Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Taller Modelo Mariposa (Ereño, Pais Vasco, 9 y 10 de Julio de 2014)


Dejarme aprender, fue la respuesta que pronuncié al preguntársenos por la experiencia compartida en Ereño.  Al escucharlo, me dí cuenta que recogía mi motivación y, en cierto sentido ahora que lo escribo, mi aprendizaje una vez concluído el taller. Querer aprender y permitirme aprender de una misma, como experiencia de conocimiento que recorre un cuerpo y su espacio, el propio. Permitírnos aprender del grupo como cuerpo social y su experiencia en el tiempo, memoria colectiva.

Un recuerdo evoca, convoca y provoca. Su narrativa combina una reflexión en torno a las estructuras simbólicas que dan forma y sentido a nuestro estar en el mundo.  El orden de lo único posible como categoría dominante no acota el acto creativo que anhela darse.  La imposibilidad del ser como instancia acabada ante el ser en potencia, su instante en acto y posibilidad de querer, de querer saberse.  La tradición cultural de occidente, también, lo recoge "Crisálida que devora su envoltura, sed de vida: voracidad que traspuesta a lo humano es amor, hambre irresistible de existir, de tener "presencia y figura[1]Presencia sin figura, locura.  Presencia y figura, esencia presente.

Agradezco la presencia de cada una de las personas que ha participado del encuentro en el Taller "Modelo Mariposa" por su confianza y latido. A John Paul Lederach por su enseñanza y consejo, a Yago Abeledo por la oportunidad de explorar el Modelo Mariposa y abierta guía, a Alex Carrascosa e Iñigo Retolaza por involucrarse y dar forma gráfica y narrativa a la versátil aventura, a Asier Gallastegi y a Nice Lazpita por su generosa contribución al confluir en la misma. Y especialmente, a Mireia Uranga, Aitziber Blanco y Esther Canarias, crisálidas aladas, por permitir volver a encontrarnos y compartir, una vez más y junto con las personas presentes experiencias transformadoras.

Agradezco al Centro de Investigación por la Paz Gernika Gogoratuz por habilitar, desde su inicio hace 27 años, espacios de aprendizaje, investigación y práctica que permiten explorar metodologías de trabajo e inspirar iniciativas para la convivencia.

Una convivencia renovada sobre el cuidado de la vida con criterios de justicia social. Esencia presente.

María Oianguren Idigoras
Directora de Gernika Gogoratuz 
Centro de Investigación por la Paz
Fundación Gernika Gogoratuz

[1] Zambrano, María. La tumba de Antígona y otros textos sobre el personaje trágico, Madrid: Cátedra, 2013, p.30

The Transformational Life: Shifts for Today's World


Social entrepreneur and co-founder of Chrysallis discusses how we must learn how to live a transformational life if we want to thrive in the complex world we all now inhabit.

Shifts for today's world:

1. Finding simplicity on the other side of complexity
2. To grow in discernment: shift from insulted to informed
3. To grow in mindfulness: shift from scared to sacred 
4. To grow in humility: shift from stand out to kneel down
5. To grow in sustainability: from egonomics to economics
6. To grow in empathy: from "look at" to "look as"

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Forgiveness


"If by all appearances to the contrary it is a moral universe in the end good prevails"

Desmond Tutu

Friday, August 29, 2014

God in you seeks God

The Perennial Tradition, the mystical tradition that I love to build on, says that there is a capacity, a similarity, and a desire for divine reality inside all humans; and all world religions recognize this in their own way. It also states that what we seek is what we are, which is exactly why Jesus says that we will find it (see Matthew 7:7-8), because, as it were, it first found us!

The Perennial Tradition invariably concludes that you initially cannot see what you are looking for because what you are looking for is doing the looking! God is never an object to be found or possessed as we find other objects, but the One who shares your own deepest subjectivity—or your “self.” We normally call it our soul. Religion calls it “the Divine Indwelling.” Meister Eckhart put it best, perhaps, when he said, “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.”

Richard Rohr

Friday, August 22, 2014

Your nature is not manipulation, but presence

'Window to the true source of healing' (Yago, Dublin 2012)

Perhaps it's time to stop trying to 'fix' the one in front of you, to stop trying to give them answers or solve their problems. You're not very good at that, friend. Your nature is not manipulation, but presence; not division, but wholeness.

 Perhaps it's time to stop pretending to be the all-knowing authority, the infallible teacher, the healed expert. 

Even with the best of intentions, you may unknowingly be interfering with their natural healing processes. You may be keeping them dependent on you, distracting them from a deep trust in their own first-hand experience. 

Remember, they may need to feel worse before they feel better. They may need to feel their pain more deeply before they open up to the true source of healing. They may need to die to who they thought they were, before they can truly live. True for them, true for you. 

It's certainly something to consider.


Jeff Foster

Becoming Human Again

In Integrating the New Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace, the contributors explore the intersection between the science of attachment theory and the vision of Anabaptism. What emerges is a deeper sense of what it means to be human and a hope for a different tomorow, inspired by the kingdom of God as preached by Jesus of Nazareth.

"This book is about what it means to be human, and it may not be what you expect. Contemporary neuroscience is rapidly undermining some of our dearly held assumptions about who we are and how we function. This is not another idle academic conversation. These assumptions have been the basis of our educational and legal institutions, and changing them could have far-reaching consequences for how we structure our lives . . .
How we see ourselves is an urgent moral issue. The implications of attachment theory are personal, social, and global, and that is why this book is so important."

Howard Zehr, from the Foreword

Christian E. Early is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is coeditor with Ted Grimsrud of A Pacifist Way of Knowing (Cascade Books, 2010).

Annmarie L. Early is Professor of Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Play, Laughter and Joy

Self-Acceptance Project: The fear & anxiety solution


Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Schaub and several other contemporary luminaries in the fields of spirituality, psychology, and creativity. Together, they explore the questions around self-acceptance and investigate how we can overcome the difficulties of embracing who we are. Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we silence them, or is there a better way to deal with them? Can we be motivated to change and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness towards others than towards ourselves?