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 or in this new blog on medium: Part 1: How To Be An Adult.

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

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Smaug the Grandmaster [Sherlock the Maestro]

Smaug the Grandmaster [Sherlock the Maestro]

What are your expert skills? Now and in the future? What will you spend your days on mastering? As you can see, this is an area that I’m very interested in. I will now give you a run-through about how you can become a Master of your own life, skills and passions. What insights can Sherlock Holmes, Smaug and Tauriel give us on the quest of living? — Life can be made more social. We can have more intent in our thoughts and actions. The Brain is the most astonishing invention of the Universe. Start treating it with the Awe it inspires and it will start giving back to you. Life is about making a flourishing society here on Planet Earth and we can become skilled experts in helping it along. Below I will give my thoughts on the subject. Do share your thoughts too below, in the comments or find me at my next social event and discuss it. 

Here be Dragons!

Becoming a Master Expert [Skill Up Your Life]

Smaug the Grandmaster

Smaug the Grandmaster – Greed-King Unparalleled and Death-Dealer Extraordinaire 

We all now that it takes time to master a skill. And Malcolm Gladwell’s 10.000 hour rule is jet an arbitrary number for becoming an Expert. Some take less and some take more. I went and saw The Grandmaster last year and it certainly takes more than 10.000 hours of training to become a Grandmaster let alone a Master in Kung Fu. Yet if you break down any skill in small pieces you can become a novice in every skill-piece in just 20 hours according to Josh Kaufman.

So I went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or as I will call it The Hobbit: Grandmagistra Tauriel & Grandmaster Smaug. What did I think of the Movie? On a personal level this an awesome movie. The best Visual Movie I’ve seen. The fairy tale feeling is nothing short of a masterpiece. You are actually there with them in Midgard. Witch brings me to my first observation:

The Master Team [Together We Can Build Everything Ever]

To make a movie like this and the first trilogy you not only need a super team of experts and masters in each and every skill required. When you put them all together in the right teams you create something more than the sum of the whole. The emerging outputs of such a creative teams is just amazing. No-one can argue against that. In-movie wise we have the Dwarfs. What they have created in Erebor is also a fictional masterpiece of engineering. When lead by a strong vision where everyone has put their heart into their own master craft, there is no limit to what we can create together.

That’s why I’m advocating using storytelling so much to help shape the future into what we want it to be. Soap Operas and Reality TV maybe great ways to stimulate our unquenchable thirst of our social brains to get more social stimuli? But when it comes to building common visions for our future, not so much. Then we need stories with a lot more philosophical thoughts going into them.

Then we have the fictional Master teams as well. From Tauriel and Legolas in the The Hobbit to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in Sherlock. Both connected through Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

“When your art fails, make better art”
“It’s never too late to redefine self-control, to change long-ingrained habits, and to do the work you’re capable of”
Seth Godin

So why does it take more than just the 10 000 hours, to become great at something? If it was easy everyone would make Masterpieces like this. And even this movie I find too lacking in its philosophical parts. How should we all get better in our trades? If we are to make better art like Seth Godin says we better get good at it. I will try to find out how.

Tauriel the Champion [What Is Time Well Spent?]

Tauriel

Grandmagistra Tauriel – Wicked Bow-Woman and World-Thinker Fantastique 

The stunts that Tauriel and Legolas pulls when fighting the Orcs in The Hobbit is very spectacular indeed. But when you think about it, what a human grandmaster learns in 40 years of training, is nothing compared to how much training a 600 year old Elf must have. Lets say 4 hours a day and it will be something around 200 000 hours. Then you’re expected to be able to do the stunts they are doing without even blinking twice. They are able to become true champions of any craft or art of their choosing. And who wouldn’t want that? Do you?

Groundhog Day [Punxsutawney Phil]

What about Phil in Groundhog Day? How long does it take him to master all the skills in the end? Harold Ramis responds to a calculation by saying he spends at least 30 to 40 years in the Groundhog-verse.

Rita: It would take a year to get good at this.
Phil: No. Six months. Four to five hours a day and you’d be an expert.
Rita: Is this what you do with eternity? – Groundhog Day

So what is time well spent? Who are we to judge what skills are worth spending a lifetime on nourishing. What are the jury saying about becoming an expert in anything other than a traditional craft? And what skills should you devote an entire lifetime on to become a master and eventually a Grandmaster [Grandmagistra] in?

Mad Passions [Sample Your Skills]

Just practicing a skill over and over ain’t gonna cut it either. Yes for you to master a skill you will need to have a passion for it or develop a passion for it along the way. And passion alone is not going to cut it either. Cal Newport gives a great speech about it here: “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice. He is just putting a spin on it. Of course it’s great to have one or many passions. But in order for you to become an expert you need to have the knack for it as well or you will be fighting a very uphill battle.

So how does this help you and me? For one thing if we are to become masters of our craft and art we there is probably not too many shortcuts around the hours put in. Practice makes perfect, and perfect practice makes you even more perfect. Then it becomes even more important what you pick to master. No, the agony. What should I master? Here trying many small skills and learning them in just 20 hours can come very handy. You need to sample many skills and passions to find some that fits in both camps. Either a passion that you may seem yo have the knack for or a talent that you can begin to love.

You should try to sample many skills. It’s very helping and insightful and it gives you a better perspective on the whole spectrum of human endeavor. On the road to mastery do explore many branches in your skill tree. Should you find yourself on a dead-end you can easily go back and follow another branch.

Does that mean that there is both a long and a shorter road to mastery? It probably does. With the right focus and learning-techniques you can learn a skill or a craft much faster. Leaving room over for other skills to learn as well or becoming even better at something. Also worth taking into considerations when learning something is this pillars I will talk about in a coming blog-post: Mental Condition, Technique, Motivation, Social Setting and Fun.

Some people will always need help. That doesn’t mean they are not worth helping – Meera Reed, Game of Thrones

But don’t be afraid of cultivating some mad passions that you posses. As long as they are not to harmful they may do you and society some good. We are in such of dire need of more originals in the world. Serendipity may take you a long way. Just try to be mindful of what you are doing and keep and open dialogue about it with yourself and maybe a mentor or two.

Take deep breath and take a sip of your favourite beverage.
Look yourself in the mirror…
Then comment and narrate your own thoughts and actions out loud. — Lord Sillion

Because most of us should not be left alone to our own devices going blind into the future. We are all in dire need of social coaching within our various tribes that we belong to. Try asking for help when choosing what path you should trod down and what skills and passions you should follow. And DO sidestep your predestined track. At least ask yourself when staring into the mirror: “Who am I and what am I doing?“. We can all use a little more self narration in our lives 🙂

How Do You Get A Rock’n’Roll Mind? [Start Rockin’ And Rolling It!]

Mad Genius Sherlock

Maestro Sherlock Holmes – Deduction Superhero and Self-Narrator Spectacular — John Watson – Friend Supreme

Dr. John Watson: Am I pretty?
Sherlock Holmes: Beauty is a construct based on childhood impressions, influences, and role models.

The great team behind Smaug and Bilbo fittingly began their Team building carer in Sherlock. The breathtaking series from BBC about a modern Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock also being a kind of Master. From the evil mind of Smaug to the Master thinker Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch transforms them both into the pure essence of Storytelling Master Art. He also gives being smart a new rock’n’roll face. In episode 3 of season 3: His Last Vow we are even giving a wink of the connection between Sherlock and Smaug:

Sherlock: A dragon slayer. Is that what you think of me?
Mycroft: No. It’s what you think of yourself.

Mycroft: MI6. They want to place you back into Eastern Europe. An undercover assignment that will prove fatal to you in, I think, about six months.
Sherlock: Then why don’t you want me to take it?
Mycroft: It’s tempting. But on balance, you have more utility closer to home.
Sherlock: Utility. How do I have utility?
Mycroft: Here there be dragons.

Here be Dragons is the reference to: “To go on an unexplored quest into an unknown future”. An endeavor for the whole of the human race to embark upon. Killing myths and superstition with science and knowledge. Who will join me in the this quest to be Dragon slayers?

So how do you get a Rock’n’Roll mind?

When we then think about Robert Kegan’s thoughts about the Self-Transforming Mind. Then it becomes hard to grasp to what insights, an old Elf or an even older Dragon like Smaug, has to come to. Because a mind needs constant stimuli to become smarter. So what has all the slumbering done to Smaug? Not to mention that he spends his time in solitude. Maybe only Madness lies there. Is it no wonder that he likes the mind game with Bilbo so much?

I am almost tempted to let you take it, if only to watch Oakenshield suffer. Watch it destroy him, watch it corrupt his heart and drive him mad… But I think not. I think our little game ends here. So tell me, Thief, how do you choose to die? — Smaug

Elf and Dragon brains may also be different from our human brains. Then it’s easier for us to grasp “a mere mortal” like Sherlock Holmes. Although a little far-fetched we all find the mind of Sherlock Holmes very fascinating. He is a master in some areas but a novice in others. But he is still a human we can relate to despite of being a highly functional sociopath. That’s why he is the star and not his even smarter brother Mycroft. Par that with the humorous and thought-provoking story of Sherlock and it’s now wonder the series is such a hit. This is fiction at it’s best. It makes us feel, laugh and most importantly think about the world.

Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes – Political Master-Genius and Puppeteer Exquisitness

On top of all I discussed above we all also need intellectual stimulation, rest, exercise and a safe social environment to make our brains smarter. I will go into that in a coming post. To give you a heads up here is a teaser with Dan Hurley, in which he talks about: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Well it turns out you can in so many ways 🙂

Start Rocking and Rolling your mind. Give it a shake now and then. Change perspective to get another view of the world and yourself. And get your heart pumping and your blood rushing. It turns out your brain runs on blood filled with sugar and oxygen. Give someone a hug to get the Oxytocin flowing. Stare someone in the eye and give them praise. Connect socially with everyone around you.

Let us all challenge our minds and bodies to become smarter, better versions of ourselves!
Get a great coach or mentor. Narrate your own story out loud to yourself.
We can all become Grand Maestros of Life!

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Dragon Kung-Fu Ninja

Here be Dragons

Here be Dragons

Update:
Do take a look at Benedict Cumberbatch acting as Smaug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHuXSZv6Tqs

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