Surviving and thriving through change
As we see ourselves, we see others. And as we see others, we see ourselves. If we reduce humanity to cultural sets of human expression, specific groups, and prevailing opinion and behavior only, we constrain ourselves too. Life is as you see it. If you see it with a continually watching mind, the whole world becomes open to you.
While the human mind respectively the intellect changes over time, the soul does not. We can feel that clearly when we separate mental awareness from bodily sensations and instead picture the wholeness and infinity of life. Our way of thinking can be changed.
The most profound, impactful and sustainable way to change the thinking is to change the layer from where thought arises: awareness.
The human condition is no longer dependent on social identity alone as it learns to integrate the three modes of the intra-past, the inter-present, and the extra-future into increased and undivided awareness. As our thoughts and actions become more symmetrical, life will never feel like a lie again.
Living in consort with a comprehensive ability to observe everything at any time is a source of being youthfully enjoying one’s body, exploring the world, appreciating social encounters, and achieve high learning goals. Living an awareness-intelligently inspired life guarantees continuing motivation to become and stay our best self. For us, this is a deeper experience, and for others, we’ll make a bigger impact.
Hopelessness in the sense of not believing that change is possible leads to depression with the known consequences of low school and work performance, reckless behavior, poor health, self-injury, and even suicide. Multi-cultural competence positively influences a sense of social justice and the promotion of change. The awareness about the possibility of doing things differently across cultures provides a showcase for the relativity of any culture. Global citizenship is not a travel-lifestyle, it should rather be an attitude of compassion. Multi-relational ability in the sense of Awareness Intelligence is a precondition for cross-cultural competence, but goes beyond as it is culture-neutral. Any travel starts within.
Cultural competence can be developed by putting one’s feet in another’s shoes. Awareness Intelligence, however, is putting one’s consciousness in another’s soul.
This will not only enable us to experience some different walks of life but to learn to qualify all of the life’s souls. Real and lasting change comes from the level of mental models that enable awareness. Only if the deep-rooted individual mindsets shift towards forming a regenerated collective of deculturized societal structures, human behavioral patterns will start to change accordingly as well.
Humans like stability to feel safe. Society prefers consistency in people’s behavior to render them into predictable and plannable resources. And yet, people also do not like repetition that leads to boredom. By an awareness-unintelligent mind, everything tends to become judged as boring eventually. However, as people have learned to fear punishment from not reliably contributing to the production and information processes of the modern economic societies, many of them learned to accept monotonous courses of life. While being incentivized by punishment-free long periods of compliance, many forgot the excitement of rhythm and surprising improvisations of a freely lived life. Avoidance is a characteristic of both the awareness-unintelligent inter-past and inter-future. Interdependencies, as they are typical for poor Awareness Intelligence, are justifying the past and controlling the future, which is highly frustrating for individual’s authentic development. Only if the inter-past is shifted to the intra-past, judgment-free and timeless self-realization become possible. And only if the intra- and inter-future are transposed to the extra-future, self-focus and fear of punishment and lack of control disappear.
We can enjoy social interactions together in the inter-present, but the past belongs to us alone, and the future ultimately belongs to all to come.
Isn’t it incredible that
“Men have made millions of laws to punish crimes, and they have not established even one to reward virtue”
as the Neapolitan economist Giacinto Dragonetti already more than 250 years ago remarked?! Societies’ need to define the tolerable appearances and thresholds of punishable deviations from limiting and therefore provocative social norms is in stark contrast to letting people virtuously thrive. Sadly, if not constantly rags were held in front of the bulls’ eyes, all the bulls would remain gentle and friendly as it actually is their true nature.
The universe preserves itself through change, and so humanity too needs change to survive. Change is our nature, and yet typical management education is about controlling change to create the illusion of stability in administering life as a business. Awareness is about acceptance, willingness, and courage; it is the basis of voluntary human adaptability and learning. If you don’t know what you possibly don’t know, you cannot learn what you don’t know. It would be strange if we didn’t increase our view over time, learned more, and consequently changed our mind. Become an attentive and agile dancer who controls the body, cooperates with the mind, and coordinates the congeniality of the souls to dance the socio-temporal dance of life. Every movement is your decision, and harmony comes from being intelligently aware of your, your partners’, and the music’s desire to unfold. When the spirit of the music intuits your individual and collaborative intention to the imagination that the music is just perfectly reflecting the vibes of melted body and soul, Awareness Intelligence has come to play.
Chapter 43 — The ability to respond
— In love for my daughter Natalie and all children of this world. —