Director, Children's System of Care
Placer County Health and Human Services
Loved reading your book last month, and it inspired a number of thoughts. Among a host of insights it raised for me....
The concepts and ideas represent a unique, at least
in my experience, nexus of spirit and intellect.
Of course, you all make that very point, that its unique, but all
too often, writer's and thinkers approach problems from one or the
other (secular versus religious, for instance). You and your co authors
are not threatened by concepts "owned" by either set of ideas, and
your work merges them nicely, and with uniqueness. For that reason,
I think the book has potential to bring some groups together in new
ways, which would be marvelous, of course.
I particularly enjoyed your presentation of Needlemans'
account of the founding fathers and how key persons were able to
suspend their certainty in order to completely understand. As a person
who has often survived and sometimes thrived by the asserted power
of knowing (even when I didn't necessarily, it worked to fake it),
I have challenged myself, as one of my personal goals this year,
to suspend "knowing" and
look for the new knowledge or learning that will emerge when I do
so. Its against my nature, and our government system does not always
reinforce such vulnerability, but I'm going to make it a point to
try, and have already experienced some good interpersonal outcomes
as a result of some early "piloting". It parallels my personal work
of some 10 years to suspend "judgment" in my interpersonal relations.
I have a pair of suspenders, with lettering down one side which reads..."suspend" and
down the other...."judgment". I never wear them, but they hang prominently
at home. Now, I will practice suspending both judgement and knowledge.
Your discussion on pages 86 and 87 of the human collective
reality threading itself across the globe is fascinating. It dawned
on me that the internet, in the last 10 years, has become a most
concrete manifestation of this universal "within" and has so many parallels
to the biological and astronomical concepts you cite from Teilhard
and others. Fascinating stuff!
Finally, in chapter 8's suggested practices for Mindfulness,
I found of course, many parallels with my training as a therapist.
These suggestions resonated with me, and I have appreciated finding
them so thoughtfully presented in your work. Leadership text books
don't generally make room for this type of consideration, but I thought
that if persons in authority could refine the way we see others,
and the challenges in our day to day functions, we'd likely experience
a greater sense of peace, even when there are not enough dollars,
or not enough staff, or any of the other issues we become weighted
Thank you for sharing your work with me. I have passed it on, notes and all to one of my peers who I know will value it as well.