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You Must Change Your Life


14 / 01 / 2015

(by Otto Scharmer, original on Huffington Post) We live on a razor’s edge. From one instant to another, any of us can regress to yesterday’s mindset or connect with an emerging future possibility. In all countries and civilizations around the globe, we face the same challenge: crossing the threshold to this other side, to the field of the future that is waiting to emerge. Rilke referred to crossing this threshold as a shift of perspective and consciousness:

… for here there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.
(“Archaic Torso of Apollo,” Rainer Maria Rilke)

This shift might also be referred to as bridging the ecological, social, and spiritual divides that disconnect us — as individuals and societies — from the sources of our wellbeing. Do we see these divides in the same way that Rilke did? It depends. Doing so requires us to see in them the mirror image of our own behavior. What does that image tell us?

Looking into that mirror we see food systems that make us unhealthy, destroy the planet, and leave many farmers hungry. We see educational systems that kill real learning. We see health systems that make too many people sick. We see major governmental agencies turning against their citizens, as has happened one way in Syria and in other ways elsewhere, as the case of Edward Snowden and more recently Eric Garner (“I can’t breathe”) tragically demonstrated.

The mirror tells us that we are collectively creating results that nobody wants. We are deepening the ecological divide (disconnecting self from nature), the social divide (disconnecting self from “the other”), and the spiritual divide (disconnecting self from self). And yet no one gets up in the morning and says, “Today I really want to destroy the planet, harm others, and damage myself.” Still, that’s what we are doing collectively. It’s that gap between our individual consciousness and our collective impact that makes Rilke’s words relevant today: we must change our lives.

Okay, but how? By joining the movement. The movement already exists.

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Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and GNH Lab and is Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Leadership. |


Originele post: (c) by Huffington Post/ Otto Scharmer


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