What is Emergent Dialogue?
A contemplative process of mutual inquiry between two or more people using the skills of Focusing, Nonviolent Communication, and/or other emergent processes. The goal is to allow the unclear and the felt meaning of experience to be reported and empathically reflected by all listening parties. A topic evolves mutually by paying attention to any resonance between inner experience and the other's report. The result is intimacy and all parties learning something profoundly new.
How Does It Start?
We start by one party reporting some meaningful yet incomplete experience occurring in the present moment, all parties pausing to contact their experience with curiosity and friendliness, and then reflecting that report or sharing an emergent experience that that report stimulated. It can also start with a guided attunement, with NVC exercises, with a stimulative reading, or with a suggested theme, such as "how have you been affected by recent environmental news?". We stay in 'emergent mode' or a Focusing mode and step back from intellectual excitement.
Below is a diagram you may be interested in, crossing NVC (Nonviolent Communication) with Focusing. You may also explore my BLOG page for new postings, or request a session where I guide you through an experience of Focusing and/or NVC.