Leadership at the Heart of All Business

When we place our heart at the center of all our endeavors, we naturally care about all our relations, humanity, and the earth. The Heart-Centered Operating System (HCOS) is one way to place the heart at the center of business. It is widely recognized that we all unite in the marketplace. When businesses are run by our heart, humanity stands a chance at surviving and thriving. HCOS is a “system” of doing business from the heart and working for love in all things. 

In HCOS (Heart-Centered Operating System) we understand the importance of leadership. Leadership is at the heart of business. Good leadership is at the center of all good business practices. Whoever leads the company is whom the company centers around. When the leader is well supported, grounded, and centered, the company thrives. When the leader is off balance, struggling, and stressed, the company will struggle. The leader sets the tone for the company. 

Lack of Support for the Leader

So many business owners receive little to no support. As business owners, we are alone in our company. There’s no one who can fully understand our predicament. All the problems ultimately get pinned on us. And, typically many workers ressent us simply because we own the business or are in charge. This happens even in the most benevolent businesses and it happens in spades in businesses that are fueled by a focus on profit above all else. 

How do we get around this problem? I advocate for two solutions. First, a business owner should build a network of peers who are also business owners in both related and unrelated fields. When we have friends who understand our circumstances and what we go through each day, we can share our problems and get support. Second, another great practice is to have a consultant or leadership coach who can help you focus on your own growth in the service of the business. This outside perspective can offer insight into your blind spots as a leader and help you identify opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Heart-Centered Consulting

Heart-Centered Consulting focuses on the leader. We empathize with and support leaders to empower them to make their vision a reality for the company. The growth of the leader is the single highest leverage activity possible to transform the company. The better the leader is able to stay centered, listen to feedback, create a collaborative culture in the leadership of the company, and resolve issues successfully, the more harmonious the whole company will be. 

Heart-Centered Consulting starts with the pain points of your business or personal life and helps you turn these pain points into evolutionary opportunities. 

A good leader focuses on what is best for the whole company. A good leader knows that money is the blood of the company and ensures that cash is flowing well. However, a great leader knows that the true value in a company lies in how well the company embodies its core values. When a company has clearly defined unique core values and embodies these values extremely well, the company will thrive. Good leaders know how to inspire their staff to embody the company’s core values. They know how to keep a team moving forward together, even during great adversity.

Working through problems in the business itself is also a core part of the Heart-Centered Operating System. We find where there are disconnects in the business and help strategize practical solutions to enhance morale, help the company and the team more fully embody their core values, and bring the field together into a  cohesive unit. We use the metaphor of a flock of birds flying together. In a flock of birds, there’s a sense of shared leadership and the flock can change direction and adjust immediately together, as needed.

A Thriving Business

Our goal is to see you thrive in your business as a leader at the helm of your company. As your leadership thrives, your business will naturally thrive. As your business thrives, you will grow into a leadership position in your field setting the gold standard for excellence in the area of expertise where your business excels. If you are a new business and haven’t received enough support to set up an efficient and effective shop, this can be an excellent opportunity. We also offer incredible support for experienced business owners who want to take their business to the next level.

Running a company is one of the hardest journeys of growth and evolution imaginable. You may encounter tremendous loyalty and love as well as immense betrayal. You may find skills and gifts you never knew you had. You will likely find weaknesses and issues that no other activity fully exposes. If you have taken on this tremendous challenge you are brave. We are here to provide the support you need to make your business as successful as possible. 

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Visionary Leadership

Leadership was like a guiding star for me. I always paid close attention to my favorite teachers. In high school I first became conscious of the leaders around me. The way Mr. Gordon or Mr. Vasarkovy inspired the classes they taught, lit me on fire. I remember watching the way Jerry Sachsel coached our cross country running team or Mr. Reese our track team. What were the qualities that made them good leaders? How did they do what was best for the whole group? When were they on with their decisions, and when did they get lost in their egos and make bad decisions? 

I studied their behaviors. I tracked what they did that worked well and I noticed what they did that was ineffective. Whenever they made a mistake, I would lead the class or the team, in my imagination, and I would take the alternative choice they missed. And I’d play out in my imagination how this choice would work out. I was heavily influenced by the choose your own adventure books of the 1980s and 90s. It was the first experience I had in reading where I got to decide where the adventure went. Later on Dungeons and Dragons helped me refine my leadership through a game that was entirely based on choosing our own adventure. I was always playing games to help my future leadership skills unfold. I didn’t even know I was playing these games for my future. It was synchronistically exactly what I needed to prepare me for my future. 

Enough of the personal story, let’s get to the we’re all doomed part that I like to write about. We have a deep and utter failure in leadership in our current world. Our world is in complete disarray. Nationstates war with nationstates and compete for resources. Very few countries work for the good of the earth. In the United States, armed gunmen continue to walk into schools and gun down students and teachers. Every minute of every day on this planet people are being raped, murdered, and tortured. Discrimination and cruelty are pervasive in our world. We often shield ourselves from the ugly truth of what humanity has become – a narcissistic “savage child race” to quote Q from Star Trek the Next Generation, the television show, when he put the crew on trial for all humanities crimes in the first episode of the series.

Hope For Humanity

Have you ever stayed up all night? Did you notice how dark it gets just before dawn? As much as I feel the devastation and despair over what we have wrought in our unconsciousness, I feel deeply in my heart that there is still hope for humanity. I feel this hope in my blood. Even though the doomsday scenario of us destroying ourselves and the earth seems more likely to my mind, the hope that rises in my heart knows that miracles are possible and probable. I wouldn’t be alive today without a miracle. One night I skidded off the road along an embankment and was caught by mud. I was able to get out safely, and I knew someone or something was looking out for me. I believe that this same force is looking out for all of us. 

The human soul is like a sunrise or a bright star. It is my sincere hope that we are just before the light of the morning sun. I believe we can shine brightly and cast off the evil we’ve been living from. What we need to face the challenges of our times is real leadership. Real leadership is loving and seeks to work for the good of all beings. This Article will highlight a few key points of effective leadership and show some simple practices to enhance your leadership skills.

Effective Leadership Is Sorely Missing 

I like to turn from hope toward darkness, from faith toward hopelessness. In this way, I can bring light to the darkness. In many ways, growing up in this society has been a string of disappointments. I used to think my vote meant something and our political system could provide care for all humanity. I used to think liberals could help reform society. I discovered most politicians are not leaders; they are predominantly corrupt. I discovered our system is by and large devoid of all care for humanity. We have a tremendous failure of real leadership. We can only solve the tremendous problems of our time through the most gifted and profound leadership humanity has ever known. I remember knowing in college, clear as a bell, that real love is the answer to all the world’s problems. This was obvious in the 1960s, as well with Woodstock and what the hippies were discovering. Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Mohammed, and many of the other great spiritual leaders and philosophers knew this as well. But, how do we spread this love when hatred rules our lost world? How do we bring this love into our hearts in any kind of meaningful way?

Effective Leaders have Gifted Vision 

I have been blessed with a powerful vision to bring humanity together. This vision came to me in college after my heart opened. This vision rekindled during the winter solstice of 2020. My vision is simply to make a world that works for everyone. I know how to create groups that work for everyone and make companies that work for everyone. We use the principles of embracing all our feelings and not dividing against ourselves and each other to make it happen.

It’s going to take a huge and coordinated effort of love. But it’s going to happen extremely naturally. At the helm of this vision are great leaders. Effective heart-centered leaders have gifted vision that is inspired by the world beyond what our eyes can see. We nurture these visions by creating containers to hold them. When we have a structure to pour these visions into, they blossom even more fully and take root in the earth. Whatever our preferred art form or most natural medium of expression is, we use our creative outlets to create opportunities to nurture and cultivate these visions. We let them dance into us and spark divine creativity. We don’t take credit for these visions, we merely serve them so they may inhabit humanity more fully. For me, writing is an excellent way to catch the visions.

Open to Your Vision Game:

  1. Turn your awareness towards your greatest vision for your life.
  2. Open your mind so you can see all the possibilities. Think about what you want for your work, what you want for the world, what you want for yourself, your family, and friends. 
  3. Keep opening up your vision and let yourself dream in whatever direction nurtures your heart and opens possibilities. 
  4. Dream about all the possibilities, like you are dancing with your mind. Simply play with possibilities like you’re Einstein dreaming of light when he came up with the theory of special relativity.
  5. Let your mind explore every possible direction your thinking can go.
  6. Open your vision to corridors you’ve never imagined. 
  7. If you’re used to moving in a linear direction, go nonlinear; if you’re used to moving nonlinear go linear. 
  8. If you only think about the center of your awareness, use the periphery. Keep catching ruts and make changes.
  9. Pour over any possibilities that emerge here and enjoy this visionary game. 
  10. Live your vision! Ground this bigger vision in your life, by returning to it every day, writing about it and expanding upon. 

Effective Leaders are able to Take Specific Actions Toward Executing the Vision Daily

We know that writing a book is just a series of words that we string together into sentences. The sentences become paragraphs, the paragraphs turn into pages,  the pages become chapters, et voila. We have a book. We are able to take small actions and see the grand scale they can achieve. Every conversation, every word we write or speak, every act of listening to the words or reading the words of others is another step in the process of serving the grand vision. Every time we put energy into our dreams they are fed and come closer to manifesting in the world.

Turn Vision into Practice:

  1. Now that you have your bigger vision from the earlier exercise, find one thing you can do to ground your vision into a daily reality.
  2. What action(s) do you wish to do today to make your vision a reality?
  3. For example, I write everyday to keep the vision moving closer to reality. This article is an example of what happens when I simply write.
  4. Find one or two specific actions you can take each day to carry your vision forward. Ideally, find one or two things you can do right now and do them so that it grounds more fully.

Great Leaders Have Great Faith 

I did not always have faith in myself. In fact, I deeply doubted myself and trusted in a mentor. This mentor turned out to be a horrible leader. His words were excellent and I learned so much from following him. But, his actual actions discouraged my faith in myself and encouraged my faith in him. Yet, through following him and having his leadership fall apart, I learned to have great faith in myself. I learned that I had sensed some of the dynamics from the early days of working with him. I just trusted his words over my feelings. As my faith in myself began to grow, my leadership skills really blossomed.

This is not meant to be a blind faith, but a faith grounded in experience. If you’re like me, you’ve also experienced enough failure to know we can bounce back from nearly anything. We realize when we truly commit, we become an unstoppable force for change. This faith has instilled in me the understanding that the causes we are working on will be carried forward by others when we die, so we do our best to carry what is ours to carry until we’re done. 

We pour our hearts into everything we do and we let it go. We trust in the universe to unfold these dreams in ways we can’t possibly imagine. We have faith in our connection with the forces that serve life and love. We faithfully follow these forces wherever they lead us. 

Find Your Faith Game:

  1. Ask yourself what do you live for?
  2. Take whatever answer you get and ask why. Keep asking yourself why and be ruthless in your pursuit of the actual truth.
  3. It’s okay if you’re scared underneath. Everyone is. 
  4. Keep digging until you find what is rock solid.
  5. When you find it, notice how it feels to have found this.

Effective Leaders are Heart-Centered 

This is the key on which my whole life turns. I always led with my heart at the center. I’ve always felt the feelings of others and been connected in a very profound way. When I was a child, and my mother and father were fighting, I could feel their pain and I knew how to help them. However, I was too young for them to hear me. When I chose friends and when I decided where to go to college, my heart was the guide and leader. This heart-centeredness has served me well. Until recently, I had no idea this was at all rare or a gift. I assumed everyone was this way.

Great leaders are centered in our heart and have a strong connection to what matters most– our core values. We are not perfect, but we are perfectly ourselves unfolding in the ways which work best for us. We are authentic to ourselves and don’t pressure ourselves to be any better than we are. We know we will grow naturally as all things do and we treat ourselves like a tree and allow ourselves to simply be.

Center in Your Heart Game:

  1. Tune into your body. Identify the center of your awareness. For most of us, our awareness is centered squarely in our head. That’s what our educational system and cultural conditioning teach us.
  2. As you place your hand on your heart and breathe, shift your focus to your heart. Feel the center of your awareness drop from your head into your heart. If your center is already in the heart, feel it drop more deeply into the heart. Keep touching your heart in order to more fully feel this transition. 
  3. Notice what it is like when you center your awareness in your heart. What does your heart feel?
  4. Listen to your heart and hear what it has to say. When the heart speaks, it communicates through feelings. Sometimes feelings come in words, images, sounds, or in subtle perceptions of how things are. Pay attention to how your heart is speaking right now.
  5. Accept whatever you are feeling in your heart right now. This is a sacred act of choosing love.
  6. Keep centering your awareness in your heart. This sacred temple of heart is the home to many deep mysteries of existence.
  7. Feel the awe and wonder for your very own body’s heart, which sustains and nurtures all life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  8. As you move throughout the day, tune back into your heart periodically to keep centering your awareness here.

Heart-centered leadership will save humanity from the darkness in its soul. When we connect with our hearts fully, we turn on our heartlights. Our hearts are meant to shine like stars in the soul of the human being and light up our world for each other. By living fully from our hearts as leaders, the whole society shall conform to the movements and tides of the heart.

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Revolutionizing Philanthropy

Many good revolutions start with a dream. The civil rights movement started before Martin Luther King, Jr., but he was a beacon of light and became the carrier of the dream behind the movement. The movement to end apartheid was held by the African National Cogress, but Nelson Mandela was the great spokesperson for this dream. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were the leaders and carriers of the women’s suffrage movement, which ultimately earned women the right to vote. There have been so many great torch bearers and carriers of vision who have come before great change, and I know there are more still to come. I have a dream to change the economy of the world so we can all be free. I have chosen to carry this vision, and I hope I can provide a bright beacon for others to follow. Here’s my largest vision and dream in poetic oratory form for how life on earth can be changed:

A Dream of the Deep Heart for Humanity

I have a dream where limitless possibility reins supreme! I plant my faith in this possibility, it is my life’s purpose to open the doorway for this hope.

Imagine a world where we can all have what we want. This is my dream! 

…where rape, murder, and war are banished forever. This is my dream!

…where all separation caused by judgments and hatred is ended. This is my dream! 

…where every person and animal, plant, rock, and tree is treated with respect and dignity. This is my dream! 

…where racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia are completely eradicated. 

This is my dream.

In this dream, the free flow of emotions pulses life force through us and propels us into deeper and deeper levels of love and fulfillment.

In our dream, there is no more work – we can all play for a living. For in my dream, free will is whatwould guides us all. In eEvery moment we would do whatever we really wanted to do. 

In this dream, we can all experience limitless love and joy. Evolution unfolds effortlessly in an environment of complete acceptance.

In this dream, which is our dream, you get to dream your dream and live it. For in our dream, we all accept and love ourselves fully all the way down to the very bottom of creation. 

In this dream, I can taste the complete wholeness of being. This dream forever changes the class system of the world and opens up possibilities for people no matter what they are born into. This dream opens a portal to new realms of being. In this dream, everything is possible.

Here in our dream your deepest desires, aches, and longings are birthing. Dripping with desire; wet with sex and love, you can have anything you want. For in this dream, you get to dream your own dream.

Our dream transforms human society as we know it. For this dream is not bound by the mind. This dream is an embodiment of the unlimited potential, knocking from the inside desperate to burst forth from you. In this moment, everything is possible. 

Would You Support a Daring New Dream?

Would you give to support a dream so profound and loving that it could change the face of human life on the earth? What if I told you it was possibly to change the whole corporate power structure and make companies run from unconditional love as the foundation? Would you give money to make this happen?

What if I told you that we could have families that work for everyone, when the parents embody empathy and unconditional love. Would you give money to make this happen?

A New Kind of Philanthropy

At Heart-Centered Revolutions, we are revolutionizing philanthropy to put it at the heart of society. We define philanthropy as a love for both human and nonhuman kind. We can’t love one without the other. Humankind rests on the support of the non-human beings including, the heavenly bodies, plants, and animals, the elements, as well as all the unseen forces that sustain all life. Because of this love, we can no longer turn away from suffering in humanity and beyond. We show our love through actions which support all life and non-life.

How does giving promote the good? Instead of governments trying to solve problems with misspent tax dollars, we will have caring human beings, who love the earth and all its inhabitants, using the power of their money and intentions to shape the world into a more loving place. This kind of giving to Heart-Centered Revolutions will pave the way for a new way of existence on earth. Through having a non-profit that is truly devoted to the welfare of everyone on the planet we will revolutionize philanthropy entirely.

We take responsibility for all the problems that exist on planet earth. It is our responsibility as heart-centered people to work for the good of all. This must become a grand partnership with everyone on this planet because we can only make this a world that truly works for everyone when everyone is working together for everyone else. Building this complex network of alliances that covers the whole globe will take a significant investment in time and resources. It must be done, and it must be done now! You are the key to making this all possible!

Dream with me and let’s make this dream a reality!

If these words and ideas resonate with you and make your heart sing, please consider a donation to Heart-Centered Revolutions as you plan out your year-end philanthropy. You can make a donation on our website or email Jayson at JDaniels@heartcenteredrevolutions.org for more information.

Join the Revolution

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The Generous Rich

Have you heard about the Generous Rich? We all know about the selfish rich people who are ruling the economy. In a very real sense we live in a plutocracy where the rich rule. Cash and money are the kings driving our economy. The division between the rich and the poor has been widening over time. Today, the richest 1% own more than 99% of the wealth. This class divide creates an oppressive economic system where the rich stand on the backs of the poor. This system is inequitable, unsustainable, and morally corrupt. Even the richest and most powerful people who benefit the most cannot truly be okay with this system. I hope we will one day look back on these times economically the way we currently look back on slavery as an old barbaric practice we can’t fully understand. 

The Generous Rich Are Rising

So what are we going to do about this situation? First off, we have to realize that the rich are not all bad people. I ask again, have you heard of the Generous Rich? This is the name I have given to rich people who have a vision for how the world could be better for everyone. They are the ones who altruistically give money to help serve the poor and underprivileged. They’re out there, and I am sure you have heard stories of their generosity. Heart-Centered Revolutions exists to coalesce this group to forge a world that works for everyone right now. We believe generosity and altruism exists at the heart of each person. We simply seek to unlock this generosity to serve all of humanity. 

In the Words of MLK

My mother always told me that the reason Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated was because he turned his attention to the class divide after his success with the civil rights movement. She believed this was such a deep threat to the establishment and that they had him assassinated. I don’t know if this is true, but my mother’s theory certainly illustrates how deeply attached many rich people have become to their wealth and how scared they are that they might lose it. 

In the words of Dr. King: “{All Beings} are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the interrelated structure of reality.” This is how it is for the rich and the poor. The divide between us is not a real divide in the heart and soul. There is certainly a colossal  divide in lifestyle. Yet, underneath all the surface differences between the rich and the poor, we are all connected. The Generous Rich feel this connection and our heart moves us to change things dramatically.

Heart-Centered Revolutions Goal

Heart-Centered Revolutions, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the divisions from class and race, and so much more. We believe it is possible to forge a global human society that truly works for everyone. Our goal is to change the shape of the world economy to build a society that is truly altruistic. We simply cannot find peace as a human species while others are suffering. Therefore, humanity must end suffering stemming from inequity and division in the global economy to stand a chance at world peace. 

Uniting the Generous Rich

Our goal is to unite the generous hearted rich people of the world in an altruistic campaign that seeks to end poverty, inequity, and cruelty toward people, animals, and the planet itself. Ultimately, all people must be united to work for this common goal. Once we gain a critical mass of people who are embodying these values, it may be enough to tip the consciousness of humanity in favor of supporting life. The Generous Rich, those with true privilege in our society,  must lead this heart-centered revolution by giving some portion of their money in the service of the underprivileged and oppressed. 

How Do We Make This Happen?

Heart-Centered Revolutions  is revolutionizing philanthropy by dedicating ourselves to addressing all of the biggest problems in human society. We are creating a network of heart-centered individuals and businesses working for the good of all human beings. Our goal is to transition as much of the economy as possible to heart-centered businesses. We will encourage a culture of social generosity for all and make altruism “the in thing to do.”  The Generous Rich will empower the poor by funding subsidized education, microloans, and other support to launch businesses and assist those who are motivated to change their situation. Heart-Centered Revolutions will wisely and responsibly use the wealth we attract, from the Generous Rich and from more modest benefactors,  to fund high-leverage activities and transform the global economy. The Generous Rich will empower heart-centered living for all as we forge a world that works for everyone together. 

Inspiration makes our heart sing. If these words and ideas resonate deeply inside you, please consider a donation to Heart-Centered Revolutions as you plan out your year-end philanthropy. You can make a donation on our website or email Jayson at JDaniels@heartcenteredrevolutions.org for more information.

Join the Revolution

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The Sensitive Rich

Our current global economic system is based on oppression. The rich live on the backs of the poor. The poor do most of the work while the rich get richer off the results of their work. We may not appear to live in a slave state, but what we have right now is truly akin to indentured servitude. Most of us are trapped sacrificing our time in order to attempt to make a living wage with the slim possibility that maybe we will one day be able to break out of this bondage and join the ruling class. The sensitive among us feel the pain of this injustice, whatever our economic status may be. The plight of the poor is an extremely important topic, and so much has already been written about their struggle. 

This article, however, is focused on the plight of the sensitive, open hearted rich.  Those who may be in the upper class or upper middle class, who have financial privilege and can afford luxury goods or take an unpaid internship from an Ivy League college, for example. They may also feel the pain in being part of a system which limits some while others get way ahead. Oftentimes, it’s been difficult to express this suffering, because of how society perceives the benefits of financial privilege. If we are to express the pains of privilege, we may be perceived as whiny, entitled rich kids who don’t know what the real world is about. 

The Pains of Privilege

Privilege is defined as a special right or advantage available only to a particular person or group. When we have financial privilege, it is a benefit in so many ways. An understanding of the impact of privilege has been growing in our culture in the last decade. Wealth justice and inequality speakers and writers have been exposing the issues of being underprivileged in a society which favors the rich. Many who are financially privileged have trouble understanding the reality of money and its consequences. The poor and underprivileged know too well what happens when you don’t have enough money for rent or can’t make the ends meet. 

Many who are privileged feel guilty about their entitlement. I believe this guilt is somewhere inside everyone who has privilege. The sensitive privileged person can feel so weighed down by guilt, similar to the survivor’s guilt a war veteran feels. When a war veteran survives, they feel the guilt of being among the lucky ones who didn’t die. Sometimes they wish they had died too, because of their connection with the ones who have passed on. Oftentimes the sensitive rich who were born into privilege will ask themselves, “Why me?” The rich person may sabotage their potential to try to make up for this guilt.

Being Poor

I grew up in an upper middle class lifestyle. We had everything we needed, but not everything little thing we desired. My Ivy League undergraduate education at Dartmouth College was paid for by my parents, as well as my graduate program in education. When I got out of graduate school, I took a job as a Waldorf teacher at a private school. The starting salary was $27,000 and I entered the lower class with this job (the median U.S. income in 2002 was $42,409). I was following my heart and I didn’t care about the money. After five years of this lifestyle, I began to feel the constraints of not having enough money. I often wouldn’t know how I was going to pay my bills and everything in my life. The financial stress and pressure I felt made it more difficult to live a truly peaceful life. I got to the point where I was one step away from being out on the streets. I went several days in which I didn’t have enough money to get food for that day. 

Even so, my parents were still a safety net. If I had to, I could have gone back home and lived with them. My hardship was limited compared to what many people experience, but it was enough of an experience for me to feel deeper empathy with those living in the lower financial class. I had a personal experience of the limitations and challenges of being poor.

Helping the Poor

This experience of being poor awoke in me a desire to help those who were trapped in this poor and low income position. When I got a job as a behavior consultant after I stopped teaching elementary school, my life changed and I had a surplus of income. I was able to move back into the upper middle class again. I had advantages from my Ivy League education and privilege which still buoyed my position.  

My grandfather and uncles were all in business. Soon I started my own company and was able to find even more upward mobility. Now that I had money again, I felt the obligation to help the poor. Before this, I felt guilty when I saw people begging on the streets and I wasn’t moved to give them money. After this experience, I felt a desire to get to know the poor and disenfranchised. I would often approach people living on the streets and support them as best I could with human contact and some money. 

The Pains of the Upper Class

In my experience knowing people who were born into extreme wealth, I see that those who came from extreme wealth have it the easiest in terms of privilege and the hardest in terms of guilt. They can feel really weighed down by this tremendous burden. Especially when they themselves haven’t learned how to make money. They were simply born by the luck of the draw among the rich. Now they have money and others don’t. They don’t know how to make it, but they feel its benefits every day. There’s a tremendous amount of guilt in those who are born into money who don’t know how to work or make money. They often feel trapped in a child’s position in life, unable to make their own way in the world. The poor people who have found their own way to make a decent life for themselves feel more of a sense of accomplishment than the helpless rich who don’t know how to live independently on their own two feet.

The Pain of the Rich is Real

I know first hand from my experience and from supporting others who grew up in opulence, the pain of the sensitive rich is real. They feel the pain of being privileged and the guilt of having an unfair advantage. With the rich controlling economics in our culture, they also control political and policy outcomes. In other words, the rich are the ruling class influencing the direction of society. There’s so much animosity toward the rich as the ruling class. 

Yet, this society is oppressive to everyone – rich, poor, and the middle class. The poor and middle class are oppressed by the lack of influence and financial mobility. The rich are oppressed despite being on top of the system, simply because they are still trapped within it. Even though the rich have more mobility and freedom with all their money, they carry the guilt of standing on the backs of the poor. Sometimes the rich deny this guilt, other times they feel it, but I believe it is always there. From my own experience, I feel it underneath my life everyday. How can we live comfortably while the homeless sleep outside and struggle?

The Open Hearted Rich

The open hearted rich feel the pain of the poor. That’s what moves many open hearted rich people to philanthropy. We want to give back to society and help underserved populations. It feels so good to want to give back. However, most charities simply exist in a system which perpetuates iniquity. Heart-Centered Revolutions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 dedicated to changing the system from the inside out. Any money that goes to Heart-Centered Revolutions will first be used to create and distribute the educational resources necessary to make the revolutions possible. Once the foundation is built, we will launch programs with the goal of changing the whole economic system on planet earth. We have a huge vision and know from our experiences working with families and companies that we can truly make a world that works for everyone. 

We cannot do this without your help. If these words and ideas resonate with you and make your heart sing, please consider a donation to Heart-Centered Revolutions as you plan out your year-end philanthropy. You can make a donation on our website or email Jayson at JDaniels@heartcenteredrevolutions.org for more information.

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Our Missing Queen

Our society as a whole is so lost. We don’t remember how to serve our relations. Native Americans often start and end their prayers with, “All My Relations,” as an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of the earth and all life. Many indigenous cultures of the world embodied this mutuality and care for the earth– our dear environment. This mutuality and nurturing function of our society has been driven out by the values of competition, survival of the fittest, and ego enhancement we see rampant in our economy and our world. The nurturing feminine is rarely seen in our modern culture. 

Sometimes, in families, there’s an excellent mother (or father) who embodies the feminine essence truly. Sometimes there’s a great leader who emerges and actually serves the will of the people. However, this is all too rare. Instead, we have lots of princesses vying for power with their egos. Trump, Putin, and so many others are excellent exemplars of this princess or egotistical energy. This shows up with those who are lost in ego in a myriad ways: needing to be right, proving their points, accumulating things, fortune, and fame. All at what cost? Our world is overrun by petty little egos who have forgotten how to nurture and serve all our relations. 

Mature Will

If petty egos are princesses, where is the true Queen essence? The Queen who serves all relations is the one true feminine essence. If all feeling and will comes from the feminine, it’s become apparent we have a shortage of mature will in our world. I’m drawing a distinction between the masculine force of thinking and spirit and the feminine force of feeling and will. We can all embody this feminine essence no matter what gender we identify as.  We need grown up, loving, feminine energy to truly lead this world out of darkness. Nurturing, empathy, and unconditional love are the ways of the mature feminine will. 

Princess Energy is Immature

The immature feminine essence, or princess energy, is present in the cosmetics industry, in Hollywood, and the whole movie industry. The whole idea of being a star, or being seen as attractive in the eyes of everyone else, is a desire which lives inside of our culture’s immature feminine essence. The mature feminine essence simply wants what’s best for all beings. When any of us come from our mature feminine essence, we honor our desires from our younger parts to be attractive and loved by everyone, but we are not enslaved by them.

The Lost Feminine

The patriarchy has infested every layer of our society, with mostly men in power and women and others largely excluded. We know this from the power structure of everything from business to the egotistical corruption in government. The feminine has been written out of many of the world’s major religions, as if God is simply the father. This is so demeaning to women and the feminine! The masculine principle serving itself without any regard for the feminine is toxic and doomed to die. The feminist movement has been largely coopted by the values of the masculine power-over model. When women try to take their power back from men and fight against the masculine, they play the same power game we are trying to get out of. 

So many women who consider themselves feminists have said to me, “You can’t be serving the feminine. You’re a man. I know the feminine better than you because I’m a woman.” This is simply sexism. Sexism, and its cousin prejudice, is the way of the patriarchy with power-over structures based on sex. The true feminine doesn’t judge anyone based on their gender or their sex. It’s true that I am in a male body and I present to the world as a cis-gendered male.  I’m still quite capable of serving the feminine in a very deep way given that I’ve devoted my life in service to feeling and will. 

We must rise up out of sexism and discrimination of all kinds to serve the true feminine. The true feminine nurtures and loves everyone. She does not play favorites or discriminate based on anything. She stays true to the feelings of the heart. 

Ego Vying for Power

Another way to look at this is through the lens of the ego’s self-importance and the being’s natural essence. The ego is vying for power with the being. The best way the ego can realize its potential is to surrender to the being. Surrender is the path which allows the ego to embrace and align with divine, feminine will. The loving masculine naturally serves the mature feminine will. We could equally say there’s a shortage of loving masculine energy in thinking and spirit, as well. 

Awareness is generally so judgmental and critical in our culture. So many people are lost judging themselves and each other. Loving awareness is a truly rare commodity in this world. Loving awareness allows whatever is noticed to simply be, without judging it as wrong for not being the way it is “supposed” to be.  The more grown up feminine energy and awareness we have, the more loving masculine energy will naturally rise to meet this. The more loving masculine energy we have, the more naturally the feminine will rise to meet that as well.  

Wise Up

We need to wise up and wake up to who we truly are. The Great UpWising is what Swami Beyondanonda (a cosmic comedic spiritual guru) calls it: conscious evolution as an alternative to mass extinction. Like Swami, I believe our potential is being pissed away in the wind. We must not crumple before the challenges of our times. It’s time for us to rise and take our true place at the throne of humanity. We are capable of being a crowning jewel to this creation, not a savage, child race who narcissistically destroys the other life on earth. Let’s rise up together, love each other, and join hand in hand to forge a human society that truly works for everyone. We then become the stewards to all life on this planet looking out for all our relations. This is true leadership. If we imagine ourselves to be the most evolved species on this planet, let’s act like it. Let’s be the most loving embodiment of humanity possible. 

Living from Being

Living from our being is living the truth from our heart. Living from our ego is living from our mind and our own self-importance. When we make the shift to living from our heart, everything we do serves our being, similar to the mature feminine serving all our relations. When our heart is at the center of everything we do, it becomes transformed into the lifeblood of what we are creating. Vibrant and alive it’s time for all beings cisgender, transgender, binary and non-binary to embody the mature feminine essence. It’s time to dedicate ourselves to the heart and to the “mother of all things,” as written by Chinese sage Lao Tzu. He says: “Use the light. Come home to your true nature. Don’t cause yourself injury: This is known as embodying truth.”

Heart-Centered

When we are heart-centered, we guarantee that we are living from being. Centering in our heart is the first revolution. We call this movement in humanity Heart-Centered Revolutions. By centering our awareness on our heart, we naturally center our awareness on what matters most in life. We naturally serve the feminine in everything that we do. It’s time to help the Queen take her rightful position as the ruler of our world. When all beings serve the feminine, then balance can be achieved. 

May all beings serve the loving feminine essence so that we may all be nurtured and held. When the ego surrenders, the magic of all of life unfolds before our very eyes. May we lay our egos’ agenda down in the service of all that we truly are so that love and peace can prevail on earth.

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Loving Our Way Out of Narcissism

Narcissism and excessive interest in oneself is one of the biggest problems threatening humanity at this time. We could also call it malignant egotism or as author Paul Levy calls it, “malignant egophrenia,” from his book Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil. Narcissism possesses most aspects of our economy, our political system, our work, our families, and even intimate relationships. The world is suffering under an all “me, me, me” attitude with little to no “we” or “us” thinking. Our species has been overtaken by a force which only thinks about itself and consumes with no regard for all life on earth. I asked myself, “Is there something dreadfully wrong with human beings? And, what is the root cause of all this selfishness?” The answer lies in loving the ego and accepting what is. 

It makes sense in a way that everyone has the tendency to take things personally and get lost in self-absorption. Some self-focus is inevitable in that we live life from the perspective of the self. We literally don’t see through other people’s or animals’ eyes. We can only see through our own eyes. Some of us are able to more successfully practice empathy, the ability to share and feel the feelings of another, and get out of ego entrenchment of self importance. Others struggle to put themselves in the shoes of another and practice empathy. 

Trapped in Ego

We could say anyone who has not awakened fully to themselves is, in some ways, trapped in egotism. Basically, most humans on this planet are stuck in some form of ego identity which is consuming them. Let’s move away from viewing ego identity as abnormal and pathologizing this current condition. We can more easily change our current state when we simply accept it as it is. For example, if we accept that we are literally living in the state or country we are living in, then it becomes simple to move to another. Similarly, when we accept the psychological state we are in, then it becomes much easier to move to another state of being. 

Let’s wake up to who we really are as fast as we possibly can. The best way to do this is to remove any guilt about self-absorption. We all have this guilt because we are all somewhat self-absorbed. It’s really no big deal. Don’t take this having an ego thing so damn personally. (That last sentence is a bit of a joke because the ego takes everything personally… that’s how it traps us.)  Let’s just not mind it so much when we do take it personally. Let’s center our life in the service of all beings. When we get off center, we can simply return to our heart, open to the love, and get back on the horse of our deeper being and ride on to our deeper destiny. 

Take the Ego Universally

Once we stop taking personally the phenomenon of taking things personally, we can accept ego universally as a representation of where humanity is right now. What if most or all of the human beings on the planet could wake up to who we really are together? Imagine a world where we end oppression and suffering for humanity. This would be a truly, never-before-experienced Great Awakening, which would eclipse any other movement in human consciousness.. 

End Narcissism by Loving the Ego 

The act of loving, instead of denying, our ego sets in motion a force that changes or ends narcissism in its tracks. When we embrace our ego with love, there’s no power compelling us to ego identify. The ego perpetuates its separateness by continuing the story that it will always be disconnected. We end this separation by knitting the ego together with the being, through love in the moment. This must be a continual process and not simply a one-time event. By continuing to embrace and accept the ego in all its separateness, we become the one whole being that we truly are. We become interconnected with all that is.

I know that in many ways I’m simplifying the complex topic of narcissism. I understand that pathological diagnosable narcissism is not going to quickly and easily fix itself in another person. I believe that even the most ingrained form of narcissism can be treated if the person is willing to open their hearts and be vulnerable. However, this article is focused on the ego absorption tendencies that we all have toward narcissistic behavior. 

Simply Accepting Where Humanity Is

Instead of viewing this malignant ego identification as a problem, we have to accept that this is simply where humanity is as a species. Once we fully accept this tendency in ourselves as a species, we will no longer be identified with it. It’s time to end this selfish game and play a game that works for the good of all. Let’s join together to start a revolution in the heart of each individual and all of humanity so love truly prevails on planet earth and we can finally all feel honored to be a part of the human race. 

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The Peace of God

If there’s a God, I imagine God being filled with peace. When we look to nature, there’s a peacefulness in the way the sun or moon rises, there’s a way it feels when we listen to the ocean, or stand in the forest or on a mountain. When we bask in the bloom of wildflowers in the deep desert, or boat down a river, we know that there’s great peace at the very heart of life.

Here’s a strange thought for you. God can’t only be filled with peace. God must be filled with war as well. My mind works in paradox, requiring me to state the opposite to see if it’s true. What if humans are made in God’s image? Then God must rape, torture, and murder as well. Some religions blame this on the devil or evil. God must ultimately be responsible for that as well, if God is the creator of all things. When we look to nature, we have predators and prey. Animals kill each other everyday, just as humans do. We also have tremendous violence and destruction on earth with volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, and storms.

Violence is a part of life. War and strife is linked inside of us. Yet peace feels deeply right. When I have peak experiences, they settle in peace. I feel the oneness in all things and my intense connection to it all. I know I will die. I appreciate every waking moment I have to live. There’s peace in knowing all this.

Peace washes over me like a gentle ocean wave caressing my naked body. We came into this world naked. We will leave this world with nothing. There’s nothing that I need to carry. No worry is too great for the peace of God. This peace fills every fiber of my being and I know that I’m here to be free. I’m here to embody a deep peace. 

My former fiance dedicates her life to peace. She wants peace for all beings, and I believe this is a fully noble goal. At the time we were together, I didn’t fully appreciate how profound her focus on peace is. I saw peace as less holistic than love. Now I believe they are equals. Her orientations to peace and my orientations to truth seemed to be in conflict. She said, “Won’t you just let me be and we can both find peace.”  I replied, “No, I don’t want peace. I want honesty and truth.” I fought with her for a year and three months to fight for the truth of our love. That’s exactly how long my heart wanted to fight. Now my heart is done fighting. I give up and I allow the truth that is here to be here. Until our love flows again mutually, I let the peace of God hold us in the palm of its hand. (I believe God is both femine, masculine, and beyond gender.).

May this peace wash over every aspect of my heart and mind. May it flow into all that I perceive. The deepest heartbreak of my life has brought me to the deepest peace. As I let it run its course and work inside of me, I now find such a tremendous peace as I have never known. All things come home in the end. We are all in our right place. If eternity is happening now, then all that is, is an intricate web of an unfolding pattern. 

Just as our last breath of life flows out of us, everything is finished in peace. The peace of God is found in the heart. It comes from the great act of surrender. The ego tries to struggle and hold on for dear life. When we let go and trust, we find peace is available to us now.

There’s nothing we have to do. All we have in this dance of life is the force of life flowing through us. One day this force shall carry us into the world beyond this life. The ego is the force that makes things unpeaceful. The ego fights wars with reality, defends its position and attempts to prove it’s right. Sometimes the being fights wars too. The being only fights necessary battles. These are the battles of the heart for truth and love. Letting these wars happen when they happen and finding the peace in the heart amidst all the chaos is the way of fierce love. 

I do not wish to ever fight. It’s never my preference. I am like Arjuna before the great battle, from the Bhagavad Gita, the great Hindu text. Yet, Krishna counsels Arjuna to fight. Some fights are necessary or destined and so most of the Bhagavad Gita is Krisha counseling Arjuna on why he must fight. When we are warriors for love, we do not fight for pleasure. We fight for our being. Arjuna entered the battle with humility and grief, knowing his enemies are just like him. He can not rejoice in their death. He can not take pleasure in their suffering. He can not rejoice in the suffering of those he loves. These sacred stories teach us that peace is not pacifism. Peace is the way the being responds to what is true for it in the moment. Opening to our deeper being sometimes we will have to fight for what we feel is true. And yet even when we fight, from this place, the fight arises out of peace.

When we open the door to our deeper being, peace washes over us like an ocean wave. I wish for us all to fight the peace deeply embedded in our heart. Join me in living from the peace of the heart. May everything in your life be finished in peace. If you are really lucky, you will feel this peace in the beginning of everything you start. I hope this peace pervades all aspects of your life. I love you so much! Let’s end with a prayer for peace. As the peace poles inspired by Masahisa Goi say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Now and forever, it is finished in peace. What if this deep peace is not just the peace of God, but God itself. May we rest in God. As an agnostic for all his life, my father left this world riding on the Islamic prayer, “La ilaha ‘ill Allah” which translates into English, “All is God, there is nothing but God.” 

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A Sordid Relationship with Peace

Am I a raging lunatic or a peaceful loving person? I’ve asked myself this question for a long time. I have the potential for great anger and great love. I used to see these in conflict, but now I no longer see them as different. Some others around me still do see the tension between. I can empathize with that. It took me a long time to understand myself. I expect it will take others some time as well. I’ve had a mixed relationship with peace. I can’t pretend to be an expert on it. You could say I’ve had a love affair with war. I cheated on peace; I was a two timer. I went from being a meditating Zen Buddhist, Toaist, Quaker in college to being a raging authenticity, empathy, and unconditional love activist now. 

When I found the war I was willing to die for (unconditional love and authenticity), the love of my life, to this point, went to war with my newly warlike way of being with others who were living in evil in my perception. Did I say evil? Doesn’t every self-righteous crusader call their enemies evil? Let me explain… it’s not as simple as you might think.

I define evil as being unconsciously identified with fear and refusing to come out of it when it’s pointed out. I was in a cult for 18 years and was living from fear, though I didn’t realize it. It was a cult which had great values (most of which I hold to this day). It set me up to live my life, run my company, and fulfill my destiny. I have no regrets about being in this cult. However, it was run by a leader who had narcissistic tendencies and was trying to mind control people. He would tell me what to do in my relationships, try to control my exercise habits, the length of my hair, insist I share my journal with him, analyze in a judgmental way every little element of my emotional process, and much, much more. 

When I woke up to what was happening, I became furious. I started fighting battles for the “souls” of my friends and I would not tolerate them continuing to follow this hurtful and deeply lost man. My former fiancé also recognized the truth I was finding around this all. Yet, she couldn’t handle the changes I was going through in my demeanor. I used to be peaceful and easy for her to be with. At that time, I was volatile with all these strong feelings around the cult abuse. She couldn’t stand by my side, while I fought these demons. So, she fought me and that was where war entered our relationship. Before that, we had mostly peace and love. We sought peace together, basked in each other’s loving arms, and we knew no war between us.

This warring in our relationship shattered the love we had built. When I declared that I would not fight anymore trying to convince her to love me while she was hating me, she didn’t honor my feelings. She retaliated by doubling down on her hatred and cutting me off from her life. This has been the single greatest heartbreak I have ever known. 

In many ways, I’m a warrior of love and this leads me into conflict not peace. There’s a peace underneath this, which I’ve always lived from. I remember my mother reading from the bible and helping us both learn this passage: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” We learned these words together by heart and they became a guiding light to me in the very dark places which came later. Similar to the experience of Phial of Galadriel, in author J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, this passage has served as the light of a beloved star illuminating truth. Even when the fires of war rage around me, I hold to peace as my guiding star.  

True peace is not found by avoiding conflict. True peace is the peace which comes from being true to yourself. When all beings are true, there’s a peace that goes way beyond the absence of war. The peace we are searching for here comes from the heart. This peace is found when we relinquish the controlling ego driven by self-interest alone. Most fears, when acted upon, destroy peace. The fear that comes from prudence is different. It’s okay to be afraid of getting hit by a car while you are crossing a freeway. However, living in fear and making decisions out of fear, attacks peace.

Only when fear is embraced, can we have true peace. The peace beyond peace is the peace of God. It is the peace deep in the heart of every human. We can feel this peace underneath all the turmoil, like the deep still ocean water underneath the stormy surface. It’s the peace that’s found in the eye of the hurricane. No matter how strong the winds are around the hurricane, the very center is still and calm. Remember, at our essence, we are all peace.

I wage war with war in a peaceful and bellicose way. I synthesize the language of battles (enemies, evil, war, rape, torture, murder, competition, oppression, genocide and power) into the language of love (acceptance, feeling, connection, unconditional, eternal, peaceful, empathic, cooperative, nurturing, and communal). I use the language of oppression to set us all free. I curse to awaken the heart. I shout insults, not to insult, but to describe energy. I am a pacifist in a very radical way. I do not fight physically with others; I would only do that in self-defense if it was absolutely necessary. I fight with my tongue, heart, and lungs. I let the sound of my voice thunder from my heart. I say whatever is true for me in service to the others I’m with. This service is not always gentle, but it is true to what I’m feeling with empathy for the others’ being. May we all find our way back home to the peace beyond the temporary wars of this world. May the light of love illuminate the way to peace in our hearts and in our lives. May we all know the peace of true authenticity, empathy, and unconditional love. 

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Opening to the Unknown

“There’s only now

There’s only here

Give in to love

Or live in fear

No other path

No other way

No day but today”

– The character of Maureen in Jonathan Larson’s musical “Rent

What do we really know anyway? Life is all about the great mystery.What is the purpose of existence? We make maps of the universe, but why are we here? Despite all the science, philosophy, and spirituality devoted to these questions, we don’t have certain answers for them yet. So much of what we think we know rests deeply and profoundly on our attempts to experience the unknown. 

We pretend we know so we can avoid the uncertainty of not knowing. In our minds, we think we can work out the unrevealed and unexperienced. However, reality will always be several steps ahead of anything our mind can pre-conceive of what is not yet known. Accessing the unknown through feeling helps us outmaneuver the limits of the mind and thinking. Feelings present the doorway to the unknown.

Actually, it’s more like entering the realm of feeling throws open the door to the unknown. When we feel, it’s like reaching our hand down into the grab bag at Halloween. We don’t know with our mind what’s inside, but we feel for it with our hands. What you feel right now in this very moment is unknown and has never been felt before. When you notice with curiosity and love, you open to these unknown sensations and allow them to flow through your body.  That is when you have life flowing in your body. 

The Modeling Mind

The mind models experience and makes maps. My mind says I’ve known this before. It’s morning and I’m working on the computer on one of my articles. It’s just like any other day in the past few months. When we live in the models in our mind like this, we lose touch with our actual experience of reality as it is right now. This day is new. This moment is new. This day may be like many other days, but this day is unique and special. I’ve never written this new combination of words this way before.My mind model can’t fully grasp this nuance. 

Experiencing Feelings

Experiencing feelings allows us to escape the limits of the modeling mind. Today is a completely different experience from any other day, unknown to me until this moment. This morning, I’ve already experienced what it is like to wake up to the fog and be a little tired from not sleeping as much as my body needs. Right now, I feel excited about digging deeper into this article. 

At this exact moment, I’m noticing how it feels to be typing and to be alive. I have two guests staying at my house. Remembering that feels different from the usual solitude I feel in the morning. Each and every moment is undiscovered in a similar way, when we are really paying attention to our experience. Even now, with my curiosity, something else has shifted. I’ve been feeling the slight pang of losing a website domain I had paid thousands of dollars for because of an administrative error. When I turned into the disagreeable feelings about the loss of this domain and embraced them, this loss loosened its hold over me, and I felt more acceptance and love.

Opening to the Unknown (A 30-Second Game)

  1. Welcome the unknown. Be open to what may come forward in the great mystery here.
  2. Notice how you are experiencing this moment right now is completely new.
  3. Drop out of the mental models saying you know what is happening in this very moment. Actually, you’ve never been here before. Open with curiosity to this moment as a completely new and different experience.
  4. Lovingly embrace this moment just as it is. 

Embrace the Unknown

When we embrace the unknown with our full love, we set in motion a chain reaction bringing love and empathy to everything we experience. This chain reaction engenders love for everything it touches. The deeper we feel, the more we can feel others. The vast unknown of feeling is a wondrous new territory to discover. By opening with loving curiosity to the realm of feeling, we have access to vast new layers of information about our experience. 

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