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  1. I have been interested in people and psychology for a long time and the questions (almost always) at the forefront of my mind are: Why are individuals the way they are? How does culture evolve? How are the patterns of personality interconnected? Why does this individual see/think/feel/act the way they do? What is the program in their head and what role does that make them suitable for in the culture? In the past, I have tried to psychoanalyze Leo and kept a journal on Understanding People and am halfway through writing a book on Self-Actualization for INFJ types. My Domain of Mastery is: (Personality Psychology) x (Personal Development) I have been studying multiple models of personality (Horizontal models): MBTI, Enneagram, Big 5, etc. and developmental models (Vertical): Spiral Dynamics, Ego Development Theory, etc. for my own curiosity and am fairly adept at using them. Having spent a lot of time understanding my own patterns and working to transcend them. I am passionate about: Helping people identify their own patterns and use them for maximum leverage in the business world; and Helping people identify their own patterns and transcend them One of these could as well be my impact statement. In the coming decades, I plan to pursue Enlightenment full time and I want my LP to be a stepping stone and not a hindrance to that. Here are my dilemmas: - I am afraid that diving deep into Personality Psychology would reinforce my own compulsive patterns in sneaky ways (Ex: "basically all INFJs are like that, so there is no way I can do it any other way) and limit my spiritual growth. - Most of the material that I produce, at least in the beginning, will be stolen and recombined to serve a new purpose - and not 'original' insights. That feels wrong. I am also concerned about finding my purple cow and find the market fit. But I am sure I can figure it out once I commit. Seeking feedback.
  2. Ever since I was a kid, the overarching theme of my life has been to understand 'Why people are the way they are?' and 'What is the peak of Human Development?' Apart from being a peoplewatcher all my life, I quenched my curiosity with books on Astrology, Jung, self-help, biographies of great men and from the past few years, Personality types systems (Jungian model, Freudian model, Myers Briggs, Objective Personality System, Enneagram, Big 5) and Developmental models (Self-Actualization, Spiral Dynamics, Piaget, Hero's journey, etc.) It is clear to me that while each individual has a unique genius, strengths, challenges, and blindspots; there are identifiable patterns to one's journey and the awareness of those patterns alone could rapidly accelerate one's growth in all domains of life. I have decided to dedicate a good part of my life identifying and drawing those patterns, or 'Archetypal paths of Growth', and offer them to the public in an accessible, implementable format. My job is that of a Cartographer. I explore the terrain, evaluate where the landmines and the oases are, and design custom maps - so that everyone who takes the journey spends less time walking in circles (or getting blown up) and more time climbing. This journal is a scrapbook for quotes, bad diagrams, half-baked wisdom and insights, and interesting tidbits I find on the internet.
  3. Integration This word has been at the top of my list since the first day I did my values assessment (about 2 years back). In the previous months, I replaced the word Integration with Love, so my highest value became Wholeness / Love / Responsibility. This While Love has a very close meaning to Integration.. Love leads to the dissolution of all boundaries and its effects are immediate. Integration means breaking down a lower-level holon into parts, and those parts reassemble to form a higher-level holon. In this way, I seek my life to be a continuous retooling of the sense of 'me' - breaking down and reassembling in a higher-order - until it's infinite. Two days back, I found Daniel Ingram's (Author of the book The Core Teachings of the Buddha) website with the title Integrated Daniel. I intuit that there is more to the word Integration that I can't quite crack. ... From a previous post: What is the difference between Integration and Integrity? Is this what Jung referred to as Individuation? Is Integration going to be a lifelong journey of deaths and revival? Is it worth the pursuit? How do I even pursue it? ... When All is Integrated, all dualities collapse into the Here-now. No past, no future. Just an intense NOW.
  4. On point. That's something I am coming to realise as well. The more I understand personality, the more I get free from it. Thanks for the kind advice. What's your MBTI / Enneagram? (You sound like an evolved Intuitive Feeler)
  5. Update: While Personality Psychology remains a crucial tool in my toolkit as a coach, I have started seriously studying Creativity as a subject onto itself, and the works and lives of artists. I have also started working specifically with Artists and Creatives. I find that Artists have the psychological and spiritual depth that I can and want to explore. I am attracted to artists who are finding effective ways to point towards the Divine. If the purpose of a piece of art is to communicate the state of mind/consciousness of the artist to the attentive viewer, the best artists are those who have both the spiritual insight and the technical skills to take the viewer on a journey. For the sake of understanding, one way of broadly categorizing different art and artists is (by no means exhaustive): Medium Visual (Eyes) 2D Painting - digital / canvas Photography 3D Sculpture Exhibition Design Architecture VR ... Auditory (Ears) Music Sound effects Singing ... Words Speaking Ex: Leo Writing Writing lyrics Movement Dance ... Level of Consciousness / Spiral Dynamics / Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs / Chakra "What chakra is this work an expression of?" What needs does this piece of art symbolize? Most creatives work across multiple mediums and evolve up Level of Consciousness as their work progresses. Currently on my reading list are: The Mission of Art (Alex Grey) The Artist's Way (Julia Cameron) Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Mason Currey) Lateral Thinking (Edward De Bono) Creative Schools (Sir Ken Robinson) Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert) I am also digging into everything by these two fascinating people who are Creativity Coaches themselves: Mark McGuinness (Founder of Lateral Action) <-- Probably inspired by Edward De Bono's "Lateral Thinking" Books: 21 Insights for the 21st Century Creative Productivity for Creative People Motivation for Creative People Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success Podcast: https://lateralaction.com/21stcenturycreative/ Eric Maisel (Founder of Creativity Coaching Association) Selected Books: The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals The Creativity Workbook for Coaches and Creatives: 50+ Inspiring Exercises from Creativity Coaches Worldwide Unleashing the Artist Within: Breaking through Blocks and Restoring Creative Purpose Inside Creativity Coaching: 40 Inspiring Case Studies from Around the World The Magic of Sleep Thinking: How to Solve Problems, Reduce Stress, and Increase Creativity While You Sleep 60 Innovative Cognitive Strategies for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative: New Investigations into the Home of the Mind Become a Creativity Coach Now! Secrets of a Creativity Coach Mastering Creative Anxiety Affirmations for Artists It's interesting that both of them started as Psychotherapists. These two are the proof of concept for me, that people are seeking this kind of advice. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Fashion and am considering a Ph.D. in Creativity. I don't even know if that's a thing, but yeah. I want to become a catalyst of creativity and self-expression for this culture and generation. My understanding is becoming more nuanced as I learn more about this, and I reserve the right to intelligently correct my course as I go along - without feeling like a hypocrite or a fool.
  6. @flume Hey hey.. slow down.. You are coming on too strong.
  7. Since one of the most popular personality type here (after INTP and INFP) are INFJ, and I have been studying this material for a long time, so I thought.. Why not compile the best stuff for my fellow INFJs? Before getting into it, understand that Cognitive Functions are the first principles on which all the different models (MBTI, Socionics, Objective Personality System, etc) are based on. If you get the distinctions between Cognitive functions right, you can play with these models to see what makes sense and is useful to you. One simplistic way of looking at cognitive functions is: Intuition and Sensing are what you TRUST when it comes to new information: Do you trust abstract principles (Intuition) or Do you trust physical-sensory input? (No wonder Actualized.org is porn for Intuition-dominant people.) Thinking and Feeling are how you decide which information to keep and which not to: Does it work? (Thinking) or Do I like it? (Feeling) The typical cognitive function stack for INFJs is Introverted Intuition > Extraverted Feeling > Introverted Thinking > Extraverted Sensing. And since most people die without properly developing their fourth function, that means INFJ have SINGLE observer ('Addicted' to Introverted Intuition - "What are the patterns?") and DOUBLE deciders (Extraverted Feeling - "Do other people like it?" AND Introverted Thinking - "Does it work for me?"). To put that in perspective: INTP have SINGLE decider ('Addicted' to Introverted Thinking - Does it make sense to me? Does it work for me?) and DOUBLE observers (Intuition AND Sensing) INFP have SINGLE decider ('Addicted' to Introverted Feeling - Do I like it? Does it align with my core beliefs and values?) and DOUBLE observers (Intuition AND Sensing) With that, here are the most useful resources I have found from the perspective of understanding and personal growth: Over-developed Extraverted Feeling / Empath: Not directly relevant, but because she has a soothing voice and gives her own spin to Leo's video on Judgement (also an INFJ Ni-Ti): Every individual is unique and if you want a perfect description of each one of those, it would take 7.8 million profiles. Thankfully there are patterns and wise men who identified those patterns wrote about them. But it is still a model and only as intelligent as the person using them.
  8. http://abhishekart.com/ https://www.instagram.com/abhiart/ Abhishek Singh - Paintings and illustrations of Indian mythological figures and stories
  9. - Albert Einstein
  10. Check out Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
  11. My bad. Thanks for correction.
  12. 50 minutes of strong masculine compassion:
  13. +1 Would be interesting
  14. You were on your way home, when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable. But fatal, nonetheless. It was a painless death. The medics tried their best to save you... but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered, you were better off. Trust me. And that's when you met me. What happened? Where am I? You died. I said, matter of factly. No point in mincing words. There was... there was a truck. And it was skidding. Yes. I... I died? Yes. But don't feel bad about it. Everyone dies. You looked around. There was.. nothingness. Just you, and me. What is this place? Is this, the afterlife? More or less. Are you.. God? Yes. I'm God. My kids.. My wife... What about them? Will they be alright? That's what I like to see,&quot; I said. You just died, and your main concern is for your family. That's good stuff right there. You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn't look like God. I just looked like some man, or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure maybe. Don't worry,&quot; I said. They'll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn't have time to grow contemptuous of you. Your wife will cry on the outside. But will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it's any consolation, she'll feel very guilty for feeling relieved. Oh.. So what happens now? Do I go to Heaven? Or Hell or something? Neither. You'll be reincarnated. Ah.. So the Hindus were right! All religions are right in their own way. Walk with me. You followed along as we strolled through the void. Where are we going? No where in particular. It's just nice to talk while we walk. So, what's the point then? When I get reborn, I'll just be a blank slate right? A baby? So, all my experiences and everything... everything I did in this life... Won't matter... Not so. You have within you, all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don't remember them right now. I stopped walking, and took you by the shoulders. Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It's like sticking your finger in a glass of water. To see if it's hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you've gained all the experiences it had. You've been in a human for the last 48 years. So you haven't stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you'd start remembering everything. But there's not point to doing that between each life. How many times have I been reincarnated then? Oh, lots! Lots and lots! And into lots of different lives. This time around, you'll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 A.D Wait... What?! You're sending me back in time? Well I guess technically. Time as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from. Where... where you come from? Oh sure, I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you'll want to know what it's like there but honestly you wouldn't understand. Oh.. You said, a little let down. But wait.. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point. Sure, happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespans, you don't even know it's happening. or who will ever live, yes I'm Abraham Lincoln? and your john wilks booth too? (i didn't get what he said) I'm Hitler!!! You said uphold (again i din't get or catch what he said) And you're the millions he killed. I'm Jesus! and you're everyone who followed Him. You fell silent* Every time you victimizing someone you're victimizing myself every act of kindness you've done you've done to yourself every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was or will be experienced by YOU you thought for a long time why? why do all this? because someday you will become like me because that's what you are! you're one of my kind You're my child! Wow!! you said incredulous.. you mean i'm a God? No, not yet, you're a fetus you're still growing. once you've lived every human life throughout all time you will have grown enough to be born so the whole universe... it's just... an egg I answered.. now it's time for you to move on to your next life and I sent you on your way
  15. I agree. His material can help you fully integrate Blue (discipline, action), Orange (results, independence), and Green (relationships, interdependence). I highly recommend Wake Up Productive, Self-Made Wealth, Advanced Learning and Teaching, and Connected - and if you are into personality typology - he has a program called Patterns of Personality with NLP Modeler Wyatt Woodsmall. All great stuff.
  16. "YouTube, OFCOURSE it is YOUtube! The Universe is YOUTube because it's all YOU." (in one of the enlightenment videos)
  17. "A samadhi beats an orgasm every time."
  18. I have gotten a lot of value from his courses. They are usually very in-depth and directly applicable. He is an INTP and very theory-heavy, but since you are following Leo's work, I imagine you are already into that. Eben brings in a lot of different perspectives and explains nuanced concepts very well if you stick to them. In many ways, I find him a better explainer/teacher than Leo - because he is always prepared in his courses and very nuanced in his choice of words (while Leo often riffs on a topic). He is leading by example, and so far I haven't found any contradictions between what he teaches in his courses and what he does in his own life - which is something I deeply admire. I also like that he is active in the real world and engaging with the world directly - He has a family, is friends with scientists, businesspeople, artists, monks, has a business that is earning him millions that has a positive impact on the world. However, I find that his work can be boiled down to a dozen or so mental models which he has fully embodied. If you want to get an overall sense of his work, check out his book Opportunity. He lays out his core stuff in there. The PDF is probably available for free online.