Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Emerging from women and leadership

Wow! I can't believe how fast that went! Seems like I just got to Oceanstone and before I knew it, I was at the airport in Halifax, waiting for my flight home.

Not a moment dragged. Not a conversation took place that was not full of discovery, potential, insights and ideas. Every woman who participated left this new Emerging Futures and Women: Leadership Redefined - Reclaimed experience - including me! - in awe of the majesty of who they are and who they can become. I'll look forward to their own words when they offer up what it was for them to engage this process.

There were many moments of intense emotional expression. Lots of tears and lots of laughs. Our day had a leisurely start, a rich and compelling middle, and an easy end of conversation among friends. It was very clear to me that we are far more connected and creative when we are relaxed and in flow with the physical and human environment around us. No doubt, anyone watching us would have seen nothing other than a group of women in animated conversation, clearly enjoying each other's company. Little would they know we were in the process of shaping our worlds.

Conscious choosing. Choosing to stand in the 'now' and move forward. Choosing to notice the fear and relax into it rather than pressing it away. Choosing to allow a new thought, or a new behaviour, and engage rather than allowing cynicism to dismiss the potential. Choosing to risk and say what was present. Choosing to say out loud the conversation that was in flow in the privacy of their own mind. And every single one of these choices made it possible for all of us - each in our own way - to grow and awaken to so much more of our own potential.

It was interesting to me to note how goals expanded into visions; how plans relaxed into intentions; and how small and predictable became the platform to imagine the unimaginable! "Who, ME????? I can do THAT??????"

We determined that 'leadership' was a word/nominalization that was too small for what was possible for us all. So, 'leadership' became a word that reflected a result or an outcome, with far more powerful words like 'creator' and 'manifestor' evoking much greater potential. Standing in the NOW and choosing to move forward into that which does not yet exist. So much of 'leadership' and all that of its associations are tied to the past. Our attention was turned away from the past, grounded in the present and unfolded into the future.

Perhaps one of the greatest moments was in the discovery that there is nothing to fight against; nothing to break down or tear apart. As we withdraw our energy/focus/attention from what 'is' and redirect to what we choose, we create what we desire. Without the power of our attention to sustain it, what 'is' collapses.

I've been working with a WEL-Systems perspective for a very long time. What I discovered from these few days is that as powerful as it has all been, this process of Evolution by Intention and Emerging Futures accelerates it all. And as exciting as this is for me, I am also very clear: there is more. Every idea - no matter what it is - will always have a higher order context within which it rests. Right now, the body of knowledge of WEL-Systems sits in the higher order context of Evolution by Intention, which sits in the higher order context of Emerging Futures. And I know that there is a higher order context for Emerging Furtures - and I'm in the search.

Life is magical!

Breathing is good.....

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