Opening the Gates of Perception

Blog Expectations

 

Confessions of a first time blogger (un-blogger?). Yes, I have never written a blog before. The reason for my abstinence from this well-worn drill is twofold. One, a gifted writer I am not. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I have excelled in life as a spatial, kinesthetic learner and circular thinker, not a linear one, which natural writers have access to much more than I. Two, because after 13 years in academia and having to write very formal, APA style papers whose purpose is to provide convincing, succinct, and credible theories to common leadership challenges and what make people more effective, I am now interested in asking questions that capture my imagination, engage my curiosity and in doing so, change the way I see and experience the world. If asking these questions opens the gates of perception for a handful of CEOs, COOs, CFOs and CIOs then I will feel quite accomplished, but even more satisfied if in doing so sparks the asking of more questions by my readers.

Therefore, instead of weekly or monthly short treatises on my thoughts about what it is that I do and why I do it, (and why you, as a leader, follower or coach, should do it too), I want to create a place where I will ask questions that I am in pursuit of answers to, on topics that pertain to human potential, our perceptual abilities, and the way humans can evolve by seeing and experiencing things in our lives differently. Perhaps you can assist me with some of your insights and perceptions, and let me know what grabs your attention?

Attention Grabber

Attention Grabber

What grabs your attention? This colorful, curious bird, painted by Choctaw artist Karen Clarkson, was one of a trio of paintings that welcomed guests into the Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery in 2013. It jumped off the wall and communicated directly to me saying “Hey...

Opening the Gates of Perception

Opening the Gates of Perception

Most of us have been told that ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’. However, there have been many times that I have picked them by their cover. Stephen Harrod Buhner’s book “Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of ...

Re-Membering the Body: Somatic Intelligence

Re-Membering the Body: Somatic Intelligence

I suspect that one reason physical wisdom is so often overlooked is that as humans have evolved, the primal role of the body (acquiring safety, food and shelter) has increasingly been usurped by intellectual (IQ), emotional (EQ) and spiritual pursuits. These days the...

At the Intersection of You and Me

At the Intersection of You and Me

At the intersection of you and me there is much more than meets the mind, more than just the sharing of ideas and perspectives. There are unspoken somatic exchanges and feedback loops that can affect our potential for transformative learning and engagement. “How much...

Got Conscientia?

Got Conscientia?

The word ‘consciousness’ is derived from “conscientia” or “knowing with.” It suggests that it is through relationship with others and one’s environment that we come to know ourselves. Philosopher Christian de Quincey (1998) states that without conscientia there would be no...

The Face of Engagement

The Face of Engagement

“The Spirit shall look out through matter’s gaze, and matter shall reveal the Spirit’s face.” (Sri Aurobindo as cited in Murphy, 1971) Clues to purpose and passion, or ‘Spirit’, reside in our own bodies or “through matter’s gaze” according to Indian philosopher, poet and...

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