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Our invitation to practice Collective Alchemy continues 6 November 2020

Friday November 06, 2020


WITNESSING ‘
WHAT ISIN THESE MOMENTS, CLOSE UP AND IN THE DEPTHS,
WHAT DO WE SENSE IS PRESENT?
WHAT RESPONSE IS CALLED FORTH IN US?

 

We restate the context in which our practice of Collective Alchemy finds its service: Humanity is currently immersed in a rite of passage which it may (not) survive—and this is just the beginning.
Our 16th portal day unfolds within a portentous moment. We invite you to lean in with us and explore what we can witness within the holding heart of our practice.

Orienting the next Portal Day calls on the arc of the journey so far:

The past few Portal Waves have seen the co-sensing teams—guided by the wisdom of the Kosmos as presenced by the tarot cards—placing the inquiry squarely into the centre of the full circle present in our open calls on the Portal Day itself. Sensing together into the questions; sensing together into the cards… We are clearly being given notice that this Collective Alchemical work is for all of us these days.

This 16th portal wave lies within the signature energy of the Blasted Oak—the 16th card in the major arcana of the Wildwood tarot deck. This card holds the energy of the shock wave, the lightning strike out of the blue, which knocks us out of our sense of stability and connection, spilling us down into the unknown; it denotes those times when everything that no longer serves is brought to ground, whether we have relinquished it or not. Moreover, we are tipped into a 180° shift of perspective, from where we can see things we perhaps never noticed before, as the uncomputable ‘unknown unknowns’ surge up and invest our reality. Also liberated, as the obsolete structures and energies are blasted away, is the power of the raw life force coursing through us. All our senses come on line and our perceptions align—at last—with what is actually happening around us.

For this Portal Wave, Marie-José, Ursula and Aakanksha have joined Sarah and Helen to co-sense what is alive and calling for our shared attention as practitioners of Collective Alchemy. Our co-sensing has been very much supported and enriched by the wider field of practitioners who have stepped into the co-sensing circle in the past and stayed in the circle to sense with us going forward.

Framing the calling question:

WITNESSING ‘WHAT IS’ IN THESE MOMENTS, CLOSE UP AND IN THE DEPTHS, WHAT DO WE SENSE IS PRESENT?
WHAT RESPONSE IS CALLED FORTH IN US?

What has been most present this week in the co-sensing space has been a powerful—sometimes ominous—silence. We recognise it as the silence before the storm. That eery moment when the waterline is drawn away from the shore, sucked up into the gathering tsunami far out at sea. In such moments, the indigenous sensors (human and non-human) recognise what is happening and move to higher ground, while the ‘tourists’—if they notice anything—stand gaping, or reaching for their phones.

We sense that now is a time not for action, but for stillness and witnessing. This is not passivity: it is an active stance, a refraining from escapist busyness and distracting ‘make work’, to bring all our sensing to bear on what is actually present. It acknowledges that the more we think we know what’s going on, the less we pay attention to what is actually happening.

Our cards for this journey (2-The Seer; Page of Arrows—Wren; 5 of Bows—Empowerment) urge us to come into the still nexus point where we can source from the present, and to keep it close, applying our collectively gleaned insights to the intimate life sphere in which we are sovereign: the moment-by-moment unfolding of our daily lives. These two movements allow us to align our energies with the universal lore, so that our arrows of intent can fly true.

Witnessing is a foundational practice of Collective Alchemy. In essence, it is the simple act of resting one’s naked attention on a phenomenon without judgement, but with a simple intention to bear witness. Witnessing begins with acknowledging what is (individual and collective pain and suffering and ugliness included). Witnessing in this way builds our capacity to keep our hearts open for great intensity without falling back into habitual patterns of withdrawal, denial or conceptualisation.

Remembering that humanity is facing an initiatory rite of passage, we can recognise that, while all initiations entail suffering, not all suffering opens into initiation. Initiation can only happen in strongly-held containers. Perhaps part of what Collective Alchemy practice can offer the world is a learning to collectively hold the extreme pain and intensity of birthing a new society where all life can thrive. To quote Ria Baeck, from her book on Collective Presencing: “We can recognise the full cycle from acknowledging what is, through accepting what is—humanity has indeed caused such pain and devastation—to honouring what is, through a deeply embodied realisation that ends the cycles of revenge or withdrawal and, finally, to living what is by keeping the lessons and understanding from the holding and witnessing alive in the subsequent actions we take, never forgetting to keep in mind the potential of what else is possible.”

WITNESSING ‘WHAT ISIN THESE MOMENTS, CLOSE UP AND IN THE DEPTHS, WHAT DO WE SENSE IS PRESENT?
WHAT RESPONSE IS CALLED FORTH IN US?

 

Your hosts are: Helen Titchen Beeth, Ursula Hillbrand, Marie-José d'Aprile, Aakanksha Singh, Sarah Whiteley
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Captured from the early call on Portal Day, 6 November 2020 – Julia Hoffmann practicing Collective Poetry and Jenny Hegland offering the backdrop.  

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