>Inspiring Your Authentic Week

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Inspiring Your Authentic Week

The Message

Posted: 17 Mar 2008 02:42 AM CDT

In the film The Matrix, there is a great scene where one of the agents of the machines (Smith) asks Morpheus:

“Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this (1998): the peak of your civilization.”

It is true. It seems that many, many of us find it difficult to accept that their lives can be happy and fulfilled, or even different.

It seems that we are powerfully conditioned to believe that life must be hard and uncomfortable and we have very little say in how it will turn out.

There is a passage quoted in my first book “Authentic” – which goes some way to explaining the attitudes that might have contributed to creating these beliefs:

“When westerners first discovered Tahiti in 1767 it was truly paradise. Plentiful breadfruit and a tropical climate combined to mean that primary needs of shelter and nourishment were taken care of leaving the locals plenty of time to indulge in living. Tales of the happy free-living islanders soon made there way back to England where the London Missionary Society was formed in 1795. Two years later the first missionaries arrived in Tahiti aboard a convict ship bound for Australia.

The missionaries were given a most hospitable welcome and made to feel very comfortable but after 14 years had still to make their first convert. However they had managed to turn a local chief, Pomare, into an alcoholic. Their breakthrough came during a drinking session when the missionaries promised guns to help Pomare win a battle with a more traditionally armed neighbouring tribe if Pomare would assist in the enforced conversion of his people to Christianity.

The battle inevitably won, the conversion process got under way. Persistent unbelievers were put to death and a penal code was drawn up by the missionaries and enforced by the mission police. Wearing flowers, singing (other than hymns), surfing and dancing were declared illegal. Within a quarter of a century the process by which the native culture of Tahiti had been extinguished was exported to every corner of the Pacific, reducing the islanders to the level of the working class of Victorian England.

After their mass conversion it was hoped that the Tahitians might be induced to accept the benefits of civilization by putting them to work growing sugar cane. The enterprise failed the missionaries believing that “a too bountiful nature … diminishes men’s natural desire to work”, ordered all the breadfruit trees to be cut down. By this time the population of Tahiti had been reduced by syphilis, tuberculosis, smallpox, and influenza from the 200,000 estimated by Cook to 18,000. After thirty years of missionary rule, only 6,000 remained.

Source: N.Lewis, The Missionaries , New York: McGraw-Hill 1988″

The truth is that our perfect world still exists.

That our perfect world is entirely accessible for every one of us – if we are prepared to be open to it.

That although changes in our lifestyle and relationships may be part of creating our perfect world, the more important changes, by far, are in our mind, thinking and behaviour.

We can find happiness and fulfilment without changing our job or work, without moving house and within our existing relationships. What we really need to change is out mind.

The foundation for this shift is to know why we are her? To know our life’s purpose, our core motivation, our why?

During the next week or two I will be publishing , for free, another e-book on my web site which describes in detail how to articulate your life’s purpose.

It goes on to explain how you can make the adjustments in your life that will help you find and create your own perfect paradise in your life.

The e-book is short and extremely simple to make use of. If you follow it carefully it can change your life for the better.

Why would I give away something so valuable?

Because, if we want to survive as a society, we have to transcend our existing model. We have to rise above the fear, envy, triviality and destructiveness associated with our present world view and move to a society based on love, teamwork, profundity and creativity.

The only way that we will do that is for enough of us to believe in ourselves, to be fully confident, to know our purpose and to contribute it to the world.

This is part of my contribution.

If you would like help with finding and creating your perfect world, lets have a chat and find the best way forward for you.


neil crofts  – coach, consultant, facilitator
Authentic Transformation – join the evolution
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Most of us seem to be coerced into conformity from a very early age by the dragon of normality. I call it a dragon not because it breathes fire or even because it is particularly nasty but because it is entirely fictitious.

There is no normal.

There is no right, which is more right than your right.

Neil Crofts – Authentic – How to Make a Living by Being Yourself

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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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