The Difference Between Men and Women (The David Deida Workshop – part 4)


On the morning of Day 2 all the men were separated from the women.  We learned how to breathe very deeply, and after two hours of that we were in a completely different state by the afternoon.   One woman commented that as we walked back into the room she went from feeling afraid of the men the night before, to feeling like she could ask any one of us for anything she needed.  It was that big of a shift.

Men are presence.
This is what a woman wants more than anything. A man who is completely there with him.  She will follow a present man to the ends of the earth, and chop his balls off when he goes unconscious.  That's all well and good, but there's a flip side to this that women do not like.  You see, presence comes from nothingness.  It is only nothingness that can hold that full presence. 

But most women do not understand a man's attraction to nothingness. Why? Because women think a man has a woman's brain.  She thinks when he's upset that what he really wants is to talk and to be held.    Hardly!  He wants space.  He wants nothingness.   When he comes home from work and just sits in front of the television, that is his nothingness.  Women try to fight it… they make him engage, they make him talk about his day.  David said to forget that.  He said, you want your man to engage, put dinner in front of him and go down on him as you massage his legs.  Then he will do anything you want… It's true.

Women are light.
A woman's essence is light.  It's this divine grace that attracts a man. It's this light that opens him up to God. And it's this light that powers him to live his purpose…  A man who is fully present realizes that a commitment to a woman is actually freedom, because he is free to live his true purpose when he has a woman supporting him.  Now that's all well and good , but the flip side is that with the divine light comes completely inexplicable behavior. 

Men believe that women have a man's mind, so they think she says what she means, and will not change her mind.  But in reality her mind changes like the weather, and fighting it is like getting angry at the sky for the thunderstorm.  In fact, David says a woman's complaints are not really complaints at all.  They're foreplay.  Yes.  She is riling up her man, testing him, seeing how strong he is, with a huge desire for him to pass the test and take her.   David said, do not try to rationalize with her, it won't work.  Her complaint isn't even relevant to what she's saying. She's really testing her man, and the superior man is not only unfazed, but turned on.

It all comes down to baseball
Women's views on relationships are the same as men's views on baseball.  If you have a favorite team, you like to see them win. But if the game is 20 to 0, it's just not a good game.  Yes, your team won, but it's not a good game.  If it's tie score, bottom of the 9th, and a 3-2 pitch, then it's a very interesting game.   This is how women are with relationships.  They don't want the easy win. They WANT the risk of losing it all.   

I didn't think this could be real until David said, "Have you read a romance novel?  You have a woman who married a man who goes off to war, and she thinks he's dead and marries his best friend, but then her husband comes back ten years later and she doesn't know what to do because her first love is back, but now her son is with his best friend…. Now all the men here are thinking – what a nightmare! And all the women are on the edges of their seat."

Love vs. Sex vs. Romance
Love is pure acceptance.  It's absolutely required for your relationship, but you can have love with anyone (love for your parents, kids, etc). 

Sex is what David calls "polarity" – the poles of masculine and feminine.  But it's not just physical sex, it's intercourse an all levels.  It's intellectual intercourse, emotional intercourse, spiritual intercourse – all of these have a masculine and feminine and they are at play in a relationship.  If either is lacking, then the polarity is dead and the relationship goes down hill.  David actually believes that women are evolving faster than men, and since the masculine is not catching up, women have to be their own men when they don't find one.  He said that's why women will take on the masculine but then have their boy-toy boyfriends (e.g. Angelina and Brad).

Romance… romance is the big MacGuffin.   It comes and it goes.  In other words, it's unnecessary.  That sudden rush of excitement, that fluttering heart – it fades.  Yes, it's nice.  But it's not necessary for a great relationship the way love and polarity are must-haves.  (e.g. this is why arranged marriages work).  This one was hard for me to swallow. 

I've always been convinced there is "the one." But now I'm not so sure.  And once we started the exercises between men and women, I saw first hand how it's completely possible to love anyone.  How it's possible to even feel a sexual attraction to anyone.   It was such an intense feeling that my whole body was going into shock.

Stay tuned for details in the next chapter (and we will finally get to the "Sex without Touching)

The Source of All Pain (The David Deida Workshop – Part 2)


In just a few days, I had bought my ticket, booked my flight, found a roommate and a ride to the event.  I was in the perfect state of mind, which I define as having very low expectations while simultaneously holding very high hopes (this creates the most open space possible… think about it).

As 300 of us sat patiently in the ballroom of the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn, David came on stage and simply looked out at all of us for 30 seconds before he spoke (by the way, if you ever speak in public, this is a wonderful tactic.  It centers you, gets you in alignment with the energy of your audience, while increasing the curiosity and attention of the crowd).

He began with a history of consciousness that led to a profound conclusion – consciousness moves from time into space.  For example, as humans we can look at a yard stick and see that it is three feet long.  But an ant, who has limited spatial consciousness cannot.  The ant can walk across the yard stick, and thus experience it as 15 minutes long.  It experiences that dimension in time.  Make sense?  So for humans, emotions are currently experienced in time.  We say, "I was angry for fifteen minutes."  But as we become more conscious, we will experience anger in space.  Some of us have already done it, as we realize that we store our emotions in our body (tight shoulders anyone?).

Our own emotions exist in space, and have a huge impact on everyone around us. You've probably already noticed that if you're in a bad mood, or stressed out, you can easily stress out the people around you.  And if you're truly happy (as opposed to simply excited), then you can lift the people around you.  This became painfully clear as David had us do an exercise (you can try this right now)…

Imagine yourself in the most beautiful room you can fathom (I chose a huge open living room, with a wall of windows and french doors opening up to a long pool with cabanas around it).  Then imagine the partner of your dreams comes into the room, sits and curls up next to you and kisses you.  Feel that for a moment.  Now here's the punch line…  Whenever we are in a state in which we feel less than this relaxed, we are actually causing suffering to everyone around us.

It suddenly hit me how much suffering I had caused.  It made such an impact I could have gone home at that moment with a realization that was worth the full tuition.  But we had not even hit 5 mph yet.

Next:  Sex without Touching

The Superior Man (The David Deida Workshop – Part 1)


If you're a man, and you haven't read Way of the Superior Man, pick it up immediately.  It will either save your current relationship or your next one. (If you're a woman, do not tell a man to read it.  Simply leave it around somewhere for him to check out on his own).  I first read the book about 4 years ago.

The book is about the tragic loss of masculinity within our culture, and the triumphant rise of men who dare to claim it back.  If I can share one story, it would be a simple parable of a man coming home on the day he won his million dollar contract.  He's so happy and overjoyed, but when he gets home, his woman smiles briefly and quickly asks, "Did you remember to bring the milk?"…  So how does the man react?

The man is severely disappointed.  He just accomplished a major goal, and all his woman can think of is the milk (which he did forget).  Now I could identify with this man.  How could this woman be so insensitive?  I would have felt thoroughly deflated in this situation…  Little did I know, I was identifying with the weaker man.    

David re-tells the story, only this time the man hears the question and instead picks her up his arms, kisses her and says, "Baby, I'll buy you all the milk you could ever want!"  And she melts in his arms.   What's the major difference here?  In the second story, the man is unperturbed.  He doesn't need her validation.  He's so secure in who he is and his own purpose, that any question or complaint from his woman can't shake his resolve.   Wow. I had totally missed the boat.

Cut to 4 years later, and I'm sitting in a room with the superior man himself, and 300 men and women, in the hills of San Diego.  Each person clearly committed to their own growth, to their partner, or their future partner.

Next… Part II – The Source of All Pain

Zappos Insights – The Studio



Having fun with the video team and the Zappos talent. It's Corporate Training meets Wayne's World .

Climbing with the team



"Rock Climbing" with Donavon and Jon.

Embrace the dollar’s downfall?


In the Guardian, Dean Baker claims banks might suffer if China stopped buying US debt, but the US economy as a whole would be much better off.   But the comment below is what I found most interesting:

You overlook the reserve currency status. If the USA loses that (and it will) it will cease to be able to sustain the debt that it issues(it already can’t). It will be catastrophic. The Mountains of debt of the USA are only barely serviceable due to the dollar reserve status ie everyone requires dollars to trade, and that is currently and very tenuously underpinned by the oil trade being forced to be in dollars. This is the crux of the present perpetual war for perpetual peace that the USA/UK is currently waging all over the world. They are desperately trying to cobble and hold together an unravelling currency regime. If you control the source of energy you control the currency that they trade it in , and EVERYONE requires energy.

The UK benefits from this petrodollar as these are recycled via London banks to New York. The main reason that I can discern that is keeping us out of the Euro is this petrodollar dependency. The Euro is a competing currency vying for reserve status. This is also the reason why NATO insists on dominance in Europe, they dont want a Europe military to rival them. To keep a reserve currency you require a big stick to dissuade dissidents, you require a big military. The caspian area and the middle east are the two regions that HAVE to be controlled if you want to exert control over energy under any reserve currency.

Alas, the rucktions we see all over the world are the death throes of the dollar reserve currency. I fear they will plunge the ENTIRE world into war before they let it go.

Though assuming it would fall, and assuming we must embrace it, we’ll have to embrace local and micro-currencies (for more info, read “The Future of Money“). 

Also, it would be safer to invest in gold and commodities than stocks. For more on this, read “Crash Proof 2.0