Jason Silva: Be in Your Flow State

What makes you truly enthusiastic? If you do not know the answer, you may not have yet flourished your talent. An epiphany addict tells us about the "flow-state". This is his advice to unlock your brain power.


Jason Silva: Artist, Futurist, Filmmaker

Jason Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker and TV personality. He is the creator of Shots of Awe, micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, the co-evolution of humans and technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. Also, Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He also created the web series FUTURE OF US for AOL, exploring exponential technology and the future of humanity. 

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The Road To The Singularity
The Road To The Singularity
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Brain Games
Brain Games
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-----For those who are not familiar with you, tell us more about you. You are a media artist/philosopher/futurist. What drives you and what has contributed to your self-development?


My background is philosophy and film. I'm passionate about using media technologies and storytelling to invigorate the imagination, to dissolve boundaries of thought and mind.  I have an interest in exponentially advancing technologies and their capacity to help us utterly transcend the human condition... But how to make people understand? How to create that cognitive shift in the minds of others? This has been the inspiration behind my Shots of Awe YouTube series.  12 million views later, I can feel a ripple happening.  My hope is that people begin to understand that our creativity and innovation is embodied in our technology. Technology is congealed imagination. Technology is a mirror, an extended mind.



-----You sometimes talk about the Flow State. Please explain a little bit about what the Flow State is. what is your Flow State?


The flow state is a state of mind associated with heightened performance, intense well-being, focus and human virtuosity. Musicians, artists and athletes will talk about "getting in the zone", and these moments allow us to pierce through, beyond our limitations. It's wonderful.  An organization called The Flow Genome Project is now working to deconstruct the neuron chemistry of flow and help people create more of it in their own lives.  It's great.  Here is my video on hacking the flow state.

-----When and how did you find your own Flow State? How have you applied it to your own career? 


Absolutely!!! My web series Shots of Awe is a collection of recorded flow experiences. Every single episode is an epiphany, an ecstatic flow state captured on camera. Also, my speeches around the world have become an extension of this flow state as well. I've spoken at Google, IBM, Intel and many other companies around the world. I love it. Here is my talk at Google:



-----How are people able to find their own Flow State? 


You need to practice paying attention to when you're at your most inspired. Everyone has an activity that brings us "their best self"-  follow that, build on that!   If we pay attention to our intuition, we can build our lives around these flow states. That's what all the greatest artists and athletes have done. Find your flow and build your life around it. 



-----What moments give you an adrenaline rush that you can feel in the present? 


I'm a big fan of cognitive ecstasy. Moments of intellectual revelation. I love learning, discovering something new. Wonderment is my favorite feeling. Cosmic Awe: looking at the big picture.  Every Shot of Awe episode idea reflection of that.



-----You are extremely good at thinking profoundly. How can people develop their profound thinking ability? 


Interpersonal transformation and deep thinking works only within a state of immersion. You need to be immersed in an experience, or in an idea. Only through the capture and management of attention can transformation occur. We live too many distracted lives. We need to find our focus.  

-----What is the most important thing you have discovered through your life what kind of influence it has on your life?


The realization that we have the capacity to change reality. Reality is coupled to perception. Change perception and you change reality. Many wise men have written this. But it needs to be felt experientially.  Go out there, dissolve those boundaries, step beyond the comfort zone. Take a leap of faith. 



-----What is the essence of living creatively and connecting the dots differently? 


Be willing to scramble your mental maps, put yourself in situations that radically alters your perspectives.  New perspectives turn into new ideas, new patterns, new visions. This is the path to transformation. 



-----If you could leave one message to the next generation to make the world better, what would be your message?