After nearly three years away immersed in life, work and PhD… finally I emerge with something to say and something to offer to the world! Although I have not finished writing up my PhD, I am happy to say I am well on the way. I hope you enjoy the read and my poems….
Changing the world – starting with ourselves
When I first was invited to deliver a daily contribution in a week-long conference called ‘Leading Change for a Sustainable World’ in Caux, Switzerland I did not know anything much about Initiatives of Change. I have been involved ever since – every year in Caux and increasingly within the fellowship in the UK. I knew when I first walked into this building that I had a place amongst this global community and that there was something for me to be doing to support it and the people in it. Each year I contribute to different conferences and each year I meet many, many amazing people – who, in their own ways and communities, are helping to make our world a little bit better.
Paradox of PhD and Poetry
How very odd! As I turned to re-enter the highly constrained academic container to commence my doctoral journey – amidst other personal and professional challenges – I found myself writing poetry. I did not decide to. I did not yearn to. I simply followed juicy little threads of words and found many tumbling forth. This was the first to arrive sitting in post-graduate room at Hull University Business School:
Whether we gaze out through heavens to the stars
or drive our eyes into the Particular
abyss for answers of the universe; do
we not simply perceive what we are apt to
see? Patterns of imagination? Defined
manifestations made so by eyes and minds
that cannot not craft worlds of explanation?
Is ‘all in all’ our most profound delusion?
Perhaps, matter and matters of scale are nought
but orderly illusions made real by thought;
by those who meddle in realms beyond their Selves
in search of truth which lies in etheric shelves?
What consummate distraction by magician
minds who avert our gaze by reaching out and
out; and down and down, to what? For what? Where is
THE place these searching souls don’t dare to quiz?
As jet black nights fuel our fears, deluded minds
with unrelenting pace, drive us wild with blind
demands to play the tunes; so devilish hands
can pull our puppet strings and command our dance.
Those veiled rampant powers that yank our clanking chains
have us trip and choke and burdened by our shame,
for what we did and did not do. Shocked. Bemused.
Caught by fear of blame. Bewildered and confused
that once again – to make the change, we fail.
So on, on and on we chase horizon’s tail –
to catch the holy grail of hidden truths.
And so the mirage beckons; teases sleuths
who’ll be seduced by promises of fame
and grandeur. Make your name! Court worldly acclaim!
Or choose the Noble Quest: Risk ruthless enmity
over fame or vapid anonymity?
© Louie J N Gardiner 15th October 2014
Here you can hear from one of the P6 Constellation’s Pioneer Practitioners…
The P6 Constellation came into view in its current form in late 2012 after 30+ years in gestation in Louie. Coaches who Louie supervised sense there was something in Louie’s practice they wanted for themselves and called her out: “When are you going to offer training – so we can learn to do this for ourselves?” It took about 12 months from that invitation for Louie to synthesise and find a form that was completely coherent with the complex dynamics she (we) experience within and between ourselves as human beings. Hear what Ro has to say in her early days of coming to learn how to use the P6 Constellation for herself.
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