Alice Springs 2

The night sky of facilitation

From my experience, indigenous culture has a slightly different way of looking at the night sky.

Let me explain.

You may perhaps remember, as a child, looking at the stars. Maybe you looked for the first star at night, then, in the vast expanse of the Milky Way, discerned the pointers. Perhaps you went on to find Orians Belt, then discovered the Southern Cross, and, even the complexities of the astrological signs.

All of these are specific points the eye looks for – “objects” in the sky, If you were like me, you may even have been told to “look hard” till you found them.

By contrast, my experience looking at the night sky with indigenous people in Alice Springs has expanded my way of exploring. I was invited to to “look softly”, to look deeply for the “spaces”.

As i relaxed into this new way of looking, lo and behind, in the dark spaces of the Milky Way, there emerged, like magic, the shape of a huge, giant emu, striding across the sky.

Perhaps facilitation is like the night sky and the milky way..

In our work, we are engaged to facilitate groups to discover and work towards common “object”-ives, like the pointers for moving forward. FInding them also requires us to look softly for the spaces where we can support people to pay attention to the silence after a question, the pause as the group gets an Ah Ha, or the deep still moment from which shared direction is birthed.

This is the space of emergent possibility , where the alchemy of magic waits, ready to be woken from its dormant state – the creativity of inspiration and energy for growth.

You may experience this when you come to the AFN conference and gaze softy into the night sky in the vast open spaces of the desert. You will meet the giant emu. The emu’s magic awaits you. Here, in the Alice.

Sue Gregory

for the AFN Conference in Alice Springs

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