Artwork: Michael Eden (http://www.michael-eden.com)
Leaders with soul bring spirit to organizations. They marry the two so that spirit feeds soul, rather than starving it and soul enriches spirit rather than killing it.
Greetings, O Poets & Prophets!
Thank you for making this wintertide journey with me. For those of you who gifted me with your time to learn about how you connect soul with Source, your insights have been invaluable! I am continuing to interview leaders each week, so if you know others who are willing to share their journey, please email me directly at Debbie@DeborahRundlett.com, so that I might reach out to them.
For those of you who subscribed to Daily Wisdom, Practices and/or soul & Source, your support and presence in this journey has been deeply felt and appreciated. Together, you have contributed to the shaping of this community of practice. Your feedback has helped to crystallize the next set of offerings for leaders committed to connecting soul with Source for the flourishing of community.
Two learnings, in particular, shape the way forward:
- The impact (and hidden gift) of our religions of origin; and the
- Relationship between our spiritual formation and leading change.
How many of us have tried to run away from our religion of origin only to find that it has a bone-deep hold on us. If we are to grow up into maturity and abide in a deep experience of the divine, we must (re)connect with our faith narratives to learn what they have to tell us. George Lindbeck, father of post modern theology, believed it was “our only hope for religious fluency.” This has been my experience, with one caveat. Our connection with Source comes from a combination of knowing and experience. Spiritual maturity is born of deep relationship intertwined with growing up in faith.
For me personally, that connection is found in the Triune God. I am unashamedly a disciple of Jesus, even as I cringe in response to the deformed and warped characterizations of Christians daily reported in the news. A close reading of the biblical narrative reveals little resemblance between the political adaptations and those of us who seek to be ambassadors of reconciliation (c.f., II Corinthians 5:20). As LIndbeck reminds us: We “can no more be religious in general than (we) can speak language in general.” The particulars of our spiritual roots determine our formational journey, even as our different traditions stretch and grow our understanding of what it means to grow up and wake up.
Perhaps, even more profound, is the linkage between spiritual maturity and leading intentional change. Peter Vaill, organizational change theorist, believes that “to a large extent, executive development… is spiritual development.” It is significant to note that the most effective change theories parallel what we know about the mystical path. The classic stages of the spiritual journey—awakening, purification, illumination, dark night/unknowing, and transformation—directly parallel the stages of leading adaptive change. For me, this underscores the importance of investing in our spiritual formation for the sake of our leadership and those we impact.
To that end, Poets & Prophets will move to more intentionally resource leaders in growing up and waking up spiritually. This will be done through both online offerings, virtual cohorts, and an annual in-person gathering.
I look forward to continuing the journey with you. I would also ask that you share the invitation with friends, family and colleagues.
Together, we are poets and prophets!