Practice don’t Preach Theory U in 7 Breaths! 2nd Breath.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Aspects of life

PRACTICE DON’T PREACH THEORY U IN 7 Breaths! 2nd BREATH.   Opening our State of Being “reason” deepens the dance between our soul and body-mind, coalescing into “seeing” and “observing” in a wave of curious asking.   How to practice Theory U? Just imagine how disappointed you are when a meeting ends as it begins with “downloading”. How can you have more conversations that matter in your organization and in your daily life? You’re in the right place to find out! Here, in this series of articles, we dive deeply into new practices to move through the “downloading” stage and, if we need to, we can always revisit this “downloading” tool. This article fits into a series which explains how you can effortlessly move through Theory U while at the same time allowing the steps of the U to expand and even transform you. We dance Theory U within a literal and metaphorical Guest House. The breaths refer to whole and complete cycles of the Life Pulse. The first article in the series offers you a framework and introduces you to Guest House Facilitation and the magical, cosmic principle of the Life Pulse. The second article familiarises us with “downloading” as a tool to process the Self. It is the 1st Breath of the series of Seven Breaths of moving through Theory U. The diagram below shows where we’re at now in our dance. Our 2nd Breath is the ‘seeing’ stage of Theory U and as you notice in our diagram it’s also called ‘observing’. I invite you to explore with me what its deeper meaning is!       Overview of the Second Breath  The Second Breath is again a complete phase of the Life Pulse as the drawing illustrates, an inward movement of contraction (green on the drawing), followed by a moment of stasis (red on the drawing and at the inner edge of the U), an outward movement of expansion (blue on the drawing) and again effortlessly moving into stasis (back to red and now at the inner edge of the U).   Contraction We move inward to assimilate what has happened to, and around, us in this magnificent phase of ‘processing the Self’. How does what is shared so far land in us, how do we feel within the Guest House, how does the teaching reverberate through us? This inward movement is how we prepare to open our State of Being: reason. What is meant by opening our reason? The diagram below shows how reason is located at the upper part of our body-mind. For those familiar with the chakra system it is the opening of our seventh and sixth chakras. The seventh chakra stands for our ideas, our mission. The sixth chakra has a front and back aspect: the front aspect being the concepts we can see and the back aspect how we are able...

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Practice don’t Preach Theory U in 7 Breaths! 1st Breath.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Aspects of life

PRACTICE DON’T PREACH THEORY U IN 7 Breaths! 1st BREATH.   We create a space to listen in our Guest House and focus our attention on the Group Being. We share our habitual patterns and images gently and with much courage.   Have you ever imagined that ”downloading” could be a tool? “Downloading” is a process through which you listen by literally downloading what you already know. You are not at this stage allowing new information to be integrated or assimilated. In this article we are learning to transform the “downloading” into “processing Self”. Within the safety of our Guest House the listening is the key in order for this to happen. It is not that we are not “downloading”. We do, and we should be, downloading by repeating extensively what we already know. So we use our courage to download at length in order to give our group the opportunity to help us with this important step of “processing Self”. You are reading an article that is one of a series of nine articles. From the diagram below you will see that we’ve arrived at the 1st Breath – the second article in the series. The first article is an invitation to explore with me the dance through Theory U and the offerings of Guest House Facilitation.     Each breath is equally important in our dance through Theory U. So let’s really savour it and take in this 1st Breath. Overview of the 1st Breath This 1st breath consists of an inward movement of contraction (green on the picture), a moment of stasis (red), an outward movement of expansion (blue) and another moment of stasis (red). These are all the phases of the cosmic principle of the Life Pulse. My book Becoming What is Changing: Exposition describes the Life Pulse extensively. If you superimpose this drawing of the Life Pulse upon the Theory U framework, each stasis before a contraction is located at the outer edge of the U and each stasis at the end of a contraction is located at the inner edge of the U. As this article unfolds, we will touch into and question in depth each aspect of the Life Pulse, starting with the inward movement of contraction.   Contraction We often forget that before we embark on something new we always start with an inspiration. This inspiration moves us inward (green on the picture). As we breathe in everybody in the group arrives; it’s important to acknowledge this moment and literally allow an inward movement to support each participant to arrive. Walking is for me an easy and effortless way to arrive somewhere, to connect with the land and with myself. I will often invite my participants to walk in silence in order to connect while staying with the questions: What are the gifts I bring into this gathering, workshop or training?...

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Practice don’t Preach Theory U in 7 Breaths! Invitation.

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Aspects of life

PRACTICE DON’T PREACH THEORY U IN 7 BREATHS! INVITATION.   Guest House Facilitation unravels the mystery of how Theory U unfolds, precisely as it should be, effortlessly and smoothly with the awareness of the Life Pulse.   How to bring Theory into practice? How can we hold space for the steps of Theory U regardless of the contributions of the participants, the constellation of your group and the available knowledge within the group? Imagine bringing your awareness to your breath. A few deep breaths metaphorically bring you right down the U in connection with Source. A few more breaths and you act as an enlivened steward of life’s brilliant potential. What is the mystery at play here, how does Theory U unfold with such divine precision – effortlessly and smoothly? This series of articles offers you a step by step journey through Theory U. The first article is your personal invitation into our Guest House. We present our offerings. The next seven articles engage you more and more deeply with each breath. The final article in this series weaves all of it together.     Guest House Facilitation Guest House Facilitation is a new and refreshing practice. The basic idea is the welcoming of all inner and outer guests. The inner guests are all our thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations. The outer guests are all the participants. Everybody who is present has a role in the bigger whole. Even the whispers in the background are important. The Latin word “facilitare” literally means making easy. I make the interaction with the outer participants and our inner parts easy. I use Rumi’s well known poem the Guest House as a metaphor. I do not prepare for “Guest House Facilitation” or have an agenda. It’s not possible to make plans for people who are not yet physically present. This prevents us from underestimating the amazing power, intelligence and leadership within the group. You can read more about Guest House Facilitation on the website Chances to Change. Theory U is a very precious presence in our Guest House Facilitation.     Theory U Since its emergence around 2006, the founders of Theory U understand its purpose in three primary ways. The first is to understand it as a framework; the second is as a method for profound change; and the third is as a way of being through which you can connect to the more authentic and higher aspects of yourself. Theory U is non-linear but for ease of reference throughout this series of articles, I have structured it into its linear form in the table below which summarises all the steps of Theory U, steps 1 through to 7.   CHALLENGE REACTING SOLUTION Step 1:“DOWNLOADING”: viewing the world through our habits of thought, allowing our current reality to surface. Re-structuring Step 7:“PERFORMING”: achieve results through actions, embedding the new into the larger...

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