(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
great cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, once told his parents, “I
can be a good Chinese son, or I can be a great
cellist, but I can’t be both.”
Inside of goodness it's
inherently very difficult to be great. Very
difficult. Greatness means being willing to risk
the very thing goodness requires: the approval of
those who say what is good and what is
Yet consider that
greatness is inherently simple. It's
natural. It's simply a matter of returning to
you--to your natural conscience or consciousness--to
your innate call to courageously face reality honestly
and courageously act in line with your
What's actually hard is
being "good" in so many other people's
eyes--all the time. Everyone judges you by
different standards, standards which can change at
their whim. On top of that others' perceptions of you are
always limited and always changing. See how it's
hard to be good?
Now consider how your conscience or consciousness is
continually reminding you not to ignore or compromise
your values for others, and you
can see how it can be harder to be "good, rather
Yet we're trained from
birth in the art of being "good."
We're trained at home, in school, at church, at work,
etc., etc. We become so conditioned for
goodness, that goodness becomes easy and greatness
extremely difficult, because we've been trained all of
our lives not to think for ourselves and act
courageously on our own thoughts. We're trained
instead to defer to others' judgment and to follow
So when it comes time to
stand for something in the face of authority's or
majority's criticisms, we don't want to be
outcast. We don't want to lose their estimation
of us as a "good" person. So we choose
goodness over greatness. And with every such
choice, our spirit dies a little more.
Being true to yourself and living a heroic life
doesn't need to be a constant uphill battle. The more willing you are
to let go of "goodness," the more swiftly
and naturally you can step back into greatness.
This course is about
coming back to you... but in a stronger, higher, more
aligned sense than you've probably ever experienced
before. Welcome back to another session in Power
To Stand: A Course In Greatness! (TM)
This session is
the second part of
Goodness to Natural Greatness (part 1). In that session we looked at
how via conscience we naturally--already--have at least part of
a guidance system for greatness. In other words,
our minds have a faculty which is continually calling
us to honestly face our choices and to stand for our
values. This does not mean, of course, that we
all develop our capacity for natural greatness.
In fact, we often receive training while growing up
that short-circuits our natural development of
and reliance on our innate capacity for
greatness. We are trained not to be great, but
to be "good."
In part 2 of
this distinction we are going to look closely at that
goodness training, and see how it interferes with and
weakens our natural greatness. Are you
Take a deep
breath and let's begin!
In the last session we asked, "What
separates the person of goodness from the person of
greatness?" And we saw how the person of
greatness is guided primarily by his own consciousness
and conscience. The person of goodness on the
other hand is primarily guided by others.
We also saw that
being guided by conscience is quite natural, and thus
greatness could be quite natural for human
beings. So why then, we asked, do we receive so
much goodness training?
There are plenty of good
excuses for goodness training. Rather than
concern ourselves with why it exists, let's take a
closer look at how it works, and what its affect is on
our natural greatness.
Goodness training starts early.
Most all of us have been taught what to believe, who to
follow. We've been rewarded when we believe and
obey, and punished when we question and disobey.
In fact, to be
successful, goodness training must override one's
natural greatness. Let's look at how this
works. Natural Greatness is evident in the two functions of
conscience, as discussed in the last session:
- To lead us to FACE
(self-honesty, courageous inquiry)
- To lead us to STAND (courageous
requires that we,
- Look to the leader for
guidance (rather than face)
- Follow and obey
(rather than stand)
good in the eyes of others
and honor in own eyes
Blind faith (not looking for inner
guidance, not questioning, not facing) OVER
self-honesty/vision (looking for inner
guidance, questioning, facing)
Self-honesty OVER blind faith
Blind obedience (being true to highest
outer guidance) OVER integrity (being
true to highest inner guidance)
Conscious integrity OVER blind obedience
outward, away from conscience, towards a
inward, towards conscience and towards own
self-distrust, anxiety, self-doubt,
dependence, disconnection from self
self-trust, peace, confidence, inner power,
connection with self
more external guidance
more internal guidance
powerful vision, awareness and grasp of
powerful vision, awareness and grasp of
for the moment if this is not fully
clear. This is just the beginning.
Goodness training often results in fearful
minds. And fearful minds look first for
agreement and disagreement, as if exploring
new ideas is a matter of defend and attack.
"I agree with this, but not with
that." Fearful minds react quickly
to ideas that seem to conflict with their
own. They run back to their position and
hide behind the safety of the walls of their
beliefs and judgments.
relate to conflicting ideas differently, and
the result is ever emerging wisdom and
vision. So be conscious of how you
explore this course.
And please remember to
relate to the terms in this course, as defined in this
course, rather than how you may define them. For
example, if faith means something different to you,
then understand that we're not talking about that kind
Most disagreement and
miscommunication in the world happens when we assume
that someone else means the same thing we do when
using a certain word, when he means another thing
entirely. So, if there is disagreement, first
look to understand the other person's context or
definition. There may be no disagreement at
And, rather than
looking to see if you agree or disagree, look
to assemble the new ideas into a puzzle you've
not seen before.
format for this session and the last one was a bit
different with no specific distinction or example.
Yet the ideas are vital to the rest of this
course. Please review this session and part
1 again before moving on.
visionaries will not be accidental or "born"
visionaries. They will consciously guide
themselves by new protocols that give them ever
expanding powers for guiding themselves with conscience,
wisdom and vision.
you face yourself and reality and look within for
guidance, the more powerful your vision becomes.
of a leader as you may be in many areas of your life,
look for areas in which you doubt yourself. Who do
you defer to? Whose guidance do you seek?
What gives them more ability than you to know what's so,
or what's best for you? How can you reverse the
cycle of dependency, and put yourself on a course of
looking within to build ever more wisdom, power and
other visionaries and discuss how to integrate this
distinction into your life on the
good can get you very far in life. You can
become a very successful professional with fame,
fortune, family, friends and almost anything you want
by learning to play the game of life well. If
you're highly successful in the world, why on earth
would you want or need to be a visionary? Why go
an an inward journey to become more deeply connected
to your values and your vision than every
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