Again and again I think I’m going somewhere and then BAM I hit a wall. I spin a bit, need to turn slightly and get on my way again. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a maze as I continue to try to find my way forward. I think I’ve found the way and I have, then BAM, a wall appears again.

A year ago Philip from the UK Contemplative Fire community suggested we read Frederic LaLoux’s book ‘Reinventing Organizations’. The author describes it as guide to creating organizations inspired by the next stage in human consciousness. Many of us within our community felt like we’d found a way forward. This book described us, both as individuals and as a community. The evolutionary principles within it were ones we were attracted to and which under-girds Contemplative Fire’s community life. Yes, a way forward! Someone else, beyond our world, beyond church-land was describing a wonderful way to live – enlivened by purpose, self-managing and holistic in relationship.

We began to meet for ‘Teal Talk’. People came and went, staying for as long as it was significant to them. We met as often as we wanted, usually every few months and we talked about what we wanted to as inspired by the ideas within the book, our lived experience and our longings.

Although the idea of a blog had been percolating within me for about a year, it was one of our ‘Teal Talk’ times that brought it together. One member said, ‘We need to share these ideas with others in the community.’ Of course we do. My desire to find a contemplative pathway through this chaotic world is infected by my desire to grow individually, as a community leader, and as a member of a community that seeks to be ‘teal’ in a very ‘orange’ world.

I know the colour words can be strange. We’ll tease those apart in weeks to come. Right now some questions to get us started.

Do you ever feel you hit a wall of hierarchy? A wall of the traditionalism? A wall of competition? A wall of strategy, planning and budgets? Maybe you’re a bit ‘teal’ too and living in an ‘orange’ world.

I’m finding my way and I hope you’ll join me. I trust our journey will expose some walls and help us find a new way forward. A whole new way – it’s a way of Peaceful Power.

Love and prayers


Community Leader Canada

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