Altered States to Altered Traits: Hacking the Flow State to Accelerate Human Development

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Altered States to Altered Traits: Hacking the Flow State to Accelerate Human Development

  1. 1. From Altered States to Altered Traits: Hacking the Flow State to Accelerate Human Development Jamie Wheal Executive Director
  2. 2. This is the story of how we begin to remember Anamnesia—the forgetting of the forgetting
  3. 3. This is the story of how we begin to remember 1801-Cane Ridge, Kentucky, Second Great Awakening
  4. 4. It’s easier than ever to get high(and just as hard as it’s always been to stay that way)
  5. 5. So why do we keep falling back to Earth?
  6. 6. ‘Cause there’s a hole in my bucket…
  7. 7. But what if we could fill the holes and turn the colander into a chalice?
  8. 8. What if we could learn to transform our passing illuminations into abiding Light?
  9. 9. The Three Big IdeasFlow is a universalWe can hack itWe can learn to learn faster and do more
  10. 10. Part I:Flow is universal
  11. 11. While the lingo is endless, the experience is timeless peak experience runner’s high being “in the zone” or “in the pocket”
  12. 12. Everything slows down, the Self vanishes.Action and awareness merge. You enter Flow.(and then spend the rest of your life trying to find it again)
  13. 13. Tap the wisdom of the crowd—what’s it like for you?
  14. 14. What’s your Flow-file? Age 3-10 Age 12-18 Age 21-Now
  15. 15. Answer each question with only one breath of air Where was I? Who was I with? What was I doing? How did it feel?
  16. 16. Part II:We can hack it
  17. 17. Ditch the Tar Baby of ego
  18. 18. Lead the witness—the Flow Genome MatrixCategory Flow Genome Matrix Cognitive Pre-Conventional Conventional Post-Conventional IntegratedDevelopment Neurologic Delta Beta Alpha Theta/Elective Cardiac Catabolic Anabolic Endocrine Cortisol/Adrenaline Testosterone/Estrogen Serotonin/Oxcytocin Tryptamines Respiratory Parasympathetic Thoracic Abdominal Dynamic Chronologic Achronic Diachronic Synchronic Polychronic(temporal awareness) (No Time) (Linear Past-Present) (Present) (Functional Adaptive) Postural Frontal Sagittal Transverse Multi-axial Inverse
  19. 19. Part III:Flow could get us to Abundance
  20. 20. From Flow to Abundance: (A Tale of Two TEDsters)
  21. 21. Because when times are at their worst,we’re going to need people at their best Dont ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman
  22. 22. From Altered States to Altered Traits: Hacking the Flow State to Accelerate Human Development Jamie Wheal Executive Director

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