Greenleaf writes: Awareness is not a giver of solace – it is just the opposite.  It is a disturber and an awakener. 

Awareness.  Once again, Greenleaf calls us back to being aware.  There are, as we all know, many things each moment that we can choose to be aware of — and we do choose.  AND to what extent do we choose with intention and purpose?  This morning I am going to invite you, Gentle Reader, into a guided reflection.  I will offer you a few questions and I invite you to take some time and hold each one and become aware of what emerges into your consciousness as you do so; some find it helpful to capture in writing what emerges for them. 

Before you move on to another question you might find it helpful to take one minute and ‘clear your mind.’ The following are questions that I ask leaders to hold and reflect upon AND they are also questions that each of us might hold and reflect upon.  You can engage each question from a ‘role’ you’ve taken on (leader, parent, employee, artist, bricklayer, etc.) from the perspective of one who is a human being.  So, Gentle Reader, here are the questions:

* As a _____________, what are two or three ‘core values’ that you hold [a ‘core value’ is a value that to the best of your ability you will never compromise]?

*  As a ____________, what are two or three guiding life-principles that you follow [e.g. To live a life rooted in integrity.]?

*  As a ____________, when the pressure is on, what is your default (reactive?) response: to coerce, to manipulate, to persuade, to influence?

*  Overall, does the way you ______________get you what you want?  What do you want?  [If I know what I want and if the way I ___________ gets me what I want the chances that I will change — or even be open to consider changing — will be close to zero.]

*  What sort of things about yourself might lead you to make a decision with poor results?

*  When are you open to being influenced by voices that do not resonate with you — or that are outright disturbing to you or that directly challenge you?  What keeps you from being open to being influenced by these voices?

Well, Gentle Reader, I hold an intention that one or more of these will help you to become more aware of who you are and of who you are choosing to become.  I leave you with the words of Carl Jung.  Jung writes: One does not become enlightened by imaging figures of light, but by making darkness conscious.

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