Happy Chinese New Year!!
January 26 marks the
beginning of the Year 4707
on the Chinese lunar
calendar. This is the Year
of the Ox. This year calls
for steady and hard work.
On the one hand, we need to
generate the kind of energy
and enthusiasm to act. On
the other hand, we need to
take measured risks. Our
endeavors will create
enduring benefit and lasting
accomplishment. This year
requires us to do deep
reflections and continuous
self-improvement. We should
also trade in short term
gain for long term growth.
They say that for every
moment of extreme difficulty
that feels like an ending or
death, it signifies a
beginning and birth of
something new. Are you
getting bogged down by the
immediate need for survival
in this economy? Or can you
still make room for dreams?
Do you have enough courage
and tenacity to make your
dreams come true?
In the Year of the Ox, we
need the stubbornness and
pragmatism of the ox to
support our quest for a new
beginning and carry out our
In this newsletter, I have
included an essay on
Leadership". I hope you
will read and comment.
I also want to remind you
that our January
"How to Use Yourself to Have
a Better Impact and
Influence in the Work You
Do" has been
rescheduled to March
18 to 22. And to
make it a bit easier to the
during this financially
challenging time, our new
workshop fee will be at
$1,945, after a $200
reduction. If you have been
standing at the edge of your
personal and professional
breakthrough, please come
and join us for an
opportunity or send
someone. We cannot play and
learn without energetic
learners like you.
In the meantime, I wish all
of you lasting peace,
prosperity and happiness.
Love & Light,
Celia Young & Associates, Inc.
phone: (949) 388-7882
Every time we
mention spirituality and leadership
in the same breath, there seems to
be a hush in the room as if we just
stumbled onto a tabooed subject in
I thought I explore this subject
just a little bit.
When someone asked "where is your
spirit", I don't think they meant
"where is your religious belief?"
What they really meant was "What
drives you? Where is your
Spirit to me is the source of energy
that serves as a guide to our lives'
journey. Spirit includes more than
our individual energy, but also
energy in the greater universe that
we live in. To be spiritual is to
be whole within ourselves but also
to be "one" with the universe.
Chinese Taoist philosophy teaches
that the universe is a giant
magnetic energy field. We human are
part of this magnetic field that is
alive and constant. We are part
of something bigger than ourselves.
We are connected to a higher
purpose. But it all starts here
within us. Are we all here? Do we
show up completely or we allow parts
of ourselves to stay asleep? When
we do show up fully, we are on track
with the universe. And the spirit
or the energy can flow through us
However in the modern world
especially in the US, we have
learned and taken pride in
compartmentalizing our selves. We
separate our "being" from "doing."
We separate our "heart" from our
"head". "There is no crying in
baseball," said the baseball coach
played by Tom Hanks in "A League of
Their Own". We separate our
"individual self" from the
"system". We often choose to rely
on our "perception" and our "belief"
to live our lives rather than our
"core value" and our "humanity".
We have learned to live a segregated
life within. For this, we are
highly rewarded by the dominant
culture. Actually, parts of our
selves are not only asleep but also
starving to death but we don't even
know it. This is the reason we can
do things without consciousness. We
advance our business success but
destroy the planet. We worship
consumerism and build retail economy
but it does not matter how much
material possession we accumulate,
we still feel hungry and empty. We
measure power based on money.
"Greed is good", said the character
played by Michael Douglas in "Wall
Street". We use our money and
mighty weapons to lead the world but
we don't have many true friends
around the globe. And politicians
continue to sell "war" as the only
solution to problems of world
conflict and send our young men and
women into the battlefield with such
To be spiritual is to wake up our
whole self and show up as a complete
person. To be spiritual is to shed
some of those belief and perception
that we swallowed whole and treated
as the truth and come home to the
core of our humanity.
Spirit is not something we find only
on Sunday in churches, synagogues,
temples or other places of worship.
Spirit is the energy that unites our
core with our action. It is the
engine that carries us to achieve
for the greater good.
A spiritual journey is not a
religious movement but a humanistic
movement that aims at
self-integration. Only then we can
claim our rightful place in the
universe and move along with the
giant magnetic field for that is our
To be spiritual as a whole human
being means while our heads touch
the sky, our feet are firmly on the
ground. It does not mean we will
bypass the earthly suffering and
pain. We must bring the pain and
suffering along with our hopes,
dreams and resolve on the journey.
The whole concept of "good and evil"
no longer sufficiently supports us.
The self-integration requires us to
examine the over-fed and under-fed
parts of ourselves and find a better
Every truly successful leader has a
spiritual principle that is guiding
them through tumultuous time. A
leader with the "spirit" is someone
who shows up as a whole person. The
question is: can we also tap into
our collective spirit as followers?
Just being good sheep will not be
enough. This requires all of us to
exercise our leadership muscle and
ask the critical question: What am
I willing to be accountable for?
Can I move beyond my egocentric
existence? What is the next level
of growth and learning for me? What
can we co-create in this new world?
When we talk about leadership, it
may or may not have anything to do
with the position one occupies. It
has more to do with one's ability to
influence and make a difference. We
all have this potential quality.
Our true leadership nature will come
out after we have reclaimed our
whole self. If we don't, we are no
better than sheep that basically
surrender our power to some
narcissistic leaders who will tell
us what to do and how to be. There
are too many narcissistic leaders
out there. They may be very
charismatic. They may be
brilliant. But they made every
success a reflection of their own
greatness. We follow out of our
blind admiration or pure fear.
Narcissistic leaders seldom are open
to feedback. They can be poor
listeners. They believe in their
own vision and intellect. Often
their ideas are indeed brilliant.
However, they are the most
segregated human beings walking on
earth. In their lack of wholeness,
they stifle others' creativity and
prevent them from taking leadership
roles, thus reinforcing the top/down
power structure that no longer can
support a thriving enterprise in a
fast moving and multi-faceted global
In this new and uncertain time, it
requires us to chart a new and
different path. Having a brilliant
leader with his or her charming
personality, brilliant mind and
positional power will not be
enough. What is the leadership in
us? Can we move beyond the old
beliefs that we have hung onto as if
they are the unshakable truth?
Finding spirit in a narcissistic
world is to ignite the fire and
unleash the passion and energy in
our true selves in order to climb
the next hill and meet the challenge
along our journey toward our
glorious destiny. When we find the
fire in our belly which is our core
value, we will be able to do
extraordinary things for the purpose
that is larger than ourselves.
Sponsored by Celia Young &
TO HAVE A BETTER IMPACT
IN THE WORK YOU DO:
An introduction of
Gestalt principles and their
18 through 22, 2009
Location: South Orange
Leader: Celia Young,
President & CEO, Celia
Young & Associates, Inc.
modern world we live in, we
spend our most energetic
hours in a day at work.
Regardless of what we do,
most of us want to make a
difference. Our success
often depends on our ability
to impact and influence our
This workshop is designed to
help participants increase
their effectiveness at work
by introducing to them some
of the basic Gestalt theory,
concepts, methodology and
its application in the work
At the end of the
workshop, participants will
- gained a
keener sense of awareness of
themselves and their
environment in assisting
them to see the choices they
their ability to make
clearer and more effective
interventions in their work
- learned to
stop getting in the way of
their natural process of
work by trusting their own
and their clients'
bigger than the tools and
techniques they carry
who they are, what they
already know and do, in a
more succinct manner.
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