The working title is Love Your Mystery.
It is a timeless invitation to love the mystery of life. To live, love, learn, lead, and serve. Right now.
The human experience, as outlined by a way of experiencing the mystery of life, which I call The Pyramind. The Pyramind has five levels: EYES, CORE, HEART, FIRE, & LIGHT (see picture below). Within each level, there are six (6) gateways each. To learn more about each level and the gateways, check out the blogs here.
Like one of the greatest pyramids in the world, The Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, nobody knows how The Pyramind was built. The structure of this book, The Pyramind, is mysterious as well. While I will share my personal story that comes from my own brain, heart, mind, and life experience, I honestly can’t say exactly how and when I built The Pyramind.
The Pyramind was unexpectedly birthed into this world on a vibrant sunny day in Venice, CA. On February 16, 2019. my vivacious Japanese-American cousin, Gavin Masumiya, and I were brainstorming our value proposition for a digital community that we were building. The community was called Intense Freedom, FOCUSING on an inside-out approach to life, deep human connection, vibrant self-expansion, and playful engagement in the real world. As we designed our marketing language, we were referencing a pyramid that showed different categories of value propositions for consumers. This pyramid was a roadmap to build value into your business. This is when the lightbulb went off in my head. What if we created a pyramid for how to experience intense freedom, a simple personal roadmap that anyone could follow? Thus, we shifted FOCUS from the consumer value proposition pyramid and created our own pyramid of the fundamentals of Intense Freedom. At the time, the pyramid had three levels: AWARENESS, WONDER, and EXPRESSION. Together, these words formed the memorable acronym AWE. We hoped to give this three-step pyramid to future community members. As I typed my notes into a Google document, it just so happened that I committed a beautiful typo in the word “pyramid”. I accidentally inserted an “n” as the second-to-last letter. And thus, the name PyramiNd was birthed. I smiled and thanked my fat fingers for this Mysterious mistake. While we kept working on the community, I kept building the Pyramind. Soon enough, I had grown the Pyramind to four levels, and I was incredibly excited about it. The Pyramind would not leave my mind, and I kept building more levels and inserting more gateways. As a voracious student of life, I deeply enjoy this process synthesizing, structuring, and sharing wisdom with others. As fate would have it, our digital community, Intense Freedom, never got off the ground. For various reasons–the ultimate of which is the absolute perfection of Mystery–we scrapped the project.
But Connor couldn’t scrap The Pyramind. Since the conceptual ideation that glorious day in Venice, The Pyramind and I built each other for the next 11 months. As I kept exploring how to live and love, the Pyramind served as my beautiful bucket, a structure in which I could drop my wisdom. Everything I held dear and fundamental to life was inserted into the Pyramind. Like the Mysterious Pyramids of Giza, I can’t say when building the book actually begin. All I can say is that I felt the enormity and beauty of The Pyramind, and it was too good to keep from the world. So, I started writing. But, my excitement for life and commitment to service were quite distracting. Should I create the other digital curriculum I was designing? Should I keep hosting experiential dinners? Should I just FOCUS on my day job, building a social learning company to impact millions of students and adults worldwide? Over Christmas break in 2019, anxiety plagued me despite being in the PRESENCE of loving family. Even my vibrant 81-year old auntie, Lorraine, shared her concern that I appeared to be struggling with something. So, on January 12, 2020, I was walking Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, California, my hometown. My dad, Jerome, and I loved our sunset strolls. As I neared the North end of the beach, I neared a turning point in life. Without my conscious attention on the sandy beach, a decisive inner voice piped up, “Write the book.” I am not sure who was directing who, or what was directing me, but the gavel had been smacked. I obeyed this inner directive and shifted the FOCUS of my life towards writing the book.
Since then, I have written the book and the book has written me. My writings have taught me about the Mystery. And my struggles in this journey have told me what to write about. I truly believe that this book is part of my personal curriculum as a human being where I learn what I uniquely need to learn, so I can share those gifts with the world.
There are five levels to The Pyramind from bottom to top: EYES, CORE, HEART, FIRE, LIGHT. Each level has an overarching theme and six gateways, which are invitations to open up to the Mystery of life.
AWARENESS. PRESENCE. PERSPECTIVES. MEANING. BELIEFS. WONDER.
SAFETY. OWNERSHIP. FORGIVENESS. HUMILITY. KNOWING. MAGIC.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. RECEIVERSHIP. AWE. INSPIRATION. RHYTHM. COMPASSION.
COURAGE. URGENCY. FOCUS. CONSISTENCY. RESILIENCE. RESPONSIBILITY.
ENTHUSIASM. ADVENTURE. PLAY. EXPANSION. EXPRESSION. CONTRIBUTION.
Stay tuned on my website and social media channels for wisdom related to the book.
Listen to my podcast. I’m recording amazing conversations with amazing humans regarding the chapters in the book. This will give you a different perspective and an opportunity to learn from other incredible people.
Check out my web pages and blog for each level of the book where you can find the wisdom, resources, and more info!
Release date is TBD. I will keep you posted for opportunities to pre-order/order.
I truly believe this book is an important piece of writing for the world, especially at this time. I KNOW it will serve you. Look at each of the gateways mentioned above. How do you think your love for life would change if you embodied each of those? What the world needs right now is a deeper connection to the gorgeous Mystery of life, and this book delivers that to you in spades. It is poetic, scientific, mystical, spiritual, practical, aspirational, and fullblown fun to read in a style that only I can emanate. I can’t wait to explore and experience this book, and the world, with you. Thank you!
This week’s VIP on ChocTalkz is Gavin Masumiya, my cousin.
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