Sunday, March 29, 2009

#76 Pattern Thinking, part 1

  • What are patterns
    • Science: map of the world, theory
    • Structure wih a specific rhythm and beat
    • Mythology: Frank Herbert’s quote
    • Usefulness: patterns are everywhere, which ones we care about?
    • Repetition of a structure, sequence
  • Patterns in Self
    • Personal growth
    • Where you are, where you are going, and how to get there
  • Patterns in Relationships
  • Patterns in large systems
    • Business, politics
  • Why spotting patterns is important
    • Survival
  • Usefulness and dangers of patterns
    • Saves you CPU cycles
    • Learn from prior generations
    • Automated thinking, robotizing
    • Distinction: who has control – you over pattern, or pattern over you
    • Patterns help to survive, but too much pattern kills adaptation, which leads to extinction
    • Context of war: make sure you spot your patterns before your opponent does
    • Context of personal growth: use your friends / teachers to spot your patterns
    • Whose patterns are these? Where did you get them from? Do they work for you?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Modeling Einstien's Problem Solving Capabilities

At the heart of any modeling is the how, here is a nice sequencing of how Einstien went about solving problems. Have been looking a lot into this lately and ran into this article so thought I would share

If its of interest to you and you wish more details on modeling Einstien look into the work of Robert Dilts 3 volume masterpiece on strategy of genius.

Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It)

Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.

quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into
solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to
improve our understanding of it. Here are 10 strategies you can use to
see problems from many different perspectives and master what is the
most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem in the first place!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

#75 The 5Rhythms: Maps of Ecstasy - Dancing with Gabrielle Roth, part 2

It is our great pleasure to present to you a series of conversations with an “urban shaman”, a cartographer of the inner space, an author, a musician, a dancer, and the founder of the 5Rhythms – Gabrielle Roth. This is the second episode of the series.

In this episode, we touch the following topics:

  • Resonance in the body – emotions
    • Flowing resonates in the feet
    • Staccato resonates in the hips and heart
    • Chaos resonates in the neck, shoulders, head
    • Lyrical resonates in the hands
    • Stillness resonates in the breath
    • We can learn to dance from anytihng – flower, rock, mountain, animals…
    • Not “good” and “bad” – what is – is.
    • In the West, we became afraid of fear
  • Dance of the nations
    • We are in a millenium of Chaos, a humbling time. Shattering.
    • The US might not be a super-power.
    • It’s a review of what am I going to die for, and what am I living for
  • Body as a Living Bible
    • Many people don’t know how to read it
    • Reading it is a dance
    • People open up in the face of danger

Sunday, March 15, 2009

#74 The 5Rhythms: Maps of Ecstasy - Dancing with Gabrielle Roth, part 1

It is our great pleasure to present to you a series of conversations with an “urban shaman”, a cartographer of the inner space, an author, a musician, a dancer, and the founder of the 5Rhythms – Gabrielle Roth.

In this episode, we touch the following topics:

  • Maps of Ecstasy
    • Timeless, egoless state of being
    • Unleashed but focused
    • Dance – a firey prayer
    • You can dance forever (regardless of age)
    • At first a refuge. But then became much bigger than a refuge, and more people were coming into my refuge.
    • 5Rhythms – DNA of the creative process
  • Devnagiri and Jhoom
    • The Western world lost its root – we are afraid of what is primal in us, and afraid of being touched and touch others in a way that awakens them
  • Being rooted and grounded
    • Rooting is being off the Earth, and grounded is being on the Earth
    • Centered and Grounded
  • Discovering the rhythms
  • Transformation and alchemy
    • Fall in love and stay there
  • Shadow side of 5Rhythms
    • Shadow to flowing is to be inert
    • Staccato – tense and rigit
    • Chaos – mentally confused and panicked
    • Lyrical – spaced out
    • Stillness – numb

Sunday, March 8, 2009

#73 Embodied Mythology Series 07: Owning the Shadow with Paul Rebillot

We are continuing our conversations with our teacher and friend Paul Rebillot on the topic of the Healing Theatre – the combination of acting and drama, mythology, gestalt therapy, and rituals. For more information about Paul and his work, please visit his website – Direct Impact Creativity.

In this episode, Paul is describing the structure called Owning the Shadow.

The topics covered in this talk are:

  • What is the shadow?
    • If there is no light, there is no shadow
    • “We have met the enemy, and he is us”
    • The shadow is “forbidden”
  • Illuminating the Shadow
    • My way of dealing with shadow is to illuminate
    • Shadow is a tricky character – he escapes, moves back and forth
    • Once you begin to recognize your shadow, it loses power
    • Change the duel to the death (with the shadow) into a lover’s quarrel
  • Looking at the Shadow
    • Looking at the Shadow has to be approach step-by-step
    • Shadow frequently appears in dreams
    • People that keep appearing in your life whom you cannot stand
    • Jokes – what we laugh at
  • Revealing Shadow through Humor
    • And things we cannot laugh at and take too seriously
    • Anti-defamation (Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence)
  • Distilling the qualities of shadow
    • List 25 people that disturb us most in our lives
    • Distilling 5 common qualities, drawing them and putting in the bag
    • We are dragging the bag of parts of us that we were told is bad
    • The Golden Shadow
    • Acting out the characters
  • Integrating the Shadow
    • Creating a mask
      • First of your face
      • Then add bumps and colors
    • Then have a costume party to enact the shadow completely, all out
    • Gestalt work to integrate the shadow – dressing a partner into your shadow costume and see your own shadow
    • By the end, love begings to happen for the shadow, which is really the answer
    • Finally, a medicine wheel, to take the shadow with you on a spiritual level
  • Examples of shadow integration
    • A man recognizing his homosexual shadow
    • Turing stories you tell about people to yourself into creative works
  • Dealing with political shadow
    • Take some action
    • Look at the person you dispice and see where you are doing the same thing
    • Talk about it to people
  • Justice and Vengeance
    • If become what you kill
  • Parallels in the books and movies
    • Harry Potter (book)
    • The Matrix (movie)
    • V for Vendetta (movie)
    • “The Terrorist” (movie)

[techtags: Myth, Mythology, Hero’s Journey, Lover’s Journey, Owning the Shadow, Paul Rebillot]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Existential Depression In gifted Indiviuals

I read this article a few times and thought I should share this. Have some friends and teachers who I would classify as extremely gifted.  And as I read this I could see their lives being reflected in this article. I was/am curious how this article rings for the readers and if they find some truth in it in poeple they know.

Great Potential Press – Guiding Gifted Learners

Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals
James T. Webb, Ph.D.

Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals
James T. Webb, Ph.D.
Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted

Dr. Webb is co-author of the book Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders

It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone by a major loss or the threat of a loss which highlights the transient nature of life, persons of higher intellectual ability are more prone to experience existential depression spontaneously. Sometimes this existential depression is tied into the positive disintegration experience referred to by Dabrowski (1996).

Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence. Yalom (1980) describes four such issues (or “ultimate concerns”)–death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness. Death is an inevitable occurrence. Freedom, in an existential sense, refers to the absence of external structure. That is, humans do not enter a world which is inherently structured. We must give the world a structure which we ourselves create. Isolation recognizes that no matter how close we become to another person, a gap always remains, and we are nonetheless alone. Meaninglessness stems from the first three. If we must die, if we construct our own world, and if each of us is ultimately alone, then what meaning does life have?

Why should such existential concerns occur disproportionately among gifted persons? Partially, it is because substantial thought and reflection must occur to even consider such notions, rather than simply focusing on superficial day-to-day aspects of life. Other more specific characteristics of gifted children are important predisposers as well.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

#72 Mythology - Conversations with Richard Roberts, part 2

We are continuing our series of conversations with an author, a poet, a Tarot scholar and a mythologist Richard Roberts.

In the 1960s, Alan Watts presented Roberts with a letter of introduction to Joseph Campbell, which led to a 20-year mentorship with the famed scholar of mythology – a partnership which included collaborating in seminars and writing books, and which lasted through the remainder of Campbell’s life.

In his college days, Roberts had vowed never to write a novel until he had an idea no writer before him ever had. In a vision, he conceived of a book in which his characters would “go into” other literary classics and interact with the characters, all the while writing in the style of the original authors of those classics. Roberts regards the resulting book, The Wind & The Wizard, as his life’s masterwork.

In this episode, Richard Roberts describes his meeting with Colin Wilson and his wife, talks about James Joyce’s Finnigan’s Wake, Sam Keen’s encounter sessions at Esalen, and his work on Tarot with Joseph Campbell.

  • Meeting Colin Wilson and corroborating Joe’s Writings
    • In 1967 Colin came to San Francisco on a lecture tour. Richard mentioned that “Outsider” caused him to give up teaching and become an outsider.
    • Richard then took Colin to a pub to discuss this – and had an instant rapport, just like with Joe before
    • Colin invited Richard to visit him in England
    • Colin’s two books from 70s on paranormal are probably best representations of the subject
    • Colin’s wife was interested in archaeology and mythology, she took Richard to the site of King Mark’s Castle, and other places
    • Richard took photos of these sites, and later showed them to Joe, who was overjoyed because he saw historical corroboration of the myths
  • Finnegan’s Wake as Death & Resurrection
    • Irish musical song on which Finnegan’s Wake is based
    • James Joyce’s version of the story – a dream of one man in one night, encapsulating the dreams of all men
    • Joe’s wife decided to do a dance version of Finnigan’s wake
  • Esalen Encounter Sessions with Sam Keen
  • Poem for Joe As Parsifal
    • Poem called “Chapel Perilous”
  • Tarot Revelations with Joseph & Richard
    • Arrangement of Major Archana
    • The 22 cards can be interpreted as Western Book of the Dead
    • Jung’s work on alchemy
  • Tarot Rebellion
    • Tarot and You (book)
    • Many people in tarot community charge money by simply referring to the books of interpretation
    • Richard had a “free association” method that conflicted with the traditional way
    • Film on Tarot interpretations

[techtags: Richard Roberts, Joseph Campbell, Hero with a 1000 Faces, Colin Wilson, Finnegan’s Wake, Tarot]