Intuition: from guts to strategy

Gut feeling or business plan? The essence is where the «or» becomes an «and», where intuition and intellect merge.

Pablo Picasso holds a distinct plea towards intuition: «I do not seek, I find.». No more seeking, only finding – what a relief. And what a struggle it would be to become like Picasso…

These three elements make your finding easier:

The first step: become aware of your judging

It requires all aspects of our personality to bring our calling into the world. The greatest power arises when we say «Yes» to everything that we hate or love in ourselves.

We strive towards everything that makes us bigger, more radiant, lighter. We refuse everything that seems negative, dangerous or heavy to us. We judge others every minute. And each of these judgments is a mirror of what we want or refuse in ourselves.

Second step: yes to being as you are.

These judgments are acutely human. Taking a step towards being conscious does not lead to refusal, though. Acceptance of the inner gap between «this is how I want to be» and «this is what I despise» awaits one step below at the next level of depth.

When we appreciate both sides in us, a portal may open. And from this place, we observe our thoughts. The more love we put into it, the freer our seeking, finding and acting becomes.

Third step: yes to Source.

Every tiny little pinch of self-acceptance enhances the inner connection. And this inner harmony makes us calmer. Now we can listen more carefully to what the universe has to tell us. Now we can perk up our ears with a focussed inner attitude that is open even to the tiniest of signals.

Ideas, images, solutions come to us within milliseconds and stay. At first, we may not have confidence in those inspirations. But we all have access to Source. «Have» is the wrong word. «Be» fits much better: we are at the Source. We cannot buy ourselves into the access, secure it, hold it. It is given to us when we dare.

Acting in Harmony

The quantum physicist Hans-Peter Dürr describes our «encompassing me» as a drop in the ocean. If we want to manifest anything in our physical world, this «greater me» shrinks down into the ego and rises above the sea as an individual drop. «…there, I stand in front of others as an individual and become capable of acting.» (translated quote from the book Geist, Kosmos und Physik, p. 126, Google Books).

The inner connection with ourselves and the connection beyond ourselves enhances the access to our intuition. When an action arises from this connection, it is in harmony with the ocean’s waves, and thus its manifestation will have its greatest effect. And because our small me is unique, we all read the waves in vastly different ways.

The best of ways are playful – just like Picasso. When a journalist asked him, why he had changed from the «Blue» to the «Rose period», he replied: «When I don’t have blue, I simply take red.» (Victoria Charles, Picasso, page 5, Google Books)

I deepened my understanding of this path at the International Intuition Summit Basel. The handout may serve as an inspiration:

Zurich, February 2017
Photo: Jan Bernet

Clarity at the Source: What’s Next?

Throughout our lives we are confronted with the question: who am I? Whoever listens carefully to the Source within could discover a new lightness.

A statement by Nietzsche has inspired and at the same time confused me for years: «There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!»

Clarity, now!

The truth in these words has touched me. It was contradictory to my ongoing questions where do I go? What’s next?

It seems to be a central human trait, this impatient «ahead!». Fuelled from inside and out. Parents, teachers, partners, society’s requirements tell us who we are. They mould us through acceptance and rejection.

Mostly in the mist

Today I know: the path leads inwards, towards that connection with my Source. Where the water wells up. From here we set foot on our own, individual path. Still poking around in the mist, asking: what’s next?

We are the only ones with this specific connection to our Source. Clarity lies within and we get there by inner access or exchange with others: «All real life is meeting», says Martin Buber. External answers to our questions, doubts and ideas lay down stepping stones towards our own inner clarity.

Three steps towards yourself

Your path to clarity could be guided by these points of navigation:

  1. Enjoy the questions and the mist
    The following would have helped me to be less confused about Nietzsche’s statement: more patience with myself, my seeking and my insecurity. Now, I am sometimes even able to enjoy the insecurities of a transition. To feel joy in experiencing something coming my way, even though I cannot guess its nature. What helped me was Peter König’s insight that a Source is poking around in the mist for eighty percent of the time. Creating clarity is one of any Source’s most important tasks.
  2. Seek for exchange
    When the feeling gets really unbearable, insecure, dark – those are the moments, in which I want to talk least to anyone. I have learned, though, to dare to do it anyway. Accepting my own insecurity, I can express myself without fear. When my vis-à-vis is open, can keep something in confidence, does not judge or give advice. My clarity often grows as I am formulating my questions – instead of letting them turning rounds in my head, causing sleepless nights.
  3. Having confidence in the Source
    Everybody has experienced these moments in which clarity appears. And we cannot say where it comes from. It is just there.

My connection to the Source is supported by being in nature, in community, by love, music, stillness, and by everything I do with my hands. This is when I get touched by my own melody. The Source hums it and leaves me, benevolently, with the choice.

Ready for take off

What is your resonance, what do you want to experiment with? Be as you are and trust yourself. Cast off!

Rainer Maria Rilke‘s poem «On patience» is encouraging and ends with the following words: «It is about living everything. When you live the questions, you may possibly, without even being conscious of it, live your path into the answers on one foreign day.» (Goodreads.com)

Picture by Marcel Bernet, Mythenquai Lake Zurich

The Source Principle

Organisations are an interplay of people. If everyone is connected to their inner Source and fully claim their field, positive dynamics emerge. Looking with this clarity behind the boxes of an organisational chart will make it much more joyful to lead or to be lead.

All which is alive always defies categorisation. Happiness, love, success can never be captured, neither through words, nor deeds. It is with this basic attitude that I approach this systemic view on organisation, leadership and collaboration developed by Peter König. Life is not about concepts, but all about what works for you to bring more ease in your everyday experience.

Source: the beginning of everything

Those who start an organisation or a relationship are the source of that system. They overlook the whole area, receive all the relevant information for its design and know the next step. Yes, there is only one source. This does not mean that it is omniscient and omnipotent. Only through exchange with helpers and other sub-sources in its field does it get the required clarity. With their support, the source attains its set goals.

The idea of one single source provokes two contradicting projections: sources can be emphasised or marginalised.

Emphasising results in a lone puppet-master, somewhere at the top of a pyramid. Maybe some leaders even see themselves in this position – and all the others watch the master squirm on his throne of hot coals.

The Source Principle is marginalised when everyone stands in a circle and claims to have the same access to fundamental information. «Bosses unwanted» – yet still, all orient themselves towards a leading figure – who often prefers to be hidden too, maybe using a hip but unclear job title stated on the business card.

These polarities interlink where source and sub-source are understood to be servants of their respective fields. The primary source is nothing on its own – it depends on sub-sources who are reliant on overall orientation and directions. Which they in turn grant to the further level of sub-sources they depend on.

The tasks of source and sub-source

Source and sub-source carry the same responsibility – in their respective field. They receive information, relevant only for their own territory. Connected to their source power, they set the direction, create clarity, give and take space.

As a carrier of the whole field, source is responsible for

  • the alignment with its original need and vision
  • deciding on the next steps for the whole field
  • deciding on expansion or reduction of this field
  • the choice of sub-sources that are directly connected with it
  • delegating the responsibility for the according source fields

The sub-source accounts for

  • the alignment of its respective area with the primary source’s needs and vision
  • the decision on the next steps within this area
  • impulses regarding changes of this field
  • the choice of further sub-sources therein
  • delegating the full responsibility for the assigned sub-spaces

A sub-source can only change its field in agreement with the source positioned one level above: the latter knows how reduction or expansion effects the whole system and what changes this will bring.

Sub-source before primary source

The Source Principle works as a dynamic hierarchy, as its delegation is total. In its assigned space, the sub-source stands above the primary source. On a practical level this means that the Corporate Communications Officer stands above the CEO in all her decisions. The reason is that only she has all the information necessary for her decision on the next step. Source and sub-source are in a constant dynamic exchange to find clarity on the decisions to be taken within the assigned spaces.

The Source Principle hence demands fully empowered sub-sources – which entails that primary sources refrain from stepping back into delegated spaces. The great benefits, however, consist in getting rid of superfluous micromanagement, constant safety checks and unnecessary constraints in synchronising processes.

Clarity in business formation and succession

Are you a project’s source? If you are in that power, the «Yes» comes without hesitation. Difficulties arise when several people start a project together. Or when the primary source never really handed on its function.

When starting a business in a group, the conscious focus on a primary source may be lacking – and everybody will pretend that it is always the team which defines the next step. It is however clear to everyone who receives the essential information, and who is the actual top dog.

Successions work out when the power of source is passed on. This requires the predecessors to let go – and not just formally through a sale or exit. They must free their source-access for their successors. It is then the successors’ responsibility to fully take over power and responsibility. It is not unusual for both sides to be comfortable with «half a succession», one side hanging on to some source power, the other shying away from full accountability.

Give and take full space

The challenge that I most often face as a coach and counsellor is the act of stepping into one’s one full power as a source or sub-source. This has to do with the inner attitudes of all people who are part of the system.

Collaboration is successful when all sources claim and get their respective spaces.

It is often the case that source space is never fully given, nor claimed. In this reality, nobody wants to lead or to be led, yet everybody feels the dissatisfaction. It is easier to escape, than to create and withstand clarity.

The beauty is, self-healing is inescapable. Frictions, difficulties, failures always lead to the integration of a new skill. We never quite finish learning.

Five questions to you as a source

We are all source and sub-source in many areas of our lives, in which we design projects, games, and interactions. Take something that currently burdens you. An area in which you have trouble orientating yourself. Focus on this project for a moment. Then go through the five following questions. Answer them instinctively and swiftly. You can use your smartphone to record your answers as you let them emerge spontaneously. You may be astonished about yourself when you listen to them.

  1. Name a project in/of which you are the primary or sub-source.
  2. Name three aspects of this project that you are totally clear about.
  3. Name one aspect that is difficult for you.
  4. What would support your success?
  5. What could be your next, elegant step?

Echo and learnings welcome. (mail@marcelbernet.ch)

© Graphics, image Marcel Bernet, Lake at Palu Glacier