15 solve et coagula

This doodle leads us into the Alchemy Quest.  Solve et coagula is the alchemist’s mantra, meaning “to separate and bring together.” We may not be able to turn lead into gold but alchemy really happens when we see how a person’s life can be turned from unremarkable into remarkable. We look closely at our lives in…

16 into the great divergence

We can find ourselves living with a need to reach conclusions quickly, what we might term reaching convergence, but the really interesting things happen when we reman open for as long as possible to as much as possible. There’s a reason why we don’t want to keep thinking about thinks for too long.  Our brain…

17 we’re going to where the future is emerging

I saw the visitors queue trailing around Florence’s Galleria dell’Academia on a day visit back in 2012 and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get in. This gallery houses Michelangelo’s David but this wasn’t the sculpture I wanted to see.  I’d read about four unfinished statues by the great sculptor, thought to be prisoners…

18 this is it … convergence

Convergence is a meaningful coming together of what has been emerging for us out of our divergent exploring.  It involves our skills and talents, our passions and dreams, and the experiences in life that have shaped us significantly. It’s where we find our “crystalising intent,” as Otto Scharmer identifies it, our Element as Ken Robinson…

19 now we’re zooming

Zooming is the word Seth Godin gives to taking our art even further.  This journey isn’t about developing different talents but furthering those we’ve developed over so many years, awakening passions that make our hearts beat faster, but also making sense of the experiences of our lives in ways that are new for the present,…

20 it’s more than complicated

Complicated stuff eventually makes sense and joins up somewhere.  Like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle bearing the image of a sand dune. Complexity would be like having many of the pieces from a hundred different jigsaw puzzles.  Complexity doesn’t always join up. The trouble is, we are a pattern-identifying species living in a universe of…

21 we are journeying to the edges

Why go to the edges?  It’s what humans do – for all kinds of reasons. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi identifies two contradictory sets of instructions in humans: a conservative tendency – which is about self-preservation, self-aggrandisement, and saving energy – and an expansive tendency, which wants to explore, and enjoys novelty and risk. We need both the…