I’m currently enjoying the physical and spiritual benefits that come with the spaciousness of vast open country, in the small town of Hay, Outback NSW; taking time to reflect on one of the biggest years of my life and to bring order to the complexity that came with it before making my next move. An opportunity presented itself earlier this year to spend three months in the Northern Territory (Darwin, Katherine and surrounds); an experience that was not only life changing, but significantly altered the course of M Global and M Beauty – our impact and contribution.
The past 18 months have seen me study with some of the country’s best educational institutions, University of Sydney Business School (Global Executive MBA, Leadership) and Philanthropy Australia (Emerging Philanthropist’s Accelerator Program), as well as attending numerous meetings with local and state government, and various other institutions and businesses that govern popular narrative – our culture.
A predominant observation on my travels was a commonality in the way the powers that be address the transformation of our societal and cultural issues. Old ways of thinking that course not only through the majority of modern society, but through their own being (individuals and organisations) whether they know it or not. Resulting in a lack of awareness that our current attempts to resolve age old issues from the same mindset – level of perception – from which they were created will ultimately perpetuate and re-create more so than actually address (the root cause) or transform.
I’m not suggesting that so called band-aid solutions are not required to ease the pain of certain human experiences, however an intervention is required if we are to actively foster and bring forth true ‘radical’ transformational change. It’s time to stop playing with the ‘effects’ of our collective manifestations and start addressing the ‘cause’, which lies in the realm of perception – consciousness – at the level of the individual.
It will be a shift in human consciousness that will have a significant and sustainable impact on the social challenges that exist as part of our current cultural narrative. An increase in the process of conscious awareness on the level of the individual will play an integral part in consummating the effects of a collective awakening. When enough individuals have made the shift ‘within themselves’ only then will we see an acceleration in the changing of our narrative and what we manifest as a collective.
As a result, transformative methodologies will be deeply integrated into our culture, even more so than they are today; through practices and processes – tools for transformation – that create systemic and lasting change in individuals, organisations and communities.
Quieten the mind and you will intrinsically play part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen; our state of being – our culture.
Check out the first 1:27 of this video – a distinctly esoteric and significant cultural reference.
INTERVIEWER: ‘How much did you know going in? Were you told about that shift? Or is that something you found out over the course of the season, in reading a script, and said oh gosh I’m not who I thought I was’.
JEFFREY WRIGHT: ‘What’s interesting about the show is there was this big reveal, but if you look back at the previous episodes you’ll see these breadcrumbs that are now more fluorescent that were already there, but were just very subtle hints of where it was going’.
Extract from Westworld, Season 1 , Episode 10:
BERNARD: ‘Consciousness isn’t a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. Every choice could bring you closer to the center or send you spiraling to the edges, to madness. Do you understand now, Dolores, what the center represents? Whose voice I’ve been wanting you to hear?”
Beyond the mind, beneath the philosophical and the scientific there is a stillness and a knowing – our true nature. Living in alignment with our true nature – our own unique voice – we harness our potential to make choices that lead to and bring forth a conscious and sustainable future. Disrupt the mind and we play a part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen, our state of being – our culture.
A realm of consciousness is available and necessary for our evolution; and how do we access it? Simple. We choose to.
On a personal level, do you notice that when we cease giving our attention to certain experiences they simply fall away. As a result of surrendering to, or are no longer being in judgement of what is, the experience that we once held onto and labelled as good or bad transforms – it no longer serves its purpose.
I’m aware that what I’m suggesting here is highly complex and intergenerational, and some would say distinctly esoteric, but the only difference between our personal and collective manifestations is scale. Let’s use the concept of climate change as an example since it’s a big part of our current cultural narrative. Climate change is real because you make it real! The force to eliminate is a judgement that serves to reinforce the existence of the very thing we are judging, and in this case and many others, these experiences are brought into creation by the focus of the many; in consequence becoming a collective issue – a global issue.
In truth, a shift in human consciousness is all that’s required to support global or community change. When a collective shift in perception occurs and a sense of unity and oneness is known and lived, the result of that shift will become manifest within our physical reality – naturally and effortlessly.
The moment we stop trying to save the world, but instead save ourselves, is the moment the world around us will change.
As I crawled out of my tent this morning my attention was drawn to a nearby RV that had the word Umbra pasted on the side of it. Umbra is the latin word for shadow and relates to the inner most darkest part of a shadow, where light source is blocked by an occulding body. In astrology, an observer of the umbra experiences a total eclipse.
Such a beautiful analogy for living the path of truth – light source – with the occuluding body being representative of the mind, or shadow side, that can often obstruct our flow or the way forward in life. But as we become the observer of our shadow or darkest aspects of self, what we experience is a total eclipse – being the totality of life.
Entrepreneurs love to talk about disruption – innovations that uproot and change how we think, behave and do business. More often than not the focus is on displacing existing markets, industries or technologies.
But in the context of cultural evolution, and with culture not being a tangible product – how do we disrupt and move beyond our societal and cultural limitations or issues, especially if it seems we continue to approach them from the same state of being; treating the symptoms rather than the source, the core cause – truth level.
In truth, the only disruption required to support global or community change is the disruption of self, or the conditioned mind.Beyond the mind, beneath the philosophical and the scientific there is a stillness and a knowing – our true nature. Living in alignment with our true nature we harness our potential to make choices that lead to and bring forth a conscious and sustainable future.
Disrupt the mind and we play a part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen, our state of being – our culture.
The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone.
‘Not a soul but felt a fever of the mad and played some tricks of desperation. All but mariners plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel, then all afire with me. The king’s son, Ferdinand, with hair up-staring – then, like reeds, not hair – was the first man that leaped, cried, ‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here’ – Ariel, Act 1, Scene 2.
From a personal and business standpoint the idea of confining myself to a linear plan no longer exists. My role is to create space – awareness creates space – to bring forth and nurture an environment conducive to growth and expansion; for myself and in turn others.
The new strategy is no strategy – a plan unfolds moment by moment; next steps are revealed, and patience is the pathway that leads to potential.
Check out this recent video from The Be Smart Club – ‘Living From The Overflow’ by Phill Nosworthy from Switch Inc. A simple yet effective portrayal of the benefits of self-awareness and investing in yourself.
I’m currently immersed in the worlds of entrepreneurialism and human potential, and the concept of purpose is a huge topic in both these spheres.
I’ve been to numerous workshops and seminars where the host instructs attendees to grab their note pads and write down their purpose or goals; business and personal. Guests then begin the process of searching for an answer and scribbling down their findings. I’m not suggesting you won’t find an answer in your mind; you will, but true purpose is like love – it finds you.
Now I’m certainly not marching along a path of undiscovered social theory here, but it seems we have reached a pinnacle point in our cultural narrative where more and more people are awakening to the fact that the past, present and future all exist in the one illusory moment.
And if the moment is all we have; surely true purpose lies here?
When we show up and offer our presence to life; strategy, planning or goal setting is no longer required. Life creates through you, a plan unfolds through you; moment-by-moment. By ‘allowing’ life to show up instead of controlling the ‘how’; we create space for all possibilities – potential – rather than moving forward with the minds limited idea of.
I love this quote from English poet Edward Bulwer-Lytton – ‘Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.’
True transformational change, whether personal or cultural will arise when we are living in alignment with our true nature, and can harness our ability to show up and embrace the present moment.
‘Every aspect of business and personal development is for the greater good, and serves a higher purpose’ – Leonard Mattis
I’ve just returned home from two weeks of intensive study which formed the first module of my Global Executive MBA. The module was ‘Leadership’, and the various styles of.
From military to musical, philosophical to totalitarian. Leadership is an extremely rich topic, and one that plays a significant role in our culture, past and present.
I’m currently in the process of writing my reflective essay, and thought I would share an insight that has dropped in deeper for me. The Cohort spent day five of the program at Randwick Army Barracks, where we were lectured by a number of high ranking officers (including the Chief of Army) on military leadership and hierarchical organisation.
My insight derives from an interest of mine that began a few years ago. The concept of duality, and the role it plays as part of the human experience. Can we fully understand certain aspects of life without knowing its opposite or shadow side? For instance, how could we come to know hot without cold, light without dark, poor without rich, peace without war and so forth.
I find with deeper insights, a nimiety of questions come to the surface: Does duality exist for us to experience ourselves fully? To experience all facets of who we are? In particular our physical senses. Does duality play a significant role in the foundation of the human experience, a game of which we choose how we want to play? A game set up to satisfy our basic desire to fix, improve or change? What would life be without these opposites and without them would there even be a game to play?
I have come to realise that in truth, there are no answers. But only questions, and more questions.
To capture the spark of creation that the hands pilfer from its creator. To observe the beauty as well as the intricacy with which they become involved in their own creativeness. Eloquent and silent, restless and in repose.