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winning solutions

winning solutions

One of the essential concepts within performance enhancement, as drawn from both psychology and neuroscience, is this:

The subconscious mind does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.

This is the foundation for much, including visualization, affirmation and the like.

It is truly amazing how the purposeful act of putting an idea consistently into your consciousness (and hence subconsciousness) will tend to make that idea eventuate.

If “we” can firmly establish intent, we’re halfway home.

music: Unsquare Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBivnkxNOOc

William James (in How To Be, Do or Have Anything, by Laurence Boldt) reminds us that it is easier to act our way into a new kind of thinking than it is to think ourselves into a new way of acting.

Terry Orlick is one of the great performance enhancement consultants in sport, and he tells us that one of the biggest obstacles we face is not in deciding where we want to end up, but in specifying what we are going to do today to get there.

He breaks this down into three areas: skills, or learning, or perhaps simply key tasks for survival in daily life; our approach, or attitude, or the personal qualities we will bring to the day; and improving our mental capabilities (or winning our internal mental battles).

However basic these may be for people struggling at the elemental level, perhaps there is a tripartite approach that can people on track and moving in the right direction, however slowly and wobbily their progress.

“The last of the human freedoms, in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one’s attitude.”   

Chopra says that the thought and the reaction come packaged together, the thought and the molecule that transmits it across the synapses.

He says that we are “the question”, “the answer” and the silent observer of the whole process at the same time.

Expressed another way: Whatever thought or goal we accept in our conscious mind will be accepted by our subconscious mind as a command or instruction.  Therefore, any thought, plan, idea or goal held continuously in our conscious mind must be brought into reality by our superconscious mind.

This is where the processes of journaling and working in the arts and affirmations and posters, etc etc come in.  We talk about seeds, but we have to learn to hoe and till our own fields with powerful pictures in the mind….

The intimate connections between the imagination, mental pictures, volition and bodily function have been recognized and described for millennia.  Candace Pert found “the lock in the key” mechanism that opened the door to our modern sciences of psychoneuroimmunology.

If we really change our skeletal bone structure every three months, then why does our arthritis persist?  Chopra says that 90% of the thoughts that we had today are the same ones we had yesterday.

Every time we perform an action or have an experience, it creates a memory, and memory becomes the potentiality for desire.  Every thought is either a memory or a desire.  Action generates memory.  Experience generates memory.  Memory becomes the potentiality for desire.  And desire generates action or experience once again.

I was watching the celebration parade of duck boats carrying the New England Patriots through the mid-mrning snowstorm in downtown Boston when one of the commentators said that Brady and his bunch had proven that virtually anything could be accomplished, like their miracle comeback of 21 unanswered points in the Super Bowl, and that it stood as an example, a lesson, that someone could write up to teach our children how they could achieve similar things in their lives.  I was raising my hand and waving it, unseen in my living room, because I’d already assembled that curriculum

Once you recognize that “winning” is something that is self-defined by virtue of feeling good about one’s approach/effort/progress, i.e., that it is not externally defined by someone else or some form of measurement, then you come to the enlightened awareness that you can accomplish winning at anything.

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2015/0204/bos_patriots_parade_02.jpg

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a movement to align technology with our humanity

http://www.timewellspent.io 

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https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/phone_numbers.png 

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“… The decision by a responsible adult, to manage his own health, by his own measure, and to seek out any other person to help him in that regard, is not the business of the State…..”

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/the-governments-real-war-on-natural-health/ 

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Coming Clean Beyond the Fiscal Cliff

Catherine, News & Commentary on January 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

[CAF Note: We originally published this article in January 2013. I wrote it over the Christmas holidays in 2012 because it was obvious that, despite enormous noise throughout the media, most people had not looked at the deeper issues in the US budget that presented obstacles to change.  We are now living through another period of high noise. The Presidential election represented a debate between those who wanted to keep the unipolar empire going and those who thought it was necessary to pull back to North America.

If you listened to the President’s inauguration speech, Trump talked about withdrawing from the business of telling other countries what to do and putting our own house in order. What we all need to recognize is that the financial picture requires that we change – this is not just the current leadership. So, in the hopes it will help you cut through the noise and understand the challenges that the Administration and Congress face, I am republishing “Coming Clean Beyond the Fiscal Cliff.”  The reality is that the swamp is not just in DC – it extends from sea to shining sea. Overcoming the obstacles to real change requires all of us taking responsibility.]

by Catherine Austin Fitts

Ultimately, the fiscal cliff is the tip of the iceberg of our economic and cultural woes. Our problems are deeper. The more of us who are prepared to look honestly at our situation and take responsibility for it, the sooner authentic solutions will become possible and emerge.

As we look over the fiscal cliff into our financial abyss, now is a good time to “Come Clean” about the real state of our lives, our communities, and our economy, starting with the U.S. federal finances that flow deeply and intimately throughout every aspect of our lives.

This Solari Special Report includes (22) challenges we must address to put our federal fiscal house in order.

Read the complete article…

Related Reading:

Catherine Austin Fitts at the Secret Space Program Conference, 2014 San Mateo

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http://www.thebestschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/campus-speech-codes-and-safe-space.jpg 

The unspoken secret in plain sight

by Jon Rappoport

February 7, 2017

“… You want to know where all this victim-oriented “I’m triggered” and “I need a safe space” comes from? You just found it.

It’s a short step from being diagnosed with a mental disorder to adopting the role of being super-sensitive to “triggers.”

You could call it a self-fulfilling prophecy. “If I have a mental disorder, then I’m a victim, and then what people say and do around me is going disturb me…and I’ll prove it.”

The dangerous and destabilizing effects of psychiatric drugs confirm this attitude. The drugs DO, in fact, produce an exaggerated and distorted sensitivity to a person’s environment…..”

Read the whole report here by an experienced investigative reporter:

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/the-number-one-mind-control-program-at-us-colleges/ 

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We are what we are attracted to, and become what we yearn toward.

Follow your attraction through the spectrum of curiosity, interest, admiration, concern, connection, resonance and change.

The Everyday Work of Art: How Artistic Experience Can Transform Your Life, Eric Booth, Sourcebooks, Napierville, Illinois 1997.

Stop pretending that you don’t want whatever it is that you want, and take action. In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly which you need to do to learn it. Getting clear kills fear.

Zen and The Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design, Laurence G. Boldt, Arkana/Penguin Books, 1993

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WrK0UrqyE0

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http://www.positivecoach.org 

shokunin

shokunin

The term Shokunin Kishitsu came to my attention

courtesy of the people at Holstee.com who,

in an approach that resonates with

my examination of excellence, magic, leadership and performance,

are all about mindfulness through art, words and action.  

 

As an amateur photographer and apprentice magician, I had to learn more about this phrase, and this blog entry is a record of that short inquiry. 

 

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May 09, 2015

Shokunin Kishitsu & The five elements of true mastery

Last November I dined in Tokyo with a friend who was here in Japan on business from California. My friend is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar tech company with offices worldwide, including in Japan. He’s someone I greatly admire and look up to for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. He’s a powerful leader, a successful business person, and a nice guy to boot. So when he said that he was absolutely shocked that I had not seen the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I felt ashamed of my failing and placed an order for the DVD immediately on Amazon. “I can’t believe you have not seen this movie!” he said. “I must have seen it 5-6 times by now and there’s always something to learn.” Here it is a few months later and in that time I too have seen the movie 5-6 times. My friend was right, there are many valuable lessons in this documentary. I recommend the movie to anyone who is interested in a beautiful visual narrative that is a mix of innovation insights and inspiration.

Shokunin Kishitsu

Shokunin kishitsu (職人気質) translates roughly as the “craftsman spirit.” The movie, in spite of its title, is not about sushi, it’s really about how to be a master shokunin, how to become truly great as a master craftsman. Yes, if you like sushi—and beautiful cinematography of sushi—then you’ll not be disappointed. But even if you have zero interest in sushi, you will be motivated and inspired by this film. The film is not perfect, of course. For example, the narrative could use more objectivity and a more critical eye. There are surely more downsides to Jiro’s approach (not to mention the issue of over fishing which is touched only very superficially). Yet, on the whole, it’s a wonderful documentary. No matter your job or your dreams, there may be a valuable lesson or two in this gem of a film that will help you in your pursuit of mastery. Checkout the trailer below for the feel of the film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q78xvcnmIMw

Five elements of Mastery

There are many lessons from the film, but I will focus here on five main points that the film makes early on. Food critic Masuhiro Yamamoto speaks of what makes Jiro a true master at his art. “He sets the standard for self-discipline,” Yamamoto says. “He is always looking ahead. He’s never satisfied with his work. He’s always trying to find ways to make the sushi better, or to improve his skills. Even now, that’s what he thinks about all day, every day.”

What does any of these points below have to do with presentation? Well, public speaking, including presentation given with the aid of multimedia, is an art. It may be a big aspect of your life and career, or it may play a very minor role. But the art of presentation, and the art of communication in general, is something worthy of an obsessive pursuit of excellence. No matter how good you are today, you can get better.

Below are the five attributes, according to Yamamoto, that are found in any great chef. Think about how you—or your team—can apply these to your own work (art).

1. Majime (真面目). A true master is serious about the art. He or she strives for the highest level possible always. The commitment to hard work is strong. The level of dedication is constant. As Jiro’s older son says in the film, “We’re not trying to be exclusive or elite. The techniques we use are no big secret. It’s just about making an effort and repeating the same thing every day.” Their approach may be simple but their dedication and execution is what sets them apart.

2. Kojoshin (向上心). Always aspire to improve oneself and one’s work. There is an old Zen adage that says once you think you have arrived, you have already begun your descent. One must never think they “have arrived.” One of the shokunin at the fish market touches on this theme in the film while searching for the perfect fish. “…Just when you think you know it all, you realize that you’re just fooling yourself,” he says. One must always try to improve. “I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit, says Jiro. “There is always a yearning to achieve more.”

3. Seiketsukan (清潔感). Cleanliness, freshness. “If the restaurant doesn’t feel clean, the food isn’t going to taste good,” Yamamoto says. One can not prepare and perform well if the environment is cluttered, messy, or dirty. Some people say that a disorganized work space is liberating. I am not in that camp. For me at least, a dirty, cluttered office decreases my creativity and increases my anxiety. I am not a neat freak by any means, but when my office is cluttered, my mind is cluttered too (and often vice versa). This article touches on this issue outside the kitchen (A Tidy Office Space is the Key to Creative Thinking.) [Ed.: This is related to mise-en-place.]

4. Ganko (頑固). Stubbornness, obstinacy. The fourth attribute is…Impatience, Yamamoto says. “They are better leaders than collaborators. They’re stubborn and insist on having it their way.” Jiro is an individualist in pursuit of excellence rather than a team player in search of consensus. This does not mean he does not rely on his team or listen to them, but his team is hand picked and trained by him. In the end it is his vision and his responsibility.

5. Jyonetsu (情熱). Passion, enthusiasm. From the very first moments of the film: “Once you decide on your occupation…you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success…and is the key to being regarded honorably.” No passion, no art.

Your work, your art

The spirit of the shokunin is the pursuit of perfection. The pursuit is hard and the journey long, never ending in fact. But you love what you do in spite of the hardships. The work is not at all about the money. “Shokunin try to get the highest quality fish and apply their technique to it,” Jiro’s oldest son says. “We don’t care about money. All I want to do is make better sushi.”

http://www.presentationzen.com/.a/6a00d83451b64669e201b8d110fffc970c-150wi

Remember that the shokunin lessons here are not only for chefs or artists such as painters, musicians, dancers, etc. In the book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? famed business guru Seth Godin makes the case that many dedicated professionals are doing art: “Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.” An artist, says Godin, “is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.” You must throw yourself into it, suggest, Godin, “Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

“I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top…but no one knows where the top is.” — Jiro Ono

The final few lines from the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi sum up the lessons from the master shokunin.

Always…

look ahead and above yourself.

Always try…

to improve on yourself.

Always strive to elevate your craft.

That’s what he taught me.

http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2015/05/the-five-secrets-to-mastery.html 

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 The core thematic statement in the introduction to “Summon The Magic”, from Chuang-Tzu, by way of Dorothea Dooling:

Once there was a master craftsman who made such beautiful things out of wood that the King demanded to know the secret of his art.

“Your Highness”, said the carpenter, “There is no secret.

But there is something. This is how I begin:

When I am about to make a table, I first collect my energies and bring my mind to absolute quietness. I become oblivious of any reward to be gained or any fame to be acquired. When I am free from the influences of all such outer considerations, I can listen to the inner voice which tells me clearly what I have to do.

When my skill is thus concentrated, I take up my ax; I make sure that it is perfectly sharp, that it fits my hand and swings with my arm. Then I enter the forest.

I look for the right tree, the tree that is waiting to become my table. And when I find it, I ask “What have I for you, and what have you for me?’ Then I cut down the tree and set to work. I remember how my masters taught me to bring my skill and my thought into relation with the natural qualities of the wood.”

The King said, “When the table is finished, it has a magical effect upon me; I cannot treat it as I would any other table. What is the nature of this magic?

“Your Majesty”, said the carpenter, “what you call magic comes only from what I have already told you.”

In A Way of Working, ed. E.D. Dooling. Anchor Books, 1979, from the original by Chuang-Tzu.

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American Shokunin (7:22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfdGGTb5_Ts 

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“… creativity comes down to showing up every day and practicing your craft. Creating a space for the magic to happen where discipline, skill and passion all come together in a single moment.…”

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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” 

Ernest Hemingway

http://fundydesigner.com/tip-%E2%80%A2-photography-lessons-from-a-master-sushi-chef/ 

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Source of featured image at the top:

http://www.ettinger.co.uk/about-us/heritage/craftsmanship 

Scrolling through a search of Google Images using the search word “craftmanship” makes it seem as though the concept, the word, is about products, tools, fine-finger dexterity and the like.  

Many fine things, works of arts, and much much more come from applied craftsmanship. 

But what about craftsmanship of the mind, the heart, the spirit?

There’s a quote you can find in which a photographer talks about seeing things others don’t see.

What about craftsmanship within the fields of cultural, social, political and spiritual leadership?

to cause disease

to cause disease

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-chipotle-wont-tell-you-2014-11-07 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chiptole-has-been-making-people-sick-for-months-2015-12-11 

“… Chipotle referred to the summer outbreaks as “a small number of isolated and unrelated incidents — in terms of geography and incident,” in an e-mail to The Post from spokesman Chris Arnold.

“There really wasn’t a pattern,” he added. “Since all of this began, we have completed a comprehensive reassessment of all of our food safety and handling practices … and we have begun implementing that program.”

On Thursday, Ells apologized to Chipotle customers on NBC’s “Today” and promised the chain “would be the safest place to eat” but made no mention of the company’s extensive rap sheet.”

[Note that the market watchers are in such a hurry to get out the meme that Chipotle has been making people sick for months that they can’t even take the time to spell the company name correctly.]

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http://chipotle.com/update 

http://chipotle.com/food-safety 

http://ir.chipotle.com/corporate-governance-highlights 

[N.B.: I hold no position on Chipotle. I own no stock. I have never eaten there. 

I was impressed by Nate Appleman’s competitive aikido-style approach to winning the Chopped All-Stars competition, wrote to him, and contributed to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.]

http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/03/meet-eat-chef-nate-appleman-chipotle.html 

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/03/chipotle-new-york-secret-menu-chelsea-location-nate-appleman.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide

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Oh, and fresh this morning:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/11/chipotle-just-got-more-bad-food-safety-news.html 

“… Before suspending the Seattle restaurant’s permit, health inspectors found several ingredients, including chicken, brown rice, shredded beef, cooked beef and fajita vegetables, were not hot enough. It was its third critical violation in 12 months.

“An inspector found that some hot food on the fax line (which is a back of house make line that services online orders), was not being held to proper temperatures. We are investigating the cause of that and will address it,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in an email.”

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 Does this have anything to do with the Chipotle mess?

http://theinternetpost.net/2015/12/14/the-gmo-dark-act-restricting-the-labelling-of-genetically-engineered-food-in-america/ 

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Earlier in the week, on my news blog, I said:

 “The recent rash of E. coli outbreaks at numerous Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants … should be seen through the lenses of history, most notably the event at the Taco Time salad bar in The Dalles, Washington, and the epidemiology of biowarfare. The acts of the Rajneeshpurnam cult are widely written up (your search engine will find numerous examples) and the source is said by multiple investigators and journalists to be linked to the CIA.

Chipotle execs have begun to engage in some measures, however weak [since strengthened considerably], in crisis management [a serious sub-set of business management ever since the Chicago Tylenol murders]; the extent of their own or other epidemilogical investigation is unknown. But some consideration of the logistics and management of foodstuffs inside a national food chain should demonstrate the unlikelihood of a single disease vector affecting multiple sites over an extended period of time. All sites are company owned; none are franchises. Are we looking at a case of corporate sabotage by a competitor? Or is it a breakdown in the cold chain? Is it related to the company’s stances and practices regarding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or Chipotle’s refusal to sign a Fair Food agreement? As was demonstrated repeatedly by test examples run by the US military and other Federal agencies, the delivery of sickening or debilitating substances to pockets of population for the purpose of creating chaos and terror can be done very easily. But I doubt such an effort would be singuarly focused on one company without some additional purpose.”

The above was not intended to suggest that either the CIA or the Rajneesh cult was responsible for the Chipotle incidents, merely that the demonstration of ease had been accomplished, a method of delivery devised, etc.  Far worse has been accomplished; consult H. P. Albarelli’s book “A Terrible Mistake”.   The CIA has much more than someone’s diarrhea to answer for. Much more has been written and published about biowarfare experimentation on the American people.  Remember that I am well-read in the fields of  agro-terror, epidemiology/vectors/fomites/tracing, et alia. There is a closet sub-industry looking into “chemtrails”. There is a second sub-industry involved in documenting “American Gladio”. I’ve noted Estulin’s book “Tavistock” on social engineering. There are other sources regarding the introduction of stressors and dis-ease into the population. Vomiting and diarrhea and the interruption of life’s routines, employment (for those who still have it), and a degradation of one’s general sense of well-being are easily accomplished by the purposeful introduction of a simple virus cooked up in a lab.

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After decades of effort, scientists have figured out the dirty little secret to growing a common stomach bug in the lab.

Bacteria found in feces help the diarrhea-causing, vomit-triggering norovirus infect human cells in plastic dishes, researchers report in the Nov. 7 Science.

“It’s a huge breakthrough for the field,” says immunologist Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. Adding these bacteria along with the virus to human cells could finally give researchers a good way to test antiviral drugs and disinfectants, she says.

Norovirus, a nasty microbe perhaps best known for wreaking intestinal havoc on cruise ship passengers, strikes about 20 million people in the United States per year. Healthy people typically conquer the infection within a few days, but the virus can be deadly for young children and older adults.

More (but to read more requires you to subscribe):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/norovirus-grown-lab-help-bacteria 

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School of Medicine scientists have become the first to successfully grow a norovirus in the lab.

In humans, noroviruses are a highly contagious source of diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach ailments that made headlines two years ago after a series of repeated outbreaks on cruise ships. These viruses are a major cause of human disease worldwide.

Researchers showed that the mouse norovirus MNV-1 could be grown inside cells from mice with defective immune systems. Their findings make it much easier to learn about the mouse virus and may help other researchers seeking to duplicate the accomplishment with human forms of the virus.

In a study published in November in the online journal Public Library of Science-Biology, scientists who developed the new technique reported it may already have led them to a good target for vaccine development.

“By looking at the mouse virus we’d grown in the lab, we were able to identify a part of the capsid, the virus’ protein shell, that is essential to its ability to cause disease,” said senior author Herbert W. “Skip” Virgin, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and immunology and of molecular microbiology…..

More here:

http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/4418.aspx 

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Again, the question then becomes this: “Why Chipotle?”.

Some deep investigation into the early stages of the formation and funding of Chipotle’s business enterprise, as well as a detailed breakdown for each incident as to who was present, may be required. 

Surely someone will consider some method of covert surveillance to discover who is doing what to which foodstuff when. 

There is a great degree of discussion right now about ‘shootings’ and the response one might use some form of violence took place.  Setting aside the debate about firearms for the moment, perhaps the focus ought to be put on increasing personal vigilance and situational awareness.

The next time you and some friends and/or family go out to eat, take an extra 30 minutes to write down what each of you observed about the food service environment, the people involved, and the degree of trust you have (and must have) when you allow someone else to prepare your dinner. 

In the end, all of these issues involve self-responsibility and shared responsibility.

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In related food service news:

Poor migrant workers and children are being sold to factories in Thailand and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains, including those of Wal-Mart and Red Lobster, the world’s largest retailer and the world’s largest seafood restaurant chain, an Associated Press investigation found.

At the Gig Peeling Factory, nearly 100 Burmese laborers were trapped, most working for almost nothing. They spent 16 hours a day with their aching hands in ice water, ripping the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp. One girl was so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table. Some workers had been there for months, even years. Always, someone was watching.

More here:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/14/slave-peeled-shrimp-tied-to-red-lobster-wal-mart-and-more-retailers 

[Ed.: Full disclosure: I once worked as a waiter for several shifts at Red Lobster.  I also once passed the required Massachusetts food safety preparation hygeiene course. I wash my hands frequently. I keep hand sanitizer handy.]

 

Children, Family, Individual, Mind, Society

Children, Family, Individual, Mind, Society

Those five words seem to comprise the theme that you will find explored below by a range of writers, artists, philosophers and psychology-oriented folk. 

Recently I’ve encountered two new web sites that seem refreshing, new, related (almost as if they are paired, or run by the same group of people). 

They are Zen Gardner and The MindUnleashed.

The first article in this listing offers important information I think everyone should have, learn and employ; I speak from experience.  The other articles are bundled here for your exploration and thought. 

I find them intriguing. Can millions of people be wrong about something?  

Read for yourself; make up your own mind. 

Respond there, or here, or to the universe, or in how you will change. 

[If, as Deepak Chopra says, your mind-body changes itself continually, then change seems unavoidable, but your genetic structure will simply build the new model to be just like the old model unless you instruct it differently. 

How do you instruct your DNA?]

 

Music video:

Father and Son

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXwR0JGUCFI (4:03)

 

#1)

“We as human beings have a very strong self-centered aspect (even if it may not be truly ‘real’) of our beings called the ego, and many problems arise when this aspect of the human experience goes uncontrolled. Manipulation has always been a favored tool of the ego in order to get what it wants.

This manipulation can come in either a physical form or it can be seen to work on the emotional level in order to break the psyche into meeting the manipulator’s desires. Properly identifying the ways in which people emotionally manipulate others can save us much suffering in the future when identified early enough…..”

 

More:

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/09/8-ways-spot-emotional-manipulation-free.html 

 

#2)

“… If eliminating the family is indeed an objective of the New World Order project, then it is by no means an easy objective to achieve. One would be hard-pressed to imagine an institution that would be more fiercely defended than the family, or to imagine a more painful experience than being separated from one’s children or parents. Any campaign to achieve that objective would need to fly under false colors, not advertised as a campaign to eliminate the family, but rather as a campaign aimed at protecting the rights and welfare of the child.”

http://www.zengardner.com/mind-control-orwell-huxley-todays-reality/ 

http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/images/assessment_triangle.png 

 

#3)

“… in the overlords’ view the children of the world must be made to conform to a system as limiting and spiritually confining as possible. This will include drugging, mind control, restrictive false education in militaristic institutions, treadmill like jobs, mindless diversions and constant propaganda.”

http://www.zengardner.com/truth-psyops-awakening/ 

 

 

Bonus Material!!

 

#4)

 

The Truth About Robin Williams

An hour-long video…. and read the comments too!

http://www.zengardner.com/truth-robin-williams-stefan-molyneux/ 

Very provocative and interesting, but a touch misogynistic?!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Molyneux 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergamy 

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hypergamy 

The Greatest Gift in the Universe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArKPZyfZUFs (13:34)

It seems to me that blaming “the woman” [mother, wife] for one’s own weaknesses or failures is the inability to take responsibility for one’s own life.

 

 

#5)

 

Music video:

Daughters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp2bw87Rz2g 

(5:08)

 

 

 

On the other hand:

http://www.thefemininegift.org/2013/07/being-feminine-in-masculine-world.html 

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#6) A similar web site to explore….    http://www.shift.is 

 

 

Music video:

Here in the dust

There’s not a trace of us

Everything is gone

But my heart is hanging on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwMsHwEBbgo&index=14&list=PLoGa3M7vHdvxabdt4uBt51e3W5Dt0tvsu 

(7:06)

Masters of Change

Music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m2HN2y0yV8 (8:33)

What follows are excerpts from

Masters of Change: how great leaders in every age thrived in turbulent times, by William M. Boast, PhD, with Benjamin Martin, Marocome Ltd., ISBN 0-9763198-0-2, 2nd edition, 2005.

[I first encountered Dr. Boast and these virtually identical ideas in a package of twelve audiocassettes given to me by a professional colleague in1982 being circulated among symposia planners as part of a search for a keynote speaker.]

“Learning about” is not the same as “learning.”… “Knowing about” is not the same as “knowing.” ….  Individuals can change to the degree they can abandon past formulas and promises, and constructively conquer ambiguity and complexity.” [Pages 2-3]

“What did you do brilliantly in the last week? Have you noticed that most people have forgotten it already?” [Page 8]

“We may well be approaching the coincidental end of several cycles. Certainly, the industrial age is giving way to the age of information and technology. Western civilization is coming to a climax.  Whether it be the end — the death, as German historian Oswald Spengler saw it — or a major change into something new and different remains to be seen. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has plowed under the history of the last seventy years and exposed the reality of ethic tension, border disputes and fragile economies. The world, once kept in balance by only two super-powers, is being overrun by a scramble of nations flexing their economic muscles, clamoring for position and power.” [Page 10]

“The verb of your job is everything. All of the things–your business cards, stationary, title, telephone, desk, company car and even your policies and procedures manual–are superfluous. The pertinent questions of a successful business or focused not on its nouns but on its verbs: “What are you producing?” “Whom are you serving?” “How well we you do it?” Now add to these questions the fact that the world in which you “do it” is also a verb in constant flux. With the verb of your job running counterpoint to the verb of the business world, you have begun an idea of how much action is expected of you.

If your job is a verb, and if the economy is a verb, then the question arises: “Where is it going?” You have only to read last year’s Wall Street Journal or last quarter’s Harvard Business Review to realize that no one really knows. No one has the vaguest idea. Not one psychic, not one economist, not one politician is able to predict the future of the economy. Financial portfolios are promoted based on the “divination” abilities of the broker or brokerage house, but the accuracy of many brokers is often worse than pure guess.” [Page 9]

“If you list all the great artists in the history of the Western world, almost half of them lived in northern Italy at the same time and knew each other. It boggles the mind. And here is another key to capitalizing on the opportunities of crisis rather than being trampled underfoot by his dangers: create a community of success by filling it with special people. Methodologies are secondary.

If you list all the great composers in the history of the Western world, over half of them lived in Vienna or were centered near it. If you list all the great theoretical scientists in the history of the human race, over 98% of them lived in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. Success flourishes in communities of success. Failure flourishes in communities of failure. One of the prime missions in a world of change is to maintain a community of excellence–and communities are people.

Never let a community of success slip into becoming a community of failure by letting mediocre people come into it or by letting the people in it slip into mediocrity.…

Not only do you need to safeguard against the perverse ability of communities of failure, but you also need to guard against developing a narrow range of answers. Biologists refer to creatures as having “spans of tolerance.” Highly specialized creatures have very narrow spans of tolerance, but highly generalized creatures have wide spans of tolerance. In conditions of eco-stability, highly specialized creatures flourish, but in conditions of eco-instability they become extinct. Only the highly generalized creatures, with their wide spans of tolerance, can make it through. They survived to go on to another time. Human beings can master both.” [Pages 16-17]

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“… You can successfully maneuver through the white water of change if your object is not to take the white out of the water, but to put a master in the kayak.” [Paraphrased][Page 20, and repeated thereafter]

“Common sense, combined with passion, makes a formidable [tool].” [page 20]

“Mastery begins in the ability to recognize what promises you bring to a situation and, in turn, what the situation is bringing to you.” [Page 23]

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“The ancient Greeks did not have a specific word for art and a different word for science. Recognizing the need for both art and science in any effective, intelligent and responsible act, they had the word “techne”, which meant “art-science.” The time has come to replace the mechanical mentality of today’s management theory and formula with the Greek concept of techne. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techne ]

Alfred North Whitehead, one of America’s great philosophers, gave a definition of education, but the definition also applies to succeeding in business, to making money and to living a full life. He said, “Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilization of knowledge.” Notice that he did not say that education was the acquisition of knowledge; he said it was the acquisition of the art of using knowledge. Tragically, we haven’t done that very much in American education.” [Pages 24-25]

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“When decisions are made on the basis of dogma and not on skillful processing of the information, the battle eventually will be lost. Dynamic shifts… necessitate dynamic strategies. Only those with prepared minds, who have learned to suspend closure, who can take the techne of their craft and critically investigate their premises, will succeed.” [Page 32]

“An organism, or a social unit of any kind, rises and falls, functions and dies between the poles of its basics and its dynamics. The basics are those elements that are predictable and stable. The dynamics are unpredictable and turbulent. Every human system, whether it is a nation, corporation, office, production line, home enterprise, family or individual, finds its stability and its challenges in the constant flux and flow between two poles: basics and dynamics. [Page 32; the entire chapter three goes on to discuss this in detail.]

“In times of rapid change, experience is your worst enemy.”

– J Paul Getty

 

“… We must also determine the elements or qualities of any endeavor or problem that are dynamic–that have high degrees of unpredictability, chaos, disorder, randomness and challenge. Then we locate generalists who are prepared to handle the dynamics and help them to bring new solutions and appropriate responses to bear on the continuous changes of the environment. When you’re willing to accept the generalist vision, interpretation and direction, you must immediately seek out every basic to back it up in action.” [Page 45]

“After 20 years of brainstorming, observers have concluded that creative ideas are never reached by a group, but they are only generated by individuals in groups. Companies, as they strive for greater teamwork, should not overlook the role of individuals within teams. Teams depend upon their individuals within them: a team of jerks does not work any better just because it is a team, but teams can be made worse because of the jerks who are assigned to them.[Page 45]

The characteristics of people who achieve in dynamic situations has been determined to some extent. In chapter 4 of “Masters of change” the beginnings of the list have been compiled to include:

Comfort in ambiguity.

Productive inconsistency.

Intuition and instinct.

Vision and values.

Emphasis on action.

Creativity.

The ability to seek solutions instead of blame.

Potential for growth.

Logic and other tools of the mind.

High-energy.

The effective use of models in learning. 

The author of the book suspects that the list is incomplete and may include as many as 1,000 characteristics and suggests that our job is to find the rest.

“One of the easiest ways to spot losers is that they panic when you move their philodendrons.” [Page 56]

“When the swamp is drying up and no one knows what is coming next, you cannot wait for all the facts. By the time you’ve processed all facts”, others have already acted on their hunches and laid claim to all of the available resources.” [Page 59]

The key to success is not in your ability to adjust to change; “it lies in your ability to anticipate change.” [Page 59]

“Quality must be in the people first. In areas where the dynamics dominate, it is the talent, genius and character of the individual that matter most. No amount of experience can compensate for the lack of talent, genius or character. You can, and certainly must, provide training for the basics, but you are totally dependent upon the qualities in the individuals when it comes to mastering the dynamics.” [Page 61]

“Great golfers on the world tour sink beautiful putts that we watch with envy. On the other hand, I can find a professor of anatomy who can explain the articulation of every joint and precisely how it works in relation to making your golf putt; I can get a professor of neurology who can explain the firing of all the nerves that such an action requires; I get a professor of psychology who can explain the behavioral conditioning of the professional golfer in perhaps 40 or 50 pages with footnotes. I can get a geologist who can, with great bibliographic appendices, give you the exact chemistry of the soil or  a horticulturist who can explain the particular species of the grass on the green or a physicist who could explain the lever action. But none of them can sink the putt–you are the one who must sink the putt. 

It helps us intellectually to understand the processes. Certain actions can be enhanced by knowing, but ultimately, the actions must be unconscious and spontaneous. They must come from a mastery within the person and not from a set of rules thumb-tacked to a bulletin board or from a textbook of business management.

….I suggest that you read Thomas C Martin’s book Malice in Blunderland. It is an excellent book to have in your lower desk drawer in the turbulent, chaotic and, often, frustrating world. The author makes a very clear point when he says, “leadership should begin to take its clues from Olympic track coaches and stop relying so much on committees. After all, the job is to find one person who jumps 7 1/2 feet high, not seven little people who each jumped 13 inches. [Paraphrased]” [page 65]

Tools of the mind

Your ability to deal with ambiguity, productive inconsistency, instinct, action, creativity, field independence and growth potential all depend on the effective, intelligent and responsible application of your best tool: your brain. Your capacity to collect and use meaningful information effectively is the single most important tool you have for doing all the things listed here as characteristics of successful people in times of upheaval. And yet, most people know less about their brain as a tool than they know about the office photocopier or the keyboard on their computer. They know more about their filing system that about their own intellectual ability to handle categories and logic.

Most people have never been trained to think formally and have never been given the practical experience of thinking informally. They use their mind, haphazardly at best, as though they had been born with “the instinct” to think.

Training in logic, so necessary to clear thinking, has been totally neglected in our leadership, management, sales and administration workshops. Training and logical thinking should go hand-in-hand with training in analogical thinking to cultivate the creative side. We seem to have a very low regard for the human mind, to leave its development to such happenstance.…[page 45]

The old textbooks used in school were written by professors who wrote their books based on knowledge they have acquired 10 to 15 years before they wrote the book. We must question our sources and their appropriateness. In a new world, we must become continuously transformed specialists, standing solidly upon the generalized knowledge that comes from a real education in its broadest sense–for thought of for context period” [pages 70-71]

On page 73, inside chapter 4 on the topic of the qualities within the mastery of change, is a section on “models of excellence” which, interestingly, directly parallels Eric Booth’s theme of the creation of a personal “Hall of Masters” found in his book The Everyday Work of Art.  “The first function of good leadership is good modeling–not just communication, but something deeper than that. The mere process of communication, without character, is ultimately meaningless if not destructive. As history shows, methodologies result only an incremental improvement, while in-depth models result in quantum changes within the human.” [Page 74]

“The universal role in the dynamics of change is: “There is no universal rule.” [Page 76]

[There is not one instance of Machiavelli succeeding in social, political or business ventures… ” [Page 77]

“Mastering mastery requires that you stretch far beyond what you have and what you are. Although we are continually told, “just be yourself,” that is not good enough for mastery. Instead, you must “surpass yourself”–you must master not only your craft but also your potentials; you must master not only your skills but also the proper use of the skills. You must become a supreme craftsman in the use of all of the tools available to you, whether they are tools of the hands, or the mind or of your character.

Leadership isn’t leadership unless it works in the context of mastery. The mastery of the best human achievement, productivity or creativity must be exemplified in the leader. The leader must become the perfect model of that mastery.

But mastery always requires more than just a skill. Mastery is not true mastery until becomes unconscious and spontaneous….. Such mastery always pulls us to the edge of risk…. Mastery grows and expresses itself through the challenges of a dynamic world.” [Page 80]

“… All attempts to persuade… must evidence the deep concern of the speaker for effective, intelligent and responsible action.”  [Page 80]

“In anything you do, you must also be responsible, for when you are effective, intelligent and responsible, your effectiveness is reinforced beyond measure.” [Page 81]

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The collective (teamwork, corporate culture, the organization, told total loyalty, etc.), in its decay, becomes dehumanized, rigid, rule-driven, bureaucratic and even tyrannical. The individualized, in its decay, becomes isolated, narcissistic and fragmentary. [Page 113]

[The book “Masters of change”] focuses on changes in people–the individual problems each person faces in change and the changes that must take place in each individual. Ultimately, no organization–company, state, school or home–and can keep up with change unless it is prepared within. “[Page 113]

“We must shape the world in which men and women, individually and collectively, can do their best in reaching their full potentials….”  [page 124]

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“The alternative to the secular and the positivist is the spiritual and the creative. At the heart of all religions–Judaism in the Torah, Christianity in the New Testament, Islam in the Koran, Hinduism in the Bhagavad-Gita and others–lies a deep focus on the human being and what is human. Love and compassion, model and mentor, genius and beauty, will and power are all words system from within the human being. Though religion may often manifest itself negatively, it is uniquely human. I am not advocating secular humanism. Secular humanism is simply not big enough to face the challenges that I’ve been talking about.

Sacred humanism (as described by Socrates, Cosimo di Medici (the elder), Pico della Mirandola, Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas Moore, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King, Jr.) in some form or another becomes more important than ever before. When I speak of sacred humanism, I do not see “sacred” as synonymous with “Sunday school” or with the fundamentalism of any religion in the world. If we are wise and not merely arrogant, we can see that our individual potential is shared with the collective potential of all humankind and comes from a deeper source than some merely mechanical or behavioral brain…..  The great advantage of sacred humanism is its faith in human potential and spiritual grace.” [page 127]

“What [we] must ensure is meritocracy, much as Jefferson sought. It was at the heart of the founding of the United States [when] Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to John Adams just before his death in 1826 in which he made clear that the United States should not be run by the common man but by the aristoi. This aristocracy should not be based on wealth or birth, he espoused, but on merit and ability, or better yet, on ethos and genius.  [page 118 and page 156]

Source: http://linked2leadership.com/2010/06/09/leader-in-turbulent-times/ 

 

… Corporate fascism and corporate communism (as absurd as that sounds) may emerge because of a failure of truly humanist leadership.

I can assure you that without the responsibility and the people, the Corporation will become fascist and will not survive. Although nothing survives forever, the pattern of history demonstrates that things which are greatly made survive for longer periods of time and for the good of more people.

You must anticipate the challenges of the wilderness. Many will be frightened by it. Many will seek protection against the anarchy and at any cost. There is no room here for victims. There is no room here for narcissism. There is no room here for stupidity or ignorance. Creative growth and development must dominate our very action and that growth must be spiritual as well as intellectual and aesthetic.… [ from The Conclusion, on page 157]