What we're about
What is Consciousness Hacking?
Consciousness Hacking is a hands-on approach to making new tools for self-exploration, in order to change the way we think, feel, and live. Its an inside out perspective on how technology can serve us by changing our relationship to the world, rather than the world itself. Consciousness Hacking is NOT about unauthorized or forced influence over anyone or anything. Meetings will focus on sharing various heart-centred participatory projects to actively hack consciousness. There is also a head-centred book-club to focus on philosophy and theory.
This Meetup group concept was originally started by Mikey Siegel (http://mikeysiegel.com) with his TEDtalk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG_chQK9iGc).
Consciousness Hacking has been booming already in the US and this is the launch of the first Canadian chapter! Checkout and subscribe to our page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/641341852666041/).
Follow the links below to see what other chapters are up to and get an idea of to expect for Consciousness Hacking Toronto:
• San Francisco (http://www.meetup.com/Consciousness-Hacking-San-Francisco/)
• New York City (http://www.meetup.com/Consciousness-Hacking-NYC)
• Silicon Valley (http://www.meetup.com/Consciousness-Hacking-Silicon-Valley)
Why do we hack consciousness?
“Unless you read different points of view, your mind will eventually close, and you'll become a prisoner to a certain point-of-view that you'll never question.”
— Mohamed A. El-Erian, Advice from his father
We hack in order to expand our awareness and experiences beyond the prison cells that our egos and preferences create for us. Consciousness hacking can be compared to jail-breaking a cell-phone. Consciousness hacking is a quest for ex-cell-ence by escaping the prison walls that society, conditioning, habits, and personal preferences build around us as spiritual beings. These walls (e.g., tribalism, nationalism, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, heterophobia, lookism, addictions, alienation, etc.) define us, but they also confine us. To accept the boundaries without question is to be an egotist — a pig wallowing in the mud of ignorance. Refusing to go beyond the walls means that we become locked-in to modes of being that may not serve us or help us become better human beings.
Consciousness hacking is no less than a prison-break. It is a quest for personal freedom and self-mastery. The freedom to choose and to think about one's pathway through conscious existence as not just a series of random happenings but as an intentional work of art. Consciousness hacking is an aesthetic participation, which on one level reveals the beauty of the spontaneous and random, but on another level speaks meaningfully to the beauty of intention, care and organization.
I believe that by successfully hacking our consciousness we become more than what we were before. We exceed the specifications of the operating manuals we are given and often take for granted. We personally enter into ever higher excellences of love, and when we do that, we change everything in our world for the better.
“Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin