"The only place where things were actually real was at this frontier between what you think is you and what you think is not you." 

David Whyte

January Week 3: Co-Creating And Nature

Overview And Objectives

The best model for growth and development comes from nature. Nature has been working this issue for many thousands of years longer than humans and so it is fair to say that nature is the most advanced model we have.

Culture and nature have different objectives. As we discussed in last week's information, cultures are really projects. Where nature includes all of life, culture only deals with its particular project. As a result, cultures are not naturally inclusive. It is not so much about excluding different types of people, although cultures do plenty of that, but that cultures are focused on a particular objective but not on making all of life work. So the focus of culture is much more limited.

Sometimes when we are feeling limited in our lives it comes from fitting into a particular cultural system which is limited. We then struggle with not only the limits of the system but also with the discomfort that comes from denying important parts of ourselves.

The Journey by Mary Oliver


One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

Nature And Co-Creating

Different Thoughts About Nature And Co-Creating


Listening and Co-creating with Nature’s Resilient HeART

Wisdom about co-creation with nature from Treesisters.

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Co-creating Each Other's Moments In Time

A look at how we experience time from a co-creating perspective from Zen Thinking.

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Co-Creating With Nature

Madisyn Taylor of The DailyOM discusses the requirements for co-creating with nature.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Each moment has its own possibilities. Nature takes from those possibilities to create.

Insight 2

It is diversity that allows for the deep creativity of nature.

Insight 3

Nature does not force. Each life form is what it is and nature creates from all of it.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

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