The Power of Presencing

Sunday, September 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized

Wherever a group of people gathers with the intention of serving a larger whole—and when these people fully attend to what wants to emerge through them—then a window of possibility opens that allows them to become a vehicle for sensing and presencing the future.

o.

8 Comments to The Power of Presencing

Krista Hirschmann
September 15, 2008

What a joy to have recently found your book (Theory U) and website! It has synthesized and expanded much of my graduate work and personal experiences in a stimulating and useful way. Fortunately, I work with others who have also read it and can share the language with me.

Now, working in health care, I am preparing for a retreat with a group of physician leaders and am faced with deciding what I can reasonably introduce from your work and accomplish with them in a short amount of time (1/2 day)! I do believe they are group with amazing potential and intentions much larger than themselves, so I will give them blank canvases and see what happens. Thank you for what the gift of your thinking has encouraged to emerge thus far.
kh

Dave Ebenhoh
September 16, 2008

Krista,
I also am involved with some healthcare organizations, and have wondered how to help them step forward into this new way of thinking. If you’re interested in connecting and forming another link in the collective: dave[AT]stillwaterspeaks[DOT]com.
Peace, Dave

Ralf Lippold
September 16, 2008

Hello,

What to do when the window -of the new- closes before it even has opened?

People often, despite the reality they face, seem so stuck in their closed house, that they don’t want to leave.

Just my thoughts after some interviews today where I had the feeling that staying in the house is more likely mode of living around us.

Best regards

Ralf

Ralf Lippold
September 16, 2008

While on the train going to a job interview today I had a deeper glance into “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” by Gordon MacKenzie (which a dear friend from Brussels handed me over some three weeks ago) and found a passage that by serendipity fits right into what the NOWHERE-Zone can lead to.

“Pool-Hall-Dog

(…. story best read in the original)

If we don’t let go, we make prisoners of ourselves.

To be fully free to create, we must first find the courage and willingness to let go;

Let go of the strategies that have worked for us in the past …
Let go of our biases, the foundations of our illusions …
Let go of our grievances, the root source of our victimhood …
Let go of our so-often-denied fear of being found unlovable.

You will find it is not a one-shot deal, this letting go. You must do it again and again and again. It’s kind of like breathing. You can’t breathe just once. Try it: Breathe just once. You’ll pass out.

If you stop letting go, your creative spirit will pass out.

Now when I say let go, I do not mean reject. Because when you let go of something, it will still be there for you when you need it. But because you have stopped clinging, you will have freed yourself up to tap into other possibilities – possibilities that can help you deal with this world of accelerating change.”

I was struck while reading it and it once again reminded me that you can’t force that collectively – the others will have to feel secure to let go. The folks of today’s interviews seemed to be deep into their past thinking about how their business world is working -not letting go (for now at least)!

Best regards

Ralf

Ralf Lippold
September 24, 2008

Hello,

Even meeting in a virtual room via Skype there is a fair chance to let the NEW emerge – as it did today (constantly;-)).

It needs not many people to make the change happen and finally only the single persons can take the action (bring social networks to vibrate and create the truely NEW, BIGGER things).

It is all about telling stories. Where is storytelling taught in our school times? I haven’t seen it and it becomes more and more important as we can solve the evident and complex issues in our world by expressing our thoughts in words to get the direct feedback by listeners.

Looking forward to further talks and on actual issues where people think there is a change in need (and nobody is seeing it really!).

Cheers,

Ralf

Michael Bischoff
October 28, 2008

Otto and all,

I’ve read “Presence” and I’m planning on reading “Theory U” soon. I am a Quaker, and I’ve repeatedly felt a lot of resonance between the U Theory and the Quaker form of decision-making, called “Sense of the Meeting.” I tend to think of the process of sensing the future in emerges in spiritual terms–of discerning God’s will for a group. But, the language of discerning God’s will doesn’t work with many people and organizations. I feel called to find ways to bridge my experiences in Quaker forms of discernment with secular forms of decision making and visioning. I’m very grateful for the U Theory in helping me find language and ideas for this bridge. I feel awe for how much depth the theory and stories of the U Theory captures. Thank you!
Michael

ottoscharmer
November 27, 2008

Michael, that is very interesting. why dont you write about how the quaker approach to silence and decisionmaking relates to the U theory. that would be very interesting!
o.

Patricia Molla
December 6, 2008

Good day, Otto and all…
I have read presencing and I very impressed by the simple language and accessible concepts, alive, of a book. I find much in common with the anthropology of Rudolf Steiner, working from that worldview in communities and businesses. I continued the way with the U Theory. I live in Argentina and part of the antroposófical community . I am very grateful for the tools available on the Internet. Thanks you!

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