I recently conducted this wonderful podcast with Jamie Wheal about an amazing project that he and Steven Kotler the co-author of Abundance are working on. I was first introduced to Jamie by Steven Kotler. Subsequent to my interview with Steven we started a wonderful dialogue and it lead to him informing me about “The Flow Genome Project“. I was so enthralled with what they were working on that I invited Jamie his partner to do this podcast to inform my listeners about their mission.
I am certain that many of you are aware of the term “Flow” made aware to the world by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi the author of the book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience“. He developed the term “flow states” to describe the state of peak experience which some will seek to recreate at any cost because it’s so enjoyable. Flow is defined as the state of being where time slows, self vanishes, action and awareness merge into one–often referred to as peak experience, runner’s high, being in the zone or dropping in the pocket.
Jamie and Steven are on a mission to study flow states in what they refer to as “The Flow Dojo“. They want to hack the flow state, and determine what physically, mentally and emotionally is occurring to the body when someone has these peak experiences. In other words they want to map the genome of Flow, which if they can do this would be an amazing feat.
The information and data received as a result of studying people who attain this states of consciousness would be extremely valuable because flow states are known to optimize performance, enhance creativity, drive innovation, accelerate learning, amplify memory and underpin happiness itself. If they could recreate these “flow states” and know what is required to do so, imagine what could happen in our business world. This data and process would become an extreme advantage to any employer that was involved helping their employees achieve and sustain the “state of flow.”
Jamie and Steven have created a website dedicated to this project, and you can access it by clicking here to learn more about “The Flow Genome Project“. At the website you will find articles, videos and you can read more about the “Flow Dojo”.
In my estimation this project takes human performance and mastery to a whole new level. If Steven and Jamie can quantify their research and hack the state of flow, this would be an amazing breakthrough.
If you are interested in getting involved, please sign up at their website and you will be contacted with more information. I hope you enjoy this great interview with Jamie Wheal about the “Flow Genome Project”.