Identity, the container for all of our life experiences and predicted actions, is a function, and output, a program, that is based on our memory, real and imagined.

This means, that if we imagine a different past, we will express a different future.

The ‘older’ memories tend to access our ‘deeper’ subroutines of the Identity program. That is, the younger memories we have, the more foundational the identity patterns are, and therefore the more power they hold. Think of it as a hierarchy. The ‘old’ wires (older repeated stimulus/response loops) that were laid down when we were much younger tend to get reinforced the most (because they were used longer and earlier) and are used and linked to others. They are the core, the root, the stem, the core infrastructure, the foundation from which other branches are then laid upon.

This is why working deeply with the inner child identity memory works so well. If/when we can recall that state of inner child peace or sense of sensuality and complete acceptance. There is an ‘essence’ or spirit of this younger us that is sensitive and aware, yet powerful and independent. When we can imagine and remember that ‘younger’ self to be the most whole and complete, physically, sensually, emotionally and thought pattern wise, moving thru environments, interacting with others, crafting and doing work… then the better we will incorporate those patterns into our future identities, into our Belief and Expectation systems.

Practical tools to do this are:

1) Get the body/human/animal into a receptive state for experiencing the ‘remembered’ self. This is done by hyper-oxygenating the system with breathwork, sonic landscapes, and sense of spaciousness in the self (convincing the current identity that it is living in some imagined reality). Anyhow, there are some can openers that pry the lid off of our receptability. Namely ‘Trance’ like techniques.

2) Imagine what it was like, from a physiological, emotional, thought, feeling, and sensory/sensual state to be that person in a specific environment. Ideally feel the whole body at once, moving thru space and interacting with others. Live this movie, live this story, feel it in the body, and associate positive emotions with it. Play with it.

3) Repeat this often, and have it be a ‘movie’ that you observe over and over again.

4) Practice being this feeling state in the ‘real world’ frequently. Practice it laying down at first, then standing, then moving thru space.

This also works to imagine the future. Because Memory is both a past and a future predictor, we can modify our memory system by imagining a new future as well. Both of these are tools to overwrite the program that is causing distress, causing stimulus response loops that are causing physical or emotional pain, limiting the human from expressing itself in the most relaxed and powerful ways.

The ancient teachings of Chi-Gong, of Daoism, and of Meditation all apply the same principles, however they add a mystical layer to it and a story to it. They will add in a pantheon of gods, spirits, animals, and entities. These are tools that enable the human to place themselves (their identity) into a larger framework. It enables the identity to become more maleable. More open and receptive to change.

In the Pantheon tool set, we visualize gods or Godesses who embody different emotional and situational aspects of being human. This then triggers our mimicry tool. Mimicry is a tool for us to relate to others, generate a sense of unity, and therefore facilitate value exchange and learning.

The Pantheon tool sets always unite the ‘mystery’ with the ‘human’. They connect the unknown mystery of how we’re here with a human’s existence in story form. They put Gods in human form living out an imagined social environment such as family, business, fighting/opponents, lovers, crafting, etc.

The power of the Pantheon tool lays in its tapping into the more powerful emotional wiring that humans developed to facilitate their social bonds, a wiring that I believe was made to facilitate collaboration amongst humans so they can better expand their species dominance in an ecosystem, and even against other humans. Anyhow, it’s simple. We have LOTS of brain space (literally lots of neural regions) dedicated to recognizing faces. We also have LOTS of neural space dedicated to interpreting human emotions based on facial expression. Same goes for tones, sounds, language.

The Pantheon toolsets use this core Human fondness for facial recognition and interpretation to generate faces and body postures of gods and goddesses which trigger emotional states in us. We then try to mimiic those facial expressions, and the emotional experiences. This generates a more sensual relaxation (Yin) or sensual aggression and action. (Yang).

The more we train a story of a God, the more we relate to it. The more we relate to it, the stronger the story circuit gets. Our Mimicry mechanism (also called mirror neurons) begins to wire a simulus-response loop into our memory. When aspects of this Pantheon story arise, it triggers that stimulus/response loop. Our bodies will then generate subtle physiology shifts intended to serve us in that imagined environment.

How can imagination affect physiology? Crazy!

Well, our neocortex (the imagination and prediction region of our brains) literally has cables that are wired into our mid-brain (the emotional response part). The mid-brain controls our automatic responses to situations. The mid-brain connects down into the brain-stem and cerebellum. These control our muscle movements, chemical secretions, hormone releases and regulation.

So, it literally is a ‘top-down’ cascade effect.

Imagination affects Emotion which affects Physiology.

Lastly, in Kung Fu, we practice the Eight Animal styles. Pretending to be an animal really strips out our sense of human identity, and lets us ‘play’ or imagine being something completely different. Our physiology response appropriately. Its Hard Wired. ;-)

 

What I'm Reading

 
 
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The Distracted Mind - Adam gazzaley and Larry D. Rossen

OK, so, I'm actually listening to their AUDIO version of this. Content is INCREDIBLE, narration is super dry. These highly capable researchers at UCSF in California have pulled together wonderful stats, original research, and timely practical solutions to many of the technologically related mental health challenges our cultures face. 

Another great listen is Dr. Gazzaley's talk to the Commonwealth Club


Stealing Fire - How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

These authors seem well connected and well known in the Silicon Valley world of Startups, Drugs, and Mind-Hacks. They surface many great methods of harnessing more mind power, and make connections between ancient civilizations and modern man. 

They tend to emphasize the buzz-word 'flow' which is an effortless state of nearly superhuman capacity. 

A fun listen/read! Definitely worth the time. 

 

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SNOWCRASH - Neil Stephenson

Such a classic book. Its incredible to listen to this book, and realize it was written in 1992. Neil is super popular geeky sci-fi writer. AND, he is an incredible futurist. He is an advisor to Magic Leap, which is set to come out with a revolutionary new product mid 2018.

With Neil's Advisory, I can only imagine what the potential of their product will be. 


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Kelly McGonigal is a fantastic researcher, speaker, and author. She reads her own book in this audio version. The general thesis is: Let's re-frame what stress is, how we define stress. By doing so, we can embrace that many stressful activities are actually good for us. Similar to plants that need stressors to make sweeter fruit, us humans need to rub up against things and get our butts kicked sometime to learn and grow. 

One of the most impactful aspects of her research is how 'Mindset Interventions' can deeply impact a person's overall health and productivity with long-lasting returns well beyond the 30 minute, one-time suggestion. Powerful!
 


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Ramez Naam really cracked the code with this book. His interest in biotech, connected humanity, and a future containing so many aspects of cultural norms/patterns is stunning. He's a futurist, and a very good story-teller. His approach to painting with words is a fun one. Plenty of violence and martial combat in this Fictional series. A great geeky sci-fi futurist set of books. Audio version makes for some fun and sometimes intense car-rides. 

Podcast Questions

 
 

Thank you for helping to build our community of Healing Technology Entrepreneurs!

 

Your work and insights are fueling the needed shift in human healing and fundamental values, ushering us into a new era of digitally-assisted health. 

Here are a few questions that may help you prepare for the interview. The interview will be fluid / free-form, fun, and… these questions will probably come up. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what are you up to? 

How long have you been doing what you’re doing? 
What motivated you to get involved? (What’s the story?) 
How are you funding your efforts?
What do you see is the future of Virtual Reality/Healing Tech? 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10, 20… (Consider: Hardware Price, Distribution, Penetration, Markets, etc; Software / AI; Data/Privacy; Global Impact on Society/Social Change). 

Conscious Founder’s Audience is Fellow Entrepreneurs, Artists, Financiers, and Medical/Healthcare Professionals. 

Our mission is to cultivate, curate, and distribute insights from ground-level Entrepreneurs of Consciousness Healing Technology leveraging Virtual Reality as a primary platform.

VR is impacting the Western World and Healthcare system. Our interviews answer the following questions: 

 

Financier Qs:

  • Tell us about some of your success stories, and what you think made them successful. What were the team’s collective mission, what kinds of returns did they make, and what were the core values that drove their company’s evolution. 
  • When you evaluate an investment, what do you look for? People, People, People? People, Product, Vision, Market? How has this changed over the course of your professional career? 
  • What kinds of companies do you prefer to invest in? B2C, B2B, Product, Software, Service, etc?
  • Can you walk us thru a typical investment cycle? Where do you come in from evaluation to investment? Is there a seasonality in the investment circuit? 
  • What value does an Investor bring to an Entrepreneur other than capital?
  • What are the challenges for B2B companies compared to a B2C businesses? 
  • What are some more creative ways early Entrepreneurs can get going without taking the VC route?
  • Any final words of advice for hungry change-makers listening to this? 

 

 

Healer Q’s:

  • What does it take to penetrate traditional healthcare providers? To get them using these tools for change? 
  • What infrastructure is required? What are adoption rates and barriers? 
  • Who is doing a ‘good’ pioneering job at delivering value in these systems? What learnings do they have to share with the community? 
  • What are the challenges for B2B companies compared to a B2C businesses? 
  • What market segments have the highest demand for what services and at what price-points?  
  • Which of these are live today, and which are early emerging markets? 

 

Artist Q’s:

  • What was your favorite installation?
  • What media do you mostly use?
  • What is your idea of art? Why do you think Artists do what they do? 
  • What’s your creative process like?
  • How does art interface with Technology for you?
  • What do you think about ‘Conscious’ art? Have you been to festivals and explored the art scene there? 
  • What inspires you to get up and brush your teeth in the morning? 

 

Entrepreneur Q’s:

  • What’s your mission? 
  • How did you come up with your idea? 
  • How has it evolved since you started?
  • What are some of the biggest learnings you’ve made so far? 
  • How would you like to proceed with your company? 
  • In the ideal world, with no limits, what would be the most outrageous success story? 
  • How about the most likely outcome in the next 6 months to year?
  • How important is money in your life and in your company mission? 
  • What roll do you think money has in helping people advance their individual levels of health? In the human population in general?.
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made professionally or otherwise? 
  • Who uses your product?
  • How did you respond? Would you have done anything different today? 
  • Biggest success in business or personal life? 
  • Do you separate business, personal life and spiritual or contemplative life?