Otto Scharmer on absencing vs. presencing

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. Here is his article on the watershed moment we have entered after the American presidential election. Scharmer writes:

“We have entered a watershed moment not only here in America, but also globally. It’s a moment that could help us wake up … or a moment when we could spiral down into chaos … Whether it’s one or the other depends on our capacity to become aware of our collective blind spot.”

“Summing up, the blind spot at issue here concerns the dominant paradigms of thought that have legitimized the economic, political, and [cultural-]spiritual divides  …”

The key takeaway, for me, is that we concsiously have to choose which way to take at this crossroads. The choice is between the cycles of absencing or presencing:

  • “The cycle of absencing: denying, de-sensing, blaming, and destroying (closing the mind, heart, will).”
  • “The cycle of presencing: seeing, sensing, crystallizing, and co-creating (opening the mind, heart, will).”

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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