two worlds

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 | Uncategorized

I am just returning from another week in Indonesia where I had the great opportunity to work with the same group of young leaders across all sectors in society that I mentioned before. Again, it was a powerful and deepening experience. I feel as if we are living in two worlds: one is the world of the dying institutions around us—the old stuff that no longer works. That’s the world that is decaying, crumbling, collapsing and yet holding on to its old resources of power. That world solves social problems by manipulating people from outside (sticks, carrots, ideology).

But then there is another world that opens up a whole other universe of deepened connection. In that world we are part of a holding space that gives birth to a new universe of connections and creativity that we can discover among and within our Selves. It’s that OTHER world that gives us energy, inspiration, presence, and hope. That world solves problems, not by manipulation from outside, but by accessing a deeper level of awareness from within through collective sensing of a current situation with one’s mind and heart wide open.

The funny thing is that we as human beings participate in both of these worlds. The one that dies and the one that is being born. Every single day. That’s how it feels anyway. So how are we linking the tension between these two worlds? In Indonesia, the answer to that question is LAUGHTER. In this group we laugh a lot. That’s how it started early this year and ever since we seem to do it more and more. So humor is one way to create the link. What other forms have you seen? Do you also experience this funny situation that you find yourself participating in two very different universes or worlds? How do you cope with that? And how do you sustain YOUR Source of reconnecting with the presence of that OTHER (emerging) world?

8 Comments to two worlds

August 12, 2010

in addition to laughter and humor, what helps me deal with the tension of the transition and keeps me sane is solitude in nature and artistic expression – poetry, painting, etc – which helps also bridge the invisible with the visible…

August 12, 2010

I have found that laughter and humor work well to bridge the cultural gap. I also have found that honest humor around serious issues such as race help build trust. I was in Haiti recently and my willingness to recognize myself and my perspective as that of a “blanc” made some communication more open, honest and connected.

Ralf Lippold
August 12, 2010

… not yet sure whether to step into the circle (by some means I find new entries in relevant blog early on). So my comment will be rather short.

Playing and exploring our future together – that’s what connects me and others, laughter is also then the outcome, and a shift in thinking.

Thanks a lot for sharing, remember very well the days in Oman in 2008 talking to FransSugiarta (also from Indonesia and ELIAS participant) and hearing his laughter.

August 13, 2010

Honestly its lovely to be in that kind of situation when smile, laugh and humbleness coming into one pot and the positive energy emitted to reconnect with our common future. If its happen frequently it will solve many uncertainty and dilute nervous creator. Togetherness encourage our creative ideas and action in dealing with the tension of doubt, nervous in dealing with the uncertain future.

Ria Baeck
August 13, 2010

I find that if you realise that we are living in a transition period, you can just notice when you are in the previous one and when in the new one. It doesn’t need to be a tension in my humble opinion, just let it be and acknowledge in yourself when you are in the first or in the latter.
The point is not to make one more real than the other; they both are real in the sense of a shared meaning between lots of people and to me ‘the other world’ is even more real as it links with connectedness and wholeness and wellness. There are more links here with the natural world, so in that sense more real.
Most difficult seems to be – for a lot of persons – to go in your natural pace and see how the current speed of Western society is a collective illusion – as if life IS that way. It is not.

Thanks for sharing!

Bambang Shergi
August 14, 2010

Laughter certainly helped to create a welcoming athosphere to group all members. that excites and bonds all perticipants. Members of the team will laugh at their own silly past experiences, ridiculous photo acts, unexpected happenings at group sessions. Laughter are energizing pauses before indulging in more serous discussions.

August 15, 2010

I think emotional or physical distance is a prerequisite of laughter in this situation. And it happens within groups in which the participants can share their suffering under the existing circumstances (the old and the new world). It helps to cope with this situation but from my point of view it’s not enough.

August 16, 2010

This post brings to mind one of my favorite quotes by Will Keepin: “we are urgently called to action in two distinct capacities: to serve as hospice workers to a dying culture, and to serve as midwives to an emerging culture These two tasks are required simultaneously; they call upon us to move through the world with an open heart—meaning we are present for the grief and the pain—as we experiment with new visions and forms for the future. Both are needed. The key is to root our actions in both intelligence and compassion—a balance of head and heart that combines the finest human qualities in our leadership for cultural transformation.”

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