(previously Power To Stand: A Course In Greatness)
Written by Michael Skye for the Vision
Each Visionary Mind Shift may be easy enough to grasp
at a glance, yet each is a puzzle piece in a larger
puzzle called the Vision Force Matrix. The more
you integrate this shift with the other shifts, the
more the matrix will begin to emerge. Your
understanding of the distinctions and the matrix
itself will evolve as you move through the
course. To speed that evolution, do your best to
view each word and distinction as something new, a
mystery, rather than by relating it to what you
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provocative inquiry into human consciousness (and
that your life, your spirit, is at stake in this
session. But not just yours, your
children's. The concepts herein dive deeply (yet
simply) into some of our biggest challenges as human
beings: how to live lives of greatness, and how to
raise great children. How seriously you approach
this session could profoundly impact your life and the
lives of your
children... and the world. How will you face
The person of greatness, who will act powerfully
from his own highest inner guidance, is at once a
danger to the powers that be... and exactly
who he needs to be for himself, his family, and the
world around him. The person of greatness holds
the power to transform the world around her.
The person of
goodness, on the other hand, will follow and obey the
powers that be rather than listen to and act from his
own highest inner guidance, and is thus a danger to us
all. She does not hold the power to transform
the world around her, and often makes it worse, all
the while trying to maintain the illusion of her
separates the person of goodness from the person of
In a word, we
could say "Conscience." But that word
is perhaps too common or simplistic. Further,
most of us
assume that we know what "Conscience"
the word, conscience, was invented to name a universal
human dynamic. In other words, it was obvious
that human beings everywhere have some sense of right
and wrong, which influences our choices. And so
we created a word to identify that phenomena.
So please forget
about its religious or spiritual connotations or
explanations for the moment, and consider that
conscience, regardless of its source, refers to
something common to human beings. And let's look
at it again, as if for the first time.
conscience as an inner compass that continually
reminds us to look at our choices, and make sure our
actions align with our values.
have a consciousness (or conscience) that works via
ongoing signals to face reality (especially when there
is incongruence), and to stand (especially when there
is a threat to one's values). See the chart
(Part Of) A Natural Greatness Guidance System
Face (Thought) or Not To Face?
Called To Face; Consider facing and feel
inspired/moved to face (honor/peace/love for
self as stand)
Warning To Not Choose Not to Face;
Consider not facing and feel bad/uneasy (guilt
/ anxiety for considering compromising /
threatening self as stand)
Honor For Facing; Reflect on choosing to
face and feel good (honor/peace/love for self
Guilt For Not Facing; Reflect on choosing
not to face and feel bad (guilt/shame for
compromising self as stand).
Stand (Action) or Not To Stand
Called To Stand; Consider standing and
feel inspired/moved (honor/peace/love for self
Warning To Not Choose Not To Stand;
Consider not standing and feel bad/uneasy
(guilt/anxiety for considering
compromising / threatening self as stand)
Honor For Standing; Reflect on choosing to
stand and feel good (honor/peace/love for self
Guilt For Not Standing; Reflect on
choosing not to face and feel bad (guilt/shame
for compromising self as stand).
for the moment if this is not fully
clear. This is just the beginning.
1a) calls you to face reality, 1b) warns you against
not facing, 1c) rewards you for facing, 1d) pains you
for not facing, 2a) calls you to stand, 2b) warns you
against not standing for your values, 2c) rewards you
for standing, and 2d) pains you for not
standing. In summary, it leads you to live
powerfully and courageously in line with your values
in life by 1) continually looking honestly at reality,
yourself and your values, and 2) continually act on
behalf of your values even in the face of fear.
essentially a call to greatness, is it
So then, could
greatness be natural?
Could it be
that we each possess a natural greatness guidance
And if so, then
why so much training to be good? And how
does this goodness training interfere with our natural
conscience, our call to greatness?
If you were
threatened by your child's, your student's, your
employee's or your citizens independent
conscience/consciousness... how could you train him or
her to not follow his own
Well, here's one
1) Teach him
that it is wrong to think and choose for himself, and
then teach him what to think
2) Punish him
for thinking or choosing differently than your
3) Reward him
for blind obedience
In essence, tell
him that to be good is to agree and obey with you, and
train him to follow. Sooner or later, he will
pay attention to your goodness guidance system rather
than his greatness guidance system. Before
thinking or acting, he will think first of what you
say to do, and how he might be rewarded or punished.
Now... of course
most of our adults/superiors/authorities in this world
simply want what's best for us. As
need to help our children learn to be good,
upstanding, responsible citizens and successful
people, right? We can't just let them do
whatever they want! Consider that as human
beings in the early 21st century, we simply don't yet
know much about developing greatness in our children
Not only are we
not taught how to develop greatness in our children,
we are conditioned and taught to train our children to
And, even when
we sense that goodness training is killing the
greatness or spirit in our youth, it simply seems more
"practical" to train them to be
it. If you need to get your school kids from
classroom A to classroom B, it's simply seems more
efficient to tell them that walking in a single file
line is good, and going their own way is not, and then
reward/punish them based on their actions.
of why we often train each other to be good
rather than develop each other's natural greatness,
let's face now the obvious problem at hand: our
goodness training is interfering with our natural
greatness! What to do about it?
To be continued
in the next session...
Greatness vs. Trained Goodness (part 2)
visionary (as we define it) operates via a vision that
calls her to greatness. Think of vision as a
multiplier of your conscience. Imagine... more
than feeling called to be honest with yourself, and more
than feeling called to stand for your values... Imagine
seeing a vision that calls you to face anything and
everything, and stand without compromise day in and day
out... until the end! Imagine having the kind of
vision that calls not just your self, but your team and
even your adversaries to greatness!
the power of tomorrow's visionaries. The new breed
of revolutionaries are all visionaries--people who call
themselves AND the world around them to greatness.
more you face and stand, the more you will see the
kind of vision that calls yourself and others to
more you see the kind of vision that calls yourself
and others to greatness, the more you will face and
more you face and stand, the more others will face and
stand. The more others face and stand, the more
still others will face and stand.
not hard to see how one single person living as a
visionary can literally change not just the world
around him, but humanity itself.
yourself what kind of formal and informal goodness
training you've had. Now... have you had training
in greatness? What about vision? What would
such training be worth to you? To your children?
other visionaries and discuss how to integrate this
distinction into your life on the
greatness training, there is visionary training.
Consider that as a human being you
have all you need for greatness. Human
consciousness works via calling us to 1) face, and 2)
stand. You probably sense that to some extent you've been trained or conditioned
to ignore or turn away from your own conscience and
consciousness. And you probably have a good idea
of how this negatively impacts
your power in life and your sense of fulfillment in
what if you were to experience your
natural greatness guidance system in all its power?
What if you were to live consciously and skillfully as
a visionary? Is that even
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