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21. Remote Viewing

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

HUMAN BEINGS HAVE A LATENT ABILITY
TO SEE ANYWHERE, ACROSS ANY DISTANCE
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My first introduction to the fact that human beings can connect with one another at very subtle levels of consciousness came from Willis Harman in the early 1980s during the Leadership Forum years and later at Shell in London in the early 1990s, when most of the information about the remote viewing work became declassified. When I met Willis in 1980, he had just been appointed as the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded by Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo XIV astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the moon. For twenty or so years before that appointment, Willis had been a senior officer at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), a scientific think tank affiliated with Stanford University. He told me of the “remote viewing” studies that began in the early 1970s when various US government agencies (Department of Defense, Army, Navy, and others) initiated a research program at SRI. The experiments were pioneered by physicists Harold Putoff and Russell Targ.

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26. Accessing the Source – The Surprising Role of the Heart

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THE INTUITIVE MIND IS A SACRED GIFT AND THE RATIONAL MIND IS A FAITHFUL SERVANT. WE HAVE CREATED A SOCIETY THAT HONORS THE SERVANT AND HAS FORGOTTEN THE GIFT.
– Albert Einstein

In my attempts to understand how best to access the Source, I learned that the “intuitive mind” is potentially present not just in the brain, but throughout the body. Complex neuronal structures exist throughout the body, particularly in the heart and the gut. Some researchers even talk about the “little brain in the heart.” One of them is Bruce Cryer, CEO of HeartMath LLC. The work of HeartMath involves measuring the impact of consciously accessing what HeartMath calls “heart intelligence.” There is compelling evidence that the body’s perceptual apparatus is continually scanning the future and that the heart is involved in processing and decoding intuitive information.

I first met Bruce and Doc Childre, the founder of HeartMath, in 2000 at the beginning of the research project for the Alliance. Bruce and Doc have achieved global recognition for their work in harnessing the power of the heart-brain connection. They and their team of research scientists have developed practical, scientifically validated methods and groundbreaking products designed to increase individual workplace performance while reducing stress. Their training programs and techniques are being used by Fortune 100 companies, hospitals, police academies, and schools on four continents to achieve better business outcomes, including employee retention, reduction in health costs, and increased performance, both in creativity and productivity.

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11. Stage IV Leaders

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

SERVANT LEADERSHIP ALONE IS NO LONGER ADEQUATE
TO THE HIGH CHALLENGES PREVAILING TODAY.

Soon after my conversation with Annemieke in the Netherlands, I was in New York City for several days of meetings with Tex. When our business meetings had concluded, Tex invited me to spend a half day with him and an acquaintance who was a specialist in human development and organizational transformation. Our conversation focused on developmental models like the ones Lievegoed and Glasl had written about beginning in the 1960s in which they had presented the four phases of the developing organization and compared them to the evolution of human consciousness. Tex spoke that day of an acquaintance, M. Scott Peck, who wrote the international best seller, The Road Less Traveled. Tex’s comments that day led me to reread Peck’s books.

In the late 1980s, Peck published The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace. During the dozen years while Peck was working on the book, he served as a mentor to Kaz, introducing him to a model of communal growth that Kaz later introduced to me. Like Lievegold and Glasl, Peck identified four progressive stages in human development that both individuals and organizations pass through and that are found across cultures and geographic boundaries.

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19. The Return—and Venturing Forth Again

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The incident outside the museum was a watershed in my life. It brought to my immediate attention the power of the principles that had been at play over the past eight years. By this time, my life was a series of connections with people. Making these synchronous connections had become a natural way of operating; in fact, I was unable to operate any other way. I began learning how to move with the unfolding order and to live out the principles, naturally.

Over time, I developed more sensitivity to the inner voice that was speaking to me. I found that I needed to have plenty of reflective time in order to allow the principles to operate. I did this by running early in the morning and taking time during the day, whenever I could, to reflect and listen. When I did, I found the attractiveness principle starting to operate on a regular basis in my life. In some ways, for me, it was an amazing state to live in. I had to do my work, treating it as my ultimate concern, and then simply wait expectantly in the warrior repose with acute awareness for the opportune moment—the “cubic centimeter of chance.” When the opportunity presented itself, I was required to move instantly without conscious premeditation.

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34. Nature and Sacred Spaces

Joseph Jaworski Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

IN THE WILDERNESS, SELF-REALIZATION IS BORN, AND, OVER TIME, IT CAN MATURE INTO A DISTINCTIVE KIND OF AWARENESS, WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED IN THE ANCIENT TEXTS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.

From my earliest memory, I always experienced the power of nature – but I’ve always struggled to explain this experience to others. In developing the curriculum for the Leadership Forum, we all simply took it as gospel that the wilderness experience would be at the heart of the year-long program, enabling the injunction Bohm gave me to break the “self-imposed boundaries” between the Fellows so they could operate as a “single intelligence for the good of their communities.”

It was a year or so after my meeting with Bohm that the Harvard biologist, E. O. Wilson, popularized the biophilia hypothesis that our evolutionary history has blessed us with an innate affinity for nature. The appeal of the natural is reflected in where we most want to live. Many studies have shown that even a limited exposure to nature, like a chance to look at the natural world through a window, is good for your health. Hospitalized patients heal more quickly when there is a window to the outside world, and prisoners get sick less often. Virtually all indigenous cultures have regarded nature as the ultimate teacher, as have all great poets, painters, and scientists, such as Newton and Einstein.

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