Bootstrap Your Biology to Access Your Genius

by Nicole Daedone  Jul 29, 2016
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Transcribed from the I OM Talk, recorded live in New York, December 2015, Reprinted Courtesy of the Living Library.

I started One Taste in 2003, 12 years ago. We didn’t expect it to work. At that time, I had a fundamental question: What would it look like if we built sexuality from the ground up, but this time included consciousness? Rather than being something that is done in the dark, under the covers, something nobody ever speaks about it, and is a little bit shameful and denigrating to women, rather than it feels like there is something you don’t really want to say, you don’t re­ally want to admit it in public, you don’t want to talk about it at the water cooler... What if instead we just brought it out to the light? What if we made it something that was so clearly beneficial to each human being that we wanted to talk about it? You know, the same way people used to keep their yoga practice hidden (you still are not allowed to do yoga in the White House) but now you see people proudly walking with their yoga mats. What would happen if we had it be that it was so clearly beneficial to humanity that people are walking around with their OM nests? That was my vision.

What would it look like if we built it from the ground up? That question became the driving force of the company, and that’s why we started researching in labs. We look at the clitoris as a clock that has ten primary sensation spots. We looked at what happens when a stroker moves a quarter of an eighth of an inch to the left. What happens if the stroker increases the pressure slightly on the twelve o’clock spot? What happens if they increase the pressure on the six o’clock spot? What happens if they stroke lighter along the ridge?

We began to map where the self-reporting correlates matched with different sensations and strokes, and started approaching different researchers. We started with Rutgers, then UCLA and now we are with this amazing woman who just did the research. If you ever play Trivial Pursuit on Orgasm you can talk about the fact that the research has shown the practice of OM induces what is called the alpha-­theta state.

There are five primary states necessary to have what is called a mental illness. Mindfulness research has shown that when a person hits the alpha­-theta state after twenty years of practice those five states naturally self-heal. What our research has shown is that what takes twenty years in mindfulness practice takes twenty minutes in the OM practice because OM bootstraps your biology.

There are two times in our lives when a certain aspect of us wakes up: In a life or death situation - where all of a sudden a totally different type of awareness comes about - or in Orgasm. These are the two times that this state wakes up. That state is associated with the alpha-theta state, which is associated with healing depression, PTSD and a myriad of psychological maladies.

Beyond these it is also associated with genius. That’s really what I am interested in: Having each one of us have access to an altogether different level of intuition or knowing that can get us to where we really want to go. Wake-up is where all pain ends. That’s where we have mastery over our own mind, mastery over our own thoughts. If we have mastery over our thoughts it doesn’t matter what the external circumstances look like. Of the prisoners learn Vipassana sitting meditation, many of them come out saying, “I am more free than I ever was on the outside because I have control of my mind.”

That is fundamentally what OM does. It teaches that kind of mastery of the mind. And it’s fun. I’m a woman, I can tell you that my moods fluctuate. It doesn’t always necessarily sound enticing to connect with my partner. The movement from, “Why didn’t you pick up the laundry?” to, “Let’s make love, Honey!” can look like a really long distance. But the movement from, “Why didn’t you pick up the laundry?” to, “Let’s OM! Let’s just have a 15 practice where we check in and connect” let's us find each other again. That’s a profound experience in the context of relationship.

(Photo Credit: Robert Zunikoff)