Column: The Spiritual Realist
I have met with skeptism when I say this. But think about this...
If so... that will be the basis of our journey in this column.
Integrating Spirituality and Business
Many have told me that spirituality and business is incompatible. I beg to differ.
I think the way business is conducted now is incompatible with spirituality But we can redefine business. We can make business an expression of who we are.
I believe if we conduct business with integrity, it provides a model where we will naturally - and in a phased manner - INTEGRATE all the spiritual principles we want to practise. Business can be the process.
And I believe if we stay true to the process, success beyond our wildest dreams can be ours Our wins will not be pyrrhic, and we will lead balanced and fulfilling lives.
I first came across this idea over 10 years ago - in the works of M Scott Peck - and it changed the direction of my life. His thought that business could be the "next frontier of sprituality" intrigued me no end.
Towards the end of his life, Scott wrote that his desire to bring spirituality to business was largely unfulfilled I've always felt that what he said IS possible, yet my own attempts to bring a sense of community and connection to business had been, to a large extent, frustrating too.
But recently, after a corporate presentation, I had this epihany Maybe it's not possible in our current corporate set ups. There are just too many conflicting forces deeply entrenched in the system for the idea to take root.
A Better Medium
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On deeper reflection, I now see the successes that I have experienced of community and connection actually came from doing business on the WWW.
Why Should We Link Spirituality to Business?
It keeps us grounded. It forces us to examine the integrity of our products and services. It fosters growth because it keeps us real. Results are measurable.
I believe that reality is God's imagination. I believe there is no such thing as mysticism. So therefore, there is only reality or illusions.
And the journey of spirituality is in understanding what is REAL Quantum physics is slowly revealing what are our "other" realities.
All the spiritual principles can be practised in business Now, when I say business, I mean as a business owner and NOT as an employee (personally, I find being an employee very disempowering).
And when we INTEGRATE spirituality with business, then questions like "who am I?" will need to be answered.
That will be our exploration in this column.
In the next issue I'll talk about my journey in eMasters and my efforts to incorporate spiritual principles into our business. I will later expand on the WWW and why I think it's the better medium for this to happen. I'll also be writing on business issues via in-the-loop Ezine so do join me there as well.
About the Author:
Raymond Siew is the CEO and business development strategist for eMasters as well as her two online publications: It's My Life! (lifestyle ezine) and in-the-loop (business ezine). eMasters' core business is Design, Advertising & Promotions Visit www.eMasters.info to view eMasters' suite of products & services, or to read Raymond's bio.
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