This research project with JUMP provides a potentially game-changing opportunity to understand how the brain achieves a flow state, and what positive and enhancing effects this may have on other mental states, and mental well-being in general. With JUMP we can push the boundaries of flow neuroscience research in a way that has not even come close to being achieved in the literature. And, it is quite unique in that it allows us to do so in a way that can directly change people’s lives for the better. It’s one of those rare combinations of doing hard science and creating real impact that gets me excited!
JUMP provides an exciting platform from which to explore and expand the frontier of human potential and transformative experience, with applications to mental health and wellbeing and much more. I am thrilled to see the convergence of cutting edge technology and science in service of this purposeful mission.
Since flow is a fluid action state, making better decisions isn’t enough: we also have to act on those decisions. The problem is fear, which stands between us and all actions. Yet our fears are grounded in self, time, and space. With our sense of self out of the way we are liberated from doubt and insecurity. With time gone, there is no yesterday to regret or tomorrow to worry about. And when our sense of space disappears, so do physical consequences. But when all three vanish at once, something far more incredible occurs: our fear of death—that most fundamental of all fears—can no longer exist. Simply put: if you’re infinite and atemporal, you cannot die.
My goal is to push the boundaries of experience to improve cognition and health. JUMP offers us a unique opportunity to do just that. I am excited to work with this team of technologists, scientists and creators to explore new therapeutic areas.
Researchers have been studying flow since the 1970s. But we still have very little concrete understanding of flow's causes or its long-term outcomes. The JUMP experience presents an opportunity to study flow in a unique way that we could never replicate in a traditional laboratory. This is why I'm so excited to partner with JUMP. Together, we’ll study the causes of flow and how flow can lead to long-term well-being.
JUMP challenges the limits of imagination and provides hyperreal, multi-sensory experiences (think BASE jumping off a cliff without the risk), helping people to reach a flow state and overcome fear. JUMP’s CEO James Jensen believes most psychological disorders are rooted in fear. Overcoming any fear—no matter how small—can be extremely empowering. If the first trial is able to prove that JUMP can induce a flow state, a future trial will look at whether large “doses” of flow from JUMP could benefit a person’s physical and psychological state. JUMP seeks to encourage its guests to overcome the initial, gut-punch fear of jumping out of a plane and off of a cliff. This strongly aligns with the mission and methods of the Flow Research Collective.