The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.””
“Synergy between thoughts and feelings reads the universe like an opened book.”
- Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
“Happiness is our most natural state of being; a result of our synergy with the way it is.”
- Joseph Rain
“Synergy is the only true way to [world] peace. Any sort of division will cripple the beast of unity.”
- Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
The brackets in the quote above are mine, wanting you to read the quote in a way that you hear it about your own internal peace. The joy and the amount of energy that come from this synergy is remarkable. On the other hand, the pain and drain of energy that comes from internal conflicts is exhausting beyond belief. The experience we human beings have of stress when we are battling internal demons is debilitating and is a grand waste of time.
I'm reminded of a female consultant who was in one of my leadership courses. When she came to the course, she was at war inside herself. As the group supported her in loving herself, she became more and more peaceful, realizing that the various parts of herself were worth loving and that these parts could exist inside her harmoniously. With her eyes closed, we had a ceremony in which she married herself. Coursemates showered her with rose petals. Her delight was palpable and everyone celebrated her internal marriage.
This proved to be a pivotal experience in her life, putting her on a positive trajectory that affected her personal relationships and her work life. Bringing all the parts of yourself together so they can coexist harmoniously is worth the effort.
When I was in high school, I was acutely aware of the war inside me. I wanted to appear to have it all together. Since I knew that I didn't, it created a lot of tension inside me. I was plagued with the idea that I needed to be perfect but perfect I wasn't. Therefore, from that perspective, I was worthless. This, as you can well imagine, doesn't make for a joyous state of consciousness.
I remember at 16 years old making a commitment to myself that I was going to resolve this; to bring my inside and my outside together. And so began my search for teachers and mentors who could teach me about authenticity—about how to bring all the parts of me together.
It is from that work with the Institute for Creative and Artistic Development that Round Table Work™ emerged. As I learned about self-styles from Juanita and Eugene Sagan, I immediately saw the characters sitting together at a round table, working things out together. It was the beginning of finding internal harmony. That internal harmony creates internal synergy which, when unleashed, is what empowers us to live into our full potential. We are all works in progress. However, the more harmony, the more joy on the journey.