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Connection is vital to living a free and authentic life and this is reflected in its central place in the 7 Pillars of the Freedom Code. A new slant on the importance of social interconnection comes from Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development Insights Newsletter #42. Steve identifies a lack of abundance in life as stemming from your beliefs about money. “Money is communication” he writes and “More often than not, the problem is that you're trying to make money in ways that could be described as socially inept.” He argues that strong social skills create financial abundance. In a compelling and well thought out ending he suggests that financial abundance stems from:

1. Your ability to proactively befriend intelligent, resourceful people and add them to your social network.
2. Your ability to inspire people to refer helpful opportunities to you (resources, leads, clients, etc).
3. Your ability to serve as a positive source of inspiration and opportunities for others (maintaining win-win connections).
4. Your ability to prune and release dead-weight relationships (avoiding win-lose and lose-lose connections).
Steve believes that people who suffer financially generally make the following social mistakes:
1. They often behave as loners and spend a lot of time alone or with the same few people (social isolationists).
2. They frequently suffer from approach anxiety and low self-esteem, which discourages them from initiating new connections and creating social expansion (social timidity).
3. They clutter their social lives with losers who have little to offer in terms of support, resources, and skill-building (low standards).
4. When they do meet intelligent and resourceful people, they act passively and fail to establish new friendships (lack of intitiative).
5. They remain loyal to a pity posse that consistently blocks good referrals with fear, jealousy, or sarcasm (clinginess).
Read more from Steve at www.stevepavlina.com
Humans are an exciting and complex mix of mental, emotional and spiritual features all existing within a social and holistic framework where we both contribute to the social world and are influenced by it.
The complete interconnectedness of the human race implies more than a common identity as a species but includes a collective consciousness or a form of super-consciousness. We are at once individual minds and part of the wider global mind of the human race.
This was acknowledged by one of the founders of the American school of pragmatic philosophy Charles Sanders Peirce towards the end of the 19th Century, when he said that Esprit de Corps, national sentiment and the will of large corporations were no mere metaphors. They reflected a common or aggregate personality of the groups of humans within them who were in “intensely sympathetic communion.”
This idea was echoed by other thinkers of the time who spoke of a group mind as an independent organism in its own right where we are co-conscious with one another in a “super-human intelligence.”
The Irish poet William Butler Yeats used the term spiritus mundi or "spirit of the world," to mean that each human mind is linked to a single vast intelligence, and that this intelligence causes certain universal symbols to appear in individual minds.
This seems very like the collective unconscious described by Carl Jung who himself advocated a concept borrowed from ancient alchemy of the unus mundas – literally ‘one world’ – a deeper unifying element that underlies both mind and matter. Jung’s concept of ‘synchronicity’ or meaningful “coincidences” is an example of such a unifying element expressed as a moment in time.
Our minds are structured in a way that facilitates this global collective activity. We couldn’t function as a social network unless we had a common system for absorbing and using information. Humans have developed a complex and effective hierarchical order of abstract concepts which allows us to make sense of the world. We are all born with this ability and we use it in the same way. It allows us to align our mind with other minds and without it the world would be chaotic.
This goes some way to explain the concept of the inseparable interconnectedness of the whole universe as the fundamental reality. This is a universal principle which is found in most religions and also emerges from Quantum theory, and applies even to the tiniest particles inside the atom. Everything, no matter how small or how great, corresponds to the whole. Atoms, cells, molecules, plants, animals, people, buildings, cars, planes—all flow together seamlessly in a web of information and energy.
The philosophy of Adaptive Freedom highlights seven Qualities of Authenticity. The fourth is Connection:
Connection includes action-oriented and reciprocal engagement with a broad network of people and resources who share your interests and aims. Spending meaningful time with partners, family and friends is also a necessary authentic quality. Connection entails using the power of interpersonal communication adaptively. This is an essential ingredient in effective human relationships. Connected people are usually extraverted and display positive emotions, have high levels of self-confidence, and tend to be energized around other people. But connection also has an inward-focus when you connect to the reality of yourself, your spiritual nature, and engage in honest self-reflection.
Each of the 7 Qualities of Authenticity is linked to one of the 7 Pillars of the Freedom Code. Connection is linked to the 4th Pillar: Connect and Communicate Effectively
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