Wheatley Dialogue LO10265

Sherri Malouf (sherri@maloufinc.com)
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 10:45:08 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO10250 --

Just thought I would repost the guidelines
> - speak from the heart, from the gut, moreso than from the head
> - speak to the center, rather than to any one person
> - speak when moved and when ready
> - pause... allow others' words to land before speaking
> - brevity... but not at the expense of spontanety

To completely throw out our diagnostic and reductionist capabilities is
like throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don't think that is a
prerquisite for becoming more wholistic. Appropriate tools for
appropriate jobs...

I read through all of the messages on this thread first to get a feel for
reactions. I then read other stuff. I pulled out all of this thread and
put it into its' own folder and read it again...

What came to me is a learning process a colleague of mine, Chuck MacVinney
described to me about people learning to be facilitators. Initially
people are focused on the content and learning what needs to be taught,
then they are focused on their own style of delivery and getting that
right, and then they can finally focus on the participants -- the
learners. I wonder if we are all so focused on getting it "right" -- so
focused on our own identities and keeping those intact -- that the ability
to have an identity which is able to hold the whole is a difficult task
because the focus would have to be on other than ourselves. So maybe the
process is to embrace the fear of losing our comfortable identities so we
are then able to look at the whole from a more connected place -- e.g. our
relationships with others.

One quote which really hits at a common identity for us all is: ( a friend
got this out of a sci-fi book and I am sorry I don't know which one...)
"The real hinderance to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of

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