That change has become a standard topic for years is almost a truism. Nevertheless, how do futures emerge when they cannot be planned in a linear fashion? When they evolve in multiple, unpredictable directions? And, especially, when we all think that what we have already learned will open the doors to the future?
Everything is changing and we are convinced that change is exhausting. We would prefer to stick to business as usual—it is the seemingly easiest way—but this makes a new and creative future impossible, and business dies. Until now, we have seen the future of our everyday lives, and particularly of companies, in a mostly linear way: predictable, plannable. Now we can see, and experience, that there are very different and partly contradictory futures not only in our own lives, but globally, as shown daily in the news.
Each of us, and every organization, has the potential to embrace changing futures, but only a few have the willingness to do so.
Sri Aurobindo, the Indian sage, philosopher, and wise poet, wrote: True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.
So, how do I find my way in a world that is developing dynamically in many directions, and which I often find myself helplessly facing?
For decades I have been researching the ways in which futures emerge, and with my sociological, consulting, and entrepreneurial background, I am coming to the realization that the mind, and what we have understood about it, often stands in the way of futures that would serve us.
During my first encounters with New Equations, it quickly became clear to me that it is not about my mind, but about my entire body, and me. I realize more and more that I am on new terrain that words still do not adequately reflect. It requires my willingness to allow new experiences without classifying them in the old manner. I feel it as a journey to my origin, and thus a liberation to perceive the new more fully, and embrace all realities in a harmonious, peaceful way.
I am in the process of experiencing what it means for my life, whether private or public, to have all-encompassing access to the world, to people, and to myself. Imagine not only understanding the diversity of life, but also being able to walk in the shoes of my counterpart—to feel, sense, and experience, his or her truth. What possibilities can arise when we create the future together—out of our natural, innate abilities? It is said: If you’re not on fire for life, you can’t ignite anyone. I feel that we find that fire in our bodies.
Hans-Peter Kraus, Soultype 5, is a student in the NEATO Level 2 – New Equations Expansion program. He enjoys linking bridges that create a balance between different perceptions. Hans-Peter lives on the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland, and France, near Freiburg (Black Forest), Germany.