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Consciousness amplification instrument--opportunity to learn in San Jose, Bay area

 
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Hello permies,

This instrument is really impossible to describe but I feel deeply helped by it, and it's free and open source.  The inventors are pretty insistent about spreading it slowly and in person, so if you're in the Bay area (San Francisco in California) or in San Jose then now is a time to learn it.  She's in the country for a few weeks all the way from Malta!

I've found myself more at peace with others' disagreement or difference of opinion, more hopeful about the results of my efforts toward being a responsible inhabit of the planet, and more aware of my body's communication with me.  It keeps going deeper each time I use it, and this after a 2000+-hour training in a body-mind discipline.  

It's not televised not even on the internet, just purple moosage me if you are interested in trying it out .

I posted it under "communication" though technically it's not a communication instrument, I've learned.  But it answers the desires I have for communicating with other people!!

In community,



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So a device, or an exercise? What are we talking about here?

-CK
 
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I want to share the info for transparency but I don't expect this will be useful, not a good intro.  But you are completely free to experiment.

Materially, it consists of a round mirror in the center, a ball of strands (the 'voice'), a bell and stick, 2 pawns or rocks (the "trophies"), and a handkerchief/tissues for wiping tears.  The handkerchief says all emotions are welcome. Each item has a distinctly-shaped base to sit on also, for blind-accessibility.

Generally you need at least 4 players to play the instrument, and a maximum of 15 or so.

My version of the instructions (any inaccuracies are my responsibility and not of the inventors):

1 the main move is speech plus a mirroring back of what the person with the voice says.  The gesture to offer mirroring is a flat hand pointing toward the speaker.

2 you can interject, short, supportive, or clarifying-question interjections when the person holding the voice is speaking, by pointing two fingers at the ball.

3 if you are emotionally overwhelmed or triggered, you can pick up one of the trophies, and hand the voice ball to someone to facilitate you through your feelings.  They ask: what are you experiencing? And echo back what they hear; What are you feeling? and echo, et., What do you feel in your body? What does your breathing feel like?  And echo back and repeat the cycle of questions.  When you feel complete with the emotion, you put the trophy back. ( The second trophy is for a second person's need while a first person is using the first trophy)

4 the bell is for resonance or art; the ringer/stick is for silence (hold it up to pause the speech).


A feature that makes this permacultural is that it needs no electricity or hard-to-procure elements.  If you don't have a ball of strands, a fruit can substitute, anything soft, for example.  A bowl of water can be a mirror, or a puddle.  
 
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Chris Kott wrote:So a device, or an exercise? What are we talking about here?

-CK


Good question.

Yes .  
 
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Also, "accept feedback" (of nature and of humans' behavior) is a permaculture principle.  For me, this instrument really clarifies the feedback.  

Bill mollison said, in an interview,that as an anthropologist he studied what humans did, not what they said, and that informed his ideas.  I see this instrument as amplifying that feedback.  

My hope is that many people in the USA will try learning and experiencing this while we have the chance to learn it from one of the inventors.  If it's a dud, oh well, but she's here for a limited time, so if you can make time for it now please do!  If someone comes to mind who might be more inclined please pass this info on.  Thanks!
 
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Has anyone tried to use this? any results to share?

I really think the group that's created the "consciousness amplification instrument" is the Wheaton Labs of community-creating tools.  It's at a higher level than the generic things.  

I would love to see a podcast interview with some of the inventors!

I would love to see the core group at the Lab experimenting with this instrument, for 5 sessions over the course of a few months, and reporting on their findings.

I believe this can go a long way to turning "comedy" into coordinated action.

I realize there are many things that lay claim to being the next big thing--this one has stood the test of time for me in still being compelling 3 months after I've learned about it, in being so dynamic and open-ended, and in being accessible to all.  And attending to the global and the local both.

My community has been substantively altered by using it.  I am able to listen ot people more and find the way to turn negative situations to positive much more rapdily in the moment, and to sense more quickly when I'm off track and wasting my breath or my time.  It's not made all problems go away, but there is a substnative shift and clear sense of potential for more.

In his podcasts on community/20 people under one roof, Paul's said this is the thorniest subject, the hardest to unravel.  I appreciate how Paul always finds such amazing and original thinkers and innovators in all different areas, and I believe the drL people's work is in a league with the best thinking in other areas like hugelkultur, earth-integrated shelter, rotational grazing, rocket mass heaters, etc.

I request mirroring back what I've said here.  Thank you.
 
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Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:I really think the group that's created the "consciousness amplification instrument" is the Wheaton Labs of community-creating tools.  It's at a higher level than the generic things.  



Are you saying that Wheaton Labs created this thing, whatever it is?
 
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Thanks for the clarifying question.  

No, they are a group out in Malta who created the drL.  They're in the same league in their field as Wheaton labs is in its field.  
 
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I'm going to post a new writeup on the directions for this, since I left out some pieces.  It's very important to me that this be available for all to use, regardless of whether they have money or not.



Again, is _my_ version of the instructions for what moves the players of the instrument can make, and some of the gestures (any inaccuracies are my responsibility and not of the inventors):

At least 4 players, and up to 20, play the instrument.

The elements are:
1. a ball of strands
2. a mirror
3. a bowl-style bell
4. a stick to ring the bell with
5. two "trophies"/pawns/stones
6. a flat heart-shaped stone for the ball to sit on
7. a triangle stone for the bell to sit on
8. a square stone for the trophies to sit on
9. and something to wipe away tears with (a box of tissues, for most Americans, or, more sustainably, a pile of handkerchiefs--it indicates that all emotions are welcome).

The mirror sits in the middle, it is the base of the instrument.  The other elements (ball, bell, and trophies) sit on their bases around the mirror, with the bases touching the mirror:


(bell)(mirror)(ball of strands)
       (trophies)


Gestures/moves:

1 The main move is speech; to speak, one player holds the ball of strands.  

1a. The other main move is mirroring back of what the person with the voice says.  The gesture to offer mirroring is a flat hand pointing toward the speaker.  If the speaker accepts mirroring, you say back to them what you heard them say, in your own words, while watching the speaker.  The speaker continues to hold the ball of strands throughout.

2 While that one player holds the ball of strands, any other player can interject, short, supportive, or clarifying-question interjections, by pointing two fingers (crossing your fingers) at the ball.

3 If you are emotionally overwhelmed or triggered, you can pick up one of the trophies, and hand the voice ball to someone to facilitate you through your feelings.  They ask: what are you experiencing? And echo back what they hear; What are you feeling? and echo, et., What do you feel in your body? What does your breathing feel like?  And echo back and repeat the cycle of questions.  When you feel complete with the emotion, you put the trophy back. (The second trophy is for a second person's need while a first person is using the first trophy)   The trophy is also for making a request of the group.

4 The bell is for strong resonance with something someone has said, or for artistic expression/nonverbal expression; the ringer/stick is for silence (hold it up to pause the speech).

5 Lastly, the mirror sits in the middle of the instrument, a constant and visceral reminder that the outside is a reflection of the inside, and that the other is a reflection of the self and vice versa.  The bases for the other elements--the flat rocks--should ideally touch the mirror.

Again, this is by no means a definitive explanation.  Like F. M. Alexander's discoveries, this is more of an oral transmission thing, and Saras Cee has acknowledged, like Alexander, that written expression is not her forte.  This makes transmission of the instrument challenging.  And it points to the fact that the value of the experience may be far beyond what has been put in words, or entered the blogosphere.

The description is meaningless without the experience; I would love to see people try it out and have tried to get groups together.



If you want me to run you through it I'm happy to take my time to do so, please purple moosage me!

I believe this can be life-changing.  The idea is that you can substitute getting actual needs me for using money (or power, petroleum) to seem to get needs met.
 
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