Archive for June, 2007

A community growing itself…

Friday, June 29th, 2007
Tarot, Celtic Cross

Although days and weeks have past since we held the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting early June, it is only now that I have the time to harvest some more of it. During some of the sessions I made notes, which I will now share.

After the Open Space sessions of the second day we came together in the big circle, and were asked to share the learnings of this day within the little groups formed in the morning, in honouring of this collective, emerging pattern.

Going deeper, the shadow

I found myself in the morning immediately in the space that was named as that what is not yet visible in the pattern and the pain in the community, the world. Other words that were named: Seeing the whole, holding the field; seeing, naming what is not whole yet. Love and trust. Invitation from the field. Silent witness. Witnessing the pain.
Tom Hurley asked: In what ways is the shadow holding the field? I never thought of it in this way! That what is in the shadow is actually holding the field… maybe… embracing our own shadow is necessary to host other people in it… certainly…

One question was offered: What did you see, what have you learned today?

One session was on Creating an Art of Hosting field book. How would a book look like, when read, it would invite more hosting? It would need to be an example of the Art of Hosting, it would hold space…

Another session was on new tools or practices to use within Art of Hosting: How to express – and experience – its essence without words? The main message was, whenever we are hosting: use more senses and trust that there are people in the group so that you can start co-hosting…

But this sharing was not a mere reporting back of what was the content of the Open Space sessions, it was also giving words to some deeper patterns.
Tom, as an outsider of this community was privileged to reflect back to us: “I really appreciate and honour there was simultaneously a continuing sensing into and inquiry in to the essence of the Art of Hosting and at the same time, also probing the edge: where this work is evolving. Art of Hosting as a dojo… as something we need to develop… actually – in each of the conversations – the pattern of this morning was present – all the elements… It is a testimony to you all: each person is fully welcomed and being listened too. A real honouring of relationship. I want to bear witness, it is not just a nice set of words; it is a practice that is tangible. The invitation to live in the next level, it was embodied. I saw a community growing itself, by practicing its own patterns.”

Toke said: “When life is at stake – the big turning, the future – and we are ready to be learners and teachers, then de dojo arises. It can happen in the car, in a retreat, but it has certain boundaries. The next level of the Chaordic pattern is: practice generosity, share freely what we learn as quickly as possible; be a student; be a teacher, and practice relationships/friendship/trust. Maybe that’s all. This is a code of ethics for an Art of Hosting practitioner. I have experienced the generosity – when people hold big work – “It was enough that you took the time to come.” That is the service we can offer. This happened here: we showed up for each other. That is my mate: to whom I can speak of my fear, and he will not shy away…”

In that moment in the circle I saw lines coming together… George talked at different times about an Evolutionary Guidance System. Suddenly I saw how it is comprised of different arts:
the art of calling
the art of convening
the art of hosting
the art of harvesting
the art of governance
the art of wise acting

And who said this, I don’t remember… “I have just sat with a circle of grandmothers, on the third day in listening to the guidance. There was a pattern that wanted to come through the pipe. On the fourth day we surrendered, and it came. We saw the four paradigms of governance, and then the fifth paradigm. The intelligent, wise collective use – the sphere – this is a structure in which the spiritual, the social, the business, the public sector, can live together in reasonable harmony. To bring it into place takes time, takes conversations…”

Tom: “Some of what I’ve been hearing, I hear in other circles as well. Different circles see the same thing, connected to the same deeper source.
But how do organizations and networks relate to other groups? What form might conversations and partnerships with related circles, related organization take? We clearly need each other; we need all the circles to co-operate that will support the re-invention of all these sectors. Art of Hosting has some real thing to offer it. By standing in the circle you get to know the essence, but somebody from outside can see it different. Fascinating to explore….”

Toke: “Duri and I have this dream to call the founders of all these lineages…
it might not be the founders… I feel most at home here, if the dojo is to practice friendship…The gathering need to be of people… not attached to one form…. they will only really ‘produce’ when ‘what really matters’ is in the center.“

What is possible…

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Received this link today, with the following description:

Quite an amazing sight!
“There is an excellent dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. It had long been in the repertoire of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29-year-old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from The Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival celebrations this year. Enjoy this presentation which is 6 minutes in duration.”

Thanks to Joel and Michelle Levey for the link!

Next level of Art of Hosting

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Here we go! Second morning of our gathering!

We start our circle with a song sent to us by Luke Concannon (England), a friend of ours who is doing hosting work with his music. “It is a state of mind!” that is what the singer tells us.

We feel that our global community is very alive. We received many beautiful messages and good wishes for our time here, and its importance for the turning of the world. They were read yesterday in the circle and more were there this morning.

Theme second day

We invited our wholeness of knowing this morning by picking up on the tread of yesterday evening, but this time experiencing the whole field of past – present – future and the other dynamic from what is visible and conscious to the space of pain and what is not visible (yet). We were invited to enter a deeper level of experiencing – understanding with our bodies moving through the space. Deep wisdom was surfacing; very visible which space in the whole the different people were occupying.

Jan Hein (Denmark) is now inviting us to open space and referring back to the stewards meeting two years ago. Art of Hosting doesn’t have a little ‘c’ (trademark), it is not owned by somebody. Every steward – regardless of all the differences – added something to this pattern. He reads now the wisdom that was gathered in this meeting, so that we can go in the open space in connection to that.

Jasmina (Croatia) reminds us that Open Space releases responsibility and leadership, it brings the best out in people and in the whole. What can we do together? What can we be together?
Creativity has its own flow… and there is a rhythm: it is over when it is over. Will this Open Space be a Croatian one? Yes! There are some Croatian sweets!

What do I need to explore to be able to live the next level of Art of Hosting?

Living in the Art of Hosting

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
Dragonfly on the wall

Right now – actually since yesterday morning and even the day before when I picked up people from the airport – we are running the gathering here in Belgium that is called the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting. We are all practitioners in this field, more or less experienced, and we came together to see into the next level of our art, in many aspects.

The check-in circle yesterday was intense, fascinating and deep! Because I’m the organiser – dealing with all the practical details – I don’t have a lot of time to blog about it… too bad! But take a look at Chris’ blog, he already posted one entry and more are on their way.

The new thing is that there is no hosting or facilitation team. Maria suggested to do it like this: whoever is hosting one part is part of the conversation with the ones who are hosting the next part. This to make sure that everybody is aligned with the deeper stream. It seems like a new pattern in our art of hosting.

Harvesting after the check-in circle

Another good thing to see is how the harvesters just stand up and do their thing. When you come into the room after the break, some took responsibility to harvest the previous conversation, and it is there! Beautiful and well!

More later!