The Guardians Quest for a Conscious Tomorrow | Zachariah Fisher of Peace Guardians

With the rise of conscious families, there's no denying that the children are watching. Conscious Parenting is the future of parenting and to get there, we must be willing to do the work and to clear the ancestal karma once and for all. There needs to be more of an awareness on how we can best serve the leaders of tomorrow. As the wave of Indigo Children clear the space for the Crystal Children to rise in a post 2012 world, Peace Guardian Founder Zachariah Fisher is setting precendent on what it means to be a holistic leader in today's world.

For these childrem to grow up in a safe environment, it takes us coming together and being the change we wish to see in the world. This is the time for us to have more conversations about our intercity youth, how we create new systems to support our school systems, privledge and how we can best support the children today for a healthy and conscious tomorrow. To cultivate an empowered generation, we must help them and teach them the tools in their childhood. This is what the Peace Guardians are all about.

In this episode, Zachariah and I talked about….

☾ How Zachariah embraced his Hero‘s Journey to Cultivate Peace Guardians

☾ The evolution of parenting in this New Paradigm

☾ The collapse of outdated systems + the Cultivation of the New

☾ The Power of the Subconsious when it Comes to Learning

☾ The Truth about Holistic Leadership

☾ How Mythology has evolved into this Modern Day through the Hero‘s Journey

☾ Seeing the Centeredness of Children

☾ Bringing the Medicine to Intercity Youth + their Families at Large

☾ The Power of Collaboration through Movement via KinFlow

... plus so much more

Stop Talking and Start Connecting: How connection paves the way for learning

Stop Talking and Start Connecting: How connection paves the way for learning

Connection paves the way for strong relationships, healthy empowered discipline and learning opportunities. The more we connect with our children in times of struggle, the safer they feel expressing to us their struggles. As our children grow we want them to be able to come to us with their problems. We must cultivate connection as our first response, so that we can be trusted by them to hold space. Witnessing their emotions and allowing them to feel is challenging in our “quick-fix” bandaid the issue culture. Empathy and connection is a skill and it takes practice to embody.

The Art of Intentional Play: Why Getting into Flow and Optimized Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

The Art of Intentional Play: Why Getting into Flow and Optimized Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

Guest Post by Zachariah Fisher-Founder, Curriculum Development, Visionary, and Teacher at Peace Guardians.

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." - Joseph Chilton Pearce.

Throughout time, man has attempted to transcend the limiting confines of the ordinary and enter into the realm of the sublime. These heightened states of awareness are often called "flow states" and promote a flood of feel-good chemicals firing off in the brain. Dopamine, Oxycontin, Endorphins, and Serotonin measure off the charts when brain scans are performed on participants that are tracking in high flow, what athletes call “the zone,” or musicians often call “the pocket.” Flow States are a fascinating treasure trove of wisdom that helps to unlock some of the mysteries of peak experiences and lend a hand in the discovery of the importance of, as renowned mythologist, Joseph Campbell states, “following our bliss.” In this article, we will explore the benefits of these states and the clear link between Play and Flow.

In positive psychology, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In short, author Steven Kotler says, “flow states are when we feel our best and perform our best.” Beyond the intrinsic value of pure enjoyment, research has shown that when harnessed and cultivated, these states can and often do lead to altered traits. In his seminal work; Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates that flow is not just a key factor of happiness, but rather the key factor to happiness. His research revealed that worldly success and acclaim in the form of money, prestige and power did not show any noticeable increase in levels of happiness. However, when observing large samples of people that regularly incorporated flow states into their daily routines, flow proved to be the strongest factor of a more joyful life. 

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”

- Mr. Rogers

In my opinion and first-hand experience, children are drawn to timeless liberated play, not to escape the real world, but to enter it. I believe the art of play is a major pillar in the house of one’s journey to optimal potential and optimal learning. When we are fully immersed in play, we transcend our normal limitations enable our limitless potential to flourish.

Neuroscience has shown that our brain waves in the prefrontal cortex slow down when tracking in high play/flow This is the part of the brain that calculates long-term planning, lateral/linear thinking, time, logistics, etc. When this key aspect of our "reality filter" slows down, we are able to become more hyper-focused and immersed in the present moment. Our sensory awareness spikes, and we, in our relaxed theta state, receive entryway into a limitless treasure trove of wisdom.

This zone is not only for premier athletes and performers. It can happen while hiking, laughing, deep breathing, rock climbing, mountain biking, writing, painting, sculpting, time in nature, knitting, crocheting, snowboarding, and on and on. This zone is equally valid and valuable to each of us in our own unique way. In short, flow in its myriad of forms, contexts, levels, and degrees is not only available to all but is the birthright of all.

Let's explore 10 reasons why supporting our children to follow their bliss, or “getting in the flow,” is essential in optimal childhood development:

1. Mastery

Children will practice what they enjoy. Whatever you practice you develop the skills to get better, and if you practice a lot, you become a master. Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours theory has proven to be cut into exponential fractions when play/flow is a key component of that practice. Essentially, flow makes learning more fun and thus accelerates the path to mastery. The reason is that flow helps retain information from short-term holding to long-term storage, which promotes learning, memory and focus. Wisdom is best retained when it is embodied as an ingrained cellular practice, or as is often said, in your bones. Children intuitively know that through play, or getting into flow states, they can learn wisdom that simply cannot be gleaned by intellectual understanding alone.

2. Healthy Habits

Instead of turning to unhealthy addictions, flow can be a safe space with clear intention and benefits. With proper guidance, this space can be set to allow for prolonged, sustainable and healthy flow states that enrich our lives without dependency on outside forces, conditions or substances.

3. Intuition

When we do what we love, we are moving with the forces of the Universe instead of resisting, thus learning the art of trusting our intuition. By ultimately learning to trust our innate passions, we are progressing on our journey of self-discovery because it has been meticulously architected to support us.

4. Courage

Flow puts us into “the zone,” which we will need when facing our biggest challenges in life, obstacles, or innermost cave/abyss, as Campbell describes it. When we look at our deepest fears/obstacles through the lens of limited perception or false identification with ego, our fears/obstacles appear to our consciousness as often insurmountable. This is why flow is so crucial in transcending limited parts of the mind and entering into expansive/limitless new viewpoints. From this lens, our fears and obstacles that once seemed so daunting loosen their grip on our psyche and we can “move confidently in the direction of our dreams.” - Henry David Thoreau

5. Purpose

Our purpose is often rooted deeper than our rational mind. It is at the very foundation of our inner-self. The journey to discover our inner-self and ultimately share it with the world is the center is of utmost importance. By allowing for timeless play, children are given the optimal environment to draw forth their most optimal self-directed path towards living their purpose.

6. Rhythm

The way of the world is often very robotic and one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter rhythms geared for industrial productivity. Nature flows in sacred geometrical patterns of regeneration and connectivity. Plants, animals, and bodies of water flow with their own instinctual rhythm and patterns. This rhythm is essential to find within ourselves because our purpose exists beyond the shackles of robotic linear pattern thinking. Whether it’s dance, drumming, singing, rapping, art, sports, etc., finding our natural rhythm through flow is essential in the self-discovery process.

7. Getting out of comfort zones

The enjoyment factor of flow is so high it is considered to be the single most addictive feeling in the world. When we enjoy an activity or state so much, it provides an incentive to do that activity over and over again. Flow experiences can be intentionally molded as tools for getting out of comfort zones because the rewards of the experience outweigh the fear of staying comfortable.

8. Self-rewarding passion

Instead of searching for extrinsic motivation, flow is intrinsically rewarding, which helps us to enjoy the journey and not obsess over the destination as the only measurement of success.

9. Quieting our inner-critic

Neuroscience research shows that flow states shut down the part of our brain that manages lateral thinking (past, present, future) as well as the “inner critic”.

By experiencing prolonged states of STER (Selfless, Timeless, Effortless, Richness) we free ourselves from the shackles of critique and open ourselves up into an infinite world of possibilities.

10. Emotional Alchemy

In Ayman Sawaf’s neuroscience research known as “Drops of Joy,” the results show that joy brings our emotions into their higher octaves. By adding a drop of joy to anger, it turns into courage, another drop of joy and it turns into passion. Same with fear, by adding a drop of joy to fear, it raises to concern, another drop, compassion. So the next time your child gets angry or scared, watch how inviting their joy raises the frequency.

*Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series that will focus on practical ways to incorporate intentional play in both your life and your child’s life as a living, breathing practice.

Peace Guardians programs are offered to a variety of Homeschool communities throughout Southern California. The class focus and objectives are:

Mindfulness, fitness, cooperative games, play-based learning, art, music, creative expression, and physical education.

Mondays 1:30-2:45 PM Ages 5-8

Fox Hills Park, Culver City

Wednesdays 12:15-1:30 PM Ages 5-8

Woodland Hills Rec. Center, Woodland Hills

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Peace Guardians

Peace Guardians is a shared vision of certified educators, parents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and artists that believe that NOW, more than ever, the planet is calling for a new generation of heart-centered leaders. Our team was brought together by a mutual passion for youth empowerment and a shared concern around the problems youth are facing today. We believe the way in which youth are educated is a gamechanger for bringing about true global change.

With the rise of technology, we have seen a rise in social and emotional disconnect. Our education system as a whole does not meet this growing epidemic. The traditional schooling system is based on old industrial philosophies that promote mechanical learning and does not meet each child's unique blueprint and creative expressions. The system as a whole also undervalues its teachers who must be empowered to express their gifts and not pigeonholed to an outdated system that simply no longer serves our collective optimal potential.

We envision a global network of empowered educators that partner together with students. We envision a system that nurtures emotional intelligence and self-development of the whole child. After three years of visioning and beta testing, Peace Guardians has devised three programs that exist to serve as solutions for systemic issues in education, community relations, and youth sports. We believe these issues must be not only addressed but remedied once and for all for a thriving humanity to be realized.

Flow States by Steven Kotler

Your Brain Performs Better When It Slows Down, with Steven Kotler

Best-selling author Steven Kotler discusses hypofrontality -- literally the slowing of the brain's prefrontal cortex -- and how it allows one to enter an optimal state of consciousness, known as flow. As Kotler explains, flow refers to those moments of total absorption when we get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears

04 November, 2014

Best-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in "bullet time." Like Keanu Reeves' Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.

Kotler describes it like this:

"So our sense of self, our sense of self-consciousness, they vanish. Time dilates which means sometimes it slows down. You get that freeze frame effect familiar to any of you who have seen The Matrix or been in a car crash. Sometimes it speeds up and five hours will pass by in like five minutes. And throughout all aspects of performance, mental and physical, go through the roof."

While this may sound like sci-fi hocus pocus, Kotler explains that beneath a flow state lies "a complicated mass of neurobiology." There's a common myth that humans only use about 10% of their brains. If we were to assume this (and we wouldn't, because it's bogus), an optimal performance would then mean the brain works harder and faster to achieve 100% efficiency. As Kotler explains, the 10% myth has it all backwards:

"In flow, parts of the brain aren’t becoming more hyperactive, they’re actually slowing down, shutting down. The technical term for this is transient, meaning temporary, hypo frontality. Hypo – H – Y – P – O – it’s the opposite of hyper means to slow down, to shut down, to deactivate. And frontality is the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that houses your higher cognitive functions, your sense of morality, your sense of will, your sense of self."

The prefrontal cortex also calculates time. When we experience transient hypofrontality, we lose the ability to assess past, present, and future. As Kotler explains it, "we’re plunged into what researchers call the deep now."

So what causes transient hypofrontality? It was once assumed that flow states are an affliction reserved only for schizophrenics and drug addicts, but in the early 2000s a researcher named Aaron Dietrich realized that transient hypofrontality underpins every altered state -- from dreaming to mindfulness to psychedelic trips and everything inbetween. Sometimes these altered states involve other parts of the brain shutting down. For example, when the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex disconnects, your sense of self-doubt and the brain's inner critic get silenced. This results in boosted states of confidence and creativity.

Kotler describes it as his mission over the past 15 years to reclaim the study of flow states from "the hippie community" and place it back within the gaze of hard science. While researchers have been studying flow for over 140 years, recent advances in brain imaging technology have led to significant neuroscientific revelations and should lead to many more. Whether or not we'll be able to develop a "Neo switch" so that bullet time can be all the time... well, I suppose it depends on just how far the rabbit hole goes.

Hero's Journey of Optimal Childhood Development: Part 1 by Zachariah Fisher

Hero's Journey of Optimal Childhood Development: Part 1 by Zachariah Fisher

'Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' Howard Thurman

From the dawn of time, man has searched for deeper meaning to how we got here, who we are and why we are here. These sparks of deep unquenching wonders and curiosities have evolved over millennia, but the answers to these burning questions have remained subjective at best. There simply seems to be no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answers to life’s deepest questions. You may ask, what do these esoteric inquires into the nature of life itself have to do with education and optimal childhood development? If life’s deepest mysteries remain unanswered,  let alone the constitutional make up of each unique individual, how can we begin to think we know exactly what and how we should teach our children?

Children are natural explorers, in a fervent exploration to remember the essence of who they are. Their surroundings serving as doorways into the infinite world of wonder for which one can endlessly explore. Why indeed do children desire to explore this world of wonder, what answers do these mysteries hold for them and how can we as adults support them in this uniquely intuitive quest?