The video below is a reading of a piece about the formations of communities written by M Scott Peck, a writer for whom I have a growing appreciation. He asserts that there is a four stage process that will manifest for almost any community be it a family, a business, a group process or living community. I love the matter-of-fact way he delivers his understanding and highly recommend giving the time to listening. I have been on a quest to find what I consider a genuine feeling of community which is a journey that has taken me through extreme highs and lows along the way. The piece was able to contextualise why that may have been and offers great hope for how to get there and why it’s still worth persevering.
The minute that a sufficient number of people grasp the truth of what’s laid out clearly in this blog I’m reposting here, we can find ourselves with a very different world. It is singularly the most ignored and equally powerful information regarding our modern society. It also touches on why Alex Jones and info wars have never and will never present any genuine solutions.
Focali$er – a person supporting a process by bringing focus to areas of need. For many years I have worked under the title of Facilitator which is occasionally seen as a dirty word. Facilitate has its origins in ‘easy’ and ‘to make’, therefore I’ve always interpreted it to mean ‘to make easy’. However, the word has indeed been sullied and there’s no doubt that this role has often been adopted by parasitic persona, often resulting in facipulation, which Paul Levy describes here: “the facipulator has a covert agenda, trying to be clever with events in a way that undermines the freedom to act of others.”
In recent years I’ve become fascinated by the work of a German research project called Tamera who employ the term focaliser/focalizer for the people who facilitate their meetings and group forums. Focaliser/focalizer has not been adopted in the UK or in France, as yet, and depending on how you spell the word, some interesting definitions are thrown up online.
‘Focaliser’ is a verb in French (they pronounce fo-kal-ee-zay) which has some lovely definitions, it broadly means to focus but I really like these: “to use or exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments”“devote (oneself) fully to”
A focalizer is a term used when discussing narratives and can be defined as the “character from whose point of view the story is told.”
Inspired by ‘Globalised English’, I have chosen to create a synthesis of these two concepts resulting in the new word Focali$er, allowing me to combine a number of ideas into one term. For a more complete definition:
Focali$er (fō′kə-līz′ə) noun. ‘facilitator of a process bringing focus to hidden needs using insight to find an empowering narrative for transformation’
Focali$e (fō′kə-līz′) verb. ‘to bring attention to an area of need’
The adoption of the $ sign in the spelling is a means of replacing an ‘s’ or a ‘z’ and projects the usage of a word into a state of consciousness that goes beyond the current monetary paradigm.
One of my mentors, Paul Levy, inspired me not to overlook Western metaphysics, he investigated Buddhism and meditation in early life but later discovered Rudolf Steiner and the like. This is another inspiring man, Thomas Sheridan with a reminder to value our own heritage.