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Highlights from Stanford Salon 10/13/15 Notes: Josh Whiton’s talk on Expanding Consciousness

by on Oct.13, 2015, under - Show All Posts

Josh was the mega-successful founder of TransLoc, and has since turned his focus to elevating the world’s consciousness and his own. About: http://joshwhiton.com/

Full Notes: Salon 10/13/15 Notes: Josh Whiton’s talk on Expanding Consciousness (Google doc)

Below are some highlights:

#quote There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” ~Henry David Thoreau

  • If you get your psychological needs met you grow automatically, like a plant, no choice.
  • If you keep getting your needs met you end up like Gandhi. People who become great are fundamentally just people who got their legitimate needs met; what a human looks like when functioning at capacity.
  • #quote “[We have never seen a fully grown person]” ~Thoreau (paraphrase)
  • People in prison got there because they weren’t getting their needs met and then one day they put their foot down in a misguided way trying to get them met.  Putting them in prison doesn’t help them get their needs met

“Integrity has to do with how integrated your psyche is” ~Josh #etym

  • Problem: Repression
    • Repression happens because if we were to connect with our most embarrassing memories we wouldn’t function, would shut down or lash out
    • physical neurons we could be using are bound up holding repressed memories.
  • Solution: Highly resourced state
    • List 10 situations in which you felt  proud, other positive emotions
    • Like your Facebook photo <> minimalist homepages vision, proud.of
    • Two figures example
    • Assign symbol, database lookup key to happy memories

“Your consciousness lightens with each step of healing… Until you are enlightened” ” ~Josh #etym

  • “I’ve lived and died several times since I last saw you because every day I’m practicing”
  • Your growth limiting step, the blockage to your growth might not be because lack of meditation but e.g. bad relationship (personal, business, etc.)

Corporations as wellness programs #idea #best


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Notes from the Transformative Technology Conference and an Epiphany

by on Oct.04, 2015, under - Show All Posts, Abstract Philosophical Musings

The Silicon Valley Intelligentsia were here in force (at least the meditation-oriented subset).

Notes: Scratch Notes from Transformative Technology Conference (Google doc)

I learned about the difference between satori and samadhi today, the peak states in Zen and yoga meditation respectively (Dr James Hardt’s talk). Both are characterized by maxed alpha waves across the brain, but there is a key difference:

Satori – The peak state in Zen. One can ring a bell next to a Zen master in satori a thousand times and elicit the same level of surprise, i.e. alpha wave block then return to maxed alpha waves shortly after. <> William Blake #quote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. ~William Blake, The Doors of Perception 

Samadhi – the peak state in yoga. Yogi can put hand in ice bucket and have no alpha wave block. It’s like the yogi’s consciousness is somewhere besides the body.

Later, I had an epiphany which was really a recollection, in which I realized that I have found something that feels as robustly blissful and inspiring as samadhi. I remembered why IdeaFlow is different from all other projects in the world — the thoughts that consoled and inspired me through the toughest times of my past — and why I am working on it: the full project is not done until literally everyone in the world is happy, including me. This means I don’t have to “fear” competitors because there are only two possibilities:  I have a project to complete that nobody has done and it is great service and a great startup, or someone else has already made everyone in the world happy, including me. So either way I don’t have to worry. Completion of The Project equates to turning the world into a true utopia. So until this has happened, I have nothing to worry about competitor-wise. And at that point I really have nothing to worry about!

This suddenly re-enchanted the world for me and gave me access once again to a profound perspective from which to interpret reality. For instance, I realized why it bothers me so viscerally and persistently whenever I don’t get along with someone I meet. Coming into harmony with everybody in the world is my ideal, if I’m not in harmony with a person, that’s an open gestalt for me. And creating new open gestalts bothers me so deeply because completion of The Project equates to closing all the world’s open gestalts. So when I create new ones, it’s like I’m creating more work for myself and moving the project which I care about most about in the world backwards! So, to everyone I haven’t gotten along with ever, hang tight, I’m coming to make things better before all is done.

Even thinking about working on The Project of making literally everybody in the world happy instantly jumps me to this completely blissful and inspired state and gives me incredible purpose. And the fact that my own happiness is guaranteed either way, whether I’m working on It or someone else beats me to it, makes this peace imperturbable, like samadhi — even if The Project occasionally requires me to do the mental equivalent of shoving my hand in an ice bucket. 

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