Mr. Trump! We Don’t Talk Like That in America

I often write about  great thinkers and visionaries. Most of these are from the past but I read a superb article this morning by the award winning journalist Zaheed Zakaria about American values and the threat of Donald Trump’s ideas to these values.  

I was at a conference with my stress management team including a group of chair massage therapists from www.eventschairmassage.com.

A few of the attendees were secular Muslim friends of mine who were pretty freaked out by the thing Trump has been saying and they shared the article with me. I read it and I knew immediately that I had to share the article with my readers.  

I have worked directly with Donald Trump. I traveled to over twenty cities including L.A.,  Dallas, San Francisco and others as part of the Learning Annex Real Estate Expo’s that he was part of and ran the “VIP” area for those events for over three years.

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Trump always seemed like a sensible guy even if arrogant and self involved. It went with the territory. “Show Biz” as they say.

 

Now it seems he has crossed the line into mean spiritedness, and bigotry.

 

He is using imagery and a type of speech and behavior that is so much against our inclusive culture that many influential conservative Christian evangelists find it offensive.

 

We have something special in America. In spite of the complexity of politics, the disagreements about government, political parties, guns, abortion rights, and more,  one thing that is not acceptable is bigotry based on a person’s religious affiliation

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“An “Evil” pebble thrown into the pond ripples beyond the intentions of the person who threw it”.

           Lewis Harrison

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Here is a bit about Mr. Zakaria.  His clear article and articulate article is below the bio.

Fareed Rafiq Zakaria (born January 20, 1964) is an Indian-born American journalist and author. He is the host of CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria GPS and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post. He has been a columnist for Newsweek, editor of Newsweek International, and an editor-at-large of Time. He is the author of five books, three of them international bestsellers, and the co-editor of one.  

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

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Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

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Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

 

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE

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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on  personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

 Based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

 

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”.

 

 

 

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

 

 

His company www.eventsChairMassage.com offers chair massage services to meeting planners, event planners and incentive travel programs.  Massage groups in his massage network offer services in all areas of the United States including: Chair Massage Chicago – Trade Show Massage Washington D.C. – Stress Master Massage Las Vegas – Castro District Corporate Massage San Francisco – Los Angeles Stress management Massage – and The Javits Center Chair Massage Company – Capital Chair Massage Albany NY, New Jersey Meeting Massage, Atlantic City

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

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Lewis Harrison on Privacy Issues and Big Data

One of the important issues that we deal with in Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Thinking is related to what is ethical or moral concerning privacy issues. Most democratic societies assume a certain right to privacy on the part of the individual. In spite of this personal privacy has been eroding since the late 1800s and has accelerated with the advent of new technologies. The amount of information about you that is available to corporations, governments and other organizations is mind-boggling. Most of this information is not the result of some government or corporate conspiracy or a plot organized by “Big Brother” as described in the book “1984” by George Orwell). Rather it is the result of the ordinary choices that each of us make in daily life. As we interact with the community and society, we are conducting numerous transactions that are being recorded. Maybe we made a phone call, or used a credit or debit card, went on-line to check our e-mail, used a discount card at a supermarket, drove on a highway through a toll booth, used the photo ID on our driver’s license to gain entry or to prove who we are or even researched the book “1984” by George Orwell on-line.
Each of these activities produces data about who we are and what we do. Most of it is recorded, organized and stored. One American Corporation has claimed to have consumer data on 95% of American households. In addition, many companies have some form of electric surveillance of their employees.

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As information gathering and “Big Data” becomes more prevalent in the world the master decision maker sill need to develop knowledge of present changes in technology as well as future trends. It is hard to predict such a thing. As early as the 1990s one could purchase a tiny microphone capable of recording a whispered conversation from across a street. Cameras become smaller all of the time and many technologies are merging. And then there is biometrics – the science and technology of measuring and statistically analyzing biological data.
Anyone can get the tools to invade your personal life and if you are on the “grid” even once than consider your privacy to be “toast”.
Of course there is some recourse for all this snooping. In recent years a new element has entered the field of information management. Rather than getting access to information the goal is to keep others from our information. There has been much debate between those who wish to enact privacy of information laws and those want to be buy and sell it as they please. It seems that in the end anyone can create walls to protect information and highly skilled hackers can breach those walls.
An interesting solution to this tug of war between “Big Data” and privacy was purposed in the 1990s book by David Brin, “The Transparent Society.” Brin, a Physicist and Science fiction writer, points out that as much as ordinary individuals fear the loss of privacy through technology, governments and the most wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations have the same exact fear, even if for different reasons. His solution is to simply do away with all restrictions. As crazy as this might sound and as unlikely as it is ever to pass, most people and most organizations – private or governmental have something to hide.
Brin points out that privacy is doomed and transparency would give all of us the power to know who knows what about us and thus keep those in power from abusing that power. I am sure there are many valid arguments against Brin’s idea, it is presented in general terms so he doesn’t discuss what would happen to “transparency violators, or how they would be held accountable. There is also the obstacle of the age we live in (the early part of the 21st century). A time where violent criminals, as well as economic, political and religious terrorists have learned to use informational technology to further less than ethical or moral agendas. Nevertheless it would make an interesting conversation I am sure.

Of course the point can be made that if everyone has access to the same information this would serve as a deterrent to those who would violate the common laws of “information courtesy.” A similar point is made by those who believe in the right to bear arms. If everyone has the freedom to own a weapon those with bad intentions are deterred from using their weapons to harm others out of the awareness that others with arms would use their weapons against the violator. Of course there are many arguments as well against the validity of this type of thinking.

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So ultimately the question is this, “is it best to limit access to our private information, or better to have total transparency.” There is a saying, “Just because I am paranoid, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out to get me.” There is no easy answer to the dilemma of information dispersal and how it may serve us or harm us. The more information any of us has, the more power we have access to. Privacy seems like a logical idea. After all do we really want a database that has our DNA stored it, even if it is a useful tool for fighting disease or crime? Yet it seems that no matter how secure information may be someone with a strong enough intention will somehow get to it. Since information is power, we always have the choice to limit the actions we take that leaves a paper or digital trail. This is an important issue for individuals, governments, and international organizations of all types and forms.

Question:
Do you know how to use information for power and influence? If not how would you make the world a better place with
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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why people suffer:

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including
“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

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Order his book by clicking below:
http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com
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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE
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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

Based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like” my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.
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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated “Game Based Thinking”

He also offers private fee based coaching programs.
Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

Capitalism Versus Socialism

I was recently at a copywriter’s conference in NYC. In  another area of the building there was a talk being given  on Capitalism versus Socialism.

I was there speaking on stress management and game theory in one of the breakout sessions and my stress management team from  – www.eventschairmassage.com – was doing 10 minute back, neck and shoulder massages in the other .

 

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I took a break from my work to listen in. Being a socialism friendly minded capitalist it was extremely interesting for me, especially with my interest in Game Thinking.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Capitalism an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. Capitalism when practiced to its highest potential is a gift to humanity for it is the most effective example of reciprocal altruism ever created.

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Obviously there are those who practice it poorly and us such are often both ethical and immoral. This being the case does not mean that capitalism is a fundamentally unethical or immoral system.

All humans will have limitations in efficiency, effectiveness and compassion if one uses  the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as a model, which I often do. Any system that defines human relations must on some level be tolerated for the limitations it brings to these relations. This is so with capitalism, socialism or any other economic or political systems. The poet Lord Buckley was rumored to have said that if you truly engage the world the devil is your agent and gets a 15% cut of everything. To call capitalism or socialism evil is simplistic and naïve. Everything at some level has an element that is a necessary evil – it goes with the territory.  The most successful capitalists tend to not only offer products and services based on productive innovations to the populace but often engage in philanthropy. As a young man I had a client whose last name was Rockefeller. He was a Rockefeller and was employed by the Rockefeller Foundation though he was from what called “the poor side of the family”, meaning that he was not a descendant of John D. Rockefeller. Once in my office a negative comment slipped out of my mind and mouth about how the Rockefeller came to such wealth. He simply smiled and suggested I do a bit of homework starting with John D. Rockefeller Jr. I was shocked by what I discovered.

I did as he suggested and was surprised what I has learned. Not only were many of the great research and cultural institutions in America created through the Rockefeller family but even today Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors philanthropic services to many organizations.

For those who see the world in a deification demonization cycle of good and evil the rich are evil and usually victimize the poor. Of course it is much more complex than that. The fact is that while those of great wealth often focus single mindedly on making money, they are often involved in various forms of philanthropy. In a free society others have the desire and to sell us things we were free to buy or not buy – this is the basis of capitalism.

Bad people will do bad things regardless of the prevailing economic system. This can be seen in the corruption found in many socialist systems and the horror of so-called 20th century communism is hard to fathom. When looked act without prejudice it becomes clear that capitalism begins with a big ethical advantage. Capitalist acts among consenting adults are voluntary. Socialism is systemically dependent on coercion.  The presumption of capitalist immorality is built on lazy thinking resting on a foundation false assumptions.

In the end I could see that it is not an either or situation. We need to take care of the less fortunate but not squelch business innovation.

This is probably done with effective public policy rather than ideology and this at the core is best done through game thinking, game theory and economic behaviorism.

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Lewis Harrison is a copywriter, motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking. The author of over fifteen books – http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Harrison/e/B001H6W6Y4 – Lewis is a  seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of a web site – www.askLewis.com.  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme business problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

His company www.eventschairmassage.com offer Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He offer these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.

What is the Meaning of Life?

Someone asked me why I write 15-16 hours a day.

Basically it is my passion.

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I have often heard it said that one must have a meaning to one’s life in order to be happy. I have thought of all this often over the years and have come to believe, though not conclusively, that it is a personal choice for each of us to give something significant meaning; and yet, it is what we give meaning to that is essential to our sense of self.  On the Wisdom Path there is a often a natural quest for spirituality, and in this quest we have given meaning to our cultural, ethnic, and religious roots in ways that we have not even thought of before, or possibly might even have rejected outright.

No matter whom we are and what we choose to do, we all give meaning to people, places, and things.  But what really is “meaning?” Is anything more than a reflection of how we think and function?

Obstacles define much of what goes on in our lives.  We function day to day pretty much automatically, and then suddenly we experience an obstacle, often associated with some physical or psychological discomfort.  It might be a red light that causes us to hit the brakes on our car.  It might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator or a long line at the post office.  When things, events, or people limit our freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning.  We also are drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality and elegance.  These things also have meaning.  So as you can see, to notice something in our lives, is to give that thing meaning.  If it had no meaning, would we even notice it?

What does it mean for something to have meaning? Does the ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Does it need to be a profound meaning or will any sense of meaning do? How would I even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What makes something significant? What is the link between a life of meaning and significance and a Wisdom Mind? If something has meaning to me, whether good or bad, is it a ‘meaning’ because it reinforces my sense of being and nothing more than that?”

The question we may need to ask is: “Is meaning already there waiting for us to notice or are we an empty vessel waiting for meaning to fill us?  Writing Blog post helps me explore the question.

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

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Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

 Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not Religious Harrison amazon”

 

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You can reach Lewis at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE

 

Free Class I have been contacted by so many people who have an interest in personal development and human potential that I decided to throw together a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on: How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other idea of interest.

 

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail to LewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.

 

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”

 

Lewis Harrison offers stress management programs throughout the United States. Part of this company is his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

 

 

Lewis also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

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Barter: A Path to Copy Writing Success

People are golden. They are unpolished gems.  They have kindness, talent, time, history and nooks and crannies in them with hidden valuable qualities not immediately obvious to others or themselves.  In fact, many people undervalue themselves. I have a great marketing, advertising and copy writing staff and no one gets paid in cash.

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Years ago, I read the Autobiography of T. Boone Pickens, a well-known financier and corporate takeover expert.  I don’t remember much about the book other than Pickens description of how and why he took over certain companies. Pickens spoke about companies being valued at a certain level on the stock exchange but being much more valuable than the stock price might indicate.  By reading corporate reports carefully and by doing research on a company he might find, for instance, that an oil company might have huge reserves that were not being accurately noted in valuations of the company.  These companies were undervalued.  I remembered this and began to think of how this idea of an undervalued commodity might be applied to people and their talents.  Barter and Reciprocal Trade was the perfect process to which to apply these ideas.  Since then, I have used this information, not to take over people’s lives, but rather to create an opportunity they would not have considered themselves.  In order for this combination- People Farming and Reciprocal Trade agreement- to function effectively, you must have a charitable nature and possess an honest desire to help people to grow and expand their horizons. It requires that you seek out people with gifts and talents that are not only undervalued by others but by themselves.  The key is to create a Reciprocal Trade arrangement so that a person can obtain goods and services while building up credits with you. These credits can be used by them or others of their choosing at a later date.

Here is an example of how I apply the process: An individual sees an advertisement for my copy writing servics, classes, seminars, trainings and coaching services. Some of these seminars cost $6,300 per year. They will call to inquire about these programs or services.  As I describe them and the cost, it is casually mentioned that no one is ever turned away because they cannot afford the cost.  I mention that payment can be made in traditional currency- money, checks, credit card etc. or with work-study credits or barter and Reciprocal Trade. They will sometimes ask, “What is a work study credit?”  I respond that if a person wishes, they are welcome to come into our center and work to pay for classes.  The rate of pay? Ten dollars per hour in exchange for the class.  If a two hour class is $40, then they work for four hours to accumulate the $40 of credit they need to pay for the class.

They can type telemarket, stuff envelopes, or cook lunch for all of our staff as a means of paying for their tuition.  Some individuals may have highly developed skills or are in the midst of a career change.  Work exchange can give them the opportunity to use skills they invested in the past to create future opportunities.

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In the system I work with, there are no financial limitations.  I know I am working with gifted people who may not have business skills equal to their talents.  One of my skills is the ability to see natural skills and gifts that others have that they might not recognize themselves.  I see people as wonderful seeds.  You plant, fertilize, water and nurture them.  Cut the weeds.  In the end, they are fulfilled and you harvest a rich crop.  It’s all a matter of self-esteem, marketing skills effectively and developing self-knowledge.  It is a way, to paraphrase the biblical parable, to teach someone to fish rather than just giving them a fish.

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Lewis Harrison is an author, practical philosopher, motivational speaker, mentor and coach. He hosts a weekly talk show on NPR affiliated WIOX 91.3 FM (Streaming at WIOXRadio.org)

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

Lewis offers stress management programs throughout the United States that combine the great spiritual principles with applied game theory.

His corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Miami and Orlando Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

His book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Time” addresses important issues on human potential and personal development

Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking

Collaborative Intelligence, Copywriting and Game Theory

Copy writing is a very competitive profession and yet  extraordinary thinkers create environments where everyone benefits. Unfortunately, ordinary thinkers often believe that in a competitive environment there must be winners and losers.

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To prosper in a game based environment one must choose to play any game with conscious thought. In the short term any ordinary game is voluntary yet continued participation in any aspect of the game will in time become involuntary.

It is not even easy to quit the ordinary game. Exiting any aspect of this type of life game early must be provided for by the rules – school, marriage, sexual orientation, gender choice, religious affiliation etc. This may at times be likened to a zero-sum game where someone has to win and other lose.

For the extraordinary person the game of life, does not have a knowable beginning or ending. Birth is not the beginning and death is not the end. For them, the process of living is about “consciousness” and the body is simply a vehicle for carrying that consciousness.  They play at the game of life with the goal of continuing play and sometimes with a purpose of bringing more players into the game. For the extraordinary “player” the game continues and play exists for the sake of play. If any part of the game seems to be approaching resolution because of the rules of play, they may decide to simply change the rules so that the game may continue and so they may continue to play. In my work this is known as Trickster thinking. Here the rules exist for no other reason than to ensure the game offers a positive and extraordinary experience for all the players. The only known example of this game is “ life” . Beginning to participate in an extraordinary game may be involuntary, in that it doesn’t require conscious thought. It begins the moment you are born and motivated to continue through the pain of longing of the individual players. Continuing participation in any round of game-play is voluntary but to not play will bring this pain of longing to the fore.  Whether ordinary or extraordinary It is an invariable principle of all play that whoever plays, plays freely

His/her mind must shape shift from faithful to skeptical, logical to the intuitive, from the pacifist to the noble warrior from the tried and true to the new and visionary. In short this is not just a  a person for all seasons, but also a person  of his/her times –  In essence a visionary genius.

One can observe that all major spheres of human affairs can be viewed as a game no matter how disparate they might otherwise be.

One way to think of all this is by framing life as an experience of being in the moment without regrets about the past or expectations of the future. It may also be framed performed according to a script of some kind. This distinction hinges on an individual’s decision to engage in one state of affairs or another. If one is to be a marriage partner, a parent, a lawyer, a soldier, or a scientist there are requirements and duties to be considered, rules to be obeyed and goals to be achieved. This is marriage as a theatrical or a movie role.  If marriage is a choice and a process, it becomes a living drama. There are both objective and subjective aspects to be considered and of course there are ordinary and extraordinary aspects to be considered.

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Lewis Harrison is an author, motivational speaker, mentor and coach. You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

He offers stress management programs throughout the United  States and his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Miami and Orlando Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

His book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Time” addresses important issues on human potential and personal development

Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking

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Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking

Fad, Trends and Memes: How are they Created?

I have recently directed my attention to the subtle ways in which we are influenced and influence others. In my role as a radio talk show host, writer, mentor, coach and teacher I have watched with amusement how new ideas take hold in groups and soon become dogma.

 

The American advertising executive Donny Deutsch has discussed how ideas spread through a culture as a type of pyramid.  He speaks of these pyramids in relation to the marketing of products and services but I believe that what he describes addresses cultural viruses as well.

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At the top of the pyramid is a group that Deutsch calls the “Creators”. These are individuals who though not highly social seem to create trends without any obvious purpose or motivation. When viewed closer we may see that their actions are driven by aesthetics or an attraction to a particular pattern that may not be obvious to the rest of us. These creators may be consciously influencing culture, simply responding to personal interest or even instinct, or acting on a momentary whim. It doesn’t really matter. In the end they are influencers and what they say or do influences others.

 

These types of creator/influencers may include powerful politicians, those who are famous for being famous, individuals of great physical beauty, or those with charisma, great intellect or highly effective communication skills, or deep spiritual wisdom.

 

On the next level of this influence hierarchy are very small social circles of what Deutsch calls “Disciples”. Like the creators these individuals are neither very social, and are usually concerned with sound, sight or kinesthestic aesthetics and patterns. Like the Creators the Disciples can recognize these aesthetic patterns in a way that others cannot. However the Disciples are seldom creators, they are copiers and what they copy is what the creators create.

 

On the next level are what Deutsch calls “Believers.” These individuals seldom have any personal contact with the creator and may not even recognize the subtleties of aesthetics and patterns in a way that the creator and disciples can. What Believers can offer that Creators and Disciples seldom can is sociability. These “initiated” individuals can take the aesthetic choices of the Creators and Disciples and spread them virally through social networks and into the larger culture.

 

The rest, what Deutsch calls the “Masses”, simply by the need to feel part of a community make contact with what has been created fourth hand and make it part of their ordinary reality. They in turn influence others who are unaware of how they have been influenced. The masses simply jump on the bandwagon.

 

When Deutsch had anthropologists interview Creators and those who might be classified as Disciples, they found that many of these individuals with a limited desire for social interaction had no siblings so there is clearly a pattern here though there is no definitive meaning that can be applied to it.

 

I will be discussing this concept this Sunday 1-4 PM at “Make Choices, Not Excuses”, a seminar I teach the last Sunday of each month in Stamford NY.

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This inquiry of course cannot be considered scientific and yet Deutsch asks the question “Was it the solitary nature of their childhoods, the necessity of playing by themselves that allowed the Creators and Disciples to uniquely collect and appreciate unusual ideas?”  Is it possible that Creators as well as Disciples have no internal need to spread ideas and are satisfied to appreciate and apply them in isolation? Is it the Believers, who have some limited contact with Disciples and are able to observe them from a distance, that create influence, and help the Creators and Disciple to spread these social and aesthetic “Patterns” through the masses?

 

I do not like to label people or place them in “boxes” and yet Deutsch’s ideas on how ideas take form and spread among us is certainly fascinating.

 

Who are you? Creator, Disciple, Believer or simply part of the communal mind?

 

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