What is There to Fear?

    The Sum of All Fears @F-L-O-W
                    Where will you be when the end comes…?

No friends, this is not about the Mayan Prophecy, the Hopi Legend, the magnetic poles reversing, or consciousness floating you off into virtual reality….

This is about the end of the paradigm @Blank Slate, @BS for short.

We have had a great ride haven’t we.  I mean we have been, done, acquired, and become through hundreds of great experiences, and we have contributed @BS in ways that only a rich man or woman could imagine.  We have consumed our asses off, right?


A quick note by Tim Price, contributing to Sovereign Man (newsletter), referencing a new book by Russell Napier: Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street’s Four Great Bottoms:

"If you want to send a roomful of 100 wealth managers into an icy chill, have Russell Napier address them. This is exactly what happened at Citywire’s Smart Beta retreat at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire recently.  Napier’s presentation, "Deflation in an Age of Fiat Currency," is thought-provoking, and the precise polar opposite of investing as usual.  A wry and picaresque speaker, he starts with some conclusions.

– To reach record lows [akin to those on offer in 1921, 1932, 1949 and 1982], US equities will have to fall by more than 60%.

– Central banks are straining to produce inflation, and developments in emerging markets (i.e. China) suggest a deflation shock is now likely.

– The capital exodus from China is disrupting the creation of inflation.

– In the search for yield, cash is trash ‘ so now is the time to own cash. (This is an example of his dry contrarianism.)

US Treasuries could repeat their 83% price decline of 1946-1981.

Napier surmises in his presentation:

In our view, investors’ fortunes will depend on how they survive the bear markets to come.  I use the term ‘bear markets’ in the plural because it strikes us as almost a certainty that a grotesque bear market in western government debt is approaching. (If we knew the precise timing we’d already be on the beach.)

And if western government debt craters (pick your poison: US, UK, euro zone, Japan…they all look appalling), stock markets will not be far behind.  It is inconceivable to us that equity markets could simply ignore a savage sell-off in the <cough, cough> risk-free markets of the world.

Remember, though, bear markets are not necessarily to be feared. Provided one can survive them, they bring opportunities to create significant wealth. But this is not automatically a rapid process.

As Marc Faber writes in his introduction to Napier’s excellent book:

"Conventional wisdom has it that great market bottoms, which offer lifetime buying opportunities, occur quite soon after devastating market crashes. But . . . great bear markets have long life-spans. . . At its 1921 low, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was no higher than it had been in 1899, 22 years earlier…"

Those of you who are Members @F-L-O-W and have joined our MOVEMENT @F-L-O-W by purchasing the book, have already had access to Life Conditions as I’ve outlined them and how we got here…

…all you can say is you already heard it way ahead of time, in as much detail as they suggest here and more as I have shown the underlying dynamics.  This thing is going to be a mess.  We have exactly the right people at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons, in the right place, doing things in the wrong ways…to get these results!

If you get what I just said, you can see why @F-L-O-W, our system works…now, near, and far; to get you there faster, cheaper, and easier, with less damage!

If you are in the middle class, and what’s more if you are independent, you will naturally FOLLOW the collapse on down; and before you do, I can show you PRECISELY what you need to do NOW, and HOW you need to do it, in order to step down in front of this collapse wave @F-L-O-W.

"U.S. small-business owners’ net hiring intentions for the next 12 months plunged to -4 in November, matching the lowest level recorded by the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The previous low was also -4 in November 2008." – Dec 2012

In our Member Area, you will find recorded webinars on Life Conditions, Collapse Wave Dynamics, and Scheduled Events which make up our FastStart @F-L-O-W Platform. I can hold your hand all the way through the process, just as I have held the hands of billionaires through this process of understanding the governing dynamics of our time.

George W. Bush in December 2006 said:
"As we work with Congress in the coming year to chart a new course in Iraq and strengthen our military to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must also work together to achieve important goals for the American people here at home. This work begins with keeping our economy growing. …and I encourage you all to go shopping more."

My mission is much larger than making money, it’s about sustainable designs for lives!

Back in 1993, I was sitting at the dinner table with Phil Crosby in his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia.  A coaching client of mine wanted to introduce me, and I jumped at the chance as no one in the world was more well-versed in quality leadership than he was….As we dined and traded war stories, I asked him what was the quality work (you know he was a podiatrist, hehe) really about for him…and I will never forget what he said, in the end…

"…it is about helping people have lives!"

AS the years went by, and I finally got my enough, and realized all I had thought was enough was an infinite journey to nowhere, I decided to find myself now here.

I traveled the world for the past decade, seeking everything I could about life, about helping people have lives.  I searched with billionaires.  I searched with street people.  I searched everywhere and anywhere anyone would allow me to get into their lives.  I visited gurus, healers, shape shifters, savants.  I read everything I could get my hands on and worked with my coaching clients around the world,  including all the people in our wonderful laboratory here @F-L-O-W…I wrote 10 books, alone and with others, which at some point, may get published (I hate editing, don’t you.  It’s like having a baby over and over, and each time it comes out, you are pregnant again.  Ugh, I can only imagine what that is like, but if I could that is what being an author feels like.  So I have these children everywhere, who have not seen the light of day yet!)

At the end of this journey, another one slowly began; one in which I can’t turn away from; one in which I feel will take me with it.  I am no longer at the controls, and my ego, sad to say, is sad, as all of the things I thought were true, are in fact, figments of my imagination which have for me, been supported by and directed by my ego team @BS…the more gang.

More has its value, but it also has its consequences.  Some are good, right and true, and the reverse is also the case; the double-bind, the double-edged sword of life, love, learning and legacy, as our now departed friend Stephen Covey might say.

I tell you, I struggle daily @BS, and making the move @F-L-O-W is not easy, as there are few supports and scaffolds available which will allow us to live, work, and relate efficiently, effectively and sustainably to thrive and flourish as a individual and as a collective.

Moving out of the past 100 years @BS will not be a whimper, it will drag us kicking and screaming to the mirror and what we see, won’t be what we thought we wanted.

Nietzsche remarked, “When you stare at the abyss, it stares back at you.”

NOW, we have a converging set of forces—governing dynamics if you will—that point us in the direction of the abyss…and there will be the abyss staring back at you.  What will be reflected in your stare?

For me, I agree with Roosevelt, although attributed at time to Churchill, “the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

Some of us have been tracking the events of the ‘30s in various ways.  As I mentioned, Bernays Propaganda, Lehman Brothers Banker Mazur…and we have discovered that at the time of the impending doom of the onset of the depression, the ONLY thing that was consistent across everything, was that people didn’t realize they were in a depression!

Since then, we know a lot.  Bernanke, our central banker, knows a lot about the depression, as it was part of the subject of his PhD Thesis.  Yet, even with that, we can’t whisper it, for “fear” that it will incite an even more serious contraction of demand.  So we point to all the things about more, and we realize in our small little fish bowls, that things have NEVER been better.  The poorest person has a cell phone.  Most of us have air-conditioned homes, and climate controlled storage, TV on our wrist, and stem cell repair waiting.  Life is good folks.

BUT, there are consequences.  Call them oscillations if you will, and we are in the beginning of a big one. We had a warning, it came and it went, all fine now.  So as in signal, message, problem, crisis, we are not listening again, and therefore we are going to find ourselves NATURALLY designed into a bind.  I’m not sure I can save the middle class.  I’m not even sure I can save myself and my loved ones from this.  But I can show you how it’s going to occur, and what you can do about it.  In fact, I laid all  my marbles on the line and published a book @F-L-O-W, that without a doubt can wrest you from your trance @BS, and help you scaffold a different future, in a different world.  As the MyPALs say in the Philippines (short for My Project Administrative Leader), it’s up to you.

I want to leave you with these words from Roosevelt.  They are always uplifting, and you can read the entire speech by searching on this source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.

I could only wish for a speech like this from our elected official – one of candor, instead of BS @MORE.

“I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

If the time is right for you to consider another path @F-L-O-W, we are ready to light the way.

Purchase the book and get immediate access to the electronic version, help us donate money for needy families, as our holiday commitment, and join us in the MOVEMENT @F-L-O-W; to value the perfection in all, to scaffold our differences, to differentiate our paths of happiness, to clarify the requirements of our success; and to reach out to others, peering, sharing, collaborating, openly, and glocally, to create a union of spirit to live, love, and learn together; even as we are apart in our differences; to value diversity, and to relish the connections we make to each other along the way, while raising the tide for all. 

Join me for my next short story on the difference @F-L-O-W.

These short stories are brought to you by Mike R. Jay, the world’s most innovative coach, and self-proclaimed developmentalist.  Mike’s new book @F-L-O-W: Find, Design, Use TALENT to Emerge Happiness & Success in a PostModern World is available now.

In the book, Mike explains why Blank Slate, as adopted by CORPORATE, and leveraged by "propaganda" has conspired to create the life conditions we now co-evolve with–all for good reason–and that the risks and the benefits are now diminishing rapidly with the escalation of complexity.

What was a good idea for its time, has now become loaded with potential risks for mankind, buoyed by limits to growth, and irrational decision-making at the highest levels of leadership, now leave you, me, and us at a crossroads.

Influenced by the best selling book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, by Steven Pinker in 2002; a decade later, Mike helps us understand what to do about what has become the most dangerous memeplex of our time.  He guides you @F-L-O-W to hold an optimistic view of our individual futures based on a way to "produce happiness" and consume less success, while navigating the shallows between.

Mike cautions you about continuing our conditioned, intuitive approach to reality; and how this memeplex in play @BS will lead to accelerating losses of happiness globally, while decreasing success locally; and gives reasons why this is occurring, throughout the book.

In the book, Mike identifies 15 Primes, 12 of which are outlined in detail in this first book, and shows you the tools within each, which you apply one or more combinations directly suited to your talents to get off this RAT RACE of co-evolving with complexity, and running harder to keep up.

Mike knows that the notions in the book are counter-intuitive by nature, and that CORPORATE wants us all to dig in and hold on, as we ride the roller coaster of money and credit, in a memepark of growth and more.

While Mike contrasts the CORPORATE Memeplex @BS, he doesn’t make it the scapegoat because fingers pointing there, leaves more fingers pointing at US, literally and figuratively.

This book can be used by people who influence for a living, as well as intellectuals and leaders.  Just as they have used the 1928 Bible of PR, called PROPAGANDA, by Edward Bernays (offered free to members, btw) to propagate @BS for the public good during the 1930s to increase demand for wants, instead of needs; Mike believes the same mechanics, with a different object–happiness, not just success–can be used to disperse the dangerous components of the memeplex to decelerate complexity anxiety across the planet.

In a very practical manner, Mike demonstrates in the book, what you can do as an individual and in the collective to begin to replace the intuitive notion that growth and more are the ONLY answers to our co-evolution with complexity.
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Mike provides a very specific roadmap for each of us to use while navigating through the dissonance that will emerge both now, near, and far as complexity reigns, and life becomes so.

This is a novel approach that represents an obliquely powerful way to decelerate @BS @F-L-O-W, and allows for APPS to be constructed for this new "paradigmatic operating system."  If the book is not enough, Mike has created a platform of guidance of varying levels of experience which he and others use to guide you in your own Journey @F-L-O-W.  With more than 25 years of professional coaching experience around the world, Mike has benefited from the tens of thousands of hours with clients, students, and peers; and thanks them for their contributions to this seminal work.

Mike welcomes comments and ideas on his teleseminars, and all book owners get access to his free FastStart @F-L-O-W, which these short stories are a part.  Welcome @F-L-O-W!

The paradox of choice.

When we look at some of the ramifications of all of the choices we can make, if we are not clear on why we make those choices, or don’t, the how really doesn’t matter, as it becomes part of the problem.

ValuSYNC™ @F-L-O-W is a system of values engineering to help us understand how our values create a fishbowl which is important for us, but we need to be clear on our ends values, and our means values, and what that means.

In order to get started in this process of being, having, doing, becoming, and contributing @F-L-O-W, our FastStart @F-L-O-W is suggested.  In FastStart, we link you with the book, why the book establishes a key (back)ground for the figure of ValuSYNC™ @F-L-O-W.

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