Geoff Hudson-Searle

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Should we communicate transparency and the truth?

Should we communicate transparency and the truth?

Speak your truths
and let your
heart be heard,

tor even disaster
is beautirul

when it is pure.


-Becca Lee


Some time ago, I wrote a blog called ‘Do we truly understand our individuality and character’.

The word character is being widely examined in our culture because people want the truth, technology is certainly one tool that people can hide behind the truth and the facts, lack of transparency too, people fear that if they are truthful, open and transparent that the truth will surface quicker via tech tools, so how do we build trust in each other?

Technologies can allow us to collect, store, analyse and communicate data and ideas in unprecedented ways should not lull us to think they can address old, entrenched problems in unprecedented ways. The primary constraints for human action are non-technological in nature.

Most people who do not speak up in public meetings have perfectly functioning voices, and training them on better enunciation will not help matters much. Many technology projects have been hampered by inadequate theorizing, by political economy and social movement analysis, and by the lack of reference to historical evidence. And while clear and imaginative thinking is universally valuable, by necessity this analysis needs to be contextual. In particular we need to be particularly cautious about transferring successful use of technology from one place and time to another.

Napoleon Hill once said “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
However, transparent communication can open new doors for us to access a more extensive level of information in our lives. When we let go of our individual focus, we are able to experience the dynamics of life to a much greater extent. This allows us to move beyond the interpretation (understanding) of humans as objects in the physical world and thus experience humans from within.

If we recognise that rather than meeting people, we encounter realities in which these people emerge, based on what they believe and defend, we develop a deeper compassion and understanding. We are aware that in this world we all wear a false smile.

Once we begin to comprehend the inner experiences of others, and to create through our being, we make a quantum leap in our communication. We lift communication up to the next level of evolution. This helps us to acknowledge the true cause of many conflicts, looking beyond the symptoms to the root of the problem.

Have we created a separated culture in society, where we disguise the truth and transparency for what people would prefer to hear across technology?

Cultures also differ in how much they encourage individuality and uniqueness vs. conformity and interdependence. Individualistic cultures stress self-reliance, decision-making based on individual needs, and the right to a private life.

I was discussing with friends recently the morals around an Indian tipi. For more than 400 years, knowledgeable people have agreed that the Indian tipi is absolutely the finest of all moveable shelters. To the Native peoples whose concept of life and religion was deeper and infinitely more unified than his conqueror, the tipi was much more. Both home and church the tipi was a Sacred Being and sharing with family, nature and Creator. The tipi allowed the Plains Indians to move entire villages to suit the seasons and to be nearer to a good supply of food, wood & fresh supply for their horses.


The Cree people use 15 poles to make the structure of the tipi. For every pole in that tipi, there is a teaching. So there are 15 teachings that hold up the tipi. The poles also teach us that no matter what version of the Great Spirit we believe in, we still go to the same Creator from those many directions and belief systems; we just have different journeys to get there.

And where the poles come out together at the top, it’s like they’re creating a nest. And they also resemble a bird with its wings up when it comes to land, and that’s another teaching: the spirit coming to land, holding its wings up.

A full set of Tipi poles, represent: obedience, respect, humility, happiness, love, faith, kinship, cleanliness, thankfulness, sharing, strength, good child rearing, hope, ultimate protection, control flaps.

The tipi teaches us that we are all connected by relationship and that we depend on each other. Having respect for and understanding this connection creates and controls harmony and balance in the circle of life. For every time that a pole is added, a rope goes around to bind that pole into place. You have to be there and see it to appreciate that teaching. That rope is a sacred bond, binding all the teachings together until they are all connected.

So do we have much to learn from the Native American Indians about humility, and human 2 human communication?

In summary, transparent communication is a way of life in which different levels of consciousness as well as different levels of development and intelligence are included. It requires of us that we engage in an experientially oriented exploration of life.

Only then will we truly learn to comprehend the world as a form of exchange in which we share a common space of interaction and learn to recognise the cosmic addresses of conscious content.


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Randall Burns

4 years ago #14

Excellent Quote! Geoff Hudson-Searle Thanks for sharing

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #13

No truer words spoken. "I wonder what the Native American Indians would say around instant gratification?" Up to about twelve they would laugh. After that the young person would now be in possession of the tools to survive that they had built. They would be sent on a quest to find themselves. This quest was usually what helped youth transition to adult. Great discussion and thanks for #13.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #12

Thank you so much Lisa Vanderburg I feel 2018 should be a year in which we all reset, the energy of 2018 has already started with a lunar supermoon and will end the month in lunar eclipse and blue moon, the lunar always examines our inner self, 2017 was very much about the sun and examining our external self, I am sure 2018 will be a very interesting year for all and everyone of us, depending on how we channel our individual energies with the opportunities in our lives. Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #11

Harvey Lloyd There is a very interesting quote by an Native American Indian called Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950 which states 'You have noticed that everything an Indian does in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything and everything tries to be round. In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.'

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #10

Great to hear your words Harvey Lloyd the fascination around social media has been discussed for years, that suddenly a brain surgeon of 30 years can be swept aware from a blogger who wrote an article on brain transplant and suddenly the blogger is now an expert in the field of brain surgery. Social media has been over used for instant gratification when in fact there should be more truth and transparency on any one of the levels that any expert in the field perform. Instant gratification is the need to experience fulfillment without any sort of delay or wait. Ultimately, you want in now, like greedy little Veruca Salt sings right up until she falls down Willy Wonka’s garbage chute. Waiting can be really hard, and when people don’t get what they want, the psychological reaction is anxiety. To capitalize on that desire, companies are taking consumer anxiety and sprinting with it, offering same-day delivery services, eliminating the need to wait for a taxi and providing the ability to stream full seasons of TV shows within seconds. But letting the thrill of instant gratification deteriorate your ability to delay gratification is problematic, and will lead to serious problems on an individual and community basis. For instance, diagnoses of attention deficit disorder in children have skyrocketed in the last decade, and even the amount of adults being prescribed medication has soared. Society is losing its ability to focus. With the abundance of instant gratification, it’s difficult to recognize that people don’t need immediate satisfaction to feel happy. It’s important to remember how beneficial patience can be, because the best things in life are more than a click away. I wonder what the Native American Indians would say around instant gratification?

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #9

Thank you Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello my belief completely, so much true in your comments. Happy New Year 2018

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #8

Thank you Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven a Native American Indian Chief once gave me a lesson on the tipi poles and why a tipi is built around values, I never forgot his words of wisdom.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #7

Thank you Randall Burns for your wonderful words and comments to my latest buzz. I have spent many years with the Native American Indians, I have been totally encapsulated with their culture and importantly their affinity to nature and wisdom. The only way in life is transparency, truth and open communication/collaboration in unity. The Cree culture is one that I admire, especially around the values of humanness and consciousness, I do feel we have lost our way in the way we behave, communicate and define values in the new world, this quote is very powerful, 'Lakota' Instructions for Living Friend do it this way - that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do effects everything in the universe. If you do it that way - that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One - whatever you ask for, that's the Way It's Going To Be. passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

Geoff Hudson-Searle

4 years ago #6

Thank you Debasish Majumder for your wonderful words, Happy New Year 2018!

Lisa Vanderburg

4 years ago #5

A fabulously rich buzz - most commendable Geoff Hudson-Searle hit the nail on the head; we HAVE to change our perspectives!

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #4

Can humanity find itself in this very social world? I believe Geoff Hudson-Searle may have started a thought that could change our perspectives. Stop by sit a spell and give a thought to the discussion. When leading others this is a skill set that will eventually be explored.

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #3

"If we recognize that rather than meeting people, we encounter realities...." This is the fascinating aspect of social media and meeting new people for me. You have articulated some thoughts much better than i ever could. My basic thought is we see the world through right and wrong these days. We cant see two realities, just that yours is not mine, so you must be wrong. The bad side of social media is it creates social laziness. I can defend an opinion from the right wrong as i have assembled many like me and my reality. This is sad. I need not change my beliefs because someone else sees it differently. I need not challenge their belief to secure my own. Great thoughts as we enter the new year. Your words are wise. Native Americans were a group that new earth, sky and people were all in a symbiotic dance that required some very refined disciplines, you have touched on one the basic as we look at what we call housing today. Nothing in their culture was that simple. They were surrounded by symbols of life, paths of honor and integration into a natural order. Romans 1:20 is amazingly understood by the Native American. Thanks for giving me new thoughts and perspectives in this area of understanding.

Randall Burns

4 years ago #2

Very interesting and thought provoking read Geoff Hudson-Searle I really appreciate the analogy with the Tipi, my wife is Cree, an amazing culture, just one of many "old cultures" that can teach us so much. We have lost so much of our "Humanness", our true connections to the world around us as we advance recklessly with no thought of the consequences, lost much wisdom from many different cultures. Transparency and speaking the "Truth"; that really is a "double edged sword" isn't it? Politics, "diplomacy" and these days "Political Correctness" are all stumbling blocks that hinder us. I really like the quote of, "Napoleon Hill once said “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” A wise Chef once told me a long time ago, "The best way to hide one's ignorance is to keep one's mouth shut", ( but that may have been prompted by my constant, inane questions. ;-) I agree with your closing remark, "In summary, transparent communication is a way of life in which different levels of consciousness as well as different levels of development and intelligence are included. It requires of us that we engage in an experientially oriented exploration of life. Only then will we truly learn to comprehend the world as a form of exchange in which we share a common space of interaction and learn to recognize the cosmic addresses of conscious content." But how do we get there collectively?

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #1

lovely buzz Geoff Hudson-Searle! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

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