It started with musings and an invitation by Tenneson: (March 2011)
Reply by Brigitte Kufer:
Reply by Michelle Murton:Thank you for this post, Tenneson.
Reply by Susan Cerato:
Yes, Tenneson....in sync with this. I made my leap of faith...following my heart's knowing...and moved a 17 hour drive west of what has been home...returning to the land that was my father's and my grandfather's to caregive...and now I am the One. There is much to be done....its having been entrusted to others for a while...but, if it results in nothing more than my have spent a summer with my hands deep into the soil and a very large garden's worth of food preserved...it will have been good work. Beyond that, my intention for the space would be that it become a gathering and learning center. That is firmly held in my heart...
A link from Helen Titchen Beeth:
Reply by Maurice Stevens:
Thanks for sharing this. I've been nudging these kinds of wonderings along with AofH practices into classroom spaces of various kinds with undergraduate and graduate students, and I continue to be excited and presently optimistic by the way these students catch fire with the possibilities. When we get to that point where I can say, 'ok, now that we've determined and shown one another what we know, let's show ourselves what we don't know!', I find such bubbling excitement and engagement. Even among these 'high achievers' in academic settings who have had just the opposite rewarded again and again. We get to share such delight and energy when we find we are able to link our passions to the ways of knowing they bring and that they find emerging from our learning communities. It's being lots of fun. It's also being connective. That is, the students are connecting with one another in ways they say are completely new for them in classes. They are also connecting with communities outside the classroom, and connecting with knowing in multiple ways (and having that knowing be respected and assumed to possess its own 'rigor').
I have it be so important, that we encounter intersubjectivity in experiential relation with, that the sense of seeking and not knowing and knowing is always in formation. I have it be, that it is emergent among.
And, the part of me that is most comfortable when presented with 'clear' and 'specific' 'knowledge,' still struggles to value sentences like the one I just wrote! HA! I'll trust that I'm getting it across, until it comes back changed and questioned...
all the best,
More from Helen Titchen Beeth, on not knowing:What a beautiful story, Maurice!
It is not knowledge that is sacred, but the deliberate embrace of not-knowing, the opening up to the thirst for intimacy with more of God's creation. God's creation is God surrendering up every part to not knowing and setting out on the eternal adventure of exploration, encounter and discovery of the manifold forms of being.
Beholding the mystery of all that cannot be known but through experience, we are suffused with aliveness that is too great to contain. Surrendering to the wonder of it all, overcome by the delight of each fresh encounter, radiance is born."
An offer from Ursula Hillbrand:
I love this thread! thanks for sharing your stories.
I do see some synchronicity here, as I just started a group on our Ning community on hosting with the subtle worlds... http://artofhosting.ning.com/group/hostingwiththeelementals?xg_so... where I described my experience of something non human collaborating with us, inspiring us, making things possible in a hosted meeting at the European Commission last year. And it keeps happening!
For the moment I am in an oberving space, trying not to analyse, just accept the loving radiance that so often occurs in our gatherings. The gratefulness and humility of people, the innovative sparks that seem to jump out of nowwhere, and yet somewhere...the fear being, that often lingers around in the beginning of meetings in a new group before trust is being establised, it just crumbles away after a while and even dissolves completely. We seem like being kissed by Grace..
To share these stories was my call when opening the group. So maybe you want to capture some of it there..
Much love and gratitude for being in this work with you,