Drop Off in Numbers

Barbara E. Sliter besliter at eos.net
Mon Dec 20 05:26:43 PST 1999

I understand "overload".  I often have to go and process what I have gotten
by myself for a while. For some, leaving may just be the need to get away
and deal with what has happened to date.  It might also be the realization
that you don't want to be an on going part of what is emerging.

"Passion overload" might be akin to overcare.  It is the overwhelming
feeling we can get when a genuine care moves into worry, anxiety,
disenchantment, and so on. This would have more to do with our reactions to
what is going on, as opposed to running out of genuine care or passion.
"Freedom shock" may be one reaction but there are many more I am sure.

Just some thoughts.


>From: Birgitt Bolton <birgitt at worldchat.com>
>To: OSLIST at listserv.boisestate.edu
>Subject: Re: Drop Off in Numbers
>Date: Fri, Dec 17, 1999, 8:46 PM

> I am interested in  the new words that have entered our story of Open Space.
> The words of "passion overload". It is a concept that I can't quite grasp.
> Seems to me that as humans we have limitless capacity for passion, love,
> joy, bliss, compassion.... And that these are some of the greatest gifts of
> Spirit for us and with us. When we experience ever increasing amounts of
> passion, love, joy, bliss, compassion...I see the angels dancing in glee.
> So, I wonder if we have accepted just a little too easily this concept that
> "passion overload" is why a drop off in numbers occurs. I think there are
> many and varied reasons, not least of which is that when adults are free to
> behave as adults, they go into freedom shock and face the fullness of being
> accountable for their learning, behaviours, experiences... and somewhere in
> the Open Space experience they get that this is so and that there are no
> "they" to blame, no victims. I have read much  about humans getting locked
> into victim and/or dependent mentality and they have been conditioned to
> this by many of our school systems and much of our corporate world.
> Seems like the Open Space experience blows the doors off of this one, and
> that the good news is that Open Space works and the bad news is that Open
> Space works. And that life will never be exactly the same after people in
> Open Space have demonstrated to others their inner greatness.
> For me, I don't believe we have "passion overload". It would be a lesser
> world if this was really possible.
> Birgitt
> Birgitt Bolton
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