THERE ARE MOMENTS IN TIME where portals open and we are given an opportunity to walk through to the experience of a completely new reality. For me, one of those moments is happening right now.
With the convergence of Passover, Easter, the Full Pink (not really pink) Moon and Earth Day some amazing energies are happening all within the same few day. This is a very powerful moment.
Easter is perhaps the holiest day in the Christian calendar. We celebrate Christmas with more fervor, but in terms of everything Christianity stands for, it is the Crucifixion and The Resurrection that makes Christianity what it is today.
So now imagine, being resurrected from all of the trials and tribulations that we experience in our lives. Imagine, surrendering to the one who Christianity believes has died for our sins, and imagine the liberation that comes when we elevate from this world into a parallel reality where death and sin no longer have power over us.
And then with a change of perspective, we have Passover. Where the Jews are asked to slay the sacred animal of the rulers of the world, the Egyptians and spread the blood of this sacred animal onto the rooftops and doorposts of their homes. Imagine the trust the Jews had to have in their creator to do this act of defiance in the face of their oppressors, for surely if this was not an act of God, they would have been tortured or slain for their defiance, but rather in doing so, the Angel of Death passed over ever house painted with the blood of the lamb and took only the first born child of houses not painted.
Imagine, the slaves of the oppressor rising up to leave the land of their slavery and journey off to the land of their liberation. Imagine the courage it takes to come to the Red Sea and to stand before it and ask it to part, so that they could flee their oppressors who were in hasty pursuit. Imagine the sea parting and the Jewish people walking through and then it closing to drown the oppressors in its waters. Do you have that faith today?
Imagine the faith the people had in both of these moments. The liberation of Jesus and all who believe in him from the sins of mankind and the death of man, and imagine the liberation of a people chosen by God from the oppression they endure at the hands of those who tried to suppress them.
And now, add to that, a full moon and not just any full moon, the pink full moon. This particular Pink Moon takes place in the zodiac sign Libra, which is known for its power of harmony, beauty, and partnership. This full moon will be about how you balance your devotion to yourself with your devotion to everything else in your life.
And then add in a few days later, Earth Day. It is almost like the world is saying to us, the holiest of moments are also the most ordinary of moments. Take care of the earth, do not abandon it in the pompousness of your ways.
All of these holiday have opened a portal for us to walk through, but if we remain where we are, there will remain just days on a calendar. But if we surrender to the power of the opening, we have no idea what is possible. See what you cannot see.
I invite you to find out.
Here is a simple exercise you can do to not only find your purpose, but also to start to monetise it as well. To do this exercise, make a short list of the following things:
- Things you love to do
- Things you are good at
- Things you can get paid for
- Things the world needs
Now arrange your answers to the categories above in such a way that it allows you to see where your answers fall in the categories below. Find the overlaps?
PASSION is created when you do the things you love and the things you are good at.
PROFESSION is when what we are good at meets things we can get paid to do.
VOCATION is when what we are paid to do is what the world needs.
MISSION is found when the things we love are the things the world needs.
TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE find the place where all four of these pieces come together. I call this The Mosaic way of Purpose. The 3rd practice of The Mosaic is to DO WHAT YOU CAME TO DO.
Imagine for a moment living from that space. Doing what you are great at doing and loving what do. Finding a gap that needs to be filled and getting paid to do what you love doing. This is the bliss of knowing your purpose. This world awaits you. I invite you to experience it by leaving your comfort zone and entering the world between the spaces of the world you live in now, This is The Mosaic.
It would seem that I have lived a thousand different lives this lifetime. And though often in the past I wished I had lived a more simple, less complex life, the one I have lived has served me well. If nothing else, it has given me perspective.
I have owned and operated a café/bookstore, a clothing line, a branding company, a coaching business, and a consulting firm. I was the Director of Business Development and helped a publishing house grow from 3 million to 100 million dollars a year in sales. I studied to be a rabbi and left one day before I was to be ordained. And I lived for 10 years as a monk in a monastery. The list goes on and on.
I have dined with the richest of the rich and sat on a street corner and shared my meal with the poorest of the poor. I have had quite a few successes and also my share of failures. I have worked for large companies and been an entrepreneur. So when people ask me what I do, I sometimes have a hard time answering.
But looking back now, even as I write these words and introduce myself to you, I see that word “perspective.” Ah yes, perspective.
What I see is how things connect. And perhaps, what I am more than anything else is a connector. In fact, I wrote a book called The Mosaic. Which could be a perfect metaphor for what I do. I put broken pieces together that others have discarded, and I see connections (or missing connections) that other do not see.
It is the perfect allegory when I work with individuals, couples, businesses, and government agencies. For what we connect to or disconnect from determines our reality. I look at the choices a business makes, and I immediately see who they are. I look at what they want to achieve, the connection points they have chosen and, over time, I see if it will propel them forward or keep them away from what they seek.
I look not only at what they connect to, but how connected they are to it. If a company and its employees are not engaged in the connections they make, it cannot help but affect motivation, innovation, and productivity. What most fail to see is that, on a deeper level, everything is connected to everything else. So when we try to solve a situation by fixing only one piece, it often does not work. It is essential to look at the connection of each piece of The Mosaic and how it serves the whole. I look at a team’s connection to themselves and to each other, to their purpose and how aligned it is with their core values, and to their community, and the world they serve. Each piece is important, for it has the potential to affect the outcome of the entire Mosaic. When one connection is off, the whole suffers.
By seeing how a team connects, I also see where they do not connect. In this lies the sweet space of change. To launch a product, grow a division, innovate new strategies, or thrive inwardly and outwardly, a company must be willing to look at their connection points and ask themselves if they empower their initiative or deplete it.
Do you know what empowers and depletes your company? What becomes possible by simply making a different connection?
In a world of disagreement, there is only one thing that we all agree on is this: This is NOT the world we dreamt of giving to our children and our children’s children. So,if we do not change the way we are doing things, nothing is going to change. It is time for us to come together and stop fighting. It is the for us to embrace the bigness of who we are rather than get lost in the smallness of our differences, We function as a divided nation because of our choices and it is time to make new choices, to negotiate new agreements to find answers to the problems that separate us and rebuild our nations.
IT FEELS LIKE IT IS TIME FOR RADICAL CHANGE, FOR NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT OLD PROBLEMS, TO FINDING SOLUTIONS NOT REINFORCING TRIVIALITIES. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE THAT WOULD TAKE US FROM A VERTICAL REALITY THAT IS NO LONGER WORKING, TO A MOSAIC LIKE SYSTEM, WHERE WE ALL COME TOGETHER TO CREATE WHAT WE CANNOT CREATE ALONE.
It made me wonder, what would happen if everything was about to change. I seem to remember, my friend Sylvia Browne, before she passed away, predicting that this would be the last president to ever take office. When she said it, I could not imagine what she could be talking about and honestly I thought maybe she had lost it. Even though I had watched her over and over again tell people things there was no way she could know, I had also seen her get a few things wrong (but who is 100% right in anything; the fact that she was right so often is what I marvelled at) and yet when she said this, I thought she had lost her mind, but now I am seeing perhaps it was I who lost my mind for doubting her.
Between the Far Left saying that they feel that if Trump were to lose the election, there could be a coup by him to keep power, and the stalemate that has developed by each silo of government wanting to prove they are right and the other party is wrong. It started my mind thinking, what if a New Paradigm was forming? One in which we moved from one person being president, to a Mosaic presidency. Let me try to explain.
There is a company called Unanimous AI that is challenging the capacity of the human mind, They are working to show how other species in nature have amplified their intelligence through the use of what they call The Hive Mind. Rather than me trying to explain that to you, please have a look at this short video.
They show other species with far less mental capacity amplifying their intelligence by coming together in a swarm and they are showing through the work they are doing that human mind which is far more intelligent than a bird, or an ant, or a fish can do this too. They are proving in the work they have done with humans that the accuracy rate of a connected mind of people who just like something is far greater than that of the individual mind of the expert in a that area.
So, if the Swarm Intelligence works with people, who are simply interested in something, by bringing them together into a virtual room to find answers with their collective mind that their singular mind can’t fathom, if it can be used to predict with almost double the accuracy rate of human experts, the results of something like the Kentucky Derby and The Oscars, why would we not use this same modality to elevate our thinking in areas of world concern.
When I look at all of the people that have entered the race to become the presidential candidate for the Democratic party, I see so many people, like Marianne Williamson who are brilliant but have little to no chance of winning on their own, that I wonder, what if they were to join together and run for office together as a Mosaic? What if they were to use using this model of swarm intelligence to make decisions together. What if this was not limited to just the talented people of one party but opened up to the great thinkers of the all parties party as well?
What if the message of our founding fathers, when they founded the UNITED States of America, was not a paradigm of one person leading over us but rather a Mosaic-Like Leadership model, where We The People come together to create a Connected Consciousness that is greater than any one mind could ever be?
What would happen if we were to bring the greatest minds and the simplest minds of the world together and allow the connected Mosaic Mind to find solutions.
THERE IS MAGIC IN THE SPACE BETWEEN WORDS.
When you read my book, THE MOSAIC, it will touch your heart and soothe your soul. And for many, that beautiful experience will be what they take away from their time with it. And yet, it should come as no surprise, that a book whose message is “to see what you do not see” would also offer something to those who delve a little deeper. To those who listen not only to the words of the story, but to the space between those words. it is quite possible that they will not only experience the heart warming story of connection but also, a magic that will alter their reality.
Remember what Mo’s father tells him, “Nothing is as it seems.” What would you see if you could see what you don’t see? What would you hear if you were to listen to the silence? When we listen, everything in the world speaks to us.
These Mindhacks are some of what came to me when I sat quietly with each chapter and allowed the space between the words to speak to me. What will the space between the words say to you?
I am so honoured to have been asked to be a contributing writer for THRIVEGLOBAL.com. This is the Arianna Huffington’s community she created after she left Huffington Post. It is amazing to me that something I was so familiar with was so hard for me to write succinctly, but I feel like I achieved what I set out to do in this blog post.
I would love to hear what you think. Please let me know your thoughts below or email me. Thank You.