In the world of be whole now, the mantra is splashed across the top of the Home page every single day:
As well as a personal checklist for your own movement in the direction of a more integrated – and ultimately, more productive, empowered, and joyously satisfying existence – these four key points might be an effective rubric against which to observe and evaluate our current crop of U.S. political aspirants.
Why not apply the be whole now test to our potential leaders as well as ourselves?
To Journey Deep suggests an ability to look at a larger picture. To put even the smallest actions in the context of an expansive worldview. Journeying Deep means diving below the surface; viewing value over cost; going beyond the personal to the universal. When one journeys deep, one is aware of timeless human archetypes, and one embraces the realization that larger forces are always at work, shaping individual lives and the communities we create through connections at interpersonal, interstate, international, and yes, eventually, intergalactic levels. The deep journey includes a recognition and honoring of the past and a clear, potent vision for the future, even as one stands firmly grounded in the present.
Are you seeking and supporting leaders who possess the capacity and the desire to Journey Deep?
Listening well entails more than simply hearing words spoken by others. It includes listening to the topside conversation while also listening intently to (and consequently, acting upon) your own intuition and the inner guidance that wells up from within. One who listens well seeks out the knowledge and wisdom that can be found only in the silent spaces between words. The art of listening well is honed through a lifetime of having both the freedom and respect to speak and be heard, as well as the self-awareness to hold forth your ideas in a manner that invites others to listen. To Listen Well, one must be awake – or at least aware that one is beginning to awaken. At the very least, one must hold dear a desire or an intention to awaken to an understanding that a universal conversation is going on in every moment – if we would but stop and breathe and listen.
Are you seeking out and supporting leaders who possess the ability and the desire to Listen Well?
Out of the journeying and the listening comes a heightened capacity to Make Peace. First, of course, with oneself, one’s history, one’s destiny, one’s calling. To reach a state of contentment surrounding the questions, “Who am I? What am I here for? What is the nature of the Life I choose to create?” Peace begins as personal ease within one’s own physical/psychological/emotional skin, and then ripples out to a relative state of comfort in personal, professional, and other relationships. When one has made peace within, one steps into service in making peace without. Peace is kind, loving, and unquestionably fertile: the act of Making Peace will effortlessly create a groundswell that touches and transforms untold hearts and minds.
Are you seeking out and supporting leaders who carry the seed designed to Make Peace?
Evolution happens, whether we are conscious of it or not. We expand, we grow, we refine and become beings of greater complexity and adaptability, focused on co-creating a sustainable society in which everyone has a place on the circle. Evolving beings work assiduously toward personal sovereignty in the context of authentic and mutually beneficial interconnection. An evolving culture assists in lifting up the vulnerable without chastisement. An evolving planet moves past contrived boundaries of nation, state, or continent in an effort to elevate truth, integrity, prosperity, justice and freedom for all. To evolve is to recognize that tomorrow can be different than today, if we have learned well, taken personal responsibility for, and embraced without judgment the lessons of yesterday.
Are you seeking out and supporting leaders who share your knowing that we are here to Evolve?
Journey Deep. Listen Well. Make Peace. Evolve. Could this be the litmus test for the 2008 U.S. presidential election? Your vote counts.
See my two previous posts regarding Barack Obama: