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26. Excerpts from Letters About Synchronicity

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Steve Piersanti, the president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, suggested that I include a representative sample of the hundreds of letters I’ve received since the first edition of Synchronicity was published. I’m moved by these letters—and initially was overwhelmed by them, especially by those that asked for help or advice. It is these letters and my feeling of inadequacy in relation to them that helped inspire me to learn as much as I could about the principles that informed the journey described in Synchronicity—and that are at the heart of my forthcoming book, Source.

Sometimes the comments were dramatic and short: “I liked this book so much that I resigned from work. (It’s true!)” But often they went on for many pages. A teacher wrote me from New York, describing a terrible tragedy that led her to enter an ashram for a prolonged retreat period. One day while on the retreat, she had a long conversation with a Brazilian named Adrian.

Then, later that same evening, Adrian sought me out and one look at his radiant face and sparkling energy let me know something was up. He said he’d been thinking about our conversation all day and had happened into the neighboring bookstore where he was startled to find your book. He told me Synchronicity had been instrumental in changing the course of his life two years ago and, without even knowing why he did it, he was compelled to buy me the book. I tried to thank him for such a generous gift but Adrian was adamant, even embarrassed, and kept saying he wasn’t the “giver” so much as the “messenger.” He knew he should deliver the book into my hands, but he didn’t know exactly why.

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12. The Guide

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It was Sunday, July 27, 1980. I had resigned from the law firm the week before and was spending day and night writing, thinking, and struggling with the philosophical underpinnings of the new enterprise I had decided to found, especially the new leadership curriculum that would be its foundation.

That day, I got up before dawn and went for a long, slow, easy run in Hyde Park. When I returned, I picked up the Sunday Times and went into my flat. After showering, I was thumbing through the newspaper, and when I got to page fourteen, I saw a headline in the education section: “How the Universe Hangs Together.” There was a picture of Dr. David Bohm, Professor of Theoretical Physics at London’s Birkbeck College, with a caption underneath: “Bohm and his algebra of algebras: ‘religion is wholeness.’” I knew at that moment that this was speaking to me.

I threw the rest of the paper on the floor and read every word of the article about Dr. Bohm. It began by saying that he was soon to publish a revolutionary scientific theory that might at last bring unity to the world of modern physics. “For the first time since the comfortable certitudes of classical physics were shattered—in contradictory ways—by Einstein’s theory of relativity and by quantum theory, there is hope that physicists’ disparate views of reality may be understood in a unified way.”

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8. The Mountain Lion

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WHEN THE MOUNTAIN LION SHOWS UP, THERE IS A CHOICE TO BE MADE.

In late July 2006, a number of Generon colleagues and I were coleading a retreat in Montana for the Global Philanthropy Circle (GPC) founded by Peggy Dulaney, the chair of Synergos, and her father, David Rockefeller. GPC is a network of leading philanthropic families from across the world, committed to using their time, influence, and resources to fight global poverty and social injustice.

It had been a spectacular spring and summer that year in Montana – there was a profusion of wildflowers up where I was on solo for four days and three nights. My site was located just under Black Butte at 9,800 feet. There was a clear mountain stream originating out of the rock formation just under the butte, and the wildflowers were waist high all around the headwaters of the stream.

There were over forty species of flowers represented on the mountain that summer, Peggy told me. It seemed that all were there with me. The most predominant were the fuchsia bells – they were in profusion just beside the water. There were little yellow flowers everywhere, with their dark yellow center. Then there were very small flowers shaped like daisies, but they were lavender; and also huge flowers that resembled Texas bluebonnets, reminding me of the days as a young boy when my parents took us to the countryside in April to play and roll in the bluebonnets. And then there were the mosses of every shade of green – some that I would call “neon” green – spectacular in their own right. Finally there were tiny white “cluster daisies,” I called them – very small, growing in clusters of fifteen or twenty, each with their tiny yellow center. All of these were framed by gorgeous ferns that were very fine, like lace, and by various species of grass – elegant shapes in many shades of green.

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25. Foresight

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HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS ABLE TO EXTRACT INFORMATION FROM PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF ITS ENVIRONMENT BY MEANS THAT ARE INDEPENDENT OF TIME AND SPACE.
– Robert Jahn

Robert Greenleaf, the originator of “Servant Leadership” – one of the most influential business concepts of our time – called foresight “the central ethic of leadership.” “To see the unforeseeable” and “know the unknowable,” Greenleaf said, is the mark of a leader.

At the very heart of all I have written in Synchronicity and The Red Book is the notion of sensing and actualizing emerging future opportunities before they have manifested. The conversations in Pari and later with Bob, Brenda, and Dean Radin, were all infused with the notion of “knowing” that transcends both time and space. Indeed, an accepted principle running throughout all I’ve learned over the years about primary knowing, or knowing from the Source, is that it lies beyond the orders of time. Given the essential importance of future knowing to this whole inquiry, at every opportunity during my meetings with these remarkable people, I made it a point to focus specifically on this domain – the human capacity for foresight. Some of what I learned about our gut and our heart as a gateway to foreknowledge was astonishing.

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