Are you living and creating in the Future’s Past?
Every person and business on earth at some point in the very near future will have to ask and answer this one big question. The answer could determine the survival of civilization as we know it. During the coming era of punctuated evolution, a period of time when rapid earth changes exceed our ability to evolve, individuals and businesses will need to transform themselves as never before. If we choose not to evolve our individual lives and that of our shared culture, extinction of the species could result. Devolution of the human race, however real, could drive us to take actions that only propound the situation. What practical actions should we take to address this crisis?
There are many great challenges facing humanity, the climate crisis being one. However, the elephant in the living room is not extreme climate change; it’s the mindset that lives in the present according to the norms of the past.
In 2003, I was in the midst of the most successful year in business ever. My real estate business was exploding, my bank account was ballooning, and my lifestyle was extravagant. However, with each new Armani suit, my waistline grew larger, and my ego followed suit. I was fat and not so happy. I achieved the American dream and built the “big house” in Malibu, yet it felt empty. The outer world of my business and lifestyle were expanding, yet my inner world of peace and happiness was shrinking.
I went from moments of fleeting happiness to a nagging undercurrent of anger. Eventually it caught up with me – and I was one of the lucky ones. I often did not feel well and had to drink myself to sleep. Soon, I began to break down. What I needed was a miracle breakthrough, and fast. As I was driving to work at sunrise on the Pacific Coast Highway, I made the biggest and best decision of my 58 years: I got on the path. As soon as I did, confusion became clarity, fear became love, and anxiety became peace.
The conscious evolutionary path requires that we, both individually and collectively, personally and professionally, embrace radical change with a new ingenious mindset.
This mindset perceives the world very differently than the ego’s mindset that lives in the future’s past. It emphasizes imagination over intellectualization. The genius mind lives and creates in the future’s present. It creates and innovates according to where you and/or your business are heading in service to the greater good and not from a place where it has been in the past. To create from the past causes a repetition of old patterns – and this is the very mindset that got us in this mess in the first place.
In order to make the shift happen, I needed to take immediate action to save my life. I stepped on the path that led me into the great mystery of the inner unknown. In turn, I needed to do the same with the outer world of my business. As with all great and lasting change, it’s an inside-out job. The path is not about junking your life and business, it’s about consciously evolving them to fulfill your soul’s truest intent and unlocking your limitless potential. Here are some of the key findings and how you might apply them in your life and business:
1) Let go of distorted perceptions. Periods of great transition are often punctuated with confusion. Fear not because this is merely a call to action, to let go of a distorted frame of reference about how your life and business work. If you are not willing to let great change, change you but are consciously willing to create great change, you are well on the way to reinventing your life and business. The former creates a life of fate and misery where circumstances dictate the results. The later creates a life of destiny and joy where you become a co-creator with the Universe. This single action unleashes the genius mind, and people can receive you and your gifts from a place of shared interest and abundant outcomes.
2) There is no such thing as bad conditions, only bad preparation. The evolutionary path requires that we prepare our business and ourselves for hyper periods of change. Whether it’s climate change, technological advancement, or radical supply and demand-side disruptions, you must be prepared. The path teaches us two key things: a. To practice radical mindfulness, and b. To be in right relationship with people and the environment. This activates deep intuition.
3) Collaboration is the new Competition. The path reflects the power and grace of nature. Natural Law can best be understood in the symbiosis of all things. When we give up the survival mindset of the ego’s need to compete, collaboration simply happens. This fosters peace and abundance.
4) Genius Solutions are found in the mystery, which can be discovered on the path of joy. Aldous Huxley once said,
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
The path can be fun and full of adventure. The magic and innocence of childhood remain in all of us. As Oliver Wendell Homes said,
“Our mind, stretched to new ideas, never returns to its original dimensions.”
The evolutionary path offers each of us an extraordinary opportunity to meet the challenges of these times. Whatever your path or that of your business may be, the fact remains that when you embrace the mystery of the evolutionary journey with the spirit of transformation, positive outcomes become viable. Your unique Genius Mind will not only save you, but it will also serve you, and just may save the world.