As we explore further in the field of successful WE-processes, we are astonished by the magical power contained in the human observation and action modes called ‘dreams’.
Dreams as an experience of something ‘provided’. Dreams as a resonance of something from the past. Dreams as a resonance of something that is yet to come. Dreams as an experience of something that cannot be grasped nor ignored. Dreams as an experience of something that we thought erroneously we could simply set aside. Dreams as an experience of something that is good for bringing about surprising changes in life.
When we were planning this newsletter, we thought about devoting it to the influence of dreams on the resolution of conflict. But in the last few days, rather in a dream state, something else wished to unfold: the special power that starts working and affects those involved, when something suitable is assimilated into something suitable: helpful – functioning – supporting.
Dream success 2: the unbelievable power that makes it possible
As a learning-oriented team, we recently participated in the annual conference of our international professional organisation EMCC – in Dublin, one of our favourite cities. The anticipation was great. It ebbed when we started to put together our individual programme from the workshops on offer. This time, there didn’t seem to be anything that immediately sparked our interest. And the situation persisted when we entered the conference hall – “Help, did we come to the right place?!“ The still empty room with stands from coaching institutes appeared to have an industrial feel to it. Coaching as industry? Were we with our vision of ‘Coaching to release magic’ all alone? Should we just hightail it out the door?
A special moment
But then everything changed: Right in the middle was a stand with the theme Diversity and Inclusion. We started chatting to Jafar, the exhibitor, and we quickly arrived at the deeper aspects of leading and cooperating: Not being able to proceed, randomness, looking at something from a completely new angle and, yes, tackling it.
There was an immediate connection between us, and we felt free again. The conference hall was welcoming, we were needed again. The programme on offer was interesting to visit and wanted us to explore it. We became curious and looked forward to being pleasantly surprised. A door had opened.
From working linearly to working in parallel levels of awareness
Later, we experienced a similar effect: In the workshops we attended, deeply considered and examined knowledge was communicated. They ranged from refined handling of assessment tools (Jonathan Reitz) through Coaching by writing (Sally Bonneywell & Sue Cruise-Jungling) to the tricky Mistake Management (Sue Halden-Brown). It was all highly educational.
And then it was time for the workshop about the influence of the teams on the team coach (Alison Hodge). Even the setting was different: The participants did not sit in rows, rather the hostess had arranged small groups of armchairs like in a lounge and welcomed all those who entered at the door. Like a fishbowl in the middle: a small circle of 6 guests. There was some quiet talking, while others were silent. Something was being prepared, but what? We felt secure and excited.
The dreamy power that makes it possible
Working systematically with this power that makes it possible
The Dream mode runs parallel to consensus reality, but obeys other laws and follows other principles. Those who have heard of the story of the Elves of Cologne know that this mode demands respect: As soon as you try to control it, it dissipates and cannot be grasped. Children know this and take it to heart. Those who live and work with people who are “different” (see above: Diversity & Inclusion), knows this and lead life in parallel worlds. Whoever would like to continue developing and be happy once in a while would do well to develop their own skills to be led by the forces of parallel worlds. Resonance then becomes the decisive guideline for executives.
And that is exactly what Alison did in her workshop: she constructed the setting, gently brought the participants to the state of sharing with each other, remained curious, judged nothing and opened the space to joint reflection. This last point in particular is elementary: Whatever happens in the Dream mode will want to activate its power in the everyday consensus reality as well.