God And The Other Are Dead And Alive – Rediscovering Meaning, Our Sense Of Self And Belonging
With the death of God and the annihilation of the Other our sense of belonging, our sense of community and the meaning of life dissolves. The pseudo-autonomous individual in postmodern society who lives life in virtual spaces on phones, clicks and likes, loses its sense of direction. Fear and anxieties unsettle him who has become its own significant other, a selfie, moving in a self-referential circle, alienated and isolated in a meaningless world.
Yet, as the Aborigines of Australia say: you can kill a kangaroo but not the kangaroo’s dreaming. If God and the Other are dead, their essence is not. If we follow the totality of Nature – both overt and covert processes – we notice how God and the Other reappear in our dreams, fantasies and relational conflicts.
As we widen our perception beyond everyday reality into dreaming, Goddesses, witches, fools, beggars and thieves, are ever present. The world is alive as soon as we invite into dialogue the ones we marginalize, the dead, our enemies and fiends, and our highest dreams.
If we marginalize the Other, it comes back as a monster. If we do not communicate with our neighbors, cold war starts, if we marginalize conflict for too long, terrorists are born. The Other reappears in our body symptoms, in our conflicts, in attractions, in spooks and in social tension.
Worldwork, the extension of Processwork into social fields, provides attitudes and tools to facilitate dialogue. It explicitly includes not only overt roles in the field but also its ghosts, unwanted and unrepresented figures whose influence we sense but try to forget.
Interaction and relationship is what makes the world work. Relationship provides a sense of home. Connecting to a deeper sense of self, rediscovering meaning and our sense of community by welcoming and appreciating all voices and feelings, rational and transrational ones, we can develop true eldership in these turbulent times.
This keynote will include experiential exercises.
Processwork developed by Arnold Mindell and colleagues is an innovative, experience-oriented approach for facilitation change processes, in psychotherapy as well as inner and outer conflict work. Worldwork extends Processwork into the field of team and group facilitation. It invites and values all positions, roles and experiences in a given field, central and marginal ones. Worldwork is a radical interactional model facilitating processes on various systemic as well as perceptual levels simultaneously. Rational and transrational positions in the group, dreams, feelings, body experiences as well as ghost roles are included. The overall sense of coherence deepens as the totality of experience and descriptions of reality of the group’s members are represented and interacted with.
The Institut für Prozessarbeit IPA in Zurich Switzerland (founded 1982) is a member of the Swiss Charta for Psychotherapy as well as the International Federation for Psychotherapy IFP, a partner of the Association of Swiss Psychotherapists ASP and an accredited Training Institute for Psychotherapy in Switzerland. It offers bi-lingual D/E training for people from all walks of life. Processwork is represented on all continents. www.institut-prozessarbeit.ch