This is again a conversation copied from the Art of Hosting emaillist, but too good to let it disappear into cyberspace...
Last night, sitting by a fire on a cold spring evening in the hills of Victoria, Australia, I had a look at a link a friend sent to a TED talk by Michael Pawlyn about using Nature's genius as a guide in architecture and design.
Not only is it stunning to see what creativity Nature’s elegant design can provoke in us, but many parts of his presentation raised questions for me:
thank you so much for sharing your wisdom, experiences and discoveries. I fully agree with you, Ria, when you say that you see beyond the conditional layer of the other. I feel that this is something that I am practicing right now, too. It brings with it an enhanced connection, as much to people as to animals, plants and stones, and sometimes it can be challenging to hold that connection, because it is very intimate. It requires you to be good with yourself, to allow yourself to really see and love, while at the same time letting go and not wanting to use or abuse the life force, that you meet in the other being. You rather want to let it grow, in its own pace. You actually just want to meet it and say hello.
What consequences does this hold for our way of living in this world? Apparently we have a lot of power, as a human species, we have demonstrated over the past. We did not use our power in the most sensitive ways (to use an understatement for extremely destructive). But we can also learn and we can open up to a new way of relating, many people are doing so already.
What kind of growth processes does each person need, in order to return to this connection? How can we unlock this capacity again, which I believe everybody has? Obvious answers are different educational systems that put more emphasis on contact with nature, agriculture that lets plants grow by their natural rhythm, well, every part of society can be restructured in a more life-affirming way.
I also wonder: what are challenges on this way of awakening?
What are the inner boundaries, and what helps in removing them?