Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.
Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn’t there,
but you’ll be able to step out of its way.
Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.
Tao Te Ching v60
Heaven and Earth
It was during a cold and snowy period of eleven days from December 27, 1978 to January 6, 1979 that the whole of this material was recorded. I have taken the liberty of editing out the repetition and rearranging it in chapter format, but aside from that, I share it with you as it was first presented to me.
In the years that have passed since those eleven winter days when my little eight-by-ten office seemed to literally pulsate with the rhythms of some alien, yet hauntingly familiar, intelligence, I have given thought a number of times to publication. Yet my own life has been so filled with the momentum of such incredible change that I have hardly been able, until now, to take the proposition seriously. I can certainly attest to the truth of what is stated in these transmissions: one’s life does indeed begin to change when one decides to work with the approaching forces!
I hope the significance of this material is not lost to certain readers because of a reluctance to accept its purported origin. Regardless of one’s opinion on the plausibility of extraterrestrial or angelic communion, it might be pointed out that the simple act of structuring information in this manner opens up communicative possibilities that are virtually non-existent in a conventional mode. Much of what is communicated in these pages would not easily lend itself to other, more traditional, ways of conveying information.
The messages came first in non-verbal form, on waves, or pulsations, that carried the concise symbolic content of what I term “meta-conceptual information.” Automatically, it would seem, the nearest approximating words or phrases from the English language would be assigned to ride, as it were, the fluctuations of the non-verbal communications. Often it was the case that the only human conceptual system with approximating terminology was religious. Hence, the occasional use of “Christian” words and phrases. It is not to be assumed that these always imply the usual assortment of meanings that are generally associated with them. Often the meta-conceptual reality that they are used to represent goes substantially beyond the meanings suggested by their contemporary usage.
The communications that are presented in this book seem to have been transmitted neuron-biologically. As I communed with these spatial intelligences, our bio- gravitational fields seemed to merge, our awarenesses blend, and my nervous system seemed to become available to them as a channel for communication. During our interviews, I would perceive reality, not only through my own perceptual mechanism, but through theirs as well. The resulting synthesis provided for a relatively accurate approximation in human language of the awareness they brought. . . .
Field of Play
Know What to Prepare For
I am a collector of maxims that offer some particular insight or inspiration. One of the most apt of the hundreds I have quoted and used in leadership is the following. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
I would be hard-pressed to think of another that is more fitting when it comes to identifying that which prevents an individual or team from achieving success.
However, let me offer an extension of that little saying that is also relevant: Failing to prepare for failure can prevent success.
Sports psychologists teach visualization – “seeing” yourself succeeding and/or performing some task perfectly. I had a different approach.
A basketball team that has a pretty good night will miss 30 percent of its shots. That’s a high rate of failure. Consequently, I instructed our players, “Assume every shot will be missed.”
I taught them to expect failure – the missed basket – and be ready to do what comes next: a tip-in, rebound, fast break, or something else. “Don’t just stand around waiting to see if the ball goes in. Assume it won’t; get ready to respond quickly and correctly.” (Of course, I taught them what “quickly and correctly” meant.)
In any context, basketball or business, what happens after a missed opportunity, mistake, or failure is crucial.
Perfection is impossible. Capitalizing on imperfection – mistakes – makes all the difference.
Those I coached didn’t need to visualize success. Success would take care of itself they took care of everything else. This included preparing for failure.
The Essential Wooden
The American Presidency
Perhaps a good place to start this current investigation is to ask the simple questions: What is a Democrat? What is a Republican? I haven’t heard anyone that can answer these questions. In the current context Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Bernie Sanders have very different views of what a Democratic President should look like in January of 2017. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, have very different views on what a Republican President should look like.
If we look at the platforms of both parties in their 2008 conventions what they affirmed is recorded.