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Jul
2017

In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

On Speaking Into Silence

On 17, Jul 2017 | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Speaking into silence was part of the Authentic Relating Festival 2017

I remember the day as grey and rainy when I met Nina in a cafe in Neukölln Berlin. We hadn’t seen each other for a while and were only acquainted for around half a year at that point. In my bag I carried a sketch that was already called “Speaking into Silence”, and amongst other things it was this sketch that I came to talk about with her.

Nina and I hadn’t worked together yet, we just met at a couple of events that she and others were organizing/hosting at the Hidden Institute (and coincedently at one of our favourite local bars). It seemed to me that Nina and I were in a similar situation: We both were relatively new to Berlin, feeling a bit alienated by its non-committal culture, unable to find our spot in self satisfied communities. Also, I had the impression that my images of what type of cultural work I had in mind resonated with Nina’s visions, and vice versa. As it turned out, I was right: Nina took up the idea and together we molded it into a pleasant form.

At the same time, I found myself torn between a lot of projects that equally needed my attention. They were so numerous that my mind tended to shift from one another, leaving me no space to step back for a while and replenish my energies. I got stuck, frustrated, demotivated. This was all the more tragic to me as I wholeheartedly loved the projects I was working on. I saw no part of my life where I could put my mind off things — even when going for a walk or to sleep, the responsibility of taking care for my own projects was haunting me, making me restless.

I am putting those biographical anecdotes of Speaking Into Silence down because it is its social background. The idea was born in this conundrum of feelings, born out of it.

So what is Speaking Into Silence? Practical, it is a circle of people sitting with their backs to each other in darkness — apart from candles burning in their middle. In front of each person is another candle that they can light whenever they want to say something, as long as nobody else has a lit candle in front of them. Once the candles in the middle are burnt out, the session is over — leaving the group in darkness and silence.

Speaking and sitting in silence are equally important parts of it. No one should feel forced to say something, no one should feel prohibited to say what is on their mind/heart. Time is plenty. Also: The setup relieves you from showing emphatically that you are listening. As a speaker you will learn to trust that others are listening to what you say — or abolish the expectations that everybody has to pay equal attention to you.

Speaking Into Silence never aimed to be about authentic relating. None of us knew about Authentic Relating at the time even. However, as it turned out, it may very well be used in that manner.  We wanted to create a space in which you are relieved from the contemporary duty of communicating and receiving constantly — no matter how insignificant it might be. Social media has exactly become this machine that is pouring bullshit over you (the presidential election in the USA, especially one candidate, were everywhere at the time), keeping you occupied with stuff you might not want to be occupied with. It’s incredible how apathetic one can get if flooded with the same information over and over again, even when it comes in variations (newscast, late night-shows, comedy, comics…). I grew tired of shallow, irrelevant, misinformative, or depressive input.

It is one of my favourite aspects about Speaking Into Silence that whenever somebody says something it usually gets time and space to float around. It doesn’t really matter what it is — be it a secret, an emotion, a thought, a joke, a story, an image — I can dive into the nuisance of what was just said (5, 10, 15 minutes ago). And I value this space so much, that I seldom say something myself. I must feel it’s importance either to me or to others — otherwise I keep it for myself (let’s say that this is rather my ideal, I do deviate from that rule sometimes). I think that it is quite powerful in creating this atmosphere, so I assume that other participants are putting as much consideration in what they say as I do. It doesn’t actually matter if they do or not, it is just the framework through which I am perceiving others.

Speaking Into Silence was and is a cultural reaction to cultural phenomena. It is a practice that Nina and I offer to everybody to implement into their lives, or variations of it. We believe that we should not feel enslaved by the culture we live in, but proactively find techniques and strategies to alter our culture. Speaking Into Silence is one attempt to do so, it is your recreational space for your mind. You get as much out of it as you put into it. Nothing more, nothing less. And that is a lot.

17

Jul
2017

In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Movement Communication

On 17, Jul 2017 | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Movement communication was part of the Authentic Relating Festival 2017

Movement Communication is a relational practice that, through embodied experiences, focuses on what happens in the present moment in a group. It is an interpersonal practice that allows you to become more aware of yourself and other people in a deeper, more authentic way. It centers on the experiences of the participants and their emotions and self-expression. In Movement Communication, we focus on understanding and breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other, so we can connect to ourselves and each other more authentically.

Movement Communication enhances your ability to meet other people authentically. Through play, drama, dance and reflexion, Movement communication seeks to transform and develop the participants’ embodied experience, consciousness and self-expression.

Movement Communication was conceived by Swedish dancer, therapist and associate professor Johan Borghäll. It was conceived as a an embodied method of self-development and group-development. It has been part of the curriculum for sports science students, pre-school teachers and actors for more than 30 years. During those years, Movement Communication has been developed in close connection with the students and through Johan Borghäll’s teaching in Europe, Asia, Africa, South- and Central America.

Movement communication was developed with inspiration from other movement practices such as social dances, free movement, martial arts dance, contact improvisation, movement games, drama, Theatre Sports, Laban’s movement teaching, gestalt therapy and dance therapy.

Movement communication is presented at ARF by Claus Rasmussen. Claus has facilitated workshops on body language, dance and communication in both Europe and Africa. Claus has been a certified Movement Communication facilitator since 2015.

DECENTER is responsible for the 4-year diploma degree in Movement Communication.

Read more about Movement Communication at:

http://www.decenter.dk

17

Jul
2017

In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

The Form – Reality Practice™

On 17, Jul 2017 | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

The Form – Reality Practice was part of the Authentic Relating Festival 2016.

A practice that is about life, the heart and the human condition. A practice that affects your innermost, and has an effect on all aspects of your life; relationships, dreams, personality, the pain of life and the art of transforming it.

On the practical side, The Form – Reality Practice™ is a series of graceful and structured movements you can do alone or with someone else. All the movements are universal and supports the practitioner to sense progressively more subtle. The sequence of movements create a process of inner movement and opens the heart.

In the practice of The Form – Reality Practice™ authenticity arises naturally. The movements cultivates the authentic expression and invites us to discover the nature of love and dare to live it. A practice that is not a “play” with energies, but discovery of truth and love.

ORIGIN of THE FORM – REALITY PRACTICE™

The Form arose in realised consciousness, through evolutionary teacher B Prior.

The Form teaches you to look inside for life’s answers to each and every moment – so you respond to your innermost being (that still, small voice) instead of your body-mind identity. That is evolution….

You start to merge back in, as the source itself, and that evolves all your relationships. Suddenly source comes alive as an individual and the potential is, as the whole of humanity.

The Form is quickening your consciousness, your light of love and truth. It deepens you, widens you and makes you more available to live life exactly as it is, with less and less problems.

It demonstrates how to respond to your deepest knowing and inspiration, and to give that form.

Your deepest inspiration is the real you. You learn to respond to your interior – where you came out of – and you merge back into that whilst you still have a body as a vehicle of manifest universal expression.

The Form helps you find more meaning in your life. When awakening begins to happen in the consciousness of any individual, you know there is deeper meaning to life and what you have been living.

The Form guides you to see, know and respond to your heart’s opening.

This workshop is held by Rodrigo Ríos, who is Accrediteret Senior teacher of The Form. Rodrigo is passionate about supporting people in discovering the heart. Rodrigo is married and the father of two.

Further reading:
www.RealityPractice.dk
Facebook Group
www.RealityPractice.org
www.BerniePrior.org

17

Jul
2017

In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

The Other Life Project

On 17, Jul 2017 | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

The Other Life Project was part of the Authentic Relating Festival 2016.

The Other Life Project is an ongoing art project using performance as a tool for exploration, discovery and transformation. The project is inspired by the Nordic Larp scene and works from the premise that identities as well as the so called “reality” around us are changeable. Our claim is that we through exploration and play can provide the participants with an extraordinary opportunity to play with and enact new realites.

It is meant as an opportunity to explore yourself and your relationship to the world in depth through a variety of approaches and with the support of the ensemble. The social conventions are simple, with focus on fundamental, immediate and intuitive aspects of life. A space and time to sense, experience and play within a safe framework. We find inspiration for these explorations in a multitude of practices such as psycho-drama, syntheism, circling, shamanism, performance-design, larp, zen, embodied cognition theory, physical theatre and movement theraphy.

The Other Life is an opportunity to experience the world around you and relate to other people unbiased by what you consider to be true, real or important. The Other Life allows you to explore yourself, your perceptions of the world and the ways you interact with others in a space with strangers, that are searching, exploring and challenging themselves just the way you are. You don’t have to be yourself and neither does anybody else. We invite you to leave your prejudices behind and enter the project with an open mind and with faith in the people around you.

The project moves through unique participatory performances in Northern Europe, where new identities and new realities are explored. Each performance is developed for the space where it is staged and the flow of the event is highly dependent on the participants. We use light, sound and scenographical elements to create an otherworldly mood around the events. Participants are asked to write letters for themselves before entering the Other Life leaving something of themselves behind, that they don’t want or need in the Other Life.

The Other Life Project is all about creating a space and time, which is less performative than what we normally consider “real life”. The project enables people to meet and relate from an immediate and honest layer in themselves – unbiased by many of the judgements we normally make on the world.

The Other Life Project has been initiated by the designers Nina Runa Essendrop and Peter Munthe-Kaas and has been developed by a large ensemble of artists, larpers and performers from all around Europe.

Read more:
otherlifeproject.com
facebook.com/otherlifeproject

17

Jul
2017

In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Social Presencing Theater

On 17, Jul 2017 | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Social Presencing Theater was on the program of the Authentic Relating Festival 2016.

Social Presencing Theater is an embodied consciousness practice. SPT is one part of the bigger framework called Theory U, a change method and theory developed by Otto Scharmer from MIT in Boston, USA. The roots of SPT is meditation, the civil rights movement and performing arts. The SPT practices has been developed by Arawana Hayashi a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Shambhala meditation tradition in cooperation with Otto Scharmer. The theater part of SPT is not about acting, but about making unconscious aspect of a system visible.

SPT is a constant exploration of the relationship between body and mind, me and others, and me in relation to the whole or the bigger system. The term “presencing” combines the words “sensing” and “presence” and it is used to describe a certain awareness quality that involves a relaxation of mind, heart and will to allow new insights and future possibilities to emerge.In SPT the participants practice to synchronize mind and body as well as uncovering some of the information that is always present in the own system as well as in the interaction with one or more individuals or groups and bigger systems.

A SPT session would contain exercises that explore the inner connection, the connection with one or a couple of people and the whole group. There will be a special focus on mindfulness on the body combined with awareness of the other or the group and how that affect the ability to connect in a deeper, more authentic level with oneself and others. There is three layers in the basic SPT training, one is about connecting to the authentic self through embodied mindfulness. The second layer is the practice of staying in contact with the authentic self while being in contact with one or a couple of other people. The last layer is the exploration of the authentic self in relationship to the bigger systems that we all are part of.

Fabricius Resurs, based in Malmö, organize workshops and practice groups in both Copenhagen and Malmö.

Read more:
www.fabriciusresurs.se
www.facebook.com/fabriciusresurs

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Jul
2017

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In Practices

By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Speaking circles/relational presence

On 17, Jul 2017 | No Comments | In Practices | By Peter Munthe-Kaas

Speaking Circles were on the program for the Authentic Relating Festival 2016.

Speaking Circles emerged from the stand-up comedy scene in San Francisco in the 1980s as a method to work through stage fright and performance anxiety. It has now developed into Relational Presence and Relational Stillness practices, that transforms the way you communicate by focusing on the essential first step in authentic communication: true attunement between listener and speaker.

Speaking Circles introduces you to a simple and different approach to being receptive, present and authentic. This helps you find your natural voice in your relations to other people. The relationship-based approach gives you the time and gentle attention to discover how to express yourself clearly in your own unique style. This way you become more present and engaging; transforming the way you communicate in 1:1 conversations and group settings.

As a group we create a safe and creative environment for exploring a simple, natural method of inviting connection with others. Rather than dealing with performance technique or content, we focus on the basis of effective communication – achieving comfort and connection by being fully present and authentic. This happens through exercises in eye contact and 1:1 conversations before each person takes turns in front of the group.

This relational practice focuses on connecting from the inside-out in our communication with ourselves and others, whether we are in a personal conversation with one person, or a group setting.

Speaking Cirlces is presented in Denmark by Annegrete Mølhave at Talesans. She has facilitated workshops in creativity and communication design in London, Oslo, and Copenhagen since 2005, and is a licensed Speaking Circles facilitator.

Read More about speaking circles at:
http://www.speakingcirclesinternational.com