April 7th, 2021

Episode #18 of the psychedelic leadership podcast

Ep.18: The 5 Massive Benefits of Flow States for Entrepreneurs + What's A Microdosing Mastermind?

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In this Episode Laura Dawn dives into 5 of the main hallmarks of the flow state experience and outlines 5 massive benefits entrepreneurs can experience from tapping into more flow, and how cultivating a mindful microdosing routine might help get you there a little easier.

How do you know when you’re in flow?

 

If there was a method that you could learn to feel more inspired, feel more alive and on purpose, think more creatively, become more productive, learn more rapidly, and feel like you have more time and patience, and in the process strengthened physical, mental and emotional resilience, would you take the time to learn about this methodology and train yourself to embody it?

These are the massive benefits of tapping into flow states.

In this episode Laura Dawn explores 5 characteristics of flow states, and the 5 massive benefits you can experience from flow, which is especially worth paying attention to if you are an entrepreneur, or cultivating your thought-leadership. You can learn to leverage a conscious microdosing practice to experience more flow, which is what Laura Dawn will be teaching in her upcoming 3-month microdosing mastermind program she’s specifically designed for entrepreneurs.

If there was a method that you could learn to feel more inspired, feel more alive and on purpose, think more creatively, become more productive, learn more rapidly, and feel like you have more time and patience, and in the process strengthened physical, mental and emotional resilience, would you take the time to learn about this methodology and train yourself to embody it? 

These are the benefits of tapping into flow states. 

If you’re an entrepreneur or a transformational coach or guide building your platform to expand your reach of influence and cultivate your thought-leadership, or you’re trying to get any kind of significant project off the ground that helps elevate consciousness, and you also happen to be on the plant medicine path, this episode is 100% for you. 

Because I  want to support you in:

A: Cultivating your capacity to hold a clear inner vision of what it is you feel called to show up and create, and 

B: effectively transmute that inner vision and anchor it into reality. 

And this process is what I consider to be a shamanic path of visionary leadership. And this process requires us to expand the boundaries of who we think we are, and what we think we’re capable of and take a mental leap of faith to hold a vision that doesn’t yet exist, and then have the courage to take action and make that vision a reality. 

And when you really think about it, this is a deeply mystical and shamanic process because everything we create, everything that takes form in this solid 3D reality, was first residing in the unseen realms of possibility.  

And I believe that sacred plant medicines and psychedelics help us tune into and bridge the unseen realms: the spirit realm, some might call it the quantum realm, with this dimension, the realm we perceive with our eyes. 

And I see our bodies as the conduit of creation, it’s how we literally translate our ideas from the unseen realm, into this dimension of reality. 

And it’s worth highlighting that that’s also what creativity is. 

As Chase Jarvis, founder of Creative Live says, creativity is our ability to make our ideas manifest in the world

And if you want your ideas to ripple out and influence change, then that absolutely requires combining creativity with visionary leadership.  

And so I see my own life, my mind and body as this conduit, this channel of creation, of creativity, and the more I learn to open to it, and strengthen my capacity to channel this creative life force, increasing my physical, mental and emotional resilience, the more influential I can actually become. 

And I’m not talking about getting more followers on Instagram, like, not to discredit that, which is totally fine too, but what I’m really talking about here is cultivating the path of leadership to physically, mentally and emotionally become a human being who can contribute to a more harmonious, sustainable, kind and equitable chapter of human history, where we are strong enough to hold space for this period of tumultuous transition we are collectively moving through, supporting people through this intense portal of transformation, because that’s what’s really being called for and needed right now.  

So in this episode, I want to talk about opening ourselves up to this channel, and tapping into this powerful life-force to influence positive change, and I want to do that by talking about flow states. 

Because after building my first online brand to over a million and a half followers on Facebook, after building a Volcanic hot spring retreat center from scratch starting with nothing but a raw 10 acres of land, after building my email list for my last health and wellness business to over 25,000 email subscribers, after writing two published books, and building a successful coaching and retreat business, I can tell you from personal experience that anchoring your inner visions into reality does actually require a significant amount of effort and dedicated focus, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. 

And the path of the visionary entrepreneur is not always easy, but it’s 100% worth it.

And often when we reflect back, most of us can say that our most rewarding life experiences we’re also the most challenging. There are innumerable gifts inherent in transmuting our roadblocks and difficulties into stepping stones of growth, transformation, and opportunity.  

There’s this quote from Csikszentmihalyi that sums this up so well, he says: “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

And I personally find it even more rewarding when I look at it through this lens of shamanic visionary leadership. And also looking at flow not just from the perspective of science and research, which of course I love, but from the mystical perspective as well.  So I want to share with you literally my all time favorite quote from Patanjali that completely sums up how I experience flow states from this mystical perspective. He said: 

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, 

Some extraordinary project,

All of your thoughts break their bonds

Your mind transcends limitation;

Your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, 

great and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and 

talents become alive

And you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

And that’s really it in a nutshell for me. And I don’t think there is anything more satisfying to me than holding a vision in my mind and then making that vision a reality. 

And when we tap into flow states, we’re moved by a force greater than ourselves, and we’re carried by the river, and it’s kind of like pushing the easy button in a way, although, from my experience, it does take quite a lot of intention to consciously craft a framework that allows us to align with this flow of energy more frequently. 

And over the years, I’ve had so many people ask me how I’ve managed to do everything I do, and accomplish the things that I have, and I still have people asking me this. And I 100% attribute my success (and I’m talking about aligning with my version, my definition of success, which certainly doesn’t line up to conventional definitions of success, I’ve lived off-grid for over 15 years and poop in a compost toilet, so just saying,) but I attribute aligning with my definition of success to the work I’ve done with plant medicines including microdosing, because they’ve taught me and continue to teach me what it means to be a visionary, and how to craft my life as a launchpad for tapping into flow states and dance with the frequency inspiration in my life. 

Ok so let’s get into this flow…

Let’s talk about how flow is defined, and then I’m going to highlight 5 key characteristics of the flow state and illuminate why this is important to pay attention to. Then I’ll share 5 huge benefits of flow, especially if you’re an entrepreneur and then I’m going to share about my upcoming Microdosing Mastermind at the end of this episode and I’ll leave you with a song called This Day was Made for You by my dear brother Luke Kohen, dropping in with some conscious hip hop vibes at the end. 

OK so, the term FLOW was First coined by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi in the 70’s, and I just want to acknowledge that more recently, people like Steve Kotler and Jamie Wheal have really contributed a lot to the field as well. 

So, flow has been defined in a number of ways, but this is how I describe it. 

“Flow is an enhanced and optimal state of consciousness, where you drop into an incredibly coherent state of mind-body alignment which allows you to tap into a channel of energy that has the potential to unlock optimal performance.”

So what are the hallmarks of the flow experience? And why is it worth taking the time to outline what some of these distinct characteristics are? 

This is important because the more you know what to look for, the more you draw that experience into your reality. And that’s not woo, and don’t get me wrong, I get down with woo, but that’s actually neuroscience. 

So when I point to something and say, look at this, start paying more attention to this, what you’re doing is you’re training your mind to look for those experiences. 

And if you train your mind to look for it and identify it, the more self-aware you become, the more you can leverage this self-awareness to experience more of it. 

And so we’re also training the mind to pay more attention to what you’re paying attention to. And this is also crucial. Because what you pay attention to becomes the content for which you literally craft the story of your life. Your awareness is the most powerful asset you have, so what you pay attention to matters. So we’re cultivating our capacity to pay more attention to flow. 

Ok so let’s look at just a few of the characteristics of these flow state experiences, and as I’m running through them I really invite you to reflect on and think about the last time you might have experienced any one of these. 

The flow state can be characterized by: 

  1. A feeling of energized focus. So it’s this intense concentration and full immersion in what you are doing in the present moment, which is why some people define flow states as the deep now. 
  2. So as a result of this, there’s a strong tendency to tune out of your surroundings, which means that you lose sense of space and time. So there’s this sense of time distortion, or timelessness, either slowing down or speeding up. 
  3. And in this process of losing sense of space and time, you can also lose your sense of Self, the ego construct of I. And for a period of time it’s like your ditching your inner critic.  
  4. And because you are fully involved and completely immersed in whatever you’re doing, this means that action (body) and awareness (mind) start merging into one, like one open channel, which comes back to my definition of getting into a really coherent state of body-mind alignment. 
  5. The activity itself is intrinsically rewarding. So this is where we become process-oriented rather than destination-driven. And so flow can increase a sense of satisfaction and intrinsic drive and motivation. (So any entrepreneurs listening to this don’t need me to tell you the benefits of that.) 
  1. Two things I’ll briefly say about this last point, just because I love connecting dots, which I also do through specific mind mapping techniques, and these are invaluable tools to learn if you want to cultivate your thought-leadership, because being a thought-leader means that you’re connecting existing dots in a novel way to share a unique perspective that brings value and meaning into people’s lives. And I teach some of these techniques in my microdosing mastermind program. 

First, flow states trains us to become more process-oriented rather than destination-driven, there’s an overlapping circle here between flow states with Carol Dweck’s work that looks at cultivating a growth mindset over a fixed mindset, because one of the hallmarks of a growth mindset is enjoying the process rather than doing something because it’s going to bring an end result. 

And the second thing I’ll briefly point out is that research on behavior change shows that the more you’re process-oriented rather than goal or destination-oriented, the easier it is to adopt new behaviors or habits. 

So I just covered 5 characteristics, and this quote from Csíkszentmihályi sums it up pretty nicely. He says: 

“The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” 

Although I like this quote there’s still an element missing for me, which is this notion of tapping into some kind of force that’s greater than ourselves. 

And so Steve Kotler and Jamie Wheal sum up the flow experience with the acronym STER, 

  • Selflessness
  • Timelessness
  • Effortlessness
  • Richness 

But I like to add a D on the end of that for Divinity, or a connection to a universal life-force, some intelligence that’s greater than us. 

So in this process, we’re silencing our inner critic, stepping out of our own way, and connecting to what some might call a higher power and we get carried by this river or channel of energy and what we do becomes more effortless.

So again, I’m highlighting these characteristics so you can learn to pay more attention to them. And actually, a lot of the data that comes from flow research is through self-assessment, you either know you’re having these experiences or not. So yes, self-assessment is also scientifically valid, but that aside, what you’re doing here is enhancing self-awareness. 

And yes, there is a ton of research and information about how to tap into flow more regularly in our lives, like flow triggers and practices that help you get into a more coherent mind-body state, which I do cover in my microdosing mastermind, but it really starts with this self-awareness and knowing what to look for and training your mind to pay more attention to it.  

So when we look at “Flow as this enhanced and optimal state of consciousness, where we step out of our own way and connect to something greater than ourselves, and unlock optimal performance, it’s not hard to imagine that the benefits are incredibly far-reaching.

But there are specifically 5 benefits that I do want to take the time to cover here. And this again, is really worth paying attention to, especially if you’re an entrepreneur.

So the 5 benefits of flow we’re going to cover here are: 

  1. Learning more quickly, pretty essential in this time when we’re drowning in information. 
  2. Thinking more creatively and why that is so crucial, especially for navigating today’s constant curveballs
  3. Improving productivity, which I like to frame in a slightly different way, which is more like energy in, versus energy out ratio. 
  4. The benefits of timelessness
  5. Increases in life satisfaction, which is huge, and this is really about connecting to a genuine feeling of living a meaningful life, and a deeper cultivation of wisdom, and there’s actually research that backs this. 

So there’s a lot I can go into within each of these 5, because with advancement in technology, and flow state research we have a much better understanding of what’s going on under-the-hood so to speak. So there are neurochemical changes that take place, shifts in brain function like the hypofrontality for example where the Prefrontal Cortex quiets down, changes in the Default mode network, changes in brainwave states that take places, so I’m not going to go into the underlying mechanisms in this episode, although I do cover this in my microdosing mastermind, 

So I’m just focusing on the benefits here, and I’ll keep each point fairly brief, for time’s sake. 

So in your mind’s eye, think of the first three, learning, creativity, or creative thinking and productivity as 3 overlapping circles. They all overlap and benefit each other. 

So first, when you tap into flow, you increase your capacity to learn more quickly. And what I find interesting is that there are definitely some strong overlaps between flow states and psychedelics, and similar to the psychedelic experience, there’s an opening of the “reduction valve” as Aldous Huxley called it in the Doors to Perception. 

So when we’re in normal waking consciousness, we’re operating from the conscious mind, which is actually really slow. And when we’re in flow, we can leverage the power of the subconscious mind which has the ability to process information a lot more quickly, in shorter time frames, and more efficiently. 

And so whenever there are really big benefits to be gained especially that lend themselves towards optimal performance, of course, the military wants to know about it, and the US military has spent a ton of money on learning how to hack flow. 

And military found that when they induced flow states in people training as snipers, that learning rates increased by 470%, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. 

The military also found that when they’re training someone to learn a new language, because they will be deployed in another country, they could cut learning time in half, from 6 months down to 3 months. 

So part of the reason flow improves learning speed is because, first of all, we’re in a state of heightened perception, so salience also goes up, pattern recognition also goes up, so we’re able to connect more dots more rapidly, which lends itself to creative problem solving, and of course productivity, and secondly, whenever there’s more neurochemicals available while we’re learning something, we’re more likely to remember it, and there’s more chance it moves from short-term working memory towards long-term memory storage. 

So #1 was increases in learning speed and efficiency.

Next, let’s talk about #2 which is enhanced creative thinking or creative problem-solving. 

So as some of you already know, I am super passionate about shifting the cultural narrative around creativity, and for good reason. Creativity is massively mis-understood. Creative thinking refers to how people approach problems and solutions—their capacity to put existing ideas together in new combinations, which is absolutely crucial if you’re cultivating yourself as a thought-leader. 

According to the world’s top 1500 CEOs, creative thinking is now being called one of the most important skillsets, which it’s actually more of a mindset, that we need to cultivate to thrive in the 21st century. As experts now call this a VUCA world we live in, which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, which some people say leads to another A, anxiety. 

As Chase Jarvise, founder of Creative Live says, which sums it up nicely,  “We’re entering a new era where creative thinking will be the most important, most valuable skill anyone can possess.” 

So if you don’t want a robot to replace you, which is happening much more rapidly than people realize, cultivating your capacity to think more creatively is what’s going to set you apart. The challenge is, almost all of us are products of an industrialized education system that fostered convergent over divergent thinking skills, so we’ve trained our minds to literally think inside the box and search for the 1 solution that someone else laid out for us, rather than learning divergent thinking skills which allows us to explore a range of creative solutions to any given challenge or problem we face. 

So Research done by The Flow Genome Project found flow can amplify creativity by 400% to 700%. And there was another Mckinsey study done on flow and they found that flow can cause 200% boost in creativity

So how do we measure this? One way has been through the use of the 9 dot test, which essentially just imagine a grid of 3 dots by 3 dots, for a totally of 9 dots, and you need  connect all 9 dots with 4 lines without lifting your pen or pencil.  

Normally, less than 5% of people can do it. 

When people are sort of put into an induced flow state through transcranial neurostimulation, which contributes towards quieting the PFC and lends itself towards heightened pattern recognition 43% do it in record time. Now that’s a big difference. And for those of you interested in transcranial neurostimulation, I talk about this with Dr. Baldar Onarheim who’s a professor and a PhD in the neuroscience of creativity and the founder of PlatoWorks, we cover this in episode #11 of this podcast. And we cover advanced tools and technologies like this in my microdosing mastermind. 

In a study led by Teresa Amabile (which I never know how to pronounce her last name) She’s from Harvard discovered that people aren’t only more creative in flow, but for a day or two after flow. 

So flow states don’t just train the brain to be more creative in the moment we’re in flow, we’re training the brain to be more creative over time, because we’re training a state of mind. Because creative thinking is not a fixed but rather a fluid state of mind, and we touch on this in episode 5 with psychedelic scientist Manesh Girn, Titled this is your brain on psychedelics, and Manesh authored a paper called Updated a Dynamic framework of thought, creativity and psychedelics (co-authored by Robin Carhart Harris) and Manesh is one of the guest speakers for this upcoming Microdosing Mastermind. 

So #1 was improving our capacity to learn more quickly, enhanced creative problem-solving. 

Ok third, let’s briefly touch on productivity. 

Think of flow as like a powerful key to unlocking intrinsic motivation, which is truly the best kind of force we can tap into as creators, entrepreneurs, leaders, change-makers, you name it.  

So according to research conducted by John Hagel (co-founder of Deloitte consulting Center for the Edge)

They conducted a global study of the world’s most innovative, high-performing business teams — meaning the most motivated teams on the planet— he found that “the individuals and the organizations who went the farthest the fastest were always the ones tapping into passion and finding flow.”

Another McKinsey study found that if you can increase flow by 15% (1-5 percent) you can double workplace productivity. Which again, that’s huge implications for flow. 

#4 There are huge benefits of Timelessness, which again is one of the hallmarks of the flow state experience, 

And Research conducted by Melanie Rudd, from the University of Houston found that an experience of timelessness is so powerful it shapes behavior. When people experienced this sense of timelessness they felt:

  1. They feel like they have more time available to them (which I mean, who wouldn’t want that these days) 
  2. People also report feeling Less impatient 
  3. More willing to volunteer to help others
  4. Preferred experiences over material possessions
  5. Experienced a greater boost of life satisfaction.

Ok so lastly, let’s cover #5 which is about how flow can improve overall life-satisfaction, and well-being in a multitude of ways. 

So remember when I said the term FLOW was First coined by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi in the 70’s. Well one of the foundations of positive psychology is looking at this question of what really constitutes a good life? 

Defined by Peterson in 2008, “Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living”. 

And so it’s interesting to note that flow research is one of the avenues that points towards what this question is asking, of what makes life worth living? And how we cultivate a deeper sense of meaning in our lives. And so viewed through the lens of flow and what the research points to,  “a goodlife is one that is characterized by complete absorption in what one does” and that’s a direct quote from the book Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology, the collected works of Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi 

And so this research I’m about to share with you is super interesting. It was research done by Bob Kegan who is a Harvard Psychologist, and he tracked a group of adults for 3 decades while they aged to see how they changed over that time period.  

And what he found was that most people stayed relatively the same in a lot of ways, but a select few achieved meaningful growth. 

So most adults stay in this category he calls “Self-Authoring” (which is considered just generally well-adjusted adulthood, what’s sometimes referred to as “healthy normal”) 

But then there’s about 5% of people who move beyond “self-authoring” to a stage called “Self-Transforming” — which is associated with the cultivation of more wisdom, heightened empathy, an expanded capacity to hold differing and conflicting perspectives, and also enhanced flexibility in how you think of yourself, just to name a few. 

So what’s super interesting about Kegan’s research is that when he looked at that 5% what he found was that a very high percentage of them had some kind of practice that helped induce flow states (whether they were aware of it or not) often beginning with psychedelics and then they went on to make practices like meditation, or martial arts and other state-shifting practices a central part of their lives. 

Many of those 5% er’s described their frequent access to non-ordinary states their turbo-button for their self-development. And this also really deepened their sense of meaning and purpose. 

And so this is kind of similar to Abraham Maslow’s work who also noticed that the more peak experiences a person had, the closer they came to self-actualization (his term for those upper stages of development). 

And peak experiences are not the exact same thing as flow states, but there is a large overlap between them. 

Research also points to how flow states can help support Better emotional regulation: Flow can help people develop skills, particularly the cultivation of emotional complexity that allows them to regulate their emotions more effectively which again, has far-reaching benefits, and can also lend itself to a great sense of life satisfaction. 

Ok so just to recap, flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we have the capacity to really enhance both physical and mental performance. And in flow states we tend to learn more quickly, think more creatively, unlock intrinsic motivation, which essentially makes it a hell of a lot easier to get shit done, And that whole experience of flow in and of itself is deeply rewarding and feels really freaking good. 

So, I mentioned that there is an overlap between psychedelics and flow states. I’ve had some profound life-shifting experiences tapping into flow states through deeper dives with plant medicines that have fundamentally changed my life, particularly through the career choices I’m making and the path I’m choosing and the programs I’ve created, and who I choose to work with now. To say that those experiences have shaped me would be an understatement. 

 

And so I’m not going to go into how or why psychedelics or microdosing can trigger flow, except to share this one quote from  Oxford professor of neuropsychology Molly Crockett who explained: “Attending festivals like Burning Man, practicing meditation, being in flow, or taking psychedelic drugs rely on shared neural substrates. What many of these routes have in common is activation of the serotonin system.”

So without going into the underlying neural mechanisms here, keep in mind that self-assessment is a powerful tool and indicator of flow states, I mean you either feel it or you don’t. 

And so I want to just share a personal experience of what I noticed when I started leveraging my microdosing practice to tap into flow states. 

So it actually just initially started to happen more intuitively, I wasn’t really intentionally saying to myself, this is a microdosing practice to tap into flow. But the more I noticed an increase in flow, the more I started seeking out information and research about it, the more I started understanding all of the underlying mechanisms, then I really started to refine and tweak and consciously cultivate microdosing morning ritual to act as a launchpad for flow states. 

So a few years back, I was taking one of Joe Dispenza’s online courses. And for the first couple weeks, I was watching the videos and taking notes, line by line, in this linear fashion, and it took quite a long time to take the notes, learn and really understand the content. 

About halfway through the course, I started microdosing protocol with banisteriopsis caapi, which is ayahuasca vine, which requires a disclaimer here, which I’ll just sum up by saying there are risks to microdosing, and there are more risks to microdosing ayahuasca vine, and I just recommend that if you’re interested in microdosing banisteriopsis caapi, work with an experienced practitioner, and feel free to get in touch with me about that. 

Ok, so within a couple of weeks, what I started to notice was that my note-taking shifted from this linear way of thinking, it literally transformed from taking notes line by line, towards mind-mapping and diagrams, and it honestly wasn’t really intentional, I just watched it happen. 

And I had this, like, fascinating meta-awareness of my own mind, like I was watching my mind learn more rapidly, I was connecting dots in a way I hadn’t been before. Pattern recognition was way up. And I was able to cut my own note-taking time in half, which when I saw that research from the military stating that learning time for a new language was cut in half, that totally jumped out at me because I had had a super similar experience. 

And not only was I learning more quickly, connecting new dots in my mind between what Joe Dispenza was teaching with other concepts from Eastern Philosophy and psychedelic research for example, I was able to understand concepts more effectively and as a result, retain information more efficiently. 

So that whole experience, umm, let’s just say captivated my attention. And even though I’ve been someone who’s had a higher propensity towards experiencing flow states in my life, something really crystalized for me from that experience, and over that time I kept getting this message from some deeper dives I was doing with plant medicines that I could really cultivate this skillset, and teach other people how to do the same. 

Because I really attribute so much of what I’ve created as an entrepreneur, to the work I’ve done with plant medicines, and leveraging these flow state experiences as a force for inspired creation. 

So if you are an entrepreneur, coach, or guide supporting people on their journey of transformation, and you’re on a mission to elevate consciousness and also building your business and growing your platform to expand your reach of positive influence in whatever shape or form that takes, I’d love to invite you to apply for my upcoming microdosing mastermind, which is a really special 3-month program that I already have some really amazing human beings coming together for this. 

And I just want to take a few moments to share a little bit about this program, and why I feel like it’s so special. 

So there’s three main overlapping circles:

  1. Microdosing 
  2. Optimal permanence, which of course includes flow states
  3. Entrepreneurship

Because most microdosing courses are really geared towards covering the basics, and this program is created and designed for people who want to deepen their microdosing practice, as a conscious practice, primarily for themselves, and pretty much everyone who’s signed up already because they are coaches or guides, either already doing this work with other people, or interested in that as a future possibility and want to go beyond the basics. 

And so I’m taking time to really cultivate a group of like-minded people who can show up for peer-to-peer support, so there’s a strong element of learning from each other, and of course, I’m going to be offering a lot of support from my 15 plus years of cultivating a microdosing practice.

And so we’re going to explore a model I created for microdosing morning rituals that are really geared towards creating a lifestyle that acts as a launchpad for inspired creation. And how you can leverage your microdosing flow to cultivate your thought leadership.  

So we’re going to cover more advanced tools, technologies, and techniques, like bio-tracking with different devices, working with transcranial neurostimulation, I’m going to teach you about Heart Rate variability and why that’s an important measure to track. I’m going to teach specific meditation practices that allow you to shift into what’s called brain synchronous alpha states and learn what I call the Biology of divine alignment, and how to train the body to get into a more coherent physiological state, which helps to open that portal into flow, 

So we’re really talking about a body-mind nervous system upgrade, and how this cultivates mental, emotional, and physical resilience, looking at mindsets that support you on your path. 

And then the really cool thing about this program is that there are 5 mastermind sessions where we’re going to dive into all things entrepreneurship. 

So of course the content of these sessions is going to depend on the group. But some of the topics we may cover are: 

  • How to align with your core message
  • How to refine and get more clear on your offering
  • How to price your offering, whether that’s 1-1 sessions, retreats, group sessions, online programs. 
  • Time management
  • Branding
  • Growing your email list. 
  • What online platforms to focus on
  • Cultivating your thought leadership in a specific niche

So not everything is going to apply to everyone, but these sessions will be tailored to the group, and people who are accepted into the program fill out a comprehensive intake form outlining areas you need support in. 

I’ll also be teaching you advanced creative tools and techniques so that you can cultivate your capacity to come up with novel solutions to some of the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.  

I consider this program to be life advanced Jedi training for warriors of the heart on plant medicine path who want to influence positive change. 

And these are all areas I have extensive experience in. 

Check out the Microdosing Mastermind here

 

If there was a method that you could learn to feel more inspired, feel more alive and on purpose, think more creatively, become more productive, learn more rapidly, and feel like you have more time and patience, and in the process strengthened physical, mental and emotional resilience, would you take the time to learn about this methodology and train yourself to embody it? 

These are the benefits of tapping into flow states. 

If you’re an entrepreneur or a transformational coach or guide building your platform to expand your reach of influence and cultivate your thought-leadership, or you’re trying to get any kind of significant project off the ground that helps elevate consciousness, and you also happen to be on the plant medicine path, this episode is 100% for you. 

Because I  want to support you in:

A: Cultivating your capacity to hold a clear inner vision of what it is you feel called to show up and create, and 

B: effectively transmute that inner vision and anchor it into reality. 

And this process is what I consider to be a shamanic path of visionary leadership. And this process requires us to expand the boundaries of who we think we are, and what we think we’re capable of and take a mental leap of faith to hold a vision that doesn’t yet exist, and then have the courage to take action and make that vision a reality. 

And when you really think about it, this is a deeply mystical and shamanic process because everything we create, everything that takes form in this solid 3D reality, was first residing in the unseen realms of possibility.  

And I believe that sacred plant medicines and psychedelics help us tune into and bridge the unseen realms: the spirit realm, some might call it the quantum realm, with this dimension, the realm we perceive with our eyes. 

And I see our bodies as the conduit of creation, it’s how we literally translate our ideas from the unseen realm, into this dimension of reality. 

And it’s worth highlighting that that’s also what creativity is. 

As Chase Jarvis, founder of Creative Live says, creativity is our ability to make our ideas manifest in the world

And if you want your ideas to ripple out and influence change, then that absolutely requires combining creativity with visionary leadership.  

And so I see my own life, my mind and body as this conduit, this channel of creation, of creativity, and the more I learn to open to it, and strengthen my capacity to channel this creative life force, increasing my physical, mental and emotional resilience, the more influential I can actually become. 

And I’m not talking about getting more followers on Instagram, like, not to discredit that, which is totally fine too, but what I’m really talking about here is cultivating the path of leadership to physically, mentally and emotionally become a human being who can contribute to a more harmonious, sustainable, kind and equitable chapter of human history, where we are strong enough to hold space for this period of tumultuous transition we are collectively moving through, supporting people through this intense portal of transformation, because that’s what’s really being called for and needed right now.  

So in this episode, I want to talk about opening ourselves up to this channel, and tapping into this powerful life-force to influence positive change, and I want to do that by talking about flow states. 

Because after building my first online brand to over a million and a half followers on Facebook, after building a Volcanic hot spring retreat center from scratch starting with nothing but a raw 10 acres of land, after building my email list for my last health and wellness business to over 25,000 email subscribers, after writing two published books, and building a successful coaching and retreat business, I can tell you from personal experience that anchoring your inner visions into reality does actually require a significant amount of effort and dedicated focus, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. 

And the path of the visionary entrepreneur is not always easy, but it’s 100% worth it.

And often when we reflect back, most of us can say that our most rewarding life experiences we’re also the most challenging. There are innumerable gifts inherent in transmuting our roadblocks and difficulties into stepping stones of growth, transformation, and opportunity.  

There’s this quote from Csikszentmihalyi that sums this up so well, he says: “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

And I personally find it even more rewarding when I look at it through this lens of shamanic visionary leadership. And also looking at flow not just from the perspective of science and research, which of course I love, but from the mystical perspective as well.  So I want to share with you literally my all time favorite quote from Patanjali that completely sums up how I experience flow states from this mystical perspective. He said: 

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, 

Some extraordinary project,

All of your thoughts break their bonds

Your mind transcends limitation;

Your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, 

great and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and 

talents become alive

And you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

And that’s really it in a nutshell for me. And I don’t think there is anything more satisfying to me than holding a vision in my mind and then making that vision a reality. 

And when we tap into flow states, we’re moved by a force greater than ourselves, and we’re carried by the river, and it’s kind of like pushing the easy button in a way, although, from my experience, it does take quite a lot of intention to consciously craft a framework that allows us to align with this flow of energy more frequently. 

And over the years, I’ve had so many people ask me how I’ve managed to do everything I do, and accomplish the things that I have, and I still have people asking me this. And I 100% attribute my success (and I’m talking about aligning with my version, my definition of success, which certainly doesn’t line up to conventional definitions of success, I’ve lived off-grid for over 15 years and poop in a compost toilet, so just saying,) but I attribute aligning with my definition of success to the work I’ve done with plant medicines including microdosing, because they’ve taught me and continue to teach me what it means to be a visionary, and how to craft my life as a launchpad for tapping into flow states and dance with the frequency inspiration in my life. 

Ok so let’s get into this flow…

Let’s talk about how flow is defined, and then I’m going to highlight 5 key characteristics of the flow state and illuminate why this is important to pay attention to. Then I’ll share 5 huge benefits of flow, especially if you’re an entrepreneur and then I’m going to share about my upcoming Microdosing Mastermind at the end of this episode and I’ll leave you with a song called This Day was Made for You by my dear brother Luke Kohen, dropping in with some conscious hip hop vibes at the end. 

OK so, the term FLOW was First coined by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi in the 70’s, and I just want to acknowledge that more recently, people like Steve Kotler and Jamie Wheal have really contributed a lot to the field as well. 

So, flow has been defined in a number of ways, but this is how I describe it. 

“Flow is an enhanced and optimal state of consciousness, where you drop into an incredibly coherent state of mind-body alignment which allows you to tap into a channel of energy that has the potential to unlock optimal performance.”

So what are the hallmarks of the flow experience? And why is it worth taking the time to outline what some of these distinct characteristics are? 

This is important because the more you know what to look for, the more you draw that experience into your reality. And that’s not woo, and don’t get me wrong, I get down with woo, but that’s actually neuroscience. 

So when I point to something and say, look at this, start paying more attention to this, what you’re doing is you’re training your mind to look for those experiences. 

And if you train your mind to look for it and identify it, the more self-aware you become, the more you can leverage this self-awareness to experience more of it. 

And so we’re also training the mind to pay more attention to what you’re paying attention to. And this is also crucial. Because what you pay attention to becomes the content for which you literally craft the story of your life. Your awareness is the most powerful asset you have, so what you pay attention to matters. So we’re cultivating our capacity to pay more attention to flow. 

Ok so let’s look at just a few of the characteristics of these flow state experiences, and as I’m running through them I really invite you to reflect on and think about the last time you might have experienced any one of these. 

The flow state can be characterized by: 

  1. A feeling of energized focus. So it’s this intense concentration and full immersion in what you are doing in the present moment, which is why some people define flow states as the deep now. 
  2. So as a result of this, there’s a strong tendency to tune out of your surroundings, which means that you lose sense of space and time. So there’s this sense of time distortion, or timelessness, either slowing down or speeding up. 
  3. And in this process of losing sense of space and time, you can also lose your sense of Self, the ego construct of I. And for a period of time it’s like your ditching your inner critic.  
  4. And because you are fully involved and completely immersed in whatever you’re doing, this means that action (body) and awareness (mind) start merging into one, like one open channel, which comes back to my definition of getting into a really coherent state of body-mind alignment. 
  5. The activity itself is intrinsically rewarding. So this is where we become process-oriented rather than destination-driven. And so flow can increase a sense of satisfaction and intrinsic drive and motivation. (So any entrepreneurs listening to this don’t need me to tell you the benefits of that.) 
  1. Two things I’ll briefly say about this last point, just because I love connecting dots, which I also do through specific mind mapping techniques, and these are invaluable tools to learn if you want to cultivate your thought-leadership, because being a thought-leader means that you’re connecting existing dots in a novel way to share a unique perspective that brings value and meaning into people’s lives. And I teach some of these techniques in my microdosing mastermind program. 

First, flow states trains us to become more process-oriented rather than destination-driven, there’s an overlapping circle here between flow states with Carol Dweck’s work that looks at cultivating a growth mindset over a fixed mindset, because one of the hallmarks of a growth mindset is enjoying the process rather than doing something because it’s going to bring an end result. 

And the second thing I’ll briefly point out is that research on behavior change shows that the more you’re process-oriented rather than goal or destination-oriented, the easier it is to adopt new behaviors or habits. 

So I just covered 5 characteristics, and this quote from Csíkszentmihályi sums it up pretty nicely. He says: 

“The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” 

Although I like this quote there’s still an element missing for me, which is this notion of tapping into some kind of force that’s greater than ourselves. 

And so Steve Kotler and Jamie Wheal sum up the flow experience with the acronym STER, 

  • Selflessness
  • Timelessness
  • Effortlessness
  • Richness 

But I like to add a D on the end of that for Divinity, or a connection to a universal life-force, some intelligence that’s greater than us. 

So in this process, we’re silencing our inner critic, stepping out of our own way, and connecting to what some might call a higher power and we get carried by this river or channel of energy and what we do becomes more effortless.

So again, I’m highlighting these characteristics so you can learn to pay more attention to them. And actually, a lot of the data that comes from flow research is through self-assessment, you either know you’re having these experiences or not. So yes, self-assessment is also scientifically valid, but that aside, what you’re doing here is enhancing self-awareness. 

And yes, there is a ton of research and information about how to tap into flow more regularly in our lives, like flow triggers and practices that help you get into a more coherent mind-body state, which I do cover in my microdosing mastermind, but it really starts with this self-awareness and knowing what to look for and training your mind to pay more attention to it.  

So when we look at “Flow as this enhanced and optimal state of consciousness, where we step out of our own way and connect to something greater than ourselves, and unlock optimal performance, it’s not hard to imagine that the benefits are incredibly far-reaching.

But there are specifically 5 benefits that I do want to take the time to cover here. And this again, is really worth paying attention to, especially if you’re an entrepreneur.

So the 5 benefits of flow we’re going to cover here are: 

  1. Learning more quickly, pretty essential in this time when we’re drowning in information. 
  2. Thinking more creatively and why that is so crucial, especially for navigating today’s constant curveballs
  3. Improving productivity, which I like to frame in a slightly different way, which is more like energy in, versus energy out ratio. 
  4. The benefits of timelessness
  5. Increases in life satisfaction, which is huge, and this is really about connecting to a genuine feeling of living a meaningful life, and a deeper cultivation of wisdom, and there’s actually research that backs this. 

So there’s a lot I can go into within each of these 5, because with advancement in technology, and flow state research we have a much better understanding of what’s going on under-the-hood so to speak. So there are neurochemical changes that take place, shifts in brain function like the hypofrontality for example where the Prefrontal Cortex quiets down, changes in the Default mode network, changes in brainwave states that take places, so I’m not going to go into the underlying mechanisms in this episode, although I do cover this in my microdosing mastermind, 

So I’m just focusing on the benefits here, and I’ll keep each point fairly brief, for time’s sake. 

So in your mind’s eye, think of the first three, learning, creativity, or creative thinking and productivity as 3 overlapping circles. They all overlap and benefit each other. 

So first, when you tap into flow, you increase your capacity to learn more quickly. And what I find interesting is that there are definitely some strong overlaps between flow states and psychedelics, and similar to the psychedelic experience, there’s an opening of the “reduction valve” as Aldous Huxley called it in the Doors to Perception. 

So when we’re in normal waking consciousness, we’re operating from the conscious mind, which is actually really slow. And when we’re in flow, we can leverage the power of the subconscious mind which has the ability to process information a lot more quickly, in shorter time frames, and more efficiently. 

And so whenever there are really big benefits to be gained especially that lend themselves towards optimal performance, of course, the military wants to know about it, and the US military has spent a ton of money on learning how to hack flow. 

And military found that when they induced flow states in people training as snipers, that learning rates increased by 470%, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. 

The military also found that when they’re training someone to learn a new language, because they will be deployed in another country, they could cut learning time in half, from 6 months down to 3 months. 

So part of the reason flow improves learning speed is because, first of all, we’re in a state of heightened perception, so salience also goes up, pattern recognition also goes up, so we’re able to connect more dots more rapidly, which lends itself to creative problem solving, and of course productivity, and secondly, whenever there’s more neurochemicals available while we’re learning something, we’re more likely to remember it, and there’s more chance it moves from short-term working memory towards long-term memory storage. 

So #1 was increases in learning speed and efficiency.

Next, let’s talk about #2 which is enhanced creative thinking or creative problem-solving. 

So as some of you already know, I am super passionate about shifting the cultural narrative around creativity, and for good reason. Creativity is massively mis-understood. Creative thinking refers to how people approach problems and solutions—their capacity to put existing ideas together in new combinations, which is absolutely crucial if you’re cultivating yourself as a thought-leader. 

According to the world’s top 1500 CEOs, creative thinking is now being called one of the most important skillsets, which it’s actually more of a mindset, that we need to cultivate to thrive in the 21st century. As experts now call this a VUCA world we live in, which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, which some people say leads to another A, anxiety. 

As Chase Jarvise, founder of Creative Live says, which sums it up nicely,  “We’re entering a new era where creative thinking will be the most important, most valuable skill anyone can possess.” 

So if you don’t want a robot to replace you, which is happening much more rapidly than people realize, cultivating your capacity to think more creatively is what’s going to set you apart. The challenge is, almost all of us are products of an industrialized education system that fostered convergent over divergent thinking skills, so we’ve trained our minds to literally think inside the box and search for the 1 solution that someone else laid out for us, rather than learning divergent thinking skills which allows us to explore a range of creative solutions to any given challenge or problem we face. 

So Research done by The Flow Genome Project found flow can amplify creativity by 400% to 700%. And there was another Mckinsey study done on flow and they found that flow can cause 200% boost in creativity

So how do we measure this? One way has been through the use of the 9 dot test, which essentially just imagine a grid of 3 dots by 3 dots, for a totally of 9 dots, and you need  connect all 9 dots with 4 lines without lifting your pen or pencil.  

Normally, less than 5% of people can do it. 

When people are sort of put into an induced flow state through transcranial neurostimulation, which contributes towards quieting the PFC and lends itself towards heightened pattern recognition 43% do it in record time. Now that’s a big difference. And for those of you interested in transcranial neurostimulation, I talk about this with Dr. Baldar Onarheim who’s a professor and a PhD in the neuroscience of creativity and the founder of PlatoWorks, we cover this in episode #11 of this podcast. And we cover advanced tools and technologies like this in my microdosing mastermind. 

In a study led by Teresa Amabile (which I never know how to pronounce her last name) She’s from Harvard discovered that people aren’t only more creative in flow, but for a day or two after flow. 

So flow states don’t just train the brain to be more creative in the moment we’re in flow, we’re training the brain to be more creative over time, because we’re training a state of mind. Because creative thinking is not a fixed but rather a fluid state of mind, and we touch on this in episode 5 with psychedelic scientist Manesh Girn, Titled this is your brain on psychedelics, and Manesh authored a paper called Updated a Dynamic framework of thought, creativity and psychedelics (co-authored by Robin Carhart Harris) and Manesh is one of the guest speakers for this upcoming Microdosing Mastermind. 

So #1 was improving our capacity to learn more quickly, enhanced creative problem-solving. 

Ok third, let’s briefly touch on productivity. 

Think of flow as like a powerful key to unlocking intrinsic motivation, which is truly the best kind of force we can tap into as creators, entrepreneurs, leaders, change-makers, you name it.  

So according to research conducted by John Hagel (co-founder of Deloitte consulting Center for the Edge)

They conducted a global study of the world’s most innovative, high-performing business teams — meaning the most motivated teams on the planet— he found that “the individuals and the organizations who went the farthest the fastest were always the ones tapping into passion and finding flow.”

Another McKinsey study found that if you can increase flow by 15% (1-5 percent) you can double workplace productivity. Which again, that’s huge implications for flow. 

#4 There are huge benefits of Timelessness, which again is one of the hallmarks of the flow state experience, 

And Research conducted by Melanie Rudd, from the University of Houston found that an experience of timelessness is so powerful it shapes behavior. When people experienced this sense of timelessness they felt:

  1. They feel like they have more time available to them (which I mean, who wouldn’t want that these days) 
  2. People also report feeling Less impatient 
  3. More willing to volunteer to help others
  4. Preferred experiences over material possessions
  5. Experienced a greater boost of life satisfaction.

Ok so lastly, let’s cover #5 which is about how flow can improve overall life-satisfaction, and well-being in a multitude of ways. 

So remember when I said the term FLOW was First coined by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi in the 70’s. Well one of the foundations of positive psychology is looking at this question of what really constitutes a good life? 

Defined by Peterson in 2008, “Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living”. 

And so it’s interesting to note that flow research is one of the avenues that points towards what this question is asking, of what makes life worth living? And how we cultivate a deeper sense of meaning in our lives. And so viewed through the lens of flow and what the research points to,  “a goodlife is one that is characterized by complete absorption in what one does” and that’s a direct quote from the book Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology, the collected works of Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi 

And so this research I’m about to share with you is super interesting. It was research done by Bob Kegan who is a Harvard Psychologist, and he tracked a group of adults for 3 decades while they aged to see how they changed over that time period.  

And what he found was that most people stayed relatively the same in a lot of ways, but a select few achieved meaningful growth. 

So most adults stay in this category he calls “Self-Authoring” (which is considered just generally well-adjusted adulthood, what’s sometimes referred to as “healthy normal”) 

But then there’s about 5% of people who move beyond “self-authoring” to a stage called “Self-Transforming” — which is associated with the cultivation of more wisdom, heightened empathy, an expanded capacity to hold differing and conflicting perspectives, and also enhanced flexibility in how you think of yourself, just to name a few. 

So what’s super interesting about Kegan’s research is that when he looked at that 5% what he found was that a very high percentage of them had some kind of practice that helped induce flow states (whether they were aware of it or not) often beginning with psychedelics and then they went on to make practices like meditation, or martial arts and other state-shifting practices a central part of their lives. 

Many of those 5% er’s described their frequent access to non-ordinary states their turbo-button for their self-development. And this also really deepened their sense of meaning and purpose. 

And so this is kind of similar to Abraham Maslow’s work who also noticed that the more peak experiences a person had, the closer they came to self-actualization (his term for those upper stages of development). 

And peak experiences are not the exact same thing as flow states, but there is a large overlap between them. 

Research also points to how flow states can help support Better emotional regulation: Flow can help people develop skills, particularly the cultivation of emotional complexity that allows them to regulate their emotions more effectively which again, has far-reaching benefits, and can also lend itself to a great sense of life satisfaction. 

Ok so just to recap, flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we have the capacity to really enhance both physical and mental performance. And in flow states we tend to learn more quickly, think more creatively, unlock intrinsic motivation, which essentially makes it a hell of a lot easier to get shit done, And that whole experience of flow in and of itself is deeply rewarding and feels really freaking good. 

So, I mentioned that there is an overlap between psychedelics and flow states. I’ve had some profound life-shifting experiences tapping into flow states through deeper dives with plant medicines that have fundamentally changed my life, particularly through the career choices I’m making and the path I’m choosing and the programs I’ve created, and who I choose to work with now. To say that those experiences have shaped me would be an understatement. 

 

And so I’m not going to go into how or why psychedelics or microdosing can trigger flow, except to share this one quote from  Oxford professor of neuropsychology Molly Crockett who explained: “Attending festivals like Burning Man, practicing meditation, being in flow, or taking psychedelic drugs rely on shared neural substrates. What many of these routes have in common is activation of the serotonin system.”

So without going into the underlying neural mechanisms here, keep in mind that self-assessment is a powerful tool and indicator of flow states, I mean you either feel it or you don’t. 

And so I want to just share a personal experience of what I noticed when I started leveraging my microdosing practice to tap into flow states. 

So it actually just initially started to happen more intuitively, I wasn’t really intentionally saying to myself, this is a microdosing practice to tap into flow. But the more I noticed an increase in flow, the more I started seeking out information and research about it, the more I started understanding all of the underlying mechanisms, then I really started to refine and tweak and consciously cultivate microdosing morning ritual to act as a launchpad for flow states. 

So a few years back, I was taking one of Joe Dispenza’s online courses. And for the first couple weeks, I was watching the videos and taking notes, line by line, in this linear fashion, and it took quite a long time to take the notes, learn and really understand the content. 

About halfway through the course, I started microdosing protocol with banisteriopsis caapi, which is ayahuasca vine, which requires a disclaimer here, which I’ll just sum up by saying there are risks to microdosing, and there are more risks to microdosing ayahuasca vine, and I just recommend that if you’re interested in microdosing banisteriopsis caapi, work with an experienced practitioner, and feel free to get in touch with me about that. 

Ok, so within a couple of weeks, what I started to notice was that my note-taking shifted from this linear way of thinking, it literally transformed from taking notes line by line, towards mind-mapping and diagrams, and it honestly wasn’t really intentional, I just watched it happen. 

And I had this, like, fascinating meta-awareness of my own mind, like I was watching my mind learn more rapidly, I was connecting dots in a way I hadn’t been before. Pattern recognition was way up. And I was able to cut my own note-taking time in half, which when I saw that research from the military stating that learning time for a new language was cut in half, that totally jumped out at me because I had had a super similar experience. 

And not only was I learning more quickly, connecting new dots in my mind between what Joe Dispenza was teaching with other concepts from Eastern Philosophy and psychedelic research for example, I was able to understand concepts more effectively and as a result, retain information more efficiently. 

So that whole experience, umm, let’s just say captivated my attention. And even though I’ve been someone who’s had a higher propensity towards experiencing flow states in my life, something really crystalized for me from that experience, and over that time I kept getting this message from some deeper dives I was doing with plant medicines that I could really cultivate this skillset, and teach other people how to do the same. 

Because I really attribute so much of what I’ve created as an entrepreneur, to the work I’ve done with plant medicines, and leveraging these flow state experiences as a force for inspired creation. 

So if you are an entrepreneur, coach, or guide supporting people on their journey of transformation, and you’re on a mission to elevate consciousness and also building your business and growing your platform to expand your reach of positive influence in whatever shape or form that takes, I’d love to invite you to apply for my upcoming microdosing mastermind, which is a really special 3-month program that I already have some really amazing human beings coming together for this. 

And I just want to take a few moments to share a little bit about this program, and why I feel like it’s so special. 

So there’s three main overlapping circles:

  1. Microdosing 
  2. Optimal permanence, which of course includes flow states
  3. Entrepreneurship

Because most microdosing courses are really geared towards covering the basics, and this program is created and designed for people who want to deepen their microdosing practice, as a conscious practice, primarily for themselves, and pretty much everyone who’s signed up already because they are coaches or guides, either already doing this work with other people, or interested in that as a future possibility and want to go beyond the basics. 

And so I’m taking time to really cultivate a group of like-minded people who can show up for peer-to-peer support, so there’s a strong element of learning from each other, and of course, I’m going to be offering a lot of support from my 15 plus years of cultivating a microdosing practice.

And so we’re going to explore a model I created for microdosing morning rituals that are really geared towards creating a lifestyle that acts as a launchpad for inspired creation. And how you can leverage your microdosing flow to cultivate your thought leadership.  

So we’re going to cover more advanced tools, technologies, and techniques, like bio-tracking with different devices, working with transcranial neurostimulation, I’m going to teach you about Heart Rate variability and why that’s an important measure to track. I’m going to teach specific meditation practices that allow you to shift into what’s called brain synchronous alpha states and learn what I call the Biology of divine alignment, and how to train the body to get into a more coherent physiological state, which helps to open that portal into flow, 

So we’re really talking about a body-mind nervous system upgrade, and how this cultivates mental, emotional, and physical resilience, looking at mindsets that support you on your path. 

And then the really cool thing about this program is that there are 5 mastermind sessions where we’re going to dive into all things entrepreneurship. 

So of course the content of these sessions is going to depend on the group. But some of the topics we may cover are: 

  • How to align with your core message
  • How to refine and get more clear on your offering
  • How to price your offering, whether that’s 1-1 sessions, retreats, group sessions, online programs. 
  • Time management
  • Branding
  • Growing your email list. 
  • What online platforms to focus on
  • Cultivating your thought leadership in a specific niche

So not everything is going to apply to everyone, but these sessions will be tailored to the group, and people who are accepted into the program fill out a comprehensive intake form outlining areas you need support in. 

I’ll also be teaching you advanced creative tools and techniques so that you can cultivate your capacity to come up with novel solutions to some of the challenges we all face in our personal and professional lives.  

I consider this program to be life advanced Jedi training for warriors of the heart on plant medicine path who want to influence positive change. 

And these are all areas I have extensive experience in. 

Check out the Microdosing Mastermind here

 

Laura Dawn Biography

Microdosing mentor, visionary life coach and business consultant, author, and international speaker, Laura Dawn has been leading transformational retreats for over 10 years. She teaches business leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers how to mindfully explore psychedelics and sacred plant medicines as powerful visionary tools for inner transformation and creative manifestation, inspiring you to embark on the path of heart-centered leadership to influence real change. LD is pursuing a Masters in Science specializing in Creativity Studies & Change Leadership, exploring the intersection between psychedelics and creative problem-solving to unlock innovative solutions to the complex challenges we collectively face.

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