I collected some of my recent posts on facebook to restart my blog. For your inspiration or confusion… your resonance and dissonance ist most welcome, especially when shared :)
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why assisting a good cook in a stressfull restaurant-kitchen is building organic memory of inner urgency before the storm starts outside: in my time under Rene’s command in the beergarden where i worked in south Germany i was so impressed to experience how he is able to lift the stress-level to prepare food and dishes BEFORE the masses come to order food, so we had a managable amount of tasks IN the tidal wave. I observed in myself the pattern of naturally getting more slow when the high is over, but the true mastery here is to work in rigorous foresight of the coming… and this is really an organic capacity he build up over decades of work in that field and it needs so much PERSEVERANCE… why should i be the storm inside when it’s peaceful outside? -> because it WILL pay back when the storm starts outside…
drawing the line here to coming global crisis in supply of cheap energy, finances and all that – the storm WILL come… but we are somehow still hardwired to only be stressed when there is a reason to be stressed… so cheers to building individual and collective capacity to organically feel urgency NOW…
a social translator (term by Reinoud) is a person or an entity that conducts meaningful exchange between social ‘silos’
… how can the baker meet the astronaut on the leading edge of personal development and vice versa… as realms of knowledge and skills of humanity are growing far out, also the gaps between grow – and circles are forming with high entrance-threshold… so rising the level of the ‘common denominator’ is the quest for A to learn something from B.
i believe where we will meet on highest possible level is in a metaphorical space, is a language of energies, is talking about the dynamics and patterns we experience… cosmic breath finds it’s expression in many different outgrowths… however there seems to be melody coming along with it that we can hear across and beyond… analogies that are so close to our experience that we call them ‘realogies’… resonating from within… just the final touch of the manifestation will vary from realm to realm…
does this sound fluffy? it may, but it is SO real!! for ANY learning you gain in ANY field, there IS a chain-lightning of associations, metaphoric layers and symbolic potence branching of into other domains of cosmic expression… just about being liquid enough in your consciousness to see it. finding a ‘language’ to share this beyond your silo, and/or translation-instances will pass the impulse on… this is happening anyway since the beginning of time – just to name it and make it a conscious inquiry!
…the cosmic pattern language – also observing your own psychic process of getting motivated or transitioning from anger into sadness… all those dynatterns (dynamic patterns) have brothers and sisters in the social space, in music, in painting in animal and plant world…
and yes, there IS a vertical axe of complexity in this where certain impulses blow up a vastly bigger space in one playground than in another and maybe even birth sub-spaces that can not be found elsewhere… and there IS a danger of scaling up metaphors from one to many… we loose information on the way, the other way is more natural to go, track the collective dynamic back into it’s fractal expression in smaller units…
tuning our senses for this, our perceptional muscles, the new sexy is how many ripples you let your inner ocean take when it get’s a stimulus…
incredible amounts of energy are caught in unhealthy loops of interpersonal friction -> so here is to to realize that we are standing on a big cosmic evolutionary arrow in our little human conflicts…
this is nothing we only have to ‘get clear’ for ourselves, we suffer/celebrate this to feed the information we gain into the field… consciously embracing that little notion of the inside being the outside, what i go through is a service to the larger at the same time… don’t block the gate while you have a conflict with somebody – shout over to each other from the archways so that the stream can still pass and get a chance to receive a gift of process from you guys in your nasty nitty gritty boiling pot :)
as we build capacity to anchor our emotional/soul-nourishment in larger social and spiritual context we need less and less the current situation ‘urgently’ to satisfy our feeling of being appreciated and hold and seen and understood and all that… this comes easy and natural and is already the base we start from, not the ground we need to re-build all the time…
will this be the time we come together to not seek what we have in common but to seek how we are different and can boost our individuality together even more… standing in a circle facing outwards, warm supportive energy flowing in the back while everyone having a unique playground in front… instad of a circle facing inwards where we need to make decisions together and understand and embrace all that comes into the circle… it needs both i believe – but i am really tired of green-meme energy in circles that want to be equal for the sake of being equal :)
and yes, i understand the process of creating a shared language and having joint experiences/stories/idols and the “getting warm” with each other… but i mean a different ground to become more self-evident, it’s the simple notion of appreciating everyone as unique expression of the universe and starting from that :)
some day… want to create a gathering with Jasmine that’s purely dedicated to be in dream-space together! all conventions, judgements, procedures, social behaviors are blurred and new forms of interacting are tested as they arrive in curiosity, no expectations of you ending your sentence or “making your point”, we might build the point together…
no need to introduce yourself or ask a polite question back because you were asked something… everything is soul-space and symbol and is meaning-yet-to-be-interpreted, the weak signals, the weird and the not understandable get a sacred space and embraced… “oh nice, i don’t get it… how can it be even more confusing”… no harvest or distilling process… the space is just breeding…
[…] you could also say it results from a need of impulses to get ‘confirmed’ (and on the way towards that most often cut down in their expression to the lowest common denominator) by the whole group… and as we grow more mature into trusting the power and unique shape of our impulses we don’t need that confirmation and just go for it – WITH the trust and support of the circle…
the good cook does not seek to create one taste, the quest is to compose a symphony – there shall be versatile nuances to explore and a whole journey of taste may unfold with letting different islands blossom on your tongue… the meta-tone is rising as sensual memory is flooded…
may you be the pool of multiple inputs on various levels, may myriad of potential and lived trajectories source or conduct in the vibrant sea you are. inviting the wisdom of the edge, the ‘Weird’ and the Unknown went to places you haven’t dared to step into – may you pour their energy into you… dare to get soaked, expanding the horizon to whatmore is possible… maintaining to be the one tree with so many leaves… all get touched slightly different by the wind and move in their way, though they give and get to the same trunk with roots and breathe their oxygen into the atmosphere…
thinking about Biofeedback and how awesome a research lab on Socialfeedback would be… exploring forms of mirrors for a collective to ‘arm’ it with new senses so the social body can learn something new – for a new attractor/algorithm to get installed… with a potential effect of higher collective awareness and more effective processing of complex information as a social system or or or…
Biofeedback: temporary technological additional “sense” for the body to learn something new about himself, also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofeedback
thinking about a group exercise where some kind of movement dynamic happens in the room – and then having a computer know the positions of everyone (infrared camera tracks LED on peoples head for instance) and on the underrun of a certain average value the light is changing or a sound is changing… so the collective gets an immediate feedback on what is happening in the room… or measuring everyones heartbeat and translating the collective beat into a tangible feedback in the room… and then let them process an emotional stimulus or transparent sharing or something… vast space to explore here :) and maybe the temporary additional sense does not have to be technical! it could also be as organic as a drummer sensing into the whole and adapting the beat…
If tomorrow a bunch of sharks in the oceans unite with the plan of biting through all the transcontinental glas-fibre internet/telephone-cables at multiple spots and thereby basically switch of global connectedness on technical level for unforeseen time… what will happen / what will the reflection process surface that will start to pop up around the question what we as humanity learned from this period of global connectedness via electronic devices – what patterns will start to emerge in the paths that have been laid neurologically and social-communication-wise from this period of time?
new communication styles like the FB architecture or Tweets will find an expression in a more parallel-processing face2face/group communication
a global experience of interconnectedness will unite people locally
the neuronal imprints of this connectedness will open up channels for energetic long-distance communication
incredible potential in local group intelligence will be ignited as all the love and care and cleverness that has been floating in globally connected spheres will now blossom fully in face2face leadership
we were putting far too much energy into this medium in a time where other skills would have been much more needed
it was all expression of an evolutionary longing for other forms of communication and the feeling of connectedness
we learned our lesson and immense motivation is rising to use the opportunity more intentional when the glas-fibre cables will be repaired
local traditions and cultures will be re-ignited as people seek for ‘new’ anchors in their life
we learn to empower and ‘charge’ ambassadors to travel and carry on inspiration to other continents – knowledge sharing will be so much more focused and cared for… the buzz around millions of shallow signals is over and the meaningful and resonant signals will ping through
this song makes me cry because of its intensity!! and while thinking about it i can also feel it, the consciousness that appears in its own reflection… songs, stories, encounters, artwork – all those packages of experience we allow our emotional body to resonate with… my Amygdala is flooding chemical messengers through my brain and i see my life in the perspective of a an arc of a dynamic that shows consistency of shape with the arc build into the package of the current experience… the bigger picture got scaled down into an horizon that i can grasp emotionally in the here and now and that informs my system with new motivation to live and think and form and create… so yes, loving to get soaked – but what happens if i plug out my earphones, can i prolong the trajectory of the experience? …speaking from the attractor in me wanting to explore how we are plattforms for processes… how can your longing and dance and suffering and joy prolong in me as you move into another space –
…to carry on the informed aura into the next moment and the next… stepping back and ahead to be the channel, be the tool, be the conductor… how big can we feel and what is the expansion of the context we can feel at once? if i am consciousness manifested through my unique expression… how many gates can be open at the same time to dissipate and integrate…
what we encounter is mirror, is symbol, is in consistency of shape with what is inside – the outside is the inside is the language of energy dynamics… enriched on the breath in and simplified on the breath out… constructions building over time as system evolving in systems… taking for granted and granted for taking… judgement, shyness, boldness – emotional constructs in the psycho-socio-space… keep the fire inside when outside is no space to see the fire… hold it, nurture it… the universe is co-developing in you… you are the leading edge of your story, sacred responsibility of fostering the unique seed in you… the emergence under the ground is massive… who are you without boundaries and in your fullest potential? who are we to align in supporting you to be this? we will meet us there…
Out beyond ideas of paid jobs and unpaid jobs – there is value. We will meet us there.
in the german beergarden i work we had TV screens set up for the football game tonight – so i experienced the whole wave of before, in it and after it (and germany lost!) from the ‘hosting the space’ perspective… oh wow, quite a show of tribal humanness!
cheer-leaders are taking their role, loud and quiet subgroups are forming… lifting the energy or sucking the excitement, slow noise-rising and abrupt reactions. then collective sharing of the brutal truth of having lost the game – frustration, anger, tears… “we” lost…
so obvious that football is the biggest global event of tribal feelings… we support our tribe… the remaining archetype of rituals to bond the group, it’s all there: singing together, sharing big emotions, feeling connected to millions of people watching… all the heavy complexity of life and social relations is broken down into a simple game with such clear frames that my emotional and social body can easily process it and synchronize themselves.
Also a form of strong invisible connections – people/groups receiving the show through a one-way channel of TV… nothing can flow back – but ‘knowing’ that millions are out there on the other end of the channel as well does make the back-flow unnecessary…
so friends… what other and especially so much more meaningful forms of collective rituals can/are we seeding now that will grow momentum over the years and decades… i sense lot of attractors out there have already begun to form such creatures…
maybe we can build the capacity to expand the ritual space more and more, maybe it can be present as an underlying tone all the time as we learn to not depend on rising and falling of a space to actually realize the energy between!
such a sweet pain when imagination and the sense of potential seems so far greater than what the moment contains… endless branches of what-could-also-be blooming in all dimensions, trusting to live into it over time and loving the moment, this is where it all ends and begins :)
wow’ed about the quantity of street-data google maps has to process? just struck by the simple insight of the actual amount of paved street laying there… billions and billions of tons of stone and bitumen (oil!) laid-out over the decades… and ‘ON TOP’ of all that we can drive to the next village to meet a friend…
feels like a flicker in hot air this extremely high level of luxury in the industrial age, all depending on the availability of cheap oil… what kind of celebration is the global hype on iPhone4??? people snoozing in crystal palaces of consumption and receiving individuality and salvation by choosing from products… the construction on top of which this can happen is meanwhile so high and fragile… what if one day the long and long production and transport chain for our food to the supermarket gets a hole? sweating under the desert sun with short breath and soon to realize the massive sunburn…
when will we be proud and collectively respected again for answering questions about what your skills are with “i can grow food for my community”, “i can build a wastewater treatment with plants” and “i know about forming a circle and rituals to hold it”…
a light mental/emotional operating system that loves to channel and catalyze beauty and can process & navigate heavy complexity with elegance
may the unfolding of the creation surprise the creator and transcend its scope… obsolete to ‘achieve your goal’ when your playground transforms on the way
communication spaces that are so broad, open and trusted that they can contain it all – no need for sharing meta-reflections, shadows, tics or the unspoken with someone else afterwards to make it complete, it all has a place in this 1&1 right here right now – this is where it all begins and radiates into our manifestations in the world…
inspiration comes as bird landing on your shoulder… challenges can come as dark ink soaking you. (media/ads makes us look for the next catchy shining phrase & so weak in perseverance)… i call for more courage in letting your system get soaked with energy as heavy, new or confusing as it might be – trusting in your stable core & inviting the universe to re-pattern you, offering yourself as an evolutionary tool…
scaling huge fabrics of correlation into realogies/storylines/packages that our emotional-mental bodies are able to intuitively click with, hold & process (e.g. a song that feels in the moment like shining beautiful light over your whole life)… how big and how small can you feel? & can you place a seed in my consciousness that expands my capability of feeling that big/small?… artists of human affection i invite
…inviting these artists to pollinate my system with stimuli that expands it’s matrix, for my body to bloom into the new space as experience is offering material to knead it in…
“Das Rad” movie – makes me think of the time-speed we perceive and how much slower or faster it also is.
Makes me wonder what we are potentially capable of processing and relating to time-wise. Peter Senge speaks about the gap of relating to our future emotionally.
Makes me curious to explore experiences that can widen the capability of relating to time – soaking in the shortest moments and letting the glimpse of their inner dynamic play out in me to sense into it from all sides… that yes. But how to “scale down” my plane-flight to the climate-impact it has, into a ‘package’ or a set of metaphorical embodied bridging-patterns that my body-mind can process and stimulates my intuition and emotions.
A fantastic practice i experienced in that realm was on a seminar with Joanna Macy. Sitting in double-circle; the outside circle was living in the now and the inner circle were humans in 200 years from now. Speaking in one-now to one-future human, we were guided through questions around “how was it to be in the time of the great turning” and the future humans spoke their gratitude that they are living because we made it possible. It was a really powerful and deeply touching experience for me and my sense is that this is a strong angle for meaningful perceptional attractors… stretching consciousness wide beyond daily scope… into time and space or the potential of a group/network…
What are practices/exercises that build capacity to feel in bigger context in bigger times?
“emotional gap of relating to our future”… installing the structures/attractors in the gap for an organic bridge to click in…
transformational agreement: whenever you experience me in a lack of the ability of processing information or scope of consciousness please TELL ME, I want to hear smthg like ‘Benjamin, my sense is that this is beyond your capability‘ :)
i see the tree of analogies of the addressed holon reaching through various layers and i invite association into the cross-interpretation and broadening of it
“Imagine that we as a team could share and spread new knowledge and learnings as fast and effective as we can do with gossip?” -Ane Price Mørk
gossip event/story-based, so somehow a condensed piece of interaction, either especially weird or climax of something… loaded with projections – travelling in group body, forming and growing, if not charged with new facts it looses touch and becomes this creature, not able to call back and hard to correct…
learning/knowledge-sharing different paste and targeted not so short-term, requires motivation to carry into leisure-mood
gossip is raising naturally up from interaction level to communication – knowledgesharing seems to need an effort to be pulled down from abstract space to communication
igniting the gossip-channels with meaningful snippets….
la la la
and if you want more, you may continue reading in this very unfinished and hopelessly confusing and inspring document :)
Art of Hosting “Bringing Down Inner Walls” in The Hub Berlin
“If the group is an art form of the future, then convening groups is an artistry
we must cultivate to fully harvest the promise of the future.”
Jacob Needleman, et al Centered on the Edge
For the 2nd time in Germany and finally in the Hub Berlin – “The Art of Hosting conversations that matter / participatory Leadership”. In the beginning of August 50 people from 8 countries gathered under the theme of “Bringing down our inner walls” to contemplate four days on questions like “where do you feel you inner walls? Which are helpful and which are ready to get rid off?” by experiencing and even facilitating methods like world cafe, open space and appreciative inquiry. The seven professional and experienced AoH-practicioners were thereby switching roles between space-holders, teacher, coach, client and participant. Fastly the minds were filled with self reflections, the hearts were filled with connectedness and the Hub got filled with colourful painted and brainstormed papers – till today you can find little sheets with inspirational gifts from the participants at various places in the Hub. Thanks to Benjamin’s continuing online-harvesting there is a big treasury of photos, videos and text saving the energy and content of the four days. Together with some great remote inputs from AoH alumnis who were holding online presence from time to time. To discover and interact yourself goto the facebook page “Art of Hosting Berlin” (bit.ly/AoH_Berlin-FB) and the Twitter account @AoH_live. For more information, mailinglist and the upcoming AoH’s goto: http://www.artofhosting.org
Zum zweiten Mal in Deutschland und endlich im Hub Berlin – “The Art of Hosting conversations that matter / participatory Leadership”. Anfang August fanden sich 50 Menschen aus 8 Ländern unter dem Thema “Bringing Down Our Inner Walls” zusammen, um sich vier Tage lang Fragen wie “Wo spürst du deine inneren Mauern? Welche sind davon hilfreich und welche können getrost eingerissen werden?” ganz persönlich zu stellen und dabei unterschiedlichste Methoden wie World Cafe, Open Space und Appreciative Inquiry sowohl aus der Rolle des Teilnehmers als auch des facilitators kennenzulernen. Die sieben professionellen und erfahrenen AoH-Praktizierer wechselte dabei elegant die Rollen zwischen Raumhalter, Lehrer, Coach, Klient und Teilnehmer. Schnell füllten sich die Köpfe mit Selbstreflektionen, die Herzen mit Verbundenheit und der Hub mit bunt bemaltem und vollgebrainstormtem Papieren – noch heute kannn mensch sich an verschiedenen Stellen über kleine Zettel mit Inspirationsgeschenken von Teilnehmern freuen. Durch Benjamin’s kontinuierliches online-harvesting ist eine umfangreiche und lebendige Foto-, Video- und Textdokumentation der Energien und Inhalte der vier Tage entstanden. Mitsamt einiger spannender Ferninputs von AoH Alumnis, die punktuell online Präsenz in der Zeit hielten. Zum selber durchstöbern und interagieren bitte die facebook page “Art of Hosting Berlin” (bit.ly/AoH_Berlin-FB) und den Twitter account @AoH_live anbrowsen :)
Für mehr Informationen, Mailinglist und die nächsten AoH’s: http://www.artofhosting.org
Hier ein Auszug aus Rolf Schneidereit’s Sicht der vier Tage. Vielen Dank dafür!
Im Moment fühle ich eine tiefe Verbundenheit mit vielen Menschen – die ich dort kennen gelernt habe und über sie hinaus. Es hat etwas davon in meine eigene höchste Zukunftsmöglichkeit einzutreten, in einer Gruppe, in der auch die anderen Individuen in dieser Bewegung sind. Es ist wie Otto Scharmer schreibt:
„Das soziale Feld verbindet uns nicht nur untereinander, es verbindet uns auch mit uns selbst …” […] Im Einsatz war ein reicher Strauß von Methoden: World Cafe und Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, Aufstellung, Zweierrunden, Triangle, Zirkel. Der Prozess war weitgehend offen gestaltet: Zunehmend wurden wir Teilnehmer zu Akteuren, die Inhalte „hosteten” und das „harvesting” übernahmen. Es entstand ein Feld des Gebens. Eine wunderschöne Szene am Ende der Veranstaltung: Zwei Facilitatoren aus Belgien malten einer jungen Spanierin, die einen Hub in Madrid gründen will, ein Plakat mit Kreativmethoden für ihr Team und die anstehenden Aufgaben. Ohne jeden Vorbehalt schütteten sie das ganze Füllhorn ihres Know-hows aus.
Für mich war es ein reicher Lernprozess. […] Beispiel Gläser: Am ersten Tag lief die Spülmaschine fast nonstop nur für die Gläser, weil wir uns ständig neue nahmen. Am vierten Tag hatten fast alle mit Tesakrepp und Markern ihre Gläser an der Glasstation beschriftet und die Spülmina hatte auch mal Pause.
Wie unterschiedlich wir sind! Es gab große und kleine Menschen, dicke und dünne, mehr intellektuell und mehr emotional orientierte, introvertierte und extrovertierte … wie leicht kann doch unsere Unterschiedlichkeit zu Ablehnung und Konflikt führen. Für mich bot Art of Hosting einen Rahmen, in dem diese Verschiedenartigkeit zum Reichtum wurde und ich mich selbst gut aufgehoben und zum weiteren Beschreiten des Weges inspiriert fühlte.
Ein Gedanke noch dazu, der mir während der Rückfahrt kam:
Wenn es sein darf
wie es ist
kann es werden
was es sein kann
Students of Sustainabilty (SOS) 2009 in 7Linden
Two dreams were woven together and attracted 45 “Students of Sustainability” from 8 countries to the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden, to meet for a week in July 2009 at an international young people’s week. 1.) The call for an ‘international’ (after years of German only) building week with the purpose of building a tree house at 7Linden and 2.) The motivation, born in a Dragon Dreaming circle at the GEN assembly last year, to ‘unite the diversity of young people who care’ under the title of SOS.
Mind: Knowing about the potential and connections we are bringing with us and feeling the commitment to support each other’s growth in these crucial and exciting times, we did a community mapping process (http://bit.ly/SOSnetMap) to make the connections in our middle visible, gave each other teachings, and shared thoughts about Transition Towns, permaculture, communication methods, community tools, open space, world cafe, local currencies, and many topics more. Together, we envisioned the values that may guide us by dancing into our future. We illuminated education paths and explored the meshworks that we are woven in or that we co-create. We exchanged thoughts, reached out to know about communities of practice, played useful and useless games and threw the masterplan for the world revolution off the cuff ;-)
Heart: The borders between organisers/facilitators and participants were fading quickly and we experienced a self-organized, connected, and nourishing community of people our age. Music, dancing, art, singing, hugging, and enjoying the delicious vegan food…
Hand: Caring for the land that hosted us, we added value to the space by hands-on-experiences in the diverse leading edge field of sustainable building approaches in 7Linden with carpentry, clay buildings, cooking and gardening…
Afterwards, quite a bunch of us kept riding the gathering-wave into the GEN assembly in Finland, respectively to the ‘ 360° exploring community’ conference in Sweden. Carrying energy from our field into the next filaments… sensing a global net, emerging slowly but surely to give birth to a world of collective intelligence, joy and healing *
We will share online presence and meet face2face from time to time and will meet again for SOS 2010, probably in Damanhur. A website is in progress; until then you can find more information and pictures linked at twitter.com/SOSnet
Benjamin Aaron Degenhart
Lived in 7Linden, works for The Hub Berlin, team member of the Institute for Participatory Design and is starting at the KaosPilot school in Denmark.
Reality + Analogy = Realogy … created May 2009 in Santa Cruz, California. Some questions that arose in my linguistic module by sensing into meaningful questions to find out about a humans core. Asked it some people…
Q In what space are you right now?
Q Easy one to start – can you give me your favourite quotes and your favourite thoughts from the top of your head.
Q I am going to ask you a question, and i don´t want to answer it… yet – i want you to sense into the question and describe me what is happening in you – “are you dancing in your passion”?
Q describe yourself in your highest potential.
Q Ask Benjamin what he is seeing in you right now (potential) and tell me how it was to hear that.
Q When you hear the term “sacred questions”, are there some coming to your mind that you would name sacred questions?
Q Is there a question you don´t want to get asked?
Q Ok, here is an answer: “mhm, yes thats a good point to consider”. I want you to find a question where this answer would match.
“well… i am on my way”
“i would love to, but i just can´t do it”
“its all about enjoying the presence”
“that is a beautiful question, thank you for asking it”
Find two questions for this answer: “the threshold is key”
“my assumption is that they have too different energy patterns”
Q Give me three questions, which would be for you the most effective ones, to directly digg to a persons core.
Q If you were allowed to change one modul from your character for free, what would that be?
Q Is there someting like your vision, goal, dream that you feel you are living into?
Q How would my experience of you be, if you are shining in your brightest light, radiating pure energy, being fully alignet with your passion?
Q Who would you like to meet, when you are in your highest energy, highly self-confident and world-embracing? What would you like to do, to manifest in this energy?
Q How do you come in your energy? What is triggering that?
Q You have 5sec on a stage where every human on earth will watch you – what would you do and say?
Q If i ask you about “mindtools”, what could that mean for you?
Q What do you do, when you want to memorize something, how can you fix something on your inner screen? Can you share about creative braintechniques that work for you?
Q What happens in you when you hear all these questions and answer them?
Q What is the most typical social role you find yourself in?
Q What other roles have you experienced with yourself – enjoyed or hated it?
Q What helps you feel safe in a group of unkown people?
Q If you go with one known person into a group of unkown people – how do you behave, is your energy flow reaching out to the group through your friend or are you exploring the new social by your own?
Q If you are totally new in an environment – maybe another country. Can you say out of your experience if there are patterns or roles that you are recreating around you?
Q What are the areas / safe islands of expression, where you feel drawn to? (music, emails, art…)
Q We are before the BigBang – you are god(ess) and you can choose which area(s) of the unborn world you take responsibility to create.
Q Give me three of your good friends and what area they would create in this unborn world.
Q How would you describe yourself as a landscape?
Q If i want to get an impression of you by clicking around on websites – which would have to be the google search request where the resulting web-pages give me an impression of your interests?
Q Give me some more keywords about your interests.
Q You might have friends who are travelling and get to know people all over the planet – how does the [name]-space look like, that you would like to implement them in their social-brain. In which situations, which people and what keywords/tags should ring their bell to forward you these contact or information?
Q Who of your friends would describe your potential best?
Q What would she/he tell me about your potential?
Q Is there something you wanna add?
Q If you were dying in the next minutes – who would you like to be the last person who holds your hand?
Q What would you tell her/him – with your last breath?
Try to understand water, minerals, vegetation, animal behavior, and then it is easy to understand human behavior.
– George Goodstriker, Kainai (Blackfoot) Elder Canada
Our university is all around us. If we are part of Creation, then we can learn what we need to know about ourselves by being in creation and watching, listening, and learning.
What can we learn from watching water? Sometimes when water hits a rock, it splashes hard against it, and then its force is dissipated as it is broken into droplets. And yet, those droplets and their descendants may eventually break the rock up or seek the easier way to go around it.
What can we learn from vegetation? That a plant, in order to grow, needs the earth, the air, the sun, and the water. As these provide for all the plants’ needs, so the plants provide for ours.
What can we learn from animals? That they are not judgmental and do not try to analyze one another.
When i understand that humans are just part of the created universe, I have a better understanding of my place.
by John Seed and Joanna Macy, from the book “Coming back to Life” / “Die Reise ins lebendige Leben“
What are you? What am I? Intersecting cycles of water, earth, air and fire, that’s what I am, that’s what you are.
WATER — blood, lymph, mucus, sweat, tears, inner oceans tugged by the moon, tides within and tides without. Streaming fluids floating our cells, washing and nourishing through endless riverways of gut and vein and capillary. Moisture pouring in and through and out of you, of me, in the vast poem of the hydrological cycle. You are that. I am that.
EARTH — matter made from rock and soil. It too is pulled by the moon as the magma circulates through the planet heart and roots suck molecules into biology. Earth pours through us, replacing each cell in the body every seven years. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we ingest, incorporate and excrete the earth, are made from earth. I am that. You are that.
AIR — the gaseous realm, the atmosphere, the planet’s membrane. The inhale and the exhale. Breathing out carbon dioxide to the trees and breathing in their fresh exudations. Oxygen kissing each cell awake, atoms dancing in orderly metabolism, interpenetrating. That dance of the air cycle, breathing the universe in and out again, is what you are, is what I am.
FIRE — Fire, from our sun that fuels all life, drawing up plants and raising the waters to the sky to fall again replenishing. The inner furnace of your metabolism burns with the fire of the Big Bang that first sent matter-energy spinning through space and time. And the same fire as the lightning that flashed into the primordial soup catalyzing the birth of organic life.
You were there, I was there, for each cell of our bodies is descended in an unbroken chain from that event. Through the desire of atom for molecule, of molecule for cell, of cell for organism. In that spawning of forms death was born, born simultaneously with sex, before we divided from the plant realm. So in our sexuality we can feel ancient stirrings that connect us with plant as well as animal life. We come from them in an unbroken chain — through fish learning to walk the land, feeling scales turning to wings, through the migrations in the ages of ice.
We have been but recently in human form. If Earth’s whole history were compressed into twenty-four hours beginning at midnight, organic life would begin only at 3 pm . . . mammals emerge at 11:30 . . . and from amongst them at only seconds to midnight, our species.
In our long planetary journey we have taken far more ancient forms than these we now wear. Some of these forms we remember in our mother’s womb, wear vestigial tails and gills, grow fins for hands.
Countless times in that journey we died to old forms, let go of old ways, allowing new ones to emerge. But nothing is ever lost. Though forms pass, all returns. Each worn-out cell consumed, recycled . . . through mosses, leeches, birds of prey. . . .
Think to your next death. Will your flesh and bones back into the cycle. Surrender. Love the plump worms you will become. Launder your weary being through the fountain of life.
Beholding you, I behold as well all the different creatures that compose you — the mitochondria in the cells, the intestinal bacteria, the life teeming on the surface of the skin. The great symbiosis that is you. The incredible coordination and cooperation of countless beings. You are that, too, just as your body is part of a much larger symbiosis, living in wider reciprocities. Be conscious of that give-and-take when you move among trees. Breathe your pure carbon dioxide to a leaf and sense it breathing fresh oxygen back to you.
Countless times in that journey we died to old forms, let go of old ways, allowing new ones to emerge. But nothing is ever lost. Though forms pass, all returns.
Remember again and again the old cycles of partnership. Draw on them in this time of trouble. By your very nature and the journey you have made, there is in you deep knowledge of belonging. Draw on it now in this time of fear. You have earth-bred wisdom of your interexistence with all that is. Take courage and power in it now, that we may help each other awaken in this time of peril.