Inclusion – Unity and More

Osanna wonders if to some extent we may have forgotten the role of enterprise?

It seems to me that the enterprise concept, while so central to Bapak’s talks and explanations, is barely included in our awareness as a global association. Of course, we do have many entrepreneurs, and many successful ones at that, but as a whole we tend to treat them as something of a breed apart, and not really an integral part of the larger body that is the WSA. My recent discovery that in the latest version (January 2010) of the WSA Constitution, only the independent affiliates, SDIA and SICA, are actually members of the World Subud Council (WSC), while the other wings are present but only as sub-committees of the WSA Executive, seems to further underline this exclusion.

To be fair, at this point all the wings are invited to and allowed plenty of input during WSC meetings, but I find it curious that we have reworded our constitution to make a separation. Particularly as SES, though a sub-committee of the WSA Executive, receives no funding to carry out its work.

The theme of this congress is Unity, but I would go a step further and refer to Inclusion. The true inclusion of all the wings as part of a whole, in our awareness, feelings and understanding. Specifically, the inclusion of enterprise as a space for us to put our gifts and talents into practical use – putting our latihan into practice; and, of course, enterprise as the potential motor for our activities, not only within our association but for our actions in the world, supporting our goals of setting up the major social projects Bapak also referred to. It’s not enough that the wings stand side-by-side in the Subud Village, we need a shift in our awareness as to how all the aspects of who we are can, inour awareness, become part of an inclusive whole.

Bapak is quoted often, members talk about returning to the basics; but this usually refers exclusively to the kejiwaan side of our association. Of course, it is the starting point for all we do, but shouldn’t we also give our attention to the other aspect Bapak talked about at least as much: enterprise?

What I have understood of Bapak’s words is that the latihan gives rise to an inclusive process: a discovery of one’s talent, putting that talent into practise in a good way, reaping the benefits of that talent and, finally, giving back in gratitude. So, I see our worship through the latihan as an inclusive, integrated system.

Of course, we can look at this simply on an individual level, which is, of course, valid; but the WSA is a global entity of which we are all part, so isn’t it worth looking into how we turn the way it functions into an inclusive, integrated system, giving value and importance to all its parts?




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