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The Difficult Fools Workshop

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  • 1. The  Difficult  Fools  Workshop   Steve  Onye8   24th  April  2012  www.onyett.org
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  • 3.  ”Without   love,  and  hence  holiness,  foolishness   is  just  foolishness,  and  wisdom  mere  inflated   knowledge”                Phan,  2001.  www.onyett.org
  • 4. ² The  English  mysOcal  treaOse  The  Cloud  of  Unknowing,   asserts  that     ²   human  reason  is  radically   incapable  of  knowing  God.    ² The  “  cloud  of  unknowing”    which  lies  between  God   and  the  human  intellect  is  not  pierced  by  the  intellect   but  by     ² “a  sharp  dart  of  love.”   From  Phan,  P.  C.    (2001).  The  wisdom  of  holy  fools  in   postmodernity.  Theological  Studies,  62.       www.onyett.org
  • 5. Irony  in  a  paradoxical  world  Socrates  feigned  ignorance  and  foolishness,  asking  seemingly  innocuous  and  naive  quesOons  –  these  gradually  undermine  the  interlocutor’  s  confidence  in  his  knowledge  and  wisdom,  and  finally  brings  him  to  seeing  the  truth.     www.onyett.org
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  • 7. Challenging  “Crack-­‐pot”   realism     “Everywhere  people  ask:   ‘What  can  I  actually  do?’   The  answer  is  as  simple  as   it  is  disconcer>ng:  we  can,   each  of  us,  work  to  put  our   own  inner  house  in  order”     E.  F.  Schumacher.  Small  is  Beau>ful.  p.  252   (last  page).     .    www.onyett.org  
  • 8. The  Way  of  Council   www.onyett.org
  • 9. “If  we  aCempt  to  act  and  do  things  for  others  or  for  the  world  without  deepening  our  own  self-­‐understanding,  our  own  freedom,  integrity  and  capacity  to  love,  we  will  not  have  anything  to  give  to  others”   Thomas  Merton  www.onyett.org
  • 10. The  spiritual  and  leadership  “Leadership  is  arriving  at  a  Ome  and  place  deep  in  ourselves  and  deciding  to  have  an  effect  on  the  world”   Tim  “Mac”  Macartney,  Finding  Earth,  Finding  Soul.  p.  122   www.onyett.org
  • 11. The  Spiritual?  •  What  is  my  relaOonship  with  life?  •  What  is  my  relaOonship  with  the   present  moment?   ….  and  what  of  belief?…  •  “The  finger  poin>ng  at  the  moon  is   not  the  moon”   www.onyett.org
  • 12. The  Spiritual  and  Uncertainty  •  “Religions  and  their  churches  find   it  hard  to  resist  the  temptaOon  to   control.  We  have  only  to  hope   that,  as  so  many  now  seek  their   own  authenOc  spiritual   relaOonship  with  life,  sufficient   numbers  will  lead  the  way  to   new  confidence  in  spirituality   without  belief”   Tim  “Mac”  Macartney.  Finding  Earth  Finding   Soul,  p.110   www.onyett.org
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  • 18. Guide to Polarity Map Content * Why? Higher Purpose 1. 1. Positive 2. 2. Positive Results of Results of Focusing on 3. 3. Focusing on Stability Change 4. 4. Neutral Stability Change Neutral Name of     Name of Left Pole Right Pole 1. 1. Negative NegativeResults of Over- 2. 2. Results of Over- focusing on focusing on Stability 3. 3. Change to the Neglect to the Neglect of Change 4. 4. of Stability Deeper Fear www.onyett.org * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit
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  • 21. Love  Compassion  ConnecOon   Freedom   Oppression   Equality  www.onyett.org
  • 22. Being  able  to  hold  the  paradox  of..   Self-­‐ Builds  trust  that  opens   A8unement   hearts  and  minds  differenOaOon  Clarity  about  own   Understanding  and  beliefs,    values  and   responding  to  others  opinions   beliefs,  values  and     opinions  ..even  in  the  face  of  other’s  anxiety  or  opposiOon.   www.onyett.org
  • 23. • The  AnOcipatory   and  PosiOve   Principles?  www.onyett.org
  • 24. “What  makes  ..   hope  radical  is   that  it  is  directed   toward  a  future   goodness  that   transcends  the   current  ability  to   understand  what   it  is”  (p.103)  www.onyett.org
  • 25. “Don’t  seek  happiness.  •  If  you  seek  it  you   won’t  find  it,  because   seeking  is  the   anOthesis  of   happiness.    •  Happiness  is  ever  elusive,  but   freedom  from  unhappiness  is   a8ainable  now,  by  facing  what   is  rather  than  making  up  stories   about  it”.   Eckhart  Tolle.  A  New  Earth.  p.96     www.onyett.org
  • 26. Knowing  yourself?  •  “Nothing  you  can  know  about  you  is  you”  p.193  •  It  is  content  not  essence.    •  Presence  is  moving  from  form  to  the  formless  •  “SOllness  is  the  language  God  speaks,  and   everything  else  is  a  bad  translaOon”  (cited.  p.225)   Eckhart  Tolle.  A  New  Earth.     www.onyett.org
  • 27. The  Fool  as  a  Model  of  Presence!   www.onyett.org
  • 28. Achieving  things  •  “..nothing  can  sa>sfy  the  ego  for   long.  As  long  as  it  runs  your  life,   there  are  two  ways  of  being   unhappy.  •  Not  geMng  what  you  want  is  one.    •  GeMng  what  you  want  is  the  other”.   Eckhart  Tolle.  A  New  Earth.  p.207.   www.onyett.org
  • 29. AcOon?  •  “Not  what  you  do,  but  how  you   do  it  determines  whether  you  are   fulfilling  your  desOny.  And  how   you  do  what  you  do  is   determined  by  your  state  of   consciousness”     Eckhart  Tolle.  A  New  Earth.  p.294.     www.onyett.org
  • 30. Of  course  this  might  all  be  nonsense   www.onyett.org
  • 31. Just  fooling  •  Take  in  turns  to  coach  each  other  in  foolery  for  7”   each.    •  Create  a  space  for  it.  You  might  need  to  ask  what   that  is!  • Foolery  means  abandoning  any  sense  of   propriety  to  come  up  with  as  many  challenges   and  paradoxes  concerning  the  theory  and   pracOce  of  AI  as  you  can.  •  Be  unreasonable  •  Be  naughty   www.onyett.org
  • 32. Then-­‐  another  7”  each…  • Tell  me  a  story  about  a   Ome  when  you  had  to  deal   with  an  internal  conflict   that  ulOmately  lem  you  in  a   be8er  place.     www.onyett.org
  • 33. Form  a  band  of  fools  •  Join  with  another  pair  to  share  themes.  •  Is  there  a  higher  level,  at  which  these   challenges  and  paradoxes  become  resolvable?  •  What  does  this  tell  us?  •  Be  prepared  to  share.   www.onyett.org
  • 34.     Thank  you   Steve.Onye8@gmail.com   www.onye8.org   +  44  7771908812    www.onyett.org

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