an interview with Otto Scharmer, Professor Arthur Zajonc explores
what it means to access and work with direct perception, both
individually and in groups. He takes us through the disillusionment
of his early years as a science student, his reevaluation of the
very meaning of the word “knowledge” through the work
of Goethe and Steiner, and to his current work of creating dialogues
between scientists and the Dalai Lama.
At the heart of his exploration is developing the capacity to
perceive coherence in such a way that the “living field
of the phenomenon becomes present.” In groups, this becomes
the “co-perception of the Other.” He describes in
rich detail the complex mental steps one undergoes in acquiring
this skill. Finally he describes how these insights and capacities
affect his work with the “invisible” in groups.
How can the ecstatic, which includes the experience of
direct revelation, be joined with wisdom, which demands that
revelation be linked with a continual process of reflective
awareness and discerning judgment?
How is the ecstatic linked with creativity and destructiveness?
How is it that what gets created in the cauldrons of our collective
unconscious leads to both ground breaking insights and unimaginable
For in the ecstatic darkness lies a certain quality of
joy and compulsion that obliterates the very social constraints
and taboos that allow us to live together.
How can we learn to tolerate our whole selves, all human
and all potentially transcendent?
For everyone who works with groups and social
transformation, these questions lie at the heart of our inquiry.
thought paper by Arthur Zajonc, Professor of Physics, Amherst
College, on evolution in group forms and what might be needed
next is part of an on-going effort at Fetzer to articulate more
clearly what John Fetzer meant when he spoke of creating "communities
SEED PAPER: Quadrants
& Circles: A Map of the Inner and Outer Worlds of the Individual
and the Collective.
Paper by Chris Strutt.
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