Articulating Your Shared Vision Through A Physical Artifact

In my previous article โ€œ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐•๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‹๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญโ€ we talked about how:

  1. The human heart is the strongest generator of both electrical and magnetic fields in the body;
  2. Itโ€™s designed to change the electromagnetic field of our bodies and our world, in response to the feelings and emotions we create; and
  3. The heartโ€™s field radiates about 8 feet around us in all directions and is felt by all those who come into contact with us.

Which is why, whatever feeling weโ€™re generating about our vision in the space of our hearts, is:

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’‘๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’…๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’†โ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.

The article then went on to speak about how Einsteinโ€™s approach teaches us that when we start by envisioning a new world, free of the problems weโ€™re concerning ourselves with addressing, that vision engenders alignment with, and embodiment of, the values, principles and designs of that new world.

And from there we can take the necessary inspired action to systemically and systematically create that new world.

In summary, what all this tells us is that we ideally want to be as CLEAR about our vision as possible IN CONNECTION with the other members of our team, so that weโ€™re all ALIGNING around the same Shared Vision, emanating it out from our heart spaces together, allowing Natureโ€™s intelligence to follow that intention.

And there are other reasons why coming to clarity around your Shared Vision is valuable:

  1. The Divine Seed that youโ€™ve received about your vision contains all the potentiality of your vision within it, in the same way that an acorn contains everything thatโ€™s needed to grow it into an oak tree.
    What kind of seed you have will determine what will grow from it and what fruits it will bear, so youโ€™ll want to be very clear what the Shared Vision is that the agreement you will ultimately form, will pertain to;
  2. The larger and more amorphous the vision, and the more novel the vision is (i.e. the less that the path to it has already been cleared by others in humanity already), the more residual old paradigm energetics the group will need to work through in order to actualize that vision into reality.
    As such, the more specific you can be, the less challenging you will likely make the journey for yourselves;
  3. If youโ€™re working in a group and the desire is for a distribution of ownership, responsibility, and decision making youโ€™ll want to be sure that the vision is truly shared and not just the exciting idea of a compelling and charismatic leader.
    That way if any of the team is choosing to lean out of participating as fully, the other members of the team can stay true to the Shared Vision that everyone is holding.

And yet, more often than not, in the early stages of our relationship with our team, when weโ€™re casting big visions and allowing ourselves to dream of an unfettered future together, while it may ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’๐’… like weโ€™re in the same ballpark with what weโ€™re sharing, the reality is that itโ€™s really hard to know with any degree of certainty whether weโ€™re actually using symbolic thought to envision anything close to the same thing.

Because for as long as a vision sits ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† of us:

  • One person may be dreaming of the longer term vision of a whole new world and the kind of community they are living in within itโ€ฆ.
  • Another may be focussed on the medium term and what kind of business(es) they are running, what role(s) they are playing with in it/them and what kind of financial lifestyle thatโ€™s creating for themโ€ฆโ€ฆ
  • Another may be focussed on the intimate relationship(s) they are having in their visionโ€ฆโ€ฆ
  • Another may be focussed on the short term goal and revenue figures they want to generate in the next 12 months.

And these may all be good, true and beautiful heartfelt visions, that arenโ€™t mutually exclusive of one another, but they are also so diverse and dispersed that it would be hard for Natureโ€™s intelligence to know what to follow, organize around and magnetize into your experience.

So here are some things it might be useful to know about whatโ€™s happening behind the scenes when it comes to your vision (at least in the way that Iโ€™ve come to understand it):

As a human being you are a creator.

You are designed to receive Divine inspiration in the form of a creative impulse or vision (what I like to call a โ€˜Divine seedโ€™) thatโ€™s seeking to express itself out in the world through you.

How you express that creative inspiration, or bring that Divine seed into form, out into the world is part of what makes you unique.

The experience of receiving the Divine seed of a vision is a lot like being able to see and feel something land ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ us that the Divine is seeking to communicate and create ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ us;

The energetic essence that weโ€™re receiving is implanting or embedding itself inside of us, imprinting the vision within our bodies (not unlike a fertilized egg implanting itself into the uterus lining);

And as weโ€™re carrying that vision in our body, if our energy field and chakra system is online, open and running smoothly (and weโ€™re relaxed and operating from a parasympathetic state) the energy of that vision emanating out from us can be felt and picked up on by another person without us having to say anything about it.

Again, similarly to how someone can often intuitively pick up on another person being pregnant without needing them to say it or provide any physical evidence for it.

But until we are able to occupy an open and relaxed state pretty consistently such that the vision can emanate from our being and naturally transmit to our other team membersโ€™ reciprocally open vessels (which can certainly be challenging in a group while weโ€™re navigating the trials and tribulations of the startup journey) in order for us to co-create our visions itโ€™s going to be important that we can express our vision in a way that the other members of our team can understand.

One way of doing this is obviously to talk about it; to describe it as articulately as we can.

But, as we already discovered in the context of the values exercise (in my article โ€œ๐“๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฒ ๐€๐ญ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐จ๐ข๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ), different symbols mean different things to different people based on their experience, language or cultural conditioning.

So even if weโ€™re thinking that weโ€™re aligning around something weโ€™re envisioning, letโ€™s say weโ€™re envisioning โ€œ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บโ€;

Depending on our background this may conjure something entirely different in the imagination of one person than another.

For example, โ€œ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บโ€ may conjure a potluck neighbourhood rotation for one personโ€ฆ

โ€ฆ.and a Northern Californian polyamorous play party lifestyle for another.

So while thereโ€™s clearly immense value in each of us bringing our different and diverse perspectives to the Shared Vision, ideally we want to create a situation where all of those perspectives are aligning around something congruent, and this simple example shows just how easy it is for us to veer off in different directions in our imaginations without even realising it.

Which is why creating an actual physical artifact ๐’๐’–๐’•๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† of ourselves, not unlike how a traditional startup creates an MVP (or Minimum Viable Product), can be really useful for being able to point to something for other people to understand more tangibly.

So, with all that in mind, letโ€™s go one level deeper into what it means and what it takes to truly create a ๐“ข๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฅ๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท.

First off I wholeheartedly encourage you all to DREAM BIG!!

To take any limits off your imaginations of whatโ€™s possible.

I loved learning recently about how Einstein resolved a set of problems vexing the world of physics by proposing a new vision of the universe wherein the laws of physics were invariant, the speed of light was constant, space-time was relative, and the ether as theretofore supposed was not required.

According to the article โ€œ๐‘จ๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’š๐’๐’๐’… ๐‘จ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•โ€ by ๐’€๐’‚๐’”๐’–๐’‰๐’Š๐’Œ๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’Œ๐’– ๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’–๐’“๐’‚ ยฉ 2003, that revealed Einsteinโ€™s approach to me, and has already been referenced on a few occasions throughout this series of articles, the creation of successful alignment among a group requires a final cause, aim or vision, that transcends but includes individual intentions and concerns of the ego-logical self.

As Iโ€™ve shared, in our own team we have a guided visualization that has served as a powerful artifact and North Star for our Shared Visioning that proposes a new vision of a more beautiful world;

A different dimensional reality wherein all the trauma and suffering humanity has ever faced has already been alchemized and everyone is embodying the codes of unconditional love, sovereignty and freedom.

And that has served as a valuable template, guide and tool for us on our journey in service of embodying the more beautiful world.

So please, by all means, let your imaginations run wild in the early stages of this process.

Get clear on what problem(s) you see as totally resolved in your imaginations in that space.

For example, for us, we could see all the trauma and suffering humanity has ever faced having already been alchemized and everyone embodying the codes of unconditional love, sovereignty and freedom.

From there, perhaps you imagine what kind of business, fund, non-profit, church, community hub or learning environment you can imagine being created that could address that?

Personally, for me, at the early stages of our journey, I could see a virtual interactive learning platform where people from all over the world could non-locally hop into an experience and play a game together that would teach them how to embody those codes through a new way of self-organizing.

I wasnโ€™t a technologist and we were nowhere near being able to create that at the time (the technology to do it had barely even crested into the world back then), but it supported me to pare my imagination back from the larger vision in a way that still created a longer term stepping stone toward it.

From there it pared back to imagining what that virtual learning platform would teach people.

What were the values, principles and designs that I/we could be embodying in devotion to that NOW?

What were the values, principles and designs that we all talked about consistently?

And that we wanted to see more of in the world now?

Which then led to articulating the first basic principles of our business model in a short handbook back in May 2016.

And that handbook was the first time that we took the visions and ideas that were bouncing around ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† of us, one step further than just ๐•ฅ๐•’๐•๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ about them and poured them into something tangible ๐’๐’–๐’•๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† of us.

Something that we could all point to, or share with other people and say,

โ€œ๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ.

๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™šโ€™๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™.

๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™šโ€™๐™ง๐™š ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.โ€

The handbook essentially encompassed our values and our intentions around the organisational design model (insofar as we could understand it and envision it at that time) in a way that we could all align around and also share with people.

And through articulating it, just as Yasuhiko says in his article, we were well and truly called into aligning with and embodying what weโ€™d expressed.

And all while we were operating on the outside as a social media marketing company.

Yep.

You read that right.

Because those were simply the nature of the business opportunities that reality was bringing to us in those early days 4 years ago, when what we were in the process of becoming was still very much emerging.

And so the artifacts were valuable because:

  1. Being a social media marketing company wasnโ€™t necessarily all of our highest passions, but by having the guided visualization and an artifact that outlined our intention and encapsulated our values, we all still felt intrinsically motivated, focused and aligned around the larger vision; and
  2. The handbook was just the first artifact created in service of the vision of an organisational design model; that handbook then fractaled in our imaginations to larger and larger possibilities, all the way out to that other dimensional reality of the more beautiful world where everyone was embodying the codes of unconditional love, sovereignty and freedom.
    But each of those possibilities nested within one another like a Russian Doll, so they were congruent and as such, energy wasnโ€™t leaking or dispersing away from our Shared Vision or out of our shared energetic field.

And FYI, in case thereโ€™s any question for you around this, your artifact can be ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ:

- A 3D model

- A painting

- A collage

- A short video

- An animation,

- A song

โ€ฆ..you name it.

Whatโ€™s important is that itโ€™s something that everyone in the team aligns around.

So the invitation here is to:

  1. Dream big โ€” visualise a final cause, aim or vision, that transcends but includes your individual intentions and the concerns of your ego self;
  2. Then pare that back by as many degrees of magnitude as you need to get to something that you can create now that still expresses the values, principles and designs (insofar as you understand them now) of the larger vision; and then
  3. Create a physical artifact that encapsulates that, such that you can each point to the artifact as a representation (kind of like an MVP) of your larger vision.

So if your team is ready to articulate your Shared Vision through a physical artifact, feel free to DM me to explore how I can support you.