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Think Smarter World is focused on the raising of personal and societal consciousness and the overall journey to a more enlightened world.  That journey begins and ends with each individual’s own transformational path to higher levels of consciousness.  There is no one perfect model for this, but one good example comes from the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), the consciousness research institute founded by NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell in the 1970’s:

IONS Consciousness Tranformation Model

The path starts on the left with a “Noetic Experience” – which as defined by IONS as follows:

no•et•ic: From the Greek noēsis/noētikos, meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding. As defined by philosopher William James in 1902, noetic refers to “states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by the discursive intellect. They are illuminations, revelations, full of significance and importance, all inarticulate though they remain; and as a rule they carry with them a curious sense of authority…”

In other words a “personal awakening” first takes place, an insight that you didn’t have before, or revelation of a deeper reality than what you’ve been accustomed to occurs.  Thus the journey to enlightenment and higher states of consciousness begins.  This awakening is what the Buddha prescribed in order to “get on the path” – the eightfold noble path of the Buddhist tradition. Thus the awakening, is just the beginning.

The IONS diagram does a good job of highlighting that as you migrate the path, there will be turns where you must be careful in your navigation lest you “veer off”.  So, as you move from awakening to exploration, your next step should lead to finding a solid practice that leads to enlightenment, otherwise, you can get stuck in “continually seeking” a “magical fix” rather than moving forward with a committed practice leading to lasting transformation.

As you progress on the path to transformation and growth in consciousness, the IONS diagram gives you solid sign-posts to determine if you are moving in the right direction: Life becomes a practice, where things appear as opportunities for development rather than problems or hindrances; I becomes We, instead of reverting back to Me; Next, we start living deeply with more understanding of the interconnected nature of things; Finally, seeing how the “other” is really us, we develop the desire to be of service to others as they are in essence ourselves and bring that ethos to our families and communities. The result is a profound shift in personal consciousness which leads to significant societal transformation for the benefit of all.

I’ve travelled this path myself and in the course of doing so I have found various resources to be most helpful.  I would like to share them with you.  In my experience, successful navigation of the road to enlightenment requires a holistic approach which unites best practices of heart and mind.  Specifically, I believe there are four major pillars which help us achieve interconnectedness in all aspects of our lives and when all four quadrants are fully developed and working together, great things can happen:

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  • Systems Thinking is a set of tools and thinking approaches that are holistic in nature. It is meant to see the connections between people, events, issues, and more that are present in any given situation. When we learn to think in a Systems approach, we learn to expand our field of view and see all the moving and interconnecting parts in any given problem or opportunity and therefore are more likely to make more effective decisions and create better solutions.
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Harmony -The 24/7 always on realities of our modern life styles are putting great strain on our health. Too many of us are living with high levels of stress caused by rapid changes in technology and globalization. We now know that these mental stressors have a direct effect on the health of our bodies. Fortunately, ancient wisdom has given us solutions such as meditation, mindfulness practice, along with modern concepts from the field of psychology such as emotional intelligence, which allow us to regain control of our mental and physical health. We are also (re) learning how our thoughts actually create our physical reality – our bodies and everything in our physical experience. When we harness those skills, we effectively create and control our world.
  • Leveraging the World’s Knowledge and Wisdom – The Internet is allowing anyone to access the world’s collective knowledge and wisdom at a touch of a button. This is unprecedented in human history. We have shown that people and societies dramatically advance when they are able to acquire and share knowledge more quickly. Think of how the renaissance took hold once the printing press arrived and how technological advancement accelerated with the world-wide patent system allowing knowledge and ideas to more freely enter the public domain. Most of us are only scratching the surface in what the access to this endless pool of knowledge and wisdom can do for us. Think Smarter World will show you many ways to access the best aspects of this vast treasure trove.
  • Unity Consciousness – Despite our significant levels of technology and wealth, as a global society, we seem unable to solve major challenges – poverty, homlessness, climate change, rising income inequality, armed conflict, global financial instability, and more. There are certainly many caring people who are trying their best to alleviate the issues, but frankly, they are vastly outnumbered by those who continue to thrive on the principles of “Us vs. Them, “Winning is Everything” and “It’s Not My Problem”. But the forgotten reality is that “We are actually Them”, in fact we are the same. This is Oneness in a nutshell and what major spiritual traditions have told us for thousands of years. Over the last 80+ years though, various scientific disciplines (Quantum Physics, Neuroscience, Biology) have been showing that the ancient wisdom is actually true. This is matched with reports from the field of psychology of the existence of past lives, and from accounts of near death experiences that show our physical material world is just one aspect of our existence and underneath it all we are connected to each other and everything via an all encompassing energy field at the subatomic level. Us really is them! Once more of us understand this, it would be difficult for us to continue living the way we are. Solving the world’s problems would become much easier as we naturally came together as One people.

My book, Think Smarter in a Digitally Enabled World gives a complete overview of the four pillars in action.  You can download a free pdf copy when you sign up for the Think Smarter World newsletter and you can also get a hardcover, paperback, or kindle version on Amazon. An e-book version is also available on Apple iBooks.

A very complete set of resources can be found below, but for a more digestible and focused list to begin or enhance your journey, please see my articleResources for those Walking on the Path to Truthas a good place to start.

To deepen your knowledge further, here are recommended resources covering the four pillars of interconnectedness that will help you on your own personal journey towards enlightenment:

Systems Thinking


  • The Heart-Math Institute, Science of the Heart: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance
  • The Heart’s Note, by Stewart Pearce. The heart is the spiritual gateway to higher levels of consciousness and plays the critical role in achieving mind-body harmony. This is the “user’s manual that should have been included…”.
  • Hacking the Human Biofield – The 30-day Plan to Grow a New Body and Mind, by Dr. Alberto Villodo
  • The Quantum Diet (article), by NESHealth, Inc.
  • Dr Mercola Interviews Professor Gerald Pollack on the Fourth Phase of Water.  Your body consists of over 99 percent water molecules, but the water in your cells is not regular water, but highly structured water with special properties. There is a fourth phase of water, not H2O but H3O2, and can be called living water. It’s more viscous, dense, and alkaline than regular water; has a negative charge, and can hold energy, much like a battery, and deliver energy too. The key ingredient to create this highly structured water is light, i.e. electromagnetic energy, whether in the form of visible light, or infrared wavelengths, which we’re surrounded by all the time.
  •  – GreenMedInfo is dedicated to providing evidence-based natural medical information. If you want to approach health from a natural, holistic basis with well written and researched information to guide you, then this site is a must.

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Unity Consciousness

Here are core Think Smarter World articles that speak to the elevation of consciousness: