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Circling: How to Party Well & Grow While Doing It

by Jordan Myska Allen Party Well? The other day I listened to Ken Wilber interview in which he summed up Integral Spirituality in two simple words: “party well.” Cutting Cosmic Grooves Why? Because some part of us is at the leading edge of an entirely new way of humans relating to the world around us. A stage of development arising in …

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Everything is Radiant, Everything is Empty

Our kitchen isn’t just the heart of our house; with three practicing Circling leaders in one space, it’s a developmental crucible/dojo. We stand around telling each other the truth that we had not dared to see until this moment, while snacking on popcorn, going beyond empathizing while wiping down the countertops. In every single conversation one of us comes completely …

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This is your community… a rallying cry for conscious self-organization

by Jordan Myska Allen I’ve seen people I love and respect “gracefully bow-out,” when they didn’t like something in a Circle, Circling group, or community. Don’t they know that I crave their critique as much as I crave their praise!? Don’t they know how much the group longs for their feedback? Don’t they know how necessary their dissent is for …

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On Surrender

After leading this for many years, it’s rare for John to find the words to express what Surrendered Leadership is… Jesus on the cross represents perhaps the highest level of surrender. As a symbol it points to a complete integrity of values, a willingness to feel everything, a sense of connection to everything and a love and honour that transcend …

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The United States of America—a dream of freedom and connection

(In hosting a Circling weekend preceding the July 4th celebration of the birth of the USA, Jordan reflects on the parallels between Circling and the spirit of the USA as he sees them/it). 🇺🇸 🌀 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The United States of America—a dream of freedom and connection. Our nation lives a stunning paradox: we recognize that the independence to determine our own fates comes …

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‘I’m Disappointed in Your Leadership’

A Circling Vignette The Feedback: I’m Disappointed in Your Leadership Last night after a two hour, public Circling event a bearded young man tapped me on the shoulder and asked for the gift of my attention. The bamboo-lined walkway where we stood was dimly lit with strings of small bulbs casting warm light. He stood very close, stared intently into …

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What is Surrendered Leadership? (A First Look)

We believe you can more elegantly express your unique service to the world… here’s how. by Jordan Myska Allen Surrendered leadership is a paradox: Self-leadership, in connection with the whole. In other words, you have to be willing to open to yourself and your connection to everyone and everything else. We hope this article will interest you and others into …

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Commitment to Connection

An invitation to stay in connection with whatever is arising between you and others. This includes revealing yourselves and being open to the impacts from—and on—others. This does not mean any forced sense of having to be open or vulnerable; it does mean we inquire deeply into the truth of what is here instead of habitually reacting or avoiding. We can just as easily share and explore the feelings of being guarded, distant, confused, or unknown with someone as we can the feelings of vulnerability, closeness, or appreciation….

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Owning Your Experience

Getting to our deepest truth, our unarguable experience beyond our projections. Encourages us to take responsibility for what is happening within us, and being open to that changing. Often this requires a letting go of outcomes and admitting feelings that challenge our sense of who we are. It involves the willingness to feel our body, the subtleties in our experience and our more challenging emotions. The highest level of this principle is feeling 100% responsible for all of our experience…