Do Not Do a Vipassana Retreat. Do Not Practice Transcendental Meditation. Do Not Pass Go.

If you would like to progress quickly along the spiritual path through meditation, do not go to a Vipassana retreat.
Do not practice transcendental meditation.
Do not learn from a teacher whose central teaching is mindfulness.
These are all inferior methods that will likely slow down your progress for years, leave you stuck in meditative eddies, leave you feeling frustrated, and will likely lead to you giving up on meditation as a transformational practice.
I have seen this happen to too many people.
There are many far better options for learning how to meditate.
For the sake of all beings,
Heed these words of caution.

If You Intuitively Sense Something is “Off” with Someone, Is There a High Likelihood They’re a Depraved Abuser?

One things I’ve been mulling on with the #metoo movement is reconciling the statistical prevalence of all the people who do depraved shit: Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Incest etc

And who the people are who are committing these crimes?

How many of them silently live in the communities and social events we co-mingle with?

As many people who I have intuitively sensed there was something ‘off’ with them, have been outted as Alleged Depraved Abusers, I’m wondering how reliable the intuitive impression of something being off about somebody is a predictor of Depravity?

By my back of the napkin calculations, it seems like it very likely is a very good predictor.

Take a look at the statistics:

Domestic Abuse: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

Sexual Assault: One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

Pedophilia: Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;

Incest: an overwhelming incidence of sexual abuse happens within the family. These statistics are well known among industry professionals, who are often quick to add, “and this is a notoriously underreported crime.”

So unless all of these crimes are highly clustered amongst a very small subset of people, rather than these types of crimes being more individual distributed

i.e. is it more likely there a few people who commit domestic abuse, sexual abuse, pedophilia and incest, or is more likely there some people who commit domestic abuse and others sexual abuse but not both?

I would lean to the crimes being more evenly distributed.

And if that’s the case then I roughly estimate 15-25% of the population commits these Depravities.

And I would wager that the intuitive sense of something being ‘off’ about someone is picking up on connection to these Depravities… either as a Depraved Perpetrator or a Depraved Victim, or more likely both — as abusers were usually at one point in their life the abused. As abuse is a notoriously hard behavioral, physiological and karmic cycle to break.

What are your thoughts on this?

Does this rough bayesian inference estimation method of Off-ness correlating to Depravity make sense? Can anyone better at Bayesian math tan me put some more rigorous bayesian math behind this?

Books I Read in 2017 // Do You Have Recommendations for 2018?

As 2017 comes to a close I was taking inventory of the books I’ve read this year.

All of the ones I read were pretty great and I would highly recommended them.

What are some of your favorite books that you read this year?

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1) Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level by Mark Divine (H/T to @Daniel Schmachtenberger for the recommendation)

2) The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions (The Seven Treasuries Series) by Longchen Rabjam (A core text in the Buddhist Dzogchen lineage)

3) The Dark Challenge by Nick Scott Ram (A lord of the rings style allegory of the battle between light and dark in the universe. Fiction that is much closer to reality than you might think.)

4) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

5) The Everything and the Nothing by Meher Baba

6) The Divided Mind by John E. Sarno

7) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

8) The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

9) The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by Jim Rickards

10) Answers by Mother Meera

11) Trump and a Post-Truth World by Ken Wilber

12) The Accelerating TechnOnomic Medium (ATOM) by Kartik Gada

How Language Can Blinds Us from True Reality

There’s an expression, ‘the moment he learned the word butterfly, he never saw it again’.

We have a tendency to forget to see fresh what we label with words.

Each butterfly is no longer seen as a unique, majestically colored, floating collection of miraculously synchronized particles.

Rather each time we see something moving around with the shape we call ‘butterfly’, we file the object into that mental filing cabinet without a moment of awe, wonder or appreciation.

We live in a prison of our conceptual mental landscape.

We classify all kinds of phenomena into labels and categories we already once defined.

We do this with people, too.

Once people are labeled “a good person or a bad person”, “selfish or selfless”, “intelligent or dumb”, “attractive or unattractive”, “successful or unsuccessful”, “sensitive or insensitive”, we rarely revise our labels.

Information that fits the label is quickly unconsciously tagged and stored. Information that does not is discarded.

Creating the illusion of a far more static, fixed reality, designed to make us feel safe by managing the complexity of this sometimes overwhelming world.

Learning through contemplative practice, to see through the unconscious automaticity of this mental construction process of our reality,

We have the opportunity to pierce the veil,

Experiencing the naked, fresh, continuous novelty of the undifferentiated phenomenological continuum, whose fundamental nature is raw, ultimate light and ultimate sound.

Here deeper truth can be found.

Crushing the stock market for $55,000 in 1 month & funneling the proceeds into an entrepreneurial revolution

I crushed the market for $55,000 in October, more than doubling my starting capital of $50,000 in my prototypical hedge fund.
Which means, since I implemented a full diversified long/short option portfolio on July 1st, I’m now up $81,000 in 122 days for a 162% return.
And to think I’m dusting Wall Street as a fucking Rookie, who has only been actively trading for 5 months, who is only doing this as a part-time, side project, while founding a new tech startup.
And to think I have so much more room to improve — where I’ve already identified more than a dozen areas for personal improvement and capacity for greater edge once I add a team around me and scale up.
I Profit off of the Fallacy of the Efficient Market Hypothesis.
I Profit off of the Fear of Masses and their Emotional Weakness.
I Profit off of those who subscribe to Risk Management — which often means “I’m psychologically weak, ignorant of what really makes the market move, and/or unwilling to put my money where my mouth is and bet on my beliefs about the world”.
I Profit off of having a better Model of the World:
What’s growing faster than consensus, what’s contracting faster than consensus, and synthesizing the multivariate perspectives of the Macroscope and the Microscope.
Most people making money on Wall Street are just fucking Arbitrage Whores and Middle Men skimming off the technical inefficiencies of the market, because they don’t have any real insight about the world and where it’s going.
I beast the Long Side and the Short Side. I change my strategy when the world the changes. I’m flexible, pliable and adaptive.
“I’m the fucking future.” – Conor Mcgregor, “They don’t think like me, they don’t talk like me, they don’t move like me.”
I will continue to do what others think is impossible in all areas of life.
I’m a different breed of human.
Money has never been a particularly abundant area of my life, as I’ve never taken a job for the money, I’ve invested heavily in my health (both recovering from illness and maximizing wellness), I’ve invested heavily in my personal development over saving money, and I’ve always pursued what I’m most passionate about, even when there was little or no money to be found doing so.
I’ve lived many lean years on under $40k, grinding through founder startup salaries and un-lucrative but meaningful consulting projects.
I had a 6 figure cash-out once, but spent most of that money pursuing a new startup and recovering from the long depression that ensued when it failed.
Now refreshingly, I’ve found a way to directly convert my Genius directly into $$$.
You know what makes this victory even sweeter?
From July 2016 to June 2017, I was struggling with depression and being broke, while searching for the path where I could simultaneously pay my bills and work on starting a new tech company that had a long runway before it could pay me.
I was spending a lot of time studying political and economic trends, financial markets and the systemic instability of the world’s current trajectory.
I was helping my parents re-allocate their retirement portfolio and eventually felt confident enough in my understanding of the markets that I asked them if I could reinvest some of the left over money in an account that was set aside for my college education. Capital that had just been sitting there since I dropped out of Stanford in my first quarter in 2010.
This is where the majority of my starting capital for my prototypical hedge fund came from.
So, now with this exponentially growing capital in my treasure chest, I’m ready to unleash my Genius in many areas of the world simultaneously.
“I envision two, possibly three, belts on my shoulder.” – Conor McGregor
I will suck money out of the Financial System and funnel it into projects that will catalyze the Systemic Evolution and Development of the world.
I’ve got a new tech startup launching soon that will do more to accelerate the consciousness of the planet than anything being worked on today.
I’ve got a book coming out next year that revolutionize the management science of entrepreneurship and innovation for all who are ready to metabolize its message.
I’ve got more exciting projects in the pipeline that I haven’t even talked about yet.
“Make no mistake, I am setting up to be the greatest of all time. I am working towards it and, I will go down as the greatest of all time. – Conor McGregor”
The Old World Order is Breaking Down.
Environmental Destruction. Massive Wealth Inequality. Political Regression.
We are at a Chaos Point.
We will Level Up or Level Down.
Evolve or Regress.
The Status Quo is no longer stable.
The Path to Successfully bringing the New Paradigm into Existence rests on outcompeting the Old World at its own Game.
By being better at Finance. Better at Business. Better at Relationships. Better at Thinking. Better at Feeling. Better at Life.
Soon I will be inviting many more of you to join me in this Revolutionary Campaign.
And if that’s not for you, well then enjoy the show.
Just don’t get in my way.
🙏😘

On Love, Creativity & Vulnerability

I would like to balance the sharing of my Warrior Archetype with my Lover Archetype.

Last month My Love Eleanor Tara wrote and recorded a song for me.

Shortly after receiving her Beautiful Musical Transmission of Love, I wanted to reciprocate.

This song by John Legend came to me as the perfect tune to capture my feelings for her.

This was my take two.

It is rough, but I don’t care.

Creativity is fueled by shipping.

Creativity is fueled by faithfully and shamelessly investing in the process.

I used to not sing, as little as a few years ago, because I was told could not carry a tune.

I used to not be able to dance.

I used to not be able to write.

I used to not know how to create a startup.

I used to not know how the world worked.

But I got better by showing up, by deliberately practicing, and putting myself out there, continuously and completely.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass

Creativity is fueled by Love.

Love for the self you are today

Love for the self you will become

Love for the people your transmission will touch

Rumi famously wrote, ‘You are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion”

Many Integral Philosophers like Ken Wilber, Marc Gafni and Daniel Schmachtenberger have pointed out that the Universe is Erotically Unfolding its Novelty unto Itself to come to know Itself.

I say, Creativity is inextricably connected to the Erotic Love Force that keeps the Universe in Ecstatic Motion.

You are the Universe Experiencing itself.

…More Rumi,“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.””

Through the Sharing of Your Creativity, You and the Universe are Simultaneously Loved into The Higher Self

An ever-present, ever-evolving Perfect Imperfect Self.

All of Me

Loves All of You.

Journaled Reflection on Integral Theory, Entrepreneurship and My Journey

Journaled Reflections on:

– The Societally Transformative Power of Integral Theory

– The Intersection of Integral Theory and Technology Entrepreneurship

– Highs and Lows on My 6 Year Journey to Develop a New Paradigm for the Management Science of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Bold, eloquent profundity from my friend Zak Stein at the Integral Theory Conference this July on a debate panel on Human Development and Global Crises.

“Although we are sometimes in dialogues like this [pitted against each other], we are so fundamentally on the same team. And it is critical to understand how essential it is we get our acts together as a team, even though we have diverse perspectives. You have to understand we are in the midst of a compounding meta-crisis at the global level. One of the crises, is a crisis of Capability, which is an Educational crisis. And as the situation gets worse we’re going to have increasingly coercive measures used to change the nature of human capital. The most obvious one is psychopharmacology. Which is an actual physical intervention into the central nervous system of over 6 million children in the United States. And this is because we have a psychology that does understand development organically— or development at all. So there’s a way in which we are debating, but a much more profound way, in which one of our tasks is to change the way we think about what it means to change people’s minds. And that requires thinking deeply about developmental psychology, and developmental measurement, and trying to supplant what has become a Human Capital Management System on a global scale, that is decimating the life prospects of up and coming generations. So there’s an urgency I feel to align and to build a way forward for Human Development as a field, if only so that the Educational Systems of tomorrow are dignified.”

(Source: http://www.zakstein.org/human-development-and-global-crise…/)

Zak is a trailblazer in the field of Developmental Psychology and it’s applicative dissemination in the worlds of Education, Business and much more.

I was at this debate live in July at the Integral Theory Conference. It was a true highlight: Zak, this panel, and this community of Integral Philosophers, Scholars and Practitioners, who are light years ahead of the mainstream Intelligentsia.

This differential between cutting edge thought and mainstream Intelligentsia has led to a world where the leaders of Education, Business and Politics are “in over their heads”, working with tools and models with insufficient requisite capacity to handle the enormous complexity of today’s 21st century world. As a result: Societal Chaos, all around, barely being held together by systemic inertia.

Essential aspects of the Future of Humanity live in the minds of those attended the Integral Theory Conference in July. Potent Visions waiting to virulently spread through Culture as a Memetic Virus as soon as the conditions are right.

A big part of my work right now is in setting the conditions for this Academic to Market transference by integrating Integral Theory’s cutting edge philosophical and psychology paradigms, methods and tools into the world of Technology Entrepreneurship — the most powerful engine of socio-economic progress. The co-arising of Integral Theory, Startup Management Science and a Transformational Ethic generating Societal Bliss like Peanut Butter and Jelly…or Shiva and Shakti.

What I am able to do with these Integral tools often astounds me in its power and its simplicity. Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke who wrote 2001: a Space Odyssey famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Learning from brilliant Integral thinkers like Zak, Ken Wilber, John M. Smart, Robert Kegan, Clare Graves, Bill Torbert, Susanne Cook Greuter, Michael Commons, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Dustin DiPerna and so many more…I feel like I’m working with true 21st century Magic.

My work has been ramping up with exponentiating pace the last few months. I’ve started applying my latest Startup Science work with founders, in service to their vision, and in service to generating case studies and conceptual and methodological refinement.

I’ve put more brain cycles into the development of the Management Science of Entrepreneurship than anything else in the past 6 years; and to feel its present coherence, clarity, fractality, power, and precision in describing and prescriptively guiding transformational tech startups warms my heart with love, gratitude, and quite frankly relief — that all my intellectual wandering was not for naught.

I am in deep gratitude to my Intellectual Forefathers and Foremothers whose Giant Shoulders I stand on that make my work possible. At times I have felt incredibly isolated, alone and weary, journeying into the disorienting worlds of undiscovered and uncreated thought forms.

Attempting to build a new paradigm for the Management Science of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is not a quest for the faint of heart. But “No Man is an Island”, and my inextricable, interconnection to the aforementioned ideas and thinkers gave me the strength I could wander through the Intellectual Valley of Death, not get lost and make it out alive with Buried Treasure.

I don’t have any exciting new quantifiable results to share with you yet, but I know a Golden Thread when I’ve found it and I trust the autopoetic process of unfolding that is occurring before my eyes.

I’m very much looking forward to sharing and co-creating Magic with you all in the near future, so that we may Realize a more Perfect World.

A ho!