Resonance experiment #1
(The intent of this article is to provide raw material for future ITC groups that take the worlditcnet approach… in this case, the use of blogs, chatrooms, and forums to facilitate collaboration among menbers.)
The main challenge for an ITC group here on Earth in the future will be to maintain equilibrium and resonance among the members. Not an easy thing for us humans to do.
There are several tools and techniques that I’ve come up with on my worlditcnet website (which is not a working website of an active ITC group, but just a template for a kind of website that serious ITC groups might want to try someday). I think those tools and techniques might work well.
It’s unlikely that I’ll get the chance to put them to use in this lifetime by getting involved with another ITC group like INIT, so instead I’ll try to test some of those techniques here on this macyafterlife website… with readers’ help.
The tools and techniques include:
- A personal workspace where each member can refine those inner qualities that foster peace and harmony.
- A mission statement and spirit-world model that all members accept so that everyone is “of one mind.”
- Three membership levels in which…
- facilitators have learned some time-proven management skills (such as reflective listening and conflict resolution) to help members get along… to keep the group moving in the right direction, and to sustain resonance,
- operatives have spent three months or more using their personal workspaces and are now actively involved in chatrooms, committees, special ITC projects, etc., and
- provisionals are currently “off-line” from the group, either because they’re in the three-month initiation phase, or because there is a conflict between members that is not easily resolved by facilitators working individually with those members and so they’ve been moved to provisional status, or simply because a member wants to take a “time-out” from the group for a while.
So, for this first experiment, I’ve noticed there have been some contentions in the Comments section of a few recent posts. It’s the kind of conflict that happens often in human affairs, but I believe it would destabilize an ITC group.
It reminds me of the final years of the INIT group.
In fact, I’ve been working on this article for three days, and early this morning (7/8), just before finishing it, I recalled a crucial memory that had been buried in my mind for 20 years. Our third annual meeting in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1997 seemed to be a turning point, when (I’ve come to believe quite strongly) that contentious spirits tore into our ITC work. I recall, before the meeting, Maggy Fischbach in Luxembourg, our most vital member, suddenly did not want to go to Brazil, as though she felt a foreboding. It took some coaxing by several members, including me, to help her change her mind at the last moment, since a meeting without Maggy would have seemed (to some of us) like a day without sunshine. I felt a tension during the meetings that I hadn’t felt at our previous meetings in Dartington UK and Tarrytown USA. On our last day in Brazil I recall that a vital, staunch INIT member, Guenter Emde of Germany, exhibited symptoms of a heart attack. It seemed to me as though he was under assault by invisible forces. I recall being worried for his life and grateful that we were all soon heading home. It was not long after that meeting that Guenter, working closely with Maggy, asked an American (now living in Brazil) member, Dale Palmer, to leave the group. At the time I hadn’t a clue why our group was having all those troubles. Since then I’ve learned that ethical or compassionate or angry or contentious attitudes on Earth can attract ethical or compassionate or angry or contentious spirits into our lives and our affairs.
Key issue: I believe that when heated feelings among members start to disrupt ITC, contentious spirits can move in to stir things up badly. If we can take steps early in the spin cycle, as I’m experimenting with here, I believe we will be able to nip those situations in the bud.
In an ITC group there should be some pretty reliable steps that facilitators can take to quell the conflict quickly and to restore resonance. I’m still trying to work those out… so bear with me if I make some mistakes along the way in these “experiments.” The overall aim is to stop the drama in ITC before it escalates.
Ultimately, if conflicts seem unresolvable, facilitators would have the ability, after unanimous agreement among themselves, to move two or more involved members to provisional status for a period of time, so they are no longer actively involved on the private website, except in their private workspace where it is hoped that they will spend time and effort exploring within themselves, trying to understand their own role in the conflict.
But moving members to provisional status would be a last resort.
Before taking that step there would be some preliminary steps. For example, a facilitator might contact each member separately for a session of reflective listening or try other conflict resolution techniques.
So here’s the first experiment:
As soon as I post this article I’m going to send personal emails to people whose comments got a little heated recently, and ask them not to post any comments on this site for three weeks (since it’s sometimes said that it takes 21 days to break a habit). Just a sort-of cooling off period. If they wish to do some soul-searching to try to see their role in the conflict, great! If not, that’s fine too. After all, this is not an ITC group, just a blog.
I want to see how this private contact with each member works, whether it has any effect at all. The fact that I’m sharing this here (rather than just sending the emails quietly and privately), might hinder any good results, but I think it will be helpful at this point for us all to observe what goes on, to see how things evolve with these experiments. To see if things mellow out in the comments section in the coming weeks and months.
In any case, I don’t foresee writing any articles of depth or consequence in the next few weeks, so the Comments section here on macyafterlife will probably go into its usual hibernation mode anyway, and this little experiment, hopefully, will be a harmless first step.
To me, this situation of resolving conflicts gets to the very root of ITC on Earth. If we can face and overcome the disruptive forces within us (which can stir up contentious spiritual forces around us) in order to sustain peace among us… only then will ITC be able to flourish in this world.
In. My. Opinion.