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UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS Running head: SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT LEVERAGES UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS

Spirituality and Service as a Premise for Living in the 21st Century Alia Munn Grand Canyon University LDR 630: Servant Leadership February 16, 2011

UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS Spirituality and Service as a Premise for Living in the 21st Century

The cumulative effect of ecological and political crisis across the globe famine, war, and environmental degradation are the widespread signs of cultural collapse, indicating that an historical epoch is ending. But, at the same time, a new awakening is also evident (White, 1998). While these times contain the possibility for the birth of a new sense-making paradigm, in which the global community will perceive itself as an integral part of a holographic, interconnected Universe (Holt, 2011) an evolution of practices across industries will be necessary for success. This new era will be the result of a massive shift towards Unity Consciousness (Garrison, 2011). This review is an examination of the nature of consciousness and personal spiritual practice as a tool for servant leadership in the current chaotic global environment, with the intention of shaping the collective outcome for the higher good of the human family. Therefore, the organization to be examined for the purpose of this review will be the global community. According to Mertzel (2008), when humans project undesirable aspects of self onto the other the result is collective suffering. When more of the shadow is integrated within the psyche of an individual, an increased sense of self-responsibility and a diminished need to blame others and external conditions for failure, begins to develop. Additionally, it leads to a greater degree of authenticity as disowned greatness is similarly integrated. This is a process described as enlightened nature in humans (Mertzel, 2008, pgs. 40-41). The importance of consciousness is described by Robinson, (2010) as the perception of perceiving referring to Aristotle, who through his historic examination of the soul and consciousness, adopted the common-sense understanding that thought and experience are unified and further asserts that the purpose of consciousness is to change the future (Robinson, pg. 783). Robinson states that, Consciousness renders meaningful the grounding of responsibilitythat of holding oneself and others responsible where such would not be the case in instances of sleep-

UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS walking, hypnotic trances, drug induced states, and so on (pg. 790). While blame is exempting oneself from cause, conscious awareness cultivates a greater degree of compassionate concern and an increased sense of responsibility toward the whole. He further states that, Consciousness, in this way is the starting point of a moral psychology (Robinson, pg. 790). The study of Organization Development provides a framework for understanding cultural change. Edgar Schein contributed a great deal to the field of OD when he named the levels of culture as artifacts, espoused values and tacit assumptions, stating that organizational culture must examine these elements in order to create change towards more adaptively functional and sustainable processes (Schein, 2010). Mary Jo Hatch also added significant value to the field by analyzing the groundwork of Edgar Schein, and integrating core elements from the study of Cultural Anthropology. Four processes are examined: manifestation, realization, symbolization, and interpretation. These processes bring to life a model for interpreting cultural phenomenon in the learning organization as a living, inter-related process that moves in a dynamic, holistic

fashion. In other words, with expanded consciousness towards the realignment of cultural values, time exists all at once as a hologram of an adaptive change process (Hatch, 2003). This interdependent, causal universe perspective is often described as the view of the holist, and indicates a new worldview which reveals correlations between personal experiences and actions, and global affects (Beyer, 2011). John White, published author of several books on the nature of ultimate consciousness, posits that if a significant degree of individuals consciously evolve, the result could well be a collective change of society - a transformation of the species - resulting in a radical change in human nature. White refers to the work of Nietzsche, Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, and Gopi Krishna, on the nature of evolution, stating that human beings are also human becomings and refers to the great spiritual leaders of the centuries as examples of enlightened beings and role

UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS models for the spiritual evolution of humans. Through the mature form of the human race, he coins this higher humanity as Homo Noeticus (White, 1998). While the idea of spirituality has been traditionally neglected in the study of leadership, in the current chaos of a newly emerging paradigm, spiritual leadership is required as an immediate response and can be applied broadly across industries. Emotional (Higgs, 2003) and cultural intelligence (Livermore, 2011) are the leadership characteristics that will underpin our collective success. Fry, (2011) posits that spiritual leadership is necessary for the transformation to and sustenance of the learning organization, proposing that worldwide use of the Internet leverages this process. For example, in the past weeks, there have been massive collective uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and Italy, where millions of people have taken to the

streets to demand basic human rights from oppressive governments. This began with a videotaped plea by a young Muslim woman to Come to the Square that went viral on the Internet and resulted in the overthrow of President Mubarek in Egypt. Reports from other demonstrations cite that people were inspired by what happened in first Tunisia and then Egypt, and began their own movement toward freedom (Youtube, 2011). This is an historical and flagrant example which demonstrates the use of the Internet as a tool for Unity Consciousness. The fact that the world can now be accessed at the speed of light provides a tremendous opportunity to witness, understand and be part of the universal need for spiritual survival through calling and membership (Fry, 2011, pgs. 695-696). According to Holt (2003), Sacred geometry is the expression of geometry related to the evolution of consciousness, mind, body, and spirit in geometric terms, and posits that this grid, a stellated dodecahedron, holds an electro-magnetic charge as a force-field for higher consciousness toward the unification of the human species with the rest of the neighboring universe (Holt, 2011).

UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS While the name of the grid refers to Jesus Christ, this sacred geometry is not about religion,

rather a consciousness that Jesus Christ and other evolved beings taught over 2,000 years ago. In the heart of humans, this Grid reflects a diamond-like clarity of true, undistorted experience, stimulating us towards our highest potential (Holt, 2011). Spirituality and service is a vehicle for a positive collective change of species. The epoch of ego separation is at a close, Oneness is at hand, and requires our careful attention to the attunement to the higher vibrations reflected in this evolving consciousness. The difficulty will remain for those who would choose to cling to fear, separation and unconsciousness in the times ahead. Spiritual leadership calls for increased compassion for human suffering, a deep presence of the authentic self, and a dedication to personal integrity across all industries as the shift prevails into the 21st Century. As spiritual beings in a human body, our spiritual aspect is born of a fabric that is so allencompassing and holographic that it is literally connected with and spans all life and all of creation. To place the immenseness of all that into a physical body means that we have to fold up the vast umbrella of our being into a kind of butterfly cocoon and temporarily close it, awaiting the time when we unfurl our fabric and remember who we truly are. Nested and folded within all of us is an infinite expanse of fractal and holographic fabric of tremendous interconnection with all of creation. Ronald L. Holt

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