Entangled in the Web

Yfke Laanstra

It was spring 2017. My book 'Bits, Bytes & Bewustzijn' was finished, my writing work was done. It had found its way into the book stores and my message had been made accessible to the general public. In the form of a book with a free app. I remember very well that I realized the moment that it was finished. I wanted to rewrite another chapter, but all I had to say at the time had been said and it was in the right chronological order. I had just typed the last lines and with a huge smile on my face I proudly called my mother. 'It's done,' I yelled on the phone.

What a unique experience and what a relief to be able to put so much in perspective, to have so much empty space at my disposal to be able to outline a larger framework. About my passion for the cutting edge of consciousness and computer technology. How very helpful for myself, because this made it even easier for me to navigate and increased the urgency even more to bring this out to the public.

But the things I would realise about my book only months later were painfully confrontational and embarrassingly ironic. Even somewhat hilarious.

It actually started as early as during the preparations for the book launch. The build-up to this was one big drowning process. I was unable to steer churning streams of data in the right direction. I spent months reconciling in slides, information and research into finding that perfect image and that perfect structure. Day in, day out, I locked myself in my office, behind my screen, with yet another mind map in the works. Once in a while waves of inspiration came and I tried frantically to capture these in a framework. In vain. As soon as I tried, the inspiration would ebb away again and I would continue to struggle in persistent pools of despair. In the end I decided to relax a bit and trust in a positive outcome and was still able to unwind a bit on the day of the launch. But it was pointless: during the presentation I died a thousand times and I wished that I could crawl under my rock again, behind my safe laptop, in endless online surfing sessions. A tsunami of self-doubt, insecurity and judgment flooded me. Despite the positive reactions and the subsequent invitations to lectures. However, my fierce inner critic refused to make any positive statement. It was an intense experience, but fortunately, 24 hours later, I had picked myself up again: after all, an opportunity for growth had offered itself. I proceeded with courage. Many lectures followed and the experiences varied from being completely in my sweet spot to utter displacement and everything in between. Until at a certain moment I realized that I was hiding behind a beamer, in the shadow of technology, and didn't really show myself. I got the feeling I was stuck in a concept, in a format that didn't suit me. Allowing myself to be led by existing perceptions of technology and (unconsciously) helping to propagate them. But this wasn't my narrative. I didn't want to just warn humanity about technology, help strengthen some kind of polarity or herald the end of the world. I wanted to highlight the start of a new reality, where humanity and technology can go hand in hand. That is, with humanity at the wheel and consciousness as the key.

I became stuck, incredibly frustrated, tripped and fell. In the autumn I decided to unplug and reconnect to myself. I realised that I was running after my own book and hadn't (yet) taken the time to allow that what I had written down to sink into me deeply. To reflect on this and to mark my own position in it. The irony was, apparently this was not consciously necessary either: this process had already started at an unconscious level. I had bypassed myself, stumbled and had fallen on my head. My head that was really stuffed. To the point where I noticed that I was increasingly unable to properly concentrate, drowned in my own thoughts and was quickly overwhelmed. As in a bad joke I had to think back to the remarks in my own book about the emergence of new disorders such as Infobesitas.

Infobesitas
This is also referred to as data smog. An excessive intake of data, an information overload that leads to data congestion and decision-making stress and to an excessive stimulation of the senses.

However, as time went by, I couldn't really see the sense of humour any more. Before writing my book, I had already acknowledged to myself and my newsletter subscribers that I was addicted to my smartphone. At the time I thought that I had acknowledged this to its full extent. Perhaps a little light bulb should have been lit when my soul mate gave me a t-shirt with the text 'I love you more than wifi' ;)
Soon after the actual full extent became painfully clear to me. When I reread my own book, many paragraphs suddenly pinpointed some sore spots. Some very sore spots. I had to admit to myself that in some parts of the book I was totally describing myself.
Passages about the importance of spending time in nature, exercising, incorporating tranquility and relinquishing from spending time on your computer every now and then in order to recharge and reconnect to oneself. About how excessive computer use particularly activates your left hemisphere, keeps you occupied in your head, out of touch with your body. The negative health effects of the radiation. The possible addiction to smartphones, social media and the internet. The internet, the digital heroin. Ouch, how confronting. For someone like me who prefers to be glued to her laptop all day, endlessly surfing the internet and in the evening with the same ease switching over to her smartphone and smart TV. Who is very difficult to get outside and to get physically active. Whose world is mostly inside her head. Connected to the cosmos, sure enough. But where my strength is, there is also my biggest pitfall.

The other day I jokingly said to my partner: I am a Millennial who was born just a little too early. Millennials, also called Generation Y, are the generation that born between 1980 and 2000. In a world where the smartphone and the internet are commonplace and almost everything is available at the push of a button. A generation that is not known for its patience and that is based on convenience and instant gratification. Luck and friends can be 'ordered' online and no mountain is too high, until they have to climb it by themselves. From the beginning of this digital era I have embraced technology, I have become close friends with it. I'm also not known for my patience and expect instant results. I find it incredibly difficult to work steadily and over a long period of time at something, the smallest thing makes me change course or throw in the towel. Moreover, I am high-sensitive, very easily distracted and bored, always looking for the next big thing. New ideas, new input. This often results in an endless merry-go-round, looking for the perfect entry, the perfect perspective, the perfect design. In addition, I want to make a difference and also have big ambitions. Altogether more or less a recipe to actually get little done and, with an overactive inner critic, becoming frustrated and burned out. Another feature that Millennials are known for. 

I move about online just as easily, maybe even easier than offline, with the risk of getting more and more out of touch with the 'real', analogue reality. Given my insatiable hunger for knowledge, need for understanding and for analysis. My laptop, smartphone and tablet with wifi connection are willing, always available and they never complain. So much was clear by now: I had become entangled in the (worldwide) web. The web of which I had written extensively myself. Not overnight, but gradually. Like a virtual assassin. I had become more and more absorbed in it and got caught up in it, losing myself in the process. The big spider was lurking, ready to strike. Suddenly I realised: that's why the subject matter touched me like it did, of course, when I started to delve into it. That's what made me go deeper into it in the first place, on a subconscious level. Apparently this was my way of self-exploration. A painfully confrontational self-exploration.

In my book I talk explicitly about the importance of being human, with all its virtues such as empathy, love and attention. To explore what it actually means to be Human and I urge the reader in the chapter Slow Tech to guard this. To make sure that technology is and remains of service to this. Especially in the time in which we live today. It is this being Human, with its full emotional spectrum, that seems to be my biggest challenge. More than ever, because digital temptations are looming. And they are screaming for my attention. Increasingly I recognise how very dangerous this smartphone can be, if used unconsciously, and what really happens in and around us through these Smart technologies. How I increasingly drifted away from myself. How your and my attention and perception of reality are hacked. What the impact is on our social and professional lives and more importantly: on the connection to ourselves. By now I have come to realise that I am an experiential expert and I feel an even greater sense of urgency in getting this message across. Even I underestimated it to such an extent. Hugely underestimated it. For now my focus is on learning to use technology in a conscious manner and reclaiming my time and attention. This will enable me to consciously focus on what really matters to me.

And what I found somewhat hilarious? That all of this is actually so obvious that it seems like the proverbial elephant in the room. The thing we all know but nobody dares to say out loud. Let's first focus on our relationship with what we're all carrying in our pocket, instead of at this stage worrying about how artificial intelligence might herald the end of mankind. This is something that we will have to deal with at a later stage. First things first.

The biggest challenge of our time is not so much that robots will take over but that we have to make sure we don't become one ourselves.

Even when I write this, I feel that this touches me deeply. To me this is such a painful notion and I see this happening in and around me all the time. Even subtly promoted in the media: in films, games and series. Change can only start when you are aware of what's going on, of what needs to be addressed. After all, you can't change what you haven't yet acknowledged.

Today, I have adjusted my course, my priorities. Will you move along with me?

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The radiance of the Heart

Yfke Laanstra
How fascinating it is that we can have such a great effect on each other, that there is so much exchange of information and energy and that there is so much taking place in the dimensions, which are invisible to our human eye.

So many energies move in, around and through our bodies and we are part of such a complex range of force and energy fields that our human brain cannot actually comprehend it.

How remarkable, then, is the continuing and primary focus of our science on the intelligence of our brain and our thinking. Developments around Artificial Intelligence focus on the brain and how we can increase our brain capacity. And don't get me wrong, our brain is a fascinating and incredibly valuable part of us being human, where would we be without our minds and our brains!

But when we think about intelligence, our physical and energetic heart is an incredibly intelligent and grand facet of who we are...

Ancient civilizations attributed many qualities to the heart: that of wisdom and insight, and the heart as a source of courage, hope and trust. And through time a lot of old knowledge and wisdom has disappeared into the background and attention has shifted to our brain, our mind, from a more technological and scientific perspective.

In the embryonic phase, the heart is the first to develop as an organ and starts to beat (about 20 days after conception) even before the brain is fully developed (about 90 days).

Scientific studies have shown that the heart signals danger before the brain. The brain uses logic and ratio but the heart signals much more and can feel what's coming. Recent research shows that there are more instructions moving from the heart to the brain than the other way around.

Electromagnetic interplay
Everything in our living universe has an electromagnetic radiation, the cosmos, the stars, our earth as well as our body, the plants, animals, food etc. We are living in an ocean of electromagnetic waves or frequencies and everything is connected and therefore interacting with each other. Nothing is isolated and the flapping of a butterfly's wing can have far-reaching consequences elsewhere on our planet (the so-called 'butterfly effect'). 

Our brainwaves, heart frequencies and the frequency of our earth are at best in perfect harmony (i.e. at the same frequency or wavelength, this is also called the Schumann resonance). Then there is a state of absolute well-being: a vital body, a clear mind and an open heart.
So you can imagine that technologies that emit electromagnetic radiation can directly influence our frequency and consequently our well-being, for better or for worse. We have now developed advanced technologies that stimulate heart coherence and guide our brainwaves to more harmonious frequencies. However, there are also technologies that disrupt our frequencies and consequently our resonance with the earth. Think of wireless internet (wifi), dect phones, TV, microwave, computer, smart phones, smart meters etc. This interference has a direct impact on our health and general well-being, and can cause discomfort and, in the worst case, illness. Depending on how sensitive you are to these frequencies.

This does not mean that you should by definition stay far away from it, but being aware of it will do no harm. There are many precautions that can be taken to neutralise the harmful effects of such devices. A proper grounding, a conscious connection with the earth, at least causes miracles to remove excess tension.

Heart and head in sync
Also, such devices often ensure that you remain in your head and that you are predominantly engaged with your left hemisphere, that of structure, logic and ratio. Activating beta brainwaves that keep you in a constant state of alertness or stress, which focuses your attention to the outside world. As a result, you will be less in touch with your intuition and creativity. For this reason, for example, I have selected a day a week when I am not 'online' and turn off my laptop, smart phone or tablet (Digital Detox Day). I then consciously focus my attention on the right hemisphere's activities such as: visualising, meditating, feeling, dreaming and writing. Meditation, for example through consciously bringing attention to your heart, stimulates alpha or even the theta brainwaves and generates deep relaxation, harmony and a connection with your inner world, your intuition.

In a state of optimal well-being, our brainwaves, heart frequencies and the earth frequency are in sync.

Solar flares are also a perfect example of forces that can have a strong influence on the electromagnetic fields in the universe. As soon as there are violent eruptions in the sun, highly sensitive people in particular can experience this as very disruptive as it affects and destabilises their own field in a very perceptible way.

The electromagnetic field of our heart stretches for many meters around our physical body and this field is considerably larger and stronger (ranging from 100 times electrically stronger to up to 5000 times magnetically stronger) than that of the brain. The heart is comprised of one unit and represents unity, the brain is comprised of two hemispheres and represents duality.

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Mirror, mirror on our screens...

Yfke Laanstra

I just love computers. Most of my (office) days I'm behind a computer screen. Creating all these beautiful virtual constructs, online communities, digital worlds: I can't seem to get enough of this. Each one of these creations contributing to the consciousness and wellbeing of its users. It is like digitally playing with my own creation potential; everything is possible in the virtual world.

Computer technology however also has this miraculous mirror effect: it reflects (our) potential. It demonstrates what our reality is actually composed of, what we are actually composed of...

The holistic perspective claims that everything consists of energy and everything is interconnected. Replace the term 'energy' by bits and bytes, by ones and zeros. How 'woo woo' is this assumption actually? Our current computer technology shows us that it is a given, that you can build a reality by something that ins't visible to the naked eye... In both this energetic as virtual reality the possibilities of this creation potential are infinite.

Internet: the world wide web
The internet demonstrates our interconnectivity. Through the internet it is possible to have a realtime connection with someone on the other side of the globe, in a different time zone. Not bound to time and space.
The internet also gives us access to a world wide library, to an unfathomable amount of information. We can store data in the Cloud, in information fields we cannot see with our naked eye, in virtual data banks. Everything is information, everything is energy.

The Internet of Things is adding, connecting, a growing number of  ‘things’ to the internet, creating one big data network. In which all this data leads a life of its own, where it is being analysed and mapped (often) without the need of human intervention. This data netwerk contains all of your health data, data from your private life uploaded in Social Media but also your Geodata (where you are when), purchases, payments and data from all your ‘Smart’ ware and wearables (Smart phone, Smart TV, Smart watch, Smart meter etc).

Chat features offer us a modern form of telepathic communication. Without any spoken word we're having conversations and we can read each others thoughts on our computer screens. We exchange gigabytes of data through our desktops, smart phones, tablets, gadgets and games.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is todays crystal ball, through which we can predict our future by complex algorhythms. To some extent that is, because we are limited to using that information which is quantifiable, measurable.

Wifi – wireless internet
Where we used to need wires to get access to the internet, today all we need is a Wifi connection. We think it's completely normal to swim in a constant sea of data, amidst waves of information, that we can't observe with the naked eye. We're non-stop surfing these waves, directly or indirectly interacting with all of this data.

We think it's completely normal that we can pick up sounds and images by switching channels on a television or radio, tuning into other frequencies or by entering numbers, dialing a phone number. We consider it to be paranormal though to perceive other realities, other dimensions by tuning into other frequencies ourselves.

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The Electric Human

Yfke Laanstra

The mission of Holistic Hacking is to explore how computer technology can be of service to the wellbeing and consciousness of its users. An essential part of this is hacking our own consciousness with regards to the applications and implications of computer technology itself.

Everything in our living universe has an electromagnetic emission, the cosmos, the stars, our earth as well as our body, the plants, animals, food etc. We live in a sea of electromagnetic waves or frequencies and within this everything is interconnected and interacting. We are electric beings, walking data transmitters in a sea of frequencies.

Organic versus Artificial
There are both organic and artificial, man made electromagnetic frequencies. Examples of organic frequencies are sunlight, the earth's magnetic field (that moves the needle of a compass to the north) and lightning. The organic frequency of the Earth is also called the Schumann resonance. As an inhabitant of this beautiful planet it is beneficial to your health, consciousness and wellbeing to be tuned to this frequency.

When our brain waves, heart rhythms and the frequency of the Earth are in harmony (so on the same frequency or wave length), then there is a state of perfect wellbeing: a vital body, a clear mind and an open heart.

Bio computer
Our body also uses electromagnetic frequencies to process and transfer information. Not only by means of the nervous system and hormones, but a lot through the fascia (connective tissue) which is very conductive to electromagnetic frequencies and which is covering all our cells. A kind of organic fiber network. Also all of the cell walls are composed of connective tissue which receive information, out of their environment and from the interior of the cell, to what substances are needed inside the cell. This is actually also the basic principe of acupuncture: the needles act like a kind of antenna to make sure blocked energy starts flowing again by removing blockages in the corresponding meridians (energy tracks). All these energy tracks are connected to for example organs, organs to certain emotions etc. This is a beautiful example of the dance between matter and energy, between our body and our Soul, by frequencies connected to our health and wellbeing.

Whenever there is cell phone or wifi radiation in our body, than this distorts the information which the cell receives so it cannot function properly. The cells cannot absorb the correct substances through their receptors and the cells weaken and become ill. Also the white blood cells of our immune system, that use electrical information, are less effective. Prolonged distortion can lead to (chronic) disease, depending on the level of sensitivity to radiation.

State of Mind
Frequently working with computer technology also influences our brain frequencies and therefor how we feel, our mood and how we then interact with (and what we emit to) our environment. It keeps our brain mainly in bèta frequencies (12 to 40hz) in which we're constantly mentally active, experiences stress to a greater or lesser extent with a constant focus on the world around us. So frequencies also influence your state of mind. The alpha frequency (8 to 14 hz) is considered to be the most healthy frequency range because this generates relaxation and effortless attention. 

Crystal Power
In our cortex there are million of small crystal particles that operate as magnetic antennas that process information coming from outside of the body. These particles are extremely sensitive to magnetic fields that can therefor severely disrupt our metabolism. Quarz crystals have long been a source for the production of Silicon and, for that matter, are at the core of our computational world…



Electro smog
The rise and increase of electro smog (the sum of electromagnetic frequencies/radiation) has a significant impact on our quality of life. 

Could it be that the microwave negatively effects our food? That this scrambles the molecular composition and it distorts its 'code' and therefor the information that is being received by our bio computer?

Could it be that cell phones and handhelds, computers, tablets, monitors, fluorescent lighting and CFLs, UMTS poles, wifi and other electromagnetic devices negatively effect our overall wellbeing and health?

By prolonged exposure your body literally builds up too much tension (voltage). If we would still have a considerable connection to the Earth then we would be able to immediately release this excess tension through the earth, like a grounding mechanisme. But unfortunately the reality today is that this connection is mostly damaged and not or no longer functioning properly; we are getting more and more disconnected from our source (code), from nature. However, there are many products on the market to help you process this electro stress in a harmonious way or that reduce its harmful effects.

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Why my fascination for consciousness & computer technology?

Yfke Laanstra

They seem like two topics that are miles apart, almost each others opposite. But nothing is what it seems ;)

SInce my early twenties I've submerged myself in everything there is to read about consciousness, personal growth & development and spirituality. Well, not everything; but much. In my urge to grasp, understand and analyze things, to connect the dots.

Back then, in the midst of a minor identity crisis, I decided to get treated by a psycho therapist. All I knew was that I felt emotionally unstable for quite a while, afraid to be by myself and that I could feel this panic inside my body but I had no clue of what was wrong with me. Actually all of this was triggered by a seemingly innocent communication training at work, in which the trainer could completely see through my masquerade. On the outside everything seemed perfectly fine but on the inside I was a complete mess for the rest of the day. All I could do was cry and I felt completely lost. I can still remember this as if it was yesterday. After walking around like a zombie for a couple of days I managed, through my employer at the time, to start my therapy treatments with this psycho therapist and off I went.

A holistic treatment
Looking back this is where my journey towards myself started, my true self and my purpose in life. Towards a holistic perspective on wellbeing and human potential. This led me, amongst others, to join a school where I got trained to become a Holistic Coach/Therapist in Amersfoort (The Netherlands), to a certification as a Holistic Health Counsellor at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan/New York. This also inspired me to name my business Holistic Consultant, my app Holistic PDA and my blog alias Holistic Hacker. My focus is on developing virtual products and services that contribute to the wellbeing and consciousness of its users.

But what exactly is a holistic perspective? To me it means to look beyond 'merely' the human body, beyond our five senses and beyond what we can map and measure. The realization that, with the naked eye, we cannot see most of the dimensions that are present, we cannot observe the fact that we ourselves consist of multiple dimensions. That apart from our physical dimension we also consist of emotional, mental, spiritual and astral dimensions.

Out of the Box
To me this means thinking beyond what is considered 'normal', moving outside of the box and never accept anything for a fact because it is said so. Simply because your parents have told you so, because it is common sense in your family, because society, schools, knowledge institutions or even Science says it to be true. Research everything yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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