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The Second Cornerstone: Mindfulness

Originally posted March 24, 2015latest Great Being post

First you must still the mind - Bill Harvey

In the post on June 2nd, we made the point that better decision-making and higher performance is achieved mainly through Positive Thinking and Mindfulness. We included tools to increase Positive Thinking, which we also call Solution Orientation. We promised to investigate the nature of Mindfulness in this post.

Mindfulness is a form of attention control.

The need to be master of one’s own attention has gotten progressively greater over the centuries as a result of information overload and its distractive effects. We have given this condition the name Acceleritis™, the vast increase in the amount of information needing to be processed by our brains each day. ADD, ADHD, and a fairly obvious reduction in the general population’s ability to stay focused on one problem long enough to solve it, have been the result.

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The need for Mindfulness has never been greater.

The Vedas, some of the earliest writings on the planet, recommend three yogic mental/emotional methods to achieve the conscious and willful control of our attention.

  • Concentration is the focus of the mind on a single object.
  • Contemplation is the focus of the mind on a single subject.
  • Meditation is the contemplation of the Self.

What then is Mindfulness?

We define Mindfulness as the optimal allocation of attention for maximum effectiveness. When one is mindful, attention optimally allocates both inwardly and outwardly at the same time. This helps us understand our own motivations in the moment, to consider not only our needs but the needs and probable responses of others, and to greatly improve what fighter pilots call situational awareness. This is in sharp distinction from our typical behavior, which is to allocate virtually all attention outwardly whenever the eyes are open.

It takes attention and effort to be mindful, but practicing persistent mindfulness not only allows us to be more present in each moment, it also allows us to shift into a higher state of consciousness to reach the Observer state more often and launch into the Zone or Flow state, the highest known state of consciousness in which right actions seem to do themselves effortlessly.

Mindfulness and Positive Thinking with a solution orientation — overleaping the focus on the problem once it is defined and going right to the focus on the solution — are the cornerstones of what I practice to achieve superior decisions, highest effectiveness, and creative innovation in all aspects of my life. Try this approach for yourself to see if it works for you.

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Originally posted 2015-03-24 12:35:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Rediscovering that Ancient Territory: Your Own Mind — Revisited

Originally posted February 10, 2015latest Great Being post

All of us are naturally curious about our own selves. When someone who knew us when, someone older, tells us a story about something we did when we were too young to remember it, we are raptly attentive.

Looking inward at oneself is the first step toward clarity.

If it were not for the culturally ubiquitous time pressure, we would have the same curiosity if offered a searchlight method to see more deeply into our own mind than ever before. Here we offer just such a searchlight.

This posting is a brief exploration into the architecture of inner experience and offers tools to look into your inner Self, through observation and experience. Why bother? Because in order to get into the two higher, most effective states of consciousness — the Observer state, where we can really see what is going on inside ourselves rather than being puppeteered by software in our heads, and the Flow state (Zone), where we are spontaneously doing everything just right — we need to become experts in the empirical study of our own minds and inner life.

What Is the Architecture of Our Inner Life?

Carl Jung defined the four functions of consciousness as perception, feelings, intellect and intuition — the latter referred to in day-to-day life as “hunches”. These are four kinds of events that can go on in consciousness.

Within consciousness, what we experience first is something inside that motivates us and moves us toward or away from something. Those are feelings. Instincts — hardwired genetic carryovers inherited before birth — are partly responsible for some or all of our feelings. The rest arise from motivations we accumulated during our lives, stuff we learned or decided to want or not want as a result of our experiences since birth.

So what are these things you call your thoughts, your feelings, your hunches, your perceptions? Consider, or reconsider, all of the experiences you have had of your own mind, your own inner life. Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-02-10 12:51:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Backs to the Water Again

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Volume 5, Issue 29
Part 51 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. As Blu and Ska, they are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain. At this point of the story, our Agents are no longer conscious of their true identities; the new brain has taken over their souls — for now. Previous episodes.

In recent episodes, Blu and Ska have been going deeper into meditation in an effort to revive their Rebel memories. They don’t know it yet, but their intense practice has brought them closer to their real Agent identities, with Melchizedek and Layla leaking through in their meditations — not in words but rather in feelings and images. While awaiting orders as to how to cross the Great Water, Ska has a sense of nearly drowning in the Great Water before Layla “walked in” and saved him. Meanwhile, Stari-ki has received news from Planetary Command confirming the Rebel identities of Blu and Ska, saying contact had been lost with them. Then suddenly, all of their meditations were interrupted by an attack that Stari-ki once again didn’t see coming.

Blu and SkaBlu and Ska scrambled down the huge rock to join the fight. The noise and the smoke caught their attention as soon as the surprise attack was launched. As they hacked their way through the enemy’s left flank, they realized that they were up against organized fighters and not the kind of savage mob that had attacked them up North some weeks ago. By the time they got into the center of the battle and in protective position in front of Stari-Ki, they identified who these attackers were — their weapons and tactics made it clear that these were some of the men they themselves had trained. Why would these men use their training against their teachers? Blu and Ska wondered. Continue reading

To Cross the Great Water

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We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. As Blu and Ska, they are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain. At this point of the story, our Agents are no longer conscious of their true identities; the new brain has taken over their souls — for now. Previous episodes.

Stari-ki’s army had begun their southerly trek in our last episode. Upon reaching what is now Lisbon, they were ambushed and many lives under Stari-ki’s command were lost before the attack was vanquished. The best fighters were allowed to live and their wives joined the other wives, all soon earning the trust of Stari-ki’s army. Meanwhile, Blu’s inner life had been changing as he began making his own best effort to remember his true identity, and Ska was also trying to get back to his true self, having a flash that maybe he was a girl. Layla and Melchizedek were beginning to wake up and leak through. Finally, we left you with Stari-ki, alone in his tent, summoning Planetary Command for help to revive Blu’s and Ska’s Rebel memories.

Blu was receptive to unconscious suggestions leaking through from Melchizedek, suggestions Mel did not even realize he was making. This is what drew Blu as if instinctively to meditation in the first place. Deep inside Melchizedek was the training that said when lost, go back to the general method and it will eventually restore all of your other methods. That general method was always meditation because in meditation all of the other methods will be rediscovered.

Atop the Rock of Gibraltar

Now sitting atop an enormous rock that would later be called the Pillars of Hercules and still later the Rock of Gibraltar, Blu was looking south at the continent across the narrow waters. Although still amazed by this scene they had discovered the day before, Blu’s attention was really indrawn. He had discovered there were sides to himself that took diverging viewpoints during an inner conversation. He wondered if one of these was his real Rebel self. Melchizedek, his real Agent self, never said a word during any of these inner conversations; his suggestions came through not in words but in feelings and images, because he was still largely asleep.

Sitting beside Blu and attempting to follow the meditation instructions given to him by this great friend, Ska’s mind was not as tranquil as his friend’s. Ska, who had always been just as courageous as Blu, now had contacted fear deep inside him for the first time and was overwhelmed by it, having never prepared any defenses against such fear.

The fear had started when he sensed it was possible that his real Rebel self was a female. He didn’t want to be a female. Females were wonderful but they were not warriors and he did not see how he could do his job if he found out he was a female. The new brain had a self-reinforcing mechanism which, every time it felt fear, made it more probable that this fear would be felt again in the future. It had not taken long to create a strong and chronic fear pattern in Ska’s brain. He hid all this very well even from Blu and his wife Asa. Stari-ki read it in his mind but said nothing about it to Ska, since he needed Ska to be effective and didn’t know what the best thing to say or do might be.

Stari-ki was in deep meditation himself, in his battle tent, his guards ordered to keep officers and others away until Stari-ki came out by himself. This was a different kind of meditation, as he was receiving information from Planetary Command. He knew they would reach this breach between land and water, and was told to await orders as to how to cross it. He wondered if they would be swimming, rafting, or picked up by starcraft and carried over. He hoped for the latter but suspected that Planetary Command did not want the natives to see all of the technology the Rebels had, in order to deny that information to the backstabber’s Agents.

Now they were showing him a picture in his mind of an enormous flood washing over the natural land bridge that used to be there. He supposed the flood must have taken place a long time ago, but Intel had not picked up on the loss of the land bridge in the first draft of the planetary orders.

The Flood at Gibraltar

Atop Gibraltar with Blu, Ska was not sanguine about his fears that they might be ordered to swim across. Ska’s brain and body remembered nearly drowning in this great water once before, before Layla had entered and saved the dying man.

Stari-ki felt a halt in the briefing from Planetary Command as some other voice came into focus inside his head. Someone else was cutting in on their conversation, with a news flash of some kind. Some warning… hard to make out in the din since now a third entity at Command had further news to impart. Why can’t Rebels ever wait to take turns? He thought the old saying automatically with a wry mind-smile, feeling the pride he always felt at being a member of such a pugnacious race, which is what he thought of Rebels. Of course they were a voluntary gathering rather than a single race.

Aha! This was the news he had been waiting for about the true identities of his right-hand men Blu and Ska. He had been right! Confirmed Rebels born in utero, lost contact years ago when taken over by brains. The larger dark-skinned one is Bluto, male, and the light-skinned one is Scarlatta, female. Both natives of Phaeton, relocated to Ceres after the planet’s destruction. Bluto is the one who follows orders and gets a job done. Scarlatta is a master spy specializing in seduction, not to be trusted but a valuable asset not to be sacrificed if possible. High priority placed on bringing their identities back to consciousness. Scarlatta was to have been born as a female but someone made a mistake and was punished for it. Ska had been hoped to still have value as a male and Command was still deciding on what to do with him/her when contact was lost forever, at least until now.

Stari-ki couldn’t wait to tell Blu the wonderful news, confirmed Rebels both. He would not mention to Blu that he’d half suspected to find out they were instead Agents, in which case he would have had to torture them physically and mentally, very slowly to death, to wring out every drop of Agent information buried deep inside. He was glad that was not the case as he needed both of them. This is why he would swear Blu to secrecy about Scarlatta being a female. They would give him the made-up name of Scar, which sounded manly, in order to not destroy his/her morale. Stari-ki was almost ready to hang up and go tell the boys versions of the truth when his tent was knocked over, burning, and sounds from outside the tent indicated utter pandemonium. They were under attack, and again he had failed to see it coming!

Savages attack


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The flood at Gibraltar
Neanderthal by Frank Frazetta 

Which voices do you listen to?

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Volume 5, Issue 27

Most of the time, we are not aware of the layers of louder and softer voices constantly going on within our mind. Most of us have found that the subtlest part of our mind speaks in the softest voice, while the most negative part of our mind speaks in the loudest voice.

By being in the moment, we can actually choose which stream to switch our attention to. We can actively choose at any moment to switch to a subtle channel or to a negative channel. One reason we switch to a negative channel more often is that the negative channels are essentially screaming at us and typically contain a much higher emotional content than the subtle ones whispering under that din.

Not all of the voices in our head are equally smart. When we take action based on a screaming voice, we are less likely to take effective action than when we act based on the quiet voice.

Quiet the mind - let the softer voices be heard

If we listen to the small quiet voices, we find them to be ethical in nature, disciplined, courageous, having good judgment, honest, and somewhat detached from outcomes. The small quiet voices do not have a powerful emotive component.

The accumulated knowledge about brain function related to structure gives at least some reason to infer that the soft and loud voices are playing upon different parts of the brain in different ways. All of the other parts of the brain chorus might also be chiming in, filling in the chords below the melody perhaps. Continue reading

The Long March ~ 40,000 BC

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Part 49 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. As Blu and Ska, they are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain. At this point of the story, our Agents are no longer conscious of their true identities; the new brain has taken over their souls — for now. Previous episodes.

In our last episode, Stari-ki had begun to suspect that Blu and Ska were probably not Earth natives, and so he set about testing them by play fighting, him against the two of them. After just a few maneuvers, Stari-ki (mis)identified them as Rebels like himself. And so began his re-indoctrination, telling Blu and Ska they had forgotten they were Rebels and thus (in his mind) a part of Lucifer, and promising to do his best to help them remember their true Rebel identities.

The next morning the army broke camp and, like an amoeba, split into two armies — Aldus’ army of occupation and recruitment, and Stari-ki’s much larger army that would conquer the coastline and install military commanders to raise local armies loyal to the Rebels. Blu and Ska said goodbye to Aldus, formerly their King, and now a brother Rebel from off-planet — all three under Stari-ki’s tutelage, trying to regain knowledge of their original identities and memories.

The Great BeingThe Great Being looked down and was on the edge of Her proverbial chair, delighted by the drama of this latest turn of events. Part of Him — echoed by returning reabsorbed avatars now part of Her intimate Self as His own internal chorus and senate — was excited in an almost nervous way that was very enjoyable — knowing that once Blu and Ska were actually successful in touching their own true selves, She Herself in each of those roles would be exposed to Stari-ki not as Rebels but as Agents. What sort of fight and deaths might ensue would be tragic but of course not permanent. To Him, down there in the roles, it would be highly exciting and terrifying to say the least. As spectator, She was rooting for the good guys to win, and again counting His blessings to have dreamed up Free Will.

Back on Earth… Stari-ki’s army began their trek, which would take them almost 3000 miles as traveled on foot, a serpentine course down the mountains into what would later be Portugal, then across the Straits into the southern continent, where they would capture and hold its northern coastline. Stari-ki's army routeStari-ki loved this mission. The best part was his utter uncertainty as to how it would all come out. He was too seasoned a soldier to believe he could accomplish anything; he knew otherwise. They could run into savages living in large cooperating groups. The backstabber could descend upon them if it looked like his mission was going to succeed. In continuous fighting in completely unknown territory, death could come out of nowhere. Even his psychic abilities could not track everything in his battle sphere. What fun!

Their first great battle occurred not far from what would later be Lisbon, where they were surrounded and ambushed by hordes of savages. With the element of surprise on the side of the natives, Stari-ki felt humiliated at not having seen it coming, and this self-flagellation degraded his psychic powers. Many lives under his command were lost before the armed cavemen were vanquished.

The best fighters were allowed to live, and within weeks were fully trusted to be inducted into Stari-ki’s army. Some stayed to occupy and build armies and some went with Stari-ki further south. Wives of the converted fighters traveled with their mates to the unknown adventures in the hot lands. Having more women traveling with the army relieved Izbel and Asa of the discomfort of being the only women with so many lustful men around, although no one was going to fool with the wives of Blu or Ska — except perhaps Stari-ki, but he was too focused on his mission to dally in such things.

Blu’s inner life had changed dramatically. The way he remembered himself, he had always been a simple guy, liked guy things, loved women, loved fighting, followed the rules, and was proud when he had a good thought or idea, like the cave painting. He was still amazed that he could have thought up such a thing — where did that come from? He had no great ambitions, just to keep doing what he did best, someday have children and help them grow strong and stay happy. Now he was embarked on what had to be the greatest adventure ever, so he was in a state of perpetual excitement. The news that he was actually some other identity was troubling but also fascinating. His real Rebel self must have been the one to think up the cave paintings, he now surmised. Continue reading