Politics and LinkedIn

Some thoughts about the Business version of Facebook… thoughts on social commentary in general as well…

Temperature rising.  Talk about HOT buttons.  There is a very good reason why it is often suggested that you keep politics and religion out of business discussions.  Some people simply can’t have a calm discussion – way to emotionally attached to their own position to be conversational.  Lately there have been numerous references to the politics of the day and various players in the game on thebusiness networking site LinkedIn.

Many LinkedIn users have noted that these comments belong on Facebook rather than LinkedIn.  It is not the mention of political positions that is really the problem; it is the nature of the comments.  Scathing rebukes or rabid support of President Obama or Donald Trump will both generate dozens of angry and often even really nasty remarks that have no basis other than personal opinion.  It is here that I think many of you, my LinkedIn friends, have missed the point of what this site is about.  LinkedIn is a networking site designed to share connections, ideas and strategies for building personal and business success.  Comments like those we are referring to have nothing to do with building success.

LinkedIn is about finding ways to maneuver and innovate and thrive in whatever conditions happen to exist at any given moment.  It makes absolutely no difference if you agree or do not agree with any given policy or government regulation.  As a business person (or anyone really) you simply need to deal with it and figure out how you can optimize your business strategies in whatever environment you find yourself.  Complaining about what you don’t like accomplishes nothing.  The important thing is how you are going to minimize any negative effects and maximize the positive openings available.

LinkedIn should be about solutions because no one ever succeeds by getting all wrapped up in the perceive problems.  Currently, we have lots of “sour grapes” on LinkedIn thanks to the volatile politics of the day.  Let it go!  If we arrive at a time where everyone agrees on how to do things, it will mean growth and innovation have stalled.  It is the determination to thrive and succeed regardless of the obstacles and rules we don’t like that stimulate innovation and creativity.  If everything was easy going, we would be far less likely to come up with bold new ideas.  So, instead of LinkedIn complainers let’s stay focused on LinkedIn innovators.

John A. Brodie, PositiVibes Network

the ART of Being

It feels so good to realize that the Energy that creates worlds is supporting you; to wake up every morning in clarity, knowing exactly who-you-are; to know that Source is thinking through you; to experience meaningful rendezvous; to dovetail with the right people who give you the right piece of information just at the right time; to never feel dependent upon anyone; to know with clarity who-you-are; to feel the Energy that creates worlds moving though your fingertips and through your mind; to see evidence all around you of the thoughts you have been thinking and to feel the power of who-you-are! That’s what you came for.

—Abraham

#1 Key to Success

There are a lot of things… lists of things that will help make you successful.  But there is ONE most important thing if your personal happiness is the true measure of your success.  That one most important thing is to keep your focus full time on APPRECIATION.

If you constantly are seeking out people, places, events and accomplishments to be thankful for you will fill your life with ever more success.

Don’t pass this information off as simplistic or overstated.  And don’t think “it couldn’t be that easy” because there is nothing easy about it.  To never focus any of your energy on the things you are not happy about in your life takes a lot of practice and discipline.  Try just tuning out that voice in your head that that will come up with an endless list of reasons why you shouldn’t be happy – right now at least.  How can you be happy when there are more bills than money in your bank account?  How can you be happy when the doctor just told you that you only have a few months to live?  How can you be happy when you just crashed your new car?  The dog ate your favorite slippers.

Well, there you go.  If you don’t intentionally keep it in check your imagination is probably going to come up with dozens of things you are not thankful for.  Maybe even scary or angry things grab your attention.

All of that is why, even though you know the #1 strategy for consistent and ever expanding success and happiness, you are not getting it.  Thinking ONLY about stuff that you are THANKFUL for takes a lot of effort and practice and determination.

But it is worth it.  Luckily even if you fail to stay in that frame of mind 100% of the time, as long as you keep finding your way back to feeling good and thankful every time you realize you have fallen off the wagon, it will get easier.  The more time you spend being thankful the better things will get and the momentum will get stronger toward fun, happiness and so much success you will wonder why everyone doesn’t realize how simple it is.

Do We Exist in a Field of All Posibilities?

 

“More than 95% of the energy density in the universe is in a form that has never been directly detected in the laboratory!” (NASA)

I have no idea how I happened to be at what was a very high level scientific lecture in NYC – at Lincoln Center I believe – by David Bohm and neuroscientist Karl Pribram.   Bohm worked with Pribram on the theory that the brain operates in a manner similar to a hologram, in accordance with quantum mathematical principles and the characteristics of wave patterns.  At the lecture I attended Bohm and Pribram discussed their “holographic theory of the Universe”.  A hologram is actually an information storage system that allows the information to be compressed in its dimensions.  Like standard photography, an image is captured on a special film.  If you shine the light of a laser through the film a very precise three dimensional image will appear in the air – maybe you remember the scene in Star Wars where Princess Leia appeared to deliver an important message.  You don’t need special glasses and you can move around the image just as if it were a real object.

 

One of the very interesting things about a holograph is how the information is stored – it is stored throughout the film.  By this I mean that you can take any small piece of the film and the information for the entire image is there.  If you have a square film 12 inches by 12 inches and you cut a one inch by one inch piece and then shine the laser through it, the entire image will all be there – it will just lack some of the detail, it won’t be as crisp and precise but it will all be there appearing in 3-d space.  Bohm and Pribram postulated that our brain functions similarly and that the physical Universe as a whole holds information in the same way.  This would mean that all of the information existing in the Universe exists in every molecule – just in less detail.  The bigger a piece of the data field you had access to, the greater the detail available.  Since we are all individual points of consciousness of an infinite and continuously expanding energy field, might we have direct access to all of the knowledge / information in the Universe?  Might this be how inspiration works?  Like a Universal Search Engine, we pose a question and our inquiry goes out into the network and as answers are found, they come back to us as flashes of insight.

 

You will see how this connects directly to our hope for “PositiVibes Networks” of people coming together.  Consider how Bohm’s concerns apply to our discussion of the continuous monologue coming from the ego.

 

The Holographic Theory of the Universe would indicate the inseperably interconnectedness of all of Creation.  Bohm was concerned by what he considered an increasing imbalance of not only man and nature, but among peoples, as well as within people, themselves.  Bohm mused: “So one begins to wonder what is going to happen to the human race. Technology keeps on advancing with greater and greater power, either for good or for destruction.”

 

He goes on to ask:  “What is the source of all this trouble? I’m saying that the source is basically in thought. Many people would think that such a statement is crazy, because thought is the one thing we have with which to solve our problems. That’s part of our tradition. Yet it looks as if the thing we use to solve our problems with is the source of our problems. It’s like going to the doctor and having him make you ill. In fact, in 20% of medical cases we do apparently have that going on. But in the case of thought, it’s far over 20%.”

 

In Bohm’s view:

 

…the general tacit assumption in thought is that it’s just telling you the way things are and that it’s not doing anything – that ‘you’ are inside there, deciding what to do with the info. But you don’t decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought.  Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us.

 

Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally. This is another major feature of thought: Thought doesn’t know it is doing something and then it struggles against what it is doing. It doesn’t want to know that it is doing it. And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call “sustained incoherence”.

 

Bohm proposes in his book, Thought as a System, a pervasive, systematic nature of thought:

 

What I mean by “thought” is the whole thing – thought, felt, the body, the whole society sharing thoughts – it’s all one process. It is essential for me not to break that up, because it’s all one process; somebody else’s thoughts become my thoughts, and vice versa. Therefore it would be wrong and misleading to break it up into my thoughts, your thoughts, my feelings, these feelings, those feelings… I would say that thought makes what is often called in modern language a system. A system means a set of connected things or parts. But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent – not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence. A corporation is organized as a system – it has this department, that department, that department. They don’t have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on.

 

Similarly, thought is a system. That system not only includes thoughts, “felts” and feelings, but it includes the state of the body; it includes the whole of society – as thought is passing back and forth between people in a process by which thought evolved from ancient times. A system is constantly engaged in a process of development, change, evolution and structure changes…although there are certain features of the system which become relatively fixed. We call this the structure…. Thought has been constantly evolving and we can’t say when that structure began. But with the growth of civilization it has developed a great deal. It was probably very simple thought before civilization, and now it has become very complex and ramified and has much more incoherence than before.

 

Now, I say that this system has a fault in it – a “systematic fault”. It is not a fault here, there or here, but it is a fault that is all throughout the system. Can you picture that? It is everywhere and nowhere. You may say “I see a problem here, so I will bring my thoughts to bear on this problem”. But “my” thought is part of the system. It has the same fault as the fault I’m trying to look at, or a similar fault.

 

Thought is constantly creating problems that way and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn’t notice that it’s creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates. (pp. 18–19)

Who or what is doing all of this thinking?

Complaining Gets You More of What You Don’t Want

It is sad to see so much anger and hatred being spread in the name of protecting the world and people’s way of life.  Just when you think we are making progress toward a more evolved level of consciousness we get a new bunch of suicide bombers and wanton killers to challenge the positive visions of a better world.  Without our global news media and its insatiable appetite for horror those sick deeds of a very few would have little significance in the reality of most of our lives.  However, our omnipresent media very quickly makes them stars in the reality play that has been created for our entertainment.

I say entertainment because we are the voracious consumers of all of this bad news.  Our actual “entertainment” programs are filled with horror and pain.  It is the audience ratings that sell the commercial time that fund the 24 hour a day search for tragedies and injustices to report on.  You may say that it is all very real and we need to know about it to fight it or protect ourselves from it.  I will agree that it is real but what you need to realize is that your attention to it that makes it thrive and grow.  The attention we give terrorists and “evil doers” of all kinds does nothing to diminish their power or numbers. On the contrary, it is that attention that energizes their efforts and gives them validation.

One day the majority of people will come to realize that we are the designers of reality, not helpless experiencers of it. Reality is not something that happens to us.  As difficult as it is for most people to accept, everything that happens in a person’s life is their personal choice.  Don’t get me wrong, it is often an unintentional choice but it is still the individual’s choice 100% of the time.   If you get blown up by a suicide bomber, it was you that accepted that possible reality.  It was your choice.

This is why the news media is such a harmful force.  The media (admittedly in response to the desires of the audience) creates a danger filled picture of reality.  Anyone who becomes convinced that they are personally at risk is giving permission for themselves to be thrown into the middle of the action.  Choosing your personal reality is much like choosing what channel to watch.  Do you choose to believe in a romantic comedy, a big adventure or a crime drama?  What kind of story do you decide to be a part of?  If you can recognize that it is YOUR choice, you can always live in the reality you actually want to be a part of.  Equally important is the fact that by you making that choice, you have added energy to that version of reality that will help make that version of reality more dominant as a worldview for others.

It really is like every other aspect of life:  focus only on the things you are happy about and give you satisfaction and “ Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”.  No evil can befall you unless thinking makes it so.