jamie wheal

jamie wheal

intro’d to Jamie via Steven (via Thomas)

Altered States to Altered Traits – Speaks at TEDx Black Rock City

Filmed in August of 2012 at Burning Man, this video is about hacking the flow state to accelerate human development.

flow 3 big ideas

part 1: flow is accessible to all of us.. it’s hackable..

part 2: we can hack it

move brain waves into alpha and theta..

7 min – loss of self-awareness – transient (around for a little while) hypo (not a lot of ) frontality (complex neocordical hardware).. shutting off a bunch of programs on our browser – central processor runs smoother.. richer/cleaner info processing.. 

how can we use our complex waking self to get rid of our complex waking self…

9 min – 10,000 hrs is a fiction/crap – look at the casualties of the people who make that trade off – the bulimic ballerinas..

part 3:  flow could get us to abundance 

learn to learn faster – flow helps us do that… here’s how: stanford marshmallow experiment.. neither the ant or the grasshopper really works.. if i go w/instant gratification – i’m never around to build something lasting.. if i’m never in the present.. all i’ve acquired is for not.

flow states are auto tellic – 

howard thurman quote come alive



when these triggers are engaged.. wandering mind is not possible.

four stages of flow


35 min – slide from Steven’s talk


imagine 7 bill people in flow… everyday…

a people experiment


flow genome project – via Steven and Jamie et al:

flow genome project


The Flow State: Flow states, peak experiences, in the zone, runner’s high, being unconscious—the lingo is endless. The experience though lives up to the hype. Time slows down, self vanishes, there’s a complete merger between action and awareness— it almost sounds like nonsense, but fifty years of serious research says otherwise. Flow states are now known to optimize performance, enhance creativity, drive innovation, , accelerate learning, amplify memory and underpin happiness itself.

The Problem: The people who want to study Flow states aren’t that good at having them; the people who are really good at having Flow states aren’t all that interested in studying them. As a result, researchers are balkanized, their work occasionally marginalized. There are no coordinated scientific efforts, little cross-pollination of ideas and—as a result—no real roadmap towards discovery and application.

or perhaps..

that’s incredible – and i can’t not..


 mihaly ness – ni ness..

surfer’s healing

disney/affinity therapy

cure violence

dis order


58 min video – march 2020 – Collective Sensemaking in an Age of Existential Risk, Jamie Wheal

Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens) tweeted at 0:59 PM on Fri, Mar 20, 2020:
I very strongly recommend this video on psycho-spiritual and progressive/integral ‘prepping’ for the difficult transition time that is unfolding, it takes 2-3 minutes before the ‘ride’ starts working, but very worthwhile in my opinion,
(jamie wheal)

4 min – bm fuller quote: quite clearly our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to ed itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction

Metaphysical. Derived from the Greek meta ta physika (“after the things of nature”); referring to an idea, doctrine, or posited reality outside of human sense perception. In modern philosophical terminology, metaphysics refers to the studies of what cannot be reached through objective studies of material reality.

let’s try daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city

could have 8b listening deep enough to get us back/to an undisturbed ecosystem

it’s not about ed ing self.. it’s about listening.. to what is already there (ie: in each one of us)

so this is not to say new age escapism.. but in a shared project here

5 min – 1\ things are likely to de stabilize before the re concur.. important when thinking about solutions.. can’t be fragile solutions..

6 min – teotwawki; end of world as we know it; yoyo: on your own; wtshtf: when shit hits fan; wwgowga: where we go one we go all – via qnon .. these are the acronyms on the message board..  dooms day preppers et al

consensus ness

10 min – books that can be helpful on skillful means on building consensus: bill mckibben’s falter; jared diamond collapse, upheaval, guns; lewis dartnell the knowledge.. how ot rebuild civilization in aftermath of a cataclysm – establish antifragile systems (working toward mars).. what do you need if drop 1/3 of population et al – would make most amazing science curriculum for kids.. what resilient communities might look like;

dang.. so far.. sounds dreadful/cancerous.. ie: seeking antifragility within a science curriculum

dang guys

13 min – neil strauss’ emergency – post 9 11 insight.. to become antifragile himself.. permaculture et al..

15 min – 2\ magical thinking of any stripe won’t save us.. that’s really important.. rapture inflection point.. just need to get to other side.. just get to skip the bad somehow.. whether it’s from everyone getting to cleans their hearts.. et al.. the answer is .. probably now


classic is stephen pinker.. things are getting better.. that is the promise of the enlightenment.. the trick is there have been massive externalities and the tragedy of the commons.. the whole.. hans/stephen will be coming to save us

tragedy ness..

so unscientific (to use your verbiage).. mixing in non legit (tragedy) data with pinker/hans (savior) .. so that tragedy appears scientifically/sophisticatedly legit

3\ techno utopianism – car saved us we’ll fix this too.. need to study our history.. history does repeat

is that not the problem..? why do we want to repeat?

my north star at this point – wendell berry – icon of land/human based movement.. ie: mad farmers manifesto – unplug yourself.. be joyful though you have considered all the facts

23 min – don’t give a damn about happy thoughts on this side.. but i’d give my life for joy on other side of facing facts

25 min – we might do everything we can and not all of us are going to make it.. 8b.. twice as many as when we grew up.. just think about psychic impact.. 3000 people in world trade center.. less than million refugees from syria have crashed european union and united kingdom.. us project 100 million in next years.. this is our world.. how do we stay open to that w/o collapsing..  that sounds selfish.. but this is substantial

27 min – now for the galvanized happy.. i’m constitutionally unable to spout platitudes.. tim ferriss suggested ted talk – sam berns – 30 m views.. lived full on w no regret.. rippled the world w his testament to being alive.. that power is what alignment of self/action w truth.. soul force (mlk).. w love in hearts not hate.. we are brothers and sisters



30 min – dead poets society.. oh captain my captain.. knowing they’ll have hell to pay; thelma and louise; titanic – string quartet – seek refuge in the thing we were sent to do.. make art.. they played.. nearer my god to thee;.. the immortality of these moments..

35 min – what’s possible if we can initiate ourselves in joy and love.. meditate on the 1000 ways you can die.. so that when it comes time to take stand on field.. you do not flinch.. that’s not the death wish.. knowing what my life is for massively increases possibility of getting out in a good way

lakota elder (my advisor in grad school) told story of lakota warriors.. it meant either i’m the last man standing.. or today’s a good day to die.. that stance we all need to make.. for each other

war analogies.. red flag

37 min – so what’s possible w these metaphors.. we don’t need to stumble blindly into the future.. we have all these ie’s.. we’ve been feeling the ripples

of whales in sea world..

we can’t keep doing part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake  – just because heroes in history did.. there is a nother way

38 min – things to do..

1\ prioritization – owning our full power is terrorizing

gupta roadblock law

45 min – when we actually do both head and heart together..

sounds like some of the (key) things you were dissing in the beginning.. ie: fittingness

46 min – 2\ move beyond binaries.. defaulting back to norm.. too soon to go all in on anything now.. do 20% of things you could do now to save 80% of things you care about next

wow. in midst of pandemic?.. that sounds like way back when google 20% started.. time to go all in man

we’re stil in our gardens.. still blessed..

ok.. makes sense with your 20% now

do you have .. lists tons of essentials (one being a water filter).. then you can face anything.. if not.. go way down maslow.. speaking to the leaders


52 min – for us.. critical to look into solar power.. having a well.. wilderness med training.. et al.. so that we (the ones who know what to do) don’t go down (with the ship).. can’t help if

sounds like we need a solution not dependent on ‘leaders/experts’

take the steps that empower us and take us out of condition of ie: consumers.. then we’re the ones able to still be standing/functional as leaders


family.. 150 .. first.. then if extra.. to others  (one ie’s was taking kids on yacht)

56 min – grief.. weep don’t wimper.. get rid of distractions.. grieve the real stuff.. get it out and get back up..

eb white quote: each morning wake up wondering if i should save or savor (enjoy completely) the world.. then realize.. if i didn’t savor this world.. there would be nothing left worth saving..


douglas & jamie on team human