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Friends of Six Senses with John Sanei: Disrupt or Be Disrupted

With the massive transition we are in, becoming comfortable with the unknown has become a necessity. Agility is vital to ensure an abundant tomorrow. Although as humans, we have a deep drive for safety and security, what we have to realize, according to John Sanei, is that nobody can tell us what’s coming next. We have to become comfortable with uncertainty.

John Sanei helps people and companies thrive during times of change. What he’s seeing is major culture shift happening where as humans, we’re evolving from IQ (intelligence quotient) to EQ (emotional quotient) and now to AQ – our adaptability quotient. During times of change, how do we cultivate adaptability to handle uncertainty with optimism?

The Power of the Past

As humans, we crave security yet change is our reality. Why do we hold onto the past?

John shared how when we start any task, our brains need three things. We need to understand duration (how long something will take), the path (how it will get done), and outcome (what we think will happen). This is biologically wired into our brains. When we can’t predict what will happen, our brains look to the past for some type of anchoring to feel safe.

Another macro trend he’s seeing in the West is that we’re evolving on a cultural level. We began with the Agricultural Revolution, which was a time when brawn, muscle and know-how of the seasons was essential for success. Then, we came to the Industrial Revolution, where analysis, intelligence, and reason were essential. Now we are experiencing a revolution in consciousness and the emergence of the sharing economy and the most important skill has become our intuition, which is essential when there is such limited predictability.

The Rise of the Feminine Consciousness

This shift in consciousness, into our intuition, is happening not only in our economies but in our brains. We are also seeing more strong women coming into power, more interest in the “invisible realms” of healing via psychedelics and plant medicines. According to John, this all points to a crossover from an old-school “immature masculine consciousness” to the rise of the feminine consciousness. In this transition, we move from an orientation that valued growth and revenue over the health of the planet and families. The new forms of sharing economies reflect a feminine way to distribute and nurture new business models that’s more collaborative and that take into consideration the health of the Earth and the health of all living creatures.

The Future of Luxury

As we move into this feminine consciousness, John predicts a change in the definition of luxury. Historically, luxury has represented rare, inaccessible and something you consume. Now, he sees that what people are really valuing is transitioning from something you purchase to a journey of well-being since our health and wellness has become one of our highest priorities.

The Power of our Curiosity

John believes that life has two key motivating factors – either you are running away from the darkness or running towards the light.

When you’re running away, you’re anxious. When you’re running towards, you’re excited.

In order to shift our orientation from fear to joy, we need to get connected to our curiosity because that is what will pull us forward with excitement and passion. He advocates for listening to our curiosity and really getting to know what makes us come alive. If we can do this, we will live in a state of passionate flow where we are connected to our genius.

When we’re in this state of creativity and flow, we have more energy, we lose time, we’re healthier, and we recover from grief more quickly but to tap into this state, we need to bring a beginner’s mind.

John also believes that when we are in these states, we age differently. Imagine, he asks, when you’re miserable. Doesn’t five hours feel like five years? How about when you’re in your curiosity and love life? Then, doesn’t five hours feel like five minutes? Our aging process reflects our perception of time and the stress that comes from being in a state of misery can impact our biology and how we age.

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John’s Tips to Disrupt Your Life

1. Since the future is a representation of our expectations, John recommends starting by writing two lists: First, what are six things you’d like to let go of from the last six months. Then, write a list of the six intentions you have for the next six months. In order to move forward, we have to make space by letting go of what no longer serves us.

2. Memories are subjective stories and you can edit your past with great precision in order to create a new future. Review your hurtful memories, journal about them, and see if you can find an empathetic way to perceive the situation. He shared a lesson from Joe Dispenza who teaches that the goal is to raise your vibration to such a point that the person who hurt you in the past no longer has any power over you. This can be done by reframing memories in a new way.

3. Mourn your future memories. In a world where it’s impossible to predict the future, a lot of people are dealing with the loss of their future plans. Consciously say goodbye to your future expectations of what you thought was going to happen. Perhaps write it out on a piece of paper and burn it or bury it in the ground. This will open up new energy to face and be creative in the present and create a new future that may be even better than what you were planning.

The world will always have duality, so our goals are to alleviate fear as much as possible and take responsibility to show up and be our authentic selves. According to John, these practices can help us all thrive in an uncertain world.

BIO

John Sanei (Sah-nay) is a Knowledge Mercenary who travels the globe to uncover the lessons needed to uplift communities and help humanity thrive. His unlimited fascination with the future has seen him become Africa’s first faculty member at Singularity University in San Francisco, a lecturer at Duke Corporate Education in Johannesburg, and a Partner Associate at the Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies in Denmark.

Author of best-sellers What’s Your Moonshot?, Magnetiize and FOREsight, John is also the Co-founder and Chief Exponential Officer at Future Self Academy, an author-led, online platform that connectors the curious to leading thinkers.

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