What's this about?
In a few words it's about learning with others the art of inner connection and welcome so that we feel more at home, more belonging to and more able to contribute to the world in transition.
Inner connection, welcome, belonging have been my own preoccupation - and I love company. You're invited to join in.
ps Below is how I understand the problem and the direction of what's available to us now!
. . . the Direction
- The social norm is to avoid considering global issues like climate change, deep adaptation, biodiversity loss - and more.
- Since we're part of the social norm, we're pulled to do that too.
- It's common to not know how safe we'd be to bring our real thoughts and feeling up, or what the consequences might be.
- We don't know how welcome we are..
- One way to navigate this difficult terrain is to put us all on the same level as we consider powerful questions..
- Powerful questions have to be asked. It's not enough to know about them.
- According to Peter Block, who brought the idea of powerful questions to the world, powerful questions are personal, ambiguous and anxiety-producing. Ambiguous means here that they can be answered in a more surface way or in a more revealing way. It's the choice, one that only we can make, that's anxiety producing.
- In working with powerful questions it's expressly clear that one answer isn't better than another and that one can always pass with honor. The discernment is to make the choice that's right for me, here, today. It's not to answer in a certain way. Your choice is always the right one for now, and always welcome. Tomorrow or some other day I might make a different choice. Being sensitive to what's right for me is more important than baring all. The task is to practice this.
- We want each meeting to be an instance of the future we want. (Peter Block again.)
- Powerful questions are just the gateway. They lead to us being real with each other and ourselves.
- The most challenging, and rewarding, question is the Presencing question, which is "What are you experiencing now?" When this question is genuinely responded to and witnessed in a peer context, a little light sometimes comes on.
- At whatever level of intensity we work with powerful questions, some of what's personal and meaningful to us moves out into the public sphere.
- This is a sacred or conscious activism.
- Most activism is reactive not responsive. It acts out rather than extends care. It doesn't only come from consideration of the issue but is mixed with our unfinished business. It comes from personal, family, or collective trauma and the desire to protect ourselves.
- There's no shame in our uncertainty and avoidance. Unfinished business is part of our common heritage and every one of us is party to it.
- We can cut each other a lot of slack and welcome for our not doing it perfectly - since it's inevitable.
- Our welcome, the noticing of being held by something greater than ourselves seems to be inevitable too, though this is an observation, rather than a theological argument.
- Everyone who joins in at any level contributes to the others by being there and increases the collective intelligence of the whole.
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