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Bite-Sized Wisdom: Free PhilosopherNotes Download

I’ve been a bit naughty this holidays. I meant to write last week and I didn’t. I just couldn’t tear myself away from my family. So I’ve been a bit AWOL. My apologies.

As a olive branch, I’m offering my fellow innerpreneurs a FREE subscription to the Top 25 PhilosophersNotes titles.

Free Subscription to the Top 25 PhilosopherNotes Titles

What is PhilosopherNotes?

Mini “Cliff Notes” for self-development books. The site summarizes the key points from selected self-development books such as Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman.

The “Cliff Notes” provided are actually 6 Page PDF & 20-Minute MP3 for each title.

They’re great if you want the wisdom from the best self development books but don’t have the time to read every single one. I mean, who does?

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Slowing Down for the Holidays

[The Giving Tree]  @ Tallulah's Cafephoto credit: Torley

Okay truth is, I’ve already slowed down. I only posted once last week and I’ll continue to do so until the New Year. I’m sorry I am so delayed in informing you of my holiday dawdling.

For my family, December holds a whole host of celebrations. It is my only brother’s birthday, my father’s birthday, Hanukkah and Christmas. I am Christian by birth, but my husband, Daniel, is Jewish.  And while we have celebrated the holidays together before, this will be our first as husband and wife and in our own home.

For me, December is full of so much merriment, love and family. I am truly thankful.

Whatever you celebrate, I wish you all the love and joy the Holiday season can bring.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

How Culture and Consciousness Intertwine

When it comes to consciousness, there are really two forms that exist, absolute consciousness and relative consciousness.

What is Absolute Consciousness

Absolute consciousness is your moment to moment awareness of everything in the world. I am aware of the computer screen in front of me and the Mulder and Scully Barbie dolls smiling down at me from their shrine on my shelf. I am aware of the snow falling on my skylight and the wind rustling my window panes. All of these things are arising in my pure or absolute awareness.

What is Relative Consciousness

Relative consciousness is how each of us interpret that absolute experience of consciousness. As you know, the interpretations of an experience can vary widely from person to person. What creates these varying interpretations is the developmental stage you are in and the cultural values you hold.

The easiest way to understand these developmental stages is through the names we give them. Jean Gebser, an early 20th century Renaissance man, identified that human consciousness and culture have developed over time through a fluid and hierarchical sequence of stages. He identified that the “mutations” in the way humanity interprets reality have been occurring throughout history and continue today.

The Stages of Culture and Consciousness

Everyone’s relative consciousness is born at stage one and develops in order from there.

  1. Archaic (instinctual)
    In this stage ones consciousness is still barely distinct from their environment. This stage is seen today primarily only in newborn infants.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “I and I alone have this experience.”
  2. Magic (egocentric)
    In this stage ones sense of self is inseparably linked to one’s tribe or clan. This stage is seen today primarily in tribal cultures and in nature-based religions and rituals.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “I and my tribe alone have this experience.”
  3. Mythic (traditional)
    In this stage ones individual identity is expanded to include an entire nation or belief system. This stage is the first time an awareness of soul appears in the self and is characterized by followers of religions that believe in one God.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “This experience was given to my group and my people alone.”
  4. Mental-Rational (modern)
    In this stage ones sense of self is defined by objects outside himself, the material world. This stage arose from scientific rationality and reason which first rose to popularity during the Western Enlightenment.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “This experience and my interpretation of it can be rationalized and explained by material means.”
  5. Pluralistic (postmodern)
    In this stage one sense of self is pluralistic in that the person has the ability to see and appreciate multiple perspectives. This stage emphasizes multiculturalism and egalitarianism and was born of the social and environmental movements of the 60’s.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “This experience is for everyone and everyone’s interpretation of it is valid and equal.”
  6. Integral (post-postmodern)
    In this stage, which is still emerging, human consciousness for the first time is understood to develop through a hierarchical series of distinct stages. This stage emphasizes evolution as the primary value over egalitarianism.
    Interpretation of an absolute experience of consciousness would be: “This experience is for everyone but depending on the person’s developmental stage and their values they will interpret the experience in a different way.”

Don’t Be Put Off By Rankings, They’re Not Always Bad

Our natural inclination as Cultural Creatives to view rankings as judgmental and wrong. Our postmodern values insist that we are all equal and urge us to deny ranking systems, hierarchies and value gradations. We feel elitist to determine that some of us are thinking deeper than others. To hold this viewpoint, however, denies the realities of evolution.

What we do not identify with our flatland “ranking is bad” attitude is that there are two types of judgments. There are those based upon exclusiveness (e.g., this race, class, sex, etc. is superior/inferior) and those based upon inclusiveness. Integral culture and consciousness, while raking other stages of awareness as less evolved, identifies that each previous stage is essential and important for the growth all humans.

In reality, the integral stage of culture and consciousness is the first to hold values that are truly all-embracing and it is my belief that these values are key in constructing an enlightened society.

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Black & White Thinking

My Question

I posed this question on Twitter a few days ago:

Wondering why many of us think there are only 2 ways to do things. The right way and the wrong way. When has anything ever been that simple?

Bright/Dark Field Lighting
photo credit: Kyle May

The Reason I Asked It

I asked this because I was tired of the drone of experts on Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, the medium has great value to meet interesting people but unfortunately your tweet stream can often be full of people pimping their ideas. And their common strategy to garner attention and business is to spout a black or white advice.

My Thoughts on the Polarization of Everything

This, in essence, is what makes Cultural Creatives different from the other culture groups. Unlike Modern or Traditional mindsets, we are conscious that nothing in life is black and white. We see that the world and everything that occurs on it as part of one big system. Everything relates to everything.

There is no right or wrong way, there is only what is true for the individual or business. There are no supposed to’s. Our decisions and recommendations, whether in business or life, are based upon the context of the environment, not upon what was predetermined to be the right way. We are the true strategic thinkers.

The Natural Way the World Works

Cultural Creatives ask five questions to create solutions:

  1. Where do we want to be? (i.e., our ends, outcomes, purposes, goals, holistic vision)
  2. How will we know when we get there? (i.e., the customers’ needs and wants connected into a quantifiable feedback system)
  3. Where are we now? (i.e., today’s issues and problems)
  4. How do we get there? (i.e., close the gap from C to A in a complete holistic way)

and ongoing

  1. What will/may change in your environment in the future?

This way of thinking has been called many names:

  • strategic thinking
  • critical thinking
  • solutions thinking
  • integrative thinking
  • future and forward thinking
  • holistic thinking
  • conscious thinking
  • longer-term thinking
  • high-level thinking

But at its essence, this form of thinking can be boiled down into a science, The Science of Systems Thinking. Systems thinking is a new orientation to thought and the future of business.

Your Thoughts on the Polarization of Everything

Why do you think so many people find it easier to reduce the world into black and white? Right and wrong?

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Innerpreneur Spotlight: Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau
Writer & Non-Conformist
The Art of Non-Conformity
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I am:

a writer, world traveler, solopreneur, and professional nonconformist.

My passion is for:

challenging authority and living a life of gratitude. In short — doing what I want to do, focusing on personal goals (like visiting every country in the world), working for myself, and helping others at the same time.

My business helps you with:

I write for free three times a week on the The Art of Non-Conformity site, and at least one of those posts usually has some kind of personal development exercise or story of overcoming adversity. I also have a small business of Unconventional Guides (reports and multimedia products) that helps people create freedom in the areas of Life, Work, and Travel.

Learn more about Chris’s guides The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself: Creating Personal Freedom through a Very Small Business and The Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare: Surviving Stress and Maximizing Fun

I make things different each day by:

I’m not sure I can honestly say I make things different every day… but the goal is to challenge conventional thinking, inspire others to question expectations and assumptions, and help people get out there to do something that perhaps they have been afraid to do before.

I have lots of ideas about:

lifestyle design, microbusinesses, international travel, and general trouble-making.

My advice is:

You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please email Tara Joyce. Together, lets build a network of business owners committed to making a difference.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.