• POSSIBILITY TEAM

  • YOUR POSSIBILITY TEAM!

    What could be more fun than holding a weekly Possibility Team in the privacy of your own home with a small group of fellow edgeworkers?

    This is your own experimental practice space for building matrix.

     

    Edgeworkers are pirate-types who through their own experience have come to realize that what was shown them by modern culture is not all there is. And even though they may be regarded curiously by their family and peers they persist in going to the world’s end - beyond which stretches the unknown - with the intention of learning to deal with whatever comes up inside of them while breathing in great gulps of fresh air from the void. Staying at the edge is all that is necessary to expand the edge.

     

    Staying at the edge also bonds you to fellow edgeworkers in ways that few in modern culture can grasp. You rely more fiercely on a strange group of unrelated Possibility Team members for feedback and coaching than perhaps anyone you ever met. It is inexplicable, yet immensely inspiring, and somehow true.

     

    Personally I find that participating in a weekly Possibility Team is one of the most rewarding uses of my life. These are the times I remember, the waking moments when entire systems of understanding inside of me melt down and may or may not come back together in a new form. The thing that I thought of as “me” may disappear, but the Possibility Managers are still there staying connected with and being supportive of whatever might show up as “me” next. How much closer can friends get?

  • WHAT IS POSSIBILITY TEAM FOR?

    There is a frequent misunderstanding about what Possibility Team is for. Some people have thought Possibility Team is about delivering the exercises and processes from Expand The Box training or from Possibility Labs.

    This is not so!

    Possibility Team is the complement to Expand The Box training and Possibility Labs.

    Possibility Team is to discover, explore, and practice implementing the many thousands of thoughtmaps, exercises, skills, and distinctions of Possibility Management that are NOT given in Expand The Box or Possibility Labs.

    Possibility Team is your chance to discover how big Possibility Management actually is and to build practical experience using it on a weekly basis with feedback and coaching from your team.

  • WHERE ARE POSSIBILITY TEAMS HAPPENING?

    Here is a link to all the Possibility Teams in the world that we know about listed on the www.possibilitymanagment.org website:

     

    Online Possibility Team List

  • HOW DO I START A POSSIBILITY TEAM?

    Here is a link to the Possibility Team Handbook.

     

    It can be helpful to participate in Expand The Box training and perhaps a couple of Possibility Labs

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    Participants say that where their lives really change is in Possibility Team

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • ABUNDANT POSSIBILITIES

    To expand your repertoire of options for what can be done in a Possibility Team,

    here is an immense list of Possibility Team Possibilities.

    The width and depth of team interactions is breathless.

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  • 1. STUDY THIS POSSIBILITIES LIST TOGETHER

    Read through this list together and find out what your people are hungry for or has resistance about. Decide what kinds of skills and experiences you would like to share together.

     

    Possibility Team is a kitchen in which you all come together and prepare and devour five body foods. Since physical and intellectual foods are abundant in modern culture, mostly what we long for are emotional, energetic and archetypal body foods. However, to keep things in five body balance, also keep including physical and intellectual foods. The mind needs to understand why feeling and energetic skills are needed, and the body needs to experience and apply the skills through practical actions. Without regularly enriching all five resources your Possibility Team won’t fly as well as it could. If your Possibility Team ever seems to not be flying, try adding more of one of the foods you have been avoiding.

     

    Please do not limit yourself to only these ideas. Use them to spark your imagination to provide an ongoing variety of five-body matrix-building food for your people!

    2. EXPERIENCE ARCHEARCHY

    Possibility Team is a place for archearchy to be lived. The space is safe for unfolding the dynamics of a culture where the archetypal initiated adult feminine creatively collaborates with the archetypal initiated adult masculine.

     

    Experiments:

    • Give yourselves space and time for the fundamental perspective shifts to happen. You have 20, 30, or 40 years of practice surviving in capitalistic patriarchal empire. It may take a few years to shift to living in archearchy. This is fine.
    • When problems, conflicts, misunderstandings, or low dramas flare up, be grateful. These are liquid states. Each incident is a doorway through which the whole team can go to examine the differences between uninitiated often unconscious behaviors that we each inherited from the patriarchy and the newly initiated behaviors from archearchy.
    • Talk together to figure out what archearchy feels like in all five bodies and teach each other how to bring archearchy to life in your Possibility Team, and eventually perhaps also into your daily lives.
    • You can sometimes arrange for the men to meet in one corner or a separate room from the women. In this way you facilitate the development of the uniqueness of women’s culture and men’s culture.
    • MEN: EXIT THE PATRIARCHY. One of the most difficult transitions is for the ex-patriarchal men to bond in men’s culture. This can more steadily begin if you request that the men themselves create a formidable energetic shift process for them to exit the patriarchy like fighting their way out of a cocoon or an eggshell into freedom of free space as a man. When the men were born they had to choose to join the patriarchy or die. If they joined the patriarchy they paid full price, that is, they sacrificed forever getting to be themselves. Exiting the patriarchy means breaking or terminating a formal life contract. It is big stuff, a new birth. Can the women and the whole team hold the space for the men to make this step towards growing up?
    • Come to the next meeting dressed in archearchy clothes. Bring archearchy foods and have a dinner together of shared foods. After dinner do live archearchy music, improvisational stagework, transformational theater pieces, children’s circus, a series of Technopenuriaphobia (see below 5.) healing skills to practice, or do an archearchal men/women conversation, a mutual coaching session practicing relationship and communication skills, balance out the power of being and the power of doing, and so on.

    3. PRACTICE POST-OFFICE EXERCISES

    • Turn around and ask the person behind you to exchange places with you. Make up a good enough reason or story that they do it happily.
    • Speak with the person in front of you and ask to exchange places with them. Make up a good enough reason or story that they do it happily.
    • Turn around and ask the person behind you if they can help you remember the words of a song. Choose a folk-song, or a childhood song, or if it is during certain holidays such as Christmas, then choose a Christmas Carol that most people might know. As they help you to get it, sing along with them, but make mistakes so they can correct you and teach it to you. When you get it right, proudly sing the song together in the Post Office line. Others may want to join in.
    • Turn around and ask the person behind you if they would like to know the difference between their Box and their Being. When they say yes, start with telling them characteristics of their Box for about one minute. Then stop, change your way of seeing, then tell them qualities of their Being.
    • Turn around and tell the person behind you, "I need to practice my psychic reading skills. Could I do that with you?" If they say yes, then scan for their relationship possibilities, their talents, their hidden potentials, their value for other people, etc.
    • Turn around and tell the person behind you that you need to practice giving a one minute talk, and could they please give you some feedback and coaching about how to improve it? If they say yes, then give a short Possibility Speaking talk about patience, or about mutual care between citizens, or about how to think nonlinear thoughts, or about leadership. Then ask for their feedback and coaching, and just listen.

    4. DISTILL YOUR DESTINY

    Each of us has a set of three to five Bright Principles we are born to serve. Chapter 8 of the Conscious Feelings book gives exact instructions about how to distill each person’s destiny by answering the questions and extracting your Bright Principles out of your answers. Go through the process as a whole group and then help each person to distill and memorize their Bright Principles.

    5. PRACTICE TPP HEALING SKILLS

    TPP stands for Technopenuriaphobia and means the fear of the lack of technology.

    The word Technophobia, which means the fear of technology, was coined in about 1965. Just 40 years later we find ourselves experiencing the subtle but pervasive fear that modern technology might fail us in any moment (the elevator stops, the internet goes down, the car stops, the train does not come, the ATM might not work, the electric nose-hair cutter might break...) and we won't survive. This is because in modern culture we are born high up on a ladder of high-technology where we are focused on seeking "the good life," and the low-tech rungs below us are completely missing. This means we do not know how to live on planet Earth without modern technology. By putting in the rungs below us through learning low-tech skills, we gradually heal ourselves from TPP. This are superb skills to also learn along with your children.

    As children we come to believe that heat comes from turning a valve, food comes from the refrigerator, hot and cold water comes from the faucet, light comes from flicking a switch, and money comes from ATM machines. Healing TPP requires installing the rungs below us to reconnect our life to Earth. There are many skills to remember, and through practicing them together we reconnect to each other.

     

    Experiments:

    o Practice shooting with a bow and arrow.

    o Practice shooting with a slingshot.

    o Bring in clothing and practice hand sewing to patch your clothes, sew up holes, replace buttons.

    o Design and make your own shoes from recycled materials.

    o Design and make your own next culture clothing.

    o Dry and can food together.

    o Make and use a solar oven or a solar cooker.

    o Make paper. Make books.

    o Shape and fire clay into pottery, plates, cups and bowls.

    o Carve wooden spoons and using them to cook.

    o Carving chopsticks and learning to use them (make sure you use oak, pine, hazel, ewe, fir, apple, maple, hickory)

    o Identify local herbs and greens and use them in salads or soups.

    o Practice using a boomerang.

    o Practice using a sling (the David vs. Goliath stone thrower).

    o Practice knife throwing.

    o Bring your neighborhood together into a street potluck meal and music playing, singing and dancing day twice a year.

    o Practice sword work (preferably in Japanese style with a wooden bokken practice sword).

    o Spin wool into yarn and weave cloth for winter capes or knit potholders or other practical household or clothing objects.

    o Learn to make felt hats and cloth from wool.

    o Grow flax and learn how to use the fibers for so many products: clothing, insulation, paper,

    o Press and bottle fruit juices.

    o Make soap.

    o Grow wheat. Make bread.

    o Grow a Possibility Team garden and eat it all.

    o Plant trees together. Even in Germany which is green and forested there is room for a million trees every 10 meters along the country roadsides. You do not have to buy the trees. Go into any forest and there are millions of seedling trees that will die because of lack of sunlight and root space. Just transplant them to the side of the roads.

    o Make and drink herbal teas.

    o Make and try herbal salves and extracts.

    o Learn to make fire five different ways without matches or lighters.

    6. PRACTICE CENTERING EXERCISES

    This possibility for your P-Team could be done as a warm-up for the first 20 minutes of each meeting. Invent centering exercises and practice a new one each week, e.g. centering in your feelings body, your energetic body, your physical body, and your intellectual body. Divide into teams of 2 and each team invent a new exercise. Then everybody get a new partner and learn each other's new centering exercise.

     

    When you are centered then you are in your physical body and present with your emotional and energetic bodies. It is a great feeling and a great way to start your Possibility Team. Being centered is one of the 7 Core Skills of a Possibility Manager.

     

    The most important centering skills for holding and navigating space seem to be emotional and energetic centering. Have each person make a list of the ways and circumstances under which they give their center away. Then in groups of 4 the other 3 people tell each person how they give their center away. Then change groups to new groups of 4. Then role-play or figure out the best exercises for each person to strengthen and build up whatever centering muscles are weakest for them.

    7. STUDY ONLINE CURRENT REALITIES AND ACTIONS TOGETHER

    Spend the meeting all going online on the same computer and researching what these groups see is happening and what they are organizing as change initiatives. Ask each other what you can do to help them be more effective.

     

    WASTE AND TOXICS:

    Basel Action Network (BAN); Chernobyl Cesium 137 Cloud ; ETC Group ; Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) ; Global Justice and Ecology Project ; Plastik Alarm ; The Story of Stuff

     

    WATER:

    Blue Planet Project ; Polaris Institute ; La Red Vida ; Food And Water Watch ; Water Institute ; The Greywater Guerrillas

    8. BOX OF PRACTICES

    Keep a treasure box full of various objects at the Possibility Team house. Near the end of each Possibility Team, each person reach in and quickly pull out one object. The others quickly tell that person what they need to do with this object during the next week to practice what they most need to learn.

     

    Example: in the Practice Box could be a copy of the Conscious Feelings book by Clinton Callahan. If a person picks out that object, people might give them various practices such as:

    o Practice Centering by walking around your house for one hour each day doing whatever you do, cooking, eating, washing dishes, going up and down stairs, talking on the phone, dressing, using the toilet, all while keeping the book balanced on top of your head.

    o Practice Using Conscious Gremlin for Nonlinear Deal-Making by meeting with someone during the week and recommending the book so highly that they buy it from you for 20 Euros, then use the money to buy a new book from your local bookstore so that you have it in time to put back into the Practice Box at the next Possibility Team meeting.

    o Practice Public Speaking by choosing a short section from the book and reading it out loud, over and over again in the center of your local town, each time landing the distinctions in the space of the whole town ever more solidly.

    o Practice Navigating Space by choosing an exercise or experiment from the book and deliver a two-hour workshop for five to twenty-five people during which time you all do the exercise or experiment together. You can find the people at an old people's home, waiting at the train station or airport, hanging around the town hall, a youth group, a church group, etc.

    o Practice Internet Communication Skills by quoting one short sentence from the book on your blog page and writing a blog about how this distinction changed or did not change your life, what you tried, what happened, what worked, what did not work, what you will try next time. You can have a free blog up and running in less that 5 minutes on Medium or Strikingly

    Practice Listening by bringing the book into a café, order a tea (or whatever), and sit in a central table and read the book. When an idea in the book strikes you, scan the café for who noticed that the idea in the book strikes you, then go directly over to them and tell them that you have his assignment from your Possibility Team, to share an idea from this book and then listen to what a person at a café thinks about the idea. Would they be willing to be that person? If no, simply say thank you, then try someone else until it works. It only takes a few minutes to listen to what the other person thinks about the idea.

    o And so on....

     

    Additional objects for the Practice Box could include a large wooden spoon, a block of wood, a 50 Euro bill, a five meter long rope, a Beetles wig, an old shoe, a potato peeler, a large crystal, a scarf, a dried chicken foot, a magic wand, a brassiere, a package of dried Chinese dates (or other bizarre foods from an asian country), a big black feather from a crow, a deck of Possibility Cards (get them from Nicola Nagel www.viva-essenza.com), a meter of orange colored ribbon, a rabbit fur, a coffee mug, an old doll... you get the idea.

    9. VERBAL REALITY VS. EXPERIENTIAL REALITY

    Ongoingly making the distinction between being in Verbal Reality and being in Experiential Reality turns out to be much more important than we originally thought.

     

    Verbal reality is where words come first. If you cannot package an experience into a labeled category with a name ("kissing", "cat", "breathing" etc.) then the experience is not experienced. As soon as you give it a name, the experience is over. It is like a guessing game. As soon as you have named the thing, you have figured out the puzzle. Your mind concludes this is school and you have gotten the one right answer. In this way, your mind eats your life. Then you wait for the next test to see if you can figure out a name for it and get another right answer. Since earliest childhood and all through school we have been hammered into Verbal Reality: "This is a ball. A ball! Can you say ball?"). The personal cost of being imprisoned in Verbal Reality is so great, in terms of loss of the ongoing moment-to-moment experience of living, that limiting someone to Verbal Reality could almost be classified as evil.

     

    Experiential Reality is where experience comes first, without words attached, no stories, no judgements, no opinions or explanations, no labels, just raw experience. And the experienced is permitted, welcomed, to stay raw and uncivilized, without words. Sense the full qualities of the experience. Then you have access to experiences in the world that there are no words for. Ask yourself, which is bigger? The world of all possible experiences? Or the world of experiences we have names for? The difference in size between these two worlds is "inconceivable". Exactly the point!

     

    It is a necessary adulthood initiatory process to gain the skills involved in being able to consciously shift back and forth between Experiential Reality and Verbal Reality. In addition to that, to learn to live in Experiential Reality the majority of the time, using words only when needed, but using them in a different way.

    In Verbal Reality, words are used to classify, identify, label experience so that the experience ends and knowing takes over. The goal in Verbal Reality is to know, to understand. In Experiential Reality, the goal is to be present and to fully experience the ongoing and everchanging experiences.

    In Experiential Reality, you use words for the purpose of poetically painting a compelling communication that lands in the other person's five bodies such that they too can have the experience.

    10. EMBRACE CULTURAL EVOLUTION

    Read over the Map of the Present Epochal Culture Shift together.

     

    What do you think about what it says? How do you feel about what this implies? What is your role in the current evolution of human culture on planet Earth? How much do you serve your true role in the process? What is in the way of you playing a bigger part in the shift to sustainable human cultures? How can the Possibility Team help you gain a bold new life strategy?

  • 11. UNHOOK FROM MONEY

    Spend no money for an entire week and report back next meeting.

    12. UNHOOK FROM COOKED FOOD

    Eat only raw food for an entire week and report back.

    13. UNHOOK FROM ADDICTIVE

    Eat no sugar, coffee, or white flour for an entire week and report back.

    14. UNHOOK FROM SEEING

     

    Begin the meeting by putting on blindfolds. With the blindfolds on, cook and eat a simple meal together.

    15. USE NEW SPAGHETTI RULES

    Come together for a spaghetti dinner in a restaurant but with two rules: you can’t use eating utensils (no forks, spoons, etc.) and, you can’t feed yourself.

    16. STRENGTHEN YOUR ATTENTION

    Practice attention skills to strengthen your muscles of attention.

    Experiments

    o Hold your attention on a single object without it wavering for an entire minute.

    o One person place a number of objects on a table and cover the table with a cloth, then pull the cloth back for two seconds and have people write down what they saw on the table.

    17. SPLIT YOUR ATTENTION

    Learn to split your attention and to put your attention on your energetic center. Then learn to split your attention and put your attention on your attention, and experience entering the waking state.

    Experiment. To put your attention on your attention, center yourself and start saying what you are aware of: "What I am aware of right is .... the wind on my face ... What I am aware of right now is ... the sound of the boiler ... etc".

    Hints:

    o Do not make any stories about what you are aware. This is your mind at work.

    o Use you five senses and your five bodies to expand what you are aware of.

    o Notice when the space changes and put your hand up when you notice the change without stoping notice what you are aware of.

     

    How long can you stay in the waking state? What distracts you from splitting your attention so you fall back to sleep? Make a list of what distracts you for a 15 minute Waking State Walk

    18. GO ON DOUBLING WALK

    Learn to place yourself in someone else's shoes. Go for a 40 minutes walk. First 15 minutes, one person walks close behind on the left or right side of his partner. Become the person that you are following. Dive into his five bodies through the physical one. How does he walk, heavily, lightly, faster, slow, ...? How does he move his shoulder, his hips, his arms, his head, his fingers, ...?

    At the end of the 15 minutes, the person following share what you experience. The other person listens, and can say 'Thank you'. Then change roles.

    19. USE YOUR POINT OF ORIGIN

    Learn to place your point of origin (your energetic center) at the source of a thoughtmap from Possibility Management rather than in your mind. Deliver the thoughtmap from the space that is the source of the thoughtmap rather than from your mind or from memory.

  • 20. STUDY THE POSSIBILITY MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK

    Read and study your Possibility Manager Handbook together. Do further research by experimenting and practicing together. Compare notes about what you learn.

    21. STUDY THE CONSCIOUS FEELINGS BOOK TOGETHER

    Read and study the Conscious Feelings book together, practicing the exercises and skills. This produces amazing energetic food for the group because of what gets called into the space as you read this book out loud together. People can interrupt, ask questions, tell stories, relate experiences, but the focus is one person reading the book slowly and clearly out loud into the space and the others listening and going on the journey together.

    22. GO FIREWALKING

    Participate in a firewalking workshop together. For references, see the list of initiators ????????

    23. VISIT GUSTAV HOSSENFELDER

    Go join Gustav Hossenfelder in south Germany, together for an evening or for a one day workshop. Tell him you are friends with Clinton Callahan and he will give you a “special” treatment! More info here.

    24. PRACTICE DECLARING YOUR APPRECIATION

    Declaring is one of our 3 core powers as human beings (the other 2 powers are Choosing and Asking.) Through Declaring we proclaim what is so using “Is-Glue.”

    All day long we Declare what is so but for the most part our Declaring is unconscious. For example we say, This is impossible. I am tired. The weather is fabulous. It has to be this way. The meal was delicious. These shoes are nice. I don’t like it when you say that. And so on. The way we Declare something to be establishes the limits of how we can interact with it. For example, we don’t usually order the thing in a restaurant again after we said we hated it. We don’t usually work with a person again after we said we hate them. But we could work with them again if we made our powers of Declaration conscious.

    Experiement: To practice consciously Declaring

    1. Sit across from each other in pairs. One person listens. The other person chooses any object in the room (such as a light switch, an odor, the fabric of a chair, a spot on the carpet, a vase) and proceeds to apply their Wand of Declaration using “Is-Glue” to tell three or four different stories about that object (This is wonderful because… This is horrible because… I am afraid of it because… I love it because… This has special value and can be used so and so… This has no value at all and is a problem because… etc.). Then they choose another object and continue declaring stories. Then change roles and the other person Declares their stories.

    2. Then go back to the first person and Practice using Declaring to say what you appreciate so much about the qualities of being of the person sitting across from you right now. Over and over for 4 minutes you look into their eyes and say, What I appreciate about you is… Not what they do. Not what they are wearing or the color of their hair or their eyes or their voice. What you appreciate arises from the person simply being, before they do anything. They have value from simply being there and you are appreciating that. Then reverse roles.

    25. EXPAND YOUR FEEDBACK AND COACHING SKILLS

    Practice asking for feedback and coaching. Pair up or get in groups of 3, one person say, Please give me feedback and coaching about… and the others do possibility speaking giving an unending abundance of distinctions and practices for that person. Then rotate.

    26. PRACTICE SETTING CONTEXT IN A SPACE

    Practice establishing the possibility context that the Possibility Team functions. It is a very different space from the ordinary space of modern culture. Use the meeting space as a spaceship. Take turns setting up the possibility context at the beginning of the meeting so people can shift out of their daily life culture and into next culture, and give each other feedback and coaching for how they can do it better next time.

    27. DO A PURPOSE CHECK-IN

    Check-in to find the purpose of each person in the group for the evening. Ask people to report: My purpose for this evening is… Talk about how the team can include all of this diversity and meet each one’s purpose. Then do it.

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    29. LOWERING YOUR NUMBNESS BAR

    The Possibility Manager uses their clicker to get their center, make their grounding cord, make their private bubble of space, clean out the private bubble of space and fill it by tossing in a golden pearl of your own energy and information, then click their clicker again and make their work space, then call their Bright Principles into their work space. Now you are in first position as a Possibility Manager.

    Now ask your Client if they would like to do the experiment to lower their Numbness Bar even a little bit more? If they say yes, help navigate how far down they bring it. Do not do this too fast. Be gentle. Don’t try to lower your Numbness Bar too far or too quickly. Just one little step at a time is good enough. Whatever emotion comes up next, respect it, hear it, and deal with it. This may involve leading a process for that person.

  • 30. DESIGN A NEXT-CULTURE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

    Starting at 7 years old children can begin learning the basic distinctions and thoughtmaps from Possibility Management that prepare them for a lifelong path of archearchal adulthood initiatory processes that commence when they are about 15 years old. Spend a few Possibility Teams designing various programs and curricula for next culture schools. Working all together or in teams:

    o Write articles about next culture schools.

    o Make explanatory or instructive videos about next culture schools.

    o Design projects and proposals around next culture schools.

    o Deliver talks about next culture schools.

    o Give workshops about next culture schools.

    o Create an international conference about next culture schools.

    o Write books about next culture schools.

    o Deliver operas or theater pieces about next culture schools.

    o Start your own Global Network of Archearchy School programs.

    31. PRACTICE TELLING OTHERS ABOUT POSSIBILITY MANAGEMENT

    Practice role playing talking to friends, colleagues, family or strangers about Possibility Management with feedback and coaching. Possibility Management is is not for everybody. Don't rescue people who are not interested to play in that gameworld.

    32. STUDY RADIANT JOY BRILLIANT LOVE

    Read and study Radiant Joy Brilliant Love together, practicing the exercises and skills.

    33. LIVE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY

    Practice holding your cultural context even when others around you have a different cultural context. You do not have to agree or disagree with the others’ context. Simply notice and comment on the similarities, differences and distinctions between your culture and their culture to the other person. Be amazed about the abundance of possibilities and your power to choose what culture you live in. Be in awe of the power of choosing. Have respect for the other person’s choices, but also for your own! Practice this during the week and report back what you learn.

    See the Map of Conversation between Cultures.

    34. PRACTICE SAYING WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID

    As a whole group make a list of situations or circumstances where something needs to be said. This should be a rather comprehensive list, including such things as:

    o Funerals

    o Quitting a job

    o Getting permission to homeschool your own child

    o Someone has just littered

    o Your wife is late to an appointment

    o You have a resentment

    o Someone is projecting someone else from their past onto you

    o You are returning a defective product

    o You are negotiating to buy land for an ecovillage

    o Someone has succeeded

    o You want to collaborate with someone in a project

    o ...

    Then get into groups of four and one person role plays who you need to talk to. Keep your center and practice saying what needs to be said while getting Go! Beep! Shift! Go! feedback and coaching from the others in your team. The coaching should also be about how linear or nonlinear your offers are, and how well you are being a Yes, and… by accepting their offers and making interesting offers in return.

    35. STUDY THE HANDBOOK FOR CREATING ORDINARY RELATIONSHIP

    During several meetings read the Handbook for Creating Ordinary Relationship (all 122 ways) from the book Radiant Joy Brilliant Love starting at page 38. Read each of the ways slowly and painfully, and discuss examples of how you do them and what other skills you might possibly learn instead.

    36. FIND OUT WHICH “I” IS SPEAKING?

    Use group intelligence to give each other feedback about which "I" is speaking when "he" is speaking. Is it his Box? Is it his Gremlin? Let him say it. Practicing staying conscious about which “I” is speaking and keep the different parts distinct.

    37. DO A COMMITMENT CLEANOUT

    Pair up in two rows A and B sitting across from each other in chairs, close together but not touching.

    Spaceholder says, Imagine that tomorrow morning we are going to put our money and our possessions in one pot and all move into one household together. Each person in Row A tell the person sitting across from you all the specific reasons why you could not commit to them. Do not be general. Be clear and precise with real-life examples. The other person just listen, or every now and then you can ask, Could you say more about that please? You have 4 minutes. Now switch roles. The people in Row B talk and Row A listens for 4 minutes. Now Row A all stand up, move one chair to your left and sit down again. If you are at the end of Row A or Row B then change to the opposite row, but each end person will at first have a time out session before their next session, and the chairs will circle around the room like a snake eating its own tail. This is Ouroboros. Afterwards, check in.

    38. GIVE YOUR GREMLIN INTERESTING JOBS

    Practice giving your Gremlin interesting jobs to do, such as being in meetings and contributing your true worth, or making contact with people your Box would not let you talk to. In the book Radiant Joy Brilliant Love (starting on page 366) there is a chapter about the Gremlin. Read that chapter out loud in one of your meetings and also the list of interesting jobs you could give your Gremlin to do (Practical Applications of Gremlin starting page 371). Create interesting homework for each person and then share in the next meeting about people's experiences.

    39. STUDY VIDEOS FROM STUDY LIST

    At each meeting watch one of the videos from the video study list in your Possibility Manager Handbook. Talk about what you learned. There is also a list of Films to See being built here in the Possibility Management Wiki.

  • 40. STUDY YOUTUBE VIDEOS

    Ask people to bring a list of the links from their favorite informative or humorous YouTube or Vimeo videos and watch them together.

    41.  STUDY TED TALKS

    Watch a TED talk (www.ted.com) together and discuss them, for example:

    Sir Kenneth Robinson, Schools Kill Creativity.

    Sir Kenneth Robinson, Bring On the Learning Revolution

    Sir Kenneth Robinson, Leading a Learning Revolution

    Elizabeth Gilbert, Your Elusive Creative Genius

    Jane McGonigal, Gaming Can Make A Better World

    RSA Animation of Kenneth Robinson’s Talk, Changing Educational Paradigms. Here and here.

    42. WATCH NEXT CULTURE VIDEO ADVENT CALENDARS

    Watch the short advent calendar videos from the Next Culture News: Adventskalendar 2009 / Adventskalendar 2010

    43. DRAW PORTRAITS

    Hand draw close-up pencil portraits of each others’ faces. You will need to get sketching paper, drawing pencils and rubber erasers before you begin.

    44. PRACTICE HEART SPEAKING

    Practice learning to let your heart speak. The heart can speak all by itself. Neurologists have found that half the heart’s tissue is neurons, brain cells. The heart speak in short simple sentences using feelings words, such as, “I feel angry because__________,” and “I feel sad because __________.” Without letting your heart speak all you get in your communications is mind muck.

    45. DISCUSS HEART FOOD AND SOUL FOOD

    Distinguish between heart food and soul food. What are the differences? What gives you heart food? What brings you soul food? You need both 100% heart food and 100% soul food, not 50 / 50.

    46. PRACTICE POSSIBILITY LISTENING

    Practice Possibility Listening with each other during check-in. The speakers speak about what is up for them at all levels of their life. The listeners hold a space of completely safe listening space into which the speaker can say anything. Each person gets 12 minutes to talk. In a bigger group break into smaller teams.

    47. USE POSSIBILITY CARDS

    Sit in circles of 5 or 6 people. Shuffle the cards. One person picks a card, reads the distinctions from the back of the card while people study the front of the card where the thoughtmap is shown. Then the person listens while the team gives them feedback and coaching about exactly why they chose this particular card just now. Have tissues and buckets ready.

    (Note: you can get the Possibility Card with Nicola Nagel)

    48. GO CAROLING

    Go outside in your neighborhood and sing to your neighbors. This is called caroling. Knock on someone’s door and sing an entire song to whoever answers the door, then bow together as a group, leave quietly without explanation, and go sing at another house.

    49. INVESTIGATE PARASITES

    Share about personal experiences with the vampire-like, energy-sucking arrangements we have made in our lives. Figure out ways to support each other to rid yourselves of parasites so you can use the energy usually devoured by parasites for delivering what you came here to deliver. Parasites can be of all five body types, that is, they can be:

    o PHYSICAL PARASITES – such as addictions to sugar, intestinal infestations, possession of various physical objects about your home (attic, basement, closets, bottom drawers). Every object you possess possesses you, that is, it either gives you energy or sucks energy. Other physical parasites include lawns, pets, or more clothing or shoes than you wear in a week. You can help each other by meeting at one person’s house and going through every object in the house to decide to get rid of it or keep it. Then the next week go to another person’s house. Fasting and cleanses such as the Liver Cleanse are also ways to rid yourself of physical parasites. (For liver cleanse info see this video)

    o INTELLECTUAL PARASITES – such as beliefs, opinions, conclusions, concepts, prejudices, assumptions, expectations, and so on. Voices in your head are intellectual parasites. You can use your Voice Blaster to eliminate voices in your head, expectations, images of what might or might not happen in the near future, etc.

    o EMOTIONAL PARASITES – particularly the 3 kinds of emotions:

    - GREMLIN EMOTIONS (emotions that arise in the service of your Gremlin’s Hidden Purposes so it can feed on Low Dramas). Remember, the emotions feel just like feelings: you feel angry, sad, glad, or scared. But with emotions the purpose is underworld, and they last in your body longer than 3 minutes.

    - INCOMPLETE EMOTIONS from the past causing you to project other times places and people onto your current reality so you are not in relationship with current reality.

    - EXTERNAL AUTHORITY EMOTIONS such as from corporations (see Corporations in Our Heads by David Diamond of Theatre for Living in Vancouver, Canada) for trying to create brand loyalty and product necessity. External Authority Emotions also come from religions, parents, teachers, political organizations, gang rules, cultural mores or holiday customs, medical doctrines, etc.

    o ENERGETIC PARASITES – such as your job, your neighbors, or social pressures. Anything that takes you away from doing what you came here to do, or burdens you with identity confusions is an energetic parasite. For example, thoughtforms that come from others – whenever they like you, they feel afraid of you, they judge you, they compete with you, they hate you, they are jealous of you, people unconsciously send out a thoughtform that sticks onto and weighs down your energetic body. You can protect yourself from thoughtforms by keeping a clear center, grounding cord and bubble. The bubble functions as a lightening rod so the thoughtforms go directly into the Earth and do not glom onto your energetic body.

    o ARCHETYPAL PARASITES – such as

  • 50. PRACTICE TOGETHER SITTING

    Most sitting practices have originated in eastern societies that tend towards being communal in nature, so the meditation practices need to strengthen the individual personae. This is why they have you sit alone in a cave. In contrast, western cultures tend towards rugged individualism, so western sitting practices should strengthen connecting and collaborating in bonded relationships.

    For this reason a relational form of meditation called Together Sitting is described on pages 403-404 in Radiant Joy Brilliant Love. In Together Sitting two people face each other as close as possible without physical contact, look into each other’s eyes for 20 minutes without having a staring contest (not trying to see who can stare the longest without blinking), and while sitting together you both energetically navigate to undefendedness. These are exact instructions. During Together Sitting you may experience Countenance, which is the physical experience of archetypal love through one person encountering archetypal love through the other person. In Countenance, archetypal love becomes consciousness. This is an amazing and repeatable experience, a service to the universe that generates an abundance of radiantly yellow stuff in the world.

    (What is yellow stuff? It is what archetypal love shows up like in the physical or manifest world. Yellow stuff feels very different from the cold sticky heaviness of hopelessness or the hot broken insanity of resentment, for example.)

    51. MINI REQUIEM

    Arrange to perform a Mini Requiem for either a death or divorce or success or completion that has happened for the people in your Possibility Team. There is a description of Requiem in the book Radiant Joy Brilliant Love on pages 474 to 475. A typical Requiem might last 3 days, but Possibility Team is only a couple hours long, so you can either arrange a special time for a full Requiem or create a Mini-Requiem for yourselves.

    52. SCAVENGER HUNT FOR NON-THINGS

    Make a long list of non-physical things to get, such as an opinion, a belief, a concept, the experience of a hug, the memory of a dream, a story about your mother, something you admire and respect about your father, a deep secret wish, a vision for your future, a cynicism, a discontentment, a hidden competing commitment, an appreciation, a regret, a remorse, an inspiration, a distrust, a trust, a misunderstanding, a doubt, an intuition, a distinction, a rule of the house, a dissatisfaction, a worry, a lack of faith, a memory of a punishment, a disenchantment, a small personal success story, a protective stance, a loss of innocence, and so on. A really long list. Then divide up into teams of two, give each team a copy of this list, and instruct the teams to go out around your neighborhood for two hours, trying to collect as many of these non-things as possible. Each team needs to document the treasures they collect in some way, such as with writing, photos, video, voice recording, etc. This is a service to the neighborhood, something like garbage collecting, scavenging burdens, bringing muck to consciousness and listening to it completely with Possibility Listening, “as-ising” it. Hearing the message fulfills the mission of the message so it no longer has the possibility of staying around in that person’s field. The more non-things we collect the more everyone wins. This is a Winning Happening game.

    53. DRAGON SPEAKING

    There are 6 kinds of speaking:

    1) Normal Neurotic Speaking

    2) Discussion (between 1 and 3 – easily distinguished as either Normal Neurotic Speaking or Adult Speaking) 

    3) Adult Speaking

    4) Possibility Speaking – speaking as a space connected to the Bright Principle of Possibility,

    5) Discovery Speaking – a navigated group taking an exploratory journey into different spaces for a specific purpose or to answer a specific question

    6) Dragon Speaking. Dragon Speaking is like spitting fire. It is hot, personal and impersonal, relentless, whole-hearted, full risk, sword of clarity out, voice blaster out, full commitment to what you are saying, withholding nothing, adapting to nothing, full-on volume with all four feelings each in their pure form (not mixed) for the benefit of all beings everywhere. Use Dragon Speaking to ask for what you want.

    (Note: When you serve the space, then asking for what you want is asking for what the space wants.)

     

    To warm up for Dragon Speaking it helps to sing out loud standing in a circle together as a group. A wonderful song to use for Dragon Speaking warm-ups is Utopia by Alanis Morissette on her album Under Rug Swept (lyrics here).

    After the warm-up people in pairs go up onto the “stage” and practice Dragon Speaking. Your soul knows what to say, what you should have said a long time ago, what always needs to be said. The audience only listens.

    54. FAMILY HEROES

    Each one of us is not alive accidentally. We are alive because whatever our forefathers and foremothers did was successful. Often times success means that in circumstances where most people might do one thing, our ancestors did something different, probably they did something nonlinear, courageous, and intelligent. Perhaps they themselves did not even recognize the heroic nature of their actions when they made those important decisions that led the future we presently inhabit. But by looking back your family heroes become visible. Please take 15 minutes now to write down a list of some of the heroes in your ancestry, their names, and their actions. Write down what you appreciate about what they did or stopped doing. Write down similarities between the choices and actions they made and the choices and actions you are making. These family heroes can serve as role models for you and give you something solid to stand on as you do your work in the world. We will go around the circle and each person can tell us about the heroes who have made it possible for you to be here in this Possibility Team.

    55. REMINDING FACTORS

    A reminding factor is an unusual physical condition (or a typical condition used in an unusual way) to cause the user to remember that they have a key to get through a doorway into a different space no matter what space they currently inhabit. For example, in Possibility Management at your first Possibility Lab we give you a purified and empowered Possibility Stone to use as a reminding factor that you have the possibility at any given moment to shift identity into being a Possibility Manager, at which time you gain instant access to the tools, distinctions and processes of Possibility Management. The Possibility Stone only works, however, if you carry it around on your body, which is a nuisance. This is how reminding factors work: they irritate you. The moment they stop bothering you they lose their power as a reminding factor because you forget they are there and the choice option of being a Possibility Manager or being awake vanishes from your awareness. Another favorite Possibility Management reminding factor is carrying a mini-voice-blaster. This reminds you to use your real voice-blaster in your Possibility Tool Belt.

     

    Reminding factors can be string tied around the finger, an attitude, a posture, a body movement, a word or phrase, a wrongly worn item of clothing such as a tie worn backwards, wearing mismatched shoes, wearing your undergarments outside of other clothing, wearing a swimming suit in church, dragging a piece of wood around behind you on a string, carrying a wooden Japanese bokken practice sword in your belt through the shopping zone, drawing a mole on your face to remind you when people stare at it, coloring one fingernail purple, etc. Any of these and many more can remind you to make edgework experiments in that moment, such as to not interrupt someone else, to remember your Archetypal Lineage, to keep your center, to locate your Gremlin, to detect your own purpose, etc.

     

    A more subtle but even more useful reminding factor is going through a doorway. That is, each time you step through a doorway (for example a car door, a store entrance door, a room door, an elevator door) you are going from one space to another space. The transition from one space to another usually knocks people unconscious. By going through the door you forget the space you were just in and immediately identify with the gameworld of the new space you enter without bringing any nonlinear possibilities with you, such as the possibility of also being a Possibility Manager in the next space. With practice you can use the doorway itself as a reminding factor to stay awake, that is, to place your attention on your attention and be aware of what you are aware of so that you enter the waking state as you enter each new space.

     

    Experiment (see also Possibility #17): Those are exact instructions. It could be part of your Possibility Team to practice entering the waking state. Each person get with a partner. One person listens as a space. The other person repeats over and over out loud the following sentence: “What I am aware of right now is _____________.”

    What you are aware that you are aware of changes each few seconds. For example, you might say, “What I am aware of right now is the warmth and pressure of the chair on my butt. What I am aware of right now is the calm sound of my voice. What I am aware of right now is seeing the colour and texture of your shirt.” And so on, each time referring to a different quality of sensation, memory, feeling, temperature, sound, taste, thought, and so on.

     

    As soon as the speaker notices the space shift to the waking state they put their finger in the air. After 10 minutes switch roles. Once people can enter the waking state, have them take a 15 minute silent walk outside and count the number of times they fall asleep in those ten minutes, and what triggers them falling to sleep, and what triggers them waking up again. This practice is unspeakably important in the life of a Possibility Manager.

    56. GO BEGGING

    Bring your Possibility Team members to the center of the shopping zone in your local neighborhood on a Saturday or Sunday morning and spread out in twos or threes and do whatever you can to beg for money. Play music on instruments, act like totally broken and helpless victims, act mentally insane, do a juggling or theatre piece. Dress in your regular clothes. Come back together after four hours, tell stories about what you learned, count the money, divide it into three piles, and give it to three “real” beggars that you saw out on the street with you.

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    58. STUDY THE ARTICLE HEALING WITH CLARITY

    This article is full of distinctions and can lead to great clarity about some Possibility Management basics. The article can be downloaded - English here ; Deutsch here.

    59. PRACTICE USING PM TOOLBELT TOOLS

    Your Possibility Manager Handbook has excellent descriptions of each of the Possibility Management Toolbelt Tools. Divide into pairs and use the descriptions to develop an exercise to practice using one of the tools in both linear and nonlinear ways. (15 minutes) Each week have people create a new exercise to practice with a different tool:

    1 Possibility Stone

    2 Your Watch

    3 Beep! Book

    4 Belt Buckle

    5 Clicker

    6 Is-Glue

    7 Is-Glue Dissolver

    8 Bag of Things

    9 Sword of Clarity

    10 Voice Blaster

    11 Low Drama (Gremlin) Detector

    12 Possibility Paintbrush

    13 Disk of Nothing

    14 Wand of Declaration

    15 Map of the Great Labyrinth of Spaces

    16 Grounding Cord and Bubble

  • 60. DO RELATIONSHIP ROLE PLAYS

    Each person has a chance to interact with their partner on stage with feedback and coaching from the team (or their ex-partner) (or their future partner) (or their child, parent, boss, neighbor, sibling, or colleague) to clear off charge, complete communications, and improve relationship skills. Relationship is ongoing actions of nonlinear creation. For men especially, the nonlinear part is crucial. If what you will do or say next is predictable by your partner they are already bored and the relationship is dead, so coach men especially for the nonlinearity level of their communications. The rest of the team who is not role playing says Go! or Beep! in real-time with precise coaching about what to try next to get better results.

    61. PRACTICE ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT

    This is a role-play exercise in groups of 3 or 4. One person is the Possibility Manager and asks someone else to role play a person close to them in their life, such as their child, parent, partner, boss, neighbor, colleague, sibling, etc. The third (and fourth) participants are Go! Beep! Shift! Go! real-time feedback coaches. The Possibility Manager practices saying what they want in various circumstances. The coaching should be about the clarity, authenticity, and simplicity of speaking.

     

    o Saying what you want is very different from making a boundary. Asking for what you want is only about you. Making a boundary is about what other people may do or must stop doing. When you ask for what you want, you change because you consciously reveal yourself. When you make a boundary, the world changes. Your boundary gives the world a new shape because you make a regulation that was not there before. There can be no question about your boundary because it is a boundary. A boundary is finished when it is made. Saying what you want is simply stating who you are.

     

    o In saying what you want it is important to be clear about which “you” is doing the wanting – is it your Gremlin? Is it your Box? Is it your family custom? Is it your mother? Is it a corporate program? Is it your Bright Principle? Your archetypal lineage? Your intuition?

     

    o In order to say what you want you must first admit to yourself what you want. This can be scary because what you want may be unreasonable. It may break your parent’s rules. It may be bigger than you can imagine. It may even be commonly regarded as impossible. But at least if you publicly admit that this indeed is what you want, then at least you can stop lying to yourself about what you want! Once you publicly ask for what you want you can stop using your energy to manipulate yourself into pretending it is not what you want. You accept a part of yourself you may have been denying for a long time. You get your power back by saying what you want.

     

    o After you admit what you want you can decide if you want to do that or not. Deciding not to do it does not affect that part of you that wants it. At least that part of yourself has been heard and respected.

     

    o By saying what you want it does not mean that you will get what you want. On the other hand, by not saying what you want it pretty much assures that you won’t get it. What you want may benefit the whole world. For this reason I have begun to publicly say more often what I want. For example, I want corporate personhood to be outlawed. I want the large parasitic governments to fall apart completely. I want there to be an evolving meshwork of ten million unique, sustainable cultures in the world, each one centered around adulthood initiatory processes. I want no franchises permitted, no currency exchange-rates between the cultures, no absentee ownership, and no representation. Does this mean I will get those things? Who knows? But it does mean I get to be clear about what I want. And that clarity guides my actions, because if I am moment-to-moment taking actions to create what I want then even washing the dishes becomes fabulously fulfilling because it is a step towards creating what I want.

     

    o Saying “I want…” is different from saying, “I wish…” or “I would like…” or asking for what you want as in, “Can I ...?” or, “May I…?” or, “Wouldn’t it be better if…?”

     

    o Saying what you want is different from saying what you want other people to do, to stop doing, or to change. This is about you. What is it that you want?

     

    o Saying what you want is different from saying what you don’t want. When someone constantly announces what they don’t want it quickly grows wearisome and even shattering. “Okay, so that’s what you DON’T want. But what DO you want?”

     

    o Saying what you want is different from saying what you need. When you ask for what you need you have a good reason that is backing you up, namely, that you need it. In other words, the reason because I need it has the power in your request, not you. You are hoping the other person agrees about the importance of your good reason, because if they do then they must submit themselves to your reason. But then the reason has the power and not you.

    62. PRACTICE SAYING NO! AND STOP!

    The clearly pronounced words No! and Stop! may not be part of your standard vocabulary. If you are asked a Yes or No question are you able to simply say No, without justification, compensation, or explanation? If you cannot say No, then any Yes that you say is a lie. This exercise is practicing saying No! and Stop!

     

    o Sit facing one another. The other person gives you commands, such as: Stand up! Give me your wallet! Look out the window! Shake my hand! Your job is to say, No. Each time you smile, or do what they commanded, or comment, or joke, or look away, the other person says, Beep! You smiled! (or whatever you did) Shift! Start again. After some time change roles.

     

    o Stand facing one another from about five meters distance. The other person begins walking slowly towards you. Your job is to say, Stop! Take one step backwards! Come forwards! Stop! Come slowly! Stop! Come quickly! Stop! and so on until you get it that you can use your voice to be in control of your space and the distance between you and the other person. This heals deep childhood wounds, so there may be emotions coming up with associated old decisions. Once people are clear about their old decisions they can make new decisions.

     

    o When the other person is standing close to you, you can say, Bring your right hand close to me left shoulder. Stop! Pull you hand away. Stop! Touch my left shoulder with one finger of your right hand. Stop! Take the finger away. And so on, all the way up to saying, Hug me gently! Stop! Stand back! Come forwards and hug me again! Squeeze harder! Stop! This also is a deep and important healing process of getting the power of your voice back regarding physical intimacies.

     

    o Now you stand alone facing the whole group. The group starts moving towards you. You say, Stop! They stop only when your communication lands in their body. Let each person stand alone facing the group. Many old issues can come up and get healed this way. This is a super exercise for Possibility Team.

    63. PRACTICE SPARK EDGEWORK EXPERIMENTS

    S.P.A.R.K. stands for Specific Practical Applications of Radical Knowledge. As of this writing there are 137 SPARKs published in both German and English, with one in Hebrew and one in Chinese! Soon there will be 156 SPARKs, which you could study together one each week for 3 years! Each SPARK includes at least one and often more experiments for you to practice together with feedback and coaching from your Possibility Team mates. Try the practice of choosing a SPARK at random rather than letting your Box or Gremlin influence which SPARK you choose.

    64. PRACTICE CREATIVE NEGOTIATIONS

    So often what we want is not what is happening, because what is happening is the status quo, and the status quo is generated out of modern culture’s Standard Human Interaction Thoughtware. So either we submit ourselves to the default circumstances given to us, or we reinvent what is possible.

     

    o Reinvention is a set of powerful skills that should be applied tenderly and with compassion, or your efforts will be rejected perhaps with violent defense of the ordinary. Applying reinvention tenderly involves creative negotiation skills. These involve Keeping Your Center, Connecting, Holding and Navigating Space, Being With, Committing To Do Something Before You Know How To Do It, Possibility Listening, Possibility Speaking, Making Conscious Use Of Your Gremlin For Going Nonlinear, and Putting Reference-Stakes Into New Territories.

     

    o We will use this Possibility Team to practice, practice, practice these skills together using everyone’s intelligence for feedback and coaching.

     

    o Arrange role-plays and stage-work to keep developing each others’ skills. This is Winning Happening, because as each person gets it better, the whole Possibility Team wins.

     

    o This is also edgework that builds matrix, because you work at the edge of what you can do. Beyond the edge is the unknown. Stay at the edge. You can tell you are at the edge because there is just a little bit of fear. Use your fear to navigate yourself to the edge.

     

    o One hint is to begin by listening to find out what the other person is committed to. If you make conscious and visible your commitment to what the other person is committed to, suddenly you are both on the same team. Then your negotiations move away from each person trying to get what they want (I win, you lose, survival desperation) to creative collaboration so that the greatest winning happens overall.

     

    o Get used to making outrageous arrangements with each other using new-made circumstances that were not contained in the original conversation. For example, if he wants to go to the movie and you want to make a movie, then work out making a movie of him going to the movie. Or, if she doesn’t want to go to school and leave you, and you want to work, then take your work to her school, or bring her school to your work, or bring in other people with the same situation and create a work school, or, or, or.

    64. INTENSIFY AWARENESS OF SUBTLE FEELINGS

    By lowering your Numbness Bar (see #29) gradually over some months you gain ever greater access to you subtle feelings. Subtle feelings are anger, sadness, fear and joy experienced as less than 10% of maximum archetypal intensity. Low intensity feelings are happening all day every day about everything. Find this out together.

     

    o This is a short low-intensity feelings check-in exercise. Sit in a circle. You say, I feel 0% to10% (be precise) mad, sad, glad or scared because_____________. The % should be less than 10% intense for this check-in. Bigger percentages of feelings usually indicate an emotional healing process is in order. Remember: Emotions are not a design error. They are not a mistake. They are energy and information for you to use to fulfill your destiny. Emotions are for healing things. Feelings are for handling things.

     

    o Get in dyads facing each other in chairs. You point to any object in the room, for example, a knot hole in a piece of wooden furniture, or a book, and then:

    - You ask, What do you think about this object? The other person tells you their thought.

    - Then you ask, What do you feel about this object? The other person tells you what percent of which feeling they feel.

    - You ask, Why? They tell you an association story.

    - You ask, So, is this a feeling or an emotion? (At least for the first five years of feelings work it is always an emotion.)

    - Could you also feel (one of the other feelings: mad, sad, glad or scared) about this?

    - Why?

    - Is this a feelings or emotion? (Emotion).

    - Repeat the last three questions until they have felt all 4 emotions about this one object. Then you ask, So, you are telling me that you can feel mad, sad, glad or scared about this object?

    - (Yes.)

    - Which did you choose to feel first?

    - (They remember and tell you.)

    How does choosing to have that emotion about this object first serve your Box? (They tell you a bit about their Box strategy.)

     

    o This is Phase 1 of feelings work: taking radical responsibility for your feelings. You cannot do Phase 2 of feelings work – using your feelings for high drama – before you do Phase 1 of feelings work.

     

    o Review the 10 steps in Phase 1 of Feelings Work. In particular, review the different and specific physical manifestations of each of the four feelings as they get more intense. Learn them and practice them together.

    65. MEN ON STAGE / WOMEN ON STAGE

    One by one a man goes on stage and says what it is for him to be a man. He has 3 minutes to speak. One by one then the women go on the stage and say what it is for them to be a woman.

    66. LIQUID-STATE CHECK-INS

    Read over together the section in Conscious Feelings about expanding into your four bodies, pages 47-55. Review the Map of Four Bodies. List for each body examples of that body’s food, pain, ecstasy, and liquid states. Start being more clear about the kind of liquid states you are having, which body they are in. Have a check-in circle about what is changing in which body with what kind of liquid states.

    67. MAP OF THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

    The thoughtmap below shows how society and school teach us how to survive in modern culture, and if we steadfastly follow that path there may be a chance we achieve modern culture’s definition of success, that is, money in the bank, nice house, a car, two kids, and retirement in Florida. However, if in your years from 18 to 40 you begin seriously asking questions such as, Who am I? What is living (in comparison with merely surviving…)? What else is there that I could be doing right now? What am I really here for? It is a delicate time. Your earnest work with the questions may give you the chance to leave away cultural baggage and go through the eye of a needle into a new world, the archetypal path of transformation, where the goal and the path are one. This Possibility Team is a chance for people to discuss the path of adulthood initiatory processes and to share their personal stories. Go three rounds around the circle. Ask people:

    1) How did you come to the path?

    2) Where are you on the path now?

    3) We are a Possibility Team. What can we do to support each other to take our next step on the path?

    68. IDENTIFY MIND-MACHINES

    Ordinarily the adult human body allows you to perceive and interact with an entire multidimensional field of nonlinear occurrences. But as a child you may have installed a kind of governor that blocks the massive flow of possibilities for perceiving and creating. We have noticed that about 10% of people have inserted a box-like mind-machine between the ears and the brain, or between the brain and the mouth as a childhood survival strategy. The strategy is non-aggressive and works excellently. Under certain shocks or stresses the mind-machine is triggered and produces a specific effect which temporarily disempowers you in the eyes of an antagonist. If you are perceived as not dangerous then they don’t have to kill you. Then you are safe. However, since the mind-machine effectively cuts you off from environmental feedback you are out of relationship and your Box does not change. This prevents you from getting initiated into adulthood. Finding and disengaging mind-machines is an adulthood initiatory process. You need a team to help you do this. A Possibility Team is perfect. The team can see and experience what is going on from the outside and help you prepare for the initiation. Mind-machines can be classified according to their action. The five mind-machines so far classified are explained below in the ear-brain location. The explanation equally applies in the brain-mouth location:

    (Note: If you discover more mind-machine varieties, please let us know!)

     

    o TIME DELAY: Words come in your ears, go into your mind-machine and then pause for five to fifteen seconds before they go to your brain. By then your response is so delayed that you cannot respond to current circumstances. This makes you not dangerous so they don’t have to kill you.

     

    o CONFUSION: Words come in your ears, go into your mind-machine and get seriously scrambled. The resultant word salad gets sent to your brain. You cannot understand what was said. You stand there confused and therefore not dangerous so they don’t have to kill you.

     

    o CRAZY: Words come in your ears, go into your mind-machine and get cut into different segments, each given a completely new interpretation. The senseless edit is sent on to your brain. Your response is so disconnected from the original input that you seem to be crazy, so they don’t have to kill you.

     

    o THE FOG: Words come in your ears, go into your mind-machine and immediately get lost in a thick fog. You can’t even find the words anymore. What you hear is like a fog-horn on a cold moonless night. HOOOOOOOOOOOONGGG. Almost nothing gets passed on to your brain. You do not react at all, so they don’t have to kill you.

     

    o CONCEPT FORM: Words come in your ears, go into your mind-machine and are squeezed into an already known and solidified set of concepts even if they don’t fit. Using dogmatic thinking and canned phrases allows give the impression that you are participating in life, but there is actually nobody home, so you are not dangerous, so they don’t have to kill you. This can be an effective strategy for, say, recovering from a stroke, but no way to live.

     

    Performing the self-surgery is simple. Once you have identified the specific form of mind-machine you may be using and discover under what conditions you installed it and the benefits it has provided you for all these years, you gain a new option. It is the option of inserting a wire that bypasses your mind-machine. The new option is present because during the interim years since you installed the mind-machine to protect you, you have learned many new things. You now have a voice, a center, your feelings, your attention, your bubble and grounding cord, your sword of clarity, your disk of nothing and other Possibility Management tools, and so on. The mind-machine may no longer be necessary for your well being. Should you decide to install the bypass it proves to be a quick-acting, astonishingly effective, and fun kind of self-surgery that can easily be reversed if you ever decide you want the mind-machine back in order. If you have already decided to do the surgery you can do it now when someone slowly and firmly reads you these

    MIND-MACHINE BYPASS SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS: (about 20 minutes)

    o Sit comfortably in a chair or on a cushion on the floor.

    o Close your eyes.

    o Take a deep breath and moment to quiet yourself, focus and relax.

    o Wash your hand in sterile soap solution and rinse them off.

    o Shake them dry.

    o Take another deep breath.

    o Reach up with both hands and unzip the top of your head from one side, around the front to the other side. Zzzzzzziiiiiiipppp! The top of your head can now lift open like the hood of a car.

    o Lift up the top of your head.

    o See the mind-machine. It is like a little box. It is located either between your ears and your brain (this is most common), or between your brain and your mouth. At the count of three please say out loud where your mind-machine is located. 1. 2. 3.

    o Thank you.

    o Take another deep breath.

    o Great. Now notice the connections between your ears and the mind-machine box and between the box and your brain (or between your brain and the box and your mouth). Gently reach in with your fingers and move aside things so the connections are exposed.

    o Now reach onto your workbench and snip off a piece of brain wire that is long enough to go from the input connection around the mind-machine to the output connection.

    o Use your soldering iron to attach one end of the wire to the input side. Zzzzzzzzztttttttt! Now attach the other end of the wire to the output side. Zzzzzzzzttttttttt! Let the connections cool down.

    o Put the soldering iron back on your work bench.

    o Gently tug on the bypass wire to see if the connections are solid. They usually are. If it happens to break, then solder it again and test it again. It will be a good solid wire connection.

    o Now it is easier for information to bypass your mind-machine than it is to go through the mind-machine. There is less resistance going through the wire. This is called short-circuiting your mind-machine.

    o Take another deep breath, please.

    o Good. Now carefully pack your brain back in and gently close the lid of your head and zip it back up. Zzzzzzzzzziiiiiippp!

    o Pick up a jar of healing cream from your work bench. At the count of 3 please say out loud what color your healing cream is. 1. 2. 3.

    o Thank you.

    o Dig out a big scoop of healing cream and smooth it over the zipper.

    o Now wash your hands again and shake them dry.

    o Please take another deep breath.

    o Now slowly open your eyes.

    o Congratulations on your brain surgery.

    o Now let’s test the bypass.

     

    At this point the space holder should clearly ask each person direct, simple, personal questions, such as: What is your telephone number? How old are you? What sort of work do you do? What is your boundary about men? These questions are not meant to trick or fool the person, but rather to show them that their response is now very different from before. The mind-machine is bypassed.

    69. PRACTICE MEETING TECHNOLOGIES

    Next culture meetings are not modeled on the adversarial, top-down, hierarchical power structures of patriarchal empire. Instead modern culture capitalizes on bottom-up group intelligence in circular, concentric, toroidal, spiral or ouroboros power structures using parallel play, where all intelligences get to contribute their genius simultaneously. If modern culture makes group decisions using unanimous, authoritarian or majority vote, next culture boasts at least ten additional decision-making processes to choose from, each making use of four-body wisdom. The list below is not detailed enough that you could expect to implement any of the new meeting technologies – each deserves an entire book that is not yet written… (wink, wink, nod, nod, …hint, …hint).

    However, some of the Possibility Trainers are already making their living delivering these processes to groups and organizations around the world, so if you want to try one at your Possibility Team, ask the Trainer Guild for support. They can help you make a M.E.S.S. (Mayan Extraordinary Synergy System), Frying Pan, The Problem Is The Solution, Phoenix Process, Wisdom Council, Sociocracy 3.0, Open Space, and so on.

    Nonlinear meeting technologies are the TVs, the movies, and the computer games of the future by providing effective group decisions along with healing and initiatory processes, plus engaging entertainment and high level fun.

  • 70. MAP OF SECOND COPERNICAN REVOLUTION

    Read over pages 182-187 in the Conscious Feelings book together, where it discusses the Second Copernican Revolution happening in the awareness of human beings now.

     

    Where are you personally in this shift? Where is your family? How far shifted is your company? How could your daily lifestyle evolve to reflect a clearer understanding of the Second Copernican Revolution? What would a shifted-to-next-culture village look like? How would it operate with regards to food production? Shelter? Politics? Economics? Transportation? Health? Schooling? Clothing? Energy? Customs and ceremonies? Choose a couple of these themes and document your research in drawings and notes. Could you imagine putting your resources together with these people in your Possibility Team and starting a sustainable culture village? What would the benefits be? What would the challenges be?

    71. CONSCIOUS GREMLIN FEEDING

    Read through pages 68-86 in Conscious Feelings, and / or 366-372 in Radiant Joy Brilliant Love together. Gremlin is not bad. Gremlin is Gremlin, that part of each person dedicated to serving shadow principles, specifically your hidden purpose. A number of adulthood initiatory processes focus on taking possession of your Gremlin, because whatever part of your Gremlin you don’t own, owns you. Unconscious Gremlin feeds on your intimacies with those around you in low dramas, and also eats whatever and whenever it wants (alcohol, action videos, junk food, cigarettes, marijuana, computer sex, stealing, lying, betraying, being betrayed, being superior, holding resentments, plotting revenge, self-hatred, gambling in the stock market or online, sneaking (for example: hoping its favorite foods are not mentioned on this list…), overshopping, cynicism, leaving messes, speeding, being rude, being loud, being late to appointments, criticizing, blaming, gossip, being a victim, rescuing, and so on). One aspect of putting your Gremlin on a short chain is learning his name. (Just ask, What is your name? and then listen. Tell other people his name.) Another aspect of putting your Gremlin on a short chain is feeding him consciously. Write a list of all your Gremlin’s favorite foods. This can take a week or two. Then share them at the next Possibility Team. Choose 5 of the listed foods that you are willing to pay the price of him eating, and choose one regular time each week to feed him as much as he wants of these foods, not before and not after. Tell your Possibility Team which 5 foods you feed your Gremlin, and when the feeding time is.

     

    Get into teams of 3 or 4 and practice giving your Gremlin interesting jobs to do that your Box can’t handle.

    72. MAKE YOUR OWN COUNTRY

    Every Possibility Team is a seed for a new country. This actually means being your own culture, but the space holding needed to be a unique culture (or gameworld) emerging from a clear context, is the same level of space holding to establish your own country.

     

    There is a popular concept that a country needs to be connected to a defined piece of land on Earth. The concept is easy to understand, but has no relationship to reality. It is merely a concept. Just because you can understand a concept does not mean that concept has any relationship to reality.

     

    Check-in: Who chooses which concepts you submit yourself to?

    73. SHARE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP

    Do you have a family? How is it going?

     

    Are the interactions between you and your partner, you and your children, your partner and your children, mostly consisting of logistics? Did you finish your homework? When is school over today? Have you paid the taxes? Did you pack your lunch? Are all your dirty clothes in the laundry basket? Should I pick you up at seven? Who is taking care of shopping?

     

    What percentage of the time are you doing logistics and what percentage of the time are you creating 5 body intimacies with each other?

  • Books & Movies

    Movies

    Accepted (German title is S.H.I.T. which stands for South Hampton Institute of Technology...) This is a funny and inspiring story showing a number of useful procedures, for example: 1. How to create a gameworld using Declaration (from the PM thoughtmap Map of 3 Powers, including Declaring, Choosing, and Asking), 2. How to create a self-organized university, 3. How to receive offers by being a "Yes", 4. How to give interesting offers in return, 5. How to answer the question that is being asked, 6. How to be with a person while not being hooked by their Box, and 7. How to do Dragon Speaking (from the PM thoughtmap Map of 6 Kinds of Speaking, including ordinary Neurotic Speaking, Adult Speaking, Discussion (which may be either Neurotic or Adult), Possibility Speaking, Discovery Speaking, and Dragon Speaking). Watch it then do it.

     

    Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (Pet Detective) with Jim Carrey. Learning to shift identity includes an extraordinary set of skills. The skills include changing your facial expression, your body, your posture, your attitude, your speech patterns, your tone of voice, your points of view etc. Jim Carrey is an actor. He has to shift identity to get the impression of his characters across. In this film he demonstrates shifting identity beyond reason. Your homework assignment: Practice imitating Jim Carrey’s flowing character shifts in detail.

     

    Adam's Apple a Danish film with English subtitles, this may be a men's movie. For men it can take this much sudden bizarre-ness to come around to our own humanity. It may help you to know that even though it at first appears as if horrible things happen in this story, in fact nothing bad happens at all to anyone.

     

    Almost Famous - a stepping-into-the-world story about a young man in the 1970's of California becoming his destiny in action: I am here to write it down, even if he is not quite old enough. It is also a story about his mom. The film is cute, funny, and based on things that actually happened.

     

    An Inconvenient Truth - a global warning, by Al Gore. A documentary by Davis Guggenheim with the former US vice president and candidate for the presidency Al Gore about global warming. The film shows live recordings of his presentations in many cities where he describes the scientific and political aspects of global warming and what we can do against it. You just have to watch this to have seen the beginning of us waking up to what is really going on. Watch An Inconvenient Truth online: http://putlocker.bz/watch-an-inconvenient-truth-online-free-putlocker.html

     

    Ancient Futures – Learning from Ladakh A rare, touching, must-see documentary (featuring Helena Norberg-Hodge and supplementing her book of the same title) contrasting village life, where each person in the community grows up learning how to make their own clothes, grow their own food and build their own house, with the emptiness and shallowness of high-speed, diesel-burning, money-centered modern culture.

     

    As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. What is it that attracts a man to a woman in such a way that what he most sincerely wants is to become in her eyes a better man?

     

    As It Is in Heaven An amazing Swedish film by Kay Pollak with subtitles in English - or - German, depending on which version you get. This film shows a Possibility Manager in action, how he cares for his people and how that care is directed towards what he can bring out in them individually and weave into a group. You see what it takes to build a team. Profound issues are addressed through simple people in a natural way in the midst of an everyday lives.

     

    Avatar by James Cameron. Just see it. Again. But this time from Possibility Management and archearchy perspectives.

     

    Back To The Future (all 3 parts!) with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The time travel trilogy of the film history. A real classic. “Is this a train robbery?” “No. It´s a science experiment!” The Flux Capacitor. The film shows the unabashed and adventurous attitude of Possibility Managers who continue with their experiments despite adverse conditions.

     

    Bagdad Café with Marianne Sägebrecht. There are no accidents. Difficulties and conflicts can contain hidden gifts. Love is in everything and magic is the secret ingredient.

     

    Beetlejuice with Michael Keaton. Your job is to gain access to the same nonlinearity that Beetlejuice has.

     

    Between Heaven And Earth with Tommy Lee Jones. The connection to spirituality is stronger than the connection to the culture. If your culture is changing or letting you down your spirituality is still there. During the Vietnam War an American soldier falls in love with a Vietnamese prostitute. The woman successfully masters her transition. The man commits suicide. WARNING: intense.

     

    Buckaroo Banzai with Peter Weller and John Lithgow. The world is big and someone has to make the impossible possible. Buckaroo Banzai is clever enough to know that he cannot make it alone. So he builds a team of colleagues with unusual talents. The half alien Dr. Lizardo says: “Laugh while you can, Monkey Boys!” Buckaroo Banzai warns: “Remember, wherever you go, there you are!”

     

    Cast Away with Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Our modern stressed out worries about time vanish when we are deprived of our culture. No matter what kind of life we are leading, life is full of problems. Sometimes the problems seem to be too much. The story invites you to take on the radical perspective to actually trust your problems. Keep going, do your best because you never know what tomorrow’s flood will bring.

     

    Chocolat with Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. A Possibility Manager in action. When the chocolate lady (Binoche) is about to give up and is ready to run away – her usual habit – rather than learning something important about herself and trying something new. The situation seems hopeless. But then, using everything she has taught them, her Possibility Team comes together and creates the possibility for her to stay with them in the gameworld she has created.

     

    The Corporation by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and J. Bakan. More and more conglomerates are dominating our perception and our thinking. This film is about becoming aware of the corporations’ unconscious worldviews so that we have the chance to make a choice for our personal and professional life. The concept of corporate personhood is a design error. As Daniel Schmachtenberger says: "Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all."

     

    Cloud Atlas from the Wachowski brothers. Past. Future. You were there and you are here. Life is a theatre and we change costume. What you did yesterday, make you who you are today. Actions have consequences.

     

    Dave with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. The abuse of a spaceholder position such as the present abuse of the office of the United States President is one of the greatest betrayals to be perpetrated upon fellow human beings. This film tells the story of Dave, a humorous, inspired Possibility Manager in extraordinary circumstances giving a demonstration of how true leadership can bless the people.

     

    Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams. We all have the same curiosity for life and the same passion and enthusiasm before we even go to school. Influenced by a school which wants to prepare the students for their role in society and economy with terms like tradition, honor, discipline, and performance this resource has been lost. Your job as a Possibility Manager is to reignite in a human being what enlivens a human being.

     

    Death And The Maiden with Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. This is a very intense film (no different from the Trainer Training). The intensity doesn’t come from the possibility that someone might get killed. Nobody gets killed in the movie. This is the story about a healing that could not happen in a conventional way. The deep feminine meets the shallow masculine. Stunning. WARNING: intense.

     

    Departures / Nokan A little-known excellent film telling the touching story of a young man in modern-day Japan (pre-Fukushima...) as the universe plucks him up by the collar of his shirt and shoves him into his true-calling, his archetypal lineage as a speaker for the dead. The embarassment and shame of other people cast upon him is so true. His boss / teacher / colleague is masterfully respectful of both his own self, his apprentice, his office partner, and those he serves - who are so unable to feel or communicate about their feelings. This is a must-see film, especially if you ever wanted to be closer to your father.

     

    Don Juan de Marco with Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway and Johnny Depp. Everyone lives in their own story. We enact our life and we all are characters in our own play. We don’t realize how much freedom we have to create relationships filled with love, beauty and grace. This film is a jewel for possibility makers.

     

    The Economics of Happiness made by the International Society of Ecology and Culture, with Helena Norberg-Hodge. This amazingly perceptive film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance - and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm - an economics of localization. We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben (www.350.org), David Korten (author of The Great Turning), and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. Please spread this video far and wide. You can get them from their website www.economicsofhappiness.org.

     

    The Emerald Forest with Powers Boothe, Meg Foster and Charley Boorman (the son of the director John Boorman). Just because modern technology can destroy ecological habitat does not mean that modern world views are better than those of indigenous cultures. This unique rite of passage of a young man – although performed according to Hollywood standards – is based on a true story.

     

    End:Civ with Derrick Jensen, environmental and cultural activist, and author of Endgame, Volume 1: the problem of civilization, and Endgame, Volume 2: resistance. This is a must see documentary. It asks you directly: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” You may be able to see this for free online. http://www.submedia.tv/endciv-2011

     

    Enemy Mine with Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett. You have a Box. You are not your Box. Neither are they. If you understand this you will never have a conflict any more. This is the story of a man who realizes that there is no difference between beings. The only difference is the Box. Such a realization is big enough to end war.

     

    Fearless with David Blane. This video shows a modern magician at work. He is not using any trick photography or special effects with the aid of computer. What you see is what happens. But half of what he does is simple sleight of hand. The other half is mysteries for you to decode. How does he do this?

     

    The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis. The reciprocal game of the powers of good and bad are archetypal, and includes at the same time ordinary people like you and me. Somebody has to account for reasonless love, fighting against all odds so that love continues. Love is simple and needs to be protected.

     

    Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Men are disrupted in themselves because they cannot live up to their traditional role. This film is a real rehabilitation, almost a ‘cure’ against our lifestyle to become one’s own self again. The story is a rite of passage from civilization into reality. There is a dark moment when there is violence for no reason, and, we each have had such moments. WARNING: intense.

     

    Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Stories have the power to heal and to transform. This film shows a man who takes responsibility for being a story maker as in Possibility Management. Many skills are required: being unhookable, making boundaries, appreciating people, collecting people from where they are, magical transformatory stories, listening as a space ….

     

    First Earth - uncompromising ecological architecture by Savid Sheen. Watch First Earth online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjzI2JDvsNA

     

    Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks. A story about the wisdom of innocence. Forrest Gump’s personality is not big enough to be self-important. This lets him be present in the presence. In innocent ways he creates possibilities that other people don’t even see. His innocence allows him to lead a successful life with a big heart.

     

    Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank. Freedom Writers is based on true events and tells the story of unmanageable students of the "racially-integrated“ Long Beach California High School and a teacher committed to the students learning rather than to the school or administration. She teaches radical responsibility to the young people and they find they are not so different from one another as they once thought. How does she approach the Afro-Americans, Asians, Latinos and the only Caucasian boy who are strictly separated according to their ethnic affiliation? Very inspiring! To learn more about their ongoing work go to Freedom Writers Foundation or Freedom Writers in Germany.

     

    Fried Green Tomatoes with Cathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Mary Stuart Masterson. Discover "TOWANDA!" and learn how to deal with nosy lawyers.

     

    Galaxy Quest with Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tim Allen. Small time? Big time? What actually matters is the quality of respect, love, communication and relationship in your team. When your team is ready, the adventure comes.

     

    Garbage Warrior - the story of Michael Reynolds and the development and spreading of Earthship designs. Watch Garbage Warrior online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYFlcV9R1w

     

    Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. I and Vol. II). Team work. Misfits.

     

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mike Newell. A Possibility Team is created in a moment of creative improvisation when four islanders of Guernsey Island are caught by the Nazi army in the middle of the night. The Team is brought together by the power of books and how they bring people alive.

     

    Ghostbusters' with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. Starting a company with a new idea can cause a lot of trouble. It takes courage and persistence to get out of that again. “He´s been slimed!”

     

    Green Zone with Matt Damon, depicts on-the-ground events in the crucial moments in 2003 when it was becoming clear that the "intelligence" information upon which the psychopaths operating through the US Presidency of George W. Bush was completely fabricated (see Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curveball_%28informant%29) to serve the corporate agenda (more specifically, Dick Cheney's company's agenda, then called Blackwater, since renamed Academi, see Wikipedia). A helpful wakeup call about a capitalistic-patriarchal American regime who won't blink an eye about killing a million Iraqi people, leading you to the capacity to believe they also dynamited the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11/2001 (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11_Truth_movement)

     

    Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. This is THE film about Rapid Learning. What we often forget is that do-overs are always possible. Just say: “Let me try this again.” Bill Murray demonstrates physical ecstasy while eating donuts. “I love these things!“

     

    Harold And Maude with Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort. Music by Cat Stevens. Growing up includes leaving the mother and creating a connection between us and the whole planet. Sometimes it requires a nonlinear catalyst for reorienting ourselves towards a bigger perspective. This is the story of Maude who helps Harold to become adult. “If you want to sing out, sing out! If you want to be free be free!”

     

    Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. The pressure of modern life disconnects us with our imagination. Imagination is a resource needed by Possibility Managers to create nonlinear relationships. Hook is the story about how much it might take to reconnect you to your imagination. But then!

     

    Inferno by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.

     

     

    Interstate 60 with Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd and Chris Cooper. There are many possibilities to take responsibility for your own life, e.g. through a rite of passage. Driven by the desire to finally discover what life will being to him Neil goes on an unbelievable road trip which changes his life forever...

     

    Joe Versus The Volcano with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

     

    Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

     

    K-Pax – All is Possible with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Without giving importance to the superficial appearance of a person you can be in direct contact with the being of the person. Healing occurs through recognizing and appreciating the being.

     

    The Last Samurai with Ken Watanabe, Koyuki and Tom Cruise. Modern culture strongly denies the clash between modern and ancient traditions. It is as if a steamroller flattens a street above an anthill. Since the ants cannot file a legal protest, the steamroller feels completely justified. And yet traditional cultures contain a wisdom which has lasted over ten thousands of years. In addition to that they have a wisdom which is crucial for navigating extraordinary and archetypal relationship. The Samurai’s wish is to be alive in every breath and to serve the Bright Principles with archetypal excellence. This intensity is the place where love lives.

     

    Learning from Ladakh (Please look under the title Ancient Futures)

     

    Life Running Out Of Control by Bertram Verhaag and Gabriele Kroeber. Gene Food and Designerbabies. In the mid-eighties science, with the help of genetic technology, finds the key to mastering the earth and especially its creatures. The name “Life running out of control” is speaking volumes, since genetic engineers are striving for the opposite. They not only want to control life but – with the help of patent offices – possess life. This film is a discovery journey documenting the progressive genetic manipulation of plants, animals and human beings.

     

    Man Of La Mancha with Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren. Well narrated and passionate stories have the power to change people’s life. Rather than adapting your vision to the circumstances you can adapt the circumstances to your vision. This creates possibilities for you and others, even if someone thinks you are crazy. Dreaming the impossible dream is a service to your community.

     

    The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Clarity is not a weapon to strike somebody dead. Clarity is a Sword for making distinctions and creating possibility. It takes practice and training to learn how to deal with clarity just like it takes practice and training to become Zorro. Timing is important. Sometimes you have to wait before situations are ripe for an effective move. This is the story of an apprenticeship, the initiatory processes to become a King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover such as none other than Zorro!

     

    Matrix with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne. By choosing the red pill instead of the blue pill Neo gets confronted with the reality of the world he is living in. Staying awake requires building a team to remind each other to not fall asleep even if it means that you will get “the same old goop everyday!” Codeword: steak.

     

    Medicus is the story of two researchers who come together and seek the practical, useful truth in order to serve people. As the two are about to get their heads cut off, the student says to the teacher, "Thank you for all that you taught me." The teacher honestly and with complete respect says, "Thank you for all that you learned." That was the most important thing to honor in each other in that moment. And, just to let you know, the movie does not end there.

     

    Meetings With Remarkable Men by Peter Brook. A mixture between autobiography and fiction about the first half of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff’s life. In his later years G. Gurdjieff was a provocative spiritual teacher. This is the story about a group of people, who are courageous enough to ask dangerous questions until they find answers.

     

    Men In Black with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are Possibility Managers. If a person wants to know the truth they inevitably come into touch with the ultimate question: What if the knowledge of the truth cuts me off from the mass of humanity? Is it worth it?

     

    The Mission with Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons. Trying to create heaven on earth turns out to be problematical for bureaucratic and power obsessed institutions. Just because you may fail does not mean you shouldn’t give it a try. WARNING: intense!

     

    My Dinner With Andre with Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory. When the human mind is freed from ordinary limitations it is capable to explore vaster territories. The value of making such journeys shows up in the quality of the stories you can tell your friends when you come home. This film is the documentary of a man’s journey (I think it is a true story). Try to track during the film how far you are able to keep up with him before the story exceeds your limitations.

     

    Nell with Jody Foster and Liam Neesen. Sometimes psychological healing means destroying a fantasy world. It’s not that the fantasy world is bad. Each world has its own advantages and disadvantages. The thing with the fantasy world is just that it is a fantasy. Successful healing happens when the fantasy is being taken away gently and with compassion. What comes across in the story of Nell is how her unique presence heals so many wounds from modern civilization, for example, not looking in each other's eyes, or never finding spaces of stillness.

     

    October Sky with Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. Sometimes it is a total surprise discovering what really matters to you. If you let yourself be guided by love you will naturally develop talents you didn’t know you had. This is the true story of a young man accepting the universe's invitation to engage all the obstacles standing between him and what matters to him.

     

    Peaceful Warrior with Nick Nolte. Exposure to experiential distinctions opens pathways to new competence in life. This film is a wakeup call to aliveness! As often is the case, the book is better than the movie.

     

    Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. Passion cannot be taught. It has to be discovered. Our culture avoides teaching us to be passionate by instead teaching us to be nice, to follow society's mores regardless of their validity. Being passionate emerges from being authentic even if your authenticity makes you different from everyone else in your city.

     

    Princess Bride by Rob Reiner. Heroes, giants, magicians, villains, sword fights, true love, rodents of unusual size, and the dread Pirate Roberts. Need we say more? This is no average, everyday, ordinary fairy tale.

     

    The Razor’s Edge with Bill Murray. The story of a man who is driven beyond reasonableness to get to know himself and life. His journey includes unexpected twists and turns. If we try to give what happens meaning, the meaning is framed in our current human perspective. Life is bigger than that.

     

    Resurrection with Ellen Burstyn. Resurrection achieves a spiritual depth rarely found in Hollywood movies. Ellen Burstyn stars as Edna McCauley, a farm girl who develops healing powers following an accident that left her widowed and paralyzed. The considerations revealed in the story are relevant to anyone involved in a healing profession, particularly if the healing mode is nonlinear.

     

    Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. A black-and-white film from 1953. Modern movies rarely show how to be with each other. In this film a girl becomes woman over night by being touched with such gentleness and kissed with such respectful love as seldom experienced. Her innocence is not being tarnished and yet she gains access to wisdom. This is not even being expressed with words. You can sense it in the mood and in the feelings of the actors.

     

    Schooling the World http://www.schoolingtheworld.org The white man's last burden.

     

    Shift of the Ages http://www.shiftoftheages.com The Shift is something we’re all feeling. It’s a shift in how we think and live. It’s a growing awareness of our planet and who we are as a people. It’s a great time of awakening, a remarkable period in the history of Earth. Our choices are more important now, than ever before…and more and more people are standing up strong in a good way. If you have the desire to do the same, it’s because you are feeling the Shift!

     

    Sleeper with Woody Allen. A funny slapstick comedy.

     

    Somersby with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster. 1993. Creative integrity can become very expensive and it can be worth it for true love. True love is never long enough.

     

    Sorcerer's Apprentice (German title: Duell der Magier) with Nicolas Cage, inspires the love of trusting your hidden nonlinear talents rather than trying to crush them and pretending to be normal, with the necessary lesson that when the talents work, don't get cocky.

     

    Source Code with Jake Gyllenhal.

     

    Spotlight with Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo.

     

    Starman with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. When interacting we have many assumptions and expectations. From the view of an alien these assumptions and expectations don’t exist. The alien viewpoint gives us way more options than a typical human viewpoint, including a direct access to love.

     

    Thelma and Louise by Ridley Scott with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Two women escaping the patriarchy and waking up to who they really are.

     

    Time Bandits by Terry Gilliam. From time to time you find yourself in the strangest places at the strangest times. It seems as if you fall through a hole in the universe and you wonder: “What the hell am I doing here?” This is the story of a group of Gremlins who have stolen a map from God without realizing that even their most secret plans are still God’s plans. There are no accidents but you can only put the threads together when looking back.

     

    Tomorrowland - A World Beyond by Brad Bird. "In every moment there is the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. So you dwell on this oh, terrible future, you resign yourselves to it, for one reason — because that future doesn't ask anything of you today". A touching movie about the future and a woman taking responsibility for her own vision of it.

     

    V for Vendetta with Natalie Portman. This is a rough and elegant film of a woman’s rite of passage, a man’s fulfilling his destiny, and the kind of revolution that we need.

     

    We Feed the World by Erwin Wagenhofer. An Austrian documentary critically irradiating increasing mass production of foods and industrialization (for example the intensive mass animal farming). He does well without a speaker, the pictures and a few comments of the acting persons (farmers, biologists …) speak for themselves.

     

    What about Bob? with Bill Murray. Innocence and humor can do bigger miracles than logic. Healing is a nonlinear process. That’s why true healers need access to nonlinearity. Going nonlinear is not an intellectual procedure cleverly planned by the mind. Nonlinear healing often happens through using the golden key given to us by the client.

     

    Willow with Val Kilmer. Sometimes our Destiny brings us far away from our self image. Then we have to make a choice between how we view ourselves or how the universe views us. This is a fantastic film of adventure, fantasy, love, and humorful interactions.

     

    Wizard of Earthsea is the initiatory journey of young Ged who, through naive youthful arrogance, releases dark forces into the world and finds himself responsible for handling them. It requires more than he could ever imagine. This film is based on the four books by Ursula K. LeGuinn, and as usual, the books are better than the film, but still, this film is also good!

     

    Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright.

    Books

    1491: New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus (in deutsch Kolumbus' Erbe: Wie Menschen, Tiere, Pflanzen die Ozeane überquerten und die Welt von heute schufen) by Charles Mann. Most Western history books describe North and South America before Columbus arrived in 1492 as a vast, underused territory, sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures would bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists, paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings together in 1491, different stories have been emerging. Among the revelations: the first Americans may not have come over the Bering land bridge around 12,000 B.C. but by boat along the Pacific coast 10 or even 20 thousand years earlier; the Americas were a far more urban and populated with bigger cities than Europe at the time, with healthier people, bigger trade routes, and more technologically advanced than white people assume; and the Indians, rather than living in static harmony with nature, radically engineered the landscape across the continents, to the point that even "timeless" natural features like the Amazon rainforest can be seen as products of human intervention. This is an important and totally eye-opening book. e.g. One linquist was compiling a dictionary of the language of the inhabitants of the horn of South America which consisted mostly of relationship words and verbs. It was still incomplete and contained more words than the English Oxford Dictionary of the time.

     

    The Alchemy Of Love And Sex (in deutsch Transformation von Liebe und Sexualität) by Lee Lozowick. Here are collected insights, secrets and practices for navigating the evolving dynamics of physical and energetic intimacies with your partner.

     

    The Alchemy Of Transformation (in deutsch Die Alchimie der Wandlung. Gespräche eines Baul-Meisters) by Lee Lozowick. From the Baul perspective, ongoing transformation is the way of life and love. Warning: Significant Box expansion.

     

    Aquarius Now (in deutsch Die sanfte Revolution: Gelebte Visionen für eine menschlichere Welt) by Marilyn Ferguson. What a genius of synthesis this woman was. "We have no enemy except ourselves and the mess we’ve made individually and collectively by refusing to look at what we’re doing to our bodies, our minds, our society, and the earth itself. We’ve been seduced by the cult of numbers, caught in a web of mindless materialism, obsessed with competition, with winning and losing, afraid of anything that can’t be seen or measured, and in the grip of an economic model where only that which generates more money is worth pursuing.” Back in 1982 Marilyn Ferguson's book Aquarian Conspiracy (in deutsch Die sanfte Verschwörung) changed my life. Maybe this one will change yours. I spoke with Marilyn on the phone several times before she died rather suspiciously in 2008 from a "heart attack."

     

    Autobiography Of A Yogi (in deutsch Autobiographie eines Yogi: Das Lebenszeugnis des großen indischen Meisters, der zum Mittler zwischen westlicher und östlicher Religiosität wurde) by Paramahansa Yogananda. This is a classic introduction to the Indian spiritual traditions written by one of the most respected practitioners. Many of the miracle stories he tells are unbelievable, yet, I think they are true. This is the handbook of the Self Realization Fellowship.

     

    Cat’s Cradle (in deutsch Katzenwiege) by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. This book is a little depressing, but not unrealistic. Here is where Vonnegut first introduces distinctions about cultural relativity, meaning your culture is no more real and valid than the culture of the people you are trying to belittle or eradicate. No wonder the Americans, Australians, Japanese, Chinese, etc. could thoughtlessly and arrogantly wipe out original inhabitants thinking, "Our culture is better than your culture if we can kill you." No wonder Hernando Cortez and the other Catholic Portuguese and Spanish Conquistadores rubbed small-pox puss into blankets and gave them generously as "vergiftet" gifts to the Incas, Aztecs, Mayans and other natives of the Americas, knowingly exterminating 93% of original populations. No wonder there could be Apartheid and racism and ongoing war between Jewish/American Christians and Moslems. We were not yet initiated into cultural relativity. Fortunately that is happening now... One of the characters in Cat's Cradle, Bokonon, is definitely a Possibility Manager. The book is full of useful models and new words, such as "grand falloon" and "karass" which have successfully entered next-culture vocabulary, to join words like "grok" from Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.

     

    Choice Theory (This seems to be not available in deutsch, and difficult to obtain in English. Even the book Reality Therapy is difficult to get in English but was once translated to deutsch as Realitätstherapie. Neue Wege der Psychotherapie, but is also out of print.) by William Glasser. Harper Collins. A central book for understanding Possibility Management's approach to taking radical responsibility for choosing, one of the three powers of a human being. Also be sure to read Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse.

     

    Conscious Parenting (in deutsch Spirituelle Erziehung. Hilfreiche Ratschläge, Praktische Weisheit) by Lee Lozowick. The book explodes with examples applying spiritual principles to every day life in practical detail. Warning: Significant Box expansion.

     

    Creating by Robert Fritz. This is a central volume in the Possibility Management study books. Robert Fritz delivers many powerful and clarifying distinctions about responsibility, creating, and stepping into a life that truly matters to you.

     

    The Diamond Age (in deutsch Diamond Age) by Neal Stephenson. The friendly John Percival Hackworth is a nanotechnician who just finished developing a "book", A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, which is actually an interactive-supercomputer designed to teach a young girl to think for herself in a stifling society. It performs its functions perfectly. Unfortunately Hackworth loses the book, and it falls into the hands of a street urchin whose Box expands to the point of changing the face of Shanghai. As a parallel project, I am coding Possibility Management into a picture language (making a pictionary) to be loaded into the laptops being dropped into village children behind the lines of civilization through One Laptop Per Child www.wiki.laptop.org.

     

    Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings (in deutsch Die Kraft des bewussten Fühlens) by Clinton Callahan. This book is full of photographs, thoughtmaps, and initiatory edgework experiments that build matrix to hold more consciuosness.

     

    Dune (in deutsch Der Wüstenplanet) by Frank Herbert. In this saga of a young man's initiations, trainers, elders, strangers, witches and his lover deliver many Possibility Management distinctions. There are several films made based on the Dune series, but none of them come close to this opening volume by Frank Herbert.

     

    Ecotopia (in deutsch Ein Weg nach Ökotopia) by Ernest Callenbach. The setting is the early 21st century. Ecotopia is a new country made out of what used to be Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. It has been independent for several decades. At last, an official visitor from New York is admitted: Will Weston, top investigative reporter. Like a modern Gulliver, Weston is sometimes horrified sometimes impressed despite himself, and sometimes touched by the strange practices he encounters - which include ritual war games, collective ownership and operation of farms and factories, and an attention to trees and reforestation which borders on tree-worship.

     

    Ender´s Game (in deutsch Enders Spiel) by Orson Scott Card. The best book on team leadership and the function of practice I have ever found. (Also read Orson Scott Card's Treason if you can get it.) In 2013 a film based on the Ender's Game books was released. The pictures are pretty exciting but the film fails to capture the energy and teambuilding spirit delivered by the book.

     

    The Essence Of Parenting by Anne Johnson and Vic Goodman. This is an extensively explained invitation to an excellent context for child raising.

     

    Finite and Infinite Games: a vision of life as play and possibility (in deutsch Endliche und unendliche Spiele: Die Chancen des Lebens) by Joseph P. Carse. There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change—as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. This is a key book for understanding how Possibility Management works.

     

    Getting Real by Lee Lozowick, Hohm Press, Prescott, Arizona, 2007. If you want to read a spiritual book that Clinton Callahan recommends, you can start with this one. (After that read In The Fire.)

     

    Gifts Of Unknown Things or Lifetide or Lightning Bird by Lyall Watson. Or read all three. Gifts and Lifetide expand your Box about what is possible for human beings. Lightning Bird is the story of an archeologist in Africa who becomes as a man of 30,000 years ago to find the secrets others failed to find. I can't tell if any if the above three books are in German yet, but I did find Dark Nature: a natural history of evil in deutsch Die Nachtseite des Lebens. Eine Naturgeschichte des Bösen, which is also a superb example of Lyall Watson's deeply curious intelligence, and helpful in your underworld work.

     

    The Great Growing Up: being responsible for humanity's future by John Renesch. The Gaian Road Team got to interview John in his San Francisco apartment in 2013. His book addresses an urgent collective choice: to opt for responsible adulthood over the largely adolescent ways we have been relating to one another and our planet Earth. The choice is accomplished through a change of thinking that supports a paradigm shift - from adolescent self-centeredness to adult responsibility for all life forms. Anyone willing to genuinely "grow up” can make this necessary choice. Ever-increasing numbers of individuals today are already growing in consciousness and are training themselves to take on leadership roles in bringing about the first conscious evolution of our species. This represents a mostly invisible global movement of historic proportions. John's book invites anyone concerned with humanity's future to participate in this new thinking.

     

    High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them (in deutsch Countdown für eine bessere Welt: Lösungen für 20 globale Probleme) by J. F. Rischard, Basic Books Inc. published in 2002. Taking responsible action depends on your level of clarity about what’s really going on as well as on the number of real options you can choose from. This book is so full of clarity and reasonable options that it completely changed my life focus when I read it in 2007 when there were already only 15 years left to solve the 20 problems. Now there are a mere 8 years remaining. If J.F.s asessments are even close to being accurate, you and I have front row seats to global collapse. Did you ever sit in front row seats at Sea World when the Killer Whale jumps? We are about to get splashed with more than a bit of cold salty water.

     

    Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, by Richard Bach is humourous, touching and no-nonsense adventures about remembering our true nature. The questioning and answering of both characters is an inner discovery for everyone who is on the path. Flying lessons guaranteed.

     

    Impro (not in deutsch yet, but there is this: Theaterspiele: Spontaneität, Improvisation und Theatersport) by Keith Johnstone. Here is a small handbook just overflowing with amazing distinctions and exercises for building improvisational theater skills. He also opens the univers of conscious status transactions and what can be accessed in trance theater.

     

    In Search Of The Miraculous (in deutsch Auf der Suche nach dem Wunderbaren) by P. D. Ouspensky. This thick book opened the door for me to find all the information we study about holding and navigating space. It is about taking radical responsibility for things we never thought could be taken responsibility for. Peter Ouspensky was a student of G. I . Gurdjieff, a teacher from Eastern Europe who taught about "The Fourth Way - the way of the sly man" mostly in Paris and died in 1949. It is worth wrestling this book to its end.

     

    In the Fire by Lee Lozowick. The book to read after you read Getting Real.

     

    Ishmael (in deutsch Ismael) by Daniel Quinn. An adventure for the mind and the spirit. Daniel Quinn said, "Something better than civilization is waiting for us." He knows what he is talking about.

     

    Island (in deutsch Eiland) by Aldous Huxley. This is one of the 4 next culture community books I recommend to people, along with Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach, The Kin Of Ata Are Waiting For You by Dorothy Bryant, and Watch The North Wind Rise by Robert Graves.

     

    The Jump Into Life by Arnaud Desjardins. This book describes what happens when you truly understand and therefore cannot help but live from the context generated by that little phrase on the Map of Possibility: “Everything is neutral.”

     

    The Kin Of Ata Are Waiting For You (in deutsch Die Insel der Ata) by Dorothy Bryant. An excellent story about encountering a working community. Highly recommended.

     

    Leadership and Self Deception (in deutsch Raus aus der Box! Über den Umgang mit der Selbsttäuschung) by the Arbinger Institute. Here you will find a procedure for taking radical responsibility, starting with yourself.

     

    The Life Of Milarepa by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa. Milarepa's teacher Marpa eventually sent him to sit in a cave high up in the Tibetan Himilayas. If you go to that cave now you can stand in there and find a place where Milarepa left a message for all to see about what he learned about reality. There is a handprint melted into the solid rock made by Milarepa's hand during meditation.

     

    Manhood (in deutsch Männer auf der Suche: Sieben Schritte zur Befreiung) by Steve Biddulph. I am saddened to say that I have found no book that satisfies me with regards to addressing modern patriarchal empire indoctrinated males about becoming initiated men. Steve Biddulph's is the best I have so far found. Most men's literature is steeped in the Freudian Jungian psycholanalytical context of modern culture which tends to leave out 3 bodies altogether.

     

    The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (in deutsch Der Mond ist eine herbe Geliebte) by Robert A. Heinlein. This is the story of a core group of people (and one computer) organizing independence from an oppressive corporatocracy. Sound familiar? For an inspiring story of teamwork between two couples read The Number of the Beast (in deutsch Die Zahl des Tiers).

     

    Mount Analogue (in deutsch Der Analog. Ein nicht-euklidischer, im symbolischen Verstand authentischer alpinistischer Abeneeuerroman) by René Daumal (1952). Here is an amazing archetypal story about the initiatory path of discovery, evolution, and group work. Mr. Daumal died half-way through writing this short book from a long illness. René's inspired wife provides notes at the back of the book about where he would have taken the remainder of the story. The notes are like finding pieces of a treasure map.

     

    Occupy World Street (in deutsch Occupy World Street - Roadmap für den radikalen Wandel) by Ross Jackson. (www.occupyworldstreet.org) This is the book the Pirate Translation Team transformed into German without previous permission and because it was already translated got it published in German with Hirzel Verlag. In addition to giving an accurate assessment of current eco-political reality on Earth, Ross also gives us a pathway to establish a Gaian League of Nations operating around a set us sustainable values.

     

    Of Water and The Spirit (in deutsch Vom Geist Afrikas) by Malidoma Patrice Somé. This is one of the most amazingly clear and mind-blowing reports of African initiatory process from the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso.

     

    Open Space Technology (in deutsch Open Space Technology: Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis) by Harrison Owen. A user handbook for a powerful and fun nonlinear meeting technology that uses creative sanctuary and parallel play.

     

    Original Wisdom (in deutsch Das Lächeln der Senoi: was es bedeutet ein Mensch zu sein) by Robert Wolff. This is the only book in which I had a tacit understanding and experience about what is lost when modern culture extinguishes indigenous and original intelligence. "Seeing" is a resource that guaranteed us a sustainable culture for over 40.000 years. I've written emails back and forth with Robert over the past years. He is in the process of dying, having lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for many years. Take a look at his website. He is very personal there. www.wildwolff.com

     

    Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon. The source of some of our favorit PM thoughtmaps. A must-read book. For more see www.gordontraining.com.

     

    Perfect Love Imperfect Relationships by John Welwood. Many exercise, total clarity. The man knows what he is talking about.

     

    Radiant Joy Brilliant Love (in deutsch Wahre Liebe im Alltag) by Clinton Callahan. The most recent and complete information about relationship and communication, about being a man or a woman, and about the crucial rite of passage into adulthood.

     

    Radical Honesty (deutsch Radikal Ehrlich) by Brad Blanton. Straight. Funny. Touching. Encouraging. Transformative. You can do it, but only if you try. Marion and I met with Brad in Stockholm, Sweden, in December 2013. He wanted to meet us. We wanted to meet him. It was a good meeting. How do we know? We will be publishing some of Brad's books in German through Next Culture Press, starting with Radical Parenting.

     

    Radical Parenting (not in deutsch yet - in process by Next Culture Press) by Brad Blanton. Brad is not presenting himself in a good light in this book. That is the book's value. It's honest. The writing is based on Brad's personal experiences, including his shadow side. The book is thorough because over the years Brad has had so many clients for psychotherapy who have repeated over and over again the same family breakdown symptoms, that Brad's ideas and shared skills drill directly to the source. A useful read.

     

    Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, and Long Life Honey In The Heart (Secrets is in deutsch Die Geheimnisse des Jaguars. Eine Entdeckungsreise in die Welt der Maya, but Long Life Honey In The Heart is not) by Martín Prechtel. Secrets is an intimate and heart-rending retelling of Martín Prechtel becoming trained and serving as a Mayan shaman. Honey is an intimate and heart-rending retelling of Martín Prechtel becoming trained and serving as the head of his Mayan village initiators. Both stories occurred at the same time in Martín's life, making the whole thing both believable and awe inspiring. Both stories relate to the ordeals and exertions involved in becoming a functional Possibility Manager and especially a Possibility Trainer. These are required reading...

     

    Self Observation: the awakening of conscience - an owner's manual (not in deutsch yet) by Red Hawk. The author is a personal friend of mine (Clinton Callahan), fellow student of Lee Lozowick, and a lover and practitioner of Gurdjieffian self-observation. (See the book In Search of the Miraculous by P. D. Ouspensky for other teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff.) In Possibility Management we do Possibility Management self-observation. But since there is almost nothing out there in print about the critical skills and practices of neutral self-observation, and since self-observation forms the basis essentially all further practices in Possibility Management, this is an amazing book to read (and thin, too).

     

    Shogun (in deutsch Shogun) by James Clavell. An historical fiction relaying the value of traveling to cultures very different from your own and cultivating an attitude of, "Oh, interesting, how does this go here? How do you say that? I never thought of this before! Can I try that?" with lots of time spent listening and observing yourself and getting off your own culture's beliefs and superstitutions. The lesson is a practice of simply being in the awesome presence of life in a gameworld very different from your own, and then finding ways to relate and connect. It could be how your destiny unfolds!

     

    Star Maker (in deutsch Der Sternenschöpfer) by Olaf Stapledon. (Also read Odd John.) Star Maker is a remarkable book about very wide perspectives over time and space, and searching for what is really going on.

     

    Teaching As A Subversive Activity (this may be it in deutsch: Fragen und Lernen. Die Schule als kritische Anstalt) by and Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner. This is a great book about taking responsibility for your own education.

     

    Thief of Time (in deutsch Der Zeitdieb) by Terry Pratchett. Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on Discworld (this is Terry Pratchett's twenty-sixth Discworld Novel!!! There are 45 million Discworld Novels sold.) managing time is the job of the Monks of History, who store time and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like underwater — how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities where there’s never enough time. But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against time for Lu Tze (The Sweeper - their equivalent of a Possibility Manager) and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because the clock will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone’s problems. This is my favorite Terry Pratchett book.

     

    Veronica Decides To Die (in deutsch Veronika beschließt zu sterben) by Paulo Coelho. Life reveals a secret vitality once you free yourself from concepts about life.

     

    Watch The North Wind Rise (in deutsch Sieben Tage Milch und Honig) by Robert Graves. This book is also sometimes sold under the title Seven Days In New Crete. In all titles it is out of print. This is Robert Graves' telling about a poet who is abducted into a post-civilization future a thousand years from now. Clocks, money and machinery have disappeared. Paper is rejected because of the evils of bureaucracy. Magicians are important and so are rituals, handicrafts and love. The people have adopted the principle, "Nothing without love." Everyone worships a Mother Goddess, and life is local and personal. Villages war against each other in dramatic fashion - but only on Tuesdays, and no one gets hurt. Graves' story has history, reality and a stunning inner logic. "WATCH THE NORTH WIND RISE is a book so rich in style and plot, so profoundly mythic and at the same time so lightly comic, that there is simply no way to communicate its full flavor." (The Washington Post) It is one of the four books I recommend about next-culture community, along with The Kin Of Ata Are Waiting For You by Dorothy Bryant, Island by Aldous Huxley, and Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.

     

    When Things Fall Apart (in deutsch Wenn alles zusammenbricht: Hilfestellung für schwierige Zeiten) by Pema Chödrön. Constructive thoughts from a woman with years of ruthless self-honesty and vigilant introspection.

     

    Wild Thinking (in deutsch Abenteuer Denken: 52 Abenteuerreisen zu größeren Möglichkeiten) by Clinton Callahan. In our modern culture mind is at war with our imagination. Mind has won. It is possible for you to retrieve your imagination but only by exerting personal efforts, efforts that are not already described by modern culture. The efforts require particular new ways of thinking exercised consistently over a long period of time. Wild Thinking is a path for that effort. For your convenience it is divided into 137 SPARKs (and counting!) which are compiled in here. Each SPARK (Specific Practical Applications of Radical Knowledge) begins with a concentrated distinction that is unfolded into adventurous edgework experiments creating greater possibilities for you.

     

    Winning Through Enlightenment by Ron Smothermon, M.D. This book is very near to being a handbook of ideas and models that we are learning and applying in Possibility Management. Some of his ideas do not match ours, and some of our ideas are more developed than his, particularly about feelings and archetypal initiations, plus we have tools, maps and technologies that he does not mention in the book. But overall, this is one of the closest books to directly supporting our work. Again I want to warn you to be careful to continue to use and develop the language of Possibility Management while at the same time being able to use these understandings. Find out how to say what he means in our language rather than speaking about Possibility Management in his language.

     

    The Wizard Of Earthsea (in deutsch Der Magier der Erdsee) by Ursula K. LeGuinn. An initiatory journey of Ged, an young magician's apprentice, to face and conquer (if he can) the dark forces he set forth on the planet of Earthsea. There are four books in this series. They are all good, although, as usual, the first is best. There is also a film by the same name and it is pretty good, too. But read the books first, and then the condensed story in the film will make more sense.

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