What is the link between soft skills and spirituality?

The choices we face daily has resulted in humans subsiding into a paralysis of decision-making or an unhealthy choice trigger addiction. To put this into perspective, walk into a giant American supermarket for the first time and experience the conundrum you face of where to start or what to buy….

Giant supermarketThe allurement of choice is a problem for our brains and Peter Drucker, a revered management consultant says:

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.”

Coalitions like P21 are trying to bring together the business community, education leaders and policymakers to ready our children for 21st-century life. A focus on soft skills appears to be the answer. Skills like critical thinking are seen as complementary to the environment we face by helping us problem-solve with ill-defined information.

The other day I tuned into an episode of London Real with Dr Joe Dispenza. Dr Joe views humans as super beings, having healed himself through the power of the mind. We are seeing spirituality enter the mainstream. Workplaces are encouraging mindfulness practices such as ways of council. Science is also shedding light on the benefits of meditation and further explaining miracles like Dr Joe or Wim Hof through advanced medical devices like EEG and MEG. The mystical is coming to the attention of critical thinking minds and it is why I believe beyond sharpening our softs skills, we should look inwards too.

Every one of us has the power to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world. We can harness energy or wisdom within us or from other realms to fulfil the design of our visions. This all sounds magical but when you compare this to the technological advancements or predictions we are now seeing with AI, nothing seems far-fetched.

In 1994 Masaru Emoto experimented with water crystals as he believed that human consciousness has the ability to affect water molecule structure. His experiment and theories are yet to reach the scientific vigour of today. But without the risk of belief, we cannot truly explore the future of human potential or ideas.

“Everything in life is vibration,” Albert Einstein said.

We know the universe is a connection of energy through waves vibrating and this is why words manifest reality is not an ingenuine theory. You only have to jump on Youtube these days and see the number of frequency sounds that purport to activate different emotions or streams of consciousness.

It is widely accepted that 97% of DNA within us is non-functioning. Masaru believes we only understand 3% of this world because only 3% of our DNA is activated. One theory of the dormant material, it is a living data storage containing the instruction sets for our greater human potential.

Epigenetics that studies gene function is showing how perceptions of our inner and outer environments shape our biology and behaviour. The view is that we are masters of our own lives and ultimately can rewrite the rules of disease, heredity and wellbeing if we desire.

To me, this blows my mind. It is why I think we need to realise that as much as technology is an all-powerful god, so are we too. When you embody and combine both of this you have the ultimate power to mindfully create the environment you inhabit and connect with others on another level.

John Naisbitt, a futurist, says “ the most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human”.

The reason I have journeyed down the spiritual path is that soft skills like critical thinking require us to take on a myriad of views. This helps to maximise successful outcomes when we face an ill-defined problem.

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky showed with our system 1 thinking, our brain can be tricked into believing what you see is all there is. We can easily fabricate a story through a small piece of information that narrows our perspective. Beyond the 5 traditional senses that make up the world we see. I believe we can access a myriad of new senses through spiritual practices all because there is more to life than what we see.

Collaboration is seen as another pivotal soft skill to tackle the VUCA environment we face. Changes in the workplace have placed greater emphasis on new organizational structures that encourage and facilitate team-based work. Collaboration in workplaces is now a global network of local and virtual teams that require individuals to have strong interpersonal capabilities. Teaching collaboration by P21 is seen as an extrinsic task but my belief is that collaboration and softs skills can be taught intrinsically through spiritual practices with a more effective result.

A recent study in Nature Communications highlights that relationships are forged through shared experiences. These experiences create neurocircuitry in the brain. If an experience is an emotion, chances are if we share that experience with someone, we share the same emotion. The study goes on to explain that when hanging out with friends, the similar chemical makeup causes us to resonate at the same frequency and energy because we are creating the same brainwave patterns.

Nicholas Christakis, a biosociologist at Yale University said of the study, “It suggests that friends resemble each other not just superficially, but in the very structures of their brains.”

This raises a question that, if frequency can determine the human connection, can we train people to change with coherence the frequency of their brain and thoughts to truly connect with others across the world or locally for better collaboration?

While I am only brushing the surface of soft skills and spirituality, I believe they are intrinsically linked.

The root word of leadership is Leith, which means ‘to go forth and cross the threshold’.

I encourage you all to start exploring the unknown and cherry picking what aligns with your current values until proven wrong. By building unique mental models of knowledge, we can apply critical thinking and use collaboration with others to further challenge our understanding of this world and lead it into the future.

In the end, it is all about furthering our connection with the beauty resonating all around us.

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