Authentic Leadership


"Grasping" or embodied conceptualization is the art of authenticating one's direct, unfolding embodied experience and knowing using the raw material of words and systems of meaning (i.e. language). Embodied conceptualized fragments are borne out of my direct unfolding of knowing personally and relationally with others I share co-creative knowledge unfolding process with. They are direct revelations sourced through the totality of my embodied mind, articulated for their own sake as well as to metabolize and ground knowing in embodied mind at a-moment-in-time. They are revelatory and evolutionary artifacts of my way of living with and from my direct experience and its unfolding. They are grounded conceptualization firmly and fully connected to the body. Fragments are true and complete as they are revealed and do not claim anything other than their momentarily authentic expression.  These fragments encapsulate micro bodies, atomic though important aspects of unfolding embodied knowledge which may or may not be relevant to others at particular points in their discovery of their own unfolding embodiment.


True character

One’s true character is their defining quality, their mark or brand that they leave on all things. It’s the feature of one’s character that stays, even if all superficialities fade or are stripped away. It’s the essence of what you remember about a person, even after they die, because that true character is not bound by time or form. Time and form simply give the true character flesh and embodiment. This true character is the source and power of a person’s potential to leave a ‘mark’ or imprint in the world, because that is the nature of the true character, that’s what it does: it embodies forms. The development of true character is essentially the journey of incarnating one’s true character which is not based on how long someone lives but rather how they live. Psychologically speaking, we can support the development of true character by supporting a person’s desire and path to express themselves authentically in varied forms, in forms that contain the most aliveness and potential for them.  If we look at individuals in history who have left their ‘mark’, we can see how even if they expressed themselves in wildly varied forms, there is a consistency, a reliability in all their expressions that speaks beneath the differences. This is their true character shining through and it’s what we remember most and cherish about their incarnation.



From the perspective of embodiment there is only one form of service to humanity which is to fully incarnate one’s true nature. There is an inherent understanding and trust in this perspective that if one commits to fully incarnating their true nature, whatever way(s) they are called to express themselves will be of service. In other words, the person does not need to be shaped by external expectations of what service is. Their journey shows them where their service is. It may be an expression that is radically simple and humble or it may be an expression that holds a large degree of responsibility. Their expression of service may conform to existing norms in their culture or it may challenge all the norms around them. In either case, it is exactly what the person needs to ‘serve’ at that time and it is without agenda to serve or to rebel against service. It is embodied service and there is an openness and willingness to discover where that will lead them.



For the person on an embodied journey there is an inherent desire to embody forms of expression that resonate with the unfolding self-realization of the person. For example, we may have realized ourselves to a degree of subtlety and depth that can only be fully shared (i.e. consciously participated with) with someone who has the same realizations. Then, we can embody our realizations relationally, with another human form. This is deeply supportive of incarnation. It doesn’t have to be another person, it could be any form of expression, but we are naturally drawn to human contact because it is astonishingly intelligent, responsive, sensitive and capable of ongoing transformation.  Life is so creative that we can continue to unfold our incarnation in forms that may not fully align with us or may even seem radically out of alignment. At a certain point we can also see how we can create alignment in forms that at first seemed dissonant to us. But even if we have become highly self-realized, there is still the potential to unfold this realization, to incarnate it more and more subtly and that can only happen when there is enough resonance in our environment.  So for the embodied journeyer resonance in form(s) and environment is always an important factor to consider because it supports our incarnating potential as well as our potential to truly be of service. At some points the journeyer may have the feeling that they must do whatever they can to create resonance for themselves in form of expression and environment. It’s as if their life depends on it. And it does because there is a deep knowing that this lack of resonance is holding up their incarnating potential—their personal covenant with life itself.


True confidence

Is a state of being that arises in oneself that is not conditional upon any image of oneself (physical, attitudinal, behavioral, etc.) and yet which animates one’s physicality and behavior. It may be falsely perceived from the outside if not discerned clearly. But from the inside it is a clear, solid, secure, deep trust in oneself that has a phenomenological potency that literally infuses the individual’s embodiment. It can be felt in all areas of the body and beyond. It is non-conceptual, true confidence. It is centered in knowing what one authentically knows or does not know moment to moment as well as what one can or cannot do based both on existing revealed self-knowledge as well as emergent self-understanding. One has the feeling of embodying confidence for its own sake—it is without any need of validation or impact, yet it certainly may have impact. It simply is and supports and infuses the self’s embodiment. When true confidence begins to emerge it may be initially confusing for the self because their actions will not need or be as sensitive to external validation as they were before when their sense of confidence was dependent on external validation. Embodied true confidence knows its actions are good enough. Embodied true confidence often intimidates and triggers insecurity in others lacking it because it exposes false confidence quickly leaving it bare to its insecure foundation.  Grandiosity (i.e. false confidence) and false or exaggerated humility are both resistances to receiving and embodying true confidence. False confidence arises through conceptual identification which elevates the direct experience even slightly away from its center. As this happens, there is a contraction and energetic ‘upliftment’ and a corresponding phenomenological contraction in presence. As a result, when and if the false concept is seen into, the self feels empty and hollow inside, until their true confidence re-emerges without self-concept. False humility works in a similar way, but rather than upliftment, there is an energetic lowering of oneself, not to the depths that true humility cultivates, but to an energetic flatland where there is neither authentic depth nor light.



Inspiration is a transmission of grounded light: the possibility of incarnating light now. The true inspirer has the capacity to transmit or invoke that realization in others in their immediate experience. It is experienced as a breathing in of light into our embodied experience. It is in fact our own light that inspires us—not the light of the inspirer, they are simply igniting our own light—and to the extent we are open to receiving our own light we may be more able to receive the inspiration of others. To whatever extent we are resisting our own light we may resist or be unable to receive the inspiration of others. Only being inspired is never sustainable because it is ultimately something that must be cultivated from the inside. Experiences of inspiration from the outside are supportive and catalyzing especially if they are then metabolized to empower oneself, or others for that matter because inspiration can be contagious. But it is not sustainable or grounded until one chooses to be a light unto themselves. Once the light grounds into oneself then inspiration is there at different volumes when it is called for to be given or received, but it is a flame that is known it can never burn out and so the game of chasing inspiration ends or at least it is seen through clearly.


Embodied Intentionality

When an authentic vision, inspiration or divine calling becomes anchored in our awareness we call that intention. This intentionality is an everpresent reality but when it inspires us with a clear direction, action or creative impulse it becomes clear to us that we have an intention that wants to be lived into and so we give it our attention.  If we only focus, or even fixate, on the intention and its future manifesting potential we may not fully embody this intentionality nor unfold a fulfilling relationship to the intention. We may work with a limiting perspective that inhibits our true moment-to-moment incarnating experience.  If we embody our intention, we live not only with an awareness of its manifesting potential, but with a commitment and moment-to-moment discovery of what it is to incarnate that intention now. From this orientation, every movement or action in time is an opportunity to fully incarnate the alive edge of that incarnating intention. We can still be aware of and tuned into its future manifesting potential form but we are equally committed to the deepest possible manifestation of our intention now. From the embodied point of view we recognize that the ultimate form of manifestation that our intention takes will be determined by the quality and involvement of our total awareness with our living intention now, whatever the action is. From the embodied point of view nothing is “not on the way” or mundane. The embodied person is just as happy to manifest the next moment as they are to manifest their future orientated goal. Both are essential and a fixation on either perspective can become can obscure our authentic incarnation. Embodied intentionality is as grounded as it is alive, as rich now as we imagine it to be later.


Aligned Strategy

Strategy can be aligned with our intentional interaction with the whole or it can function in a vacuum with an agenda insensitive to the precise unfolding need of the whole. Strategy that is aligned takes precise actions informed by a radical listening to meeting point(s) between authentic intention and authentic receptivity of the whole. These strategic actions may resemble existing strategic techniques or they may incarnate new or unconventional techniques. In either case the strategy is in service of intentional inter-action with the whole. Strategies informed only by habits of the mind engage a lower level of logic and by their nature will use energy less efficiently than aligned strategy informed by higher, more connected logics(s). Aligned strategy is also more efficient than traditional strategy because it is embodied: aligned strategic decisions and acts transmit the alive reality of an intention in real-time—they are both directional and self-fulfilling. Aligned strategies manifest their intention now, not only later. When you execute an aligned strategy there is a visceral feeling that intention has already been seeded or that it is already being born. You do not need proof of the efficacy of the strategy because it is energetically self-evident in real-time and as it is being executed the next strategy is already being revealed to you by your open and precise inter-action with the whole.



Abundance happens where the overflowing loving ground of existence meets life's incarnating intelligence. At that point, the impulse of life is given all that is needed for it to become, no more no less.  The wish for all of our wants to be met, whether we actually need what is wanted or not, is not true abundance. That is exuberance, that assumes there is an unlimited supply of whatever we want and we are entitled to it.   Many people, systems, even nations have an exuberance of money and resources, but that doesn't mean they use them abundantly or that they understand or embody abundance. There is no guarantee that the secrets of abundance will be opened to you if you have a lot or little of anything. Abundance is a much deeper commitment to life, a radical humility, listening and service of what life really needs to incarnate matter.


Embodied Mind

The mind is a receptacle. It receives knowing and supports whole being action in service of that knowing.  The mind does not control our experience nor does it know our authentic experience prior to it happening. It only receives this knowing and articulates, pronounces, amplifies, and crystallizes our knowing. When the mind works in concert with the whole being, as one seamless organ among many connected organs of a larger soul organ, and even collective soul organ, it is in no may in contradiction with spirit, body, the feminine or anything.  It is only our false concepts and habitual, outdated, and ineffective usage of the mind that make the mind a scapegoat for our suffering. The mind is perfect as it is, it simply needs to be put in its proper place in the order of things, which includes letting go of all the burdens put on the mind to control things it cannot actually control, to direct things it cannot actually direct. If you really look, the mind is never the true source of our real experience and knowledge, nor of our authentic movement—it is only a mirror reflection, a receptacle of the source that knows and moves us. And when the mind relaxes into its right place in this order any perceived splits between it an anything outside of it dissolve. It is only when the mind disobeys the natural order that splits become manifest.


Embodied knowing

Knowing is self-revealed knowledge about our direct experience. We do never own that knowledge and we certainly did not create it. Direct knowing is always revealed to us, given unto us from a deeper source and that relationship between knowledge and its source can never change. It is the way it works. We can disrupt that connection, we can turn away from it and think we are the ones who know, but that will only limit the possibility of unfolding more knowledge and foster arrogance.  Knowledge does not only come for our entertainment, philosophizing or rumination. It comes as a messenger for our very life, it comes to be lived, embodied. As we act upon what we know and embody it, we bring it into existence, into form. It is true that that knowing may change and that having a posture of not knowing invites the continual emergence of emergent knowing. But that does not preclude us from fully assuming what we know and acting upon it. Because this knowing is what creates us, it is what builds a new human and humanity at every level of development all the while knowing that our current level of understanding may ultimately be shattered by the next. Yet we dare to know and assume it as long as it is required. And we dare to fully assume what we don’t know when that is required. Ultimately, knowing and not knowing are the same knowing.



My embodied awareness including the sum of all of my human experiences.



Most updated and accurate self structure containing the appropriate psychic structures to contain my most integrated (i.e. evolved) unfolding awareness.


Embodied Manhood

The integrated sum of all incarnated experiences metabolized in and as one’s embodied presence and anchored in unfolding creative purpose and its expression. The man is fully himself, sovereign, essentialized but with potent presence and uniqueness privileged unto him by integrating all that has come before him as well as his unique lived experiences and their sufficient healing and integration. Creative purpose has been opened to and is his deepest commitment to life, which is no longer an intentional effort or course but rather the only way life can be lived moment to moment. The self is now undivided and unfolding its creative purpose and is paradoxically fully committed and non-attached to existing. The man has died to the deepest deaths in service of his mission including to his personal will, spiritual fixation and his attachment to incarnation itself. The former death is what unlocks his fixation and opens him to the sum of all his incarnated experience and his creative purpose.