Practice don’t Preach Theory U in 7 Breaths! 3rd Breath.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

PRACTICE DON’T PREACH THEORY U IN 7 BREATHS! 3rd BREATH.   We open up our State of Being “emotion” within the safe listening space of Guest House Facilitation, and we effortlessly dive into “experiencing” and “sensing”.   Imagine we are spiritual beings (souls) on a journey to experience life on Earth in a physical body. Our Way of Being is our most important task. Theory U is a framework, a method for profound change and most of all a Way of Being, through which you can connect to the more authentic and higher aspects of yourself. Today we embark on a learning journey to remember the capacity we have for “experiencing”. We gently open our State of Being emotion and with loving kindness we observe our judgments and connect more deeply with our soul’s purpose. This article is one of a series of nine articles. The series reveals to you the magic of Guest House Facilitation, how it allows us to dance through Theory U, effortlessly and smoothly, in its precise time and its right space. The first article facilitates our Guest House and brings awareness to this precious cosmic principle of the Life Pulse. The Life Pulse governs all of life in the Universe and also precisely governs all our processes and organizations. The second article shape-shifts the “downloading” into a “processing of Self”. The key feature of this 1st breath is holding a Listening Space. The third article extensively describes the 2nd breath. Opening reason facilitates by opening the intelligence of the brain, the “seeing” and “observing”. The key feature is curious asking: we begin to understand what we see. From the diagram you can see that we have arrived at the 3rd Breath in the fourth article of this series.   Overview of the 3rd Breath The 3rd Breath is again an inward movement of contraction (green on the following drawing), followed by a moment of stasis (red and at the inner edge of the U), continuing with an outward movement of expansion (blue) and coming to completion in another moment of stasis (again red and now at the outer edge of the U). In the contraction we open our State of Being emotion in order for the “sensing” and “experiencing” to happen in the expansion. We continue our exploration in more detail.   Contraction We bring awareness to the inward movement and we prepare to open our State of Being: emotion. Let’s have a look at the graphic representation of the dance between our soul and our body-mind and how they play with the three different States of Being: reason, emotion and will. They match the mind, heart and will used in the Theory U model. In body-mind we discern the physical body (yellow) and the energy field (blue+orange+green) which it generates. This energy field permeates the physical body and extends out of the body....

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

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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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Building Cathedrals, the Secret of Meaningful Work!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Building Cathedrals, the Secret of Meaningful Work!   There is no difference between important and less important work –work needs to be meaningful for you and aligned with what you want to create in your life! One day in 1671, Christopher Wren observed three bricklayers on a scaffold. He asked all of them the same question, “What are you doing?” to which the first bricklayer replied, “I’m working.” The second bricklayer, responded, “I’m building a wall.” But the third bricklayer, when asked the question, “What are you doing?” replied with a gleam in his eye, “I’m building a cathedral to The Almighty.” Christopher Wren is one of the world’s most famous architects, who was commissioned to rebuild St Paul’s Cathedral after the great fire which leveled London in 1666. Are you a cathedral builder?   Is there important and less important work? Let us imagine a reality story. I am hungry and I open my fridge. This fridge has been made and ended up in my kitchen through the efforts of countless hands, many of which do so-called not important work. Work many of us don’t want our children or the children we care for to end up doing if they are to succeed in life. And this is only the fridge; what about the food, the kitchen, the table and the chairs, the plate and cutlery. It is endless—so many people are involved and needed in the process of feeding me when I am hungry. We can explore this a bit further. Is important work what you would still do regardless of payment, approval and recognition? Our joy is directly related to how meaningful our work is to us, not to the outside world. What growth does our soul accomplish? How alive are we through our work? Maybe what we want most for our children is that they are alive and connected to their souls. Meaningful work may result in the highest good for all. Meaningful work may affect our environment and our children, and it is in itself not the purpose of meaningful work.   How do we become cathedral builders? We are back to our beginning statement. How do we become a cathedral builder? We first need to identify what is meaningful for us. We need to discover thoroughly what we desire to create in our lives. Not what anybody else expects us to create, or what society or our culture expects us to create, not what we so far thought we desired. This process of identifying what we truly deeply desire in this moment is not easy. The next step is to support internally what we desire. This step requires self-love. Self-love is allowing us to be alive through supporting our deepest desire. When we have achieved these two internal steps, we are ready to externally redirect our resources in order to manifest what we...

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Easy Ways You Can Turn Play and Work into a Sacred Marriage!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Easy Ways You Can Turn Play and Work into a Sacred Marriage!  Even if you cannot change your outer circumstances, YOU are always available and are an astonishing tool to make your work feel like play!   The recent World Cup Football in Brazil intrigues me and prompts me to wonder if we as human beings might be ready to consider the possibility to see work and play as equal. Millions of people worldwide watched the football games, spoke about it, and engaged in it. We all were looking at how a group of selected people played together as a team and gained a great deal of money and attention by doing so. Does your work feel like play? Imagine what the consequences could be if we equalize work and play.   Watching a Football game We will use the metaphor of football as a story to clarify the relationship between play and work. Imagine you are in front of a big screen and you are watching a football play between Argentina and the Netherlands. You feel the joy of the players; they greet each other with respect and dignity. The game starts, you are at the edge of your seat, so exciting, and you seem to have to look at different sides at the same time, so much is happening. You feel the energy of the players. It is full of joy and excitement. The energy is contagious. This is so beautiful—the two teams respect each other and give each other space to play. You like it, what a pleasure to watch. The first half of the game is gone before you have even checked the time. The goalkeepers have done amazing work, no ball entered their goals. You feel fulfilled and happy.   A football match is worth seeing when there is space for playing, when the football players have fun and engage with the ball. Sometimes they visibly work hard in order not to let the ball enter their goal or to make a goal, and mostly that generates less excitement and inspiration in the spectators.   We know they play with a set of rules in their minds and it seems as if the difference is made when players are able to transcend the box of rules and catch the attention of the public. They do something more than what you expect; they create the circumstances for play, for enjoyment, for creativity.   What is needed for a football team to establish this? Underneath all of this, from my perspective, are again the Harmonizer Souls who hold the space for this to be possible. Michael Newton, the regression hypnotherapist, reminds us of this amazing specific group of souls that are able to transform negative energy. His information arises from his far-reaching research into the afterlife. A coach can be an amazing Harmonizer Soul, not doing...

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