2018: On Being What Matters in Life

January 1, 2018

Watching a light snow fall Saturday afternoon, I reflected on Lessons of 2017.

What Matters most in Life is Truth, our Character of Being: Human honesty, morality, ethics, integrity in support of justice, dignity and well-being for everyone. This is the public face of Love in Action that is the Unity of Sovereignty.

Truth is uncomfortable; it triggers dissonance. Truth is inconvenient; it demands change. We all say we want change yet few of us want to engage with change, to fully engage with Truth. Truth invites the strength and courage of self-respect and self-worth to look in the mirror with fierce honesty and ruthless integrity. Truth exposes our self-deception that we use to deceive others and oppress Life. Truth invites conscious choice and commitment to deep change. “What Matters Most?” is a question of self-respect and self-worth as a human being.

Nothing changes without awareness of our patterns and paradigms, our subconscious, fundamental beliefs about life that drive our actions. Our paradigms structure how we see life and blind us to possibilities. Our current paradigm of patriarchal power of wealth, status and privilege is done; it hinders Life.

Leaders don’t “create” unity in diversity which is something that I’ve had “wrong” for years. What I was missing was that Leaders ENACT the Truth of Unity Consciousness: Unity of Sovereignty that is always present. Unity Consciousness brings forth choices and actions that focus on Equality and Equity, Shared Power and Justice, Dignity and Well-being for everyone. Leading is Connection: Care, understanding, respect, and responsibility for and accountability to one another as human beings and for Life.

Leaders embody Empathy expressed as Compassion. Empathy-Compassion is the Flow of Love. Leaders embody Unity expressed as Sovereignty. Unity-Sovereignty is the Expansion of Life. Unity Consciousness is the paradigm of Being that fosters the emerging, evolving Expansion of Life. Leaders are stewards of this New Paradigm.

For good or for ill, our collective future is created moment-by-moment by our individual choices and actions in the present. When you walk this Path of Unity, it takes Strength, Courage and the Willingness to be out in front alone, at the edge which most of us fear, so we ignore or reject the Path.

As I was engaged in Saturday’s reflections, a dear friend called. Our conversation was a reminder that as we actively cultivate our personal and societal conscience and consciousness, our Awareness of Truth, we continuously move forward and evolve. So 2018 holds great Hope, Possibility, Potential, and Promise for justice, the dignity and well-being of everyone.

We are breaking open to breakdown for breakthrough. There is nothing to fear. Life IS Love bringing us closer to the Truth of Being Human. Love means Liberation from our obsolete, unnatural paradigm. This Freedom enacts Unity Consciousness, the Living Truth of Love. With responsibility and accountability for what we have created, the Power is within us to change what is before us.

Leaders ask a simple question: “How can I make Life better for everyone?” This is the humility of Service to our Unity of Sovereignty. In today’s culture, Leaders as public servants are called to ensure basic necessities of life: food, shelter, healthcare, education, safety that are our common foundation for human justice, dignity and well-being. This enables everyone to focus their energies on reaching and contributing their fullest potential rather than on survival. Leaders consciously generate the potential for ALL to become Leaders.

The paradox of Leadership is that we need to Follow in order to Enact Life as Love: Leading is Love in Service to Life. Love Makes a Leader a Leader.

What Lessons did you Learn that you will bring to Life in 2018?

Many Blessings and Much Love for the New Year.

Some Thoughts on Compassion… and Leadership

Empathy and compassion as a human being comprise the highest form of intelligence: The Wisdom of the Heart as Love and Service as our Integrity with Life.

Empathy is the embodied Truth of Unity Consciousness, our Oneness that is Love: I Am You, You Are Me, we are in Life together. Empathy is the conscious acceptance of our Responsibility as an integral part of the Whole.

Compassion is the outer expression of empathy, it requires action. Compassion is the commitment to and enactment of our Accountability to ourselves, to one another and to Life: Unity in Diversity, Diversity in Unity. Compassion is the ultimate expression of Love, of Service to Life.

Human morality, ethics, integrity, and justice are the public face of Love, of empathy and compassion. Anything not based in Love is failing, epically.

Empathy is inner, personal conscience and consciousness; compassion is external, societal conscience and consciousness. They are Wisdom and Service, Responsibility and Accountability, two sides of the same coin of Higher Consciousness.

We will only create a society where everyone thrives when those in leadership roles embody empathy and so enact compassion as human beings. Without empathy and compassion, Leadership is absent.

When Power Goes to the Head

Unity Consciousness – empathy and compassion which are the essence of Leading as Love – is literally hardwired into our physiology through our brain’s mirror neurons. Unity Consciousness is physically part of being human.

Our hearts have millions of neurons as well. It is the heart that is our “tuner” that sees the Whole of Life that includes aspects that the mind cannot perceive or comprehend. When the heart is closed, it cannot perceive Life OR connect with the mirror neurons in the brain to activate them so we lose empathy and compassion, and intuition, insights and inspiration. The mind is here to Serve the Heart. Power comes from the Truth of the Heart.

The absence of empathy and compassion is the result of neurological damage caused by fear and need for control that closes the heart.

The absence of empathy and compassion is the abuse of power. Our politicians are literally physically and psychologically (mentally and emotionally) incapacitated as human beings and cannot Lead.

We are witnessing the implosion and collapse of the absence of our Truth of Being and its ultimate rebirth as Freedom and our Sovereignty of Soul: Break open, break down to break through.

Leading Is the Sacred Trust of Unity Consciousness

November 14, 2017

We are in this Life together, not for some of us to win, but for all of us to thrive. Leaders embody and enact this Unity Consciousness that is our progress, growth and evolution as human beings.

Not for position or hierarchy.

Not for status, privilege or power.

Not for labels, ideologies or agendas.

The status, profit and wealth accumulation motives that rule our culture and society blind us to other possibilities and our full human potential. We are ALL being tested on our moral and ethical courage, our Integrity as Human Beings. What do you stand for? Who do you stand with?

When we shift how we perceive what Matters in Life, we create new realities. Leaders initiate and guide the paradigm shift from our patriarchal, competitive, power-and-money focused culture and system to an egalitarian, sharing, collaborative system with responsibility and accountability for the whole.

Unity Consciousness is Love in Action that Serves Life: Morality, Ethics, Integrity, Equality, Equity, Shared Power, Shared Resources, and Justice for the Dignity and Well-being of ALL. This is the Truth of Spirit and Sovereignty of Soul. What’s on the inside shows up on the outside.

As we tolerate dishonesty, immorality or corruption, we compromise our own integrity and so contribute to the viral spread of corruption that plagues us. Immorality and corruption have become acceptable as the way things get done and we reward those with status who do this. Eventually, the societal-economic-political system collapses. By our silence and looking the other way, we are participating in our own demise. We have accepted and are being played by the unwritten, invisible rules of power.

In business, politics, education, religion, the media, etc., Leaders have the personal and societal conscience and courage to consciously and actively focus on restoring human morality, ethics, integrity, and justice to our societal-economic-political system and nothing else: No profit motives, no ideological agendas, no power plays, no exploitation. This is the public face of Love, of Unity Consciousness. Love is not silent in the face of immorality or injustice: With silence there is no healing or progress.

The rest of us are called to Lead our Lives in the same way.

Lasting change is possible. We all are called to hold ourselves to this Higher Standard: Leading is Love in Service to Life.

Here is a Vision of the Future of Leadership that I invite you to hold in your Heart and Mind and enact with me.

The Future of Leadership in Politics and Business… and Life

May Blessings Be.

The Field of Creation for Leading as Love

October 5, 2017

I have cultivated my understanding and appreciation of Leadership for the past 40 years; Leading as Love for the past 10. Here is the essence of what I have learned through research, observation and personal experience.

Leaders enact and bring forth the inherent Unity within the Diversity of Life based in our shared humanity; it is our common ground for the greatest good already present in life. The elements of Love that are present and embodied by Leaders empower and facilitate infinite possibilities and potential so that that all Succeed, all Thrive, all evolve as Human Beings.

Stewardship is Leadership in business. Governance is Leadership in politics. Both are required for our short- and long-term sustainability and survival as human beings and for Life.

Here are the elements that make up the Field of Creation for Leading as Love:

Unity + Sovereignty + Freedom ∞ Truth of Being.

Morality + Ethics + Justice ∞ Integrity of Being.

Empathy + Compassion + Commitment ∞ Accountability to Life.

Care + Understanding + Respect ∞ Responsibility for the Whole.

Equality + Equity + Dignity ∞ Well-being of the Whole.

Purpose + Connection + Self-determination ∞ Growth of the Whole.

Meaning + Contribution + Choice ∞ Actualization of the Whole.

Self-Respect + Self-Awareness + Self-Love ∞ Self-Realization as Love.

Taken all together, this is what it means to Be a Leader. It’s impossible to Lead from our labels, ideologies and agendas which can only separate. Leaders Realize Life’s Infinite Possibilities and Potential of Love.

The absence of any element is the absence of Love, the absence of Leadership, and the organization or system fails. The chaos of this wide-spread collapse is what we see today; we are in breakdown to break through.

Anything that denies Spirit or corrupts our Soul’s expression, blocks Leadership which is Love in Action. Leading as Love bridges, unites and merges all polarities, dissolves all inequities.

Leading is Love in Service to Life: Love Makes a Leader a Leader.

What’s on the inside shows up on the outside. Who do you choose to be?

The Future of Leadership in Politics and Business… and Life

August 28, 2017

Our prevailing, patriarchal worldview of hierarchal “leadership” has reached its limits and is coming apart. This is the chaos that we see and feel. The Organization Man (W. H. Whyte, Jr., 1956) described this paradigm of a transactional mindset focused on compliance and conformity, competition and domination, with people used as objects for gratification of wealth and power.

We are awakening and building a new paradigm of collective Leadership that is unity in diversity. Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving, published the same year as Whyte’s book, offers a radical approach to leadership. It is unconventional, extreme and uncompromising that goes to the origins, essentials and foundation of what it means to be an effective leader: love. Fromm describes love as care, understanding, respect, and responsibility. This public “Love” distinguishes it from our personal, emotional love of attraction, affection and approval.

Leaders are the activators and sustainers of Love. Leaders tap and enact the inherent truth of our unity with one another as human beings and our alignment and integration with the evolutionary impulse of life.

Expanding on Fromm, care means empathy, the recognition that we are one; the depth of our humanity is our unity. Understanding means compassion, the recognition that we are diverse; our individual uniqueness is self-sovereignty. Respect means integrating and enacting both care and understanding, both empathy and compassion, both our unity and our diversity. Responsibility means personal and societal accountability, conscience and consciousness for the whole of life.

With this primary orientation of care, understanding, respect, and responsibility, Love in action unfolds as equality, equity, shared power and resources, justice, and dignity and well-being for all. Leaders consciously ensure that we all realize the fulfillment of our human potential for purpose and meaning, connection and contribution, self-determination and choice, and growth and actualization.

Governance is Leadership in politics. Stewardship is Leadership in business. Both recognize that until basic survival needs for food, shelter and healthcare are met; until our connection with and belonging to something greater that brings meaning to life are met; and until we are supported in expanding our capacity to learn and grow through education, we are not free to actualize our potential so we fail in our responsibility to society and to life itself. The paradox is that by honoring our uniqueness, our individual contribution to the whole, leaders amplify and expand our unity.

Leadership is collaboration: The unity of working together from our diversity of perspectives so that we move forward together. In the governance and stewardship of our societal-economic-political system, Leaders consciously enact expanded, holistic perspectives of conservative-liberalism/liberal-conservatism and socialist-capitalism/capitalist-socialism that reconcile and integrate our polarities to ensure inclusion so that everyone thrives with dignity and well-being. Both governance and stewardship are measured by the quality of life shared by all. With the consciousness of Love, both government and business are forces for good.

With governance and stewardship, the personal and societal conscience and consciousness for responsibility and accountability for the whole of life, laws protecting human rights and regulations protecting from exploitation are no longer needed and disappear. There is shared wealth in all forms and shared power throughout business and politics; taxes are seen as shared resources for the just governance of a cohesive and universally beneficial society. Social, economic, political, and environmental justice are natural choices.

We start by recognizing that people in “authority”, whether politicians or executives, are not “leaders” and that calling them “leaders” gives them false power over us. No matter what the gender, racial, religious, nationality, or political labels are, labels are used to manage compliance and enforce control with a version of prescribed, hierarchical order of the patriarchal worldview. Deferring to authorities holds us within and compounds this status quo which is the root cause of our current chaos. Leaders disrupt this status quo. Chaos empowers wisdom. We are in the breakdown of these false identities of labels to break open and break through to our humanity.

Leaders are comfortable with uncertainty, the unknown, secure in knowing that optimal solutions for our greatest good emerge only without the definitions and limitations of ideologies and agendas. Leaders bring forth the natural, inherent order in life. Leadership begins when we consider the possibility that there might be ways to enhance life for all.

Leadership is our focused commitment to integrate and amplify our identity as human beings: body, mind, heart, and spirit. As Leaders, we enact the truth of unity by freeing our own wholeness within. Leadership is a way of life for those with the courage to live it. Leaders bring Love to life through every role.

Leading is Love in service to life: Love makes a leader a Leader. Leaders live this future today as the wayshowers and creators of our destiny and our legacy. Engaging this personal Leadership is the one change that transforms everything.

Leading as Love is Universal Leadership. How are you a Leader in Service to Life?