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14. The Finite, the Infinite, and the Destiny State

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THIS ENERGY, OR SPIRIT, INFUSES ALL LIVING BEINGS, AND WITHOUT IT ANY ORGANISM MUST FALL APART INTO ITS CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS.
– David Bohm

The next morning, David convened the meeting by reading a short piece Bohm had written in 1987 to be read at the memorial service for a lifelong friend, a classmate of Bohm’s at Penn State University. The piece was later read at Bohm’s own memorial service at Birkbeck College:

The field of the finite is all that we can see, hear, touch, remember, and describe. This field is basically that which is manifest, or tangible. The essential quality of the infinite, by contrast, is its subtlety, its intangibility. This quality is conveyed in the word spirit, whose root meaning is “wind or breath.” This suggests an invisible but pervasive energy to which the manifest world of the finite responds. This energy, or spirit, infuses all living beings, and without it any organism must fall apart into its constituent elements. That which is truly alive in the living being is this energy of spirit, and this is never born and never dies.

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1. Watergate

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It was October 1973, and I was thirty-nine years old. Watergate had broken out in September of the previous year. I was in the midst of living “the good life,” and, although I had been following the news accounts of the Watergate affair fairly closely, it was more background noise than anything else. My attention was focused on practicing law in Houston, Texas, building an international law firm, and managing my business affairs.

The Senate Watergate Committee was in full operation, and John Dean, the president’s counsel, had testified that President Nixon knew of the Watergate cover-up as early as September 1972. There was also testimony that John Ehrlichman, one of the president’s closest advisors, had approved cash payments to the Watergate burglars. The Committee had heard testimony to the effect that the president had installed a voice-activated taping system in the Oval Office, which had recorded all conversations taking place there without the visitor’s knowledge or consent.

Nixon’s two closest associates, Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman, had resigned. John Dean had been fired. Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, had subpoenaed tape recordings from the White House that were relevant to the case, and subsequently was fired as special prosecutor on orders from President Nixon. Attorney General Elliot Richardson, who had selected Cox for the job, refused to comply with Nixon’s orders and resigned. His deputy, William Ruckelshaus, likewise refused to fire Cox, and was discharged. Solicitor General Robert Bork, next in the line of succession, was appointed acting attorney general and removed Cox from office.

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7. Oneness

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

How are we educated by children, by animals! . . .
We live in the currents of universal reciprocity.

—Martin Buber

After the trial concluded, I went backpacking up in the Grand Teton Mountains. I had planned the trip for early September, but the trial had interfered, and instead of canceling, I decided to go in late October. I had been told that the snow would be heavy and it could be a difficult trip, but that was the only time I had. So I found a guide, Paul Lawrence, who had done photography work for magazines and knew about the Tetons during the winter.

Paul and I were at eleven thousand feet near Hurricane Pass between Cascade Canyon and Alaska Basin in the Tetons. It was almost noon on Friday, October 21. I was taking in the spectacular scenery—the Grand Teton itself, the snow-covered passes, crystal clear streams and brooks, running falls, icicle falls, snowshoe rabbits, and bright blue skies. At this time of year, no one else was backpacking in the mountains. We were totally alone.

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6. Baja: The Birth of the Global Leadership Initiative

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

TOGETHER – WORKING FROM THAT “PLACE OF DEEPER KNOWING” – WE CAN BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE MAJOR PROBLEMS OF OUR TIME.

The first four days and the final two days of the Sacred Passage with John Milton were spent in awareness training at the base camp with a half-dozen other participants, including Brian. We would begin early every morning and work through until dinner time, alternating between formal teaching sessions sitting around a beautifully carved log table under a large palm hut, or palapa, and practice sessions in the garden next to the palapa.

The focus of the training was on six core sacred principles John had learned over decades of study with Taoist masters and refined by subsequent study with teachers and mentors from many different traditions representing the world’s most respected ancient lineages. John possessed a remarkable capacity to translate this wisdom into highly accessible language and daily practices.

By this time, Brian had studied with John about ten years and had participated in over twenty such passages, some lasting a month or more. Brian acted as my personal coach and guide during the days of training.

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12. Return to Baja

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

MOST GREAT INVENTIONS AND BREAKTHROUGHS HAVE ARISEN THROUGH DEEP COMMUNION WITH SOURCE.
– John Milton

I had been in touch with John Milton regularly over the years since my first trip to Baja and the birth of the Global Leadership Initiative. In a telephone call one morning, I told John about my intense interest in learning more about how people develop sufficient mastery to connect to Brian’s “place of deeper knowing.”

“If I ever write another book,” I told John, “it’s going to be about the extraordinary functioning of human beings, individual and collectively – and specifically how developmentally advanced leaders can learn to reliably sense and actualize new realities. This ability to actualize hidden potential lying dormant in the universe carries with it the power to change the world as we know it.”

John suggested I return to Baja for another wilderness passage to gain insight and inspiration for the next phase of my life and for the explorations I was undertaking.

At the conclusion of the first four days of awareness training, John began instructing us to select our solo sites. He drew a little map of the coastline, as he usually does. When he got to a remote point on his map, he said, “Now this site is one for the truly adventurous”

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