Hiking in Banff National Park

Seeing Clearly

I have been considering the following outlook, life practices, and inspirations. I begin with describing discernment to opening up to our pure potential, to applying wisdom daily, to healing through the organization, to our ongoing search for meaning and then various memorable travel, reading and retreats I enjoyed in the last year. Please share any comments or thoughts that come up!

Discernment
I aim to see clearly what is in front of me, applying techniques and practices for deeper levels of perception and discernment. I continue to explore new practices and techniques as I discover them. As I am able to perceive the truth of my current reality, I see the inter-connectivity of our lives, nature, and the world we live in.

Pure Potential
Negative thinking is a popular “program” and the realm of human potential is much larger – yet, people are often consumed by negatively biased thought patterns. Granted, humans are hard wired for survival but we can evolve so we are not immediate slaves to a short-sighted reaction response. Concepts such as mindfulness, positive psychology and gratitude practices are helpful — cutting off the fuel supply or energy flow to negativity is most important. As soon as one stops fueling negative programs with habituated thinking, an invisible but existent consciousness becomes palpable – the unseen void. Pure potential moves through it and unlimited opportunity for relating with the world and those in it arises.

Applied Wisdom
Growth and innovation lie in applying wisdom of universal truths to everyday life.  The integrated experience is more relevant than the ashram experience. Daily habits create a useful form, a specified container, for how one can move in the world. I love focusing on healthy diet and exercise; regular expressions of gratitude; and a meditation where I walk through the day backwards and pause on moments of awe or joy.

Probably, the most important habit is making ongoing, conscious choices for a positive reality:

  • I choose what I eat and drink – food as medicine
  • I choose my thoughts – thoughts as medicine
  • I choose my actions – actions as my personal statement
  • I choose my relationships – relationships for their potential for healing, caring and joy

I cannot control others or foster change in them; I can respect them. I can inspire them. Each of us chooses the reality we wish to create, conscious and seen or unconscious and unseen. If we’ve created something we do not want, then there is an unconscious desire or pattern that wishes it. Choosing differently allows for shifting into a different and more wholesome reality.

Organization
I keep coming back to the phase, “the organization as a healing tool.” Organizations live and breath, they expand and contract, they hold a collective vibration. The power held within an organization is massive and inspiring – including human potential to create vast networks of communication, manufacturing, and service and product delivery. We have a panoply of networks and connection, a global canopy of inter-connectivity. We are so good at constructing – there is opportunity to heal our emotional and karmic wounding through the regular interaction we have within an organization, including at work. This would require us to boot ourselves out of survivor and me-only mentality, to think outside the self and create an environment where one can live and breathe in a reality supportive of the flow of pure potential. Developing and implementing in that atmosphere invites positive evolution.

Meaning
I am reminded how much people (including myself) seek meaning and a sense of purpose in our lives — perhaps a quest to lose the “I” and dissolve into a feeling of collective oneness. Connecting with nature is an easy way to do that and also get outside of repetitive actions and thought — feel the trees during a walk in the woods; take a dip in the ocean.

Recent Trips
Here are memories from a few adventures which inspired me over the last 12 months:

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
hiking adventures, June 2015

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Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon

berry and vegetable picking, August 2015

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Kauai, Hawaii
relaxing and Napali Coast hiking and views, February 2016

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My favorite book in the last yearThe Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

I loved The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf, a biography of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). His prolific writings inspired countless scientists, writers, explorers and naturalists including Charles Darwin, John Muir, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, William Wordworth, Henry David Thoreau and others. His drawing, Naturgemälde, depicts Chimborazo, an inactive volcano in Ecuador, in cross-section, illustrating nature as a web in which everything is connected. “It showed for the first time that nature was a global force with corresponding climate zones across continents. Humboldt saw ‘unity in variety’ (p. 89).”

I took the following courses

  • In August, I took an angelic healing training course with Peter and Anne Selby and completed a 3-day intensive with them in November. I am learning to intuit through my guides and have clear connection with my central channel for healing opportunities and optimal choices of action. I can interpret subtle inductions and am learning to use the I Ching for guidance.
  • I learned of a third eye meditation technique developed by Samuel Sagan, taught in the Clairvision School, and participated in a two-day workshop at the Berkeley Spire in September. I really appreciated this approach with “no-frills,” authenticity and heart connection.
  • Last November I took a one-day workshop with Trevor Hart. There is little to know information about him online though here is a link to his bio from the event.The Flower of Life
    He helps people heal through the subtle light body by repairing their connections to the Flower of Life matrix, a form of sacred geometry that depicts fundamental aspects of space and time. It’s found in ancient civilizations around the world. One can see the oldest representation of the flower of life at the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt. It is also depicted in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, and Leonardo DaVinci studied its form and mathematical properties. To me, the flower of life implies a meta-paradigm for our inter- and intra- relationships.
  • At the end of December, I took an Ayurveda and Shadow Yoga retreat at Esalen taught by Robert Svoboda, and Scott Blossom and Chandra Easton. I loved learning about Ayurveda and hope to continue incorporating Ayurveda-inspired daily habits and diet influences. So far, I’ve added tongue cleaning to my morning routine. I also loved being introduced to Shadow Yoga, created by Shander Remete, a former student of BKS Iyengar for many years. It is a non-sexy, but very effective style of yoga practice and felt fantastic for strength and flexibility in my back and lower body.

The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

Anyone who’s started a business (or even thought about it) goes through a wave of emotions throughout the process. With little sense of stability until solid cash flow from ongoing sales or secured funding, there are times when you can really feel like a surfer with a broken board at Waimea.

Here’s a great post by Cameron Herold via Tim Ferris discussing the entrepreneurial roller coaster from Cameron’s Backpocket COO Series. He suggests certain actions to take given the emotional state of the CEO and the organization’s position within the business cycle.

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MBA + Social Values = Modern Professional

This article was recently published on Social Edge, “It doesn’t take an MBA – or does it?“.

In the budding industry of social enterprise, I find an MBA immensely helpful. The combination of passion, commitment, and desire with strong management technique is essential. One without the other is inadequate, while together very powerful. In any MBA program, managing people, resources, and partners is openly discussed and studied. Every social enterprise must consider these topics.

Now you certainly don’t learn everything in an MBA program. Can leadership be taught? And I certainly did not learn much about sales, but I find myself selling/pitching everyday.

I find the skills for being a successful entrepreneur are akin to that of administering social change — innovation, leadership, risk-taking, the ability to “sell” — your vision to potential partners, funders, and employees.

How a Transformational Leader Relates in the 21st Century

Over the last four years, I have been focused on bringing consciousness into the gestalt that is business. As a result, I have been experimenting with different tools to explain the benefits of transformational work. Of course, there is no better tool than direct embodied experience, but sometimes a more mind-oriented approach is more appropriate.

Hence: PowerPoint — to ground my transformational rhetoric by using an ordinary business communication tool.

I created this presentation two years ago to help people understand that how one relates (to friends, family, colleagues, nature, etc.) directly affects one’s ability to transform the world around. By taking responsibility for positive relationship completely, one becomes a progressive growth experience for others enabling unlimited potential for economic, political, and artistic transformation.

Relating in the 21st Century

Conscious Business

I wrote this 3 years ago in November 2006. Reading it again, the text is darker than how I feel today. Nonetheless, much of it is still relevant though the current economic recession and Obama’s political term create a new shadow.

Introduction

An imbalance exists within much of industry today; and, the proper restoration of this balance is essential to ensure the longevity of all species and culearthtures on this earth–human, plant, and animal. Without this redistribution, diversity will be lost which is integral to the composition of life. We are in the midst of re-defining industry’s relationship with nature. If we do not, many more species and cultures will die. A recent 700-page report by former World Bank Chief Economist Sir Nicholas Stern, and one of the British government’s top economic advisors, suggests that without any action to stem current trends, global warming could shrink the world’s economy by up to 20%, costing it more than either of the 20th century’s world wars or the Depression.[1]

This article is about redistributing the value chain; it’s about organizing misaligned industry around universal truths–to carry it into balance. A comparison study from the early 1900s of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Vedanta found: “Truth is not the exclusive property of any one group of people, but is the common property of the whole human race and equally open to all who can claim it. Whoever is open to truth does not care from what source it comes. It is Truth, that is sufficient.”[2]

A spiritual outlook guides these universal truths as they create a framework which underlies global consciousness. Continue reading “Conscious Business” »