Self-organization, wholeness and evolutionary purpose are embedded in our physical bodies and the resources to creatively express anew organizations and systems.
Consider the possibility to turn the camera around from what is happening outside of us to our physical body and be open to its amazing potential and its offerings.
- Our physical body is not a machine; it is a complex, intelligent living system.
- A cell has a high level of self-organization in order to deal with what is happening to her and around her.
- A cell strives for inner wholeness and a deep connection and love with all the cells around her.
- A cell continuously listens to the calling of the living system from which she is a part.
Our physical body is an intelligent being.
Our physical body changes without us being able to affect that, our physical body is an intelligence of its own right and will change according to this intelligent design. Our physical body is not a machine like accepted in the Newtonian view. Fifty trillion individual cells define our physical body. They organize themselves as a complex, participating, interconnected, interdependent and continuously changing and evolving system. They mirror us constantly the structures and processes of self-organization, wholeness, and evolutionary process which define a Teal Organization as described by Frederic Laloux in his extra-ordinary book: Reinventing Organizatons.
Our mind/personality often is a disturbing force in this fascinating eco-system.
Structures and processes reflecting self-organization.
There are to many to highlight them all, let us focus on the nucleus and the cell membrane.The nucleus of the cell is not hierarchical more important than any other part of the cell. In the interplay with the rest of the cell, a protein switch activates specific areas of our DNA when that is of service for the highest good of all.
There is no so-called dominator hierarchy and at the same time there are many natural hierarchies with organs as collections of cells that are very skilled in a specific area like renal function or endocrine function. Translated to an organization, we can state that a cell can take on a specific role through which parts of her DNA she activates and she can switch roles when that is appropriate, she is not defined by her role.
The cell membrane is how the cell engages with its environment. The cell membrane is the boundary with other cells, with the outside world and the inside world, you could state with all that happens to and around the cell affects the cell membrane.
This fluid structure of cholesterol, phospholipids and proteins enables the emerging of a practice of facilitating welcoming all that is happening to be part of the self-organizing processes within an individual cell and the organism of cells. You can compare a cell membrane at the level of an organization with a structure that enables all the information to be available for everyone. There is a huge level of transparency.
A cell strives for inner wholeness.
The physical body has no duality, nothing is labelled as good or bad. Any process or issue adds to the whole, to the value of this intelligent complex being. It is at the level of the mind/personality that the duality happens.
The fact that the cell has no duality, does not mean that nothing happens, the cell needs a huge conflict management so to speak in order to survive all that is happening to her and around her.
In this huge ongoing change and evolution, a cell makes herself ready for dying when she is ready with her life task, she does not cling to life. She celebrates what she has achieved and dissolves; her basic building blocks serve the emerging of new cells.
This is an invitation for an organization to regularly see which parts of the whole have accomplished their task, celebrate those parts and allow them to dissolve or let them go.
How evolutionary purpose is inherent.
Ongoing cleaning, renewing, moving, a cell never stays the same. A special example are the microtubules, they are continuously reshaping, breaking down and building up. Microtubules are the internal communication system of a cell. They are the high-speed technology for exchange of information.
An individual cell continuously listens to the calling of the living system, which is the physical body. She tunes into the creative impulse and potential independent from what she wants as an individual cell. This reminds us to see our organizations as living entities with their own soul and life force. Ask ourselves the question if we listen hard enough to their purposes?
We only need to redirect the camera from regarding the outside world to facing our physical body. Cellular awareness is the doorway to access a fascinating amount of self-organization, wholeness and evolutionary purpose.
This article only gives a glimpse of all that is continuously unfolding and happening deep within our physical bodies. Deep within our cells is the access point to the next stage of evolution to how we can creatively express anew that, which has always been there and will always be.
Cellular awareness connects us with that which is healthy, whole and connected. It is a knowing that precludes our wounding and the many overlays to our perception of self. It is accessing the realization within our cells that we are love!
In my book Becoming What is Changing: Exposition you are invited to continue this journey of turning the camera from what happens outside of you to what happens within you.
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VEERLE DE BOCK is a social entrepreneur, a change-maker, physician, healer, facilitator, trainer, coach and author of the trilogy, Becoming What is Changing. She spent nearly three decades of her life as a physician specializing in geriatric care, including a 21-year career as department head in an Antwerp regional hospital. In 2003, she began her study as an energetic healer, teacher, process facilitator and supervisor at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and since 2007 has been leading many other trainees to master these same skills. In 2010 she was trained in the practice of Dynamic Facilitation by Jim Rough, which she now incorporates into her workshops and training sessions. In 2012 she decided to devote her work exclusively to writing, facilitation and coaching. That same year, she devised a new integrative practice of facilitation she calls ‘Guest House Facilitation’, that helps teams learn how to listen and utilise both the inner and outer processes within their organisation, to see it as a dynamic and living organism, and to reconnect to its intrinsic purpose and intention. Her book, Becoming What is Changing: Exposition, is the first part of a trilogy aimed at managers, team leaders and responsible employees who wish to bring this kind of transformation into the workplace, so they can create an environment where people are happy, satisfied and continuously growing. She is the initiator of a Teal Organization: A Mystery School for Life.