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The project had been announced, a billion dollars, an urban gem, seven stars. The architect held a glitzy press conference. The designer dazzled everyone, having traveled the world to find the latest trends in construction. Yet the developer who initiated the project, the person with the most to gain, lost control of his own creation.

Although he had never attempted such a large project, the developer had a good reputation, having always paid his debts on time with smaller high-end projects, so it was assumed that he could handle this step up. Something went awry. Ego instead of insight created cracks in his business model. Mistakes were made.

Were they rookie errors within the bureaucracy of permits, disgruntled consultants leaking misinformation, greedy partners juggling power among investors, or banal jealousy? All of these of course, but the main problem was lack of intuition.

The developer started off with a single visionary investor who was forced to drop out early due to political issues. Then from desperation the developer allowed high-priced lawyers and accountants to step in and create a very complex financial structure involving an unimaginative group of investors, each protecting and enriching their narrow interests and mortgaging his. Soon enough the gaggle began to question the developer’s original plans and brought the project under their control, ousting him from his leadership position and pulling back most of the innovative features of the project.

The developer was deflated personally and professionally and the project was delayed. It was too late to step in and correct himself. He remained the face of the project, but it was not his anymore and the original concept was toned down. He forgot the first rule of economics – money is what money does. In this case, the doing was in the hands of those who had manipulated and connived to gain control of the money and the project. He had lost that jurisdiction and innovation suffered, as usual. 

Some would say, so what, the developer knew the risks. Some might offer that he was not up to the task, having lost his way in the closed and devious cabal of local financiers. After all, how dare he try something new, how dare he not know his place and refuse to bow to the existing cartel.

Money was not his problem, it never is. Lack of intuition was his true Achilles Heel. Intuition would have protected his project and prepared him for greatness. His multi-layered reasoning had not served him well enough. Lack of intuition made him vulnerable and slow to act. It also made him settle for less in newer projects, easy to blame others, suspicious of fresh financing opportunities and rude in his dealings. He doubled up his support of popular causes, distracting himself and saving his reputation, barely, but not saving his original project. He became like all the others, stunning in his capitulation to the norm.

Lack of intuition is the enemy of progress. In this case, it reduced a powerful developer and diminished a powerful project. Once again, mountains of debt were spent on one very tall but very boring building.

This was not my client, although I would have been happy to step in. Sometimes, intuitive leadership starts from outside.

The Secret

The secret to life, love, liberty, success, and leadership is command – the power to command one’s own mind. Without this capacity, the qualities, values and virtues of human grace are lessened.

The mind is meant to serve the human and not the other way around. This takes training, guidance, practice, and intuition.

Just because you have a thought or feeling doesn’t mean it is real, is of value or needs to be expressed. Unfortunately, we often equate the presence of a thought or feeling with reality. This causes great pain. It is an addictive form of suffering, brought on by incomplete training. 

Every thought has to pass through various channels to arrive at its processing point, where it can become a desire or an action or be discarded. Beliefs follow the same route, as do emotions.

Since thousands of thoughts are released into this process per second, most of it is behind the scenes. Repetitive emotional thoughts are filed away in the same place after a while and through lack of discipline are let loose.

The human ecosystem flourishes with discipline, It opens up new spaces to use in every realm of the physical, mental, spiritual, and even emotional, when thoughts are filtered properly.

This is where intuition can be so valuable, as it is much faster than thought. The intuitive mind weighs the ins and outs of any situation before time and space take control of it. Every human has this capacity built in. It is not a feeling as that is too slow. It is not an instinct as that is too limited.

Life is not linear. It can be complex, overwhelming and oppressive unless intuition is engaged continuously, and command engaged without exception.

All life is an art meant to be lived as a science. The technology that connects and commands the two is intuition.

A Step Ahead

A high level government official from a developing country called to run an idea by me. We discussed strategy, personalities, timing, consequences and opposing forces, and then agreed to stay in touch. About a month later, I was at my desk and called him, spontaneously. I had nothing specific in mind and frankly was surprised when he answered quickly.  “I am dealing with a foreign power in revolution,” he said, explaining his immediate situation. Not only was he abroad in a potentially dangerous scenario, but he was being asked to help solve the crisis. His trip home was being held until further notice. I had somehow reached him at the exact moment he realized the seriousness of the situation and his potential impact. He was not one to run from a problem, but he was also wise enough to seek counsel from a variety of sources. In this case, I was both sounding board and advisor, in what I thought was an impromptu call, but was truly an intuitive connection. What made this so special was the way this communication was not special at all, just part of the flow for him and me.

A few months later, sitting at my desk in the late evening, I called him again. “Come see me,” I began, intending to invite him at some later date – but before I could finish the sentence, he said, “Yes, I am getting off the plane now and will be there in 20 minutes.” Perhaps he thought I knew he was en route, but I had no (conscious) idea he was coming to my city. Once again, this was not unusual. The intuitive flow was at work again, synchronistic and connected. Within the hour, he and two other cabinet ministers and the ambassador were in my living room, discussing behind-the-scene national and global politics and strategy.

What I admired the most about this politician was his willingness to trust his own intuitive flow and to engage in mine, without questioning how or why. I had met many other public leaders who were exhausted by travel. In his case, the plane was only one small part of the journey. The momentum included these kind of meetings, puzzling to his colleagues, extraordinary to his staff and perfectly normal to him and me.

We met many times afterwards, sometimes planned in advance, but most of the time by synchronistic connection, somewhere in the world, in an airport lounge, an embassy meeting, a restaurant, and even a limo.

Intuition is a step on the ladder of life. In leadership it is an extra sense, meant to be be ingrained. It is never a one time flash; it is a flow.

Any leader who is bound by time and space is not using their full potential, and can easily miss out on intelligence coming from various sources and from their own telescopic and intuitive mind, in tune with what is to come.

Economic Grace

Money is not a personal domain. Dynasties have been created and destroyed due to this one misunderstanding.

Money is what money does. It is never an issue unto itself. Create it. Ask for it. Use it. Receive it. Manage it. Grow it. Enjoy it. Share it. Whether it is a pound of gold, or a nickel-plated coin worth five cents, it will only have impact if you say so. And it will have none if you do not. These decisions become the treasures that are the true reflection of your caliber, and the impact of your organization.

Take a Breath

Breath easy with Yogi Akal

When you feel weak, breathe.

When you are angry, breathe.

When you are afraid, breathe.

When you are breathing, meditate.

When you are meditating, become bold.

When you are bold, relax.

When you relax, be grateful.

When you are grateful, breathe.

Practicing Innovation

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Whatever you are doing now,

Do it differently.

 

Go past your pre-conceived limits.  When you feel it is too much, when you feel confronted, you have just begun. Then relax and seed what is possible.  One word, one thought, one action, one penny – with the active consciousness of an innovative mind – can change everything.

The Five Pillars of Safety and Security

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1)  Commitment to Dialogue

Community factions engage in proactive problem solving and ongoing peace making when real dialogue is built into the fabric of governance. A commitment to diverse points of view supports the success of any safety program.

 

2)  Eradication of Poverty

Every economy, whether a nation, continent, a corporation or a family unit flourishes when it encourages centres of excellence, develops economic independence and healthy interdependence.

 

3)  Innovation in Security

Although necessary in certain situations, violent enforcement is the least practical, most expensive and worst means to protect societies. Sustainable non-violent safety, security, enforcement and prevention is the foundation for success in 21st century conflict resolution.

 

4)  Healthy Communities

Building urban hubs with self-contained cores and enlightened design, assures success in the transformation of communities overwhelmed by growth and lack of planning.  Fresh food, streamlined healthcare, upgraded education, beautiful ecosystems, green transport, etc. can be easily provided when innovation is interwoven with development in modern cities of all sizes.

 

5)  Disciplined Leadership

Non-reactive, disciplined leaders break the rational paradigm and create space for intuition, innovation and authenticity in communication. They win over people from all strata of society and bring the big ideas to reality. There is never a reason to raise one’s voice, but if you must, yell loudly, be calm and fierce – and synchronize the grass roots, corporate influencers and security personnel to one singular peaceful vision.

January 2019

Yogi Akal Media Guru and speaker

Overwhelm comes from poor nerves.  Insecurity comes from poor training.  Stress comes from a misuse of energy.  The sense of defeat and exhaustion comes from emotional reactivity instead of intuitive intelligence. Whether you are responsible for an army, a nation, a company, a family, or a promise, you are always duty bound to assess and correct your Self.  What has been planted long ago, or has been created by you, is now habit.

 

In this New Year,

let us transform these obvious or hidden patterns

with new choices, alliances and techniques.

May you connect, sustain and expand your success in all areas,

performing seamlessly and consistently,

advancing flawlessly and consciously,

triumphing in spirit,

and creating wealth to steward and share.

The Game of Life

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Many years ago, a group of children passed me by and called out “Hey, Ali Baba!”, intending it as an insult. I immediately turned back to them and said: “OK, what are your wishes. I will grant you three.” Startled and curious they paused and tried to stump me. One said, “I want to be happy”. “Granted”, I said. Another asked for something silly. I asked them if that was all or if they could imagine a little bigger. After a moment, they became serious and asked for qualities, like healing. “Granted”. And thus, we stood on a corner, consulting each other in all seriousness, as if adjusting the planet and all the lives these wonderful young people would touch. They were powerful enough to name their destinies, call out their real intentions, and demand their best. It was sweet, honest, good natured, and above all, peaceful. A moment or three of irreverence had turned to a game of creation. A wish, or a word, is either a blessing or a curse. Once uttered, it has a trajectory. Let us correct and direct our words to peace with the turning of this year to the next.

The Platinum Age

Yogis describe civilization in eras of thousands and millions of years. In ages past, humanity experienced extra-ordinary achievements. Entire races have come and gone. Intuition was highly evolved, but it was always the property of one continent, or one tribe. This is the first time in the history of the planet that human beings have been conscious of one world. The “platinum age” over the next 5,000 years will bring incredible subtlety, requiring a more highly refined intuition. As we grow our knowledge economy with more dramatic developments in science and technology, we need the nervous system to support our advances. Creating systems with machinery will never be as powerful, essential, simple and obvious as human intuition.