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When you drive back along a road that you just came from it will look very different even though it is the same road. This is called “perspective”. Often we do not even notice but when it does reach our awareness we refer to it at “perception”. In the global transition of societies perspective and perception are key, for ourselves and especially for our leadership. Perspective refers to the way we look at things, perception gives meaning to the conscious awareness with which we observe and make our choices. Perception is a rational way of awakening. We suddenly experience a “aha”, a flash of thought that illuminates something to the point of a better “understanding” or curiosity to look deeper. In the STIR Foundation we learned to deal with this by helping old leadership change perspective, even when trapped in a specific paradigm. We show them that time and space does not exist. Changing perspective we change the perception of reality. We assume an independent role of new leadership that invites old leadership, acting as catalyst for complex transformations. Let us try to get to an understanding of the phenomenum.
The conscious and unconscious.
We travel the spiral of our life’s complexity chronologically and largely in an admosphere of automated actions. On the one hand our preprogrammed spiritual reality makes us act without thinking and according to the natural patterns of living life in a diversity of life forms and situations. The same patterns we see back in all life forms. It consists of the large cycle of life, beginning with birth, then growth, death and evolution, and in smaller ones (living life) of harmony, greed, chaos and awareness. On the other hand we are conditioned by the human culture in which we live. The spiritual dimensions determine our automated actions while our cultural dimensions determine what our human surroundings expects from us. Both routines are experienced as “normal” and hence do not often get a second thought. It is as if we sleep through life as it does not reach our awareness to make us reflect about the perspective. This goes for leadership too. Unless something happens that wakes us up.
This can be anything. A sudden burst of awareness of a beautiful sunrise that awakens our spiritual senses into our rational mind. Or the loss of a job that makes us panic around sustaining our wellness. The credit crisis that upset the entire financial world. It are these bursts of the conscious breaking through the unconscious that enrich our lives because we become aware and start thinking about it.
The normal flow of a lifetime represents an interaction between the way we conduct our life and the reflection about the consequences of our actions or things that occur in the process that break through into our awareness. We are of course manipulated by the human surroundings that expects from us a certain behavior. This has changed over time and nowadays translates into economic dependencies, growth and consumption. While we live our lives we donot give all this much thought and behave according the patterns that are normalized in our surroundings as long as we get what we need. Noone would think of a transition of society. So what makes these days different?
Burst of awareness
Many things happen these days that make people think and reflect about the daily reality. Global issues, such as global warming, climate change, pollution, poverty, migration, religious conflicts, etc, tend to reach people through the media and often get very close, affecting people personally. The fear for chaos is enough for people to reflect and become aware that things need to change. The natural reaction is than to pinpoint at government and the responsibility of our political leaders. When these leaders seem to be wound up in their own culture of power and system dependencies the problems only seem to get worse. A difference in perception develops between the way society is managed and the way people see it. Society is not united anymore and conflicts arise against authority while people look at new ways to conduct their lives, often in survival mode. As individuals we suddenly have a choice. Do we follow the meanstream which clearly evolves into chaos? Or do we change perspective and deploy self leadership?
When we break loose from the meanstream of society we enter a phase of strong self reflection, the “I am” determination. Instead of walking the line unconsciously we place ourselves consciously on the cross of our own interpretation of reality. We question our surroundings from this point of self determination weighing our actions against our own perception of personal needs, ethics, awareness and responsibility. At this point we let go of our cultural meanstream and arrive at self leadership. We have a choice and every person takes the choice in a personal way. We see the timeline but placed ourselves outside and can now determine for ourselves where we place our focus. In our spiritual self time does not exist nor the timeline, just choices. Do we seek growth? Do we prefer conflict, competition or death? Do we seek self reflection and awareness development? Or do we want harmony? Our choice is conditioned by the way we perceive our surroundings and the support we receive for what we want to achieve. In the middle of a city our choice may well be to standup and join demonstrations against the political and economic forces that seem to block our progress or take away our wellness. Others may look for criminality as a way out of potential misery, or decide to go on the move in search for better opportunities elsewhere. Individual choices give rise to the breaking up of the old collective reality and culture. Within such tumult new community initiatives appear that do not follow the evolutionary timeline of the old community. New leadership is born.
The key of community leadership is the understanding that time nor evolution exists, just purpose of establishing harmony and wellness today. This new leadership does not reside in the political and economic leadership simply because there time and evolution does exist! The old leadership is conditioned by its past, promises and choices made that commit structures in an evolutionary setting. The old leadership does not lead anymore, it manages its own potential deterioration and collapse by trying to avoid it. The 1970’s political choice to let post war harmony go in favor of economic growth has now captured old times leadership in a self suicidal grid of unsustainable dependencies and liabilities. Leaders cannot step off the evolutionary line because they were chosen to stay there and make the best of it. If they do they loose their leadership position and level of power. Only at times of elections new leadership potential can make a theoretical difference but once installed they are surrounded again by all the strings attached to the position. Only natural collaps can free us from these community management styles giving room for true renewal.
New leadership, such as in Sustainocracy, makes a difference because it places itself independently above contemporary economics and politics. It invites old leadership to the field of cocreative harmony. By challenging old leadership to assume the role of awareness driven change for harmony the same leadership can remain in the field of growth feeding itself with new values created in harmonizing initiatives. No total collaps is needed when old leadership is given room by new leadership to clean up itself in an evolutionary way by stepping over its own chaos and managing the transformation in a peaceful and value driven manner.
Perspective and perception
When we now go back to the perspective and perception issue of the beginning of this blog we can look at old and new leadership and combine both for sustainable progress. Old leadership positions itself on the evolutionary line of growth through greed and risk avoidance. The perspective of leadership is to sustain its position and produce growth, no matter what. The perception forward is chaos through competition or collaps. This conditions decision making by avoiding it through fear. Decisions are not make against ethics or harmony anymore but against fear and self interest. The perception backward is the origin of this situation and the decisions of the past that condition the decisions of now. Old leadership is trapped between fear and the old securities that require growth.
New leadership positions itself voluntarily and visionary in the field of harmony with the knowledge and sense of ethics of the times we reached. Its perspective is to create harmony through innovative change. Within the complexity of human community building the invitation to create harmony is extended to all who desire such mission. Among those invited are also the old leaders who fear collaps and find their challenge for growth unsustainable in their own context. By joining the new context they can create new oportunities of growth through the harmonizing effect of the new setting. Things need to change, and some need to disappear but all is done with a perspective of renewal of wellness and harmony. It provides old leadership with arguments and support to allow change while avoiding overall collaps. It only needs to accept new leadership that has no handicaps and provides room for renewal through a different perspective of reality. Perception at new leadership sees change as a feeding condition for harmony while new age values automatically follow the line of natural growth forward through enlargement and old growth driven leadership.
Old political and economical leadership has historically chosen to position itself on the unsustainable timescale of economic growth. It produces the enormous stress in society, locally and globally, among people and our environment due to structural lack of harmony. Old leadership cannot adopt harmony because of the way they sold their soul to the paradigm of economic growth in which collaps is the only way out. New leadership is unconditioned and positions itself in the paradigm of harmony with a perception of change and potential of new elements of growth. When old leadership finds new leadership in value driven communities such as Sustainocratic ventures then old leadership can undergo its own transformation process without collapse and sustaining its growth paradigm by adopting change through harmonization. Key in the process is that new leadership remains settled in the harmonization paradigm and only passes on elements of growth instead of itself. In our new world this combination of new and old leadership will become institutionalized, shaping a new society where wellness reigns in symbiotic alliance with our surroundings provoking change when harmony is challenged by greed.
We are in the “keep it short” kind of world. People have a short span of attention nowadays. If interest is not captured instantly we loose their interest. What if we have the tendency of writing much text to make our point? I do for I have a lot to say. Do people want to listen? Some do, some don’t. Should that worry me when blogging?
Well yes and no. Let’s try to reason through my own inner battle.
Yes, it should worry:
Churchill once wrote to a friend “sorry for writing you a long letter, I had no time to make a short one”.
Churchill is known to have been a person who had many points to make. New issues take time to explain because they are out of the ordinary. Change is never very democratic. Why would you present something out of the common understanding of your public? Because you are convinced that it is important.
In the world of the ordinary we take instant decisions. Our attention is minimized due to habits. Surrounded by impulses that want our instant attention we tend to communicate in bullets if we have something to sell. Those bullets are delivered with fast emotions such as fun, excitement or anxiety.
Our current world is based on transactions and we are the target.
But I have nothing to sell!
I invite people to a specific understanding, a new worldview and social structure that may offer better perspectives and securities than where we come from. I am asking them to join! That takes a bit of explanation. And it requires an audience that is willing to consider change. But how do I get the volatile surroundings to pay attention when it reacts instantly to anything as if it were a sales pitch? Churchill is suggesting that I should take time to describe complex issues in a concise way. He is right.
The general public is not at all interested in what I have to say unless it affects them personally. The whole secret is “the audience”, not me!
I need to attract those people who are open for change. So if I “sell change” the pitch should be short and maybe adventurous. Those who “buy” may just have that little more patience with me to try to understand where I am heading for and what’s in it for them? Then they may even tell others.
Einstein said: “If you can’t explain it in a short way you probably don’t understand yourself.”
Wow, that’s confrontational and a challenge. I often tell people that I write books first to see if I can put my own understanding into words in a structured way. If I can’t how on earth can I explain others? If I can then I have already a book to give away. In a way a blog is that too. A test of my own understanding. The reader is a victim of my own learning process. Can I do this to you? Well, that is up to you to decide. Some may find a morbid kind of pleasure in watching me struggle. Maybe because they recognize their own in me?
But can I shorten it?
Einstein’s E=MC2 is indeed short but do I understand? No, but that’s not the point. Einstein understands. He makes it available to us as a simple to remember formula whether we understand it or not. We only accept that it is important and can subsequently spend the rest of our lives trying to understand the meaning with or without his help.
I made one of my own:
Other’s say that a picture says 1000 words, so I also make a picture that says the same as the formula:
Do you understand? Maybe not, maybe yes. You can trust me that I understand as I work with it on a daily basis addressing the key issues of human evolution today, the crises and how it affects business, society, politics etc.
So yes I should worry because it takes this flash second to enter a human being’s perception and remain there for ever, or never get in at all. My biggest worry, if I understand myself (thank you Einstein), should be to take time to be short and show that it is ME that understands while inviting others to figure it out too.
No, it should not worry me
Prof. Jaap Ham (University researcher and department director on “perception”) said to me: “Awareness? Nothing awareness! People do not change behavior through awareness. They massively copy behavior of others”
Who am I writing for? I have nothing to sell. My blogs are to inspire people to the new world of absolute spiritual freedom and take responsibility from there. When I describe the new world to people I just invite them to read my own adventures and experiences.
My texts tend to be long. But Jaap suggested that I have to learn to distinguish long text by considering what I want to do? Do I want people to become aware? Or do I want them to follow me?
Well, I do understand what Jaap is saying but also believe that the ones that we blindly follow do have a sense of direction through awareness. So I need both.
The 10/80/10 rule applies:
10% of the people are always in for change and follow blindly (adventurous)
10% of the people are never in for change and block with arguments and obstacles (conservatives)
80% haven’t a clue and follow the one that convinces most in the “sense of being part of something and not being left behind”.
So for me there is a bit of both, the awareness of the 10% adventurous and curious, and the 80% potential followers who think it’s a good deal. The conservatives we do not pay any attention too no matter how hard they shout. As a “changer” we always have a lot to prove, especially to ourselves. But never to the opposition who always tends to be right basing themselves on wealth from the past.
In this mix of progressive optimism there are some dangers when we apply long texts to explain what we are doing:
Preaching: the danger is that I become a preacher rather than an inspirer. People don’t get aware through preaching. Preaching is another manipulator telling people what to do. Awareness comes when they are inspired to try something out and learn in the process.
Ego: the danger is that I try to convince people that “my way” is better. People don’t follow ego’s, they follow out of self interest.
So when writing long blogs they should tell stories that inspire some to set out and try it their own way and others to follow. It is only “my world” when I am the only resident. It becomes “our world” when the population grows. The stories may have started a long time ago about me but should slowly grow to talk about others and “we”. Interestingly it does in reality. I often take the initiative and after a while others take over who do a better job than I. Then I have nothing to say anymore, just to enjoy. Shorter than my silence is impossible ;-). Just maybe this again:
Last but not least
In “my world” we have accepted the absolute freedom of the human being as a uniquely born living entity of the universe. We surround ourselves with a commitment to life and structure our sustainable progress through a new democratic complexity called Sustainocracy. In my own surroundings I find myself in the lucky circumstances to be able to apply this freedom also to the transformation of society and economy with support of scientific research, governmental organisations and business enterprises joining in as experimenting members and participants. I write about this as a transformation of the past towards the future in which we let go of something dominant to replace it with another dominance. But……
We (I) have to realize however that not everyone in this world can safely free themselves from the reigning old human dogma’s and impositions. Individual freedom is a spiritual breakthrough of the consciousness but the new, purpose driven democracy is a collective evolutionary process that may show important differences around the world, even where the freedom of speech through Internet reaches out without being seconded by the local circumstances. So telling my story may initiate individual processes in places where the surroundings are more hostile than others. That does not mean that the Quantum Leap described in the previous blog does not happen, it just may be a more dangerous and less obvious process.