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MILLENNIAL THINKING KEY TO BASKETBALL DOMINANCE

My intellectual strength has always been my ability to connect the dots between wildly divergent worlds, such as integrating my political science Ph.D. understanding of governance with my tarot deck of cards called Voyager. With this inter-connective curiosity for seeing underlying patterns, here’s a cross-thinking way of understanding Golden State Warrior basketball dominance.

Here’s the dots that bring together computational biology, basketball, millennials, chaos, random thinking, sports talk radio, teamwork, Uber and sustainable success.

First Dot… A computational research institute in Paris has discovered that a person’s ability for decision-making and “random thinking” peaks at age 25. According to this study, randomness is a mentally difficult task, requiring sustained, focused attention and cognitive skill. As the study states,  “If you can think randomly, you’re at the top of your ‘game.’” What game I ask, basketball?  Meanwhile, other studies have shown that this kind of thinking is associated with brainstorming, solving problem and thus, “creativity.”

Second Dot…  A sports writer, Chris Herring, in five-thirty eight.com, describes the Warrior basketball offense as “organized chaos.”

Third Dot… Warrior assistant coach, Mike Brown, says that the Warrior offense is a high-level form of “unscripted playground basketball.” Brown continues to say, “when you have something that’s not scripted, your opponent breaks down because it’s different every single time.”

Fourth Dot… Colin Cowherd, in his national sports talk show, said this morning that the Warriors are in fact a young team, a “millennial team” (age 21-33). As he correctly says, millennials are team oriented. Indeed, “‘Me’ is a disease and there’s no ‘I’ in team.”  Look around and notice the flourishing of mostly millennial, collaborative co-worker spaces, project economies, startup businesses.

Fifth Dot… Gregg Popovich, Hall of Fame basketball coach, says of the Warriors, “No team is more unselfish, finding the open man…they get credit for that. They’re way, way more than just their talent.”

Sixth Dot… Utah Jazz Coach says of the Warriors, “They’re great shooters, but beyond that ‘they’re great thinkers.’”

Connecting the Dots… When you have a true “team” of “millennials” and “thinkers” who “create chaotic randomness,” plus the age-old requirement of talent, they are the “team of the times!”  And as a young team, if they stay together with “purpose,” they may have the greatest team of all.

Now, it takes an adaptive, renewable coach and management to direct this show and grow “young themselves,” which is my life path and business strategy. Don’t grow old, think neoteny.  Be the future, now. And if you can build a team, like my nascent “Voyager Collabo” company, you will be on “top of your game” for a sustainable while.

Lo and behold, Golden State  is essentially a “Silicon Valley” based franchise. The Warriors are the basketball version of young companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram, and like Uber which drives around, stays in motion, and finds the open man.

The moral of the story is organize your chaos into a productive system, where even you are not sure where you’re going next, except score!

 

Voyager Counsel-Coaching CASE STUDY

Not fortune telling, Voyager is a life map that by consulting it as a wholistic tool for “fortune creation,” it gives insight and inspiration for inner work and outer action that leads to wholeness (allness and unity), authenticity, purpose, power, plan, path.  

Case Studies by me are condensations of consultations that include  Cards and their Interpretation for a Client’s Situation, Diagnosis, Prescription, and Resolution.

(This session was conducted on the phone for an hour-long session using my “Question and Answer Conversation with the Cards” technique. All Cards chosen facedown in response to my questions)

SITUATION: Client is Hollywood movie production guy.  Worked very successfully with “Avatar” blockbuster film, which was a full-time, pressure cooker, over-the-top situation.  Has a new stable job with another successful production company.  Has just had his second son.  Has dreams about working with Avatar team again as they gear up for producing Avatar 2.  Wonders about this.

 

DIAGNOSIS

What about working again with Avatar?  – Negativity (5 Crystals)

Has negative thoughts about going to work again with that Avatar team. Not a healthy situation for him. Has bouts of depression.  

But why the dreams he gets about working with Avatar again?  – Devil’s Play  XIV

High times, amazing times, professional breakthrough creating an awesome, revolutionary film.

But has family, new child, stable marriage, good work. Was single when he worked on Avatar. Knows that present situation is great, really.

 

PRESCRIPTION

How to let go of Avatar ambitions and dreams? – Time-Space XX

Time heals.

Same Question: How to let go of Avatar ambitions and dreams and fully embrace his life as is?  – Player (Child of Worlds)

Have fun with his kids (he goes to Disneyland, etc. with them).

– Have his own fun and play his own Dionysian (Devil’s Play) way!!!! He needs time-out from stable life to live out his wild side.

– He recommends to himself that he go out to the desert for some “soulitude” and with some mind enhancements.

 

What about that? – Harmony (Eight of Wands)

YES, YES, YES!  The sound of silence, the rocks of ages, the song of space, transportation to a different world.  (This client is known to dive into past lives and sermonize about the meaning of it all).

 

RESOLUTION

Don’t leave present work; Live with the inner ambiguity about Avatar desires and memories and the reality of his great life.

AND FULFILL THE FREE SPIRIT IN HIM BY OCCASIONAL FORAYS TO THE “DESERTED WILD SIDE.” (which is actually doable, as he says).

Card for this Resolution Action: LOVERS

By embracing both and all sides of himself (the responsible rational Apollonian and wild Dionysian subpersonality archetypes) he is fulfilled, complete, whole, healed!  

 

 

 

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD – Power of Myth

I have written a mythic story about a rooster who evolved and became “exceptional.” This myth is accompanied by online Rooster Cards.  Each of the 44 Cards graphically symbolize a part or chapter of the story.  

Several months ago I wrote this part below of the “THE EXCEPTIONAL ROOSTER.”  It’s about “Roosta the Rooster” becoming the “ruler of the roost” and his acceptance speech.  In my talk to the chicken coop, I got political and very resistant to the ways human were treating us chickens.

Read this below and then I will fill you in with the rest of this amazing turn of events!

“Hens and Roosters, It’s a new day! Cock-a-doodle-DO – WE DO TOGETHER!

We are not going to be just a “chicken in every pot,” like some human’s use as their political campaign slogan. Like a famous car maker Henry Ford once said, “Our business is healthy, when like a chicken, we scratch around.” Yes, we are healthy. Our roost is busy and active. We work together to create our nest egg. We are not putting all our eggs in one basket, we are diversifying. We are not going to count our chickens before they hatch. With our rooster industry, we are going to have more to live on than just our lousy and toxic chicken feed. We have pride in ourselves but not like a “hen who struts like a rooster and so is invited for dinner.” We don’t want to be strutting around like a banty rooster. We need to stick our necks out to support each other. Resourceful and resilient, we will use everything but the crow. We are not going to waste time trying to hatch rooster eggs. And one other thing, no chickenhawks! Those who talk brave and want to fight like some rooster politicians and not participate are not welcome here. If you want to put up a squawk, let’s talk about it.

Our first act as a unified coop is that we are going to boycott all artificial chicken feed full of chemicals. Who do they think we are? They ain’t gettin’ no eggs from us until they feed us properly. We ain’t making no more babies until they feed us right. We can do this and we must do this. We are going to die anyway, but not because of the poison we are fed. We are committed to dying on our own terms

Please don’t get the impression that we are pushy chickens. In fact, we are humble and very giving and generous. We can even live and give you eggs in your backyard. We are no trouble, except when I wake everyone up at dawn’s early light. We are are making a stand for our rights so that everyone else will have better chicken and eggs to eat. We all win!

Cock-a-doodle-US-FOREVER AND EVER!”

Lo and behold, on May 1, Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer announces that it will go antibiotic-free!

Amazing!  What can we learn from this? When something is in the air, it’s in the air for all to breathe. If you are feeling something, it’s guaranteed that others are feeling it too. Remember the #wanlesswildwisdoms “rule of life” that “everything is connected to everything.” Hence, synchronicity.  So, if you are feeling passionately about anything, share it!  Putting it out there is getting it out there for others to pick up.

To have impact in the world and make a difference, tell your story. The “x-factor” that gives your words power is to make it mythic.  Myths are archetypal, eternal and universal which gives it enhanced impact.

Don’t “be a chicken,” live your MYTH – acronym for “Make Yourself The Hero.”  

For even more power, portray yourself and your myth with symbolic imagery. As the great psychologist C.G. Jung once said, “The mechanism that moves energy is the picture-symbol.” Having actual photos of “Roosta the Leader” and having embodied Roosta myself has given me and my voice and story and myth a greater and deeper transmission and thus contributing to Tyson’s listening and following Roosta’s call for justice!

AM I BECOMING A WOMAN?

I am so much more sensitive and emotional than ever before. I wonder what’s going on.  Am I becoming a woman who feels and follows feelings?  But I’m a guy, I’m a Taurus. Maybe it’s because I’m having some dreaded prostate issues. I was heartened, however, by a passage in a book titled “The Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers,” by my now deceased great friend, Ralph Blum of  Runes fame, in which he writes:  “If you’re  over 70 and don’t have some prostate cancer, you’re probably a woman.” Right on Ralph! Yes, I am man, a real man!

Nevertheless, my doctor prescribed some tiny little pills that are testosterone blockers. Testosterone is a driving force for prostate problems. Since taking these, I have cried, I have screamed, I have gotten supremely pissed of, deeply loving, very anxious (and not just because of Trump’s gross ignorance and delusional, duplicitous ego).  Every feeling has become magnified.

As an optimist and opportunist because I follow the wisdom of the “Fortune Maker” archetype in Voyager, I am finding this a wondrous journey into the emotions associated with the feminine.  I see now why women are the feelers and empaths, the tarot readers and therapists.  Maybe women’s intuition is a physical product of the female brain mixed with estrogen?  Read “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine for more understanding about this.

On the other hand, perhaps my growing emotionality has nothing to do with hormones and is just a result of my calamitous situation of being wanless, car-less, and almost moneyless and homeless.  Remember one of the greatest “rules of life” – “Everything is connected to everything.”  Is it any wonder that as I lose my man-force, I am losing just about everything else?

Parenthetically, in my “U.S. Presidential campaign of 1992″ running on the platform of Tarot for All, Archetypes as Advisors, and April Fools Day as National Holiday, I stated “Wan(t) Less, Get More!” So now I’m feeling that pledge.  And btw, instead of “Tarot,” we got candidate “Perot.”  It was close, too close.

But let’s not forget this “rule of life” – “Everything, every moment, every event, every person no matter how smarmy, every every” is all energy!” – thus, supremely useful as a resource for the most imperative skill of the 21st century – to be “renew-able.”  As I say about doing the Cards, “less is more.”  Everything we own, owns us. So, “losing it all is actually gaining more” – more lightness, freedom, autonomy, purpose, and more mobility for renewal and regeneration.

Life is a learning process and so my new adventure is all about personal growth and evolution. I once remember taking some psilocybin (a mushroom psychedelic compound) back in the day and had 24 hours of total paranoia, and can now absolutely understand the trauma and insanity of those having such mental issues. It was terrifying and terrific!  As they say, “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” and certainly more aware.

My own spiritual path of “ever-renewing aliveness” is being tested now. Taking my own mind-medicine, I turn my worry into presence and preparation and my anger into passion and purpose.  I do the “Magician’s magic manifestation” ritual: I see myself in gold light being completely healthy and more expansively integrated and whole. I recall my motivation for wanting to live and really live, fully alive!. I believe in myself and affirm that I can and am revitalizing and resurrecting myself. I am “doing the do,” like going out to get a small, light affordable car. Doing so,  I expect all good things to happen.  As a result, I am already feeling more alive now with even more gusto  – the aliveness of a turned on mind, pumping heart, robust body, and inspired spirit. And of course, I am becoming more integrated by uniting my yin and yang.  Maybe it’s a “sign” that for the first time ever I saw a sign on a bathroom door recently that said “gender neutral.”  How about being “gender whole” – healed, healthy, and happy.  

I love you prostate. You have awakened me.  I am grateful and not dead!  For some of you who might get this…Where’s Jerry?  There’s “fire on the mountain!” Cockadoodledo!  Get my “Exceptional Rooster Cards and Story” and get fired up!  www.james-wanless.com

 

WHY CARDS? See the Voyager Signature Reading: The Whole Self Mandala

I made the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-use VOYAGER TAROT to create a 21st century “map of life,” a true “gps of the soul” for navigating our changing world and for creating our own fortunes.

I use the Cards “face-up” to give me inspiration and counsel for successfully completing my endeavors, and I pick cards “face-down” to break me free of my habitual assumptions and projections. It’s a wondrous whole-brain tool for new insight and innovative thinking.  I call this process “fortune creation,” an evolution far beyond fortune-telling prediction fiction.

Voyager Cards are all nuggets of information that are holistically organized in an archetypal way that nudges the psyche in a deep, positive and grounded way. The surprise, the synchronicity, and the visual symbols collaged into a dreamlike landscape pique our curious intuition, which is the x-factor for evoking brilliance.

The most amazing corporate event I’ve ever had with the Cards was an afternoon with Oracle, Inc. Their accountants went creatively bonkers loving the play of possibilities as a team-building exercise by interacting intuitively and mythically as they chose Cards for the “Hero’s Journey” process I gave them.

The “Whole Self Mandala” in my short video presentation is a way of reading the cards to determine the state of our wholeness, healthiness and synergy of mind, heart, body and spirit; and to reflect upon the condition of our finances, work, home and love life.

This ten-card layout is a perfect mandala for assessing and manifesting our visions and dreams for this coming year, which in 2016 is the “Year of Harvest.”

In the short video, I actually picked a couple of cards facedown from the Mandala layout and they were Nine of Crystals “Narrowness” and the Ten Card “Fortune.  Both of these Cards are “perfect” because my message in this number nine “Year of Harvest” is stay focused and go the whole nine years (Narrowness) and take the entrepreneurial risk of breaking out and taking a chance (Fortune). “Why We do Cards ” is because we learn to trust the mystery of synchronicity and embrace uncertainty and the wisdom of letting go of control.  In this world today of continuous change, those are the right and necessary qualities to have.

 

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