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The dominant mode of our existence...

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The dominant mode of our existence has become Transaction. Most of us have chosen, consciously or not, to be bought and sold. Our living standards are sacrosanct, our sense of entitlement to increasing wealth seems embedded in our approach to life, and we assume, wrongly, that the current model of corporate capitalism will last for ever. We are, most of us, members of the bourgeoisie, and as such complicit in the economic systems and ills that imprison us. This is out of step with Nature as a system, of which we are a part. We are out of step with ourselves. Yet, we are born to be inspired and to inspire. Inspiration is not the sole province of great public figures. Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa believed themselves called to enormous tasks and great destinies; they gave their lives in service to them, were renowned for doing so, and their...
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The Receiving and Transmitting of Inspiration

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  The receiving and transmitting of Inspiration is like breathing in and breathing out. Only like it, though. What I receive, or breathe in, is not just air. It is my version, or my picture, of what I experience with my five senses. It can only be my version, because ‘my’ experience is shaped by who I ‘am’. To explain what I mean, I would ask you to think of a moment when you have been with a friend to the same place at the same time, let’s say a beach on a summer’s evening. You both see the waves moving in the light of the setting sun; you both feel the warm wind on your skin; you both move your toes in the wet sand. You both smell the seaweed on the rocks, hear the sucking of the water as it moves out of the pools, and taste the...
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Inspiration lies at the core of what most of us want...

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“Inspiration lies at the core of what most of us want to become as people; and the lack of thoughtful, felt, and trusted Inspiration is behind many of the problems we face today. I believe Inspiration can lead us to some of the answers to the questions we grapple with, and that this ‘leading’ can help each of us ‘lead’ our own lives more fully and to greater effect. Inspiration can give us the collective intelligence we need to counteract the rise of destructive forces. Indeed, it represents a ‘different kind of force’  -  one that can ‘animate the structures that might appear after the old ones crumble." I look forward to sharing more thoughts on Inspiration, including what it really is and how to do it. Martin Best, The Corporate Theatre.
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Inspiration comes in two ways.

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It comes into us when we let our experience of the world enter us and awaken our full nature. And it comes out of us when we offer that awakened full nature to others. These two ways in which Inspiration comes to us and to others form a kind of equation whose ‘answer’ is equal to its ‘question’. We can call them breathing in and breathing out. We inspire, or breathe in, experiences that awaken our full nature; and we inspire, or breathe out our awakened nature, for others. Inspiration is simultaneously the most mysterious, and the most accessible, part of what we are and who we can become. Its power is unlimited and all embracing. Moreover, Inspiration is not exclusive. It is the property of each one of us, however flawed we may be.
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A Force For Connection

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Mindfulness is great, but inspiration is greater. If leaders of large organisations learn to do inspiration as part of their leadership strategy, all kinds of good things will begin to happen. First, they will become themselves: if being a leader means being oneself, as Bob Goffe of the LBS remarked, then inspiration will be their fastest and most reliable route to inspiring performance.  If, as Peter Senge remarked, being a leader means becoming a human being, then inspiration, the awakening and exercising of the neurones of Pathos, Logos and Ethos will take you there. Second, they will become creative. They will learn to refashion their own language, making one that is truly their own, by learning to describe people, places and actions, the three dimensions of depth, space and time that are the basis of a picture that tells a story. Instead of looking only for rational arguments, they will...
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Surprised by Joy

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I’m feeling terrible today. There is no sun. Everything seems flat. The weariness engendered by lack of sleep buzzes in my head. I lift my eyes and let my sight fall on a large cypress tree out there. It lives for no other reason than to live. Its branches wave at me. At me? Or is it waving to me? At me or to me, the tips of its branches are most certainly a whiter shade of pale. If I were painting them, there’d be Chinese white in the mix, definitely. The darker parts behind those tips have brown in them. The branches move, move, move, in a wind-blown dance. The buzz of weariness disappears, or at least seems less important. The movement of the cypress tips is like a stroking hand, many stroking hands in fact, each one stroking my weariness. Somewhere inside me an emotion stirs. Gratitude. Gentleness....
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Inspiring Growth - In the forest


Yesterday my wife and I took a walk through a nearby forest, a so called heritage forest indicating it’s non commercial use. Trunks were laying around wherever they had  fallen, trees of all types were growing without predefined patterns. Bogs were spreading and all sorts of plants were growing wild. We immersed into a world of peace, a frog jumped into a pond covered in green weed, the wind was rustling in the trees, the sunshine was cut into beams illuminating the area fairy like. We breathed in, feeling inspired by a perfect nature surrounding us.   Suddenly the peace and quiet was interrupted by some giggling laughter and penetrating human chatter. Like switching off a light the mystery of the place was lost. Annoyed I started to think about I-Thou and I-It . I undoubtedly had opened myself to nature itself and felt rewarded by the spiritual energy flowing...
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Forgetting the 'I' allowed me to access unlimited energy


It was hot, it was mystic, it was impressive, it was unreal the trip through the Sahara. We, 8 friends, exploring the desert in Algeria and immersing into another world: hours without the site of another human being, almost unreal a caravan at the horizon slowly moving along, a small group of tents in the middle of nowhere, abstract formations of rocks sculptured by 100000 years of grinding storms, dunes artistically rippled by the everlasting winds. When the sun slowly turned red we just stopped anywhere for the night. One of these nights I left our camp after sun set and walked into the darkness just far enough to leave any noise or light behind curious how I would feel in this vast emptiness. The sky above me sparkled from trillions of shiny dots plastered on to true blackness. No noise would interrupt the grandness of this moment. I was impressed...
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