Who or what is the perceiver?
[Excerpt from SANE]
The body exists in a swirling maelstrom of data. Data is gathered and transmitted through sense organs.
The on-going assumption is that the me, the self, the ‘I’, is the perceiver, organiser, controller and interpreter of this data.
But what is that self exactly? Where does it reside? What is it made of? And how does the self exist if not via the same perceptual process as everything else?
Could it be that this self that seems so real is also just a creation of per…
The Real Peak Experiences of Life
My son had a friend to sleep over. At 1am they woke me up saying that the friend was feeling anxious and wanted to go home. They told me this happens often on sleepovers and that he wakes up, feels frightened and the host of the sleepover drives him home or his parents come to collect him. He said, ‘I’m too anxious Clare, will you take me home?’
Sometimes I look at my image in zoom meetings and see a reflection that is so ugly I can barely look at it. The thought of people seeing this is…
[excerpt from GAME]
Now to make The Game ultra-interesting, there are at least seven billion other games going on at the same time.
Each of these games has a main character. We’ll call these other games ‘Their Game’. The other characters are the stars of Their Game. The whole appearance of Their Game is created by their settings. Nothing to do with anyone else.
These other games might intersect with The Only Game That Matters, which is of course the Game of Self. How it looks to us. We’ll cal…
Let’s go all the way
You know how when things get started and it’s amazing and it carries on and it is even more amazing and you’re thinking ‘keep going’ and then suddenly it stops and you’re a bit, ‘…???’
You know that?
That’s what we’re talking about today.
And we’re talking about it in relation to thought, free will and reality.
If you’re still with me … here’s the thing: once we get started looking into the nature of thought and what it means about who we are, we can’t stop until we go right on…
Reality becomes less real while immersion in reality increases
[Excerpt from SANE, getting real with reality]
The screenwriting expert Robert McKee, who has contributed to over 30 Oscar-winning films, talks of naive writers, who, knowing nothing about the category in which they are attempting to write, stumble blindly around in it, inadvertently trampling on the unspoken conventions that hold consistency and meaning for the viewer.
He compares them to the nervous writers, on the other hand, who are so scared of doing something wrong that they obey, withou…
Getting REAL with the play of life
Getting REAL with the play of life [excerpt from GAME]
This book is saying who you think you are is not real, that ‘self’ is only a made-up character in a made-up game.
And it is saying that apparent reality is only ever a game resulting from the settings of that character.
That is quite some statement to make.
It sounds a bit insulting actually. A bit dismissive. Well actually seriously, rudely, uncaringly dismissive.
Because we might, at this moment, be thinking of who we are, all th…
Making a difference - the missing chapter in the leadership books
One of the aims that comes up often in our courses is the wish to make a difference…
To be someone
To have impact
To change the world
To be known
To leave a legacy
To make our way into the history books
We could take this at face value…
Most books and courses on productivity, influence, courage, knowledge, experience, effectiveness, impact, vision, charisma, leadership and focus do just that.
They dive straight into the ‘how…?’ without pausing to question in any way the model of reality…
Getting Real with Peak Experience
In 1964, Abraham Maslow published a book called ‘Religions, values and peak-experiences’.
It was his attempt to take these “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality” out of the domain of the exclusively religious and into the realm of the universally human.
That was his focus in 1964 when religion held a far greater prominence in Western Society.
Now, almost 60 years later there is a different entanglem…
What are they?
Subliminal recordings are a consciously audible sound such as relaxing music, rain or waves playing over the top of a recording that is just below the conscious threshold of hearing.
How do they work?
First off, let’s distinguish between two categories of sounds - subliminal and supraliminal.
Subliminal refers to information that is below the level of conscious perception.
Supraliminal refers to information that is available for conscious perception eve…
HOME, the return to what you already are
My sister and I were in Costa one Sunday (we love a café). We were talking about holidays.
A memory came up of when we were in France in a swimming pool. I was waiting behind someone on the ladder to get out.
At the same time as I pulled myself up the ladder, the woman in front dipped down. Her foot went right down the top of my swimming costume.
In reality, it probably took less than a few seconds for her to extract her foot. In my memory it took so long that it is probably still there. My s…