Depth Perception

Alive, exhilarating, free.

That’s how it feels when you catch a wave, and there’s nothing quite like it.

Although I grew up skateboarding and dabbled in snowboarding, surfing is different. The ocean is dynamic and alive, full of energy. And you harness that energy to propel your body through space.

It’s a spiritual experience. At least for me it was (I’m prone to that sort of thing when I’m in nature).

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found this old pic from when I lived in Puerto Rico

For our purposes, the Surfer is another archetype in our framework—a state of mind and a set of behaviors. The Zombie is at one end of the spectrum, the Surfer is way down at the other.

Being a Seeker is a pre-requisite to becoming a Surfer.

Think of it like stages of growth. You don’t get to adulthood without becoming a teen.

And you won’t become a Surfer overnight.

You’ll continue to be a Seeker having Surfer moments—deeper experiences and insights that allow you to see the connections between things. Those moments when your mind is afire with insight and you’re able to flow with just the right balance of effort and letting go.

But I’m willing to bet that you already know what I’m talking about because you’ve started having some of these experiences.

Like real surfers bobbing in the sea, watching the weather, tides, currents, and sets of incoming waves, you’ve started picking up on patterns.

Follow the white rabbit, Neo.

Being a Seeker was great. It got you here.

But there comes a time on the path when you must reorient, changing your relationship with external knowledge and tools. And instead of always trying to find more out there, you learn how to access and harness the power that comes from deep within you.

Other people’s ideas are wonderful. We all stand on the shoulders of giants. But we have our own amazing contributions to make to this world. Creations that come through us.

Surfer-consciousness is about taking what is valuable from out there, integrating it, transforming it, and creating something new and better through lived expression.

As the Surfer, we embrace our role as creator and become less of a consumer.

And those creations are not just material (or digital) things. The Surfer knows how to slow down time (at least his perception of it) and create powerful moments of presence. Moments that enrich and elevate everyone around him.

He is an alchemist. Learning how to transmute mental, emotional, and physical energy—first in himself, then in others—eventually becoming masterfully empathetic and influential.

The Surfer doesn’t fear the depths.

He learns that it is by oscillating between the heights and depths of his experience that he can tap into a deep well of wisdom, energy, and power.

And he uses this to propel him forward, all while having a blast.

Remember the speeding conveyor belt of food?

At some point, you’re ready for the next evolution on your path, and all that information you’re throwing at your mouth-hole just becomes noise—if you’re not fully integrating and transforming it.  

Doubling down on the Seeker approach (once valuable) becomes a hinderance by exaggerating an imbalance.

Imagine a guy with MASSIVE arms and skinny legs. He loves working on his arms. They’re big and strong, and he’s good at it. So he never works legs.

Functionally, he’s not as strong as he could be because his legs are the limiting factor. He is a whole person, after all.

A system.

Building up his legs would be a struggle at first. He’d probably feel humiliated at the gym. But, eventually, he’d be the strongest dude around.

Similarly, you keep doing more of what you know. But, if you worked on other facets of your mind, you would become far more effective. You would become a real bad mother fucker.

I had a teacher who called people with these imbalances lollipop heads.

Yes, it’s hilarious, but also a great visual. The intellect is huge and rounded out, the rest is like a stick.

By strengthening the weak parts, we gain leverage and level-up the whole.

Sure, you can upgrade your ability to think clearly and creatively by exercising focus, awareness, and imagination. But there are other facets of the body-mind that can also be explored and strengthened to enhance productivity and performance.

Mind extends to every cell of your body (and beyond), and you can learn how to work with your endocrine system and peripheral nervous system to promote special states of consciousness. Expansive, connected states of mind that allow you to generate those “aha” moments on demand.

And all those anxious, overwhelmed feelings? The sense that you’re always missing out on something or falling behind?

Those fall away, replaced by feelings of fulfillment, peace, and power.

Why?

Because those feelings of emptiness are a symptom of your disconnection with something deeper, an ancient wisdom that exists in your body waiting to be unlocked.

But being a Surfer is not just a state of mind, it’s a way of life.

Wave-riders cultivate a strong body-mind connection, and just like real life surfers, you want to develop a well-tuned perceptual awareness to respond creatively and effectively to a dynamic, challenging environment (life).

Not only are you propelled forward, but every movement you make is a unique and creative expression of your inner truth.

Every ride is art—an expression of your character, your mental and emotional state, and your physical abilities.

Seekers are always on the hunt. Looking for that next thing. Collecting and curating. Looking for more.

For the Surfer, less is more because he understands that it’s not about getting more, but what you do with what you have.

And you know what’s cool about that?

By leveraging a greater bandwidth of conscious experience, the Surfer is able to experience more of life, giving him more from life.

Seekers have a growth mindset. But the Surfer has a depth mindset—not afraid to go into the dark and difficult places, but also able to extract wisdom and power from those depths.

And while the Seeker aligns with the principles, values, and codes of other great men, the Surfer does one better and becomes clear and aligned with his own core values and code.

Finally, the Surfer enjoys what I call Deep Integrated Performance or D.I.P.

Deep Integrated Performance is the ability to oscillate throughout the full bandwidth of the human body-mind experience. To align your nature with bigger nature—the Universe—to tap into the wisdom, creativity, and power that is your birthright.

Interested in learning more about how to live like the Surfer?

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