More than a utilitarian life

Conversation is the heart of the new inquiry.  It is perhaps the core human skill for facing the tremendous challenges we face.*
(Institute for the Future)

I realised these brains were participating in the beauty of the cosmos.**
(“Nephew”)

Some of us are all down to earth.  Others of us can be all in their dreams.  The wonder is to be found in both, the thing that happens when these are brought together:

‘May your soul beautify
The desire of your
That you might glimpse
The infinity that hides
In the simple sights
That seem worn
To your usual eyes.’^

These words from John O’Donohue come from his book To Bless the Space Between Us.  This space between two people, often unnoticed, is the conversation, a wonderful place.  We never speak directly.  In our conversations with one another, we are creating anything from a wasteland to a verdant garden.

When we begin to see how we never meet each other directly but are creating this space then the possibilities increase

I often refer to the process of my work with others as being a journey of converations.  I learn many things about myself and my work as well as about others in these conversations; we help each other to be more fully ourselves:

‘Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
[…]
Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.’^^

Conversations can be both functional and elegant, both down to earth and dreamlike.

(*Institute for the Future, quoted in Jay Cross’ Informal Learning.)
(**The character “Nephew” from Alan Lightman’s Mr g.)
(^From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: For the Senses.)
(^^From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: For Presence.)

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