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The Cultural Value of a Vision

one of the people Apr 17, 2017

A vision is when you experience a specific possibility as a potential for yourself. It has to have the element of it being possible for you. 

It may come in the form of an idea, a dream, or a realization such as an "aha experience." Vision is direct communication from Life itself. 

In addition to serving you personally, vision is critically important to the culture that you are a part of. It was standard practice in many Native American and aboriginal cultures to receive and share one's vision to make the people stronger.

Benefiting the community was the primary intention for doing vision quest and other ceremonies intended to receive a vision. 

In this sense, vision is receiving collective guidance for the people that you are a part of. This has been the role of the Shaman and spiritual leaders in cultures all over the world for thousands of years.

In Black Elk Speaks (Neihardt, 1961, p.188), Black Elk states "When a vision comes ......

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Limited vs. Unlimited Resources

one of the people Nov 30, 2012

In game theory and economics, a zero-sum game is a closed system in which one participant gaining means another must lose. Available resources are limited or finite- so gains and losses must add up to zero.

In contrast, a non-zero-sum refers to situations in which gaining does not require someone else to lose. Resources are not limited. In other words, new resources can be tapped into or created.

In recent history, business and commerce has primarily operated with a limited resources, zero-sum paradigm.

Competition, predatory behavior, and greed stem from this limited perception of resources. If there are only so many resources, we are left to compete for them or take them from someone.

However, technology and the world’s interconnectedness has made the unlimited resources, non-zero-sum paradigm more feasible. In business, for instance, it is now easier than ever to create demand or new markets.

This perspective says the resources are out there if we just...

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So You Got Your Heart Broken...

one of the people Feb 08, 2012

There seems to be this point in people’s lives when they give up. It goes back to that one painful experience that breaks them.

I have heard many of these: getting cheated on, death of someone close, loss of a job, death of a pet, a business folding. Most all of them correlate to the loss of a dream.

Since then, you have not really opened your heart as much. You are not quite as hopeful. Perhaps you have gotten a bit cynical.

I understand. But it’s time to come back. The world needs you. Your people need you. They need you to uplift and encourage them. They need you to look them in the eye and tell them to go for it.

They need you inquisitively ask them questions and understand the things that they are into. They need to see the sparkle in your eye again. They need you to care deeply.

So pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Do whatever you need to do to grieve or heal. And then start engaging in life again.

But what if you get hurt. Yes. You probably will. But you...

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Support Them While They Work It Out

one of the people Dec 10, 2010

People find themselves in life situations they need to complete and understand. True compassion is allowing them (or yourself) to work out what they need to.

We allow children to learn the lessons they need. Well, adults are trying to learn lessons too. Why not extend that same courtesy to them? Let them work it out.

It is likely not rational or intellectual. They need the experience- so they can understand it. This allows them to complete the lesson or accept the truth. Then they can move onto something else.

A classic example involves a middle-age guy buying a sports car. Or perhaps he is hitting on younger women. What is our first response? We tend to judge it. We say he is pathetic or shallow. We may fail to offer our friend the support he needs.

Why not celebrate your friend's mid-life crisis with him? Go with him to pick out the sports car. Ask him about the women he is seeing. Let him work it out. With a little support, he will move through this challenging...

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They Would Tell the Whole Clan of the Herd

one of the people Nov 16, 2009

Up until a couple of hundred years ago, Native American tribes of the plains were dependent on the Buffalo for food and survival. They used every part of the buffalo for sustenance.

If a person were to see a herd of buffalo on the plains, the first thing that he or she would do is go back and tell the whole clan of the herd so that all could eat.

They would get a hunting party together much like depicted in the hunt scene in Dances with Wolves. They would hunt together and kill numerous buffalo- so the whole clan could eat for a long time.

The clan did not tolerate self-centeredness or "I consciousness." If the person that saw the herd shot a buffalo from himself and scattered the herd, the clan would take away his shelter and everything that he owned for endangering the clan with his self-centeredness and failure to consider the needs of the entire clan.

They could not afford such self-centeredness and lack of consideration. They could not survive with it.  Being "one...

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