Humanity Pty Ltd and Organisational Change

I spend a lot of time working in organisations – from small, to very large – whose focus is on organisational change, on change management programs, team development and the like.

One of the things that fascinates me is the interplay between the people with a clear sense of the change in organisations that is required in the organisation, and the responses and reactions to that change.

Some get on board quickly and ‘sign up’, so to speak; some get on board and then drop off; some only become interested in organisational change when enough other people are involved; some fight tooth and nail for what they feel they will lose; some try to ignore the need for change altogether (comfortable that ‘they are doing okay’ and/or ‘it doesn’t apply to them’).

Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute. It’s interesting to observe that those who have no interest in any discomfort can cause extreme discomfort in others, all so they can avoid looking at their own way of working, while others see the discomfort as a growth opportunity and find a way to develop from the process.

Of course, there are also the cynics who – after seeing so many failed changes in organisations, or changes that move from one way of working back to another – are soundly (and at times rightly), sceptical of anything new.

When you look at the literature about organisational change, peoples’ varied responses seem to apply regardless of whether you are dealing with a multi-national or small organisation. It was this fact that led me to the possibility that humanity could be the biggest ‘organisation’ on earth.

If you look at humanity as an organisation, it is possible to see all of these same responses and reactions to change in organisations at play.

 Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.

The only way we stay viable is by adapting as the external circumstances shift and move – whilst still staying true to what is central and core (organisations would call these values).

Like an organisation, some divisions can form, and different departments can start to think they are more important than the next. Like organisations, humanity sometimes requires a visionary – able to offer an alternative to how life might be.

And like organisations, for every visionary there are those that defend, reject, ignore, challenge, blindly follow, wait for others to join, or just watch cynically from the sidelines hoping for it to pass.

It is fair to say that Serge Benhayon is one such visionary: someone bold enough to present an alternative to the way life is at the moment. However, from the view of someone who has tested the practicality of that vision, it is so very, very normal.

The biggest difference I find with the presentation of ‘The Way of the Livingness’, is that while it presents a possible future for humanity, what is presented is done so in very real and practical terms.

It also doesn’t ask me to ‘believe’ or ‘have faith’ in anything other than the evidence provided by my choices in life.

In that way, ‘The Way of the Livingness’ is not a faith in what might be, but very practical and simple ‘potential’ for how our lives can be right now.

… A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives. A life that, through self-responsibility, builds a level of vitality that can be of true value to society; a life that understands true change begins with self; a life that reflects true organisational change, and true working together for all…

Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.

By Joel Levin

406 thoughts on “Humanity Pty Ltd and Organisational Change

  1. Serge Benhayon is indeed a visionary but he presents from a very real and lived experience. He is relatable and does not claim himself to be more or better than anyone else but rather he reflects to others the ease at which they can step up in their own lives.

  2. I never looked at it like this before but I guess everything is a reflection of the whole of human life. So true that often when someone comes in and presents another way, there is a push back or resistance from others. Many often see and feel that it is not working but they become challenged when the change asks for them to go about things differently, this requires a movement out of something that has become comfortable.

  3. Self-responsibility is a great step to change indeed, for without it we keep blaming everyone outside of us and no true change can happen if we don’t change ourselves first.

  4. ‘‘The Way of the Livingness’ is not a faith in what might be, but very practical and simple ‘potential’ for how our lives can be right now.’ This is so true, From young I promised myself life would be better when I was older. I struggled to achieve the pictures that I got about what would make my life successful. Some pictures I ticked the box, many I didn’t. The trick was the pictures themselves and not falling for thinking my life wasn’t feeling true because I hadn’t achieved a picture or two and then judging myself for not being how I wanted to be.

    I’m letting go of these pictures I’ve invested in, that even when ‘achieved’ didn’t deliver because I wasn’t living the love I am in them. It’s wonderful to not be skirting the present by living in my fantasies about the future and trying to make them happen. Living in the present and bringing all the love to life in every practical way, from how I walk to how I respond to life, is where the beauty of life and living is at.

  5. To realize that it matters how we walk, as the next person behind us walks in those foot steps.
    In which quality do they step? This is our responsibility.

  6. I imagine our ability to honour what we feel in a period of change rather than hang onto our pictures of security and outcomes we have would also influence whether we collaborate or resist the change process.

  7. Our relationship to work and to study is certainly a reflection of our commitment to life, as well as our consistency and expression. Do we take a leading role, or sit back and let others action things whilst observing from a distance? Do we act as a true leader and listen to people in all of our relationships, or ‘go it alone’, become arrogant or run with an idea without determining it’s quality? Many more questions can be explored too.

    1. Wonderful questions to ask. I have gone it alone all of my life and now I’m realising I can be open with people and have the relationships with people that I would like in every arena of my life and not segregate people. I’m inspired to explore my conceptions of what a leader is and drop many ill conceptions, so that I can discover what being a true leader is – perhaps it’s not so far fetched to be when all the falsity is removed.

  8. Brilliant blog, I love the reminder that we (humanity) are all under the same organisation and ultimately we are all working for God.

  9. Being aware of the quality of how we are living, allows us to understand and feel the impact of our choices and the quality of energy we are aligning and to as such bringing forth to life. Embracing responsibility has been one of the most empowering and liberating experiences that has foundationally changed the way I live, inspired by the Ageless Wisdom Teachings as lived and presented by Serge Benhayon, where truth is at the heart of all connections, honored within and with others, and vitality and well-being is a natural consequence.

  10. ‘A life that, through self-responsibility, builds a level of vitality that can be of true value to society;’ What fascinates me is how much vitality is engendered through the way of he livingness. As I get older, and I am in my sixties, I become more vital alive and alert and engaged with life while many of my peers have already lost their natural posture and most of their conversation is around the struggles they are having, the pills they are taking and what part of their bodies is aching or in trouble.

  11. True responsibility begins the moment we realise we are not a single solitary unit existing in a sea of humanity but we are each the equal parts of a grand stupendous whole that needs our consistent input to maintain its integrity. We are not only an organisation, we are an organism that shares one breath, one life, one-unified truth for all.

  12. ‘A life that, through self-responsibility, builds a level of vitality that can be of true value to society; a life that understands true change begins with self; a life that reflects true organisational change, and true working together for all…’ Joel, I have been inspired by Universal Medicine to work in this way; to work with the purpose to support people and not work just for me and my needs and so I choose to live in a way that is supportive for myself and others; I go to bed early, eat nurturing foods and don’t indulge in drama and emotions, this means that I am steady and more often than not joyful at work.

  13. Self responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, that is so true and something that I had not consciously considered until just now, that the more responsible I am, the more I can see the impact of how I am with me, with others and in life … the more I’m willing to see the more I can see.

  14. ‘A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives’ This is an interesting statement for most of us have probably been brought up to aspire to making life better for others before we take responsibility for ourselves, before we get to truly know ourselves underneath all that we have taken on from our family influences and our education. It seems that a good deal of our life now is about pealing back the layers that we have accumulated and loving ourselves enough to be able to connect to the truth of any situation and live that truth.

  15. There are no complex solutions for the current world problems. It is very simple which is hard to accept as we lost ourselves to make things complex in the mind. In truth it is all about The Way of The Livingness. The way we bring back a different quality in the way we make all our movements. The question is there to ask in each moment, does divine has an entrance through my body by the way I move ( talking, eating, walking, sleeping etc)? Is it from that quality, that loving that divine has its gateway through our vehicle to bring the love back on earth? Are we willing to take that job?

  16. Self-responsibility is humbling and empowering, enriching and enlightening, but has one very important catch – it leaves you in no unmistable doubt that it’s our spirit who tries to run the show that causes the havoc. Everything we fight and abhor ends up pointing back to our own door. In this company you outline Joel it’s like all the money is being burnt by the management team. It’s time for an internal audit I think.

  17. It is fair to say the the majority of humanity do not want to take any or not much self responsibility for what is going on for them and what they may be contributing to in life. I can put up my hand and claim the fact that I have very much been a part of this but realise that unless I do my part everyone is held back in someone from my lack of responsibility.

  18. Yes we will never change the world by changing others, we have to each change ourselves and in that way the world will automatically change. What change do we need to make? Well to keep it very simple if we each started to live from our hearts instead of our heads, realising that we are all one and that only collaboration will work, and that competition has been tried for millennia and it has never worked and never will. The world will start to change.

  19. ‘A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives’. Too many of us want to change the world without changing ourselves first. As we pay more regard to ourselves and become more responsible on a personal level, we find more responsibility being offered us in the world. We can choose to take it or not but it seems a natural way to go, for as our love quotient rises, so does our connection with others and our sense of family and community also becomes more actively embracing.

  20. Well said Joel: ”Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.”
    It is all by starting with us — and connect ourselves to our Whole (humanity and universe).

  21. This blog has come at the most appropriate time and this particular statements says it all for me.

    “Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute……………….. others see the discomfort as a growth opportunity and find a way to develop from the process.’ What a gift I have been offered..

  22. I love this blog Joel and so appropriate to my organisational work place – a hospital. We do need to work together and for the same purpose to help our patients in other words, humanity. I love this statement “The only way we stay viable is by adapting as the external circumstances shift and move – whilst still staying true to what is central and core (organisations would call these values)’ – this is so true.

  23. For this is what it is all about, “Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.” This “start” is a forever start and there is no end, break, rest or dip it is more an unfolding that expands. There is always more for us to understand in what we see and with this self-responsible approach things become clearer and clearer which then allows us all to see the same way if we choose.

  24. This line stood out to me today – “Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute.” Our unwillingness to be with discomfort is what makes us look for all sorts of distractions, which affect our health and well being.

  25. You write “Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.” That makes complete sense as at essence we are all the same – perhaps that relates to the saying do onto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  26. When there is dramas conflicts and tensions there are issues that we can identify with. When self is the governing focus and security is the thing we seek then works in any organisation will never unite as these conflicts are needed to bring the identification so sought. We need to start seeing life on a bigger scale and the true purpose of what we are all here to bring.

  27. “the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together” The Way of The Livingness calls us all to work in harmony with each other with no comparison, competition, jealousy or judgement.

    1. Very true and it is so gorgeous, joyful and productive to work together in harmony makes it even more crazy that we would work any other way.

  28. When we do not look at how we impact others then we can do the most horrendous things and resist and hold back a group, team, workplace or family from evolving. What I see at work is it comes down to hurts and protecting those hurts at all costs by using control.

  29. I agree and ‘we’ as an organisation are defined by the sum total of how all the parts move within that framework. As is discussed some push against, some turn off, others follow, some lead and some accept, none are better or worse but more we all affect the end product or the end direction or quality of the organisation and it is only when we collectively all pull together that things change. This could mean a tipping point is activated where, not that majority rules, but where there are enough people within pulling in the same direction or adhering to the call of a quality of movement and in this we are all pulled to that same quality. This still allows for all the choices while at the same time bringing any tension with those choices clearer and clearer. It’s great to see ourselves as a whole or as a ‘team’ in a different way like this it supports me to bring more understanding to what I am already seeing.

  30. Thought provoking sharing Joel. I agree the “Like an organisation the only way we, as humanity truly develop, is by working together”.

  31. I’ve worked in a few organisations now and what I have observed is a common trend: each one espouses great aims and goals and ‘mission statements’ but matches this with just enough effort to get by. They delivered the absolute minimum thing they can to maximise ‘bang for buck’ but leave people so short changed, when it comes to offering a service with Love. Your words here Joel lead me to reflect how I do this too and settle for the bare minimum in my life. Especially in my movements I can see, I accept brisk and functional when there can be a richness and a sacredness to me. We dream of being millionaires but really this is nothing compared to the joy we can feel inside of us.

  32. After reading this and reflecting on the organisations I know I cannot name one that understands self-responsibility as the key to evolutionary change. The charities and structures I know to support various groups are straight in there helping people but without considering self-responsibility. Indeed, helping others can be an effective distraction especially as one can say one is making an invaluable contribution. But if this doesn’t come with self- awareness and responsibility what is driving that support and how supportive is it really? Is it supporting people to stay stuck but just a little bit better off?

  33. “Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.” There really is a lot we can learn from this one small statement – that when we do not work together, there is separatism, individualism and so much more, but when we do work together, like when there is a natural disaster, people come together, they support one another, humanity comes together, but why does it usually take a natural disaster for that to occur?

  34. If we were to truly work together we would have the most amazing workplaces in the world because when we work together in a collaborative way magic happens.

    1. We don’t need to wait for anything to be a certain way as when you ‘see’ what is needed then the responsible approach is to lead or bring this part. It’s not for us to follow or conform but more see and feel what it is we truly wish to choose and then lead from there.

  35. If we miss the learning with ourselves, with our close family, it is impossible to live this learning with others. No one can change the world without first facing and changing the way they live with themselves.

  36. “Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.” And it is as one organisation. I am a part of the marketing department, and many more roles I absolutely love and blessed to be in. My boss is God and I work for the most amazing people – You.

    1. ‘My boss is God.’ Rik I love this. It completely changes everything about how I am at work, at home, and with everyone including myself.

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