From Useful to Helpful

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Before this last Sunday’s conversation Jeppe shared a link to Anthony McCann and Dougald Hine’s talk in Västerås, Sweden on Anthony’s Politics of Gentleness. It proved to be a useful… shall I say helpful prod. In no small part by the way in which delving into Anthony’s language provided a different way to look at our own considerations. Case-in-point, the distinction he makes between useful and helpful.

This is not the place to analyze or explain Anthony’s work in depth.  But I would like to delve into a few points and how they influenced our dialogue.

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What’s next?

Flow

The hardest thing – among many difficult aspects – when working within a flow can be in the way we confront the tangle of expectations and predictions tempting us away from where we are into fictions and fantasies. The same old thing, tomorrows and yesterdays. The past and the future.

It’s hard not to ask, “What’s next?”

Uncertainty is uncomfortable, especially when we face it alone, in a seeming void.

The trouble is, once this question intrudes we are not attending to what’s now. This constricts our prospects of what might come next right at the moment we are most concerned with having things turn out better.

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Conversations at the End of Time…

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We’re still in “beta mode.” Not quite ready to take our conversations on-line. More on that soon….

In the mean-time we’ve had weekly sessions among our core group with whoever shows-up on a given Sunday. At the end of last week’s conversation Declan asked me to take another look at Krishnamurti & Bohm‘s final session in a series, The Ending of Time. I haven’t had a chance to share my response with him yet.

This week Declan and Emily and I arrived at the topic of time from another direction. Declan mentioned that many of those who have expressed interest in this project temper their enthusiasm by voicing frustration over a lack of time to get involved.

In their video Krishnamurti and Bohm are two elderly men. Both, most likely, already terminally ill, reaching an apogee on the trajectory of their conversations. There is an air of… well of a lack of air in the last fifteen minutes. A sense they have reached a point, out there…. And they are about to fall to earth. Just shy of recognizing where it all might lead. A striving tone, flickers just at the edge of their words. A striving they would repudiate under any other circumstance. A boyish, awkward, shy, final probing. A latent egocentricity flirting, with a tacit, innocent selfishness as they ask if there might be “more to it….”

More to “life?”

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A Flying Leap!

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“…a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us.”

David Bohm, Introduction to On Dialogue

“and the stones show me the way….”

Carl Jung

Welcome to Concentric Dialogue!

This site is where this new project is being born. Its home as it develops.

What is Concentric Dialogue?

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