Alan Watts gives a great lecture on Meditation.
This is a tesseract. Which is known as the 3 dimensional shadow of what a cube existing within 4 dimensions would look like. The tesseract is shown in a virtually 3-dimensional state in the GIF, and in 2-dimensional state in the bottom image.
It is really really hard to imagine the 4th dimension, living within 3 dimensions so the tesseract gives us the best representation we can imagine with our human brains.
(Images from Wikipedia Commons)
We depend on experiences, on challenges, to keep us awake. If there were no conflicts within ourselves, no changes, no disturbances, we would all be fast asleep. So challenges are necessary for most of us; we think that without them our minds will become stupid and heavy, and therefore we depend on a challenge, an experience, to give us more excitement, more intensity, to make our minds sharper. But in fact this dependence on challenges and experiences to keep us awake, only makes our minds duller.
Puscifer - Trekka
This is a video response I made for this song: an homage to perseverance.
- Be curious.
Being curious is the best way to become more insightful, says Klein, and a lack of insight often comes from being in a passive and disinterested state of mind.
"Curiosity is another engine of insight," says Klein. "People who get insights see something that’s a little bit off, and instead of ignoring it, they’re curious about it. Curiosity keeps our mind engaged to work out the implications."
- Let your mind wander.
A 2012 psychological study found that daydreaming — passive though it may seem — actually involves a very active brain state, which is why the wandering mind can sometimes stumble upon brilliant insights and sudden connections. The researchers credit this phenomenon to the fact that daydreaming correlates with our ability to recall information in the face of distractions.
Recent neuroscience research has also found that daydreaming involves the same brain processes involved in imagination and creativity.
"I worry about people who spend all their empty time when they’re not in conversations listening to music or podcasts or things like that, and not leaving any space to just daydream," says Klein.
- Pay attention to coincidences.
"Be more alert to anomalies," Klein says, "rather than quickly explaining them away and staying in your comfort zone."
We tend to ignore coincidences or not think much of them, because they’re often meaningless, says Klein. But looking for coincidences is a powerful way to make surprising connections.
"There’s a belief that correlation doesn’t imply causality, which is true. People see all sorts of correlations in coincides that turn out to be spurious, so they get a bad reputation," Klein says. "But in my work I find that a lot of insights are fed by people spotting coincidences and making assumptions, and instead of just saying ‘It must be true,’ doing to follow-up work to find out if it’s true."
- Look closely at contradictions.
Insights can occur when we encounter ideas that don’t make sense to us.
Questioning contradictions is another path to epiphanies. Whereas curiosity makes us wonder, contradiction causes us to doubt — and it can be another powerful way to gain insights.
"Our tendency when we hit a contradiction that involves things we believe we understand well is to say, ‘Well, that must an anomaly.’ We have a marvelous set of techniques for explaining away inconvenient facts," says Klein. "The contradiction only leads to an insight when people take it seriously enough to explore it a bit."
- Act on your insights.
Daydreaming isn’t the only state of mind that can lead to insights.
"I’ve found a number of examples where people were under tremendous pressure and came up with marvelous insights," says Klein. "We should embrace urgency."
This urgency forces people to look at things they’d otherwise ignore (what Klein refers to as “creative desperation”), and when they gain an insight, encourages them to act on it right away. This is frequently how chess grand masters try an unusual move that ends up being successful and winning the game for them.
"The problem with too many organizations is that they don’t feel any pressure to act on the insights they’ve had," says Klein. "They act like they have all the time in the world and then they end up going out of business."
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com (for some reason it won’t let me copy and paste the link for the slideshow. Bummer.)