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One of the latest discoveries – the Higgs Boson effect – has created significant buzz in the scientific community. Known as the “God particle,” a boson is a carrier that (when passed through a specific field) creates mass.

If all particles have no inherent mass, but instead gain mass by passing through a field“, we are left speculating on the exact process through which this occurs. Is there an interaction effect of the Higgs field with our personal energy? If can we make the Higgs field more pliable by feeling peaceful, joyful, hopeful, and determined, are our unspoken wants easier to emerge? What if desire manifests when we’re in the most receptive frame of mind?

Indian holy men have reportedly materialized food, out of season fruits, and gold pates from thin air (Talbot, 1991). Asks TalbotHave such individuals discovered a way to tap just a little of the enormous sea of cosmic energy that Bohm says fills every cubic centimeter of space?” Relatedly, “The Higgs field occupies the entire universe, so nothing is outside its reach.

Tony Robbins describes the immense power of visualization in his book “Unlimited Power.” From Yogananda: “Whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely instantly comes to pass.” What we desire may be just a blink away – waiting to be materialized when we are ready to receive it. If instant manifestation and conscious control of emergence are possible, if we can indeed take the reins of how matter is constructed and used with our intention, then the most influential creator of matter could reside within each person. The ability to create masterpieces may be at our fingertips.

I think the concept of Higgs boson also has application to companies. E.g., Lencioni mentions the leaps in productivity generated by his genuine interest in employees. If organizations by their practice can amplify positive affect, it would behoove them to craft cultures that are cooperative – ones in which people encourage their peers, treat one another as compatriots, and work together to achieve a meta-goal; where managers “took a personal interest in their employees.” Stellar performances occur in the corresponding environment. Ideas and solutions to problems typically appear when individuals are most relaxed – in places that allow them to be so fully in the moment they forget their troubles.

In Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Lencioni describes the morale killer of anonymity – which happens when family feeling is not present, in a firm where managers are simply trying to see that everyone “flies right.” Could a negative, non-communicative atmosphere destroy creativity? Relatedly, “People who see themselves as invisible, generic, or anonymous cannot love their jobs, no matter what they are doing…Even the most emotionally mature, self-aware people cannot help but let work misery leak into the rest of their lives” (Lencioni, 2007).

Misery creates reverse matter. Misery has nothing to with the work itself – rather, it’s a state of mind caused by poor management (Lencioni, 2007). If taking an interest involves smacking someone upside the head when the spirit moves you, then don’t expect the sublime. What you are likely to see in counterproductive work environments is the “lone wolf syndrome,” in which workers are committed because of their profession – and not as a result of their corporation.

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All viewpoints expressed by Jackie Gilbert are her own, and not of her employer.

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