Connecting local responses around the world
We sat in a clown school in Grez-Doiceau, a space to host People making Art, and Play.
“We” were a group of 10 people gathered around a common intention: reconnecting to our dream for Europe.
Volatile politics and shifting alliances, sometimes the very ground on which we stand as Europeans seems to be unraveling beneath our feet, and yet many of us still harbor in our hearts a dream for a larger “we”, a “we” that makes us richly diverse and somehow united.
It is around that “we” that we gathered that morning, in a circle. In the middle: a few lone stars, a candle and some flowers, to honor our desire to seed something together.
And the magic happened. Not only the smooth-inspiring-ride magic, but also the get-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-try magic.
We did dream-building in different ways that day. For the individual dream, Nathalie introduced a beautiful poetry exercise which is brought to us from Indonesia: the pantoum. It is a series of questions which we answer with very little allocated time, and somehow a poem unfolds that is deeply connected to our intuition and freed of self-censorship: deeply liberating!
The individual visions that spring from the exercise are wildly inspiring, and the energy in the room soars to unforeseen heights. Here is a mix of 4 of our poems (Xenia, Erik, Anu and myself) which should give you an idea of our visions:
Never before had I, as a facilitator of SALT/CLCP, witnessed such a powerful demonstration of individual dreams.
The other “magic” came afterwards: the not-so-comfortable magic :) .
There we were feeling elated by our individual visions, and by the clear overlap between all our visions… and now, we tried to create a common vision from our individual ones using magazines we could rip apart, colored markers, glue, and scissors.
And somehow the process felt tedious, and the collective effort we came to didn’t even come close to providing the same inspiration that had sprung from our individual poems!
Yet still we struggled on, making sense of the images, simplifying to come to more clarity, until we arrived to a dream we felt mostly happy with in essence (not in form!):
And a set of practices:
A healthy Europe soup, with lots of ingredients and a clear container!
The day ends with a sharing circle, and the echoes are about the importance of opening such spaces for deep connection and sharing from the heart- “circles of trust” as Franck called them!
And we coin a new phrase, “Let’s Europe!” – yes, because perhaps our dream for Europe is not so much a destination as a process. A process of “magic”, both the inspiring and the challenging type.
A process of reconnecting to our deep aspirations, to each other, and to the future that wants to emerge for all of us.
A feast of interdependency :)
And in the process, we are splendid human becomings.
Heartfelt thank you to all participants: Fabien, Mélanie, Erik, Xenia, Franck, Nathalie, Anu, Jean-Louis, and Zen (particularly for the beautiful filming and stills!).
Who wants to join?