Living the Destiny of Your Group or Organization (Part II)

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Living the Destiny of Your Group
or Organization

Part II in the Series ~ Living Our Destiny

Read my introduction to the series HERE

Read Part I of the series HERE

A group's spiritual destiny emerges when the group begins the journey of the evolution of its soul.

Throughout my personal and professional life, I have studied, experienced, and written about destiny, whether it was personal destiny or that of groups, organizations, the country, or the world.  In Part I of this series, I wrote about our personal destiny. In  Part II, I share some of what I have discovered about the destinies of groups and organizations. 

In Part I, I defined destiny as an unrealized potential within us that persists in its yearning to be fulfilled. I also noted that we have two destinies, personal and spiritual. The same is true for groups and organizations. (Note: "Groups" includes organizations in this teaching.)

Listen to an interview with Susan Trout: "Exploring How to Discover the Destiny of Your Group or Organization"
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Groups, like individuals, use their free will – a gift from the Divine – to determine their purpose, attitudes, structures, and activities, and to choose whether or not to manifest the group's personal destiny. Using their collective free will – the joined wills of group members – they engage in constructive or destructive actions within their own group and/or towards other groups.

Joining together to fulfill the destiny of our group or organization is a clarion call from the heart.

The Spiritual Destiny of Groups

The group's spiritual destiny emerges when the group begins the journey of the evolution of its soul. When the group's personal destiny joins its spiritual destiny, the heart of each group member is aligned with the Group Soul. When this alignment occurs, the group has one destiny, not two. 

Every group or organization has a destiny to discover, whether the group is conscious of it or not. Individuals are drawn to a certain group because they have similar destinies and are in a similar stage of soul development.

There is one overarching destiny of all groups: to discover what it means to be a group and to remember that the world is sacred. A group is truly blessed if it can eventually and authentically say, "We are living and fulfilling our highest potential. We have said yes to our destiny."

Every Group Has a Destiny

A group need not be famous or successful in worldly terms to claim a destiny. Destiny is not about competing or comparing ourselves to others. A group's destiny may be to be a family, a small business, a department in a large corporation, an academic department of a university, a civic office (such as a fire or police station), and so forth. Alternatively, a group's destiny may be an example of courage, patience, unconditional love, inner strength, or wisdom that emerged during a time of failure, misconduct, loss, or illegal behavior.

Group Destiny Emerges Through Synchronicity

Synchronicity, or the flow of unexpected events, is a signal that the group's destiny is unfolding. Synchronistic events guide the leader and group, alerting them to the next step needed in their destiny journey. Synchronicity events occur at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason.  

The more the group slows down and awaits synchronistic events to show the way, the easier it will be for the group to notice when steps of its destiny emerge.

Many groups feel overwhelmed by problems and demands coming at them at lightning speed. If they wish to notice and benefit from the flow of synchronistic events, groups must slow down. The more the group slows down and awaits synchronistic events to show the way, the easier it will be for the group to notice when steps of its destiny emerge.

Finding the Right Environment

Groups typically experience challenges in attracting the right environment to live out their destiny. A group may have an outline of the story of its destiny, but there are different ways this destiny can be lived out.

For example, because a group is not isolated, its destiny story can be shaped by the choices of others, such as group members' families, the group's larger community, as well as local, national, and international events, including the results of elections and the choices of civic and world leaders, governments, countries, and so on.

In addition, individual group members, using their free will, make choices that can enhance, shift, or impede a group's destiny journey.

It Takes Time for a Group's Destiny to Be Revealed

I have observed that leaders and groups tend to expect their destiny to be quickly and easily revealed and even fulfilled. They, therefore, do not take time to educate themselves about how to work together towards fulfilling their destiny.

Destiny does not happen instantly. It emerges step by step over time.  Therefore, a wise motto for a group to remember is:  It takes time to save time – it takes time for a group to be born well and to stay well.

It takes time for a group to be born well and to stay well.

When we take time to be born well and stay well, we save time because less time and effort are needed to solve problems and conflicts. Unresolved problems become embedded and resistant to change. Said another way, we save time if we listen to the whispers before the problems become screams.

Welcoming the Emergence of Group Destiny

I have selected what I consider to be four essential processes that support the emergence of a group's destiny: shared vision, holographic systems thinking, shared decision making, and soul lessons of leaders and groups. When groups decide to engage wholeheartedly in these processes, they are welcoming the emergence of their group destiny. These processes, among others, are described in depth in my book, The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era.


Individuals have a personal vision; groups have a shared vision. Many group leaders and members do not understand how a shared vision evolves and reveals itself over time. The initial shared vision of a group is simply where the group starts. A group needs to know where it is in its relationship to attaining its shared vision and where the group has yet to go.

Usually, as a group comes close to attaining its current shared vision, there is a lag of energy or a loss of focus, an absence of enthusiasm, and increased interpersonal conflicts, indicating that it is time for the leader and group to review and reset the shared vision. When a group has a shared vision, a group member's question, "What is mine to do?" matches the group's question, "What is ours to do?"


In a holographic model, the shared vision, mission, and philosophy of the organization are expressed in all parts of the organization, from phone calls and emails to the work of the cleaning staff, individual departments and programs, administrative staff – all the way to the executive director, president, or CEO. In this way, the growth and wellbeing of group members, as well as of the group as a whole, are supported.

Read more about how to be a holographic organization HERE

KEY in a holographic model is for each group member engaged in any activity of the group to ALWAYS ask the question: "Who else in the group or organization needs to know this in order to carry out his or her responsibilities?" The failure to ask this question results in the development of significant conflict among members of the group. 


When a group focuses on what really matters, a shared decision will emerge. This approach invites every perspective of an issue to be heard. Assuring that the decision reflects the group's shared vision, mission, and philosophy is a critical part of shared decision-making.

Shared decision-making is not the same as consensus. When a group uses consensus, some members may not totally agree, but they can live with the opinion that others espouse.  With shared decision-making, a synthesis of group members' individual perspectives organically emerges and all group members eventually agree to the same decision, one that conveys what really matters and reflects saying and doing the right thing in the right way for the right reason at the right time.


Leaders and group members recognize and manifest their group's destiny journey by practicing five soul lessons. I describe the soul lessons of both leaders and groups in depth in two of The Soul of Service Trilogy books: The Awakened Leader and The Clarion Call.

The soul lessons of leaders are vision, right relations, analysis, synthesis, and to stand alone.  The soul lessons of groups are shared vision, greater good, right relations, service, and standing strong in group consciousness. 

A Clarion Call of the Heart

We are all citizens of the Earth and thus are blessed with precious lives. I can think of no topic that is as important in today's world as that of joining together to fulfill the destiny of our group or organization. Such a destiny is a clarion call from the heart: it must be heeded if we are to truly live life – as individuals and groups – completely and well.



  • Consider introducing Group Communication Guidelines in your group or organization. Practicing the Guidelines is essential if you wish to create emotional safety in your group.

    The Group Communication Guidelines can be found on our website HERE


Download a printable copy of this teaching HERE


Explore Parts I and III of this series on Living Our Destiny:

bees   blog logo Part I: Personal Destiny ~ Our Life's Masterpiece
A group's spiritual destiny emerges when the group begins the journey of the evolution of its soul.

bees   blog logo Part III: Choosing America's Destiny ~ Lincoln Answers Our Nation's Call for Help
The spirit of Abraham Lincoln, the great wayshower, responds to our collective pain.


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