I spent many of my developing years perfecting the art of showing up the way others expected me to be. It never occurred to me to just be me. Honestly, I wouldn’t have understood what that even meant. I was too busy trying to earn approval from my parents, teachers, friends, and colleagues who told me how to act, speak, dress, smile, you name it. Like a chameleon, I found it easy to transform from one expectation to another.
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A conversation with Peter Russell about how the exploration of consciousness has evolved in the past 50 years.
Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He has written several books in this area — The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
How to Enter the Meditative Path of Waking up
There’s more to life than being mindful. Without doubt, Mindfulness is a hot buzzword at the moment. A quick survey of popular culture and we see mindfulness practice being offered everywhere from Google’s campus in Silicon Valley to the halls of elite universities.
I am in full support of any practice that helps people come into deeper contact with their own direct experience as long as it helps the practitioner bring forth a fuller sense of care and presence in the world. Ultimately, however, if our desire is to tap the full potential of human life, mindfulness is not enough.
After working at NASA and MIT, Consciousness Technologist Mikey Siegel began to ponder another use for technology: facilitating extraordinary states of wellbeing by helping to reduce stress and increase joy. So how DO we "hack" consciousness? He has some thoughts about that.