This is a continuation of conversations from two previous blog posts - Noomap and Noomap On-going. It is between Bret Warshawsky, a co-founding steward of Noomap, and me. The dialogue focuses on the personal development tool called Gene Keys.
Gary R Smith
G. - After ordering the Gene Keys book, I realized that Kati is familiar with the system. She was quite interested in it for a time, when we were on Maui. As she reminded me, she was on the verge of having a session with a practitioner. She didn't have, and eased away from the teachings.
When we talked, these came up:
While the system is universal, it gives a partial picture.
The system is overly complicated.
The teachings are in the head. They do not open the heart.
We are more than our DNA, and are not bound to it.
There was a dispute between the original teacher and his student, Richard Rudd. Those un-dissolved conflicting energies are still attached to the system.
Such systems are the work of one or more individuals who try to turn their aha! insights into a technique for everyone. For the practitioner, it is being fitted with someone else's idea of a hat.
The personal development/inner work in our awakening world is conducted in the moment, uniquely to the individual, and over intuition and heart intelligence.
How do you feel about these observations?
What is the relationship between the co-founders of Noomap and Richard Rudd?
Bret A Warshawsky
We are friends with Richard and many in the Gene Keys community. Andrea and Chris also did some work on the new Gene keys society website as individuals, not as 'Noomap'.
The system, to me, is no more or less complicated than any other whether it be Buddhism, physics, tantra or whatnot. I take from it what resonates for me.
I don't think it is fair to make an absolute statement like the teachings are in the head and they do not open the heart. That may be true for some, even many or even most, but not all.
What system is ever a complete picture? I don't usually worry about that, for me, the maps are never the territory, so I take what I like and leave the rest. I don't expect any system to be universal or complete.
A lot (even most) of the Gene Keys came from Richard's study and immersion in Human Design which he seems to readily acknowledge. He's perfectly imperfect like everyone else.
Perhaps the unresolved conflicts he had with his teacher are attached to the work. I'm not sensitive enough energetically to pick that up.
Last thought, people we know who use Gene Keys seem to be quite in their hearts, and bodies, and minds too.. including Richard. So for me, that's a reflection of the work. Of course, ultimately, as many of us are finding.. these systems, maps, etc are really in the mind.. and seems they will be/must be left behind in order to be truly liberated and free of mind.
Gary R Smith
B. - The system, to me, is no more or less complicated than any other whether it be Buddhism, physics, tantra or whatnot. I take from it what resonates for me.
G. - I understand what you are saying. In general, my feeling towards complicated systems is that many are designed that way in order to sell books, hold workshops and have a need for practitioners. I have several books which contain complicated systems — the 11 steps of this, the 7 octaves of that — and I like their tables of content but did not get further as I saw the complication was really not needed and just hinders for me the natural process. All that is needed is something so simple the mind has difficulty accepting that it can be effective.
I also like the philosophy and people of HeartMath. They have done much to expand our understanding of the intelligence of the heart. I feel full alignment with the statement on their home page:
HeartMath provides tools that connect us with the heart of “who we truly are” for living healthier, fulfilling lives and building a brighter future.
Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.
G. - I bought their biofeedback devices twice over a period of years, and made dedicated effort to use the HeartMath system. In the end, I had to reluctantly acknowledge that 'bridging the connection between hearts and minds, and deepening connection with the hearts of others' would not happen for me over the computer. Their system forces a person to analyze data, and mixing that with heart is like trying to mix oil and water. Yet thousands would disagree and give testimonial to the benefits they receive from using the devices and analyzing their data. I do not want to be in a position of arrogance, to say they are deluded, so must leave it alone.
B. - I don't think it'd fair to make an absolute statement like the teachings are in the head and they do not open the heart. That may be true for some, even many or even most, but not all.
G. - I agree with you. What statement can be absolute? We live in such a relativistic world! But that statement is not absolute either. I do not doubt it is possible to use the Gene Keys to one's benefit and be a heartful, loving person. But I recognize my own weakness of getting too single focused on anything which requires the intellect, to the detriment of the rest of my surroundings and relationships. I have realized over and over, as it took many lessons, that striving to understand something does not bring me any closer to experiencing it, and in fact can create barriers which prevent communion.
B. - What system is ever a complete picture? I don't usually worry about that, for me, the maps are never the territory, so I take what I like and leave the rest. I don't expect any system to be universal or complete.
G. - Yes, that is true. All systems, techniques, traditions, beliefs, perspectives and so on are incomplete in themselves. Imbalance occurs when one places too much reliance on a single system or tradition.
B. -A lot (even most) of the Gene Keys came from Richard's study and immersion in Human Design which he seems to readily acknowledge. He's perfectly imperfect like everyone else.
G. - The founder of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also developed that system upon the foundation of one he learned from his teacher, and there was similar conflict. Also, the organization which followed Paramhansa Yogananada's teachings split, each faction claiming to be the true one. Not to mention the 'followers' of Christ! I do not judge this phenomenon but sometimes wonder at it.
B. - Perhaps the unresolved conflicts he had with his teacher are attached to the work. I'm not sensitive enough energetically to pick that up.
G. - Nor am I. But Kati is, and I have great respect for her sensitivity. She came around to say she does not know if the conflict was resolved or if the teacher of Richard still lives. She also softened her initial stance about the mental and complicated characteristics of the Gene Keys.
B. - Last thought, people we know who use Gene Keys seem to be quite in their hearts, and bodies, and minds too.. including Richard. So for me, that's a reflection of the work.
G. - Well worth noting. Kati suggested I watch a YouTube video of Richard and see for myself how his energy feels. It will be subjective, whatever I may conclude. I must add, the energy I sense from you and Chris seems to be full of heart. Kati watched Chris' presentation and also likes his energy. I do not mention Andrea because we haven't had any interactions.
B. - Of course, ultimately, as many of us are finding.. these systems, maps, etc are really in the mind.. and seems they will be/must be left behind in order to be truly liberated and free of mind.
G. - Bret, your last sentence sums it up for me. 100 percent agreement. I am exploring a practice which focuses attention on the breath and the heart space. Pranayama without the tradition, technique or system. Pranayama perhaps, guided by individual intuition and evolved collectively.
But, this does not mean to me that my interest in Gene Keys is done and over. As a saying goes, there is honey in the clover. It just needs to worked by the bees.
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