1/3/16 ~ On Possibility


What’s Up Next?

Sunday, January 3, 2016 ~ On Possibility

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Inquiry:  How do you shift from a probability vector (familiar patterns unfolding indefinitely, one might even say ad nauseum) to one of possibility?

Robert Gonzales on the Beauty Of Needs

One plausible option ~ tapping into the ‘beauty/living-energy of the needs’ as a source of our conduct (being influencing doing)…

Robert Gonzales Guided Meditation: “Compassionately Embracing”

See also:  Introduction to Awakening and Living our Passion: Living with Compassion

I recently heard something that seemed timely, perhaps especially given the advent of a new year.  Someone posed the difference between fact (read ‘2015’) and possibility (read ‘2016’) as akin to that of crossing the hall from a biology class (envision a dead bird dissected, a factual reality) to that of an english class (imagine the following, inspirational poem being read):

To a Skylark

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

         Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
                Bird thou never wert,
         That from Heaven, or near it,
                Pourest thy full heart

In profuse strains of unpremeditated art…

Poem in its entirety continues here:  To a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley


(In this context, the facticity of the inert carcass gives way to the poetic realm of possibility, of unpremeditated art.)


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Possibility sings, where fact lies as a deadened reality.

A distinction between being and doing has often been considered; however what I often find much more thought-provoking is the interrelationship between the two.

In NVC, for example, a shift in our capacity to communicate differently (a kind of doing) is often attributed to being skillful at attending to all-the-needs on the table (as when one taps into the living energy or beauty of the need – a kind of being – that is longed for rather than getting stuck in the rut of lack).

My NVC coach, Aya Caspi, recently offered that doing can sometimes precede an expansiveness of being, as when one stretches beyond one’s comfort zone and, in the process, finds that one’s capacity for leveraging influence expands in the process.

In another modality, derived from ontology, there is a notion of past, inert (communicative) constraints falling away in the presence of an inspirational quality of generative being that touches, moves and inspires; this lively authenticity derives from a three step process of: 1) identifying that which is lifeless (or inauthentic); 2) getting the impact of being burdened by this deadweight; and instead 3) inventing a new possibility (somewhat akin to shifting from the lack to the beauty of a need).

On Sundays call we’ll experiment with the above…

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Diary Entry:  I especially like this passage from St. Francis de Sales: “I am like a bird singing in the thornbush.” So I will speak little about my own sufferings; I will be restrained…” ~ Overlook Much, Correct a Little: 99 Sayings by John XXIII


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