Saint Augustine said that
"And men go abroad to admire
the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad
tide of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the
stars and pass themselves by"
Indeed I think here St
Augustine is attempting a measurement of the soul. Petrarch the
Italian poet in 1336 said that the soul is a spacious as the grand
vistas before us. Space is internalized, Soul is externalized. In
fact we are on a continuum nature is so full of soul and has to
now be painted that way with subtle gradations of color and perspective
and we are full of space and vast countries and landscapes of soul.
Our soul is the very nexus
of change that has occurred through evolution from the initial big
bang 13 to 15 billion years ago. After that initial explosion from
fiery hot dense magma, the universe became a sea of hydrogen. By
1 billion years the galaxies had started forming. From those galaxies
eventually came the Milky Way and human life. We can say that we
come from hydrogen atoms and yet that hydrogen has since blossomed
into elephants and roses and human beings. There is a creative principle
at work in the universe of which we are very much a part.
Brian Swimme like Ouspensky
the famous philosopher and disciple of Gurdjieff sees nature as
being an extension of us. There is for them like for Petrarch a
subtle voice and presence within the context of nature which in
our more receptive moments we can sense and feel.
According to Otto Scharmer
who teaches business studies at Stanford University there are two
kinds of knowing. One is the kind of knowing which is old paradigm
stuff in that it is it is linear, replication and rote. It is the
kind of knowing that is based on text books and authority and uses
a logic which has been described as coming from the left side of
The other type of knowing
is based not on downloading information but based on retreat, reflection
and intuitive response. Unfortunately within the context of our
society our collectivity and preconceptions often block the intuitive
This blockage has been
called by some brainwashing by MEMS or the subtle encoding of our
brains by the expectations and current values and preferences of
a materialistic society. In the spiritual traditions it has been
called delusion and is represented by a lack of awakening.
In a society in rapid
change we have to take into account the prevailing tendencies, the
big changes we are facing now are;
3. Individuation on a global scale
In terms of politics
we are now subject to more overarching transnational or global institutions
such as the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and
also subject to the immense power of transnational companies.
In terms of creativity
our society is becoming more interconnected by transport and by
the internet. More effort is being put into entertainment and also
design in all aspects of human activity especially the internet.
About 10 years ago about 8% of people were involved in America in
creative pursuits. Currently the number is around 20%. This creativity
is also tapping into the spiritual side of people. This spiritual
side is an aspect of consciousness or interiority which is separate
from institutionalized religion.
Because of the rapid explosion
of knowledge and information particularly within the context of
the world wide web people are having a greater say in how they feel
and how they express themselves. Nowadays a reputable website has
to have a blog on it where people can post their views. Blogs represent
the individuation of interconnected freedom.
What this says about business
and about the system generally is that a new social technology is
being created in which we need to navigate between the levels of
collective capacity and individual action. What this means is that
in order to contribute creatively to the emerging whole we need
to pay particular attention to our souls.
In this global society
of rapid transformation and change to access our soul is to access
the very nature of who we are. It is a journey within, a pioneering
approach to the depths of our minds in the past recognized as God.
The 21st Century indeed is an era of exploration of God consciousness
which is seen to be a process of inner enquiry and meditation.
This process is a work
of individual evolution enhanced by collective ideal. Brian Swimme
says we are now at a phase shift in evolution. This means that the
changes that we are facing now are as vast as the extinction of
the dinosaurs 95 million years ago. And indeed our planet is currently
undergoing enormous ecological change and an extinction rate of
30,000 species a year, which is 100,000 times more than normal.
So the question is can
we access and explore the spiral of conscious evolution and yet
embrace all others at different levels of their journey.
This is where the process
of Satyagraha comes into force. This word coined by Ghandi literally
means clinging to the truth that we are all one under the skin and
that there is no such thing as a win/lose confrontation because
all our important interests are really the same, as we all want
unity and peace with each other. Satyagraha is the process of non
violence which Ghandi the great avatar used Ghandi came to this
understanding and realisation through a period of systematic discipline
and intense personal growth. In Africa in the early 20th Century
he launched a careful campaign to rescue the dignity and rights
of 100,000 Indians. The great work that he subsequently did in India
he had prepared for over many years.
The essence of Satyagraha
is based on the essence of truth in every individual which can never
be destroyed. It is been called reason and a kind of humane awareness.
It is also spirit of humanity, an ability to awaken the dormant
humanity in another individual. Indeed the new science of consciousness
shows that we possess mirror neurons and vibrational patterns within
ourselves especially within the brain and the heart which mirror
and can also entrain other people's brains, hearts and minds as
we pick up external vibrations like sensitive tuning forks. We are
all very much connected.In a state of coherence and love we can
influence people around us to entrain into a similar state which
thereby creates empathy and rapport.
The basis of Satyagraha
is probably the most significant process we can use to change the
world by recognizing our interconnectedness and interdependence
with all humanity and all life.
With so much injustice
occurring on the planet the non violent process of Satyagraha is
a way of achieving resolution of conflict. The Satyagraha means
that violence can never be used in the process and that injustice
is not attacked in terms of person but in terms of the system. The
whole purpose is to set in motion forces that will lead to a new
equation of reconciliation.
At the moment in the history
of the planet there needs to be a reconciliation on many fronts
including reconciliation between families, communities, businesses
and governments and also with nature herself.
The change requires a
letting go of old notions and letting a new self emerge. This process
is almost like letting go of your preconceptions and going forth
into a different world which although uncertain can enable the creative
imagination to work more effectively. In this process there are
two questions which are, Who is myself? --- What is my highest possibility?
And secondly: What is my work? --- What am I here for?
This form of meditation
is in fact a collective process. In meditation we may suspend our
thoughts, redirect ourselves and let go to higher possibilities.
And in the process we effect not only ourselves but also the people
The individual within
the collective and the collective within the individual is the new
spirituality. When one person is able to participate in the process
of emergence and evolution on this planet accessing deeper realms
within his or her soul or consciousness this directly affects society,
space and time and contributes towards collective emergence.
The new Copernican revolution
shows that we are all connected, that everything maintains itself
at the expense of everything else and that the universe and our
environment is in fact a biological quantum reality whose infrastructure
is pure love. This realization where the observer influences the
observed whether it be living or non living has been up to now against
the very tenets of science. The added corollary to this statement
is that the whole nexus of that which is interior and that which
is exterior is joined by this powerful force and energy of love.
This love is not an imposed hierarchical authority but a ground
work of the universe itself and is accessible by all humanity.
"Psyche is endowed
with a dignity which philosophically gives it a position equal to
the physical being"
"The human being
is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades
the universe from the very beginning now beings to surface within
consciousness. That's the only difference, we didn't invent compassion,
but it's flowing through us - or it could."