Now what?

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.*
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Self wishes to create to evolve.  The ego likes things just the way they are.**
(Eckart Tolle)

Unsettling doesn’t have to be abrasive or dynamic in some popular sense; see this from Ed Schein:

‘I humbled myself to their needs, allowed myself to get curious, wanted to help them, and found an effective adaptive move unconsciously.’^

This is an unsettling approach with the “effective adaptive move” emerging being the interesting part of what can happen if we are open to the other.  Joseph Jaworski wrote out of his own experience:

‘My sense of identity had shifted, and I was beginning to lose myself as part of the unfolding generative order.’^^

Around a century earlier, Khalil Gibran had written these words about children:

‘Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing.
[…]
You may strive to be like then, but strive not to make
them like you.’*^

Perhaps this is one of the most open forms of openness, to learn from the young?  To be open to what is wanting to emerge through others:

‘The child and the artist are pilgrims of discovery.’^*

(*Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem.)
(**From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)
(^From Edgar Schein’s Humble Consulting.)
(^^From Joseph Jaworski’s Source.)
(*^From Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.)
(^*From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)

 

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