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35. The Power of Love

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SOMEDAY, AFTER MASTERING THE WINDS, THE WAVES, THE TIDES, AND GRAVITY, WE SHALL HARNESS FOR GOD THE ENERGIES OF LOVE AND THEN, FOR A SECOND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, MAN WILL HAVE DISCOVERED FIRE.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Bob and Brenda were crystal clear with me: an essential element of enhanced access to what we have been calling “the Source” is an unambiguous commitment in an energy field of service, self-sacrifice, and love. “Selfless investment of self can affect physical reality,” they said. They have been drawn to this conclusion, they said, not only by their personal persuasion created over years of developmental practice, but by the “tangible, objective results encountered on a daily basis over years of rigorous laboratory experimentation.” They also told me that these results were consistent with the spiritual traditions described in ancient texts over millennia.

This conclusion – that selfless investment of self can affect physical reality – was expressed to me during the entire course of my search for understanding, beginning with Bohm in London and ending with virtually every scientist at Pari. It is inherent in Bohm’s maxim that “a change of meaning is a change of being.” And Lee Nichol’s closing remarks that day in Pari were infused with the point that true Bohmian Dialogue embraces “the deepest promptings of our humanity.”

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39. Stage IV Enterprises: Two Stories

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I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO WORK OUT, SOMEHOW, SOME WAY.
WE JUST “LAID A PATH AS WE WALKED IT.”

– Gary Wilson

A detailed explanation of the transformation of a company from an earlier stage to a Stage IV enterprise is beyond the scope of this book. But some of the potential power and creativity that access to the Source offers to companies can be seen through stories. Here are two examples.

In the first story, a man connects to the Source through a near-death experience – with significant results not only for his own personal life but also for his work in the world and for the enterprise he led. The second is of a man I briefly introduced in the early pages of this book – Gary Wilson – who co-led a Los Angeles refinery during 1999–2002 as it went from “worst to first” among the eighteen refineries in the Alliance.

Sometimes revelation comes after a serious personal crisis, such as a heart attack. Paraphrasing the poet William Blake, the doors of perception are cleansed and things appear as they really are. We have all heard of such experiences. But this one is special to me because David Marsing is a close friend of mine.

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20. Science and Human Possibility

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WE’VE CONSTRUCTED THIS EDIFICE CALLED WESTERN SCIENCE, THAT HAPPENS TO BE GOOD AT A FEW THINGS LIKE CT IMAGING OR GUIDING SATELLITES OR DESIGNING NUCLEAR REACTORS, BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN WE REALLY UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AT ALL.
– Brian Arthur

On the last morning before we all departed Pari, I had breakfast with Jeffrey Tollaksen, chair of the Physics, Computational Sciences, and Engineering Department at Chapman University, and his wife, Jayne. We talked about the work he and Yakir were coleading at Chapman on the reformulation of quantum mechanics, which was beginning to provide a very different picture of the nature of time. The Economist characterized this body of work by saying, “The good news is reality exists. The bad is it’s even stranger than people thought.”

I told them of my continuing exploration of extraordinary human functioning, particularly the capacity, individually and collectively, for accessing tacit knowing, leading to the emergence of new realities – discovery, creation, renewal, and transformation.

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28. The Power of Passionate Attention

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THIS EXPERIENCE OF AN IMMEDIATE, TOTAL SENSE OF THE THING AS A WHOLE IS QUITE UNLIKE THE INFORMATIONAL PROCESSING EXPERIENCE OF NORMAL AWARENESS.

In that last workshop with him in 2008, Bruce told us of the studies the HeartMath team were conducting that year with a team of researchers from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE), which confirmed the 2004 results in the trials described earlier that were led by McCraty. The AGSE-HeartMath studies sought to explain the success of repeat entrepreneurs. Based on presentiment studies (this time using a roulette wheel and comparing serial entrepreneurs, ordinary business people, and unsuccessful entrepreneurs as the participants) and studies conducted in 2006 and 2007, the teams affirmed the earlier findings; but in these investigations “the pre-stimulus difference reflecting a nonlocal intuitive effect (was) 12–14 seconds before the betting outcome was presented to the participants.”

Bruce said these studies are moving the teams significantly closer to a large-scale field study on “nonlocal intuition” in which a statistically adequate sample of repeat entrepreneurs is compared with samples of unsuccessful entrepreneurs and ordinary business people. All of the evidence so far shows that the repeat entrepreneurs have a greater ability to perceive and process nonlocal information about potential business opportunities than unsuccessful entrepreneurs and the ordinary businessperson.

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27. Group Entrainment

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REGULAR INTERACTION WITHIN A COHERENT GROUP SHOULD AMPLIFY THE HARMONIC RESONANCE OF THE GROUP’S ENERGETIC FIELD WITH THE ENERGETIC FIELD OF AN OBJECT OF ATTENTIONAL INTEREST.
– Bruce Cryer

In May, 2008, during a workshop we conducted for a senior leadership team, I spent a day in further conversation with Bruce. In addition to describing to the group HeartMath’s research on future knowing, he spoke at some length to them about a series of studies that are yielding interesting findings that confirm our own experience in Innovation Labs. Their research teams have studied the amplifying effect of working in teams that are highly aligned or “entrained.”

Entrainment is the scientific term for the synchronization of systems. Flocks of birds, schools of fish, and the pacemaker cells in the human heart are all examples of entrainment. Teams that are entrained function smoothly, capitalizing on the creativity and intelligence of the individual members with minimal distortion or static. Examples, Bruce told the group, are sports teams, music groups, and dance troupes who perform “in the zone,” who achieve a high level of entrainment and move effortlessly as one coherent whole without sacrificing individual excellence and uniqueness.

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