Thursday, 28 November 2013

Your Ethical / Green Company on Ecosystems
A Biomimetic Model to Achieve Positive Macro Economic Results and Environmental Symbiosis via Ecosystems

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“It is now clear to me that the family is a microcosm of the world. To understand the world, we can study the family: issues such as power, intimacy, autonomy, trust, and communication skills are vital parts underlying how we live in the world. To change the world is to change the family.”
~ Virginia Satir
Source: Quotes: Quotation by Virginia Satir It_is_now_clear_to_me_that_the. (n.d.). Columbia World of Quotations. Retrieved November 28, 2013, from website:

Isn’t your company like your other family? PeapodLife certainly feels this way. As a small business initiative with a revolutionary paradigm of working, healing, learning and living, we know the bonds we share as a team and the dynamic we foster as a company create our future and the world around us.

If your company is anything like ours, your goals are somewhat grandiose (and include changing the world for the better). As a “Green/Ethical” business leader, you will no-doubt recognize how such bonds and collective visions come from the heart; they are our core values which inform all we do.

What if there was a way to create an enhanced microcosm for your corporate family, which naturally supported the fundamental core values of you, your employees, and all who visit your place of business?

What if you could have a microcosm of collective symbiosis and harmony? Could it, in the final analysis, be what is standing between you and your ethical/green macroeconomic and ecological goals?

Let’s use a biomimetic model to explore the nature of ecosystems at the micro and macrocosmic levels, and see what fruit such nature-inspired analysis produces.

Image by PeapodLife: Your Company on Ecosystems: 
Biomimetic Model to Achieve Positive Macro Economic Results and Environmental Symbiosis via Ecosystems

  1. HEART: This is the real source of our Core Values, along with Inspiration, Intuition, Feeling, Compassion and all those things that haven’t mattered in a purely logical, purely profit-driven models of business. It is also the source of our drive; our passion.

  2. MIND: Here our intellect is informed by our core values, feelings, senses of right and wrong, etc. and we manage the occasional profound thought, brilliant idea, or inspired strategy (in between the incessant non-stop thinking of our mechanical intellectual mind).

  3. ACTIONS: within the Company, when informed by the core values and other faculties of our heart-mind, are aligned with those core values reflect our higher selves; our greatest potential.

  4. RESULTS: for the Company will reflect our core values; our greatest potential.

  5. POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL FEEDBACK: from the macro environment is inevitable (although will not always be the case as some in the macro environment will not share our core values). This will produce a positive feedback loop which will affect the Company’s internal environment and ultimately the heart-minds of all the employees.

Here we see a logical outcome: to achieve your green/ethical macro economic, social and ecological targets, you need only model your company after the fundamental building blocks of life itself: the living cell.

So what about the status quo? The above analysis is all well and good, but exactly why should you make the investment in ecosystems of all things? Why all this emphasis on heart? In other words, what happens if we look at the reverse?

When we take a similar biomimetic approach to analyzing how most companies operate, we discover they resemble less a cell—the building blocks of life—and something altogether more ominous. But is Agent Smith from The Matrix correct? Let’s find out:

Image by PeapodLife: Your Company without Ecosystems: 
Biomimetic Model to Achieve Macro Economic Results with Environmental Exploitation via lack of Ecosystems

  1. HEART: Without ecosystems to support a strong set of core values centred in the heart, what we’re left with is raw drive; pure passion.

  2. MIND: Here our intellect is fuelled by raw passion and our conditioned beliefs around what a company is, what it means to succeed, what the shareholders want and what it takes to “win the game” become the mechanical programming which stand in for our core values.

  3. ACTIONS: within the Company, individuals adhering to accepted programs execute them mechanically, driven by their conditioned beliefs aligned with accepted definitions of business success.

  4. RESULTS: for the Company reflect the programming executed through its actions; our mundane potential: material gain with little or no regard for the consequences.

  5. HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTAL FEEDBACK: from the macro environment is inevitable (although will not always be the case as some in the macro environment will stand to benefit from sharing in our exploitation; i.e. “the spoils”). This will produce a hostile feedback loop which will affect the Company’s internal environment and ultimately the heart-minds of all the employees.

Indeed, we can see from the above diagram that the best analogy for humans, their behaviour, and their companies’ behaviour up to now is that of a virus. Agent Smith was right.

It’s no wonder the macro economic and ecological environments around the world are suffering as profits multiply for fewer and fewer people “at the top,” populations multiply “at the bottom,” and the middle class shrinks along with precious natural resources, ecological diversity, and environmental sustainability.

Your company is a family. Heal your family, heal the world. Make your company a living cell which functions on symbiosis and harmony internally, seek symbiosis and harmony with its macro environment. Be a positive example for all the virulent entities around the world.

Contact us to learn about how to get an ecosystem for your company and start the healing process TODAY.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Can Ecosystems Help those Suffering from Depression?
A Holistic Multidimensional Approach to Depression

Image: The Magic of Placebos 

“Depression is a disorder of the body as much as of the mind. Consider that several of the core symptoms of the condition manifest in body systems.”

The power of the mind on the body is tremendous; or, as the above CBC Infographic suggests, almost magical. We would argue that the relationship between mind and body is intimate, and while the placebo effect is one powerful example, depression is perhaps an even more startling one.

Anyone who has ever suffered from chronic depression knows that it’s more than just a psychological condition.  From physical exhaustion and pain to suppression or stimulation of appetite, the effects of depression on the body can be numerous, often compounding related negative thoughts and feelings.

Modern psychology and medicine have their explanations and treatments for this phenomenon: mostly materialistic drug-based treatments around managing levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and body. Such approaches are based, of course, on the assumption that mind, emotions, even consciousness are products of the brain.

But what if there was another explanation?

What if the brain’s function is to act as an interface between conscious and unconscious worlds —as all computers which interface between humans and machines do?  Although made in the image of our intellect, computers are not conscious. They have input/output and a CPU. That’s it.

Similarly, the central nervous system and brain receive sensory input, process that input into a form that is useable by the consciousness. On the flipside, they receive energetic inputs originating within (and from beyond) will, thoughts and emotion and translate those impulses into a form useable by the physical body.

From this perspective, we can begin to better understand the all-pervasive interconnectedness between psyche and body; how it is that a stubbed toenail produces more than just pain: it can elicit a severe emotional reaction and cause the mind to race frantically (sometimes curses lasting only a few moments; sometimes nagging thoughts linger for hours) in reaction to the pain stimulus.

What if we had more than just a physical body? What if we had a body of vital energy, (Chi/Qi; Prana, the etheric body), an emotional body, a mental body, and a causal body (the body of willpower).

Image by Genesis: Our Multidimensional Bodies & Depression

And, not only did we have such bodies, what if everything in nature had them as well?

We know from physics that all matter is, in fact, energy—and that there is no separating the two. But science is incapable of penetrating beyond a certain level of subtlety of that energy (the quantum worlds) with our crude materialistic scientific method.

Mathematically, science can theorize many dimensions. Physically science cannot prove the existence of any of them (yet). Of course not, because they are not physical in nature.  And yet, we all know we dream; we all experience thoughts and emotions.

Practitioners of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Martial Arts and many others know they can experience vital energy (Chi, Prana). And if you’ve never asked yourself the question, “what is willpower?” Do so now: is it a thought? An emotion? A physical movement? You can observe it; use it; but what exactly is it?

Now we begin to see how subtle the interlaced multidimensional energy bodies are, and how they are so tightly interlaced with each other within the field of consciousness. We can begin to appreciate how and why it is that a small child, witnessing his father trapped under a car, wills himself super-human strength to lift the car off his fathers chest. (Adrenaline alone can only do so much).

We can also appreciate the relationship between things like insomnia and depression. The racing mind keeps the body awake; the body that cannot sleep drives us crazy. A pain in the body that prevents us from being at peace, emotionally and mentally, and vice-versa: the chaos in our emotional and mental bodies—that for us are largely subconscious—which translates into physical discomfort, pain, etc.

Now consider that all kingdoms of nature have these same subtle energetic foundations (mineral, animal, plant, human kingdom). But, unlike human beings who are in a particular category of nature in which greater free will and higher levels of consciousness come to fore (i.e. ethics, morality, art, etc.), the lower-level beings of nature are innocent. Innocent is not the same as unintelligent, by the way.

From an energetic perspective, what if we could bathe our energy bodies in soothing and healing energy? Like a bath of Epsom salts which soothes the central nervous system, calming body and mind, we know what effect relaxing music can have; and, what a walk in the woods can do.

What if we could surround ourselves in an energy field whose physical manifestation is symbiosis and harmony? What effect would that energy field have on our mental, emotional, vital and physical bodies?

In the coming months and years, Genesis Eco Fund will put itself to task to demonstrate just what benefits ecosystems can have on the whole of the human condition, beginning with those conditions such as Autism and depression which hurt so many, and whose origins are not within the physical body.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Infinite Potential for Your Business:
Ecosystems Create Infinite Possibility

Image: May you fulfill the infinite potential within you for the limitless benefit of One and All  
Source: Know-Oneness | Universal Energy and Consciousness Healing Resources

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

“We are nature. Our every tinkering is nature, our every biological striving. We are what we are, and the world is ours…Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it.”

Much has been said over the years about living your potential, personal power, limitless possibilities, etc. The vast majority of this messaging comes from the self-help industry which at last count was worth $11 billion  (Kathryn Schulz , Source: Wikipedia: Self-help: Statistics: In 2013 Kathryn Schulz examined "an $11 billion industry").

The self-improvement industry has always had its business champions. You will often see these self-made millionaires speaking publically about their rise to fame and fortune, often from humble beginnings or worse—from the lows of destitution and hardship.

What’s interesting is these people rarely speak holistically about their environment. The people, places, circumstances and other influences which together helped them begin living at their full potential (if indeed they are doing that—real success and what this world deems as such are rarely the same thing).

The term “self-help” is loaded. Yes, people must help themselves. We must make an effort, take action, do the work, endure challenges and overcome obstacles. We must participate in the process. But that process is as much about being done as it is doing. In other words, it’s not something we do alone.

“There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. ...The rest is just practice.”

No one is an island.  Nothing exists in a vacuum. We prefer to follow the wisdom and guidance of those who have recognized that they were being guided: from within and without. There is a kind of universal plan at work in our lives, the same plan that we can see at work in nature and the world around us.

That same plan is at work within us and works through us as well. Our free-will is to heed its call or ignore it (submit to laziness, apathy, mediocrity, etc).  Self-help, then, is a matter of recognizing the difference between the false self (our ego-personality with all its petty desires) and our Higher Self (our true nature, a conscious individuated expression of oneness with all things).

“If the whole universe can be found in our own body and mind, this is where we need to make our inquires. We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet. The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves.”

What does all this metaphysical talk have to do with business? Is not a business a collection of individuals? Is it not right that these individuals be conscious and express in thoughts, words and deeds the goals of the business in the marketplace? Is it not ideal for those goals to include benefits for one and all? What else does this sound like?

Ecosystems are a collection of individuals. The individuals are conscious (even if only to some tiny degree, according to their level of evolution) and express in actions and interactions the goals of the super organism—symbiotic and harmonious exchange of energies for the benefit of one and all.

Now imagine yourself a part of such an ecosystem. Imagine such an ecosystem was an integral part of your business.  Imagine if everyone in your organization had access to the infinite potential supported by multitudes of individuals living in harmony expressing the self-organizing goal of collective benefit.

Imagine the infinite potential which awaits you and your business.

“there is no planet, sun, or star could hold you if you but knew what you are.”

Image: Fractals

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Stuck at Work? Take a 10-Minute Break in Cottage Country
(& Skip Getting Stuck on Highway 400)

Stuck at Work? Take a 10-Minute Break in Cottage Country; image by PeapodLife
Image by PeapodLife: Stuck at Work? Take a 10-Minute Break in Cottage Country

The summer may be over and winter may be fast approaching. Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the wonderful memories you may be sharing with thousands of Toronto residents who savoured every last minute of their precious long weekends up north in cottage country:
  • Traffic
  • Wasted time (traffic)
  • Bugs
  • Jockeying for position on the highway
  • Jockeying for good campsites in crowded parks
  • “WTF!?” Weather Forecasts
  • Did we mention traffic?

Truly, Torontonians long weekend excursions up north can really be summed up in one visual:

Being Up North and Getting Up North, image collage
Image Collage: Being Up North & Getting Up North 

So why do we put ourselves through it? One word: SANCTUARY.

Most human beings crave some sort of reprieve from the daily grind of the big city. The concrete jungle, boss, employees, co-workers, commute, crowds, noise, hustle & bustle…we can only take so much before we need to fill our lungs with a huge breathe of fresh air and give off an extended sigh of relief.

What if you could have that sigh of relief whenever you needed it at work, 5 days a week, 365 days a year? What if that feeling of “AHH!” we so look forward to on the long weekends didn’t come after all the hours and aggravation of getting there? With Advanced Human Habitat, your “AHH!” could be here…now.

An Extended Sigh of Relief in Nature, Here & Now in Advanced Human Habitat: AHH!
Image Collage: An Extended Sigh of Relief in Nature, Here & Now in Advanced Human Habitat: AHH! 

Indoor ecosystems are the key to creating a new level of focused relaxation and invigoration in the workplace. It’s possible to bathe ourselves in the same calming and healing energies we so desperately crave from nature, and are seemingly willing to go to almost any lengths to get.

Let’s be honest here: whether you buy your own cottage, rent a B&B, or even a campground, after you factor in the time, gas, accessories, meals, etc. your long-weekend excursion isn’t exactly cheap (and with a half-day travel there, and another half-a-day back, you effectively only get two days of “Ahh!”

The expense of immersing ourselves in the beauty, tranquility and vitality of natural spaces is nothing compared to the benefits we feel we get in return. We feel better, rejuvenated, inspired even. We can return to our work with a renewed sense of “anything’s possible!” We may return with a fresh idea, a new solution to an old problem, or an inspired insight on a troubling issue we were facing.

We are more likely to have fresh thoughts when we feel refreshed. Now imagine if you could get that fresh feeling, whenever you needed it at work. All you need to do is step back from the stressful situation and negative energy confronting you, and take in your workplace ecosystem sanctuary from PeapodLife, with its inspiring natural microclimate and positive energy enveloping you.

When you finish your little 10 minute sojourn up north, you’ll return to the situation with new eyes, a fresh outlook, and greet even the most challenging of circumstances with a smile.  Just imagine what challenges you (and/or your team) can successfully confront when an ecosystem’s got your back.

That’s why we say it’s not only advanced habitat for humans; it’s habitat for advanced humans. PeapodLife Building Ecosystems & Technology: Advanced Human Habitat. “AHH,” indeed.