Presencing Practice

I find this simple practice of mutual sharing making a big difference in my life and in the life of some of my friends. It’s a relatively “advanced” practice with it’s invitation to share our immediate inner experience right now in the moment. It’s counterintuitivity and unexpectedness is part of its gift.

It’s used by Patricia Albere of the Evolutionary Collective and goes back to A.H. Almaas, who founded the Diamond Approach, a modern Sufi school and perhaps beyond.

Presencing Practice consists of short timed periods of inquiry in a group of two. It asks us to do something that we almost never do..

It asks us to share what we’re experiencing in the present moment with a second person. Later it asks us to reflect on the mutual space created. The conversation can then go where it will, or be used for particular purposes.

Of the three “levels” of group work I’ve been working with, with others, this belongs to the deepest. (Level 1 is drop-in and getting familiar, 2 is exploring the landscape and terrain of mutual inner work, 3 is immersive, like fast water, or shooting rapids, in a canoe.)

It’s playful too. Here are my “playful Presencing guidelines.”

This is a shared mindfulness and a very different experience from doing mindfulness on one’s own. It can show a whole new way of showing up in the world – beyond the usual isolating personal performance that we do. It has wide application and I do it often or daily with many different people, dramatically widening my world in many ways.

It’s usually recommended for people who have stumbled around doing work on themselves or in groups, for a while. But anybody’s welcome to give it a try. Make sure you’re subscribed for practice opportunities.

A committed (closed to new members) group starting in the fall of 2019 will use Presencing Practice as a core element. We’ll continue to use it and work with what shows up to lead us further on. If you’re interested in this intensive small group work, contact me and we can explore it by doing a Presencing Practice together.

One Comment

  1. To be on the online group on the 14th has helped me to clarify to myself that I am at ease with the two sides in me that deal with climate change. One side thinks that “premature” extinction is probable and the other side thinks that NEVERTHELESS it is worth doing something to try and prevent it.
    The active side in me and the more contemplative one are ready to work together as well as work with peers to build a communal resilience.
    Thank you so much Andrew and Group for this inspirational and experiential practice!

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