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Spiritual Leadership – Part 3 – Beyond Location

“Buy land. They’re not making it any more.”

~ Mark Twain

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The famous mantra for real estate is “location, location, location.” While that may indeed be the top value priority for real estate, location is increasingly irrelevant in a society woven together by digital technology.

One of the truly disruptive and intriguing innovations in society is the “untethering” phenomenon that technological advances are bringing to an increasingly broad swath of modern life.

This has progressed through telegraph, telephones, radio, television, fax machines, mobile phones, and the internet. Emails and phone calls can originate anywhere in the world; physical locations simply don’t matter. In fact, we have to ask to find out where the person we are conversing is located.



When we consider technological progress like this it’s interesting to ask, “Where did this come from?” A simplistic but consistently accurate answer is, “From inside ourselves.” We invent in the outer world from familiar concepts and structures that already exist inside ourselves.

For instance, we could say that automobiles streaming along freeways are an externalized version of cells flowing through the various circulatory systems within our bodies. The internet is perhaps the best example, revealing a massive connectivity that is pre-dated by the synergistic array of systems inside our individual bodies and also existing in the natural world. Everything is already connected to everything else, as far as biology is concerned. In that sense, technology is catching up, rather than leading the way.

Worldwide

This understanding opens up a unique perspective on the potential for individual impact in a world that seems far too vast for any single individual to exert much significant effect. Regardless of where we are – a small coffee shop in rural Bulgaria or the White House in Washington – we are plugged in (without external wiring) to the whole of the human species plus every other life form that exists… everywhere.

It’s fair to argue that the President of the United States can exert more influence in the world than you or I can. True enough, to a degree. But on another level, he’s one human with one energetic field just like we are. This means that, from a spiritual standpoint, we are all equal, at least in terms of potential. Again, similarly to what we may achieve in the world at large, it’s a matter of actualizing potential. Some people make a mark in the world by activating their innate genius, learning skills, working hard, and creating value. Others watch TV all day and quietly fade away.

We develop ourselves in the material world by expanding our capacities and focusing in the fields where we live and work. We can develop ourselves in the spiritual world by doing exactly the same thing, and that starts with identifying what fields we live and work in on that inner level. This takes us into a consideration of self beyond roles. I am… what? A meditation teacher, a writer, a son, a brother, etc. But I am also a focus of spirit, an essence that is utterly unique. So, what is the nature of my uniqueness?




We can look admiringly at someone like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela and agree they were special beings. Why? Because they actualized their potential. How many others are there who have it within their innate spiritual make up to rise to prominence in terms of social contribution, yet never do because they never get activated?

Untethered

Spiritual seekers are often fixated on achieving enlightenment as a state of being valued for itself. But what about the value enlightened beings bring into the world and, even more significantly, into the milieu of mass consciousness that we all swim in? When we re-frame our spiritual aspirations that way, it becomes obvious that location is entirely irrelevant.

Here’s the moment, here’s the opportunity. It may seem totally insignificant but remember, the greatest destructive power humans have developed occurs through splitting the atom. The most effective homeopathic remedies are those that have been diluted to the point where none of the original physical constituents remain… it’s just energy.

Power resides in the small. So, yes, we are small, rather ordinary individuals. But we do possess the potential to affect significant positive change in the world, one thought, one word, one action at a time, depending on the state we inhabit before, during, and after any of those occur.




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Humility Praying

Spiritual Leadership – Part 2 – Spiritual Humility

“Pride makes us artificial
and humility makes us real.”

~ Thomas Merton

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Authentic spiritual teachers are always humble because they are living in oneness and that experience overwhelms the ego’s constant need for self-inflation.

The journey of spiritual mastery travels a road of deepening personal humility. Christ said, “I of myself do nothing, the Father within, he doeth the works.” This is the teaching that inspires humility, acknowledging that whatever value any of us might have doesn’t originate in ourselves but flows through us as an expression of Source energy.

It’s ironic that Christ was attacked for being honest about this primary relationship. His humility in oneness was mistaken for arrogance in disconnection by those who were experiencing exactly that themselves. Claiming to be God, as he was accused of doing, certainly will seem arrogant to those who are busy maintaining a prideful ego identity separate from God. Oneness dissolves that polarized separation into what was described as “I am that I am.”



Spiritual humility is wonderfully exemplified by the Dalai Lama who manages to come across as a simple, almost ordinary human being who simultaneously offers words of wisdom and provides a remarkable example of forgiveness in action.

This recalls other prophetic words: “He who would be greatest among you, let him be the servant of all.” The Center for Servant Leadership explains it this way on line: “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.” 1

Humilty in a red dress

I would submit that this definition only covers half the picture. What is it that the servant leader, described this way, is drawing upon for his guidance? We can admire those brilliant leaders who combine inborn intuition with developed skills and understanding but there’s another component being overlooked here, namely the connection with Source (however named).

The spiritual leader is connected to Source and is therefore able to access the coordinating wisdom that prevails throughout the natural world, that is, everywhere that humans haven’t yet succeeded in disrupting. Here is the real example of successful leadership, millions upon millions of species and systems operating synergistically, not just here on earth but throughout the many universes.

It’s indeed humble to acknowledge this organizing intelligence and open to its guiding wisdom. We might even say that it’s common sense, except this attitude is so rare we would need to call it uncommon sense! We humans are highly accomplished in ignoring the obvious and here is the prime example. Of course, it’s symbolized by our incredible ignorance surrounding energy. The entire planet runs on solar energy yet we’ve only recently realized that we could tap into that source, instead of digging up toxins to burn and further pollute the world and sabotage our own health.




But it’s never too late to see the obvious. Through humility, we can access our greatness, which is not merely personal but inexorably connected to the essence of life in everyone and everything. Some leaders are acknowledged as team players; here is the ultimate team to play on: including everyone and everything!

Humilty in a red dress from behind

In sports, it’s generally acknowledged that personal greatness relates as much to how a player performs when he doesn’t have the ball as to when he does. The team player is always looking to play together, rather than to just excel on their own. That’s something to remember as we move through the day and enjoy our various relationships. We’re all on the same team. Spiritual leaders remain plugged in to Source and flow with life, abiding in an expanded state that enables them to help others grow the same primary relationship.

That’s entirely different than those brilliant egos who inspire followers to help bolster their personal greatness at the expense of their own blossoming. Ultimately, the spiritual leader becomes almost invisible, a felt presence that – like the wind – creates an effect without drawing attention to itself. That potential exists in every moment. The question is, will we rise to the opportunities that present themselves to be true spiritual leaders?




References:
1. https://www.greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership/

Actors reading script

The Holographic Play of Consciousness in the Individual – Part Two, The Script

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”

William Shakespeare (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII)

 

Our previous blog delineated the actor and the stage in the individual human journey, a microcosmic version of the macrocosmic Holographic Play of Consciousness in the Universal. This posting introduces the third and final component, THE SCRIPT, where opportunities abound for transformation … particularly when complemented by daily practice with High-Tech Meditation® soundtracks.

The foundational premise for this series is that the universe is a hologram and the objective world doesn’t really exist but is rather a vast ocean of waves and frequencies. Individually, our brains interpret and convert that “holographic blur” into images, beliefs and stories in a mirroring effect, designed to create some sense of a continuum and keep us feeling safe and “sane.”

Since the hologram is based on beliefs, then, to change our reality, we have to change our beliefs.

 

BELIEFS AND STORIES

Beliefs are the basis of stories. They belong to the objective, negative polarity of manifestation (i.e., phenomenal, as opposed to the positive noumenal).

Stories are an attempt to define the indefinable, to give meaning to that which is meaningless, to give us some sense of control over our large, intimidating world. We live through our beliefs and stories based on the desire to feel autonomous and powerful — in order to survive and have our needs met. Yet, we secretly know we are actually more at the effect of life than the cause and are constantly working to reverse that. However, it’s the acceptance of life as it is that brings happiness, and the evolutionary journey reveals that to us … sooner or later.

Human beings are Information Processing Units, using archetypal DNA, enculturation and choices in the Hero’s Journey through the inter-connected data-stream of the torus energy field surrounding our bodies. Once we establish a belief, we create a magnetic attraction to its opposite — creating a journey of duality and conflicts until it is balanced. Once the belief is released, the residual frequencies dissipate over time and increasing awareness results in a more truthful (and blissful) life.

Where to start in clearing our stories? We began discussing this in a previous blog on “The Play of Consciousness in the Universal” 2

Our beliefs are carried through the geometric form known as the “torus”, a polarized, dynamic matrix of flowing energy and information. It downloads and REFLECTS our beliefs about illusory dualities to us for our observation and evolution.

 

 HOW WE CREATE BELIEFS

In earlier blogs, we delineated the creation of beliefs and stories in detail. It would be helpful here to review the main bullet points from Thomas Asacker’s book3, as quoted in our “Perception and Reality” blog4,

“… that’s how our brains evolved – by seeking patterns and making meaning, everywhere and all the time.”

  • “Our perception becomes our reality, and a belief is born.”
  • “… perception draws upon context, memories and desires to simulate a cohesive whole.”
  • “… your mind simply wants to understand and make predictions. So it will invent dots until it envisions a coherent picture.”
  • “Everything is inherently without meaning. Except for the meaning we create.”

So why do we hold onto some perceptions and beliefs, yet dismiss others? Asacker further writes that:

  • “There are times when we hold tight to our memories and beliefs, even in the face of disconfirming evidence … when they have been infused with emotion and personal relevance.”
  • “The job of the conscious mind is to automatically produce a story to make sense out of our perceptions and reflections.”

Thought process in the brain

  • “Imagined experiences are processed as real ones – the very same neurons are being connected and activated.”
  • “Our brains have evolved to work that way, to transform reality by making up cause and effect stories.”
  • “Stories are powerful. Because we all become the stories we tell ourselves.”

At Synchronicity, we use The Socratic Process to bring up beliefs and stories that reflect non-acceptance and thus unhappiness. Discovery, acceptance and release of these stories is a powerful transformational process and brings wholeness and fulfillment.

 

HOW TO BEGIN?  Where everything begins … with Light…  

Light is everywhere in our world. We need it to see:

it carries information from the world to our eyes and brains.5 

Light refracted through a prism creates the rainbow colors of visible light, each with its own frequency, from dense (red) to subtle (purple variants).

IN THE SAME WAY, in the human body, light is refracted and appears in its layers of frequencies according to density, as shown below.

Subtle

Dense

To ensure complete incoming and outgoing information, we have a matrix of two subtle, parallel-energy lines in the area of the spine, each side running in an opposite direction from the other, ensuring incoming and outgoing information at every chakra vortex. This delineation appears in ancient wisdom traditions such as Kundalini in the Vedic/ Tantric tradition. (The central shushumna and alternating sides Ida and Pingala are sometimes, as a whole, compared to the twists and turns of DNA strands).

ONE METHOD of clearing beliefs and stories is through looking at our beliefs stored in each of the frequencies in the 7 energy vortexes. We begin at the base with the densest beliefs and work upward toward ever-more subtle frequencies and beliefs and experiences. The heart vortex is key, as it is the gateway to the subtler, higher frequency vortices.

NOW THAT WE’VE SET THE STAGE (pun intended), we will begin in succeeding blogs to delineate the 7 vortexes, one by one, revealing the traps and escape keys for evolutionary momentum and bliss.

 

REFERENCES

1)    https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/you-it-act-ii-scene-vii-all-worlds-stage

2)  Previous blog including The Play of Consciousness in the Universal, https://circleofone.one/reflections-holographic-mirrors-of-the-soul/

3) Thomas Asacker’s “The Business of Belief: How the World’s Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe”.

4) Previous blog, Perception and Reality (https://synchronicity.org/blog/item/perception-and-reality).

5) Light explained, https://www.learner.org/teacherslab/science/light/

 

 

 

Spiritual Leadership – Part 1 – The Simplicity of Spiritual Leadership

“Spiritual leadership is the power to change the atmosphere
with one’s presence.”

~ J. Oswald Sanders

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All genuine spiritual leaders can teach without words because their real power resides in who they are, broadcasting from them in every moment as an entraining influence on everyone and everything around them.

There’s an old saying: “Who you are is speaking so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” All of us are transmitting the qualities of who we are, whether we’re talking or silent. In fact, often the most meaning we convey lies between the lines, carried in our mere presence.

We all know people who change the room when they enter. And many of us have studied with spiritual masters whose presence changed us, simply by sitting with them in meditation. What’s required in the 21st century to meet the escalating challenges of modern life is not more masters meditating with their thousands of followers but thousands of authentic spiritual leaders circulating in society, emanating qualities that can influence everyone they contact in positive ways.



Walt Kelly had his cartoon character Pogo say, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Conversely, we could say that “We have met the help we need and he is us.” It doesn’t in any way diminish the irreplaceable value of a true spiritual teacher to suggest that the deliverance we really need is found by looking in the mirror.

Who do we see in the mirror? An ordinary person who needs saving, or a powerful (or potential) spiritual leader poised to turn every moment into something meaningful? It may seem a stretch to consider yourself a spiritual leader but, according to the definition in the opening quote, you already are. We all are, because everyone changes the atmosphere with their presence. It’s unavoidable. The question is: what kind of change do we create?

Effective spiritual leaders uplift others by entraining them in their illuminated energy field, which they ensure remains inspiring and compassionate. This happens through devoted daily practice, not just sitting for meditation but through every day acts of loving and intelligent contribution.

Consider for a moment how you might describe your own energetic field. Some may think of themselves as peaceful and happy but for many an honest evaluation could include descriptors like anxious and fearful. Obviously, all of us would prefer to be happy rather than fearful, but in that disrupted state we tend to focus on benefits for ourselves.

That kind of selfishness further diminishes our power to positively impact others because it is an attitude that is contrary to the way life and Love flow throughout the universe. The urge to help others is not just a humanitarian value, it’s natural for us all and we know that we are happiest when we are helping others.




This changes our perspective on personal improvement. It’s obviously important to continue growing as a person, to mature in our spiritual evolution, but not just for our own benefit. We become spiritual leaders when we expand to consciously care about our impact on others and maintain our own energy field in good order because we want to be as effective as possible with our own entrainment.

All of us can become spiritual leaders this way and can exert our influence where it is needed most, right in the thick of our everyday lives. Yes, we will continue to meditate on our own. Some of us will engage with teachers to deepen and accelerate our progress along the path of awakening, but all of us can embrace this responsibility to lead by example – not just in what we do but in who we are, through the qualities we maintain moment by moment, which creates the energetic impact we have in the world.

Of course, the entrainment provided by any true spiritual leader is not limited by space and time. In this eternal moment, each of us is emanating our signature qualities to affect the whole world and everyone in it. That’s a powerful understanding and can inspire us to be ever more fully the authentic spiritual leader we are destined to be.




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End of the Road

Beginnings – Part 4 – The Beginning of the End

“Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past
so the universe can write a new one.”

 

~ Marianne Williamson

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Imagine surrendering the stories of your past that have defined who you conceive yourself to be and trusting a greater intelligence to script the rest of your life. This would mark the beginning of the end.

There’s a joke about a man who falls off a cliff and clutches at a branch, hovering above a thousand foot drop. He cries out, appealing to God for help. A voice booms down: “Let go.”

The man takes this in, thinks for a moment, then says: “Is there anyone else up there?”



Letting go is not a popular piece of advice, even on the spiritual path where the words are often used but not always followed with enthusiasm, especially when it involves letting go of who we have conceived ourselves to be. But who is that self? Do we really expect self-improvement of that self can deliver what we hunger for?

Those who debate the relative merits of doing vs being miss a third component, the space between these two polarities. There is something more, a space between that watches both. This can be a ground breaking understanding for those “on the path,” because it doesn’t position being above doing; it emphasizes a witnessing state beyond either polarized aspect of human, egoic identity.

Witness

As one abandons both aspects of human identity in favor of adopting and sustaining a witnessing consciousness, this space grows. It continues to dilate and your experience becomes more dominantly one of “consciousness watching.” Your awareness expands, delivering a more unified experience, regardless of the outer circumstance.

“Space” is the transformative ingredient. Here in the information age, where our personal processing speed continues to accelerate, we are suffocating in an overwhelm of data, 24/7. We are becoming more fragmented, more depressed, and more anxious. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that we now find ourselves in the midst of a mental illness epidemic.

This is impacting students, particularly. In response, universities are adding more counsellors. But the more they add, the longer the lines of students needing help become. Counselling is not the answer for students who are plugged in every waking moment, eating junk food, and not exercising. Space, space between being and doing, that’s what’s missing. Wisdom emerges from that space, with momentary, timely direction for how to live a balanced life.




From a fully awakened perspective, those two polarities are already balanced so the speed of information processing is not a problem. Everything, including you, is part of the same consciousness. In truth, there is no conflict and no stress and no fragmentation. In fact, it’s possible to reside in the midst of seeming chaos with an awareness that it is all the same, that nothing is wrong and needs fixing, that you are already who you are. You just need to let go.

Don’t suggest that to the scientists fretting about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (A.I.) To many, biology and technology are in a race to some sort of finish line that will determine the future of humankind. Actually, some would further clarify that it’s about whether humans actually have a future. But consciousness is one and includes everything, including technology. Technology is a valid instrument of consciousness, meant to support you in your further ongoing evolution in consciousness, not sabotage you.

The old human story is that technology and biology are separate, different, and competitive. As you awaken in this space of witnessing oneness, it becomes clear that technology is part of the same consciousness as biology and that the two must coexist. But we are living in the dark ages of consciousness, what in Sanskrit is referred to as the Kali Yuga, where the majority of the human population remains unawakened. That explains the escalating fear about technology as a threat.

Kali Yuga

Modern shamans will tell you that we are in the final stages of the Kali Yuga, the darkest depths of unconsciousness. Their traditional perspective holds that ten avatars show up throughout the four ages but there is only one in this last age. He or she – known as the Kalki avatar – has not yet appeared.

Or, is that too an illusion, or at least an imperfect interpretation? Perhaps the last avatar is a collective one. Perhaps the one we are waiting for is “the one,” the realized state of oneness that emerges as we release our separate human identities. Perhaps our destiny is to let go and soar, not fall. Of course, there’s only one way to find out!




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Meditation on the World

Beginnings – Part 3 – Wakeful Nothingness

“The wakeful state tells us that the world is not an inanimate place, that matter is not the only reality. It tells us that consciousness is not just produced by the brain but is a fundamental quality of the universe that channels into our own individual beings. It tells us that we are not isolated individuals but share the same spiritual essence as every living being, every object, and the universe itself.”

~ Steve Taylor, from The Leap

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Being awake is fundamentally different than being asleep or the in-between stage of waking up. But applying the metaphor to spiritual awakening can be problematic because spiritual awakening delivers us, not to more content the way waking up in the morning does, but to less content, to a state described by the words “wakeful nothingness.”

We use words to venture descriptions of the indescribable. For instance, these words – wakeful nothingness – represent an attempt to describe the state of balance natural to those who are spiritually awake. This is an experience that must be known for oneself; words can merely point the way.

Balance, in the holistic model of reality, is represented by the symbol of the cross. The horizontal plane relates to the polarized opposites of subjective and objective, being and becoming. The first priority towards spiritual awakening is to achieve that horizontal balance. Once you become able to sustain that, then the vertical axis actualizes. This traverses between dense and subtle energetic realms, but no substantial degree of vertical balance can actualize and be sustained until the horizontal balance first locks in. This emphasizes the importance of our daily living experience of wakefulness, not just our meditative practice when sitting.



Working towards the experience of wakeful nothingness is not something that you try to do. It happens courtesy of the orchestration of consciousness and the evolving momentum of your consciousness is the causative force. This experience will emerge for you, for anyone, at the precise moment it becomes the experience whose time has come. Along the way, egoic remnants can sustain a sense of false “doership.”

“Look at me, I’m making great spiritual progress” is a neon sign that proves the ego is still running the show. This fraudulent aberration must dissolve and can – not through any effort on the part of a “seeker” but in the alchemical gap that appears in your awareness between illusion and truth. That gap develops as you cease being identified with what’s happening and become a witness to what’s happening. That’s the key to achieving horizontal balance.

Spiral Mind

In the early stages of awakening many people report various kinds of phenomena. It’s important to clarify that this is the kindergarten stage of awakening consciousness, the early stages of the awakening experience. Epiphanies and magical moments get your attention. You may perceive something radically unusual, complete with vivid lights and colors, etc. That’s interesting, fascinating, often inspiring. And, it’s potentially distracting.

As you continue waking up, the phenomenal fades and the noumenal increases. Your attention is inevitably drawn away from the extraordinary and into the secret magnificence of the ordinary, into what all the great mystical traditions have emphasized: wakeful nothingness. The Gnostics respected this as the ultimate reality of consciousness and genuine teachers warn against letting phenomenon of any kind distract.

Phenomena of consciousness is the noisy part of the mental dimension, all your thoughts, beliefs, and stories. Post-awakening, you begin to perceive more truthfully and your stories shift from life-negative to life-positive, to truthful stories of unified consciousness that are love based.




You could say that your life story progresses from fiction to non-fiction, from noise to silence. In fact, your stories, thoughts, and beliefs reduce themselves to one essential story: There is only one.

Your dominant state of being in life becomes a formless, empty stillness. This explains why all great teachers say, “Watch your stories.” They ask, “Can you be a witnessing consciousness, watching without any opinion?”

World Meditation

Imagine surrendering your opinions. That might seem impossible. But we might well ask, “What’s the value of opinions?” Yes, we can argue concepts, we can defend positions, we can advocate actions. But we can accomplish even more (and a lot easier) without opinion.

In that witnessing stillness, you’ve entered a medium of revelation where what’s seen, known, and realized can be fully embraced, as the way it is and must be. As inadequate as any words are to describe this experience, perhaps these words are sufficient to inspire trading fascination with phenomena for the ego-annihilating reality of wakeful nothingness.




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