“The soul given to each of us is moved by the same living spirit that moves the Universe. Through this spirit, we feel that “something is wanting to happen”. There is a continual unfolding of the Universe, and it is our human capacity to participate in the unfolding. We sense ourselves as a part of the unfolding. We sense what it needs to happen next. In this relational ecological reality, a communicative order, an order of meaning unfolds alongside the causal, material order.” (Margaret Wheatley)
„I feel the movement of forces that exist beyond me, but which willingly carry me with them. I don’t experience nature’s elemental energies of wind, movement, or mountains cast high into the sky as hostile. When I lift my head into the wind, or commune with a mountain, I do so as a participant. I feel this planet as an expression of the life that moves in me and everyone. Often, Nature is my most comforting companion. She invites me to remember that I am necessary for creation. I know we each have a unique contribution that is necessary for the whole of us to thrive. I know our gifts are required. I don’t know where these gifts originate, but I know what they feel like. I feel joyful when I yield to their expression.” (Margaret Wheatley)
„We believe that as well as all the activities seeking to make practical changes to our civilization, we also need a radical alteration of our lived experience, to feel ourselves directly as participants in the process of life on Earth.” (Freya Mathews)
The Universe is a coherent Whole that in its evolution differentiates into many self-realizing and self-reflective beings. These beings, the community of subjects, reach out to each other in mutual contact and communication. Their dialogue literally creates the Universe. And we are part of this dialogue. In a true dialogue, we sense the others and sense how to involve ourselves in a meaningful, creative way to build it further. So, we all co-create an emergent space of meaning. This „emergent space of meaning” could be a forest, could be a planet, could be a civilization.
We are holons in a bigger holon, so complex that we call it environment or reality. Being part of a higher-order of being, we are correlated through some morphic fields to insert constructive, functional, creative in this „bigger than us” reality. We call this in-formation: inner-calling, allurement, passion, revelation, insight, intuition or something like this. Only following our allurements can we bring forth the larger organism of which we belong. Somehow we are in-formed by these morphic fields in order to fulfill our part in our environment. Fulfilling our part, we bring forth the living reality we are part of (as an organelle in a cell, as a cell in an organism, as an organism in a forest, as a forest in a larger ecosystem, as an ecosystem in the planetary ecosystem). Between all these levels of being there is a bidirectional communication and information. From this connection, it stems our very life and reasons to be.
„Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Hope is a feeling that life and what are you doing have meaning. You either have it or you don’t, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you.” (Vaclav Havel)
If we conceive the world as a brute object, it will reveal itself as such. But if we invoke a living presence then we may receive a meaningful response – if we are open to it. If we invoke our reality as a living being intentionally, what surrounds us may respond. Our invocation can be through loving presence and attunement, through dance and song, prayer, pilgrimage or celebration. The practice of invocation allows us to address the world directly in the hope that it may respond with gestures that demonstrate intimate attunement. (from The Enlivement Manifesto)
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