Love & Oneness
To allow the strength of one’s voice uninhibited flow.
In the Atmosphere of Present Being
Jack is an attentive (contemplative) leader. His loving presence is the living measure of his impact in this world, and confirmation of his willing participation in the unfolding of it all−presented to him in what he feels, hears, and sees.
To know the rhythm of being present, you must lovingly embrace the paradox of being both human and divine. To know the rhythm means:
- You feel your rhythm and open to the gratitude naturally flowing from your core.
- You hear the true resonance given you since the beginning, standing confidently in the middle and listening to the leader and teacher within.
- You see more clearly for the sake of opening further the path of impact, a crescendo of your brand of love.
In the atmosphere of present being, you must be willing to humbly hold the impact of your Trueness. Holding impact means:
- Forgiving your own assumptions, about self and others, freeing the flow of your voice.
- Embracing the mystery of belonging with all and everything.
- Trusting that your resonance is doing its work in the world, whether you will ever consciously know this or not.
The month before writing this, I traveled to Chicago to facilitate a confidence building session with 50 leaders for Kevin, the executive I wrote about earlier. Our relationship goes back many years. His wife is Amy, that loving supporter of my work for as many years. As my wife had gone with me on this trip, Amy and Kevin asked us to join them for dinner.
At the beginning of forming my coaching practice, I struggled with marketing myself. Pretty much everything I did marketing-wise was both a train wreck and a waste of energy. At some point, and thanks to a couple of loving colleagues, I found my rhythm in this thing called marketing. This rhythm was found in the merger of my desire to work within the authenticity of the individual and my intent for them to be lovingly confident in their leadership.
I settled into an atmosphere of trust within my own Trueness. Simply, this is what that looks like: If I’ve worked with you, learning your Trueness, and I come across something while gathering, giving, and growing with the work I do, then I will stop and formulate something from the experience to share with you, in a manner that further encourages your Trueness.
At dinner that evening, Amy looked over at me and said, “You know those things you send to us, you need to know how much we value that.” What a blessing it is to hear these words from a valued relationship. The reality is, that doing work like I do, it is rare to hear such. But it is also reality that, whether it is heard or not, the impact is still there. This takes trust, a faith in the actions energized by our own Trueness, our art.
While we have ample opportunities for improvement in our society, we are free. We are free to do work we love, and in our work, love others. Think about it. And where there are those who may not be readily able to take advantage of such freedom, we as leaders have a solemn accountability to create atmospheres supportive of such life-giving-sharing autonomy.
Soul confirmation, flowing worth
energy for the walk.
Movement, toward relationship
How powerful it is to be confirmed for what you really do from the depths of who you really are. After that evening of dinner and conversation with those two true leaders, Kevin and BJ hugged, he and I shook hands, Amy and BJ hugged, and as Amy and I embraced in an appreciative hug, I said, “I love you.”
It was not an accident. I spoke from the center of my soul.
So, if we work together, will I tell you I love you? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing I will promise you, I willlove you.
You are different from me.
Such observation begins within.
Thought often turns into statement.
And if behind the statement, fear,
the consequence on the other,
In such judgment
is tragedy twofold:
Violence, in the direction
of the other, projected.
Violence, in the direction
of one’s self, absorbed.
Allowing such violence,
projected and absorbed,
one spreads yet another layer
over the blindness
continuing to separate us
one from another.
But, what if …
We are different; Yes!
In such exclamation,
might our eyes open
not so much, difference,
but the uniqueness
and the fresh oneness
we choose to see?