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Renee Levi


The Resonance Project and Resonance Consulting


What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How can an understanding of felt experiences of collective resonance contribute to conscious creation of such experiences for right action in the world?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I experience collective wisdom as a felt engagement of the minds, bodies, and spirits of each and all of the individuals coming together. It is palpable. The participants know it has shown itself though it is most often not talked about. It is joyful. It defies time/space dimensions. It is a kind of knowing that expands our traditional concepts of intellectual engagement to include sensory, energetic, and intuitive knowing. It often involves emotion, including seemingly contradictory ones simultaneously. It extends individual boundaries to embrace the collective one and links the group with still larger forces in the universe. It can be described as an experience of wholeness.

For me, the phrase "collective resonance" holds my experience most fully.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

What excites me most is exactly that. At this point in my life I feel I have come to an intersection of what matters deeply to me, what unique personal gifts I can bring to the inquiry, and a connection with other people asking similar questions. I feel energized by the possibilities of this intersection.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I feel that my experiences in life to date have been preparation for my work exploring collective resonance in groups ñ a kind of "tuning" of myself as an instrument of understanding and change. There has been a confluence of factors - personal, professional, and academic (and the human relationships that define them) which have helped ready me to contribute to the uncovering of the positive potential of groups. Among these are a traditional background in organization development and fourteen years as an OD consultant working with individuals, groups, and organizations, a recent reunion with a parent lost to me for nearly forty years and the subsequent journey toward wholeness through integration of parts of myself, a doctoral dissertation that explores the phenomenon of collective resonance through the experiences of thirty people in diverse group situations, and daily life in a family of six - sometimes resonant, sometimes not.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

I would like to participate with others exploring the field through discovering new ways to map the experience of collective resonance. I would also like opportunities to share the findings from my study, Group Magic: An Inquiry Into Experiences of Collective Resonance, completed in 2003, and to explore with others new questions that emerge for them from the research. Additionally, I want to continue to be connected with others through dialogue, networking, practice, and writing.

Links to this site or others:

The Resonance Project

Group Magic: An Inquiry into Collective Resonance - Executive Summary of Doctoral work

Serving Our Country: Collective Resonance in the Military - interview

Dying (and Healing) with Collective Resonance - interview

Collective Resonance at Gunpoint - interview

Elements and Shifting Factors in Collective Resonance

Holographic Theory and Groups

The Sentient Heart: Messages for Life


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