Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0394, May 19, 2009

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Our beliefs at times, serve us very well. At other times, they've created all manner of havoc in our lives and in the world. My friend Neerja Bhatia and I co-wrote this week's article entitled, Do you Believe? where we explore beliefs and their capacity to either separate our unify us.

Free Resilience Teleclass. Next Tuesday Neerja and I will be offering another in our series of teleclasses that will look into our relationships with beliefs and how loosening our hold on them can decrease their hold on us, making us more resilient and responsive to the flow of life's natural intelligence.
Click here for details and registration.

Changing the face of teleclasses and virtual meetings.
An amazing new teleconference platform called Maestro Conference has emerged. It allows the ultimate orchestration of teleconferences and most exciting of all, allows breakout groups to be created easily and effortlessly. They are currently in beta and have just begun offering a limited number of charter memberships at a reduced price. I'm offering a free demo call next Thursday at 12pm Pacific. Click here to register. You'll receive participation instructions via email after you register.

JOFC Workshop. There are still five spots left in our Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration (JOFC) Workshop scheduled for June.
If you're interested in an opportunity to learn an Integrally Informed Approach to Facilitation and Leadership, check this out. Click here for details and registration.

Vancouver! We've just been given the green light to announce a 4-day version of our JOFC workshop in Vancouver this summer during the week of July 27th. Click here for details and registration.




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The Point

Do you Believe?
To expand your consciousness, develop a flexible relationship to beliefs.

Relating Skill

President Barack Obama’s visit to the University of Notre Dame has brought to surface America’s split beliefs over abortion and stem-cell research. There are many issues where people take strong positions believing they are right and others are wrong. How important is it to hold on to beliefs that disconnect our thinking and create further divisions along the lines of right and wrong?

Some would say that our biggest problem today is the loss of our connection with what’s right and wrong. This assumes that definitions of right and wrong are timeless and easily applied to all future situations. But then how would we find agreement on the definitions of right and wrong?

Please understand that we’re not suggesting the impulse that right action doesn’t exist. In fact we assert that at any given time, our present moment awareness offers a non-impulsive impulse for right action. This knowing is not a recall from the repository of belief systems, but a still small voice that points to what’s needed in this situation now.

Giving in to the temptation to judge the diverse beliefs and opinions of others serve only to set us against one another and keeps us from knowing ourselves and others more deeply. As Rumi’s once said, “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” The field Rumi speaks of is the unity in humanity where right doing and wrong doing cease to exist.


Some of our most insidious beliefs are those we hold about ourselves. I was raised in a family steeped deeply in criticism. As I’ve grown, I’ve learned to release a good deal of judgment about others. Still, the last frontier has been judgments about myself. Repetitive thoughts that questions about my self-worth, my abilities, and my value run deep. Over the past year, I’ve seriously practiced releasing these as well. The battle is not over, but I’m making progress. The greatest relief has come with knowledge that no belief is true and those include beliefs about myself.

What kinds of policies and structures do you have in place in your organization to promote openness; a mark of seeing unity in diversity? Promote and reward the following acts of courage to create an environment of openness for leaders.

1. Challenge your beliefs. Real change only happens when we challenge our beliefs. A great place to begin is to question your beliefs about yourself. We can begin to unlearn the habits of self-criticism, self-destruction and set the stage to experience the extraordinary within. This requires expanding from IQ to Emotional, Physical, Spiritual and Creative Intelligences.

2. Notice your resistance. Inner resistance is a sign that we’re up against our limits. True human potential remains dormant under resistance. To unleash the pure potential, we must understand the root of our resistance. This requires vigilance, openness, and a willingness to inquire into it.

3. Loosen hold of your beliefs. How we see others is a direct reflection of our inner state of being. Creating a shift in our perspective impacts our relationships. How can you adjust the lens through which you see others? Here is a suggestion:

Notice when you have the impulse to judge the opinions of others. Instead of preparing your counter-argument, dig deeper into the other’s point of view. Ask questions until you dig down to the bedrock of the other person’s beliefs. At this level of understanding, you may discover that there is less distance between the two of you than you previously thought.


What are you willing to do this week to loosen your hold on beliefs? Please send me your comments by replying to this email.
Consider joining us next week for our teleclass where we will work to loosen our hold on beliefs as a way of increasing Resilience. Click here for details

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