Dream School

I am feeling very schooled in dream space. It has been about a year since I started more deliberately trying to catch my dreams. Just simple description when they occured. It has been about three months since I started seeing more in them. The universe finds ways to speak with us in the subconscious and in the language of symbols. Feeling awe for this – when the student is ready, the teacher appears…

This morning I woke from a dream that spoke several questions. The language builds on what Toke Moeller shares here from a previous post on powerful questions. I haven’t tried to match those. Rather, just write what showed from my dream.

I think of these as root questions – good to ask a round from the “I” and a round from the “we.” This also builds on what Teresa Posakony and Chris Corrigan and I have been sharing with clients on core intentions of conversations that matter: learn / work / build relations.

How could we strengthen our ability to stand in this journey?
– it isn’t one that all will take or can take
– it has many qualities of the unknown
– sometimes we take the journey on behalf of others, as a gift to the whole
– we often stand in what feels like a minority

What is at the center of this journey?
– glimpses of the biggest vision we see
– might come to see more of this together

Who can help us along the way?
– notice the people able to work in beauty
– may be quiet people
– may be people of deep knowing and ground

What will we need to let go of?
– redefine “other”

How might we be more wise together?
– now
– in the future
– what do we need to learn

How might we be more compassionate?
– honoring people where they are

More Powerful Questions

Hosting friend and colleague Toke Moeller just sent these out. They represent incredible clarity that invite a deeper consciousness as we engage in partipative work. I see these as questions to really invite a shared sense of deep purpose and commitment from those who might steward an action.

Toke has them in beautiful form. Asked from the I perspective here. And from the we perspective here.

Question at the center…
Why will I serve the common good in all?

Question to the north…
What am I ready to let go of and what am I ready to contribute to be part of a healthy and thriving community?

Question to the east…
What could I also be?

Question to the south…
What have I forgotten about being a neighbour?

Question to the west…
How will I organize myself to act wisely and ethically in service of the common good?

Question to heaven…
Who do I serve?

Question to earth…
How may I be kind today?

These relate to questions we asked of a health care system, some of which I blogged here.

The Turtle — Mary Oliver

The Turtle


breaks from the blue-black

skin of the water, dragging her shell

with its mossy scutes

across the shallows and through the rushes

and over the mudflats, to the uprise,

to the yellow sand,

to dig with her ungainly feet

a nest, and hunker there spewing

her white eggs down

into the darkness, and you think

of her patience, her fortitude,

her determination to complete

what she was born to do—-

and then you realize a greater thing—-

she doesn’t consider

what she was born to do.

She’s only filled

with an old blind wish.

It isn’t even hers but came to her

in the rain or the soft wind

which is a gate through which her life keeps walking.

She can’t see

herself apart from the rest of the world

or the world from what she must do

every spring.

Crawling up the high hill,

luminous under the sand that has packed against her skin,

she doesn’t dream

she knows

she is a part of the pond she lives in,

the tall trees are her children,

the birds that swim above her

are tied to her by an unbreakable string.
~ Mary Oliver ~(Dream Work)

Art of Hosting — Seeing Brilliance

From colleague and hosting mate, Tim Merry…

Last year Jon Guilbert, a documentary film maker joined us at the Shire for the Stewards gathering. He had taken part in the Boston AoH and was excited to explore a documentary around the AoH – following my story and relationships as a way to make the web of people and work visible. Check out the 6 minute film made from the gathering at the Shire.

It’s beautiful. Includes some of my dearest friends and hosting colleagues. It offers one voice on this body of work called the Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations.