Introduction to HyperLearning: How to Revive Your Natural Ability/Drive to HyperLearn
“Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul that have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that you are the master of your thought, the molder of your character, and the maker and shaper of your condition, environment and destiny.”
- James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
- Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Learning is an art form that we develop our whole lives in numerous contexts: at school, with family, in nature, our bodies, culture, relationships, hardships, career, through television programming, film, lectures, photos, music, books and print media, mentors… we are learning all the time. As adults, however, many of us find that our learning is lacking. We discover:
1. Our learning practices are antiquated and slow
2. Adult life and responsibilities have reduced our time to learn
3. Our job/career has seriously limited the scope of what we learn
4. Learning was ruined for us by conventional schooling
5. We have stopped learning because we think we know it all, or know all we need to know
6. There is just too much information, and
7. “I can’t remember it all, or keep it organized in my mind”
8. The thrill of learning new things is gone
If some or all of these describe where you are – or have been – with learning, you are not alone. Each one of us reading this book has experienced a feeling of lack or diminishment in our learning. We get tired, busy, uninspired, miseducated, jaded, limited. All part of a rich and full life experience .
The question is how to rekindle an unquenchable fire for learning with deep purpose that is passionately self-generated.
To be clear, this book on HyperLearning is not a critique of conventional learning styles, nor is it an investigation into your current ways of learning, be they positive, underdeveloped, spiraling out of control, or even frozen in time.
HyperLearning is a positive, affirmative, present-moment, take-action book providing orientations on learning – and practices for HyperLearning – that will upgrade your mind and your innate abilities to learn at rates far beyond what you may think possible for yourself.
HyperLearning is about awakening your native impulse to learn, grow, evolve, and create… for your whole life.
Natural HyperLearners by Design / Necessity
When we are children, most of us are in a HyperLearning state more often than as adults. As children who need to learn a tremendous amount to grow up, we experience this HyperLearning State as a fresh, curious, open state that is coupled with being challenged to the limits of our current abilities, and more often than not, as an enjoying of the challenge of new discoveries and ability cultivation.
We call this a State of Flow, or Flow State – which we will come back to soon in the chapter, “FLOW: The HyperLearning State of Optimal Experience.”
The brain states experienced by children and anyone in a state of flow can be measured with instruments objectively as Alpha and Gamma brainwave patterns.
The Alpha Brainwave Pattern
From 6-12 years of age, children’s brainwaves accelerate to the HyperLearning Alpha state.
In brainwave Alpha, your mind is relaxed but alert. This is a state of passive awareness, composure, of physical and mental relaxation. Emotional sensations in the alpha state include a sense of well-being, pleasure and tranquility. We experience Alpha as a state of accelerated learning.
Your unconscious mind does not distinguish between what you imagine or actually experience. It simply does what it is told, shown, or imagined until it becomes a habit.
Alpha brainwaves naturally boost serotonin levels (a neurochemical associated with happiness and contentment) and can relax the body and mind in just minutes.
The Gamma Brainwave Pattern
Gamma Brain Waves have long been considered the brain’s information and sensory-binding brainwave – or the brainwave that is able to link and process information from all parts of the brain. Having high amounts of Gamma Brainwave activity has been associated with: having high levels of intelligence, being compassionate, having high amounts of self-control, and feelings of natural happiness.
Gamma Brain Waves have also been linked to having a great memory and an increased perception of reality. There seems to be a correlation with higher amounts of Gamma Brainwave activity and increased brain functioning ability.
People have reported being able to learn quicker and being able to maintain a laser-like focus after listening to Gamma Waves. I.Q. scores have also been noted to increase after one’s Gamma Brain Waves increase.
For adults Alpha and Gamma brainwave states occur when we meditate, daydream or enter the lighter states of hypnosis or highway hypnosis. Dr. Les Fehmi called it “Open Focus,” and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it a Flow State. In short, Alpha and Gamma are brainwave patterns of accelerated learning, or HyperLearning.
One good way to enter the Alpha and Gamma states is to use specially recorded music called binaural beats. We will return to that technology later in HyperLearning.
In short, children are in a perpetual HyperLearning state – a flow state - because everything is so new, and development is happening so quickly through stages of growth. In fact, a Flow or HyperLearning state is absolutely necessary for a child to learn all they need to in order to be a competent adult.
In a supportive environment, the child is both happy and challenged to their limits simultaneously, and this creates a brainwave symphony of Theta, Alpha, Gamma, and Delta patterns that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) calls a State of Flow.
Adults can learn to cultivate more states of flow in their daily lives, which has been a topic of study for Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced chick-sent-me-high) for several decades. Again, we will return to this in the chapter, “Flow: The HyperLearning State of Optimal Experience.”
Four Stages of Learning
One powerful way to cultivate the conditions for flow and HyperLearning is to practice the curiosity of a Beginner’s Mind: know that you don’t know, but you will know. You MUST know.
Know that what you don’t know now, you can and will know.
Almost a visual tongue twister there. Beginner’s Mind is a curious faith that is an essential part of the recipe for HyperLearning.
In the 1970s, Noel Birch outlined the Four Stages of Learning:
1. Unconscious incompetence
2. Conscious incompetence
3. Conscious competence
4. Unconscious competence (autopilot) (the goal)
Learning – HyperLearning – starts with the Stage of not even knowing that you do not know. If you dive into this idea of “not even knowing you don’t know,” two things can come up: feeling stupid, or feeling curious.
There is no need for option one – feeling stupid. If you are, in fact, trying to see the first Stage playing out – not even knowing you don’t know about some things – then this is the wisdom and curiosity of Stage 2 already appearing: knowing that you don’t know.
This recognition is the fertile ground and potent energy of curiousity, which propels you inevitably to Stage 3: discovery and learning until you do know that you know… what you did not know before. Stage 4 then naturally arises: learning and creating on autopilot.<p >To start your path of HyperLearning, you don’t need to be the smartest person – just clever, curious, and passionate.
Learning sets the stage for more learning and HyperLearning.
Once you get started, momentum will build – and the excitement of this momentum will provide the emotional and mental drive for greater HyperLearning and creativity.
And since you are reading this book (instead of watching the TeeVee) you are already clever, curious, and passionate. We are going to continue to significantly dial up these positive attributes.
This Course is all about how to light up these stages of learning – how to turn your progression through them into Greased Lightning.
Our Modern World:
The Ever More Full and Complex Call to the Hero’s Journey
Why would we want to activate and light up this mental ability to HyperLearn like Greased Lightning? One astounding truth is that the Age of Information is now overwhelming us with news, perspectives, worldviews, and new possibilities.
American philosopher Ken Wilber writes of our modern predicament in A Theory of Everything:
“During the last 30 years, we have witnessed a historical first: all of the world’s cultures are now available to us. In the past, if you were born, say, a Chinese, you likely spent your entire life in one culture, often in one province, sometimes in one house, living and loving and dying on one small plot of land. But today, not only are people geographically mobile, we can study, and have studied, virtually every known culture on the planet. In the global village, all cultures are exposed to each other.
Knowledge itself is now global. This means that, also for the first time, the sum total of human knowledge is available to us—the knowledge, experience, wisdom and reflection of all major human civilizations—premodern, modern, and postmodern—are open to study by anyone.”
How can we contain or consider all that is now coming to us? Contained in this excellent question is a curiosity, a drive to understand and become capable of more than we currently do.
HyperLearning is as a clarion call for those of us in the Age of Information to get off of our duff, turn off the TeeVee, and curiously, bravely, enter into the Hero’s Journey which is our own life to deeply make much of the time we have.
Over 2,000 years ago, in his essay, “On the Shortness of Life,” The Roman Stoic Lucius Seneca said:
“It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it.”
And in his essay, On the Happy Life, Seneca wrote:
“For it is dangerous to attach oneself to the crowd in front, and so long as each one of us is more willing to trust another than to judge for himself, we never show any judgment in the matter of living, but always a blind trust, and a mistake that has been passed on from hand to hand finally involves us and works our destruction. It is the example of other people that is our undoing; let us merely separate ourselves from the crowd, and we shall be made whole.”
The message is: “Don’t let the sloth of the crowd waste the time you have been given. Chart new territory within yourself.”
Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote in his famous book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces:
“The modern hero, the modern individual who dares to heed the call and seek the mansion of that presence with whom it is our whole destiny to be atoned, cannot – indeed must not – wait for his community to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding. ‘Live,’ Nietzsche says, ‘as though the day were here.’ It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse.”
And finally, take some of the large courage and vision from the words of the mystic, Hildegard of Bingen:
“I am that supreme and fiery force that sends forth all the sparks of life. Death hath no part in me, yet do I allow it, wherefore I am girt about with wisdom as with wings. I am that living and fiery essence of the divine substance that glows in the beauty of the fields. I shine in the water, I burn in the sun and the moon and the stars. Mine is that mysterious force of the invisible wind. I sustain the breath of all living. I breathe in the verdure and in the flowers, and when the waters flow like living things, it is I. I formed those columns that support the whole earth … I am the force that lies hid in the winds, from me they take their source, and as a man may move because he breathes, so doth a fire burn but by my blast. All these live because I am in them and am of their life. I am wisdom. Mine is the blast of the thundered word by which all things were made. I permeate all things that they may not die. I am life.”
The Message: NOW is time to seize the day, to take up the Hero’s Journey of embracing a larger, more complex, more promising world within yourself to do what is that you are here to do in this lifetime.
Let’s light the fire of HyperLearning and our own unique creative self-expression without boundaries, without limits.
David Rainoshek, M.A.
Reviving Your Natural Ability To HyperLearn
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Reviving Your Natural Ability to HyperLearn
- HyperLearning Course Welcome
- Cover Art Commentary
- Acceleration Begins NOW:
- Benefits Preview of HyperLearning
- Chapter 1:
Introduction to HyperLearning: How to Revive Your Natural Ability/Drive to HyperLearn
- Chapter 2:
Five-Minute University: The Elements for HyperLearning
- Chapter 3:
A Magnificent Obsession
- Chapter 4:
Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being
- Chapter 5.1:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 1
- Chapter 5.2:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 2
- Chapter 5.3:
- Chapter 6:
FLOW: The HyperLearning State of Optimal Experience
- Chapter 7:
Print: Read Better than Anyone with PhotoReading and SpeedReading
- Chapter 8:
Accelerate your Media Speed Like Neo in The Matrix
- Chapter 9.1:
Reduction and Organization
- Chapter 9.2:
Cultivating Transformative Relationships
- Chapter 10:
HyperOrganize Your Interests and Passions
- Chapter 11.1:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 1
- Chapter 11.2:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 2
- Chapter 11.3:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 3
- Chapter 12.1:
Complementary Life Practices
- Chapter 12.2:
- Chapter 12.3:
Meditation and More
- Chapter 13:
Bonus Inspiration: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
- Chapter 14.1:
Materials to Keep You Inspired
- Chapter 14.2:
More Materials to Keep You Inspired
HyperLearning: A Mystic’s Perspective
- About the Author:
David Rainoshek, M.A.