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DIALOGUE ON DEMOCRACY? OR DIALOGUE ON MEDIOCRITY, AS IT SEEMS TONIGHT?

Tonight, in Canada, a party chooses a leader while the country naps. The pattern is the same the world over. A possible remedy. 

If you want to know where some white men and women are tonight in Toronto, Canada, they’re choosing the latest white leader of their national party, called Conservative. It seems the vote is for the voice that best chants dogma, not intellect. That’s why it’s taken 14 or so ballots of mouth breathing excitement to choose one leader.

That leader, by the way, has the chance to show muscle, talking points and good grooming against “Sunny ways” Justin Trudeau, who, at one time, showed promise. But, like so many in business and politics, promise occurs when values espoused are values embodied. Precious little evidence of that exists.

Right now Mr. Trudeau is adept at staged photo opps running along Vancouver’s glorious “Sea Wall,” and sincere apologies to Indigenous and other groups, while still finding the way to walk the talk that doesn’t upset his public relations handlers. Hence the name “Sunny Ways.” That he’s “snacky,” as one very attuned, female friend puts it, helps his electability, it seems.

The political system called democracy collapsed yonks ago, yet PR agencies and the corporate funders fuel the fantasy that democracy and freedom are as strong as ever. This is true for all of those affected by the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) – USA, Canada and Mexico. Each leader and aspirant chants dutifully from a hymn book created by Burson Marstellar, Hill and Knowlton, Ketchum and all other powerful, global public relations agencies hired by corporations to ensure their chosen puppet obeys by reading from a five point message track. That recitation is supported, of course, by media training experts who know that when when lowers his chin, or wears distinguishing apparel, the voter appeal escalates exponentially.

But back to tonight in this slumber fest: this depleted Canadian Conservative party, undermined by a helmet-headed leader too long in office and too fixed positions, and who thought leadership was being a dom in a dom / sub relationship, is now in the 13th or so ballot to choose a leader among a flock of geese who chant positions consistent with Red Torys, fiscal conservative and social conservatives. No wonder it’s so hard to choose among various gradations of vanilla.

Even Shark Tank survivor, another, light weight, deep pocketed reality star favourite, Kevin O’Leary, (led by the Canadian Chairman of an international public relations agency) chants praise for the current front runner, a handsome, empty suit who’s sole claim to fame was being caught with sensitive files in his lover’s hands while pants down. But because he’s bilingual (a big deal in Canada) and somewhat snacky, then he’s likely to take the tarnished mantle of vanilla leadership.

Strength is not allegiance to dogma. Strength is choosing to examine universal values – that which makes the world whole – and declare allegiance to them. And fiercely learn to embody them – not an easy task – and far beyond a public relations agency’s capacity and mandate. Through that lens, silly historic positions of liberal, conservative, right, left, wrong, right, elephants and dinosaurs are thrown out.

Instead, leaders examine actions through a rigorous, attuned lens of these universal values.

First among them?

Do no injury.

Among the other universal values includes

  • The Golden Rule (do unto others, as you would have others do unto you)
  • Dispassion (understanding the world delivers what it delivers, independent of your ego’s desires. The wise act from whatever the world delivers).
  • Accommodation ( a willingness to listen and accept other points of view)
  • Do no harm (Imagine! – And worth repeating)
  • Authenticity (What you say, and how you act are in alignment)
  • Faith (If you live universal values, you tend to get more of what you want, less of what you don’t want)
  • Contemplation (seriously: unhook from the overactive mind and put yourself with a wise teacher and contemplate on the big questions that matter and that contribute to the greater good, and not to your puny, small minded ego – which is a disservice to yourself and others)
  • Discernment (as in sometimes a mix of right, left and otherwise is right action)

So, the Conservative Party of Canada tonight seems destined to walk a path pre-ordained by PR types and their overlords. But so too the Liberal and other faux parties.

But who will take a stand for a new relationship among business, government, institutions and global civil society. It seems not this lot. Here in Canada, nor around the world.

We are better than this – far better. Shed the landlocked, unchallenged ideals that create a them and us when in fact we are a we, just wondering how to make a difference in the world, make the world a better place for our children and reduce the quiet suffering so many subsist on just to get by.

Reality School.

You’re far better than you think.

Time to change that thinking.

Your life – and others’ – depend on it.

AIRPLANE ENLIGHTENMENT. There’s something for everyone.

Observations on what ails the world  – with remedies.

“Don’t worry, we’re family here,” I said to the flight attendant as she passed the hot beverage across me in cramped quarters to my window occupying seat mate.

“We take care of one another.” The Golden Rule, remember?

High winds buffeting North America’s East coast this week made air travel in smaller planes uncomfortable, and any pass of scalding beverages in tiny quarters put one on higher alert.

But it was hardly life threatening.

Hurricane force winds blow across the world, perhaps strongest in the US.

Like gale force winds, it seems the family named “humanity” is pretty upset these days. So pissed that members of the family no longer speak.There’s a cost to that….

It is puzzling, bewildering and threatening that friends and family would host such radically different ideas than ourselves.

“How could they think that,” one ponders privately, judging the judger, convicting them of a crime of opinion.

In some cases,  family members want to kill other family members.

Or exclude them.

Or legislate against them.

Or deport.

Listening with the intention to learn – to seek to understand – is replaced with listening awaiting to be right. Or left.

WE ARE ALL WORTHY

It’s worthy of us to wonder if battling among ourselves advances us all in the long term. Whether we work together in organizations, or live together in families.

It doesn’t.

Gandhi, a wise, flawed human being, said, to paraphrase, an eye for an eye makes both blind.

Instead, what if we wondered how to co-create a life, business, governments and institutions that serve us all – on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally, intellectually – so all thrive, all enjoy well being, all enjoy, all prosper?

Now I know some of you – even good friends and respected colleagues – will dismiss this as naive chatter. I have proof otherwise. Organizationally and institutionally. Relationships matter. The greater the Self awareness of the leader, the great the contribution. To bottom lines and relationship lines.

To be clear, Self knowledge bolsters results and relationships – professionally and personally.

But have we ever learned how to co-create a planet where all thrive – business, governments, institutions, global civil society and the planet – no exceptions

No!

Time for that space shot. Further than Mars. Approaching infinity, but far more accessible.

IT’S TIME

Time to invest in the co-creation that future, which may be reached now, rather than one that makes one right and another poor.

To create that disruption requires Self knowledge. The only disruption that counts.

To know thyself. Be human fully. Fully human. It’s not technology.

It’s not hacking anything.

It’s not building something.

You are already built yet do not know the extraordinary power of the system and powers you’ve been given.

To thine own Self be true.

As within, so without.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

You can’t escape that lasting transformation begins and ends with(in) each of us (extraordinary, inspiring leaders are committed to this. I’ve proved this in research.).

You won’t like it because it takes time beyond quarterly results (I am a fan!), and commitment beyond podium finishes (a fan here too!). You won’t like it because your “auto-pilot” declares everything wrong except your rightness.

What if autopilot had, as its feature, diminishing returns, over the long term? (It does).

It will jar your temporarily comfortable lives. It will discuss undiscussables. Big dead white elephants will be removed. (Exponential growth arises from that dissolution).

The wise leader. First: Look within.

Clearlight Evolution.

 

 

YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION: YOUR MAGNIFICENCE.

Unfortunately many think they are less than that. Far less.
We choose to ignore the reality of our magnificence and instead give our attention to an incessant growling, a deep, dark, private murmur that even the most successful of us often have.
It’s expressed in all sorts of ways, but its theme is consistent throughout: “I am not enough.” “Not quite cutting it.” “Unworthy.” And innumerable other variations on the theme.
It’s completely false, a case of mistaken identity.
We push ahead anyhow (force is a favourite strategy), strive harder, work harder, grin larger, dance faster and cope better all in service to “success.” (Unfortunately, we fail to clearly define success on levels beyond material ones, a critical oversight.)
And our magnificence seems like an exaggeration when we’re imprisoned by these voices and other unconscious patterns.
 
The solution? Dissolve the eclipse of unconsciousness – patterns and programming such as behaviours, attitudes, values, feelings, thoughts – that thwart success, undermine relationships and reduce enjoyment, professionally and personally.
 
You are greater than you think. So change the thinking. In fact, when you begin to learn more about yourself, you will realize you are limitless, whole, complete, sublime and yes – even ordinary.
Study the science of consciousness. Study Self knoweldge. Learn to calm the feverish mind (we all have one) that has an unconscious operating system: a bunch of rats spinning on a wheel, constantly wanting, or avoiding. Fearing and doubting. 
End the feverish seeking and the suffering that comes with it. Learn to harness real, far more subtle and extraordinarily powerful aspects of you that contribute to bottom lines and relationship lines.
Anywhere. Anytime. 
 
Leaders lead and live illumined by consciousness and eclipsed by unconsciousness. Being human fully requires us to dissolve the eclipse. Courageous stuff. Because you replace a false identity, those unconscious patterns to which we are addicted, with our real identity, grounded in conscious, constructive and contributive values – the real source of extraordinary power and contribution. 
That realization endures. It is unchanging. It is beyond high performance.
 
A great starting point is to assess the degree to which you embody your values. Most of us have values, but are unconscious to them. So start there. 
 
But most important is an unwavering commitment to self knowledge, a qualified teacher and a proven means of knowledge is required.
You will be sighted by your light.
 
The wise leader. First: look within.
 
Peter Bromley
Clearlight Evolution
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WHAT ARE WE TO SEE? OBSERVE? KNOW?

Soon you will be able to download a new app for your phone.

Not a big deal, right?

Except its only purpose is to have you stop looking at your phone.

Do we turn away from life and numb through drugs, sex, alcohol, electronics, money and other attachments because we are unable to meet life?

Another possibility exists. It’s within. No app required. Just a burning desire for Self knowledge.

When we realize more of our real selves – consciousness, or awareness, which is whole, limitless, sublime and ordinary (and much more), we dissolve the eclipse of unconsciousness that causes us to numb. Turn away from life.

It’s a challenging journey. It is the ultimate in “going for gold.”

Few take it. But all are able.

And it will shift your world from one of quiet suffering, or endurance, to one of meaning, fulfillment and well being – personally and professionally.

We are better than what we see. Better than what we think. Take the first step. Simply ask: “What more is there of me beyond what I think?”

Then begin life long contemplation about what it means to be human fully.

And fully human and alive.

The wise leader. First: look within.

Peter Bromley

Clearlight Evolution

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DISTINCTIONS: HOW TO ENJOY ROAMING EARTH

APPARENT REALITY

Skin colour

Religion

Non religion

Nationality

Language

1 percent

99 percent

Right

Left

East

West

North

South

Right

Wrong

You

Me

Them

Us

RELATIVE REALITY

Consciousness

Understanding all else are objects appearing within it

Universal values (they help us distinguish between apparent reality and ultimate reality)

Intellect guides mind that directs body to action. Causes relationships and results to flourish. (Issue: minds overused, intellect underused).

ABSOLUTE REALITY

Consciousness (Awareness)

INVITATION

Study this until you know absolute reality like you know your name.

You will live life free of suffering.

And your contribution to yourself, family, organization and many others will soar.

Please note: this is only a signpost. You require three things:

  1. A burning desire for Self knowledge.
  2. A proven means of Self knowledge – knowledge about what it means to be human, and how to harness and express that in the world.
  3. A qualified teacher.

Happy trails.

 

 

THE SECRET TO EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP? BEING FULLY HUMAN.

Understanding what it means to be human fully – wholly human – is the foundation for extraordinary leadership – as well as a life well lived, personally and professionally.

Now, what does it mean to be fully human? It begins with an unshakeable commitment to Self awareness, a proven means of knowledge and a qualified teacher.

In parallel with your life you cultivate a conscious practice that dissolves the unconscious eclipse that undermines high performance. And you learn to master matter and consciousness: the two aspects that comprise a human being.

During this extraordinary journey you will learn that the more you understand your Self, the better you will create relationships and results that flourish and endure.

Especially the relationship you have with yourself.

Clearlight Evolution.

We help leaders keep promises.

NEED A TUNE UP? WHAT GOES ON INSIDE OF YOU APPEARS ON THE OUTSIDE TOO.

The ability to know and navigate one’s inner life is directly proportional to one’s ability to know and navigate the outer life.

The more stormy one’s inner life – if it’s often besieged by anxieties, fears, chaos, confusion or self doubts, for example – the more stormy the outside world will appear. This disturbance causes great suffering and other consequences.

Because of the nature of the deeply entrenched, unconscious pattern causing that disturbance, it normalizes the resulting discomfort: we don’t know or see what is really going on because it becomes an unconscious blindspot.

However, cultivating a calm inner life, inspired by embodied, conscious, constructive, contributive values, realizes what it means to thrive, to be human fully. This is perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments – and contributions – one can make to one’s self, family, organization, community and even well beyond.

This practice – to learn how to be human fully – is learned and practiced daily, throughout one’s life. That’s the commitment and persistence required to dissolve the deeply entrenched, unconscious patterns that undermine high performance, eclipse our leadership and harm well-being.

The result? Relationships and results flourish – professionally and personally.

If you have a sense there’s more to you than you think, act on that question by charting a path of Self knowledge, or Self awareness.

You require a qualified teacher, a proven means of knowledge and a burning desire for Self knowledge.

It’ll make all the difference.

The wise leader. First: look within.
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