Monday, May 14, 2007

Intuiton Leads the Way

In my previous life as a human relations consultant for businesses, I discovered something that at the time was rarely discussed in business application—the importance of following your intuition.

I remember chatting with my dear friend and mentor one evening about how bizarre business plans seemed to me for start-up businesses. "It's a big guess based on some data you drum up to support your premise," was how I described a first year plan.

I pointed out a nationally franchised ice cream business as we walked by, resisting the temptation to step inside for a sweet bite or two. Standing in front of its door I said, "When they got started there would have been very little data to support the financial viability of an ice cream chain, because they introduced the concept. I'm betting, the founder simply had a strong hunch it would work and convinced other investors it would work. Furthermore, I bet they only began to get strong figures for their business plan after they had been up and running for at least 3 years."

A seasoned veteran of business consulting, he confirmed my hypothesis, explaining to me he knew the founder and knew my conjectures to be true. In that moment, my mentor affirmed what I deeply believed about the balance of intuition and thoughtful planning—if we allow our intuition to come through it leads the way to our greatest success and fulfillment. The real journey is in trusting our intuition and following it. Good plans support intuitive wisdom, bringing inner knowledge into physical reality.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Free to Live Life to the Fullest

This beautiful story came from my friend Jade Wah'oo, a powerful spiritual teacher. I thought you might enjoy hearing the end of the story....

So, upon a pyramid built of mud, in a land where the average rainfall does not even exist (as it never rains, and yet here were 25 square kilometers of mud-made pyramids... hmmmm) I sat. I sat atop the pyramid and pondered the life and existence of these peoples who had lived here before this time.

And I placed myself and my life in reference to them. We know not one thing of their conflicts, nor of the choices any given individual faced in making the right choice for their own happiness and peace of mind. Nor did we know the assessments and judgments that their fellow cultural members made upon them.

And this is what I realized, the epiphany that forever has changed my life:

No one remembers. And in a hundred years no one will remember Jade Wah'oo. Let alone in a thousand years. Given this, why should I let anyone else's opinion about my life and my choices have any bearing upon me whatsoever? There is no standard of cultural determination that is consistent, in our era nor throughout the history of humanity. The only determiner of my choice is my own conscience that guides me true each and every moment of each and every day.

No one else, regardless of their status or posture or righteousness, has one iota of significance for my life and how it is that I live it! And if we can no longer remember these ancient peoples and the choices they made, why should I let anyone stop me from being the fullest living expression of my Spirit's purpose, or limit my experience of life in the slightest?

I walked down from that pyramid free, and have since set forth upon the path of my own liberated enjoyment of life lived to its fullest.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ghandi's Lesson About Talent and Constructive Action

Gandhi taught that each individual has talent, which they either acquire
or inherit. However, each person believes this talent is their own to do
with as he or she pleases.

Gandhi felt we do not own this talent, but rather are trustees of the talent. Thus, the talent must be shared for the good of society.

This means more than just giving away things, which is merely action out of pity. Activity out of compassion is different in it that it requires us to stop what we are doing and find out about another.

It requires us to find out why the situation exists and to aid in a way that helps that person use his or her talent to change the situation. This requires a sacrifice of time to get to know the person and to find ways together with them to solve the problem.

Mr. Arun Gandhi shared these and other lesson at the SGI-USA Santa Monica
Community Center in December 1998.

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
see listing in the resource section

or go to www.cbu.edu/gandhi