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Minefield in the Mind-Field: Exploration, Adaptation, and the Ability to Generate New Ideas




“We must examine everything, stir up everything without exception or restraint.” –Denis Diderot

Before going Meta, before flow states, before synchronicity can bridge the gap between opposites, there must be disciplined interrogation. There must be deep inquiry into the nature of things. There must be tractable turbulence. In short, before creativity, there must be curiosity. As philosopher Simon Blackburn said, “The cure is for the people to respect inquiry over assertion. Full, sober, objective inquiry is the only way forward.”

In the spirit of unleashing the mind and generating new ideas, you must be able to drop question marks like thought-bombs into the overtly secure, blatantly safe, and all too comfortable ramparts of your worldview. Indeed, in order to think outside the cliché box, you must at least temporarily obliterate the box. If you don’t strategically set up tripwires for your current way of thinking, you’ll never achieve higher, more imaginative ways of thinking. You’ll never be able to trip “into the masterpiece.”


“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my proper atmosphere.” –Sherlock Holmes

If inquiry is the spearhead of creativity, exploration is the spear; the heart of which is a sense of adventure. To explore is to be onto something. To be on the hunt for novelty. To be on a quest for more imaginative modes of self-expression.

When we explore, we are in the moment, allowing the journey to be the thing even as we’re questioning all pre-made paths and daring ourselves to create new ones. Exploration generates new ideas organically by plucking an idea from this path and weaving it with an idea from that path and then running it through the filter of a new path.

Novelty is gold when you’re in the throes of deep exploration. And when you can combine the gold of novelty with the gold excavated from historically well-trodden paths, you have the kind of gold that glows exponentially, surmounting the typical, trumping the conventional, and transcending the ordinary. But it is important to understand that the gold of novelty, the gold discovered from exploring new paths, must be primary to gold previously discovered. In fact, you must be cautious that previously discovered gold doesn’t blind you from discovering new gold. Hence the need to keep the spearhead of inquiry sharp.

As it turns out, our need for novelty is inherent. According to the scientist Leonard Mlodinow, there are four basic components of human temperament: reward dependence, harm avoidance, persistence, and neophilia (attraction to novelty and change). The reason our attraction to novelty isn’t readily apparent is because of the pecking order of human temperament. Most people fear being harmed and not being rewarded for their time (reward dependence and harm avoidance). This fear prevents most people from ever taking a leap of courage into the unknown. It keeps them from seeking adventure. It blocks exploration.

But when exploration is embraced, persistence becomes the human temperament that manifests novelty and change. Neophilia becomes self-actualized and the creative floodgates open, giving rise to new, more imaginative ideas. A huge part of being persistent is planting minefields in the mind-field. Its forcing question marks like bombs into everything you’ve taken for granted. It’s upsetting the stagnant applecart of the ordinary and discovering the extraordinary hidden beneath all those rotting apples. It’s using fear as fuel for the fire of creativity. Indeed, with enough practice, with enough persistence, you can override harm avoidance and reward dependence and create novelty and much needed change.


“Look at each path closely and deliberately, then ask yourself this crucial question: does this path have heart?” –Carlos Castaneda

After you’ve blown yourself up a few times in the minefield, after you’ve tripped over your strategically laid tripwires of thought, after the question mark bombs have obliterated everything you took too seriously, or put too much weight in, or believed to the point of dogmatism, after your mind has been unleashed, there is the critical and vital stage of adaptation. Becoming adept at adapting is a skill in itself. Adapting to the minefield in your mind will make you more open-minded. And there is no garden more fertile for the flowering of new ideas than an open mind.

Where the minefield blasts open the mind, by forcing the stretching of your comfort zone and the toppling of your insecure walls, adaptation keeps it open for further exploration. Adaptation leads to self-overcoming, and self-overcoming leads to the continual transformation of boundaries into horizons.

When the mind is open, the generation of new ideas becomes a part of the interconnectedness of all things. The mind-field becomes cosmos, and vice versa. The flow state becomes manifest. Idea creation is done on the fly with timeless improvisation. Navigating the minefield in the mind-field becomes a delicious dance of trial and error, where the adaptive self-overcomer learns to relish the error as well as the pains that come with the trial. And all of it becomes art. High art. Revolutionary art.

Adaptation, improvisation, and the ability to self-overcome are almost as vital to the creative process as the need for dropping question mark bombs and planting the minefield in the mind-field. And the ability to creatively adapt to the minefield launches the entire process into a meta-state where flow states and the ability to generate new ideas becomes second nature.

Adapting to new paths is important, but keep in mind Castaneda’s cautionary quote. If the path has no heart, discard it. Learn what you can. Take the good from the bad. Mine the gold and reshape it with new gold. But then create a new, healthier path that has the potential to lead to grander, healthier ideas.

Conclusion: Going Meta in the Minefield

“We are composed of agonies, not polarities.” –James Hillman

It’s important to understand that no matter what path you choose, or what mindset you adopt, or what world view you embrace, when it comes to creativity and the ability to generate new ideas, planting a minefield in your mind-field is paramount. It is vital to human flourishing. Just as the only permanence is impermanence, just as the only truth is to question all truths, just as the only thing that never changes is change itself, the only mindful mindset is the one with a minefield planted in it.

The minefield unsettles the settled mind. It un-fixes fixed thinking. It trips up the certain mind. It un-stagnates stagnant thought. It blasts off the brainwash, the conditioning, the indoctrination. It balances mindfulness with no-mind and creates meta-mind.

From this meta-mind, created by exploring, adapting, and overcoming, comes a flexible, robust, and anti-fragile mindset that can generate new ideas within flow states that transcend time, make the unknown know, and defy even death itself. In the end, the question is not whether we will have a mindset or not, but what kind of mindset we will have. Will we have a fixed mindset, settled, unquestioning, dogmatic, or a mindset with a minefield in it, flexible, unsettled, questioning and self-overcoming?


The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix




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More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.


One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.

Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.

What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?

Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.

What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?

Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.

The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening

With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.

You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.

Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies

Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.


The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.

The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.

This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.

Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.

Imaginary Rights

Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”

To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.


This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.

In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.

We Must Start With the Imagination

There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.

Wake Up Neo — You Are the One

Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.

Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”

This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.

By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.

If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?

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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society




True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…

You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.

With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…

Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle

We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Be very wary my friend, clever predators always position themselves in places where they have easy access to their prey/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

We don't want to see the Truth, we want to see illusions that comfort us

Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo

Social Distancing = Social Isolation

Everyone talks about how social distancing saves lives, but why’s no one talking about the science that shows how social isolation can also destroy also them??/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Although they might appear different on the surface, what we find through media monopolization, is that they are often times steered by the same controlling force/Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

“There is no greater disease than fear, and there is no greater danger than those who weaponize it against us.” — Gavin Nascimento/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Thinking happy thoughts doesn't change reality

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

The “Beauty” Industry…/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Feed your child with knowledge and watch them grow/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

You cannot ever hope to expect justice from those who have a consistent history of oppressing you./Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

Fighting Fake News or Censorship?

Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov

Peaceful Revolution or Violent... you choose.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

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Pregnant Elephant Dies After Eating Pineapple Stuffed With Firecrackers




(TMU) – In southern India, a pregnant elephant died a slow and painful death after eating a firecracker-filled pineapple when she wandered into a village near the Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest looking for food.

According to a spokesperson for the Kerala Forest Department, farmers use fruit stuffed with firecrackers at the edge of their fields in efforts to save their crops from wild boars, and the elephant found and ate the pineapple filled with the explosives, suffering deadly injuries as a result.

The pineapple exploded in her mouth as she bit down on it, injuring her tongue and mouth, and breaking both her upper and lower jaw, leaving her in unimaginable pain, and unable to eat or drink.

Wildlife official Mohan Krishnan, in a touching post on social media, said that the mum-to-be was later found dying in a nearby river.

He wrote: “She trusted everyone. When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking about herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months.

“She didn’t harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn’t crush a single home.

“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die.”

To try and get the injured elephant out of the water and safely to treatment, two captive elephants were brought in, but she didn’t budge. She stayed in the water, where she eventually died. An autopsy revealed that she was about two months pregnant. Her body was transported back into the forest where was cremated.

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A Kerala Forest Department spokesperson told Sky News“It seems this elephant was very unfortunate and unlucky. In my 20 years of service I have heard of three such cases in the past with elephants. It is very sad and we are all very sad about it.”

The official Kerala Forest Department Twitter page wrote: “Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures.’’

“The pregnant elephant… was killed in human-wildlife conflict. Action has already been initiated. But where lies our duty?”

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It is unlikely that this was a deliberate attack on the elephant, although a team from the Kerala Forest Department is investigating and questioning people involved about the incident and a petition, calling for justice for the elephant, has already reached over 1 million signatures.

Millions of people across the world have been shocked and saddened by the horrific death of the elephant and her unborn baby, with many creating and sharing their art as a tribute to an innocent mother and child. Gentle giants that will never roam the forest again.

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