September Relational Dialogue: Collapse
Relational Dialogue is a conversation style I am developing that is inspired by Circling and by David Bohm’s Dialogue.
It is a group conversation, with a topic, where each participant commits to stay in connection with self and the others and to stay relatively on-topic. Our aim in the dialogue is to arrive at a deeper and fuller understanding of the landscape of the chosen topic, not to arrive at opinions, conclusions or agreement. We don’t aim to persuade anyone of anything, only to deepen and broaden our perspectives.
Relational Dialogue is best when we don’t know what we are going to say while we are speaking. We explore how a topic lives in us, without trying to convince each other of previously held beliefs; we are alive, and we listen with curiosity even to ourselves.
Any chosen topic is always deepened to include not only its intellectual aspect, but the fullness of how it lives in, and impacts, each participant.
It is much like circling, but we re-invite the intellect fully and talk about a particular topic, though without leaving our emotions and bodies behind.
Any impact is relevant, and any trigger and reaction in between conversation participants is also relevant to explore. It is a deep conversation where the whole of each participant’s being is engaged and all of it is relevant. At the same time, we want an ambition to notice and describe emotional events, without dropping into them; they can be held at a little bit of distance and talked about, rather than from.
This evening’s topic
This evening, the topic is Civilizational Collapse. Is it real? How does it make us feel? How do we prepare?
Some related resources:
- Deep adaptation – a Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy
- Let’s talk Collapse
- Wikipedia: societal collapse
Circling and Focusing are good preparations. Practicing non-attachment to, and non-identification with, your opinions, conclusions and emotions is another great exercise.
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