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Next Culture Education
February 15, 2017 Clinton Callahan

Only when I experience enough pain and cost from using modern culture thoughtware does it become unthinkable to still use it.



This is an invitation to seriously engage a self-designed long-term program to develop social competence more aligned to your archetypal birthright as a woman or a man.

This means you taking actions that expand you beyond the limits of your modern culture schooling. In this process, you will be unlearning as much as you learn. Unlearning can be painful. It can release repressed memories and feelings about intuitively knowing long ago with certainty that something was wrong but deciding to endure it in order to survive.

Proceeding in your next culture education gives you entirely new options. Having new options means that your future can be different from your past. A side effect of authentically committing to your further unfolding is that you give your children new possibilities for their future as well.

Modern culture schools teach classes in reading, writing, arithmetic, history, science, language and social studies.

Next culture classes add memetic engineering, sustainability, matrix building, conscious feelings, Box mechanics, conscious theater, space navigation training, emergence, wellbeing, transforming vision, social competence and archetypal relationship.

Next culture class topics seem very different but the learning process includes familiar elements. You will read certain books and websites, watch certain films and YouTubes, take certain workshops and trainings, and do certain experiments and processes. You will attend and eventually source your own ongoing weekly study and practice groups in your home, and you will take further steps on your archetypal rite of passage into adulthood.

It takes time to build an understanding that allows you to make decisions in next culture context. Understanding for new decisions is built through practice. Practice is multidimensional, that it, it is not simply about accomplishing a certain task. Practice also includes the manner in which you accomplish that task, for example, your posture, attitude, eye contact, tone of voice, loudness of voice, where you place your attention, how you run your energy through you body and through other people in the space, what your purpose is, how you manage resources, speech patterns and timing, and so on. Consciously adjusting these subtleties transforms your whole orientation to what is possible in life.

Life itself is far vaster and more complex than any one culture can portray it to be. Ordinarily, your Box blocks all but a few culturally approved options from your view. But in fact, you have an abundance of options and resources available that you are not aware of not being aware of. Next culture education connects you with unimagined assets.

Consistent practice over time turns into a life of practice. If you read the books and watch the videos if you set up and hold space for a Possibility Team and so on, the part of you that wants to wake up will be tremendously fed and nurtured. BUT, doing experiments is only for you. Make sure you are not doing experiments to try to please some other authority figure.

If it is not appropriate for you to do a particular experiment, then don’t do it. This list of experiments is not provided so that you can whip up a guilty conscience and beat yourself up about not doing it. The experiments are provided as part of the bridge to get from normal to extraordinary, from conventional culture to next culture.

Brain research reveals that there are four learning styles, each one associated with one of your four centers:

  • Visual learning associated with the intellectual center
  • Audio learning associated with the emotional center
  • Kinesthetic (or tactile) learning associated with the physical (or moving) center
  • Insight learning associated with the energetic center.

Listed here are experiments in all four flavors. We tend to orient ourselves towards whichever learning style feels most comfortable to us and then forget about the rest. To expand your horizons it can help to try more than once the experiments that don’t seem so attractive at first. For example, if you do not normally read, try reading more. If you do not usually engage in physical or introspective activities, try these more. The purpose for using a variety of learning methods is to move towards greater resilience, flexibility and balance between your centers, to gain free access to the resources of all your centers with equal ease.

Perhaps you will encounter difficulties when doing experiments. You may even encounter difficulties in finding the study materials themselves. For example, some of the books are out of print or are only available in English. Many of the films are older and are not available for rent. Some films may only be available in English. So what? Overcoming these difficulties is part of your next culture education. There are many possible responses to these challenges, for example, work in teams to obtain or use the study materials. Here is an experiment: Make the entire next culture education process into an adventure instead of into a problem.


No single book contains everything that is needed for next culture education. The following books each investigate particular aspects. The books are listed in alphabetical order by title.

Choice Theory by William Glasser, Harper Collins. This man has paved the way to radical responsibility by teaching how to take responsibility for choice.

Conscious Parenting by Lee Lozowick. The book depicts the application of spiritual principles to every day life in practical detail. Warning: Significant Box expansion.

Creating by Robert Fritz. He delivers many powerful and clarifying distinctions about responsibility, creating, and stepping into a life that truly matters to you. Clear and easy to read.

Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings – living your own truth by Clinton Callahan. This book is about feelings, and the ways that we, as individuals and as a culture, have numbed ourselves against them. It is about unleashing the possibility of conscious feelings to re-make your life into what really matters to you. The book is full of photographs, thoughtmaps, and initiatory edgework experiments that build matrix to hold more consciousness.

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s “guerrilla teaching.”

Getting Real by Lee Lozowick. Street wisdom for coming times and now.

High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them by J. F. Rischard. Taking responsible action depends on your level of clarity about what’s really going on as well as on the number of real options you can choose from. This book is full of clarity and options.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. This is the story of human beings as told by someone with a very different perspective. You will not want this book to end. An adventure for the mind and the spirit. Daniel Quinn said, “Something better than civilization is waiting for us.” He knows what he is talking about.

Island by Aldous Huxley. The challenge with having a vision of sustainable culture is twofold. First you need the courage to establish it in the real world and live there yourself. Second you need the courage to face the reactions of those who have no idea what you are doing. This book tells that story.

Of Water and The Spirit by Malidoma Patrice Somé. This is one of the most amazingly clear and mind-blowing reports of African initiatory process from the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso. As wild as these tales are this book only includes the parts that Malidoma was permitted to divulge.

Original Wisdom by Robert Wolff. This is the only book in which I had a tacit understanding and experience about what is lost when modern culture extinguishes indigenous and original intelligence, a resource that guaranteed us a sustainable culture for over 40.000 years.

Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon. The source of some of our favorite PM thoughtmaps. A must-read book.

Radiant Joy Brilliant Love – Secrets for Creating an Extraordinary Life and Profound Intimacy with your Partner by Clinton Callahan. The most exciting and complete information about relationship and communication, about being a man or a woman, and about the crucial rite of passage into adulthood.

Radical Parenting – Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional world by Brad Blanton. The book is honest. The writing is based on Brad’s personal experiences. The book is thorough because over the years Brad has had so many clients for psychotherapy who have repeated over and over again the same family breakdown symptoms, that Brad’s ideas and shared skills drill directly to the source. A useful read.

Star Maker and Odd John by Olaf Stapledon. Star Maker is a remarkable story about consciousness and its search for recognizing itself. Odd John indicates what is possible for human beings and how far away from that we are as a species. John is an explorer who trusts his own experience.

Teaching As A Subversive Activity by and Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner. This is a great book about taking responsibility for your own education.

The Essence of Parenting by Anne Johnson and Vic Goodman. This is an extensively explained invitation to an excellent context for childraising.

The Kin Of Ata Are Waiting For You (novel) by Dorothy Bryant. A surprising story about the struggles a person goes through after failing in mainstream culture and discovering they may not be a failure at all in next culture.

The Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuinn. This is a fantastic rite of passage and journey into the underworld story for men (and, also for women!).



Accepted (German title is S.H.I.T. which stands for South Hampton Institute of Technology…) This is a funny and inspiring story showing a number of useful procedures, for example: 1. How to create a gameworld using Declaration (from the PM thoughtmap Map of 3 Powers, including Declaring, Choosing, and Asking), 2. How to create a self-organized university, 3. How to receive offers by being a “Yes”, 4. How to give interesting offers in return, 5. How to answer the question that is being asked, 6. How to be with a person while not being hooked by their Box, and 7. How to do Dragon Speaking (from the PM thoughtmap Map of 6 Kinds of Speaking, including ordinary Neurotic Speaking, Adult Speaking, Discussion (which may be either Neurotic or Adult), Possibility Speaking, Discovery Speaking, and Dragon Speaking). Watch it then do it.

Ancient Futures – Learning from Ladakh A rare, touching, must-see documentary (featuring Helena Norberg-Hodge and supplementing her book of the same title) contrasting village life, where each person in the community grows up learning how to make their own clothes, grow their own food and build their own house, with the emptiness and shallowness of high-speed, diesel-burning, money-centered modern culture.

An Inconvenient Truth A documentary by Davis Guggenheim with the former US vice president and candidate for the presidency Al Gore about global warming. The film shows live recordings of his presentations in many cities where he describes the scientific and political aspects of global warming and what we can do against it.

As It Is in Heaven A Swedish film by Kay Pollak. A wonderful very touching film with excellent stage direction. Each single character appears in brilliant individuality so that the viewer at the end really gets to know and to love the people on a very deep level. Profound issues are being addressed through very simple people in a very natural way in midst of an everyday environment. This film shows a Possibility Manager in action. It shows how he cares for his people and what he can bring out in them individually as well as in the group.

Departures / Nokan A little-known excellent film telling the touching story of a young man in modern-day Japan (pre-Fukushima…) as the universe plucks him up by the collar of his shirt and shoves him into his true-calling, his archetypal lineage as a speaker for the dead. The embarrassment and shame of other people cast upon him are so true. His boss / teacher / colleague is masterfully respectful of both his own self, his apprentice, his office partner, and those he serves – who are so unable to feel or communicate about their feelings. This is a must-see film, especially if you ever wanted to be closer to your father.

Don Juan de Marco with Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway and Johnny Depp. Everyone lives in their own story. We enact our life and we all are characters in our own play. We don’t realize how much freedom we have to create relationships filled with love, beauty and grace. This film is a jewel for possibility makers.

End:Civ with Derrick Jensen, environmental and cultural activist, and author of Endgame, Volume 1: the problem of civilization, and Endgame, Volume 2: resistance. This is a must see documentary. It asks you directly: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” You may be able to see this for free online.

Enemy Mine with Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett. You have a Box. You are not your Box. Neither are they. If you understand this you will never have a conflict any more. This is the story of a man who realizes that there is no difference between beings. The only difference is the Box. Such a realization is big enough to end war.

Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Stories have the power to heal and to transform. This film shows a man who takes responsibility for being a story maker. Many skills are required: being unhookable, making boundaries, appreciating people, collecting people from where they are, magical transformatory stories, listening as a space ….

Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank. “Freedom Writers” is based on true events and tells the story of unmanageable students of the “racial-integrated” High School of Long Beach and a committed teacher. How does she approach the Afro-Americans, Asians, Latinos and the only Caucasian who are strictly separated according to their ethnic affiliation? Very inspiring!

Garbage Warrior – the story of Michael Reynolds and the development and spreading of Earthship designs. Watch Garbage Warrior online.

Meetings With Remarkable Men by Peter Brook. A mixture between autobiography and fiction about the first half of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff’s life. In his later years G. Gurdjieff was a provocative spiritual teacher. This is the story about a group of people, who are courageous enough to ask dangerous questions until they find answers.

My Dinner With Andre with Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory. When the human mind is freed from ordinary limitations it is capable of exploring vaster territories. The value of making such journeys shows up in the quality of the stories you can tell your friends when you come home. This film is the documentary of a man’s journey (I think it is a true story). Try to track during the film how far you are able to keep up with him before the story exceeds your limitations.

Pan with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. The pressure of modern life disconnects us with our imagination. Imagination is a resource needed by Possibility Managers to create nonlinear relationships. Pan is the story about what it takes to reconnect to our imagination.

Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. Passion cannot be taught. It has to be discovered. Our culture does not teach us passion. In order to be nice, you have to be authentic even if your authenticity lets you be different than everyone else in your city.

Schooling the World The white man’s last burden.

The Corporation by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and J. Bakan. More and more conglomerates are dominating our perception and our thinking. This film is about becoming aware of the corporations’ unconscious worldviews so that we have the chance to make a choice for our personal and professional life.

The Economics of Happiness made by the International Society of Ecology and Culture, with Helena Norberg-Hodge. This amazingly perceptive film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world, people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance – and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben (, David Korten (author of The Great Turning), and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. Please spread this video far and wide. You can get them from their website.

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard
A 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

Trashed by Jeremy Irons. Jeremy looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. it is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution.







The way to really embody the distinctions that provide authentic free schooling space for your children is to participate in Expand The Box training and Possibility Labs.


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