Enlightened Meetings: The Contextual Triad


There is an urgent need in our society at this present moment for conscious communication, especially realizing the importance of the process of communication, not only the content. We need to understand and investigate how we communicate. There is no question that our very togetherness is a resource, which has to be utilized, practiced, and explored.

The Contextual Triad” is a very important orientation for those on a journey to the frontiers of Collective Consciousness.The “Contextual Triad” is essential for an enlightened meeting, circle or gathering. When we come together we need to understand and agree to be aware of three frames of reference. That is because of a universal metaphysical law called the Law of Three, which is at the root of many ancient wisdom teachings.

George Gurdjieff describes the Law of Threeas follows; “Contemporary thought realizes the existence of two forces and the necessity of these two forces for the production of a phenomenon: According to real, exact knowledge, one force, or two forces, can never produce a phenomenon. The presence of a third force is necessary, for it is only with the help of a third force that the first two can produce what may be called a phenomenon, no matter in what sphere. The teaching of the three forces is at the root of all ancient systems.”

The “Contextual Triad”, makes us aware to be attentive to three facets of the meeting: Number 1- the INDIVIDUAL, for oneself…Number 2- THE MEETING, with others… Number 3 - HUMANITY, for the whole. All three contexts are included in an enlightened meeting having an evolutionary significance. It is with the awareness of the three contexts that the phenomenon of a true Unity is revealed and Its power and potential realized.

CONTEXT 1: THE INDIVIDUAL – for oneself.

The individual context is awareness of oneself and taking personal responsibility for our-selves in the meeting. In coming together for an enlightened meeting, a degree of personal maturity is required. We agree to observe our thoughts, feelings and sensations and handle them with all the tools we have learned.

Blame is a word that we drop from our vocabulary. This does not mean the negation, or denial or self-deprecation for whatever negative reactions will arise during the course of the meeting. We accept that they will occur. In fact, they must occur because we are the representatives of the cultural stream of our birth and genetic make up. We may have gone beyond some of these conditioned attitudes, but we agree to carry them and transmute them for all of humanity. This is a form of the Bodhisattva Vow as Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explicates…We are acting as liberators, bodhisattvas for a larger invisible Whole. With that awareness, we become inspired to work on ourselves as well as with other people.”

We agree not to express outwardly our reactions, to the best of our ability and to be accountable for them.  In this way the meeting is a gym for- as Ken Wilber puts it - “growing up”.

CONTEXT 2: THE MEETING - with others

This is a dramatic next step in context and a widening of awareness in which we are contributing as an integral part of the meeting. This is not done intellectually, but in a functional experiential way.  As we are engaged in the first context, we look into our own attentiveness at the meeting and simultaneously become responsible for the meeting and whole of the group dynamic. Difficultiesencountered on an individual level, for example, a strong reaction in a meeting, may not be able to be resolved by an individual effort just for oneself. However, when one remembers the second context and wishes to go beyond the negative state for the energy movement purpose and meaning of the entire group, the inner state almost miraculously fades, freedom is experienced and the ability to contribute to the meeting is restored. This is where context #1 and #2 magically overlap and unite.

In context #2, The Meeting, we are aware of the Energy Quality Atmosphere (EQA) of the ongoing meeting.  We are consciously considering what to contribute, how to contribute and the nature of our contribution and how it will effect the direction of the meeting.  This reflection is not only on the content of our contribution but the tonality and the length and our delivery. Our physical appearance and facial expressiveness are also a form of contribution to a meeting.

Now, this may sound like a lot. It is and it is not. To move from an ordinary to an enlightened meeting implies that we need to shift.  It has been said that insanity is doing what we have always done and expecting change. Enlightened meetings are not a spectator sport and many times move us beyond our circle of comfort.  Through our 30 years of exploring the power and potential of collective consciousness, we have seen that although methods and directives do not create the Field, with practice andcommitment, they allow the Field to be revealed.

CONTEXT 3:  HUMANITY – For the Whole

The third context to consider is the relationship of the meeting to humanity, for the good of the whole. This context is mission oriented and it's about contributing to the evolution of the species. The awareness is that the meeting is not a local phenomenon. It is seamlessly connected in the present moment to an invisible realm where the pattern of humanity’s evolution is being shaped. How we meet and enter into conscious communication affects a greater whole than our minds can grasp. This is where humility, request and spiritual activism come together. Without a larger vision we perish and without a global and cosmic viewpoint, our meeting will stay on a horizontal level without a force that propels us beyond. This third context awareness is powerful magic. It is what heals wounds, opens alignment, dissolves separateness and reveals transcendent oneness...I can truly sayLOVE LIVES HERE!!




Victoria Friedman is a Co-Founder of Vistar Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the Power and Potential of Collective Consciousness. Victoria, with co-founder Dr. Ron Friedman, developed the evolutionary Vistar Method ™, a spiritual meeting technology for collective awakening, co-creativity and enlightened meetings.  They have 30 years experience with intensive spiritual group work. They provide Vistar Method Trainings in teleconferences on-line and in person. Victoria and Ron produce large and small-scale events that inspire and involve people in new creative forms of spiritual expression, with a focus on connectivity and conscious culture.  Victoria is also an artist and author of  “SPIRIT DOODLING: The Effortless Expression of No-Mind”.   www.vistarfoundation.org.







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