Already in December 2009, we understood that we were now working to manifest the field of our experimentation. “Ria is categorical” – I wrote in my journal on 18 December 2009 – “It is time we started applying all we have learned”. Through our practice with Women Moving the Edge and the Edge of Collective Sourcing, we have journeyed down to the bottom of the U, and are able to collectively source ever more deeply. We have developed this practice and are able to move our shared question and inquiry through many iterations over time. Now it’s time to create a field in which to move up the right side of the U – into crystallizing and prototyping.
As our next step, Ria and I turned our attention to practices and conditions.
What are the practices that ground our community’s life?
- Circle – a practice that supports us in listening carefully, speaking intentionally, and acting with clarity. A good rhythm would be daily, when we’re all together. At the outset, while clarifying the project, we made a point of sitting in circle at least once a week.
- Listening – as a stance in life, choosing to listen, rather than to speak, is the best guarantee of continual learning, humility and harmonious relationship.
- Silence – as a quality of our inner space, silence grants availability to be truly present to what is, both inside and outside. Having silence as the default mode when no other activity is present allows us to rest and regenerate, guarding our resilience and availability for appropriate action when called for.
- Holding a core question – our collective adventure is in essence an action research project, and since we are all a living question at every moment in our lives, regularly sensing in to what question it is we are holding can help us ensure that we are moving in a meaningful direction, from the deepest and most generative level available to us.
Making – our focus is on the pathway from collective sourcing to co-creative manifestation. While much of the work of manifestation – when it occurs in co-creation with nature – requires nothing more from the human half of the equation than intention, direction and consciousness, manual work is nevertheless a grounding, centering and stilling influence that brings us into our bodies and aligns our bodies and our minds in the creation of beauty. Making can mean anything from working in the garden to changing a light bulb, to knitting a sweater, to drawing a picture.
What are the conditions for living in alignment so that we can embody and relate with the immanent world soul?
- Living at the speed of life – cultivating inner silence so that the impulses of life can come through us.
- Freedom to develop our gifts and our uniqueness
What are the patterns we feel drawn to engage with? Already at this stage we could clearly distinguish three:
- the Art of Hosting meaningful conversations – to ground ourselves in relationship, shared purpose and community
- Action research – to engage in continuous inquiry, using rigorous 1st, 2nd and 3rd person research, and harvesting our learning from the very beginning
- Permaculture – working with life, earth power and the intelligences of the invisible realms in co-creative partnership with nature.