“The Zen Buddhists believe that an oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into a tree. Everybody can see that.
But only a few can recognize that there is anther force operating here as well – the future tree itself, which wants so badly to exist that it pulls the acorn into being, drawing the seedling forth with longing out of the void, guiding the evolution from nothingness to maturity.
In this respect, say the Zens, it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert
The echoes of a different, higher potential, for myself, for the world, have always reverberated close to me.
When I listen quietly I can feel it, the potential future, as though it’s right here, within reach, just waiting for me to pull it down and make it manifest.
Tuning in to other people, I have the same experience; I can feel their potential selves so strongly that for much of my life I confused this possibility with what actually was there in the present moment.
This tension between what is and what I sense as a possible reality was a cause of suffering for much of my life.
I had to learn that my job is to be a bridge between what is and what might be; to pull the possible reality into being, to share what I sense with other people so that they can help pull it into the world.
My deepest longing, the one that gets me jumping out of bed in the morning, is to co-create positive change on all levels; the personal, the interpersonal, and the cultural. I help facilitate different ways of being in individuals, organizations and culture – ways that are more heart-centered, that honour wholeness, that are based on world-centric values, that foster authentic being, that encompass an integral, spiritual view of life.
I believe each of us is a unique conduit for the creative intelligence that flows through life, and that disconnection with the visceral embodiment of this connection is the primary cause of all the dis-ease, suffering and pathological behaviour we currently create in our lives and in the world.
The intelligent creative energy that infuses everything in the Universe is what I understand by the words Spirit, Divine, God. And the certainty that we are inextricably connected to everything else in existence, and are therefore far from being the separate, isolated beings that our egos (and Western culture) encourage us to believe, gives me a perspective that is based on a systemic understanding of life, on wholeness, on co-creation.