There is a profound “spin off” on
the understanding that we are part of
deeper undercurrents that is seldom recognized but has great
impact on our life. It is especially when it comes to working with
others and in an organization or a group. It is that success in life
is not always our success. That is, what we think we are responsible
for accomplishing in our life may not be as much our accomplishment
as much as it is the unfolding of a flow of energy into which we
accessed. This is not do downplay what an individual or a group of
individuals may need to do to capitalize on the energy that is
accessed. Rather it is more about understanding success is not so
much in what we do and the result of what we do but where the
unfolding deeper undercurrent carries us.
What needs to be understood, there are things we do in life that we
think we are doing them when in reality the currents which give rise
to our life and/or the experiences we have are causing them to
happen. A simply example is a farmer. A farmer can plant his seeds
exactly the same way year to year but get vastly different yields
depending on the weather for the particular growing season. If we
look only at the good year, we may say the farmer is an excellent
farmer. If we look at the bad year, we may say the framer is a poor
farmer. Yet the yields have little to do with what the farmer did.
The yield is dependent on the weather not what the farmer does.
This is one tremendous problem in looking to the success of another
for any endeavor. When we see successful individuals, many think the
individuals created the success by what the individual does. We
never look at the circumstances around the individual to see if it
was no so much as to what the particular individual did as much as
it the circumstances of which the individual was a part. When the
currents of Creation are causing something to happen what the
individual does becomes much less important than the currents. When
the individual causes something to happen, what the individual does
becomes very important. It is analogous to the same way a sailor
learns to harness the wind the wind. When there is no wind, there is
nothing the sailor can do. When there is a great wind, what the
sailor does becomes less important. When there is a gentle wind,
then the expertise of the sail become very important.
The same is true in managing the events in our creative life. Often
circumstances are playing a greater role than what we do.
Nevertheless, this does not negate the need for us to respond
appropriately for the situation at hand. Whether or not we can
respond appropriate depends upon how awake and aware we are of what
is occurring and how well we prepare ourselves, or have prepared
ourselves, for what we need to do.
This understanding is rather clear when we talk about events like
the weather and events which we need the weather to assist us in our
efforts. But it is not as clear when we get into things like
managing organizations and/or doing tasks that seem to rely only on
our efforts such a playing a musical instrument, throwing a ball and
the like or relying on the effort of others as in a game.
Many artist, writers and composers create wonderful works that never
find success in their lifetime. Yet, other find tremendous success
much like a shooting star only to find the success evaporates never
to be seen again. Similarly many managers of organizations perform
well when they have a trained staff and structured organization in a
steady state operation. However, as soon as there is a perturbation
in the operation or some type and kind of unexpected change, their
management ability seems to be lost.
The problem we face is that we make assumptions about where the
success lies and never look at the assumptions we make. We assume
the individual is responsible for the success or a particular way of
doing something is bringing the success. Often this is true but, at
other times, it is the energy of the situation that is unfold that
brings the success. We talk about luck, good fortune, synchronicity
and the like when often it is only the energy of the situation
Where this phenomenon that success is not always our success seemed
has been observed to be routinely found in two areas. One is in
organizations and the other is in personal success. Individuals
routinely look to see why one organization is more successful than
another or why one individual can achieve something much better than
another. Now there are principles that can be learned in the
performance of any task which can make the task be performed in a
faster, easier, more efficient and more productive way. However,
even when one does all the thing that should have resulted in better
performance, the performance is not always there.
What we fail to realize is that the conditions we face do not always
allow for the success we desire. This does not negated what we need
to do to create success. It just means the exceptional performance
we desire may not be in the energy of the situation.
Humans tend to continually look to see what will allow them to be
more effective in their life to create what they desire. We create
pseudo sciences like astrology and sciences like astronomy and try
and compare the two. Yet we forget each was created for much
different purposes. They may have grow out of the same roots such
that we need to observe the heavens and the stars to know when we
need to plant the corn, but they each ultimately have a much
different purpose although their endpoint seems to be the same - to
control the outcome we desire.
Success, however you look at it, is about gaining control to get
what we desire. However, often success is more about surrendering to
the flow as it exist and allow it to carry us to what we desire. As
we become aware of the deeper undercurrents in both our individual
lives and in the world we experience, we will being to look at
success much differently.
The recommendation made here, in whatever we do in life, is to look
to see what ultimately allows us to feel an expansion within our own
being. That is, an expansion into the infinity of our own being. The
markers for such a feeling have been “to be in the flow,” a
fullness of being, an
wonderment and “ah,” a
passion for life, a passion for living and a variety of others.
Whatever we feel, look to live a life that allows us to do those
things that allow us to be those feeling. In time we will learn
mind is seeking to control our life and we will see mind cannot,
and will not, provide the satisfaction we seek. As we “burn off” the
conditioning of mind, we will know what gives us success in life
a life worth living.
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