*Watch this 2-minute video to get a feel for what Ken Wilber’s Superhuman Operating System Training is all about
As many of you know I had the HONOR to moderate the groundbreaking Superhuman OS training with the only and only Ken Wilber.
I created the video above because our team has been overwhelmed with joy at the hundreds of letters we continue to receive explaining the incredible impact this course is having on the 1,400 students (located in 81 countries) who said YES to their greatness.
The next iteration of the Superhuman OS training begins on November 11, 2014. I invite you to take a close look at Ken’s training page which describes the course in great detail.
Sending you all thoughts of love and joy and success….and speak to you soon,
I am writing to share with you one of the most powerful personal improvement tools that I know about, and a technology I wholeheartedly believe can help the tipping point (worldwide) come about more rapidly.
I am referring to bi-naural beat audio technology, and specifically the Holosync program from Centerpointe Research. If you have never heard of ‘bi-naural beats’ or Holosync technology than WOW do I have a wonderful treat for you 😉
If you have run across Holosync before, and either used the technology or not, I encourage you to hear me out. You see, this program has been highly impactful in my own life and has helped me generate several personal tipping points along the way.
As I have shared before, I first had the idea to create this Tipping website many years ago while meditating in my little apartment on Bleecker Street in New York City.
While the craziness of the city swirled below me I used to sit up in my little cave listening to bi-naural beats and self-reflecting about what my true purpose on this planet might be. I found many answers to the most pressing questions I was facing, and I know bi-naural beats played a significant role.
So how does this ‘technology’ work? Its actually quite simple, and while the experience of listening to Holosync is no more than chilling to some relaxing music, the tracks are purposeful in guiding brainwave activity into more relaxed states. Over time, this technology entrains the brain to become calmer, focused, and more alert.
I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of how the technology works (there is 50+ years of scientific research backing the benefits of these types of products), but I can tell you this technology has been life-transforming for me and I highly recommend you visit this page, read more, and give it a try!
To me, if every person on the planet took 20 minutes a day to drop into a place of coherence, things on a global scale would shift dramatically. These technologies are here to help….
To Tipping and Spring,
P.S. I want to let you know that I do NOT garner affiliate commissions for any transactions this email generates. I really believe in this, and it’s why I interviewed Bill Harris in the Tipping series.
Spiritual teacher Terry Patten was on fire during our tipping interview! He spoke passionately about the crises facing humanity and Planet Earth, offering beautiful hope through the power of the individual mind, individual heart, and the collective consciousness that is becoming more awake.
Terry has been an activist and spiritual teacher for most of his life, and I really enjoyed his use of the word of ‘Heroism’ in our talk. We all need to be heroes right now, stepping away from own fear, freeing ourselves from limiting shadow activity, and manifesting authentic action so that we can ‘tip this thing’ from the inside out.
I hope this talk fires you up as it did me, and I encourage you to spread it far and wide. For more on Terry’s work, please visit Integral Spiritual Practice today.
Thanks and here’s to tipping becoming quite real…!
No analogy represents what is happening to human beings and Planet Earth quite as magically as the story of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Watch this 2-minute video of Dr. Bruce Lipton describing how this is so:
It really is the responsibility of the ‘Imaginal Cells’ (me and you) to step up, take responsibility, and create a new world where war, starvation, torture and all these horrible things are no longer a part of reality.
We need to band together more than ever before, collaborate in our work, share in ideas, and hold a positive attitude together towards the hope of a brighter future for all human beings.
We feel like it is so hard, and that we have no shot at actually making this great shift happen. But we need to lose the desperate mindset. We need to get out of scarcity and fear, and fill our bodies and minds with bright light and become so fearless in our work that we literally go out and set the world on fire.
I hope you enjoy the video…and lets TIP this thing!
One of the most intriguing realizations I have come to from the broad range of conversations in the tipping series is this: While there doesseem to be an element of universality in the impulse to ‘change the world for the better’, agreement eludes even the most enlightened thinkers on how to actually make the great shift.
Through these interviews I have found two general types of people passionate about global transformation: activists and spiritualists. While certainly not the only categories of change-makers around, these two ideologies stand out as containing critical pieces of code for how to make sustainable change on the planet. And unfortunately, they are often at odds with one other.
This has always bothered me, and today I am sharing two videos that typify each of these worldviews. My hope is to shine a bright light on the disparity between activists and spiritualists because if we are going to really tip this thing, and put an end to things like social injustice, planetary destruction, and war then integration between these powerful worldviews is necessary.
Activism: We Must Go Forth And Eradicate All Evil
The first video has swept the world garnering almost 80 million YouTube views in its first week. Wow. Titled “Kony: 2012” this 30 minute film intends to light a fire within us to capture and imprison Uganda’s most feared terrorist: Joseph Kony:
You can really feel the energy in the Kony: 2012 video, no? The message hits our emotions, tugging at our heartstrings with the filmmaker’s personal story of his Ugandan friend and the sharing of his own son to frame out the message.
The second video is a 20-minute clip created by someone named Lee Harris, which frames out a deeper, more spiritual understanding of our current moment in time. This video delves into the actual experiences so many millions of us are having, providing a more spiritual and uplifting lens to comprehend the chaotic nature of present-day reality:
After watching these two videos, do you see a common thread in terms of intention (the world needs some serious changing) but vast differences in terms of approach and action plan?
The activist message seems to say ‘let’s go out and fight injustice, overcome it with sheer numbers and force’ while the spiritual message recommends us to fully surrender to what exists in the present moment, and ‘work on ourselves, feel our emotions, get our bodies in great shape, and generate compassion for everything around us’.
Activists feel the urgent need to go out and set the world on fire. They have great energy and creativity, shining clear beams of light on the problems in the world while inviting us into their particular causes for social change.
Spiritualists sense that in order for things in the outside world to fundamentally shift a critical mass of individuals need to make the necessary changes within themselves. Simply going out and setting the world on fire won’t work unless enough people have looked inside themselves and lit those fires internally.
But which approach is right, and what is the fastest, least messy way to create a world where war, starvation, and genocide are ancient history?
Like the question itself there may be no linear answer, and perhaps the very process of contemplation and inquiry is what pushes us forward into new and unforeseen areas of resolution.
The key is to find a middle ground between the two (and not only between spiritualists and activists, but between all such dichotomies), because while no single approach is exclusively ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ we will all be better served to understand how each piece is relevant.
Where Activism Fails and Why Kony: 2012 Can Never Work
I spoke with a good friend who is a psychotherapist in San Francisco. While being sympathetic to the plight of the 30,000 children and horrific acts of cruelty happening in Uganda, she told me that atrocities just like this are happening right here in San Francisco, and all over the United States, every single moment of the day.
I wondered about the massive viewership of the Kony video. 80 million people were inspired to pass along and share this message about events in Uganda, an area of the world they will never visit, while similar atrocities exist each and every day in our own backyards with little-to-no notoriety.
Like many activist projects this film aims to create a ‘movement’ to stop Joseph Kony, compelling us to join a fight that in some way represents our own values. While I completely agree that people like Joseph Kony need to have a bright light shined on them, I also see powerful activist messages like these as distractions. Yes, distractions.
While there is war in Uganda, there is also war in San Francisco and in every town in the western world. If we are brave enough to take an even closer look we realize that many of us are at war with our families, at war with our friends and lovers, and most of all at war with ourselves.
The blatant truth is that most people on the planet do not want to deal with their own pain and suffering, and we relieve ourselves by transmuting personal anxieties into other areas. We have become a culture of transference, never taking accountability for how our individual lives play a role in the greater realities surrounding us.
As time moves forward, and the systems of the world become more complex and technologies become even more composited into our daily lives it becomes easier to feel that we have NO control, no input, regarding the happenings of the world around us. We are spiraling out of control….
While necessary and relevant as activism is (I will explain below), powerful movement builders like Kony: 2012 distract us from actually having to play a personal role in moving humanity closer to a genuine transformation.
Let me give an example to make this point clearer. I recently went to a conference focused on environmental sustainability, and was blessed to meet many of the long-time leaders of this activist movement. Some of these folks are quite well known authors and speakers, and I was enmeshed in a powerful protester energy swirling about the room.
One of the leaders spoke about the incredible progress the movement for ‘saving the environment’ has made over the decades, and about two sentences later explained that in 2012 there will be twice the amount of drilling into the planet for oil than in 2011. What?
The message is this: while wonderful, powerful activism has persisted in environmental issues for the last 40 years it has resulted in a present-day reality where the greatest destruction of all time is happening as we speak. I ask you, where is the progress in that??
What will happen if the 80 million views of the Kony movement lead to his capture and arrest as the filmmaker visualizes? There will be some nice press, people around the world will feel ‘good’ about results of this movement, but this will be a temporary phenomenon and hardly the eradication of evil intentions on this planet.
We NEED wake up and stop fooling ourselves. We so willingly transfer our attention to tiny snippets of external reality, like Uganda, affording us the ability to send a few emails, maybe throw in a few dollars, and remain relatively impersonal about the whole thing even though to the outside world we have ‘done some good’.
There is nothing wrong with activism and caring about people in this world, and wanting to support children in Uganda. But we must stop being exclusively attached to the notion that this type of moral support is solely how we change the world!
It’s Not Solely About Spirituality Either
I am not erring solely on the side of the ‘spiritualists’ either. No, we are at the point in our evolution where we clearly see that everything plays a significant role.
Activist energy is incredibly powerful and creative, providing us vivid lightning rods of awareness about things like injustice, generating new lenses of perception about how to deal with it.
Activists stir the pot, and wake us up in a meaningful way. We desperately need this type of tension in our field, and our only mistake is to exclusively identify with activist activity being the only manner in which to build a new world.
A similar mistake is to wholly believe that spiritual pursuits are enough to shake us out of the nightmares of external reality. If every person on the planet suddenly decided to climb up to some mountaintop and sit for 20 years in silence, many of the world’s problems might cease to exist but where would the fun and excitement be in that? Would 7 billion people be happy and fulfilled doing this?
No, we are a diverse and exhilarating species of beings and we need to recognize that ALL of it matters, and all of us matter.
A More Unified Song For Real Change
While we certainly need to integrate all of the energies flowing through the human field (activism and spirituality being two examples) we also need to recognize that the pendulum is currently swinging quite strongly in one direction.
Not enough people are doing the internal work, and the majority of people on the planet continue to distract themselves from, well, themselves. This is why the world remains in a state of chaos, as most people are terrified to stop for a moment and look in the mirror.
We seek deflection, numbing and rationalization to take us away from internal pain. We don’t yet understand that behind this pain lies liberation. True liberation.
In a way it’s understandable because ‘the work’ is challenging, requiring us to stop and examine our thoughts, emotions and behaviors in a world that relentlessly pushes us forward, challenging us to survive let alone thrive.
But we have to remember. There is a reason the teachings of the Buddha, Jesus Chris, Mohammed, Lao Tzu and all the other great wisdom luminaries remain timeless and virtually untouched for millennium. The question becomes how do we relate these deeper spiritual truths, wisdom that has been floating through our existence since the beginning of time, and enmesh this knowledge into powerful activist energy so that transcending changes might really take hold?
The Seeds of a Real Tipping Point
In my view the answers lie in finding the middle ground, and because so much of our reality is currently about searching to the outside for answers, a vast majority of us must intentionally toggle the boat inwards and focus on perhaps the only noble pursuit there is in this life: to understand who we are. To understand whom YOU are.
And while we can gain understanding about who we are through books, conversation, coaching and community, the bulk of the work needs to be done by the individual. Meaning you. Meaning me.
No more beating around the bush, it is time we mature as a species and do the work at the individual level in order to transcend the nature of our collective output. This is our task right now, and the only way to get the pendulum moving in the other direction.
For many people this may mean taking on more of a spiritual path, becoming more self-reflective and engaging in personal growth work. And we don’t need to look at this as some boring chore. On the contrary we should engage in this process with joy knowing that at the center of such inquiries lies joy, abundance and love.
We all want this, and we all have this. We simply need to make a tangible commitment to start looking.
We change ourselves to change the world. It is the only way. No more deflection, rationalization, externalization or numbing. The time has come for us to own our own humanity.
The exciting thing is this: it is already happening! More people than ever before understand the truths I am writing about here (which, by the way, is nothing new). But we need to keep pushing the edge, spreading the knowledge, forcing ourselves to step into the fire and risk looking ‘weird’ or ‘strange’ by those around us. The truth is, they are also starting to wake up and we might be quite surprised what happens as we start becoming truly honest with each other.
After conducing all these interviews it is clear to me that this website represents a calling for a tipping point to come about in this very area. I am not suggesting we need to turn our backs to normal pursuits like working, making money, raising a family or even being an activist, but we each need to take a stand for our own lives, and plow into the mystery of our minds to expose the roots of anger, hatred, sadness and war that reside within us.
This is the path to our own liberation, and the liberation of all beings on this planet. So we might as well say yes to it.
The Dalai Lama famously said the world is going to be saved by the western woman.
My guest today on the tipping point is a western woman, and someone who is certainly doing her part to make positive change on the Planet.
Claire Zammit is a teacher, author and entrepreneur who focuses almost all of her time and boundless energy working with women helping to unleash much needed feminine power into our world.
I was so happy when Claire agreed to this interview, as I personally feel a huge part to the tipping point coming to fruition has to do with balancing the masculine and feminine energies that charge our reality.
Claire is a perfect person to be speaking with about this, as she runs a well-known online course called Feminine Power (with teaching partner Katherine Woodward Thomas) that has healed, inspired and uplifted tens of thousands of women from all across the planet!
As you listen to our interview, you will hear the wisdom coming from Claire is not solely useful for women. She speaks of the need for a critical mass of people to take on the work of ‘inner development’ and beautifully explains why understanding the myriad frames of reference that exist across human culture are so critical when talking about something like manifesting a Worldwide Tipping Point!
I know there has been a calling for more female voices in this interview series, and I hope you see that Claire’s counts for about 10. Please listen and share with your friends…
Nick Ortner is a fantastic example of a young man with unlimited potential who took the path of service in his professional career.
Well known for his documentary film The Tapping Solution and the annual World Tapping Summit his team produces, Nick is one of the leading voices for a particular type of healing modality called ‘Tapping’ which is part of a larger family of modalities called Emotional Freedom Techniques (or EFT’s).
What I love most about Nick is not only his passion to help people heal, but also his creative and entrepreneurial energy to generate sustainable business models for meaningful work (like his Tapping brand).
As many of you know I have been working and consulting with leaders and organizations in the personal growth/social change space for many years, and when I see a young guy like Nick come along and build a multi-million dollar a year business which solely focuses on helping people, I say we need to pay attention!
How many unbelievable authors, artists, speakers and healers do you know who have important messages to share with the world but remain stuck in isolation because they have no idea how to market themselves and build a sustainable business model around their work?
They number in the millions, and as you listen to my interview with Nick think of the wisdom he brings in this realm. The bottom line: We can ALL live a life of service and it’s also possible to thrive while doing so!
At the end of our chat, Nick even goes so far to imagine someone becoming the first billionaire in this space, and how incredibly meaningful that might be.
In so many ways, Nick represents the Tipping Point and I encourage you to send this message far and wide…as I hope it motivates you not only to live a life of service, but also create a solid business model that allows you and your colleagues to thrive!
In it’s purest form music holds the capacity to bind human beings together, and the timeless power of an authentic musical experience is transcendent by nature. There wouldn’t be much of a tipping point discussion without a deep exploration into what is possible for planetary change through the vehicle of music!
One of the questions I found myself asking during the development of the tipping series was this: Are there certain genres of music, or even new ones, which meet the demands of the tipping point phenomena?
This is why I am so thrilled and honored to have Gary Malkin on the Tipping Point. Gary is someone who has spent his entire life and professional career in the musical arts. A gifted composer and musician (and someone who has actually been able to create a successful career in music), Gary’s personal journey provides some interesting clues regarding my inquiry.
Gary holds music as a vehicle which enables people to ‘drop into states’ they may not otherwise be able to enter during their busy, every day lives. His initial foray outside the mainstream realm of musical production is an ageless work of art called Graceful Passages, a healing CD series aimed to help people cope with death.
Gary’s work is not ordinary. He employs a unique format combining traditional music with spoken word. It’s actually a bit hard to describe (and much better to experience) but I can tell you Graceful was so successful that Gary went on to create an organization called Wisdom of the World, which uses this format and helps people drop into ‘states’.
The uniqueness of these types of products might very well be an entirely new genre of music and listening experience…and as a user of these products I can tell you that if we got a critical mass of people listening (say, 10% as Ken Wilber might suggest) the tipping point would almost definitely come about a lot faster.
So please listen to this interview, share it, and definitely take a look at Wisdom of the World:
I highly encourage you to listen to this Tipping interview, because John Mackey is someone who has LIVED tipping points. Starting Whole Foods in his garage 32 years ago, John has been an active player in generating major paradigm shifts in how we view nutrition, food and the planet!
I am constantly asked why I choose people who are ‘famous’ or somewhat well-known to be in the tipping series. First off, that is not entirely true.
Second, the reason why it is mainly true is that people like John Mackey have embodied this global awakening for a long time, and have a body of work to show for it. And to me there is a ton of value when there is a body of work…because it gives us all something to learn from!
As for John’s interview, it was truly enlightening and an honor to interview him. As many of you know John is a big believer in capitalism and business. His ideas are fascinating because they seem to tease into the next wrung of development within capitalism, and he is quite well known for terming ‘Conscious Capitalism’ as the embodiment of this work.
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He generously shared his latest beliefs regarding Conscious Capitalism, which entail 4 primary tenants:
1) Business has the potential to have a higher purpose beyond maximizing profits
2) Business should be managed on behalf on all the major stakeholders (who are all interdependent on one another)
3) Any type of leader has to have not only business intelligence but also emotional and spiritual intelligence…someone who is not only trying to maximize his/her own well being
4) Culture: you have to design the culture of the conscious business around purpose, the stakeholder principle and creating conscious leaders
John also made it crystal clear that he thinks business, in general terms, is inherently GOOD. He defends capitalism with many statistics on how the world’s conditions, the the living conditions of the people living here, have improved because of capitalism’s forward push!
Yes, he recognizes that business needs to evolve. I push him on this point as I ask him specifically about the oil and pharmaceutical industries…I mean, it is hard to see anything but the greed and the need for profit in these industries, and I ask him how he sees the ‘good in business’ within these sectors….and his answers are fascinating!!
In the end, I also ask John about his own personal growth and spiritual journey….which he recognizes as an integral part of the conscious capitalism mentality.
He even admits that it was his own personal growth breakthroughs that enabled Whole Foods to get out of some bad places…when he got unstuck, Whole Foods got unstuck. “You can’t have a conscious business if you don’t have conscious people”.
In all, John is a terribly interesting guy who has had a MAJOR impact on the Planet. Check out this interview and definitely share it along…..
Tami Simon doesn’t necessarily believe in the Tipping Point. While being intrigued by increasing phenomena and heightened interest in transformation…she is not ‘sold’ on the linear idea of a tipping point manifesting in the world as being framed out on this website.
Funnily enough, Tami was a bit apologetic when explaining she is not a ‘full believer’ in the tipping phenomenon! I quelled her right away, and told her that not everyone needs to believe in order to provide tremendous value to the audience on here 🙂
And Tami’s presence and voice have tremendous value…and I highly encourage you to give this audio a listen and share with everyone you know who has a spiritual side.
As a leader in the transformative space (Tami founded and runs Sounds True, one of the largest publishers of personal growth content on the planet for the past 25 years), she is VERY aware of the increasing desire of people in the world to change, open their hearts, and explore a more spiritual way of being.
What I love most about Tami is how grounded she is in her life’s purpose and what she is here to do. My favorite part of this interview was when she shared a personal story about a spiritual encounter she had in her 20’s where she was transported back in time and experienced her own birth (through a process called Holotropic breathwork).
What Tami saw was quite profound and will give you some valuable insight on how someone who has been on a ‘spiritual path’ for most of her life has also been able to succeed in the world of business and money.
For those of you who resonate with Tami’s life mission, I highly encourage you to listen to this interview as you may acquire valuable insight on how you can manifest your life’s work while playing within the systems that currently exist on the Planet….!
Tami Simon has a unique transmission and gift on this Planet and I am honored to have interviewed her. In fact, I will tell you that this was one of my favorite 3 interviews I did…so give a listen right away!!
PS: please make sure to visit Sounds True straight away! They have thousands of books, audios, videos that are at the cutting edge of transformational experience. Enjoy!
*The Tipping Point intro was created by Emmy award-winning composer/producer Gary Malkin, founder of Wisdom of the World – media for a meaningful life. Please click here to see more of Gary’s work.