Kyeli and I have experienced (seen, heard, and felt) some pretty weird shit in our lives: hearing voices, seeing a hovering can opener, telekinesis, knowing things we couldn’t have known via any of our five senses, predicting the future, seeing a UFO, and much more. These are our own stories, so we know they’re true. This is part of our effort to collect stories from people we trust, in an attempt to figure out what the heck is going on, in a way that includes both openness and rigor.
When you see things you cannot explain,
You keep them locked up in your brain.
If you speak up, they’ll sigh
Or roll their good eye,
Or lock you away as insane.
- Why is everything either rigor or openness, but not both?
- Kyeli’s confession
- Miracles happen more since I’ve thrown out my miracle checklist
- “Miracles,” “paranormal,” and “supernatural” all suggest an explanation. That’s why we say “weird shit,” because we’re curious and open and we don’t know (or presume) the explanation.
- Pace’s story of predicting the future
- Kyeli’s story of turning off the light switch without touching it
- Pace’s story of one-in-a-million muscle testing water and Drano (applied kinesiology)
- Kyeli’s story of the hovering can opener
- Pace & Kyeli’s story of seeing the Chase Bank building shimmer/flicker
- Kyeli’s story of the Ouija board
- What are some features these stories (and others) have in common?
- Weird shit happens. Is it 100% weird brain shit? Or is some of it weird reality shit?
Some fabulous speakers on scene,
A focus on practice: that’s keen.
We’re still old and white,
But there’s a lot we got right
at IEA 2017!
- What is IEA 2017 and why do you care?
- The three centers: head, heart, and belly
- The enteric brain (“gut brain”)
- Western culture is mostly orange/rationalistic worldview: WCME 019: Spiral Dynamics and the Enneagram, with Deborah Ooten
- The patriarchy says “the head center is the only important one”
- John Coates meets Ahmed of the Sengoi, who communes with the ocean
- This is why we’re hype about both the Enneagram and weird shit!
- Our five senses reinforce the paradigm of having a boundary between self and external world.
- The American dream of individual independence is a dream of “safety” which is really disconnection, e.g. Howard Hughes
- A magic wand changes one electron and changes the whole world. The universe feels me move and think.
- The body knows how good a stock trade is
- “Unintegrated abstraction is unreality” -Philip Shepherd
- Agriculture changed everything and created good and evil, seed and weed
- You can’t get to harmony via control
- Joseph Campbell says the hero is “the man of self achieved submission”
- “You know that’s a tree. Why would you bother feeling it?”
- “You get true self knowledge by opening to the world, and the world tells you about yourself.” -Philip Shepherd
- “Any sensitivity is a form of intelligence, but the sensitivity must be grounded and integrated.” -Philip Shepherd
- Our culture is blind to wholeness. When you’re blind to wholeness, the present does not exist.
- Aligning yourself with compassion is dangerous because you say “Okay, now I’m going to be compassionate here” and that disconnects you
- from wholeness. But if you align yourself with wholeness, you will be compassionate.
- “No sailor has ever arrived at the pole star, but it keeps you true.” -Philip Shepherd
- The inclination to raise your consciousness is not aligned with wholeness
- Why does everyone care about etymology?!
- Philip Shepherd’s first book: New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty First Century
You can find Philip Shepherd at philipshepherd.com
Sometimes, the way you see the world isn’t the way the world is, but the way you’ve subconsciously decided it must be. Here are some examples. The first example is of special note to Enneagram Threes, but this sort of thing can happen to anyone.
If I want my team to perform flawlessly,
I must do all the work. That’s my policy.
I won’t go all the way
Out to full LOA,
But I do see a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- the jeep driver and the train conductor: WCML 028: Shattering self-installed glass ceilings with Melissa Dinwiddie
- tangent: “get better” and “improve” are both judgmental words
- The difficulties of having a 3 for a boss (10 Things I Learned From Marrying My Business Partner)
- spiritual practice, compassion, and the Enneagram
- Chariot on Steam
- “everyone likes me” vs. “nobody likes me,” upward spiral vs. downward spiral
Why sensitive people are not what the world wants, but exactly what the world needs.
In each generation exist
Some sensitive folks in our midst.
If they’re born in the past,
They are killed or outcast,
But today they are merely dismissed.
- Neophiles and neophobes, Robert Anton Wilson
- Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck
- Joan of Arc, Jesus, and the Dalai Lama – getting burned at the stake, or not
- Prophet of Size 6
- Prophecy and allergy: two sides of the same coin
- Kyeli saw a UFO
- Pace is intentionally becoming more sensitive
- A call for stories about weird shit
I (Pace) had a conversation with a friend who is a mainstream conformist, and I realized that it’s not really conformity that pisses me off, it’s complacency.
Then I realized why complacency pisses me off, and things got really confusing.
If you choose, and choose not to transform;
If you choose to stay close to the norm,
That does not mean you lose.
As long as you choose,
It’s okay if you choose to conform.
- Freak Revolution
- Essential Self vs. Social Self
- Intentional/Wholehearted vs. Complacent
- Pace makes a public apology
- Elon Musk vs. Brené Brown
Is your friendship truly robust?
Or could it just crumble to dust?
To know the true facts
Of who’ll give you the axe,
Remember this: “no blood, no trust.”
- 3 examples in which enthusiastically supporting a friend leads to the friendship ending abruptly
- “No blood, no trust”
- How much do you postprocess after hanging out with your friend?
- WCML 111: Making new friends
This episode is basically “Peaceful Productivity 6.”
Self-care’s something with which we grapple,
Like a gargoyle on top of a chapel.
But a fancy new watch
Is truly top notch:
I speak of the watch made by Apple.
- The Spoon Theory: the origin of “spoons” and “spoonie”
- gamification, Reality is Broken, chorewars.com, SuperBetter, Zombies Run
- personality judo
- embarrassing resistance
- the myth of “fat = lazy”
- high council of jedi knights
- Peaceful Productivity
Glori B. is a teacher, slam poet, and applied linguist who has a lot to say about “crazy,” “fuck,” and the way we can use words to hurt or to connect.
If you like to abuse the word “fuck”
Then this episode’s going to suck.
But if you would escape
From the culture of rape,
Then stay tuned, because you’re in luck!
- code words
- Bitches Anonymous
- golf balls
- reclaiming words
- lack of intending harm isn’t an excuse
- the f-word… and the real f-word
- WCML 121: Help us rename this podcast!
- p.s. The example Pace failed to think of on the podcast was: intimacy = “into me see”
You can find more of Glori’s slam poetry here.
Tracy works with parents and teenagers to develop better communication and relationship skills. She’ll teach you how you can use the Enneagram to become a better parent. (Hint: It’s not about typing your kids!)
Tracy Tresidder’s one of the queens
Of Enneagram work with teens.
So if you want to know
How to help your kid grow,
Then listen up now by all means!
You can find Tracy and her book (Knowing Me Knowing Them) at knowingmeknowingthem.com.
Are science and spirituality really at odds, or can we have the best of both worlds? Suzannah shares her journey as a seeker, and we discuss how to know the truth when apparently reputable sources disagree.
Choose the path leading out from normality,
Explore outer and inner reality.
Is now bridging the way
Between science and spirituality.
Suzannah’s podcast is called “The Cosmos In You”; give it a listen!