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Shortcut to Happiness. Really?

Shortcuts – I love them.  I am a somewhat impatient person. Mix that with a sense of entitlement and a knack for quick pattern recognition and you have a perfect recipe for catastrophe, aka avoiding things that are uncomfortable.

girlThe thing with shortcuts the way I had taken them, was that they didn’t get me faster to where I wanted to go, they made me avoid where I needed to go.

The point is: there are some processes serving our own development and growth that can’t be avoided or cut short, as much as we would like to. And quite often we have to deal with what life throws at us that makes living, loving and growing real hard, real painful and certainly not something we would choose consciously, given that choice.

The crux of the matter is that these difficulties and also the pain are intrinsic to the process of growing, meaning they belong inseparately to it in a way that without them there would be no process or, at least, it would be a different one. Shortcutting to a known solution would be avoiding it altogether. A shame that the thinking mind doesn’t always get that.

The work is this: We can work with the resistance, we can ease that pain and milk the whole damn process for what it’s worth. This is where the gold is. How on earth do we get there…? How to stay, not leave. Participate, not hide. How do we dig that gold and harvest insights and new perspectives from it.

This is where “legitimate” shortcuts come in. I love this concept. Now, legit’ shortcuts are ways that get you through thechange-illustrationnecessary steps in a way that you minimize the discomfort and you maximise insight and alignment. One of the transition points of this transformation is marked by you becoming so dis-identified with previously held positions or perspectives or lenses that now you can allow for completely different ideas, insights and solutions. A shortcut to happiness? Maybe yes, certainly a shortcut towards new choice fields and the power to act on that new choice.  You decide the rest.

There are tools and techniques you can learn that make you familiar with the basic understandings, skills and competencies you need for staying in the loop and to navigate the phenomena you meet in your own consciousness and mind. Then you learn how to feel for what wants to emerge from that space of source and clarity, how to consciously use your widened choice field and create and consolidate new realities.

For me this has proven invaluable. It saved me from me, in a way.

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Think/Feel Tank: In-sighting Emergent Capacities

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We are co-creating a collaborative symposion called “In-sighting Emergent Capacities” at Alderlore Insight Center, CT, in November 14 – 17, 2013, under the guidance of Bonnitta Roy.

Alderlore Insight Center invited people from diverse wisdom traditions who are driven by a strong desire to realize the next iterative and alternative steps in common reality going beyond the usual dialectics. The people participating in this symposium have been very careful to delineate specific approaches that steer clear of the conventional traps of collective practice. This symposium brings these traditions together for the first time to engage as peers – all on the same level to practice collective insight. We will be using shared capacities of intuiting and our understanding of systems design and meta-theory in order to identify principles underlying the in-sighting process and in order to liberate truly emergent and elegant solutions for complex adaptive challenges.

The central attractor for such an assemblage is a kind of “collective alignment” that is very similar to the individual experience of insight, with the progressive elimination of limiting structures, habits, pathological patterns, internalized shadow, collective shadow, etc… in order to reach the free and spontaneous energetic inter-being of an intimate collective. The design is such to allow us to see if and when a group can achieve collectively, this state of which is both shared and share-able, where the possibility for insight is heightened, then are we able to function collaboratively in a much a more effective way, analogous to the effects of insight meditation on the individual and the individual’s life-projects.

“To design for such co-creative emergent processes means to discover the minimum elegant structure for insight-generation. Since this can lead to periods of intense chaos, a community of trust must be developed and maintained through a deep and intimate fabric of mutual fellowship, which includes respect and reciprocity. A crucial component of trust is theory-practice consistency; and so it is important to be on the lookout for means-ends conflicts, since they are the way theory-practice inconsistencies show up in community. It is also crucial that we don’t have prior assumptions about what community health or process looks like, or what the “we-space” is supposed to feel like, or how the transpersonal should express itself in a collective endeavor. To design for emergent transformation, requires designing from causal generative states of awareness. This takes the form of “ritualized inquiry” combined with a deep sensitivity to what is latent and wants to emerge – a sensitivity which arises in the core spaces of one-self(s) as universalized creative energy” (Bonnie Roy).

In our exploration we are looking to identify a rigorous set of principles for collective insight that is not values or world-view specific, but is methodological in scope and processural in practice. Then we have the possibility of bringing collective insight-training into a much larger context and have a powerful practice for addressing 21 Century problems.

Stay tuned here, if you want to learn more about the context and the process. Click here for even more information, if you want to benefit from the insights or if you simply would like to support our exploration – which we would be grateful for.

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Transformative Processes and Adaptive Pushback. Mapping out Stages, Patterns, Mechanisms, Immunities to Change and How to Respond

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In the global change arena we see more and more the need for leaders to know about what happens in transformative processes inside out in order to play a different game. It is ironic that our best whole systems thinkers are becoming ever more frustrated at the lack of visible change in response to knowledge and evidence about growing threats to sustainability. The problem is more often than not that the intrinsic mechanisms of transformation are still not widely understood nor mastered. Transformative processes that are supposed to respond to adaptive challenges require a fundamental shift in perspective and meaning. In order to be able to design, catalyze, foster or lead such shifts, leaders need to recognize stages, depth and width of the process, need to identify patterns of systemic pushback, know what to do with immunities to change and how to handle the usual resistances and escape mechanisms.

The following Powerpoint shows maps of

  • stages and stations on a archetypical transformative process
  • pushback and escape mechanisms tipically occurring in relative accordance with the stage of the process
  • generative interior and exterior condition that can foster a successful process
  • a selection of toolboxes, techniques and methods that are helpful in order to bring participants back on track

What are your thoughts? Download the presentation here:

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Paper Presentation during the Conference on ‘Transformation in a Changing Climate’, University of Oslo, June 2013.

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Taking on the Future: Transformation in a Changing Climate

Workshop on Transformative Leadership in a Changing Climate, Saturday 22 June, 2013, Oslo 

If we see transformative change as a necessary response to global climate change, we have to know its processes intimately. Transformations that respond to adaptive challenges involve fundamental shifts in perspective and meaning. In order to be able to design, catalyze, foster or lead such shifts, leaders need to recognize stages, depth and width of the process, identify patterns of systemic pushback, and know what to do with immunities to change, as well as how to handle the usual resistances and escape mechanisms.

For those who are interested in learning more about leadership for change, we offer a one-day intensive workshop directly following the international conference on  “Transformation in a Changing Climate” at the University of Oslo .

The workshop will lead participants into experiencing transformative processes first hand and head-on. We will look at how our evolving worldviews frame the problem in need of transformation, how to shift polarized perspectives, and unlock movement towards solutions.

The work offers insights into the more concealed mechanisms and stages of transformation and on how to detect and overcome hidden immunities to change and adaptive pushback in yourself and others. Other expected results include insights into personal recurring patterns and on how to restructure seemingly fixed conditions. The links between personal and global trans-formation, and leadership, will become clear.

The workshop is delivered by a team of international professionals in the field of transformation and leadership development: Abigail Lynam, Geoff Fitch and Anne Caspari.

Click for more information on the workshop,  for registration or contact me on an.caspari@gmail.com

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