From Tracy’s desk…
Imagine if we were able: 1) To realize the highest education; 2) To develop the full potential of an individual; 3) To maximize the intelligent use of the environment; 4) To improve government achievement; 5) To solve the problems of crime, drug-abuse, and all behavior that brings unhappiness to our global family; 6) To bring fulfillment to the economic aspirations of every individual society; and 7) To achieve the spiritual goals of humanity in this generation.
What if all of these things were possible in our lifetime? That these might be our new profit goals as a culture of people searching for success and meaning? Which great pill (insert solution, direction, choice, action) ought we take – the red or the blue one?
There is a wave of change in higher education underway, pursued in both private colleges and in major top universities in the United States and around the globe called Consciousness-based education. It is appearing in programs called Personal Leadership & Success for graduates at Columbia University in Massachusetts, at think tank projects like the Metaphysics Research Lab at Stanford University, in bachelor and master degrees programs at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, and at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa—all leading, fully accredited, outcome-based institutions who are churning out conscious graduates and PhD’s, and placing them at Fortune 500 companies and in NGO’s and social organizations here and around the world. These are the new era innovators who will not just say they intend on changing the world: they actually will, and already are.
In the coming weeks LP will begin to look deeply into education (among topics such as energy, health care, and agriculture) to investigate how and whether conventional education as it exists is missing the boat in developing what Columbia University knows are the critical abilities and skills of the inner person, a view that to succeed professionally (and personally), “one needs to…develop…the ability to understand and direct one’s internal environment-goals, motivations, mindsets, and emotions.” (Personal Leadership and Success, Leadership Program, Columbia School of Business).
- Are our children getting the inner development education they need, and if so, is it early enough to make them as powerful as they can be in the world?
- What is the obligation of public education when it comes to teaching both inner and outer human skills and abilities?
What do you think?