Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. . . (and this light) is not just in some of us. It's in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson (In past years, this quote has been inadvertently attributed to Nelson Mandela, who quoted her in one of his pivotal speeches leading up to his presidency of South Africa.)

Natural events are potent because they act in accordance with how things work. They simply are. Study natural processes: the light in the sky, the gravity of earth, the unfolding of your own ideas and insights, the emptiness of space, the fullness of life, and the behavior of saints  . . .

Potency comes from knowing what is happening and acting accordingly. Paradoxically, freedom comes from obedience to the natural order.

Since all creation is a whole, separateness is an illusion. Like it or not, we are team players. Power comes through cooperation, independence through service, and a greater self through selflessness. -Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching



The leader who understands how process unfolds uses as little force as possible and runs the group without pressuring people.

When force is used, conflict and arguments follow. The group degenerates. The climate becomes hostile, neither open nor nourishing.

The wise leader runs the group without fighting to have things a certain way. The leader's touch is light.. The leader neither defends nor attacks.

Remember that consciousness, not selfishness, is both the means of teaching and the teaching itself.

Group members will challenge the ego of one who leads egocentrically. But one who leads selflessly and harmoniously will grow and endure. -Lao Tzu



True self-interest teaches selflessness.
Heaven and earth endure because they are not simply selfish, but exist in behalf of all creation.
The wise leader, knowing this, keeps egocentricity in check and by doing so becomes even more effective.

Enlightened leadership is service, not selfishness. The leader grows more and lasts longer by placing the well-being of all above the well-being of self alone.
Paradox: By being selfless, the leader enhances self. -Lao Tzu



The students learn that effective action arises out of silence and a clear sense of being. In this they find a source of peace. They discover that the person who is down-to-earth can do what needs doing more effectively than the person who is merely busy. -Lao Tzu

Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. -Jesus of Nazareth



When you give of yourself --  you become more
When you give up  trying to impress – you become impressive
When you are really attentive, “purely present,” others will take notice . . .
They’ll also notice when you’re not present, yet pretend that you are.
The less you make of yourself -- the more you become!
-Lao Tzu  (paraphrased by JA, HCI)

The one who is greatest among you, must become like the least, and the leader, like a servant.
-Jesus of Nazareth

Leaders acquire and wear their visions like clothes. . . They seem to enroll themselves (and then others) in the belief of their ideals as attainable, and their behavior exemplifies the ideals in action.
-Warren Bennis

"To lead . . . one must follow." -Lao Tzu



Always treat others as you would want them to treat you. This sums up the law and the teachings of the prophets. -Jesus of Nazareth

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. -George Bernard Shaw,



One may long, as I do, for a gentler flame, a respite, a pause for musing.
But perhaps there is no other peace for the artist than what he finds in the heat of combat. "Every wall is a door," Emerson correctly said.
Let us not look for the door, and the way out, anywhere but in the wall against which we are leaning.
Instead, let us seek the respite where it is -- in the very thick of battle. For in my opinion . . . it is there.
Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves.
Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope.
Some will say that this hope lies in a nation, others, in a man. I believe rather that it is awakened, revived, nourished by millions of solitary individuals . . . everyday . . .
As a result, there shines forth fleetingly the ever-threatened truth that each and every man, on the foundation of his own sufferings and joys, builds for them all.
-Albert Camus, (From his last published lecture, entitled: Create Dangerously)



Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, a chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation.  There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless dreams and splendid plans, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too!  All sorts of things occur to help that would otherwise have never occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision rising in one's favor, all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance that no man could have dreamed would have come his way.  Whatever you can do -- or dream  you can -- begin it!  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  Begin it now! -Goethe