Collective Presencing:
an emerging human capacity

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0.0 Acknowledgements

0.1 Foreword

0.2 Introduction to the book

0.2.1 An emerging human capacity

0.2.2 How you can read this book

1. I and Myself: Being Present

1.1 Beginning of the New Beginning

1.1.1 My lived action research

1.1.2 Integrating science, consciousness and sourcing

1.1.3 Blending individual and collective knowing

1.1.4 Practice as embodied intention

1.2 How Women Moving the Edge started

1.3 Subtle Sensing and the Body

1.3.1 Experience: body sensations, reflections and subtle sensing

1.3.2 Subtle Intelligence

1.3.3 Embodiment

1.3.4 The practice of sensing in daily life

1.4 Being present as a process

1.4.1 Being present as becoming present

1.4.2 The process of inner alignment: unfolding authenticity

1.4.3 Four movements in unfolding authenticity Observing what is – Open Mind Accepting what is – Open Heart Honouring what is – Open Heart Living what is – Open Will

1.5 Preparing the first Women Moving the Edge gathering

1.6 Opening to my Authentic Self

1.6.1. Observing what is – in myself: Opening to the full experience of my inner being

1.6.2. Accepting what is – in myself: expanding my self-image and integrating my subtle inner experience

1.6.3. Honouring what is – in myself: Deepening my self image and connecting with my inner gifts

1.6.4. Living what is – in myself: Sharing and expressing my unique gifts

1.6.5 The experience of inner alignment

2. I and You: Authentic Relationship

2.1 Mainstream and shadow

2.1.1 Figure and Ground

2.1.2 Reason and Feeling

2.1.3 Justice and Care

2.1.4 Different spiritual paths

2.1.5 Two types evolving

2.2 Poem: Companioning

2.3 Shadow and gift

2.3.1 Ego isn’t bad. Neither is shadow.

2.3.2 Response-ability

2.3.3 The gift is in the trauma

2.4 Widening balance as a Process of Outer Alignment

2.4.1 Balance as a process of widening awareness I and You I and Us I and Potential

2.5 Opening to Authentic Relationship

2.5.1. Noticing what is – in relationship: listen to the inner being of others

2.5.2. Accepting what is – in relationship: see the other’s authentic self, integrate my shadow parts

2.5.3. Honouring what is – in relationship: deepen my heart to common humanity

2.5.4. Living what is – in relationship: appreciate and invite diversity in any relationship or event

3. I and Us: Circle Practice

3.1 What is holding space?

3.2 A perspective on emergence

3.2.1 Spirit-Source model

3.2.2 Emergence of Collective Wisdom

3.2.3 Ongoing spiral dance between Holding Space and Staying in Inquiry

3.3 Basic Circle Practice

3.3.1 Description of basic circle practice Welcoming and framing Introducing the circle practice Check-in Talking piece and listening Conversation Closing the circle

3.3.2 Phases in the life of a circle

3.4 Women Moving the Edge – part 3

3.5 Opening to the Authentic Group

3.5.1. Noticing what is – in the group: notice the group’s field and discover common assumptions

3.5.2. Accepting what is – in the group: widen my view on the group’s field and see others’ full potential

3.5.3. Honouring what is – in the group: hold space and be held by the group’s field

3.5.4. Living what is – in the group: full participation in the (subtle) group field

4. I and Potential: Collective Wisdom

4.1 Development, Evolution and Participation

4.2 Circle of Presence – building capacity for Authentic Collective Wisdom

4.2.1 Collective intelligence and collective wisdom

4.2.2 Learning and healing

4.2.3 Friendship

4.2.4 Balance

4.3 Poem: A Warrior Has No Safety Net

4.4 What is Sourcing?

4.4.1 The Experience of Sourcing Crossing the threshold Longing Surrender and trust Recognising alignment Enjoying emergence

4.4.2 Sourcing and similar concepts

4.4.3 Some more inspiration…

4.5 What if we are gathering for the world?

4.5.1 Women Moving the Edge Part 4

4.6 Opening to Authentic Collective Wisdom

4.6.1. Noticing what is – in I and Potential: listen from a connected stillness

4.6.2. Accepting what is – in I and Potential: perceive the phenomena in the subtle field of potential

4.6.3. Honouring what is – in I and Potential: open to the courage to share my impulses

4.6.4. Living what is – in I and Potential: act on new insights

4.7 The Circle of Presence map

4.7.1 Circle of Presence Map

4.7.2 Unfolding process along two dimensions

5. Closing and Opening Anew: Paradigm Shift

5.1 Conscious closure

5.2 A human capacity as beyond paradoxes

5.2.1 The dawning of Integral Consciousness Beyond Us and Them – by circles of expanding diversity Beyond Knowing and Feeling – through collective inquiry and sourcing Beyond Humans and Nature – by unique contribution to life Beyond Masculine and Feminine – by creating and generating more of life

5.3 No brand, no organisation – WMtE part 5

6. Taking the Leap: I-in-Now

6.1 Intro – Taking the leap

6.1.1 Welcome to the New Paradigm Orienting to the map for the Circle of Creation Taking the leap

6.2 From Authentic Self to Soul’s Calling

6.2.1 Practicing full participation in life

6.2.2 The last tricks of ego Too small or too big Projections onto ‘the system’ Conceptual shadow

6.2.3 Taking the leap

6.3 The Process of Subtle Inner Alignment: Unfolding Generative Capacity

6.3.1 The process of subtle inner alignment: unfolding generative capacity

6.3.2 Four movements in unfolding generative capacity Observing what is – Open Mind Accepting what is – Open Heart Honouring what is – Open Heart Living what is – Open Will

6.4 Enjoying an emergent life

6.4.1 Commitment

6.4.2 Go where the juice is – The practice of living from soul

6.4.3 Live in not-knowing-yet

6.4.4 Don’t believe in money

6.4.5 Feeling called, being a caller

6.4.6 Open Will

6.4.7 I need you because of us

6.5 Opening to I-in-Now

6.5.1 Observe what is in I-in-Now

6.5.2 Accept what is in I-in-Now

6.5.3 Honour what is in I-in-Now

6.5.4 Live what is in I-in-Now

6.6 Away from linear thinking – WMtE part 6

7. Generative Dialogue: We-in-Now

7.1 Collective Calling

7.1.1 The Circle of Seven

7.1.2 Collective callings

7.1.3 The practice of invitation

7.1.4 Intention as guiding question

7.1.5 Friendship

7.2 The Simple Practice and Power of Witnessing

7.2.1 The practice of witnessing and being witnessed

7.2.2 Witnessing collective pain

7.2.3 Contain and transmute powerlessness

7.2.4 The wild is what is

7.3 Deeper Circle Practice

7.3.1 Speaking from Silence

7.3.2 Generative dialogue

7.3.3 Articulating subtle knowing

7.3.4 Disturbance as Invitation

7.3.5 Participating in the web of life

7.4 Collective Sourcing

7.4.1 Sourcing as collective

7.4.2 Collective embodied revelation

7.4.3 Collective Sourcing as Generative Conversation

7.4.4 The practice of full participation together

7.4.5 Witnessing the ‘we’

7.4.6 More on holding space

7.4.7 Distinction between collective sourcing and collective presencing

7.5 Holding Not-Knowing-Yet

7.5.1 Not-knowing-yet

7.5.2 Holding intensity

7.5.3 Listening and searching

7.5.4 Radical Patience and Radical Trust

7.5.5 Notice and allow emergence to happen

7.5.6 Not picking the apples before they are ripe

7.5.7 The edge is so alive!

7.6 Opening to We-in-Now

7.6.1 Living as an ecosystem

7.6.2 Observing what is in We-in-Now

7.6.3 Accepting what is in We-in-Now

7.6.4 Honouring what is in We-in-Now

7.6.5 Living what is in We-in-Now

7.6.6 Implications for the notion of Leadership

7.7 More a river than a thing – WMtE part 7

8. Subtle Simplicity: We-in-Here

8.1 Dying in Atlantis

8.1.1 Introduction to Chapter 8

8.2 Wholeness of Knowing

8.2.1 Conceptual knowing alone is too thin

8.2.2 Practices of Embodiment

8.2.3 The synergy of different types of knowing

8.2.4 Systemic Constellations as embodied collective knowing

8.3 What if it is easy?

8.3.1 What if it is easy?

8.3.2 Natural rhythm

8.3.3 Weaving ourselves back into nature and (co)evolution

8.3.4 Listening to the land

8.3.5 A poetic response The bird knows we are in this together Wild again…

8.3.6 The wild is what is

8.3.7 The wild life

8.4 The next, minimal, elegant step

8.4.1 The next, minimal, elegant step

8.4.2 Elegance and simplicity

8.4.3 Life tinkers all the time

8.4.4 Retrospective Coherence

8.4.5 Right Timing

8.5 Standing on our own feet – WMtE part 8

8.6 Opening to We-in-Here

8.6.1 Interweaving with subtle place and time

8.6.2 Observing what is in We-in-Here

8.6.3 Accepting what is in We-in-Here

8.6.4 Honouring what is in We-in-Here

8.6.5 Living what is in We-in-Here

8.7 Widening Coherence as Process of Subtle Outer Alignment

8.7.1 Widening Coherence

8.7.2 I-in-Now

8.7.3 We-in-Now

8.7.4 We-in-Here

8.7.5 We-Now-Here and Potential

9. Gathered: We-Now-Here and Potential

9.1 We-Now-Here and Potential

9.1.1 Re-identification

9.1.2 What else is possible?

9.1.3 Is magic real?

9.1.4 Feedback from Life

9.2 The field of potential in need of us

9.2.1 Fields and fields

9.2.2 Who is holding system-wide potentials?

9.2.3 World Soul – Anima Mundi

9.3 In love with life’s potential

9.3.1 Calling in the potential by living it

9.3.2 Inviting – invoking

9.3.3 Interweaving and interpenetration

9.4 Wild and magic – WMtE part 9

9.5 Collective Presencing applied

9.5.1 Articulating the subtle

9.5.2 Continuous collective inquiry

9.5.3 Groping in the dark

9.5.4 Leadership and continuous collective action research

9.5.5 Share emergent practices and patterns

9.5.6 Theory and practice of change

9.6 Life as love in action

9.6.1 Love and Action – Love in Action

9.6.2 Radical amazement with the ordinary

9.6.3 Joy, radiance and bliss

9.6.4 Collective lovemaking with potential

9.6.5 Manifestation – birthing – creation – generativity?

9.7 Opening to We-Now-Here and Potential

9.7.1 Observing what is in We-Now-Here and Potential

9.7.2 Accepting what is in We-Now-Here and Potential

9.7.3 Honouring what is in We-Now-Here and Potential

9.7.4 Living what is in We-Now-Here and Potential

9.8 Circle of Creation

9.8.1 Circle of Creation Map

10 Bibliography

Books and journal articles

Other resources

11 About the author

About the editor

About the technologist