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High On A Hill
Couple of things have been on my list of things that I have been
considering posting to the list over the past few days. Some different
topics, some directed to different people, though to the group
generally as well. Because that's how it works, eh.
Generally and specifically.
Somewhat like, if you will imagine, first and third, with a weather
eye on second position.
Some topics that were generated as responses to posts on list. Some
topics from my day-to-day experiences. Some topics that were bought up
by friends on and off the net as being issues for them in recent
times. So here these subjects float in and around my brain,
occasionally bumping into the mundane activities that needs must be
carried out, and floating out into a wider orbit ... they will be
back, as surely as the sun will rise in the morning. Or so I believe.
In a previous post I mentioned about the people who we meet who can
cause us to focus our attention in a direction that we may never have
reached alone. How we can act as catalysts for noticing the things
that we never noticed until now. These people are rare and precious
and are as Found Objects. Sacred, if you will. And invisible to all
but the few with the eyes to see. The ears to hear. The perception to
So from time to time we meet people like this. And what I thought as I
thought about these people who have this ability to let us see what
was hidden...to understand what had teetered just outside our
grasp..to bring together the parts into something that is greater than
that which we could conceive before...is that the defining magic is
held within the worldview of these people. The view of the world that
encompasses a richness that affords a reflected vista that would
forever have remained obscured.
One such person, I had the occasion to discuss some of these issues
with recently. And we talked about the different kinds of worldviews
This is a part of the work that she has developed in Leadership
through Values, and that is a whole topic that could take days to
explain in the detail that it deserves. So what are the different
types of world views that are typified by people in different walks of
life? Its a topic that I find to be fascinating...and so much a part
of the interactions we encounter each and every day, I begin to
realise. Just as NLP gives us the means to recognize the maps that
others inhabit, so this fills in the terrain of those maps, and gives
a topological context that was missing before.
Some examples, I should not wonder, would give you the quickest entree
into the differences of the various worldviews. And so I shall lay
some out for your predilection. Sample the complexities and the
nuances of flavour and see if you recognize anyone you have met or you
know or you have encountered in one forum or another...See if you meet
"I have no control so I must exert it!" I must look after my self
interest; if I don't no-one else will. The world is an alien place and
I must survive.During war survival skills that can lead to
"My home is my world. It is important to have friends who shelter me
from a sometimes unfriendly or uncaring society" Hospitality and
respect for authority too, are important. Ethical choice is based on
fairness and mutual
respect. You are good when you follow the rules. Childhood experiences
will determine whether behaviour is based on care/nurture or
"The world is a problem and I must cope!" I must belong and succeed to
please those who control my future and hav the time to spend with my
family and friends. Devoted to family and institution; an organization
require and give deep loyalty; organizational profitability. Ethical
choices are based on what the law & government says.
"The world is uncertain...I must find meaning and clarity about my
place in the scheme of things." A clarifier, supporter and listener
with followers who are also supporters, clarifiers and listeners.
Links world views. A strong concern for how people should be
dignified, listened to and supported.
"The world is a project and I want to participate for organizations to
become more humane and democratic." Independent, charismatic, uses
initiative and power. Clear values focus, creative, imaginative and
system skills are releasing new energy.
"The world is a mystery and I want to serve others with trust and
appropriate intimacy". No autocratic tendency. Wise enabler. Value
co-operation more than competition...adding to others world rather
than ‘survival of the fittest’. Can lead from every world-view with
equal flexibility. Intend to make significant positive impact on the
general populace views and experiences the world.
"The world is a mystery for which I care, we are its co-creators & I
seek to see its wholeness and interrelatedness." Interdependent
governance, global perspective works in and around several systems at
a time. A wise enabler governing with team on value-related goals.
Of course our worldview is not preordained to be a static thing.
Indeed the very act of discovering what we value and what is our view
of the world and our place within it, will change even with the
knowlege of its own existence. There may be hope... There may be
consideration for perhaps the first time, of how truly different the
tune to which we are dancing as individuals is following a different
drum-beat for each of us.
My friend explained that some years ago she and her family went to
Europe to holiday and reveal a bigger world for her children to
experience, that they would know that there was a whole other world
out there, which existed outside the boundaries of their local area.
On one particular day they had planned to go to the top of the
mountain. But it was a grey misery of a
day. The kind of day which seemed to seep into the people who lived
within it. Greying them inside as drab as the day outside. The
temptation to just keep snug and rest inside in the warm, was strong.
Finally her companion insisted and so they set off up the mountain.
After much travel and depressed at the bank of clouds that hung low in
the sky and the drab countenance that the day wore, the train in which
they rode, slowly climbed toward the top of the mountain. Almost at
the peak, the train broke through the layer of cloud. Out of the grey
drabness, and into the most amazing sight of the snowfields, shiny
white and bathed in golden light, and people laughing and frolicking
in the snow without a care.
It was a remarkable sight to my friend. One which will stay with her
forever. For not only was it the most picture perfect day, it became a
significant metaphor in her life. So many are content to stay down the
mountain. They will never see the sunlight above the cloud-line. And
as we think about it, we came to the realization that not everyone
wants to see above the clouds. They are content in their own way at
the bottom of the mountain. They are comfortable. It is what they
choose. And there comes with it an understanding that it is their
right to choose to go up to the peak, just as it is for them to decide
if they want to stay at the foot of the mountain. Or any place on the
way. I thought it was a lovely metaphor to share with me. All the more
so because it was true and meaningful for her in so many ways. And
A naturally-occurring metaphor.
A recognition of something that was there all along.
The worldviews? Quite a range of variations. Of course this is but one
aspect of the work that my friend utilizes and the bare descriptions
shown here are of necessity a brief taste of the complexity which
exists within each frame and tells you nothing of the work that
follows on in putting such information to good use. And still it
illustrates, to me at least, that there is another layer of the world,
which has been revealed.
Makes me wonder of course, how much more there is to know to which we
are oblivious. So much sense that can be made of situations,
situations which people have struggled with for years, trying to
comprehend. All for the want of a suitable context from which to make
sense of things. Nobody told us. How were we to know? All there to
see, if only we knew what it was for which we were looking.
If only we knew what we don't know we don't know.
So many things I thought about posting about in this post. Yet its
grown and grown. Found its own pace I guess. As things are wont to do.
I think it might be Enough For Now.
You may also consider it so.
There is a mountain.
And room for more in the carriage.
Whenever you're ready.
To Break Through the Cloud-line.
Can you taste it yet?
When it happens...
I guess the sun is already up for some of you now.
First published NLPTalk-Reserve 
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