Who is this Guy ?
A Myth, A Contradiction, A Wannabe or someone who really tripped on something interesting?
Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always
getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
My functional or screen name is Wikimonk and, my worldly name is Rohit Sharma. Unknown to me, many years ago, as a young under-trainee naval officer in India, I was gradually drifting towards solitary meditative practices. Sad, Ungrounded and feeling lost in this big world, my introspective personality was slowly making me aware of my personality deficits. My expanding discoveries were unpleasant and uncomfortable, and I found refuge in brainwave synchronization tapes, an emerging meditative technique those days. Incremental transformation led to momentous leaps and before I knew it, I was rapid cycling back and forth across the mental range. As they say in Buddhist practices, I was Awakening on Bootstrapped Insights. When I thought it was finally over and I had transcended, I would be given another challenge similar to what happens in the video games. Over time, deeply profound spontaneous insights emerged into my consciousness about the true nature of reality. On the peripheral zone, a keen yearning to develop a more accurate yet contrarian understanding of human mind was catalyzing in its own way due to the easy availability of internet. Before I realized, I was studying the neuropsychological basis of Buddhism, Evolutionary Psychology, Neural Nets, Biological Intuition, Origin, Complex Systems, Multi-Agent Models, and the Origin and Operation of our Unconscious Mind.
The first part of my name Wikimonk comes from the word Wiki, which is an application allowing for collaborative modification, extension, and deletion of content. It is an apt name given the similarity how our brain acquires, retains and prunes information. The second part, Monk comes from my pursuit catalysts which are solitary and reflective practices. As a part of a disciplined meditative training method, I routinely practiced soft and intense focused mindfulness while looking out the window of my room. I used to live in a beautiful naval training center in a city named Lonavala near Mumbai. It sometimes got depressing there as being on the windward side, it used to remain rainy and cloudy for the most of the year.
During those days, arcane medical journals were reporting that advanced meditators were being studied using EEG (Electroencephalography) patterns. I used to read everything I could lay my hands on EEG-driven neurofeedback training. Soon after, for pennies on the dollar, I luckily laid my hands on an excellent brand new condition 19-Channel EEG kit which was being discarded by a well-known hospital. Reading the untouched, brand new training manuals that came with the kit, I was soon conducting my own neurofeedback training. During one particular training run, I used to attempt achieving singularity with the environment in Deep Delta brainwave state. The body sleeps in Deep Delta, but my mind was fully awake. During these runs, I started noticing from my window, the same pack of birds perched aboard tweeting away to glory except “The One.” The contrarian birdie was different from the pack, perched away from the rest of the herd, looked sad and rarely tweeted. My unconscious was inferring the unconscious state of the bird, and my empathy levels were increasing.
I also noticed another phenomenon. To my great surprise and with firm statistical correlation, as soon as the EEG kit signaled entry into Deep Delta state, all birds except “The One” flew off in panic. I decided to start feeding “The One” leaving some food on the window’s outer ledge. The lonely bird would fly across to the ledge, stay there for hours; and would fly off eventually. It became a frequent visitor and also started tweeting away to glory. During the many weeks this phenomenon occurred, my enlightenment levels catapulted to a new level. For no particular reason, many years later, the name Perchingtree popped into my head. Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, experienced his enlightenment under a tree; mine happened while fixated on the tree across the window. So, I thought, why not name the company Perchingtree. How Cool, Right! (Smiles) .
A milestone event occurred during my enlightenment or delusional state (as some would call it), when, I overdosed on the Deep Delta brainwave pattern with the kit on my head. Waking up after 4 hours on the bean bag, I felt emotionally unsettled. I decided to go for a long run to deal with surge of unpleasant body feelings. As my body feelings peaked, a massive “Cloud Burst” occurred in the history of the city, that practically shut down the city. While I was carrying out stretching exercises across a dam bridge being fully drenched in rain, the rain was subsiding and my body feelings were signaling calm. Suddenly, in a moment of epiphany, an automatic solution emerged to a big problem that had been bothering me for many months. I had accidentally and unintentionally. Many months later, I realized that I had accidentally and unintentionally collapsed the waveform (as they call it in quantum mechanics). Every time I felt emotionally unsettled, a mirroring event happened in my environment without fail. I started journaling events in great detail so that I could carry out my own statistical bias testing. The pattern remained same where peak negative somatic feelings led to environmental disturbances, malfunctioning of electronics in my vicinity and sometimes weird behavior by some people in the surrounding. The calming phase always led to Emergent Insights. A ton of psychological discomfort accompanied the emerging insights. I quickly figured a way to down-regulate the insight channels, lest I became delusional. You must be wondering, who overdoses on weird meditation when there are better things to overdose on? Well, I did, and I am privileged of never been accused of being normal. Ha !
“When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears”
Over time, my emotional state would rarely become disturbed and the disruptive mirroring events were replaced by more subtle mirroring events. I always had an intuitive feeling that our mind and environment were like two pieces of a scissor and are more intertwined than we knew. I also knew instantly that my mind was pattern matching the environment through an environmental coupling. A strong hunch (hypothesis) developed, that my Delta Overdose, my physical state of activity and my embodied mind’s Unconscious Coupling with the environment had something to do with the mirroring events. Something had triggered changes in my consciousness and I had become super aware that the environment was mirroring back. Needless to say, I was scared but also curious. So, I was off to studying everything I could find on the neurological, psychological and quantum components of Consciousness as well as Pattern Recognition. Parallely, using a very unique emotional S-Curves process, I accidentally tripped on a counter-intuitive method of opening up Insight Channels in the Brain. Few months down the line, I had formulated a breakthrough Inventing method and used it to solve many of my problems. The end result was that I was able to intuitively navigate through any problem space while effortlessly piercing through any deception or ambiguity in any situation.
Within months, I had transformed from a brash, combative and flamboyant naval officer to a quieter person with an awkward social manner. I knew my transformation had something to do with our sub-cortical processing, which led me to study the evolution of “Behavioral Neural Nets” and “Biological/Artificial Intuition”.
Once I recovered from the roller coaster ride, I became super interested in strategy, problem-solving and study of evolutionary algorithms based computer models. After a lot of practice, I formulated a step by step process to achieve desired outcomes effortlessly, obliquely and frictionlessly. Preaching is easy, solving real problems with accountability is very hard. Soon, I was challenging anyone to try the process. And many people did in multiple contexts. As results indicated repeated success, I knew that I had caught on to something fascinating. The process was so counter-intuitive that everyone told me that it was impossible they could ever figure it out on their own. My methods worked even much better in complex domains as well wicked domains. In the next few years, I became an “Uncertainty Expert” in my professional and personal circles.
“Transformation is often more about unlearning then learning.”
You could give me any problem, some time to intuitively dwell over the problem and I could come up with the most optimal solution. My influence started increasing in my peer circles, and for the first time, I felt that I had created something meaningful of my own. I also actively studied “Emergent Strategy Formulation” which is rarely taught in our education system. Everything I had experienced including the EEG studies, the TRV research was now binding itself into a coherent structure. I only realized in hindsight that the packets of information streaming into my consciousness were nuts and bolts of what I would eventually call a “Human Re-engineering” framework. The “Core Framework” and “Outcomes as a Service” consulting model was the end result.
Hereon, things became super exciting. I dived the second time into a subject I had studied earlier i.e. TRV (Technical Remote Viewing) based on Project Stargate (sponsored by Stanford University and a leading government agency). In the methodology, I practiced ultra-silence and tried to connect with events/people out of space and time to gather immediate foresight. The TRV process was ridden with too much theoretical noise, and I only had marginal success even after diligently following the processes. There were parallels in Indian Mythology, so I studied parts of mythological narratives with considerable skepticism. From here, I veered off into studying Machine Learning, Complex Systems, Buddhist Psychology, Predictive Analytics, Evolutionary Neuroscience and went down the “road less traveled” every day. Chronic obsession captured my mind as I went through a wild goose chase into the unknown. Finally after many dead ends, the coherence level of my unstructured research started showing results.
Borrowing the concept of Simulated Reality (SR) from the movie “The Matrix,” I eventually modeled the human mind and brain onto an excel sheet and created an early version simulation framework of an agent in a multi-agent system. I also developed an extremely accurate practical framework of how foresight could emerge on demand by a subject outside time and space dimension. I went a step further and modeled other minds (agents) into this framework. The real fun started when I started interaction modeling between many minds. I soon realized that even the most advanced computer model could not handle the computational stress due to the curse of dimensionality, deception, ambiguity, emergence, cascading and nesting effects inherent in social interaction. It also dawned on me that our powerful “Intuitive Spectrum” handles these interactions much easier than any sophisticated computer algorithms, After hitting some walls, I was off to studying Biological Intuition bolted on to neurological predictive analytics mechanism inbuilt into the human brain.
A subsequent melodic epiphany and the packets of information led to extensive journaling over the next few months which were also propelling a third career shift. Rather than quitting my second career, I decided to stay on, apply the processes in the experimental labs of the real life. Only once I was convinced and ready, I would convert this into a venture. You see, I did not want theory, I wanted an application, a process that could be tangibly tested and slowly moved towards this outcome.
Oh, Wait! My journey was anything but a logical straight line path; it was a wild goose chase with many dead ends. Whenever I thought, I had got it all figured out; something acted as a consistent spoiler. You see, I grew up in a culture where every family unit atleast has one Astrologer, Palmist, Numerologist or a Vastu Expert, whom I now call “Correlation Proponents”. It is a culture where superstitious beliefs are deeply embedded into our day to day living, where Karma Cola is sold at every corner. As so happens, I would frequently bump across the “Correlation Chasers ” and the conversation would seep doubts into my developing “human re-engineering framework”. As I moved from theory to practical labs that I realized that my framework was robust, stood the test of repeatability and was completely free of anecdotes and correlative assumptions. I also could not help but notice, that a vast majority of these “Correlative Experts” claimed to solve any problem for others, but were living with many unsolved, life-disruptive problems of their own. A famous quote in our culture sums it up nicely, “The Elephant has two set of teeth, one for Showing and another for Chewing”. By the way, though I have not statistically tested this hypothesis, you have a better statistical probability of finding one of the above “Correlative Experts” in any Indian Family than be able to find gluten-free products in a large city in India.
If you have reached till here, I need to tell you about the most invisible part of my life. I lived it daily but others rarely even caught a fleeting glimpse of it. During what seems like a very exciting journey, there were more low points than high. Layers of Depression, Periods of unbearable cognitive dissonance and the severity of my failure patterns were distinctive parts of my daily journey. I was amazed and amused that no one noticed it, but it was the most consistent component of my early life. I was successful by all external and worldly standards, did well in the Navy, then did even much better in the corporate world. I was globe-trotting and was living what others would call a dream life but there was one problem. I did not want to be “Me”. I wanted to be someone else.
“The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph”
There were more blind alleys and the lighted ones always led to dead ends. I had no doubt that I could never get out of it, but I had no doubt that I would never quit trying. Occasionally, I would find my way out of the rat maze, then reverse those gains sharply and quickly. I would stop dead in my tracks, pick up the pieces again and make another attempt inch by inch, knowing well that good probability was not my best friend. The epiphanies and Aha’s were always short lived. Brittle Failure was my best friend, always looking over my shoulder, ensuring I never parted ways with it.Eventually, I did make it out of the maze after I realized that I was trying to win in a simulated game of reality where the odds were against me. A really high impact “Aha” popped that humans are living in a computer like simulation, and till we fight the rules, we will remain locked in the game. Then, during those bizarre days, I suddenly found a way to break away from the simulation by entirely sidestepping the game. Within seconds, I was free, and my life became more authentic, more meaningful and more fulfilling.
I was avidly studying the journey of Gautam Buddha, the inventor of Buddhist practices who seemed to have sidestepped his own simulations. As if, a part of me wanted to give more goodies, IBM Deep Blue and Gary Kasparov match got disproportional attention from my brain and mind. I realized that Kasparov lost against Deep Blue, as he was stuck in a simulation and was fighting it. One never wins by fighting a simulation. There was a paradigm shift in my understanding of biological intuition, pattern recognition and the operation of individual and collective human mind. I lost my sleep due to a significant increase in anxiety, but I realized that I had just woken up for the first time in my life. It was time to leave my corporate career and follow my intuitive hunches.
“Have you ever listened to the Hum of your Internal Engine ?”
Something else happened during this time, and I did not see it coming. As soon I jumped into entrepreneurship and started lived a frugal life while building the venture, a low hum in my unconscious increased its volume. I used to be well known in the engineering community for being able to carry out defect identification and repairs while listening to the sounds of the engines or equipment. I realized I never cared about listening to my own hum. I soon realized that my whole identity was based on my education, the money I made and the titles I held in my career. I suddenly felt that I had no core identity of my own except what I superficially acquired during the life’s rut. I looked around myself and found everyone suffering from the same “superficial identity problem”. I reminded myself everyday that I was not my job, I was not the money I made and I was not the education and the work titles I acquired, I was much more than that. But, I found my core identity, unshaped, raw and and buried deep in my unconscious. It took me many months to go through another milestone personality transformation. It so happened that while I built my venture, I also re-engineered my core identity. It was not fun, but it was very meaningful.
“The real measure of your worth is how much you’d be worth if you gave up all or lost it all”
I distinctively remember that pivotal week in my life, when I decided to gave it all up the second time. I had taken a week off to unwind after a backbreaking few months amplified by an extremely stressful high profile project, intensive jet lag and unconscious uncoupling with a long-time girlfriend. I didn’t see it coming. After a nice refreshing run in the morning, I was meditating on the EEG program while feeling restless in the apartment where I lived alone. Deciding to get the house in order, started cleaning up and removed a set of books and journals from a dusty rack. There it was. “Looking right at me”, my journal and scrapbook which I had jokingly named and handwritten “Wikimonk Unravels the Matrix” in which I had written disjointed but important insights about the operation of individual mind in a multi-dimensional hyperspace. Amused at the chance re-discovery, I watched a couple of movies around the same theme that day.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Later in the day, I was eating a nicely baked dish on the kitchen island of my apartment in Dubai. Suddenly, I felt a strong intuitive urge to draw up a framework for my venture. My research had unequivocally proven that the most important skill in life is a great sense of unconscious timing. Many years after my first brush with the seed of an Idea, I immediately knew it was time. The rest of my holiday went by in carrying out developing a full-scale concept formulation. The following week was interesting with mixed feelings. I undocked from my second career, packed my bags, went home to India for a few weeks, then relocated to a new country. After landing and settling in, I realized that some pieces of the puzzle were missing in my framework, so, I decided to hibernate for one full year, place myself in a “Startup Decelerator” dived into a hundred-hour week research for the rest of the year. It started shaping up as envisioned. Everything come together, right from the name of the products and services to the structure of the training, consulting and advisory materials. Suddenly, it was song and dance, lights and music. I had arrived.
Perchingtree Solutions Inc was conceived 18 years ago, went into first labor pains on 16 April 2013 and took birth on “14 Jan 2014 in Calgary, Canada. The concept is futuristic, unsettling for some, but very timely for the rapidly increasing uncertainty in our marketplace and daily life. It is built for a time when all the swans are black, and it is much harder to know which black swan to track in the mob. Our core concepts are built around a very unique problem solving and strategy formulation method which has attracted big interest from big clients of Top Consulting Firms as well as the under-served segments in business.
The methodology is structured around an OaaS model “Outcomes as a Service”. No pedigree, No subjective Judgement, No second-hand insights or processes, free of any crutches that replace measurable outcome oriented methods. Based on extensive empirical, academic and contrarian research into the actual workings of the individual mind and viable groups/organizations. The framework and its sub-processes are practical, impactful and possibly ground-breaking for introducing change in an individual, group or society. It won’t break your bank, and we won’t shepherd your spirit towards repackaged, brand or pedigree hyped solutions”. In the worst case it will help you find solutions to any problem, and in the best case, it will update your default version many times over in a short span. I am making these claims after capturing clients of Top 3 Consulting companies and proving my hypothesis right over and over again.
These processes are not for everyone and do cause psychological discomforts. Specifically, due to the potency of these processes, we do not work with politicians or lobbyists due to the potential of a misuse. If one has had enough problems which are in the Wicked Problems domain, immune to irreducibility, rigorous analysis, and deductive approaches, then this toolkit is for you. If you feel called, do not hesitate to drop a note using the “Contact Us” page. Please note that we have limited availability slots, so, you may have to wait for few weeks in some cases. If inclined, feel free to scout around the rest of the hyperspace here and our main website www.perchingtree.com.