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  • "Somewhere...there is a field. I'll meet you there." - from Rumi

    WE are the field. Yet another kind of field of dreams!

    In this case, the field is called Cowbird. We, as a field, have a few physical aspects...our computers, the servers, us. But we are not a physical field as much as an energetic field. What we 'see' in this field-that-we-are is creativity, generosity, call and response, virtual listening, passion, vulnerability, learning, and more... Limitless.

    The boundaries of this field-that-we-are is the container created by the Cowbird team and by the invitation for us to partake. Metaphorically, they have provided us with the bowl. We bring the ingredients to put into the bowl...a melange of tastes, colors, and textures that, together, create wondrous forms of nourishment.

    The British biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, calls this kind of a field 'morphogenic' and describes it as a collection of cells that, together, form an organ. In other words, while we remain individual, we also become something more, something new and whole.

    In her book, Leadership and the New Science, Meg Wheatley writes, "Morphic fields are built up through the skills that accumulate as members learn something new. After some number of a species have learned a behavior, others of that same species will be able to learn that skill more easily. The behavior collects in the morphic field." Eventually people don't have to learn the new behavior. Rather, "they pull it from the field." (Lightly edited by me for brevity.)

    Aka the hundredth monkey?

    Remaining individual. But also creating a collective entity. Evolving. Whew!

    [Photo by Barbara, Genesis Farm, New Jersey, Fall 2010]
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