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I've been asked to provide some definitions for some of the words used in the original post. Again, intuitively, I know what they mean to me, but it's been a great exercise for me to put meanings to them.
These terms came straight out of the conversation between Ken Wilber and Richard Hames. However, I haven't read Richard's book yet. It's sitting in Oakville, Ontario, 12263 kms away, waiting for me. I'll pick it up at the end of March. So these are my definitions or explanations; I'm not putting words into the mouths of either of these fine gentlemen.
For your consideration...
Uses synthesis rather than analysis as the primary mode of understanding
Don't fight what you're seeing and experiencing! Rather than analyzing and judging, try to incorporate it all. Envision a reality were all the different parts are valid.
It is integrative of differences rather than selective
More of the same. Try to integrate it all into your thinking, even the seemingly contradictory stuff. As opposed to choosing what you like or are comfortable with and discarding the rest. This is non-dual living.
It seeks to transcend the perception of any evolving situation, rather than just solve the problem as first perceived
Don't just take a situation or problem at face value, but step back, rise above, and see what is driving it. As I like to say, "What is the question behind the question?"
Looks for systemic language to influence or shape the system
Try to think and speak in terms of the "big picture", of the system as a whole, and not just the individual parts. Non-linear thinking recognizes that the sum is indeed greater than the parts. Just because you understand the components doesn't mean you know what the machine does.
Seeks to question, rather than just solve, a discreet problem
Again, don't take things at face value. Dig deeper. Not just, "What is the problem?", but also, "Why?", "How?", "What else?", and, "What are the implications?"
Leadership and community in a non-linear environment:
Is collaborative or collective
Being integrative, not selective, but in community. Non-linear thinking recognizes that the intelligence of the group is greater than the sum of the intelligences of its members.
Requires members of the community to constantly engage in dialogue regarding their purpose and their ethics
Recognizes that simple linear thinking can very quickly lead us away from our North Star. Constant dialogue is needed to keep us grounded.
Reflective practice replaces specification
Reflect in broad terms, on all of our experience, rather than assessing, judging, and picking and choosing.
Inspiration replaces information
What is calling out to us for reflection and action, as opposed to simply asking what information is at hand at the moment. Choose the route that appeals to our passions, not the easy route.
Inquiry replaces assertion
Ask questions! "Why...?" "How...?" I'm reminded of how seldom Jesus, when asked a question, actually provided a direct, clear--i.e., linear--answer. The goal of questions are not answers, but better, deeper questions.
Reflecting on these definitions has pounded home for me the concept of non-dualism, and what it may look like in action.
But in the spirit of integration and consultation, what do you think? What do these terms and ideas say to you?