I have never worked a day in my
life. It was all fun. Thomas A. Edison
Let the beauty we love be what we do. Rumi
My master has revealed to me
The mirror within my own body;
Now I'll sing and dance in ecstasy. Mirabai
Flow is often experienced when we
engage in activities that align with our sense of purpose.
However, in my experience, a meditative state can elevate this
flow to a newfound level of depth and quality.
In previous chapters, we explored the emergence of
and the subsequent descent of this super-consciousness into the
body, culminating in the transformation of awareness into
super-awareness. This chapter
aims to delve into how embodied ouroboros-consciousness, through
this enhanced awareness, can not only transform our inner life
but also make our presence as individuals interacting with the
external world a joyful journey in flow.
Without the emergence of this super-awareness, the state of flow
and the potential for becoming a "soul surfer" remains elusive.
The Intro-version of Holger the Dane The
legend of Holger the Dane
depicts a hero in a deep, trance-like sleep, ready to awaken and
defend Denmark should the nation face grave danger. As a Danish
child, I grew up with this story, never imagining that my
history teacher's enthusiastic retellings would later
crystallize into a compelling metaphor for the phenomenon of
flow. My teacher was for sure in the zonewhen he narrated this tale. Otherwise I would not have
This is how I interpret the story
today: Although Holger seems to be asleep
for years, he is actually in a meditative state filled with
inner peace, heightened awareness, and latent potential. His
sudden awakening serves as a vivid emblem for transitioning from
this contemplative state, primed to face challenges with clarity
and purpose. Just as Holger's dormant strength bursts forth to
safeguard Denmark, so too can a meditator's inner tranquility
transform into a dynamic outward flow of creativity and energy.
Dane in Meditation
An Indian tourist, deeply
knowledgeable in his own spiritual traditions, might view Holger
in his Kronborg cellar through a similar unique lens that I
acquired during my formative years spent with Indian saints.
According to ancient Indian philosophy, Holger's trance-like
meditation could be seen as an intense accumulation of spiritual
energy or Shakti, the
potency of which grows with the length and depth of his
Unlike a yogi, who would keep this energy internalized to
elevate his spiritual prowess, Holger's intended use of this
amassed energy is intriguing. The yogi seeks to accumulate and
retain this energy, reaching a state of desirelessness and
consequently becoming more powerful than even the gods,
according to the adage, There is nothing the gods fear more
than a man who does not want anything. This state of
desirelessness acts as a crucible for immense spiritual energy,
which purifies the yogi and bestows upon him various powers, or
from clairvoyance to healing abilities.
Holger's meditation serves a different purpose. Rather than
retaining this energy for self-purification or attainment of
divine abilities, he is poised to channel it outward in a moment
of national crisis. In this sense, both Holger and the yogi
touch upon what can be termed as zero,
shoonya—a metaphysical state of
pure empty potential where all dualities dissolve into a unified
consciousness. While the yogi remains in this state,
transcending divine limitations and becoming an "almighty
version" of everything, Holger emerges from it with a very
earthly and nationalistic purpose: the defense of Denmark.
The absence of Flow in the Indian Traditions A paradox here is that,
particularly in Indian mystical traditions,
the creative outcome of meditation, has not received much attention.
traditions has often extolled depersonalization and passivity,
viewing the physical world as an illusion, or 'maya'.
While India is abundant with anecdotal tales of miracles
following the path of saints, there's seldom a direct connection
made between meditation and down to earth practical, worldly activities.
The Indians have typically seen the phenomenon of spiritual joy
as an internal experience, not connected to their work. In the
philosophy of karma-yoga,
the yoga of action, practitioners disengage and disidentify with
what they do, focusing all attention on God. Hence, emphasizing
the outpouring creativity in a state of joy as a result of
meditation introduces a novel facet in the evolutionary
progression of this art, at least within the context of the
ancient Indian tradition.
In India, Holger still sits and accumulate spiritual energy in a
cave in the Himalayas.
The flow of the Budai However, we must not overlook China's influence. When Indian
spirituality, in the form of Buddhism, reached China during the
the concept of maya was cast aside. The Chinese civilization was
too firmly rooted in Taoistic engagement with ordinary
day-to-day life. Taoism highlighted the flow state or Wu
Wei, and through the subsequent intermingling with
Buddhism, Taoism reshaped Chinese Buddhism in the spirit of the
effortless action of flow. The slender Buddha from India
transformed into the jolly and robust
While the Chinese concept of
wu-wei was perceived as an ethos of public service, embodying a
frictionless, "do nothing" state of being in the world and human
society, the modern Western concept of flow emphasizes personal
joy. In short, the Chinese Confucian flow-individual served the
state, while in the contemporary West, the state serves the
individual. This individualism is, in my eyes, a great blessing,
but no great thing comes without a corresponding challenge or
Emergence of New Hybrid Movements Though Holger seems serious, my
experience suggests that meditation often nurtures one's playful
sides. Being in a flow state requires a relaxed, humorous
baseline, offering fertile ground for our inner child's
spontaneous ideas and playfulness.
For me, the tale of Holger the
Dane serves as a compelling example that introspection and flow
are both timeless universals and reflections of their specific
times. While the Vikings undoubtedly experienced a form of flow,
it was distinct from the kind of flow that the hippies of the
'70s danced to while chanting Make love, not war. Thus,
the flow I am about to explore is not of the berserk variety. It
has been shaped by my unique experiences, especially my
engagement with Indian meditation movements since the 1970s.
It's not coincidental that the concept of flow was articulated
not by an Indian saint but by
a western psychologist in 1970. In today's world, we are all
hybrid beings, and my understanding of flow reflects this
multifaceted reality. Like rivers that flow into the ocean, flow
is both a universal phenomenon and one that is shaped by its
In this context, it is significant to note that the
progressive hybrid meditation movements of the 20th century
originated in India, not China. Beginning with the
Theosophical Society, these movements embarked on a journey
to explore the potential of meditation to effect tangible,
positive changes in the world.
Transcendental Meditation, which rose to prominence in the
movement, which gained traction in the 1980s, stand out
among the most influential of these groups. They adopted an
innovative perspective, one that sought to channel the
transformative power of meditation towards personal growth and
global betterment. While I do not necessarily advocate following
these or other specific movements, I acknowledge a debt to them
for their innovative perspectives.
In the modern era, meditation's connection with the concept of
flow has become nearly universally accepted, showcasing a
profound intersection between ancient practice and contemporary
understanding. In the same hybrid spirit I have allowed myself
to transition from one cultural or philosophical context to
another quite rapidly.
Why did the Indian, rather than the Chinese tradition of
spirituality, come to dominate the West? My conjecture is that
it relates to the anarchistic and fractal chaos inherent in
Indian culture. In India, there was never a central figure like
a pope who could concentrate and monopolize spiritual
storytelling. Consequently, India possesses a myriad of
different spiritual traditions, reflected in their overwhelming
gods. This cultural approach aligns perfectly with the Western
focus on individualism. With so many gods to chose from, 'I' can
be god too.
MEDITATIVE GLOW & FLOW Isn't it fascinating that during the quiet act of sitting in
stillness, unprovoked and inexplicable waves of happiness often
emerge? Meditation happens in a state of internal glow that
could be described as a feeling of purposeless purpose. In this
luminous dark space, we embody meaning rather than perform it.
This state of grace occurs spontaneously, here and now, in a
state of will-less surrender, accompanied by an inexplicable joy
and interoceptive well-being.
The esteemed mystic,
Emanuel Sørensen, beautifully labeled this divine
offering as a state of joyous ease, while the Indians
encapsulate this unique state of self-absorption and desireless
existence as ananda
To experience even a fragment of that glow can be life changing.
Immersed in the Glow
After-Glow comes Flow
This divine gift, first encountered during meditation, gradually
seeps into our everyday activities, provoking a spontaneous,
creative flow. This almost magical transformation from
luminosity to fluidity is one of the most delectable fruits
yielded by a life committed to the art of meditation.
The journey begins with an
interoceptive encounter with causeless, blissful glow. This
luminosity transforms into flow when the non-doing 'ananda'
state overflows into creative action.
Actions emanating from this state
are as effortless and thought-less as the meditative state
itself. Inner passivity in attention gives rise to spontaneous
outer activity. Inactivity within oneself thus fosters
spontaneous creative action in the external world.
But seek ye
first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto
Thus the kingdom of divine
potentiality should be our prime pursuit.
Let me sum up with a little
rewriting of a famous Nietzsche quote: One must have silence in
oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
And now in the
You cannot bodybuild the Soul
He who seeks God in some way (read meditation technique
grasps the way and loses God, who dwells in the way. But he who seeks
God without a way, grasps God and lives with the Son.
As with many life phenomena, this meditative glow-flow can't
be grasped through sheer willpower. After all, the soul's
strength cannot be cultivated like bodily muscles. Deep
meditation can't arise from ego-driven willpower; you can tense
your muscles through sheer force of will, but you can't relax
them using the same method. This is a key challenge for Western,
success-oriented cultures when it comes to embracing meditation.
It is difficult for a Jane Fonda no pain - no gain
mindset to understand that we can achieve anything by not doing
We should be meditation rather than merely do meditation.
When we transition from human-doings to human-beings, we become meditated
rather than actively meditating.
So, to reiterate: meditation is not a practice or a routine. It
is pure, effortless creativity that blossoms the moment we
relinquish the act of 'doing' meditation.
For this reason, meditation cannot
rely solely on methods, techniques, or exercises. The paradox
lies in the fact that any deliberate intention to meditate moves
us away from the state of meditation itself.
If you have anything other
than a playful easy going relationship with meditative techniques or
exercises, well, my site may not be for you... or perhaps
exactly for you...
personally observed Papaji escorting guests out
of his home when they attempted to assume
rigid meditation postures in his presence.
Nurturing Meditative Flow in Vulnerability So how can we nurture this joyous ease in our meditation? By
giving up effort.
Therefore the secret lies not in mastering an array of techniques or in
enrolling in expensive meditation courses. It requires assuming
a state of surrender to an inward-focused, passive vulnerability.
Surrender to the Flow
vulnerable state, untouched by identity-formation or
story-weaving, we access a self-oscillating state of
consciousness where our inner world is amplified in an
introspective feedback loop.
When we love ourselves enough to live in the sensitivity of our
inner wounds we enter the echo chamber of the inner cathedral.
For me, this sacred chamber is the true spaceholder of the 'flow' phenomenon.
From this perspective, glow encapsulates self-love in its
latent potential, while flow signifies self-love in its most
Trauma and Flow:
The Delicate Balance
It's important to note, however, that even mild, chronic stress
can render this creative tranquility elusive. Intriguingly,
certain practices that temporarily disrupt the body's
homeostasis, such as sauna therapy, winter bathing, or
specialized breathing exercises, can not only initiate this flow
but potentially enhance it as well. Furthermore, even
experiences as severe as childhood trauma might, in some
instances, trigger remarkable flow as a survival response.
The legend of Holger the Dane
serves as a compelling example of this nuanced relationship
between stress and flow, emphasizing the need for a finely tuned
balance to fully tap into the transformative potential of this
remarkable state of consciousness.
Flow in the Garden of Eden The Genesis verse, By
the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, is often
interpreted as signifying the hardship, toil, and effort needed
to sustain oneself in life. It's part of the curse laid on Adam
after the Fall, symbolizing the transition from an effortless
existence in the Garden of Eden to a life of labor and struggle.
In today's context, such existential burdens could serve as
potent catalysts for chronic stress.
However, when viewed through the lens of meditative, effortless
flow, this biblical axiom offers an intriguing counterpoint.
Meditation and the philosophy of "effortless flow" strive to
transition us from a realm of hardship to one of ease and
equilibrium, akin to a return to the Edenic state of being.
Flow in the lab of science The human brain, as we understand it currently, can be
thought of as containing two primary systems or modes of
operation: the default mode network (DMN) and the task-positive
network (TPN). These systems can be seen as metaphors for the
contrasting states of being referenced in the Genesis verse and
in the art of meditation.
Default Mode Network (DMN) could be thought of as the system
related to the "sweat of your face" state. When this system is
dominant, we're often engaged in self-referential thinking –
planning, worrying, ruminating, dwelling on the past, fretting
about the future. This network is associated with a state of
mental tension or 'sweat,' as it often involves effortful
control, self-discipline, and toil. In a way, this network
symbolizes the post-Eden state of existence, where life is often
seen as a struggle or a series of tasks to be completed. The
DMN-network is not able to lead the way into meditation, but out
of old habits we again and again let this system take the
Task-Positive Network (TPN), on the other hand, is active
when we're fully engaged in a task in the present moment, where
our attention is wholly absorbed in what we're doing. This could
be likened to the state of effortless flow found in
meditation. This network is also linked with nonjudgmental
awareness and acceptance, key elements in meditation and
In the light of these two systems, the practice of meditation
can be seen as a way to cultivate the capacity to shift more
readily from the DMN to the TPN – from a state of 'sweat' and
struggle to a state of effortless flow and presence.
Let me introduce the concept of the Soul Surfer, an
individual existing in a heightened, yet effortless state of
dynamic super-awareness as
described in the chapter of the same name. The surfboard,
lacking its own propulsion, gains momentum from a nuanced
balance between the surfer and the elemental forces of nature.
The intrinsic beauty of this imagery lies in the harmonious
symbiosis between the wave and the surfer. This equilibrium
encapsulates the very essence of flow. Much like a surfer,
propelled by a colossal wave, experiences an awe-inspiring
moment, we too can navigate the powerful tides of our internal
and external worlds while maintaining a state of mindful
In this state, the Soul Surfer isn't simply a meditator immersed
in a non-dual consciousness. He isn't enlightened in the
conventional sense. Instead, he serves as an extraordinary
exception—a ceaseless, dual balancing act in the dance of
perpetual motion within the framework of space and time. He
surfs on the razor's edge between duality and non-duality. Here,
a palpable sense of danger and risk coexists with an utter trust
in the unfolding process.
Super-aware, yet curiously resembling a sleepwalker devoid of
conscious intent, the Soul Surfer has the unique capability to
safely navigate the towering crests of emotional waves and the
unpredictable terrains of external circumstances.
The Soul Surfer, in this respect, is a flawless speck of dust in
the eye of the Divine. We humans are, in
the universe's perfect Quasimodos—wondrous anomalies capable of
surfing the dynamic energies of space-time duality. It is within
those who can channel these energies beyond the constraints of
the ego that spontaneous meditative action manifests.
As we shall delve into later, a more advanced operating system
modulates this dynamic balance between the opposing yet
complementary forces of Yin and Yang—functioning on dimensions
far beyond the scope of human cognitive understanding. To master
this modulation requires an entirely new form of identity, one
that transcends our conventional, ego-based selves.
This delicate balance cannot be attained by our antiquated,
lethargic ego-centric operating systems. Nor can it be achieved
by subscribing to others' directives, or by clinging to the
dogmas of traditional religions that emerged in eras without an
appreciation for individuality. Only through an unwavering
presence of consciousness, free from superfluous thought, can
one successfully navigate this flow without succumbing to the
turbulence of life's unpredictable waves.
In juxtaposition, Eastern spiritual philosophies often present
the ideal of a wave without a surfer—a concept implying the
diminished role or even absence of individuality. This
perspective contrasts sharply with the idea of dynamic balance,
highlighting different cultural attitudes towards the role of
the individual in the broader cosmology of flow.
Notice the boats that are at the mercy of the
You can barely make out an insignificant
person in the boat on the left.
As soul surfers, we are intimately close to our own emotions,
but within the balanced point of the conscious present, we're
not tossed around by inner emotional storms. In the same flow we
are attentive to our marvellous advisors called cognition,
intellect, and thought but without allowing them to by tyrants.
In this impossible middle way, we're intelligently propelled
forward in the flow by our body's innate life force in its
unfathomable interplay with the multible forces outside of us.
The illusive nature of illusions Even when acknowledging the idea of individuality and
identity as potentially
illusory, it remains meaningful to characterize an individual in
a flow-state as the most deeply perceived and consciously
actualized dynamic point of balance among our conflicting
bio-operative systems. These span from the rudimentary
beginnings of pre-Cambrian cellular life to the sophisticated
intricacies of human cortical consciousness.
Fundamentally, there's no need to conceptualize the "self" as a
rigid, immovable entity. Instead, it is more fitting to envision
it as a fluctuating equilibrium point within a complex
biological network. In this regard, the experience of flow is an
embodiment of this dynamic equilibrium — a state where our
diverse biological systems harmoniously interplay. I would even
venture further and posit that our subjectively felt sense of
genuine individuality is intimately tied to this sensation of
flow. The more deep, profound and expansive the fluctuating
balance point becomes, the more profound and subjectively
meaningful our sense of self feels. By deep I mean the ability
for consciousness to aware the oldest and most unconscious
layers of our human biology.
Consciousness must here journey back to its unconscious origins,
and the further we regress, the less language and conceptual
understanding we can carry with us. In this realm, we become
aware of things rather than comprehending them, experiencing
them directly instead of grasping them through intellect.
The Devine Animal
Mankind is poised midway between
the gods and the beasts
Note the demon
like primitive head
the boddhisatva is sitting on.
For me it seems this beast
could be much more happy
on a surf board.
One could certainly argue that
acting instinctively with fewer thoughts marks a return to a
more animalistic state. Indeed, it does. In this context,
fostering super-awareness essentially transforms the primal
instincts within us into something divine, while also allowing
the divine aspect of ourselves to find solace in our human
animality. Through this dual transformation, the human caught
between the divine and the beastly can navigate life with the
poised action of a legendary figure like Holger the Dane or,
more contemporarily, as a member of the Beach Boys.
Within the framework of
bio-operative systems, achieving a balanced state of flow
involves becoming "multilingual" in a unique sense. This
multilingualism doesn't merely refer to speaking different human
languages, but to understanding and interpreting the diverse
"languages" spoken by the various operative systems within us.
These systems, each hailing from different evolutionary
epochs—from the complexity of modern cognitive functions back to
the primal instincts inherited from our pre-Cambrian
ancestors—communicate through distinct channels and signals.
The modern, cognitive mind communicates using structured
language and logical reasoning. It's the part of us that's
hyper-attuned to verbal interactions, written instructions, and
abstract thought. However, alongside this cognitive "language,"
there are older, more primal systems that speak in non-verbal
cues like bodily sensations, gut feelings, and emotional shifts.
These are the languages of our animalistic heritage, relics from
evolutionary periods when survival depended on instinct and
reflex rather than abstract reasoning. There are hundred
different animals within us and they don't understand our little
cognitive king and even further: they do not understand each
Practices like meditation and therapy help us become
multilingual in the way of a-ha super-awareness. Super-awarenes
is a multi-lingual translator that teach us how to interpret the
various bio-signals conveyed by our different bio-operative
systems. For example, while engrossed in a conversation with
your boss, your cognitive mind may be laser-focused on the
words, evaluating their implications for your career.
Simultaneously, the older, more primal systems might signal
discomfort through a tightening stomach or shallow breathing.
Because our modern lives are so oriented toward cognitive,
language-based interaction, we often become monolingual,
ignoring or misinterpreting the signals sent by our older
operative systems. Such a limited understanding can lead to a
state of imbalance and disrupt our flow navigation. It's like
trying to navigate a multilingual city with proficiency in only
one language; you'll miss out on the richness and depth of the
full experience, and may even find yourself lost or in
The less non-verbal "a-ha"
super-awareness we possess of our internal
bodily state, the shallower the communication between the divine
and the animalistic parts within us becomes. True, profound
flow-individuality can only manifest in an awareness field that
is deeply rooted and intricately connected to bodily sensations,
from the hair on our head right down to the subtlest feelings in
EGO-DEATH AND FLOW IN SUPER-AWARENESS The meditative feedback in accellerating
body-awareness is not a
Here our inner body becomes a
spatial canvas for an incredibly broad spectrum of bubbling
colors, emotions, and energy flows. Most of them of are almost
indescribable. The enhanced awareness creates a river of nuanced feelings, which in
turn provoke spontaneous creative actions in the world often in
elegance and graceful dance bypassing the more slow thought
based cognitive systems who are the preferred tools of the old
Place an ego on a surfboard, and watch it falter To become a soul surfer, one must give up the ego operating
system's overly slow and rigid control. The one who constantly
has to control through thought based actions is thrown off the
surfboard. However, there is a higher form of 'control', a
control which is an integral property of a potentiated state of
conscious super-awareness without too
many, but instead significant, thoughts.
In this higher consciousness operating system, there is lesser
room for any ego-based doing or exertion. Everything happens by
itself in an organic life that is its own cause, that creates
itself in higher and higher forms of order depending on the
clarity and intensity of awareness.
The old ossificated ego-catapillar The conventional DMN system
operates through an ego entity, gaining its capacity for action
through strenuous effort and a repetitive self-narrative: "I am
the doer." This traditional ego, a personality that clings to
control, incessantly strives to maintain a status quo. It tends
to be self-perpetuating, aiming to ensure its own survival and
the preservation of its kind. As Meister Eckhart puts it, "It is
every man's intention that his work should be himself."
The tendency is ever towards self-repetition,
towards the preservation of
it is every man' s intention that his work should be himself.
Such a rigid old school ego represents an
operating system that has arguably surpassed its
psycho-evolutionary expiration date. However, I do not advocate
waging war against this ego. Such action only reinforces its
strength, as struggle, polarization, and effort are precisely
the tools the ego uses to consolidate its power. Instead, the
ego should gently be starved of its influence, suffused with
kindness and love, or rather, better yet, be transformed like
the catarpillar into a butterfly. After
all, without an entity within us that prioritizes its own
survival, we could not exist at all.
Transitioning from Ego to Essence-Entity in Flow An ego, illuminated by humor and heightened awareness,
does not present an obstacle, nor should it be dissolved.
Instead, it transforms into a fluid core essence.
This internal flow persona possesses an innate capacity for
action. Its power is instinctive and spontaneous,
requiring no effort. The actions of this revitalized river-ego
are as autonomous as our bodily functions like hair growth,
heartbeat regulation, and digestion. Other activities like
breathing and sexual activity straddle the boundary between
conscious control and involuntary response. Our innate ability
to meditate, replete with its astounding revelations, resides
within this same intriguing domain. The emerging meditative individuality
seamlessly blends into a constant state of flow, devoid of
anything else than situation based self-importance. It learns incessantly through acknowledging its
own errors and is akin to our soul surfer, reveling in the invigorating
waves of life's ocean.
Die to live Such an
enlightened ego does not fear its own demise but recognizes its
own continuous cycle of death and rebirth. In this context,
meditation embodiesla petit mort
- a brief respite - fostering the emergence of a rejuvenated
ego-entity. A participant in this cosmic play, or leela,
undergoes a kind of rebirth with each meditation session,
repeatedly experiencing death and life multiple times within one
lifespan. It's a profound humility where every time you concede,
"Yes, you were right - I was wrong," you die only to live
The Triumvirate of Meditation,
Psychedelics, and Therapy Drawing on insights from my
personal introspective explorations, I posit that the meditative
flow necessitates an elevated level of neurochemical
interactions within the brain, guiding us towards a heightened
foundational state of wakefulness.
In this context, the careful use of psychedelics may act as
a powerful tool for mastering the art of psychological death,
thus enhancing a deeper appreciation for life. On a substantial
dose of a psychedelic, you will likely experience psychological
death in one form or another. With time, you become accustomed
to this sensation of losing control, a familiarity that can
indeed make you a more adept navigator in our tumultuous era of
big data and disruption.
the transformative methodologies I've encountered on my path,
the most impactful constitutes a triumvirate: meditation,
therapy, and psychedelics. Within this triad, it is paramount
for meditation to lead the charge, guiding the collective force
towards the intended target.
This threefold cultivation provides a composite efficacy that
surpasses the capacities of each individual element. Acting as a
potent amalgamated remedy, it holds the potential to subdue the
resilient habitual bodily systems that otherwise tend to return
us to our despair after a fleeting breakthrough. Escaping the
gravitational pull of our burdensome earthly habits such as low
self-esteem, childhood traumas, and the like, requires potent
propulsive forces. This triumvirate, however, is equipped to
catalyze the metamorphosis of the ego from a stagnant pond into
a flowing stream.
Effortless Intelligent Action:
The Precedence of Action Over Thought Thought, ego, and control are intricately linked. For those
liberated from the constraints of thought and ego, actions
become instinctively spontaneous, so swift that one's actions
may seem unbeknownst to oneself. Self-knowledge necessitates a
certain degree of separation; to comprehend oneself requires
space. Controlling oneself through thought processes demands
both time and space, hence individuals with high self-control
often appear somewhat slow in their actions.
The authentic Individual Let us return to the
discussion about the existence of a true individuality. Authentic communication is an energy liberator. It's simply
inefficient to guide one's life based on the ego's dictates. The
ego, in contrast to our core personality, incessantly expends
energy to maintain its facades.
Once again, it's crucial to remember that this
core essence is not a fixed, tangible 'entity', but rather a
harmonious dance of heightened
optimal dynamic compromises among our internal, conflicting
biological operating systems that have evolved since our
inception as life forms.
Contrary to the views of
Professor Hans Georg Müller and philosophers from various
epochs, cultures, and schools of thought, I assert the existence
of genuine individuality. A healthy human operative system
embodies a distinct, subjectively felt subjectivity. Labeling
this authenticity as an illusion is as futile as attempting to
locate it in the pineal gland.
To cultivate authenticity from this viewpoint, take to heart
Socrates' timeless counsel: "Know thyself." Yet, pursue
this not as an intellectual exercise, but as an interoceptive
journey in heightened somatic self-awareness.
WHAT PREVENTS FLOW
few are mature enough to stare into God's magical mirror
Embracing the Magic Mirror of God: Meister Eckhart posits that
only a handful are mature enough to gaze into God's mystical
If we, like Adam and Eve, see ourselves, our own nakedness, in
the first layer of budding meta-consciousness, taken
quasi-hostage by an angry and condemning patriarch, it is not a
good situation. Meta-consciousness and the
super-awareness that follows needs to be liberated from
this Jahveh-like figure to fully unfurl its sails.
46 years ago, when I was a young man of 23, I experienced
my first explosion of light. This epiphany ignited a year-long
period of intense ecstasy and bliss. What followed was a time
when I was able to internally observe what had previously been
mercifully concealed. I was shocked to recognize my own
negativity, low self worth and hidden aggressiveness. Like Adam and Eve, I found
myself not naked, but nonetheless steeped in shame. Low
self-esteem, guilt, and negative thinking had always been
present, but now I confronted them directly in God's magical
mirror of Consciousness. Gradually, I began to cleanse my inner
domain of the filth that had lurked there in the darkness. This
cleansing process unfolded not in duality, but in an odd sense
of unity that embraced and transformed everything. This
self-cleansing labor of love has been ongoing ever since.
However, I can assert that it accelerated around the age of 60.
But don't let that dissuade you from feeling inspired. Each
small increment of integrated self-healing and interoceptive
psycho-somatic self-knowledge enhances the present day, making it better than
I dropped out of university for almost two years: one year in
bliss and one year in darkness and frustration. However, after
rediscovering a balanced state, I was surprised to find my
ability to concentrate for extended periods had significantly
improved. With this newfound focus, I joyfully returned and
completed my academic journey in a state of flow.
A meta-consciousness contaminated by guilt is something I
perceive primarily as a historical developmental phase, a
conflict of timing between the emergence of a modern meta-brain
and an outdated cultural operating system, busily engaged in
dividing the world into good and evil.
Sartre posits that humans are doomed to self-awareness. I
interpret his assertion as acknowledging the pain that the birth
of self-awareness inflicts on innocence. However, these birth
pangs should not deter us from entering this "fall from grace,"
which can usher us to unprecedented peaks and depths of
innocence. Armed with a modern, updated cultural operating
system, I would argue that meta-consciousness is the only force
that can redeem us from our inherent folly.
The pinnacle of awareness buckles under the weight of guilt,
shame, and low self-esteem. Truly awakened consciousness can
only flourish to the extent that you liberate yourself from the
constraints of your own thoughts— to the extent that
self-hatred, shame, and despair have been transmuted by the
transformative power of the magic mirror of consciousness.
As noted by
Tolle, there's typically a significant amount of
interoceptive pain experienced within the body, what he refers
to as the "pain-body". This discomfort straddles the boundary
between psychological and physical pain, essentially
representing the cumulative impact of various forms of stress
that the conscious mind has failed to address. Intriguingly,
this pain gradually diminishes and eventually dissipates through
a healing process when it's embraced within the context of
abstract super-awareness. Actualy all this inner pain is the
united cry of all our inner animals in their frustration of not
being invited to the party of conscious life.
I can't overlook the final prerequisite for the flourishing of
super-aware flow: freedom from judgment. As Rumi so eloquently
put it, Beyond the realm of right and wrong, there is a
field. I'll meet you there. This highlights the necessity of
moving beyond judgment to fully immerse ourselves in a state of
Every act of judgment against another person or situation is, in
essence, a form of self-judgment rooted in self-dislike. In this
context, it's important to clarify that it is indeed possible to
identify wrongdoings in others or in situations around you.
However, it's crucial to recognize that if doing so evokes
negative emotions within you, what you're actually witnessing is
a reflection of your own deficiencies in love.
The Cosmic Fool The archetype of The Fool is shielded by youth, optimism,
and a freedom from judgment. When you reach an age approaching
70, as I have, and still feel youthful, you become an even
greater fool than The Fool itself.
Noted for his unconventional entrance into Konya,
Shams of Tabrizi was
seen riding backwards on a donkey. This image presents two interpretations of
the fool: one who, like my younger self, is safeguarded by ignorance, and the
other, embodied by Shams of Tabrizi, who is protected by super-awareness.
In super-awareness, one is Aladdin, Filius Fortunae, the favorite of fortune,
who finds the Divine Golden Horns
by almost stumbling upon them.
oranges rain down in the turban of the one who is super awake.
Certainly, for many of you readers who have embarked on deep
meditative journeys, there may be experiences that defy rational explanation.
Instances of synchronicity, miraculous occurrences, and paranormal phenomena
that cannot easily be dismissed nor confined to empirical investigation.
In this chapter we will discus what could potentially happen if Holger the Dane
had kept sitting in his trance like state, like the Indian yogis from ancient
Thus, I propose we take a moment to explore the boundaries of what may be
considered unorthodox or even pseudoscientific. By doing so, we open ourselves
to possibilities that traditional science may overlook or dismiss.
Synchronicity, for example, often appears as meaningful coincidences that
connect our inner thoughts with external events in ways that are both mysterious
and profound. How does one quantify the connection between a deeply personal
contemplation and the unexpected appearance of a symbol or event that perfectly
mirrors that thought?
Miracles, likewise, challenge our understanding of natural laws. Healing,
transformation, or intervention in a time of dire need, seemingly facilitated by
a higher power or universal consciousness, defy explanation.
Paranormal events, such as telepathy, precognition, or even the subtle awareness
of another's feelings or thoughts, push us further into the realm of the
These phenomena invite us to question and expand our understanding of reality.
While they may not fit neatly into a scientific test-tube, they are nonetheless
part of the rich tapestry of human experience.
In embracing these enigmatic occurrences, we need not abandon reason or
scientific inquiry. Instead, we can acknowledge that our current understanding
of the universe, as vast as it may be, still has its limitations. Our tools and
methodologies evolve, and what once seemed implausible or even impossible may
one day find its place within the broader context of knowledge and exploration.
Abundance I would also like to add the concept of abundance to this magical equation.
Spontaneous abundance-flow occurs only in a relaxed, greed-free space of
heightened awareness. Subjectively, it feels as though the entire universe is
presenting you with everything on a platter. Time and space collapse, and waves
of bliss appear before you in the form of life's fruits, which you distribute
around you, partaking only of what you need yourself. You return to existence
through a currency known as gratitude and personal happiness.
Does this sound too good to be true? Indeed, it does! It's a miracle, but not
the greatest of all miracles. The fact that we, a collection of buzzing,
whirling molecules, are alive in human form constitutes the greatest of all
miracles. When you truly contemplate it, it's astonishing, bordering on the
The magic flow of conscious life I have decided to include these thoughts in this chapter, which is focused on
describing flow. To me, the above phenomena, such as synchronicity, miracles,
and paranormal events, all share a flow-like quality. They manifest in the
sphere of human interaction with the external world, a realm that remains beyond
the controlling grasp of the ego.
By indulging in a bit of pseudoscience, we allow ourselves to dream, to wonder,
and to embrace the full spectrum of human experience. We acknowledge that not
everything can be measured, categorized, or explained, and in doing so, we open
ourselves to the awe and mystery that makes life a truly magical journey.
As the yin
requires a touch of yang and vice versa, science should not altogether shun the
immeasurable, for the frontiers of scientific legitimacy are not rigid, but
evolve as our understanding and methodologies progress.
Countless theories once deemed outside the scientific purview have been
integrated into our knowledge as our tools and perspectives evolved. For
instance, quantum physics, now underpinned by extensive empirical evidence, was
initially considered conjectural.
The yin and yang
that mold us into glowing and flowing surfers of the soul are
super-awareness in ouroboric
sprang from the slumbering bodily awareness within the single cells of the
Precambrian ocean. These cells were the pioneers in focusing the light of the
all-encompassing pan-consciousness. Suddenly, human consciousness began to
spread its wings, soaring into the grand heights of abstraction. It almost
forgot the body from which it originated, creating entire universes from
imagination and words. In this profound state, consciousness started to loop
back onto itself in some individuals, evolving both qualitatively and
quantitatively into super-aware ouroboros-consciousness.
In this explosive state, it is now on the verge on entering the next level from
catapilar to butterfly: It begins to illuminate the body with its radiant
Drawing from my personal journey, I can attest
that the dimensions of time and space yield to the commanding force of a strong
combined ouroboros field of consciousness that has descended into
super-awareness. Once this descend reaches a certain
intensity, phenomena start to occur that seemingly challenge the bounds of
My life is full of these miracles, but out of privacy reasons I will only
narrate a few of them here.
Does consciousness collapse the waveform?
In essence, Dean Radin's experiment proposes that particles respond
differently based on the 'quality' of the observing consciousness.
Sabine Hossenfelder, in her illuminating 'old school' YouTube
presentation discussing the relationship between
Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics, points out that this
experiment has not yet been replicated. I would argue that this
experiment should not be dismissed until it has been conducted with a
group of experienced Tibetan monks, whose frontal lobes are pulsating
with gamma waves. It is my contention that only a embodied ouroboros
consciousness has the potential to influence time and space, as opposed
to an ordinary human brain-derived consciousness.
Tony Woody's near-death experience In the YouTube video below, Tony Woody describes his near-death
experience. One would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful
and precise description of super-awarenes in ouroboric consciousness. Tony experiences,
in what he believes are the last seconds of his life, a true
fireworks display of an expanded consciousness.
The experience of
chaos and catastrophe is transformed into sublime perfection in
his superconsciousness, even though the experience confused his
Embodied Ouroboros Consciousness "nudges" Reality
What Shielded Tony Woody from Catastrophe?
The most probable outcome of Tony Woody's predicament would have led to
a disastrous plane crash, resulting in fatal injuries and destruction.
However, I posit that Tony Woody's miraculous survival was ignited by an
ouroboros-consciousness that instantaneously enveloped him at the brink
of his perceived demise. The sort of miraculous flow ensuing from a
fully-fledged singular ouroboros consciousness carries a distinctive
quality when juxtaposed with the creative flow we delved into at the
commencement of this chapter.
This unique 'Tony Woody-flow' appears to manipulate the fabric of time
The numerous near-death experiences, also documented and shared on platforms like YouTube in our current era
suggest that this superconsciousness acts not only as an observer but
also as an orchestrator, possessing a paradoxical ability to be aloof in
a state of untouchable transcense while at the same time being able to
manipulate events in time and space.
Such a strange dual function is difficult for scientists to accept
seriously, typically dismissing it as pseudoscience. However, as
Einstein emphasized, science cannot thrive without imagination. Let me
illustrate this dual aspect of consciousness, which simultaneously
exists beyond time and space while also having the capacity to influence
What do you do in front of a mirror? Consider standing in front of a mirror: our behavior changes. We comb
our hair, inspect for wrinkles, or apply makeup. The mirror remains
indifferent to our actions. Similarly, organic life develops complex
brains within the omnipresent mirror of pan-consciousness. These complex
systems create time-space-bound copies of the transcendent
pan-consciousness. This pan-consciousness, in its inherent form, as a
Kantian thing-in-itself, remains indifferent to my biological manifestation
of smal mirrors of consciousness, the thing-for-us, or more precisely, the
This notion suggests that while omnipresent pan-consciousness is indifferent and
exists beyond our individual experience, our personal consciousness,
formed by our complex brains, is its imitated representation in time and space
and is capable of influencing our actions and experiences.
The Trial in the Book of Job As C.G. Jung
outlines in his work, "Answer
to Job," it is the humble figure of Job, post God's trial, who
surprisingly emerges as the more sympathetic character. Job, a fragile
mortal, effectively 'triumphs' over God by withstanding all of His
severe and inhumane trials.
The focused luminescence of humanity, in spite of its fragility,
encapsulates an element absent in God's infinite and omnipresent light.
Jung infers that God, after the trial of Job, thus 'decides' to take on
The advent of the Son of Man is subsequently prophesied within the
tribulations of Job. And who is the Son of Man? It embodies, as Meister
Eckhart proposes, every virtuous and devout individual.
The replica surpasses the original. I dare to extend Jung's postulation by asserting that this scenario
demonstrates how the replica can surpass the original. Job manifests
more divine characteristics than God, in the sense that he concentrates
the light of consciousness. What incarnates within humanity is the
immensely more potent embodied ouroboros-consciousness, which is why miracles
seem to orbit a brain resonating in gamma-mode. This
despite its immense force, is dualistic and a product of the brain. It
emerges within the time-space continuum, and thus, is somewhat bound by
natural laws. However, as a time-space 'reflection' of
brahma-consciousness, it is capable of manifesting miracles. We, as
humans, all possess the feedback capability of super-aware ouroboros-consciousness.
Nonetheless, only a handful of brains will undergo a full-blown singular
explosion of superconsciousness required to facilitate miracles of the
magnitude attributed to Jesus.
Thus, God crafted humanity in His own likeness, aiming to live in a
magnified and glorified form through this reflection. It seems he love
to eat sushi.
Proximity of Super-consciousness One of the most important characteristics of ouroboros super-consciousness is
that it does not seem to be caught up in the alienating distance that a
normal conscious dual subject-object relation always entails.
Pay close attention to Tony Woody's description of the Pepsi can (4:50) that
passes by the cockpit in a split second. In Tony's superconscious state,
he 'sees' all of the Pepsi droplets at once in slow motion. He talks
about how his soul left his body and had a view of everything from any
point in space. "I became the debris," he says:
I had a 360-degree
bubble vision view of every one of these millions of perspectives, even
from the tiniest debris in the air.
The conundrum we face is: How can
consciousness, derived from the brain, emulate the non-dual state of
Brain-derived consciousness appears to surmount duality by generating an
infinite number of bubble-like subject-object relationships,
encompassing perspectives from the infinitely grand to the infinitely
The Krishna Leela of Consciousness This phenomenon mirrors what we find in the profound wisdom of
ancient India. Here Krishna, who personifies pure consciousness,
multiplies himself, creating sufficient copies to engage in a divine
dance with each of the gopi maidens, akin to the dance of Pepsi
droplets. This is true divine flow. The Indians call it Krishna leela,
In this operational
mode, embodied ouroboros consciousness oscillates between duality and non-duality. It
appears ubiquitous in range yet remains wholly tangible,
reminiscent—only metaphorically—of the superposition principle
in quantum mechanics.
It's crucial to underline once more that consciousness—whether it be the
non-dual transcendent or the dual brain-derived— not inherently
'perform' any of these actions. What we witness and interpret are the
various manifestations of consciousness within time and space, akin to
surmising a woman's recent encounter with a mirror upon observing her
neatly combed hair and fresh makeup. I would also like to remind you of
the footprints of the invisible thief in the chapter,
What is Consciousness.
As discussed in that chapter,
consciousness is fundamentally transcendental, markedly distinct from
the objects mirrored within it. Yet embodied ouroboros-consciousness operates like a
magical mirror, enabling phenomena deemed improbable in the reflection
of ordinary consciousness.
The miracles made by super-aware ouroboros-consciousness represents the
observable trace within time and space of the ding an sich superconsciousness . In this
context, it offers the only fingerprint we possess of our unseen
Embodied Ouroboros-Consciousness and Evolution: A New Perspective Descended Ouroboros-consciousness is perhaps the pinnacle of evolutionary
innovation, symbolizing a survival mechanism unparalleled in complexity.
When referencing evolution here, it's vital to clarify that I don't
confine myself to a strictly Darwinian framework. Instead, I envision
evolution as a dynamic push-pull system, with Darwin's principles
metaphorically 'pushing' evolution forward, while the future
simultaneously exerts a 'pull.'
Anton Petrov, in a YouTube video
titled "Obscure Biochemical Paradox May Explain Why We Can't Find Alien
Life," illustrates a paradox that suggests protein chains necessary for
life shouldn't be able to fold in supportive ways. The title could very
well read: "Obscure Biochemical Paradox May Explain Why There Cannot Be
Life on Earth." If Darwinian principles solely guided the evolution of
protein chains, life as we know it would be improbable. The odds of even
one life-affirming protein chain folding correctly are so astronomical
(a number with 300 digits to one) that it borders on the impossible.
Therefore, regardless of the validity of my intuitive retro-causal
theory, life seems to transcend the confines of scientific test tubes,
suggesting a dimension beyond mere chance and survival mechanisms.
So, I boldly assert that embodied ouroboros-consciousness, with its explosive
manifestation and biological complexity far surpassing Darwinian
evolution or mere probability, is fundamentally a miraculous creation.
Its existence and function seem to transcend the ordinary, operating at
what appears to be a paranormal level. Miraculous solutions, it seems,
can materialize out of nowhere following a sudden and profound awakening
Throughout history, and across various cultures, tales of supernatural
miracles persist, often attributed to divine intervention or the actions
of extraordinary individuals. Some skeptics dismiss these phenomena as
mere literary inventions, akin to the Deus ex machina
device in Greek theater, confining them to the realm of fantasy and
But my perspective invites us to dream differently and to consider the
possibility that something extraordinary lies at the heart of existence,
something that defies conventional explanation and beckons us to explore
HOMEOSTASIS AND EMBODIED OUROBORIC CONSCIOUSNESS Earlier in this chapter, we briefly alluded to a potential
relationship between sudden homeostatic stress and consciousness'
self-perpetuating ouroboros-like implosion. A near-death experience
precisely embodies such an event. Jesus hanging on the cross can easily
be seen in the same perspective, a moment of ultimate life threathning
crisis, that somehow provokes the
embodied ouroboros consciousness to intervene as Deus ex Machina.
In India, there are countless stories about how the so-called
enlightened ones, gurus, supernaturally intervened and saved their
disciples from critical situations.
When I resided near the majestic Himalayas in North India, I found
friendship with an aged man named
Shabdanand. Shabdanand had been practizing
meditation since childhood. A memory from his youth, vivid and stirring, was
shared with me, one that has since remained etched in my mind.
Shabdanand to the right
Me to the left
In his younger days, Shabdanand had attempted to traverse a river during
the treacherous monsoon season. The waters, influenced by heavy rains in the
distant Himalayan foothills, surged violently and without warning. Swept
away by the sudden deluge, Shabdanand was carried downstream at a terrifying
pace, thrashing helplessly in the churning waters. As fear overwhelmed him,
he cried out for his guru, Faqir Baba.
In that desperate moment, something extraordinary occurred. Faqir Baba's
visage materialized before him, extending a hand that pulled him to the
safety of the riverbank.
At the time, Shabdanand led a secular life as a so called household
meditator, occupied with his family and home far from the spiritual haven of
his master's ashram. The miraculous rescue ignited a spiritual longing to
see his master in physical form. Driven by gratitude, he rushed to the
ashram to prostrate himself at Faqir Baba's feet, his eyes brimming with
tears of thankfulness.
Faqir Baba's response, however, was unexpected and perplexing. He denied any
knowledge or involvement in the incident, declaring, "I know nothing
about this incident! I was not there. I did not help you."
He continued with profound insight, "It is your own faith, coupled with
the power of your consciousness, that has saved you. You saved yourself."
Addressing the intrigued crowd, Faqir revealed a hidden truth, "It is our
own faith and inner strength that rescues us. Often, we fail to recognize
this and instead attribute miracles to our Guru. As we ascend to higher
realms in meditation, spontaneous miracles begin to occur. But beware of
false gurus who exploit this ignorance, claiming they intervened and then
thriving on the donations of grateful but misled followers."
This incident carries profound lessons and resonates with a deeper truth
about the miraculous nature of consciousness. What I perceive in this
narrative is a testament to our inherent ability to tap into the magical
flow of existence, an ability that often lies dormant, neglected or
The story emphasizes that belief in magic is not enough; it must be
accompanied by the awakening wave of descended ouroboros consciousness. In this state,
the miraculous emerges in times of sudden crisis, as if a Deus ex Machina,
unfolding a wondrous tapestry that defies mere coincidence.
The quantum shotgun The development of the self feeding ouroboros-consciousness is a
deterministic consequence of the holy mathematics' own unfolding. Like the
Ouroboros serpent, this mathematics will bite its own tail, change its own
course, and thereby abolish its own laws. I first encountered this line of
thought outside of my own head when I attended a lecture by Holger Bech
Nielsen as a high school teacher. He spoke of a particle that was shot out
and hit itself, changing direction in the collision and therefore not
Let's now focus on the manifestations of consciousness in space-time—ranging
from the simple origins of single-cellular life to the intricate complexity
of Homo sapiens. These self-referential feedback control systems operate
with a teleological aim: to continually accelerate the development of
evolutionary intelligence, thereby creating countercurrents against the
universe's thermodynamic drift. Rather than succumbing to the chaotic pull
of entropy, they endeavor to channel energy upstream, constructing
pathways that lead
to order and complexity.
In this paradigm, consciousness isn't
merely a passive byproduct of existence but an active, organizing force
countering the universe's natural tilt toward disorder. Super-aware
ouroboros-consciousness, in this light, embodies a higher-level
understanding capable of reshaping reality itself, transcending conventional
scientific paradigms. In this context, a unique sense of self-generated
order emanates from those who perceive reality through the lens of this
potentiated, omnipresent divine consciousness.
While the universe collectively adheres
to the third law of thermodynamics, gravitating toward entropy and eventual
heat death, the delicate sperm cell of conscious life swims defiantly
against the current toward the waterfall of complexity. On this journey from
disorder to order, life accrues greater intelligence, albeit at the cost of
Full-blown, super-aware ouroboros-consciousness is my wager for the future's
control system of life. It is also the most vulnerable, as the most recently
evolved elements are often the most fragile. We stand at an intersection
between the obsolete ego-based operating system and an emerging
super-conscious, super-intelligent control system. Linear, projective
thinking is insufficient to foresee what lies ahead.
We humans, in our boundless self-aggrandizement, often consider intelligence
to be a byproduct of our verbal articulations and endeavors. Yet, I propose
that a form of intelligence far exceeding our comprehension is already
immanent in the clarity of super-awareness.
Our brain's realm of thought and imagination is but a fractal simulation of
a larger, inscrutable Intelligence. Projecting human characteristics onto
this greater algorithmic Intelligence isn't entirely misplaced, as we
ourselves are manifestations of this Intelligence.
In essence, if there is a God, it can only be us.
Today, our outdated egos drift
aimlessly, confused and anxious, in the turbulent seas of big data. Our old
cognitive control systems are ill-equipped to process the vast inputs we are
currently exposed to. In the face of mounting chaos, as the world heats up,
it's not fear but vigilant optimism that will be our salvation.
Perhaps, a miracle awaits.
The phoenix may rise anew
from the ashes of a burning world, but only in the hearts unafraid of death
in the fire. Embodied ouroboros-consciousness is the overlooked wildcard in
the game of existence. It doesn't merely replicate the old phoenix but
crafts a version far more authentic and beautiful. In its stand against the
entropy's cold embrace, super-awareness unveils infinite realms of
possibilities, each leading to new doors and fresh equilibriums governed by
Only The Fool can perceive and traverse these alternate realities.