From E- Business to E- Consciousness

An Unique programme of transformation when Organizations will make decisions @ speed of thought

Throughout the twentieth century, the dominant paradigm of management has been changing. As a consequence, there has been an evolution in the concept of leadership and in the way executives think about business strategy . The trend in both leadership and strategy began with an emphasis on the concrete or material aspects of business and focused on production. This was followed by progressively subtler interpretations of business enterprise that emphasized the importance of the human element. Contemporary thinking about both leadership and strategy focus attention on the knowledge base of the firm and emphasizes the value of creativity and learning in organizations. However , I wish to emphasize that in the twenty- first century, management surpasses even this level and will be based not only on knowledge but on “ knowingness” – a comprehensive consciousness based model which explores inner realities that touch sensitive core values hitherto unexplored. The transition of management thought towards the emphasis on continuous learning and leadership at all levels in a learning organization is a progression beyond organizational processes. In the latter part of the century, management scholars attempted to identify the true depository of knowledge in organizations. Recognizing that organizations are indeed knowledge- based, they wanted to know how and where in an organization knowledge actually resides. Historically the answer has been that it can be found in the databases, files, and accounting systems of the firm, because knowledge contained there is owned and fully controlled by the Institution. But a deeper analysis revealed that a company’s knowledge lies in the Human Resources. These apply to all levels of staff. The true depository of knowledge in the institution is therefore the consciousness of the knower himself. My own research has revealed that until and unless the inner core of a person is radically transformed, training undertaken at the outer superficial sensory level will not be sufficient enough to penetrate deep down and make an inner transformation at the “Core” or at an integral level. This is the level that human beings have often sensed, or have often felt a need for, which is broader or larger or fuller than the ordinary world, and in some sense lies “beyond” the threshold which normally bounds our existence. What are some of the results of transcendence experiences of the sort instanced above? In the first place, it is likely that these are experiences of a very high order, of the sort Maslow terms “peak experiences”, in which the individual is most alive, most healthy, and at the peak of his capabilities. Maslow allows for gradations in peak experiences, and would fit this sort of experience high on the scale, perhaps as the intense most type

Strategies with a narrow focus would then leave much “ Head” knowledge but little or no “Heart” value shift. all the way up to ability to live fully. Some ASCs.of peak experience.. Bio. or the changes may be called personality growth if they are a movement from psychological normality to a state of being which is healthier than the normal. and an enhanced potential for significant psychological benefit. neuroses or psychoses). i. such as. drug addiction.but conflict consumed him and led to a depression that cost his life. There was no harmony or inner calmness within .. Type. in the realm of psychological improvement. Ulcers . that ASC experiences are often avenues leading toward therapeutic effect and psychological growth. . and so on. remission of neurotic symptoms (at least for a time). bonuses and all that an employee dreamed of. Vacuous minds can only produce vacuous thoughts so we witness a bandwagon of leaders who promote outer show to cover up their rotten inner core. highly stressed nervous systems and as it has been reveled in Criminology . Today in our own country and at various leading organizations also there are hundreds of Managers and Executives who are driven by unrealistic demands that may reach their limit if the tendency is not reversed. kind and generous to staffyet at the inner core he was unsettled and corrupt. It was reported that one top leader of ENRON. positive changes in interpersonal relationships. most of which are mediated via noetic insight (i.g. have therapeutic significance for the human person in that they effect positive psychological changes in the person. improved interpersonal relationships. The results that accrue as a result of peak experiences are: positive changes in the self image. Our alcohol consumption. self understanding). ruthless.A. the possibility of latent criminal tendencies activated. The recent international examples. Such personality changes. increased creativity. in other words. Today everywhere we witness a steady erosion of values and morals and an immense shortage of leaders of substance. Charles Baxter had committed suicide a few days ago.e. Alas. changes ranging in value from learning control over habit patterns (primarily with Deep Meditation . make us question the very concept of leadership. ruthless leaders of the caliber of Bin Laden or deceitful leaders like those in ENRON. they turned out to be dreams only. There is significant evidence that altered states of consciousness hold major personality growth. any outside developmental activities devoid of such inner alteration will only yield short term results which any Organization can ill afford at this juncture when every effort is being made towards accelerated development.e. may be called therapeutic changes if they result in the remission of psychological disorders (e.. prostitution and suicide rates are leading indicators of our deep inner restlessness and a vacuum within. Therefore . winning the admiration of his subordinates. vacations. increased spontaneity and self-expression.Feedback and hypnosis). At the superficial level Baxter was also a top leader. thus in the long term leaving the person with an inner sense of restlessness and emptiness which contributes in no small measure to producing superficial leaders devoid of substance. ENRON was one of the companies that had the best industrial relations.

job satisfaction and enhanced well-being. with scant regard to programmes that develop use of full brain potential. creativity. This will result in increased sickness absence. Research has found that the way people are managed is the biggest influence on employee attitudes.High blood pressure & coronaries have a close connection with a stressed up nervous system. lack of strategic focus. develop assertive skills . this will have a payoff in terms of increased performance. higher job satisfaction. Today we witness a further alarming trend. Adoption of enlightened management practices.which are associated with higher productivity and profitability. Organisation culture and management style can be a source of stress. At this level of reasoning. skills development. Poor communications and indifferent leadership also create anxiety. (e. and cancer at the root of hopelessness. Those who find pressure motivating on the other hand also have high levels of commitment. this suggests that a positive psychological contract can help reduce feelings of uncomfortable pressure and help people deal with circumstances. promotion or transfer. a tendency towards cynicism . specific attention should be focused on the transformation of the leader himself at the deeper level. Social and economic events outside the employment relationship cause stress and need to be considered. the spiritual intelligence. work environment and culture. Is there as way out Along with various value added training programmes that impart knowledge and diverse skills. However those with a poor psychological contract who are under continual pressure and working harder and longer are likely to suffer stress. . Now that is the hallmark of cynicism. involvement. job dissatisfaction and quitting the job. the prospects are bleak and they stand as a monument to the repercussions that will be felt for decades to come. and move away from the IQ trap to EQ – Emotional Intelligence and beyond to SQ . With that inner radiance now released he or she will be able to lead a calmer.g. It may arise because people have been inadequately trained for the new job. This would facilitate an inner dialogue and correct any negative impressions of the past and open the valve of inner release. People who feel under excessive pressure are likely to be working long hours and have a poor psychological contract. This may arise from poor selection practices at the time of recruitment. Then you will come across an enlightened leader. With only the horrendous “Outer show” and our tendency to focus on short term results. Lack of competence causes stress too. He will think for himself. a carefully thought through psychological contract supports organisational commitment and job satisfaction . and effective occupational health programmes) is the basis for a positive psychological contract. job design. In turn. if you achieve the end the means do not matter. reversal of negative emotions of the past etc that releases a person’s true potential. more focused life. everything is subordinated to success . The teachers and trainers cater to this group by arranging hundreds of hours of training . In turn. The only thing that matters is whether you succeed or not . creativity.

and an enhanced ability to live fully. improved interpersonal relationships. a sure way of laying a foundation for a culture of inner and outer peace.. The elements discovered and the methodology are all unique and original.. neuroses or psychoses). In some cases. Some ASCs. most of which are mediated via noetic insight (i. there is very little of this theoretical problem. What is unique with E. For . changes ranging in value from learning control over habit patterns (primarily with Deep Meditation . of course. The therapeutic effects of Altered States of Consciousness There is significant evidence that altered states of consciousness hold potential for significant psychological benefit. that ASC experiences are often avenues leading toward therapeutic effect and psychological growth. we must have some pre-established notion of what we mean by disease and health. in other words. all the way up to major personality growth. Downplaying this element and engaging only at sensory level is bound to fail.e.g. i.This would also increase the creativity and inter. We encourage the participants to explore the inner realities and revisit Einstein’s famous equation E=MC ^2 now with consciousness added which emancipates and energizes both simultaneously while helping extinguish the raging fires within that makes one helpless if not hopeless.e.Feedback and hypnosis). self understanding). may be called therapeutic changes if they result in the remission of psychological disorders (e. Bio. This truly would then become transformational leadership. have therapeutic significance for the human person in that they effect positive psychological changes in the person. or the changes may be called personality growth if they are a movement from psychological normality to a state of being which is healthier than the normal. for if we are going to say that a person has made psychological progress away from disease and toward health.CONSCIOUSNESS For the first time I am happy to introduce the concept of transformation from ebusiness to e-consciousness which will help tap the “ Collective Consciousness” of the organization to gain lasting results. Such personality changes. The concept of psychological growth is by no means a simple matter..personal skills that would contribute enormously to bring about a society focused on higher values and maintaining unity in diversity.

Thus. but is rather form a state of normally toward something healthier than just the average. phobias.example. and other therapies which involve the use of ASCs. if any. in the case of a “normal” individual who seeks “greater fulfillment”. The suggestion is effective. The question becomes a bit subtler. and psychiatrists (and psychologists) for a long time have been speaking of supra-normal psychological health. But how can we define that supra-normal psychological health? This will certainly be a concern if we are ever to claim that one who is already “normal” now makes progress in the direction of greater psychological health. which both the patient and doctor would like to be rid of. In this sort of situation. but the point I wish to emphasize here is that the compulsion was eradicated. suggests that the compulsion disappear. for it can legitimately be asked. the subject wishes to terminate the symptoms. Nor does the theoretical problem about what constitutes disease and health arise in the case of manifest psychoses that involve extreme nightmarish. dream work. Physicians have begun to think in terms of higher and higher degrees of healthiness. his compulsion completely gone. Similarly. a man suffering from compulsive eating habits which have lead him to excessive obesity seeks out a psychiatrist who hypnotizes him. and the like. which can be helped with hypnosis. theoretical question about what is disease behavior and what is healthy behavior. there is very little. theoretical problem in cases involving other sorts of compulsions. anxieties. and within a year the man has returned to normal weight. The therapeutic process may. or a “fuller life”. and there is no question but that to terminate the symptoms would be a positive step toward greater mental health. systematic desensitization. the struggle is not form disease to health (as in the former cases). the psychiatrist considers them sick. painful. there is no question about what constitutes a move toward health. In these cases. of course. or “greater happiness”. that he return to normal eating habits. just what constitutes greater psychological health? . have taken several sessions and may even have included some psychoanalysis. In cases of this sort there is very little. and that his weight then slowly return to normal. waking hallucinations of the most painful and terrorizing sort. when we are dealing with symptoms which are manifestly maladaptive. if any. and destructive. phantasy techniques. however.

more spontaneous. Rogers’ unconditional positive regard). applying the term to those persons who are well involved in the process of actualizing their potential for full humanness. more fully expressive of their personhood.Now I do not wish to minimize the importance of this problem. That concept declares that some persons are more or less fully human than others. i. and generally more acceptant of the cosmos and their being in it. are very much engaged in what is to them a lifeimportant task. With this notion of full humanness in mind. are more acceptant of them selves (in Fromm’s sense of self love. Their interpersonal relationships are more fruitful than most. Without examining the matter in all its detail. they seek solitude and enjoy it more than average persons. and are less egoconscious and timid. moral goodness.e. Fritz Perls. and so on.. I take it to mean that he has made progress toward approaching fuller humanness. for which notion I have relied on the work of the psychologists we can now considered the theoretical question mentioned earlier: what does it mean to say that a person has experienced therapeutic benefits from ASCs. I shall rely specifically on the ideas of the humanistic school of psychology. They are generally more creative. and more in line with Buber’s concept of the I-Thou way of being (Maslow’s B-Love. in other words. or self-esteem). that some persons have actualized more of their potential for humanness than others. justice. sometimes referred to as “third force” psychology. Self-actualizing persons. such as truth. Perhaps he has removed some obstacles of blockages (therapeutic . and Abraham Maslow. on the other hand. liberty. authenticity. I shall rely specifically on one central concept that has been developed in that school of thought and that is the concept one full humanness. healthier persons than the average. in this connection. less superficial. represented by the work of Gordon Allport. to add one final characteristic. They are. it seems to be the sort of question that is best answered by the theoretical psychologists. more acceptant of others. Maslow. and they are healthier in the sense that they are more human. Victor Frakl. rather I wish to emphasize its importance for the difficult task of assessing personality growth. or what does it mean to say that he has undergone personal growth? In light of the above considerations. are more able to fully engage themselves in a task or project or concern. more free. or rather the concept of approaching full humanness. beauty. They are generally more concerned with the traditionally “higher” or nobler values (Maslow’s B-values). it will suffice here to mention only a few of the characteristics of self-actualizing persons. speaks of self-actualizing persons. Yet. Carl Rogers.

is likely to be along the lines suggested by Maslow as after effects of peak experiences: the person will feel more integrated.remission of neurotic or psychotic symptoms). personal growth means the movement toward a greater actualization of human potential. the lightest of the four levels. to one degree or another. or perhaps he has found the strength to take steps he had never before taken. and complete if it occurs as a result of ASC experiences at the deeper levels. whereas growth that occurs as a result of ASC experience at the deepest integral level is likely to be more profound. So personal growth occurs as a result of ASC experiences at all of the various levels. hypnotic revivification. the growth that occurs as a result of peak experiences at the sensory level will be far less profound. and was also aware that the completeness of growth depended on how deeply a person was able too go into his subconscious. and likely to concern only certain aspects of the personality. however. it can now be said that in innumerable cases ASCs are responsible for personal growth. Keeping this in mind. more expressive of himself. the level of human consciousness that Freud was so aware of with is emphasis on dreams. more complete. toward greater self-actualization. but is more profound. in Maslow’s terms. For whatever reason. from the more shallow sensory level to the most profound integral level. reborn as a new person. It must also be said. and likely to concern one’s entire person hood from top to bottom. phantasy. better able to relate openly with other persons. more creative. far less thorough-going. In fact personal growth occurs. One is liable. and the like. so to speak. lasting. the change will likely not be so fully profound as in deeper levels. This in fact is what is meant by personal growth. or perhaps he discovered something which allowed him to move in a direction that he had previously not been able to see. more acceptant of self and others. in ASC experiences at all experiential levels. For example. in that case. to find his whole being re-oriented. the more profound and thorough-going will be the personality growth. Freud was well aware of this. less at odds with himself. etc. similar personal growth can take place. more lasting. that the deeper the level of the ASC experience. and that he has been. liable to find that his foundations have been shaken and rebuilt anew. and then how well he was able subsequently integrate that material into his waking . more perceptive. At the recollective-analytic level. but at this more shallow sensory level. The personal growth that occurs as a result of ASC experience at the sensory level. free association.

.consciousness. fuller humanness. shallower levels of consciousness. and his relations with the world. Jung was well aware. as C.G. Profound personal growth toward fuller awareness. as a survey of the great mystics will quickly show. and here the growth is most profound. the more fundamental and thoroughgoing will be the growth achieved. can take place as a result of ASC experience at the symbolic level of consciousness. and able to orient them in a unified way toward the life goal at which he wishes to aim his being. It is not enough that one simply experience these various levels. It is at this symbolic level that the person plunges far deeper than the level of his personal subconscious. the deep primordial foundations of his being. and integrate the matter found there with the other levels of his being. but he was aware of only two of these layers. though now it will be far more complete and fundamental than that which occurs at earlier. growth occurs as a result of integration of the different levels of consciousness. but he must somehow assimilate their contents. foundations which underlie everything that has more recently been built upon them. fuller being in the world. the waking consciousness and the personal sub consciousness (which is the layer probed at the recollective-analytic level of ASC experience). Finally personal growth can occur at the most fundamental level. Here the experiences are most fully integrated into the total being of the person (hence the term “integral” level). as Jung was also fully aware. most complete. can occur as a result of such integration. and growth that occurs at this level will be far more profound than at the previous two levels. the more ancient levels of this being. the regions in which are found the great symbolic archetypes described so effectively by Jung. and begins to explore the vast regions of the collective unconscious. all the various levels of his consciousness. Freud was well aware that personality growth depends on integration of the different layers of human consciousness. At this level a person finds himself able to integrate all the various layers of his existence. Here again personal growth occurs. It is at this level. And here again. a new person is born. It is at this level that his foundations will have been shaken most profoundly and the structures rebuilt a new. one stop deeper than the first two. We have seen now that personal growth occurs at all the various levels of consciousness. and affect all the various dimensions of his self. thirdly. and that the deeper the layer that is experienced. that the person experiences the more primitive. Personal growth. and most lasting. the integral level. James and Poulain and Underhill have recorded such profound changes in a person’s being as a result of mystical experience.

Prof.Lakshman Madurasinghe Handing over the e-Consciousness findings to the speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka2003 .