More on the High Art of Muddling Through — The practice of spirit

If I say this is zen, that’s probably true. Muddling through is more playful, so let me go there.

and this morning I heard this, which I think is funny cause it’s not how I see the world, at all, but it comes in handy every once in a while …

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.

Funny? I find it hilarious! and at times useful. Certainly not always. I end up in the worst places when I’m forcing myself to get somewhere, and the best places when I simply pay attention to what’s going on, not attached to my story of what’s going on. My story is a guideline, only that keeps me together. When I discover my truth is different from the story, I change the story. Then I feel relief and energy. I can clear up the dust and move on.

Harrison Owen — the guy who formulated Open Space Technology from basic human soulful practice — has called me his medicine woman. I do have a soul connection there. Harrison’s exquisiteness really rings for me, takes my breath away.

I once spend 3 days in his workshop on the Practice of Peace (San Zhi, Taiwan, early-March 2003 or 2004). My father-in-law was dying. He passed on the 17th. In that month I stepped out of 12 years of work as a seaweed professor, spent 3 days in Harrison’s workshop, flew to Chicago to begin a 6-month craniosacral study period, then flew to London for family and funeral. Muddling through with joy. I look back. That was a perfect and fully lived month. At the time it was relaxed. I was in the moment, doing exactly what needed to be done at the time.

So, muddling through.

I picked my notes up yesterday. This comes close to my coaching essence, my coaching way. People use the word magic. That tells me they “got it” but if I don’t say magic, what do I say? Lots of insights in Harrison’s work.

He talks about the

“Practice of Peace,”

which is infinitely more than cessation of hostilities. It’s objective is the renewal of meaningful and productive life for the planet, the nation, organization and each one of us.

Muddling through is transformation, self-organization and griefwork.


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