December 11, 2011
11 Dec 2011

Consciousness Technology

In our particular case, Consciousness Technology refers to the process of creating tools that interact with our consciousness, for the purpose of self exploration and self transformation.

It is technology, because it uses an algorithmic, methodic approach, and relies on a combination of hardware and software for practical implementation .

It resembles Art, because just like Art, it aims to inspire.

It is like Psychotherapy because it offers insights into the deeper aspects of our psyche, and supports self-development and self-transformation.

It is educational from two perspectives.
One, is that every time you interact with it, you learn something new about your self.
The other is that after a relatively short time of using it, even if you were to take away the technology, you  would still be able to use the algorithms which you more or less subconsciously “learned by doing” when you were exposed to it.

There are a few user requirements in order for the technology to be effective. They are:

  • love of truth, desire to explore and learn more about themselves
  • compassion for the self
  • humbleness and openness, i.e. lack of  know-it-all attitude
  • not trying to achieve some material gain from it
November 18, 2011
18 Nov 2011

Connecting with the earth

I just came back from an eight day trip to a country in the Middle East, where I was given an opportunity to offer seminars, as well as to visit a few places. Visiting the region was a totally new experience for me and I’d had no idea what the place looked like or felt like before I left UK.  It turned out that I had the most memorable time, and I came back inspired and fully replenished.

I noticed there was a totally different kind of energy there from what I’m used to. I felt a sense of strong vitality in the land, people and food in general. For example, everything I ate there felt not only delicious, but also rich and nurturing. With no food in the fridge after the trip, I went to a nearby cafe in London yesterday morning. Although the place boasts of offering some posh looking salads with a middle eastern twist, which I ordered, the lack of vital energy in their food compared to the ones that I had gotten used to eating for the past week was shocking. I also noticed that the people who were cooking and serving at the cafe looked not as friendly and a bit depressed, so I’m sure that also gets reflected in the energy of their food.

I also felt the people in the country — women, men, and children — are very warm and earthy. People who are familiar with the idea of chakra system would say they have very healthy base and sacral chakras. I don’t think it was only my projection. When I told the group I was teaching, “You guys are so earthy!”,  they answered in unison, ‘that’s right, we really value earthiness, we call it ‘(I’m afraid I can’t remember the word)’ here.” One person even told me, “I feel my feet are connected all the way down to the core of the earth.”
How many people in Japan or the West, I wondered, can consciously and congruently say “Yes, I’m connected to the earth”? I couldn’t help but feel a bit envious.

As we live a modern life, walking on the road covered with asphalt, being surrounded by things made with plastic and eating artificial foods, we are losing connection with the land and the sense that the earth is alive. In many myths, we find the theme of
‘death and rebirth’ with heroes going into the underworld and coming back up renewed. No matter how heavy, dark and difficult, going through the journey inside the earth gives our mind and body resilience and powerful transformation. Otherwise, any noble
ideas or so-called spiritual practices would be ‘ungrounded.’

As I study homeopathy, I notice that most of my body symptoms both past and present are related to the lack of minerals, which also means the lack of connection with the earth.
The trip to the country inspired me to bring more awareness to my connection to the earth by meditating on the sensation of my feet being rooted in the ground, going barefoot more(weather permitting), eating more mineral rich food, and of course, offering gratitude to the earth knowing also that I’m a part of it.

October 30, 2011
30 Oct 2011

Letter to your future self

A new interactive story-weaving demo is available on our site here.

September 19, 2011
19 Sep 2011

A change in perspective

You are more powerful, more capable and ingenious than you thought you are. All it takes for you to get in touch with your inner resources is a change in perspective.

Usually our best power is hidden in our ‘blind spot’, or the psychological ‘shadow’. One way to tap it is by trying our Ark Journey. After befriending the shadow, try to see where in your life you could use its power in a positive way.

September 14, 2011
14 Sep 2011

Dream-e @ Dream Cafe

We tried Dream-e, our dream interpretation app at the  London Dream Cafe Meetup today. It was a success. People were very happy, and the technology was able to guide them to find the meaning of their dreams. In one case it even captured something what we might have missed or overlooked. Good sign. Hopefully we will open it to beta-testing soon. For now it runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux, with plans for  iOS (iphone, ipad) and Android versions in the future.

September 1, 2011
01 Sep 2011

Letting go of the old

We managed to get our boiler fixed finally yesterday after one month of having no hot water. On one hand, it’s terrible to have to bear with cold shower for a month, and it was, especially in those mornings when the temperature drop to less than 10 degrees (Celsius). On the other hand, we were actually lucky that it happened during the warmest month of the year.
Yet another thought that we had was that it is a reminder that we really have to deal with and let go of whatever is old and outdated, and it’s better to do it sooner than later (Really nice vintage antique stuff is a different story). The boiler that our landlady was holding on to for dear life was actually not even up to the current standard and had several problems in the past, had been told that it’s at its last breath. However, despite our plea to replace it, she just wanted to patch it up every time. By the time it really died, everyone including the landlady was on holiday so that it added to the inconvenience.

The problem, like a body symptom, is there for us to acknowledge that there is something to be looked at and dealt with, and if we just suppress it, it is due to erupt  in a more unpleasant way later.

Many people are now saying that the whole planet is going through a big shift and the time is accelerating. In a time like this, things that need changing and clearing out would come out on the surface more often and quicker than before. In such moment, you might feel that things have become worse for you, or you have regressed, but things will be much easier later if we just take a moment and work on it, and let go of something that doesn’t work for us anymore, whether it’s attitude toward ourselves or others, life style, belief systems, or old emotions. That’s based on my personal experience, although I’m still working
on it.

Also dreams are good indications — If you are having dreams about death of yourself or someone, pregnancy, or childbirth, there is a chance that something old is dying and something new is about to come up in you. Watch your dreams, body symptoms and daily occurrences that catch your attention!

August 2, 2011
02 Aug 2011

Technology with heart and mind

Instead of supporting companies to find ways to sell people more things they don’t need, why not support an informed population of individuals to find out who they are and what their life purpose is, and then support businesses to focus on creating the tools these individuals need to find out and to fulfill their life purpose.
This is what data mining and advanced pattern recognition and understanding technologies would be used for under this paradigm.

July 12, 2011
12 Jul 2011

Understanding the messages of dreams

Dreams often have a much deeper meaning than assumed. The same dream image has different meanings for different people. This is why we need much more than a dream-dictionary to make sense of it.

Most of the time dreams reveal aspects of ourselves that we are not very aware of. It presents them as other people, places, or objects, like a magic mirror, where different part of our self can be interacted with and experienced.

Other times, dreams give you valuable information about situations you are confronting in life, that you may not be able to see with your day-to-day mind, but are aware of it at a deeper level.

Dreams are great tool to learn about our inner world. The dynamics of this inner world are always reflected in our everyday life.
For example, if you need to slow down a bit and rest, you may get a dream about someone being lazy. In real life, you may catch a cold. and be in bed for a few days, or something would happen that would make you stop what you are doing. Usually you get the dream first, and if you understood that your ‘wiser’ self is telling you to slow down, and you listened to the advice, then the cold, or other events may not be necessary.

But how can you get the meaning of the dream? Especially since ‘lazy’ is something bad you don’t want to identify with.
Well, the answer could be as easy as trying to find the neutral, non-judgmental idea that ‘lazy’ could represent.
This may not happen in one step, but a few, as in the following dialogue:
- What does lazy mean?
- Someone who doesn’t do things they need to do, but prefers to rest.
- So what is the less judgmental aspect of that ?
- Someone who rests.

Well, it’s not always as easy as that, you get the idea.

July 6, 2011
06 Jul 2011

Paradigm shift

There is an acute need for a paradigm shift in humanity’s consciousness. The symptoms of stagnation have been here for a while. Mainstream culture keeps rehashing the same themes over and over, hoping to get some more life out of things that have been successful in the past.

The problem is… we’re not in the past anymore. What is the point for the 80-‘s to come back ? What is the point of remaking ‘Blade Runner’ ? What is the point of the same video games but with different names, same movies but with different special effects, the same old – same old rebranded as new ?

There is no point. Except that maybe we need to look at ourselves, and change the culture to reflect our true selves.

And I am not talking only art and entertainment here, but science too. For too long we had a science that was purely materialistic, with rigid institutions that would suppress anything which does not agrees with the established dogma or the views of their commercial sponsors.

The shift is happening, slowly but surely, everywhere, but you will not read about it in the mainstream media.

So what is the new paradigm?

It is for our life to reflect the totality of our deeper selves.

June 13, 2011
13 Jun 2011

Reconnecting with Japan’s ancient spirituality

I came back to London from 3 weeks’ stay in Japan a week ago, feeing finally recovered from the jetlag.

It was very nice to be reunited with my folks and friends for the first time after the March 11 tsunami & earthquake and see how they were all doing.  None of them directly got hit by tsunami but had been affected by the biggest earthquake in their lives and the radioactivity scare. Many of them seemed eager to talk about their experiences so I was happy to listen. I could also see different positions and feelings coexist in one person as well as in the society;  despair, anxiety, depression, regret, willingness to take actions to transform the society, the wish to go back to the old ways, and the need to just forget about everything and relax.  On a practical level, there are still thousands of people still missing in the northern region and many survivors are waiting for their turns to receive temporary housing.

I experienced an interesting synchronicity while I was there — three friends in separate occasions in four days recommended me to go to a shinto shrine called ‘Ise Shrine’ in western region of Japan. I of course felt that I had to follow it and planned a day trip on the only free day I had during my stay in Japan.  (About Ise Shrine;  The whole place felt more other-worldly and sacred than any other shrines that I know — a dwelling place for very ancient nature spirits. After the visit, I feel something in me have shifted. Seeing how many people are talking about the shrine (three more friends told me about it after I planned on a visit), I think many people there are also yearning to have deeper connections with the land and the ancient spirituality of Japan.

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