• Leadership Post COVID-19 and Actively Participating in Human Evolution

    Never has the role of Leader been more important. Post COVID-19, people are afraid not only for their health but of economic survival. Political Leaders are struggling to restore confidence and often give the sense that their decision making is irrational. Many are obviously childish and narcissistic. Narcissism itself might be a more deadly virus than Covid-19. We see it in Leadership in the Corporate World, in Politics, in the Medical Profession and in the Financial World.
    We are at a point of crisis in human evolution. Individuals, families, culture and the world community are being invited to evolve from immature pre-rational thinking, to rational and beyond and it is only this evolution which gives us a chance to fulfil our human destiny individually and collectively.
    Let us think about how each of us follows this evolutionary development from within the womb through to old age and death. Each of us is individually responsible for recognizing where our development is arrested and identifying how we overcome this to fulfil our potential. As you will see below, human consciousness and development is accelerating exponentially. Failure to actively participate will dramatically impact on each one of us, on our families, our cultures, and the whole world. The stages of human evolution, as detailed by Ken Wilber (1981), are as follows:
     Uroboric Consciousness is the first stage of Wilber’s theory of the evolution of human consciousness. Uroboric refers to the mythical serpent unconsciously eating its own tail. This characterises consciousness in the period from 3 million years ago to 200,000 years ago. Wilber suggests that these hominids lived in a primitive narcissistic state of embeddedness in the natural world, a state characterised by confusion of self and other and confusion of inner experiences and perception of the external world. They lived in an undifferentiated, dreamy, autistic state in which they did not know themselves as separate entities and did not have a self-conscious life. He claims that they lacked the capacity for true mental reflection and verbal representation and were ruled by instincts and biological drives. This stage still exists today as a part of each individual’s evolution within the womb and during the first years of life.

    • Typhonic Consciousness is when we develop a sense of “body self” differentiated from Nature. A sense of “inside”/ “outside” begins to emerge around 200,000 years ago.
    • Mythic consciousness is when we become conscious of the values of our “tribe”, family and culture and begin to buy into these. This began around 15,000 years ago.
    • Mental Egoic Consciousness. We are conscious of the thinking mind and the physical body. We are giving priority to the thinking mind. This began to appear some 5,000-10,000 years ago.
    • Intuitive Consciousness. We are beginning to experience the interconnected nature of reality and we feel a part of a whole. We are capable of experiencing consciousness beyond the thinking mind and emotional body and our decision making becomes more holistic as we increasingly tap into intuition. This began less than 3,000 years ago in Greece, in China and in India.
    • Unitive Consciousness. We have integrated the lower levels of consciousness and have reached the peak of human evolutionary potential.

    We are not driven to act egocentrically or make decisions based on our individual preferences but seek to act for the benefit of all. We are fully aware of the need not to fragment but rather to collaborate, to understand, to include, to appreciate and value diversity. Our behaviours reflect not fear but love, joy, peace, self-control, goodness, fidelity, gentleness and patience. We have become spiritual human beings and are “other focused”. This too began to appear some 3,000 years ago with pioneering thinkers such as the Buddha, Confucius and Christ among many others.
    What would the corporate world, the medical world, the financial world and the political world be like with such leaders in place?

Leadership and Letting Go II