Wayfinders know that everything that is, is built of patterns of awareness and information. Traditional Polynesian Wayfinders used their knowledge of patterns in the natural world to navigate the seas.  In our modern version of Wayfinding we also use our knowledge of patterns to navigate.  We navigate from the present moment towards our desired future. We do this by finding or creating a way, a path,  that leads from where we are now to where we want to go.


Over time Wayfinders learn seven core patterns that deal with both the physical and the nonphysical parts of reality. Some patterns are internal and help you achieve your desires by focusing your mental resources effectively. They also bring you into alignment with others who share similar goals so that you can work with communities and navigate social currents.

Other patterns are focused on dealing with the external world, with the reality that surrounds us all. These patterns form a bridge between your inner world and the external world. There are many ways you can choose to relate with the external world. Some are more effective than others. By mastering effective patterns a Wayfinder is able to maximize his or her ability to both create and navigate change in the external world.

The Moment of Now

Wayfinding patterns play out across the moment of now. Wayfinders think of now as a wave that has a width rather than as a single instantaneous split between the past and the future. At the front edge of the wave of now possibilities are just beginning to condense into our reality. There is a lot of room at the front edge of the wave of now to shape what happens.

Way Finder Guide Wayfinding Time and Event Flow, side view

Figure 1. Time and Event Flow, side view

As possibilities begin to condense into events they form islands of actualized reality. These islands of actual events act as a framework and the rest of the now wave quickly fills in around them.  As you move back through the wave of now more and more possibilities condense into actualized events until the present moment is completely formed.

Presence of mind and reflection often reside near the back of the wave of now where one can calmly observe events as they are occurring. As the now wave ends it moves into the past, into history.

Surfing the Now Wave

A skilled Wayfinder can move back and forth across the wave of now like a surfer surfing the ocean. When presence of mind and reflection are called for the Wayfinder can move their awareness back from the front.

When action and creation of new things are required the Wayfinder moves towards the front of the wave with now and often enters into a state of flow, merging with the present and future possibilities and using his intent to shape how the future just begins to condense into the present.

Some patterns are more useful at some portions of the wave of now than others. Over time Wayfinders develop mindsets and roles that they can use as needed. These mindsets and roles contain the primary patterns in different combinations that are fine-tuned to achieve different types of results in different situations. A skilled Wayfinder can shift between roles just like a skilled actor on the stage can shift between different parts in a play.

Wayfinders use their skills to participate in the primary process of the universe. The primary process is a cycle of creation, action, effect, and response. It has many names and forms which change over time. It is best known today as the scientific method, natural selection, and the innovation process.

We will explore these ideas more fully in the pages to come.  Posts related Wayfinding are gathered here.