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Divine Elements-- From Vision to Venture!


This work is the culmination of the twelve months of contemplation inspired by the quote by a frustrated NHL coach, Bruce Boudreau, who told his players after a disappointing performance: "If you want it, don't just think you want it. Go out and [bleeping] want it."

 I wondered: Just what does it mean to "want it?" What drives our desire from "want it" to "[bleeping] want it?" How do we recreate that state!!?? Knowing that, I could master the Laws of Cause!

What follows is from first principles, but fair warning: In my view, human consciouness flows from divine light, not the 3 lbs of neural connections in our heads. Indeed, our brains are transceivers of consciousness, not generators.

Yet, regardless of whether you place faith in pop science, our shared expereince as human beings is proof enough that our primary modes of consciouness are Thinking and Feeling-- regardless of source.

First disclosed at the CPAK conference in Rancho Mirage, CA on October 18, 2014, the Divine Elements is the foundation of the Laws of Cause and the Pyramid of Desire.

First Principles

The wisdom literature from antiquity reveals that the Cosmic Vibration, the great "light" of Aum, conveys both energy and information— the Cosmic Intelligence known as Tat.

Even in ancient symbols, Cosmic intelligence (air) is contained within the Cosmic Vibration (fire)—like music carried within a high-energy radio wave.

Within our consciousness, we experience these vibrations as Thinking and Feeling. Indeed, our brains are perfectly designed to process this divine light.

Their most profound and obvious features are the two dedicated hemispheres that process thinking and feeling, the left brain for thinking and the right brain for feeling. You might think of our brains as having dual APUs or Aum Processing Units.

In addition, where we focus our attention determines whether we experience the divine light as an Introversion or Extraversion.

When internally focused, thinking and feeling creates logical and creative energies, those we experience during contemplation. When externally focused, thinking and feeling creates form and connective energy, those we express when we interact with the others and the world through our senses.

We glimpse the unmanifest in contemplation or while daydreaming. We Dream and Believe, turning our attention to the thinking and feeling energies within, imagining what might be. This is Vision.

Then, when we chose to do so, we manifest our Vision in the world, applying these same feeling and thinking energies externally through our actions. We Love and Create. This is Venture.

The graphic below depicts human consciouness as we determine when Vision will become Venture.


Everything man has created was once an inspired idea.

Look around— cars, trucks, trains, buildings; consumer products, like radios, iphones, the computer you may be reading this on; but also soft “wares” like stories, songs, music, the constitution and laws. Even performances like acting, dance, and poetry, all began as ideas.

Put in modern day terms, the essential steps of innovation are: Dream, Believe, Love, and Create. All things created began as dreams, plans are impassioned with unshakable belief, action is made diligent through love of work, and creations are brought into form and presented through courageous engagement.

These four energies, the two internal energies, logic and creative, and the two external energies, connective and form, map precisely to the Divine Elements from antiquity, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

These elements represent the essential steps of human innovation, from inspired idea to final form. Air represents ideas and abstract reasoning. Fire is creative intuition, will and belief. Water represents devotional action; ceaseless immersion in one’s work. Earth represents the end product; final form or result.

With the fall of the human awareness into the dark ages, it’s no surprise that we are just beginning to grasp the significance of this ancient recipe to the most apparent of all human ventures; the continuous creation of civilization.

These are the elements by which humanity manifests from the unmanifest or, if you don’t care for that language, the energies required to turn thought into form. Form is not made of these elements, but by these elements. Your mind is where Vision becomes Venture— or where it stalls— depending on your perceptions, beliefs, effort, and courage.

“Form is not made of these elements, but by these elements.”

The fifth Divine Element, Spirit, is the source of it all. Dismissed, of course, by those who dismiss the divine light altogether. Yet, regardless of the source of inspired ideas— be it a glimmer of the divine light or the firing of local neurons— all human creation follows a specific order; Air, Fire, Water, and then Earth.

When the divine light flows in our minds, it's exactly the reverse of what the ancient stupas symbolize: man’s ascension to the heavens from Earth through Water, Fire, and Air. The divine light— information and energy— flows to man from spirit through Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.This is the process of innovation. In modern day language, the steps are Dream, Believe, Love and Create.

Venture Gap

During our lifetime, we create on two fronts: legacy and mastery. Legacy is what we do; Mastery is what we become.

Doing and Being manifest from within; both interact with and perfect through the rich experience of Venture. There is no doing without mastery, and there is no mastery without doing. These are interdependent.

The process of achievement is simple: Dream big, steadfastly believe, labor with love, and then create the life of your dreams, right? Right! We all know there’s a gap between vision and venture—that gap is between your ears! You might dream and believe it. That’s vision. But until you venture— love and create— whatever the vision, it remains “no thing.”

"Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did, there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path"— The Matrix

This gap that will not be crossed until you really “want it!” Well, that’s the subtlety, because everyone “wants it” a little, maybe even a lot. Yet, we’re not going to Love and Create it until "we [bleeping] want it," so badly that our entire being is behind the effort!

We get hung up at belief. It’s as though we stand on a ledge, dream in hand, facing a chasm we fear crossing. Let's call this the Venture Gap. Yet, it’s not the lack of desire, but intensity of desire that determines if we venture. To really “want it,” we have to intensely believe our vision is personal, urgent, and necessary before we fully commit.

The War of Perceptions

Desires arise from the difference in what we’ve got and what we want. Yet, it’s not that simple. The difference is actually driven by the perception of what we’ve got and what we want— and that may be entirely different from objective reality!

Our perceptions are remapped by fear and delusion; by avoidance and denial. Fear is the feeling aspect and delusion is the thinking aspect of our divine awareness. The same imagination that can create a masterpiece of art or innovate a rocket ship is readily available to sabotage our ventures!

When we dream big, we are pushing back fear. When we discipline our minds to believe we’ve got nothing— despite milestone accomplishments— we are pushing back delusion to maintain a state of “wanting it.

Desire is intensified by Certainty and Urgency. We may be 100% certain of our vision but, without urgency, we procrastinate. Or, it may seem 100% urgent to “do something,” but without certainty of vision, we obsess. Taken together, when we know and it’s now—the “time is right and the time is now”—we resonate with and strengthen our Vision with enough determination to cross the Venture Gap.

We also map Dedication as certainty and Discipline as urgency. Determination, in case you're wondering, is beyond Desire. Until you know and it's now, you won't make the absolute commitment necesary venture-- the prerequisite for Determination (Note: The word means "the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose." So, no commitment, no "Determination").

The Rise of Personality

Though life experience, we form many habitual fear blockers and delusions to protect ourselves from unpleasant encounters. Each of us naturally gravitates toward 4 primary social styles that seem safe and familiar.

These style associations are nothing new (Jung, Myers Briggs, and others). What's added here is the connection to first principles; back to the primary internal/external engergy expressions of thinking and feeling. I choose the word Valiance because, wherever we feel safe and competant, we tend to be "boldly couragous," the dictionary definition of valiancy.


  • Pleasers are Amiable. High Warmth, often low Logic. 
  • Protectors are Drivers. High Logic, often low Warmth.
  • Producers are Analytical: dreamers who often fail to act.
  • Performers are Expressive: doers who often fail to plan.

Our destiny is to become whole, so we naturally gravitate toward relationships with opposites who most complete or perfect us. Ideally, we are already "whole" on our own, so healthiest attraction is a matter of perfecting not completing.

Pleasers are mutually attracted to Protectors, each craving the warmth or competence held by the other and lacking in themselves. Producers and Performers, while often more balanced on their own, crave the doing and dreaming skills strongest in the other.

Expanding each style to include the predominate energy, eight Valiances arise.

For example, Producers will exhibit inventiveness or inquisitiveness depending on whether they tend to be more creative or logical. Performers will exhibit more passion or prestige depending on whether they tend to be people-driven (connective energy) or status-driven (forming energy).

Finally, these eight areas of Valiance map to eight goal setting areas under four main catagories: Emotional, Venture, Vision, and Mental (ordered to match graphic). Goal setting, of course, is nothing new. What's added here is the unification of goals, styles, attraction, vision, and venture into a whole.

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