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“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

I’ve been meeting with various members of my team about their plans for 2011 and while the details are unique to each one, a common theme is emerging.

Success follows those who add value.

If you care more about adding value than you do about what you can get out of the world around you, you’ll find that decision-making is cleaner, being free of the sticky tentacles of self-concern.

It’s easy to add value. The process begins with being observant, listening and asking questions on occasion and ends with offering whatever help is within your power to provide. It might be a word, a gesture, lending a hand or making a valuable connection. Help comes in many forms.

Many people fill their days consumed with self-interest, desperately trying to find ways to eek more satisfaction, pleasure, financial reward or fulfillment out of their immediate circumstances while dwelling on how the world makes them feel. Whether robed in gold or bronze at the end of the day, such an approach constrains to emptiness.

As the resolutions of the New Year begin to take shape in the womb of your mind, make a point to base your resolutions in the desire to add value to the world around you. Whether it is a fitness goal, a change of heart, habit or attitude, focus on how you can increase your ability to a blessing.

I am convinced that most diets and fitness plans fail because the individual goes into it hoping to get something out of it for him or herself rather than focusing on how he or she might be able to help others more effectively because of the change. Self-improvement is more sustainable when its focus is outwardly instead of inwardly focused.

2011 is full of promise for my team and for you. I trust that best use will be made of whatever comes our way. Onward and upward!

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

I’ve often marveled at the ingenuity of those standouts in history who dedicated their lives to the restoration of goodness and truth to their rightful place at the apex human understanding and function. It hasn’t been easy. Human beings have resisted this restorative process tooth and nail throughout the ages, giving every reason and excuse for not coming to the point of yielding every ounce of their capacity to the expression of goodness.

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.” ~ Albert Einstein

In my estimation, the greatest hindrance to the restoration of sanity on earth is the obsessive pursuit of comfort. Human beings want comfort on their own terms. For each one, it means something a little different, and yet those differences always seem to conflict and contradict rather than complement one another.

Don’t get me wrong. Comfort is not intrinsically bad or evil, but it becomes so when its possession is put ahead of goodness and truth. Comfort achieved at the expense of goodness and truth is fleeting, hence the multitude of comfort-seekers in every corner of the earth.

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” ~ C.S. Lewis

What percent of your energies do you devote to the development of a greater understanding of truth? What is truth to you? To me, truth is the pattern of principle, purpose, design and control that govern the expression of life as well as all creative activity.

The principles of truth are eternal, while their application is specific in relation to the need at hand. There is no “your truth and my truth,” for the truth is holistic and more importantly, never in conflict with itself.

The truth is the one thing that will set you free from a life of wishful thinking and despair. Get to know it and you will not be left comfortless! No matter how much the world challenges, criticizes and condemns you, you will be at rest if goodness and truth are your central concern.

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I had an unusual conversation yesterday that I feel is worthy of further consideration. A new acquaintance, whom I have not met in person, asked me where I thought the world was headed. What a whopper of a question! She qualified her question with a mention of the Mayan Calendar, which as I understand it predicts a massive shift in the year 2012 and a number of her own observations on the matter.

Many predictions of doom and death have come and gone – even within my lifetime – with little to no outer evidence of their coming true. Some claim Nostradamus pointed to big changes in our present era while others made more specific predictions based on astrological alignments (e.g. 5/5/200) that ended up being no more devastating than the Y2K bug.

That said, I cannot help but feel that we are living in a momentous era. My reply to the question was qualified by the fact that I work in the field of energetic medicine, where the physics of the body are given as much weight as its biochemistry. For instance, doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an effective system of medicine developed thousands of years ago in the East, work on the basis that what happens physically in the body happens first in the energy flow of the body. To a TCM practitioner, disease manifests first invisibly in the energetic body before it appears in the physical body.

Many of the more “sensitive” or “intuitive” types I know share the conviction that change is afoot. It may not yet be visible or tangible to the typical person, but as with our health, the invisible precedes the visible and the canaries in the mine are agitated. Just as I am open to the observations of my trainer who is infinitely more sensitive and perceptive in the field of horseback riding, I am inclined to listen to those more sensitive to me as I refuse to be prejudiced by the view that says “I can’t see it or measure it so therefore it is not real or valuable.”

Maybe the predictions related more to the energetic pattern of the body of humanity – its physics – than its actual, physical body. Maybe the failure is occurring at that level, as we speak? Who knows, really? Are we so bound by the present borders of our understanding – both scientific and spiritual – that we are willing to dismiss the possibility, without any consideration at all? Snobbery and fanaticism are as rife in the scientific community as they are in the religious community and I believe that we could all benefit from a more open-minded view of the possibilities.

I’ve often wondered if the changes that need to be made to move off of the path of self-destruction relate to the necessity of making more subtle, internal and therefore less visible changes, for what’s true of the individual tends also to be true of the body of humanity. A good driver, for instance, makes the constant adjustments in steering and pace in a way that the more extreme moves are not required. Making the little changes obviates the need for the larger, more dramatic and dare I say, cataclysmic changes down the road.

In medicine, you can make the change at the level of qi, with often imperceptible interventions. You can make the changes when biochemical or physical precursors to disease are discovered. Or you can wait until the disease manifest fully, an approach that requires the most invasive and potentially dangerous interventions. The longer you wait to deal with something, the more difficult it will be to handle. Isn’t that true in all spheres of life?

I have faith in humanity. I am not convinced that we are inexorably bound to destroy ourselves as a result of what has come to be known as “human nature.” As I’ve mentioned before, what is accepted as being permanent is only perceived as such because it has been around as far back as we remember. We must leave room in our thinking for possibilities that we cannot conceive of from the confines of the box we live in today.

My new acquaintance mentioned that she had recently lost just about everything in her life and as a result she thought a lot more about life than she ever had. I felt for her and can appreciate what she went and is continuing to go through, though I hope that it doesn’t have to come to that point for the human race as a whole.

Let’s make the changes now, step up our game, relinquish the tendencies that are obviously of no benefit to anyone, present or future, and create a brighter world together.

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“All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

It’s a little ironic to me that my company’s product line is based in part on a manufacturing method developed in the Middle Ages while at the same time we have identified the ability to change and adapt as being more important than our strength or intelligence. As CEO I prize employees who display nimbleness, a passion for ongoing refinement and an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

Many people possess those qualities but more often than not they withhold them and wait for others around them to initiate any shift from the status quo. Rather than stick their necks out and consequently stand out in the crowd, they prefer the relative comfort of anonymity and mediocrity.

Anyone who has embraced change in life can tell you that a commitment to change must be back by persistence and specific action. Pronouncements of change such as “I’ll be different this time” and “We can’t make the same mistake again” must be met with a deliberate clearing out of the old pattern and a careful induction of the new.

“The hardest part of gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea that occupies that niche.” ~ Robert Heinlein

It is said that “old habits die hard” for good reason. Habitual thoughts, actions and patterns of reaction wear grooves in the body, mind and heart that can be difficult to avoid when a change is initiated. That said, change has the remarkable ability to be both a process and instantaneous. Most changes take a while to become the new “normal” yet many changes happen in an instant and last forever.

The former are obviously the greater challenge for they require persistence, constant readjustment and a realignment of the factors that found their balance based on the former state. I’ve watched a number of changes in my organization revert to “how we always used to do it” faster than you can say “I thought we agreed to approach this differently.”

Charting a new course can be particularly difficult when the previous way of doing things was well entrenched or long-standing. In my estimation people invest far too much of their sense of stability in external factors (other people, their surroundings, etc.) and they miss the opportunity to cultivate an unflappable sense of stability and tranquility that only comes from a deep connection to their inner selves, their true character.

When you are at rest with yourself, being yourself and aware of your connection to a greater sense of purpose, you are at peace no matter what is going on around you. My company is filled with such people and they never cease to amaze me. No matter how busy they are, how pressured they feel, they continue to display, as I mentioned earlier, nimbleness, a passion for ongoing refinement and an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

What do you see as the larger purpose for the work you do? Whether you are employed or retired, you are involved in creative activity. When you are clear about your purpose you stop working against yourself. When you are clear about your purpose distractions are less likely to draw you from your desired course. When you are clear about your purpose you are no longer at risk of being tossed by the winds and waves of circumstance.

 

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Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust, Image via Wikipedia

I’ve been digesting a delicious article from yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald, called “Take a Tip from your Tongue,” for the last few minutes and like Marcel Proust‘s madeleine I find myself lost in a dreamy remembrance of a time when perfection was the norm and not the exception. Was there such a time? A time before we were filled with mistaken assumptions, erroneous concepts and false ideas caused by mistranslation, misinterpretation and disconnection from the source of wisdom?

I’ve heard intriguing stories of a Golden Era, an antediluvian era whose technology and lifestyle far exceeded that of our modern age, a time that my scientific mind finds difficult to imagine let alone justify given the cosmology so dominant in our time. That said, I can’t help but imagine the possibility of such a time, in the past or perchance, in the future.

If there is one thing I’ve appreciated about pure science it is the ability to ask the “what ifs,” the hypotheses based on observation that are tested with reason and proven to be true or false. True science is neither blind nor prejudiced, yet I wonder how much of what passes for science today is based on faulty premise, or, as this morning’s article on taste demonstrates, on poor translation?

Having been a translator earlier in life I know how hard it is to render a faithful translation. Catching the literal meaning as well as the more deceptive figurative implications demands an uncommon sensitivity and experience. When I think, for instance, about the numerous translations of the written historical spiritual records upon which so many in our world today base their lives or the many scientific notions that come from texts written in languages no longer in use I must admit I get a bit nervous.

There appear to be zealots in both camps – the scientific as well as the religious – and while I love to be in the company of people who are passionate about what they do, zealousness, rigid closed-mindedness and crystallized opinions are always counter-productive for humanity. The important thing to remember is that, as Dr. Cal Lightman stated in “Lie to Me” yesterday evening, “a scientist’s job is to verify.”

Albert Einstein (1921) Image via Wikipedia

Albert Einstein once quipped that “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” For as much as we understand about the world we inhabit, about the greater universe, and about one another, I am convinced that there is far more that we don’t know.

The lesson I take from this morning’s consideration is that we must take care to keep our imaginations alive. Einstein also said that “Imagination is far more important than knowledge.” I am inclined to agree.

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