This post represents the heart of my thesis— after doing ten in-depth interviews with people skilled and experienced in facilitating We Space, I coded the interviews to come up with a list of themes that were present throughout the interviews. (A more in-depth methodology is presented in the thesis itself, starting on page 7).
This is what I came up with. The themes are presented here without elaboration– obviously there is a great deal of elaboration in the paper itself, and I will continue to be posting regularly about the contents of the thesis in the coming months.
Appendix H: List of Themes from In-Depth Interviews
1) We Space is a distinct and newly emergent intersubjective state with great potential for addressing our human crises at this moment in time.
2) We Spaces differ based on who is participating in a We Space, what the intent, goal, or object of the Space is, and the practices that bring a We Space about.
3) We Space entails a set of practices that operate on our subtle and psychological boundaries, making transparent our self-identifications and reality-locations.
3a) We Space has a great potential for healing and nourishing the individual psyche.
3b) We Space surfaces Shadow material and helps to integrate it.
4) We Space enacts an interpersonal field of awareness.
4a) The causal field is a space of love and compassion.
4b) We Space is a space of presence.
4c) Causal realization reveals the interpenetration and mutual emptiness of foundational boundaries and the mental/interpretive categories that result, such as I/We, Inner/Outer, Doing/Being, etc.
4d) Causal We Space is transpersonal.
4e) We Space is a perspectival practice that is inherently post-metaphysical, and post-abstract.
4f) We Spaces rely on a fundamentally second-person orientation of respect for the other’s subjectivity where the other is not reduced to a third-person object, and can build upon this to present a new perspective from the relationship itself.
5) Out of the field of causal awareness an awake and ontologically unique interpersonal ‘shared mind’ can arise that is dependent upon each but not reducible to any of the participants.
5a) Awakened We Space is evolutionarily significant, and both fundamentally service- and future-oriented.
5b) Awakened We Space is a sacred experience.
6) The state of We Space points towards a possible acquired stage of cultural development.
7) There are many features and injunctions of and for We Space
7a) We Space relies on ‘container-setting,’ the establishment of an environment of earnestness, trust, sincerity, intimacy, and vulnerability between participants.
7b) Personal familiarity and affinity, a sense of community, helps the work ‘go deep.’
7c) We Space relies on the full participation and responsibility of each participant.
7d) We Space involves following the energy and intensity in the relational space between individual participants.
7e) We Space involves the practice of transparency and clear communication.
7f) We Space is supported by commitment and agreements among practitioners.
7g) We Space takes a great deal of effort from participants.
7h) We Space is a practice of discernment.
7i) We Space requires silence and deep listening, and is a practice of speaking from silence/the depths of oneself.
7j) We Space is a practice of non-exclusion.
7k) We Space is a practice of impersonality.
7l) We Space is a practice of curiosity, which opens into a field of living inquiry.
7m) We Space is a practice that both requires and strengthens our post-ego, integrated selves.
7n) We Space is synergistic and catalytic.
8) We Space allows for a Meta-Sangha.