Einstein said that no problem can be solved from the consciousness that created it. So what is the current shift in consciousness that is required to enable us to resolve global problems?
Authentic leadership – the kind so deeply needed on the planet now – begins in the radical mastery of one’s inner being. In half a century of work in the world, the most important lesson I learned from observing leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu at close quarters is that inner work is a pre-requisite for outer effectiveness – that the quality of our awareness directly affects the quality of results produced. This inner power is the diamond formed by honing self awareness, practising selflessness and observing and controlling the ego. It results from developing the essential skill of empathy, even for those who oppose you – and the humble commitment to keep learning the skills of deep listening and mediation.
What I’m expressing here has been known in all the great spiritual traditions, but needs to be reclaimed for a secular world in crisis, and in language that all can understand. Without leaders of this kind in every sphere and institution of our world, our chances of survival are grim. With such leaders, a world can be built that our grandchildren will be proud of.
I am certain that a different future for all of humanity is possible, if humans wake up. But waking up means more than sitting quietly in meditation. It means a radical revision of values. On November 23rd I look forward to showing 10 values or norms that have governed our (western) actions for centuries, and which have contributed to the state of the planet today, and then discuss with you what we can replace each one with – the kind of values that can enable better decisions – decisions that could get us out of the mess we’re in.