That we know something does not mean that we know what to do with it, about it or because of it. Such is the state that we would be well advised to befriend.
Regular readers will be familiar with Dean Walker‘s Poetry of Predicament podcast. Dean generously makes room for the vibration of different voices to resonate through the density of a locked-in, locked-down state of mind that currently defines our global day-to-day reality. In addition to interviews with a wide range of educators, thinkers, do-ers and Be-ers, he has also created the opportunity for us – the watchers/listeners – to pause… and pay deep attention to our own internal cues and to that which emerges when we dare to do so.
Below, you’ll find the first of a four-part series created by Dean, encouraging us to to make just such a journey. It’s not always pretty… or easy… and it is nonetheless essential. This first segment is a gentle reminder that we can’t get where we want to go until: 1) we know where that is!; and 2) we know where we are as a starting point to reach our destination. I encourage you to not just ponder the questions posed but to take the time to allow them to provoke your discomfort. In those more challenging moments, the things that matter are shaken loose.
A word of caution: likely for most of us – and possibly, for the first time in our lives – we have no idea where we want to go! We have not a clue what a solution might look like; or how a strategy may be defined that will set us on a path to some kind of ‘resolution’. Perhaps for many of us, we have lived lives of trusting that every problem has a solution; that once a strategy is shaped, an outcome is ensured if we do what the strategy requires of us. Clearly, in this case, we are standing on new ground. Not better or worse ground; not the right or wrong ground – just new ground. New ground that will demand that we see through new eyes; that we find and embrace a new way to trust – ourselves and each other; and that will press us to find power, peace and a sense of joy in vast moments of letting go, that we might invite and allow that which seeks to emerge to be our guide. Not much room, here, for logic, reason and analysis. Much room here for discovering that we are each indeed, a ripple in The Field of all possibility… if only we would wake up to it.
To make it easy for you, I’ll be sure to post future segments from Dean’s work, on this blog.