”Life And The Fourth Facet”


”I love everybody. You have to embrace all facets of humanity; love and accept everyone as being part of yourself.”
Man is all about his actions, feelings, and thoughts. Life is all about these three facets of hands, heart, and head. But there is also a fourth facet — that of consciousness against the canvas of which actions, feelings, and thoughts arise. There is a lot said and written about these three facets. A lot of training is given to these three areas. But what about the fourth?

In engineering, the three facets of input, process, and output are common knowledge. People understand that improving the output is not possible until the process, and especially input, is changed. But is there a fourth aspect besides input, process, and output? And the fourth aspect is the context in which workers are creating the output by changing the output through a process. Visionary thinkers have now begun thinking about and impacting the fourth aspect too. They are realizing that the context or the culture in which workers operate is more important.

In human engineering, actions are equivalent to output, feelings are equivalent to the process and thoughts are the input. Behaviour and actions are brought forth because of the input of thought and the power that feelings bring forth. That is why to change behavior, it is important to change your feelings (process) and more importantly your thoughts (input). Yes, thoughts are very important. Change in thoughts through positive thinking is essential. But the fourth facet is even more important. Yes, the context in which actions, feelings, and thoughts arise is that of consciousness — or silence, the experience of being alive.

”I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges. Michael Jordan”

Very little has been understood about this fourth facet. Some call it the Self. When that is factored in, harnessing thoughts, feelings and actions become very simple and easy. When the context in an organization is changed, then inputs, processes, and outputs can all take a quantum jump. What a leader in an organization has to do is to precisely do that — change the context. The three facets are all lying on the foundation of the fourth. As a leader leading your life, it is similarly important to understand and access the consciousness from where actions, feelings, and thoughts arise. That is why it is called the “source”.
Imagine, not being clear about your own source. But that is what is happening — most people don’t know their own source. The secret of the third aspect of thoughts is just not enough. The source of thoughts is what matters. Man is always comfortable with the three dimensions of length, breadth and depth. But the fourth facet is what gives color to life. Spirituality talks about the three states of sleeping, awakening, and dreaming. But discovering the fourth state (turiya) is the missing link. Discovering this fourth state should be the highest priority in life.


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