Balancing Perspectives

Viewpoints – Perspectives – Heightened Sensing …

Expanding your human awareness capabilities? Or, human potential mumbo-jumbo?

Balanced viewpoints; heightened seeing and hearing … Compassion for all … ideas and thought-forms offered up in the multitudes, in various forms and in many places for personal learning and for information gathering. We may form an opinion based on our logical-cognitive understanding of what the concepts and the complexities mean, and weave them into our stories of experience for social coherence. For some to find meaning of life; for others to find their place in this glorious world.

One may carry strong feelings of viewpoint; and yet as you read the two poems below your inner processes within your good self will take you on various journeys of meaning. This experience is a microcosm of how we journey our outworld world of observation, perception building and balance of wisdom. Of course, one can completely ignore the opportunity for transformation and balancing perspectives.

So, the exciting available moment of this reading offers you the opportunity for self-awareness expansion, broadening capabilities, with choice for discerning clarity and for consciously awaking the empathy of living.

Listening through one’s inner story and self responsibility can be one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences if you allow yourself the freedom to explore; freedom to be at peace with awakenings of misconception (the shifting of paradigms), moving beyond perceived inner failings and enjoying the metamorphosis of new awareness and liberation from inner bonds of emotional and spiritual limitation.

The poem ‘who do you see?’ (When caring for me) was written in the 60’s by Phyllis McCormack, a nurse caring for ladies with Dementia.  She worked at Sunnyside Royal Hospital, Hillside, Montrose, Scotland.

Whilst reading the below poems one has a feeling of disruption, a shifting  of vantage points with another part of ourselves that has already begun to connect with future compassionate possibilities that are emerging from the inward experience of rising empathy for what may be an old way of thinking and sensing into an emerging new way of being with awareness and in consideration of others who may be in our midst. A kind of awakening occurs through this disruption while feeling through the story.

First nations around the globe have always known the power of the inner metamorphosis through story.

What Do You See…

The following poem is well referenced in the blog: “Look Closer Nurse – A poem for the care sector” – H1 Healthcare AU; 5 August 2016, by David Rennie. (https://www.h1healthcare.com.au/blog/2016/08/look-closer-nurse-a-poem-for-the-care-sector)

” It may not be a new piece of commentary but in a time of an ageing population and constant media outcries bemoaning the “chronic” staffing shortages within care Phyllis McCormack’s 1966 “Crabbit Old Woman” is as relevant now as it was at the point of publication 50 years ago.
Commonly known within the health and social care circles, care homes specifically, the poem enjoys its own place in urban legend.  Written from the perspective of an elderly care home resident it is widely believed that the poem was written by a care home resident and unearthed by a staff member after her death.

The poem was in fact penned by a nurse working in a psychiatric hospital for submission into their internal newsletter. Originally titled “Crabbit Old Woman” this piece has also been called “Look Closer”, “Look Closer Nurse”, “Open Your Eyes” or “What Do You See?”
The poem is a favourite of our Founder and Chief Executive, Pam Easen, who encourages all H1 Healthcare staff (both office-based, and client facing) to consider how we can maintain the dignity of our service users, and approach every interaction with compassion.”  Posted on 5 August 2016 by David Rennie

“Crabbit Old Woman”

What do you see nurse, what do you see?
Are you thinking when you’re looking at me?

A crabbbit old woman, not very wise
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try.”

Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill

Is that what you’re thinking, is that what you see
Then open your eyes nurse, for you’re looking at ME.

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still
As I use at you biddings, as I eat at your will
I am a small child of ten with a father and mother
Brothers and sisters who love one another

A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet
Dreaming of soon her lover she’ll meet
A bride soon at twenty my heart gives a leap
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep

At twenty five now I have young of my own
A woman of thirty, my young growing fast
Bound to each other with ties that will last
At forty my young sons will now grow and be gone

At fifty, once more babies play around my knee
Again we know children my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead
I look to the future, I shudder with dread
For my young are all busy, rearing young of their own
And I think of the years, and the love I have known

I’m now an old woman and nature is cruel
Tis her jest to make old age look like a feel.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart
There is now a stone where I once had a heart

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain
And I’m loving and living life all over again

I think of the years all too few – gone, so fast
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last
So, open your eyes nurse, open and see
Not a crabbit old woman, look closer, see ME!

Phyllis McCormack
Registered Nurse, 1966

 

Connectedness; Sharing Perspectives and Global Coherence

… It all Matters

Our inward journey can make profound shifts to balancing our perspectives if we allow ourselves to remain in openness to other possibilities, instead of rigidity of fixed viewpoints.

Otto Scharmer: “This picture here is expressing this feeling of disruption, by placing us on two sides of the chasm. On the one side is our current self and current reality, and on the other side is the other part of ourselves that already today begins to connect with future possibilities that maybe we can bring into reality in our journey forward.” (included with private permission)

Image ‘Crossing the Threshold’: Copyright Kelvy Bird Presencing Institute 10 August 2016

 

A Nurse’s reply

(original author unknown)

What do we see, you ask, what do we see?
Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee!

We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss,
But there’s many of you, and too few of us.

We would like far more time to sit by you and talk,
To bath you and feed you and help you to walk.
To hear of your lives and the things you have done
Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son.

But time is against us, there’s just too much;
Patients too many, and nurses too few.
 We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,
With nobody near you, no friends of your own.

We feel all your pain, and know of your fear
That nobody cares now your end is so near.
But nurses are people with feelings as well,
And when we’re together you’ll often hear tell

Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,
And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said,
We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad
When we think of your lives and the joy that you’ve had,

When the time has arrived for you to depart,
You leave us behind with an ache in our heart.
When you sleep the long sleep, no more worry or care,
There are other old people, and we must be there.

So please understand if we hurry and fuss;
There are many of you,
And so few of us.

 

“We find ourselves in the midst of the most massive shift of perspective humankind has ever known. A new set of values: holistic, syncretic, relationship- and process-oriented, organic, and spiritual is rising within us and around us.  These are values native to women and women’s ways of knowing. Though the forces of entropy and fear seek to contain or regress us.  We know there is no going back especially given the massive challenges that face us all today.” Dr. Jean Houston – Rising Women Rising World

 

Order and Perspective…

“Coherence implies order, structure, harmony – and alignment within and amongst systems – whether in atoms, organisms, social groups, planets or galaxies,” McCraty and Childre explain in their article, which appeared in Alternative Therapies’ July/August issue. “This harmonious order signifies a coherent system whose efficient or optimal function is directly related to the ease and flow in life processes. By contrast, an erratic, discordant pattern of activity denotes an incoherent system whose function reflects stress and inefficient utilization of energy in life processes.”   HeartMath Institute – global interconnectedness

 

And finally; A Story of Listening Through Imagery

“What does the customer really want?”

Perspectives – listening in design

Our Natural Gifts Team

 

Connectedness … two

Connectedness Inspires Living …

We are here, on earth, right now, for a reason; and you are worthy of the time that is upon us.

This time, as history is forming itself, demands that we become so much more than we ever thought to be.

Photo Credit: Julie Allan at ‘Symphony of Innovation’ SoL Global Forum Vienna 2006

We all have the capacity to do this!

“Out of kindness the heart’s beauty shines.” 

Julie Allan

We are in the most remarkable of times; living in a most interesting and most challenging era of human history.
The seriousness of our times is not to be used to fuel fear; it is rather to be used to power-up our inner greatness for fostering kindness; caring for humanity as a whole..

Hearts and minds working together by design…

Let us not permit ourselves to fall down into doom and gloom. Utilise instead your inner power and capacity for happiness. Use that self-power therefore as an armour against the fears and terrors of sorrow being thrust upon us. In today’s chaos of transformation, help our neighbour also rise up with us. Let us not leave anyone behind!

Be glad for their rise too; as it will also mirror our exchange of light-filled goodness; expanding our ‘circles-of-light’; consequently expanding human consciousness exponentially.

 

Adrian Ramsay photo credit: Hing Ang

Everything is simply energy:

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed,
it can only be changed
from one form to another.”

Albert Einstein

 

Learning to activate sustained synergy between the heart and the brain as researched by HeartMath Institute:

 

All transformations involve a messy-storming period; before the clarity emerges with innovative strategies that arise from our natural-giftedness and our genius that influences … Influences, the cleanup and the rebuilding of civilisation in communion with precious laws of life.

Distribute compassion and nurture for those beside us who have lost loved ones to the horror of terrorism, war and natural disaster.

Lift them up; give them strength; let them know that together we rebuild stronger.

These individual actions collectively will determine whether as a species we survive and thrive, or meet our own demise through self-centred; close-minded actions and behaviours.

”If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”

This quote is embedded into the motto and daily actions of Edgar’s Mission

Look fear in the eye and get excited …

Get really excited, for this is when real power arises; liberating the soul to a greater action, beyond limits of fear. Greater than we ever really needed to know, or be, until now; for now IS the time. Not because if we don’t, we won’t live to tell the tale; we rise because human-kind is finally, collectively, releasing the bonds of our limited thinking and limited past ways of living; time has changed forever.

Time and light has meaning for more awakened souls, than ever before, on this gorgeous planet of ours.

There is a great harvest of the genius of cultures across the whole world; across time; across thousands of years.

Everything is at our fingertips and available.

We just have to choose….

“You are the lure of our becoming.” Dr Jean Houston

“Gratitudinal”

by Steve Smith

Ah to dance the dance of joy…

As the soil dances slowly, flourishing in the earth

As the droplet dances flowing through the water

As the breeze dances lightly on the air

As the flame dances brightly in the fire

As we dance enlightened, the higher dance of Agape.

Our Natural Gifts Team

Connectedness … one

Connectedness Saves Lives …

There’s a connectedness with All Beings and with All of Nature; when we let ourselves connect and experience it. We are in exciting times. We as a humanity are exploring the opportunities and the connections between societal change, institutional change, and personal change.

Living a life of connectedness brings life together. Connectedness awakens the spirit and the sense of worthwhile.

“Love is the one emotion that expands intelligence because loves connect us.” Humberto Maturana

We primarily have three areas of personal connection to fully experience ‘Whole-Self Connectedness’:

  1. Self with Self
  2. Self with Nature
  3. Self with Other

When we are not connected, or the connection is disrupted/disconnected, we create a divide (a chasm) between one or all of the above. Then we create a spiritual divide, an ecological divide; and/or a social divide and each and every divide has the same sense of loss, emotional pain and sorrow.

“A connection between Self and Self, is between who I am today and who I could be tomorrow. And, if these two selves are not well-connected, it results in a feeling of loss of energy, symptoms of burnout, symptoms of depression, or even, in some cases, risk for suicide. In 2010, more people killed themselves than were killed by war, murder, and natural disasters combined. So think about that. In spite of all the violence going on across the planet, more people killed themselves than are being killed by others.” Otto Scharmer Aug 2017 MIT Senior Lecturer; a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of Presencing Institute.

Social Connectedness …

Finding connection, as the social beings humans we are, is our daily strive from the moment we took our first breath to the day we expire our last. This is our natural evolutionary process. While quite simple in nature, yet it is complex in experiential reality as we traverse the minutes in between life’s breath.

Empathy is a most wondrous way to be with someone in connectedness as a whole-centred being. Empathy is therefore a gentle way to illustrate the power of our social connectedness.

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  “Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself
and a little less time trying to impress people.”

(The Breakfast Club)

 

Mindfulness, conscious attention and our intention is visible all around us; reflecting itself back at us and is available for our ‘Seeing and Hearing’ anywhere, anytime; playing a big role in connectedness with our value.

A  daily ‘commuting businessperson’ offers us this:

“As I walk down the busy road with the morning commuters on the way to work, I changed my mindset from bustle to connected.
I visualised all of the good people connected by waves emitted from their heads into the collective.
No personal competition but a collective calmness and oneness, people coming together for the best.
No smartphone devices needed, just a positive shift of mindset to try for yourself.”

Primal Scream – “Come Together”; from the 1991 album “Screamadelica” (FULL SONG audio only. 10mins)

“…We are together
We are unified,  
because together we got power
Apart we got power, we are together…”

Connecting from within us …

We can really tap into our immense capacities that we have for dignity; compassion; creativity; and above all to see the larger picture; not just in the outer world but the larger picture within.

We hear much, much more the quieter that we get on the inside (suspending the judgement of our thoughts and opening to our natural sensing and capabilities for the more subtle details of hearing and feeling and intuiting.)

“I sit quietly in gratitude, then humbly go forward.”
Steve Smith


When we bring the inner development to the outer expression and experience, our ease of purpose naturally precedes us; and guides our aim towards the end goals. Hence we are relieved of worry and self doubt, and filled with assuredness.

We are here, on earth, right now, for a reason; and you are worthy of the time that is upon us … 

End Part 1

Our Natural Gifts Team

Integrity

“Change happens when good hearts act”

   Pam Ahern, (The Promise) Edgar’s Mission

Ah, Integrity. A value highly sort after which can be elusive.
So what is integrity?
Well one way of saying it is – “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” (attributed to various authors).

The word Integrity embodies a wholeness or a solidarity.  We say that a structure has integrity when its parts work together. They support and uphold the whole structure. When a part is missing or ceases to function effectively, then the integrity of the whole structure is impaired. An enterprise may likewise have integrity when the individuals and the processes of the enterprise align with the vision.

”Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” Albert Einstein

To have personal integrity is:

  • to live according to our values
  • to do what your heart knows to be true,
  • living up to your highest good, which is the “whole” of us,
  • To make corrections when we find that we have been less than true to ourselves, especially our highest self.

It is also to be open to the possibilities of who you can become, to the higher part of you that desires a more expanded, more fulfilling life. Living with this type of integrity is a freer life.

 Defining other types of integrity such as ‘artistic integrity’ can be more challenging. Joseph Polisi described it in his 2013 speech to the graduates of Brandeis’s School of Creative Arts when he said “…never compromise your personal or your artistic integrity. Never settle for anything but your absolute best effort – an effort that may be exhausting and frustrating, but that will ultimately serve you in good stead as an artist and as a human being.”

Integrity Seeing…

It means producing our best work, not motivated by external motives such as profit, rather from the inner desire to produce what is our great work.

In our engagement with other people and with organisations, there is a tendency to seek out those with integrity. There is a higher level of trust where integrity is found. When seeking those who exhibit integrity, we often look for:

  • One who tells the truth in simple, easily understandable language without manipulation of people or a distortion of the facts, for their own agenda.
  • One who is transparent as to their reasons and actions.
  • One who keeps their commitments or communicates early – when a change is necessary.
  • One who accepts responsibility, avoiding the “blame game”.
  • One who is willing to face tough issues and discuss them honestly, even receiving answers they don’t like.
  • One who is willing to become their higher, more noble self, becoming a better influence.

Living life through your integrity provides a light to the world. This empowers others with the possibility of who they could become – their highest self. Just as a stone dropped into a pond creates a ripple effect, so too, living a life of integrity from the heart ripples out to touch others. Ram Dass’s quote; “We’re all just walking each other home, reminds us that when we support one another’s journey, we can live a more enlightened life, and we walk each other home.

When our words and our actions align, in harmony with our higher self, we discover a power in living that frees us from living a smaller life, focused on the little things. We see more clearly what is really happening, we hear more clearly what is being communicated, whether spoken or conveyed in some other way. We act more thoughtfully and naturally from our true self. Joy in life becomes easier. “Problems” seem smaller, requiring less energy. 

A group also has an integrity. Where there is common vision and joint actions in the direction of that vision, there is an integrity in the whole group. But what happens when the individuals or the processes in the group become separate? As we said earlier, integrity embodies a wholeness or solidarity. A separateness or pulling apart weakens the whole group causing it to be less effective.

As we look at public groups including political parties and enterprises, we quickly decide whether they exhibit integrity and we therefore choose how much we trust them. The integrity is shown in the cohesiveness of their actions, as both, a collective group and as individuals.

Consider Iris Apfel … her whole life has been dedicated to her playground of personal style with wholehearted integrity.

Iris Apfel represents the epitome of personal integrity

“At 94, ‘geriatric starlet’, Iris Apfel has her priorities straight. According to Apfel, great personal style is about knowing yourself, staying curious, and maintaining a sense of humor.”

(29 August 2015 Harpers Bazaar, article by Marney Kline; “11-inspiring-quotes-from-eternal-fashion-goddess-iris-apfel”)

With our personal integrity, we measure how aligned our actions are to our values. We decide how connected we feel to our higher self if we take those actions, or to how diminished we feel if we don’t. When the inner voice or light speaks and we act accordingly, we have acted with integrity.

In the William Shakespeare play, Hamlet, Polonius gave some advice to his departing son Laertes:

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

(Spoken by Polonius in Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3 )

All striving … “means nothing if your integrity was compromised in the process.” Edelweiss ‘11

 

 

Lyrics Extract from “You Are The Universe”; Brand New Heavies 15 October 2012:

“…do what you came here for.
The secret weapon, isn’t secret anymore.
You’re a driver, never passenger in life;
and when you’re ready,
you won’t have to try…”

“Things Change for the Better when Good Hearts Act”

Our Natural Gifts Team