Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:02

What are you a leader in?

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal:

WHAT AREA ARE YOU LEADING PEOPLE IN?

The word leader can be defined in global terms. The question that comes to mind after that is said is this: what is a person a leader in? In what area of life is he a leader? Is he a leader in politics, education, science, technology? Even those are broad areas so let us narrow the focus down and ask: in doing what specific functional area is one a leader in?

A leader wants to achieve certain goals so one asks: what are the stated goals that one wants to accomplish? In what area is one accomplishing something and blazing the trail?

I am leading people in understanding their false ego selves and their real selves; living from the real self-makes people peaceful and happy whereas living from the false ego self makes them unhappy. In effect, I am a leader in understanding people.

What are you are a leader in? You must have clarity in your goal(s) to be successful in attaining it.

CAN TALKING ABOUT GOD BE CALLED LEADERSHIP FUNCTION?

Is writing on spirituality and God an area where leadership is exhibited?  If so, one asks: what exactly is God? God is a mental construct posited by human beings so when one says that one is writing about God one really is not writing about a self-evident reality but is merely writing about what human beings say about God. In many instances when one talks about God one is merely fitting ones thinking to a specific book's (and its writer's) conception of God.

For example, one can fit ones thinking to Mohammed's conception of God or to how Schucman conceived God in her gnostic classic, A course in miracles.  Fitting ones thinking to a preconceived notion of God is not clarifying what God is.

Leaders work with human beings who are living in the world of ego and flesh, which is the world of scarcity trying to do what gives them the means for survival in that world.

Since God and those around him are in spirit they do not have wants and therefore do not need leadership to help them accomplish goals they need to survive. Therefore, there is no leadership in heaven.

God does not know what we are talking about when we talk leadership, so leave God out of talking about leadership. The world of spirit is the world of abundance whereas the world of the ego is the world of scarcity; in abundance you do not need leadership but in scarcity you need leadership. Leadership is for this world not for heaven.

CAN TALKING ABOUT LOVE BE CALLED LEADERSHIP?

Love is another word that many people band around without clarifying its meaning. The question that comes to mind is this:  what exactly is love?  Erich Fromm wrote a little book called the Art of love. It is interesting but let us still ask, what is love?

Folks say that God is love. What is God and what is love? To say that God is perfect love has not clarified the issue of love but merely muddied it.

Schucman said that love, like God is beyond words; she further said that we always live in love but place obstacles to the awareness of that love; she said that we are to remove the blocks to the awareness of God's love and we would then know that we are already living in love.

The blocks to the awareness of God/love, she said, are the human ego (separation) and its identification with body. So, we are told to just remove the ego and its body and we experience God's love.

What this metaphor means is that we must end separation and return to union with God and each other in spirit and we experience love;  perfect love is only experienced in spirit (on earth we can only experience attenuated love, love mediated by our egos and bodies and such love is not perfect love).

But what does that mean, exactly? If you removed defense of the ego and its body, so as to end your separation from God spirit you would die and exit from this world and return to God.

But how do you know that the world of spirit exists? One is told to take its existence on faith and act on faith. If one does not want to act on faith, such as see all people as part of one and love them all, then one cannot know that God exists or not. To experience God, which is to experience love, one must love God and all his creation. No one comes to God, to love who does not love; God is perfect love so to come to God one must love perfectly, which entails giving up one's ego of separation.

TALK OF SPIRIT INEVITABLY BECOMES CONVOLUTED AND CIRCULAR SO LET US LEAVE IT

In America spirituality is the purview of narcissistic middle class white women; they sit around and talk about God this or God that but do not engage in social action to make the world a better place (Helen Schucman throughout the 1960s did not engage in social action to get rid of racism but withdrew and in isolation talked about God and love).

What these narcissists are really talking about is how to improve their sense of I, their egos and bodies; they do not want their bodies to die. In the meantime, they escape from society and do not struggle to improve it and make it just for all people; injustice exists everywhere in their world while they talk about "loving themselves and how their spirit guides are guiding them", all designed to make their egos seem important in their awareness.

EVERY PERSON IS COMMITTED TO SOMETHING; SO, WHAT ARE YOU COMMITTED TO DOING? I WAS COMMITTED TO ESCAPE FROM REALITY

Every person is committed to doing something so what are you committed to? What are you doing with your life? One must figure out what one is committed to realizing in one's life. And is what one trying to actualize realistic?

Hitherto, I was committed to seeking escape from my physical reality; all my life what I have done is engage in thinking and behaviors that enabled me to escape from my pained body; this is done through seeking ego ideals and seeking ideal spirituality.

Ego ideal and God are escapes from our earthly reality; they are not ever going to be attained in the here and now material world. Ideals are quixotic and chimeric goals.

In fact, seeking ideals is seeking insanity; for if one were to attain the ideal self and ideal world one is seeking one would escape from our world and live in the world of fantasy, which is what insanity is! Thus, thank God you did not attain your ideals for to do so is to be insane! Whatever frustrates you from attaining your imaginary ideals prevents you from becoming insane.

The Holy Spirit is said to have prevented you from attaining your imaginary ideals hence prevented you from becoming insane. The Holy Spirit, God saves you, his son.

NORMAL FOLKS ARE COMMITTED TO LIVING IN THE EGO AND BODY, THE REAL WORLD

It is those who are committed to their earthly reality, to their egos and bodies, to making the most of their human selves and bodies that succeed in this world.  Such realistic persons seek ways to make money with which to support their bodily needs, such as buy clothes, food, houses and cars.

Those committed to doing science and technologies are realistic for they are doing what serves their egos and bodies in the here and now world.

GOD DOES NOT NEED ONES HELP TO PROVE HIS EXISTENCE

If God exists he does not need human beings, me to prove his existence. Trying to prove God's existence helps one make peace with spirit but does not help God. Therefore, talking about God's existence is not done for God but for one's self and for human beings who have need to believe that God exists (to ward off sense of finitude when they die and use him as magical wand to conjure up the good things of this world for them).

DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS RIGHT AND DO NOT ATTRIBUTE IT TO GOD

Instead of talking about what God said people should do one must do what to one seems self-evidently right, regardless of whether there is God or life after death or not.

It is right to love one's self and all people because love makes living on earth pleasant; one does not have to love people because God asked one to do so.

Love you and love all people; do no harm to you and people and that is good enough philosophy to live with.

THE EGO IS A FILTER THAT MAKES ONES THINKING MISGUIDED; REMOVE THE EGO AND ONE STILL THINKS BUT IN A REALISTIC MANNER

There is a thinking force in people. That force has no name. In body, thinking is colored by the human body. The exigencies of one's body colors how one thinks.

THE SELF CONCEPT IS LEARNED NOT INHERITED

In childhood one, through trial and error, develops a habitual behavior pattern; that habitual pattern of thinking and behaving becomes ones ego separated self-concept. In effect, in childhood one invents a self-concept.

Once established, one looks at the world from the lenses of one's self concept and from ones behavior patterns.

One can remove one's self-concept, for the self-concept is not a thing, it is merely ones learned behavior patterns. One can remove ones old habitual patterns of behaving and just allow thinking to be done by the thinking force in the universe, life, through one, unfiltered by ones self-concept, ones past behaving patterns.

One stops trying to force thinking to a specific pattern of thinking and defending it (which is what the ego self-concept does); one thinks freely, unaffected by one's body and ego.

One still thinks but does so to adapt to the exigencies of this world. One thinks and behaves from no-self-concept; the reward is living happily and peacefully.

The self-concept is not given to us by God; we are not born with it; we learn it; the self-concept is a pattern of thinking and behaving we formed in childhood and is greatly shaped by our body and social experience; it does not exist outside the human body and seems to die with our physical death.

What exists outside the body is life, which can also be called universal intelligence; what that life is we do not know.

Life and intelligence is one but when it enters the human body it is shaped by the body it manifests in.  When one is born one does not remember having a self-concept before birth.

Ozodi Osuji

November 14, 2016

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176