Friday, April 15, 2011

Happening to One Another

Game #3 was played yesterday.

Actually it was a pre—Game #3. We needed to do some preliminary team building yesterday so we created an interim process to accommodate that necessity.

This is an intense and powerful process I/we are bringing out of the moth balls (old New Horizons, pre-Anastasia going blind) into an updated form, the Climbing The Mountain of Awe Game.

We must proceed cautiously so we accomplish the awe we are after. And, avoid the pitfalls; diversity spawning polarization rather than transcending it.

It is a tricky affair to achieve this.

I am appreciating the power of our process as it derives from our old format, more and more.

So we had an interim Game #3 yesterday.

Today that experience (which was wonderfully successful) brought a quote to my mind.

From Eric Berne, M.D., the architect of Transactional Analysis, my home-base psychological modality of my psychotherapy practice, in “What Do You Say After You Say Hello?

Berne poses the book’s title question: “What do you say after you say hello?”

Answering his own question in the book’s introduction, Berne explains it thus:

This single question… “really contains within itself all the basic questions of human living and the fundamental problems of the social science.”

The answer to the question is essentially that after we say hello, we happen to one another.

“Happening to one another” means that we see the other person as a wonderful phenomenon.

Obviously this is not a high speed, internet –favorable activity.

Nonethess, if people did take the face-to-face time, slow down, even at a Starbucks, people possibly could happen to one another.

How could we not transcend the polarization that diversity can create, if we follow this path?

Berne illustrates his point, telling a little story about the genuine smile of the Fiji Islanders, “one of the rare jewels of the world.”

“It starts slowly. It illuminates the whole face... and it fades with secret slowness as it passes by."

Only the smiles of an “uncorrupted mother and infant greeting each other” compares,. Berne suggests.

(“What Do You Say After You Say Hello?’, Grove Press, pages 3 and 4.)

Our new GAME group team is developing this “happening to one another.”

We will reach awe, if we hold our course.

Maybe slowly. But certainly.

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