[OSList] Skye Listening for the Harmonies

Michael M Pannwitz mmpannwitz at gmail.com
Mon Oct 21 10:16:13 PDT 2019

Dear Skye,

I wonder whether OST as such can help us experience harmony, wholeness.

Form experience with OST I know that it is an effective tool for 
expanding time and space for the force of selforganisation to do its thing.

It might be/appears/feels that OST is not out to control anything (in 
contrast to many control-mechanisms I frequently experience). Controlled 
processes and procedures reduce time and space for the unfolding of the 
force of selforganisation.

Now, I wonder whether the force of selforgniation is after harmony, 

I suspect that there are many concepts of harmony and wholeness 
depending on our religious, historical, biographical, cultural, 
political... etc. background or matrix (having spelled out 5 variabels I 
see that this is in an order of very high complexity and more variabels 

Life could also be synonymous with force of selforganisation. This might 
come to me because I know that if the force of selforganistion gets 
close to zero its in a way similar to -273,15 Degree centigrade (0 
degree Kelvin)... nothing moves anymore.

Ineffable is the experience of whatever it is that happens when the 
force of selforganisation is active. I sometimes have seen a bluish hue 
during an ost event. It is however, not a "nice" experience nor an 
experience describable with our limited linguistic repertoir... 
ineffable! The closest I have gotten it squared  for me is "awesome"... 
well, even that is inadequate.

Yes, I do love the feeling of the awesome-part-in-me.
It impulses me with supporting OST being employed over and over again 
and when I see it happen, I have a smile in me.

Just got interrupted by a phone call from our midwife daughter who told 
me of her highlight today facilitating a birth. Its ineffable. She also 
studies midwifery after many years of practice. She reports that in her 
"science" the process of giving birth is called "Selbsttätigkeit des 
Leibes" (close to self-activity or self-organisation). This concept is 
outside of the kind of "science" as we usually might conceive science 
(segregating, linear, evidence based,....). So it is in he realm of 

Cheers from a sundrenched afternoon in Berlin where I met tired 
schoolkids on the bus moaning over the first day of school after the two 
week fall vacation... out of a phase with much selforganisation back 
into a phase with less selforganisation...


Am 21.10.2019 um 13:43 schrieb Skye Hirst via OSList:
> How does Open Space Technology help us experience harmony, 
> wholeness?This may well be the most ineffable idea in today’s busy 
> world.Life seems to present moments of such harmoniousness and we may 
> notice them when they happen and then forget them.They don’t get 
> highlighted as something possible on any dependable scale, so they get 
> passed over, dismissed as a “nice” experience but most likely we don’t 
> share them.However, the artists among us will capture them through their 
> medium. We love the feelings this work gives us, this reminder of those 
> numinous realities.
> What happens in OST?What are those realities we experience more often 
> than not while participating in a concentrated time around an invitation 
> question, an urgency, a group of people sitting in circle, creating an 
> agenda and sitting with questions, getting to deeper ones?
> I believe OST is micro of a macro reality that life’s organism ways 
> provide for us in every moment.“Come to the circle, tell us your tale, 
> you are not the only one who is hurting.”This phrase from a song written 
> in the 80s by a friend, speaks of the power of OST.There is something so 
> powerful about being reminded, you get to choose how and where and when 
> you give your attention.It has been called an antidote to the world of 
> hierarchical dominating meetings, work life and organizationally dead 
> structures.
> So I say, I want to capture the ineffable, but how silly that is.And 
> yet, we can point to shared experience, to knowledge that goes beyond 
> words, to celebrate this most amazing, awe-generating process abiding in 
> living structures, living “becoming” events that are 
> /alivenmaking/.Let’s listen for the harmonies, for the moments of felt 
> sensing our wholeness, our unity, and our differences at the same 
> time.This is a “both and world,” not an “either/or” one.It takes work 
> only in that we remember what we can easily forget with distractions and 
> constant “busy-ness.”Notice when those moments of peacefulness enter 
> into the “field” when we take a long breath and let it out fully, 
> sitting with one another without needing to fix or change ourselves, or 
> the other. What are your experiences of “fulfillment” of listening in to 
> deep knowledge of being alive?
> One OST participant spoke of it as something one cannot talk about, but 
> to experience it is to have lived, feeling aliveness and we want it more 
> and more. Then we want others to have the experience so we try to talk 
> about it.I say, “Come to the Circle, tell us your tale, you are not the 
> only one who is hurting.”
> The storyteller tells his tales and we remember those times his stories 
> happened in our lives, or we make sense of a story we have not 
> understood about our tale. Then we begin again with a new story.Keep 
> coming to the circle, telling us your tales, one and all.
> Blessings to all this week for great WOSONOS in DC.
> Song */Healing Circle/* is by Julia Hickory 1984, Album Joyful Noise and 
> Friends */Birdsong Morning/*
> *Healing Circle*
> Come to the Circle
> Listen to our tales
> You will find you’re not the only one who’s hurting
> And the light may shine in
> This is where we begin
> The magic of our healing
> Alone in your room, you think you’re the only one
> And you’re wondering if your might be crazy
> So you lock all the pain and the shame deep inside
> And your skies are always dark and hazy
> But if you Come to the Circle
> Tell us your tales
> The light will shine in,
> This is where we begin
> The magic work of our healing.
> You are not unimportant, we need all the words
> And the melodies to harmonize
> The darker the shadows, the brighter the sun
> And your tears are the stars in our eyes.
> So won’t you Come to the Circle
> Tell us your tales
> And the light will shine in
> This is where we begin
> The magic work of our healing
> -- 
> *Skye HIrst, PhD*
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