Transformative Technology: Brain Waves of the Future

Transformative Technology: Brain Waves of the Future

Last month I attended the transformative technologies conference at Sofia University in Palo Alto California, where some of the brightest minds on the planet discussed the next billion dollar industry: technologies for self awareness and awakening.

Quantitative & Qualitative

Still in its infancy, the focus of transformative technology is wearable devices (hardware) and apps (software) that measure, collect data and give you feedback on breathing, heart rate variability, brain wave activity, stress and fear responses and other signals that when measured, monitored and adjusted can help you manage your moods, have a more effective meditation practice, learn to live, breathe, think, feel, and perform better. Its true that these gadgets increase self-awareness. It begs the question, what is a Self? The question is, can a Wearable get you there? How much data do you need to gather to know God?

Habit Forming

For example, moti.io is a Pavolovian style mouse-like gadget which helps you entrain a new habit by flashing different colored lights at you to remind you to ‘do’ whatever new habit you are trying to form, like remembering to drink water frequently, stretch your body etc. I can see the usefulness of such a thing to break the mold of a prescribed daily habit. You shed one habit that of not drinking water and you inhabit another, that of an incessant relationship with a gadget. Other gadgets are conceived as wearables, like the Lief, an ECG patch which has been ‘scientifically shown to improve control over your flight or flight response’, that a cynical friend of mine described as a choke collar,  or a VR device that visulaizes your breath as a puff of snowflakes or colored lights that allow you to ‘move’ through a virtual landscape, making breathing a game. The more deeply you breathe the more mobility you have. If you haven’t developed somatic awareness or spend too much time in your head, these tools are helpful.

A-muse-ment

I sat in a crowded anteroom with a headband on my head from a company called Muse, that promised to help me meditate better. As I breathed in and out, Muse would measure my brain waves and play the sound of crashing waves in my ear if my mind was wandering and give me the sound of birds chirping if I hit a moment of ‘no thought.’ In 5 minutes of meditation the birds chirped 3 times for a few seconds, and the lady told me that was ‘good’ and I felt how low the collective bar was for “no thought.” What’s wonderful about a device like Muse is that it gives one somatic feedback for what ‘no thought’ feels like, and in time you can entrain yourself to hit that state even without the device, if in fact that is the state being measured. One way to self-check is to keep in mind that states of profound silence and stillness have an ‘Eternal Now’ feeling to them. These states can’t be maintained very long without a kind of inner training and the discipline to still the mind consciously for periods of time. That stillness is like a reset button. In that stillness thoughts ‘arise’ in your mind from the pre-frontal cortex instead of from the amygdala, and you, the thinker, recognizes that while these are ‘your thoughts’, they are qualitatively different from your normal mind stream, which you now recognize as the fear-based mind-chatter that we all experience from time to time. These thoughts ‘ARISE’ in your MInd. You feel more like the Witness than the Thinker, and yet, they are your thoughts. They inspire you and make you feel grateful

Did you know Your Brain Waves Can Make Art?

One of the nicest things at the transtech conference was a large LED wheel or ‘chakra’ with colored lights on it that would change pattern depending on the brain waves of the people who were attached to it by a bluetooth wearable. This was created by laser light artists and programmer Peter Tjeedsma of Illuminationart.org It was a beautiful non-judgmental, ever-morphing panorama of this amazing brain and unfathomable mind we possess.

Mastering our minds: from healing bi-polar to transcendence

I was late for this workshop and I walked in to the words ‘Bipolar is the low-hanging fruit of enlightenment” That caught my attention because I have been feeling for a while, that this thing we call mental illness is a serious misdiagnosis of a condition that is really more of a shamanic encounter along an evolutionary path. Tribal cultures regard what we call ‘psychoses’ as shamanic initiations, and there is a certain logic to that. The shaman journeys within, to reconcile, find God, the Great Unity inside. In doing so he or she is healed. That’s the sum of it. Because of the centuries of limited access to the Plant Technologies, which are sophisticated al-chemical processes designed by nature to help us climb that evolutionary ladder between in-divid-dual Self and God, we live in a culture of mental dysfuctions like ADD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, sanctioned psychosis, violence, war and more. Gino Yu, a professor from Hong Kong presents a perfecty logical idea that the ‘bipolar’ person is actually experiencing the energy of transformation, but is unable to ground it in their body because they have an overlay of fear, desire, and need distorted by many mental concepts or projections, that they are unable to ‘decouple’ from. Decoupling is an important word in this explanation, because someone with bipolar is in a dualistic mindset.

Your Body is the Ultimate Wearable

Awakening to your ‘natural state’ or ‘true nature’ is the breaking or melting of a much bigger mold than addictions or bad habits. It is the mold of the over-thinking mind and the frozen heart. I maintain that this meta-mold cannot be broken or melted without God entering the picture. Whatever picture or ideas that word ‘God’ conjures up for you, I’m referring to an experience of ‘Divine Union’ within, and it is a triune leap– physical, psychological and metaphysical. You know God. You become One with God. Whether you achieve this with breathing, yoga, fasting, entheogens, writing, painting, cooking, or some combination thereof, its characteristics and effects are the same for all humans. You heal because your issues melt into the melting pot of ‘divine mind’ the collective consciousness. You step into the master of archetypes. About the Author: Lakshmi Narayan is the Creative Director of Awake Media a design studio that build brands and websites. She believes that the current systemic dysfunctions and crises are precursors to a global spiritual awakening.

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In memory of Stuart Wilde who delivered to me my first and biggest awakening

In memory of Stuart Wilde who delivered to me my first and biggest awakening

Stuart Wilde passed away a few months ago of a heart attack at age 66. I am eternally grateful to him for giving it to me straight and simple. He awakened me through his powerful ideas and actions at the Warriors Wisdom workshop in Taos, new Mexico. I was 33 then. Today, 20 years later, I still count that as the biggest turning point of my life and consciousness, thus far.

A great silence descended on me, right from when I got on the plane to Taos for the three day workshop. I had no expectations, I was a novice, a true beginner. I did not even know that the silence was significant. I just noticed it, curious.

The silence grew and expanded throughout those three days of paradigm busting experiences, metaphysical lectures and 4 am meditations, feeling my spirit snap to attention inside me to the crack of a gunshot in a large room, a near death experience as I fell off a high-wire, and finally a fire-walk, chanting “Cool moss, cool moss”, which left me feeling exhilarated and certain that this was my birth-right, to be this awake, this ecstatic.

That state of ecstasy lasted for about three weeks, and then tapered off, as mundane reality crept in. However, its effect has been profound. I have spent the rest of my life integrating that experience, rediscovering that state, and making it my own, so that I can hold that ecstasy in my body once again, as a natural state.

Here is an account of my near death experience at Stuart Wilde’s Seminar.

Transcendent Media

Awake Media is actively seeking clients, partners, and collaborations to create transcendent media products, and infuse the marketplace. Transcendent media is a virtually non-existent genre, but it is only a new form of already existing media capabilities, such as film, videos, graphic novels, games and iPad apps.

We are interested in creating the following Transcendent Media products

  • Guided Multimedia Meditations: (seeking collaborators for ‘The Diamond Body” meditation)
  • Psychedelic Short Stories: A short multimedia piece that depicts a psychedelic episode or dream sequence, using a multimedia narrative form, where there is an audio retelling, combined with 3D, animation, live video, and typography. (Read an example of a psychedelic episode depiction)
  • Interactive shamanic children’s books (seeking collaborators for The Magic Tree)
  • Metaphysical Video Games (Seeking collaborators for The Cosmic Snake and Jacob’s Ladder)
  • Feature Films (seeking collaborators for Gifted)

 

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I’m for parity.

The word PROSPERITY sounds like ‘PROS-PARITY, so I looked up the word PARITY.

‘Parity’ according to the dictionary is “the state or condition of being equal, esp. regarding status or pay.”

WOW. So prosperity is a condition that is characterized by balance, being equal, opposites reconciled, income and expense staying in a dynamic balance. Prosperity does not mean opulence or excess, it means “being for (pros) parity.”

With this new revelatory definition in mind, wealth and health two-gether represent prosperity, it’s a dual equation held in balance by the choices made by the Self.

 

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The Secret of Synchronicity

The Secret of Synchronicity

The Buddha questioned the necessity of suffering. He is represented as having withdrawn into pure detachment, and to me there has always been something partial about this interpretation of his teaching. No-mind, in my experience, is a very heartful place. I am drawn to the non-dualism of Tantra to balance that One-sidedness.

Compassion sits on the other side of the coin of detachment. When life hands you suffering, the choice is to forgive and forget or remember and suffer the past again and again because there is no time allocated in the present for the past.

So you have to feel your feelings in the now, get current, and go with the flow, of today, EVEN if you can see that this today is a cumulation of many past sufferings or feelings left unattended, you cannot attend to them anymore, that river has flown on, and in the river of NOW there is a feeling happening, an energy present, and by connecting to that energy, the current one, it will carry you along, to a future that is aligned because the present is aligned. That’s the secret of synchronicity.

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