I’m sure many of you have had direct experience of “extraordinary” events – perhaps a startling synchronicity, those perfect moments when events remarkably seem to guide us along our path, as if we are being helped by hidden hands. Or when you and a team you were on accomplished some very difficult task with apparent ease – operating as a “single intelligence” – as one organism – with exceedingly high coherence, far beyond what could have been imagined. Or perhaps you’ve sensed some emerging opportunity before it actually manifested in the world, reflecting your innate capacity for foresight or “future knowing”. Finally, many of you may have had the experience of the effect of deep commitment to an undertaking, where ultimately doors begin opening for you, and where a whole stream of events came from this one decision – this one deep commitment – raising in your favor many unforeseen incidences, meetings and material assistance.
We sometimes discount the power of human capacity to affect physical reality. In my book, Source, I’ve written extensively about the legendary scientists who have performed precise laboratory experiments confirming this fact. One is Robert Jahn, the Dean Emeritus of the Princeton School of Engineering, who established the Princeton Engineering Anomaly Research Lab (known as the PEAR Laboratory) in 1979. He and his colleagues there used an interdisciplinary staff of engineers, physicists, and psychologists to conduct comprehensive experiments, producing the largest database of its kind in the world on extraordinary human functioning. After reading and re-reading all of Dr. Jahn’s technical reports and after spending days with him and his research director, Brenda Dunn; and after talking in depth to scientists familiar with the work at PEAR, I have concluded that these studies irrevocably confirm that humans have the capacity to extend their coherence into the environment through their intention and way of being.
In workshops or in small group Dialogue, I find that sometimes it helps to tell stories of my direct experience to illustrate the points I am making. One of the most surprising and concrete experiences I’ve had in this realm was when I was introduced to Uri Geller in London back in 2001. Geller is the Israeli who has become well-known for his television stage appearances where he performs for audiences using his psychic abilities. Today, many consider him controversial. I first heard of Geller from Willis Harmon, a senior scientist at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), who worked with Geller in the early 1970s when various US Government agencies (Department of Defense, Army, Navy and others) initiated a research program at SRI to determine if humans could “see” distant strategically important locations, beyond the realm of ordinary senses. The experiments showed that human beings have the latent ability to see anywhere across any distance. Although skeptics abound, principally because of their unwillingness to re-examine their limiting belief systems, a 1988 study of all the SRI “remote viewing” experiments reflect odds against chance of more than a billion-to-one.
That evening in London, as we were leaving a dining hall at a university, we passed by a table where a few young people were sitting. Geller stopped and said, “Come here – I’ll show you something.” He picked a spoon up off the table, held it in the palm of his hand and stared at it intently. Within just a few seconds, the spoon started to bend, curling up into a “U” shape. As this started to happen, Geller put the spoon in the palm of my hand. The spoon continued to curl up in my hand, palm up. The “bottom of the U” where the spoon was bending was very warm to the touch – almost hot. He smiled, signed the spoon, and gave it to me. That’s it in the picture above.
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This is an amusing little story – but it helps to remind me of the role that our focused intention and way of being can play in the establishment of physical reality – what we can ultimately see, touch, feel and use in our world. By “way of being”, I mean our choice to serve life – our conscious choice to let life unfold through us. This is how we can collectively shape our destiny. The capacity to discover and participate in our unfolding future has more to do with our intention and way of being – our total orientation of character and consciousness – then what we “do”. This, to me, is what leadership is ultimately all about.