Alignment does not require agreement as a necessary condition. Alignment as congruence of intention is congruence of resolution for the attainment of a particular aim. An aim being in and of the future,unknown or unpredicted variables inevitably enter the generative equations for its achievement. Inherent in alignment, therefore, is the spirit of quest. The spirit of quest generates open and evolving dialogue-in-action. Participants of a quest bring in diverse points of view while remaining united in the same quest. When they jointly choose a course of action, they know that the choice is a tentative mutual agreement, to be modified, altered, or even discarded along the way. The question is not who is right? but what is best? for the fulfillment of the intention. (continued)
Reprinted with permission of the author from The Journal of Integral Thinking for Visionary Action, Vol. One No. Four 2003.
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, Founder and Chairman of Vision In Action, applies values of integrity and wholeness to engender individual, organizational, and social transformation. He is considered one of the foremost thinkers in the field of integral and evolutionary philosophy.
Called a philosopher of change, Mr. Kimura is recognized for his ability to integrate advanced Western scientific thought with the intuitive wisdom of Eastern spiritual traditions to bring about radical change in the way people think.
As an author, lecturer and consultant, he assists thought leaders in business, science and cultural organizations to evolve beyond the paradigm-bound thinking that often inhibits development and success. He aims to provoke authentic, integral thinking in others through his Zen-like, Socratic methods, awakening the latent creative potential in both individuals and organizations, and thereby creating a path for people to transform their creative vision into effective action.
An Invitation to Think
Mr. Kimura has spent almost thirty years studying both advanced Western scientific thought and inner-directed Eastern philosophies with his formal education centering on Buddhist philosophy. He was born in Japan and ordained in the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, then studied contemporary and ancient systems of Eastern philosophy in India for three years. In 1983, he moved to the United States where he developed an original approach to individual and organizational transformation.
Unlike system-building theorists who focus on building structural models as a frame of reference for their students, Mr. Kimura focuses on awakening the capacity for genuine creativity and original thinking within individuals so that they can attain ongoing self-realization through self-transcendence. As he explains:
The ancient Japanese word for 'to think'? is 'kamikaeru, with kami? signifying the invisible? divine ground of being and kaeru? meaning 'to return.? The process of thinking, therefore, originally embodied the spiritual act of returning to the Divine, to the Ground, to the Self residing within each person, and then creatively manifesting that Self-knowing and divine inspiration in and as the world.
In this regard, Mr. Kimura has developed a distinctive approach that embodies Zen-like inquiry and Socratic dialogue. His writings and seminars are an invitation to think? along with him as he seeks to awaken the potential for kamikaeru within.
Applying these creative techniques to business and social organizations, Mr. Kimura established The MetaConsulting Institute in 1996. This consulting firm continues to develop strategic business seminars and customized programs under his leadership for both entrepreneurs and multinational corporations.
In 1999, he was recruited by the University of Science and Philosophy, also known as the Walter Russell Foundation, to serve as Executive Director of The Twilight Club founded in the late 1870s by British integral philosopher Herbert Spencer and intellectual champions of the American Transcendentalist and New Thought Movements including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Edwin Markham. The Twilight Club originally looked to enrich society and culture through the personal action of its members based on the principle that Mr. Kimura characterizes as alignment beyond agreement.?
Four years after assuming the organization's leadership role, Mr. Kimura re-envisioned? The Twilight Club and established Vision In Action in 2003 as a more effective structure to continue the rich legacy of the founders' intention in the 21st century. Vision In Action focuses on empowering individuals and organizations to develop personal integrity, business accountability, scientific advances, artistic expression and social action.
Through VIA, Mr. Kimura strives to encourage a creative and comprehensive approach to social and personal challenges that can restore integrity and wholeness to a divided world. A comprehensive description of Vision In Action is outlined in his article The Four Pillars of the Work of Vision In Action.?
Prolific Writer and Lecturer
Mr. Kimura has authored, since 1998, well over 50 articles, essays and translations in the fields of spiritual philosophy, integral science, evolutionary theory, transformational ethics and visionary business. He also has developed interactive programs that serve to awaken creative vision.
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