Below is a brief description of the concepts “lumpers and splitters” and “metaprograms”.

Lumpers and Splitters:

There are lumpers, who like to group things into broad categories, and there are splitters, who divide things into smaller categories. While both ideologies can be useful, lumping is more often overdone. People put things that don’t necessarily belong in the same category together, which can lead to great misunderstandings, particularly when it comes to science.

Lumping seems to be a particular problem when it comes to genetic engineering.

When a scientific study shows a certain effect (positive or negative) of a certain genetically engineered trait in a certain plant species on a certain animal species when it is consumed at certain dietary levels, it does not ever mean that all genetically engineered traits in all plant species have that effect on all animals.

Meta Program Pattern

They are mental processes which manage, guide and direct other mental processes. In other words, they are processes about or at a higher level than (meta to) the mental processes they affect.

Here is a list of some popular meta program pattern:

Toward or Away
External or Internal Frame of Reference
Sorting By Self or Sorting by Others
Matcher or Mismatcher
Convincer Strategy
Possibility vs. Necessity
Independent, Cooperative and Proximity Working Styles

There are over 50 pattern listed, many of which overlap.
Below is a summary of one of the more popular distinctions.

Matcher or Mismatcher Sort

A Matcher or Mismatcher sort is based on how much sameness or difference a person finds in any situation. This sort also effectively determines how much a person will agree or disagree with you throughout a conversation.

If you ever find somebody that always seems to have to disagree with you, now you know why. – This meta-program determines how you sort information to learn, understand, and the like. Some people respond to the world by finding sameness. They look at things and see what they have in common.
– They’re matchers. – Other people are mis-matchers — difference people. There are two kinds of them. One type looks at the world and sees how things are different … The other kind of mis-matcher sees differences with exceptions. He’s like a matcher who finds sameness with exceptions in reverse – he sees the differences first, and then he’ll add the things they have in common.

A person with more of a matcher sort is often optimistic, very approving, and tends to look for similarities and common ground while conversing with others. They therefore base their decisions on the similarities they see in others, in circumstances, and in life. Therefore in order to influence, motivate and build rapport with this person you will need to listen intently and find common ground. Mirroring their experiences, beliefs, values and perceptions will help you to develop a strong emotional bond and greater levels of rapport.

A person with more of a mismatcher sort often tends to go against the grain. They tend to find faults in things, in circumstances, and in others. They always look for differences and will tend to disagree with you no matter what you do or say. Therefore, in order to influence, motivate and build rapport with this person you will need to become proficient at using reverse psychology.


Representational Systems 

Also known as sensory modalities and abbreviated to VAKOG or known as the 4-tuple,  is a postulated model from neuro-linguistic programming, a collection of theories, regarding how the human mind  processes and stores information:

The Primary Representational System is the representational system that someone most often uses to calculate experiences and show them to the world. Calculate does not always mean thinking or logic though. It can be via pictures, feelings, sounds.

Submodalities. Submodalities in NLP are fine distinctions or the subsets of the Modalities (Visual , Auditory , Kinesthetic, Olfactory , Gustatory , and Ad) that are part of each representational system that encode and give meaning to our experiences.



Look, picture, focus, imagination, insight, scene, blank, visualize, perspective, shine, reflect, clarify, examine, eye, focus, notice, watch.


Say, accent, rhythm, loud, tone, resonate, sound, monotonous, deaf, ring, shout, remark, listen, speechless, vocal, silence, shrill, quiet.


Touch, handle, contact, push, rub, solid, warm, cold, rough, tackle, push, pressure, sensitive, stress, tension, touch, gentle.


Scented, stale, fishy, nosy, fragrant, smoky, fresh.


Sour, flavor, bitter, taste, fishy, salty, juicy, sweet.

Tal Wilkenfeld – Under the Sun

Published on Apr 11, 2016
Recorded Live: 3/4/2016 – Paste Studios – New York, NY
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Kristin Kirk

Published on May 22, 2017 []
Kristin Kirk describes her way of opening to the whole plane of consciousness, and leads a meditation to bring her listeners to trust in the Unknown.

Spiritual seekers often desire the idea of living a blissfully awakened and embodied life. Living the Unknown is the tandem requirement. This means each radiant embodied step fully resides in Absolute not knowing. We will discuss the initial need for Trust, the subsequent falling away of Trust, and the return of embodied Trust. We will explore the embodied presence of living the unknown. To live Divine Embodiment one must walk the Unknown. To walk the Unknown, one must surrender fully into embodied being and nothing inseparably. They are synonymous. You are the living expression of this Truth.


Published on Feb 22, 2014
Kristin Kirk experienced an initial awakening in 2003 which revealed healing gifts and subtle inner workings of consciousness. This awakening radically transformed her healing practice and experience of reality. Since then, Kristin has supported self realization, embodied awakening and multidimensional functioning for individuals and groups through individual healing sessions, satsang and energetic transmission. Kristin offers intensive awakening journeys, meditation retreats, private sessions and classes with internet access. She also offers bodywork to support the physical changes of awakening, is a licensed massage therapist in Zen Shiatsu and has been in practice since 1989. She is available in person, via internet and phone and will travel by invitation. She is currently working on three books: one children’s

There is no small “I”

Rupert Spira [further reading by Rupert Spira]
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You describe a small ‘I’ which you feel needs to be dropped or got rid of in order to experience the freedom of your true nature. There isn’t really a small ‘I’ and a real ‘I’. There is only one ‘I’ …, and it is the ‘I’ of infinite Consciousness.

And what each of us experiences as a finite mind revolving around a finite ‘I’ is simply a limitation on that infinite Consciousness. So, the small ‘I’ has no reality of its own. It borrows its reality from the true and only ‘I’ of infinite Consciousness.

So, there is no question of getting rid of the ego or getting rid of the small ‘I’…, as if the small ‘I’ was an entity in its own right that could be got rid of or should be got rid of. The ego, the small ‘I’, the separate self, is simply an imaginary limit super-imposed on infinite Consciousness.
So, instead of feeling that you have to get rid of the small ‘I’, think and feel instead in terms of Seeing the reality of the ‘I’ that you feel yourself to be.

When you feel ‘I’…, (and all of us feel ‘I’…, ‘I’ is that around whom all experience revolves. It is always ‘I’ that am having experience)… don’t try to get rid of that ‘I’…, don’t condemn that ‘I’. Be interested in its nature, in its reality. Explore it.

Who or what is going to explore ‘I’? Obviously, I am. The mind is going to explore its own reality. The mind turns the knowing that it normally directs toward objects…, it turns that knowing on itself. Knowing investigates the knowing with which experience is known. Who am I? I am asking ‘Who am I?’ And in doing so, the mind is (as it were) lead on a…, it’s like a journey, deeper and deeper into itself…, which is like the fading of the image on the screen that I mentioned last night. As an image, there are a multiplicity and diversity of colors and shapes. Each form is limited and separate from the other. All the people and objects in the landscape are distinct and separate. But as the image fades, everything that separates them begins to fade with them…, the distinctions get less and less and less until, when the image has faded completely, their reality, the indivisible screen, shines. In fact, it was always shining, but it was obscured by the apparent multiplicity and diversity of images and objects.

So, it’s the same here. Our experience seems to comprise a multiplicity and diversity of objects and people, known by a separate subject…, and our experience appears in accordance to our knowledge of the nature of that separate subject. “As a man is, so he sees.”
So, to know what anything is out there, we have to know the nature of the Self in here…, [Points to himself] if indeed it is ‘in here’. When we start investigating that Self, we don’t find a Self in the body…, we find this open, empty Presence of Awareness…, in which the body and its world arise…, with which it is known and out of which ultimately it is made.
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Living Cells

a commercial done with extraordinary visuals:

Published on May 16, 2017
Welcome to a new world where immunotherapy unleashes your body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Welcome to medicines that are made using the body’s own living cells, not chemical compounds. Welcome to genomics and personalized medicine, which can be used to tailor treatments most unique to you and most devastating to your disease.

So you really think you know?

[follow up to fall-out from weekly zoom meeting from 5-11-2017]

Two weeks ago this phrase was suggested for contemplation:

There is no such thing as an absolutely True thought.

In retrospect, the depth, breadth and full meaning of the phrase apparently did not “take a hold”.

The phrase cuts straight to the bottom of a widely held perception: We mistake the beliefs we hold for “truth”, and often cling to it to the extent of engaging in arguments about it. We self-righteously stand strong behind thoughts, completely convinced that they are true. And all this happens in the context of our egocentricity, the conditioned identification with our minds. More often than not these processes are not detected, reviewed and examined, as we are way too busy showing off and asserting that we are right. Instead, we band together in patriotic, religious and other organizations that unite under a flag that symbolizes a belief system we feel so strongly about that men and women are going to war to defend it.

The motivating force for the zoom meetings is to provide a forum that serves as a lab for discovery and exploration beyond the veil of the mind. It is designed to facility an alternate mode of being, one that is liberated from the shackles of habitual identifications that cannot help but re-creating pattern that are carved into our neuro-nets. The outcomes of those mechanistic events are often predictable, leaving us with confirmation that our self righteousness is indeed true, which of course is a tragic mis-perception and mis-understanding of what truth represents.

We go through life, asserting the importance of taking care of ourselves, to establish and defend our egoic needs to be on top of the list. When challenged, we quickly come up with smart rhetoric to explain why exactly our behavior and view points are exclusively fact and to be honored as such by all those we seek to impress or convince.

The above is an attempt to give language to the expression “egoic antics”. It is a widely accepted practice and is taught through most of our institutions and homes.

The above is an attempt at assessing how to facilitate meetings and/or forums to interact with those who might find value and interest in the pursuit of truth. The conclusions drawn by this author is being communicated in this post and also in this forum topic. Readers are encouraged to chime in, share what is coming up  as they are contemplating that which is alive in them in the context of this writing. It is this authors experience, that by speaking up and putting that which is experienced into words, there is an added layer of realization of what really is happening in our lives. Some have said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and in that spirit, come on out and share your experience either in the “comment” section of the blog or as a reply in the forums.

Perhaps the most important distinction for this author is to notice the difference between an experience and thought/opinion/belief. The prior is a translation of a feeling, an alive process within an individual’s “body of experience”, and as such, is different from the latter: An expression of abstract, theoretical, analytical and intellectual phenomena such as beliefs, convictions and all sorts of speculations, assumptions and fabricated stories.

Come on out and play, either in the context of the blog, if you are genuinely drawn to study and apply the materials presented there: Meets on zoom on Tuesday’s from 16.00-17.15 EST.

Likewise, you are invited to join us on Thursday’s from 16.00-17.15 EST if you like the idea of mingle with kindred spirits to shoot the breeze in a less structured way, and allow a “stream-of-consciousness” type sharing from the heart, and to allow others to respond and engage in dialogue. The blog for that meeting is currently being setup on

May 25 Zoom Meeting Follow Up

Thank you Bharat and Charlie to show up today at the meeting.

Observing and listening to today’s dynamic, it seems most suitable to have two separate meetings:

  1. “The Way of Liberation” Zoom Study Group (Tuesday’s at 4 p.m. EST)
  2. “What is really true” Zoom Meeting Thursday’s 4 p.m. EST


Way of Liberation Study Group


  • feel compelled to directly explore truth
  • enjoy the freshness of discovery from a place of “not knowing”
  • have gain sufficient insight into their beliefs to step beyond them
  • are inspired to try on new perspectives
  • look behind the curtains of habit and conditioned behavior
  • experience a desire to widen back, expand views and drop perceptual filters
  • consider the possibility for truth to shine through they layers of illusion
  • notice a natural pull to raise levels of authenticity and honesty

if you feel these qualities describe you, you are invited to join us on Tuesday’s where we use Adyashanti’s “The Way of Liberation” as a guide to play with the elements mentioned above.

“What is really true” Zoom Meeting


  • want to engage in dialogue with others
  • are interested in exploring and stating how they would want to spend the meeting time
  • bring their own agenda to the meeting: “What do I really want”…..and how do I go about that?
  • are interested in self reflection and notice pattern in communication
  • and more to be determined by participants

if you feel these qualities describe you, you are invited to join us on Thursdays, where we get together to practice authentic and honest encounter

Is it true?

Below is a quote (let’s neglect the source, and simply contemplate on what is being stated). Is it true? How do we know if it is true or not?

There is curiosity especially how the quote below meshes up with “beingness” or “liberation”: Liberation from the illusion of the “false self”, that mental construct that fools so many into beliefs of “identity” that is based on assumptions and beliefs that do not hold up in the fire of “direct experience”!

We are all Vibrational Beings. You’re like a receiving mechanism that when you set your tuner to the station, you’re going to hear what’s playing. Whatever you are focused upon is the way you set your tuner, and when you focus there for as little as 17 seconds, you activate that vibration within you. Once you activate a vibration within you, Law of Attraction begins responding to that vibration, and you’re off and running — whether it’s something wanted or unwanted.

On your way…

In the late 90’s, during studies in Neuro Linguistic Programming at the University of California Santa Cruz, this  interesting concept was introduced:

NLPU Program Leader Robert Dilts summarizes “Positive Intention” as follows. The model is based on the Presuppositions of NLP

The connection of “each behavior has a positive intention” with “The Way of Liberation” is being explored in subsequent posts. Here, for now, a few more resources:

How Is It Useful?

“Behind Every Behavior Is A Positive Intention,” as presupposed in NLP, provides a path to getting behind problematic behaviors so they can be modified without losing the benefits they were intended to provide. This approach eliminates one of the greatest barriers to personal change — the fear of losing something valuable which a person’s present problems or limitations preserve.

In a sense, NLP is one of the kindest approaches to change of all the therapies currently in practice because it acknowledges the importance of not making changes without preserving the positive intentions behind the behaviors, however unpleasant or maladaptive the behaviors themselves may be.

When the positive intentions are preserved, the behaviors are free to change without loss, and people frequently discover powerful new possibilities they could never have congruently allowed themselves to consider before.

Most people, for example, are not very fond of experiencing the primary emotion, fear. But if fear had a positive intention, what would it be? For many, the positive intention of fear is, oddly enough, to keep them safe. Fear lets us know when we are not safe so we can avoid danger.