“…the very moment you dispel your finite consciousness and feel that you are the all, that you are the whole world, that you are an Infinity;
when you realize that, then you become whole and the bodily disease, trouble, anxiety is dispersed, dispelled, evaporated.”
Swami Rama Tirtha
My Two Worlds
I have clarity on one thing. I do what I do because I want to change the world, I want people to be empowered and free so they can make their own decisions and learn how to unleash all their potential.
I’m tired of seeing myself, and all of us only as a consumers/producers, and letting those two behavioral patterns become the purpose of our lives.
I move between two worlds that have different costumes and beliefs but that in my opinion complement each other. The “Conscious Community” that attends yoga, shamanism, dance, meditation and any other ceremony of awareness and mindfulness. And the Corporate Community, that consist of people that work in organizations that attend technical trainings, team building and leadership workshops among others.
Although some people belong to both communities in general terms we are somehow divided in terms of awareness, mindfulness, and behaviors. I’m not saying one is better than the other, I’m saying that the awareness and behaviors of each community are radically different from one another.
Every time I attend or teach a dance, yoga or meditation workshop, a shamanic ceremony or a coaching program, I´m amazed by the levels of connection and awareness people there achieve. It doesn’t matter if the retreat is held in Europe, America, Africa or Asia, every time I see the way the community feeling is nurtured and cared for I renew my faith in humanity´s present and future. But is my observation that once the music is over, the connections are lost and everybody starts behaving the same way as always.
Why do we “fall back”?
As a business consultant having worked with hundreds of different organizations and teams I recognize the same pattern of good will to come together, change, improve and create a new level of awareness in organizational groups. The great statements and agreements that are reached during the workshops can be inspiring but sadly, according to my experience, most of them are disregarded once the teams go back to their offices.
I see this pattern in myself as well. After the retreat, workshop, seminar, certification, etc is over, I go back to my everyday life filled with joy and expansion, but sadly after a while I sometimes see myself falling back into old toxic patterns that I thought were left behind. I know that I’m not the only one who has had this “falling back” experience, that it’s probably normal due to the spiral nature of evolution.
Sometimes we go back in order to move forward in a more conscious way. Both the conscious community and the people who work in organizations seem to be addicted to the
experience of the workshop itself. They seem to enjoy saying I went to this, I did that, I certified myself in…. but despite all of their work most of them fail to bring the desired changes into practice. Why?
Practice, practice and more practice…
Let me venture two hypothesis to explain this phenomenon. The first and more reassuring one is that we humans need practice and recurrence to actually let our comprehension transform into new behaviors.
This means for example that in a workshop I recognize (become aware) an old pattern that affects my relationships with women. This awareness is great but it´s not enough to say that I have learned how to change and relate to women differently. It only means I’m aware of it. To change the behavior I would need to consciously start training myself to do things differently when I’m with women. According to this explanation, the only thing we need is time and recurrence (and maybe support from a teacher, coach guru) to let the changes happen. I recently wrote an article on how to embody your practice that has tips on how to bring your awareness to the level of behaviors. Check it here
This is the way things are moving right now. And don´t get me wrong, I see them moving. More people are more aware of the need for change in more parts of the planet. But do you think that at this pace we will be able to make the necessary shift in consciousness before our planet and/or society collapses?
Are we all addicted?
The second explanation is a little bit more provocative. I believe that there is a great number of people that are addicted to the workshop (retreat, program, etc) experience. I have learned how to recognize those professional participants, which despite what happens during the workshop experience always behave the same way afterward. Why? Because most of them feed themselves from the energy of love, respect and community feeling that is present during the work but have no clear intention of changing. Why should they? If the feel nurtured and happy after their attendance? This one is like any other addiction where we just act in spite of our own will just because we are used to those actions because we feel good afterward until the effect wears down and we need another dose of workshop.
Where are we failing?
In any case, I believe there is a big problem that most of the workshops are not facing. I’m talking about the lack of coordinated action that is required for us to change the world. What I mean is that although conscious retreats have multiplied in the recent years, politicians and the big corporation tycoons (and their teams) are still the same ones and they behave the same way, just looking out for themselves and their personal interests. And although the number of conscious people attending different programs is increasing, the world is not getting significantly better because we as people lack the leverage to push changes or what’s worst, the interest to make the decision-makers behave in a different way. Most of us
seem content of being able to do a headstand, meditate long hours or experience the power of a sacred plant.
Who´s responsibility is to do something?
These times are really exciting. You may agree with me when I say that we are in the threshold of a big change in consciousness and awareness. This article intends to be an eye opener and invites all of you to act, to bring your comprehensions into actions, to find the way to act in a coordinated way to push decision–makers to act differently. Is my belief that we as conscious people need to become more engaged in politics and economics, need to bring changes to our offices, need to talk with everybody about the need of change and the importance of personal responsibility. This is not too big for you. Everybody can get engaged. Just think about it the next time you meet your neighbors or family when you decide not to vote in the next election or not attend the neighborhood demonstration. We are all in this together, whether we like it or not.
I believe we are the generation called to transcend the egoistic/individualistic way of living and is up to us to actually make it happen by bringing what we learn in the workshops outside into “real life” and make it happen.
About the author: Juan Pablo is a life coach, Biodanza teacher, real life yogi and entrepreneur. He is currently living in Berlin where he delivers trainings, workshops, and sessions related to human consciousness. For more info on his work please visit: www.7sessions.de