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.
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.