Follow the Map: Structural Details
This great maple is growing in a landscape that the last glacial age scraped bare. It feeds on soil formed over ten thousand years of patient building through cycles of life and death, decay and new birth. The maple has found its own way to develop and create the structures it needs to reach the light. It is a gift to countless lives, from birds and squirrels to spiders and beetles to mosses and microbes. It inspires the humans who stand under it in awe. Look at what is possible on this earth.
The Golden Room, A Golden Civilization: Four Steps toward Saving the World
Here is the outline of this series of related posts:
Step Three is to study the map that leads us individually and culturally to the new, higher stage of consciousness that we now need—and to commit ourselves to follow that map.
The new consciousness and the ideal society it alone can create may have sounded wildly optimistic and out of reach in the past, but there are three reasons why we can and must leave that skepticism behind.
First, it is clear where the earth and human civilization are heading if we do not undergo this transformation. Significant numbers of leaders and citizens support the idea that we must change in order to survive, and recognize that we need a new, higher consciousness in order to do so. The suffering that will come of our failure to attempt it is unconscionable. We simply must.
Second, abolishing slavery once sounded wildly optimistic and out of reach. So did equal rights for women and the nonviolent liberation of India from the British Empire. The transition from the Dark Ages to the Enlightenment was unimaginable. Many times in history the human heart and mind have undergone rapid transformations that seemed impossible before they happened. It can happen again. And it must.
Third, we are making rapid strides forward in many fields relating both to the Golden Room and the Golden Civilization. We have the great spiritual and secular awakening of the contemplative path of meditation and mindfulness. We have many brilliant insights, discoveries and innovations in the inner developmental process. I will talk about two of the pioneers in this work below. We also have outstanding leadership working on every problem threatening civilization and the earth today. This series is about achieving the all important new consciousness, but the technical and advocacy work being done is obviously essential. We have facets of the Golden Civilization vision emerging in every field.
Fear and doubt are understandable and justified in the face of escalating threats, but we cannot afford to let them control our response. We need to acknowledge them, have compassion for them and let them go. We need to free our hearts and minds to be transformed to a new consciousness, and that means employing tools like positive psychology and appreciative inquiry, and celebrating that we have the maps and tools we need to speed our transformation.
Here are some of the structural details from two leading thinkers who have dedicated their lives to helping people reach a new consciousness.
My brother, George Kinder, is a map-maker—he has been working on the maps we now need for decades. George has been recognized in national publications as one of the 35 most influential people in financial services, one of the top Icons & Innovators in financial planning, and the first of 15 transformational advisors whose vision most changed the industry. He has revolutionized financial advising over the last thirty years, training over 3000 professionals in 30 countries in the field of Life Planning.
George is a spiritual teacher as well, and although his maps have been designed with financial Life Planners in mind, they have broad applicability. Hundreds of financial planners are now helping their clients explore their deep heart’s core, their Golden Room. The clients are living in, from and for the dreams or callings that they find there. (A 2016 New York Times article described how people are following the Life Planning map to a meaningful retirement.) Often these Life Plans contribute directly or indirectly to a healthier family, community or world.
George’s maps can be applied equally well to all facets of our lives and across the spectrum of our developmental lines or multiple intelligences, not just the financial realm. All his maps lead us through the Golden Room of inner transformation to the transformed culture he calls the Golden Civilization.