Business as Spiritual Practice

Most people I know have deep concerns about our country and future. We know many things need to change if long-term survival is to be possible. I don’t know what those changes will be, or business-spiritualwhat a viable government, financial system, or education system will look like. I do, however, believe I know a path that will lead us to that new future, a path by which the new future will emerge and raise up the leaders and leadership styles needed to bring about a transformed world, a world in which you can play an integral part. If you are interested in participating in creating that future, read on.

Is the Political System Really Broken?

I’ve heard so much recently that our political system is broken. They say the same about the financial and educational systems. I disagree. These systems aren’t broken, they are inadequate. They work perfectly well in the environment in and for which they were created. We no longer live in that world.

In a simpler time, those systems worked. It was a time in which local could be emphasized. It was a time in which what happened abroad or in Asia had little or no impact on what was happening here. But those times are gone and trying to fix the current systems is tantamount to giving a Model T a ring job to make it suitable for handling today’s transportation needs. If you’re going around the block maybe, but not for going around the country or the continent, much less the world.

It’s been said: “The American form of democracy is the worst possible form of government with the exception of all the others that exist.” The current political system is mired down in ideological battles that are irrelevant for today’s governmental needs. Even if the main issue were not to make sure that the other party does not succeed, the “balance of powers” has become a means by which we take care of “us”, but not “all of us”. There are those for whom the current system provides no safe haven. Those with political might, have political right. The very fact that, idealistically, the powerful provide for the less powerful indicates that some have more rights than others.

Let me be very clear: I do not advocate for the overthrow of government. I do, however, advocate for its transformation, its evolution, into a form that is adequate for the complexities of the country and world.

In 2008 we discovered that the basic presuppositions of the primary economic theory were not sufficient for this age. Drastic steps had to be taken to prevent the whole world from falling into an economic abyss. On the surface, the world economy is on the mend and those who had benefitted most from the inadequate system benefitted even more after the mend. Again, the system benefits “us” but not “all of us”. Even if everyone “played according to the rules,” the current system cannot be equitable or sustained. It’s not that bad people are doing bad things, it’s that the current system presents a particular mindset that is inadequate for the complexities of the twenty-first century. It creates an “us” against “them” environment, whether we are talking about the world community or local community. Ultimately, no one wins if we don’t all win. I’m not talking about redistribution of wealth. I believe there has to be a way for all of us to build wealth without taking it from some else.

College No Longer a Guarantee

I grew up in an era in which most people, at least in rural America, could make it in this world with a high school education. However, by the time I entered the working world, a college education was almost mandatory. Everyone had to have a college education. One couldn’t even get an interview for a job without education beyond high school. Now, a college education does not assure an interview, much less a job. Those with advanced degrees don’t fare much better than those with undergrad degrees. Somehow, the university is not providing the education required to fulfill the needs of the business world. Therefore, students are entering the business market with insufficient skills and insurmountable debt. I’m not pointing fingers or assigning blame. But it appears that academia has had neither the vision nor the flexibility to prepare graduates for current and future business needs.

In the book, MEGATRENDS 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, Patricia Aburdene indicates that the number one trend in America at that time (2010), was spirituality in the workplace. More and more companies are placing social, spiritual and environmental concerns ahead of the financial bottom line. Traditionally and today, spirituality has to do with peace, harmony, love and abundance. I believe that spiritual practices have changed. The number one and most promising spiritual practice in today’s America is business. America looks to business to provide these spiritual realities. Therefore, it is my fervent belief that the way to a more peaceful, harmonious, loving and abundant society is through transforming business. I am encouraging as many people as I can to commit to America’s transformation. I am committing my life to helping those who want to transform the world. Soon you’ll be hearing about “WHY SETTLE FOR SUCCESS when you can change the world?”

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About the Author

Larry Wells

Larry Wells has Master Degrees in Divinity and Social work and is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and Consultant. He is part of the part time faculty at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work, and the Northern Kentucky Social Work department. People have life difficulties because of histories, circumstances, and the fact of having to live with people. NLP has proved to be very effective in helping to positively change the way people experience those histories, circumstances and people, as well as finding more peace and joy in life.

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