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The 7 Spiritual Laws
.. by Deepak Chopra makes a connection between personal psychology and spirituality. It's one of those things that we seem to know already deep down, and once someone articulates it in words, it makes an immediate click!

Thanks, Michael George Knight, for introducing this book through your amazing summary at bestbookbits.com.

Here are my notes for self-reference. These laws can be referred throughout the day as life's events unfold.
Law of Pure Potentiality Our essential state is pure consciousness.  It is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity.  Our physical body, the physical universe – every thing in the material world – comes from the same place: a field of silent, unmoving awareness from which anything is possible.

The same field that nature uses to create a forest, a galaxy, or a human body can also bring about the fulfilment of our desires.  This field is the source of all power, all intelligence, and infinite organising ability.
When…
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Self-Esteem

A couple of nights ago at dinner with a friend of equal professional position, but a different social background, upbringing and private life, the suspicion dawned upon me that I might have a major major self-esteem problem. Over the next couple of days explored this, and lo and behold, it’s true.

It’s the task now to heal this, eliminate it out of my biology.

Interesting observations pass by.  For ex., where self-esteem fails, ego takes its place in that situation and state of mind. 
At the current point, the plan is to keep going down layers of “why”, leading to the root of the weakness. Then apply the panacea.
My first tools are the worksheets from the Therapist Aid.

Leo Gura's breakdown into self-efficacy and self-respect are helpful. Leo references Nathaniel Branden's Six Pillars of Self Esteem, for which there is a book-bit available.

Ego

Ego is the Enemy It makes you a horrible person, hurting yourselves, and others. For someone who has a long and deep relationship with giving and taking hurt and suffering, "letting go" can be incredibly liberating. Ego Blocks the New You can’t learn what you think you know. Admission of ignorance.  The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. If you haven’t read 100s of books, you are functionally illiterate. – Gen. Matis Those who do not read have no advantage over those who cannot read. – Mark Twain Ego sucks us down like the law of gravity. — Cyril Connolly Chasing color balloons.
Inspired by Ryan Holiday, the Daily Stoic
Where does Ego come from? As far as I understand, at least one of it's sources, is an inadequacy of self-esteem.
Strange, ego and self-esteem seem actually the same, on the surface. That's a huge mental trap that I'll admit falling into.

While self-esteem is a solid stone-like metallic hard core, ego is a toxic source of bad behavio…

Game-B

DSM = Diagnostic Statistical Manual No living heroes, Charles Limburg Multipolar traps
Bob Trevor on parent-child conflict.

Sense-making.
Dad-bot.
Bio-mimicry. Micro-rivalry results in macro-symbiosis.
Rivalry in a world of exponential tech has the potential to self-terminate.
Cemetery of power. Rival risk-games. 
Exponential tech:  tech that keeps making better tech, ex. Moore’s law and computer 
Game theory Game of Commons
Hunger Games Theory, 1%
Native techno-optimism.
Nick Bostrom’s paperclip analogy. 
Collective Intelligence, the market’s invisible hand
Personal responsibility vortex
Gated Institutional Narrative, GIN Narrative warfare Incentive for disinformation  Russel Conjugation: Disinform by not even lying
Ellsworth doomsday machinery 
DISC:  Distributed idea suppression complex (ep. 18, Weinstein)
EGO:  Embedded Growth Obligation
Heterodox thinking
Autopoetic 
Accumulation dynamics vs. Depletion dynamics
Positive sum dynamics.  Wealth has a power law distribution. 
Dunning…

Economy of words

The concept of „economy of words“ seems lost on us. 
Generally speaking, the „economy“ of anything should be a good thing. 
The opposite of economic is excess.

Marriage as a Psychological Relationship

one’s relationship with one’s parents – bad or good – has a direct influence on one’s choice of marital partner. 
A typical union, Jung argues, often consists of one party who experienced a positive relationship with their parents, the other the opposite, “burdened with hereditary traits that are sometimes very difficult to reconcile”. 
Managing the latter’s delicate psychology can be a notable drain on the former, who, as a consequence, “can easily lose themselves in such a labyrinthine nature, sometimes in not a very agreeable way, since their sole occupation then consists in tracking the other through all the twists and turns of his character”.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/07/labyrinths-emma-jung-marriage-carl-early-years-psychoanalysis-catrine-clay-review. 


Morning Anxiety

Though I have been managing to craft an amazingly happy life since the last 2 years, I couldn’t rid myself of waking up in anxiety. Forceful feelings of anxious negative thoughts, almost fearful, flood my brain in the first minutes after waking up on most mornings. Worse, they’d set the tone for my behavior at the office. On lucky days, or out of chance positive events, I would get into good spirits and still have a good day, in spite of a crappy start. 
These articles helped me overcome morning anxiety. 
https://www.themonklife.net/morning-anxiety/ https://www.healthline.com/health/morning-anxiety#1

Slovenia Impresses

Coming in from Italy shortly after nightfall it seemed like I had covered 75 tunnels between the Italian border and Ljubljana, a hour and a half drive (mild exaggeration). 
Ljubljana is a well organized city, comparable to any of the European capitals. 
I had a chance to step out after a shower into the nightlife, first strolling along the banks of Ljubljanica across the Dragon bridge. As it always is, coincidentally I ran into a few kids who were out to have a happy Friday night. They showed me around and lead me to Matalchick. Without going into details of what happened there, and what was consumed, we moved on to the K4 club, which was a whole interesting experience of itself.  K4 exposed a totally unexpected side of Ljubljana. 
Ljubljana made the impression that it was not a very large capital city, but has all the trappings of it. City life, a young population, thanks to the universities, the working middle class actually earning healthy incomes, and of course it’s senior citizens. 

All jobs are slavery

Entrepreneurship and stakeholding are the only possible expressions of freedom. How’s do you communicate this truth that every entrepreneur will vouch for, to the working class which has been trained to accept slavery as a form of accomplishment? Communication, is the answer! First state the claim, to get them thinking.  Then break down the old model that is dominating their mind at the moment.  Then paint a vision of a better future. Then ask people to pick a side. While doing this, work with group Dynamics. 
Note that it’s easier to be a slave, absolved of difficult responsibilities, toil and sacrifice, than a master, owning every consequence of every action and decision. 
Interesting questions:
If you are an employee in a company, ... would you like to own the company you are working for? ... or would you prefer to co-own it?
Ownership gives you exclusive responsibility of consequences.  Co-ownership allows to share responsibility of consequences. 
Millenials 
Millennials, or whatever your gener…

Hardwork

I measure hard work in terms of sacrifice. In other words what are we willing to give up as an opportunity cost in order to reach a particular outcome.
Furthermore, something that is underrated is the amount of psychological energy spent in accomplishing a certain outcome.

Influencers

These are the influencers that helped me re-shape my mind. Dr. Bruce LiptonJoe DispenzaArnold Schwarzenegger Brian BeginGrant CardoneEsther PerelRoss JeffriesDandapaniEric MarkovicKyle CeaseNiel StraussAllan de ButtonRobert GreeneGeorge Hutton

Automaton’s Ego

We talk a lot about AI, it’s computational abilities, it’s memory-capacity and how those capabilities could overtake human mental ability.
But what about “experience”? One of the central human characteristics is it’s ability to have an experience.

Agreed, the human is an automaton.

What is ego, but the fusion of the 50 trillion cells, certain analytical capacity, and the ability to save events as a library of experiences?

Principles of my Life

Change is the only constant in life. It’s more important to understand people than judge them. We all have 30000 days of life. Make every one of them count. Half way though my life, I actually have only about 15000. Knowledge has no value if it’s not applied.

Expectation to Destruction

Expectation leads to disappointment.
Disappointment leads to sadness.
Sadness leads to anger.
Anger leads to hatred.
Hatred leads to destruction.


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Male Bonding

Esther Perel explains gender relations like no other.
Sports and military foster male-bonding, the social dynamic among men. 
Business however fosters anti-bonding among men. Dog-eat-dog, elbow everyone, step on other’s necks to make it to the top.

Employee Subscriptions

One way of looking at signing employment contracts is to view them as Subscriptions. Before signing up for a LinkedIn Premium subscription we ask ourselves, what am I going do with it, what's the ROI going to be, and what's the overall value to the company for paying this monthly amount.

Without denigrating the human value of an employee, it's important to value each employment for it's return to the business.

Actionable Point

While interacting with a specific employee, ask the question, is this subscription paying off for the business? Needless to say, we are signed up for as many subscriptions as the number of employees we have.

Human Intelligence

The homosapien is a super-intelligent specie, capable of inventing solutions to its problems.

But it sometimes benignly invents its own problems too. If weapons of mass destruction are an obvious example, taste, that wonderful sensation of the tongue and its neurological connection is another. The homosapien of the 21st century consumes nutrition primarily because it tastes good, secondary for its nutritional necessity. This is in contrast to other life forms on the planet.

Take the Time

A friend of mine has an underweight problem she has been fighting for a few months. She's been visiting a dietitian who subscribed a radically different diet. My friend was somewhat shaken by this new diet, because it would mean a dramatic change to her daily routine, her shopping and cooking habits and at some level her daily balance. After a few minutes of explaining to me, she broke down into tears, because of the burden of changes.

It occurred to me that she didn't have do this. She had a choice to not do the diet. Even better, she had the choice to do the diet at her own pace. I advised her to not mind the dietitian too much, but if she really wanted to do the diet, she should stay committed to it, and do it at a pace she felt comfortable. So no, no habits and routines need to be changed overnight. She could do it over a period of weeks or months. So long as she's gaining weight, it should be OK to take the time!

The next morning I got a call from her, that this simp…