Norm and Skye are co-founders among others of TAI. They bring unique perspectives to their emerging insights on the phenomenon of life and what it requires of us.

Norm's thesis emerging from his comprehensive and wide spectrum search for the role of values in science has given him both a history and experience with science of physics, information theory, logic, metaphysics and philosophy as well as mathematics and axiology that give him a perspective grounding from which he can leap, make quantum leaps into the unknown and feel at home – he shares here knowledge of this shifting reality from materialism to organism. 

Skye brings her empirical experience of using the emerging insights in coaching, healing, learning, of meeting with people up close and personal.  In this interchange, new world- views emerge out of the uniqueness of this intersection, healing and becoming true to ones own nature becomes more fully realized. Skye tells her story of life with Norm and their learning and loving together on this journey of discovery.
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A logic derived from whole-ness
Friday, 04 March 2016

Every living entity, each cell, molecule, you and me, society, Gaia and the universe, functions as artists in creating its own life; jazz artists! There are no written parts to be played.  Every living entity is connected to the wholeness, oneness, of life.  Through such connection there is great awareness possible within from which to determine action, more than can be experienced through traditional senses.

In contrast psychologist Eleanor Rosch, who in 1996 characterized the current state of human knowledge and what I would call the world of technology, or machine world, as follows:

"In the analytic picture offered by the cognitive sciences, the world consists of separate objects and states of affairs, the human mind is a determinate machine which, in order to know, isolates and identifies those objects and events, finds the simplest possible predictive contingencies between them, stores the results through time in memory, relates the items in memory to each other such that they form a coherent but indirect representation of the world and oneself, and retrieves those representations in order to fulfill the only originating value, which is to survive and reproduce in an evolutionarily successful manner”.

In keeping with current discoveries, she now speaks of primary knowing.

..."primary knowing" arises by means of "interconnected wholes, rather than isolated contingent parts and by means of time-less, direct, presentation" rather than through stored "re-presentation."  "Such knowing is open rather than determinate, and a sense of unconditional value, rather than conditional usefulness, is an inherent part of the act of knowing itself," said Rosch. Acting from such awareness is "spontaneous, rather than the result of decision making”, and it is "compassionate…since it is based on wholes larger than the self."

 
I Love Beginnings (Welcome 2016)
Friday, 01 January 2016

I love beginnings – it’s like fresh, clean pages ready for the filling, creating, innovating, discovering,  exploring.  A new Year begins with the passing of hours, a calendar page turned, and off we go. This morning I’ve already read of a “Beautiful” new human like robot, a meal delivery site that will bring me fresh, wonderful ingredients coupled with recipes and how to cook all within a price range unimaginable (not regarding the cost on the planet of shipping, packaging etc.),  inspired writings about “ringing out the old and ringing in the new”,  a cautionary tale about surprising deaths most likely to occur and a call from poet, Neruda to think about “love as political feeling in the way it is predicated on freedom, justice and equality.”

 

So beginnings have already started us down the run way toward  becomings, towards a future bringing with it choices, deep questions about being alive,  being human and qualities we will get to  revere or shun in the process of it all.  So in my NEW Year’s beginning and becoming, I’ll take a moment or two to consider this “empty” page before me,  what do I choose to call out of all possibility?  Much will occur I cannot imagine as the diversity of living lives together create, each from their own empty pages.  So I get to ride the waves,  show up, feel the exhilaration of hope with each breath of life.  What a joy to feel the world of people everywhere beginning again, starting again.  What will we create together in the next 12 months?  I choose more of that Love feeling predicated on freedom, justice and equality.

 
A great nation is not saved by wars but by ideas of human caring
Saturday, 11 October 2014

"A great nation is not saved by wars, it is saved 'by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans or empty quacks. William James quote in honor of Robert Gould Shaw the man who had led the Fifty-Fourth and had died at Fort Wagner in 1863.

 

 
What do you know about yourself? Who, what, why are you? What do you Value?
Sunday, 23 February 2014

 What do you know about yourself?  What do you value? Or in other words, what do you like, what do you want to do?  I find this to be a most interesting set of questions today.  First of all, many people don’t seem to know how to answer questions of this form largely because they don’t know what they value, and if they do know, they don’t have language for talking about it. In addition there is little awareness that what they value drives what they are drawn to do, to buy, to vote for, or to do just about anything, including what they think about.

 

What makes people buy and buy when they don't have the money to do so?  For some, it's buying itself that they value.  But nevertheless, it is values that drive our every act from what clothes to buy, to what apps, to what food and even what we choose to pay attention to, to learn, from moment to moment.

 

The underlying purpose for values is they are the guides for what and why the actions we choose are perceived by us as "effective?"  One-reason values are so hard to talk about is that they are not “things” that we have, or not.  They are a vital aspect of our living process given us as an evolutionary navigation tool, as “coherence laws” for our survival and satisfaction for living what we may define a “good life,” or not.

 

Getting to know "myself" and to answer the questions "who, what and why am I” has long been a spiritual one, yet how does this question serve us today? First perhaps it's because everyone in the world including the government, corporations, software developers, and retailers such as Amazon, Target or Wal-Mart want to know me. They spend billions on "big data collection" so they can know me better than I know myself in many cases.  I'm losing a whole lot of autonomy or ability to function according to my own unalienable rights; to act according to my inner self-laws necessary for me to survive as me. So with all the talk about surveillance and privacy invasion by governments, what worries me is how little we are seeing our rights being taken away before our eyes by the apps we choose, the technology with which we surround ourselves from remotes that operate our ovens to the GPS on our cars, in our phones or our choices on Netflix.

 

I’m not concerned here with what you value, but rather do you know what you value, that is the greater concern.

 

When I know you better than you know yourself, "I can control you."   This has been understood for decades as a means of "brainwashing" used by persuasive communication in elections, or by advertisers to get us to buy products.  The advertizing industry knows brilliantly how to appeal to your "not knowing” self, your "shadow side."  It’s good for them that we remain as unconscious as possible so as advertisers or persuaders they can manipulate our every action with our “shadow side,” those aspects we don't like about ourselves, and have chosen to ignore or deny.  Also there are ways cultural norms and stories are formed around certain valuing dimensions. Cultures collect a series of beliefs about who we should or should not be – behaviors that are acceptable and those that are not.  Notice how they have changed over the years.  Ever ask why?  

 

I’m not suggesting here that the answer comes from our fall-out with religions or that our science has become our religion.  No I’m suggesting it’s happened because we don’t yet know our living natures as well as we know technology ways.  Our world has gotten better according to Bill Gates’s evaluation and what values does he hold to make that evaluation?

 

I’m suggesting there is much yet to learn about who, what, and how we are choosing to be human on this planet at this time.  How can we know our living selves, our value driven choices?  As living beings we have amazing, forgotten capabilities and there are many ways of knowing and creating from which to act - only being discovered. 

 

I’m calling everyone to join in discovering this knowing we have within each of us about how that works and how we can have an impact on creating a “better life” acting with more consciousness of what is our definition of “good,” and what we are valuing individually and collectively.

 

Come to a conversation with me on how we can know ourselves?   What are the issues and opportunities in our times to access more deeply a fuller capacity for knowing how we recognize "effective actions,” for what we experience as "good."  Do you know what you find as "good?"  How do you recognize something or someone is good?  I offer here that how we know lies, largely, outside our conscious awareness. However with all the new knowledge being shared about technology, I’d like to advance new knowledge about being a living being, and how uniquely we function, not as fixed predictable, cause and effect machines, trapped in our a history of beliefs that no longer serve us.  Let’s bring into focus that “four minute mile belief” that needs breaking free, to allow new visions of the possible for realizing a world better than the one we have known.  We can break with the controls that hold our human capital captive - free ourselves to create a world of the "good” we choose KNOWING OURSELVES as living beings, not predictable robotic machines.  Sign on here to join Learning Conversations on Knowing Ourselves.

   

 
Personal Agency Gets Us Where We Want to Go (consciously or unconsciously)
Thursday, 18 April 2013

I recently learned of two programs tackling the challenge of Breaking the Cycles of Poverty in Mexico and Africa with amazing results.  Why are they working?   What is the definition of working? The processes/programs/methodologies honor, encourage and develop the natural Personal Agency and Intrinsic Motivation inherent in individuals and communities.  What they find is that much is impacted with this focus.  It speaks volumes to how we envision our life. 

The Enabling Empowerment Principle - Intrinsic Motivation

A person is empowered when they are able to make choices on their own that determine what their next steps will be. The more choices you are free to make on your own, the more empowered you are. The choices you make can have a positive result or a negative result. An empowered person is responsible for his or her life and decisions.

 

Breaking The Poverty Cycle & Sustainable Development – Pic and Sirkin (Program in Mexico) speak of it this way:

An optimally functioning democratic society entails a citizenry that participates in constructing its future.  We have stressed the importance of laws, infrastructure, clinics, and schools in creating the structural context in which people lead their daily lives.  Policies and program can enhance choice, personal agency, and intrinsic empowerment so that people may form a strong social core. Change in systems of paternalism and rule-boundedness – especially at the local level is realized through the actions of agentically empowered citizens and leaders.

A mindset of a personal agency requires thinking beyond isolated behaviors, to perceive oneself as part of a community and as an agent, rather than object, of change. Programs that address several domains of activity facilitate a more comprehensive conceptualization of oneself as an agent. They do so by supporting the application of the developed skills across a number of situations, thus building wider competencies and creating opportunities to execute new behaviors.  This process requires not only common skills but also the reduction of psychological and social barriers.

When psychological barriers are sufficiently reduced, personal agency can evolve to the point where individuals begin to see themselves simultaneously as part of the context and influential within it. We named this intrinsic empowerment. Drawing from the fields of socio-economic research and psychology, intrinsic empowerment combines the ideas of empowerment and personal agency as part of a fluid context.  It is a specific form of empowerment that is intrinsically derived and therefore, we argue, is more likely to be sustainable. Together, individuals empowered with these psychological characteristics have the capacity to profoundly impact communities, and institutes within their communities.

Pic and Sirkin’s work is influenced by Robert S. Hartman’s original work on formal Axiology of which I spoke last issue in terms of different ways of knowing.

David Glenwinkle’s work with VillageCare.org reveals similar values of approach. He is a gifted writer bringing the challenges and history of Africa into focus with his book, Insanity of Africa and his OPOS Facilitator’s Guidebook. He points out a history of what works and what doesn’t with these two documents.

I found myself thinking of other programs that are demonstrating promising similar results for similar reasons - Restorative Justice, Delancey Street Foundation Correction System, Homeboy Industries, and Neighborhood Promise, to name but a few).  What they share in common is an underlying belief assumption that Personal Agency and Intrinsic motivation are alive and well in all living beings.  It’s as if when these natural capacities are not used, they atrophy. They don’t go away, but with a paternalistic, sometime well intended approach with imposed rule-bounded structures, the living being has a couple of choices; to give in and go along with that imposition in order to receive minimum survival needs provided by the system. Or they can fight, be a rebel or join a gang or worse, create a war.

 
Lincoln, the Movie - A Life Lesson on Valuing Processes, Uncertainty, and more...
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

 For Inner Tapestry - Theme Starting Over, Again

Lincoln, The Movie:A Life Lesson on Valuing Processes, Uncertainty, Necessary Diversity, and Coherence

What is making people applaud at the end of this movie?  The praise of its merits seem to come from a majority of folks. What can it help us understand about coming to agreements in such a difficult climate?  It clearly speaks to something we all share in - freedom for all?  Inalienable rights?  Let's have a conversation to go deeper. 

 By now many of you will have hopefully seen the movie, Lincoln.  I would like to open a conversation that uses this work of art as a source for learning about living processes and ways of creative organisms namely, humans, in this case.

I was struck with how much of life is driven by thoughts and decisions made in uncertainty, how each persons life contributes to what is becoming.  Also we witness the emergence of coherence, that is a coming to the sense of the meeting and the messiness of such a process.  How does it work?  How do we ever come to agreements and evolve as human beings?  Big questions, yes,  but Norm was one to tackle such questions.  Perhaps in some way Id like to continue that tradition of process here.        

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing whats going to happen next." Gilda Radner   Its Always Something

I propose here to point out a process perspective that such a snap-shot of history in this movie Lincoln provides us.  The art of filmmaking requires a similar process, as the one we get to view in this film, with choices being made individually and collectively to find the richest, hopefully highest harmonization towards a coherence.  When people applaud at the end of a movie, and give it praise from all walks of life, perhaps that coherence is evident.  Something of truth is expressed, universal enough that everyone can find something in which to relate.  I guess that would be my definition of good art.   Some may wish that different artistic choices had been made, but lets use what is there for the purpose of our discussion.

My first thought out of the movie was we need more slow/deep thinkers as Lincoln appeared to be.  He surrounded himself with folks who disagreed with him not by choice, I suspect, but by recognition that to leave any one point of view out would only lead to some aspect of the whole not becoming integral to a lasting comprehensive coherence. 

 
The Process of a Living Reality - How Does It Work? It's Time to Know Better
Thursday, 08 November 2012

We are entering upon an age of reconstruction, in religion, in

science, and in political thought. Such ages, if they are to avoid

mere ignorant oscillation between extremes, must seek truth in

its ultimate depth. There can be no vision of this depth of

truth apart from a philosophy which takes full account of

those ultimate abstractions, whose inter-connections it is the

business of mathematics to explore. . .. The paradox is now

fully established that the utmost abstractions are the true

weapons with which to control our thought of concrete fact.

-        ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD

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But what abstract discipline can ethics, or aesthetics, or any

non-physical interest of philosophers fall back upon? Mathematics

does not apply to all phenomena. Certainly the "values"

of ethics, as they are conceived to present, defy mathematical

treatment .... How, then,. can we hope for the sort of abstract

analysis of values which might lead to the discovery of

really fundamental ideas? The indispensable tool of all philosophy

is logic. Pure logic, of which pure mathematics is a

branch, can deal with any subject matter whatever; it is not

limited to just such concepts and premises as will define the

sciences of quantity. But its possibilities in application to

ethics, aesthetics, history, etc., are as yet entirely unexplored.

Analyses of such concepts as "historic fact," "value," "life,"

and many others have never been undertaken. We have never

seriously tried to find the conceptual elements out of which

a science of ethics, for instance, could be made.

- SUSANNE LANGER

 
I Know the Way You Can Get (without a drink of love) Hafiz
Thursday, 29 March 2012

I know the way you can get.

When you have not had a drink of Love. Your face hardens. Your sweet muscles cramp, Children  become concerned About a strange look that appears in your eyes Which even begins to worry your own mirror And Nose. Squirrels and birds sense your sadness And call an important conference in a tall tree, They decide which secret code to chant to help your mind and soul. Even angels fear that brand of madness that arrays itself against the world and throws sharp stones and spears into the innocent. And into one's self. Oh I know the way you can get If you have not been drinking Love: You might rip apart Every sentence your friends and teachers say, Looking for hidden clauses. You might weigh everyword on a scale like a dead fish. You might pull out a ruler to measure from every angle in your darkness the beautiful dimensions of a heart you once Trusted. I know the way you can get if you have not had a drink from Love's Hands. That is why all of the Great Ones speak of the vital need To keep remembering God, So you will come to know and see Him As being Playful, And Wanting, Just Wanting to help. 

 from I heard God Laughing, Renderings of Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

 
Experiencing Our Human Amazingness Together-a LifeVIEW
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Life gives us infinite possibilities to be ourselves, to act, to live in concert with other life and yes, to be in conflict with other life as well. It's as if the loving energy source says here is the gift of life, now you get to choose what to do with it.  I will love you no matter what your choices holding always open to you the opportunity for redemption, for renewal and an opportunity to choose again.  We act out of some inner wisdom of beingness, some kind of finger print of our nature that unfolds with gentle and sometimes intense creativeness, running like a river finding its opportunities to run wherever it can.
 
Always there are constraints, some are from who we are in form and species, and some from the world in which we inhabit at any given time. Our creative core seems to be given the instructions for how to learn, to discover, to uncover, to find original ways of acting, being, functioning that have never been before.  Such revelations come through such constraints I believe. They say to our river, you have this and that to deal with, now what can you make of it?  Where do you want to run?  How do you want to move with this gift of life you have?
 
The actions we choose live on and on making ripples of impact in all directions into other living actions and beings' choices.  What a salad of concoctions we make together. Some are rich with flavors soothing and some are pungent, strident, bitter even.  What do we do with that?  What do we make of it?  What actions will we choose next?
 
So this day of dawning, another marking for renewal, starting again with fresh day, fresh hour, fresh moment, I sit with these Skye thoughts – life creates us as amazing beings – what I call on today in myself is remembering my amazing contribution to the concert and shake hands with others as they make their choices.  What a dance!  What a miracle of hopefulness!  What a life!

 
What does it mean to be alive?
Monday, 05 December 2011
What is life?  How do we experience it? Feel it?  Know it?

 Life works if we let it.  So why don't we?   Harrison Owen

 In the beginning was the GIFT of life.  No one asked to be given this gift, we receive this miraculous life force and promptly forget about it and take it for granted and begin to focus on the distractions of everything else.   We focus on "things," parts of the whole, and forget the most fundamental spark of life that makes every act of becoming possible. Without this connection to the life force, we don't exist, we don't sustain ourselves or any living process.

 We hear spiritual leaders lure us with this or that dogma of what they believe will help us feel this connection and call it religion, something that is believed, or something we have faith in. 

And we ask a very simple question that requires no seminar, book to read, course to take, or teacher to teach us, what beats your heart? 

What is the most basic fundamental truth of reality?  It is life – and of this realm many scientists and spiritual leaders alike are confounded. 

 So why has this escaped our attention?  What are the current conditions of belief and underlying assumptions about reality that keep us moving away from this inner wisdom, access to this cosmic force available to all living entities?

Ok.  Some definitions here to come soon

What is life?

What is a living entity?

What are Underlying assumptions, metaphysics?

What is reality? 

 

 

 

 
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