A Quote by Arnold Mindell

I look for the spirit of the incomprehensible statement, gesture or error and then care for it and let it unfold.  I will soon share with you technical details about how this incomprehensible signal appears and how to work with it, but just let me stress here, at the outset, that the gold lies in the messages which we do not intend to send.

Caring for the absurd and impossible is like believing the world is flat.  Following the unwanted, unintended message goes against collective belief, which says that if you follow the unknown, it will lead you off the edge of the known world.  We all think that when we get to the edge of the known world, we will surely fall off.  But process work shows the roundness of our universe.  It shows that if we have the courage to follow unintentional signals to their edges, we do not fall off, but discover new worlds.

Indeed, those of you who have ventured a bit into the impossible know that the world is really round, and that this roundness is a momentous discovery.  Life is so round!  Even near death you sense yourself going on.  At the edge, things transform and new worlds open up.

Thus the process-oriented approach is interesting because you must reverse your normal mode of consciousness, or, to use a metaphor, you need to ride a horse backwards.  One of the Native American tribes had a funny trickster figure who was a little strange.  He was allowed to stay in the tribe as long as he could be called "the reversed one," the one who did everything differently.  His horse went forwards but he did everything in a reversed position, facing backwards.

Riding the horse backwards means saying to life, "Yes, it's
impossible," but also, "How interesting this disease might be."  You go forwards in a backwards way.  Normally you think death is awful, but in a reversed and heretical way you could also think that death might teach you something.  It could even be exciting! You say "no" to pain, and then, when nothing else works, try saying "yes" to pain.  You'll jump for joy and grin when trouble turns into something interesting.  It's mercurial fun.  It's like a religious experience or the ability to be negative.  In the process work paradigm there is a complex "yes" to the world as a potential, as a seed for  something trying to unfold.

Arnold Mindell

Source: Riding the Horse Backwards

Contributed by: Bird