Tell the Truth… Carefully

attitude-lifeHave you ever noticed yourself thinking and wonder why they heck you were just thinking those thoughts? We are so capable of doing so, yet how often do we really notice our thoughts. The wonderful world of science fiction and George Orwell brought us the ‘thought police’ in 1984. Fortunately we don’t have them. What we do have is a body of knowledge that supports what our feelings and thoughts do for our daily experience.

The most common reference is from The Secret which mentions the ‘Law of Attraction’ as being a permeating force within the thoughtmosphere of mankind. What does that really mean? It means that our reality is directly affected by how we feel and think; our experience is often determined by our perception of it. The ‘Law’ simply states that whatever you feel and think strongly will be attracted to you somehow.

Serendipity is ‘Remark’able

Cognitive dissonance, the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions, becomes the challenge we face within. Most of us don’t take the time to learn the sensitivity necessary to monitor our feelings and thoughts appropriately. We engage them without a moments hesitation and often regret what we’ve just done or said as a result. Communication is the core competency few of us have mastered, let alone being able to have that internal dialog that supports our personal growth instead of our categorical demise from the self-deprecating thoughts we usually entertain.

The ‘thought police’ show up in our audience or listeners, though, even when we might not realize it. As an example – be careful when relating your truth to an audience that may not have your depth of experience or intelligence, especially if it is outside your listeners’ box of reality. Gentle hearts with solid foundations are often trampled, yet  recover and grow after being confronted with disbelievers or investigative remarks. Being a mirror for others to peer in, even when aware of the process, is a challenge for the best of us.

Many affirmations can work to help keep the peace within… ‘think the non-thought’ seems to work really well when soul gazing in the eyes of another. As a speaker, I’ve learned to offer that pause for the Cause before replying to questions and sometimes even before I open my mouth. I take a good look at the audience, connecting with the eyes of as many as I can to get a general feedback loop going. That feedback loop is the thoughtmosphere of the audience that is available when one opens to it.

We often realize we have a lot to offer yet show up with a sense of impending rejection… and so we are; until we love completely – including self. I think there was something about that in the same book many are using to justify their condemnation, criticism and judgment. In contrast to the dualistic mindset, my experience is quite different when centered in Oneness… a heartfelt condition where the mind is simply an observer and a greater part of me (the I Am Presence?) becomes totally present. The joy that is there is phenomenal and often precipitates phenomena. Countless witnesses have related stories of connecting with the sound current, the heart pulse of the universe, the Light and beyond.

Serendipitous synchronicities in my own life are chronicled on my website. Many others can be found on the Web as well. Countless stories abound, relating how people connect with their ‘magic presence’ in those moments of synchronicity on the stage of life. Is it an easy process? No, but it gets easier over time. Like any discipline, it takes practice. What is important is the self-vetting process that leads one to a more authentic and heart-felt delivery. Your audience may not call you on your lack of authenticity, but they sure can feel it. They WILL talk behind your back. If you are lucky and ‘present’ you’ll pick up on it and adjust; maybe someone will offer an honest reflection.

Most folks put in that situation will instantly reject the observers opinion and flare their own ego as a result. To the observer it is painfully obvious, yet far too often the observer is spot on in their reflection. Sure, it may not be comfortable… that’s where we grow!

Experiencing Sacred Moments

The resulting feeling from experiencing a serendipitous synchronicity, a sacred moment, is a challenge to articulate. Yet one can best related it as a sense of deep love and connectedness. It is similar to the vocalizing embrace of a lover, a simple heartfelt ‘mmmmm.’ My daily experience is not always centered in Oneness, however, and I roll with the flow when I am aware. I’ve gotten over those who attempt to discount or minimize the value of such an experience. Sharing tasty tidbits magnifies the diversity of experience and offers more menu items to others.

Life is full of diversity and our global village is made up of citizens beyond our imagination. After all, even with the theories of hybrid humans, sacred hidden bloodlines or genetic evolution we are here now. We are living on one planet at one time, with one atmosphere to breathe. Our human race need not be one of competition and coercion any longer. Servants of a higher cause have many names today; like coaches, counselors, collaborators as well as doctors, lawyers and scientists.

Sometimes my energy tends to become agitated with impatience and I am not always able to be in a zen space. I have a wonderful reminder with my name and find the challenge to practice zazen a just and prudent cause. There are many practices that people entertain in their daily lives, some more desirable than others. The trick is to recognize which ones actually benefit your life and which ones diminish it. One thing we don’t seem to practice in our society or even in education, where it would make the most sense, and that is mindfulness. I use something like it.

This process begins with feeling my heartbeat in my fingertips as I focus and breathe. Over time and with concentration I learned how to allow that pulse to permeate my entire body until I felt like one big pulsing being. Try it. Be prepared to spend some time in order to practice. There are two primary activities that keep us alive, beating and breathing. Our heart-beat is autonomic for the most part, but our breathing can be a much more conscious activity. It allows you to speak with more authority when sharing your truth.

It is amazing how such a simple practice can change an entire group’s energy when needed, let alone the affect on self. Indeed it can be used to change the energy in a room full of people. Experiment for yourself. No one has to know when you are doing it. That’s the really neat thing about it. I encourage you to embrace the possibility of affecting the groups or even your company with the daily ritual. I call it a ‘pause for the cause’ and taking a short break at your desk or station or wherever you happen to be works great.

Taps… Bring Out Your Dead

The tap on the shoulder that seems to come out of no where, to step into a leadership role, comes whether we choose it or not once we’ve committed to serving the One. It often happens after practicing authenticity imbued with integrity. Whether father, brother, grandfather, friend, lover, frustrated comedian or speck of dust, the attitude of gratitude builds precept upon precept and evokes a greater capacity to see things differently than beforehand. It’s like having a conversation with God in everyone. How would that change your behavior if you considered that before you spoke to anyone, especially if you were angry with them?

Again, we simply want to love and be loved in living life so we learn to pay attention to the flow that brings us that feeling of love. It is imperative in future development of relationships and any practice of spiritual pursuits. It doesn’t matter what position or rank we are in at the time, only that we are there to serve, reflecting from that ‘inner truth looking place.’ Funny thing about the Law of One; in order to serve and be served we must be selfishly selfless. The concept is one that deserves better and more attention, in my humble opinion..

What if we were able to let go of all the fear and ‘negative’ emotions we feel on a daily basis? What might happen? Are we aware enough of our thoughts and feelings to even challenge our behavior?

Chaos to harmony is a natural cycle, yes? What if we began to perceive things from a viewpoint of finding the harmony in the chaos? Would we be able to witness a slow change in the way we perceive? How might our daily living experience change as a result?

I’ll throw this one-liner in now, “A point of perspection dances in the balance of the seer’s vision.” Ponder that one for a bit. You may be called to share your truth and assist in the vetting of individuals, companies, groups and more in the near future. Step up and be fearless.

Sometimes an increase in energy or vibration around and/or within us can throw one into a chaotic condition while learning how to manage the increase in flow. Be prepared to encounter challenges, offering the opportunity to not only change how you respond in the moment but setting examples for those around you. If you need help with a situation, I’m always available to assist. I’m just a phone call or email away. Namaste…

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Leadership in the New Millennium

Effective leaders are rare. They are created through the trials and tribulations of managing or working with people in a variety of settings. Most good leaders have had their fair share of hard knocks that awakened them to the greater potential within their scope of influence. Effective leaders are excellent communicators, able to speak the many languages of the individuals within the groups they lead. Oftentimes the individual perspectives may appear different simply from the type of language they use. A good leader pays attention to the facts and then makes decisions based on objective analysis of those facts, which is not to say that humanitarian factors succumb to the bottom line.

Effective leaders naturally motivate people from their actions, which include showing respect, listening, reflecting, and negotiating through conflict. Efficient leaders learn the strengths and weaknesses of their subordinates and cohorts and utilize group dynamics. Leaders encourage and empower people to achieve success rather than place blame. Leaders have solid vision and unshakeable persistence in achieving a goal. Serendipity follows them everywhere as if their environments are alive and vibrant with creative energy just waiting for an opportunity to manifest a synchronicity.. Their efforts are empowered by their ability to manage and organize both activities and time in their busy schedules.

A good leader is courageous, able to make decisions without hesitation, and maintains integrity of word and deed. Dependability is also a key trait for a leader must always be there for their group. Sound judgment and sensibility are also features of a leader, with loyalty, enthusiasm, endurance, and initiative rounding out the ever-expanding list. These characteristics manifest in a variety of presentations and situations, especially for project managers in process.

Project Manager Effectiveness
Project managers are leaders of small and large groups destined to complete a strategic project plan. Leadership characteristics described above can make or break a team. In all successful project fulfillments, it is the leadership of the project manager that determines the type of success for the project’s members. The most successful accomplishments are met with a sense of fun and reward when goals and objectives are met, all facilitated by the project manager’s leadership. “Persistent leadership is required to make partnering work. Project managers must “walk the talk” and consistently display a collaborative response to problems. Similarly, top management must consistently and visibly champion the principles of openness, trust, and teamwork.” (Gray and Larson, 2001, p. 373)

There is also an emerging element in project management. It was first introduced by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience. (Harper and Row, 1990). He states that, “Instead of accepting the unity of purpose provided by genetic instructions or by the rules of society, the challenge for us is to create harmony based on reason and choice.” This reason and choice are the foundations of project management.

People are more productive when they have optimal experience, a sense of flow to their personal and professional lives. Mr. Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” This is the foundation for the highest productivity in any organization.

Project managers of today are successful due to their interpersonal relationships with everyone associated with the project. Providing an environment noted by Gray and Larson means that to incorporate the concepts and a delivery mechanism of optimal performance, Flow has to be incorporated within the foundation of the strategic plan. The attention given to this process empowers the leadership skills of each member of the team. Empowered leaders facilitate action and results, often better than anticipated.

CEO Comparisons
Leadership styles that are successful in one industry may not garner the same results in another. The integrity of James Burke, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, led the company out of a potential disaster when Tylenol’s tampering took place. Instead of following the recommendations of both the FBI and the Food and Drug Association, they recalled the entire supply on the market, even replacing customers’ capsule bottles with tablets. On the other hand, had he been faced with the knowledge that fossil fuel use is polluting air, ground, and waters of the world, would he have recalled the oil?

More often than not in the 80s, CEOs’ management styles were often tailored to their particular industry. Defense contractors had traditionally been led by threat rather than reward; demanding and commanding compliance and performance. Managing by threat creates an atmosphere of mistrust, which is diametrically opposed to current management philosophy. Many companies in this industry now have initiated a variety of sensitivity programs to bolster moral and productivity.

Inspired stakeholder involvement creates opportunity for evolutionary leaps in a learning organization, across the gamut of organizational type or industry.

Code of Ethics
The Project Manager Code of Ethics described in the text begins with:
“Project Management Professionals, in the pursuit of their profession, affect the quality of life for all people in our society. Therefore, it is vital that Project Management Professionals conduct their work in an ethical manner to earn and maintain the confidence of team members, colleagues, employees, clients, and the public.” (Gray and Larson, 2001, p. 550)

The Articles within the Code of Ethics describe the optimal practices of human accountability, creativity, and responsibility. With minor nomenclature changes, it could very well read like the articles for developing any kind of organizational foundation. Leaders, true leaders, exemplify these Articles in their daily living. It is the following of the precepts set forth in these Articles that make them the recognized leaders within the organizations they serve, be it a corporation or community.

In Waking Up – Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential (1986), Dr. Charles Tart postulates our will is largely a mechanical reaction based on conditioning, intelligence is severely limited compared to what it could be, and there is no true self controlling life from a state of genuine self-consciousness. This discovery, not only by Dr. Tart, is changing the way personal and professional lives are working. The attitude of project management reflects this change. The qualities of leadership and project management demonstrate the symbiosis of creating results in life or in industry. There is little difference between the two in our evolving society.

In more practical applications, communities and municipalities depend on these best practices for survival now. For instance, AzDOT partnering meetings engage every stakeholder to create a partnering agreement mission statement with goals for the project team [stakeholders], a code of ethics, an issue resolution plan for jobsite activity and an issue resolution plan for all known or potential issues. The most effective leaders engage the spirit of partnering, create trust relationships with subcontractors by being trustworthy and more often than not bring in projects ahead of schedule and below budget from value engineering addendums. This leadership choice, the partnering meetings, also reduced lawsuits by over 800%. This practice begs inclusion in every commercial and/or community project, especially now.

Conclusion
This writer proposes that a true leader is priceless. Demonstrating the qualities of leadership not only wins friends and influences people; it sets the standard of behavior within an organization. The writer’s perspective of a true leader is one who leads people by example through using a synergy of charisma, tact and skill in handling challenges, concern for the rights and privileges of others and care for the positive impact on people and planet within the scope of their leadership and beyond.

References
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience, New York, NY: Harper and Row Publishing.
Gray, Clifford F.; Larson, Erik W., Project Management – The Managerial Process, Copyright © 2001 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Tart, Dr. Charles (1986), Waking Up – Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential, Copyright © 1986 by The Institute of Noetic Sciences

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Biology of Change

Biology of Change

Who are we? What are we? Bruce offers an explanation of how we can change our biology, how we can ascend from our current self-sabotaging world at-large. Too often we ignore the fact that the most life-affirming thing we can do is to know ourselves.

We espouse this notion as a result of wisdom shed thousands of years ago, yet we have numerous scientific examples of how our feelings and thoughts affect our reality.

Bruce and an old friend, Steve Bhaerman (aka Swami Beyondananda) teamed up to put these discoveries into a great book, Spontaneous Evolution, that shares even more details and great anecdotal side notes and heart warming rants from the Swami. I highly recommend it. What’s in your bottle?

In addition to Lipton’s model of the biological upwising, I would take the delivery system to deeper level, based on the discoveries in quantum mechanics and the growing consideration for quantum entanglement to be yet another name for a very old path. First of all, we know that thought is invisible, has no physical characteristics or density and can move matter when properly directed.

Granted there are few and maybe even questionable scientific studies to some, but the scientists at Los Alamos long ago realized that their thoughts had an effect on the results of their experiments, even the physical manifestations. So if this is a hidden effect that these folks have brought to light, why are we still giving it lip service and ignoring the obvious – we can train our minds to make a better life and world. I know, it is far easier said that done, but the fact that the logic path seems like so much sense being made common is undeniable. Or is it?

Alright, let’s look around a bit to see if there are any other bits and pieces of information that might lead to this potentially magnificent transcendence of human experience. Indeed we’ve been waiting on science to make sense of all the religious superstitions and spiritual understanding so that we could transcend the old ways while acknowledging the leadership and wisdom that got us here now. I’m not a half-full or half-empty guy. I have the carafe and a warehouse full of wine, or whatever your favorite liquid.

I look at things from a fool’s view, upside down. Why? Because when you peer at chaos knowing there is order within, it is far easier to find it and share. Viewing our reality from the perspective of how it appears to be connected in whatever awareness you may have of this notion totally flips the view, from separative to unified. We don’t see what makes us different. We see what makes us the same.

Where can we find that presented at a purely scientific level, yet find some reflection in the old ways or ancient texts that can at least be deemed, ‘possible?’

I’m going to turn around again and take that question in reverse. What is the worst thing we could possibly encounter according to one of the main religions on Earth? The Anti-Christ? Okay. We often find freedom in overcoming what we fear, right? Just follow me for a moment. Math is involved with science, right? Is there a magic number? Hmmm… 666?

It is supposed to be the number of man as well. So, what is man? What is our basic substructure that allows us to be in physical form? Carbon, right? Do you see where I’m going? Carbon has an atomic structure of 6 protons, 6 electrons and 6 neutrons. If anything, 666 could be the number of man. It certainly would put us all on a level playing field with equal foundation for all. Could this be the wisdom in the number? Okay, now what?

Can we consider our environment a ‘thoughtmosphere’ that we can observe as our thoughts permeate our bodies and, according to some sources, may even extend to quite a distance around us. How? One aspect is electromagnetic energy from our brain. Another is the ‘chi’ coursing through our nervous system. Yet another are the sensations we feel when in the presence of certain individuals, different from emotions.

So there is an intangible component that could, given our current understanding of electrochemical neurocircuitry, begin completely new pathways, with the assistance of one of those intangible benefits – our thoughts – aggravated, circumvented, contemplated, detected, implemented, infected, mutilated, rejected and underrated. At least that is where we’ve been getting assistance… unconscious behavior and run a muck thinking.

Let’s look at how that fits in with the last of the apocalyptic notions, the end of the Mayan Calendar or, more appropriately, the end of the galactic year. It is only a cycle of time, yet the implications brought up by the multitude of sources regarding the advancement of consciousness during this time sure fits the apocalypse of the Bible as well. Neither were intended as ‘end times’ scenarios, but featured a new era among humans – something transformational. It is a closing of one age and an entrance into another, but not only that, it appears to be a massive shift in how we look at life on Earth and with each other. Will we see world peace in our lifetimes?

That will remain to be seen and surely will be a product of how well we learn to work together to restore our environment, if we can, and end poverty in the world. Those would be the two greatest indicators of our success and, in reality, nothing short of that will give us reason to say we are truly a civilized world based on current best practices and thinking.

Now you might ask, “So, how does this affect my life. What’s in it for me?” That is the absolute best question you could ask right now. Why? Because in order to get the best answer, you’ll have to get involved in the process of answering it. Huh? Here’s another way of looking at it: you get what you give. In other words, the better you learn how to practice what you know is best for you, the more open and receptive you will be to better ways of being, doing and having your results be the evidence that is irrefutable.

Each of us have the opportunity of taking an inventory of who we are, where we are, how we are and when we are in the precious present. It’s part of the best practices of self-awareness, so we might as well dive in. What is the worst that could happen? You might find out you haven’t been as honest with yourself as you could have been. Cool. Did you get hit by lightning? Did your body tremble with fear as you faced the fact? Alright, so nothing happened. Imagine if you could change and be a better you? No one is perfect, so we can all improve a bit.

Alright, so if you run out of questions or would like to entertain some that have led to a better life for others, you might want to look into a short book I wrote about coursework for connecting to your inner-most observer. It’s called, aptly, “Cosmic Conundrum: Who Am I?” and you can find it as a soft cover or on Kindle, both available through Amazon for $19.95 and $9.99 respectfully. It is the result of over 30 years of intense personal growth and development in self-awareness.

I think any time one goes down this path, we wish to share what we’ve found in as many ways as possible. Although there is a cost for coursework, you’ll find a lot more of my work is available for free if you just do a search in your favorite engine. For now, you have the opportunity for an amazing 2013 with just this information alone. I am blessed by sharing. Namaste….

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