Flo is the experience of time compression. A day spent walking in the woods will pass more quickly and easily then one spent sitting on the living room couch. A phone conversation with an old friend may seem like just a couple of minutes when its actually been an hour. This is Flo. A long bus ride without a good book or conversation will usually prove to have a lack of Flo.
Ah, Flo. Speaking of athletes. There has been no other group in our world that has garnered more recognition concerning this aspect of LeToonz. For the world of sports or any artist by reasonable extension, Flo is short for “being in the zone”. It is a term that inspired the content for an entire book by a famous University of Chicago professor. Many of us can relate to Flo in terms of “time flying.” Or the common idiom “Time flies when you’re having fun.”
Good movies will Flo. If it doesn’t it doesn’t make money. Moviemakers are very conscious of this. Our experience in a mall, especially with children, needs to Flo otherwise it starts to fell like a very, very long time. Developers know this and have made a concerted effort to make us feel more FLO while we shop so we will spend more time and money. Have you noticed that shopping malls have become huge entertainment Flo centers with movie theatres, demonstrations events and every kind of fast food under the sun? Its all been designed to increase the amount of Flo you experience and decrease you desire to go home or shop somewhere else. Designing for Flo has become an unconscious theme in the design of everything people interact with today – from buildings plans to vending machines, to video games to dentist’s offices. They are all designed to increase Flo because Flo is frictionless, and being in Flo compresses our sense of time.
The most important thing about Flo is that it can occur with and without insight or Ah-Ha’s. Couch Potatoes enjoy watching a lot of TV but are they experiencing any new learning or having Ah-ha’s? So obviously it is where we have Flo and Ah-Ha that we need to find. Where we have Flo without Ah-Ha’s is sure to be an environment or experience that will lead to a bad taste in the mouth over time if not immediately. The whole concept behind entertainment is moving towards creating a Flo experience that takes our minds out of the equation for a while. That deliberately stops the Asking Ourselves or the non-purposeful Ah-Ha’s of our daily lives from happening.
We can LetGo and Flo. We can experience Flo while we focus and concentrate on a thing while Asking Ourselves, and we certainly know about the Flo that is conjoined with DoingIt. Beware of the Flo without Ah-Ha’s for that is the insidious climate of life we are living.
We all seek to be in Flo in life more often that not. What we need to do is to be in Flo. Or have Flo experiences that are occurring while in pursuit of our gifts, innate dispositions, nature and SELF. Any other kind of Flo is maladaptive and there is plenty of that to be found, way too much.
DoIt or DI is simply action in the physical domain. It is hammering away at nails all day, getting on the phone to call a teacher about a child, sneezing, talking, smiling, lifting a box or a baby and so on. All manner of physical action is what DI is about. DoIt can be inspiring and DoIt can be repetitive as well.
The 3 Dimensions of LeToonz also apply to DoIT. We can DI as a function of purely cognitive, visceral or spiritual basis. We DI whether it is the right thing to do or not. We DI unconsciously and without understanding of what drives us. Even if we do have understanding, it may be purely intellectual and not deep enough to change the direction or pattern of DoIt.. We know that smoking, for instance, is not healthy for us but we continue to smoke and DoIt until it becomes a habit and an addiction for us.
DoIt occurs without AskingOurselves. Your parents probably warned you to “look before you leap” and that it is far wiser to contemplate and plan your steps along the way before actually taking these steps. Sound advice that many children completely ignore. Of course this kind of DI that doesn’t ask questions first is not exclusive to the inexperienced.
Many adults themselves are “Doing” a career or job that has very little to do with who they really are or what they really should be doing based on their natural abilities, likes and dislikes. Asking Ourselves in this situation may even help us justify our choice using survival and success as very good reasons for personal sacrifice. It is important to note that the Ah-Ha’s we have while we are Asking Ourselves, Letting Go and Doing in this type of situation is all cognitive and disconnected from our innately disposed self. Thus, we DoIt without regard to our SELF. This life pattern applies to a vast majority. It is dysfunctional and it is deadly for our culture and world as a whole.
Many people will continue to DoIt without asking themselves why any more because the Ah-Ha’s that will follow and the Letting Go that occurs and the Doing what they’re supposed to be doing in life will necessitate making changes that are too uncomfortable to make. So they continue to keep on Doing It is spite of the fact they are unhappy and living without Ah-Ha’s.
On the other hand there are people who DoIt gloriously and live their lives doing what it is they like or love to do. These folks are the lucky ones . . …or maybe they’re just the smart ones who took the time to ask themselves, listened to the answers and took the actions necessary to see their ideas come to fruition in life.
…or Ah-Ha Moment or Aha Moment or Insight or Creative Insight or Human Insight or oh-oh or Eureka or …
Ah-Ha’s only occur after we LetGo. Typically this is a moment in time, a hardly noticeable event. That is why we have become so unconscious of the nature of the relationship of all these elements. They are so common. The Letting Go that precedes insight may also take on major dimensions as in a heart attack, or divorce, major disaster that could have been avoided had we asked ourselves differently and so on. But typically LetGo is no more than a look out the window, or a shower or someone saying something and we go dreamy for a nanosecond and suddenly we experience Ah-Ha!
Ah-Ha is probably the sexiest, most immediately interesting of all the characters. Ah-ha is insight. Ah-ha is revelation, getting it, clicking, figuring it out, a hunch, an intuitive knowing about something. It is WOW. It is Eureka. It is “That’s it!” It is a universal guttural gesture made in every language in every nation or tribe of this world. It is universal in meaning and totally individual at the same time. It is any and all experiences of something new or seeing something new about something we already know about. Many at times and none at others share in the pattern of them. It can apply to our lives or to the lives of a people a generation away; as in insights that are ahead of their time. It can have magnitude, be big or small. It can have direction up, down, in and out. It can happen many times in a row or all alone. Under the right circumstances the frequency can be enhanced whether it be with an individual, group, company or country.
Like all LeToonz characters, Ah-Ha has three basic dimensions. The Head, Heart and Whole or Mind, Body and Spirit. So we can have Ah-Ha’s that are intellectual/cognitive, physical/visceral or both. They can be functional, as in how to brush your teeth or floss or significant as in discovering natural abilities or dispositions for what we do best. They can be right and wrong as in having Ah-Ha’s about hurting someone or about saving a life.
Everybody has Ah-Ha’s and we all have them differently. Ah-Ha’s are usually considered to happen to creative people. If that’s the case then we are all creative people with dispositional variations.
We can have Ah-Ha’s about Ah-Ha’s. We also have Ah-Ha’s about how we Ask Ourselves and so on. This is a higher or deeper level of introspection or Asking Ourselves. We can LetGo of having certain kinds of Ah-Ha’s or we just LetGo to them. We have to Ask Ourselves to begin to evolve.
The Intellectual Ah-Ha’s may or may not be aligned with our SELF or involved with being who and what we are supposed to be in life. As a consequence, being simply intelligent may have nothing to do with being who we really are. This is nothing new to those of us who have spent our lives doing intelligent things and finding ourselves spiritually drained. As a matter of fact the two are related. Having visceral insight tends to point to those aspects of ourselves that are innate or that we are by our very nature predisposed to know and act on. The optimal insights are those that combine, either sequentially or simultaneously insight occurring both cognitively and viscerally.
As with all the LeToonz, Ah-Ha is a piece of a process puzzle. They all work together and if we are not having the right kinds of Ah-Ha’s based on our innate-ness or our particular human-ness, then we may be forced, in a personal or professional disaster to LetGo. Sometimes we label living life this way as “trial and error”as though we are forced to proceed through life in blindness and ignorance of our true SELF. WE can this the feedback versus the feedforward condition of an individual, company or country. Unfortunately the feedback condition is where most all of us operate… until we have to LetGo, have an Ah-Ha that is most certainly visceral, and DoIt the right way.
We all have a “Path-of-Ah-Ha” in our lives more or less aligned with ourSELF. The objective in anyone’s’ life should be to have a Path-of-Ah-ha as perfectly aligned with their innate dispositions as possible. The vital, positive and everlasting psycho-social, economic, political and environmental consequences of this progressive personal and cultural action for the betterment of all humankind is unimaginable and yet it must be attempted as soon as possible for our well-being and our families.
Let Go is the stopping of all AY activities. LG is no thought. LG is no Feeling. LG is mindlessness. LG is a moment or a window that allows something to come through. Typically LG allows insights or Ah-Ha’s to come to us. LG can happen physically, psychologically or spiritually or a mix of all three. The ways we LG are as varied as each and every one of us is varied. We can LG as individuals or LG in groups of any rank or size. LG is hard for adults to do.
LG is not giving up or quitting. Quite the opposite, LG allows us to move forward and beyond where we are by letting go to the next thing. LG can happen in the Head but not in the Heart or vice versa. For example, I can lose weight and know intellectually that I’m 50- pounds lighter but still feel and believe that I am a fat person!. In this scenario I have not let Go as a Whole.
LG happens all the time but some people find it very difficult to do. Others tend to be predominantly LG and need the rest of the LeToonz facets to be bring balance into their lives. LG people often keep others from getting stuck on something. Let Go might seem like a 60’s kinda’ character but it’s not as simple as that.
LG can happen in a split second. LG may take no time at all to happen or may happen over a long period of time. The time it takes to stop feeling the pain of losing someone special in our lives is an example of this. We can LG slowly about something in our hearts while we LG about that same thing quickly in our Minds. LG is not fully complete until the Head and Heart have LG together. Most often LG happens so fast we can say it occurs as a moment in time. Like having just one, or a bunch, or a whole string of Ah-Ha’s while taking a shower, glancing out a window, or while taking a walk in the woods. We LG many, many times without sensing the time it takes to LG one bit. And with that much LettingGo and Ah-Ha’s happening time just flies. Interesting isn’t it. Like AskYouself, LetGo or Letting Go, can happen in the Head or the Heart or both at Once. We call the both at once event The Whole. LG comes after AY and before Ah-Ha on Le Wave. LG allows Ah-Ha or insight to happen. Without LG we can’t learn or evolve into the 6W’s – The Who and What, When and Where and How and WHY of each and every one of us whether that US is ourselves, our families, friends, teams or group of any size. That size includes the world by the way.
Ask Yourself represents the process of questioning one’s own thinking and/or actions. Ask Yourself is the asking the important questions about Who, What, When and Why many times each day. Ask yourself wants you to learn the answers about your thinking, your feeling, your believing and even those things you disbelieve. Ask Yourself wants you to know yourself and the world a whole lot better. Ask Yourself wants you to ask lots of questions from your head and your heart.
Ask Yourself is, asking yourself and asking Ourselves. AY is the Thinker. AY is the Feeler. AY is the Processor of Thoughts and Feelings. AY is Dreams. AY is Logic. AY is Emotions & Moods. AY is The Supreme Processor both rational and irrational or any mix of both. AY is Strategy and Tactics whether they be how to use food coupons to save a buck or how to survive in a thermo-nuclear war. AY is the Visioner and Planner. AY is the Visualizer and Imaginer. AY is all things of the Heart and Mind that deal with Processing. AY adds and subtracts and does differential equations too. AY Reflects. AY Asks Questions in general. AY does so inside our head and heart or spoken outside or a personal mix of both. AY can process things using the Heart or Mind or both at once, as a Whole. AY happens within and among us. Teams AY together and do so to varying degrees of success. A team can be parents, a research group, the UN in session, a PTA or kids playing basketball. AY is Inner Dialogue recognized or not, inside and out. AY is Talking To Yourself. AY creates opinions and judgements. AY can do what it does through intellect and intuition, objectively or subjectively or a mix of both. AY takes time to happen. AY is as varied as human beings are varied. The way we AY depends on our genes and our experience. Most important, how we AO depends on our genes and role models. AY like all the rest has three interrelated aspects. They are The Heart, The Mind and The Whole. AY’s position on Le Wave with the rest of the Le Toonz gang is in front of LetGo and behind DoIT. AY can come up first or last. It depends on the person and the situation. Most generally we think of AY as just thinking. The most advanced form of AY is found when one asks their SELF, their ESSENCE.
The “Le” in Le Toonz refers to “Learning as Evolving. Toonz is cartoon with a Z. The Z means anything you want it to mean. The “Evolving” part refers to our development, growth and living fully each day. It assumes that we are all disposed in a multi-faceted fashion to do something significant with our lives. LTZ is about some serious stuff but that’s not why kids buy them. They buy them because they are new, fun and seem to make them feel better as they begin to value that which makes them YOUniquely authenic, gift-driven “Individuals.”
And a new platform of app’s, even a psych-social philosophy of sorts, has recently emerged and demonstrates a clear alignment with the idea of intentional human evolution and YOUnique and authentic gift-based quantification, visualization and expression:
We are still missing the overall ontological framework.
LTZ is in fact a process-model that assists in the discreet and objective and measureable identification of the complex matrix of our innate and natural gifts and dispostions AND the visualization of this natural Self over time… as our Self evolves.
It “looks” like it is meant for the K-8 consumer market, but make no mistake, what lies within these cute characters (and the complex topology (See LeCozmos) they describe over time) is a serious process-model as “evolutionary ontology. ”
LTZ is about becoming aware and acting with intention about that which is Significant about us or what we call Our SELF. LTZ are a simple and complicated group of characters illustrating what we consider to be a universal set of interconnected, linear and nonlinear, who bring to life a universal – yet unique to the person – set of interconnected states & processes.
You’ll see what we mean by “universal yet unique” and “states and processes” later. Simply speaking LTZ is a team. LTZ are a highly active bunch. They work best when they work together. They educate, coach and lead us to the 6W’s – the Who, What, Where and When, How and WHY of us. LTZ work on many levels at the same time. You can do many things at once in the parallel universe of LTZ. LTZ lead us to the personal and intentionally livable discovery of what many loosely refer to as the phenomena of Synergy, a dynamic phenomenon we take very, very seriously here in LTZville. You’ve heard about this phenomenon from a multitude of mouths. And may even know its specific definition – the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. That is to say, LTZ exist to help us discover that which makes us all special and that which makes us “YOUnique”.
(You can read about all the LeToonz characters, as a system of “States and Process” in other posts within this blog – Universal and unique states such as “Flo” and “Ah-Ha” and processes such as “AskYourSelf” and “DoIt.” For example, here’s a link to the blog post about the LeToonz character and model variable called “Ah-Ha” – https://letoonz.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/ah-ha-or-aha/)
LTZ represents a combination of fundamental life and living processes that every human being and every mix of human beings, from families to economies to countries, utilize every moment of their waking lives. Yes, we think of economies as living processes in that they are based on human systems playing in real-time and overtime with each other. The same would apply to education, politics, and ecosystems.
LTZ live in three basic and entwined dimensions: psychological, physical and spiritual. We assume mood and emotion operate within a combined psychophysical interpretation. Simplifying these three in LTZville we call these the Head, Heart and Whole Self-dimensions or facets of a human being. Each LTZ can operate and effect change through separate, combined or merged, intellectual, visceral and spiritual actions. The optimal way to process in LTZ lingo is as a “Whole”. This would mean that all three of the above dynamic dimensions are operating together- seamlessly. LTZ are most alive when they are Whole. The Whole form of LTZ activities results as a combination of the Head and Heart operating at the same time and without separation. You don’t just think a thing you feel it as well and at the same time. In effect when we are Whole, our Minds and Hearts (or Head and Heart) are not separate processing dimensions, they are one.
For example, the LTZ character Ah-Ha represents the concept, moment and experience of human insight. It distinguishes those thoughts that are intellectual, objective, factual or logical, etc. from those thoughts of the heart, which are visceral emotion and deeply felt. When an Ah-Ha occurs that combines both these dimensions of the Head and the Heart without separation, it is considered a Whole Ah-Ha. We need to have these more often and that’s an indeterminable understatement.
Luckily as it turns out, there is no specific religious order to LTZ. They did not come from any religious ideology. This Self-evolving and Self-systems evolving process model which LTZ enjoyably illustrates for kids and families, can and has acted as a support vehicle for any denomination or religious order. All the LTZ characters exist without antagonism within any ideology. They are truly universal.
Speaking of Universal. The beauty of LTZ is found in their universal operation independent of people but existing for the sole purpose of assisting them in figuring out what makes them distinctive. Here we see the simply complicated aspects of LTZ surface. We can say we all learn differently yet we all learn just the same. The idea of merging learning into one process and seeing our universality and our individual distinctiveness or Significance, is as one ongoing affair. We can say we all evolve individually yet we all evolve, more or less, just the same. LTZ operates universally to unfold that which is special about us as an individual or as a complex system of individuals. LTZ then shows us that our distinctiveness or human-ness, and the knowing of such, is just the start of a personal life process. In knowing what makes us different and from this, or in parallel with this, and as whole individuals, we can then begin to know most consciously and with intention what makes us whole.
On the simple side, LTZ’s are about Consciousness. Our most basic awareness that one’s Life Purpose comes from the action of creating one’s SELF. With the help of LTZ, our actionable awareness matures and Our Purpose unfolds best in a particular Place and Time, with Particular People doing a Particular montage of things, acting as an individual or as a group/whole. As a key can only open a door if its specific and distinctive groves match that of the lock, so we can only open doors best together if we match up specifically with others. It is in the matching, the complimenting, that we are bigger than we are alone where we discover real Synergy for the first time. Through LTZ we see that Wholeness within ourselves happens on one vortex. Wholeness with the world happens within another connected vortex. These two have to merge. They are born and evolve in parallel yet have to merge. So, Whole Wholeness or True Purpose is appreciated and seen through LTZ as the enfolding of Wholeness within and without, the World and Us. Our Place and Time and Significance with others playing life out, lights out, in a complex tapestry of Synergistic Jazz ensembles from 2 to a 10 billion! It is in the complimenting that we are Whole and that we Know Synergy.
In personal distinction-driven, gift-driven and Significance-driven teamwork true synergy happens. Our purpose as one or as one world is only accomplished when we live true synergy. And it never stops evolving. It always evolves. With the birth of each child a fresh tapestry appears and the ever-changing montage of human distinctions will remain a mystery waiting to be discovered. Something never seen before has arrived.
This is why LTZ stands as an interpretive, context independent characters-as-model system, representing our Self and Synergy evolving human processes… LTZ is both universal in the states and processes it represents and was created and is designed to assist in the unique expression of each individual, evolving human being… as a YOUnique Self.
It is through interpretation with a backbone, with a process skeleton, we allow ourselves to individually discover OurSelf. Any human assessment diagnostic must be interpretive and evolving by design to give a person, or system thereof, the ability to see OurSelf(s) most clearly, fully, colorfully and potently whole as One.
From Left to Right we have… Ask YourSelf – LetGo – Ah-Ha & DoIt
Flo …is in blue below
ReMote …is the big eye above
BeIt …did not make this photo shoot but you can find s/he somewhere around here….
Synchro …you join us later… (unless I put s/he in and forgot to edit this text afterwards 🙂