“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.” — from The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Intuition is often described as a spiritual moment. Satori, eureka, illumination, a muse. Whatever you call it, it is a moment of connection when we suddenly know something as if it comes from the outside. For a brief moment, you tune into the frequency of the universe and capture a glimpse of its infinite knowledge.
In my experience, however, the universe whispers.
So, if you want to hear anything at all, you must silence the noise within and without you.
Both the constant stream of information flooding your senses, and the relentless chatting of your mind.
Only in silence, when your inner and outer field is clean, you can hear the universe whispering to your soul.
I am a spiritual seeker.
And my spiritual journey is also at the essence of what I do.
I believe that when we learn to surrender to our bigger who, we can move beyond the boundaries of our mind. We can source from the infinite creative potential of the universe.
And here’s come the challenge.
Bringing words like “spirituality” or “consciousness” in business conversations is not an easy task. Yes, you can try to translate and frame them into the language of the business, but it’s easy to fall into old and tired ideas.
These are challenging times, everything happens at an incredible speed. Everything is connected, and the world is getting smaller and smaller. Individuals and organisations are looking for new and different answers. But that it’s possible only if we ask new and different questions.
It’s not about framing my spiritual essence into the language of the business. It’s about bringing more of it. And to do that, I must raise the quality of my questions.
If I want better answers, more significant ideas, more disruptive breakthrough than I must ask bolder, more courageous and challenging questions.
“Breakthrough questions for unlocking our personal creativity. For creativity rarely begins with an answer. Breakthrough questions should therefore lead us into the unknown.” – The way of nowhere
For months I’ve been seeking the answer to an important personal question. But the answer eludes me. Even worst, the harder I try, the farther I feel from any clarity.
Being entirely honest, it’s not the first time. Many times in the past, I found myself lost in a quest for an answer or a solution. And too often, I got so entrenched in the problem that I couldn’t see any way out.
Ironically, most the time it is when I give up trying that the answer emerges.
With this awareness, at the turn of year, a voice in my head began saying “then why are still looking? Just stop trying and wait for the answer.“
But, I’ve been there before, and there’s a caveat.
A thin line that we must pay attention to.
The thin line separating the passive waiting for something from the active creation of space for something to emerge.
The universe is actively invested in our journey, so it tries to help, giving us signs and hints. But it does so using its own language.
So we must engage in learning the language of the universe. We must open up, expand our senses, actively listen and observe. And then act on the signs we read.
If we cross that thin line and we passively wait for the universe to speak our language, we may dry out in the wait.
Sometimes life is messy. Looking at my experience, I should probably say “most of the time”.
There is natural messiness in the world and in human beings.
And it can be scary. This mess is what makes things unpredictable, and our brain doesn’t like unpredictability.
As an efficient prediction machine, the human brain is continuously ingesting and analyzing information from the surrounding to infer what will happen next.
I realized how much energy I spent trying to figure out things, to find the right place for all the pieces. To create a reasonable order so I can make sense of things and give peace to my rational mind.
Sometimes it’s a fascinating and rewarding process. I love when I can create a frame through which I can read reality and act on my understanding. It’s like finding a map so I can go straight to the treasure.
Other times, however, it is exhausting. It becomes an endless effort to fit everything until I reach a point when I even forget what I was trying o achieve and why. In the meanwhile, I’m not doing any step forward.
So, I’ve decided to embrace the mess. Once we accept that life is messy and we can’t figure out everything in advance, we can move forward and maybe discover treasures that we didn’t know exist.
So, bring on the mess and let’s have fun.
“Randomness is not just inevitable; it is part of the beauty of life.” – Ed Catmull
“The best communicators learn to align their intentions with their impact.“
I found this sentence a few days ago on Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser. Since then, I’ve been pondering about this alignment between intentions and impact.
Using Judith words; “While intention is what someone wants to make happen or plans to accomplish, the impact involves the quality of the experience from the perspective of the receiver—and that impact may not correspond with what the communicator intended.“
So, I do align these two things? In particular, knowing that the impact of my communication is not something I have control over. Or do I?
My understanding is that to tune intention and impact, I must work on my awareness.
First of all, I must be aware of my true intentions. Often there is a gap between the stated intentions and true ones underlying my words and actions. I don’t know you, but I can be very good at deceiving myself. So, working on awareness and being fully aware of my intention is half of the work.
Then I must also be aware of the other. I must learn to read the signs in the people and the environment I want to connect and communicate with. Only by becoming aware of both of them, intentions and impact, I can create the alignment needed to build trust.