Laura Simms had joined us for a Knowledge Fair in Assam where we brought the communities together to share and exchange. So when there was a presentation organised by Taos Institute on the Assam project and Knowledge Fair, Laura joined us. Here are our thoughts on the presentation sent to me by email. The title of the blog is from Laura.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this conversation today. how SALT has rippling resonant effect in every aspect of people's lives and how, something changes, perhaps even the atmosphere , the trees planted, a sense of aliveness in a community that attracts other communities to ask what happened is also worthy of contemplation for me.
I learned many important things today - personally and in the work. I was thinking about the ways bees listen.
It turns out that bees hear what we might describe as a song deep in the flower as it opens and produces pollen. And the flower hears the bees as they move toward the pollen. The pollen is responsible for the reproduction of the flower, and the life force. As the bee comes closer the flower produces 20% more pollen. It is a collaborative act of listening at the level of vibration, and not to words or a melody.
It is the essence of song, the essence of listening.
Birgitta described asking a question based on what someone had said. that kind of listening is a bees body listening. The unlearning produces so much happiness that not only is the community enlivened, it seems, but we are reengaged because there is a great pleasure in the process, even when frustrating.
When you spoke about inclusion, it was not a learned idea. It was so genuine. the embodied voice, the listening, is at the heart of genuine presence and collaboration. Perhaps it is why as a storyteller , my self and others, are learning so much about SALT.
I loved what Philip said about the process. That the conversation itself was where change is instigated. It will be wonderful to listen again to the conversations that took place.
Bing given opportunities to see the subtly of my own personal collusion in ownership and manipulations through impatience or judgement is a gift beyond description.
Scientists have known what people's with wisdom traditions know, that the bee is drawn to a song inside the flower that we do not hear. And that the flower hears the bees that are drawn to the pollen. It is language without words. It is the energy of speech itself. This is the listening that awakens within us. this is the listening that re-members our forgetting that nothing exists on its own.
My reflection to Laura's sharing-
I found this on the net " Bees, in contrast to people, do not hear with their ears, but they notice the sound with their whole body, especially with their antennas and sensitive body hair. "http://www.museo-plattner.com/en/cms/25-can-a-bee-hear
A lesson for us human beings on how can we listen not only from our ears, but heart, mind and being fully present for the speaker?