Stan Carnarius belongs to a Book Club that follows an interesting format when they meet once a month. After their initial moment of silence to gather the best of themselves, each participant voices out loud (one at a time!) the ‘gem’ that resonated for them from the study they read during the month since their last gathering. This is done without discussion, observation or explanation. Each participant may choose to pass. When each has had their turn, there usually is a straight-line summary. Then they can take their turn, in seating order, to say why their gem resonated for them. A participant may choose to pass again. When everyone has spoken those who remained in silence have another opportunity to elaborate on why they chose their piece. Then a meaningful conversation is opened up for all to share.
Those who attend these group sessions are also aware of the Goethian Style of Conversation which is conducive to profound sharing from the soul and an experience of unity and completeness.
Engaging in the Goethian Style of Conversation implies:
1) acknowledging that conversations rest as much on being able to preserve silence as on speaking.
2) being aware that conversations can potentially reach a point where they develop like a living organism, every part being essential and in balance.
3) listening evocatively, with reverence, refraining from any trace of reaction, becoming a seedbed for other’s germinal ideas.
In my next note I will explore in more detail the Art of Goethian Conversation…. Until we meet again.