You. Are. Cray-zee.
If you are reading this… if you have had enough interest to get this far, and are considering experimenting with these ideas that we call the DCI System, then get ready to hear this….or get ready to feel this from people around you.
Using the DCI System, like any form of leadership, requires courage, especially in the beginning. Others may at first be uncomfortable with your direction or your methods. If your style and your beliefs appear to challenge the effectiveness or even legitimacy of accepted norms or prejudices, you can bet that you will be met with criticized. Some people may think you are crazy! It takes a person with vision, patience and great self-trust to navigate these waters with perseverance and kindness. Once you begin to show results, however, others will naturally investigate and be tempted to copy you. Every person wants to reach their life goals, and like the classic delicatessen scene in the movie “When Harry Met Sally”, when they see you enjoying your life and reaching your own goals, they will “want what you are having.” They may, like many people, be so desperate to have some predictable success in life that they may be willing to try something that at first looks…. Crazy.
What is leadership?
Basically, it’s being the one to suggest a direction or method which will help a group move toward a goal, and to consistently try to help the group reach that goal. In the DCI Level 8 material called “Automatic Leadership”, we explore three kinds of leadership discussed in the great books which are the ancient sources of the DCI System: The King, The Ferryman, and The Shepherd.
The “King” style of leadership is the most obvious one, and very familiar to Type-A personalities like me: “This is the direction we’re going in, guys…get with the program or get off the train!” The King-style leader leads from the front of the pack, waving everyone on to follow them. They take off down the path and lead the way for the group, fully expecting everyone to follow behind.
The “Ferryman” leader differs from the “King” in that they bring you along with them, moving with you toward the goal side-by-side, taking its name from the ancient trade of carrying passengers across a river for a fee. In DCI Level 8 we discuss the value of this leadership style in that it places some of the responsibility for the group’s success on its members. The Ferryman style of leader incorporates passengers more in the process.
You guessed it: the “Shepherd” style of leader helps direct the group from the rear. They push their colleagues out in front of them, placing even more responsibility, risk and reward on the team members. This style requires much more energy and patience than the first two, as the Shepherd must expect to debate methods and decisions much more along the way, and must expect to spend more time learning from mistakes and recovering from them.
All three of these management styles have great merit and work well in different situations with different personalities. In DCI Level 8 we discuss the key seeds one must plant in order to see themselves automatically take on the leadership position they want, but we don’t discuss the courage it takes to use the system in the first place.
Taking responsibility & making decisions
First of all, as we say in DCI events all over the world every month, one of the most beautiful things about the DCI system is that no one has to know what you are doing in the first place. It’s very common that people leave our events turned on and fired up about using seeds to create unstoppable success. We sometimes see well-meaning graduates of DCI City Intensives lecturing others on how seeds work, and basically pointing out how those friends and colleagues are mistaken in their beliefs and methods. This is itself a mistake! The objective of DCI is not to judge or lecture others…on the contrary, it is to take responsibility for everything we see in them, and –if there is something we see that we don’t like or agree with– to work on our own personal seeds privately in order to create the causes to see it change.
Leaders must often make executive decisions which will affect others in some way. Our decisions may directly determine how a team member will spend their day, or how much a country’s citizens will pay in taxes, or where my family will live. When we make decisions like these using our understanding of the DCI Seed System, we are now entering into a much more interesting and visible realm. When our decisions affect others, we will naturally be under much more scrutiny.
Courage to Use The DCI System
Using the DCI System in decisions that affect a team may be dismissed as luck when the results come quickly and condemned as craziness when they do not. If you understand the concept of Seeds, or Mental Imprints as we say in DCI, as well as the concept of Emptiness which we say allows those seeds to produce their results in the form of everything you experience in your reality, then it is easy to watch your days unfold with a calm security, understanding what is going on in the process and not getting nervous when obstacles appear.
This is the courage we are referring to here in this article. In the DCI System, courage is not some kind of strength in coping or hoping-that-things-will-work-out… but rather it is a radical world view, in which we know what is going on in the moment, and why, as a result of our understanding of how things can work and how they cannot. I can tell you that this is one of the greatest single benefits I have enjoyed from the understanding of reality I have gained from DCI: I know what is happening in my world. I still make mistakes, and I still have the urge to blame other conditions, other countries, other companies and other people for the things I don’t like— but ultimately deep down I cannot deny what I know to be true: that my world is coming 100% from me. There is no one to blame for my problems but me, and no one else that will create my success but me.
Understanding Cause & Effect
In the DCI System, courage is simply a clear understanding of the natural cause-and-effect which is responsible for everything we experience, with all roads of responsibility leading squarely back to…. Me. If you have been fortunate enough to have had any major challenges or tragedies in your life, then you may have developed an understanding that the methods we learned in school or professional life …don’t always work. In the DCI System, we say that if something doesn’t work all the time, that means it simply doesn’t work…or put another way: that there is something missing…
That thing, we say, is the seed. We do not recommend that you stop trying to achieve results in the ways you were trained—but we do suggest that the only thing which will make that method or action successful is…the seed. When I get a headache, I still take an aspirin. I know that the aspirin is the vehicle for my seeds. I know that the only reason that the aspirin will work is if I have planted the seeds in the past, by helping other people with headaches, or pain, or something like that. So, as a card-carrying user of the DCI System, I always look for opportunities to help other people who are experiencing pain—not just to be nice—but specifically so that I may seize the opportunity to plant the seeds I need for my next headache.
A leader using the DCI System may approach goals in very different ways than their peers. For instance, if it’s true that the only true cause of financial success is to help other companies and individuals have financial success, then a CEO of a company in financial crisis may choose to spend more time than usual counseling or even directly assisting another company in achieving their financial goals. If I am that CEO, my objective would be to create the causes or plant the seeds in my own mind for the financial success of my company. In DCI intensives around the world, we explore two thousand years of logical discussion on why this is the only logical thing to do at this point—but for many people it will seem crazy! I will be criticized for diverting time and energy to something other than the company in a time of crisis. When you begin to seriously apply the DCI System though, a radical paradigm shift occurs in your world view, and your reasoning will look something like this: By taking time to help the other company, I am using time and energy to do the only thing which will ultimately cause my own company’s success. You might like to push the envelope a little more…what if that company is one of your competitors! This is leadership. Crazy wisdom.
Finally, you might say that the simple act of even attempting to experiment with the DCI System for the first time is an ultimate form of leadership—not just in the eyes of others, but in your own mind. By taking the step of just trying for the very first time, we are stepping out of a pattern of self-destruction that we have been in since beginningless time. We like to say in DCI events that “you are fighting billions of years of bad habits.” Over billions of years of human evolution, many of us have been making the mistake of judging that the causes of our problems lie outside of us. As a result, we blame other countries, organizations and people for our problems, and seek to punish them. This great mistake has been the cause for all problems we see now and have ever seen: All wars, all financial crises, everything.
Taking Your First Great Steps
It’s much more comfortable in the short term to place the blame for our problems on something or someone outside of ourselves, but unfortunately most of us have failed to notice that this convenient thinking perpetuates a cycle of failure, or a roller-coaster life, where the peaks are constantly followed by scary nose-dives. In the DCI System, we offer the experiment of a radical shift in world view that may eliminate the roller-coaster, and produce a life that is always on the up….always ascending. You’ll be stepping away from a billion years of habitually mistaken blame, and this may at first be personally uncomfortable. You will be taking your first great steps in your own personal, internal leadership, which in time we believe inevitably leads to stepping onto the community stage or world stage, as the leader you were always meant to be.
Everything we propose in the DCI System was designed, debated and debunked hundreds or thousands of years ago…we didn’t make it up. I suggest to you that this kind of thinking – that intentionally, systematically, methodically helping others reach their success is the only true cause of my own success—is inherent in all true leadership…and that this kind of leadership is basically the ultimate purpose of a human life.
So, we invite you… to join the crazy revolution.