Elevate Your Mind

On what level do you experience the world?

Are you stuck in fixed mindset or are you growing yourself, your mind and the people around you? Get out of victim mode. Even the most “successful” people in the world have bad days. And they are working hard not be there for long and stay in the “Through Me” or “As Me” mode as much as the can. And so should you!

And do check out What my friend Tess writes about Peter Sage in Swedish. Both his levels of thinking about the world and experience the world.

I also recorded a new pod in English about Hacking Your Future.

Happy Hacking!
Happy Future!

Level Up Your Consciousness

In what mode do you view the world and everything that is happening? What is your attitude towards events and your level of control over them? A long time favorite of mine, Peter Sage, explains in such a great way in this 5 minute clip from the long talk with Peter Sage on London Real where he explains 4 the levels of awareness in which you interact with the world. And it’s well worth it to listen his whole talk on London Real.

Update June 2016: There is new clip with Peter Sage here abut it: Understanding Yourself: Four Levels of Consciousness 

These levels are in some way correlated to Robert Kegan’s research on the five orders of consciousness. Where by training your brain in various ways creates a lot more connections between your synapses over the years and thereby reaching new levels of consciousness. Give him a listen on the RSA. Or read about his 5 levels here. The 4th level ‘Self-Authoring’ Mind and the 5th level ‘Self-Transforming’ Mind is in some way connected with Peter’s 3rd and 4th level. You can get there faster by the right stimuli but it is still going to take years and you are likely to get there by midlife.

Get to it, and start level up your own mind and help elevate your core group around you.

Peter Sage on London Real

Peter Sage on London Real

1 – To Me – Victim Mode

This is the Victim mode. Were the world happens to you. You are not in control of your own fate and your are constantly blaming others and world events for your demise. This is a very hard mode to get out of. It has very much to-do with the people that surround you. Oftentimes is it essential that you upgrade your peer group if you can. Other ways can be to get a mentor or a role-model to mimic. The hardest part is often to recognise that you can change. This is also called of having a fixed mindset. Or playing the blame game.

To get out you have to do what Derek Sivers says: Purge The Vampires! And upgrade your peer group.

You are standing beside the river are envious on those to seem to swim so easily in it.

2  – By Me – Go Get It Mode

This is when you have a Go get it attitude towards the world. You are trying to take full control of the reins of your life, bending everything around you to your will. You set goals and you go after them. You have given up blame and started coming more into a growth mindset. You take personal responsibility for your future.

To jump in the river and swim against the current.

Life happens by you. This will often result in clash of wills and conflict of interest. To level up from this mode you often need more wisdom and influence of kindness. It can be done by just starting to give more.

3 – Through Me – Flow Mode

You start seeing the world more like a flow state. Life happens through you. You are losing up your need for control. You start building your network by giving instead of taking. In some magical way, the more you give the more things are stating flow back to you. Life happens for you. You start have faith in those around you and you start building trust.

Here is also differs a little from Robert Kegan’s view as you can reach this level of understanding at a young age and still not had time to make all synapse connection in your brains that come with wisdom. Still you will reach his 4th level of the ‘Self-Authoring’ Mind much quicker, by being in this mindset.

You start getting the river to work for you. You use the current and the winds to take you not in a straight line but to unexpected places by being open to change and by being curious. You can more easily let go of the FOMO. You stop chasing goals and trust the direction, the journey and the dreams of your life.

You level up yourself and elevate everyone around you. The world is no longer a zero sum game. With the help of mindfulness to take your mind further. You take you core group with you on your journey.

4 – As Me – Oneness Mode

You become one with the universe, Literally. As everything in the universe affect everything else.

See yourself in everything else. A conscious unity with everything around you. Get into oneness with the universe.

Give up the illusion of separateness! – Peter Sage

This is of course not a state you can be in all the time. It’s a journey. Towards unconditional love. You enter this mode as often as you can through various activities like meditation and mindfulness. Here is where his model differs from Kegan’s model too. But the more connected your mind becomes when entering the ‘Self-Authoring’ Mind and the ‘Self-Transforming’ Mind mode the more easy it will become to enter As Me thinking.

There is also the other way into this way of experience the world, that can entered by switching on what Jonathan Hadit calls “The Hive-Switch” in the mind. You do this by doing things like experience Awe of nature. Some other ways to activate this mode in the brains is to take psilocybin or getting into trance dancing rave.

I’m a raver for life!

I think they are very related.

Hack The Future

You can’t solve a problem on the same level thinking that created the problem –  Albert Einstein

And that sums up they way to actually build a better future. We climb both the ladders above. Both Peter’s description on how we experience the world and Kegan’s thinking on how we grow our minds.

To change a behaviour you need a new emotional level of understanding. To shift your thinking from a goal to an identity. Working with identities is very powerful. Have identity shifts. Redefine your current identities and make up new ones.

The strongest force in human personality is the need to remain consistent with how you define yourself, your identity – Peter Sage & Tony Robinson

So set yourself for the win. Get the right peer groups and mentors that enforces the shift in identity and behaviour. If you can’t find a mentor do what I and many, many more people have done throughout history

– -> Read their books. And in recent years we also have access to fantastic mind-boggling podcasts and online lecture video talks like TED and Talks at Google and many more. This how I have spent the last 4 years leveling up my mind and thinking.

And put yourself in the right environment

If you are trying to eat less sugar. Don’t have sugar at home and don’t hang around people drinking soda. Don’t define yourself as a recovering sugar addict. Be a happy life-hacker and spend time with other health hackers.

If you want to start exercising more. Pack your back the night before and define yourself as a fitness person. Hang out with people training and join them for a group exercise.

Connection Intelligence

In the right environment we also connect our brain to other brains. That is how we elevate our brains, minds and thinking. We do it in a network. All standing on the giants who came before us. And now as change are speeding up we also build on the giants that are climbing with us side by side. Some call it the Hive-Mind.

Go find a mastermind group or a creative hub or cluster and spend time with the brains there!

Elevation

To elevate your life, spend time with other people elevating their lives and yours. And do return the favor in kind by elevating them back.

I also want mention Theory.U – Leading from an Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge, like Tess does. It is three principal ways to approach the world. Through Open MindOpen Heart and Open Will.

Open Mind

Having an Open Mind means you have a curious approach to the world. Being curious and asking a lot of interesting and dumb question opens up for creativity. The opposite of judging.

Open Heart

This is opening up and being vulnerable. To practice your compassion towards others and try to understand what you and they are feeling. To have an Open Heart towards the world.

Open Will

To have the courage to do what is right. And not give in, into the fear of the tribe ostracizing you. Be brave and have an Open Will.

And find a tribe that encourages all this behavior.

/LordSillion
I’m Captain Future

Leaning Forward & Learning To Fly

Leaning Forward & Learning To Fly

I choose to lean forward. In the way that if you don’t adjust your footing you will fall over. Constantly in motion. Chasing my dreams and the Future with curiosity!

“It is terrible to be satisfied. The world needs us to chase dreams.” – Illaoi

Helena asked: Where I am headed?
Sara reflected: We are not moving, but growing

Seth Godin has inspired me to Leap First.

I always imagined me as leaving my platform, suspended in the air, like in an platform arcade game from the 80ties. Jumping from that platform not knowing where to land. Just knowing I will either learn to fly, like do in my dreams or land on another platform that shows up in a timely fashion or will actually fly with a Flyboard 🙂

“Life is not balance. It is motion!” –Illaoi

Flyboard

To sum it up

We need a platform to jump from. 

We need roots to grow from.

We need to be in constant motion not to fall over.

We need to dance with the future. 

Then we are in balance!


/Lord Sillion

I’m Captain Future

Life is a Journey #Blogg100

#000 [∞]
The Life you Lead [Do Great and others will follow]

@MikuMaria and @LordSillion on their way to the meetup

@MikuMaria and @LordSillion on their way to the meetup

 

I’m now on my way to the Crescendo of the Blog 100 challenge. The final Meetup in Stockholm. On a journey towards a goal. But I will never reach it. Be cause it’s now. And Right now I’m focusing on the journey.

Check out he pictures from the #Blogg100 2013 meetup.

Hey Tomorrow – Fuck you – And your friend Yesterday.
You can never catch me. Because I’m now, I’m now, I’m now, I’m now… Mindless Self Indulgence and LordSillion

As you travel trough time 2 things are always true:
It is always now
and
The now that was just moments ago is different from The Now – Now

This leaves you with 3 options:
1. Fight Change
2. Embrace Change
3. Architect Change

I choose door number 3. I choose to be an Architect of Change. Time’s own Agent. On a mission to change the Universe. But of course it’s all a lie. No one really wants change. The brains goal is to go down the most efficient path on running your systems. Everyone Wants Better, No One Wants Change.

So lets change things to the “Better”. Together

It’s about the Journey [London Real FTW]

I have written some post about my new-found love. The Podcast London Real. Their motto is: It’s about the Journey. They have some really great talks about what matters most in life with som really great thinkers like Jacque Fresco and Steven Pinker.

It’s not about how much money you make. It’s about what you do with every living moment of your life. The people you help. The thoughts you have and share. The experiences you create for yourself and others. The Life you lead.

Lets set out to lead others on our journey towards a “Better” Life on planet Earth. What else is there that matters?

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Life is a Trap #Blogg100

#003 [III]
It’s a Trap … Life is a Trap … Let’s Get Caught Together 😉

How do you embrace life and the hand that you have been dealt? What plays can you make? Can you swap cards? Is it a team game? What Defines a Win?

What is important? [And why don’t we do it then?]

I have previously talk about that Life is a Game in my series The Great Masquerade. Hell it’s even my life motto. And I got to put it on my Game of Thrones House banner:

Life is a Game

Life is a Game

But if we where the clear-headed gamers that could analyse every move before we make them. And then make the most rationalized logical move to further our agenda and score. Then life would look very different indeed. Why can’t we do that? I say it’s because life is different kind of game.

Anyone can be an Agent of Change.
Every action changes something.
Choosing to do nothing is an active choice.
Jody Williams

Don’t grow up! It’s a Trap!

Yes Do Grow Up [Let’s get a Self-Transforming Mind]

Yes we do need to grow up. But not in the old boring way the old world think about it. But to get what Robert Kegan calls The Self-Transforming Mind. He gives an excellent talk about it on the RSA : The Further Reaches of Adult Development: Thoughts on the ‘Self-Transforming’ Mind.

Yes. At our current way in society only 1% of us, at the most, will reach this level around when they hit level 40. So herein lies a great challenge. We need to grow up. We need to grow up like never before to reach this level of mind and thinking.

As I see it, humanity’s greatest challenge in a globalized world can be put very simply: “How can we learn to live in each other’s backyards?” For the first time in the history of our species, a globalized world confronts us with a task for which a collection of Socialized Minds is inadequate. Such a complex challenge is unlikely to be met solely through better leadership, policies, or technology. I believe that it must be met through more complex thinking, and that responsibility is up to all of us. — Peter W. Pruyn

Life is trap in the sense that we can only go forward. Don’t cling on to the past and the olden ways of system thinking. Let’s embrace a whole new level of our minds — Lord Sillion

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Kung Fu of Life #Blogg100

#021 [XXI]
Keep your Mind and Body Fit [Kick as and rule the Universe]

Sebastian Foucan

Sebastian Foucan

Been listening more to the London Real Podcast. Just search in your podcast player for London Real or watch the Youtube clips below

First out is Tim Ferriss – The 4-Hour Phenomenon

Good things he does every morning:

  • The 5 minute mindful meditation.
  • Things he is grateful of.
  • Makes a todo list 3 things. Circles the toughest one and considers it a successful day if he finishes just that one. He also put up today’s don’ts. Like not getting stuck in emails.

Sebastien Foucan – Find Your Way

He is the Freerunning and Parkour master who stars in in the beginning of Casino Royal.

“You don’t need energy drink. You’ve got energy, the sun is your energy, the air is your energy, the water is your energy.” – Sébastien Foucan

“Nobody ever invents anything You’re inspired and sometimes you can improve” – Sébastien Foucan

Felicia Day Takes on Parkour and Freerunning

I also stumbled upon Felicia Day earlier this week doing some Parkour Training

Keep on running free

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

Elementary Dear Michael #Blogg100

#025 [XXV]
The Extended Mind [I need more focus]

elementary-duo

I have just seen the first episode of the new TV-Series Elementary with Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. It has promise and I just love good Sherlock Holmes stories. And now that modern Brain Science actually confirms that his way of thinking is accurate according to Maria Konnikova.

Sherlocks_mind

Listen to the RSA talk: The Scientific Method Of The Mind: What Sherlock Holmes can teach us about decision making with Maria Konnikova.

  • To solve problems take time and reflect over them. Go into the “Wilderness” alone
  • Doing 5 minutes of Mindful Mediation each day has scientific measured effect of increased cognitive ability.
  • Use your memory right with techniques of Chucking and Storytelling.
  • Focus at the Task at hand. Multitasking is a myth.

Now I just have to see season 2 of Sherlock too. The 3 parts of season 1 was brilliant 🙂

You wanna a Piece of … me mind?

I also found this today David Chalmers from TEDxSydney talking about  The Extended Mind.

Tomorrow I’m going to to “Speak my Mind” as I’m walking with a local politician here in Varberg. So far so many of my thoughts has been circulating around the mind, reality and the future here on planet Earth. And on Friday we are talking the Sustainable city here in Varberg too.

I will just have to trust my mind to bring all the puzzle-pieces together 🙂

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]