WALTER’S CAREER

GUIDE
BOOKS BY PETER FRITZ WALTER

COACHING YOUR INNER CHILD

THE LEADERSHIP I CHING

LEADERSHIP & CAREER IN THE 21ST CENTURY

CREATIVE-C LEARNING

INTEGRATE YOUR EMOTIONS

KRISHNAMURTI AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL REVOLUTION

THE VIBRANT NATURE OF LIFE

SHAMANIC WISDOM MEETS THE WESTERN MIND

CREATIVE GENIUS

THE BETTER LIFE

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

CREATIVE LEARNING AND CAREER

FRITJOF CAPRA AND THE SYSTEMS VIEW OF LIFE

FRANÇOISE DOLTO AND CHILD PSYCHOANALYSIS

EDWARD DE BONO AND THE MECHANISM OF MIND

JOSEPH MURPHY AND THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE LUNAR BULL

TERENCE MCKENNA AND ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY

CHARLES WEBSTER LEADBEATER AND THE INNER LIFE

WILHELM REICH UND THE FUNCTION OF THE ORGASM

WALTER’S CAREER GUIDE
WALTER’S CAREER
GUIDE
WHY GETTING A JOB IS NOT
ENOUGH

by Peter Fritz Walter
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About the Author

Parallel to an international law career in Germany,
Switzerland and the United States, Dr. Peter Fritz
Walter (Pierre) focused upon fine art, cookery, as-
trology, musical performance, social sciences and
humanities.

He started writing essays as an adolescent and re-
ceived a high school award for creative writing and
editorial work for the school magazine.

After finalizing his law diplomas, he graduated with
an LL.M. in European Integration at Saarland Univer-
sity, Germany, and with a Doctor of Law title from
University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1987.

He then took courses in psychology at the University
of Geneva and interviewed a number of psycho-
therapists in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. His
interest was intensified through a hypnotherapy with
an Ericksonian American hypnotherapist in Lau-
sanne. This led him to the recovery and healing of
his inner child.
In 1986, he met the late French psychotherapist and
child psychoanalyst Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) in
Paris and interviewed her. A long correspondence
followed up to their encounter which was consid-
ered by the curators of the Dolto Trust interesting
enough to be published in a book alongside all of
Dolto’s other letter exchanges by Gallimard Publish-
ers in Paris, in 2005.

After a second career as a corporate trainer and per-
sonal coach, Pierre retired as a full-time writer, phi-
losopher and consultant.

His nonfiction books emphasize a systemic, holistic,
cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective, while
his fiction works and short stories focus upon educa-
tion, philosophy, perennial wisdom, and the poetic
formulation of an integrative worldview.

Pierre is a German-French bilingual native speaker
and writes English as his 4th language after German,
Latin and French. He also reads source literature for
his research works in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,
and Dutch. In addition, Pierre has notions of Thai,
Khmer, Chinese and Japanese.

All of Pierre’s books are hand-crafted and self-
published, designed by the author. Pierre publishes
via his Delaware company, Sirius-C Media Galaxy
LLC, and under the imprints of IPUBLICA and SCM
(Sirius-C Media).

Pierre’s Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Fritz-Walter/e/B00M2QN4SU

Pierre’s Blog

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Contents

Introduction 13

Chapter One 21
Introduction 21
Learning vs. Superlearning 25
Holistic Learning 55
Learning and Career 76
Points to Ponder 86

Chapter Two 91
What is Creativity? 91
How Creativity Manifests 101
Creativity and Democracy 104
Creativity and Individuality 110
The Creative Continuum 115
The Creative Ones 120
Points to Ponder 122

Chapter Three 127
Introduction 127
Classical Psychoanalysis 132
Transactional Analysis 134
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Hypnotherapy 136
Bioenergetics 138
Shamanism 139
Divination 143
Sages 149
Spiritism and Channeling 156
Points to Ponder 159

Chapter Four 165
Introduction 165
You Got It 167
A First-Hand Life 170
The True Meaning of Education 179
How Consciousness Works 184
Points to Ponder 196

Chapter Five 201
Creator’s Essentials 201
Why Attitude Counts 205
Where New Ideas Originate From 207
How to Nurture a Creative Mind 216
Write Your Story 218
Practice Meditation 219
Note Your Dreams 221
The Adventure of Solitude 223
Points to Ponder 226

Chapter Six 231
Introduction 231
The Art to Be Different 232
CONTENTS

Your Way to Be Different 235
Task One : Roadmap for Distinction 235
Task Two : Attentiveness 246
Task Three : Just do it! 247
Task Four : Mark Your Path 250
Points to Ponder 251

Chapter Seven 255
1st Principle 255

Be Yourself

2nd Principle 258

Respect Your Soul Values

3rd Principle 259

Fight Timidity

4th Principle 261

Handle Negativity

5th Principle 263

Handle People

6th Principle 265

Timing

7th Principle 266

Resource Management

8th Principle 268
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Be Compassionate

9th Principle 272

Be Ecstatic

10th Principle 274

Live Your Love

Points to Ponder 278

Work Sheets 285
Your Ultimate Decision 287

Your Ultimate Decision and Contract

Your Needs 290

Your Needs Statement

Your Expectations 292

Your Expectations Statement

Power Impediments 294

Developing Your Inner Powers

Power Animals 295

Developing Your Inner Powers

Power Problem 296

Developing Your Inner Powers

Power Change 297

Developing Your Inner Powers
CONTENTS

Power and Ideals 298

Developing Your Inner Powers

Power and Community 299

Developing Your Inner Powers

Annex 301
Introduction 301
Answer 1 304
Answer 2 305
Answer 3 306
Answer 4 307
Answer 5 309

BIBLIOGRAPHY 313

Personal Notes 349
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions let
drown your own inner voice, and most im-
portant, have the courage to follow your
heart and intuition. They somehow already
know what we truly want to become. Every-
thing else is secondary.

—STEVE JOBS
Introduction

Why Getting a Job?

Dolf de Roos, Ph.D., is a very successful real-estate
investor from New Zealand. He writes in his books
that he never had a job in his life. And he says that
with a certain pride, let alone being ashamed about it.
As a young man, he found a mentor, and when he was
starting out investing in real estate, he met Robert T.
Kiyosaki who shared with him a lot of his success sto-
ries as an investor, and of course also a lot of know-
how. Rather early in his twenties, Dolf was making his
first million.

Now, Dolf de Roos travels the world for teaching
investment strategy to large groups of people. I am
one of his students, for I always had a knack for real
estate, too, was successful at first and then loosing a
lot, by making a lot of mistakes.
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That’s why, after those huge losses, I sought him
out, and bought several of his books. And I knew from
that moment that failure is not my accepted reality
and that I can win back those losses, even though
they made out one third of my fortune!

If you have decided to read this book just for get-
ting a job, you should look for someone else to help
you. I am not helping you for getting a job.

I think that the very idea of ‘getting a job’ is mis-
taken. It’s a bottomline philosophy. If you love to work
for somebody because you are afraid to take charge
of your life, that’s okay. But then, you won’t reasonably
expect to become a millionaire, right?

This book is written for those of you who do rea-
sonably expect to become millionaires!

To begin with, a good career starts with a creative
attitude. What is a creative attitude? It’s an attitude
based on a firm conviction that you will make it. A
creative attitude translates as flexible adaptation to a
challenge, for meeting that challenge.

When you have realized a project, or you created
something out of nothing, a groove will be stablished

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in your gray matter that is an image of the strategy
you used for solving that problem, and achieving the
solution. It’s like a recording, a track you can play back
over and over again.

But life is unendingly changing! And next time the
situation will be different; applying the wisdom of
your previous experience, activating the groove in
your brain, you are going to realize that it won’t give
you the solution! That’s not because you were not
smart enough, but because of an automatism of the
human brain. The brain can only see what it knows, it
can only learn more of what it already has learnt.

In technical terms, the brain can only add on new
patterns to existing patterns; it can also create new
neuronal patterns or pathways, but it will do that only
in very exceptional cases once we are grown up.

For children from age two to six, the brain creates
a lot of new pathways or grooves in the neuronet;
however, once we complete the age of six, the brain
relies much more heavily on acquired pathways, reluc-
tant to create new neuronal highways. This means
that, as we grow older, we grow more and more awk-
ward learning new things, and change the ways we do

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things, while as children we were totally open for
learning all kinds of behaviors.

This is something so natural that you should not
make a fuss about it, but you should definitely know
about it. For you will feel it yourself when you grow
older. The secret of growing old and still learn in old
age is that you are creative; to be creative means to
be destructive! For you have to constantly destroy the
old ways of doing things, the old grooves in your
brain, the old neuronal connections; only then you
have a chance to come up with something new,
something virtually unthought of.

In the words of think tank Edward de Bono, a new
idea cannot be unthought. That’s a good expression
for the fact that essentially all we create is a function
of thought, or rather, the way we handle thought.

Now, when you apply this insight to your career
path, you may shy away from a strategy that targets
the bottomline: get a job! For you know now that’s
not a creative way of handling your life, your thoughts,
the neurons in your brain, and your relationships with
others. You will then think of learning, the learning

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experience as such, as a meaningful and also pleasur-
able endeavor.

When you focus on your qualities, and you remain
steadfast with this focus, the money will come, and
your life’s work will be meaningful and fulfilling.

Let us explore now in the seven chapters of this
book what this implies, what such a career path re-
quires you to do or not to do, and how you prepare
yourself for the challenge.

It’s basically that you start to coach yourself, by
developing vision, focus, emotional maturity, endur-
ance, persistence, and joy.

Life should be fun as well and the reward of a ful-
filling career is that you do not feel it to be ‘work;’ and
you don’t mind to delve into your business during va-
cation, or work on weekends. This is actually the lit-
mus test: if you resent to ‘sacrifice’ time for your life’s
occupation when your friends are partying, then it’s
not meant to be your thing, then you need to focus
again and find out what it really is that makes you
happy. By contrast, if you focus on money only, espe-
cially in the beginning of your career, you risk to spoil

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the outcome. This is so because money is not a value,
it’s an energy that reflects your own spiritual energy.

The more you develop your true gifts and talents,
the more you refine your spiritual energy, the more
money you will attract as a result. Thus, money is an
effect, not the cause. The cause is your inner life, the
way you think, the way you act on what you fix in your
mind as true, and the way you feel about yourself.

Feelings of self-worth are very important in this
process while self-condemnation is utterly destructive
in this process of developing your spiritual heritage,
for you yourself do matter in the universe. You are
part of this creative process, and by self-abnegation
and guilt, you weaken your success chances.

This being said, and after you got your beginner’s
focus right, we shall see what education truly means.

I am not using the word in its new institutional
sense, but in its oldest, most traditional meaning. The
word comes from the Latin educere, which means
something like ‘guiding along.’ Thus, education in this
most ancient sense of the word means self-education,
it means to guide yourself, to be yourself your own

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guide, your own light, your own guru. I can’t stress
this often enough in this book: all in your career will
visibly reflect how much you have guided yourself,
educated yourself, and coached yourself, and as a re-
sult, how much your self-esteem has grown with you!

This in last resort also means that you are respon-
sible for your education, not your parents, not your
teachers, and not your professional mentors. To meet
this responsibility, you will stop complaining about
conditions and circumstances and focus, once again,
inside, too see how in your thoughts and feelings you
create your life, on a day-to-day basis, and thereby,
your future.

In your career, then, you will have many opportuni-
ties to let others become aware of your emotional
maturity, and your self-knowledge. This is one of the
strongest factors in building good relationships, both
professional and private for it gives people reasons
for trusting you! And trust is all in professional life;
without trust, there won’t be any companies—for the
people in a firm accompany each other and thus they
give each other company by giving each other trust.

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These values, as you will reflect throughout this
guide, are much more important than any ‘first salary’
for they build the rock-solid foundation for your future
career success.

Success is not something random, volatile and
hazardous. Napoleon Hill has shown in his remarkable
lifelong research on the common success principles
with highly effective people that success can be
traced, demystified and rationally grasped; it can be
seen in relation with values, inner values, personal
values, and principles!

Emerson said that all success in life is the triumph
of principles! In this sense, your focus on values and
principles in your life will pay you a huge dividend.

This focus will also attract to you the right circum-
stances for your professional deployment, and the
right people to collaborate with, work with, and do
business with.

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Chapter One

Schooling vs. Career

Introduction
Most of us were taught that learning is the process
of absorbing knowledge. Only a few of us have ab-
sorbed the knowledge that learning is more of a
process of how-to-absorb, rather than absorbing it-
self.

The good learner, then, is the one who knows the
how-to of learning. And the good teacher is the one
who knows the how-to of teaching.

At the university level, we of course need lecturers,
because at that level we should have learnt how to
absorb lectures. The how-to of learning is unfortu-
nately left to the primary school system. And there it
is in bad hands. Learning innovations are generally
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not the outcome of the school system but rather the
result of professional training, coaching, and man-
agement schools. In the past we went to school once
for a lifetime whereas today learning is programmed
into our whole life cycle. Therefore it is so important
to learn how to learn fast, effectively, and joyfully!

Clearly, if we want to come back to something
over and over, we need to experience pleasure doing
it, and that is what learning traditionally really never
seemed to be. But ask the highly evolved scholar, as
the famous writer, ask the successful entrepreneur, ask
the artist of world renown: they will all tell you that
learning is for them sheer pleasure, and a challenge
to grow.

Once we grasp the truth that learning is made for
our pleasure and not for our torture, we are open to
accept change in our learning habits. It begins with
questioning the effectiveness of our former learning
methods.

Sometimes we are motivated by a particular
teacher or the setting of a particular school. But at the
end of the day, we might want to change the teacher
or the school—all schools for that matter. The learner

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is in us. It is inside and not in any teacher, school or
system. We cannot change our brain but we can use it
more effectively so that the results we get with learn-
ing, memorizing and realizing projects are magnified.

I learnt this truth in high school when I was con-
fronted with my baccalaureate. This was something of
a shock after eight years of hanging around in that
school that bored me and where, lacking stimulation, I
was dreaming my days through.

Not that I was stupid in school, but I had been ab-
sent almost all the time; not physically absent but
mentally, emotionally.

I felt all through those years that the world I was
part of was strangely different from the world those
teachers and those other students were living in. I just
felt different, and they felt it too, and let me feel my
difference.

I might generally not be very helpful for career if
others make you feel marginal; yet, in a certain way it
is an advantage, if only you see it that way, for you
mature more quickly. Since you do not trust your envi-
ronment, you begin to develop more trust and belief

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in yourself, in your intuition, your inner world, your
creative intelligence.

And I really needed that trust then, because I was
far behind in some subjects. Yet despite all, I wanted
to succeed above average in my diploma.

However, there was nobody to teach me what ef-
fective learning actually was. I had left the boarding
one year earlier and thus went home every day after
classes, eighty miles to ride every day. I thought I bet-
ter use the time creatively, and the car’s tape player.

Thus I prepared tapes for English and French vo-
cabulary, and Latin grammar. However, it was dreadful
to prepare these tapes because at that time I hated
my voice, for I did not love myself.

But it was good to notice that for this insight
served me to take firm decision to change that condi-
tion later on.

So I listened to those tapes while driving to school
and back. No, I think the secret is that I did not listen
to them. I let them play while daydreaming. I did not
consciously listen. At the time, this was the result of
my laziness, yet it was to my benefit.

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Of course, I did not know at that time why pre-
cisely this method makes for maximized learning re-
sults! And I passed the bac so brilliantly that some of
my teachers looked at me angrily and said I had
fooled them for years! They could not believe it. The
essay I had submitted for the creative writing class
was read aloud by our German teacher in front of the
entire school…

I was glad. I had made it, and without their sup-
port, their school, their teachers. Simply by trusting
my joyful inner learner.

The only difference between creative and uncrea-
tive people is that the latter take ineffective learning
for granted. Creative learners either change the sys-
tem or drop out of it. In my case, I chose obviously
the first option, and it was to my benefit later on!

Learning vs. Superlearning
Recent research conducted in the United States
showed that a high percentage of the young is illiter-
ate, despite a sophisticated and highly expensive
school system! Most college graduates, although

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studying languages for years, are unable to lead a
simple conversation in the languages they major in.

Why? Our mainstream learning methods are not
among the most effective. In the 1960s, we had Su-
perlearning® coming from Bulgaria to the States and
then the rest of the world. Dr. Lozanov’s Suggestope-
dia, as he named it originally, seems to be in align-
ment with natural laws and the way our brain func-
tions.

—Sheila Ostrander & Lynn Schroeder, Superlearn-
ing 2000 (1994).

It shows how to combine the conscious and un-
conscious memory surfaces so that we learn and
memorize with our whole brain.

Using music, our right-brain capacities are en-
hanced in Superlearning, and the learning content is
absorbed by little chunks that are written into our
long-term memory. The chunks are patterns, and the
whole approach could be called a patterned learning
approach.

How can this be done? How can we realize virtually
unlimited learning capacity? The answer is, by learn-

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ing patterns, not singular elements. The brain picks
up patterns by using both brain hemispheres simulta-
neously engaged.

Most people only use a fraction of their potential.
In fact, we use in our culture most of the time only the
left side of our brain, our left brain hemisphere. We
try to cope with progress and challenge using our ra-
tional mind,disregarding the incredible potential of
both our subconscious and our associative minds,
which are located in our right brain hemisphere!

It is not by chance that our brain consists of two
hemispheres. The right hemisphere coordinates while
the left brain hemisphere analyses, and when the right
brain hemisphere assists the left brain hemisphere in
the learning process, a holistic understanding of the
learning content is brought about.

The right hemisphere functions in an inductive and
associative manner. It does not, like the left hemi-
sphere, memorize abstract concepts but the images
associated with those concepts. Since a concept does
not per se have an image connected to it, it is useful
to make up images about all we learn. The more vivid
our imagination, the better we memorize, simply be-

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cause imagination and visual thinking get the right
brain involved in the learning process. Every poet
knows that images, symbols and metaphors can con-
vey much more information in much less time than
strictly verbal transmission. Therefore true poetry is
acrobatics; it achieves the impossible, by expressing
what cannot be expressed. It puts in words what is
rather of an imagery quality.

In his research Dr. Lozanov found that our passive
learning capacity is about five times higher than our
active learning faculties. This means that our passive
vocabulary in every language is five times as high as
our active vocabulary; hence we understand five times
more than we are able to express.

It is funny because the negative thinkers conclude
from this fact that our brain suffered from an innate
deficiency when learning languages. In reality, this
feature of our memory surface is a true advantage. It
namely ensures the fundamental understanding of a
foreign language actually before we are able to speak
it. In fact, this characteristic of our memory interface
enables us to learn passively, that is to say, almost
without effort.

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We learnt our mother tongue without studying
grammar, didn’t we? Children pick up foreign lan-
guages while adults try to translate them into the
structures of their mother tongue. However, this latter
procedure, while it is used by the majority of people,
is highly ineffective and inappropriate. It prolongs the
learning process and is responsible for the accent we
bring into the foreign languages we speak.

Dr. Lozanov’s method, by contrast, has been seen
to produce native speakers. Learners speak foreign
languages without any accent, like native speakers,
simply because they have absorbed the language by
pattern recognition.

Before I go in more detail about highly effective
learning, let me first glimpse on the subject of learn-
ing from a more global perspective. I am aware of the
fact that reforming existing organizational structures
in education would not be enough; we need nothing
less but a revolution in education!

This revolution has since long been on our human
agenda. Great writers, philosophers and teachers like
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Maria Montes-
sori or Alexander S. Neill have prepared the shift

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which is now taking place all over the world. This is
not a shift in styles or methods or ways to perform,
but a real paradigm shift.

The old paradigm holds that learning is an un-
pleasant and mechanical activity that is a necessary
but unavoidable sacrifice on the way to higher
achievement. The new paradigm holds that learning is
an essential ingredient of life, a part of the human na-
ture and naturally as pleasurable as breathing, play-
ing, eating or taking a shower.

It further holds that unpleasant learning is the re-
sult of ignorance and a deep mistrust in the human
potential if not a form of outright violence originating
from a pleasure-denying ideology. The old paradigm
favored oligarchic systems of power that kept masses
of people ignorant, while the new paradigm strives for
effective and nurturing forms of learning as the very
foundation of democracy!

The new paradigm associates learning with crea-
tive living and, as such, is essential for human dignity.

The paradigm shift in learning stresses human val-
ues such as respect for the individual’s natural learn-

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ing faculties and intuition. It has given rise to a higher
value of personal choices and preferences.

The paradigm shift in learning deeply affects
modern society, which is currently evolving into a
global learning society with a high esteem for the in-
dividual’s learning capacities and choices.

Hundreds or even thousands of new ways of learn-
ing are presently being born all over the world, and
the common denominator among them is the diversi-
fication of the learning process. Meanwhile, the me-
dia, and even good old television are going through a
deep identity crisis and a transformation that will get
them ready to cope with the global need for more
and better education on a mass-scale level. In a glob-
ally networked and value-based consumer culture, we
need to learn constantly, effectively and joyfully.

Many of us, among them the highly gifted ones,
practice this already now and probably since their
childhood. The impact learning has on our creativity is
not to underestimate. To be creative and not to learn
is sheer impossible! Creativity and learning go hand
in hand. I would go as far as advising everyone who
complains about lack of creativity to simply start

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learning something new and then begin with practic-
ing this new learning.

As a result, creativity will blossom not just in the
particular field you have chosen to train yourself in. It
will be a general creativity and can affect areas of your
life that you considered as dull and stagnant. More
generally put, we can say that every learning experi-
ence rejuvenates us from inside out.

Expenses are currently decreasing on a large scale
and the one who still invests a fortune in getting a
master’s degree or diploma will tomorrow be consid-
ered a fool! Learning will be tightly interwoven with
daily life, and it will be for the most part electronic. It
will on a lesser scale be left to professional teachers
to teach, as the culture will provide virtually everybody
the opportunity to share information and thus be-
come a sort of public teacher. And why not?

From such large-scale information distribution, in-
come will be created in a more diversified manner as
ever before. Since the individual will not have much to
pay to get information, the per-client profit of infor-
mation providers will be relatively small, yet the great

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mass of potential clients networked within the global
learning structure will do for great profits!

The areas where new learning is required are al-
most unlimited; we’ll will have to master perhaps a
dozen languages fluently if we want to cope with the
global marketplace, and this can be achieved once
learning is felt as pleasure and as an essential enrich-
ment of life.

By playing with knowledge, we overcome learning
barriers that result from negative experiences in the
past. Such a tremendously new and energizing expe-
rience will take us beyond the accumulated frustra-
tions.

Naturally learning really is pleasurable since it re-
flects to us our unlimited potential, and because it
empowers us and boosts our self-esteem.

The learning barriers many of us have are not in
our nature and certainly not, as some misanthropes
say, in the human nature. They are but conditioned
responses to inhuman learning experiences! Love for
learning actually is similar to love for life.

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Children learn by play. They learn language by ab-
sorbing language and by playing with words and
phrases that they have already captured. The way
children learn languages can be compared with a
scanner. A scanner transforms pictures or writing in
electronic signals that the computer can identify and
retransform into pictures.

Children indeed scan the language they are ex-
posed to on a daily basis, with all its complex gram-
matical structure, intonation, syntax, and vocabulary,
and they memorize these whole patterns, not just sin-
gle elements such as words, or grammar. They never
learn isolated words and phrases, nor any grammar, as
most of us did in school.

Rather do they absorb language within a context,
a frame of reference, which is a patterned structure.

This is the secret. This context, this patterned
frame of reference in which we learn, is responsible
for a much higher learning input. The more our brain
can associate new knowledge with existing or contex-
tual knowledge, the more easily it can store it away in
long-term memory. This has to do with the neurologi-
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mental pictures help tremendously in memorizing
language or any other kind of learning material.

Another factor is that children never are in a learn-
ing environment specifically designed for them. Be-
hold, this is a major advantage! It means that they are
every day bombarded with new words, and that they
are, technically speaking, exposed to a much higher
input compared to the actual output they are able to
produce.

Traditional learning completely disregards our
passive learning capacities; it starts from the wrong
assumption that learning must always be an active
process, and that it must be hard and painful to get
learning results. This assumption is disproved by ho-
listic learning that engages our full potential and that
thus activates our full memorization capacities.

Superlearning techniques are natural in that sense
since they are based on the way our brain functions
when it functions as a whole brain. They recognize
that we can learn passively, just as we did as children,
by absorbing the whole of the learning content, using
our subconscious mind as a major reception antenna.

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These modern learning techniques are not only
much more effective, they are also healthier since
stress is reduced on a major scale and frustrations are
reduced to a minimum.

We speak of playful children. So why not speaking
also about playful learning? Whoever met a genius
knows what I am talking about. Geniuses are playful
learners! They have never left childhood. Not that
they remain immature, but they keep their playful atti-
tude in learning because they have preserved the in-
tegrity and aliveness of their inner child!

Geniuses like to play, with thoughts, with images,
with strategies, with concepts, with patterns, with
theories, and some also with people or countries, or
with life as a whole. In a way life is a game and can be
considered as a context where nature plays a game
with herself, where creatures play games with each
other, in order to survive, but also in order to have
fun!

Learning brings more results once it is done in a
way that is fun, that feels good, that is lively, and that
motivates us, thus releasing the learning frustrations
of the past.

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To put it in a formula, traditional learning is basi-
cally centered upon sweat and potatoes. It is based
on life-denying beliefs such as ‘life is a hard job’ or
‘life on earth is a sacrifice for later heaven,’ and similar
nonsense. Therefore traditional learning has bred
pressure and fear and got many people to become
dull who were enthusiastic as long as they were inno-
cent. It has built hero philosophies, which tell us that
only some people are winners and that all the rest will
become losers.

The hero cult has deeply affected our self-esteem
in the most negative way. Many people were crippled
by traditional education to a point to be unable to
pursue life in a naturally pleasurable manner; they
turned bitter and resentful.

However, life has not given birth to us for torturing
ourselves. Our brain is not a stubborn old donkey that
has to be beaten in order to run in high gear. It has
only to be motivated to learn and it will learn—and
frantically so!

Learning is an essential part of a human life. Life
recognizes the enormous potential we got as human
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for effective and joyful learning. In fact, most of us
never learnt to learn, and in school, then, unlearnt the
little what life, or the street taught us about this im-
portant subject. All the virtues that are connected to
understanding the learning process are bluntly disre-
garded in the traditional educational culture. The first
and foremost of those original virtues is flexibility. In-
stead of teaching us flexibility, school taught us rigid-
ity.

Flexibility is the highest virtue because life itself is
unendingly flexible and yielding. Survival is based on
the ability to flexibly adapt to any new situation or en-
vironment. The dinosaurs disappeared because they
couldn’t adapt to climatic changes. And many people
today are jobless because they are at pains with an-
ticipating structural changes in the world economy or
unable to cleanse their mind of outdated knowledge.

Relying on what you have learnt in school is not
only silly but dangerous for your professional career.

Among all what makes a modern society, the pri-
mary school system is the end where we are still with
one leg in the dark ages. More and more structural
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know that in only ten years from now the world will be
more different than a hundred years ago compared to
now. The acceleration of development on both an in-
dividual and a collective level is a fact of life that even
the uneducated masses today are beginning to face.

We cannot rely on school systems that teach this
or that stuff instead of teaching learning skills. And we
cannot rely on governments since the broad majority
among them follow outdated paradigms and even
fascist ideologies instead of empowering and motiva-
tional strategies.

Often, because badly needed reforms are post-
poned, huge unemployment and misery are the re-
sult. And in addition, because of insufficient knowl-
edge about how to learn, masses of people are mal-
adjusted in a world that is developing far beyond the
concepts traditional education was based upon.

Needless to say that all this is a potential root of
upheaval and social unrest. There is an urgent need
for groups of enlightened individuals to take respon-
sible control of the media so as to spread information
about the following topics:

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‣ The unlimited and divine nature of the human
soul;

‣ The unlimited range and power of our human po-
tential;

‣ The most effective forms of learning and self-
study;

‣ The art of learning-how-to-learn;

‣ The art of peaceful and joyful living;

‣ The art of holistic problem solving;

‣ The philosophy of the information age;

‣ and related subjects.

Learning-how-to-learn is what we call philosophy
in the original sense of the word. Philos originates
from the Greek philein, to love, and sophia means
wisdom. Philosophy thus is the love of wisdom, and
truly the original source of motivation to study intrigu-
ing phenomena such as the functioning of our brain
and the modalities of the learning experience.

Let me ask: ‘Why do some people remember al-
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perhaps the majority, have rather mediocre memory
capacity?’ I am convinced that the answer to this very
old question is simple. The first group of people have
learnt how to learn, the second are too much cen-
tered upon what to learn instead of realizing the pri-
mary importance of the learning process. If the proc-
ess of learning was not felt as a pleasure and an ad-
venture for growth, the result of learning will always
be poor.

I had a colleague at law school who was gifted
with a phenomenal memory. He told the professors
right away when they made a mistake, citing by
memory from voluminous commentaries, indicating
page number and exact location of the quote on the
page. When I asked him where he got his extraordi-
nary talent from, he replied, smiling:

—Oh, that’s easy. I just visualize everything I want
to learn. I look at the page one moment with high
concentration, very intensely, and thus photograph
the page into my memory. It’s just like scanning the
page—and that’s it. Like that I scan whole books, law
texts, commentaries, everything I want.

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Needless to add that this lad was the best of our
law class, if not of the entire university. In addition, he
was blessed being from one of the finest families in
town. He drove to law school in an old classic Mer-
cedes 500 Roadster, but despite his extraordinary gifts
and his royal-class family background, he was one of
the most modest and friendly people I’ve met in my
young life.

This example may raise your awareness to the im-
portance of memory. Usually we are not conscious of
how important it is to have good memory. You may
say that good memory serves to keep track with
phone numbers, birthdays and faces. But it’s much
more than that and it’s much more basic, too. Good
memory is not all in life but it facilitates life tremen-
dously. You should not underestimate it in the daily
running of your business or in whatever you do.

People who cannot remember faces are con-
fronted with many awkward situations and their rela-
tional life is deeply affected by their incapacity to
keep in mind the features of another person. What-
ever the deeper psychological reasons for this strange
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easily remember others give the impression to be
more open, more friendly, more accessible and com-
petent, if not more social and communicative. How-
ever, as important as memory is, it is only one element
in the learning process, which is concerned with the
know-how of storing pertinent information. The most
important word in this sentence is pertinent. Why do
we forget certain things and not certain other things?
Do we forget at all? In fact, the truth is that we don’t
forget anything. Research has shown that our uncon-
scious knows exactly how many steps we go to get to
their office, and back home.

Why not consciously, then? The reason is obvious:
we would be submerged with information. However,
the information is all the time present in the memory
surface, but it’s hidden away from conscious aware-
ness. You can figure this as some sort of backup tape
where you have more data stored than on your hard-
disc, data that you archived because it could be im-
portant one day, or that you need to keep for other
reasons, but data that you do not need to have on
your active hard drive.

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Now, there are people who, by nature, have got
such an extraordinary conscious memory surface that
they virtually can’t forget anything.

The famous pianist Svjatoslav Richter was one of
them. Even in old age, he knew sixty-three complete
concert recitals by heart, which means about two
hundred hours of uninterrupted music, note by note,
including fingerings, tempi, dynamics and other im-
portant details important for brilliant piano play. In
some interviews shortly before he died, he said he
could remember events and people from his child-
hood, and their long Russian names, as clearly as he
had seen them the day before.

He admitted actually in this interview that he was
suffering all his life from his unnatural incapacity to
forget.

What is it that makes good memory? Is it perhaps
a result of learning motivation? Is it involvement? Or is
it even something like a playful attitude toward learn-
ing in general?

Or is it direct perception, or else a combination of
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based upon strong learning motivation, a high level of
involvement and, as research has shown, a playful atti-
tude toward learning in general, as well as high curi-
osity.

Direct perception is the faculty to achieve results
without involving analysis or theory. It is the use of in-
tuition and spontaneity to perceiving reality in a non-
mental as well as a non-judgmental way. Small chil-
dren learn directly, holistically, by absorbing the whole
of the experience and importantly so, without judging
and without the past getting involved in the learning
process.

The past gets in the way because of thought.
Thought which is the derivative of past experience
and its projection into the present moment blocks
learning instead of facilitating it. Thought generally is
concerned with the use or the usefulness of some en-
deavor or activity. Those worries keep us from being
completely absorbed by the learning experience.

It is irrelevant if the specific content of what we are
learning is useful. What we learn with learning is
learning itself! Even if we forget the content of what
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is, through direct perception, the fruit of the learning
process will be there: we will have enriched our
learning-how-to-learn experience.

And this, by itself, is worth any kind of learning!

Motivation is the pathway to highly effective learn-
ing. We can reach such insight only through under-
standing learning as a holistic experience. The tradi-
tional approach to learning is reductionist in that it
deprives learning of a whole lot of its implicit and
contextual content.

There is a broadening of our intelligence in every
single learning experience. Even if the learning con-
tent is irrelevant or becomes futile, if we have passed
through the experience with enthusiasm and have
been immersed in it, there is a subtle essence that
positively touched our human potential. This is valid
not only for single learning experiences but, more in
general, for learning systems or methods.

On the other hand, it is typical in our days to over-
estimate the effectiveness of electronic media for
learning. Today’s enthusiasm for electronic learning is
the natural outcome of our moving into the informa-

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tion age and our almost child-like joy to indulge in
those exciting new media features. I am not different
in that and was from the start a fervent prophet of the
New Age of Information. However, we should not for-
get in our i-fever that the computer does not change
our thinking habits; it’s our brain that created the
computer, and not the computer that created our
brain.

It is through studying our brain and our natural
ways to handle information, and not through imitating
the very incomplete way how computers deal with in-
formation that we progress in understanding fast and
effective learning for ourselves and our children.

Traditionally, teaching languages was teaching a
grammar. Until now in English the term Grammar
School is used for a basic, elementary school. Just re-
call what you learned about grammar in school and
then evaluate how well you could speak a foreign lan-
guage with this grammar knowledge only.

I guess, zero percent! 

We do simply not learn languages by gathering
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chological and neurological reasons, which are in the
meantime also scientifically corroborated. Our brain
simply does not need grammar to learn a foreign lan-
guage, but something totally different!

But despite this knowledge we go on to teach
children the grammar nonsense and let them lose
their time with mechanical and highly boring activi-
ties!

And then we wonder why they feel bored and
want to break out! They should break out because
this proves that their creative impulse is strong
enough to survive the prison of routines in which we
want to incarcerate them. 

I already mentioned Dr. Lozanov who found that
we learn better when our brain functions in the so-
called alpha state. The alpha state is the state in be-
tween wake and sleep.

In this state of consciousness, our left and right
brain hemispheres function in sync, thus ensuring the
full potential of creative possibilities we dispose of. 

In our waking state, by contrast, our brain func-
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the left-brain hemisphere, enabling us to straightfor-
ward, logical and so-called rational thought, to the
detriment of our intuitive, receptive and truly creative
possibilities.

It can be said that the whole of modern culture is
based on a predominance of our left brain hemi-
sphere! Logically then, within this reductionist system,
it was upheld that language learning meant the study
of grammar. But times have changed. Today, not only
with Superlearning have we got a method that is revo-
lutionizing learning since it is devoid of any conscious
effort to learn.

There are nowadays other methods around that
are perhaps less sophisticated, but also less expen-
sive, among them, for example, the Assimil method.

This method, like Superlearning, is based upon
the fact that our brain picks up whole patterns, and
this including the grammar structure of the language.
That is why Assimil does not teach any grammar and
yet is one of the most effective modern language
learning methods worldwide. And in addition it’s
highly affordable!

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But Georgi Lozanov did not only revolutionize lan-
guage teaching. After he was already a famous psy-
chiatrist and parapsychologist in his home country
Bulgaria, Lozanov went to India in order to study the
astonishing psychic capacities of Yogis. At the same
time, the Russian scientist Alexander Luria spent dec-
ades to study Venjamin, a man who remembers all,
and found his memory capacities unlimited. Venjamin
never forgot anything and could even remember the
setup of the dishes and the flowers on a table of an
afternoon tea forty years back in time. Lozanov knew
Luria’s books and found similar phenomena among
the Yogis in Bulgaria and India. Some of them had an
almost total photographic memory.

What Lozanov did, then, was to combine his re-
search on language teaching with what we know
about the functioning of human memory.

And here we have a method that is, despite all
similarities with Assimil, very different and unique.
While Assimil and most of the newer programs for
language learning are made for self-teaching, Super-
learning cannot be applied that way, and some peo-
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method failed. The original Superlearning technique
needs a specially trained instructor. This teacher must
have the qualities of an actor. Students are in arm-
chairs and enveloped by soft string sounds, by prefer-
ence Baroque airs.

The teacher, standing in front of the audience, re-
cites long texts in the foreign language. The tone of
his voice alternates. One moment he shouts, then he
whispers, then he talks normally. The rhythm of his
speech is exactly in sync with the rhythm of the music,
which in turn is in sync with the breathing rhythm of
the learners.

The results are nothing short of astounding! You
can learn difficult languages such as Arabic, Russian
or Chinese in two months; children learn to read and
write in no more than six months—and this with an
almost total perfection. The foreign languages are
spoken without accent and written in exact orthogra-
phy and this despite the fact that no grammar is ever
taught. 

Dr. Lozanov was convinced that our brain, our sub-
conscious mind, knows all grammars of all languages,
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which are listened to in the alpha state. His theory
must be right since the results show that all tested
students of his programs knew the grammar of the
foreign language—without ever having studied it.

The reason why the speaker alternates the volume
of his voice has to do with the reception capacity of
our brain.

First of all, our subconscious mind picks up what is
underlying in a mixture of different sounds, and not
what is dominant. At the beginning of the sessions,
Dr. Lozanov puts specially chosen music to help his
audience to relax. The airs and andante are adjusted
in tempo so that they fit exactly our natural heartbeat
which is around 62 beats per minute, thus relaxing
those who are nervous (heartbeat too quick) and
stimulating those others who are apathetic and unmo-
tivated (heartbeat too slow).

Later Dr. Lozanov found another important func-
tion of the music: its transmitter function. The music
was seen to serve as a transmitter for the spoken
texts. As the phrases were spoken in precise sync with
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transmitter for the foreign language to reach the sub-
conscious mind of the listeners.

From Bulgaria, Suggestopedia spread very quickly,
first of all to the United States, and from there back to
Europe and all high-tech nations. The essential new
discovery, however, penetrated only into very few cir-
cles of society. It has, to my knowledge, not reached
the level of public education where students still sit
on benches, with a crushed stomach, and are pumped
up with grammar knowledge, leaving their classes
with a feeling of having done ‘hard work.’

Hard work indeed, but without significant results!

Lozanov’s findings are just a beginning for us, to-
day. The great psychiatrist was for us a pioneer and
we have to continue the research that he so brilliantly
set in motion. In our era of globalization, the struggle
for every single youngster to succeed in the rat-race is
harder than ever before. On the other hand, the chal-
lenge to reach more satisfying lifestyles and careers,
more satisfying in creative realization, is today present
in all societies that have reached a certain level of
progress and a basic level of democratic freedom!

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There is not one process of creativity, there are
many. They are interwoven in a complex network of
brain functions, on one hand, and behavioral atti-
tudes, on the other.

The study of education therefore is very large. It is
the study of man as a whole, and of his culture. Our
research must have a theoretical basis as well as a
practical dimension. Without theory, our experiments
will not explain us why things develop in a certain way
and not in a certain other way and without practice
our hypotheses remain unproven.

Theoretical work means the review of the abun-
dant and rapidly growing literature on the subject of
creativity research in order to find out the state of the
art in this field, to see what is admitted in the mean-
time and what has still to be proven.

It equally encompasses the working out of new
hypotheses, even if they revolutionize our findings
from yesterday. Progress has become rapid all over
the globe and the human development takes big
steps in new directions. Faster, more effective and
more relaxed learning is only one of them, but a very
important one!

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Holistic Learning
All learning is a process. When we focus upon the
process of learning we learn about learning.

What we did traditionally was to focus upon the
learning content. Thus, we can say that in the past
learning was considered as something static and me-
chanical while today we see learning as a dynamic
process, something ongoing, organic and that is
somehow part of life. This process of learning, if we
are to understand it intelligently, must be seen in
alignment with our totality of perception.

Learning is the way we deal with what we perceive,
and it is all about how we process the information that
has been collected by our brain, but not only our
brain, through a rather complicated process that we
call perception. Thus, when we want to find out about
the process of learning, we need to look what percep-
tion is and how it works.

Perception, it seems, is a subject not very broadly
discussed in modern science. This obvious neglect of
scientific in-depth study of the holistic process of per-
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general focus of modern science upon information
processing. There was a historic shift around the end
of Antiquity that led to a trend away from direct per-
ception and toward information processing, archiving
or mere information reproduction.

And yet, direct perception is our most natural,
spontaneously intelligent mode of perception. It is
the way our brain receives and stores information.
New research has fully corroborated the teachings of
the old sages who affirmed that learning has to be
holistic and whole-brain in order to be truly effective.
We can only wonder when we hear scientists state
that generally we use only between about five to
eight percent of our brain.

Why are we so terribly uncreative, so utterly inef-
fective in our learning performance? Despite this
whole process called civilization, despite schooling,
despite the printing press, Gutenberg and all the rest
of it, we have remained in a truly primitive state of
evolution regarding learning.

I am not concerned with finding out about the
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tential, but with the possibilities to take action here
and now to change this state of affairs.

Changing the world comes about through individ-
ual changes. Once a sufficient number of individuals
quantum leaped to a higher evolutionary scale, there
will be a major paradigm shift in the whole system.

This is how civilization develops; it all begins in the
cell and then expands to still bigger patterns.

Nature is programmed in a system of patterns that
are holistically related to each other and where the
information of the whole is contained in every single
cell of the pattern. The pattern structure is typical for
the information the brain receives and stores informa-
tion. New information is added on to existing patterns
of information. Without such connections which in
neurology are called preferred pathways, memory is
not possible. The better the brain can manage to as-
sociate new input with already stored patterns, the
better the information storage will be, and the higher
will be the memorization result.

Our brain does the entire process of perception
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without a need for us to set a decision about it. This
fact is important for the understanding of the func-
tioning of the brain. There is a positive side and a
negative side about it.

Positively, the passively organizing perception
structure of the brain insures that we continuously re-
ceive and store information, at any moment of the day
and the night.

Also during sleep and even in deep coma all the
information from the five senses is stored in the un-
conscious memory surface. So the apparently passive
functioning of the brain is actually an extremely active
process. The important point about it is that the or-
ganizer of the information is inside and not outside of
the system.

To give an example, let us have a look at two
groups of children. The first group is raised freely so
that they can pick up any information from their envi-
ronment and grow, from the information they get, into
what they are destined for. The second group, how-
ever, is strictly regulated, protected and guarded off
from unprocessed information.

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Which group, would you think, will be more intelli-
gent and more creative, the first or the second one?

Of course the first one. Simply because in their
case the freely organizing and unhindered system of
their perception and the free flow of information,
combined with high input, made that their brains
were working in high gear whereas in the second
group creative learning processes were for the most
part impeded and blocked.

In the first group the organizer of the information
was inside, within the children, while in the second
group it was the tutelary adults around the children
who were installing valves for the free flow of incom-
ing information filtering out the larger part of it.

We can also put it that way: in the first group it was
nature’s intelligence that cared for those children’s
evolution, in the second case it was shortsighted hu-
man judgment.

This example shows the impact the early environ-
ment has on the development of our intelligence and
our later use of the potential we’ve got.

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In my opinion we all got high potential but only
very few of us were exposed to the necessary amount
of environmental support and have, in addition, de-
veloped the creative will for freeing themselves from
the dangers of conditioning; we need both these fac-
tors working in a positive direction if we are to fully
develop our talents and creative powers.

I am convinced that people like Leonardo da Vinci,
Albert Einstein or Pablo Picasso, were they scored for
the use of their creative resources, would have been
found to use more than eighty percent of their crea-
tive intelligence potential whereas for the common
individual four to eight percent might be realistic. Be-
hold, one of the greatest errors consists in assuming
that this state of affairs could not be changed or was
inherent in our human nature!

Darwinism has contributed to spread this error as
one of the most destructive and absurd ideas about
the human nature and the hero cult has built it into
the belief system of millions that forms part and par-
cel of postmodern international consumer culture.

The truth is that every single human being has got
this incredible power that enables us to achieve what-

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ever we wish, if only we set our minds to it and de-
velop tremendous focus on realizing our creative will.

In his book Serious Creativity (1996), Edward de
Bono states that ‘education does very little about
teaching creative thinking.’ For more than two dec-
ades, de Bono stressed that there was an astounding
lack of creativity not only in schools and universities,
but also in business, even in the highest ranks of
management, and the even higher ranks of govern-
ment.

Edward de Bono’s creativity teaching focuses on
enhancing business creativity as a deliberate ap-
proach, something that can be learnt and that he
called lateral thinking. Lateral thinking is not a special
wondrous skill of the right brain, but simply a particu-
larly coordinated way of both brain hemispheres
working in sync. The discovery of lateral thinking
came about through the observation of the human
brain’s unique capability to collect and store informa-
tion through pattern recognition and pattern assem-
bly. The brain does not store isolated pieces of infor-
mation but always organizes information in patterns.
De Bono states on page 11 of his book:

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What computers find so hard to do (pattern recognition) the
brain does instantly and automatically.

When de Bono released his theory of passively or-
ganizing systems in one of his first books, The
Mechanism of Mind (1969), scientists at first disre-
garded these astonishing findings. However, later
Nobel Prize winners confirmed them; in addition, the
amazing new discoveries in neurology corroborate
them brilliantly.

The preferred-pathways setup of the brain, nowa-
days presented as common knowledge even in popu-
lar science books, is but another way of formulating
de Bono’s early theory. And de Bono equally saw the
negative side of this mechanism whereas neurologists
continue to acknowledge but the positive effects of it.
The essential negative point in passively organizing
systems is that the recognition itself is conditioned
upon the already existing patterns. Bono said that
when we analyze data we can only pick out the idea
we already have. And even more clearly does he state
on p. 24:

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give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong.
The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.

That de Bono’s insight is about more than neurol-
ogy is shown by the fact that no lesser than Krishna-
murti stated exactly the same, saying that only passive
awareness and not active thought can help us under-
stand the world intelligently.

Thought or what we call our ratio is not able to
recognize patterns, it can only process patterns that
are already available in the memory surface.

In addition, the conditioning of perception by
thought and past experience was a major argument
Krishnamurti used to overcome the limitations of the
conscious mind, showing that there is unlimited intel-
ligence and awareness not in thought but in the realm
beyond thought.

Creativity, then, is strictly speaking not a product
of thinking, but of creative thinking which is more than
thinking. De Bono was outspoken about the destruc-
tive process of creative thinking. What he calls the
‘creative challenge’ basically consists in destroying
existing patterns or disregarding them in order to free
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this sense, creativity comes close to love, or else love
could be seen as a form of creativity.

Krishnamurti stated that love is destructive in the
sense that it destroys existing perception patterns
and thus powerfully refreshes our regard on life, and
on ourselves.

It also happens, as de Bono repeatedly pointed
out, in humor. This is the reason why humor heals and
exerts such a positive influence not only on our mind
but also on our organism. Humor detoxifies the body
from accumulated old patterns that have restricted
our evolution.

To understand this reasoning we should keep in
mind that evolution can only take place where our re-
gard shifts. Evolution proceeds in a spiraled manner,
repeating the basic processes of one level of evolu-
tion on the next level, thus climbing one step higher
in the evolutionary scale. The form of the DNA, sym-
bol of all life, reminds it plastically.

Our regard can only shift in moments where condi-
tioning ends. This can happen during meditation or
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creativity is based upon actively implying right-brain
capacities in our regular thought processes for bring-
ing about a more holistic process of thinking.

It is quite different from the Eastern approach
which was traditionally obsessed with the idea to de-
liberately stop thought in order to connect to the
higher realm of wisdom and creative thinking. For de
Bono, it is not to stop thinking but to think differently.
Another difference would be one of dynamics.

Both approaches, the ancient Eastern approach to
complete perception, and de Bono’s, have in com-
mon that they stress the ultimate importance of the
perception process as what it is, a movement.

In terms of the dynamics involved in the process of
perception, the Western and the Eastern approaches
differ.

The latter starts from the premise that only by
slowing down thought, by one’s detaching from the
thought content and by becoming passively aware,
we prepare for the unknown and thus become crea-
tive. For de Bono it is in the contrary a very active and
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ried out that will trigger the creativity response. This
difference in approaching the question typically rep-
resents the way in which East and West culturally dif-
fer.

It also makes clear what the essential difference is
between creativity and creativeness. De Bono’s lateral
thinking method is intentionally limited to bringing
about creative results on demand. It is not meant to
be an artist’s way of creation—it is not meant to teach
creativeness.

Krishnamurti’s educational approach, as the basis
of the Krishnamurti Schools definitely is a way to edu-
cate children within a continuum of gradual unfold-
ment through creative and holistic living. Krishna-
murti’s starting point was that institutionalized educa-
tion destroys intuition.

The third important factor in learning, next to di-
rect perception and intuition is self-regulation. Obser-
vation of nature, psychoanalysis and permissive, non-
authoritarian educational projects such as Summerhill
as well as modern systems theory demonstrate the
existence of an inherent mechanism of self-regulation
in all natural growth processes.

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—See A.S. Neill, Summerhill (1961), pp. 29 ff. and
Neill! Neill! Orange Peel! (1972).

Permissive Education assumes that as a matter of
fact, children grow by themselves and thus we do not
need to artificially stimulate children’s emotions, chil-
dren’s sensitivity and children’s creativity. What we
have to look for is only that these values, which are
naturally present in every child, are not destroyed,
and thus preserved.

Children are by nature emotional, sensitive and
creative. It is society that destroys this integrity in
schools that are more like prisons than anything else,
and that subdue children and undermine their natural
self-esteem.

What we only have to care about is that children
receive adequate support so as to grow in an envi-
ronment that is nurturant for fostering their unique-
ness, their creative potential and their intrinsic talents.

Before the existence of schools, children were
raised by their parents and other adults present in the
extended family. They learned primarily by observa-
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needed for their later career, from their early environ-
ment. They do this still today, but there is less free-
dom in our society for children to grow up uncon-
trolled and unsupervised and develop their own emo-
tional and cognitive insights.

Conditioning is very strong in today’s industrialized
societies and the culture tries to impregnate children
from early age with its agenda and values.

De Bono, much like Lozanov, found that only in
early childhood learning, and especially in the way
young children learn their first language, we see na-
ture’s full intelligence at work.

It is a well-known fact that geniuses such as Ein-
stein or Picasso and most of our cherished cultural he-
roes never entered or finished school, dropped out or
flew it. These people know that they know better and
follow their instinct rather than an artificial learning
system that represents a considerable waste of time
and resources and that essentially violates human
dignity in the most flagrant way.

Life, seen through the eyes of a school system, is
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the style of the vivisectionists, has to be killed in order
to be ready for study.

Until today, international organizations such as the
United Nations or UNICEF still adhere to concepts
such as alphabetization of the masses, and this de-
spite the fact that more and more research is accumu-
lated that shows that alphabetization alone has no
value at all without being imbedded in a school sys-
tem that respects the child as a unique individual and
creative and spiritually minded person in her own
right. Mass civilization, mass learning, mass standardi-
zation and mass indoctrination have led to a dehu-
manization of culture, and this on the global level.
These reductionist principles have led to worldwide
destruction and violence.

This cycle is currently undergoing a revision
through a total reformation of the educational and
pedagogical systems on a worldwide scale.

Learning through direct perception is the key. This
form of direct learning is not new, but actually very
old. Many of those who were and are considered as
stupid, recalcitrant, refractory or even criminal in the
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gent ones, the highly gifted ones and the ones with a
unique and original mindset.

They regularly know that true and original learning
is not what they can find in schools or colleges, relig-
ious or worldly, but what they directly and spontane-
ously comprehend, by observation, by the experience
of immediate perception that passes not through the
reasoning mind but through the still mind of the pas-
sive observer.

Let me explain more in detail what direct percep-
tion is about, using a famous example, Krishnamurti.
While in the meantime K is recognized to have been
one of humanity’s greatest spiritual teachers, he was
beaten daily in school by a violent and ignorant
teacher.

He was left utterly alone and would probably have
ended as the village idiot in Madanapalle, India, if not
the theosophists had taken him to England where he
was educated under their patronage.

Announced by seers as the New Messiahs, this
boy was found, at fourteen, at a beach side, ne-
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carious health condition. His whole early environment
treated him without any respect, without any dignity
and, needless to add, without any intelligence.

Krishnamurti, as a little boy, rejected all knowledge
he was supposed to assimilate. He rejected the whole
of it, the whole of conditioning, societal, religious,
moral or whatever; and because of this refusal he was
treated with utter disrespect and violence, as so many
other children who, like him, prefer to remain in their
original state of mind that is pure and unspoiled, the
mind of a totally conscious direct observer Once freed
from the uncivil early environment, Krishnamurti learnt
everything, languages, behavior patterns of many dif-
ferent cultures, religious customs and traditions,
philosophical doctrines, literature, poetry, and even
worldly matters such as driving a car.

He, the little neglected boy became one of the
greatest teachers and philosophers of our times and
of all times. Krishnamurti learned through direct per-
ception and therefore his learning was immediate,
spontaneous and almost instantaneous, the learning
of a genius.

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From his experience and deep insight into the
spiritual nature of man, he founded the Krishnamurti
Schools in India, Britain and the United States which
are truly alternative in terms of teaching because they
teach the wholeness of life and not fragmented and
isolated subjects.

Direct perception is the key to using our hidden
potential in hitherto unforeseen ways so as to achieve
miraculous results that we know only from people who
are called geniuses. Truly, we all possess the spark of
divine intelligence, able to pass beyond the limita-
tions of our conditioned mind once we are able to use
our whole brain.

Direct perception is a whole-brain experience.
Since the left brain is not primarily involved in it, the
language center is not, either. When we perceive truth
in an immediate way, we cannot put our experience in
words, because it did not come to us through words.

People who report direct perception experiences
almost always have difficulties to put their holistic
view into the limited corset of language. For example,
when children report to have seen Virgin Mary, as it
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Fatima, Portugal or in Lourdes, France, they are
speechless at first. Even adults, when witnessing a
miracle, tend to lose control over their choice of
words or just repeat the same words over and over
again.

—See Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe
(1992).

Similarly, in situations of shock or trauma, we lose
speech for a while. Why is that so?

I suppose that in such situations, our brain uses
temporarily an archaic survival pattern that energizes
first of all the brain stem and the right brain, activat-
ing basic mechanisms of flight and fight. Survival
works without the involvement of the neocortex and
thus without the involvement of the language center
which is located there. It is in this mode of functioning
that direct perception takes place.

When there is danger for life, the brain switches
into survival mode and triggers the survival response.
It does so because this mode of reaction is much
faster than reasoning, thought and language.

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Of course, what the brain does in danger, it can
also do in peace. We only have to understand how
the brain triggers the immediate response so that we
can let it work for learning purposes.

What then is evolution actually about? Looking
back in history and becoming aware of the high level
of wisdom that humanity possessed in ancient times,
we cannot seriously claim that there was evolution at
all. In the contrary, humanity has devolved during the
process of what we use to call civilization, at least
since the last part of this process, which are grossly
the last five thousand years, the time of patriarchy.

It is for this reason that today we must head into
developing the parts of the brain that have been left
out by evolution, the right brain hemisphere and the
brain stem.

It will begin with relearning how to learn, with un-
locking our potential for true receptiveness, for
whole-brain learning, for using our brain for what it is
destined for: learning by absorbing whole patterns
instead of isolated pieces of knowledge.

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It will begin with consciousness-based holistic
education, and it will be with electronic learning. And
eventually it will pass into the school systems world-
wide.

As long as we continue to bring up and being
brought up in systems where our true intelligence
agonizes and dies, we will breed but confusion and
violence. And there is no question that, then, we will
not be able to master the challenges of the new era
we are heading into: the Information Age, the New
Age, the Aquarius Age.

Only through holistic solutions that involve our
wholeness and the integration of all parts of our be-
ing will we be able to survive in the mess that we our-
selves, or past generations, have left over to us.

Learning through direct perception is the way out,
and it is actually a way back to true intelligence and to
the teachings of the ancient mystery schools where
perennial wisdom was once taught to an elite.

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Learning and Career
Creative career design is one of the most impor-
tant yet also one the most challenging tasks of civil
administration.

It actually requires a joint cooperation of govern-
ment and industry so that workable solutions can be
implemented.

This is even more so as career design or generally
professional formation is a long-term endeavor.

Educational structures are rooted in social and cul-
tural conventions and are therefore not easy to
change. It takes a considerable effort from the side of
the decision-makers involved to come up with crea-
tive new solutions.

Our times bring profound change in all areas of
life. Jobs get lost through structural changes on a
worldwide scale. Rebuilding the world economy
brings much suffering if educational needs are not
met in time. One of the most urgent educational
needs is a closer connection between education and
the industry. That is where career design comes in.

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Creative career design remodels education in a
way to be more flexibly adapted to the demands and
expectations of the industry. This can for example be
done through implementing think-tank classes like
The Art of Learning in the school system. In those
classes no specific skills are taught, but the how to of
learning. Social scientists and psychologists agree
that in the future job changes will occur much more
often in our lives and careers as before.

This brings about the need to take up learning al-
most constantly during one’s lifetime. Formerly, it was
generally sufficient to have learned one specific job or
skill in order to survive as a craftsman or employee.
Today and tomorrow this is going to change quite
dramatically. Individual development and social
change are required today and tomorrow at such a
speed that there is certainty about one thing only:
that there will be change!

Laurence G. Boldt, career consultant, stresses that
most of his clients come to get a ready-made solution
for their career problems. Boldt says that most people
lack initiative to see a wider perspective of profes-
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their limited thinking much more than a lack of spe-
cific skills that led to their unemployment. On the
other hand, Boldt found that people can hardly be
blamed for their apathy since they come out of a
highly rigid educational system that is impregnated
with the belief that once you went successfully
through the required stuff, you will make it later on.

—See, for example, Laurence G. Boldt, Zen and the
Art of Making a Living (1993) and The Tao of Abun-
dance (1999).

What we learn is at the end of the day far less im-
portant than how we learn what we learn, and what
we generally think about learning. Specialists agree
that those who rapidly acquire a wide perspective
about opportunities, and who develop motivation and
excitement for new learning easily overcome reces-
sion periods and find new ways of successful em-
ployment or even entrepreneurship. For example,
they may choose freelancing as a new and creative
possibility of earning their life.

Freelancing has gained widespread reputation be-
cause it is much better adapted to the quick changes
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basically free and relatively creative professional life
without too many restraints and thus contributes to an
independent lifestyle.

On the other hand, the financial situation of the
freelancer typically is unstable and rather fluctuant.
But for many people, especially in creative profes-
sions such as creative writing, design, art, music pro-
duction, consulting and nowadays telecommunica-
tions and networking, freelancing is preferred be-
cause it ensures space for creativity and inventiveness.
Another quality freelancers must possess is toughness
to market their product through a morass of compet-
ing alternatives.

However, freelancing is not based on knowledge
we acquire in school. Much to the contrary, none of
the typical characteristics a successful freelancer
needs are taught in school.

There is almost no emphasis, in traditional up-
bringing, upon independence, nor on creativity or
positive forms of aggressiveness or at least care-
freeness. Yet, compared to both employment and en-
trepreneurship, freelancing is one of the fastest grow-
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also well suited to survive structural change and diver-
sification. Compared to employment, it offers a lot
more freedom and space for creative impact on one’s
life while it does not generally require the huge finan-
cial investments that are typical for free entrepreneur-
ship.

It is after all irresponsible from the side of gov-
ernments to stay with our outdated and depleted
educational system. This system namely is fundamen-
tally inadequate to keep up with the present, and
even more so, the future requirements for successful
and satisfying professional endeavor.

We are since long beyond the times where gov-
ernments educated people to become either blissful
soldiers or thankful breeding machines for new off-
spring to be readily killed in the next war or civil war.

Despite the urgent need for reform, governments
tend to cut costs at the frontline of education rather
than in military budgets or through bureaucracy re-
duction. This is why chances are that only through a
well-thought strategy of intervention from the side of
the industry, changes may occur on the government
side.

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Bureaucracies are not likely to initiate change from
inside out. Evolutionary processes therefore have to
take place from outside in, through consultancy or
through joint-ventures between government and in-
dustry.

The first step in this process of structural change
would be to raise awareness about how and to what
extent a networked world and an international mar-
ketplace molds the human potential, and what we can
learn from that.

This is an assessment that is relatively easy to be
done. It will bring about the insight that there is an
amazing similarity of the human qualities needed in
modern market competition all over the world, which
are not dependent on culture, race or social condi-
tioning. Some of these qualities are:

‣ Flexibility, adaptability

‣ Intellectual mobility

‣ Curiosity

‣ Ability to play with concepts

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‣ Creativity and response-ability

‣ Integrity and commitment

‣ Readiness for change and personal growth

‣ Readiness for team work

‣ Readiness for sharing

‣ Interdependent thinking

‣ Understanding about networking and team lead-
ership

‣ Readiness for stewardship

‣ Care and quality management

‣ Awareness of social, cultural and environmental
factors

Individuals who possess these qualities can learn
any of the skills needed for the specific tasks they are
dealing with in their career. Skills are always at the pe-
riphery of the personality whereas qualities are part of
our inside nature. Skills are built on qualities, and not
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may be trained but they will vanish because the fertile
ground for their growth is missing.

Typically, inner qualities are assembled in an atti-
tude. Hence, the importance of attitude training and
its superiority over mere skill-based training.

Human resources and endowments are often
wasted because this fundamental distinction is widely
misunderstood or even ignored in the business world.
In my experience, in management training all over the
world, the general emphasis is on skills. However, the
truth is that a person who is really dedicated and pos-
sesses the right attitude will easily acquire the skills
she needs for realizing her inner qualities on an out-
side level. 

Skills incarnate qualities and make them visible
reality. Before they can be learnt, a seed must be
planted inside. Qualities are these inner seeds. And
there must have been a growth process to let this
seed unfold.

Seen from this perspective, the obsession with in-
culcating skills seems almost grotesque, as if people
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new car they want to buy while they do not even know
if this car can be built and construed and made avail-
able for purchase in their market economy.

Only a deep concern and commitment from the
top of both government and industry can bring about
a fundamental reform of the existing vocational train-
ing.

This must result in providing the funds, in bringing
the right people together, and in a consistent imple-
mentation of the new career policies. It cannot be
done through quick fixes such as putting computers
in schools or stating in curricula that creative input
from pupils should be encouraged and valued. Only a
holistic solution that is brought about in joint coop-
eration by all decision-makers involved will finally as-
sure the victory over the deep crisis of education we
presently face. These are some of the changes that
could and should be implemented:

‣ Joint operations between government and indus-
try for the adaptation of education to modern
standards;

‣ A task-force that is jointly composed of govern-
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sultants to work out operational solutions that
provide a high-quality and at the same time flexi-
ble educational standard that allows graduates to
adapt creatively to every possible professional
challenge;

‣ Educational curricula to be worked out jointly
with industry experts, such as H.R. managers,
training consultants and teachers in order to en-
sure their effectiveness; 

‣ Curricula to be revised on a more consistent and
more frequent basis than ever before;

‣ Learning results measured more in terms of inte-
grative and holistic thinking capacities and
solution-centeredness than measured in terms of
specific knowledge or skills;

‣ Learning strategies implemented that focus on
the development of creativity and integrated or
parallel thinking capacities as an add-on to ana-
lytic and merely logical forms of thinking training;

‣ Industry funding for educational innovations
based upon the rationale that the industry has a
vivid interest to sponsor more practice-oriented
educational solutions; the higher the practical
usefulness of graduates for the industry, the less
training budget corporations have to spend on
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‣ Job search offices or resource centers at every
school and university that provide service for
graduates to find a job, that organize regular
meetings with representatives of the industry, that
provide free writing facilities such as computers,
phone and fax connections, and C.V. writing serv-
ices for users.

Points to Ponder

‣ In Chapter One, we have seen that ‘schooling’
and ‘career’ do not necessarily mean the same,
and that upon a closer look they actually reveal to
be quite different experiences in the sense that
our schooling simply is inadequate to prepare us
for our career.

‣ As most mainstream schools around the world
have not yet implemented effective learning
methods that are based upon the brain’s func-
tioning as a patterned and neuronally structured
system, the ‘learning’ part of school for most in-
telligent people consists in more or less elaborat-
ing their own learning effectiveness. In other
words, these people achieve brilliantly not be-
cause of school, but despite of school.

‣ For most high achievers, decision-making about
school and emotional survival is clear-cut in the
sense that it regularly turns out to be that either
the person develops their own learning system
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out. Examples for the latter type of learners are
notorious, to cite only Albert Einstein and Pablo
Picasso. An example for the first type of learners
is myself.

‣ We also saw in this chapter that when we follow
the brain’s inbuilt patterned structure, when we
setup learning in the way that children learn their
first language, that is, by pattern recognition in-
stead of ingesting fragmented learning input, we
learn much faster and our learning effectiveness
will be much higher.

‣ On this same line of reasoning, learning motiva-
tion evaporates when competition thinking
creeps in or when learning is coercive in the
sense that failure is met with punishment. That is
why under the old paradigm school was often
traumatic for sensitive, gifted and intelligent chil-
dren in that it all happened in a climate of terror
and fear. In addition, people might then be
blocked for lifetime against new learning of any
kind.

‣ For learning foreign languages, no study of
grammar is needed, as all grammar of all lan-
guages is known by our memory interface in the
sense that when we pick up whole patterns of the
new language, we automatically pick up the
grammar. So learning grammar is actually a gi-
gantic waste of time and energy. Among other
modern learning techniques, Suggestopedia or
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trist and pedagogue Dr. Georgi Lozanov, proves
that foreign languages can be learnt perfectly
and comfortably, and almost effortlessly, without
learning any grammar, and in a minimum of time.

‣ Regularly, with this method, difficult languages
such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Turkish can be
learnt in two months, at conversation level, and
speakers will pronounce words like native speak-
ers, without accent.

‣ When we look at the notion of holistic learning,
we see that it is closely related to perception, and
that perception as a holistic process has never
got much scientific attention in our society be-
cause our science is so much focused upon in-
formation processing. Hence, we should take a
pragmatic approach and ask how we can improve
learning results despite of our culture’s aloofness
for changing the learning paradigm?

‣ The first factor to consider in our endeavor to im-
prove learning effectiveness are preferred path-
ways, and the fact that we can create, even in ad-
vanced age, new preferred neuronal pathways in
our brain, thereby deliberately changing our neu-
ronet.

‣ While early neurology was telling us that after the
first six years of life, the neuronet in our brain got
its definite form and could basically not be
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immunology showed that we can impact upon
our neuronet at any time in our life, and that we
can both dissolve and build new neuronal con-
nections through appropriate techniques, the use
of deliberate intention and what is nowadays
called ‘Creating Your Own Reality.’

‣ The second factor to consider is to realize what
direct perception means and how we can im-
prove our ability for perceiving reality directly,
and not through the filter of our belief system.

‣ The third and last factor to consider is how learn-
ing and career hang together and what could be
done for improving career design in the sense of
increasing our personal career chances and long-
term professional satisfaction.

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Chapter Two

Creative Learning and Realization

What is Creativity?
In order to find out about the process of creativity,
let us see the factors that produce non-creativity.
More than 90% of our life is routine!

We move, clean, plan, manage events, we ar-
range, we prepare, we repeat, we store, and so on.
Not even ten percent of our time do we spend with
creating things, inventing new methods, changing ex-
isting routines, or finding new ways of doing. We all
have creative impulses, but for most of us, when they
surge up, they pass unnoticed because we do not
value them.

The majority of people think that we can’t change
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chanical procedures, on one hand, and creative, in-
ventive work, on the other. As exceptions from what
they take as the rule, they cite the geniuses, people
like Picasso, Dali, Bach, Rachmaninov, or Gershwin,
people who were creative all the time.

Let us have a look at art, first of all. Let us find out
why at all humans produce art. Has there ever been a
serious inquiry about how art comes into being, and
why? What drives us to become artists, to develop ar-
tistic talent?

Most of us seem to think that artists are born and
that not everybody can become or be an
artist. However, work with children has shown me that
basically everyone has creative capacities and is a po-
tential artist. This is an insight not personal to me, but
common experience of educators, psychoanalysts
and art therapists.

—See Otto Rank, Art and Artist (1932), Brewster
Ghiselin (Ed.), The Creative Process (1952/1985),
Shaun McNiff, Trust the Process (1998) and Art as
Medicine (1992). More generally, see Don Richard
Riso & Russ Hudson, The Wisdom of the Ennea-
gram (1999), Jean Houston, The Possible Human

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(1982), Michael Murphy, The Future of the Body
(1992) and George Leonard & Michael Murphy, The
Life We Are Given (2005).

As every child is an artist, why then do so many
adults perform so poorly when asked to be creative or
spontaneous? The simple reason is that most of us do
not realize their inherent artistic potential and disre-
gard artistic intuitions and creative impulses they pos-
sessed in childhood.

This is so because many, if not the majority, are
caught in a network of obligations that they have
themselves created, and which renders them deaf to
the voice of their inner child. Some however are
searching for a way back to the connection they had
as small children with their original unspoiled mind.
They try to get away from second-hand lives in order
to live a first-hand life, which is their own life, their
true destiny.

They may search religious paths or follow a ther-
apy, or whatever, to get started in the daring adven-
ture of finding back to themselves. Yet not all thera-
pies or spiritual paths lead to the desired liberation.
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ate their followers in a still tighter net of rules and
musts or even try to destroy any creative impulse in
them.

As a matter of fact, art seems to be of primary im-
portance for sublimating our asocial urges and long-
ings. This is not only a Freudian theory, but the result
of research on biographies and autobiographies of a
great number of artists. This research shows that most
artists actually suffer from high psychic tension.

In fact, many artists carry a childhood trauma all
along their lives. This is generally known more from
the lives of writers than from musicians or visual art-
ists. Yet some painters were open about their inner
life, such as Salvador Dali, and wrote extensively
about it.

Others, such as van Gogh or Juan Miró, did not.
But in these cases, we have biographical sources and
documentary reports from their contemporaries and
know details about their life stories. Sometimes it is
not much and therefore the theoretical ground for ex-
tracting knowledge from personal biographies is still
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needs to be done on the psychological function of
art.

The next point to elucidate is the effect art pro-
duction has in the life of an artist. Does the produc-
tion of art lead to a liberation of inhibited or blocked
emotional or sexual longings, or to instinctual subli-
mation? Is the major effect, thus, of art, in the life of
the artist, a liberation of the inner tensions the artist
suffers from? Can it also be said that art leads for the
devoted artist to liberation in the spiritual sense? In
other words, is art an essentially spiritual activity? Be-
sides, does it have a therapeutic effect, in the sense
that it brings about a kind of healing of childhood or
karmic trauma?

As a matter of fact, art is for most artists the outlet
for tensions, the way they channel their energy in a
constructive trail, and their own unique manner to
overcome deep frustration. 

Of course, all of us experience frustration and hurt,
but the problem is that most of us do not act counter
to it and let these negative imprints on their self-
esteem penetrate inside and break something off. I
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hurts so much that we give up, that we slacken our
efforts and begin to pity ourselves. This inner rupture
in the creative flow can indeed have a traumatic effect
in case we remain completely passive, and when we
share some or the other fatalistic life philosophy. 

Strong natures, by contrast, act immediately! Not
on the outside level perhaps, but on the inner level.
They don’t allow being hurt deep down and instead
use one method or the other to overcome their hurts
and frustrations. They may pray, if they have got a re-
ligious mind, or they create, if they are artists. Or they
travel or go gambling. But they do something about
their problem, about their damaged self-worth, and
positively so, namely by building positive appraisal
and self-appraisal through overcoming, without re-
sentment, the frustration or the hurt, thus becoming
stronger.

Artists surely spend considerable time working out
their artistic inspirations, but in their lives there is what
I call a creative balance between creation and some
routines, some techniques. 

Picasso mastered painting techniques despite the
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learned them, but of course in his own unique way,
and not by joining schools. Picasso did not spend
ninety percent of his time working on improving his
mere technique, and only ten percent on creating
paintings.

What he actually did was simply painting. In paint-
ing like other people eat or drink, in painting what
came to his mind, he held the flame of inspiration
burning while at the same time improving his painting
technique.

That is why Picasso’s life was balanced and—
happy! Svjatoslav Richter, in an interview where he
was asked to give advice on effectively training piano
playing said: ‘The best way to train piano is to play
piano, to play music as it should be played—per-
fectly.’

That sounds like a truism; yet I followed Richter’s
advice for now about forty years, and the result is that
I can today not only perform piano better than at
twenty, when I was practicing the piano for several
hours a day, but I also realized a whole series of col-
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Richter did not mean to be tautological in his
statement, but implied that it is better to play a piece
that is technically demanding but of high musical
quality, and to play it in a masterful way, instead of
hacking around in an etude that may be easier to per-
form but that is a piece of musical crap.

In one word, it’s not the technique that makes the
excellent pianist but the excellent musician inside the
pianist. To train this musician, you have to use music,
not pseudo-music. And there is a lot of pedagogy
built in real music because most great composers
were reputed piano pedagogues.

Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, De-
bussy, to mention only these, were highly gifted com-
posers, but also outstanding instrumentalists, and ex-
cellent teachers. They did not want their students’
creativity to be ruined by dull repetitive etudes with-
out musical value. So they created their own peda-
gogy. To begin with, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the
Inventions and the Well-Tempered Clavier for this
purpose. The same standard is set for the organ by
Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, composed as a study for be-
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jewels. To play them perfectly, on a piano, a harpsi-
chord, a church organ or even a modern synthesizer is
the best technical and musical school for Baroque
style a musician can ever have.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote the Sonate fac-
ile, the C-major Sonata KV 545, for teaching purposes
and as a study piece for every new student that joined
his master class. To play this sonata with perfection is
the best exercise for playing Mozart, and also for play-
ing scales, and can never be equaled by any of those
dull and dry exercise books.

Frédéric Chopin was even more radical; he revolu-
tionized the entire piano technique and declared as
abysmally wrong most of Czerny’s pedagogy. He
composed two volumes of piano etudes, op. 10 and
op. 24, that each contain twelve etudes of major diffi-
culty and extraordinary beauty. They serve today in
the formation of virtually any concert pianist around
the world. Chopin not only revolutionized musical
harmony, but also the fingerings, allowing inter alia for
the thumb to play on black keys, something that was
taboo in Czerny’s classical piano pedagogy.

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Franz Liszt, like Chopin, was an excellent peda-
gogue and revolutionized pianistic theory and prac-
tice; his Transcendental Etudes are real show pieces
of glamour, virtuosity and genius that can only be
mastered by very advanced pianists.

Liszt, like Chopin, was expanding the dynamic
range of the piano in ways that would have sounded
like utopia in classical times.

Serge Rachmaninov’s Etudes Tableaux, op. 33 and
op. 39, are based very much on the artistry and tech-
nique of Chopin and Liszt, but bear their own, very
uniquely Russian musical language. Contrary to many
musical critics, I defend the view that Rachmaninov
also contributed to the piano world with a huge body
of pianistic novelty, but he was not well understood in
the Western world, which I think simply is due to the
neurosis of the ‘classical music’ world that is stuck with
their Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt to be re-
peated ad absurdum. It was largely the merit of Svja-
toslav Richter to have changed the musical world’s
understanding in this respect; it was Richter’s genius
and commitment that made many in the West under-
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sical power and the etheric beauty and distinct emo-
tionality of Rachmaninov’s, Scriabin’s, Prokofiev’s and
Shostakovich’s musical language.

Debussy then further revolutionized piano tech-
nique as he went beyond Liszt and Chopin, and has to
be considered a real modernist. His two volumes of
piano etudes belong to the most difficult-to-play
pieces in piano literature, and they are not played of-
ten, probably because of lacking understanding of
their very modern and avant-garde harmonics and
their hairy difficulties.

How Creativity Manifests
We all need to cut off the flow of thought from
time to time and take a leave from thinking and plan-
ning. Most of us are stuck in repetitive thought pat-
terns, bored and lacking motivation for regular travels
into the landscape of the right brain.

You can use relaxation, meditation, yoga or Zen,
spontaneous art or writing, whatever gets you more
integrated will do. If you refuse to take regular leaves
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stuck, and your creativity potential will go down the
river.

We should not wonder why the world changes so
slowly for the better. As long as the deepest source of
our human potential is not only a desert land, but
even disdained, we can fly a hundred times to the
moon without ever grasping it!

The real flight to the moon is that of our imagina-
tion, not that of armored astronauts and robots who
carry out the orders of bureaucrats who want to make
history. History—with what? The general lack of crea-
tivity that is part of every bureaucracy is especially de-
structive at the university level and, even earlier, at
school. Children brought up in the tiring boredom of
school-prisons will never really fully access their deep-
down creativity and originality.

As civilization progresses, creativity is more and
more linked to technology. Today, universities in the
United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore or Hong
Kong that are deeply involved in providing the best in
new technologies and new forms of learning are also
very concerned about awakening and maintaining
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ers! For the rest, I question the general excuse that
there is no money or no budget or no whatever. In
most countries, there is no creativity at the top gov-
ernment level! That’s where the root of the problem
is! Governments that are merely focused upon prob-
lem solving or problem-maintenance have no idea of
what the potential of a creative government is.

The first step towards a creative government is
not, as many believe, more money or more technol-
ogy, but more interest! Without interest, genuine in-
volvement, openness and flexibility it is impossible to
progress on any level. Interest is the fruit of motiva-
tion, and motivation, in turn, is the result of high self-
esteem.

Creative people I know and have heard of all share
one common character trait: they are very curious.
They are interested. They feel involved. They have
high self-esteem. They are non-conformist.

All uncreative people I know or have heard of
share their general lack of involvement, their general
disinterest in life, their lack of curiosity combined with
a certain level of accumulated frustration and negativ-
ism, and a high level of conformity.

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Curiosity and joy are very closely related. There is
lots of joy in curiosity, and lots of sadness in people
who lack this primary quality of being human.

Creativity and Democracy
Creativity is democracy. No dictator can rule a
mass of creative people. Thus striving for more de-
mocracy means enhancing creativity in our pre-
schools, schools and universities. Those who have de-
veloped their creative potential are individuals in the
true sense. What is individus cannot be divided, can-
not be split off, cannot be manipulated. Therefore
creativity is threatening dictatorial governments and,
generally, stiff hierarchical systems.

This is also true for the private sector. Organiza-
tions that put their trust in a system of punishment
and reward, regarding their employees as machine
wheels will never really motivate them to give their
best. By contrast, companies adopting a person-first
approach and stimulating the originality and creativity
of their employees will definitely profit from the input
their staff will provide, and prosper on many different
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Fortune 500 companies around the world have
given positive evidence for that truth. Since creativity
is deeply linked to the expression of human potential,
it is related to self-esteem and self-worth. It is impos-
sible to enhance self-esteem in people without re-
specting their creativity. There is nothing more satisfy-
ing and rewarding than to create and express oneself
through the channel of one’s intrinsic and original tal-
ents and gifts. This is true also on a political level.
Governments who lead with policies that enhance
creative living and favor new inventions will make their
countries prosper whereas those who belittle human
creativity will decay at the end of the day. We may
produce marvelous tools for creativity such as the
personal computer or the World Wide Web, but with-
out implementing policies to make sure that a large
number of people have access to those media and
can express themselves creatively in them, we have a
paper democracy.

Democracy and human dignity being interde-
pendent, it is vital in an advanced civilization for the
new media and technologies to really enhance crea-
tive expression and to not just represent wonderful
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its wrapping. Imagine how much more effective our
schools would be if more space was given to chil-
dren’s creativity instead of wasting time and resources
with struggling year by year through boring curricula
that satisfy only the needs of bureaucrats rather than
enhancing the effectiveness of learning!

And it is there where democracy begins: in the
school, in the kindergarten. Election strategies are ri-
diculous inventions as long as the people who choose
do not know what they choose or have no choice for a
better alternative because all the political candidates
play the same false game! Therefore it is vital for any
democracy to reform the educational system and
adapt it to the needs of the future.

Presently, there is no higher priority than the need
to create a creative and playful learning environment
where the human potential is really put to the service
of the individual and the community at the same time.

Creative balance in this context means to shift the
emphasis from advancing in technology to a cultural
mix and equilibrium between left-brain and right-
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to create and to find new original solutions within es-
tablished technical and procedural frameworks.

We can have hundreds of ‘creativity boosting’
workshops that pursue this goal, but with a fraction of
the investment of time and resources the same can be
achieved on a much larger scale once we educate our
children differently, giving them more space and free-
dom to express their natural creativity. Since children
without anxiety and neurotic blockages are naturally
creative, we do not need much input to stimulate
their creativity. What we have to do is rather to dimin-
ish the factors that block their creativity, by for exam-
ple doing away with authoritarian forms of education,
stiff hierarchical structures in the organization of
schools and the teaching staff, and first of all punish-
ments, be they moral, psychological or corporal, and,
most importantly, the modeling of children after he-
roes or other figures of veneration. The latter is per-
haps the subtlest, most effective and most destructive
form of dictatorship.

Many societies today follow the example of the
United States since they consider the American sys-
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origin of the American culture, which is quite unique
in that it was, since its start, based upon hegemony,
genocide, cultural rape and patriarchal dominance.
Cultures are living organisms and grow organically.
Social institutions and all the ingredients of a civiliza-
tion cannot be seen separated from the culture in
which they were born. It is therefore erroneous to just
cut off a piece of flesh from a culture in order to feed
another with it. Human history is full of attempts to
deport not only humans but also systems or organ-
isms from one culture into another. If the outcome is
not a complete disaster, something different of what
was expected will surely be the result.

For example, the Japanese, when they began
producing cars, thought that their key to success was
to copy the American car. The result? The Japanese
car. After admitting their failure the Japanese saw that
their market was not within the large and expensive
car range but in the small and economic one. So they
set out to copy the European car. The result? The
Japanese car.

Now judge by yourself. Do Japanese cars really
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all their copying, the Japanese finally saw that people,
if they wanted to buy a Japanese car wanted a car
that looked like a Japanese car and not like a Euro-
pean car. Which meant that the Japanese car looked
better, and often was also technically better, than a
European counterpart of the same price range.

So with the Japanese car market it was not a fail-
ure but the second alternative: the outcome was to-
tally different of what the Japanese had expected
when they started out producing cars.

We all know examples of technology transfer fal-
ling within the first category. We do not even need to
remember spectacular cases like old factories that In-
dia bought from Krupp in Germany without thinking
that they also needed skilled workers to operate
them—with the disastrous result that huge invest-
ments were done for nothing and India was sitting on
their inoperable factories like the hen on the egg,
only that this egg remained sterile. It is everyday ex-
perience in a world that gets more tightly intercon-
nected that governments, organizations or private
companies try to implement policies into other gov-
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parts of the world, in other cultures, without consider-
ing that cultures create their own bio-organisms
within which certain things grow and certain others
not, even if they flourish elsewhere.

Creative governments and organizations will keep
in mind that creativity is always connected to the hu-
man element, and they will therefore value the human
element before all! They will not so easily overesti-
mate technology and stay away from transferring
technology or concepts from one culture into another.

They will rather want to enhance the creative po-
tential of their own people, their own students, their
own professionals, their own civil servants. And crea-
tivity will mean to them an important requirement to
exploit the human resources they naturally have at
their disposition within their own culture, instead of
grafting their plants with sprouts that grew in a differ-
ent soil.

Creativity and Individuality
Creativity is directly related to individuality. This
may be one reason that in cultures where individuality
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sidered as a primary value either. As a general rule, it
is true that cultures that value the individual only as
member of a greater unity such as the group, the clan,
or political, religious and social communities have lit-
tle or no regard for the innermost potential of the in-
dividual.

Astonishingly in such cultures, teamwork is not
functioning better than elsewhere, but worse.

This is a paradox since in those cultures education
is much more community-oriented than in the West,
and much less centered upon the individual. It took
me quite a time to find out the cause of this seeming
paradox.

For more than a year I was carefully listening to
dozens of hotel and bank directors, airline top execu-
tives, human resource directors, university deans and
government officials in Indonesia. And I heard every-
where the following unison complaints:

‣ General lack of effectiveness;

‣ High level of miscommunication;

‣ Lack of team stability and team effectiveness;

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‣ Lack of loyalty;

‣ Lack of responsibility (response-ability);

‣ Lack of innovation ability;

‣ Lack of flexibility;

‣ Lack of personal profile.

This valuable information helped me to coin my
training approach into a product that was really useful
for the needs of my corporate clients. My creativity-
oriented training concept had to be completely modi-
fied if I wanted to succeed in that market. Yet I could
not figure out why team work was so difficult in the
Indonesian corporate culture considering the fact that
education in the family in that culture is highly clan-
centered and community-oriented.

—See, for example, Gordon D. Jensen & Luh Ketut
Suryani, The Balinese People (1992)

Was this not the ideal soil for socializing people,
for getting them to be highly synergistic in the team?

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It should be so, logically. But it wasn’t, in the opin-
ion of most of the leaders of that country, and in my
own observation. Why?

I again evaluated my previous research on the
roots of creativity and personal effectiveness in order
to find the key to this riddle. ‘What is a team?’ I asked
myself, repeatedly. ‘What is it that makes a team ef-
fective?’ And where is it? Is it outside or is it inside?’

And suddenly it flashed through my mind that it is
not outside, but inside. ‘Inside, where? Inside the
team?’ No. ‘Inside the individuals that make out the
team?’ Yes. ‘So if it is inside the individuals, is it per-
haps something related to individuality itself?’

But, this cannot be, this would be highly, highly
paradox! The more somebody is individualized, the
more he or she is able to function effectively in a
team? No, that could not be. Could it? I went again
through my research on codependence and my ex-
tensive work with the inner dialogue, and suddenly I
saw it as clearly as a diamond in front of my eyes!
There was no doubt that effective relationships on the
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tionship of the person with herself, with all our differ-
ent inner entities.

In other words, somebody who has never built his
inner team cannot function well in the teamwork with
others. And further, somebody who is symbiotically
attached to others, family, friends, siblings, spouse,
clubs or sects will not be able to work creatively with
others because creative relationships require space
for every partner involved in the creative relationship.

After having reached this insight, I modified my
original concept for corporate training and inserted a
basic voice dialogue and spontaneous art program in
it.

Later I saw that I had been on the right track with
this, my workshops having become highly successful.
However, success was only possible if I was able to
motivate the group on a deeper than conscious level
so as to enter this journey.

Still today, almost twenty years later, individuality
still seems to be considered either a Western inven-
tion or a threat to many societies. I had learned a lot
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had to begin on a personal, and not a corporate level,
for training high motivation, commitment, and effec-
tiveness.

Society is formed by individuals, while cultural
norms define the individual’s involvement and behav-
ior in the group. That is why, serving the individual
rather than the group, and focusing on enhancing in-
dividuality rather than group-adherence, group think-
ing and group progress, I serve also the group and
the culture. It goes from bottom to top and from in-
side out—and not vice versa.

The Creative Continuum
Let us shortly inquire what is the general impact
that creativity has in our life, and particularly why it
changes everything and brings everything to change,
why it transforms our body, our soul, our whole organ-
ism, why it even influences the growth of our cells?

If you don’t believe in the miracle of creativity, if
you deny its existence, the whole process cannot un-
fold effectively for you. It is very important that you
develop first of all a basic openness for wonder, for
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you also expect it to happen in your life! As it is writ-
ten in A Course in Miracles (2005), miracles are habits,
and should be involuntary.

They should not be under conscious control, and
they are natural, they are an exchange with love, the
great potential of love in you and in all. What I call
The Creative Continuum (CC) is the whole of this
process.

One of the general traits of the Aquarius Age into
which we are presently heading is a strong emphasis
on the individual as opposed to the collective, the
group. This will have important repercussions on pro-
fessional choices and, in general, career options.
While it is true that many jobs are presently getting
lost during this global structural change, it is equally
true that a lot of new professions are surging up with
the creation of new markets. And these new profes-
sions deal a whole lot more with entertainment,
pleasure, health, beauty and lifestyle than ever be-
fore. This is so because Aquarian society is a complex,
pluralistic, individualistic, hedonistic and freedom-
oriented society. This means that everybody will attain
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public. All the tools will be at hand, and already are so
today, for those who are willing to throw themselves
into the exciting adventure of self-expression. 

However, schools do not educate our youth in any
way for this new adventure. In the contrary, our out-
dated, moralistic and highly patriarchal school system
handicaps children emotionally and raises them with
very low self-esteem, like irresponsible slaves who
have to be protected.

The fundamental paradigm shift in networked cul-
ture is one from uniformity to diversification, and one
from group choices to individual choices. This is why
our educational system has to change as well, in order
to reflect the paradigm shift. For if we refuse doing
this, we will end up either producing people for non-
existing professions or have more and more unquali-
fied people on the job markets. As governments are
not seeming to see the urgency of this task, there is
no other way than to appeal to private creativity to
bring about this necessary change.

The secret of high creativity is a close contact with
self or soul. A continuum is something like a holistic
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is at the very basis of our specific way of experiencing
living.

The continuum concept also implies that this
frame of reference is harmonious and makes that our
life is well balanced.

—See only Jean Liedloff, The Continuum Concept
(1977/1986).

When we live within our continuum we are gener-
ally happy, aware that our life has a deep fundamental
meaning.

We may even better understand this expression if
we look at it from a negative point of view.

Those who do not live within their continuum tend
to be unhappy, depressed, neurotic, schizophrenic,
and they often depend on artificial stimuli like the
media, drugs, or alcohol, if they are not outright sui-
cidal. It means that one is alienated from one’s inner
self, determined by outside forces, and regulated by
random influences.

Living in our continuum means to lead a first-hand
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schools do not teach happiness nor wholeness nor
even understanding of the regulating principles of
life, the truly religious principles in the sense of the
word religio that originally means back-link to our true
identity.

All our power hangups come from the fact that
most of us feel they are impeded from creating their
own reality. But this impediment is inside, not outside.
It comes about through inner fragmentation. We are
split into a real me and a moral me. The first lives with
what is, the second strives for what should be.

As a compensation for this basic lack of happiness,
we condition and violate ourselves into conformity,
thereby conditioning us also into violating others, into
overpowering others, and in regulating and manipu-
lating others, instead of caring for ourselves in the
first place.

At the same time, alienated from our true source,
we try to imitate and follow others, gurus or political
leaders. In following people who seek power, we lose
power. And, what is even worse, we may then equally
try to seek power over others, and so the vicious circle
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avoid this pitfall by simply recognizing the soul power
in us, the universal wisdom in us and actively deny any
organization, be it political, religious or other, to de-
termine our life—which means that we take our life in
our own hands!

If we apply this principle in education, we really
help the new generations in growing up responsibly
and happily at the same time!

The Creative Ones
Do you think that one who exercises piano by us-
ing Czerny etudes or other piano exercises becomes
a wonderful pianist? You may answer ‘No, there is
something fundamental in place already, because it is
not the exercise but the one who uses it that will
make the difference!’ Success truly depends not so
much on the exercises and tools I lay into the hands
of students, but how consequently and consistently
they apply them. It is said that good tools don’t make
a master, but it is also true that a good master will ex-
cel also with bad tools.

When Charlie Chaplin started his fabulous career
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much of it was improvised in the beginning of his new
career as a film clown.

Chaplin was not interested in the ordinary roles
that were offered to him by producers. Deep down he
knew that he owned more power and creativity than
all those mediocre film producers. Charlie, the figure
of the street vamp, clown and charming guy was cre-
ated from scratch, utensils that Chaplin found in the
studio and spontaneously fit for costumes. If Charles
had not followed his intuition and not played out his
own cards, Charlie would never have been born.
Charlie was the ingenious Pygmalion of Charles.

During my younger years, I studied biographies
and autobiographies. Among those that fascinated
me was Charles Chaplin’s autobiography.

—Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography (1964)

The man was unique because of his trust in his
own nature, his own creativity, his own star—although
at the decisive point in his life, when he began carry-
ing out his first vision of Charlie, everything and eve-
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We have a tendency to look at famous successful
people only after the moment they have made it,
thereby overlooking the many years of sacrifice and
failure they have lived through before they were fa-
mous.

Points to Ponder

‣ In Chapter Two, we have seen that the only dif-
ference between geniuses and ordinary people is
that the first group are always creative, while the
second group are only once in a while.

‣ For artists, creating is often a must in that art
brings balance to their vivid emotional life. Many
artists actually carry a childhood trauma all along
their lives, and their art serves as a healing agent.
But being aware of this fact, we should not for
that reason reduce the activity of the artist to a
‘psychological’ necessity, as Freudian psycho-
analysis argues, but try to see that after all, art
does not need a justification for its existence! In
addition, there are certainly many other important
factors why people do art and become artists.

‣ Highly creative people, contrary to most people,
do something about their psychic condition when
they have been hurt, humiliated or when they live
for years and decades without significant recogni-
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ordinary people would indulge in self-pity, frustra-
tion and depression, the creator person does
something about their condition, and immedi-
ately so.

‣ This something could be called ‘the way of art;’ it
is to use art as a catalyzer of higher potential and
as a cathartic instrument at the same time. The
recurring catharsis can be seen as a constant in
the lives of all great artists, and it is this very ca-
tharsis that is the empowering and rejuvenating
force in their lives. This is especially visible in the
life of Pablo Picasso, who was perhaps of all art-
ists the one who despite the high challenges he
set for himself, was overall a happy human, who
lived life wistfully, while not at all passively.

‣ We also have seen that creativity often means to
help others, not just being oneself brilliant. We
saw with some famous examples that most out-
standing musicians are equally good pedagogues
for teaching the technique that allows students to
play their music. And this is very smart, when you
think about it, because most people would hardly
be able to understand great music if there were
no great musicians performing it.

‣ Creativity is smashed through actually overdoing
education by coercing children into doing art or
musical performance. It is important to realize
that human creativeness is something linked to
freedom, not to being obliged in doing some-
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tive, the less you will be! That is why those who
have liberal and understanding parents have al-
ways the better starting position, even if they
might have wasted time, for they can make it
good later on.

‣ We can learn all and everything, it is only a ques-
tion of motivation. However, motivation is stran-
gled through coercion and a feeling of obliga-
tion. The danger is to regard musical perform-
ance as a mechanical activity which in turn will
render yourself dull and mechanical, and such an
attitude damages not only your soul, but also the
very art you are trying to learn. Art is a fragile
thing, it can only be approached with care and
love, not when you make a routine out of it.

‣ Great spiritual teachers gave clear warnings.
Krishnamurti said that thought and most of our
brain functions, including perception, are rather
mechanical processes, and that creativity does
not use those pathways, but is rather using intui-
tion, the space in between thoughts. And
Gurdjieff even thought man is entirely a machine,
not by nature, but precisely through the condi-
tioning influence of our misconstrued and life-
denying civilization.

‣ Hence, the human who is really alive, in full pos-
session of his gifts and genius, is a multidimen-
sional personality.

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‣ On a social level, it is important to realize that
creativity and democracy go hand in hand in the
sense that without a basic level of personal free-
dom and safety, humans cannot be creative, as
the creative condition needs a state of abandon-
ment, a state of letting-go, which is impossible
when one lives in a terror regime.

‣ By the same token, creativity and individuality go
together. As long as the Japanese thought they
had to imitate European or American cars, they
were not successful; only when they realized they
can build the identity of a truly Japanese car, and
really follow this concept, they became hugely
successful on a worldwide scale.

‣ Last not least, there is something like a Creative
Continuum that is just another continuum con-
cept. That means that creativity is an original
genuine kind of human behavior that is not the
result of cultural conditioning but the outflow of
innate wisdom and a will for distinction.

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Chapter Three

Opening Inner Space

Introduction
Your career can be compared to a voyage in space
and time, the space and the time of your life. Both in-
spired writers such as Joseph Campbell and brilliant
psychiatrists such as Carl-Gustav Jung compared our
professional career with following an inner call, bring-
ing about a state of bliss, or fulfilling our higher des-
tiny.

Career consultant Laurence G. Boldt in San Fran-
cisco talks about our professional orientation as our
life’s work, thus expressing the uniqueness and impor-
tance of realizing the best of our talents and capaci-
ties in our work. We could also say that giving birth to,
and incarnate, our life’s mission is an opportunity put
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this is something we do not generally learn in school
and if not parents are mature enough to be mirrors to
their children, the latter are at pains to recognize and
nurture their unique talents and gifts.

There are methods and techniques that help us
find out about who we are and what we are to do in
this world.

These methods range from simply asking our-
selves, a technique Laurence G. Boldt advocates, to
more complex strategies, group interactions and self-
finding therapies.

You can also use esoteric techniques such as as-
trology, numerology, or using divination, the Tarot, the
Runes or the I Ching.

—See also Peter Fritz Walter, The Leadership I
Ching: Your Companion for Daily Guidance (2015).

This chapter, then, presents some of those tech-
niques that may appeal to those of you who, like my-
self when I was young, are so sadly alienated from
their true being that they would not be able to tap
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themselves. For me, it was potential astrology that
brought the solution and showed the way to go.

Excited about the perspectives of a career as a
spiritual teacher and 1-2-1 counselor that was traced
out in my birth chart, I was honest enough to admit
that I was suffering from a certain amount of neurotic
symptoms that made it extremely difficult to do the
necessary personal changes without competent help.

Thus, I engaged in a hypnotherapy that helped me
integrate all I was forced to split off, during my child-
hood and youth, from my true personality, my soul
and my feelings. With this therapy that I completed
with private work on my inner selves, I became pain-
fully aware of the fact that I had been living an ex-
tremely residual existence, a life of utter self-denial
while on the outside level I had been well adjusted
and succeeded to become an international lawyer,
doctor of law and legal advisor.

In this chapter I will thus walk you through some
useful strategies that may help you open this space
that you may still ignore and that you cannot simply
access using your wake consciousness because during
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press certain intuitions about yourself and your life,
and certain feelings, because you were not accepted
as you were, but as the person you faked you were.
This fake existence as it were was not your choice, but
a necessity for you to survive in an environment, be it
family, be it school, or both, that you felt was hostile
to your true existence and what you most wanted to
be. Thus, what you did was to repress your true self
and create an artificial mask, a fake-me, that you put
in place as a protective shield and that helped you to
survive this hostile childhood.

I intently say survive because that’s what it is. You
were not living this childhood, but you lived through it
to get it behind your back as soon as possible; for liv-
ing it, truly you would have needed to be accepted
for what you were because life requires a certain
amount of autonomy.

If autonomy is denied to us as children, our cour-
age to realize our innermost desires is thwarted and
our will is bent. Without courage and will, without
knowing who we are, how can we ever achieve to find
and realize the career of our heart?

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Some of us therefore need psychiatric help for
when autonomy was denied to us as children, it is very
difficult to build it later and become resourceful and
self-reliant. However, with therapeutic help it is possi-
ble, as I have myself experienced it.

There are three different kinds of methodologies:
therapeutic methods, shamanic methods and divina-
tory methods. Regarding therapeutic methods, I am
going to give you an overview over classical Freudian
psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Hypno-
therapy and Bioenergetics. With respect to methods
of divination, I will shortly present Potential Astrology,
the Tarot and the I Ching.

In addition, there are teachings that help you find
out who you are, and thus assist you to gain more
self-knowledge. Without self-knowledge, without
knowing who you are and why you have come into
this existence, you cannot really find out what your
life’s mission is.

Both quests are interconnected while I would say
that the spiritual quest, the quest for self-knowledge,
is the more basic one.

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Classical Psychoanalysis
One of the declared goals of psychoanalysis is to
help sublimating the instinctual drives in man that
have an antisocial impact or that bring us in conflict
with societal rules and moral attitudes of the commu-
nity. Freud saw the emotional survival of the creative
human in a midway between total adaptation to the
demands of civilized society, on one hand, and total
revolt against it, on the other. This midway is however
only available for those who recognize and acknowl-
edge their instincts and thereby achieve to sublimate
them. Sublimation, in the Freudian sense, does not
equal repression, since the latter would mean total
adaptation of the individual to the needs of society, a
form of behavior that Freud considered as similarly
destructive for the individual as the total revolt
against the demands of the collective.

Freud understood sublimation as a kind of chan-
neling of instinctual drives into a constructive mission
or life’s work, thus preserving the energy of the drive
and not repressing it. The drives or instincts, or sexual
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motor of creation in general, and of art creation in
particular. Therefore he called it libido.

But not only social disapproval might prevent us
from living our desires to its fullest. Some desires may
for ourselves have detrimental effects, such as nega-
tive effects on our health or our relationships, be it
only through some kind of perpetual fear or guilt that
shall keep us from feeling well during longer periods
of time. After all, there may be a need for every one
of us to become an artist of life because not all our
instinctual energies can be sublimated.

But apart from its conflict-resolving effect, art is
certainly primarily a way to express our individual
creativity. Art is a way to achieve human perfection!

Among psychoanalysts we find many artists, hav-
ing discovered or freed their artistic potential during
their own analysis. Otto Rank, a direct disciple of
Freud, was among them the one most outspoken
about the function of art and the relationship be-
tween art and psychoanalysis. In his famous book Art
and Artist (1932/1989), he wrote:

I myself approached the problem of art from the individualist
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ago, after my first introduction to psycho-analysis. In 1905,
when Freud’s investigations stood at the zenith of pre-war
materialism, I wrote a short study on The Artist, in which I
tried to produce a psychology of the creative personality;
simultaneously, however, I developed a new theory of art up
to a point which made it possible, quite recently, for the
German art-historian E. von Sydow to say that I was ‘the only
one who had produced a system of aesthetic within the
framework of a general cultural philosophy with psycho-
analytic material. (Otto Rank, Art and Artist (1932/1989),
Preface, pp. XX, XXI).

Transactional Analysis
Transactional Analysis (TA), established in the
1950s by Eric Berne, proved to be an effective ther-
apy, showing results already after short-term treat-
ment and was especially beneficial for liberating per-
sonal creativity.

The transactional method starts from the insight
that life is primarily communication, not only with oth-
ers and us, but also, and primarily, with ourselves, our
inner selves.

Communicative messages are called transactions,
from which the term transactional therapy was de-
rived.

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The human personality is taught as consisting of a
range of inner selves, the most basic of which are the
Inner Parent, Inner Adult and Inner Child. Psychic
health is defined as a flexible balance between the
three entities in us, psychic problems seen as the stiff
predominance of one or two of the entities, to the
detriment of the others.

In this form of therapy, psychic disorders are sim-
ply seen as communication errors, first of all errors in
our inner communication system, between the differ-
ent entities of our personality, and, as a result, also in
our outer communication system, the ongoing dia-
logue with the outside world.

The analytic aspect of this theory is very strong
and reaches, far from being limited to analyzing dia-
logues between different persons, out to researching
societal or inter-societal communication problems.

There is some deep truth in this approach since it
is true that every war is an ultimate failure of commu-
nication between two or more states, peoples or po-
litical entities. By the same token, civil war reflects
communication problems inside of nation states, be-
tween different racial or social groups.

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The strong point of the theory is that it is suffi-
ciently pragmatic and can be verified in experimental
groups. As a matter of fact, we all suffer from commu-
nication problems, inside ourselves, in our families,
and our work places, and most of the conflictual situa-
tions that produce negative feelings have their root in
simple communication errors, or total lack of commu-
nication in the form of the disruption of dialogue.

Where dialogue has stopped, the projection
mechanisms become predominant and irrational im-
ages about the other arise easily. Once they have
risen, it is difficult to erase them again. If there is new
dialogue, however, and a mutual effort for communi-
cation, projections can be overcome.

Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be said to represent the most
popular of therapeutic methods in our days, espe-
cially in the United States. The most famous represen-
tative of medical hypnosis is Milton H. Erickson.

—See, for example, Sidney Rosen, My Voice Will
Go With You (1991) and Milton Erickson, Complete
Works (2001).

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Hypnotherapy has the advantage of achieving sig-
nificant results after extremely short periods of treat-
ment.

It works with medical hypnosis or auto-hypnosis,
situated between relaxation and deep hypnosis, also
called light hypnosis or light trance. In hypnotic trance
it is safe and easy to let surface deeply repressed past
emotions and feelings, traumatic experiences, frustra-
tions, humiliations and extreme pain, and let them
pass through the mind; it is this meditative attitude,
the passive experiencing of the original wounding in
light trance that triggers the healing.

Hypnotherapy is sometimes associated with medi-
tation; both can be said to be auto-therapeutic. And
in both we encounter the phenomenon that the per-
son lets pass, as in a film, parts of their life, situations,
relationships, traumas in front of the imaginative eye,
being again confronted with the repressed feelings
that once accompanied those situations and encoun-
ters. By confronting those feelings, the psychic energy
that was blocked in them is freed and can be used for
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one’s life and getting new motivations to progress
and to succeed.

Bioenergetics
Dr. Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) is to be credited
with conceptualizing the original bioenergetic ap-
proach to healing. As Reich was largely slandered and
misunderstood over the major part of his scientific ca-
reer, the method was later developed successfully in
the United States by one of Reich’s patients and most
committed disciples, Alexander Lowen.

—See, for example, Alexander Lowen, Love and
Orgasm (1965), Bioenergetics (1975), Narcissism
(1983), Pleasure (1970), and Fear of Life (2003)

This approach, if one hears about it for the first
time, seems to suggest that bioenergy is transmitted
onto the patient, such as, for example, in Reiki.

However, this would be a misunderstanding of
bioenergetics. Reich himself stated that bioenergetic
therapy only consisted in liberating and strengthening
the patient’s endocrine energy resources through the
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struction of mental as well as emotional shields that
keep the patient from experiencing the natural
streaming of the bioenergy.

Alexander Lowen has from the start combined
bioenergy and group therapy, as well as role play be-
tween the participants, and this approach became
very successful and popular. Others have developed
only this aspect of the therapy, especially in combina-
tion with techniques from Gestalt therapy, and have
given personal interactions in form of spontaneous
role play a predominant importance.

Shamanism
Shamanism is an old tradition that teaches ways of
inducing a voyage into the spiritual world, typically by
entering a deep trance through the ingestion of plant
hallucinogens. Shamanism is rooted in the traditions
of many tribal societies, in Siberia, Africa, Asia, Austra-
lia and on the American continent, as well as in the
folklore of Scandinavia and the Caucasus. It is within
these traditions considered as a religious way of real-
izing a broader form of existence.

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The two main purposes of shamanic interference
are healing psychic and physical disorders and guid-
ing people into the afterlife. The local shaman is a
very respected person in all these cultures and socie-
ties while he lives at the borderline of the group.

Nowadays, Westerners are developing a growing
interest in shamanism and shamanic rites and their
effect on us. There are many reports, after voyages
induced by shamanic practices, about clearer self-
vision and an enhancement of people’s creative ca-
pacities and possibilities.

What is shamanism? Let me state first that main-
stream society’s notion of reality and that of most na-
tive populations are worlds apart. Michael Harner, in
his leading study on shamanism, defines it:

Shamanism represents a great mental and emotional adven-
ture that implies both the patient and the healer. Through
his voyage and his heroic efforts, the shaman helps his pa-
tients to transcend their normal, ordinary, definition of reality
as well as their self-definition as being sick. (Michael Harner,
Ways of the Shaman 1990, p. 1).

Interestingly, this same statement could be made
about hypnotherapy, in particular medical hypnosis as
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place the terms healer and shaman by hypnothera-
pist. In fact, Erickson certainly learned many of his se-
crets by studying shamanic theory and practice.

In some way our modern psychotherapists are
something like Western shamans. This idea has been
taken up by the famous shamanic healer Dr. Alberto
Villoldo, who defines his mission as the training of
Western shamans for accelerating individual and cul-
tural healing in our modern Western society.

—See, for example, Alberto Villoldo, Shaman,
Healer, Sage (2000)

Shamans are borderline figures in our mainstream
worldview that normally excludes soul values. How-
ever, to remind the saying of Carl Jung, psychother-
apy begins with the study of dreams, and thus our in-
dividual unconscious, as well as myths and cultural
sagas, which are representing our collective uncon-
scious.

—Carl Jung, The Meaning and Significance of
Dreams (1991)

A native would qualify somebody with a narcissis-
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their soul. A psychotic patient who, in his delirium,
says that he’s Jesus Christ would be qualified by a na-
tive shaman as somebody whose soul is possessed by
a spirit who, for whatever reason, speaks through him.

According to Mircea Eliade, one of the most re-
spected researchers on the matter, shamanism is to
be defined as ‘deliberate use of archaic techniques of
ecstasy’ that were developed apart from religious
dogma or philosophy.

—Mircea Eliade, Shamanism (1964)

You can trigger ecstasy in your adult life as I was
myself able to awaken this basic innocence; then, you
are able to live those moments of full and unham-
pered happiness when they come; they come sponta-
neously, without being asked for and without being
triggered by any drug. But I know that not many have
been innocent as children. I was not. That’s why you
may want to build original innocence through tech-
niques of ecstasy that are available within the array of
shamanic magic.

The books of Carlos Castaneda are well known in
educated circles all over the world.

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—See, for example, Carlos Castaneda, The Teach-
ings of Don Juan (1985), Journey to Ixtlan (1991),
Tales of Power (1991), The Second Ring of Power
(1991).

Their success was phenomenal! Carlos Castaneda,
an American anthropologist, went to Mexico in order
to follow a seven-year apprenticeship with a local sor-
cerer, Don Juan. The initiation he went through was
initially induced by the intake of mushroom tinctures
that were producing hallucinating effects, and that
temporarily altered the researcher’s state of con-
sciousness. Going through all kinds of experiments,
partly dangerous for his health and psychic integrity,
Castaneda followed meticulously a notebook in which
he tried, with great difficulty, to capture more or less
profound insights about the experiences. Subse-
quently he profited from these notes in writing his
books.

Divination
Astrology, with its long tradition, has been revived
during the 20th century and made accessible to a
larger circle of people than a few sages and initiates
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and Great Britain, astrology is taught in the meantime
at several reputed universities.

Moreover, astrological advice is more and more
sought after by leading officials, celebrities and busi-
ness people all over the world.

Many different astrology schools and techniques
have diversified the astrological landscape. One of
the strongest and perhaps most important aspects of
astrology is its capacity to tell us more about our true
destiny. This so-called psychological or humanistic
school of modern astrology, mainly developed by
Dane Rudhyar and his followers is, from an empirical
point of view, more precise than the prognostic part
of astrology, which is the branch of astrology only por-
trayed by the mass media and thus known to the
general public.

—Dane Rudhyar, Astrology of Personality (1990), An
Astrological Triptych (1991), Astrological Mandala
(1994).

This is so because we change and have free will to
direct our lives. The stars only indicate potentialities,
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but they do not determine us. It is our own thought,
our own desire, our own intention that direct us, and
not any fixated notion of destiny. Astrology is often
erroneously taken as the mirror of predestination we
are fatally submitted to. In the contrary, astrology is
taught since Antiquity as the science that provides us
with self-knowledge and helps us realize our true po-
tential in a creative, happy and constructive way.

Popular thought sees always more astrology’s
forecasting aspects, with all the Nostradamus and
Wallenstein stories and their more recent vintages.
Forecasting bears, to repeat it, always a certain risk
since we can change our intention and our desires
from today, thereby changing our future accordingly.

The astrological forecast is rather stiff and me-
chanical, compared to the ever-changing nature of life
and the unpredictable nature of the human being. On
the other hand, the psychological, characterological
advice of potential astrology is in most cases surpris-
ingly accurate. The birth chart is an open book for one
who is able to interpret it; it reveals with truly scientific
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ties, but also our weaknesses and challenges for self-
development.

In my personal coaching approach, I use pure po-
tential astrology as a diagnostic tool. This means that
I don’t do any kind of forecasting, but use the astro-
logical projection system as a tool for finding the cli-
ent’s, or their child’s, life mission and innate talents
and capacities by a karmic analysis of the birth chart,
mainly by examining the Moon Nodes axis.

Numerology is another method to detect astro-
logical data. It can be held that astrology is but a spe-
cific form of numerology and vice versa. To say, both
techniques lead to the same insights.

The I Ching or Book of Changes, a five thousand
years old Chinese wisdom and oracle book, is of pri-
mary importance in any serious discussion about divi-
natory practice.

—See Peter Fritz Walter, The Leadership I Ching:
Your Companion for Practical Guidance, 2nd edi-
tion, 2015.

Famous writers, psychologists, musicians and writ-
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phy, John Lennon or Terence McKenna have used or
analyzed it, not to talk about the Chinese sage Confu-
cius who literally slept with the I Ching under his night
pillow. They and many others profited from the advice
the book can give on virtually all life situations.

The Tarot is not as old as the I Ching and astrol-
ogy. It has been conceived by medieval alchemists
who took their knowledge from old traditions and dis-
tilled it into a set of game cards, composed of twelve
large arcanas and a number of small arcanas, to be
interpreted as to their importance in the divination
process. The advice-givers, traditionally people who
went through initiation in esoteric knowledge, are
bound to a set of ethical rules and obligations. For
the application of the most famous of Tarot decks, the
Tarot de Marseille, the advice-givers were for example
bound to not ask for pecuniary remuneration. They
were generally paid with food. However, if the advice-
seeker put some money in a place designed for vol-
untary contribution, the advice-giver could take it.

Nowadays, we can observe that the Tarot again
takes an important place alongside various other
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our greater life cycle and for self-transformation. The
abundance of literature, in re-edition and new edi-
tions shows that many now are searching for their
roots and the significance of life.

Among all divinatory practices, the Tarot seems to
attract the most of attention from the greater public
and from young people, perhaps because it is more
propagated within popular culture. The very fact that
the Tarot has been created shows that there is still
space and need for integrated approaches, even after
thousands of years of tradition and the most erudite
writings already existing.

Every tradition has to be adapted to the period of
time where it is to be considered. There are in fact
many new Tarot decks, and new divinatory games
based on the Tarot system, but more adapted to the
psychological insights of our era. Actually, the young
generation today got an acute interest in all they
judge as magic in a larger sense, or that is considered
as a tool for exploring invisible realms of reality. It is
perhaps that the Tarot looks like a game which makes
it more attractive for the young than other divinatory
practices.

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As a result, new magic games are booming within
that niche market. The power of creativity behind this
vague of new productions is considerable! Despite
the fact that there is hardly something really new, the
way the old traditions, especially as divinatory card
games, have been inspired with new life proves that
there are creative impulses in our young generations
that are going to foster a revival of perennial science
and philosophy during the Aquarius Age.

There are many other systems of divination. The
more well known among them are geomancy, and the
Runes, which is originally a Celtic divination method,
and nowadays again sought after in initiated circles.

Sages
The teaching of Ramana Maharshi is astounding.
For some people it is disturbing. When you have
searched the world for a guru, and then one day you
meet one who is known worldwide and whom the lo-
cal people venerate like a god, and this man tells you
that you did not need to search a guru because you
are yourself and thus have already got what you are

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searching for, then you are beginning to shiver or
even throw a serious depression!

—See, for example, Matthew Greenblatt (Ed.), The
Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (2002).

Ramana Maharshi told us the same with regard to
our creative potential. He would have said that we
have already and from the start got it, that it is in us,
more precisely even, that we are this potential. In fact,
it is the very energy that created us, which gave us all
our potential, and we dispose fully of this energy, if we
are conscious of it or not.

Krishnamurti, in many of his talks, held that most
of us are utterly uncreative and that the last residue of
creativity we possess is sex. For this reason, many of
us, he said, are so obsessed about sex. Sex is for us a
kind of second-hand creativity, an ersatz for what we
lack.

What is for Krishnamurti this original creativity?
This seems to be the decisive question about the
whole of his teaching. K said often that this question
could not be answered since we could not put in
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cause it is beyond thought. This x, he said, is not de-
finable, and can only be invited to join us once we
were ready to receive it. This x is the strongest crea-
tive force that exists; it is pure creativeness. We can-
not search for it or run after it, since more we put ef-
forts into this search, less chances are that the unex-
pected is going to happen.

Second, K insisted, we have to decondition our-
selves, not by chastity or masochistic self-denial, but
by the strict denial to assimilate what we identify to
be untrue for us, and by the intelligent understanding
of ourselves as moving, changing beings, which im-
plies intelligent understanding of our desires, wishes,
habits, emotions, and reactions.

Krishnamurti repeated saying that we should pas-
sively observe our inner and outer life and our rela-
tionships, without judging or labeling them in any
way.

There is something in K’s teaching that has no par-
allel in all existing guruism, something entirely new. It
is the refusal of discipline, of effort and any form of
chastity.

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In fact, almost all religious teachings favor one or
the other form of sex repression. K’s teaching is more
subtle; he says that love is not pleasure. He doesn’t
say sex is bad, but he does say that when we end-
lessly strive for pleasure, in an exclusive sense, we
may miss to hit the goal of our life.

But the question is, what is pleasure and what did
K understand under this word? For example, is a shal-
low life focused upon repetition and enjoyment a life
of pleasure?

Or is pleasure something much greater, something
related to creative realization? Is pleasure only sensual
and sexual pleasure or is pleasure also intellectual
pleasure? To put it even more daringly, is the striving
for ‘spirituality’ not just another form of pleasure-
seeking?

K analyzed our striving for pleasure saying that
pleasure is a necessity for the brain as a storing device
of many thousands of years of human and pre-human
history. In fact, if we understand our deep concern
about pleasure and all we do to satisfy our desires, we
have done the first step on an evolutionary ladder
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piness. As a matter of fact, if we are serious about
this, we have no choice since repression simply does
not work as it reinforces desire, and makes us more
dependent on it.

The only way to achieve greater independence
and interdependence with others is to understand
desire and accept desire as the single most important
vital force! The change, then, will come not by the
suppression of awareness, as it is the case with re-
pression, but in the contrary, by reaching a higher
level of awareness.

What K does in his talks is to attract our attention
to certain facts which are inherent in human nature,
certain mechanisms in our thought process, certain
functions of our brain, or more generally, our human
structure. As he did not search for followers, K cannot
be said to have created a system of thought; and he
has not founded a philosophical school in the sense
this is understood by religions and their dogmas.

Everything in life that has deep meaning seems to
arise spontaneously. This is so in love, with the con-
ception of a child or the birth of any major creative
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where our intuitions precisely originate from. K
wanted to show us that we do not need to put end-
less efforts in whatever we do, and certainly not in
matters of religion and spiritual evolution. He basi-
cally said that the more effort we put in what we do,
the more we cut ourselves off from true creative re-
sources that are available to everyone of us. It is not
important how we call it, faith, god, higher self, inspi-
ration or relax-and-let-things-happen, or else stop
searching!

If we have understood that our rational thought
can only progress in a linear way but not in a spiraled
manner, and that every true evolution comes about by
a spiraled movement, we have got it! The empty cir-
cle in midst of the spiral is faith, is let go, is creative
reception without effort!

The Austrian Rudolf Steiner was deeply influenced
by the theosophical movement. Yet Steiner founded
an original method that is strongly motivated by an
ideal of ‘right education.’ He was concerned about
the child’s natural creativity, and harshly criticized in
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As a result of his great knowledge about Eastern
cultures and traditions, he created a new and revolu-
tionary approach to education. In all his writings he
criticizes, just as Krishnamurti, the utter brutality of the
traditional school system and how it approaches the
individual child by applying a standard concept. Ac-
cording to Steiner, right education should take care of
the child’s soul and help the child develop his or her
spiritual receptivity and expression.

Steiner created special methods of working with
colors and music. Through his research on how music
affects the human psyche, he found that the occiden-
tal tuning and scale, with its half tones, is rather irritat-
ing the natural vibrations of the soul. He therefore
began to focus upon the Eastern whole-tone scale
that was in Antiquity also used in Europe, for example
in the tuning of the ancient Lyre of the Greeks, which
was tuned in whole tones; based on these insights,
Steiner created an entire curriculum for musical edu-
cation.

Steiner school children, especially handicapped
and emotionally disturbed children are enveloped by
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to be considerably improving their behavioral pat-
terns.

Spiritism and Channeling
Spiritism was widespread in Europe at the end of
the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
It was a sort of fashionable pastime for the distin-
guished classes.

Behold, however, that dealing with energies of
other dimensions or parallel universes must be
learned and should not be taken as a distraction or
social game. It is possible to call spirits of other di-
mensions when there is in a group a strong common
will to achieve this goal, and specific setup of the ex-
perience is provided. Yet there are inherent dangers
that most of the people engaging childishly in those
experiences are not aware of.

For those who are competent enough to profit
from the experience, spiritism can provide tools for
enhancing individual creativity.

Many of the spirit entities called upon in spiritistic
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zation of creativity or listed a number of reasons why
most people today have become so utterly devoid of
creativity.

It seems there is with guides from other dimen-
sions a particular concern to communicate to us the
ways to enhance new potentials of creativity and per-
sonal realization within the whole of humanity.

Channeling is a more recent vintage of spiritism. It
is true that many people who, like me, received a tra-
ditional academic education and, moreover, have
been trained in a quite Cartesian profession such as
law, are brushing this kind of knowledge off as charla-
tanism.

However, I can say with conviction that channeling
has provided me with extremely valuable teachings
for my life, for change management, and for finding
the career I really love.

Channeling is for me one of the important sources
of knowledge gathering today. Whatever the precise
techniques are at the origin of channeling, and what-
ever may be explainable about them by science, I can
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by Jane Roberts were more important to me than all
and everything I learnt in school and university.

Let me mention here particular books that pro-
vided me with a slice of that immense cake of knowl-
edge. When I opened myself to channeling, about
thirty years ago, it was first of all the books of Jane
Roberts that began to open my eyes. I carefully stud-
ied two of them, The Nature of Personal Reality (1994)
and The Nature of the Psyche (1996). In both books,
Seth repeatedly lectures about personal creativity and
the development and deployment of our unique tal-
ents and gifts through our life’s mission and our work.

After that, I read one of Sanaya Roman’s Orin
books entitled Opening to Channel (1987), and did
not regret reading it. Finally, another channeling book
really captivated my attention, so much the more as it
came to me in a quite unusual way. I found it at a chil-
dren summer party’s kiosk among all kinds of plunder
and used children toys, where it obviously made a
strange appearance. This book was Barbara
Marciniak’s Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the
Pleiadians (1992).

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These channeled messages converge in stating
that our human potential is unlimited, thus confirming
the oldest teachings of the sages.

Let me close this chapter with the advice that you
should accept as truth for yourself only what you, in
your heart, hold is true. All the rest, while it may be
truth for others, is just not true for you. And as you are
the master of your life and have in yourself the guide,
you should always stay true to your truth. It sounds
commonplace, but is not. It was over millennia a se-
cret teaching but now is corroborated by cutting-
edge consciousness research.

Points to Ponder

‣ In Chapter Three, we have seen that there are
several unique methods for finding out what your
life’s work or mission is all about, what your intrin-
sic talents and gifts are, and what your purpose is
for this lifetime. They range from simply asking
yourself certain key questions to esoteric tech-
niques as astrology, numerology, or divining with
the Tarot or the I Ching.

‣ There are three different kinds of methodologies
for finding your true self and mission, therapeutic
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methods. Among therapeutic methods, psycho-
analysis stands out as perhaps the most culturally
demanding, but also the least effective theory,
while Transactional Analysis (TA) is less culturally
normative, but more effective in actually healing
the source trauma because it focuses not on be-
havior or norms, but upon communication; that is
why it most often helps to access and integrate
our inner selves.

‣ The most effective of therapeutic methods is
hypnotherapy or medical hypnosis, especially the
Ericksonian vintage of it. It is effective, while re-
spectful and safe, because it uses a particular
language capacity of our organism, which is hyp-
notic language, the language of the body.

‣ Hypnosis allows a safe journey into the time and
the feeling universe of the actual trauma or im-
print, thereby facilitating the healing process
through building awareness, consciousness being
a most powerful healing agent in our organism.
Once we remember what caused the wound, we
are beyond it, and spontaneous healing occurs.
This is the power of hypnosis, which is thus a pure
application of consciousness to healing.

‣ Shamanism is a set of techniques that bring
about a state of inner contemplation; these tech-
niques use religious ecstasy, a state of meditative
contemplation, for invoking spirit helpers and
guides who enable the shaman, after formal ini-
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ing is powerful and effective but it requires dedi-
cation; this means it cannot be achieved with a
light-hearted intention or for indulging in a fad or
fashion, as when serious interest and commit-
ment is lacking, or one’s intention is not pure of
self-interest, things may go in ways not expected,
and not desired. In the regular case, the seeker of
health or personal transformation doesn’t himself
go the rather burdensome way of becoming a
shaman, but will be guided, by his inner voice, to
a competent shaman, who acts as an intermedi-
ary or catalyzing agent.

‣ Astrology is one of the most ancient methods for
gaining self-knowledge, and in this respect, it is
not divinatory, but characterological, and psycho-
logical. The psychological school of astrology,
which is part of perennial science, was revived by
Dane Rudhyar and Alexander Ruperti during the
20th century and is today an established method
of assessing human potential for adults and chil-
dren. It is also taught now at many universities in
the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Aus-
tralia, and many other countries. Instead of as-
trology, numerology may be used, which is essen-
tially the same method that only uses another vo-
cabulary, but comes to the same results.

‣ Along with the I Ching, the five thousand years
old Chinese wisdom and oracle book that is used
for divination and advice by many scholars, the
Tarot has gained more of popular interest during
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people. The Tarot is more psychological than the
I Ching in the sense that it works with archetypal
images that are open for interpretation and that
can be meditated upon.

‣ The pictorial and game-like aspect of the Tarot
may be one of the reasons why Tarot games have
become so popular within the new age business
world. However, their use is beneficial only when
there is a serious commitment to deriving mean-
ing and advice from consulting the cards, not
when the activity is a mere leisure and done for
curiosity only.

‣ When we evaluate the teaching of sages, for
showing us the way to personal growth and reali-
zation, we find two who are exceptional in the
sense that they do not teach a doctrine, nor rec-
ommend any form of self-discipline to realize
awakening. They are Ramana Maharshi and J.
Krishnamurti. They were teaching all through their
long lives that most of our cultural achievements
do not assist us in finding inner peace, and spiri-
tual guidance, hence one of the motivational
triggers for their careers as spiritual guides and
personal gurus.

‣ These spiritual teachers or sages emphasize the
need to have faith in the highest possible out-
come while putting our focus upon what we really
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‣ They emphasize freedom, and creativeness, not
‘hard work’ for the sake of joining both ends.
They basically say that we are living in an illusion
when we think we are lacking anything in life as
we are the creator force ourselves and thus, all
apparent lack is a lack of conscious awareness of
what-is, and a result of our conditioning which
stands in the way of freedom, self-realization,
power and abundance.

‣ Another pathway for finding your life’s work and a
creative approach to living is spiritism, also called
spiritualism. While today less popular, it was one
of the favorite pastime activities of the distin-
guished classes during the 19th century and the
first decades of the 20th century.

‣ Today, what gains more and more importance is
channeling, which is perhaps just a new word for
an old hat. Channeling is a technique that pro-
vides us with often uncanny information that
comes from sources other than the rational
learned mind of the medium, the person who
does the channeling. It is information that is often
surprisingly accurate and that bears a note of
freshness to it. I have myself received many valu-
able insights about life and my own path of life
through channeling and feel very grateful for that.

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Chapter Four

By Yourself About Yourself

Introduction
Though the content of what I will be writing about
in this chapter is philosophical in nature, the applica-
tion of this knowledge is immensely practical.

This being said, these lines only make sense if you
put them in practice. As the title suggests, this chap-
ter gives you hints or a guideline for work that you
have to do with yourself. You would probably be re-
luctant to begin if you were put alone in a room, the
door closed and said ‘Now, transform yourself! To-
morrow I want to see another you sitting here!’

You may smile, but is it really as farfetched as it
sounds? Does it not reflect a bit the way most selfhelp
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to comply with our guru’s method and perhaps it
helps.

The chance that it helps is as high as the chance
that it fails. This is so because we are all different as
human beings and what works for one does not nec-
essarily work for another.

This does not mean that nobody could teach you
anything in matters of self-improvement. It only
means that a particular method is not going to work
for you just because it has worked for Mr. Guru. If it
works for you, it does so because it is in accordance
with your continuum. If it does not work for you, this
does in turn not mean that Mr. Guru is a charlatan.

Our present social and educational paradigm
makes you perhaps believe that there are standard
truths for all of us, standard values, standard forms of
behavior and a standardized morality framework for
all of us.

Natural science that was deeply alienated from
spiritual truth and whose main advocate was Charles
Darwin has led many to simply compare humans to
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psychological conclusions from such a haphazard
premise.

The fact that we all got two arms and two legs
does not mean that we can compare human beings
with each other on a soul level. If we could, it would
be easy and practical to work out standards for self-
improvement and promote them worldwide in
schools, universities and the media.

You Got It
The only wisdom you can learn is the one you have
got already, that is contained in your continuum, your
inner space, your timeless soul, your potential.

All wisdom, all knowledge that we find, we knew it
before, and if we wish, we can find it again.

I think we all have gone, as humans, through the
loss of connectedness with our true source. From this
experience of loss we keep a deep-down memory,
somewhere in our collective unconscious. From this
memory and the depression and loneliness that fol-
lowed, we have developed a feeling of anticipation, a
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why many of us today still reject what they call eso-
teric knowledge or make it down as superstition or
imagination.

This chapter is a guide that tries to direct you to-
ward your own Tao, your own Way. It’s about a first-
hand life and I will have to explain more in detail what
I mean by this term. My quest and perhaps contention
is that most of us today lead second-hand lives, rather
than living lives grown on the fertile ground of what
perhaps could be called self-ownership.

Most people today, as I have observed over more
than forty years, do not own themselves. They are nei-
ther the owners of their bodies nor even of their
thoughts or feelings. They live shallow lives, at the pe-
riphery or even outside of their continuum. They are
the product of input given by others.

Honestly, I find this state of affairs frightening. This
is why I wish to address you these lines. If you do care
about yourself and are searching, you are still on the
way to what is your Way. I indeed believe that wisdom
can only reach those who are ‘on the way,’ not the
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status, of establishedness, self-satisfaction, or who are
imbued with so-called success.

This is to tell you that being-on-the-way is the Way,
is the Tao. The point you are going to reach is by far
less important. When you look closely at it, you will
see that you are constantly reaching points, and that
you are constantly passing by points. By doing so, you
namely let them behind and face new ones. Points,
goals, achievements are transitory. This does not
mean that they are worthless. They possess the wor-
thiness to contribute to our growth. They are valid
and precious in their being transitory. Were they not
transitory, they would be useless.

Thus points, goals, and achievements are neces-
sary but not essential. They are steps on the Way,
steps toward perfection. Mastering the steps does not
per se imply mastering life. Many people confuse the
steps with the Tao, and forget that the most important
is to be consciously on-the-way, and not to con-
sciously take the steps.

In our culture, it is fashionable to be goal-centered
instead of way-centered. If I understand that every
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focus on the Tao is to see the futility of goals, without
however disregarding them.

The difference between a master and a day-
dreamer is that the first sees the futility of goals
whereas the latter completely disregards goals. There
is a tremendous difference between both, also an en-
ergy difference. If I do not invest energy in achieving
goals but invest this energy in the Way to achieve
them, I preserve my energy for the ultimate purpose
which is the Tao, the Way, itself. As long as I focus my
energy, it is preserved. If, however, I daydream, I spill
my energy without focus. This is precisely the differ-
ence between a sage and a fool.

Creativeness is invisible. It only is seen or heard
once the creation is born, once action has been initi-
ated at the outside level. However, during gestation,
when others perceive nothing, there is most vivid ac-
tion going on in the invisible realms of the creator.

A First-Hand Life
Life is our creation at every infinitesimal point of
the lifeline. The lifeline itself has no beginning and no
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the circle-of-life, or the spiral-of-life. There is no doubt
about our impact upon the invisible threads out of
which the web of life is woven. However, our today’s
depressed and alienated masses tend to believe that
there is, if ever, only negligible individual control over
life and that life is per se destined to be this or that
way, according to some mysterious heavenly plan. In
reality, there simply is no such plan.

Contemplating the power of nature, of creation,
how can one associate anything but freedom with the
fundamental force from which sprang all the thousand
and million things?

This force has created unlimited freedom and
power. However, humans have limited it to the tiny
petty thing that they have made out of life and that
they use to call their life. They talk of ‘my’ life and
‘your’ life, as if we individually owned life, as if life
could be owned at all. Only things can be owned but
life is not a thing, but a dynamic, energetic process—
a cosmic dance.

Only ignorance about the spiritual roots of life
could bring about the present state of affairs among
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and passivity of people worldwide. Of course, we are
very busy imitating others and in that many people
find their shallow satisfaction. It is a lack of energy, of
commitment to ourselves and our individual and spe-
cific mission that makes us comply with the baseline
of living and transforms us into bad copies of our-
selves.

Few people live first-hand lives, compared with
the masses of imitators; thus these people represent a
tiny minority. And if you look closely at them you find
out quickly that they are always the contradictors, the
ones who try to do things differently, the ones who
are not easily satisfied, not easily duped into some
petty mediocre thing, be it a job or a partner or the
proverbial ‘million in the lottery.’

Their value system is different from the one most
people have blindly adopted. When they were chil-
dren, they were keen, curious, sometimes excessively
inquisitive, yet not out of low intention but from a
deep thirst for human experience and interest in the
human soul. In school, or more generally, in systems,
educational, military or otherwise, they are the big or
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who won’t comply with most of the rules, the ones
also who spontaneously create different rules that,
typically, function better than the rules they broke.

I do not say that you have to become a rule-
breaker in order to get to know your original self,
while rule-breaking at times does trigger a personal
path of self-perfection. I do say, however, that in order
to get in touch with your own originality, you have to
become acutely aware of all the influences you are
exposed to at any moment of your life.

Why? Because there are influences that are bene-
ficial for your growth and there are others that are
harmful for it or that for the least are going to retard
it. The art of life is all about being able to distinguish
the latter influences from the former. Some authors
and gurus require an inner purification before they
admit that our soul can grow and develop. However,
this means to put a time element in something that is
beyond or outside of time.

Matters concerning the soul or our higher self are
outside the time-space continuum. If we assume that
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ter going through a sort of soul graduation, we as-
semble events on a timeline that have no place there.

It seems smarter to admit that the process of
growing implies in itself a purification of old soul con-
tent. There is probably, without our knowing of it, a
continuous process of renewal going on in the soul. In
addition, it seems more effective to think in terms of
evolution than in terms of purification. Purification fo-
cuses on the past, evolution on the future. If I want to
ride a bicycle or a car and watch the road too closely, I
am accident-prone. I ride safely if I gaze within a far-
ther distance.

The same is true for personal evolution. Directed,
voluntary progress is possible only if there is vision,
and a vision that heads farther into the future than just
tomorrow or next week. True vision is created by your
higher self, after deep relaxation, by focusing inside
and becoming aware of your uniqueness.

Many people, especially from the older genera-
tion, find it against the rules of good taste to focus
upon themselves, to practice introspection or gener-
ally to bestow attention on themselves. Many of them
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having suffered mistreatment and neglect in their
early years. As a result, they tend to block off when
they are asked to take care of themselves. They may
well indulge in a good deal of social help for others,
assist in welfare projects, or be otherwise useful to the
community. More often than not, their self-neglect
ends with a cancer or some other violent disease that
crowns the big sacrifice they wanted to offer with their
life!

We cannot be ultimately useful if we regard our-
selves as useless. We cannot bestow loving attention
upon others if we do not give it to us first. True relig-
ion, in the sense of the word, begins with taking care
of self.

This is not a religion of egotism as you may hap-
hazardly consider it, but the only true religion. We do
never know others good enough to judge their spiri-
tual views, needs and belongings. We are all on dif-
ferent levels of evolution and different spheres of exis-
tence and belong to different soul groups and energy
fields; and we all have had different former lives, in-
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visions about our individual evolution and the evolu-
tion of our clan or race.

It is this difference about our soul origins that
makes us so helpless when we talk about what we call
spiritual matters. Have you ever observed that people
talk on different levels of consciousness when they
discuss about what is called spirituality?

The true lover of truth does not make a distinction
between spiritual and non-spiritual matters since this
distinction is artificial and without value. For the spiri-
tually minded being, everything is spiritual. For the
materialistically minded individual, everything is mate-
rial. Life is a whole process and every attempt to di-
vide it up, to section it, to dissect it into various parts
is detrimental to grasping its perfume.

The central issue of this chapter, then, is about
how to gain a deeper understanding of this process
that we call life. We are part of this process and there-
fore, understanding ourselves is a condition to lead-
ing a first-hand life and at the same time goes along
with understanding life as a whole.

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This holistic way of looking at things may seem
strange to you and you may not have looked at it that
way until now. However, much of the shortsighted
views that have been developed by mechanistic sci-
ence were based upon a fragmented view of life. We
cannot understand ourselves being part of this crea-
tion if we do not care about its other vast aspects and
dimensions. Religion, therefore, is truly a science!
True religion is the science of the interconnectedness
of all creation and the study of this interconnected-
ness, which can only be a holistic study.

Since the intellect is only a smaller part of the
mind, we must pursue this study with a greater en-
semble of tools than mere intellectual understanding.

Meditation, in its original meaning, is a different
form of information gathering, and thus a way of ho-
listic understanding of the patterned nature of living.
As a matter of fact, meditation is not sitting for hours
cross-legged trying to control your breath, and it is
not forcing spirituality upon you, which is merely an-
other mental concept. It is more of being open and
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to adapt flexibly to it and, most of all, understanding
the why of circumstances, things and events.

Meditation is a way of perceiving the whole of the
process and dynamics of life. It is a form of direct per-
ception.

Meditation is not different from any other activity.
It is not an exercise or a special thing to do for some
chosen enlightened beings. Krishnamurti defined
meditation as being undivided attention; he repeated
many times that we do not need to take any special
posture for doing it. He even said that driving a car
with full attention to every single detail of the process
of driving is meditation.

Read Goethe or Schiller, listen to Baroque music,
and you feel that in pre-industrial times, people were
meditating when walking in nature, sitting in a boat,
having a picnic in the forest, or go to a river or lake for
an afternoon walk. There are a thousand ways to
meditate, and since we are all different, everybody
should freely find out about his preferred way to
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Small children also meditate spontaneously and
can even get into theta brain waves for short mo-
ments, without however losing consciousness of the
outside world. It is a wonderful thing to happen.

You are challenged to perceive this life in your own
unique way, once you are ready to open up your inner
view. Then you will see and understand to what extent
our perception of life differs, and that we all live in dif-
ferent worlds, even though, outwardly, we seem to
live here, in one and the same dimension. And yet,
inwardly, our range of experiences is very different,
depending on our mindset. Even if you take two indi-
viduals who have lived through the same experience,
they will report it differently because they have per-
ceived and felt it differently.

The True Meaning of Education
I mentioned already that once you are ready to
guide yourself along, to educate yourself, you are
able to educate others. It works less the other way
around.

We also saw that the word education has its origin
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means something like to guide along. Perhaps some
of us were guided along by our parents and teachers,
and perhaps others not, or they were misguided.
However, the decisive question is: How can we guide
ourselves along? The question opens a door since it
gives rise to another important question: the question
about the direction. Where do you want to go?

Now let us ask: Is there any predetermined path
set for us? Or did we choose such a path at the onset
of our incarnation? Many spiritual teachers tell us that,
in fact, we have chosen everything we want to realize
in this life, and in the greater life cycle of which this
present incarnation is only one element.

However, for most of us this question is not really
important. Why? Because we have forgotten about
this decision we have once taken before we incar-
nated.

What I want to convey is that we can at any time
renew that decision. We are not bound by any deci-
sion we have once taken, be it in this or any other di-
mension. Each point in the time-space continuum is
of equal importance. There is no reason why a deci-
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be more important than a decision we take after our
incarnation.

In addition, there is a good chance that if we focus
inside and look at the question innocently, we are
likely to take the same decision again. But it could
also be that we have matured to a point to change
our self-vision and thus to project another self into the
future.

Educating ourselves can therefore only refer to our
present valid self-vision. We have to guide us along
the vision that we have set for ourselves and that we
consider so fundamental and important for our evolu-
tion that we reaffirm it over and over again.

For that purpose, I do not consider it important to
indulge in regression therapy or deep hypnosis in or-
der to find out about that decision we may or not
have taken before birth. Because of the cyclic nature
of life, nothing is lost forever, and there is no barren
path to truth. If this decision was so fundamental that
it is part of our truth, we will easily take the same de-
cision again, once we center and are connected to
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To get there, suffices to relax and ask the universe
for guidance. If, on the other hand, this decision was
not that important, it would be rather confusing to
use the armed forces of the hypnotist to get there
again. Of course, those who like to go this way at any
price are free to do it. But it is not necessary for soul
development.

The only true education is the one we give to our-
selves. The only true guru is the one we carry within.
The only truth is that we grow, constantly, from life to
life, experience to experience and year to year of exis-
tence. Our teachers and gurus are outside mirrors of
our inner guides. Education, as most of us have expe-
rienced it in school is a most decadent whitewash of
what education was originally about and what it is go-
ing to become again in a future Aquarian society.

Education in the true sense of guiding ourselves
along our primary vision is the highest task that is set
for us in life, within all its cycles, not only the earthly
one. It means to be truly responsible for our destiny.

When you are ignorant about your unique, original
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sold your soul to the gods and devils of modern con-
sumerism.

We live in a society where originality is seen as a
luxury. It is hard to find people who dare to be truly
original.

We all tend to fit in one or the other standard that
we adopted as valid for us, without perhaps being
aware of the damage that constant imitation will do to
our original being.

Standards are dangerous to our true nature. They
alienate us from our own truth and lead us on the
slippery path of imitation. They keep us afar from
original creation, which is our natural, subtle Tao.

And how much more dangerous is it for our Tao
when we live in a society which is impregnated with
standards, molds and labels, and that spits out end-
lessly repeated behavior patterns through the mass
media that reach the new generations as early as in
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How Consciousness Works
Conscious living and realizing our highest self-
vision is the best armor against any form of involun-
tary conditioning; this is why true creativity is the best
shield against alienation, in which form ever you may
face it.

Consciousness works in a somewhat paradoxical
manner. The information we receive from the senses is
filtered by our belief system, and our conditioning.
There are three possible dimensions in consciousness.

‣ Spontaneous acting without thinking, without ob-
server;

‣ Action based upon thought, involving the ob-
server;

‣ Action based upon guilt, involving the observer-
observer.

The most direct action is spontaneous acting
without an observer. In this highest quality of action,
thought is not involved. This is beneficial because
thought is based upon the past thus conditioning the
present pattern along previous ones that were initi-
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thought, the present pattern can fully grasp the pre-
sent framework and conditions and, therefore, effec-
tive solutions are easily in reach. However, most of us
unlearnt spontaneous action through the school envi-
ronment; while, when we were small children it was
our normal daily behavior. Only sages and geniuses, it
seems, consciously maintain and cherish the treasure
of spontaneity until old age. They are at odds with
conditioning and the herd values set by mainstream
society.

Spontaneous action is thus based upon direct per-
ception, which I discovered to be the secret behind
fast and effective learning. Direct or immediate per-
ception was once, in ancient times, the regular mode
of learning for the upper range of society. It was
taught in the mystery schools of the East and the
West. It was primarily the mode of perception to be
learned among philosophers and religious leaders.
Direct perception is rooted in the present moment.
Some call it the ‘eternal now.’ When perception is di-
rect, there is no need for interference of thought or of
past experiences to perceive reality. There is no judg-
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response. For these reasons it can be said to be the
purest way of perceiving reality.

However, because of our strong conditioning in
the opposite paradigm, the intellectualizing and ra-
tionalizing mode of perception, immediate percep-
tion is not easy for modern man to get into. Not by
rejecting thought or trying to stop thinking can it be
triggered but solely by understanding the mechanism
of the thinking process.

The brain must learn to understand the brain.
Thought is not something we have to get rid of; it’s
anyway impossible to ‘control thought’ because it
means to control the thinker.

While it is true that what is beyond thought cannot
be reached through thinking, many of our earthly en-
deavors need thinking and rational planning.

Please be aware that to reject thought means to
reject civilization or technology. Technology has cer-
tainly no absolute value, but it has a high relative
value. It ensures not only survival, but also comfort
and, what is perhaps more important, safety and
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ent cultures. Global international culture could not
have come to exist without the high technology in-
volved in electronic communication. Likewise, nobody
would fly an airplane without international conven-
tions and agreements on inflight security, simply be-
cause of the dangers involved.

Action based upon thought, then, is not by itself
bringing about holistic or wistful action, but it plays a
valuable part in the preparation of such action. Action
based upon thought such as rational planning, logic
reasoning or academic research is important, however
limited because of its adherence to the past and to
cultural, social and religious conditioning.

Thought always is conditioned by the thinker since
there is no thought without the thinker who produces
it. This is why there is also an observer which is but
another part of the thinker. The observer looks at
thought and comments upon it. That is why action
necessarily is delayed because the incentive for action
will be inhibited as long as the observer does not fully
agree with the action that the thinker wishes to take.
In extreme cases the personality is going to split. In
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esses are so divided that they incarnate different split
personalities that lead their own lives.

In the normal, non-pathological state, the two
parts are still under the control of the ego but in ei-
ther case immediate action is impossible; in situations
of shock, however, when the survival response is trig-
gered and thought is temporarily disabled, such ac-
tion can spontaneously arise. In situations of immedi-
ate danger, to be true, nature triggers the flight-or-
fight response that disables thought in order to short-
cut the observer. The result is immediate action that is
almost unconscious but highly effective. Look at the
example of the German mother in World War II who
was reported to have lifted a car with her bare hands,
so that her husband could pull out the badly hurt
child and save her.

How can a human being lift more than two thou-
sand pounds? Not even an athlete could. The answer
is that the human being has got infinite power. This
subtle power can be activated through appropriate
work on the self. Our inner wisdom or self under-
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reassign thought the relative place in the whole of the
human consciousness process.

The least effective action is action based upon
guilt. In this action there are two observers involved in
the thinking process, the observer and the observer-
observer.

The observer-observer is a second observer that
observes the observer. This second observer is not
originally built into the human psyche; it is the result
of guilt. While the primary observer is a consequence
of social conditioning, the secondary observer comes
about through guilt and shame. It’s the result of a
neurotic condition. The observer-observer is an inner
critic that judges and evaluates, sometimes very
harshly, every thought, every intention, every desire
and every action of the thinker and of the observer.
Therefore its task is twofold: observing the thinker
and the observer.

Imagine how many possible alternatives this
observer-observer can come up with regarding every
single thought or intention of the thinker! Action,
then, becomes almost impossible or is considerably
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tion. Even when action is taken, it will barely be whole
and consistent since the observer-observer will
change position many times during the process, try-
ing to influence the actor to modify action according
to the judgments of this ultimate inner judge.

Guilt feelings are destructive because they frag-
ment the integrity of the personality.

After this summary explanation about how con-
sciousness operates, I come back to the original ques-
tion of how to get to live a first-hand life, a life that is
our own unique creation?

It now seems easier to understand that direct per-
ception is the way back to our original source of
knowledge and eternal wisdom, our self. Logically, the
first thing we must get rid of is guilt. Second, we have
to understand the thinker and the observer so that
they cannot interfere with the action but act as mere
inner consultants.

At this point, I am often asked the question why,
actually, the observer, too, must get into a kind of lim-
ited mode of action? The question is twofold, actually;
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annihilated? They seem to reason that if conditioning
has brought about the observer, then by undoing
conditioning the observer will logically disappear.

This is of course a correct reasoning. However, it is
not that easy to completely free oneself from condi-
tioning; it is notoriously reported that when Krishna-
murti, toward the end of his life, was asked if he had
the impression that his teaching was understood by
humanity and if there were people who have realized
total freedom from conditioning, he answered that he
himself had not known one single human being who
had mastered that decisive step during his lifetime.

Intuitively, I agree with the rather pessimistic out-
look of K in his old age. I myself cannot say that I have
got there, after so many years of practicing direct
awareness and even though I learn relatively fast us-
ing direct perception as a learning tool. I can affirm
that some years ago I was able to annihilate the
observer-observer and that, further on, the primary
observer has lost a lot of importance for me and its
voice has become rather soft. But I cannot say it has
altogether disappeared, while at least in meditation, it
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When I discovered Krishnamurti’s writings and
teaching thirty years ago, I could at first master only a
time span of one to three minutes to be completely
without thought. Now, this happens for several hours.
Especially when writing and editing books like the
present one, thought is almost completely absent, as I
am doing all repetitive work in a state of meditation.
And while this book looks like the production of
thought, it is not. It is a product of intuition and spon-
taneous creation.

It is not thought that brings about original crea-
tions. It is that something is coming through, in a state
of mind that is relaxed and comfortable. Without
practicing automatic writing in the strict sense, I feel
that when I write, draw or spontaneously compose
music, thought is absent and there is some kind of to-
tal awareness or presence. In this awareness, some-
thing clear and authoritative manifests through me.

Without these concrete results, I would probably
not dare to publish my hypothesis about direct per-
ception and the fact that indeed tremendous learning
results can be derived from it. When you do some-
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sults with it, you can safely take it as part of reality and
not a mere fantasy product.

It’s you who is going to make up the techniques
and first of all the lifestyle you are going to adopt in
order to manifest your first-hand life. I can only know
what is good for me, but not what is best for you. This
is valid for all people, also your highest spiritual
teachers for they if they are honest at all, will tell you
exactly that. Maharshi told you that, Krishnamurti told
you that. Jesus told you that. Buddha told you that.
But you did not understand them.

The obstacle for your understanding is your lack-
ing freedom and your stubborn obedience along with
your craving for imitation. However, in spiritual mat-
ters nobody can tell you anything. Now, if this is so,
how can I help you to free yourself from all sense-
givers that interfere with your own private, personal
religious quest? In reality, there are no sense-givers
and only you yourself is going to give your life and
destiny the meaning it needs to assume so that it is a
fulfilled and happy one.

You cannot get to realize the true sense of your
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sires, your longings for fulfillment, judging them child-
ish, nonsensical, selfish, irrational or megalomanic.
There is beauty in our wishes and desires, material,
emotional, sexual, spiritual or religious. There is deep
significance hidden in them. In brushing them off, you
will miss a part of the significance of your life. We all
are dreamers, and that is the magic of human nature!
And the creator force that you may call God, Brahma,
Allah, Zoroaster or Buddha or otherwise is the great-
est of all dreamers. This force has dreamt this world
into existence!

We are not the kind of robots many so-called spiri-
tual teachers wish us to be in order to better manipu-
late us for their personal glory! Your spiritual side and
your material side cannot be separated until the mo-
ment you die. Then they separate naturally. But as
long as you are incarnated and on this earthly plane
of existence, the two spheres are intertwined into one
single whole. You may wonder how it can be that the
realization of material wishes contributes to connect
you to your true selfhood; truly, the split of our en-
deavors in ‘material’ and ‘spiritual’ ones is merely arti-
ficial. It does not exist. Every material wish is the mani-
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of a higher order that is hidden behind the wish—and
that is often unknown to us. There is a deeper reason
and a purpose why you want this or that car. Psy-
chologists may say that you have a power hangup and
need this car to compensate for your feeling power-
less or even worthless and that I suffer from megalo-
mania.

Let us be careful with such quick judgments. The
psychologist may be right but in another way as he
intended to. He may be right in that the car will help
you heal your power gap and channel misdirected
energies into constructive paths. Second, the car may
be for you a manifestation of belonging to a higher
social class, while your power setup is probably not
defective. Let me try to explain more carefully what I
wish to convey.

Spiritually and materially we do have classes, dis-
tinctions, levels, hierarchies, and castes. We all have a
natural striving to move upward in the hierarchy, be it
in our personal evolution or on a social scale. It is in-
fantile to belittle this fact and to label such behavior
as immature. The best way to handle your desire for
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and not to repress or belittle it. You may not easily
discover what the higher purpose is behind each and
every of your material wishes. You do not need to dis-
cover it, to be true. It is much more important to listen
to your inner voice and work actively and in a focused
manner for making your wishes come true. Then you
will see for yourself, for something in the quality of
your life will subtly change without you becoming
aware of that change.

Points to Ponder

‣ Chapter Four was about a first-hand life, the true
meaning of education and the way consciousness
works.

‣ Contrary to what you may have learnt in school
and university, in life there are no standards, and
there are no standard values. All values are indi-
vidual, and need to fit your continuum. That is
why it’s really not easy to go for your first-hand
life, because it means you have to make choices,
and these choices must be in alignment with what
might be called your cosmic purpose. All choices
that you make, especially in spiritual matters, and
that you make by following your inner guidance,
are choices that somehow comply with your full
cycle purpose, the purpose not only of this pre-
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purpose of your wandering soul, across all incar-
nations.

‣ The fact that we all got two arms and two legs
doesn’t mean we are standardized into a mold
also on the soul level. On that level we are as dif-
ferent as the sun and the moon. This is the reason
you need to be careful when trying to find out
about your soul values, those values that enable
you to live a first-hand life, a life of your own
unique creation.

‣ Few people live original lives, and if you go for it,
I can assure you that you will have few friends.
Gandhi said, ‘When you are a friend of humanity,
you will have no friends.’

‣ When you are a friend of humanity in its highest
possible evolution, you will see how quickly you
will make empty space around yourself, and I do
not tell you it’s all sunshine, because you have to
cope with being alone, and see the beauty in it
all. Only then will you understand by and by that
company is not something to get at any price,
and certainly not at the price of your soul. A so-
cial life doesn’t mean you fiddle around with all
and everybody, but that you align your purpose
with a select few people who are reflecting in
their vibration the same wave length you are
emitting.

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‣ The true sense of democracy is not to become a
herd animal, but to be truly yourself within a
group whose interactions are based upon mutual
respect and freedom.

‣ Today more than ever, you are supposed to find
your soul mates everywhere in the world, and the
likelihood you find them in the place you were
born is rather low. Today, more than ever, you can
bond with people around the world, using the
electronic media highway, but that also implies a
danger, namely that you become soulless and
mechanical, assuming you can build a lifelong
friendship with people by exchanging a few
emails. It is possible of course, but it’s not the
regular case, simply because when you require
more in life than ordinary folks, it’s harder to get
it.

‣ And this truth is not bound to culture, it’s univer-
sal. When you go for a first-hand life, you want to
be around people who do the same, and then,
you are among a minority. So either you howl with
the wolves, or you remain in your own reality and
seek out company among those who have been
reality creators just like yourself. Then, you are in
a private club, and the space in your galaxy is as
huge as the space within the atom. Then you live
in colder spheres, where there is more oxygen,
but also more solitude!

‣ When you reject thought, you reject technology
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your human machinery. While thought is me-
chanical, it serves us. Without thought, there
could not be memory, and without memory there
could not be civilization in the sense we know it.

‣ Thus, thought has served survival and this was
intended to be so. However, this doesn’t mean
you should boost thinking, while this is the pa-
thology most of the people in hyper-tech civiliza-
tions are suffering from.

‣ When you connect with inside, by doing regular
meditation, thought will still be present when you
need it, but vanish off when you don’t need it.
When you are simply sitting quiet, you don’t need
thought. While in the beginning thoughts will be
recurring to a point to bother you, this will gradu-
ally cease to happen when you are persistent and
regular in your meditation practice.

‣ You cannot get to live a life of your own creation
without meditation, and authoring your life in a
consistent manner.

‣ Authoring your life means to develop your lan-
guage skills, to be able to write spontaneous
texts, compose spontaneous music, do sponta-
neous art, to be able to answer loaded questions
in a stream-of-consciousness style manner, where
you abandon your intellect and let your heart
speak. Authoring your life means to get into a
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your life means to give up control and let go for
the god in you to take over control. This means
you need to develop faith on top of it all.

‣ Behold, faith is not belief; faith is a form of put-
ting your knowledge to work. When you know
you do not depend on your thoughts because
they are the past, nor on circumstances because
they are the result of projections, you focus inside
to see what kind of reality you are going to create
right now, with this inner mix. When you see that
this mix is predominantly negative, you are doing
something about it until you are satisfied that
your inner state of regular peace, happiness, and
a poised assurance will bear positive fruits!

‣ Then, and only then, you can publish your life—
go out and make it all happen. And contrary to
the Toltec teaching I am adding on here, when
you publish your life, you may publish your story,
on a web site, in a book or by making a film about
it. Your story does count, while it’s not having a
molding influence over you anymore, but it
counts, because without your story you would not
have come where you are.

‣ This is why, contrary to the Toltec teaching as it
was brought to us by Castaneda or Ruiz, I am say-
ing, publish your story and feel happy about it.
You will then see that it’s that, a story, nothing
more or less. But it’s what adds on poetry to your
life, for that’s what your story is: a poem.

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Chapter Five

From Imitating to Originating

Creator’s Essentials
The decisive step for you to take on your way to a
first-hand life is the one from imitating to originating.
In authoring your life, you learn the basics of creating
your own life and of gradually letting behind patterns
of imitation that you may have carried over from your
earliest days.

The world has known few independent thinkers.
Yet, the reasons most psychologists cite for this fact
are wrong. It is not that human nature is prone to imi-
tation and that it lacks creativeness; the culprit is the
worldwide plague of social, moral and religious condi-
tioning that brings about standardized norms and be-
havior patterns, and social systems that are static and
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Most of us take for granted that the human lot has
to be molded into a residual norm where all parame-
ters are following the outdated paradigm of linear
logic. They are alienated enough from the logic of life
to believe in such a grotesque myth!

The human being is a free creature who doesn’t
need to comply with any norm other than its own.
Great thinkers and sages such as Lao-tzu, Schopen-
hauer, Kant or Nietzsche have unveiled draconic and
rigid systems as pure hypocrisy.

How to undo conditioning for unleashing your
original creativeness? This is the decisive question I
am asking you in this chapter.

Much has been written about creativity develop-
ment. From my experience with self-development, I
can say that without developing yourself and com-
plete your individuation, you cannot really develop
your highest creativity potential. Of course, my view
may sound queer in the ears of those who wait for
quick fixes and who believe in what Edward de Bono
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—Edward de Bono, Serious Creativity (1996), pp.
35, 36. Edward de Bono expressly states in ‘Misper-
ceptions about Creativity’ that one of those mis-
perceptions was the idea that it was enough to re-
move inhibitions or the fear of being wrong that
would trigger automatically the creative response.
De Bono found that it is simply not enough to re-
move inhibitions for helping people in the corpo-
rate world to be more creative.

These techniques claim it was enough to remove
some inner barriers for a person’s original creativeness
to bloom up. Edward de Bono has found in many
years of creativity training for major corporations that
these techniques are ineffective. He concluded that it
is simply not enough to remove some obstacles so as
to trigger in us our highest creative potential.

Creativity is not a mechanical device that can be
turned on and off. It is an outflow of the whole of the
personality, a vibrational effect of the flowing together
of the spiritual, mental and emotional vibrations. This
healthy energy flow will be triggered once the self is
integrated and can be contacted in a state of relaxa-
tion or meditation.

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In our daily life we can learn step by step to be-
come more original, more daring and less imitating. I
mean that we can work on two levels, an inside level
and an outside level which is your behavior in the out-
side world. You can change this behavior here and
now!

It is really important to me to make sure you un-
derstand this not as a ‘philosophical’ opinion of mine.
Philosophy that cannot be directly applied in life is
not philosophy, but speculation!

My practice of Zen taught me that the slightest
gesture counts and that we cannot grow in wisdom by
just reading and digesting opinions, discussing views,
without integrating what we have learnt. That is why
the second step is as important as the first! The sec-
ond step is how we behave in our daily relationships,
the one with our self, the one with other humans, and
the relationships with animals, with plants, with the
earth and the universe.

These five forms of relationship are actually only
manifestations of one single relation: the relation with
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you in you, you relate to others. There is no difference
between inside and outside relations.

Why Attitude Counts
Originating new forms of behavior means to build
a different relation with yourself first.

But this first is not meant as a time factor! I do not
want to say that you have to first work on the inside
level and wait what happens, and that only later, once
you have done the changes inside, you are going to
work on the outside level. It does not work in a se-
quential way. The changes have to be made simulta-
neously on the inside and the outside levels! This is
why your attitude counts!

The way you present yourself to the world is not
something involuntary or hazardous. It is not com-
pletely voluntary either. The more our individual con-
sciousness is developed, the more we are able to dis-
play a consistent attitude, an attitude that is positive
and that brings us honors and rewards on our way to
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Communicating these guidelines to you and not
caring about your attitude would be only half of the
work. Your attitude mirrors your inner orientation. To
neglect attitude would mean to work in the shadow.
Shadow work surely is important and it is perhaps a
good way to begin with, but it must soon be accom-
panied by the development of a conscious outer atti-
tude.

In Zen, all this is done. Zen teaches us that mere
theory or high morality is of little or no value if it is not
accompanied by actions that incarnate it. The inner
rectitude cannot be achieved by mere learning mere
intellectual concepts of ‘goodness,’ ‘moral standing’
or ‘righteousness.’

All these words are but concepts as long as they
are not rooted in our attitude. This is why attitude
training is so important—and also why it is time-
consuming and not a matter of quick fixes.

Attitude building requires commitment first of all,
but also a psychological understanding of human na-
ture—and finally patience. A lot of patience. Many
people have high opinions and when you talk with
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and the world. They think of themselves as highly
educated and considerate, yet when meeting a beg-
gar or a sick child in the street, they turn away quickly.

I have seen this many times in my life. I do not care
what people think and even less what they value or
depreciate. I just watch how they act. And I guess that
you do the same, that we all do the same—more or
less consciously.

Switching from imitating—which is often the result
of the fear to be different—to a new and original way
of life is not easy. It requires courage and the will to
succeed on one’s own—and not as a follower of a
group, or of the majority, the herd, or a guru. It re-
quires a strong sense of individuality, and, to repeat it,
cannot be achieved without individuation.

Where New Ideas Originate From
One or the other of you may think that ideas are
pure chance or that some people just get many ideas
whereas others are dry like the desert sand when new
ideas or inventions are called upon. Some may have
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sically we are all equal in the ability to learn the tech-
niques that bring about new ideas.

Edward de Bono, in his book Serious Creativity
(1996) has demystified creativity and shown that pro-
ducing ideas can be taught as a deliberate activity
that brings results for virtually everybody.

However we trigger the subtle mechanism of crea-
tivity, there is something of the unknown involved in it,
something that has to do with chaos, with ‘Freedom
from the Known,’ with serendipity, with synchronicity
in play. It is obvious that the new cannot come from
the old, that the unknown will not flow out from the
known, that the new and original will not be a clone of
the established. However, many of us disregard this
simple truth and wonder why they cannot find new
solutions by thinking about old problems!

Thought is always in the past and can only operate
from a limited perspective.

Einstein said that a problem can never be solved
on the same level of thinking that created it. New
ideas come from a realm beyond thought, beyond
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Original creators, among them Leonardo da Vinci,
Thomas Edison, or Picasso, generally believe that
genius is a not a special benediction, but something
as normal as eating and sleeping. Creators are simply
free to be themselves, all the time, which is why their
human potential is fully complete, not residual as it is
with most people. That’s because the majority of
people are not really themselves and do not live their
own lives.

I am convinced that everybody is a genius in the
sense that we all receive great ideas once in a while,
often in dreams; else, we all get those hunches while
we are in the bathroom or taking a rest. The problem
is that most of us simply disregard these valuable,
precious intuitions by—

‣ belittling them;

‣ making them down as nonsense;

‣ calling them fantasy or imagination;

‣ denying their reality;

‣ considering them as childish;

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‣ considering them as inspirations of evil.

The first step is to take serious the perhaps confus-
ing messages from inside. Doing this will open your
mind to another dimension or dimensions, to a
deeper and more holistic vision of living. The old
sages knew details about the fantastic interactive na-
ture of life, its paradoxical complexity in simplicity and
the possible ways to interact with life in a way to cre-
ate in much the same way as nature creates. This is a
learning process, however an extended and multi-
faceted one, and generally one that takes many years
or even decades of diligent work.

I equally deny the distinction between ordinary life
and spiritual life that many people today tend to em-
phasize. It is an artificial distinction and one that is
tautological. Life is all of that—and more!

The unique thing about life is its variety and its
unending change. To divide life into different sections
alters the subtle magic that is inherent in holistic living
into a set of rigid behavior patterns—the typical way
modern man is living. You cannot be productive in
new ideas and original ways of doing things and of
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if you rationalize it away, if you raze off the roots that
emerge every day from the seeds that your potential
has planted. Another reason why creative energy is
stuck is attachment to—

‣ the past;

‣ other people;

‣ the family;

‣ the partner or children;

‣ the parents;

‣ groups;

‣ organizations;

‣ the nation or your country.

All these attachments consume vital energy, and
creativity is but that: energy.

How to dissolve these attachments; how to empty
you from this garbage? It is difficult if not impossible
to do that in a day. I needed about fifteen years to get
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Meditation greatly helps in this process. This is so
because thought has a natural or physiological ten-
dency to attach to its content. Thought cannot by it-
self leave the boundaries of its content. It is confined
within the limits of the past, the vécu, the remem-
brance of what has been lived —and what is thus
dead. This is not a negative or fatalistic opinion, but a
fact. Thought cannot master thought.

There must be some kind of higher authority that
can direct and renew thought. This authority does in-
deed exist. It is the self. The self is not bound by
thought since it is not bound by time and space.

The self is not the accumulation of experience; it is
not thought, it is not the remembrance of past hurt
and pleasure, neither is it originating from earth-
bound life or past lives. The self or higher self is be-
yond life and death. It is not the transformed but the
transformer, not the learner but the teacher, not the
actor but the director. Some people, when I get into
this subject, ask me if my vision of the self is what in
Hindu philosophy is called atman.

The answer is that there is no answer. I have not
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call it. I can confirm that your intuition is correct in that
there is in fact some parallel and that indeed, gener-
ally speaking, most Eastern religious concepts bear
some striking logic that one misses in other religious
teachings. Yet, my knowledge of the higher self is not
derived from tradition, but more from the teachings
of the most non-traditional sages, that I mentioned
already—Maharshi and Krishnamurti— but also from
Western sources, the teaching of Master Eckhart and
last not least theosophical teachings, and, I do not
hide it, from channeled sources. And yes, I almost
forgot, Edgar Cayce’s teaching also had a strong im-
pact upon me.

I explained it once to a friend who asked me to
clarify this question for her:

‘Concepts are vessels and carry messages. They are them-
selves not the messages! I do not offer a vessel since the
vessel is provided by your own inner guide. From a certain
level of spiritual development, we do not need vessels any
more. This is when we can directly receive the messages. I
have rejected the vessels since my childhood which enabled
me to advance more quickly on direct perception which I am
now teaching, joining a tradition that was practiced several
thousand years ago and then destroyed by moralistic think-
ing (which has got us where we are now: bare of any true and
valid life-philosophy that understands life instead of judging
it).’

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The self is not the ego, but a higher, eternal en-
ergy code or pattern that is distinct and individuated,
but that flows within the ocean of the primordial cos-
mic energy so that there is living exchange between
all beings.

Most Western people call it the soul. The self con-
tains all the wisdom of the universe; it is the individu-
ated aspect of the divine soul.

I do not know if ‘self’ and ‘soul’ are identical or
separated but I would say that this distinction is of a
mere theoretical nature. The higher self or inner guide
is our source of wisdom, creativity and prosperity. The
ego or shell can touch the self, once it is connected.
This, in turn, gradually expresses our total perception
ability, as when this connection between ego and self
is realized, our total perception awakens.

As an analogy of this truth on the level of the indi-
vidual, the self may be a more individualized mask of
the soul.

—See Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Orien-
tal Mythology (1962/1992). The title of the book
shows that in spiritual language, a mask is a mythic
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fact is invisible and intangible. Thus the metaphor
that the self is the mask of the divine soul of the
individual. In addition, in all tribal cultures, masks of
whatever kind are considered as sacred ritual ob-
jects, which shows the same truth.

To awaken creative thinking and get out of our es-
tablished concepts, there is no other way than going
beyond thought and language. Once you touch your
self, by being yourself, you are no more reasoning in
terms of concepts and patterns that are made from
past experience, but patterns that are universal. New
ideas namely come from the realm that hosts this im-
mense reservoir of universal patterns. In order to in-
carnate these universal patterns, we must mold them
into our spacetime reality. We do this constantly,
however most often without being aware of it.

When man created the wheel for the first time,
they incarnated the universal pattern wheel into our
space-time continuum. This pattern already long be-
fore formed part of the universal pattern library. By
receiving an inspiration that did not come from
thought, man was able to improve life on earth. With
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rect perception greatly enhances our chances to
grasp bits of the essential patterns life is made of.

In the following sub-chapter, we will see what it
means to nurture a creative mind and how to foster
and maintain abundant creativeness even through old
age.

How to Nurture a Creative
Mind
A creative mind is the essential divide between an
original person and an imitative one. A creative mind
is not afraid to be different and to do things differ-
ently. It is much to the contrary focused upon the un-
usual, the unexpected, the unpredictable, and the mi-
raculous.

For a truly creative person, nothing is impossible
in a strict sense, and life becomes something like a
precious thunder box where new marvels happen at
every moment. A creative mind also is a childlike spir-
it—a ‘beginner’s mind’ as it is called in Zen.

How to nurture and maintain such a mindset? It is
not an easy task, especially for those of you who so far
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through a childhood totally devoid of support for my
very bold and premature creativity. In the contrary, I
had to fight for it and against all opposing forces until
I could eventually realize it, about thirty years later. My
personal story may signal that it is essential to clear
the mind from the old garbage that accumulates
through passively absorbing the opinions of others
and the immense amounts of gossip that is spread
around the world by a mediocre, mass-oriented and
for the most part utterly stupid media world!

Most people live alienated from their continuum,
their inner world. This is an incredible waste of their
lifetime.

We are here to live our own lives and not washed
down versions of other people’s lives or some form of
collective living standard that is imposed on us by a
rapaciously greedy consumer culture that we silently
accept and conform with.

How to effect that clearing process that liberates
us from the known and prepares us to receive the un-
known?

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There are methods that will help you refresh your
mind and clear it from all that does not belong to
yourself. I will elucidate, then, the clearing techniques
I have come across.

Write Your Story

Write your story in a single run.

Sit down and spit it out, and do not give up until
it’s done; if it takes one page or one thousand, this is
entirely up to you and to your inspiration.

You may begin innocently and think that you will
have done it in three days and it may take you one
month. Or you may think that this is so difficult a task
that it will take you one year, and later you do it in one
week. All is possible, but there is no excuse valid
enough for not doing it. Writing our life story is one of
the most effective ways to get rid of repetitive
thought patterns relating to the past.

This is not an easy task because most people think
they have no gift for writing. However, you don’t need
any writing skills. There will be no judge and certainly
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are some important points to observe for carrying out
this task:

‣ Do not judge yourself!

‣ Do not show it to others before it is ready!

‣ Do not require from yourself to be a good writer!

‣ Do not give up while half way through!

In my own experience with writing my life story, I
can say it’s really a primordial means to trigger creativ-
ity. The liberating effect that goes along with simply
writing down one’s story is almost unbelievable. Try it!
I would go as far as saying that your whole metabo-
lism will change and even the cells in your body will
reflect the fundamental change that will happen on all
levels of your mindbody. One of the direct effects will
be that your emotional flow will be enhanced and you
will feel more alive than ever before!

Practice Meditation

Usually, when I mention the word ‘meditation’ in
my corporate training seminars, I always get more or
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ceptions about meditation in today’s international cul-
ture. The meditation I am talking about does not
need any specific technique. It is rather a state of non-
action, of quietly sitting down for a time-span that is
entirely up to you.

Most Westerners perceive doing nothing as some
sort of punishment! I do not exclude myself. It was for
me extremely difficult to get out of the rails of the
have-to and should-do and ought-to, and just let go
and accept life as it is —which of course means to ac-
cept ourselves! Meditation is an activity that teaches
us acceptance and moving with the flow of life.

It is not an exercise, not something rigid, and cer-
tainly not something like an obligation. If you do it
that way, you certainly do something, but what you
are doing is different from meditation.

The problem with meditation is that many people
have preconceived knowledge about it and may even
have tried it out, but since they have not seen results
they think that it does not work or that it is silly. If you
are tense or you have problems that tear you up emo-
tionally, do not even try, for learning meditation is dif-
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see results, and that is what motivates us to continue,
we need to learn in a state of mental and emotional
peace.

This is the reason why schools that teach and prac-
tice meditation are often in the mountains or other
remote places. However, this is not a guarantee ei-
ther! If you bring your emotional turmoil with you to
the highest mountain, the mountain as such cannot
help you to get rid of it.

You, only you, can do something about it! What
the mountain can do is trigger in you a slightly shifted
perspective of yourself and the world.

If you take this perspective really serious and are
ready to go from there, it will help you to entirely shift
your inner mind and to get clarity about your truth.

Note Your Dreams

Writing down your dreams every morning helps in
many ways. To be in touch with your inner mind, the
content of the hidden part of your mind is an impor-
tant aid in self-development.

Furthermore, it helps you maintain emotional bal-
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turmoil. But there is another thing about dreams that
is lesser known to most people. Writing down your
dreams every day boosts creativity since it is the pri-
mary pathway to creative writing. I have found this as
a result of my own experience.

Many years ago, I experienced an explosion of
creativity while engaging in a hypnotherapy during
which I had to write a lot. First I wrote down all my
dreams every morning and this took sometimes
pages and pages since my dreams were rich and long
like movies. Then I had to write reports about my
therapy sessions, a task that I took very serious. And
while the therapy ended, and with it the session re-
ports, the dreaming continued. And I kept maintain-
ing my dream journal. The result was that my high in-
spiration for creative writing continued to blossom for
years without end.

The difficulty in writing down dreams is that there
are many things in dreams that are hard to put in
words. This is the best school for becoming a writer.
Besides that, this exercise helps you to awaken your
creative mind. Of course, it is sometimes hard work.

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But creativity is only in part inspiration. A good part of
it is constant and regular work, believe it or not!

The Adventure of Solitude

For most of us it is gruesome to be alone, to have
nobody to share our free time with. It is today a rather
unusual idea to pass essential periods of time, such as
leisure, holidays, and weekends without company.

I go as far as saying that most of us are addicted
to some kind of company, be it a partner, be it a
group, or media entertainment as an ersatz for all
that. What are the deeper reasons of our need of
company for enjoying life? Why do we invite people
when we want to give a party?

Ever thought to give a party for yourself—and only
for you? Perhaps you find that idea crazy but once you
have done it, you will most probably change your
mind.

Some of you have reached a point to avoid others
because of previous bad experiences, and they turn
to animals, to pets. They need the company of pets as
they formerly needed the company of other humans.
They still are in need to be comforted.

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There are two kinds of company, one that is genu-
ine and based upon mutual sharing and one that is
false and based upon dependency. The first type of
relationship is fulfilling and rewarding in the long run;
the second kind of relationship is exhausting and de-
structive in the long run. The first augments the ex-
change of vital energies, the second diminishes or
obstructs the exchange of energies, and in extreme
cases it can leave you exhausted when the relation-
ship is finally broken off!

To be social doesn’t mean to seek company at any
price; it means to choose and to being discriminate as
to who are to become your partners, friends and as-
sociates and then relate to them according to this
choice. It does not mean to use others as gap fillers
for your many hours of loneliness. The fact that you
cannot be alone without getting into anxiety and de-
pression is pathological. It is not normal.

Don’t be surprised that all boils down to the ques-
tion of identity. That may bother or even annoy you,
but it’s as it is. I have researched for years this com-
plex network of problems that are all inter-related and
found that they all flow out from a false identity.

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People with a genuine identity do not have these
problems, they do not get sucked empty in code-
pendent vampirism, they do not need heroin or per-
verse wars, genocide and crusades, or domestic vio-
lence, and they are not afraid to be alone. In the con-
trary, they are alone very much and this with a certain
logic: in a society based on fake-values, those who
represent true values are forcibly isolated and consid-
ered as strange, marginal or arrogant. All our great
creators, artists, stars, scientists and geniuses are the
most lonely people you find on this globe! Don’t get
blinded by the glitter that surrounds them. The glitter
is but the façade made up by the media and it is as
false as those media are. Ask some of the stars or
geniuses you worship, and write to them, and you will
see for yourself!

All things that are true and vital in my life are the
result of my own fight; society, family and environment
constantly tried to bog me down and get me away
from what is good and true for me and made down all
the artistic and religious values I cherished. They con-
stantly pushed me to reduce myself to a consumer-
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It was only through my struggle and persistent ef-
fort that I was able to built some things of value today,
after more than forty years of contemptuous resis-
tance.

As a consequence of my choice to go my own way,
I have been isolated in the strangest ways and had to
get familiar with the most atrocious forms of solitude.
But I got to love my own company beyond all, and
found the true value of identity after having shed
many tears.

Points to Ponder

‣ Chapter Five was about nurturing a creative
mindset. In what would you think is the life of a
creator essentially different from the life of an imi-
tator? Is it not that the creator relies on his or her
own intuitions instead of looking at what others
do? Is it not that the creator is focused upon in-
side, and the imitator upon outside? Is it not that
the creator follows his own god, while imitators
seek to follow the standard gods?

‣ Few of us are born creators in the sense to incar-
nate with a clear genius for one or the other
sphere, be it art, music, or literature, sport or
dance. Most of us are coming here with a range
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course can develop if we seriously wish to; this,
then, may be the basis for a later professional ca-
reer in that particular field of interest.

‣ Hence, there is one essential characteristic that
creators have, and imitators not: it is daringness
and courage for going against the stream, and for
being different from the norm.

‣ We have seen that by just removing uncreativity,
it’s not like peeling an apple. By removing uncrea-
tivity, you aren’t going to develop creativity.

‣ It doesn’t work with a negative approach. To be-
come an original creator, you need to create, and
nothing but create—whatever it is. Some people
create movies, or novels that are a symphony of
hate and murder. Be it. At least, it’s their creation,
and somehow it puts on stage their inner vio-
lence. In that sense, their creation might contrib-
ute to their inner healing, while for the world,
such creations may bring about the very contrary.
Be it. We are not here to judge. It is better some-
one creates something negative than creating
nothing at all.

‣ All creation is the fruit of relation, first of all the
relation to self—your inner self. Once you are in
touch with yourself, you are in touch with all-that-
is, and then you create spontaneously, and effort-
lessly. So the first step is to get in touch with the
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one relation you maintain with your self. Then you
build your outside world, your relations with oth-
ers, and here attitude comes into play and needs
to be built.

‣ To build a consistent attitude is not easy, it needs
time, patience, commitment and persistence.

‣ An attitude reflects inner strength and a certain
character structure, and these qualities in turn are
the result of individuation, which is a process, not
something that arises spontaneously. The process
of individuation in our culture is unfortunately not
smooth, and it is not really supported by our edu-
cational system, which is why this system breeds
passive consumers, and imitators, not creators in
their own right. Hence, when you want to get on
the creator track, you need to work yourself on
building yourself, building an original first-hand
identity.

‣ New solutions cannot result from thinking about
old problems, but by making space for the un-
known, for novelty in your life, and in your crea-
tion. New ideas obviously do not originate from
established ways of doing. Edward de Bono said
that the brain can only see what it is used to see,
and Einstein said a problem cannot be solved on
the same level it has been created. Genius, or
high individuation, then, is the result of giving
ample space to self, to your own inner world. A
life where you are truly yourself is per se a spiri-
tual life.

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‣ When you create and you are original, the creator
is the self, not the ego. The ego is made up by
thought and therefore is the past, but the self is
able to produce novelty because it is connected
to the timeless and spaceless continuum of the
soul. New ideas originate from the timeless realm
of universal patterns.

‣ This is something you can imagine like a huge
library of thoughts, ideas, emotions, and where
you find whole structures that are built already
and can be used in your creation. To access this
universal library is a result of meditation and in-
trospection as part of the process of creation.

‣ For nurturing a creative mind, there are some
specific techniques you may practice and that
bring about something like an inner clearance.

‣ These techniques, some of which I mentioned,
are story writing, meditation, noting your dreams,
and learning to be content with your own com-
pany—the practice of solitude.

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Chapter Six

Your Way to Be Different

Introduction
In the present chapter we are going to focus with
quite a decisive spell on our difference!

We live in a culture that stresses uniformity and
adaptation as the highest virtues of the good citizen. I
contradict vehemently, and virulently, and since my
childhood to this defeatist worldview. In my opinion,
high achievement and distinction never are the out-
come of adaptation and uniformity but clearly of indi-
viduation and nonconformity.

The present chapter is destined to help those of
you who are seriously interested to develop their dif-
ference and base their success in life upon their
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ers, their family or a community determine the out-
come of their lives. What I am going to offer here is
something non-intellectual, something with little
steps that every good-willed person can do, and that
harnesses intuitive insight much more than your intel-
lectual understanding. If you do not like to do all the
tasks, do at least one of them.

The Art to Be Different
I do not want to bore you with psychological ex-
planations, yet we have to dig a little bit into the stuff
dreams are made of. To be different from the mass is
only possible if you tender your own garden and find
the treasures in your own soil. Individuation is a com-
plex thing to happen.

It has to do with how we have made our first steps
and how far our mothers or nurses have let us go on
our own—autonomy or else dependency are learnt in
babyhood!

The early years of conditioning have a strong im-
pact upon our whole life. It is not easy to change this
early conditioning. I have gone through all myself and
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I am motivated to share my positive outcome with
you and the world at large, for it has shown me that
there are real possibilities of change, provided one is
motivated to change, and persistent enough to get
through the whole of the process of inner change and
reconditioning. Where do these difficulties originate
from?

First of all from the restriction of freedom. The
human nature is basically built upon freedom as a mo-
tor for all living. From my experience I know that all
that is forced upon the human nature cannot endure.
All moralistic systems fail and have failed throughout
human history. On the other hand, it is not easy to de-
velop a kind of self-discipline that is not rigid, not
judgmental and not moralistic yet effective and con-
sistent. And yet without self-discipline and regular
work, ongoing effort and high flexibility, nothing of
value can be achieved in the long run. However, by
applying the traditional rigid concept of self-
discipline, to say it right away, the work I am going to
propose here will not work! The secret of working on
attitude is something like flexible persistence. Better
to make every day one small step instead of a mara-
thon jump once in a while.

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The second secret on being different is accep-
tance! As Lao-tzu says in the Tao Te Ching, it is
through accepting the world that the sage wins the
world. It is namely not through conquering it, and not
through opposing it, as most people today believe.

Lao-tzu shows us the Tao or Way of being different
and unique. This way appears to be quite paradoxical.
It is by not trying to be different that we achieve to be
different.

Originality thus after all is an outflow of spontane-
ity; it is born from a natural being at home in one’s
own continuum, not from the desire to promote and
display fancy attitudes and lifestyles so as to mark
one’s difference. It does not originate from will at all.

Attitude has little to do with will. It comes from
deep inside, from a source where will has no influ-
ence.

Therefore it is not possible to just wanting to be
different, to just have a will to change the condition-
ing influence of our childhood. Willpower may trigger
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It is through understanding the process and prac-
ticing a deconditioning method that we can achieve
this goal.

Combining information and practice creates a
substance in you that is living, and organic, while pur-
suing a rigid method kills the most precious in you
rather than inspiring you and lifting you up. Every
practice, if done correctly, is an art—an art of living, an
art of learning, an art of growing.

Your Way to Be Different
Task One : Roadmap for Distinction

It is essential that you write your answers intui-
tively, without thought getting involved in the proc-
ess. Try to do it with a playful, curious attitude and see
what happens!

You should do these tasks right now, as I did not
include them in the worksheets below.

1. MY WISH LIST

Write what you wish here and now. In which ways
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talents, to be different from the herd, to be unique,
original, daring and bold? Write your answer here:

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2. THIS IS HOW I VALUE CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY

Even if you think you are leading a dull and boring
life right now, imagine how different it could be if only
you took the first step into being truly creative! Write
your answer here:

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3. THIS IS WHAT I THINK ABOUT MARGINALITY

Even if you always have been rather conservative
and tend to avoid marginal people, try to see the
value and the necessity of marginality, and your own
intrinsic marginality as a unique being of light. Write
your answer here:

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4. THIS IS HOW I ADMIRE, ADORE AND IMITATE OTHERS

Even if you always have been rather anxious to do
your own thing, try to honestly relate here how and
why you think that others are always better than you.
Write your answer here:

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5. THIS IS HOW I DIFFER FROM OTHERS

Get the truth about your uniqueness, your differ-
ence, despite the fact that hitherto you may not have
considered this knowledge as something precious.
Write your answer here:

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Task Two : Attentiveness

The first task was a precise activity that you had to
sit down for. The next task is very different in that it is
more something ongoing, something to be done
daily: it is to develop attentiveness.

In which ways are you—

‣ trying to imitate others;

‣ restrain from new original endeavors because of

• fear;

• procrastination;

• negative thinking;

• worrying what others think about you?

Now, you may react with the thought ‘Well, to
watch this and not do something about it, what’s the
purpose of it all?’

The purpose is that by simply watching it, by de-
veloping this awareness and practicing watchful atten-
tiveness, your consciousness changes and with it your
life. This means the problem will disappear by itself!

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You do not need to do anything about it. At least not
something more than being attentive.

Being attentive, being passively watchful requires
a high investment of vital energy. Krishnamurti has
shown it in all his writings and talks.

Task Three : Just do it!

When you have original ideas, intuitions or im-
pulses, just do what you wish to do, and do not worry!

When I was young, my whole energy, my whole
spirit was focused on becoming a pianist. Yet all cir-
cumstances of my early life contradicted my wish. It
was almost hopeless. I had to wait many years until I
could begin with taking piano lessons. I was eighteen
when I started, yet my left hand was totally undevel-
oped and hopelessly weak.

At the age of twenty-one I could eventually study
with a well-known university professor and pianist. Yet
I never could achieve the standard of technique I
needed to possess in order to play the compositions I
loved, the piano preludes, etudes and concertos by
Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Liszt and Scri-
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difficult to perform. And this despite my exercising
the piano up to eight hours per day.

My teacher was telling me that I had the spirit of a
graduated pianist with the hands and the technique
of a child! He said it well with a touch of humor, but
for me it was like a sword penetrating into my heart
and the flesh of my musical passion.

The result of all this? I abandoned completely and
forever any kind of training, any kind of lesson, and
any kind of help for piano playing. I continued on my
own.

I continued despite all, and also despite all the
turmoil I had with the neighbors who wanted to set
me out of the apartment because of the ‘noise’ I
made and even won a court action against me, upon
which I had to change the flat.

And yet I continued, but without musical scores,
without the classical training and without hope to ever
achieve something valuable with my efforts on the pi-
ano. And yet today I have realized sixteen audio CDs,
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compositions, and in addition, I have published and
designed them all by myself!

You can do the same, and you will see miracles
happen in much the same way as they happened in
my life!

As I said in the beginning, nothing works if you are
not persistent. That’s why you need self-discipline
which is, however, not control. It is not meant to bur-
den you, to push you into self-sacrifice. It is rather
some kind of passion or even madness that drives you
to the point to realize your ultimate vision. When I say
‘do it’ I mean do what you can in the moment. It does
not mean to shoot and rob somebody so as to have
the money to realize your dream. The universe stops
helping you when you are violating universal laws,
while when you patiently comply with them, the uni-
verse will truly support your dream, once you are in-
vesting the necessary vital energy to keep focus and
persist despite all.

Sometimes little steps or endeavors that lead to
your goal may seem almost ridiculous if you compare
them to the final result you want to bring about. Yet
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and successes, for all great and lasting success is
gradual, not sudden.

Task Four : Mark Your Path

Task Four requires you to put little road signs for
yourself that you are walking a certain path.

There is a funny little anecdote told by Anthony
Robbins in his book Awaken the Giant Within (1991).
Robbins said that it was not possible to always do the
right thing at the right time. It was only important for
us to put little signs along the road, signs which serve
as signals for us to see that we feed our vision, that
we take it serious! He then reports the story of a man
who took his gun and shot his old car in pieces. ‘This
man wanted to set a sign that he wishes to have a
new car! That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?,’ commented
Robbins, chuckling, ‘but at the end the man was right
in setting an act. To have done it will greatly advance
his project to eventually get a new car.’

What did Robbins mean? Did he want to convey
that we should do something crazy and outlandish to
show we are in the world, and to attract attention?
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course in life, you should celebrate it! You should set
a markstone, for yourself, not necessarily for others,
and you definitely do not need a guru for doing that!

The goal of setting an act is not to attract atten-
tion, but actually to give a signal to your own subcon-
scious mind, that you are taking this new direction se-
rious, and that you are not going to waver with your
decision.

That means you root yourself in your new energy,
and then the energy will take over. All in our universe
works that way. There must be an idea first, a thought,
an intent, then its expression in the outside world
through a decision or, stronger, a dedication to that
idea; a dedication is what reinforces intent, and gives
a signal to the universe to attract all that is needed for
the realization of the initial idea or project. This, then,
will attract all the help needed, and the energy that is
going to propel the idea into tangible realization.

Points to Ponder

‣ In Chapter Six, I provided you with a roadmap for
being different, and accepting your difference.

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‣ Have you ever thought about how much strength,
power, and original creativeness lies in your dif-
ference?

‣ Autonomy, the natural growth condition, or co-
dependence, a pathological condition, are both
learned in babyhood. While most of us were con-
ditioned to be codependent with our parents, or
a single parent, we can work on building auton-
omy. I acknowledge that the change is not easy
but it’s not impossible either. It took me thirty
years but I come from an extreme condition of
mother-son codependence, and for most people
it won’t be that difficult and time-consuming to
develop their true originality.

‣ You may trigger the change process by willpower
and intention but to get through the whole proc-
ess, you need to build an attitude that is consis-
tent and that supports your specific inner setup.
For this to happen, you don’t need to oppose the
world, and you do not need to develop a fancy
lifestyle or mannerisms, but you simply stay con-
nected with inside and let the change come
about spontaneously, and incrementally, doing
one step at a time.

‣ There are four tasks you may accomplish on your
way to build personal distinction and creator-
hood, and for affirming your difference. In the first
task, entitled Roadmap for Distinction, you write
spontaneous essays about, for example, your Five
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and Originality or what you think about the Value
of Marginality. These essays may be door open-
ers for you as the questions are loaded with
meaning, but the condition is that you write your
answers fast, in stream-of-consciousness style,
without letting your observer come too much in
the way.

‣ In the second task, you are developing attentive-
ness, or what K called ‘total attention.’ Attention
is something magic as the power of conscious-
ness is self-executing in the sense that anything
you focus upon is strengthened and anything you
wish to disappear, you can make vanish out of
sight by simply withdrawing your attention from
it. For example, if you wish to be more healthy,
withdraw your attention as much as possible from
your ailments and focus it on your wellbeing and
strengths. Then there is nothing that can defeat
your long-term health. It’s as simple as that, while
it’s not simple to do it because it requires you to
invest vital energy in the quest.

‣ When you live a sluggish, luxury life, indulging in
all kinds of debauchery and pleasures, you are
unlikely to have this amount of energy at your
disposition. This is why a certain purity and self-
discipline in your inner and outer life is necessary
to bring about total attention.

‣ The third task, if you remember my music story,
consists in just doing what you intuitively feel is
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me, so I studied law, but did not let teachers or
written music spoil my passion for music, continu-
ing piano on my own. There was no immediate
result. Twenty years went in the land until my in-
born creativity was strongly enough built to see
its day, and back in 1994, I started to record my
musical inspirations.

‣ This is what I mean when I say ‘Do it!’ It means to
solve all the problems that are in your way, one by
one, and one at a time. But persist, do not let
anybody defeat you, and do not get on a track of
self-pity and procrastination.

‣ The good news is that when you just do it, when
you are active in creating your dream, such mo-
ments of frustration are only coming up once in a
while, and are easy to master.

‣ The forth task is to put up little road signs that
mark your trace, which for me was recording my
music.

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Chapter Seven

Ten Success Principles

1st Principle
Be Yourself

There is self-publishing now established, and you
can tell your opinions to all the four directions. But
when you look around with what kind of content peo-
ple come up, you may be surprised to find very little
original ideas. You find very rarely that people express
their worldview in a way that really makes sense. Ei-
ther they imitate others or what they say is outright
off-track, subjective, outlandish, if not outrageous.
This teaches with lots of evidence that self-thinking is
really not the order of the day today among humans.
Never before in human history did we have such an
array of free options for people to express themselves
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tional networks provided by the www protocol that is
used all over the Internet. And what do they do? For
the most part they complain about the ‘bad world,’
and talk about conspiracies and secret governments,
as if there was nothing else to talk and publish about.
These are the younger ones.

And for the rest, what do you find? House and
garden, cooking recipes, home sweet home, how to
feed your pets, and the so-called selfhelp world of Mr.
and Mrs. Little.

And within this glorious publishing revolution, an
author like myself is to this day rejected, just as be-
fore, by literary agents and all those busy in the chan-
neling industry, the industry that makes sure to keep
the world informed about feeding dogs and cats, and
how to cut your Bonsai trees, and that makes equally
sure that issues that concern all of us in this cata-
strophic world are not published about. I have some-
thing to say and as it’s something substantial, they
take good care that I am silenced. And when I publish
with self-publishers I know already how I will look
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showcase of worldwide selfhelp, as just another vanity
author, as they call it …

Yet, this is exactly what I wish to tell you. I have
understood my fate and do not worry, nor complain
about it.

When you are like me, a true creator, when you are
a self-thinker, you know that you won’t have an easy
kick-start in this kind of society that while it affirms
everybody can publish what they like, is actually very
self-protective. The managers of ‘worldwide democ-
racy’ know they don’t need to be afraid of the young-
sters who yell their conspiracy stories out on Youtube
and the elders who talk about their pets, plants and
emotional pathologies on Lulu.

But they may be afraid of people like me, and
perhaps you, who really have something to say, and
are not stupid enough for being offensive or outra-
geous, but rational-minded and smart.

This example may teach you that success is not
your petty home world, nor your youthful paranoia
that somehow compensates for your emotional and
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me that nothing in life is given for free—except life
itself.

It needs a lot of belief in yourself, and the active
work on your inner mind, day by day, to not succumb
to negativity and frustration, but sympathize with
those who are like you, and there are a few, perhaps
less than a percent of the world population, but that is
still quite a lot of people.

When you are bathed in silence, despite all your
mailings well-done, despite of your well-designed and
extensive web sites and the many books you offer
there for sale or free of charge, and that are truly use-
ful, not just fake, as most what you find on the Inter-
net, then, when you still get only silence—I tell you,
you can know that you are on the right path!

2nd Principle
Respect Your Soul Values

Never follow anything that is not in accordance
with your soul values. Social values, as you see them
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antee your ultimate happiness and fulfillment as a
soul being! They are robot rules in a robot agenda.

Soul values are different from social values in they
are coming from a deep source, your spiritual origins,
the light that created you (and me), your inner god,
angel or guide, the higher self, the ultimate source of
our beingness.

When society or any guru tells you to follow their
doctrine, hold on and reflect inside first and consult
your inner guide; check if this teaching is in accor-
dance with your deepest intrinsic soul values.

Behold, soul values go over many life cycles not
just your present life cycle, thus they are cyclic, not
transitory.

3rd Principle
Fight Timidity

Some people believe that timidity or shyness was
natural, especially those cultures where it is frowned
upon to show emotions, and where carefreeness and
closeness with others is supposed to be intentional
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natural and spontaneous, there are hardly any after-
thoughts when people meet with other people. It’s
like breathing, then, largely unreflected, and there is a
goodness connected to it. However, when people re-
treat in their inner world, and avoid meeting others,
they bear most of the time one or the other prejudice
against the group, and networking with others, which
means they have developed a defensive worldview.

While in our culture, still some time ago, timidity
with women was considered a form of decency and of
good education, the same doesn’t apply for men.
Men who are timid suffer real disadvantages in social
and professional life. I was one of them for about the
first fifty years of my life, so I know what I am talking
about.

Missing out on contact-making and befriending
others is about the worst that can happen to you, ex-
cept you are happily married, enjoy to be with your
children, and are working in a stable, long-term gov-
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4th Principle
Handle Negativity

I suffered from negativity for many years. Having
been brought up in a problem family, I had been con-
ditioned to be fatalistic and negative, and my own
rather large mindset and positive outlook on the
world and people was systematically eroded by my
mother’s fearful and revengeful attitude, and her
eternal complaints about the bad world. As a result,
since my most tender years, I was eaten up by anxiety
from morning to evening. Still back in my forties, I was
suffering from compulsive sweating, while I could re-
duce a number of neurotic habits in earlier years. I
have been robbed and cheated by others over years
and years, losing two thirds of my fortune, and devel-
oped a self-defeating pattern that made me work
against myself, becoming my worst enemy. The fears
by and by grew in a real paranoia and I was at a point
to face therapy, suicide or serious illness. Yet facing
the bottomline of my life triggered a turning of the
wheel! Instead of blaming myself or fate, I began to
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dreams slowly began to change and were mirroring
my behavior.

I could hardly believe that through those dream
visions, I was able to see myself, as a third person
would see me. This allowed me to become fully con-
scious of my lacking relationship skills, and exagger-
ated fears, and I became painfully aware that all my
life I had been living a shell existence. In one dream
the inner voice said:

—You do not believe in freedom!

I woke up with great relief, realizing that indeed I
had denied to myself the most basic freedom over
years and years, having lived in a tight net of com-
plexes that were more and more strangling me.

The turning point occurred a few weeks later, and
it appeared to be a miracle! I was once of a sudden,
virtually from one minute to the next free of all that—
what today I call a curse. I was simply free of it, it was
behind me, and I felt like newborn.

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5th Principle
Handle People

A French hotel manager I met one day in Phnom
Penh, Cambodia, thought that the people of that
country were difficult to motivate. Life acted upon his
inner belief and attracted him staff that was generally
unmotivated, hanging around lazily all day, complain-
ing about their salary, and blaming the manager for
their condition.

This was quite astonishing to see because gener-
ally, in Cambodia, local staff does not behave that
way!

That French manager was unable to motivate his
staff because he projected upon them his stern belief
they were ‘anyway lazy and unmotivated.’ The result
was a whole list of complaints I had collected over five
days staying in that boutique hotel, that was excel-
lently furnished, yet so badly managed. That manager
had put his single focus on the hardware, and badly
neglected the software, that is, the human element,
which is unfortunately often done wrong in managing
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There is an old saying we should not only look at
the beautiful motif on a vase or bowl, but also regard
what it contains. Would you feel attracted to buy a
China that contains spider webs, or a dead rat?

Would you not be shocked and appalled when
you discover the inside of the beautiful vase? Would
you not become angry at the shop owner to show you
such a beautiful object that yet contains such un-
pleasant items?

Would you not think that such a shop owner must
have an upside-down mind, caring only for the out-
side of things, and neglecting the inside?

And yet, many managers have this attitude, worry-
ing their corporate limousine not being the newest
model, and at the same time overlooking that the
driver of the car is underpaid, and overworked, thus
risking an accident to happen because of his lacking
sleep, and his high stress level.

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6th Principle
Timing

A friend of mine in Phnom Penh, a 72-year old Ko-
rean banker and CEO of a small exclusive investment
bank was telling me that with property acquisition the
most important factor was not, as it is often said,
location-location-location, but timing. He explained
to me that all the factors could be handled intelli-
gently and dealt with, except timing. When timing is
wrong, all is wrong, he concluded.

This man had given me excellent advice for my
own anticipated investment in real estate; as I was
rather anxious to invest, he offered me his help and
support, but I was still too little aware of the big op-
portunity and missed it. Two years later he told me he
had invested five hundred thousand dollars at that
time, and in only a few months, the land he had
bought was evaluated a net worth of five million dol-
lars. Yet I had missed the moment, and time had been
running against me. When I eventually wanted to
climb on the bandwagon, he told me it was too late
as property prices had virtually exploded and real es-
tate was overrated.

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7th Principle
Resource Management

I met a property developer who had made twenty
million dollars two decades ago. He considered him-
self very lucky, and began to lead a luxury life. He told
me he had owned two handmade Porsche, that each
cost him half a million dollars, and that for one birth-
day party he had spent one hundred thousand dol-
lars. He proudly added that one bottle of Premier Cru
red wine he served that night for his illustrious guests
had cost him eight thousand dollars.

Not for overstating I may add that the man is not
of the shy rut and acquainted with statesmen and
some very rich and famous entrepreneurs, a fact that
of course gives him repeatedly new self-esteem
boosts. Yet he spent his money, obviously not caring
for maintaining his fortune and just living from the in-
terest; he touched the substance.

So he really spent 18 million dollars in about
twenty years. When I met him he had just two million
dollars left and moved to Cambodia where he could
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that time, two million dollars was about as much as
twenty million in his home country. He told me in his
usual grand allure he is spending more than twenty
thousand dollars every three months only on call girls,
bars and massage parlors.

While he prided himself working for the renova-
tion of his home country’s embassy and was allegedly
the best friend of the ambassador, the week thereaf-
ter he said that all ambassadors ‘were madmen’ and
that he had quit the contract, as their demands had
been excessive.

I then found out he simply had acted against the
safety regulations of that embassy and thereby en-
dangered their security. And despite his played-out
professionalism and a grand seigneur attitude, every
time I met this man, he asked me to invest money in a
joint-business, and every week it was another project.

This man defied an old and established wisdom.
While allegedly having much more money than I, he
was asking me for money every time I talked with him.

What would you think of such a man? Is he on the
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thy partners and investors? Is his allure and entire life-
style trust-inspiring? And last not least, does this man
know to manage his resources?

8th Principle
Be Compassionate

This is one of the strangest stories I have wit-
nessed in my life. Some years ago, in Phnom Penh,
Cambodia, I met a sexagenarian billionaire from Aus-
tralia. We had spontaneous sympathy for each other
and met at breakfast in a hotel in Phnom Penh. He
was a small, fat man, very easy-going but with a trait
of vulgarity, a true original. I had noticed him two days
before we met, as he was regularly shouting at the
staff in the restaurant, calling them lazy, stupid and all
kinds of names.

He invited me over to his room that same day, to-
gether with the hotel manager he had equally be-
friended, and showed us a box of raw diamonds. He
took several of them out, as if playing with glass balls,
and slightly noted that that box had a value of ap-
proximately twelve million dollars.

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He left it on his night table, without locking it,
without even putting it in the cupboard. The room
was very dirty, and the man was eating only junk food,
not taking care of messing up the floor and his bed.

The room actually looked as if it hadn’t been
cleaned for at least a week. To make it worse, the man
was smoking heavily, to a point that the air in the
room was foggy. Later on he told me his net worth
was about fifteen billion dollars.

Not long after that, he presented me to a friend of
his, who founded an NGO for helping children who
work, under terrible conditions, in a huge garbage
dumb outside of the town. We had been chatting with
him for a while, and I found he was a witty and coura-
geous man and engaged myself at once to sponsor
one of his trips, an investment of just a hundred and
twenty dollars.

After putting the money on the table, I asked my
billionaire friend if he didn’t want to join, so much the
more as he had presented me to that man. He shook
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—Are you kidding, buddy … me and give a penny
to such nonsense? No, that’s not for me. You won’t
see me giving my money for any of such humanitarian
crap.

Upon which he put his arm around the bar girl who
was sitting next to him, and I did of course not insist.

I met him several more times at lunch or dinner,
and he was telling me he was not only lucky finan-
cially, but also in love, because he was married with
the most gorgeous young woman, and that she was
just twenty-five, a Procter and Gamble top manager in
Thailand, and from a very good family from the Thai
upper class. And that he was hard-on for her and
couldn’t wait to fly back to Thailand to meet her.

As I did not hear from him for two weeks, I called
him, to learn he was in hospital and recovered from an
urgency operation of his colon; that he had eaten in a
good restaurant in Bangkok, but that the food had
been poisoned with the result he had suffered a total
colon closure.

The colon thus had to be opened surgically, which
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recover, his assistant told me he had returned to Aus-
tralia without telling him and even his Thai wife where
he was. He had cut all contacts from one day to the
other.

And I was thinking very strongly of him and how
his body had been putting on stage his words when
we visited that organization. His body had said:

—I do not want to give, I do not want to let some-
thing out of me, I want to keep it all inside.

His body had incarnated his words that said he
was never wanting to give a penny for humanitarian
nonsense.

His assistant later told me I had not understood
the severity of his illness and operation, and that he
had almost died.

It made me pensive.

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9th Principle
Be Ecstatic

Many people think it was inherent in modern cul-
ture that people are egotistic, and do not want to
share.

They ignore that the true reason for the inflation of
the personal ego is lack of ecstasy. Ecstasy has never
been understood in our industrial culture, while native
tribal societies around the world have an ecstasy pat-
tern built in their lifestyle.

The truth is that we need ecstasy as much as we
need to touch and being touched, as much as we
need sleep and laughter. But ecstasy is not what most
people in our culture think it was. It’s not group sex or
any kind of fancy lifestyle, partying, ‘high life’ and all
the rest of it. Ecstasy is a truly religious experience
that is characterized by the fact that the ego is mo-
mentarily dissolved, and one experiences a deep un-
ion with all that is. Thus contrary to folk wisdom ec-
stasy is an ego-dissolving journey.

It is amazing to see how much of their time and
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human was not by nature a truthful individual, only
little energy would be needed. The fact that we need
a gigantic worldwide media machinery for manipulat-
ing humans into corrupt and false ideas and ideolo-
gies proves this fact more than all. The human is a re-
dundant wistful animal that always springs back to
truth; and while the mind may be able to bear distor-
tions over long periods of time, the body doesn’t.

You can experience ecstasy while watching a sun-
set, or being around people you have never seen, in a
village, observing their interactions, or you may expe-
rience it when you play with children, or ride through
the streets during the water festival in Thailand and
get some water sprinkled all over you, or you may ex-
perience it while going on a boat tour, or in a villa in
Bali, where late at night, you have a glass of wine near
the pool, watching the silent moon and the stars, and
feeling in union with all creation.

How you experience it is up to you, and different
for all of us, but that you must experience ecstasy
once in a while is a fact, for otherwise you easily slide
into robotism, which is the lot of most people in to-
day’s technological societies.

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Behold, as long as you remain locked in your ego,
you cannot realize great and worldwide success be-
cause typically huge, overwhelming success comes
through serving others, by realizing projects that are
beneficial not only for yourself but for a lot of other
people, or even humanity at large.

To integrate your ego, you don’t need to get in-
volved with any organized religion if you don’t want
to. Suffices you remain open for wonder, the miracle,
the unusual, and that you keep your heart open for
novelty, and your skin receptive for the osmosis of
love.

10th Principle
Live Your Love

I honestly never met anybody who was really suc-
cessful yet was inhibited, trying to hide his loving at-
traction. When you meet really successful people you
may be astonished how outspoken they are about
their love choices!

Their loves may be completely against the rules,
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those who are conformist and comply to society’s writ-
ten or unwritten inhibitions.

This is not just chance. To be successful needs a
lot latitude, a great and open mind, for if you are
petty, you can’t find the great solutions that others
haven’t found, and you can’t think big enough to real-
ize them.

When you do anticipate those needs and when
you do engage in thinking big, then you will do that
also regarding your love, and you will not allow homo
normalis or the boulevard papers to tell you what or
whom you have to love, and whom you have to avoid.

We all have different love options, and we choose
different love objects. We all have different fantasies
about love and what we desire most in love.

There are no standards in love and the fact that
humanity came up with marriage doesn’t mean any-
thing, and in particular it doesn’t mean marriage is
good or bad. Now in most Western nations, homo-
sexuals can marry as well, but will that have really a
positive impact upon their lives?

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I doubt it. Many men are happily married in the
sense they enjoy to have a home and children, but
their loving focus is not their home but mistresses
they keep and that are kept secret, or not so secret,
from their families. This is also something women are
now claiming for themselves in most Western coun-
tries. Does that mean they are happier than before? I
doubt it.

I think that love is fundamentally opposed to any
kind of formal arrangement, however you may call it,
as even concubinage now has legal consequences.
Love is volatile and the excitement and value in love is
exactly its freedom.

To enclose and lock love in certain institutions,
however you may call them, surely destroys it. All
those love-regulating institutions namely are based
upon possession thinking. I own that partner, I own
those children who are mine, I own this household
with all living and dead objects in it, I am the owner of
cars, houses, staff and family, I just own everything,
and that is why I am rich!

That is how many people think, and I guarantee
you these people may be rich, but they are not happy.

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They have transformed their lives and loves into
cemeteries of dead possessions.

What keeps you alive and full of vitality is real love,
which is never established, never respectable, like a
perfume in the air that you can’t store away, like a
flower that you pick at the roadside. The flower will
keep alive for a few hours and may have a wonderful
fragrance, but a day later, the fragrance has turned
foul and shortly thereafter, the flower dies. So it is with
love, which is a symbol for the temporary state of
what we call life. It reminds us of the most important,
which is death. It is through the presence of death
and through the acceptance of death that we really
live vibrantly, and joyfully.

You can’t take your possessions with you to the
other world, but the loves you lived, the respectable
ones and the non-respectable ones alike, you can
bear them in your heart and they won’t vanish away
after your passing over, for they are an energy; they
are within your soul and thus eternal.

Our society knows nothing about love, otherwise
we wouldn’t be at the border of global ecological dis-
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over the world, and that’s why our society has no right
and no mandate to tell you, and me, how we have to
live our loves!

For one thing is sure, if you are going to dig your
grave before you die, you will have a hard time to live,
for you will be focused on your grave, and not upon
your love.

So the solution is, if you want to be at all success-
ful in life, socially, in your business, in your relation-
ships, in your humanitarian activities, that you try to
be successful first of all in your love, by living it with-
out shame and guilt, by defying all the rules and all
the moralistic trash that keeps you from engaging in
the love that you feel and know is yours! Then, and
only then will you be successful also in the rest of your
life.

Points to Ponder

‣ In Chapter Seven I proposed you some uncanny
10 Principles of Success. This is something like a
wake-up call that was growing out, paradoxically,
from all my defeats in life—simply because I did
not accept them as defeats! Ten principles of
success? What does that mean? Just another

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quick fix? No. I tell you it means that these ten
principles of success are first of all ten principles
of how to deal with defeat.

‣ The 1st success principle tells you how to deal
with those nice or not-so-nice citizens that tell
you you are a piece of crap or just ignore you
(which essentially boils down to the same). Be-
hold, I have done my homework, have you done
yours?

‣ The 2nd success principle suggests you to respect
your soul values, which are not transitory but cy-
clic and thus valid not only for this present exis-
tence, but your whole cycle of reincarnations. This
means that in a conflict of interests, you should
abide by your soul values instead of conforming
with the conflicting social values.

‣ The 3rd success principle is about fighting timid-
ity. Part of your social existence is that you learn
to be around others without shame or guilt. If you
went through a guilt-inducing education, as many
of us, you need to do something about this timid-
ity that is a real handicap in social relations, espe-
cially when you are a man. While with women,
timidity is often associated with decency, with
men, in our society, timidity is considered a
weakness, or, worse, a lack of smart. So learn to
fight timidity, by doing something about your
condition. For example, you may follow a hypno-
therapy or setup a life plan to approach all peo-
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your favorite scientist or pianist. Learn to ap-
proach them freely, and politely, and claim to get
an answer, even if that answer consists only in a
one-liner email, but still. And if you don’t get an
answer, do by no means associate it with de-
feat—but take your conclusions about the human
integrity of your great star. He or she might well
melt down to human proportions, or even below!

‣ The 4th success principle is to handle negativity.
We all are negative once in a while, and it often
comes over us without having been invited. And
yet, it can destroy much. This foul mix of frustra-
tion, depression and negativity that is the result
of high performance, and that comes up when
things don’t go as expected while you invested
all your skills and all your energy, is normal, but it
can destroy relationships if you can’t control it.
When you leash out on others, every time you are
in this condition, and others don’t have enough
latitude to understand why you do what you are
doing, then you may lose many friends. It hap-
pened so in my own life, and it took me years to
handle this problem. How did I handle it? First of
all by reducing alcohol intake when alcohol
served as a stimulant for workaholism. Eventually
realizing that alcohol had become for me a medi-
cine for fighting fatigue, and letting the fatigue
take over, I was able to normalize my feelings,
and my behavior, and my relationships normal-
ized as a result. We have a natural way to deal
with negativity: it is sleep. In sleep all our wounds

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are healed, but alcohol prevents sleep, and thus
prevents healing, and makes it all worse.

‣ The 5th success principle is about handling peo-
ple, which requires tact, sensitiveness and smart.
It requires you to remain as much as possible free
of second-guessing people, free of limiting be-
liefs and projections, and free of general judg-
ments about ‘all and everybody.’ And when you
are in a position that you have to motivate peo-
ple, try to motivate yourself first, to perform at
the highest possible level. The secret is when you
do that, you motivate the people around you
without talking, by your mere beingness, nonver-
bally—and effectively. This is how real leaders
behave. The way we act is what motivates others,
not what we say and preach.

‣ The 6th success principle is to have a sense of tim-
ing. Timing is often crucial in business, be it pub-
lishing a certain book, be it the acquisition of
property, be it the opening of a restaurant in a
strategic location. All our dealings on this plane
are bound in time and space, which means time
and space do have an impact on them. Time is
especially crucial in banking matters, and in cur-
rency trading, as everybody knows, but also in
subtler ways in other business decisions, such as
regarding real estate. On the other hand, some-
times, people are not, like myself, late in
decision-making but act prematurely which can
equally have disastrous results. For example, if
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upon entering a new business and you rush into
it, simply for ‘gaining time,’ you may meet with
failure. So neither procrastinating, nor rushing
ahead is the recipe for success, but spotting the
right timing by getting a felt sense from your in-
tuitive mind. What is good feels good!

‣ The 7th success principle is about managing your
resources wisely, and lead a lifestyle that inspires
others to trust you; trust is needed, whatever
business we are in. I have given a living example
in the text without judging this person in any way,
and leave it over to you to ponder it, and do an
estimate about this person’s chances for future
success.

‣ The 8th success principle is to be compassionate,
not ruthless, to understand others in their situa-
tions, to have a feeling for their misery or their
luckiness, to empathize with them, and to be true
in one’s feelings, not faking anything just for be-
ing ‘good and decent.’ This means to be honestly
interested in others, for when you are not, com-
passion is just a word. True compassion means
that you see not only your own life, be it a lucky
or less lucky one, but actually see a natural equal-
ity among all beings, as everybody has chances
to make it, and become happy, wealthy and pow-
erful. This equality or its contrary, our difference,
is what should humble us, not in the contrary
make us proud and selfish.

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‣ The 9th success principle is to practice ecstasy. I
found through long research on native tribal cul-
tures that one of the eight patterns of living they
practice is ecstasy, and that’s the secret why they
are happy and peaceful. Ecstasy is a state of relig-
ious union, or deep meditation, where you and
the source are one. It is a state of union also for
mind and body, and for psyche and soul, a state
of bliss. How you practice ecstasy is largely up to
you, but keep in mind that it is not an ego-
inflating but an ego-dissolving journey and that
it’s not linked to pleasure. The intricate fact about
ecstasy is that it brings about joy, which is not
pleasure but an entirely different vibration. Joy is
not induced by pleasure and it’s not related to
the ego and its remembrances of past pleasure. It
is a state of novelty where the ego is temporarily
put at rest so that the whole being can unfold. Let
me relate that, not surprisingly so, I am experi-
encing deep ecstasy when I play piano, not when
I play any written music, but let my own intuition
guide my fingers and produce what cannot be
put in words because it’s sheer bliss.

‣ The 10th principle of success is to live your love,
whatever it is and however society or homo nor-
malis think about it. Love is never respectable
and you can be sure that when it’s neatly pack-
aged in conformist marriage, it’s no more love,
because the perfume of it is gone. Our society
has never practiced love which is why it has
genocided so many tribal peoples who knew
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thus cannot tell you anything about your love.
You have to know for yourself, and this knowl-
edge unfolds gradually through experience.

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Work Sheets

Doing the Work

Print these worksheets, take a pen and do the
work. You may write directly in your book. This makes
your experience authentic and adds your own positive
vibration to your copy.

Doing this, while you may find it unusual, has the
effect to imprint in your copy of the book your own
vibrational code. This will enhance the impact and
success of your study, and in addition will make this
really your own! If you need more space, add addi-
tional sheets and attach them to the worksheets in the
book.

Giving your input is essential for realizing the
benefits you can reap with this guide. If you are more
comfortable writing on your computer, you can write
your answers in a text file and save it for later review.
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However, the emotional or soul value of doing the
work is higher when you print the sheets and use a
pen or pencil because you will keep something origi-
nal and your handwriting testifies about the soul con-
dition you were in when you did the work.

This gives you the additional advantage that you
can scribble on the pages, color them, put little draw-
ings or even a mind map—all this will enhance the
soul quality of your work and help your subconscious
mind trigger the changes that you expect to happen
in your life.

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Your Ultimate Decision
Your Ultimate Decision and Contract

YOUR ULTIMATE DECISION

Our life is directed by our decisions, if we want it

✐ or not. In the latter case others take the decisions
for us and we are not really in control of our des-
tiny.

Therefore, if you want to seriously subscribe to and engage
in a process of self-empowerment, of asserting yourself
within your life, if you want to take the key to open the locker
of your highest potential, you have to make decisions. After
all, you have to take only one decision, your ultimate deci-
sion.

This decision is simply a choice, the choice to realize yourself
exclusively on your highest possible level of achievement. It
is your decision for achieving a successful career path. The
quality of the beginning is more often than not the quality of
the end result.

And because I want you to succeed with this guide, you must
take your ultimate decision first. And more than that, I re-
quire you to make a contract with yourself.

If you take a decision for change lightheartedly, there is not
much chance that you sustain your efforts beyond your first
phase of enthusiasm and overcome the inevitable drawbacks
that are part of the way to high leadership ability.

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A CONTRACT WITH YOURSELF

If you are afraid of decisions, life takes them for

✐ you! No decision is also a decision. In one word,
you can’t avoid to making decisions, it’s only the
question if or not you begin to make them con-
sciously and intently. Thus, if you want to enter this
new path of leadership, you may want to profit from the
techniques of programming yourself so that you imprint
upon your conscious mind what exactly you want. In this con-
tract which is like a vow taken for your life, you assert for
yourself your devotion to the path of change and achieve-
ment you want to take. You affirm your absolute intention
and will to get rid of your problem forever and to make the
change which will bring about all that you desire for improv-
ing your life. This contract is for yourself your substantial in-
vestment of will and energy which serves as a motor for your
change.

Your ultimate decision is a unique command that you imprint
upon your subconscious mind. It is a signal to your mind
which automatically triggers the change mechanisms in it.

I, undersigned, hereby conclude a contract with myself which
follows the Ultimate Decision that I have taken. This contract
is binding for myself. If I break the contract I impose on my-
self the following fine:

—Work through this guide once again from the first to the
last page.

DECISION

✐ I hereby ultimately decide that I apply from now on
the universal laws and principles that are basic for
every form of life in the cosmos. Knowing that
these principles are the guarantees for raising my career
success abilities to a higher level, I do all I can to study these

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principles and to apply them in my life. I call these principles
from now on: ‘My Career Principles.’

CONTRACT

I give all my devotion to the fulfillment of my Ulti-

✐ mate Decision and sign this contract with myself in
the conviction that I follow from now on ‘My Ca-
reer Principles.’ I hereby declare that I have the
firm and absolute will to master any kind of fear,
especially the fear of failing.

SIGNATURE

…………………………………….
✐ Your Signature

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Your Needs
Your Needs Statement

There is unison agreement among psychologists
✐ that for any form of self-improvement, we need to
know our present condition or state of mind, and
inquire into our present state of consciousness,
including our subconscious mind which speaks to us through
dream monitions, mistakes, fears and accidents.

One essential element in our status quo to be assessed and
checked out are our needs. We all have basic needs, which
are first of all the need for food and shelter, the need for
touch and closeness with others, the need for sexual rela-
tions, the need for peace of mind, the need for creative ex-
pression, the need for social recognition, and others.

Now, for any kind of personal evolution to take place, we
first need to assess and render conscious our needs, all of
our needs!

Here is a list for you where you should cross the needs you
feel are most urgently to be met, and that you feel are not
adequately met in the present moment.

[ ] I need better food and/or more comfortable housing
[ ] I need better relationships and friendships
[ ] I need more regular sexual fulfillment
[ ] I need more touch and closeness with others
[ ] I need to marry and have children
[ ] I need my sexual difference to be recognized socially
[ ] I need more peace of mind, and quietness all around me
[ ] I need more creative expression
[ ] I need more social recognition

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[ ] I need my achievements to be awarded and rewarded
[ ] I need a better workplace where I can unfold my talents

If you have individual needs that are not listed here, get full
clarity about them and state them in the box below.

MY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

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Your Expectations
Your Expectations Statement

There is equally unison agreement among psy-
✐ chologists that for any outcome in personal evolu-
tion, we need to know what our expectations are.
Why?

Have you ever observed how expectations seem to mysteri-
ously program and condition the outcome of our experi-
ences?

Generally speaking, in life we get what we expect. If I expect
not much, being just satisfied with the bottomline, I am not
likely to attain the highest possible result. Therefore it makes
sense to check out my expectations before I engage in
something new, and deliberately set my expectations as high
as possible.

Check the boxes where you feel the answer applies to you.
Be honest with yourself!

[ ] Thinking about my career is for me a pastime
[ ] To know about my career is entertainment for me
[ ] I expect to have a good time with this guide
[ ] I expect to be successful when achieving my career
[ ] I expect to acquire a new skill called ‘career success’
[ ] I will know myself better once having a successful career
[ ] I expect to acquire a new human quality
[ ] I expect to get along better with others
[ ] I expect to understand the sense of life better
[ ] I expect nothing; I think we shouldn’t expect much in life
[ ] I expect this kind of work being boring and unfulfilling
[ ] I expect nothing short of a miracle

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[ ] I expect a steep learning curve ahead
[ ] I expect an exciting time to pass with this new learning

If you have individual expectations that are not listed here,
get full clarity about them and state them in the box below.

MY INDIVIDUAL EXPECTATIONS

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Power Impediments
Developing Your Inner Powers

What do you think are the obstacles that keep you
✐ away from realizing your full power potential? In
other words, what do you think are your power
impediments? Please jot it down in a few minutes!

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Power Animals
Developing Your Inner Powers

Some people believe that certain animals have a
✐ significance for us regarding our power or power
problem. What do you think about that? Please jot
it down in a few minutes …

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Power Problem
Developing Your Inner Powers

How would you describe shortly what your intrinsic
✐ power problem is and, perhaps, how it could be
solved? Please jot it down in a few minutes …

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Power Change
Developing Your Inner Powers

Is there any change or was there change in your
✐ recent past regarding the fundamental way you
perceive your power? Please jot it down in a few
minutes …

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Power and Ideals
Developing Your Inner Powers

Do you see a connection between power and ide-
✐ als? In which way could an ideal enhance your
power? Please jot it down in a few minutes …

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Power and Community
Developing Your Inner Powers

Is there change or was there change in your recent
✐ past regarding the way you face the community? Is
it okay from the perspective of your Inner Child to
be vulnerable to a point to risking reject, or is that
child rather up to hiding its vulnerability and thus trying to
please others? Please jot it down in a few minutes …

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Annex

Your Way to Be Different : Possible Answers

Introduction
The answers I am publishing here to ‘Your Way to
Be Different’ are not in any way an example of how
you ‘should’ answer to these questions relating ‘Your
Way to Be Different.’ What I did was to just meditate
on each question for a short moment and then wrote
the answer as fast as I could, without thought getting
involved. Thus the answers are not really answers, for
they may miss the point, and talk about something
else, but that doesn’t matter.

When you do it you will see that when you are re-
laxed and in a creative mood what you spit out is im-
portant in one way or the other, even if it doesn’t
really answer the question. We are always tempted to
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life, especially when they are rooted in early child-
hood. Doing this, expressing it, publishing it, really
has a healing effect, believe me! It helps you to say
‘Amen’ to your past, to accept it as it was, to accept
all the hurt, for only then are you ready to really be
yourself, and express your true self in your life and all
you do.

I insert a page of my answers scribbled in the
proof of my book for you to see how it looks when
you really express the deepest of your soul; it was only
possible to decipher the text because I did it right af-
ter writing it to properly type it into the computer.

Had I waited only one hour, I would have been in-
capable of reading what I had scribbled, for it would
have been intelligible, even to myself. This is how it
should, for then you are authentic and what you write
really expresses what is in your soul waiting to be dis-
covered and unearthed!

(See opposite page).

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Answer 1
I want to be more useful socially, with my talent for
writing, my musical compositions and my media pro-
duction. I want to reach out to many more people as
this was so far possible. I want to do it through my
own TV channel, and through my career as a corpo-
rate trainer and personal consultant.

So far, I barely have any visitors to my many web-
sites nor do I sell more than a few books per month,
and this goes on since more than five years of consis-
tent publishing effort. Thus, I am not really reaching
out to people, despite all my creativity, and my recent
success on attracting thousands of followers to my
writings on Medium.

https://medium.com/@pierrefwalter/publications/

However, on Youtube, my almost 200 videos barely
get any views.

http://youtube.com/ipublica

I really wish to be useful and help people develop
their true identity, and accomplish their individuation,
autonomy and self-reliance.

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I believe the only way left to me, after the total
failure of reaching out to people in the Western world
is to promote my teaching and my books in China and
Japan, which is why I am actively learning Chinese
and Japanese now, at the age of 60, and to get into
corporate training and consulting in these countri-
es—while I have given up on the West for promoting
my genius.

Answer 2
I think that living a life devoid of original creative
output is wasted. We are not here to be vegetables or
to lead passive lives in which we just consume what
has been produced by others, be it on the material,
the mental, or the spiritual level.

We are here to contribute to nourish and feed
others with our own output, brilliance, and insights,
with our own food so to speak, with our own ‘waters
of life,’ thus to be a well and a resource to others and
the world at large.

A meaningful human life is a life of creation, and
no other life, for we reach our full humanity only in be-
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certain religions recommend us to do that, but be-
cause it’s the human destiny of man. We are not pota-
toes!

Answer 3
I became a creator precisely because all my life
through I was marginal in all the senses of the word.
That started as early as in kindergarten. In primary
school I was beaten up on a daily basis because I was
different, a silent boy who was so pretty that he was
often taken for a girl.

In the boarding in a provincial little town in the
countryside, from age 10, I was again beaten up be-
cause I loved playing piano and they loved football
and hated my exercises. Again I was the different one,
the marginal one, and they let me feel my difference.

In high school I was best of school in the music
and art classes, and wrote the best essays which were
usually narrated to the entire school during special
celebrations. I was also co-founder of the school
magazine and Editor-in-Chief, and criticized the
teachers to a point they developed a special respect

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for me, while before that time they treated me almost
like an outlaw.

Today, as a writer, I am just as marginal at the age
of 60 as this was the case in my youth.

While all my 30+ books are published on all Ama-
zon stores around the world, and all the other online
bookstores, I just sell about 5 to 10 a month, making
from 30 published books no more than about 50$
royalties per month. It is absolutely ridiculous was it
not creating utter frustration and a feeling to be so-
cially useless.

In addition, I have as good as no friends and abso-
lutely no social life, no family, no children, and no-
where to go where I could have a good talk about
some worthy subject.

Answer 4
In my younger years, I felt as a piece of shit and
that my life has no value. It was suicidal over decades
in my life, while I was admiring others that I used to
worship like gods, from pianists such as Svjatoslav
Richter, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Claudio Ar-

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rau or Keith Jarrett to famous painters such as Dali or
Picasso, to great psychiatrists such as Wilhelm Reich
or Alexander Lowen, to great scientists such as Fritjof
Capra or those interviewed in the movie ‘What the
Bleep Do We Know.’

I wrote to all of the scientists interviewed in the
movie, and to a number of pianists, and never got a
reply. I felt that my life was worthless and dull, and this
changed only once I sat down to write regularly, and
produce articles, essays, and books, and then audio
and video content.

All of this started in the 1980s, while I was working
on my international law doctorate in Geneva, then in
1990 to 1992 a psychotherapy with auto-hypnosis, that
helped me tremendously to accept myself and my life
and make the best our of it. I was in my thirties at that
time, but it took me almost three more decades to
eventually end all the hero worship and see myself as
the master of my own universe, seeing other creative
people on equal level as me. It was only then that I
developed the focus and the consistency to continue
my productions without complaining, and to accept
my lonesome life, seeing the beauty in my solitude.

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Answer 5
I was raised by a family steeped in convention and
conformity, a family of the typically German Protestant
landed bourgeoisie. Yet I had the example of my par-
ents who were different.

While the entire extended family belongs to the
most conservative establishment in Germany, my
mother was different, as she refused to follow the Na-
zis, never entered the NSDAP, and became a declared
anti-fascist, working for Berlin radio as a journalist.

She experienced reject and social marginalization
as a result and became bitter and resentful to a point
to beginning to hate her own family. After our prop-
erty was bombed just three days before the end of
WW2 by an American chain bomb, she had lost all the
books she had written, and all her precious art books,
for she had studied not only journalism but also art
history. And my mother married a man from a worker
family, unacceptable for her family, which then re-
sulted again in reject, even by her own mother who
broke with her.

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During the first five years of my life, I lived an atro-
ciously solitary life, my mother giving me away in
homes most of the time as she had to work very hard
to earn a little.

As my father turned out to be drinker whose man-
agement of their coffee shop resulted in bankruptcy,
my mother had to pay the debts from this business for
seven years, and never recovered from it.

She remained an absolutely bitter and negative
person all her life, even though her mother supported
her again and even bequeathed her the family for-
tune. But all the millions did not help my mother re-
cover her early creativity.

This was for me a very useful example of how ‘not’
to lead my life, which is why, as my mother forced me
into a profession I never wanted, that is, to become a
lawyer, I revolted, and while I finished all those studies
with several diplomas and a doctorate in international
law, I never carried this qualification over into an ac-
tual career and bogged out. I really freaked out into
psychotherapy, first, and a spiritual retreat, thereafter.

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Only at the age of 48 did I experience success in
my own chosen profession, the career of a corporate
trainer, coach, and consultant. It was only then that I
began to write and publish books and media, after
setting up a company in Delaware for my publishing
endeavor.

My uniqueness, my difference, was obvious for me
even as a small child for I was different from all other
children I met in the homes. I was responsible even as
a small child, having active memory of my childhood
back until I was 2-years old. At age 3 and a half I went
shopping for my sick mother without any ‘protection’
alone, in a big town, crossing streets and doing the
grocery shopping while my mother was in bed with
anemia. From age 4 I started cooking, and at age 10 I
was preparing entire gastronomic menus for my
mother when at home from the boarding during the
weekends and holidays. I was marginal always, and
other boys let me feel my difference, even violently
so. Today I am leading the most solitary life one can
imagine but I love my solitude, I love my company, I
love myself. I have finally got there, after so many
years of healing the early scars I suffered as a child.

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I am glad to be different, to be myself, to have
eventually got to accept myself and to see the beauty
of being a creative person.

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Montessori, Maria

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Moore, Thomas

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