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Thursday, July 29, 2010

This way or that? Magnificent!

Regular readers of 22C+ will be aware that I am in Europe at the moment on a month-long vacation. I made the decision to come to Europe several months ago. At that time I had several options up my leave. One of the other major choices was to go back home to Australia. After all, I have not seen some members of my family for several years, and my mother is now past 70 years of age and has had a few health problems. I could also have gone to the United States. It was an option that my wife was keen on (and she liked the idea of Europe to).

To be honest it wasn’t an easy decision to make. There was a sense of being pulled in more than one direction, and I felt a little guilt at the possibility of not visiting my family members after such a long absence.

When faced with decisions like this, where the future meets me face to face and asks
“Which way now?”, I go where the energy leaves me. Another way of putting it is that I allow myself to be pulled by the call of Spirit. Those of a more skeptical mindset might prefer to call it plain old intuition.

I used the Quick Check, and listened to my feelings (intuitive methods I outline in Sage of Synchronicity), but this was one of those choices where it seemed that there was energy on all possibilities. And because of the emotional side of it, I wasn’t sure that my feelings weren’t distorting the issue.

So I put the question out to Spirit one night as I was retiring.

“Dear God, which of these three choices has the highest resonance with my spirit?”

After I fell asleep, a song came to me during the night, filling my dreams. The same song kept popping into my head in the following days, and I knew that it was a strong message from Spirit. What was the song?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Can People Really Read Minds?

In some popular and science fiction movies there are people who can read minds. In What Women Want, for example, Mel Gibson is able to read the thoughts of those around him. In the movie this is an involuntary process. The thoughts just pop into his head. Personally, I think it would have been a far better movie if we could have just seen what Mel was thinking about. Judging by recent media stories, there’s some mighty interesting stuff in there.

In another version of mind reading, usually found in science fiction movies, we have “empaths’ who can get a sense of what people are thinking and feeling. They are a regular part of Star Trek narratives. Empaths can also sense the future, including danger. They may not read minds thought for thought, but they can pick up “the vibe”.

Is there any truth to these tales of mind reading? Can some people actually read minds? Will all people one day read minds, as part of human evolution?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Past as the Future

 Paris, shot taken from atop the Arc de Triomphe
I am writing this from one of the countless numbers of cafes in Paris. This is my first time in Europe. I waited a long time. 44 years to be precise. For the past 11 years I have been living in Asia, the economic hot zone of the world. Asia is often seen as the future of the world economy, while Europe is increasingly being seen as the past by many, especially in light of the world economic crisis. In his book Mind Set, Futurist John Naisbitt devoted a single chapter to Europe, dismissing its future as being guaranteed mediocrity. He thinks Europe, with its heavy socialism, reduced work ethic, and heavy labour costs will find it impossible to compete with Asia, and even the USA.
Naisbitt spends a lot of his time in China these days. In his latest book, China’s Megatrends, Naisbitt lavishes praise on China’s economic and social achievements, and  outlines why China is the future of the world. He states that China has developed a new kind of economic and political system which is challenging the West and its assumptions about the superiority of democracy. The book, strangely, is almost completely free of any analysis of China’s authoritarian system of governance, including the lack of freedom of speech and rule of law and it spoor human rights record.
Naisbitt is right though to point out the importance of China. It’s synthesis of authoritarianism and capitalism has worked miracles for the Chinese economy. In 1976 when Mao Ze Dong died, the median Chinese salary was 42 RMB a month. I’m not sure what the exchange rate was back then, but in today’s currency that’s not much more than five American bucks. A month! Today the Chinese GDP is growing at around 10 percent, the average income is heading towards 3000RMB a month; and in the big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the middle class are probably closer to 10 000 RMB. Although there are probably about 100 million Chinese people living below the poverty line, there are an awful lot of Chinese people who are unbelievably rich. These new rich have more money than they know what to do with. You might find some of them buying property near you sometime soon, as the recession really kicks in. In Australia the boom in the housing market has been kept afloat by cashed up Chinese buyers coming into the market. 
I remember reading a comment by a rather arrogant American on the Yahoo! comments section just a couple of years ago, under an article about China. He wrote.
“I love the Chinese. They do great laundry.”
Sadly for that chap, it could well be that his children will be doing laundry for the Chinese.
I’m not going to get into0 the economic forecasting here. However, being in Europe is a great chance to compare aspects of the Chinese/Asian world and the old West.
Let me just comment on one or two first impressions.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Death of Education

In 2002 I went to work at the second best language institute in Beijing, known as Erwai, or the Number 2 Foreign Language Institute. I was the Director of Studies of an English university preparation programme. Students aged 17-21 attended a nine-month intensive. The hope was that they would then be able to gain admission into a foreign university in a western country.

It was something of a shock for me to find myself leading a programme which had little or no academic merit, and which served no purpose but to give the students a piece of paper. It was credentialism at its worst. The students paid a lot of money to attend the school, and they expected to pass. Not to be disrespectful to them, but many – probably around half, were lazy and unmotivated.

It was my first exposure to education for the credit, a pervasive problem right across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where I have taught. It is a problem in many nations across the world.

In such a system, learning is no longer a process of personal growth, but of inflation of ego and social status. It is not surprising that plagiarism is rife in the Chinese system. One recent survey found that 40 percent of Chinese PhD students had plagiarised at least part of their doctoral thesis. Amongst academics, plagiarism is similarly common, and accepted. Many foreign teachers I know of in China have commented that academics simply copy large parts of their papers from other previously published papers. They do it because nobody cares. Many universities have become diploma mills.

One day at Erwai, I received a book report from a student. It was of Treasure Island, a perfectly good book for any non-native English student to have a crack at. The report went something like this (remember, this kid could barely string two sentences together).

Join our intrepid travelers of the seven seas, as they venture into unknown lands. Marvel at the fearless courage of little Jim Hawkins, as he battles that dastardly villain of the high seas, Long John Silver! Agh, me hearties, there’s gold on that thar island!

Needless to say, I wasn’t fooled by the student’s cunning back cover copying. In class, I handed the paper back with a fail grade, and a note saying he had to do it again. I didn’t single him out, as that would have been a big loss of face. Still, he wasn’t happy! He became extremely angry, and demanded to know what was wrong with the paper. I simply told him that it was copied, so he had to do it again. He stood up, pushed his desk aside and stormed out of the room. To make it worse, his uncle came to the campus the next day (with the students standing right behind him), walked up to me, and started screaming at me in Chinese, wagging his finger in front of my nose. He said his nephew was so upset he was threatening to kill himself.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Flying Things

If you have been wondering why things have been a bit quiet around here lately, it's because I have been rather busy. Today I'm off to Europe for a one month holiday. There's a 14 hour plane trip, which I'm not really looking forward to, but the destination will make it worthwhile! I'll be in France for a few days, then Portugal, and maybe Spain after that. I'll be posting the odd thing here during that time, but not as much as usual.

Just to keep you thinking, here's a little more on the UFO incident, over Hangzhou, China. It's an interesting case. It doesn't really make sense for the military to come out and say it's a military operation. Since when have the Chinese military cared about what the public thinks? And why do this stuff over a major city? If its an experimental craft, it would make more sense to do it over a less populated area.

However I have to say it looks like a manmade vehicle to me, at least the one seen flying across the sky with a trail behind it. Compared to the UFOs I saw in Australia in the 1990s, it looks rather clumsy. The ball of light I saw had a much more etheric look and feeling to it, and looked to be  moving without propulsion. 

Here's a YouTube video of the China UFO story.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

From Quiet Bookworm to Conquerer of Everest

Every now and then I read a story which makes me take notice. I have to say that the story of Wang Lei, a 38 year-old Chinese-American woman is one such story.  It is the story of how a bookish young woman became only the eighth person in the world to climb the highest highest mountain peaks on all seven continents. 
Wang was born in Jiangsu province in China, and went to the USA in her twenties. Anyone who has spent a lot of time in East Asia will probably tell you that the Chinese are generally not particularly physical people. In the modern age, those in cities have little connection to nature, and most spend their time working, eating, sleeping, or attached to electronic media of some sort. I have mentioned that in Hong Kong, a large percentage of children never touch grass or trees before they reach the age of five. The internet has become particularly addictive to a culture which seems almost disembodied, at its most extreme.
While Chinese women can be quite assertive around the home (I speak from experience – my wife is Chinese!), they are generally expected to be quiet and obedient in social situations, at work, and in educational settings. This is particularly true of younger women. I often think that the Japanese cartoon figure Hello Kitty, is an expression of a social stereotype of East Asian women – small, cute, lovely, and to top it off, she has no mouth. In other words, she should be seen and not heard. 
 She's so lovely!
It must be noted that Chinese women are generally far more assertive than Japanese women. Mao Ze Dong once famously stated that women hold up half the sky, and believed that women should be an active part of Chinese society (mostly to slave away in factories, but let’s not quibble). This created more social space for women to express themselves than in some other Asian societies.
It seems that Wang was not much different from the quiet Asian woman stereotype. She was a self-described bookworm, and when she first went to live in Boston she was very scared to walk even one block to the subway, because she was terrified of the cold weather. What’s more, her life appeared to be a product of what I call the “money and machines” society - she worked in “IT and finance”. She had no experience with athletics or outdoor adventure activities whatsoever.
It is thus seemingly incredible that she just recently became the first Asian American to climb the “Seven Summits”, the highest mountain peaks on all seven continents. She completed the final hurdle last week, finally scaling Mount Everest. Incredibly, she also achieved her ambition to hike to the North and South Poles.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Magic and the Darkness

“The universe is not only stranger than we think, but it is stranger than we can think”, said biologist J.B.S. Haldine (and don’t ask me why he called himself “JBS”). One thing that one immediately begins to understand when one sets off to explore the frontiers of life and intelligence, is that the dry mechanistic world of textbook science is a manufactured delusion. The situation reminds me of the dried butterflies stuck in old books. Beautiful in a sense, but their very life and soul has been sucked out.
The universe is an enchanting and mysterious place, wondrous and exciting and terrifying all in equal measure. The depth of the universe is simply far, far beyond the comprehension of our tiny human minds. Yet mainstream science insists that only those things which can be measured and quantified are real.
Empirical Philosopher David Hume once wrote:
If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
It is all too easy to confuse the model with world, the map with the territory. So we get classrooms full of dry text books, and a universe of dried butterflies.
Dried butterflies do not fly. They do not fly because they are dead, reduced to the material substrate of their physical form.
Consciousness is by far the most fascinating quality and experience in the universe. Unfortunately science has made a rather belated start in attempting to understand consciousness. Twentieth century psychology didn’t help much by insisting that consciousness didn’t exist, or just wasn’t that important.
The universe is indeed wondrous, and human beings have at their avail a cornucopia of experiences which are yet to appear on the map of dominant scientiifc inquiry. In my own journey I have chased UFOs along the East Coast of Australia, soared to the serene voice of angelic messengers, and experienced far journeys out of the body.

The universe is a mystical place. There is much that is unknown, or even beyond our knowing. As surfers of the frontiers of mind (and ultimately evolution is such an adventure) it is our destiny to explore these realms. For curiosity and enquiry are inbuilt into the human psyche. In purely Darwinian terms, a species which is not inquisitive is quickly an extinct species.

Yet we can go too far in this expansion of knowledge, of boundary. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Learning to Feel the Answer

In my previous post I mentioned using the Feeling Sense in research, particularly when reading a book. Here’s a little more about that cognitive capacity.
Feelings are an essential part of thinking. Case studies from science show that people who lose the capacity to feel emotion become greatly impaired in their capacity to make intelligent choices. Yet many people still believe that when they make choices they are relying purely upon logic.
What is more, some intuitive subtle feelings emerge from the extended mind (consciousness beyond the brain), and these feelings can help us make wise choices.
I like to describe intuition as feminine, becasue it is a softer form of cognition than rational ways of knowing. It requires a letting go, a receptivity. It requires trust in something beyond the control of the conscious mind.
Mainstream education and western society in general is dominated by male energy, or patriarchy. 'Control and power' dominate such societies, and subtle intuition is largely alien to them. Unfortunately I cannot report east Asian cultures are any better in the modern age. They too have lost touch with their spiritual roots, to make a broad generlalisation, and their education systems are dominated by dry, repetitious, soul numbing rote learning. I should know - I have taught in such systems for over a decade.
The following is an extract from my book, Sage of Synchronicity. The INI Tools referred to are methods for tapping into intuition.

Developing the Feeling Sense
This is the ability to feel the energy within people, things, and situations, including the outcomes of intended actions.
The Feeling Sense consists of the subtle feelings that are provided by intuition. This is an absolutely crucial INI Tool, and the one that you will use the most often as you apply the knowledge in Sage of Synchronicity. The good news is that it is also quite simple. The Feeling Sense is innate, and anybody can learn to use it. I have taught people to use the Feeling Sense in two minutes flat.
As children we were better at employing the Feeling Sense, but as we get older, our modern education systems diminish this capacity, because of the delimiting way we are taught to think. Not to fear, however, as the Feeling Sense simply remains latent, and never disap­pears. All you have to do is learn how to turn on the tap again.
The more you become comfortable with looking within yourself, the easier it will become to distinguish amongst your many subtle feel­ings. You have to learn the difference between a “true” intuitive pull and other competing voices of the psyche - the ego, desire, wishful thinking, fear of the unknown, and so on. This is not really something that can be taught from a book like this. It is something you learn by trial and error.
You can use the Feeling Sense to pull data from people, objects, places, futures and pasts. As far as I am aware there are few limits. It truly is the doorway to the Akashic Field of Hindu lore, that part of the intelligent universe which contains a reservoir of infinite knowledge.
Here are a few possible applications.
People. Imagine reaching out with your hand and into the body of the person you wish to “read”. Then just let go and allow that person’s thoughts and feelings to move through you. Alternatively, you can imagine your body merging with theirs, repeating the same process. Always let go of the person as you finish the process. Otherwise, you may find your energy entangled with theirs.
Objects. Pyschometry occurs when you reach out with your mind to touch an object and feel the energy within it. Use the same process as for people, as described above. This is something that is relatively easy to do.
Places. Imagine moving out of your body and finding yourself in the place you want to know more about. Here you are looking for any feel­ings about the place. Of course, you may get images of words coming to you. If so, take note of them.
Futures. The future is not set in stone, but you can get a sense of probable futures. The further away in time, and more small-scale the event, the less predictable it is. For major events, such as economic shifts or ethnic conflicts, the results are more reliable.
To sense a possible future, feel yourself moving into the future choice you are thinking of making (e.g. accepting that job). What does it feel like? You can use this to imagine the futures of career choices, products you buy, places you visit and so on.
Pasts. Generally speaking, the past is set; however, the way that people relate to their past can have a great effect on the energy of the past as it is represented in the present. You can read another person’s past, in precisely the same way you read another person’s energy in the present (see above).
As you move your energy outwards and into theirs, you are gen­erally picking up the emotional experience of the past event, rather than the literal event itself. Any emotional energy that is trapped in the psyche of a person is relatively easy to read, as emotional energy is “loud”.
The following example illustrates the Feeling Sense well.
At one time I had a slightly problematic situation. I was living in Hong Kong, and had decided not to renew the contract at the school where I was working. No new position emerged by the time I finished my job, and I was left with just a few weeks to find a new one. I was undecided whether to stay in Hong Kong, or return to Australia. It was a big decision, so it caused me some stress.
What I did was put the question out to the universe in prayer. The next day I sat down on the toilet (a great place for inspiration!), think­ing of nothing in particular. Suddenly the words from the chorus of a song from the 80s band the Traveling Wilburies came into my mind. The song, and the words were At the End of the Line. After many years of working with such guidance, I knew exactly what it meant, immediately. There was a job advert I had seen two days before from a school at the very end of the train line in eastern Hong Kong. I had been unsure about whether to apply, but when those words came into my mind, I felt a certainty within myself. I rang the school and went for an interview. It was the school holidays, so there were no students around, no classes to check, and no kids’ faces to look at as a guide to the energy of the place. But as an office assistant showed me around the school, I was filled with a very positive feeling. There was something almost feminine about the energy of the school, a very rare thing in Hong Kong’s hyper-competitive education system! There was just a good vibe about the place.
As it turned out, I was offered a job. Based solely on my positive feelings, I accepted it. I just knew that I would fit in there, and that I would be treated well.
My intuition turned out to be spot on. It was indeed a good place to work, and the students and the staff were the best I’d ever worked with.
A good way to begin honouring The Feeling Sense is to regularly repeat the following exercise. Think of a decision you want to make, one that involves two or three possible options (choose a new one each time you do this). Write each option down on a separate piece of paper, and sit with the papers in front of you. Breathe deeply and re­lax. Ask yourself one question about the choice, e.g. “Which of these options is the best for my Spirit”, or “Which of these options is most likely to be successful” (be careful - these are not the same thing). Then place your non-dominant hand over one of the papers/options. Allow yourself to get a feeling about each option, in turn. You may get a subtle sense of excitement. If it feels “exciting”, it is a good bet that there is good energy on the option. This process is a little like the eighteenth and nineteenth century Romantics’ merging of subject and object (they believed the knower could merge with the thing they were trying to know). You can imagine yourself connecting with the choice (the place, the object, the person…), and sensing the energy of it.
   The more you honour your intuitive feelings, the more they will speak to you. This really is too valuable an advantage to pass up. Don’t ignore this simple tool. It can cut a lot of hassle out of the decision-making process, while saving much time and energy.

How to Feel a Book

So many books, so little time...

For the most comprehensive outline of how to use the intuitive mind during research, my ebook How to Channel a PhD will tell you everything you need to know.

As promised, here it is…

If you really want to know a book, feel it first.

This is the essence of a particular approach to reading and studying which I have developed. It’s part of an educational philosophy which I call the Integrated Inquiry. This method combines traditional left-brain learning methods with right-brained, holistic tools. It’s grounded in the theory of Integrated Intelligence. Sceptics might say that means its not grounded at all, but I have applied these methods myself, and found them extremely useful. I will be outlining them in more detail in the book The Professor's Other Brain, which is some months away from being published. In the meantime here is a very readable and practical article I wrote about Integrated Inquiry, for the Open Information Science Journal.

The founding principal of Integrated Intelligence is that mind is non-local, and connected to a greater transpersonal mind. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake calls this the extended mind, and so do I. Information from that greater mind is processed by the brain at all times, even though most people are not aware of it. The extended mind can bring forth information from past, present and even future. Systems theorist Ervin Laszlo has described this well in his books The Akashic Mind, and The Akashic Experience. The Akashic field is a concept from Indic lore, and it states that the individual minds of human beings like you and I mind are connected to an all-knowing c0osciouisness. Everything that has ever happened in the history of the universe is recorded in the Akashic field, according to the mythology.

My experience as a man who has been using Integrated Intelligence over a couple of decades leads me to conclude that the extended mind is a fact, and all people can learn to tap into it. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

UFO Over China

One of the more interesting UFO sightings in China. This photo was taken in Hangzhou, near Shanghai, according to the China Daily. Officials said the event has a military connection., and will make an announcement later. Rumour has it that officials pumped several tonnes of swamp gas into the sky to reassure disturbed onlookers.

Certainly it looks to be a very physical object. I have to say though, that the object looks rather terrestrial compared to what I saw in my own UFO sightings several years ago.

SHANGHAI - An unidentified flying object (UFO) disrupted air traffic over Zhejiang's provincial capital Hangzhou late on Wednesday, the municipal government said on Thursday.
Xiaoshan Airport was closed after the UFO was detected at around 9 pm, and some flights were rerouted to airports in the cities of Ningbo and Wuxi , said an airport spokesman, who declined to be named. The airport had resumed operations, and more details will be released after an investigation, he said. A source with knowledge of the matter, however, told China Daily on Thursday that authorities had learned what the UFO was after an investigation. But it was not the proper time to publicly disclose the information because there was a military connection, he said, adding that an official explanation is expected to be given on Friday.
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How Do You Feel a Book?

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For the most comprehensive outline of how to use the intuitive mind during research, my ebook How to Channel a PhD will tell you everything you need to know.

How do you feel a book? It's not a dumb question. I managed to gain a doctorate by feeling a lot of books, and I even wrote a couple of books by feeling them.

The short answer is that you feel a book by using the intuitive mind, or what I call Integrated Intelligence, tapping into the extended mind, and accessing information through intuitive feelings. It's a process which combines accelerated learning, brain plasticity, and research into the frontiers of human intelligence. So, instead of spending ten hours reading a text book, I just stick it to my forehead and feel it. It sure saves a lot of time! 

OK, that was a slight exaggeration. But it does contain elements of the actual process. You can read more about it in tomorrow's post, "How to Feel a Book". Students and researchers will find it particularly useful.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Hole in Evolution?

 Strange Evolution: The Tasmanian Tiger (extinct)

The theory of natural selection is undoubtedly one of the greatest theoretical formulations in human history. However my sense as an intuitive is that it is not quite right, or perhaps a better way to put it is that it doesn’t go far enough. Today I present you with a little food for thought. This is purely a philosophical issue, but one that has important implications for evolution and human futures.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Surfing With the Psychopath

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they are confronted with bullying. The fact is that there are a lot of people out there who are just not very nice. In fact probably about 3.6 percent of the adult American population has anti-social; personality disorder, according to These people are also referred to as sociopaths or psychopaths.

The defining traits of antisocial personality disorder are a disregard for the wellbeing of others, as well as a tendency to violate their rights. Some common characteristics of psychopaths include a tendency to:
  • engage in violent acts and fights
  • feel no guilt or remorse for his or her actions
  • have no concern for individual safety or the safety of others
  • lie or deceive consistently
  • regularly break the law
  • steal.
They are also typically angry, self-interested and arrogant. Even so, some sociopaths may seem charming or even flattering. Needless to say, the psychopath merely uses these social tools to manipulate people for selfish ends. (source)

Unfortunately psychopaths love power, and it is commonly stated that leadership and power roles are attractive to those with psychopathic tendencies. This means that there is a reasonable chance that the boss is quite literally “psycho”. While this won’t come as a surprise to many experienced workers, it is a sobering thought. As a rough estimate, probably 5-10-percent of bosses may have antisocial personality disorder.

What do you do when you find yourself in a position of subordination to a genuine bully? No doubt you will get many suggestions from friends or online sources. However my particular interest in this phenomenon is from the perspective of someone who is on a soul journey. I’ve used the term “champion of the soul” a few times recently, and here I am going to suggest some general principles which can help a person who is dealing with a real bully. My emphasis here is upon seeing the situation as a growth experience, and as stepping stone to greater empowerment. The following should be considered as the advice of someone who has had several experiences in the area, and who has attempted to apply spiritual principles to those situations. Feel free to make observations or distinctions in the comments section, below.

As an excellent exemplar, please allow me to refer to a tale which I outlined very briefly in my book Sage of Synchronicity - only in a little more detail here. This will help me explain the preferred processes in real-world terms. Unfortunately I cannot explain here the full process. That would really require direct exploration in a workshop or one-on-one counseling. Nonetheless, you will be able to get the essentials.

In 1996 I was a fairly naïve and shy 30 year old guy who had just landed his first job overseas.