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Collective Wisdom Initative webmaster "hard" at work

Dave Potter

Palouse Mindfulness
1009 Tolo Trail
Moscow, Idaho 83843


Bungee Jump - New Zealand, 1989
The main instruction is "jump straight out, not down"

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

Anne Lamott in her book, Traveling Mercies, talks about big and beautiful things trying to be born:

"Carolyn Myss, the medical intuitive who writes and lectures about why people don't heal, flew to Russia a few years ago to give some lectures. Everything that could go wrong did: flights were canceled or overbooked, connections missed, her reserved room at the hotel given to someone else. She kept trying to be a good sport, but finally, two mornings later, on the train to her conference on healing, she began to whine at the man sitting beside her about how infuriating her journey had been thus far. It turned out that this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And he said – gently - that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born - and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible."

So, my question is...

What big and lovely thing is trying to be born? How can we nurture and support its emergence in a way that honors what is and respects the mystery and surprise of what is yet to be?

This question has meaning for me on three levels: My current work as a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, my involvement in CWI as webmaster and thinking partner, and occasional ventures into my previous life as an organizational consultant.

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