Processes for Transforming Action

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Adapted from writings from the 1960s onwards. Updated Feb, 2015.


This page will have further hyper-linking woven into it during Feb, 2015


This extends the Paper Transforming Action.


One person’s observation:


Show me where in human history attempts to change a current system for the better by alternative type people on the margins have ever worked. The dominant system collapses them every time!

Another’s comment:

It’s one thing to talk of transforming society, how do we actually do it, especially when folk attempting to do this are targeted for harassment or worse?

Dr Jim Cairns (1914-2003) Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government picks up the above themes in writing of our times in his book Human Growth – Its Source...and Potential (1984, p. 156-157):

What has come through so far in survival and progress is nothing less than the release of energy, life force, consciousness – but of only a few. What has to come now for survival and progress is the release of energy, life force, consciousness and intelligence of the people as a whole, or as many as will be necessary to make a change.

It is happening all over the world. That it will is inevitable (our italics).

When the Anthropologist Margaret Mead visited Dr Neville Yeomans residential therapeutic community Fraser House (Cultural Keyline, P. 268 in the early 1960s it was the presence of this form of release of human energy or life force the Dr Cairns was writing about among the 180 people shoulder-to-shoulder in Big Group that entranced her. Margaret Mead, who was co-founded of the World Federation of Mental Health, ably led Big Group when she attended Fraser House in the early 1960s. Fraser House psychologist Warwick Bruen who led Big Group many times described Big Group human energy as addictive – ‘It was very tough; very emotionally demanding – though at the same time extremely compelling’. The German language has the term ‘stimmung’ for this life energy accompanying and affecting group mood (refer appendix). Wilhelm Reich used the term ‘orgone’. Dr Jim Cairns brought Wilhelm Reich’s daughter Eva Reich to the Conference festival ConFest that Jim Cairns commenced with Dr Neville Yeoman’s support in 1976. Eva discussed her father’s work and orgone energy at ConFest. The following links give glimpses of this release of energy, life force, consciousness now happening all over the world.

o   The Fastest Growing New Social Movement on the Planet

o   Informal Networks and New Social Movements 

o   Realising Human Potential

o   Governance and Law

o   Evolving Criteria as Benchmarks for Wellbeing Action

o   Thriving Earth Treaty

o   Governments and Facilitating Community Grassroots Wellbeing Action 


Action on the margins has evolved a large body of processes that are being used wisely at appropriate times, places and contexts.  Hardly reported in the Worlds mainstream media, a myriad of energies are coalescing with potential for evolving into a new system of social systems on Earth. What is emerging is similar to the millions of mushrooms (fruiting bodies of a gigantic fungal mycelium) that had popped up overnight for a bus load of tourists to see in driving past the rolling green hills in Northern Tasmania in the early 1960s. White edible mushrooms for six kilometres on each side of the road for 20 kilometres. They were thick with over 200 mushrooms beginning to open up over every square metre (approx 4.8 million mushrooms!).


Similarly, myriads of small and not so small moments and happenings among people are popping up all around the world. These happenings are hardly noticed by people immersed in the dominant system. Action may happen in front of people who have no sense of its significance or potency. Actions are not step-by-step (linear). Typically, they involve a few self starters. Others may join in and things happen in natural organic ways, typically mirroring nature. Actions are typically guided by context rather than by preplanning. Consciousness raising of human potential and growth is happening socially. Humanity is changing how they relate with themselves and each other.


To understand these actions and happenings, one entry point for understanding may be via a few sub-themes; some are mentioned below. Some or all of these themes may be happening simultaneously. Teasing these threads out of the social weaving may help understanding concerning what is happening around the Earth, apparently in every country (refer Blessed Unrest).



Simultaneous Non-Linear Threads:

1.    Playfully releasing life-force energy, stimmung and orgone energy

2.    Relating well with Self and Others

3.    Locating Natural Nurturers (people naturally good at nurturing others)

4.    Enabling Enablers – (Supporting Others to be More Able)

5.    New Paradigm Consciousness Raising

6.    Face-to-Face Social Networking

7.    Enabling Group Processes

8.    Enabling Self-Help and Mutual-Help Processes

9.    Evolving & Enabling Celebratory Gatherings

10. Catalysing Self-organising Systems

11. Supporting Inter-group & Inter-network Collaborating & Relational Mediating

12. Inter-cultural Mutual Help Networking

13. From Local Area Mutual-Help to Weaving New Social Fabric

14. Weaving Local Areas’ New Social Fabric into Regional Social Fabric

15. Inter-linking and Inter-Weaving each of the Above



On playfulness

 King James the First of England could write words in 1617 in his Declaration of Sport to the effect:

I’ve ridden throughout this fair Kingdom and have seen that                         my people are weary and sad of heart for the want of play.



Berger and Luckmann in their 1966 book The Social Construction Of Reality write of three co-existing processes:


a)    Together, humans construct society

b)    Simultaneously, the varying socially constructed realities fold back, as it were, to construct humans of varying types, and

c)    These social systems are humanly experienced as objective realities.


Being constructed, it follows that both humans and their varying societies may be reconstructed, perhaps better said as, may be transformed or re-constituted (as ‘construction’ is a metaphor hinting at rigidity and permanence).

Over decades, processes have been evolved that support personal, communal and societal transforming action. These have been passed on in networks and changed or adapted in other contexts.

The following provides hints of processes-in-action that work.




1.    Playing with Releasing Life Force Energy, Stimmung and Orgone Energy


o   On Being Playful

o   Themes conducive to coherence (refer Cultural Keyline in Groups page 477) – On ‘theme’, refer Coming to One’s Senses – By the Way, Page.345.

o   Metaprocesses awareness (a metaprocess is a process for engaging with processes)

o   Intention, Awareness and Observer Effects

o   Stimmung - Attuning Group Processes

o   Tuning into Context – refer ‘By the Way – Context’, page 346.

o   Letting Context Be the Guide


2.    Relating Well with Self and Others


o   Awareness

o   Awareness of Awareness

o   Gaining & Maintaining Good Contact with Others  - Rapport Building

o   Attending & Awareness (creative use of external and internal focus) – Refer Appendix: On Being There [Da-sein] and Being Away [Weg-sein]. Also refer Uptime and Coming to One’s Senses - Appendix Five, page 140:  Increasing Awareness of External and Internal Focus

o   Attending to:

§  Context:

·         Content

·         meaning

§  Process

§  Metaprocess (processes relating to process)

§  Task

§  Functional Roles in Context (Refer Cultural Keyline – Page 240 in On the side of Constructive Striving

o   Embodying Experiential Learning

o   Accurate Cues Reading

o   Listening and Remembering (Recall of Verbal and Non-Verbal)

o   Gathering Information, Monitoring and Precision Questioning

o   Talking Skills (Map and Territory)

o   Using Language (Metamodel)

o   Non Verbal Communicating

o   Assessing the Other’s Internal States, Strategic and Sorting Patterns and External Relationships

o   Negotiating and Mediating Meaning; Relational Mediating

o   Handling Criticism Well

o   Ways Of Engaging Well in Group Contexts

o   Authentic Empowering

o   Evolving and Using Liminal States in Group Contexts

o   Living well with:


o   Our Selves

o   Our Bodies:

o   Awareness of Awareness


o   Our moving:


o   Awareness Through Movement

o   Moving Well – Refer Walking and Free Energy

o   Moving for Increased Flexibility – refer Flexibility and Habit

o   Regaining Balance, Poise and Fluidity – Refer Transforming the Whole of It

o   Arousal Flexibility

o   Emotional Flexibility

o   Increasing Gracefully Movement

o   Moving to Become Deeply Relaxed

o   Moving for Preparing to Go to Sleep

o   Moving to Release Tension and Emotional Pain – Refer Coming to One’s Senses – By the Way – Appendix Six, Page 554

o   Moving to Let Go of Painful Experience

o   Moving to Let Go of Anger

o   Moving and Our Senses


o   Our emotions

o   Our memories

o   Others

o   Our Futures

o   Stress

o   Risk:


o   Risk sharing

o   Minimising the consequences of risk

o   Minimising stress in our lives


o   Ecology and Social Ecology

o   Having Arousal Flexibility (from very Relaxed to Fully Alert Depending on Context)

o   Sleeping Well and Waking Refreshed

o   Relational Mediating and Resolving Disputes

o   Conversationally Transforming to Wellness refer Appendix Ten, Page 562

o   Mutual-Help Action for Wellbeing


3.    Locating Natural Nurturers (People Naturally Good at Nurturing Others)


4.    Enabling Enablers – (Supporting Others to be More Able)


o   Enablers and Enabling

o   Mapping Community Capacity (Local Experience, Local Knowing, Wisdom, Psycho-Social Resources, Healing Ways, and Resilience)

a.       Identifying Natural Nurturers and Evolving Healer Networks

b.      Place-Making, Context-Marking and Framing

c.       Social Networking

d.      Self Help

e.      Self Help Groups

f.        Mutual-Help Processes – Refer Government and Facilitating Grassroots Action

o   Ways Supporting Healthy Communities to be More Able (Enabling):


a.       Evolving Meeting Places, Spaces, Localities, Enabling Environments and Celebratory Gatherings

b.      Resilience in Its Many Forms

c.       Relational Mediation  (Also Refer Experiences on Relational Mediation)

d.      Finding and Tapping into People who are Self-Starters with Free Energy

e.      Rapport Building

f.        Back to the Basics on Awareness of Awareness


1.       Listening

2.       Attending

3.    Staying Present

4.    Reporting what has been heard


o   Experiencing Ways Supporting Healthy Communities to be More Able (Enabling):


a.       Gathering Information, Monitoring and Precision Questioning – the Metamodel.

b.      Accurate Cue Reading.

c.       Assessing Internal States, Strategic and Sorting Patterns and External Relationships.

d.      Establishing Well-Formed Outcomes

e.      Socially Ecological Ethics and Values

f.        Establishing and Maintaining Values Guided Good Moods In Groups

g.       Processes for Event Enablers – Small and Large Group Process Skills Including Stimmung


5.    New Paradigm Consciousness Raising


Connecting the Disconnected – refer Whole-Brain and Whole Body-Brain Interconnecting in Appendix 12, page 574  in the E-Book Coming to One’s Senses – By the Way


6.    Face-to-Face Social Networking


7.    Enabling Group Processes

Healing Group Processes

8.    Enabling Self-Help and Mutual-Help Processes

Supporting Mutual Help

9.    Evolving & Enabling Celebratory Gatherings

Celebratory Gatherings are a seminal way to enrich transforming action and to evolve and extend networks of networks:

Setting up Celebratory Gathering Sites

Evolving Enabling Environments

Wellbeing Action Using Festivals, Gatherings and Other Happenings

ConFest and the Next 250 Years

10. Catalysing Self-organising Systems

Self-organising Systems

Active Self Organising Processes


11. Supporting Inter-group & Inter-network Collaborating


Evolving a Dispersed Urban Wellbeing Community

For Audio Program of the Above Link Refer Program 12 at Audio Streaming

5.    Inter-cultural Mutual Help Networking

a.    Locating networks

b.    Evolving networks

c.    Linking networks

d.    Enabling networking

e.    Mapping networks

f.     Integrating networks

Tapping in Community Psycho Somatic (Mind-Body) Resources

Interfacing Alternative and Complementary Well-being Ways for Local Wellness 

Structuring Excellence


6.    From Local Area Mutual-Help to Weaving New Social Fabric

Weaving New Social Fabric After Disasters – Refer 14 papers in Section N in Laceweb

Revisiting Social Relating

Community Ways for Healing the World


7.    Weaving Local Areas New Social Fabric into Regional Social Fabric

Un-Inma Atherton Tablelands Inma Project

Declaration of Governance and Law

8.    Inter-linking Each of the Above

Realising Human Potential

The Fastest Growing New Social Movement on the Planet



On Stimmung

            Adapted from

A well-disposed person brings spirit [Stimmung – the mood that attunes] to a group. In this case does he produce in himself a psychic experience in order then to transfer it to the others, like the way infectious germs wander from one organism to others? Indeed, we do say that his spirit [Stimmung] is infectious. Or another person is in a dampened and depressed group; no one is outgoing. What do we learn from this? Moods are not epiphenomena; rather, they are the sort of thing that attunes [bestimmt] being-with-one-another in advance. It seems as if, so to speak, a mood is in each case already there, like an atmosphere, in which we are steeped and by which we are thoroughly attuned. It not only seems as if this were so, it is so.

In light of all this, it is necessary to dispense with the psychology of feelings and experiences and consciousness.

It is necessary to see and to say what happens here. It is apparent that moods are not things that are only occurrent, but rather they themselves are fundamental manners and ways of being, indeed of being-there, and this always immediately includes being-with-one-another. They are ways of being-there [Da-sein] and thereby also of being away [Weg-seins]. A mood is a way, not merely a form or a mode, but rather a manner, like a melody, which does not float above the so-called actual being occurrent of a person, but rather sets the key of this being, that is, it attunes and determines the manner of his being.

On Being there [Da-sein] and Being Away [Weg-sein]

Weg-sein’ is used to describe the way in which a person can ‘not be there’ while participating in a discussion or listening to someone else. "How often do we find that we were 'not there' ['nicht da'] during a discussion in a group; how often do we find that we were absent  [abwesend] without thereby having fallen asleep" He notes later (p. 98) that one must be there, that is, exist as Da-sein, to ‘not be there’ in the sense of Weg-sein. In English we have an expression for this that perfectly ties in with Heidegger’s metaphors: ‘being tuned out.’

Also refer Attuning page 343-344.




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Resonant Links:


o   Inter-people Healing Treaty between Non-Government Organisations and Unique Peoples

o    On Global Reform - INMA

o    Declaration of Governance and Law

o    Government and Facilitating Grassroots Action

o    Recognising and Evolving Local-lateral Links Between Various Support Processes

o    New Social Phenomena

o    The Fastest Growing New Social Movement on the Planet



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