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Prosperity Through Purpose | Integrating Wealth and Fulfillment | 6-Figure Practice

"May you live in interesting times."-Chinese Proverb

We do indeed live in interesting times. We stand at a fascinating and precarious crossroads at this time in history.  And as with all such situations, there is an incredible opportunity right now to reassess, take inventory, and commit to integrating our wealth acquisition strategies with your deepest spiritual principles. To be of service--and to become prosperous as a result of, rather than instead of, such a commitment.

Those who are in the arts and who have holistic training have the greatest opportunity of all to do so.

I read recently that the vast majority of coaches and practitioners never make over $25,000/year. This is more than unfortunate. Frankly, it borders on tragic. Mostly because they either give up, or, worse, for a belief that it isn't possible to live comfortably and live their purpose. That is a sad waste of resources that could be applied to evolving consciousness on this planet. And it does not have to be so. Not only can you become prosperous as a result of living your purpose through serving others--but if we can, we must.

For some, the "how" is simply missing. For others, their beliefs about money or themselves--or their offering or service--is in the way. For still others, there is a combination of all of that.

Whether any of that is true for you or not, what is true in reality is that you can have a thriving holistic business in service of others leading to emotional and spiritual fulfillment for you, and ultimately, a better world for all. If you know how and do the personal work to get out of your own way.


This is a free mini-workshop for coaches and holistic practitioners of any any modality.

  • The 3 Necessary Components to to build and maintain a 6-figure holistic practice
  • How to sell without ever selling--coming from a place of service
  • How to structure talks and introductory workshops so that they practically write themselves
  • Ways to reveal and dissolve the beliefs you've inherited--or created--that are blocking you from success and fulfillment
  • How to create and organize a comprehensive offering to serve the client more fully
  • Other cool and incredibly useful stuff


What: Purpose Through Prosperity | Components for Your 6-Figure Practice
When: Wednesday, February 27th @ 7pm - 9pm
Where: SOMA, San Francisco »RSVP« for exact location

Why: To live a more fulfilled and integrated life.

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Resolution Evolution | Creating Your S.M.A.R.T. 2013

If you want to simply register for the call, go HEREHERE:
http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/O3N7012HI6UW9F9Chttp://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/O3N7012HI6UW9F9C

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That time of year has just passed when most of us have taken inventory. And many of us imagine a future that is somehow ... different from the past.

Sometimes it comes in the form of examining what we learned from the year we have just lived and experienced--and making plans for what we want to accomplish in the coming year.

Either way, we all know how it goes for most of us by the end of January. Or, heck, by January 10th ...

This is not some failure on our part; more often it is a matter of conflicting parts within us that are yearning to be understood, appreciated, and integrated. Still other aspects can simply be not being present to our internal representations and not understanding our unconscious organization of time and how to access that and maximize its power.

Essentially not understanding how to harness the power of our own mind.

And sometimes it is not knowing how to language a goal to make certain that the probabilities that it will become a reality are dramatically increased.

We'll cover all of that in this free tele-seminar.

What you will discover:

• How to create S.M.A.R.T. goals and outcomes
• Why resolutions rarely ever work--and how to make sure they do
• Understanding your unconcious organization of time
• How unconscious, internal conflicting parts can be brought into your awareness, honored, and integrated

• The art and science of Time Line Tharapy to create spooky cool results

Join us. It's free. 

You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by being exposed to this powerful way to manage your own mind.

Your future begins now ...

What: Creating Your SMART Future
When: Wednesday, January 16th @ 7pm Pacific
Where: On the phone and/or on the web

Register for the call HEREHERE:

http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/O3N7012HI6UW9F9Chttp://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/O3N7012HI6UW9F9C

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Resolving Your Past | Creating Your Future

Imagine having a tool in your toolbox that was so versatile it could resolve fears and traumas from the past--and could also create magical results for you and your clients in the future...

For years now, many people have asked me to teach and/or demonstrate certain NLP methods and processes.


This is the first in a series born out of me finally saying yes to that request.

After 17 years of being a Master Practitioner, there are really only about 5 main processes I use because of the scope of what they can address as well as the depth at which they work. In other words, they can handle pretty much everything and anything mentally and emotionally.

One of those is my own modified version of Dr Tad James' Time Line Therapy.

In this free 90-minute event I will demonstrate and teach the principles involved that make it effective as both a tool for resolution as well as how to create magical results in your future.

•Create magical financial as well as personal results in your future
•Resolve past traumatic experiences
•Dissolve habitual emotional
•Integrate the power of your unconscious mind, your self-concept, the law of attraction, and your unconscious organization of time to create futures


And so many other uses.


This is one of those "must-know" processes for effective coaches and practitions. Something you will want to have in your tool bag--even if you think you already know it, you will be enriched by learning this version of it--and the underlying principles.


Serve your clients and yourself more effectively. Start by RSVPing for this event and adding this to your tool box. Use the contact form here to find out the exact location.

When: Tuesday, July 31st @ 7:15pm
Where: Del Mar-ish, San Diego [RSVP for exact location]
Why: See above

In Service,

jason.the.mcclain

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Facility With Self ::: Navigating Your Interiors

 

 

Be a part of the ultimate on-line course for coaches and practitioners here.

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Agreement Frames | Clean Relating

 

 

Participate in the ultimate on-line course for coaches and practitioners here.

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Spiritual Capitalism | Evolutionary Professionals in San Diego

Sustainability of Change for Your Clients | Financial Sustainability for You

 

I believe that right now is the time for the Evolutionary Professional™. The emergent agent of change integrating purpose and wealth; doing well as a result of doing good-- integrating universal spiritual principles and free market economics. I understand that the more of you I empowers to be successful, and have a full-time practice that is thriving, the better off the world will be.

It is no secret that a primary component of building a 6-figure practice is to offer prospective clients a comprehensive package and path to step into.

Not only does it allow you to guide a client to more sustainable and stable change that takes hold--change that actually sticks--serving them more comprehensively--it also allows you, as the practitioner, to relax into serving them--allowing you to focus all of your energies on the clients outcomes--rather than concern for whether they will be back next week--or not.

That's all well and good...but ::: There are 2 additional critical components.

"The most striking feature of the perennial philosophy/psychology is that it presents being and consciousness as a holarchy of dimensional levels, moving from the lowest, densest, and most fragmentary realms to the highest, subtlest, and most unitary ones." --Ken Wilber

 
You may be wondering ::: what the heck does that quote from Ken Wilber have to do with creating packages for your clients?!
 
I am happy to share that with you.

 

There are only a few components successful coaches and practitioners must incorporate into their practice to turn it into a business. At the same time, you can be “doing” these things, and still be unsuccessful unless you have the necessary techniques and ethical tactics incorporated into the components.

Not just the “how” but “how specifically”.

In this free evening discover:

The 3 Necessary Components for Building and Maintaining a 6-Figure Practice

  • How to construct talks and tele-seminars so that your students and attendees
  • Learn and retain more information and learnings
  • Have maximum opportunity to engage in your products or services without feeling "sold" or "pitched to"
  • How to design a comprehensive offering
  • How to structure them for the benefit of the client
  • How to "stack" the stages so the offering is cogent
  • How to turn initial consultations into results (90% conversion rate from prospects to clients) using Evolutionary Sales™
What you will take home with you from this event :::
  • How to sell without "selling"; from a place of service and contribution
  • The structure of phases and stages in your comprehensive offering and how to "stack" them to best serve the client
  • The 4 components a comprehensive package must have to be compelling
  • The philosophical and emotional residue that comes up for practitioners from antiquated ways of thinking ::: and how to resolve them
  • The structure to use to have presentations and evening introductions practically write themselves
  • The Number 1 Mistake that Practitioners and Coaches make in their marketing strategy and copy writing [and its solution]
  • How ... to integrate your purpose and your prosperity
 
 
When ::: Monday, June 11th from 7pm to 9:30pm
Where ::: In San DiegoRSVP for exact location using the contact form on this site.
Why ::: Integrate your purpose and your prosperity
 
Cost? ::: Free.
 
RSVP for exact location using the contact form on this site.
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Wherein I Explain the Cycle of My Social Media Status Updates

"I am a mouth for a process that many of us are going though. The more intimately I deal with how it is for me, the more intimately I am sharing how it is for you." -Ram Dass

Some have asked about my updates. The are sexual/primal. And then emotive [poetry shares] and then cognitive/political and then spiritual/ethereal/transcendent. Huh. Yeah. Weird, huh?

What's up with this guy? Where is The.McClain comin' from?

As I have written before, it is not transcend and deny, it is not transcend and suppress. Rather transcend and *include*.

I assert being fully alive is to be sexual and primal. To be emotive and love. To be cognitive and mentally sharp and discerning AND yes, of course to be Spiritual/transcendent/ethereal. ALL of it. ALL fully flowing ::: ALL channels open. All channels awake. All channels channeling.

I have also found that the more I give voice to the darker more primal drives, the more comfortably my students and clients are willing to share and examine those places within themselves -- the more they are able to feel safe. AND within that, they can accelerate the dissolution of those aspects to the degree that it is appropriate. For them. For the very process of evolution. The evolution of conscious evolution.

And it all begins by shining the light on the "shadow" aspects of ourselves. The unspoken [and "inappropriate" aspects of ourselves. The politically incorrect. The lecherous. The murderous. The rageful. The ... well you get it. Consciousness, when it is at full, is *all* of it.

It is all, of course, part of the human experience.

So expect to see me cycle through those drives, levels, energetic centers, stages, etc. [consciously and intentionally]. So yes, you will see me talk [or quote] of fucking and eating/indulging. Of feeling and loving ::: epically. AND calling our leaders to task--not based on partisanship, but on results--regardless of who is "in power", while pointing to guiding lights I myself am moving toward and hoping we all move toward.

Pre-rational ::: Rational ::: Trans-rational

...and then repeating again.

In service of the very nature of the upward Spiral itself.

But know that you may not understand my choices, and you may not agree with them ::: and they may not be wise [heh] ::: BUT - most of the time - they are incredibly intentional and conscious.

-Intrinsic McClain-Ness™

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Purpose and Prosperity | 3 Components | 6-Figure Practice | Spiritual Capitalism

Sustainability of Change for Your Clients | Financial Sustainability for You

"The most striking feature of the perennial philosophy/psychology is that it presents being and consciousness as a holarchy of dimensional levels, moving from the lowest, densest, and most fragmentary realms to the highest, subtlest, and most unitary ones." --Ken Wilber


You may be wondering ::: what the heck does that quote from Ken Wilber have to do with creating packages for your clients?!

I am happy to share that with you.

I believe that right now is the time for the Evolutionary Professional™. The emergent agent of change integrating purpose and wealth; doing well as a result of doing good-- integrating universal spiritual principles and free market economics. I understand that the more of you I empowers to be successful, and have a full-time practice that is thriving, the better off the world will be.

It is no secret that a primary component of building a 6-figure practice is to offer prospective clients a comprehensive package and path to step into.

Not only does it allow you to guide a client to more sustainable and stable change that takes hold--change that actually sticks--serving them more comprehensively--it also allows you, as the practitioner, to relax into serving them--allowing you to focus all of your energies on the clients outcomes--rather than concern for whether they will be back next week--or not.

That's all well and good...but ::: There are 2 additional critical components.

There are only a few components successful coaches and practitioners must incorporate into their practice to turn it into a business. At the same time, you can be “doing” these things, and still be unsuccessful unless you have the necessary techniques and ethical tactics incorporated into the components.

Not just the “how” but “how specifically”.

In this free evening discover:

The 3 Necessary Components for Building and Maintaining a 6-Figure Practice

  • How to construct talks and tele-seminars so that your students and attendees
    • Learn and retain more information and learnings
    • Have maximum opportunity to engage in your products or services without feeling "sold" or "pitched to"
  • How to design a comprehensive offering
    • How to structure them for the benefit of the client
    • How to "stack" the stages so the offering is cogent
  • How to turn initial consultations into results (90% conversion rate from prospects to clients) using Evolutionary Sales™
What you will take home with you from this event :::
  • How to sell without "selling"; from a place of service and contribution
  • The structure of phases and stages in your comprehensive offering and how to "stack" them to best serve the client
  • The 4 components a comprehensive package must have to be compelling
  • The philosophical and emotional residue that comes up for practitioners from antiquated ways of thinking ::: and how to resolve them
  • The structure to use to have presentations and evening introductions practically write themselves
  • The Number 1 Mistake that Practitioners and Coaches make in their marketing strategy and copy writing [and its solution]
  • How ... to integrate your purpose and your prosperity

 
When ::: Monday, April 23rd from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where ::: In San FranciscoRSVP for exact location using the contact form on this site.
Why ::: Integrate your purpose and your prosperity

Cost? ::: Free.

RSVP for exact location using the contact form on this site.
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Integral Personal Evolution | An Evening Introduction

Increase your capacity to handle whatever life throws at you.

Imagine being confused when someone asks you if you took something personally. Authentically confused–as in, that interpretation is actually confusing to you.

Imagine being free–finally–from the opinions of others defining who you are.

Imagine when the sh** comes down in your life there is just the sh** to deal with and your mind is fully in service–it is your slave, rather than you being enslaved and imprisoned by your own mind.  

Being free from the emotions that enslave most people--and at choice--fully.

I do not mean just in a specific context, like relationships or finances or professional–personal evolution is not context dependent–but free at core level, such that your natural emotional responses are more free–in every context.

Imagine “reframing” being unnecessary–unnecessary because the reframe is the frame that naturally arises.

Our ego and our emotions evolve in stages. Greater and greater expanse. Ever-increasing levels of freedom. Wider and wider embrace of all that arises–moment to moment.

This is important to you because your stage will determine how you interpret events as well as your emotional reaction to it--before any re-framing can occur. In other words, it is what governs your relationship to interacting with the world and with yourself. 

Of course, this is only important if you interact with others–or yourself.

Let’s accelerate the process of movement through the stages--so we can play more, love deeper, laugh longer–and hurt for only as long as is necessary for us to learn what we must learn to deepen our experience of ourselves.

To unfold our depths; to reveal our Divinity.

And isn’t that what it’s all for anyway?

Because who we are is pure divinity. Pure Spirit. “God/dess” manifest. Yet our particular manifestation is often clouded.

As you touch your hand to your heart you may begin to feel Divinity waiting, wanting to come out and play. Release your Divinity; release the highest within you. Release--your inner god/dess.

Your Personal Evolution is the gateway. 

Yes, it will take the gristly and gritty work of building the muscles of facility with Self.  AND it will be the most valuable endeavor you have undertaken.

Let's explore this unfolding together.

 

What: Free Evening Intro to Personal Evolution | The Evolutionary Ego
When: Monday April 9th @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm-ish
Why? ::: You already know ... 

Where? In San Francisco. RSVP for exact location using the contact form on this site.


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SOPA/PIPA Round Up | H.R. 3782 This Legislation Must Be Stopped

Imagine ... take downs and seizures of web sites by the D.O.J. without judicial review just for linking to something deemed a copyright infringement by ... a corporation that complains to the Justice Department.

What could go wrong?


Seizure notice_610x458

 

I am sure you have heard of this by now:  SOPA/PIPA and its assault on liberty in a misguided attempt to end piracy. Not only does it trample on the First Amendment, but it also will not work in achieving its desired and stated outcome.

Regardless, I wanted to give you a round-up from those who write about this every day as well as some humor from the web to go along with it.

First from Wired, here is an explanationhere is an explanation of the "blackout":
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/websites-dark-in-revolt/http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/websites-dark-in-revolt/

Also, Wired's in depth explanation of why they censored their own web sitein depth explanation of why they censored their own web site Wednesday, January 18th, 2012:
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/why-weve-censored-wired-com/http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/why-weve-censored-wired-com/

And watch the video on that pagethat page above.

In that article are also links to the why and the how of this legislation being so darned bad if you are unclear.

To lighten the mood, but to still be serious about this, and Anti-SOPA song set to "American Pie":

{"video":"http://youtu.be/1p-TV4jaCMk","width":"525","height":"400"}

Now, serious:

From Wired.com ::: SOPA, Internet Regulation, and the Economics of Piracy:
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/sopa-piracy-costs/http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/sopa-piracy-costs/

Most importantly …

Don't declare victory yet. It is not enough to put black bars on stuff you post. Write your Congressperson:
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/internet-revolt-follow/http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/internet-revolt-follow/

Here is where you can write your Representative(s):
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

And hit the Senate uphit the Senate up too:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&;Sort=ASChttp://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&;Sort=ASC

And finally, one of the videos that started this all has been rebooted to deliver some very salient points

Yes, you guessed it, Hitler responds to SOPA:

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Heh.

When you get done laughing, go WRITE CONGRESSWRITE CONGRESS and tell them you will vote against them in the next election, regardless of Party, if they support this bill. Which bill?  H.R. 3782

One more thing:

If you think this is not a serious matter [or that it will never pass into law], consider that the Supreme Court just ruled that Congress can take works already in the Public Domain and re-copyright themthe Supreme Court just ruled that Congress can take works already in the Public Domain and re-copyright them.

Your website could look like this without warning or due process [especially if it is hosted overseas]:

Seizure notice_610x458

 

This, combined with SOPA will allow them to take down almost any web site for say, quoting Mark Twain if it gets re-copyrighted:
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/scotus-re-copyright-decision/http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/scotus-re-copyright-decision/

And from the Electronic Frontier Foundation [E.F.F] is an easier way to take action for you with a great form letter [but make sure you add the "I will not vote for you again if you support this bill" line. 

Or really, modify the form letter any way you like. Go hereGo here:
http://blacklists.eff.org/http://blacklists.eff.org/

Consider donating money to the E.F.F. as they fight for our rights all the time. They are the ones who sued the government over warantless wire-tapping, as just one example.

 

 /McClain

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Coaching The Life Coach | The 16 Week Course

One of the things that am committed to changing in the world is the painful separation of Spirit and wealth acquisition.

So many people think they have to sacrifice their spiritual life to make money. And so many people think they have to sacrifice wealth to be truly spiritual.

The truth is quite the opposite. Not only *can* we integrate them, but we must.

I think we can all agree, that if these were integrated--if people were acquiring wealth AND living a robust spiritual life in the same moment, then so much of the unethical stuff we have seen in the financial markets in the last few years would not have happened.

For our world to solve so many problems it has, not only can we integrate spiritual sensibilities and wealth acquisition ... but we must.

Why am I sharing this in this email? 

As many of you know, I have been working on an on-line version of my live Coaching The Life Coach program for  ... well … years now.

It is finally finished. 

A 16-week tour-de-force covering everything from your emotional blocks and defining your purpose to SEO and v4.0 of Evolutionary Sales™ with the purpose to have you integrate your purpose and your prosperity and be well on your way to be making over 6-figures by living your purpose.

For being here, you get a coupon code that will give you about 25% off each month.

Check out the course hoopla page here:

http://coaches.evolutionarycompanies.com/clc-4-sales-page

And the course visual overview here:
http://coaches.evolutionarycompanies.com/clc4-course-outline

 

Your coupon code is:

community50

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Depth and Its Value | Spiral Dynamics | Integral

All perspectives have equal validity, but they lack equal *value*, as they manifest different and varying levels of depth. #integral

I wrote the above line on facebook yesterday. Comments ensued:

@chris kosley said:

"Isn't value only assignable relative to a particular goal? Why should deep be inherently more valuable than shallow?"

To which I responded:

Thanks for asking the question. Good stuff.

What you say about value relative to a goal is true in other contexts [say, if I were talking about a skill or a thing; an object. But that is not what I was talking about.

I was talking about the inherent value in perspectives.

Why should deep be inherently more valuable than shallow? The simple answer is because it contains more. 

It requires more to demonstrate depth than it does to be shallow. It requires a larger embrace of the Kosmos. For instance, compassion is more valuable than anger because it requires a greater depth of development to demonstrate compassion than it does to simply get angry.

Therefore there *is* an inherent value that is greater.

Green [SD6] in Spiral Dynamics will not see this: they believe in flatland; all perspectives have equal value and it is all about cultural constructs and no culture is any "better" than any other culture. Of course they fail to realize that this perspective itself is a very high/deep level of development and stages below it do not share the sentiment.

Yellow realizes the folly in this, and its inherent falseness; Yellow [SD7] once again is fine with holarchies [stops judging them as bad or claiming they do not exist] as they are naturally occurring all around us.

And that is one of the charachteristics that truly distinguishes 1st Tier consciousness from 2nd Tier in the model. In other words, what distinguishes Integral.

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Spiritual Capitalism ::: The Teleseminar Series ::: Integrating Your Purpose and Your Prosperity

In the times we face today, it has never been more challenging or more urgent that we integrate our purpose and our spiritual sensibilities with our wealth acquisition strategies.

And ... it is tough. We've all faced some degree of the belief that our spirit and our wealth is in conflict. Sadly, in the last few years, this has come into even higher relief; even greater contrast.

Not only can we integrate our purpose and our prosperity, but we must

In this evening introduction, we will cover:

  • The 3 critical components for building and maintaining a 6-figure practice
  • How to sell without selling; sell from a place of service and contribution
  • How to turn your initial consultations into results


What else will we cover?

  •  "Tricks of the Trade" including :::
    • 4 strategies successful coaches and practitioners engage in on a regular basis to maintain their practice
    • 3 critical techniques to turn your initial consultations into results
  • The Number 1 Mistake that Practitioners and Coaches make in their marketing strategy and their copy writing
    • [and it’s solution]

We'll get into how to create and hone your extended offering/package for clients. We'll talk about how to give talks, blog, and give teleseminars to acquire clients. And yes, we'll get into Evolutionary Sales™.

A system I will hand over to you in this talk. Fine-tuned, and streamlined over years of trial and error.

 

When?  ::: Monday, November 21st @ 7:30pm Pacific

Followed by:

Monday, November 28th @ 7:30pm Pacific
Monday, December 5th @ 7:30pm Pacific
Monday, December 12th @ 7:30pm Pacific

 

Where? ::: On the phone or in your web browser on your computer.  
Register « HERE »


Why?   

Why ...

I believe that right now is the time for the Evolutionary Professional™. The emergent agent of change integrating purpose and wealth; doing well as a result of doing good-- integrating universal spiritual principles and free market economics. I understand that the more of you I empower to be successful, and have a full-time practice that is thriving, the better off the world will be.

And if you have read this far ... you sense the same thing. Join us:

Register « HERE » for the first call.


Update ::: recordings for the calls are now here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[Updated ::: v4.2] Wherein I Explain the Cycles of My Facebook Updates

For many, many months, I have re-posted this note on my facebook wall. Given the positive feedback I have recieved, I thought I would post i there for your benefit.

 

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"I am a mouth for a process that many of us are going though. The more intimately I deal with how it is for me, the more intimately I am sharing how it is for you." -Ram Dass

 

 

Some have asked about my updates. The are sexual/primal. And then emotive [poetry shares] and then cognitive/political and then spiritual/ethereal/transcendent. Huh. Yeah. Weird, huh?

 

What's up with this guy? Where is The.McClain comin' from?

 

As I have written before, it is not transcend and deny, it is not transcend and suppress. Rather transcend and *include*.

 

I assert being fully alive is to be sexual and primal. To be emotive and love. To be cognitive and mentally sharp and discerning AND yes, of course to be Spiritual/transcendent/ethereal. ALL of it. ALL fully flowing ::: ALL channels open. All channels awake. All channels channeling.

 

I have also found that the more I give voice to the darker more primal drives, the more comfortably my students and clients are willing to share and examine those places within themselves -- the more they are able to feel safe. AND within that, they can accelerate the dissolution of those aspects to the degree that it is appropriate. For them. For the very process of evolution. The evolution of conscious evolution.

 

And it all begins by shining the light on the "shadow" aspects of ourselves. The unspoken [and "inappropriate" aspects of ourselves. The politically incorrect. The lecherous. The murderous. The rageful. The ... well you get it. Consciousness, when it is at full, is *all* of it.

 

It is all, of course, part of the human experience.

 

So expect to see me cycle through those drives, levels, energetic centers, stages, etc. [consciously and intentionally]. So yes, you will see me talk [or quote] of fucking and eating/indulging. Of feeling and loving ::: epically. AND calling our leaders to task--not based on partisanship, but on results--regardless of who is "in power", while pointing to guiding lights I myself am moving toward and hoping we all move toward.

 

Pre-rational ::: Rational ::: Trans-rational

 

...and then repeating again.

 

In service of the very nature of the upward Spiral itself.

 

But know that you may not understand my choices, and you may not agree with them ::: and they may not be wise [heh] ::: BUT - most of the time - they are incredibly intentional and conscious.

 

-Intrinsic McClain-Ness™

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Evolutionary Thinking on the Evolution of Ego | Expand and Dissolve Rather than "Annihilate"

We have been sold a bill of goods around ego. One that creates internal division and conflict. One that creates internal dissonance. One that creates pain. One that, at its worst, can foster a certain degree of self-hatred. A dis-ownership of the self. A bill of goods that is 2,500 years old in terms of its story around ego, the nature of ego, and the "problem" of ego.

And there is a better way. One that can create the same intended result with a kinder, gentler more self-accepting approach that can accelerate the evolution of the ego through the radical acceptance of expanding the ego, rather than attempting the psychological and spiritual suicide of ego annihilation. 

You can also see some similar themes around ego in the business context, read this article:  Self-Esteem and the Solo-Preneur | Internal vs. External Locus of Responsibility for an even deeper cut, taken from an email I sent a client a couple years ago, read Your Self-Worth is a Settled Matter.

Ok...ready? ::: Heh.

A quote from Ken Wilber I posted spawned an in-depth, yet brief—discussion on the nature and evolution of ego, Spiral Dynamics, the Integral community, and related topics, including the difference between cognitive development and actual development ::: the difference being understanding vs emotional response and being, or stated differently ::: one’s “center of gravity”.

The style is conversational, as it was an actual conversation.

Below are excerpted comments in the thread that followed. The order of some of the comments have been changed for continuity of the discussion, and for flow. Some have been deleted for the sake of relevance. If you want to see the full, unedited thread for yourself, you can see that HEREHEREHERE. The edited and streamlined version is below for your reading enjoyment.

The quote that started it all :::

“The ego is not a thing but a subtle effort, and you cannot use effort to get rid of effort--you end up with two efforts instead of one. The ego itself is a perfect manifestation of the Divine, and it is best handled by resting in Freedom, not by trying to get rid of ego, which simply increases the effort of ego itself.” --Ken Wilber 

Of course, I cannot speak for Ken Wilber—nor will I attempt to.

Simultaneously, I have read and listened to most of his stuff. As a result, I can certainly imagine—to varying degrees of accuracy—what he is speaking to, so I will attempt to translate him.

AND this will be based on my own experience after 19 years of conscious work, clearing, and self-examination and evolution—AND based on my work with over 200 clients one-on-one in my Personal Evolution Program, which lasted [when I used to do that work]  about 7 months--designed to accelerate the evolution of their ego ::: to widen their embrace. To increase their ease. To reduce their fear. To eliminate most of their anger. To increase their esteem for the Self.

So I may be and will be projecting/hallucinating…and it will be accurate—to varying degrees. Your mileage may vary.

So…what is “ego”? Most in popular spiritual and psychological circles will say we must transcend our ego, or worse ::: “annihilate it”. Is this healthy? Is this ecological? Does it suit the ecology of the environment we exist in?

The ecology of the self?

Is “ego what motivates us” as Pi asserts? Perhaps sometimes, yes. perhaps always—sure.

And the question for me becomes, motivates HOW? From what stage? Because, you see, we will be motivated differently from different stages, for different reasons.

For me, ego is essentially the seat of our consciousness. Where it rests and comes from. Not its Source. Its Source is the very kosmos ::: consciousness with a capital C. 

James Reidy suggested as a definition :::

Ego: n. a person's conscious and unconscious beliefs about their own identity. 

To which I responded ::: think of it as a prism through which Spirit is shining. A prism the light of God Consciousness shines through [and is skewed to varying degrees]. To the degree the stuff you are talking about is clear and or conscious is the degree to which it is god/dess, spirit, the very cosmos. I would say the stuff you are talking about is the dirt on the glass. 

Which is what I think Ken Wilber means when he says:

 

“The ego itself is a perfect manifestation of the Divine."

 

Everything is a perfect manifestation of the divine. That is the essence of non-dual reality. AND of course, even duality is held within non-duality. It must be. Spirit does not judge. We do.

And if we are careful to incorporate stages, the ever-increasing, ever-widening waves and stages and levels that one passes through, plateaus at, regresses and contracts to on occasion—where our emotional reactions come from and where our interpretations are filtered through—whether we use Kolberg, Gilligan, or Gravesian models to determine our “stage” ego can not be transcended.

It cannot be annihilated—with one exception. Blowing your brains will do it.

Death will do it.

And this is the problem I have with most “gurus” is they set up a massive internal conflict or increase internal dissonance/discordance with their idea about annihilating the ego. Their 2-dimensional, either/or relationship to ego. Which is what I think Ken Wilber is pointing to when he says :::

“The ego is not a thing but a subtle effort, and you cannot use effort to get rid of effort--you end up with two efforts instead of one."

AND it is only their ego that wants you to annihilate yours—to submit to them.

However, we can get the same intended results of openness, expansiveness, acceptance, with a more ecological and holistic understanding of ego. And with that understanding, what we CAN do is evolve it. Expand it. Have it occur as more diffuse. So wide and so diffuse it needs no protection. It needs no assertion. It has nothing to prove.

It will occur like a transcendent ego. It will look like “ego-less-ness”. What it actually looks like it the ever-expanding upward spiral. AN unfolding. A larger embrace.

Let me ask you what kind of ego can be “one with all things that are arising…moment to moment…even now”? I’ll tell you what kind of ego—a huge fucking ego. A wide and high ego. A diffuse ego. An ego so large that feedback or other’s attacks are accepted and absorbed into it like a still lake. it is also a subtle ego.

Unfortunately we are used to seeing very loud, pre-rational egos, and calling that “ego”. Yet it is an underdeveloped, uncertain ego than needs to be a gross [vs subtle], hard, reactive, ego. A defensive ego. Not a huge, well developed ego. A large, expanded ego is subtle and diffuse.

Simultaneously, their presence can be very powerful. When they look at you, their gaze often sees deeper into you than you have into yourself, which can be very uncomfortable for some. For others, habit forming.

Wilber again: "…and it is best handled by resting in Freedom, not by trying to get rid of ego"

AND as I am fond of saying ::: the biggest ego trip in the kosmos is thinking you can or will ever “transcend” your ego.

However, we can expand it, evolve it, and have it so developed and so diffuse that it occurs “transcendent” for most people—because there is little resistance. There is so much confidence that you do not need to prove yourself—even to yourself. It allows you to more easily look in the mirror. To accept where you are wrong and have wronged.

There is a true freedom there. The freedom that Wilber speaks to, I believe. And resting there…is fun in the quiet joy kind of way.

Derek Arckis said :::

Another example is: 'Awareness alone is curative'. Yes, this works well as well, if you don't have to come back into the world (Samara) and socially function via emotions and affect response / motive (seat of ego). Not so subtle if you ask me. Awareness of the great intensity of feeling through the burning off of karma is much more realistic and painful, yet truly evolutionary, rather than blowing (ungrounded) in the high winds of a brightly lit day (merely enlightenment). 

But who wants to bypass the quick and dirty and do the actual work to truly evolve (in the egoic sense, rather than mere cognitive experience)?

Exactly … AND what it takes to get there—is work. Being vigilant in our awareness. The subtleties of our awareness. Subtle effort. And in that, is freedom. When re-relax into the Witness—our ever-present awareness—we are there in the atmosphere of enlightenment.

I understand this turns the popular idea of ego on its head. I get that. I also get that Wilber and Cohen [not Cowan] have both talked about this in passing—briefly. At least the idea that it is a big ego that is an enlightened ego—and the obviousness of the stages in all of their work.

Why they still talk about it in two-dimensional terms I am uncertain of. I have one major guess ::: They are speaking into the existent memes and tapping those associations, rather than attempting to undertake the effort to recode and reframe over 2,500 years of entrenched traditions.

Given they are some of the very few who understand this, that is my guess.

AND who knows?

They do. He does. Some part of you does … even now.

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