The breath, torus, and the secrets of how the universe works

This is a depiction of how this universe breathes through this vessel. One way when we breathe out and the other way when we breathe in. We can determine the direction of the energetic flow with an intention to direct our attention.  If you continue breathing in then the physical heart will begin to pound to circulate the oxygen in the blood through out the body, and eventually you will faint as no oxygen reaches the brain, I guess.

When you breath out completely a vacuum appears in the lungs, which sucks in the air. A bit like the vacuum that this spoon creates by sinking into the soup. Pay attention to the fat drops on the surface of the soup.

So if you breathe out completely and continue breathing out then no fresh oxygen can enter into your lungs.

To lived a balanced life, one can pay attention to one’s breathing. Where does your emphasis lie? where do your place your center of gravity. Your can learn a lot about yourself and thereby the universe by paying attention to your breath!

 

Organizational Evolutionary Level – Red

Picture Titel: Organizational Chart
The strategy of the spider is the strategy that a lot of organizations or I prefer to say organisms still use today. It is an predatorial extractive means to feed oneself. But is it conscious? Does this spider know how it is serving the eco-system it is part of by spinning its web to catch flies?
No – I don’t think so – it is not conscious of itself, but we can be, and we therefor need to utilize this given opportunity to become conscious of our own behavior by reflecting upon ourselves. And how can we do this?
By making art! Art reflects the heart…
and meditation! Meditation allows ones consciousness to reflect what is. We and I need to take the time daily through the mentioned means to look in the cosmic mirror of consciousness if we want life to evolve from the strategy of the spider into the unknown…

Transparency and Trust

I visited the Synergy Hub, Decentrale, near Basel, CH last year where I met the founder Chris, and had a revealing conversation about the relationship between trust and transparency.

In short: Transparency is basically a means to (re-)establish trust when trust is lost. There is little to no room for gossip, speculation, and accusation when all information is available to the one who has lost trust.

For example: You begin to suspect that the finances are not stewarded responsibly in accordance with the values of the organization, and you blame the CFO. You begin to share your suspicion and gossip with your co-workers. All this is unknown to the CFO, as no-one dares to confront him with this suspicion for the fear of being fired (excluded from the group, and thereby being threatened in your survival). When all transactions of the organization are transparent and the books open then you can always check whether there is something to your supicion, or whether it is your own distrust making up stories.

Perhaps the following can be concluded: The more transparent communication and information is within an organization the quicker trust can be (re-)established.

You of course want to be carefull as to what and who you allow into your ecosystem in the first place, with sensitive information being available. It goes both ways – the more trust the more transparency. The more transparency the more trust…

on food…

Food is a gift. Gifted by the earth in abundance. First and foremost this gift needs to be acknowledged. When you receive a gift from the heart to the heart then it is often received with a thank you, and gratitude. But why is this gift gifted? what is it gifted for?

Life is serving you to serve itself. Life longs for itself. That life recognizes itself for what it is. So how do we acknowledge and recognize this gift from life?

By intending to direct our attention to our senses and thereby opening them. Our senses are always in the present moment. Always here now, where life is, as  it is… So, seeing the food, the bowl or plate the food is on. Really looking at it. Like a baby seeing the world for the first time. BEginners mind. Smelling the food, really smelling the food. Slowing down. Taking the time to taste the food. Chewing the food thoroughly. Noticing how it is swollowed down the through and lands in the stomach. The aftertaste of a bite, while listening to the sounds of the boards, the cars, the people, the movement. Just listening, while watching the breath, going in and how, shallow and deep, high and low . Just watching the breathing, feeling the body.

The practice is the eating itself  through the gateway of the sense perceptions, we awaken ourselves to recognize ourselves for who we are, and who and what we are not. This is why we eat . And not only when we eat, but from the following moment to the next moment… Here now.

 

Pluto conjuncts with Mars

On March 26

Pluto, I welcome your destruction of non-truth. Bring those flood waves to clear the ground for truth to grow. The Cosmic symphony growing into a dramatic crescendo. Perfect design. Nothing out of order. Bring those waves so I can be washed clean. So that the “crazed defence of this crumbling fort” can been seen for what it truely is.

The foundations of sand be washed away so that foundationscan be built on the rock of truth…

Defining, Co-creating or distilling your mission statement

Content

Step1: define and develop a shared understanding of the term mission

Step 2: co-create your mission statement

 

Step 1. Define and develop a shared understanding of the term mission

0. When i say mission you might understand and define the term differently then I do, so the first step in this process is to come to a shared understanding and definition of the term mission.

This can be done in many ways. A way that worked for us was doing a graphic jam. This is a method from the book Game Storming – A playbook for innovators, rulebreakers, and changemakers.

Materials needed: paper, pens & post-its

Read the game description below:

1. Ask the group to draw whatever comes to mind when hearing the mission. You might draw a drawing before to show as an example.

2. Once you have collected the drawings then place them all visible to all and ask the “artists” to describe and explain their drawings. Invite everyone to feel free to ask questions – encourage inquiry.

3.  Have people write down words that stood out to them when hearing the description. Hang these post-its on the flip-chart paper as on the picture below,

4. the final task is to put all those words together like fitting the pieces of a puzzle. Either do it yourself or ask if anyone in the grorup is able to write one paragraph by combining the words. Several version might appear – its fine – keep is as a brainstorming session.

Continue til everyone consents to the final sentence.

Voila – The pieces have been put together and you have found a shared understanding and definition of the term mission.

Step 2. Distill and co-create your mission statement

0. Start out by reading a mission statement from a group or organization that inspires your group. This serves as an example and provides orientation.

1.  Ask everyone to draw the group’s mission including their own on a piece of paper. Either integrated into one or two drawings. Be creative. Allow space for creativity to unfold.

A couple examles belows:

2. Once the drawings have been drawn or painting or cut you repeat the same procecss as in part 2 of step 1.

Below our mission statement for demonstrational purposes:

Have fun with coming up with your mission statement!

 

Leassons Learned

What was intersting by going through this process was that the images that were drawn and the mission statement we ended with was very similar to the initial intentions the founders of the community had.  I only found out afterwards from a friend who compared our mission statement with the stories the founders told him in interviews he did with them.

Keeping an overview – Externalize! 3 Tools you can use

Instead of keeping everything inside your mind. Externalize it to the tools available online. It will clear your head, and give you some breathing room. These tools are also great for delelation, co-creation and cooperation.

Trello is a useful tool to keep an overview of all the different areas of operations.

So is metamaps btw too. Open source, and free of charge.

Oh and if you are working on a commons use http://allmende.io instead of using google’s services.

she seems like many, but is jut one

I am in love with the Dutch woman.
To me there is only one.
She drives me crazy, mad,
sometimes sad sometimes glad.
I can’t get enough
of that stuff
she stirs im my heart
lost in devotion

gone.. gone… beyond gone..

good or bad?

Glad or sad?

Nevertheless

Gone… gone… beyond gone.

 

Co-Creating an Agenda

Nothing new under the sun, I guess, yet very important if you want engagement and participation from your team members. Conscious creators prefer to be seen and acknowledged as creators and pull back when they are not. Thoughts like: “he is not my boss”, “Why does he decide?”, “What about my input?” start popping up and then you’re dealing with resistance already. And this resistance is welcome, because it reminds us of our creative potential. Why not co-create the agenda as equals. Knowing ourselves to be vessels for the divine expressing itself as intelligence. Radios picking up on words that are just transmitted.

I might add three items to the agenda, someone else two, and someone else one, and together the agenda points complete the picture. My radio did not pick up on all the points, we needed to tune our radios together to get the complete picture.

Here is some visual aid. An example:

We wrote what we thought had to be on the agenda on post-it notes. This exercise was copy pasted from Game Storming “a playbook for innovators, rulebreakers, and changemakers” by D. Gray, S. Brown, & J. Macanufo. All of us placed our post it notes “randomly” on the paper you see above. Some couldn’t resist moving them around yet I asked him to wait. It is important to notice and pay attention to everything. How the post its are placed. Where. What else is on the table. All this has symbolic value left for you and the group to interpret.

I asked everyone to group the post-its once the post-its had been placed. Cluster them and once clustered to label the cluster.
The above was the result and the road map for the General Circle.