping like a crack addict hunting for the next fix, over and over, hundreds of times a minute.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t think our future is very bright with FB social networking information addicts hopped up on dopamine with Attention Deficit Disorder, driven and developed by Facebook architecture.

What to Do Re: Facebook

Regarding Facebook, stop reading the feed. If you have joined Groups with particular topics, go there. At least you will be reading posts that are on a similar wavelength, hence fewer FB JPMs.

What about Twitter? Actually, The Bird is even worse if you are scanning it often. In the Brain Lady Blog, Susan Weinschenk writes, “140 characters is even more addictive – And the dopamine system is most powerfully stimulated when the information coming in is small so that it doesn’t full satisfy. A short text or twitter (can only be 140 characters!) is ideally suited to send our dopamine system raging.”

But really, stop using FB. The JPMs, jealousy, filter bubble, and feeding of narcisissm are too much. The whole gestalt of Facebook subtly – or significantly – diminishes your development and well-being.

Join the mailing lists of specific blogs and sites you like. Take part in the discussion on those topics and postings found there. They will be much more focused on things that truly interest you and will retrain your brain to stay focused on one thing longer. They are also less likely to be platforms for ridiculous grandstanding about someone’s latest meal with a local celebrity on a beach in Bali just after your true flame proposed and the three of you are going into some business venture that is going to save the world etc. etc. Not that there is anything wrong with potentially-profitable celebrity-infused Bali proposals, but the research shows many of us are not feeling better about ourselves for reading about them.

What to Do Re: Your Brain and Mind

Surfing the interwebs overmuch can make you into a dopamine junkie. Hundreds or thousands of little dopamine hits an hour, with your mind wandering – hunting - all over cyberspace like a monkey desperate for more handouts of candy at an Indian Bazaar.

So how to retrain your brain – literally rewire the neural pathways – to stay more focused? Here are some excellent suggestions for you:

Read Books. Paper books. This will get you off the computer, which is where FB and the internet encourage monkeymind. It also cancels out the TeeVee, which is Facebook’s short-attention span predecessor. You will notice with a good book you find a comfortable place to sit, the light is better, your breathing relaxes – your body and mind relax. And you immerse yourself in the contiguous thought process of one other human being who worked very hard to organize a story or line of thinking for you to consider. A few things, deeply and organized. Not hundreds or thousands of things just flying through your cranium in a heap.

A truly great book that will help you get your head around the crazy-making unhappy factory which is Facebook is a book called Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (his last name is prounounced “chick-sent-me-high). Mihaly’s decades of research has show that people report being most happy when they are in what he calls a State of Flow, or Flow State. What is a Flow State? Simultaneously being challenged to the limits of your ability in something, and totally loving it. Such as problem solving, reading a good book, rising to a challenge at work, etc. The book has loads of examples, and how you can cultivate Flow States in your daily life at will.

Hint: Facebook does not generate States of Flow… quite the opposite.

Exercise. This gets you off the computer, out of the house, and in the real world. It also moves your body – which isn’t happening while you are sitting looking at Facebook. Also, being outdoors and doing something is where most people who are busy taking care of their dopamine hits would really like to be. So live. Get outdoors and get some exercise, even if its just in your backyard.

Contemplate. Gift yourself the time to observe and reflect. Meditation – bare witnessing as taught by mystics in every major world religious tradition is excellent mind training. No matter what tradition you practice, check out The Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau for a concise guide, or The Miracle of Mindfulness by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Contemplation can also be done by zoning out in a park and watching everything go by, sitting by running water, or going for a hike in a natural environment.

Or head to the library. Something my wife, Katrina just related to me was how relaxing she finds libraries. Any time she was travelling as a younger person, all she had to do if she was feeling not-at-home or ungrounded was head to the public library.

Do Things in Your Community. Church, sports, children’s events, live music, plays, celebrations, farmer’s markets… Get out and DO. You are wasting time on Facebook. If that last sentence rings true, turn it off and get out there. Life is beautiful.

Painted Cakes Do Not Satisfy Hunger

In his world-famous book Be Here Now, ex-Harvard Professor Richard Alpert, known as Ram Dass, provided a lovely piece of visual poetry to contemplate:

For all the great things that getting together online can be, let’s admit it. Facebook is a megaheap of Painted Cakes, leaving many of us feeling more empty for looking at them. Is that your experience?

Jim Morrison sings in “An American Prayer,”

Where are the feasts we were promised?
Where is the wine,
The New Wine.
(Dying on the vine.)

Here is the video of Morrison’s “An American Prayer” for your enlightainment, it is well worth a listen:

Questions

With Facebook, are you Dying on the Vine? Eating painted cakes?

I would love to hear your thoughts. What are you going to do? What are YOU going to do?

 

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Well, there was no denying it. I woke up with a powerful and renewed sense of confident purpose this morning. Not that it hasn’t been there – it has just been eaten up trying to save my life’s work for the last month – work that many people are counting on.

(I made 4 quarts of Juice this morning and began Juice Feasting… but more on that in a moment)

After nearly 10 years of professional work, including: finishing a 3-year M.A. in Raw/Live Food Nutrition; the creation of the 92-Day Juice Feasting Program; writing books such as There is a Cure for Diabetes with Dr. Gabriel Cousens, B12 Exposed, and HyperLearning; recording The Secret of Juice Feasting; creating Revolutionary Webinars to host my books and projects; presenting the MicroAlgae Webinar… and investing the last 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars updating Juice Feasting and all the online systems required to present this growing body of work… it was all almost lost. . .

Perhaps you know the feeling. Its like the ocean slipping away under your feet when you stand in the waves, the sand sinking beneath your feet.

So what does one do when life throws something at you like this?

Now it’s not that I don’t have backups, and backups of those… but the online environment – a place I consider an ideal component for any educator’s overall approach – it has changed a lot in the last 5 years since I released JuiceFeasting.com in 2008.

Anonymous bots and their human counterparts will hack and hack at a site (or in my case, all my professional work on my server) mercilessly until they get through.

And after breaking and entering, they do what can only be described as arson. So in May, we almost lost everything online to anonymous hackerbots, and it was only thanks my being able to see this for what is was (more on that in a moment) and a lot of very good professionals – including my colleague Mike Croteau – over 3 weeks of work day and night that we were able to restore my work in service to you and everyone who might benefit from it. If you could not access my presentations or websites during that time, thank you for your patience and encouragement. It was a real barnburner.

What Would I Coach You to Consider?

Now, if I was my coach, I would tell me that what I just encountered was evidence that I am on a Hero’s Journey, per the classic stages one encounters in literature, mythology, storytelling, film, and in real life all over the world. This has been a MAJOR theme of my teaching about Juice Feasting over the years (It’s Day 9 of the 92-Day Juice Feasting Nutrition Program).

The Hero (everyone is a hero… to be human is to undergo a lifelong series of heroic acts) decides he or she has a purpose – something to do. It is his or her thing to do – no one can do it for the Hero, and in some cases, there is no one else on earth to do it in just the way that the Hero will do it. It is the Hero’s daemon – his driving purpose or Unique Self Purpose.

And when The Hero sets his or her mind to it and is in full career of a goal, a way of being, or some greater purpose, The Hero will be tested. Guaranteed. The Kosmos throws significant challenges in the ring to see if the Hero is serious about the quest.

Sometimes he or she is not serious… and that we term “The Refusal of the Call.” Joseph Campbell writes of those that Refuse the Call:

“Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests. Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or ‘culture,’ the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless—even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire or renown. Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him his minotaur. All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration.” – Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, pg 49

Well, that ain’t me. My work – for my own self-expression of the creative evolutionary impulse and anyone who will in any way benefit from it – will continue into its next stages.

What you see me doing in all my projects for you is expressing my Unique Self Purpose…which is to help YOU recognize YOUR Unique Self Purpose. 

So, Juice Feasting is coming out in a new updated version (the 6th major stage of its development in 10 years), and the projects that I am creating and co-creating will go online, stay online, and be of great use to people like you. My life – including my professional career and how I am able to teach – is about to jump a stage, and I am so pleased you are here with me to take part in it.

And like all major life transformations, it is important to be at the best level of health possible to meet the challenges. Being a new parent to two beautiful children in the last 3 years, a shift from Raw/Vegan into an Integrated Diet, and getting near my 40s has seen me put on some pounds that I can now release (you might be able to tell in the photo at the top of this post).

Enter Juice Feasting

So yes, I woke up this morning – coming solidly victorious and more wise out of a month of deep uncertainty about whether my life’s work would survive intense internet vandalism – and knew that it is happily time for me to Juice Feast again.

In total, I have probably Juice Feasted over 600 Days altogether over the last decade (my longest was 92 Days), but I have stopped counting. It’s a lot of experience, whatever the day count is – and being an advocate and caretaker for such a beautiful Life Practice is one of my greatest joys. I credit Juice Feasting with saving my life from years of debilitating acid reflux in the early 2000s, and many of the hundreds of thousands who have Juice Feasted over the years give it similar due credit for helping their bodies heal and strengthen.

So here I am at the grocery store – the “Juice Feasting Guy” – about to go in and get some produce. It takes 12-15 lbs of fruit and vegetables a day to Juice Feast, so I am going to be loaded up.

And life is busy at home with two small children under 4, the Juice Feasting CREW 5-Day Juice Feast coming up, the upcoming release of the NEW Juice Feasting site, and another 92-Day Program Mike Croteau, his wife Tamara, and I are writing up for release later this year. Juice Feasting is designed to allow you to continue your daily life while experiencing considerable healing and health benefits. In fact, many Juice Feasters, myself included, have found that our work improves while Feasting.

The Adventure is ON, and I would not have it any other way. Thank you for being on it with me, there is a LOT more to come… we’re just getting warmed up (or perhaps I should say, juiced?).

If you want to join me – I along with two great colleagues am putting on a 5-Day Juice Feast seasonally, here:

http://www.JuiceFeastingCREW.com

I am going to need a big cart! See you tomorrow.

Stay Juicy,

David Rainoshek

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[HyperLearning Lens] Steve Jobs: Developing Genius http://revolutionarywebinars.com/hyperlearning-lens-steve-jobs-developing-genius/ http://revolutionarywebinars.com/hyperlearning-lens-steve-jobs-developing-genius/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 23:30:27 +0000 http://revolutionarywebinars.com/?p=2813 APPLE FOUNDER STEVE JOBS IS A CASE STUDY IN GENIUS, and he is well worth looking at, because he wasn’t the smartest guy in the room – and most of us aren’t. But the qualities of genius he exemplified are things we can adapt in our own lives, and as we look at how to […]

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APPLE FOUNDER STEVE JOBS IS A CASE STUDY IN GENIUS, and he is well worth looking at, because he wasn’t the smartest guy in the room – and most of us aren’t. But the qualities of genius he exemplified are things we can adapt in our own lives, and as we look at how to engage HyperLearning (watch my free 90-minute HyperLearning Presentation here) Steve is particularly noteworthy and cool.

In his 56 years, Jobs revolutionized home computing, the movie industry (with Pixar Studios), the music industry (with the iPod and iTunes), tablet computing (the iPad), the mobile phone industry (the iPhone)… Had it not been for pancreatic cancer prematurely ending his life, Steve would most certainly have gone on creating integrated, visionary products at the leading edge for several more decades.

So in this post, I wanted to take a look at some of the defining qualities of Steve’s genius, and how anyone can cultivate some of his best attributes into their own life for better learning, creativity, and depth of meaning in one’s life endeavors.

In the last two days I just read – and re-read Steve Jobs, the authorized biography by Walter Isaacson. It is a superb portrait of a lifelong learner who was uncompromising in his dedication to the creative pursuit of aesthetically pleasing technology that actually improved, encouraged, and beautified the life of anyone who used and applied it to their own life’s endeavors.

In their iconic “Think Different” campaign, Jobs and his team at Apple summed up their dedication to the leading edge:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

So what made Steve Jobs a crazy rebel genius? Here’s what I found.

IMPERMANENCE SHARPENS THE MIND

Steve knew he would not live forever… way before he found out he had pancreatic cancer. This understanding was encouraged by his study of Buddhism, which teaches that one of the most profound practices of insight about the meaning and purpose – and preciousness – of life can be derived from contemplating the very real and everpresent nature of the impermanence of life in all its forms.

Steve knew this and made the most of his time. Here he is speaking about this very thing in his commencement speech to the 2005 graduating class at  Stanford University:

(watch the whole thing… it’s absolutely worth it)

The bottom line: you don’t have forever. Don’t waste your life (turn off the T.V.). Whatever you feel like you were/are here to do, get to it. When you are feeling unmotivated, think about how short your life is, and what the story is that you want to tell about it as it draws to a close.

To further this line of understanding, read “On the Shortness of Life” by Seneca. It will kick your ass into gear, most assuredly. It is one of the best things I have ever, ever read.

(Right-Click to Download On The Shortness of Life Here)

FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION

There will always be some pesky reality, person, or group that will tell you what you are trying to accomplish (or what you are passionate about) is risky, a waste of time, not worth it, or that you just can’t do it. You may be told that no one will want what you have to offer.

Steve Jobs decided not to listen to those voices… even when hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake, which included the livelihood of many people at Apple and beyond.

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Case in point: the creation and release of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Perhaps you had one of those beauties. No one could have pulled it off but Jobs. From Steve Jobs:

“…[no one] at the company could have pulled off the creation of the Macintosh. Nor would it likely have emerged from focus groups and committees. On the day he unveiled the Macintosh, a reporter from Popular Science asked jobs what kind of market research he had done. Jobs responded by scoffing, “Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?”

Jobs also knew that thinking too much about the world’s expectations would limit his own creativity – because most people don’t think creatively too far ahead – and that is where Jobs wanted to be. He writes:

“Some people say, ‘Give the customers what they want.’ But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, ‘If I asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘ ‘A faster horse!’ ‘ People don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s why I never rely on market research. Our task is to read things that are not yet on the page.”

Genius follows its own bliss, and the rest will follow – or not. But what the world may or may not think isn’t the driving force of discovery and creativity. It is your passion, your daemon. You wouldn’t do anything else. This approach is mirrored by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his Power of Myth series with Bill Moyers:

BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

This cosmic favoring of following your bliss is mirrored by Terrance McKenna:

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”

What are you passionate about that requires some courage in devoting your time to it? Think about it. What good things have you devoted your time to in the past, not knowing the outcome, but certain that if the present was worthwhile, the results down the road would be, as well?

COMPASSION AND VALUING OTHERS DRIVES BIG PICTURE

“One day Jobs came into the cubicle of Larry Kenyon, an engineer who was working on the Macintosh operating system, and complained that it was taking too long to boot up. Kenyon started to explain, but Jobs cut him off. ‘If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave 10 seconds off the boot time?’ he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year. ‘Larry was suitably impressed, and a few weeks later he came back and it booted up twenty-eight seconds faster,’ Atkinson recalled. ‘Steve had a way of motivating by looking at the bigger picture.’ “

In high school, I had a friend – a very lovable cynic – that asked me what I hoped to do in my life, given that just merely living caused suffering for others through the use of natural resources, etc. I answered that I hoped that my life would benefit more people and beings than it harmed or inconvenienced, and I think with projects like Juice Feasting, Vitamin B12 Exposed, There is a Cure for Diabetes, and HyperLearning: A Revolutionary Approach, that it already has.

You don’t have to change the whole world like Steve Jobs did… look at what good you can do, how you can develop yourself or an idea or project that will benefit a dozen people, or a few hundred people, and do that. It is that kind of intention behind the energy of your life that cultivates genius – whether it is of the magnitude of Steve Jobs or not is a process of discovery.

VISION LOGIC: INTEGRATING “THE KNOWN” IN NOVEL NEW WAYS

“… He didn’t invent many things outright, but he was a master at putting together ideas, art, and technology in ways that invented the future. He designed the Mac after appreciating the power of graphic interfaces in a way that Xerox was unable to do, and he created the iPod after grasping the joy of having a thousand songs in your pocket in a way that Sony, which had all the assets and heritage, never could accomplish. Some leaders push innovation by being good at the big picture.” (Steve Jobs, 565)

“Vision-Logic” is a term in cognitive development circles, used to designate the ability to take a big-picture view across a wide range of disciplines. Vision-Logic is also the capacity to put two or more things together that create something entirely new.

For example – it may not seem like a big deal to you looking at this readable font right now – but when Steve Jobs came out with the Macintosh in 1984, his computer was the first to use a typeface – a font. Prior to that, it was the black screen with green ugly letters on it. Yuck. And how did Jobs do it?

He took an elective course in typography and fonts at Reed College – having no idea what he would do with the information he was excitedly acquiring about elegant typefaces. Years later when he was developing the Macintosh, he decided to use that knowledge about typefaces and apply it to the way we read text on a home computer. That application of two diverse fields – typography and computer technology (which again, may seem obvious now) was Vision-Logic at work.

“What drove me? I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that’s been done by others before us. I didn’t invent the language of mathematics I use. I make little of my own food, none of my own clothes. Everything I do depends on other members of our species and the shoulders that we stand on. And a lot of us want to contribute something back to our species and to add something to the flow. It’s about trying to express something in the only way that most of us know how–because we can’t write Bob Dylan songs or Tom Stoppard plays. We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow. That’s what has driven me.” (Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, 570)

What does this mean for us? If you have an interest – even if it does not seem to connect with anything else you are doing in your life – if it is your passion, dive in. In fact, it may be even more important to learn about if it has nothing to do with the other elements of your life – because when you do figure out how it connects, something new and amazing may be developed.

Finally, learning about a wide variety of things wards off Alzheimer’s – which you can view basically as a shutting down of streets, roads, and highways (your neural pathways) in your mind. Learning new things is akin to constantly building new roads and highways, so that even if some parts of your neural pathways shut down in your brain, new ones are constantly being opened up by learning about and doing what you are passionate about at this point in your life. Which brings us to the next point about Genius…

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

“The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter. The Zune [a portable music device] was crappy because the people at Microsoft don’t really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally love music. We made the iPod for ourselves, and when you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” (Steve Jobs, pg 407)

Jobs let passion drive his work – not profit or trying to recreate what others had already done. Geniuses are fools. They go for what drives them emotionally – and oftentimes throw caution and immediate rational “realities” to the wind in pursuit of what gives their life meaning. It takes balls. Mythologist Joseph Campbell was asked how long one should invest in following their bliss, and he said it could take as much as 10 years.

But if you don’t follow your bliss, your genius – and that of those who might support you – won’t really come out. I am reminded of Anthony Robbins’ TED Talk in 2007, “Why We Do What We Do”

This has been my path. I do what I am passionate about, and in the last 8 years that has been Juice Feasting. It took me three years of financial hardship and professional frustration to come up with the name, conceive the site, develop the 92-Day Program, and launch Juice Feasting to the world. It wasn’t easy, but as of this year, well over 100,000 people have learned about Juice Feasting. My passion about healing in service to each person’s unique life purpose is paying off for everyone. Genius? I’ll let you decide. I like to think that Juice Feasting opens up dormant potentials – including genius – for everyone who engages it as a Life Practice.

GENIUS IS ALIVE

“You always have to keep pushing to innovate. Dylan could have sung protest songs forever and probably made a lot of money, but he didn’t. He had to move on, and when he did, by going electric in 1965, he alienated a lot of people. His 1966 Europe tour was his greatest. He would come on and do a set of acoustic guitar, and the audiences loved him. Then he brought out what became The Band, and they would all do an electric set, and the audience sometimes booed. There was one point when he was about to sing ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and someone from the audience yells, ‘Judas!’ And Dylan then says, ‘Play it fucking loud!’ And they did. The Beatles were the same way. They kept evolving, moving, refining their art. That’s what I’ve always tried to do – keep moving. Otherwise, as Dylan says, if you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying.” (Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, pg 570)

Developmental research has shown that most people go through five or six major stages of development by the age of 25, and after that, development largely grinds to a halt until the age of 60-65. Why?

Understandably, we are busy raising kids, keeping the career, the house, the kids happy and alive (every day is a triumph, right parents?), and one’s relationship intact to hold it all together. While we do change, their is not a great deal of revolutionary growth between 25 and 65, as the demands of life require us to just hold on to some semblance of stability.

But you can decide otherwise during these years, and I think the orientation of genius is to never have an idea of a final resting place in any aspect of your life. The evolutionary imperative is to keep growing into new, higher, wider, deeper capacities and ways of being that require us to let go of previously held beliefs, habits, relationships, places, and activities in favor of constantly growing into even better ones. It requires you to prefer growth and new discovery – even when it asks you to let go of where you are – over stasis, plateauing, and becoming obsolete in your ways of thinking and being.

It’s tough. Particularly with the “American Dream” of landing the permanencies of house, car, job, relationships, diet, health, ideas, political affiliations, brand identities, etc. But what you find is that stasis is boring as hell – and there are ways of cultivating enough structure in your life to support the novel, creative, post-structural new ways of being and thinking in your life that don’t have to listen to the everyday… many geniuses work – or worked – their 9-5 during the day, and pursue not the latest episode of Survivor, but the next chapter of a book they are reading or project they are developing.

My (David R.) overall life orientation in this regard is to constantly crave better answers, and greater capacities for self-expression and helping others. I love solutions and a more full and capable understanding of life and how we can make it better. And as new problems and challenges arise in my own life, and that of the world, fresh new ideas and perspectives are required to meet the demands. So I keep reading, considering, and talking with the best people I can find, and that keeps me alive and growing.

Who are the most exciting and cutting-edge people in your life? What ideas – in books, film, the internet… are driving your interest or imagination? Would you like to dial them up more? I say go for it. What else is there to do?

GENIUS: WHERE IS IT?

“Was he smart? No not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. He was, indeed, an example of what the mathematician Mark Kac called a magician genius, someone whose insights come out of the blue and require intuition more than mere mental processing power. Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead.” (Steve Jobs, 566)

We have been misled. The geniuses of our high school and college days were the “top tens,” the “magna cum laudes,” academic decathlon and MENSA nerds – the kids who got into Ivy League schools and topped out their SAT, MCAT, and GRE scores. And its bullshit. Smart is smart – and we need smart people. But “smart” does not confer genius – and often the world invites smart people to be anything but creative geniuses.

Genius is not the sole realm of grades, scores, rankings, and placements, and Steve Jobs is evidence of that truth. Genius is a sparkling – and sometimes crazy – blend of vision, compassion, creativity, faith, drive, and often post-rational insights derived from perspectives that lie far beyond personal, present-moment, rational considerations and viewpoints.

Genius holds more of the kosmos – not for grades or the world’s praise – but because it seeks something new, novel, higher, wider, deeper, and more capable that that which went before in whatever domain(s) it operates in, be it art, morals, science, politics, religion, sex, agriculture, health, philosophy, computer technology…

In future posts we will look at many geniuses throughout human history from cultures around the world, seeking to incorporate their greatest qualities as geniuses into our own lives, in pursuit of our own self-actualization, and ultimately, the self-transcendent expressions of our lives in service to the Kosmos at large.

If this interests you, and you want to light your mind on fire, check out my free 90-minute HyperLearning Webinar here:

The HyperLearning Webinar with David Rainoshek

I have invested my life incorporating the Life Practices of Genius… The HyperLearning Course is my magnum opus on how to do it. Enjoy.

 

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The HyperLearning Webinar: Behind the Scenes http://revolutionarywebinars.com/the-hyperlearning-webinar-behind-the-scenes/ http://revolutionarywebinars.com/the-hyperlearning-webinar-behind-the-scenes/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2012 06:35:55 +0000 http://revolutionarywebinars.com/?p=2334 The Invite Video you see above is the final piece of the HyperLearning Webinar I have been working on for the last 18 months. My colleague, Mike and I worked for seven days straight to produce this video of broad scope. Why? HyperLearning is an investigation into how we can place viewpoints, techniques, technologies, and […]

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The Invite Video you see above is the final piece of the HyperLearning Webinar I have been working on for the last 18 months. My colleague, Mike and I worked for seven days straight to produce this video of broad scope. Why?

HyperLearning is an investigation into how we can place viewpoints, techniques, technologies, and Life Practices to work for us in the Integral Age.

Never before in human history have we been so interconnected worldwide, and due to this deep cross-cultural reality, we are called to learn more about each other and the human experience – beyond our own local history and concerns – so that we can CO-CREATE our way into the next stages of global human evolution.

I wanted to make the HyperLearning Invite Video a positive, uplifting, forward-thinking take on where humanity is currently, and I think we achieved that.

That is what the whole project is about, actually: the Good News of the present moment, and the Better News that awaits us if we are creative, passionate, and wise enough to meet the needs of our times.

Ken Wilber has described human development – and the evolution of anything in the Kosmos (matter to body to mind to soul to spirit) as a dialectic of progress. Dialectic means “two.” Progress has two sides: it is good news, bad news. As we progress, the good news gets better, and the bad news gets potentially worse.

You can see this right now, yes? It is hard to tell whether the world is going to hell in a handbasket, or everyone is about to wake up to something dramatically larger and more beautiful in our togetherness than ever before. Part of HyperLearning: A Revolutionary Approach to Learning in the Integral Age, is about knowing how to cultivate the capacities to hold, understand, and use it all…

The only way to address the bad news locally, and worldwide, is by out-developing it – making the good news so good in ourselves, and collectively, that it answers and eradicates things that aren’t going so well. In fact, it turns the bad news into a creative challenge to make the good news even better.

In the 90-Minute HyperLearning Webinar – the signature piece of Revolutionary Webinars – I present the approach that I have developed over the last 35 years to meet the developmental demands of our times in the Integral Age of worldcentrism. HyperLearning is about new ways of thinking, learning, being, and living. It is about flexibility, co-creation, and fully engaging in the discovery process of your Unique Self Purpose – what it is that you are uniquely here to do that no one else can do but YOU.

If you find yourself excited about the times we live in, and find the understandings and implications of this conversation – this approach – appealing and compelling, do join me for the free 90-minute HyperLearning Webinar, here:

Sign up here ==> www.HyperLearning.Me

And with that, here is the text of the HyperLearning Invite Video. I hope to see you inside!

 

Transcript of the HyperLearning Invite Video with David Rainoshek

Something amazing is happening right now.

Have you noticed lately that the amount of information that is coming at us – that is available to us – is accelerating at an unprecedented pace?

For the first time in human history, the sum total of all human knowledge, all peoples, finest achievements, experiences, cultures, traditions, histories, economies, ecologies, technologies, perspectives, wisdom, and ways of being – everything that makes us human – is now being put on the table and available to us, often just a Google search away.

Moment-to-moment experiences, events, and insights from all over the globe stream through our Twitter feeds. Facebook connects you with just about everyone you’ve ever known.

This next-level access and interconnection is absolutely unprecedented… nothing like it has ever happened in all of human history, and the implications are exhilarating and astounding.

In this new crucible of knowledge and experience, the world is getting together, and it’s no longer good enough to just co-exist like we did in the 20th century…

We are called to a higher global purpose: co-creation. The problems we face, and the opportunities that await us, can only be met with next-level thinking and creative cooperation on a global scale.

And this means taking everyone, and everything, into account as we take this next evolutionary step worldwide.

There is a new mind, a new culture, a new level of compassion, care, and creativity that is arising worldwide in people like YOU… who yearn for a new way of thinking, a new way of being, an updated vision of who we are together, and where we are going… a positive, dynamic, creative, growth-oriented, integrative, hopeful, next-level vision of the future.

HyperLearning is part of this next level, this next stage in human evolution.

 

Hi, my name is David Rainoshek. I am the author and creator of HyperLearning: A Revolutionary Approach to Learning in the Integral Age.

HyperLearning is a deep passion of mine, and is based on over 30 years of experience with learning about learning from some of the pre-eminent genius minds across the globe, throughout human history.

What you are about to discover is not just how to learn faster, or even better, but how to cultivate the deepest drives and orienting perspectives behind the learning that set your mind, heart, and soul on fire. Your purpose, ability, and depth of learning is about to leap beyond almost everyone who has ever lived…

And given that we live in a global, Integral Age, which I will discuss inside – this webinar has fortuitously come to you at the perfect moment.

 

I will show you:

  • how to keep your brain and mind significantly younger, warding off Alzheimer’s disease, and growing new brain cells and neural pathways for your whole life
  • how to read one or more books a day in minutes, not hours
  • the tricks and techniques that I, David Rainoshek, used to create my 92-Day Juice Feasting Program, integrating thousands of materials: files, ebooks, courses, videos, articles, and interviews.
  • how to passionately self-generate the unique and creative work of your life for your own income
  • how to listen, think, organize, and review more materials, and seek out the best information or experience in anything, better than even the smartest people you know
  • How to accelerate audio and video speeds by 2-4 times normal, saving you hundreds of hours a year
  • how to never, ever be bored
  • exceed the strategies of even the super-rich and most highly educated to take your understanding far beyond a college, graduate, or post-graduate level
  • How HyperLearning and being aware of more in a shorter period of time cultivates higher creative states and more realizations and clarity about whatever it is you put your powerful mind to
  • how to HyperLearn and expand and utilize your greatest commodity – TIME – more effectively than anyone you know or are likely to know

 

In this free, provocative presentation, it will become crystal clear why HyperLearning and creative-self expression at increasingly higher, wider, deeper levels of being and knowing are part of the deep fabric of your evolutionary nature, calling out to engage with the larger, more exciting world we now find ourselves in.

I will show you how to passionately kindle and cultivate such a great passion for HyperLearning that it will filter through and ignite your whole life.

You will gain access to the most powerful tools, practices, and perspectives available today, designed to help you upgrade your mind, your learning, your health, your relationships, and the actualization of your Unique Self Purpose in this life at this incredible time.

You already have the capacity to HyperLearn… we just need to access the technologies and understandings to turn on HyperLearning for YOU.

To help put this powerful practice to work for as many people as possible, I will be hosting a free 90-minute HyperLearning webinar – a tour de force that will engage you in actualizing your unique self-purpose in the most skillful ways possible as humanity worldwide makes the most of our emerging challenges and incredible opportunities.

Registration for this webinar is completely free, but there are a limited number of slots available per session, so please be sure to sign up to the right, now.

Sign up here ==> www.HyperLearning.Me

 

You can pick the date and time that you like and we’ll send you a reminder when it gets close to the time you have chosen.

Also, once you register, we’ll give you instructions on how to access the online presentation, as well as an opportunity to get an extra special gift if you share this page with your friends.

So I look forward to having you join me in this upcoming webinar, and be sure to register while there are still spaces available.

We know that problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them. Congratulations for taking on the exciting task of meeting and exceeding the needs of our extraordinary times, and for joining me on what may prove to be the most exciting, relevant, and inspiring Life Practice you have encountered yet: HyperLearning: A Revolutionary Approach to Learning in the Integral Age.

 

Stay Sharp, and I will see you in the webinar!

David Rainoshek, M.A.
RevolutionaryWebinars.com

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Welcome to RevolutionaryWebinars!

This site has been several years in the making, a dream of mine, and a passion. Being an Integral thinker, I have wanted to create a platform and a forum to present Life Practices that I have found have the most traction for personal evolutionary growth. Why?

For the first time in history, we have deep access to all the world’s cultures, worldviews, mythologies, religions, histories, economies, cuisines, discoveries, inventions, diseases, cures, films, humor, animosities, loves, skills, creativity, political ideals, industries, agricultural techniques, poetry, art, books…

We live in the Integral Age, and this comes with it a huge responsibility to widen and deepen our understanding of more of the human experience than ever before. For most of human history, it has been enough to get along – more or less – with our community and our neighbors.

In a global, or Integral Age, we must stretch and open our hearts to perspectives, proclivities, and Ways of Being far beyond our own group, culture, or nation, if we are to encourage a world that does not merely co-exist, but co-creates together from a place of mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, and skillful integration of our various strengths.

As the creator of RevolutionaryWebinars, it is my passion to help usher in the Integral Age by encouraging personal transformative growth to higher, wider, deeper ways of being… In other words, a truly worldcentric and kosmocentric embrace that includes but transcends healthy egocentric and socioeconomic orientations.

To do so requires Life Practices to develop, deepen, and expand ourselves, and I have designed RevolutionaryWebinars to do precisely that.

The webinars and courses you will find on RevWeb are personally designed and/or vetted by myself, David Rainoshek, to develop yourself in multiple domains of deep living to meet the needs of our times.

At the epicenter of RevWeb is the HyperLearning Webinar, book, and course. It is a project over 20 years in the making, and is designed to light up your Mind and Unique Self Purpose in powerful, inspired, creative, evolutionary ways that will cultivate a meaning and self-generated passion for deep living that will never end. Many have reported an enormously renewed sense of hope and larger self purpose from joining the HyperLearning Webinar and engaging in the course materials.

Enjoy exploring the many Webinars and Courses here on RevWeb.

This is your Kosmic call to Integral, ever-expanding evolutionary living, and I am so honored you are here. The miracle is not to evolve, but co-evolve, not to create but co-create.

Let’s do some next-level transformative, Integrative development. Welcome to the leading edge, welcome to the Integral Age of Life Practices, welcome to RevolutionaryWebinars!

Happy Continuation,

David Rainoshek
RevolutionaryWebinars.com

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