“New disciplines seem to be emerging that are very different from our past understanding. The events in Egypt over the past weeks have demonstrated the discipline arising from a shared vision of direction in living. Orderly crowds freely allocated themselves to tasks under the direction of their shared focus and intention. Group leadership emerged as very a different dynamic to individual leadership. A New York Times article offered these observations:
“A dentist from Aswan… traveled 600 miles to be at the antigovernment protest. ‘I was expecting to find the Wafd were the leaders, or the Brotherhood were the leaders,’ he said, speaking of two of Egypt’s best-known opposition movements. But what he found was far better, he said. ‘There are no leaders at all.’ … The only real leaders seem to be the young people who have returned to the barricades, again and again, for days now. …‘We don’t need a leader,’ said one of them, Amira Magdy, 22. ‘This system is beautiful.’ …[and from others] ‘We want the young people to be the ones to form a negotiating committee.’ “ [Kareem Fahim and Mona El-Naggar, 3 Feb.]
In response a commentator asks: “leaderless or leaderful? – a leaderless grassroots movement. Or rather leaderful, where everyone takes a shared leadership, shared responsibility role. And in a spontaneous, unplanned, organic way, no less, but rather through the mass consciousness enabled by Facebook, Twitter, and the like.”
From an old perspective based on more familiar models of authority patterns, the crowds seemed leaderless. Yet order and direction emerged spontaneously from the group as a whole. Perhaps there is something so new emerging that our eyes are not yet attuned to see it. We are told that a mystery is only what the mechanism of perception is not yet able to register. And these disciples of the new discipline are helping us all to tune our perception.
Past approaches have been learned from the lessons of pain and sorrow. These methods are still being practised but their dynamic is slowing while something new is emerging through human hearts and into human consciousness. Rather than driven by fear we are being drawn by a vision – shared so immediately with our increasing sensitivity to one another and supported by the emerging technologies, always just in step with, and in the vanguard of, human potential unfolding. The Tibetan Master speaks of this new Discipline:
“Have you ever thought, my brother, that just as there is a discipline of pain and of sorrow, there may also be a discipline of joy and of achievement? This is a thought worthy of attention. Men need these days to learn this new truth, and its perception will greatly change human consciousness. That which is bliss is today here or on its way, and the disciples and aspirants of this present time must be taught how to recognise and implement it.” [Discipleship in the New Age II, page 671]
New laws also are emerging from humanity’s unfolding new vision – such as the laws pertaining to the freedom of the One Life we share. We begin to realise that: “…A law is only an expression or manifestation of force, applied under the power of thought by a thinker or group of thinkers.” [Esoteric Psychology II page 193].”
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