Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Entries from February 2012

Perceptive Stance, Internal Observer–External Originator-Creator

February 24th, 2012 · No Comments

Where is my observer positioned?

1) Behind my eyes, inside my skin–near the sensory organs and interpreter.

2) From the source of each sensation (rather than from the sensory organs).

I am finding it very easy to shift from my habitual stance–behind my eyes, to the source stance. I can now feel the perceptive stance shift back and forth.

The effect is amazing. I feel the rain to be creating me–in some real way I am BEING rained. Not being rained upon but being created in the moment by the experience of raining. There is another feeling–relaxation, less holding away, less need for protection from the “outside”.


Two Approaches? Experiential (phenomenological) Stance and Practice

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Experiencing (sensing) the world from the inside out


Experiencing (sensing) the self from the outside (Self) in


Experience (sensing) as a practice of turning toward, resting into, nurturing acceptance of what experience (sensation) is present


Dialogue and Aikido

February 19th, 2012 · No Comments

If dialogue is the art of thinking together, then
Aikido is the art of being and acting together
Without violence or withdrawal

Dialogue is the Aikido of thinking.

Aikido is the art of living together.



February 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Open up
to the future
that wants to emerge
through us.


Enlightened Participation @ Scale

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The challenge
each of us
our communities


The Quest

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments


?,. ?,. ?,.


The Emerging Future

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The emerging future
is the fully aware present,
Particularly where there is a “we”.


Participation, Sensation & True Play

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Re-Connect sensing with doing
Sense-Feel as you act
Sense into action (this is where we act-sense into-from knowing)
This is true participation.
Do it from a place of gratitude and joy and it is
True Play.

Acting without simultaneous embodied sensing has the effect of a bull in a china shop.


The Trap of Hubris

February 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Knowing is a dead end.

Telling is the violent death of relationship.

Respecting individual sovereignty and connecting from there

is the way around this trap.


Dealing with Fear in Conversations

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

There is a safe space available.

There is a open space between individual safe spaces in which to connect on any concern.

Clarity on the safe spaces and the open conversational space is essential for generative conversations.

Fear is a signal that one is not moving from a space of safety.

“All” that is required and essential at this moment is to reorganize one’s stance.


The Inkling of Fear

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The perception of fear, the felt sensation, the intuition–is great

It is the beginning of useful insight, knowledge, and action

The fight or flight stories and fantasies that often follow the perception of fear–

are not at all useful.

They lead to a narrow, automatic, awkward response where we push against or run from our essential partners.


Stressless Chaos

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

When people are stressed they don’t come up with very clever questions or answers.

If you or your work unit are stressed you are significantly under performing, under participating.

Developing personal and team practices to live in complex and chaotic situations without destructive levels of stress is the key to flourishing.