Go Deep combines the Elos Philosophy, Processwork and Non Formal Education, to create an asset-based community development process, which is played like a game and focuses on change on three levels: individual, group and community.
“Deep Democracy is our sense that the world is here to help us to become our entire selves, and that we are here to help the world to become whole.”
Process Work or Process Oriented Psychology is an approach to facilitating individuals, groups and organizations. Dr. Arnold Mindell, originally a physicist and Jungian psychologist, and always researcher at heart, developed methods of carefully following the twists and turns of nature – revealing the creative patterns that lie within apparently chaotic and disturbing events and symptoms.
All of us tend to identify with only a small part of who we are. Over the boundary of our awareness, new information arises, first as a disturbance – in dreams, body experiences, symptoms and conflicts. Similarly in organizations, relationships and daily work get disturbed by conflicts and surprising events. A natural tendency is to try to eliminate the disturbance. Process Work methods involve accurately exploring both our plans, and those elements of our experience that rub up against our plans, disturb or surprise us. The interaction of all parts and dimensions of experience, yield new ideas and directions forward – and a feeling of being involved with your life and others.
Deep democracy is the core value and principle of process oriented psychology. Processwork is deeply democratic toward all levels of experience: it values the freedom to explore and express consensus reality, dreamland and the essence levels. It understands all levels as equally important.
Every time you ignore sentient, that is, generally unrecognized dreamlike perceptions, something inside you goes into a mild form of shock because you have overlooked the spirit of life, your greatest potential power. Arnold Mindell, Dreaming While Awake.
Only when all aspects of an experience are unfolded with awareness does the wisdom embedded in the experience reveal itself most fully. Process work is based on the idea that processes contain their own inherent wisdom. Even the most intractable relationship problems or body experiences contain a great deal of meaning and wisdom, hidden within what otherwise might seem like intolerable events. In order to unfold the details of any particular experience, it is important to notice our everyday approach to experiences as well as the dreamlike or unknown background aspects of those events of which we are not quite aware. Amy Mindell (2008). Bringing deep democracy to life. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 6(3)
Elos Philosophy comprises seven disciplines: Gaze, Affection, Dream, Care, Miracle, Celebration, and Re-evolution.
The gaze consists of exercising and cultivating an appreciative outlook on the community and its environment in order to create a scenario of abundant resources and possibilities, enhancing each person’s presence and potential for contribution.
Affection is what stimulates people to create affectionate relationships, fostering the emergence of mutual care and trust – elements that feed and strengthen collective work. The exercise of listening is an essential skill for this discipline.
To dream means to provide the appropriate space and relationship for the expression of the best and deepest aspirations in us all. It means building an image of the best we would like to achieve, transcending our habitual practice of only identifying problems. Typically, the deeper, more genuine and more precious the dream, the more support it finds from the entire community.
Care consists of carefully planning strategies and projects that will widely meet the expectations of a set of common dreams. The group operates in response to the question of how to walk together while taking care of oneself, of others and of a shared dream all at the same time.
Miracle is what we call collective action motivated by the group’s best qualities and skills, equipped with the abundance of existing resources within the community, confident in the affectional bonds that unite them, and motivated by their best common dreams. It is an extraordinary gift that you give to yourself and to others.
A celebration is a reunion after a course of action in order to share the joy of joint accomplishment, recognize and celebrate each person’s contribution to the collective achievement. It is when the concrete physical achievement and the lived experience make even more sense because they are nurturing the celebration of life.
To create a re-evolution is to think about the future and plan actions to materialize new challenges, always together and with new momentum created by the joy of seeing dreams come true.