The Spiritual Wisdom of Negotiation - Page 2
This is where negotiation can indeed become a form of spiritual practise for anyone engaged in it – especially politicians. The fact is that there are two dimensions to all of our personalities; one part - whether we call it the ego, lower self or, as I prefer, the outer self – that wants advantage, material reward, success, popularity, drama, excitement and pleasure; and another part – our higher self as some refer to it, or inner self as I prefer - that is detached from the roller coaster of the outer realm and that is our core centre of peace, acceptance and stillness.
We constantly bridge these two parts of our inner world – the part that wants change, and the part that is acceptance – and progress is only really possible when we are able to embrace both these contradictory elements of our inner world.
This is why, If the negotiator is able to simultaneously remain in touch with the side of his/her self that yearns for change and fast impatient action, as well as the deeper layer of the self that maintains an acceptance for all that is, genuine expansion can occur in both the outer and inner worlds. It is for this reason that all negotiated progress is incremental — just as it should be.
This is what progressive political change is all about and it is a great relief that this time Britain’s politicians have been forced by the public to practise it.