Spiritual Power

15/06/2014

 
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by Dennis Roberts

However, real spiritual power does not belong to the realm of duality or the dynamics of cause and effect. It is born on the plane of pure being, or beyond, in the uncreated emptiness. It has the capacity to interact with creation without following the laws of creation, without being caught by duality and its shadow dynamics. It is often the lack of any shadow dynamic to this energy that makes it invisible—we perceive things most easily by the shadows they create. Light upon light is more difficult to perceive than light upon darkness.

This spiritual energy that comes from beyond duality, enacted by a master who has been made free from the relative world, can come directly into life without being caught in the play of opposites and its unfolding dramas. It has the capacity to enact the will of the divine in its simple essence. Something just happens. This is what we call a miracle, when there is no logical cause, no pattern of events that appears to cause something. It just is. The divine enters life without the play of opposites, without following the process of creation. This is what makes the intercession of the divine so simple and potent.

LVL (not Luis Vuitton)

 
 
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In the Renaissance, once again the World Soul was understood to animate and form nature according to divine proportions. And once again the garden of the world was enchanted with magical power and transcendent meaning that was implicit in every part of nature, and the wonderful relationship between the imagination and the creative principle in life flourished. 

It was an extraordinary flowering that really came from the divine feminine within the imagination, and within life, and it was celebrated. Once again the garden of the soul was here in this world. It wasn’t just after you died, in heaven, in paradise; it was here, in the art that the Renaissance masters created. And this is why for some of us, the renaissance touches the soul so deeply now and why there has been a revival of understanding of what happened in the Renaissance. Because it had to do with the divine feminine and the divine feminine within life and that really is an expression of the anima mundi. She once again expressed Herself in the West in that beautiful artistic flowering that touches us so much.

LVL (not Luis Vuitton)

 
 
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In “The Rise of the Feminine,” we explored how the masculine and feminine polarities, Yin Yang, play out in business and leadership. For hundreds of years business has been dominated by fiercely competitive, command and control, patriarchal models of leadership. Never before have we faced such complexity, rapid change or global challenges. The old patriarchal models of leadership no longer serve.

The Rise of the Feminine” has gathered widespread acceptance in personal and spiritual growth circles but has not been popularised in a business context – until now.

The Rise of the Feminine” has transformed the game of business. And not where you might think. Like a veritable tsunami you won’t see its waves breaking on the shoreline. It is an under-current, such is the way of the feminine. It is covert. Yet powerful beyond measure.

Whilst many look within the corridors of power in board rooms, executive teams of publicly listed companies, and political office, “The Rise of the Feminine” has transformed the micro business landscape right before our very eyes. The take-up rate of home based business, internet marketing, solo-preneurs and freelance work has been phenomenal. These micro enterprises do not rely upon the power and authority structures endemic in large corporations. This is where the economic landscape is being rewritten.

Economic theory was founded on the Law of Scarcity. It underpins everything we know and believe in economics and commerce. In short, competitive market forces of demand and supply determine the equilibrium price where the exchange of goods and services take place.  

It is inaccurate to say the old masculine patriarchal energy has been replaced by “The Rise of the Feminine” in micro business for it never existed in this space. This is how “The Rise of the Feminine” has changed, and is changing, forever the way we do business. The micro business landscape and the world wide web is a portal to a new way of BEING in business.

The Old Boys Club lives on in another guise

Critics of the ‘old boys club’ approach to doing business may well consider that since Adam was a boy we have gathered together in tribes to pursue common goals. I am not an advocate of the Old Boys Club. It is isolationist. There is a better, more inclusive way. Business and leadership are not the sole preserve of men and particularly the old masculine energy based on power and authority structures. Having said that I pose the question:


“Are women’s networks the modern
version of The Old Boys Club?”



The key to long term sustainable change is in the integration of both masculine and feminine energy - “The Rise of the Feminine” coupled with The Rebirth of the Masculine. What we need is not a revolution from patriarch to matriarch but an evolution to new ways of business and leadership. A new model of heart based leadership which integrates BOTH masculine and feminine. This is the essence of Yin Yang – the masculine contains the feminine energy, and the feminine contains the masculine energy. They exist in unity not duality.

The biggest challenge facing women’s groups is how they engage, interact with, and emancipate the old masculine patriarchal energy. There is a wonderful opportunity to lead business into the new age from the heart.

This new age leadership, integrating both feminine and masculine, will come from outside the traditional power and authority structures and most likely will arise covertly from a minority voice. This is leadership. This is true celebration of diversity. The feminine influence on leadership in business will evolve. It will arise from evolution not revolution. This is the way of the feminine. It is not a power play. It is covert, subtle and unassuming.

The decree of quotas may serve to increase the representation of women in positions of power and influence. It’s a nice ideal and an incremental step towards parity. As effective as they might be, quotas aren’t transformative. There is an old adage in selling, “Power buys from power.

“The Rise of the Feminine” is far more than the pursuit of parity. It is far more than an incremental approach. It is of far more benefit than filling 10%-20% of executive positions. The real transformation of leadership is not a power game. There is a fundamental distinction between authority and leadership – everyone can lead and they don’t need to be in positions of power and authority to do so. Moreover, many people in positions of authority don’t lead. Leadership is a verb not a noun.

Micro business is leading the change


I wrote earlier that larger corporations need an authority structure to function. Micro business does not. Because of their small size they provide a perfect opportunity for a more feminine model of leadership.

Talk with any home based business owner and learn how innovative, flexible, collaborative, street smart they are to survive, let alone thrive.

Most micro businesses have a different raison d’etre. They are created more for lifestyle reasons rather than wealth creation. You won’t find them raising private equity, floating on the stock exchange and trading share parcels. These wealth creation strategies of the capital markets shift the game of business.

Micro business has a different agenda. They are more nimble, agile, quicker. If you look at how they operate, why they operate and for whom they operate – it is obvious why there are parallels with the feminine.


by Dennis Roberts


 
 
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When you are the boss of an enterprise it is easy to assume responsibility for making the decisions. It doesn’t make the decisions any easier but the buck stops with you. This is how most owner/ operators work. The position demands that you take responsibility and be accountable. It’s your money so who better to manage it than you?

Well, if you had your money invested in financial securities there is a fair chance you would engage a fund manager, whether it be superannuation or managed investments. You place your reliance upon the professionals.

When you employ staff in a small business environment you are buying the knowledge, skills, talent and aptitude of your staff. Often they are closer to the action than you are. And if you are managing your business wisely that should hold true.

Many years ago I worked in a retail department store. It was a vacation job during university. At first I served customers in our stationery department. It was simply order taking. I later migrated to selling menswear where there was more finesse, and salesmanship.

Have you got your staff simply taking orders and performing assigned tasks? Every job function requires some degree of creative problem solving. People will create work arounds and adapt either their talents and skills to fit the demands of the job or vice versa, they will adapt task to skill.

The real opportunity to step into your leadership potential is to cease playing boss and making the decisions and create a space for your people to make their own decisions. This is art not science. I’d love a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “It is quicker if I do it myself.” It reminds me of the native American Indian proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others.”

What practical steps can you take to create this space for change such that your people assume personal responsibility and autonomy?

-       Conduct weekly meetings – set a simple agenda wherein you ask everyone on your team to give updates. Everyone gets to talk. Your role as Chair is to listen more. Agenda items may include: Highlights from last week, wins/ losses, roadblocks to success, priorities for the coming week, acknowledge staff contribution.

-       Keep the tone positive, constructive and supportive – everyone is doing the best they can. Ask how can you support them to perform at their best?

-       Lead the way – if the room goes quiet when you pose a question, then lead by example. If your staff aren’t used to public acknowledgements then show them how. If all this is new then set the context for your new methods by stating upfront, “I’m going to change the format of our meetings so that I talk less and encourage you to share more.” 


by Dennis Roberts

 
 
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by Dennis Roberts

When you are the boss of an enterprise it is easy to assume responsibility for making the decisions. It doesn’t make the decisions any easier but the buck stops with you. This is how most owner/ operators work. The position demands that you take responsibility and be accountable. It’s your money so who better to manage it than you?

Well, if you had your money invested in financial securities there is a fair chance you would engage a fund manager, whether it be superannuation or managed investments. You place your reliance upon the professionals.

When you employ staff in a small business environment you are buying the knowledge, skills, talent and aptitude of your staff. Often they are closer to the action than you are. And if you are managing your business wisely that should hold true.

Many years ago I worked in a retail department store. It was a vacation job during university. At first I served customers in our stationery department. It was simply order taking. I later migrated to selling menswear where there was more finesse, and salesmanship.

Have you got your staff simply taking orders and performing assigned tasks? Every job function requires some degree of creative problem solving. People will create work arounds and adapt either their talents and skills to fit the demands of the job or vice versa, they will adapt task to skill.

The real opportunity to step into your leadership potential is to cease playing boss and making the decisions and create a space for your people to make their own decisions. This is art not science. I’d love a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “It is quicker if I do it myself.” It reminds me of the native American Indian proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others.”

What practical steps can you take to create this space for change such that your people assume personal responsibility and autonomy?

-       Conduct weekly meetings – set a simple agenda wherein you ask everyone on your team to give updates. Everyone gets to talk. Your role as Chair is to listen more. Agenda items may include: Highlights from last week, wins/ losses, roadblocks to success, priorities for the coming week, acknowledge staff contribution.

-       Keep the tone positive, constructive and supportive – everyone is doing the best they can. Ask how can you support them to perform at their best?

-       Lead the way – if the room goes quiet when you pose a question, then lead by example. If your staff aren’t used to public acknowledgements then show them how. If all this is new then set the context for your new methods by stating upfront, “I’m going to change the format of our meetings so that I talk less and encourage you to share more.” 



by Dennis Roberts


 
 
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by Dennis Roberts

“… spiritually the female will now have her turn to lead mankind into the New Light. And eventually, this female spiritual light will permeate the entire range of human experience from female leaders in business and religion to female leaders of state ... this female light will become so strong as to become obvious to all who live on this dear planet and will continue to grow for thousands of years.”

“The Serpent of Light” by Drunvalo Melchizedek

Is this uprising, women as a gender, or femininity as energy? If the former, then those women who have won positions of power by amplifying their masculine will continue the masculine archetypal game. If, on the other hand, the essence of this is the rise of the feminine energy then that has the potential to change how the game of business is played, and to change the very game itself. And that is what I am exploring.

The ancient Chinese viewed things in relationship with nature and the environment, everything studied formed part of a holistic perspective. No single element existed in isolation. There was perfect symmetry in the dualistic nature of night and day, water and fire, active and passive, masculine and feminine.

Taoist theory of yin and yang helped explain all things and their inter-relationships. All things had yin and yang properties. Yang is associated with outward movement, active, projection, brightness, excitement. Yin is associated with inward, rest, darkness, passive, nourishment.

 

How is business played under the masculine archetype of leadership?

Masculine (Yang) energy plays out in business as a bias for action, making things happen, setting goals, measuring results, hitting targets. Metaphors of war abound in both business and sport. Competition is fierce, targets are hit, takeovers are hostile, companies are taken over, market share is won/lost, customers are targeted, plans are executed, patches are carved up, products are launched, staff are boned, people are fired.

Sun Tzu’s classic, “The Art of War”, widely linked competitive theory with ancient Chinese military strategy. Some suggest such military, authoritarian styles of leadership have a time and a place, especially during times of crisis and war. Perhaps so.

The natural state of play is for masculine and feminine energies to co-exist in equilibrium. What Drunvalo was alluding to was the rising up of feminine energy to restore the equilibrium from hundreds of years of dominant masculine energy.

Leading business mind, Warren Bennis writes, “We are facing unprecedented times of growing complexity, globalisation and rapid change, the likes of which we have not seen before ... what is needed is not a map, but a compass for this is unchartered territory.”

Furthermore, Heifetz suggests that amid such flux and uncertainty one of the qualities needed in leadership is an ability to “live in the disequilibrium.” If masculine (Yang) energy is about DOing then feminine (Yin) energy is about BEing. Our leaders need to embrace more of this Yin energy, remaining present in the disequilibrium, and seeking out and listening intently to the diverse opinion in our ranks. The key is to resist trying to solve the problem and allow creative tension to bring resolution of its own accord. It may appear counter intuitive but as Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it” and most definitely we need different ways of operating to deal with these new challenges.
 

The Rise of the Feminine – what it means for business and leadership

If “The Art of War” was the masculine archetypal guide to strategy then “Blue Ocean Strategy” now illustrates how The Rise of the Feminine has permeated business schools. Rather than using metaphors of war, the discussion centres around charting fresh territory, creating uncluttered niche markets, inventing and reinventing brands, strategies and ideas, collaborating rather than competing, seeking synergies, delivering superior customer value, and engaging and empowering employees in meaningful work in which their creative minds find stimulation.

The liberation of creative right brain thinking is much needed, even in a legal and regulatory environment where compliance is more the order of the day than creativity. Compliance activities are prime fodder for automation and/or outsourcing. The real value add of a professional services firm is around creative thinking.

Technological advances and the increased globalisation it facilitates means that decisions need to be made in real time. Heifetz draws a distinction between authority and leadership stating that leadership is an improvisational art. It is a verb, not a noun. Warren Bennis chimes in to suggest “many CEO’s are bosses not leaders.” The act of leadership can and does occur at grass roots levels.

A major challenge in the professional services environment is how effectively you encourage risk taking and mistake making. Is it something you discourage, merely tolerate or actively encourage. Businesses are de-risked but employees must take calculated risks and have supporting organisational frameworks that encourage then to do so.

Traditional patriarchal models of leadership serve to reinforce the power base of the authority figures that created them. Leadership is not something that can be delegated. Authority is delegated but leadership is demonstrated by anyone with a heartfelt conviction in a cause. What the model needs is less authority and more people empowered to lead. It is not about delegation, it is about empowerment.

The game is changing, how to get with the program?

Here’s a quick snapshot of how you can change your firm to embrace The Rise of the Feminine:

What got you here, won’t get you there 



Marshall Goldsmith suggests that the higher up the corporate ladder you rise the more performance issues and developmental opportunities are behavioural. And for the ever busy professional it’s not simply a question of choosing what to do but moreso a question of what to STOP doing. The Rise of Feminine evokes a different more expansive way of thinking creatively. It is less about efficiency and more about effectiveness. It requires a different level of thinking to flourish in the new game. Stop, pause and reflect about behaviours such as winning too much, replaying past victories (over and over), not listening, seeing the glass half empty, finding the objection first, withholding information or opinion.
 
Permission to fail 



In a professional services environment we are not used to failure, and certainly not used to it being encouraged let alone condoned. Like them or not, issues around approval seeking are common within professionals services. There is no stigma, we are all human and we all feel pain. It is just that our business and leaders seldom acknowledge our humaness. Create little risk taking experiments where staff can take managed risks. It is common in the creative powerhouses of Apple and Google but rare in professional services. If you operate with a compliance mindset then technology and outsourcing will pass you by.

Resistance to change 



People don’t resist change per se, they resist loss. When change involves real or perceived loss, people will hold onto what they have and resist change. The key to leadership is to assess what kinds of loss are at stake from life and loved ones to jobs, wealth, status, relevance, community, loyalty, identity and competence. Assess, manage and provide a context for any loss and help move your people through the losses to a new place.

I have briefly touched on some of the ways The Rise of the Feminine affects business and leadership today. This feminine energy is pulling people together, being comfortable not having all the answers, not rushing to closure, listening empathetically to many and varied diverse opinions, generating creative ideas, and nurturing the capacity to take collective responsibility to solve problems and not operate in silos.

In this article we explored how The Rise of the Feminine has changed how business is being led. In our next instalment we take a quantum leap forward and explore how The Rise of the Feminine is changing the very game of business itself in The Legacy of the Feminine



by Dennis Roberts