• Thoughtware

    In school you learn what to think about. This is called 'content'. Your mind is full of content.


    Before you went to school you learned what to think with. They would not let you into school before you could already think. What you think with is called 'Thoughtware.'


    Thoughtware sets the context of your life, interactions, and possibilities (http://setcontext.strikingly.com).


    Where did you get your Thoughtware? From your parents.


    Where did your parents get their Thoughtware? From their parents, and so on, for generation after generation.


    You are using very outdated Thoughtware.


    You have inherited Standard Issue Human Thoughtware.


    How often do you upgrade the programs in your smartphone?


    How often have you upgraded the Thoughtware in your own mind?


    Perhaps you have some Thoughtware upgrading that you would like to do?


    Shall we proceed?


    Thoughts include ideas, opinions, memories.


    Unconsciuos Thoughtware includes beliefs, taboos, constructs, superstitions, rules, conclusions, stories that trigger resentments, old decisions.


    Conscious Thoughtwre is made out of distinctions and thoughtmaps.


    By thinking about what you did not know you were thinking with, you can discover what you were not aware that you were not aware of.

  • Experiments to Try!

    Experiment: Change a Belief

    You probably have unconscious thoughtware beliefs.


    The way to change a belief has two steps.


    Step One is to recognize and isolate your belief and identify it as a belief.


    Step Two is to do experiments to test whether or not your belief is valid.


    Since anyone can believe anything about anything, then:

    1. Either every belief is valid, in which case there is no need for conflict or war because no belief is more valid than the next. 
    2. Or no belief is valid, in which case there is no need for conflict or war because no belief is more valid than the next. 

    The way to disintegrate a belief is, after you have identified something as a belief, for example to see that "Security is possible," is a belief, then to replace it with direct experience that contradicts your belief.

    Experiment: The Compass and The Map

    This is a story told by Seth Godin at his blog.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we always had a map? A set of step-by-step instructions on how to get from here to there, wherever we were and wherever wanted to go…

    Steve Pressfield relates this magical story:

    "A Ghurka rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map. The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London."

    I love this story.

    Happy endings come from an understanding of the compass, not the presence of a useful map.

    If you’ve got the wrong map, the right compass will get you home if you know how to use it.

    What is the 'right compass'? It is a combination of purpose, intuition, sword of clarity, experiential reality, imagination, yes, but most of all it is the information and energy of your 4 feelings that you develop by learning Inner Navigation.

    Here is the Experiment: For this next week, find a new way to get to work each day, or school, or wherever you need to get to without asking for directions from anyone. Instead, let your fear, anger, sadness, and joy guide you. At first you may need to allow extra time to make the journey, but whatever it takes, find 5 different ways to get there that you never took before. Write down in your Beep! Book what you observe about yourself while learning to use your inner compass.