written by Patricia Aburdene, predicts the rise of spirituality. She claims
this will be the number one megatrend for the future. A megatrend, according
to Patricia, "is a large, over-arching direction that will shape our lives
for a decade or more". Whether you believe deeply in spirit or think it
is a religious hoax, it will influence your life one way or another. It
is inevitable. What is spirituality?
We are in a universe that is inside us. Spirituality is the practice that
brings up this inner universe. It gives a sense of belonging and profound
inner peace. Spirituality is about loving what shows up. There is a great
array of techniques and religions available that show us the path to liberation.
Our choice is entirely personal. These are all different ways that point
to the same thing. The Buddha is within each of us and therefore always
available. What does it take to become awakened, enlightened or liberated?
In plain words; we have to become aware. Self-awareness is the premise
of spiritual living. Moment to moment we endeavor to remain aware of the
change. Everything changes all the time, things rise and pass away, around
us and inside us. If we learn to observe the impermanence of life, without
attaching and identifying, we are developing spiritually. It takes years
of practice to become an expert in this art of living, but we can start
here and now. All spiritual inquiry is about consciousness.
What is consciousness? With consciousness I mean presence or wakefulness
- the ability to observe without attachment, to remain aware and to experience
the world in acceptance. As it is. In America, when athletes, artists
and performers, reach this state of presence in their work they say they
are in 'the zone'. To be in the zone, means to be one with the activity,
to feel no separation between self and other. The other could be a person,
a canvas or a playground. We all have had moments when we 'forgot ourselves'
and blended with the activity. Remember? If we become aware of the nature
of this experience we can bring it into our daily lives.
Now. The moment has a lot offer. It is the place that determines who and
where we will be next. If we open up to the potential of the moment, it
can literally inform our presence and bring up our true nature. Some deeper
experiences of life, known as glimpses of something other than
our current sense of self, could cause a permanent shift in our consciousness.
This is a very important point on our spiritual journey, because the otherness
becomes undeniably real. The idea that 'there is more' suddenly takes
on a whole new meaning.
The phenomenon of spirituality is present in all the things we do and
create. Only most of it remains unconscious. However there is no invention
in life, whether social or technological, without consciousness.
Stewards of the Earth
Consciousness fuels creativity, because people are driven by a faculty
deeper than their individual minds. When we are in the zone, submerged
in the now, we are dwelling in the realm of consciousness. It is the primacy
of inspiration, invention, happiness and of course love. It is here with
us, always has been, and all we need to do is allow it.
If we develop a more awakened relationship to life we begin to feel responsible.
And responsibility is needed if we don't want to continue causing fragmentation
in a world that is intrinsically whole. We have reached a point in human
history where we have to design a future based on our relationship to
the whole community of life. The gift of consciousness will shine in our
actions, if we dare to become caring stewards of the Earth. With a silent,
non-attached mind, we can begin to see this wider context and align various
aspects of our life with it.
Consciousness is the vital element to all technological and social innovation.
In spite of this most lives are still driven by the unconscious mind.
With access to a more responsible and mature mind we are on the verge
of a new era. All human expression, including technology, is an externalized
manifestation of consciousness. Society as we know it, is a reflection
of our inner world. The two are inseparable. Things are in our own hands.
The creativity of consciousness, or the universe, is freely available,
and is becoming a more important resource than capital, fossil fuels,
and consumer products. Through activities such as meditation we cultivate
this essential substance. The performance of awareness, the non-dual mind,
is an very simple thing. Yet its realization is a life-long commitment
and practice to the unattainable. A paradox resolved only in direct experience,
where the attaining mind and the unattained mind come together. Small
Value of money
We have to go inside. We are loosing the rat race outside ourselves. The
ideas, beliefs, and assumptions rooted in our inner domain shape our behaviour.
What if we would act out of a non-assuming and non-biased mode of consciousness?
What if we would learn to sense, think, and act intuitively? It changes
our direct experience of the world and our perception of it. It would
be incredible. We begin seeing the intrinsic value of all life and our
personal values would shift accordingly. Each moment is a presentation
of openness and free respond.
Any organization that wants to change through responsibility, creativity,
and innovation is going to have to invest in the growth of consciousness.
Within our capitalistic system we have the wonderful opportunity to invest
in this element and profoundly change the direction of the human enterprise.
If a company advances in the development of this higher good it will bring
forth new realities and a more encompassing value system. The result will
manifest in higher quality of life and socio-economic sustainability.
We finally give money a chance to work for us. Money is the enabler of
economic traffic, not the purpose. If this insight dawns on us we will
reclaim our original position within the dynamics of value exchange. Right
in the centre of all activity. If we flow, moneys flows. If we get stuck,
money gets stuck. Money is another aspect of consciousness externalized.
When we master ourselves, become more aware of our thoughts, feelings
and emotions, we develop freedom and presence. The world leaders of the
coming decades are men and women who master their shadows. Only daily
spiritual practice will bring forth self-mastery. It will be the difference
between conscious and unconscious capitalism, between mature and immature
investments. If we have the courage to dialogue with the numerous aspects
of the self, silently observe change, and mindfully approach the world,
miracles may happen. With a sharpened intuition our planet becomes a spiritual
playground for awakened human beings.
The future of risk
Do you dare to take the risk of investing in the unseen? In reaching out
for the intangible? What are consequences? Stepping into the unknown is
a hazardous thing to do. Especially for business. Maybe 'letting go' will
be the new core business of all organisations. It will be the source of
all innovation. Because if we let go, we also let come.
Is this the future of risk?
Ralph Freelink, founder of the Centre for Holistic Inquiry (www.holisticinquiry.org),
is a psychologist in the knowledge stream on the future of trade. Ralph
will be a "catalyst" at the
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