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HyperOrganize Your Interests and Passions
Revolution doesn’t have to do with smashing something; it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out. That is what is given to you—one life to live. Marx teaches us to blame society for our frailties; Freud teaches us to blame our parents; astrology teaches us to blame the universe. The only place to look for blame is within: you didn’t have the guts to bring up your full moon and live the life that was your potential.
– Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss
This may be my favorite section of the HyperLearning Course. You are going to learn how to organize most of your life interests in an easy and powerful way that will inspire you to further your learning and HyperLearning. Once you start HyperLearning and Organizing with this technique, you won’t ever want to stop learning.
How this came about is the coming together of several realities and fundamental questions in my life as a learner and teacher – as someone who wants to be a continually engaged learner:
- Life is endlessly fascinating, and I love learning about it. I read books, watch documentaries, read articles, listen to interviews, presentations, and audio courses, watch major films, read websites and blogs, have interesting conversations, travel on occasion, and through my life experience find a great deal that is of value to me.
- I don’t have perfect recall or conscious access to everything I want to remember. I can recall that I saw something, or I can recall some details or picture parts of it in my mind, but I don’t possess absolutely perfect access to every last detail – but I want to.
- I love teaching and sharing good information, insights, and experiences – be they in audio, video, print, or photographic form. I like sharing with my clients, my students, colleagues, folks on Facebook, my family… anyone that I think might benefit or be interested in things I have come across.
- Information is so diverse. How can I organize all the best information I find on, say, Heart Disease, Hawaii, Ecology, Blueberries, the art of Alex Grey – and make it accessible, even searchable?
All this information comes in on paper, books, emails, web pages, DVDs, CDs, photographs, newspapers… and are impossible to carry around with you in one central location. Much of this valuable info clutters the house if you try to physically file it or shelve it. What to do?
David’s Main Folder of Topics on his iMac
It was out of these realities that I have developed an ability to HyperOrganize, which supports current and future HyperLearning in my life and that of many people around me. Almost everything that I want access to personally and professionally is neatly organized in one MAIN FILE on my computer, backed up and searchable, and infinitely scalable and adaptable to new information that is forever entering my awareness.
The ability to HyperOrganize and store so much on my computer frees my mind to not worry whether I will be able to access what I have encountered (much like the story of Einstein’s Mind that I will relate below) and opens up mental energy for creative work.
It also encourages me to find new information and insights, knowing that I have a place to store it all for future access and sharing (in books, articles, emails, discussions with colleagues, work with clients and students, in my own journaling, on Facebook… you name it).
Simply stated, everyone that I have ever shared this information with has found his or her mind lit on fire in a profoundly life-changing way.
HyperCognizant, Not HyperMemorization
Now here’s my recollection of a story about Einstein’s Mind:
The famous physicist Albert Einstein was once asked by a smart reporter, “Professor Einstein, do you know the formula for converting Fahrenheit into Celsius and back?” Einstein paused and said he did not. The reporter was baffled. “You’re Albert Einstein, the developer of the Theory of Relativity. One of the brightest minds of our age, and you mean to tell me you don’t know how to convert the temperature measurements Fahrenheit and Celsius?”
Einstein’s reply: “I don’t use my mind to remember such information. If I need it, I know where to go and get it. I devote my mind to more creative pursuits.”
And there you have it. HyperLearning could also be qualified as being HyperFamiliar or SuperCognizant of a lot of perspectives, ideas, persons, places, ways of being, insights, etc.
HyperLearning does NOT mean HyperMemorization
Let’s leave the memory of so many details to our subconscious mind and to computer technology… freeing up our energy to be uniquely human in our CREATIVE and HEART-CENTERED PURSUITS.
Knowing where to get the conversion formula for Fahrenheit to Celsius and back is more important – more of the time – than memorizing it and the thousand-and-one other things by heart.
Let’s now look at how I have organized my interests and passions to turn learning into more learning and HyperLearning.
*** HyperLearning Tip: Alzheimer’s and Creative Organization ***
(NewsTarget) A study of nearly 1,000 people found that certain personality traits appeared to be a significant factor in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Even when mental stimulation and exercise were accounted for by researchers the link remained strong. The trait? Conscientiousness.
A Rush University Medical Center study followed 997 Catholic nuns, priests and monks from 1994 to 2006. Participants were given neurological exams, cognitive tests and personality surveys. The personality test determined self-discipline based on answers to such questions as, “I am a productive person who always gets the job done.” The average score on this test was 34 points on a scale from 0 to 48.
Eventually 176 of these volunteers developed Alzheimer’s disease. But those whose personalities were meticulous, self-disciplined and productive tended to remain disease free. In fact the participants with the highest scores in conscientiousness, 40 points or more, were found to have an 89% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who scored 28 or lower.
When exercise and intellectual engagement were taken into account the participants still showed a 54% lower incidence of developing the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, but in this study there were as many plaques and protein tangles in the brains of those who scored high in the self-discipline tests as those who scored low.
Report in New Scientist of Alzheimer’s disease linked to conscientious behavior http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn12717-selfdiscipline-may-reduce-alzheimers-risk.html
Laura Weldon, NaturalNews.com http://www.newstarget.com/022171.html
How David Rainoshek HyperOrganizes His Interests and Passions
In the opening of this chapter, you saw a screenshot of 2/3rds of my main folder, containing individual topic folders inside of it. These are large containers, if you will, to hold topics such as Abundance, Architecture, Art, Agriculture, Astronomy, Airstream (yes, we have restored a Vintage Airstream), and that’s just the As.
Into these folders go a whole series of subfolders and files.
I have a Masters in Nutrition – so let’s look at my Topic Folder on Nutrition, which has been in development on my computers since 2004:
What we see here are Sub-Folders. Above, you see I have folders on Nutrition-related info ranging from eBooks to Interviews, Business Cards (scanned in – I don’t keep physical cards), Projects, Receipts (for juicers, purchasing web domains, etc.), Humor (food-related cartoons and jokes), Web Design, Videos…
And in those folders I organize further as I need to – and I definitely do.
Remember, these are YOUR folders, so you will organize them in the way you want, with folders of info that are relevant to your experience so far. Need another Topic Folder or Sub-Folder? Right-click and add a new folder!
File Master: My Secret Tool for You to Use
All of these Topics and Sub-Folders are great. You can organize photos, audio, video clips, web shortcuts or links, images saved from anywhere on the internet…
But how do you organize articles, book excerpts, images, links to online material, related persons, related books, related courses, similar topics, into ONE FILE that you can easily refer to and share like an eBook?
I came up with this HyperOrganizing method because I was encountering SO MUCH information on certain topics that I wanted to share with clients and students. I needed something that I could easily send them to provide the download on a topic such as “Vitamin B-12.” In addition, if I was giving an interview on the radio, or doing a larger writing/research project, or working with a client and I needed the information I had previously read, seen, or heard in an instant, I needed an eBook-like FILE that I could consult quickly to not waste mine or the client’s time – or so I could efficiently quote some information live on the radio…
So here is what I have developed over the last decade: my File Master, which I create in Microsoft Word (but you can use any word processing program).
I have created a File Master that I COPY and then Save-As with my new topic name.
The File Master looks like this:
You see many things here. First, I have developed a Microsoft Word file that I can write anything in. It has my Juice Feasting header at the top – because this is my Nutrition File Master. I also have an Integral File Master for all my files related to Ken Wilber and Integral Theory (for example), which has a slightly different look, but the same headings. There is a RED TITLE SECTION for the topic (such as VITAMIN B-12).
Next, we have a highly-organized space at the beginning of the File Master that serves as a crib sheet on the topic. When you find or create information, just set it in the spaces:
This gives you an excellent overview of your topic that is easy to review to bring the info back to your conscious mind for remembering and use in whatever way you require (Einstein-style).
The next part of the file is a Section Header. I placed a box around it, with a bold, black all-caps title, and a Source space below it. I want to know the source of the information, so I can quote it, re-find it, or give credit later (learn to LOVE giving credit – it respects the value of the information and the person who generated it – and it makes you look good that you give credit where credit is due).
Here is the Section Header (which I copy and paste in the file itself for each new Section)
And then I place text for the Section here. This text could be copied and pasted from an online source, typed from a magazine article, or even scanned from a book using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. I will then go in and highlight in bold or highlight in red particularly notable sections. I also highlight key terms.
If I distribute these files (such as in my 92-Day Juice Feasting Program on www.JuiceFeasting.com), I create Adobe .pdf files of them, so that everyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader can read them exactly as I create them.
To do this you can “print as .pdf” from your print menu in your word processing program on both Mac and PC.
For people reading these .pdf files, here is the free Adobe Acrobat Reader:
I have linked here for you an example of the final version of my “Bee Pollen Granules” file:
Storage and Backing Everything Up
You are investing your time – one of your greatest assets – in making your Topic File folders and your File Master files on so many subjects. These files will become increasingly important as they grow and mature with you. Beyond yourself, they will hold an important place for others whose lives you may enrich through the information and wisdom contained therein.
You may also have many memories stored inside.
I have all my files backed up at home and online.
At home, they are on my computer, and on an external 2 Terabyte Hard Drive that I use for at-home backup. I will upgrade to 4 Terabytes soon. I have had good results with Western Digital hard drives over the last 7 years, with no hiccups.
If you are just getting started, you may not need that much backup space, and just want to backup on a USB Memory Stick:
The one above is 32 GB, which is a great deal of space for files and photos when you are just getting started making files, organizing and eliminating excess papers and things, and HyperLearning across multiple subjects.
Online, I use a backup service (SugarSync) that allows me to access my complete file library from any computer in the world from “the Cloud”.
This has two main benefits:
1. Protection from Fire, Flood, Theft
2. Portability and accessibility
Five years ago, backing up your computer over the internet to a server in a data center was extremely difficult. Most people had extremely slow internet (DSL or even dialup) which meant uploading data to a remote location was too time-consuming. There were also few options in terms of providers who were offering lots of data storage at a reasonable price. Last, there was not much software that had been designed for automatic backup in this manner.
Now there are multiple options for backup to a remote server in a cloud. I have researched many of them. Most only provide part of what you want.
After waiting several years for the technology to come around, I have discovered SugarSync as an amazing cloud backup technology that allows you to sync as many computers and devices as you want, as much data as you want, fully accessible across all devices (even my iPad) and even online from any computer in the world.
You can find out more about SugarSync by clicking here.
Final Words on HyperOrganizing Your Interests and Passions
Organization in an inestimably powerful act in cultivating and maintaining your ability to HyperLearn.
Don’t worry if you are not organized now. Start where you are out of curiousity. Re-read this chapter and choose some things you are ready to Reduce and/or Organize. It may be as simple as beginning to organize the files on your computer.
Remember: Reduction and HyperOrganizing are Stage 3 Ways of Being, not a Stage 1 Goals. Organization is a creative force in your life, a creative and loving expression of who you are. It is also the means by which you will drive yourself to HyperLearn with passion and purpose.
Knowing that you have the space, that you have the places to put information and insights for current and future use, and that you have cultivated spaces (physical, energetic, and time) to HyperLearn will undoubtedly encourage more and more HyperLearning as an Act of Love.
Coming up next time: Chapter 11: Nutrition for HyperLearning!
David Rainoshek, M.A.
HyperOrganize Your Passions!
How David Rainoshek HyperOrganizes
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How David Rainoshek HyperOrganizes
- 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.