The Knowledge Project #103 – Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness

Key Takeaways

  • Consciousness is understanding that you are “you are not your thoughts”.
  • Two different types of flow systems:
    • Absorbed Flow State: Being so interested in a task, you lose all concept of time and surroundings.
    • Panoramic Flow State: Optimal functioning of complex tasks without thinking while being extremely connected
  • The Ego’s function is to manage your own internal operating system. It is built on thoughts, feelings, sensations, and views to form perspective
  • While effortless mindfulness is learnable and teachable, the concepts still remain inexplicable. The best we can do is to look inward and create perspective around interconnectivity.
    • Retraining your brain to think without a specific subject-object mindset is hard.
  • Mindset shifts can happen because of how you identify, what you know, or what you perceive
  • Big ‘H’ happiness which arises from unconditional love is more sustainable than small ‘h’ happiness which arises from finding pleasure or satisfaction.

Intro

Background

  • Effortless Mindfulness is closely related to flow consciousness or being in the zone.
  • Loch’s first experience derived from hearing a Hockey announcer say a player had “eyes in the back of their head”.
    • He tested this theory on the rink, expanding and recognizing his peripheral vision, he was able to expand his consciousness to enter the zone, feeling much more capable and a greater sense of enjoyment in the task.
  • Early career book referral: Zen and the Art of Archery
    • You and the target are connected, this is where he found this niche audience looking for expanded knowledge of the human experience.

Consciousness & Flow State

  • What is Consciousness?
    • Different types of awareness: attention vs mindfulness, understanding that “you are not your thoughts”.
  • Absorbed Flow State: Being so interested in a task, you lose all concept of time and surroundings.
  • Panoramic Flow State: Optimal functioning of complex tasks without thinking while being extremely connected with your surroundings, in a euphoric state.
  • Can anyone enter a flow state?
    • Yes, it can be achieved with a proper relationship with our own operating system and ego.
    • Unhooking: Technique used to enter flow and effortless mindfulness. Step back to a “different center” and be aware of thoughts coming and going. Realign your “center” to your “heart-center” to be aware of the space and be aware of the space. Different techniques, or “doors”, are used to continue according to different learning styles.

Ego

  • The whole idea of any awakening or enlightenment is to relieve suffering.
  • What is Ego?
    • A function of managing your own internal operating system. It is built on thoughts, feelings, sensations, and views to form perspective
    • It should not be killed, but rather, optimized.
    • Small egos limit happiness as you will always be contrasting against your life. Inversely, large egos limit the awareness of perspective.

Anxiety

  • Do not focus on the symptom but rather who or what it is rising towards.
  • Identify the source of the anxiety whether it be internal or external and fight it with intelligence.
    • “Effortful brain debugging” -Shane Perrish
    • Be a mindful witness to your own situation, don’t detach your feelings from the cause.

Shifts in Mindset

  • Shift in Identity: shift from small-self, to no self, to true nature operating system.
  • Shift in Knowing: shift from thought-based knowing to not-knowing, to not-knowing and knowing you don’t know.
  • Shift in perception: shifting from attention to perception.

Types of Minds

  • Thinker: The everyday, ego-centered, small-self mind.
  • Mindful Witness: Subtle mind, dropping out of everyday mind into body-based operation (e.g., yoga, chanting, exercise, etc.). This is where most people get to and it is the hardest hurdle to jump.
  • Awake Awareness: Very subtle mind, nature-centric mind. Does not deny thought but is flow consciousness. Contentless and timeless.
  • Simultaneous mind: There is no such thing as an independent existence, everything is connected. E.g., a flower relies upon on the sun and rain to live interconnectedly.
  • Open-Hearted Awareness: Ture nature, your flow becomes your center. Non-reactive. There is something bigger in the world that inspires empathy and beauty.

Happiness & Love

  • Small ‘h’ Happiness: Attempt to find pleasure or satisfaction, can be good but addicting. Not sustainable on its own.
  • Love is unconditional, it is not something that can be ‘gotten’. Relative to the large ‘H’ happiness that are consistent modes of love and happiness.

[Notes By Drew Waterstreet]

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