Inner Landscapes: Activists’ Community-of-Practice (CoP) V.

Practitioner Experience — Rob Brown, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)

CoP byte: The Inner Landscapes: Activists’ Community-of-practice recognizes that truly sustainable and transformative social change requires clarity of perception which is grounded in direct co-creation with the field of universal intelligence, and is as free from cognitive distortion as possible. Contemplative practice honed to the level of sustained still-point consciousness, (state of stillness detached from sensory input) and informed by a scientific understanding of the language and function of the brain facilitates clear, unified vision.

Practitioner Experience — Rob Brown, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)

Our practices (within the community of practice) are showing me that potential for “a way out” of unresourceful experience can be right there in that very experience, especially when we connect that experience to broader, more resourceful experiences.

I’m beginning to more deeply question what it means to act in the first place. We limit ourselves when our definitions of action don’t include deeper reflection and conscious connection with the basis of our being.

Making an analogy to political thought: If people can only be exploited because of the power we already exercise (there’s something to exploit in the first place), then similarly we can only experience pain/ fear/ trauma because of the consciousness we already are. But just as you can’t denounce the exercise of power in order to end exploitation, you have to expand your consciousness in order to fruitfully move beyond unresourceful experiences.

The old reductionist mindsets are the ones that gave us the lies that we’re at “the end of history”, that “there is no alternative” to how things are. To really get beyond that, we can’t adopt the same methods/ worldviews and expect different outcomes.

In the workers’ association I’m a part of, we’ve been doing more collective self-reflection on where we are, what we’ve achieved, where we would like to go, how we see ourselves as part of the broader community outside of the workplace. We’ve been moving toward centering relationship/ community building among ourselves in the work we do. By putting this first, we’re gradually building capacity, though building capacity isn’t necessarily the point. That’s something that I think can apply to GEO the more I think about it: in seeking sustainable funds, trying to get more original content, what will ultimately be key is to understand the community we’re already a part of, and then to expand and deepen that community.

If Geo can successfully take up this kind of practice as a collective, I don’t think practice would be a tool for, say, sharpened analysis, but rather practice puts us in touch with the kind of consciousness from which more holistic analysis, material that connects with people and movements, etc emerges from in the first place.

Rob Brown, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Member

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