Circumvention to Circumspection
You might think the title indicates a laborious attempt at describing some kind of utopian ideal with a new age twist. You’ll be disappointed, or perhaps pleasantly surprised. What I intend to share are some notions of very practical and pragmatic practices that will certainly set you up for a better experience now and in the future. You are co-creating a new world order of experience.
In writing Stubbing My T.O.E. on Purpose, I wanted a catchy title that referenced brilliance and humor in a double entendre. However, it’s the subtitle that really has the meat: A Seminal View of Consciousness, Cosmology and the Congruence of Science and Spirituality. Sure, most of us don’t go so deep into exploring our inner environment, let alone look for references in the outer world. We just don’t think that deep most of the time.
I’m a thinker; the deep the better at times. My early childhood set me up. Being orphaned and adopted, still an infant, turned into a quest for connection shortly after my adopted sister arrived a few month after my fourth birthday. I had a sense for exploring inside even then, developing a relationship with a ‘voice’ that’s been with me since. Ally, guide, mentor, teacher or unseen helper are many names I’ve heard the voice called; confidant and trainer work for me.
In my humble opinion and with more than just conjecture, I believe we all have such a voice within. It has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with character and conscience in our personal development. In a world where it’s customary to compete and win at all costs, that voice has been diminish by the fear of failure or loss or rejection. Success has been about acquisition and dominance of the market, with very little concern for the real human side of things.
Impostor to Real Deal
We’ve all been in a place where we’ve had to ‘fake it to make it’ until our confidence and skills developed in negotiating life, work and relationships. Many entrepreneurs feel inadequate, insecure and even a little insane in the face of their high expectations for performance and success. It’s great to set the bar high, though thrashing oneself repeatedly for not meeting a goal on time is a bit unnecessary. You don’t realize you’re being an impostor, a lesser self; denying your own inherent ability and innovation.
Ability and innovation? True, if you didn’t have the ability you’d have chosen something else. Meeting the challenges takes innovation; discovering that the way you think about the patterns and processes that are mandatory for achievements can evolve. There is a growing congruence of science and spirituality, method and mortality. The way we achieve real success requires a different kind of attention, intention and interaction than in the past.
Real success has taken on a much different meaning in the last few decades, as Cultural Creatives have grown up and become grandparents. The drive for dollars has been replaced by conscious capitalism and social entrepreneurialism where community and planetary needs are more important profit. Now that we’re in a time of what seems to be a complete restructuring of how we do business, agility with a conscience and being comfortable with ambiguity is critical. Covid caused an explosion in remote working, which had the side-effect of less pollution, just one of the benefits of the restructuring.
Another side-effect with the obsession on self-hygiene and forced sequestration was the opportunity to look in the mirror, the inner one, and question everything about self. How do we feel about the narrative? What do we truly believe in? What are we willing to die for, in the case of facing both vaccine and virus? How are we going to move forward and restore our lives, relationships and work? What changes are we going to have to make personally and professionally? Is there something else in process? Are we co-creating a new world order of natural design, one we’ve been missing, appearing through our experience?
What IS in Process?
Regardless of the cosmological consideration, religious prophecies, theories about population control or world domination; we still have to work together as human beings living on one planet. Perhaps it’s time we looked at a bigger picture, the larger puzzle and stop bickering about the corner pieces. Things will move forward. It’s the how that will make the difference and THAT happens beginning at an individual level, then a local level and beyond.
What appears to be in process is a great ‘weset’ in the ‘upwising’ of our notions about what we have in common and what we can do together as a result. A wise friend once told me, “There’s no ego without wego.” I use that statement for my partnering sessions when talking about teamwork. It’s not the elimination of ego, it’s the redirection of it from self to the needs of the job, project or program. We’ve tried to separate things for far too long, categorizing and specializing taking us further apart from acting as ONE.
That notion of acting as ONE has folks really perplexed, even though the basic understanding of the concept is present. The fear of loss of individuality and giving up freedoms is central to the reticence of exploring how it might happen. The trending of talk about complex systems is accompanied by the sense making trends in leadership and organizational development which further obfuscates simple solutions at the personal level.
The truth is we cannot change others or the world until we focus our attention, intention and interaction on changing self and, contrary to the thinking crowd, learn how to sense our way through our circumstances, situations and events in our lives. There’s a call and response happening across socio-economic conditions. How do we answer the question: Why are we here? Perhaps the notion of a perfected form, fit and function in the world needs consideration. That is an experience-able process in co-creating a new world order.
Perfected Form, Fit and Function
That phrase probably evokes the question of personal mission or purpose in life. Do we even ask that question now? What if we did? Perhaps we’re looking at all wrong or making it way too complex. In reality, even with the major changes in how we do business now there is no real change in the division of labor. It’s attitude. We all know the phrase, ‘your attitude determines your altitude,’ in career development and in life.
Finding your perfected form, fit and function doesn’t mean you have to stop what your doing and completely change your life. That’s where I come in as a transformational life coach. Of course, re-creating your life is possible if you feel disconnected or unfulfilled in the career or work you are doing currently. However, just changing your attitude about what you are doing and why can make all the difference in the world, no matter your vocation. What you do does make a difference to others, even if you cannot see it immediately or think you’re doing something menial.
The knowledge garnered from my early spiritual awakening let me know we are cosmic consciousness condensed into form. Even with that knowledge, the practical application of it evaded me for decades as I explored the nature of my own being and how I related to the world. That relationship included personal and professional realms, family, community and work. Being secure in myself and not because of a job or relationship, I had a little wiggle room for exploration and moving on when necessary.
A wise man and Taoist rector, Khigh Dhiegh, once told me there are two ways to interpret circumstances – desirable and undesirable. That comes from our senses, not our thinking, the nature of the circumstance affects how we feel. In the notion of quantum physics and the knowledge that everything is vibration alludes to the fact that we cannot think our way through a system built on vibrations, we have to sense our way through it. Does this not assist in co-creating a new world order?
Faith, Love and Trust – Co-Creating A New World Order
You probably think I’m going to talk about God with that subtitle. I’m not. The faith, love and trust in religious frameworks gives your power away. I believe, and that true religion supports, is the faith, love and trust in yourself. Your religion, or even if you have one, doesn’t matter. If God dwells within, then it is still the faith, love and trust in yourself that builds upon that notion.
How I see that faith, love and trust transforming into a practical and pragmatic framework (maybe even science) is in the focus of our attention, intention and interaction. According to modern quantum theory, our ability to be aware and observe affects our reality and quite probably produces it. In my opinion, the nature of quantum entanglement for humans is the acquiescing to the natural order in creation as an experience.
When we can cognate that and learn how to be present in the moment with it, the faith, love and trust converts into our direct experience. After all, that is truly the only thing we can trust is our direct experience. Theories don’t matter if they are not experience-able. We each have an individually unique experience, yet it is so close to others at times that improvisational moments produce break-through events in personal, professional and even technological realms. It’s a real new world order of being.
We are collectively in one of those moments, a bit prolonged with the nature of our ‘great weset‘ (better than ‘reset’) and an upwising of humanity toward a greater reality that bridges science and spirituality in a wonderful kaleidoscope of experiences with the same intent – to learn how to work together better and thrive, not just survive. My work helps some of those folks (hey, I’m only one guy) accelerate their understanding and capacity for self-expression and manifestation of their dreams and goals.
So co-creating a New World Order that I propose is one that is a naturally emergent quality of our evolutionary process toward harmony with self, others and Mother Earth.