7 Eyes on the Supervision Process:
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What is this dream we call life?
This continual ‘flight;’ this searching, seeking, yearning,
and running away.
Always rushing across the surface like a stone across water.
Afraid of sinking, afraid of stillness, avoiding the darkness, the loneliness.
Thou art still.
With quiet, one awakens to see the glorious dance of the universe…all waves of light, cacophony of color,
breathless awe, weightless wonder.
But so alone.
Where art Thou?
If I rest, will you be there?
If I awaken from this dream, who do I leave behind
to struggle alone?
If I hang onto my dream, life becomes but a bird
with a broken wing.
To awaken is to fly!
Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Research: The Psychopharmacology of Psilocybin in Healthy Volunteers
My experience on a moderately heavy dose: 2001
Rhapsody in D Major
Full autumn moon over the Potomac,
Snowy egrets reigning over the pilings below;
A lone blue heron standing sentinel,
Frozen in the stillness before a Sunday sunrise.
In the pristine interplay of dark and light
Thou art still.
And in the quiet beauty, listening carefully,
The dance of the universe begins anew…
“A cacophony of color, breathless awe,
tuning fork of my soul” written so long ago,
Danced and sung once again.
An interactive fugue in D Major.
Sanctus jubilate; living requiem; amanitas deum.
Joy! Pain! Ecstasy! The Rapturous River Flows Through It.
A sweep of color , cascading images
On the cosmic playground
Beginning light and lively
With senses floating free of their earthly fetters.
Powerfully enticing tweeds, feathers, and tapestries
Undulating against a backdrop
Of shimmering emerald green, royal purple, and precious gold.
The show as seductive and playful as promised!
Tiny figures open the windows of the universe!
Figure and ground play together in a quantum
Paint box; where you focus, it fades away.
“Lookie here!” “No, here!” And while you’re looking,
The tingling creeps in, introducing a symphonic play
On the stage of feeling.
Lips vibrating with om as the veil parts.
The entryway to the heart is primed.
A rush of erotic power and release, the grappling hooks
of love lift me heavenward toward the light
Suspended by lips, breathless with awe, and speechless.
Surrendering, the Sun Dance begins.
Such anguish and joy in the presence of the Beloved!
I am dying in service of the self
On the altar of spirit. Lark Ascending!
The sacrifice of the heart on the inward journey,
Fueled by yearning, ecstasy awaiting.
Rendering of tissue and muscle as the heart opens.
The body field is plowed to receive the seed.
Waves of pain and the breath of birthing take over,
Puffing faster as the pain overwhelms. Relief as it passes.
The spiritual sojourner, weary with the onslaught of love
Rides the waves as the tantric tsunami crashes over the heart.
Erotic spirit, union eternal, cosmic orgasm and ecstasy divine.
“Roar, lion of my heart, and tear me open!”
At once the awareness of loss, grief, and yearning
Manifests in the vision of an earthly existence.
Open hearts weeping blood and wrapped in thorns.
Christ on the lap of Mary. Pieta perfecta!
Earthly reality is tinged with sacred suffering.
Surrendering to the Beloved and living with an open heart, the challenge. world domain names
Familiar words hover around the edges of my mind,
“Washing away the sins.”
The lullaby begins…”shuun, shuun” the little one is
Forgiven and released once again, regaining the guileless eyes of Buddha.
“Shuun, shuun” releasing ‘her’ that I see in him.
Releasing the innocent back into the world,
The ballistic nylon dissolving from around her heart.
Sacrificing worldliness to love.
May the green world within re-seed the wasteland without.
I am Lancelot in search of the Holy Grail,
And finding myself.
Beloved, Thou art with me forever; co-partners in evolution,
Dancing the rhapsody of life.
A romantic re-enters the world, forever changed.
Will I hear you call out in the glory of Faure’s Requiem?
Or Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2?
Or in the sight of the Kihei sun plunging into the Pacific?
Or in the feel of a baby’s skin, or the smell of grass
And flowers and the sound of surf?
Keep my antennae alert and my compass on ‘true’,
I beseech Thee…forever listening for my name.
Spring ’02 Dede Osborn
I am noticing that while there is traditionally a lot of anti-government talk around, when there are large scale tragedies it is to the federal government that we turn and demand instant response for $, food, water, lodging, medical help etc. [FEMA has learned the hard way how to respond and is getting higher marks as weather related disasters increase.] Maybe because of this increasing need for large scale prevention, protection, and action linked to our changing climate and growing population, this is really where government finds one of it’s most important roles, another being national security. I actually think that the role of government is becoming even more important in the future but not in the way that it has been in the past. Hands off of my uterus, my choice of worship, my choice of dying, my choice of living, my choice of spouse; maybe my seat belt, too. But I couldn’t help but wonder what percentage of the folks demanding ever more government help in rebuilding after the frequent environmental disasters are also espousing emotional anti-government opinions elsewhere…
In no particular order
From Ray Smith (who ought to know)
•The Immense Journey, Loren Eiseley
•The Wisdom of Love, Jacob Needleman
•Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
•Cosmic Consciousness, Maurice Bucke
•In search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspensky
•All and Everything, G. I. Gurdjieff
•Living Time, Maurice Nicoll
•The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm
•Time and the Soul, Jacob Needleman
•On Fear, J. Krishnamurti
•The Ending of Time, J. Krishnamurti + D. Bohm
•Wholeness and the Implicate Order, David Bohm
•Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
•The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell
•The Art of Happiness, The Dali Lama
•A New Science of Life, Rupert Sheldrake
•The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
THE HIDDEN POEM
Spirits leave notes at my house.
Messages from across the veil and from the next room.
Touches of reassurance tucked away in a book
And posted with love.
The timing is always magical; significant.
“I’ve arrived ok,” it says. “I wanted you to know.”
In the book Your Second Life, the “Letter from Heaven”
Peeked from between the pages
in the chapter on dying.
Sent Priority Mail, 3 months the travel time.
One from Nel and one from Berg
Like a message in a bottle across the sea of life.
“Author Unknown” it says
But only on days clouded by doubt –
My heart glows brightly when I listen to the silence.
According to Vedanta, there are two symptoms of enlightenment. They are indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher level of consciousness.
The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things do not bother you anymore. You become lighthearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities — and this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. A miracle is just a synchronistic event in which the time span between the intention of an event and the manifestation of the event is dramatically shortened. That is what synchronicity is all about, and that is what spirituality is about, too. Whatever spiritual tradition you study anywhere in the world, you also hear about miracles. So losing your worries is one symptom of enlightenment and increased synchronicity is the second one. And that is it. Those are the only two symptoms of enlightenment.
Whether you are a vegetarian or not, it really does not matter. Whether you believe in the peace movement or not, it does not matter. After all, there are a lot of people who believe in lots of things; but they are full of worries and they cannot sleep at night. They have a big burden on their shoulders. A person might have been in a monastery for thirty years, but it does not matter. They are not moving in the right direction. Because according to Vedanta there are only two symptoms that indicate that we are becoming intimate with the spirit.
What Is Synchrodestiny ?
So you can see why I consider this program on synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, to be a very important one. It is especially important because, in my opinion, synchronicity is not something that just happens by itself — just as spiritual development does not happen by itself. We can foster synchronicity by introducing attention; and we can use synchronicity by introducing intention. When those two elements–attention and intention — are linked to the phenomenon of meaningful coincidence, synchronicity is transformed into SynchroDestiny, and our lives are transformed into something that is truly magical.
The purpose of this program is to show what that means, and to explain in detail exactly how you can make it happen. The first time I heard about synchronicity was for me a synchronistic event. I was reading about Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist, on a plane flight from New Delhi to London and then from London to New York. Jung was an early colleague of Freud, but they eventually had some fundamental disagreements. Freud believed that altered states of consciousness were essentially forms of psychosis — forms of insanity; but Jung thought of altered states as the capacity to be in touch with a hidden reality. One of Jung’s most important books is called “Dreams, Premonitions, and Wishes.”
As I was reading this book on the plane from India to England, Jung was discussing about a patient who had described a dream. In this dream there was a very large beetle, a scarab beetle, and it was trying to break through the patient’s window into his bedroom. As the patient was describing this dream to Carl Jung, they heard a rattle, and Jung looked around and saw that a beetle was trying to break in through the windowpane. So this was a synchronistic event. The fellow was describing his dream, and then that very thing happened in real life, just at the moment that he was describing it. So I was reading about this on the airplane. Then a few pages later the book said that because of their great differences, Jung and Freud finally parted ways, and Jung established a practice in Lucerne, Switzerland. Just at the moment that I read that sentence, the pilot announced that if you look out your window on the right side of the plane, we are flying over Lucerne, Switzerland. So immediately I was convinced that there was some message here for me, that I was going to pursue this topic of synchronicity I have been thinking about that topic ever since, and out of it has evolved this new concept of SynchroDestiny. In your own life, the more you become aware of these events, the more they will happen.
The more attention you put on synchronicity the more frequently you will encounter it. Because there is a very important principle that says whatever you put your attention on becomes stronger. If you withdraw your attention from something, it becomes weaker. So one of the first things I would like to suggest, on a practical level, is that you start paying attention to the synchronistic events that happen in your life. The more alert you are to them, the more they will happen. And then when you introduce intention, your intentions will be expressed and manifested through these events. So to sum this up for a moment, synchronicity is always a coming together of seemingly unlikely events. On the surface it seems like pure coincidence. But in reality there is much more to it than that. So right now at the outset, let me suggest something very practical that you should begin to do. Start putting attention on the synchronistic events that happen in your life — and also introduce the intention that you will experience at least one synchronistic event each day. Then later, have the intention of experiencing at least two synchronistic events. Gradually you will see these things begin to accelerate in your life, because attention and intention makes any phenomenon grow stronger.
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And New Millennium Organizations:
East meets West
Buddhism arrived in Tibet in the 8th century and took on the particular flavor of the local shamanistic religion. This new iteration emphasized the transformation of energy, vision, nonduality, spontaneity and reverence for the feminine and was called Tantra Buddhism. The belief is that the goal of enlightenment is available here and now, in one lifetime, and can be found directly through a variety of creative practices designed to catapult the practitioner into enlightenment. These practices include working with the body, visualization, deity meditations, and the use of rituals The primary focus of all Buddhist philosophy is the same—awakening to your own true nature and manifesting wisdom and compassion in our world. But the ancient tradition of Tantric philosophy seems particularly timely at this stage of globalization and has the potential value to help us heal some of the imbalances in our contemporary organizational culture. As organizations develop in more complex and integrated ways we discover we are at the same time walking on a very ancient path.
Tantra buddhism suggests that, as Steven Covey says speaking of modern leadership, you should “start with the end in mind” 1. Or you could say that you learn to act as if; you think, speak, and act now as if you are already enlightened because we have those very god and goddess-like qualities within us, we just need to learn to exhibit and own them. I visualize myself as my best self and then proceed to act in a more enlightened way. The December 2001 Harvard Business Review 2 letter from the Editor states, “Leadership’s first commandment is to know thyself” which is oddly reminiscent of the ageless challenge of awakening to our own true nature. By acting out our higher impulses, in a sense we are in the process of learning who we really are.
And what is the basic energy that we use for this Tantric transformation into unlimited compassion and insight? It is the energy of our own desires and our creative visualization. The value of positive visualization on behavior patterns is well known in modern life, from academics to sports to business. Being compassionate and loving in practice, living in heart, brings joy and ecstasy and meaning to life. And the ultimate purpose of this transformation, is altruistic–to benefit others and the community. Tantrics believe that we are all essentially whole and that we have inner divine qualities but have to overcome the limited perception of who we really are in order to live that wholeness which is a very familiar concept to Jungian psychologists. Overcoming negative beliefs and evolving toward individuation is part of our maturational process. In leadership development we think of this dynamic as polishing all of the facets of self in order to successfully adapt to a very complex global reality.
In 1200 year old Tantra Yoga, there are core values and beliefs that sound strangely contemporary for western culture, as well. There are the values of harmony, openness, democracy, individual independence and development, tolerance, respect for nature, love and the balance of the masculine and feminine in all things. This is a values statement worthy of the very best of organizations. Tantrics exclude nothing and no one because they believe that Earth is the mother of all living things and thus we must have great reverence for the feminine as well as the masculine. This now comes at a time in history when the West is in the process of integrating Eastern perspectives and feminine values to bring more balance to our own very masculine, rational culture. This trend in feminization of the business environment includes moving from:
The Tantric integration of masculine and feminine is a vision of what man and woman can become in mutual respect. But in Tantra, the reverence and roots of goddess worship indicate that the female awakens the male and teaches the male to experience pleasure in the whole body in the way of the female. The female isn’t a source of sin and temptation but a source of power, courage, pleasure and vision. What a change of perspective for the puritanistic West! With Tantra, a virile man can develop the capacity for wonder, love, affection, relationships and link with nature and the irrational world – in this balance he can live with authentic power. More and more frequently we understand the critical value of emotional intelligence in making organizations effective. This balance of hard and soft is the essential struggle of the midlife manager– the integration of the feminine in the development of the character of mature leadership. Enlightened leadership combines both hard and soft skills, implements tough decisions in a humane way and communicates with what Peter Vaill calls ”‘passionate reason.”3 This integration leads us to true power as individuals and as organizations.
Tantra Buddhism’s time has come: What goes around, comes around and there is nothing really new under the sun, as we know. Tantra is a mystical, spiritual, scientific philosophy and view of the cosmos which reframes our current cultural evolution, integrates science and spirit, and shows us a more powerful path to balance– internal balance and external balance – the challenge of our age in the world of business. In Tantra, science and spirit are two sides of the same coin. Traditionally in Western culture, Newtonian and dualistic science place man, nature and God apart from each other and we seek the divine out there some where. It also leads to a feeling of separateness and aloneness in the universe in modern life.
The Tantric philosophy is that the universe is constantly evolving and emerging even within us and that there is consciousness in every cell; “In every body is the universe.”4 This is congruent with the quantum perspective on life that recognizes that we are all energy and potential, in a state of evolution and transformation, and all interconnected in a holographic universe. Science, consciousness and spirit are all manifested as ‘light’ at the most fundamental level (whether that be photon, inspiration, illumination, or enlightenment) and are potentially connected by universal mind. Consciousness is what makes the non-manifest, manifest. Physics and Tantra reconcile to bring the sacred to life and to nature, in a very modern, very scientific way. And that spirit brings meaning into our modern lives. The mystic experiences that spirit and light and connection internally through altered states of perception. In an odd twist, it is the science of modern quantum physics that represents theory and supposition and it is spiritual mysticism that is based on observable, experienced phenomena.5 In an organizational world where experience and reality are valued, the spirit can still find a door to provide meaning in our lives.
Tantra teaches us to play with life rather than submit to it, to utilize the energy of desire rather than repress it, and to live in the spontaneous now. Our strongest resistance to ecstasy is the abandoning of certainty and control; to open our hearts, master breath and body, and allow passion to dissolve ego. [How risky that feels to those who value control, planning, and organization!] It is also based on sacred time (the now) rather than linear time (which in the West is valued in financial terms.) Tantra asks us to give up the illusions of ego for the experience of peace, love, wisdom and enlightenment. That requires complete self confidence and openness to oneself and one’s possibilities… that is why Tantra is seen as a potentially more risky but a faster path to enlightenment. It is precisely the challenge of the Western existence — letting go and lifting the veils of time, space, and limited knowledge. It also means taking on a looser and more relaxed perception of our existence where conflict and confusion can subside; always remaining open and relaxed and satisfied with whatever happens, and flowing with the natural world rather than attempting to dominate it.
White Tantra (the breath / body practices) focuses on passing breath into the heart chakra during meditation and allowing oneself to open naturally; one works to forget because the knowledge we yearn for is an illusion, at any rate. It is the preparation of the mind by renunciation of grasping at passing pleasures, detaching from material objects, giving up indulgences, and dedicating ourselves to others. It is the physical stretching and strengthening exercises that allow the sacred body complete health and wellness to live in joy. The physical and mental (White Tantra) and emotional, sexual (Red Tantra) develop along side one another. It isn’t necessary to be a master of White Tantra to practice Red Tantra but both need to be appropriate to the emotional level and mental capacity of the individual.
Red Tantra is the sexual practice domain which isn’t as much a focus on sex as it is about the process of achieving ecstasy and union by arousing the body to experience supreme bliss. Western sexuality tends to be linked with desire, possession and ego, rather than reverence, love, and ecstasy. In the West, Tantra has become frequently corrupted into books of sexual techniques and swinging singles groups. But in true Tantra the body is sacred and deserves the reverence of oneself as well as the partner. Tantra disavows promiscuity as much as it does puritanism! But desire is a very powerful fuel to launch us into mystical orbit. Controlling sex gives it more power and reverence gives it more enjoyment. You make love to the whole person and not to sex organs and you don’t deny the body but arouse it, using the powerful internal energy to connect and merge and flow into one another. Surrendering to the process and dissolving into smell, taste, touch, and sound takes time and ritual and the female moves that process, typically, in tantra practice.
Men learn to deprogram their automatic, quick, and ego driven sexuality and develop a more intense and holistic connection that allows them to stay on the razor’s edge for longer and longer periods of time and focus on mutual bliss.6 Jay Leno jokes about Sting’s tantric practices and having 4 hour orgasms because it is so foreign to a Western sexual attitude and physical ability. Learning to experience sexuality at much deeper levels and coming from love rather than ego or exploitation would benefit many men and women in the West and lead us to greater and deeper levels of satisfaction. We can learn how the experience of pleasure can give rise to clear, penetrating wisdom. But it means giving up linear time, control, and a mechanistic body…. a high price or a big challenge with great potential rewards. For the practical, goal oriented, efficient, and in-control manager, this change of attitude can be possibly the greatest challenge of all. But the continual search for meaning and depth in our lives might start with some of our basic assumptions about how masculine and feminine can and should relate to one another.
As we look at links to Western business as seen through a window of tantric insight, Meg Wheatley 7 talks about how organizations need to share one-brain and one-heart, connected by communal knowledge and vision and yearnings. (That level of interconnectedness is pure Tantra philosophy and quantum physics.) And if personally, one comes to better friendships and working relationships, better internal balance, more rewarding sexual relationships, and a more balanced life, then energy, productivity and effectiveness will follow. It also helps us as individuals and organizations to focus on being in the moment as a way of slowing down our perception of time and increasing our depth of experience. It can free us from the sensation of grasping at time and not being able to keep up. It aids us in turning to long range and big systems vision rather than the quarterly return on net assets! Tantric organizations are also more focused on altruistic missions, sustainability, and conservation values now in the age of enlightenment. So Tantra makes sense on all of these levels of existence. Learning to balance the yang with yin may be the ultimate business and balance challenge that the West faces.
Tantra has great potential value for the executive in the 21st Century in western society because it is both individualistic in focus as well as communal and organizational in impact; it emphasizes direct experience, a path of inner joy and affirmation, and using the power of our inner resources to overcome the mental and emotional stressors of modern life which can lead us to integration and meaning. What more could we aspire to?
“And so, try to remember: remember the great event when you breathed out and created this entire Kosmos; remember the great emptying when you threw yourself out as the entire World, just to see what would happen. Remember the forms and forces through which you have traveled thus far; from galaxies to planets, to verdant plants reaching upward for the sun, to animals stalking day and night, restless with their weary search; through primal men and women, yearning for the light, to the very person now [reading these words]: remember who and what you have been, what you have done, what you have seen, who you actually are in all those guises, the masks of the God and the Goddess, the masks of your own Original Face.
Let the great search wind down; let the self-contraction uncoil in the immediateness of present awareness; let the entire Kosmos rush into your being, since you are its very Ground; and then you will remember you have never moved, and it is all exactly as it should be, when the robin sings on a glorious morning, and raindrops beat on the temple roof.”
Even though I neglect it, devalue it, dismiss it, fear it,
What I steel / harden / shell myself against
To prove I can live without.
This is what endures –
Joy and ecstasy
And daring to drink it in.
This is not to be resisted.
This is what endures –
To be found.
And if it’s out there
I can bring it in,
And if it’s inside
I can damn well let it out.
This is what endures
And will endure.
1. Covey, Stephen, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon and
2. “Harvard Business Review”, Special Leadership Edition, Vol. 79 no. 11,
3. Vail, Peter, Managing as a Performing Art, Jossey Bass, 1991.
4. Yeshe, Lama, Introduction to Tantra, Wisdom Publications, 1987.
5. Goswami, Amit, “Quantum Yoga”, IONS Noetic Sciences Review, June 2001
6. Lysebeth, Andre Van, Tantra: Cult of the Feminine, Samuel Weiser, 1995.
7. Wheatley, Margaret, A Simpler Way, Berrett-Koehler Publishing, 1998.
8. Wilber, Ken, The Eye of Spirit, Shambala Publications, 1997, p. 56.
9. Odier, Daniel, Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love, Inner
This is the morning we lay abed,
Skin on skin, rain drops falling.
Entangled limbs, tender words are said
Our sweet romance with life’s light calling.
Entranced am I with those locks of grey,
Blue eyes that pierce my armored heart.
The wetness and breathless, desperate play
Searching for solace before we part.
Cool breeze, misty light, there is only now.
Dawn transforms our sacred place.
Coming home to ourselves, alone with Thou,
A moment of silence and loving grace.
I have been so blessed in my life! I want to always be aware of the nurturing and support, love and belief, present for me for as long as I can remember:
I have had the good fortune to be surrounded by love and nurtured by others. Also I was born into a world and time of economic and educational opportunity; a nation growing and rewarding potential; a family with drive for my success; and an open road with clear expectations. expired domains It was only my own small vision of my potential that remained a pretty consistent ‘speed bump.’
I have been blessed and continue to flourish. (And You have always been present. Thou art great. My guide and protector.)
Dede Osborn, MA, Dip.CS
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