Join us on Tuesday, August 13th at 5pm Pacific for a dialogue with Diane Musho Hamilton entitled “What Makes Everything Workable? Exploring the Edge of Human Conflict, Communication and Connection.”
Sensei Diane Musho Hamilton is teacher of Zen Buddhism and a remarkably skilled facilitator of groups. She is also the author of an about-to-be-released new book, Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution. A longtime, dear, personal friend, Diane has worked with me co-facilitating literally dozens of events for the worldwide Integral community.
Diane is an accomplished expert on what to do when understanding has broken down. She has decades of experience as an award-winning mediator working both privately and in the judicial system in the state of Utah. Her teaching comes from “being in the trenches” with people from all walks of life.
I appreciate that Diane’s work, and her book, is about exploring conflict, rather that attempting to “resolve” or “avoid” it. Avoiding conflict is impossible. (In some ways, to be in conflict is to be human!) Diane suggests that since conflict is going to be a part of life anyway, why not learn to approach it consciously, as a spiritual practice?
In Everything Is Workable, Diane shows how practicing with conflict makes it a source of rich insight and learning—about ourselves and others. And she describes skillful, practical means for working with and healing conflict in intimate, professional and public situations.
Tuesday’s dialog will also be an opportunity for Diane and I to discuss where some of our recent work has converged. While Diane was editing her book, I wrote a paper for the 3rd annual Integral Theory Conference, in which I focused on how human conversations can catalyze a transformative existential confrontation, not just an intellectual discussion. The paper turned into a passionate and intellectually adventurous exploration of transformational communication (including a short history of “we-space” practices in the integral community). It’s titled, Enacting an Integral Revolution: How Can We Have Truly Radical Conversations in a Time of Global Crisis?
Diane and I have both recently been exploring the Lower Left Quadrant (from Ken Wilber’s “Four Quadrant” model)—the domain of the “We” of shared consciousness and agreements — and how it opens up new possibilities for practice. Practicing with conflict is important, and so is practicing with connection. How do they relate? Are they a single process? Or are there two distinct (although probably interrelated) ways that the “we” develops — higher states and higher structures? How do they interact? I am especially excited about “higher intersubjectivity” — the remarkable states of group consciousness, shared awakening and collective wisdom that can be co-created by gatherings of highly developed practitioners.
Diane and I are now preparing to co-facilitate, with Jeff Salzman, The Integral Living Room , an event conceived as a comfortable gathering that will create a setting for “the best conversations of our lives”. In the course of these preparations, we have been inquiring actively into what Ken Wilber has called “the miracle of we”. Diane and I will be sharing some of what’s emerging right now for us as we consider “evolving the we-space” with you during Tuesday’s dialog.
Please join us!
About Diane Musho Hamilton
Diane Musho Hamilton is an exceptionally gifted mediator, group facilitator, and one of the authentic contemporary spiritual teachers of our time. As a mediator, she is well known as an innovator in dialogues, especially conversations about culture, religion, race and gender relations. She has mediated a broad range of disputes and transactions including divorces, probate, employment, contracts, and multi-party negotiations.
Diane was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, where she established mediation programs throughout the court system. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in this area.
Diane has been a practitioner of meditation for almost 30 years. She began her studies at Naropa University in 1983 with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Roshi’s in 1997. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission in 2006. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Roshi, and has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Tuesday, August 13th at 5:00pm Pacific; 6:00 pm Mountain; 7:00pm Central; 8:00pm Eastern
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team