Profound Experience Leading To Discovery
I’m certain many of you have had the same experience as I’ve had over the years. You’ve had a direct experience that was very personal and important to you, but was hard to explain to others – because it didn’t conform to the old traditional, mechanistic view of the way the world operates. It was a more creative, intuitive impulse, guided by your human spirit, rather than your pure rational intellect. It was filled with a spirit of freedom and perhaps idealism.
Since it was too hard to explain, you tucked it away in a safe place. Then later, you read of or heard a well-respected thought leader – a scientist, physician or philosopher – write about that very same experience, verifying what you knew was true. And then it goes “Clunk” for you! “Yes! That’s what happened – that’s what I was feeling.” It’s an experience of total confirmation of what you experienced – even though it seemed extraordinary. You say, “Now I know I’m not crazy.”
When I wrote the book, Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation, I was writing in that same domain – that domain of extraordinary experience. I felt I was really sticking my neck out. I wrote about the U-Process we had developed and written about ten years earlier – a theory, set of practices and a process for profound discovery. But in the book, Source, I was sharing my new knowledge. I said the essence of the U is this: there is a Source of infinite knowledge and potential lying hidden at the “bottom of the U”, waiting for us to access it – to help us fulfill our dreams and resolve the most challenging issues facing us, individually and collectively. At its heart, the U-Process is about the entrepreneurial impulse – and how to harness it for profound discovery for the benefit of humankind. To reliably access it takes personal work, personal development: a focus on your interior condition.
As I was doing the research on the book and as I was writing the first draft of the manuscript, I kept having that experience of “Clunk. Yes! That precisely confirms what I am writing – it’s beautifully giving voice to my experience”.
I began calling it “when the lines begin to cross”.
I was reminded of a speech I had given earlier, quoting a highly respected columnist describing our current condition: “We are in the midst of a knowledge revolution – a renaissance taking place in all the disciplines, breaking the boundaries between them, transforming them at their furthest reaches where they all converge.”
After the book was published, I kept coming across these confirming messages. And I might say the most important were from my readers who reported to me that they had shared the very same experience.
Each time I receive these messages, I silently say to myself, “Yes. This is the Universe we live in. It’s full of infinite potential, waiting for us to discover – if we just keep an open heart, open mind and open will.”