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10 Lessons Learned From the 2014 World Technology Network Summit & Awards

The roles of serendipity and synchronicity have choreographed a beautiful dance, which has moved my life in a rather peculiar, yet oddly fluid motion toward the person I am today, and the person I am continuing to become.

While serendipity is defined as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”, synchronicity is “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection”. To the strictly scientific mind, a person who only thinks in 0’s and 1’s, serendipity/synchronicity are just random occurrences…but in the mind of the spiritualist, random is never random, and everything happens for a reason. 

Being a person of the spiritual mindset, I do believe that there is a divine order in the randomness, and this notion was cemented after I had the privilege of being invited to the 2014 World Technology Summit by the Chairman, Jim Clark.

I am not sure how, or why, but months ago Jim and I became friends on Facebook. I’m not positive who added who, but having mutual friends through the Evolver Network, we somehow found one another. We met in person when we both had speaking engagements at Gratitude*NYC back in October, and serendipitous timing allowed for my workshop to essentially be the opener before a talk Jim gave with Daniel Pinchbeck about climate change/culture/the future of humanity. Seeing the fusion of Jim’s scientific mind, with Daniel’s more spiritual inclinations was inspiring beyond words.

Fast forward to last week, Jim reached out and personally invited me to be a guest at the 2014 Summit, an exclusive engagement featuring speakers that are changing the world and making the impact that will affect the future of humanity from a cellular to a cultural level. Guests included LeVar Burton (of Star Trek, and Reading Rainbow), visionary artist Android Jones, cyberlibertarian and entrepreneur John Perry Barlow, author/adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, and a surprise telecast/live interview from Edward Snowden…amongst many other bright, beautiful minds.

I learned many powerful lessons, and the experience ignited a fire of inspiration that is beyond any word in our human vernacular. What I can articulate are ten key points of insight that will hopefully inspire the spark of this fire within your heart, and help you find the inspiration to find the daringness to fulfill your dream.

10 Lessons Learned From the 2014 World Technology Network Summit:

  1. “A naive dream is extremely powerful.” – Yossi Ghinsberg: Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli adventurer, author, and speaker based in Australia, who is most known for being lost and surviving alone in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon for three weeks in 1981. After enduring a harrowing experience which was filled with tragedy, the triumph of the human spirit allowed him to survive, and eventually thrive in the years that followed. All odds worked against his favor, yet spirit endured and Yossi was able to manifest many miracles in his life. These miracles were made manifest from the power of “a naive dream”. The naive dreamer believes that the only option is for the dream to be fulfilled. There is no choice but the commitment to what you’re commanding in your life. “Impossible” only means I-M-Possible, and “No” only means “Next Option”.
  2. “All innovation is conflict resolution.”: The universe is ever expanding, permanent impermanence, which will always require a fusion of thesis, antithesis and synthesis. Conflict, while troublesome, is only a test that can be solved through inspiration and innovation. Human beings have the power to problem solve any task, no matter how daunting.
  3. “Art is the barometer for culture of the time.” – Android Jones: As humanity evolves, art serves as the “screenshot” of the cultural “operating system” of the time. Art is a form of technology, which helps to program the collective consciousness, to inspire vision through imagination. While the arts and the sciences are two different spectrums of innovation, both coexist on the same plane of consciousness which helps to form our reality for the present and for the future. Technological advancement can’t survive without the presence of the artistic minds. Creativity is extremely important now, more than ever.
  4. “No challenge we have that creativity can’t overcome.” – Android Jones: As stated in points 2 and 3, innovation and creativity go hand in hand in the journey forward towards conflict resolution. As long as we can focus on creation as a primary objective as opposed to merely just consumerism, we can overcome any obstacle the current paradigm presents to us.
  5. “Have an objective to be a good ancestor.” – John Perry Barlow: Society creates pressure for us to be concerned with the here and now, with the future being collateral damage so the present can be satisfying to our here and now needs. Practicing mindfulness, and thinking about the impact of what your work will leave behind is a key which will unlock the door to a better future for generations to come. Our time on this planet is precious, and how we use the time should be to create something of everlasting value. In every decision think towards the impact you will create for your legacy, make a primary objective to not only be a conscious creator for the present, but also an important ancestor for the future.
  6. “Wealth should not determine your educational options.” – Sarah McCue: The juxtaposition between conscious evolution and cultural degradation is a rather incongruous disparity. While we are living in the age of information, we are also living in an age of extreme polarity of wealth and poverty. Education is a privilege, but is also our right. A right that shouldn’t leave you thousands of dollars in debt, only to struggle to find a job that can afford you a life, not just an existence. Personal wealth should not determine your educational options, and education should not just be limited to obtaining a certificate from an institution. There are passionate people working hard to make the right to education obtainable for all walks of life. Don’t be discouraged, dig deeper, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box in terms of education. Trust that once you make a decision, the universe will conspire to provide you the best option necessary.
  7. “We can only move forward if we can think/discuss freely.” – Edward Snowden: The founding fathers of our country knew the importance of freedom, hence The Constitution was created to ensure that we could carry that right throughout our journey forward in cultivating a life of liberty through the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of speech, is our birthright, not just a right that was forged in the fire of the creation of the United States. With the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, and other government programs, this right has been compromised, and enveloped in the fear of “Big Brother” watching our every move. We must fight this fear with love, and we must be innovative in the resolution of this conflict, by finding the unity throughout our global community by empowering discussion on this topic, instead of fearing the “elephant in the room”. Chinese wisdom teaches, “the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire”, so let adversity be our fuel for finding our strength to solidify our freedom, instead of letting it continue to dissolve by ignorance.
  8. “The greatest tragedy is revelation met with apathy.” – Edward Snowden: Gandhi had a famous quote which stated “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win”. When a revelation occurs, those who experience the revelation first hand wish to spread the gospel, a word which actually translates to “good news”. Unfortunately not all ears are receptive to good news, as those who are closed minded may not believe in a gospel which doesn’t correspond to the reality they have created. While it is impossible to create someone else’s reality, it is not impossible to fight the good fight. Spread awareness through creativity, and hold tightly to what you believe without letting go because of others preconceived notions. There was a time when it was believed by all that the world was flat, yet with time/research/perseverance the perception changed and reality took a new shape. The shape of things to come will only form into the paradigm we wish to create through perseverance, don’t allow apathy to become a tragedy that discourages your passion.
  9. “It is important to always ask yourself two key questions. What do I believe is right? What do I think is necessary?” – Jim Clark: Approaching the decisions you make using the Socratic method, the practice of stimulating critical thinking to illuminate ideas, is a tool which can help chisel a solid foundation for which you can build the structure of your reality. Believing in what is right, in conjunction with what is necessary allows decisions to be heart centered as opposed to primarily based in the mind (aka: ego). Ask yourself these two questions as you approach each decision, and let your heart be your guide.
  10. “Believe in the power of serendipity.” – Jim Clark: As I began the article, and stated the power of serendipitous moments being an integral part of my path, I end the article emphasizing the same statement. The universe is a paradox of tangible and intangible information, experience, and knowledge. Synthesizing the tangible with the intangible empowers your path as the actualized human being. Contrast is important to reach enlightenment, and science and spirit (intellect/intuition), while contrasting views, will always coexist. Through the acceptance of knowing you may never know it all, you will achieve your own personal “gnosis”. Express gratitude for the relationships that are formed from the invisible world of spirit, and allow these relationships to continue to illuminate your path through the inspiration, experience, and love they facilitate. The powers of love and gratitude, spirit and science, art and technology, imagination and innovation, triumph through tragedy, and creativity through conflict are the colors that make up the kaleidoscope of the human experience, and all contain a value that is immeasurable by monetary standards. Our lives are precious, and we ALL have important missions to fulfill. We are all in this together, and together we can achieve any goal we envision for our future. Start locally, think globally, act from your heart, and appreciate every and all synchronicity that occurs.

No matter what your dream may be, if you can find your personal way of integrating these 10 lessons into the destiny you dare to fulfill, I believe with all of my heart and soul that you can find the power to achieve and actualize any goalyour heart desires. For this dream, and what dreams may come, never forget how important you truly are.

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