12 we need

I’ve been asked to share my story at an event later.

As I’ve prepared, one of the things I’ve realised is how my life is marked by leaving.  There are the forced leavings when I’ve been made to move on, but the most notable leavings are when I have left what I know for what I don’t know.

I have tried to leave into the more.

In a complex age, we’re tempted to run back to old certainties – whether political, religious, employment, nationalism, or something else.  Our generation, though, has probably the best opportunity ever to move into an expansive life and we’re struggling to keep up.

‘This [modern life] is changing everything and evolving consciousness at a rather quick rate.’*

We’re being invited to move into a deeper way of being Human.  We need rites of passage for this, but we’ve none because we don’t recognise what we’re on the cusp of, what is possible.  The will offers us a way.

‘Will is the discipline of the heart and soul.  The will is the one things  we  control completely, always.’**

We may be thwarted in our next actions and our actions after these, but if our will is intact and growing, we have the power to try another day.  We talk of people who’ve lost the will, lost the ability to try again on another day.  What’s important, then, is to understand the will, to develop the will.

Teacher Deborah Meier identified five “habits of mind” she employed in 1970’s Harlem, teaching her students to think about information through connective inquiry, rather than feeding them information:

What is the Evidence for this?
What if you saw this from another’s Viewpoint?
Is it Connected; how is it connected?
Use Conjecture: what if?
How is this Relevant?^

When we inquire, we move from what we’ve previously understood at face value.  We become creative with what we discover because we see more of the components within the systems and how they work together, and we can introduce new things or reconfigure components in multiple ways.

We’re moving towards more life.  And we can begin where we are, and leave.

(*From Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.)
(**From Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way.)
(^From Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)


2 thoughts on “leaving

  1. Thanks. Some people want to change and some, when it does not happen, in, for example, their job, and feel constrained. Others change for change sake, i.e., material goods, always seeking the latest of whatever. However when change gives us what we don’t expect, and don’t like, it is our mindfulness of how we accept it. The apostle Paul says to give thanks to God in all circumstances. To know how to be content and have peace when there is turmoil around is something that lies within the heart of every one of us if we place our trust in Our Redeemer who intercedes through the power of the Holy Spirit to our Almighty God. So easy to write and say but we must endeavour to see the workings in practise.

    • Thanks for this, Susan. I think what you have highlighted from Paul is something practicioners see as having many elements which they are seeking to learn and express. Viktor Frankl’s book, which I refer to in the blog, is a really good place to see how this looks in extreme circumstances, the lessons of which help everyone. I think the universe and God love having questions thrown at them.

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