Announcing The New MaxMarmer.com — In Quest of Super Humanity

I have an exciting announcement to share with you:

Today, I have launched my new personal home on the web: http://maxmarmer.com —  In Quest of Super Humanity via Consciousness, Biohacking & Entrepreneurship.

And to commemorate the launch, I wrote my first eBook!

The eBook is also called In Quest of Super Humanity via Consciousness, Biohacking and Entrepreneurship and includes a comprehensive resource guide with 42 recommendations for Understanding Super Humanity & Becoming Super Human.

This site will be a platform where I, along with many others, will discuss the future of humanity and explore methods for how we can all reach our full potential.

It is also a home for all of my previous writing, (now 362 posts!) and will highlight much of my future work.

You can download my eBook for Free and sign up up for the site’s newsletter here!

http://www.maxmarmer.com/blog/sign-up-for-in-quest-of-super-humanity/

Why I’m Grateful for My Childhood

When I attended Landmark Forum in Q1 2014 one of my biggest takeaways, was the recognition through the contrast of my fellow attendees’ stories, that I had no major unresolved childhood trauma.

My childhood was not perfect. I don’t know if that’s possible. But I was incredibly loved, supported, and nurtured physically, emotionally and intellectually; and essentially unscathed and unscarred.

I was given and gifted a beautiful, solid foundation from which to live my life and grow into a man.

I’m a deep practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism. And it is a deeply held tenet of the lineage that we choose our parents.

This is just one of the many reasons why I chose my family.

Thank you to my Mom Peggeth Loeb, my Dad Jeff Marmer, my twin sisterZoe Marmer, and my brother and our beloved Golden Retriever Casey, who passed on in 2010.

So much love and gratitude.

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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.

Superstar Alter Egos

Steph Curry is one of my Entrepreneurial alter ego’s.

I’m the skinny kid, who they said couldn’t play defense, wasn’t fast enough, wasn’t strong enough, got drafted highly on potential and who many people we ready to give up on after a series of sprained ankles.

Thank you for the people who supported me through thick and thin. Who kept believing in me even when at times I lost belief in myself, who gave me strength when I fell into fear, uncertainty and doubt.

I love you.

Your support and validation is the only support and validation I truly need.

I’m about to break to the NBA 3 point record in the next few years.

Multiple Championships coming a few years later down the road.

How do I know?

Because greatness is forged in the gym when nobody is watching.

And I’m killing it in the training room of Life, draining consecutive 3 pointers from all around the arc.

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” – Napoleon Hill

“My mother made me believe in myself. No matter how many people tell me “stop believing in yourself, stop saying what you can do, stop affirming what you’re going to do and then completing that in real life.” That’s the improper way to do it. I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up in the way that they control people with low self-esteem: with improper information, with branding, with marketing. I refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth, it’s about information, it’s about awesomeness, and the only luxury is time. The time you spend with your family. That’s the only luxury.” – Kanye West

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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!

Reflections on My 25th Birthday

The clock has struck midnight.

Today is my 25th Birthday.

I have now lived a quarter century of life on Spaceship Earth.

Time has simultaneously passed very quickly and very slowly.

When time is paradoxically experienced this way, a perfection of usage is signaled.

A Goldilocks zone. Not too fast. Not too slow.

Truth be told, I have never really experienced myself as my biological age.

In my late teenage years, I realized I could use this dissonance between the perception and reality of my age to open doors, by displaying qualities that would have people label me “precocious”, “a young star” and “wunderkind”. But as I crossed the threshold into adulthood, and my material accomplishments did not keep up with the expectations of my previously projected, and partly internally created narrative, I found sharing my age no longer served me.

My interactions were deeper, more real, more authentic, if I did not expose my biological youth. I experienced all sorts of strange projections when I shared my age: incredulity, immaturity, a search to find cracks to classify my presence as a facade.

Biological age is just a number that allows one to make inferences about average people.

And I am not average.

The farther one lives from the center of society’s bell curve, the more unconventional one is, the more age becomes a meaningless indicator.

Now, I am ready to reclaim and own my age.

I am proud of what I’ve done with my 25 years on this planet.

Yet, there is a deep part of me that knows that my life is only just beginning.

That all that came before was merely training or a pre-season for the main event.

My role and function are now clear.

And I am ready to lead from the solidity and gift of its definition.

Furthermore, I’ve come to deeply internalize that we humans ‘come in with stuff’.

We have karma.

We have souls.

And some souls are older than others.

No, the scientific establishment hasn’t validated this presumption yet.

But in time they will.

Anomalous phenomenological insight always precedes theory, model, experiment, data and peer-reviewed validation.

I know I am an old soul.

And so are many of my closest friends.

We experience things the scientific establishment can’t explain.

It took me awhile to learn the sophisticated intellectual and philosophical tools to precisely set sail in these dangerously enchanted waters, without getting lost in what I perceived to be naive, ungrounded, often counter-productive new age beliefs.

Since I have integrated my previously incarnated depth, my life makes so much more sense.

My callings, my deepest desires, my pain, my hardships, my trials and tribulations, my feelings of already knowingness, my mind, my gifts, my friends, my lovers, my unrequited loves, my business partners, my botched relationships and my missed connections.

All the puzzle pieces are coming together.

I stand at the precipice of a mountainous past and a grand future.

From my lofty perch, I see new plentiful new lands, glimmering with transcendent possibility.

I see new worlds to explore.

To settle in, to lay claim to, to build and to conquer.

To date much of my journey had to be undertaken in isolation.

But that is quickly changing.

There is a great African proverb,

“If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together.”

There were few roads to traverse the treacherous terrain to the lofty perch on which I perch.

In the silence of solitude, my machete has sliced through the leaves and branches of many jungles, my appendages have navigated the rock faces of many mountains.

Trailblazing new paths all on my own was simultaneously orienting and disorienting, invigorating and exhausting, liberating in new realms of wholeness and enslaving in new realms of loneliness.

I have experienced the euphoric highs of oneness and the realization of timeless Absolutes and the lows of swallowing depressions and bodily dysfunction, unable to perceive truth, experience beauty, or taste goodness.

I have feared my Hero’s Journey may have come to an unceremonious end or been illusion altogether, with the only lifelines within reach, seemingly offering support in exchange for giving up my Truth…

But before giving up my Truth.

I would rather die.

This is both metaphorically and quite literally true.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

When I am aligned with my essence which is higher.

I am engulfed in a raging, creative fire.

This fire of mine and I, have now spent many years working together, learning how to coexist and thrive with each other, graduating beyond the realms of the Sorcerer’s apprentice, in preparation for unleashing massive shockwaves of energy on this earth.

I am endlessly consumed by the evolutionary trajectory of this majestic world, universe and multiverse we inhabit.

…what higher potentials it wants to teleologically and autopoetically unfold into…

…what the future of Consciousness is dying to become…

…what societal structures we humans must make to make that potential a methodically progressing developmental reality…

I stand here before you, not alone, but on the shoulders of many giants who have come before me.

I stand here on the platforms of many teachers and mentors.

I am here to pick up where they left off.

Their presence and guidance uplifts me.

With energies residing in both the physical world…

…and the luminous netherworld.

I am thankful to live in these post-modern times.

Where heretics may not be crucified for speaking their mind.

Where the most negativity I experience is the loss of social connections.

Who were never real friends of mine.

The universe has instilled a deep faith within me.

A faith I have sometimes lost.

But it never fails to return.

Always stronger than before.

Permeating my being with a deep inner knowing that nothing will stop me from bringing the murmuring, rumbling, pleasurable pangs of my destiny into the world.

Not even death.

Should the grim reaper unexpectedly visit me, my soul is ready and able to transform like Obi Wan to Darth Vader’s light saber.

And even should that not be the case, Death I would still fear not.

For as many great Mystics and Sages have foretold…

…many aspects of the Beingness within us all…

…are always already immortal.

My confidence in spiritual transmutation to physical manifestation…

…comes not from my worldly accomplishments…

…but from the results of my commitment to the daily path of mastery…

…in a vast range of models, methodologies and modalities.

I have plunged into the depths of philosophical metatheory in attempt to find our most complete theories of everything…

…Penetrating into what the true nature of this universe actually is.

(Sorry Mr. Hawking, the answers do not lie in physics. The Fundamental is qualitatively different from the Significant).

I burn to understand where the universe is going and what our human role is in shaping it.

My confidence comes from marrying my philosophical and spiritual insights and convictions with an immense practicality and attention to the details of tactical execution. That I have not achieved the worldly results I thought I would by this age, no longer phases me.

I’m smitten by Ray Lewis when he says, “Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else…you got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now than I was five minutes ago. Cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Because you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that mean you OK with being mediocre. Ain’t no man in here OK with being just basic. So let’s do what we do.”

I know and trust in the strength I have developed.

At 13, I said to myself, “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet in this life, but I know I’m going to need to be productive” and flung myself into the study of personal development in commitment to self-mastery.

At 17, after immersing myself in the worldview and communities of the Technological Singularity, I realized that increasing the success rate of startups was one of the biggest levers for accelerating societal transformation and jumped straight into the deep end of the pool in search for a solution.

A few years later I dropped out of Stanford six weeks into my freshman year and the Startup Genome and Compass were born. I took a detour from this work for a few years, to integrate other aspects of my being, but have recently circled back to pick up where I left off, with the skills to now fully accomplish what I originally set out to do. With more news here to share soon.

“You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ’em
But you won’t take the sting out these words before I say ’em
Cause ain’t no way I’ma let you stop me from causing mayhem
When I say I’ma do something I do it,
I don’t give a damn what you think,
I’m doing this for me, so fuck the world
Feed it beans, it’s gassed up, if it thinks it’s stopping me
I’ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me I’m tearing down your balcony
No ifs, ands or buts, don’t try to ask him why or how can he
From “Infinite” down to the last “Relapse” album
He’s still shitting, whether he’s on salary paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a fuck you for Christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he’s got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt, and fuck the whole universe”
-Eminem, Not Afraid

In my 20’s I began drinking in new knowledge, wisdom and experience streams into my being in big unadulterated gulps: integral theory, philosophical metatheory, systems theory, strategic foresight, management science, developmental psychology, personality systems, developmental religious pluralism, intersubjective dynamics, high intensity interval training, biohacking, ecstatic dance, tantra etc. etc.

I have mapped universal structures, metapatterns and systemic leverage points. I have 1 year, 10 year and 30 year plans for myself, my tribe and society at large, with the flexible recombinant structure to dynamically transmute into all scales in between and adapt to a fundamental, unpredictable emergent nature of reality.

I scan the horizon with the piercing gaze of an owl, unleashing my sharp talons with graceful violence, when I spot prey on the ground below.

I regularly throw myself into the thick of battles I am not prepared for, risk death, experience death, and continually find myself re-born a blazing Phoenix.

I stalk my future prey with the silent ferocity of a pinstriped tiger. A quiet, unsuspecting assassin hidden under midnight cloud cover, ready to unleash an unstoppable deadly force when the time is right.

My confidence comes from a soul based gravitationally assembling, nouveau, tribal intersubjective.

Many of whom have seen me in my darkness, have reflected back to me my faults and my foibles, my overzealousness and my unskillfulness, my shadow and my blindspots, helping me become the man I could not become without them.

Many of whom have seen me in my light and have trusted my penetrating, often soft, kind and gentle, liberating clarity, letting my wisdom and guidance flow through the rivers of their bodies, hearts, minds, and souls, reshaping and realigning the trajectories of their life towards greater wholeness and fullness.

I have come to truly know my own depth in the magnificence of their reflection and our enduring process of mutual transformation.

We will blow up the Death Star that belongs to the Empire of the Status Quo.

And build a world that works for everyone.

Increasingly serving all on their journey to their highest potential.

But we will not do so in an momentary, ejaculatory, nuclear explosion of will power.

But rather through a wholesome, transformative, unceasing tantric love-making session.

Grounded in self-love and fornicated into all of reality.

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say ‘I’m gonna lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid,’ and you do that every single day, and soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith

So let us purify our consciousness and merge all of our soul’s yearnings into one wonderful, magically, transcendent meta-narrative of teleological universal purpose and love, being and becoming, and live into that future together.

Each day living our lives with the utmost presence, care, and intention to become our highest selves.

Loving the future into the present by living as an exemplar for the future you stand for.

The future you are willing to die for.

Laying kosmic grooves down.

86,400 seconds at a time.

365 days at time.

And soon enough your destiny will ripen into Ours.

If my words resonate with you in any way, stay in touch and we will intersect when the time is right.

Blessings.

Carpe Diem.

Namaste.

Love.

My Current Work & Recovery Rhythm

I haven’t taken more than 1 consecutive day off in about 5 weeks since my recharging days after the 2015 Startup Compass Ecosystem Report went live.

I finally hit a wall waking up on Wednesday morning and quickly switched to 3 beautiful days of recovery, relaxing, meditating, massaging, philosophizing, meta-strategizing back into full rejuvenation, with much of the time spent in the company of two of the best friends a man could ask for.

Love you guys.

I’m ready for the next sprint.