Betty Sue Flowers

A Quote by Betty Sue on living systems, global institutions, individual and collective awareness, and machine age metaphors

A living system continually re-creates itself. But how this occurs in social systems such as global institutions depends on our level of awareness, both individually and collectively... As long as our thinking is governed by industrial, "machine age" metaphors such as control, predicatbility, and "faster is better", we will continue to re-create institutions as we have, despite their increasing disharmony with the larger world.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 7

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A Quote by Betty Sue on global institutions, living systems, and presencing

The basic problem with the new species of global institutions is that they have not yet become aware of themselves as living. Once they do, they can become a place for the presencing of the whole as it might be, not just as it has been.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

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A Quote by Betty Sue on science, unfinished project, reconnecting, integrating, scientific method, and direct experience

If science is an unfinished project, the next stage will be about reconnecting and integrating the rigor of scientific method with the richness of direct experience to produce a science that will serve to connect us to one another, ourselves and the world.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 218

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A Quote by Betty Sue on u theory, central integrating thought, observing, stillness, integrated capacities, and creating alternative realities

The U theory suggests that the central integrating thought ... will emerge from building three integrated capacities: a new capacity for observing that no longer fragments the observer from what's observed; a new capacity for stillness that no longer fragments who we really are from what's emerging; and a new capacity for creating alternative realities that no longer fragments the wisdom of the head, heart and hand.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 217

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A Quote by Betty Sue on synthesis, science, spirituality, and leadership

What's emerging is a new synthesis of science, spirituality and leadership as different facets of a single way of being.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 218

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A Quote by Betty Sue on presencing, absolute, manifest, and conscious awareness

What we're calling 'presencing' is possible because of this womb, where the absolute and the manifest interact. I think a buddhist would say that presencing can arise to the extent that we develop the capacity, individually and collectively, to extend our conscious awareness in both domains.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 231

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A Quote by Betty Sue on theory, experience, transcendent, profane, and cultivation

When your practice has led you to experiences that you can't understand, you need a better theory. Otherwise, if you try to understand these transcendent experiences with 'profane' or, we might say, 'materialistic' ways of thinking, your cultivation will be set back.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 232

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A Quote by Betty Sue on emerging whole and local manifestation

The emerging whole manifests locally. It manifests in particular communities, groups, and, ultimately, in us as individuals.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 234

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A Quote by Betty Sue on emerging whole, local manifestation, and surrender

Serving the emerging whole means paying attention to what's right here within my awareness, what's completely local, and surrendering to what's being asked of me now.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 234

Contributed by: yeshe

A Quote by Betty Sue on systemic, local, evolving consciousness, implicate order, and david bohm

So we have a new axiom: What is most systemic is most local. The deepest systems we enact are woven into the fabric of everyday life, down to the most minute detail.

This is so important for us to understand. We, every one of us, may be able to change the world, but only as we experience more and more of the whole in the present. this is the 'evolving consciousness' that Bohm said was necessary to appreciate the implicate order. Now I see that it's also the cultivation of awareness to 'see the absolute in the manifest', as the buddhists would say.

Betty Sue Flowers

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 234

Contributed by: yeshe

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