Originally Posted by tc33
Imagine having a conversation with an individual at the conscious level of 'love' or higher. They will likely be very empathetic, confident, and understanding. These just so happen to be three attributes of a charismatic individual. How about that?
So...yes, highly conscious individuals could be considered charismatic. But so could lesser-conscious individuals.
Great response -- I think you articulated it very well.
Along the same lines as what the last few posters, I think that it certainly is not a coincedence that highly conscious people have the characteristics of a charismatic leader. But to me, that's the way that the correlation flows -- from
I don't see it as working the other way around. The example of Hitler is a good one -- he was certainly charismatic, but I'm not sure about his level of consciousness. Then again, if our universe is based in Subjective Reality, then Hitler is a projection of our greater consciousness, which means that he had some greater purpose to serve in the big picture, and... hm... my brain hurts... it's too late in the week to finish that line of thought!
Seriously, though, I wonder if there are different types of charisma? Those who are highly conscious draw people to them in large part because of their level of consciousness -- because they function on or above the level of love, as Tom indicated. Are there other types of charismae that function differently based on different levels of consciousness? Just thinking out loud.
One last thought, and I'm not sure how helpful it is, but I'm surprised this thread has lasted this long without someone mentioning Max Weber's sociological theory of Charismatic Leadership. I haven't looked into it for a long time, but maybe someone who is more familiar with Weber than I am could add something Weberian to the discussion? (obligatory wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charismatic_authority