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Essence December 15, 2008

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I am the vital light and natural presence.


A Meditation February 25, 2008

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Does the conch mourn the shell, outgrown and discarded?

What Moves You? October 19, 2007

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I have been thinking a lot lately about what keeps us moving – what motivates us?

The reliable standbys – passion, purpose, goals – have always worked well for many people. They have never worked for me.

Although I can become passionate about some things some of the time, I have never identified a personal passion that has enough staying power to sustain a major initiative.

Some people believe that they arrive here with a built in “life purpose” and others find that they can create a purpose that keeps them going.

Similar to my experience with passion, I have never articulated a purpose that has enough power to keep me going.

When tied to an underlying passion or sense of purpose, goals are an ideal vehicle to keep you focused and moving in the right direction at the right pace.

However, without the meaning of passion or purpose to contain them, goals can become dangerous and tenacious beasts.

Whether or not it is inspired by passion or purpose, I suspect that motivation comes in two distinct forms, and that most, if not all, of us are driven by a uniquely personal blend of the two.

First, we are motivated by what we value. We tend to move toward what we value and away from what we do not value. We develop our ability to discern the potential and the limitations of the people and things we allow into our lives. We learn to prefer higher potential and lower limitations.

Second, we are motivated by what we need. We move to satisfy specific needs, or to avoid dissatisfaction. We learn what is necessary and sufficient. We learn what is unnecessary or insufficient.

What moves you?

Perhaps, your motivation is your own blend of what you need and what you value.

Meaning Is What You Make November 30, 2006

Posted by optionist in One You At Large.

Language has a limited capacity to capture and share our experience. Although powerful, it is still just a model.

Those who have scaled the heights and depths of human consciousness throughout the ages have often said that what they perceive cannot be described.

One You brings together many disparate conventions to create an enriched language of consciousness.

The 2 Points of View express the language of duality. All complements, e.g. Yin/Yang, and opposites, e.g. black/white, are represented here.

The 3 Levels of Value express the language of value. Whether inherent or acquired, personal or universal, perceived or assumed, value is a key part of all meaning and motivation.

The 4 Kinds of Intelligence express the language of awareness. You perceive and interpret both what is and what’s possible. 

The 5 Kinds of Need express the language of evolution.

The 6 Personal Advisors express the language of self talk.

The 7 Ways of Becoming express the language of intention.

The 8 Ways of Being express the language of living.

The 9 Levels of Consciousness express the language of creation.

2 Points of View Plus November 29, 2006

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Duality is a ripe and rich fact of human consciousness.

Any thing is more clearly defined when you see what it isn’t as well as what it is. And when you see both as one perfect thing – that is the essence of insight and enlightenment.

The One You 2 Points of View, basically inner world and outer world, can also be seen as You and Not You.

Here are some other useful variations of the 2 Points of View:

Inner You (the You you see) and Outer You (the You others see)

Manifest reality (what is) and immanent reality (what’s possible)

How clearly can You see the one perfect thing?

7 Ways of Becoming November 28, 2006

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The 7 major chakras, or energy centers, provide another ancient tradition that integrates well with the One You philosophy.

The organization and function of the chakras  relate to the 4 Kinds of Intelligence and also to the 8 Ways of Being.

The three lower chakras (root, sacral, solar-plexus) enable you to know, focus and accept the material world through your physical intelligence.

Similarly, the three higher chakras (crown, third-eye, throat) enable you to know, focus and accept the immanent world through your spiritual intelligence.

The central heart chakra enables you to fuse the accepted energies of what is and what’s possible, to become the effective heart of One You.

One You at Work November 28, 2006

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One You fosters a philosophy of exploring, discovering, inventing and creating stellar inner and outer experiences, for working and for living.

Here are five ways to make your work fulfilling.

1.  Mind Your Own Career:   First, you may want to earn as much money as you can with as little work as possible. Second, you may want to work as effectively as possible, so you are as free and as capable as you can be to experience your non-working life. You can satisfy these two common desires by adopting two basic principles. First, live a philosophy that keeps work and money in perspective. Second, discover, invent or create work that is balanced and integrated with a full inner and outer life.

2.  Work on the Inside:  Your inner experience influences, and is influenced by, your life at work. You can improve your inner experience of work by considering possibilities, keeping a clear focus on where you are and where you want to be, accepting what is and what comes, and always thinking clearly and deliberately.

3.  Choose Your Way:  Your ability to make confident, timely and appropriate choices determines how easily and effectively you maintain control of your work circumstances including the direction and pace of your career growth. You make the best choices at work when you choose with all cylinders firing.

4.  Live with Your Work:  You make the most of your outer experience of work by knowing what to say as well as when and how to say it, knowing what to do as well as when and how to do it, doing what is necessary and sufficient to pay your way in the world and doing what you can to contribute to and improve your own and others’ experience of life and work.

5.  Make Your Work Work for You:  Your work is a natural part of who you are. You bring your purpose, integrity, values and needs to your work, and you can deliberately create work habits that protect yourself while creating results that are meaningful for you.

8 Ways of Being November 23, 2006

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One You integrates the Buddhist tradition of an 8-fold path (Understanding, Thinking, Mindfulness, Concentration, Speaking, Action, Livelihood and Effort). Any philosophy that has survived for thousands of years, and maintained its integrity, must be well worth living.

Understanding, Thinking, Mindfulness and Concentration are internal and personal while Speaking, Action, Livelihood and Effort are external and inter-personal.

In One You, the 8-fold path becomes the 8 Ways of Being: Knowing, Focusing, Accepting, Thinking, Relating, Doing, Working, Investing.

Knowing what is available to you, as well as how to discover, invent or create the resources necessary for you to experience those possibilities. The Buddha’s “right understanding” sees only suffering and desire. There is much more in the world of possibility, and you are free to consider any and all of what can be.

Focusing on what appeals to you, and setting your intention to channel your resources to serve an effective realization of those possibilities. Here you can freely explore impending realities, in as little or as much detail as you please, before committing your self to live in them. Here you can also monitor your vision as it unfolds, and explore whatever adjustments might serve you better.

Accepting what comes. Through your experience in and of the world, what is possible becomes what is. Your experience moves and shapes two worlds: the world of possibility and the world of manifestation. Ripples cascade throughout both worlds as you accommodate your experience of manifesting a possibility that appeals to you.

Thinking clearly. Your thinking is the conduit through which you exercise your power to perceive, interpret and influence the worlds of possibility and manifestation. Here the world of possibility meets the world of manifestation. Here your inner experience meets your outer experience.

Relating to one and all. One way in which you conduct your outer experience of the world is through your relationships with other people. Your experience is determined by whether or not you communicate and, when you communicate, your experience is determined by the content and nature of your communication.

Doing “that which is before you to do.” Another way you conduct your outer experience of the world is through whatever you do, just for the sake of doing. Your experience is determined by whether or not you are active and, when you are active, your experience is determined by what you do and how you do it.

Working to pay your way in the world. Another way you conduct your outer experience of the world is through the work you do to pay your way. Your experience is determined by whether or not your work is necessary and sufficient to earn your livelihood. When you under-work, you may depend on others to support you. When you over-work, you may affect your other inner and outer experiences, as well as the experiences of those around you.

 Investing in yourself and others. Lastly, you may conduct your outer experience of the world through the investment you make in yourself or others. You make investments without an expectation of immediate payback and/or without an expectation of payback for yourself. You do what you can to contribute to, and improve, the world, your own life experiences and the lives of those around you.

One You Goes to the CIRCUS November 22, 2006

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The effective heart needs to understand why things are the way they are and why things happen the way they do. Good models can help You with this understanding.

Good models help You to anticipate and to influence the way things are and the way things happen, so that effective choices are possible.

You may have different models for different areas of your life, to help you understand specific things in different situations.

A flight simulator is a working model of an aircraft. It represents the complex reality of the cockpit, monitoring the flight and operations of an aircraft that carries no passengers and does not fly.

Likewise, a child’s paper airplane is also a working model of an aircraft. It represents the complex reality of the aerodynamics which enable things to fly. It has no control panel and carries no passengers, but it actually flies.

An ideal working model is characterized by six traits: It is Coherent, Insightful, Relevant, Cohesive, Useful, and Simple.

1.  A coherent model fits smoothly with all of the events and circumstances which it serves to explain, to anticipate, and to influence. The coherent flight simulator creates scenarios that are consistent with real possibilities in the real world — there is no need to pilot a trillion ton aircraft upside down through Jell-O. There are no jagged edges between the model and the reality it represents. Remember this is not just a model, but a working model.

2.  An insightful model accounts for all the conditions that surround the events and circumstances it describes. There is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. An insightful model reliably anticipates conditions and events. The insightful paper airplane, respecting the aerodynamics of flight, is carefully folded into a symmetrical delta wing shape. A flat or crumpled piece of paper, tossed into the air, would simply waft or fall, never achieving the more elegant flight of the more insightful model.

3.  A relevant model is most realistic with respect to whatever is most meaningful and important for You. A relevant flight simulator is most realistic with respect to the cockpit and ignores other aspects of a real aircraft because what happens in the cockpit is most meaningful and important for training a pilot. A relevant paper airplane is most realistic with respect to the aerodynamics of flight because actual flight is most meaningful and important to a child.

4.  A cohesive model has internal integrity. Each working and non-working part fits smoothly and consistently with all other parts. No essential component is left out, and no non-essential component is included. The cohesive flight simulator is a real cockpit, with real instruments, real dials and real controls – there is no snack bar and home theatre system built in just for fun.

5.  A useful model so effectively represents the reality it emphasizes and so effectively respects the reality it ignores that you can reliably use the model to anticipate and to influence both realities. Your due diligence when making your models coherent, insightful, relevant and cohesive pays back many-fold in the usefulness of the working model. In fact, it is in its usefulness that a model truly becomes a working model.

6.  A simple model emphasizes only what is most meaningful and important to make the complexities of the real world manageable without introducing complexities of its own. A simple model does not multiply terms, concepts and assumptions beyond necessity. Each part of the model is exactly what is necessary and sufficient for explaining, anticipating and influencing a particular aspect of reality that is meaningful and important for You.

A clash between science and religion November 22, 2006

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This article from the International Herald Tribune is a good tip of the ice berg view of the lines forming to be offended by, and to defend, scientific and religious claims to “The Truth”.

IMHO, this is another extreme example of our tendency to confuse perception with interpretation, and personal truth with universal truth.