If you are not skilled in applying the Rules Of Chaos, then saying, "Welcome Chaos," is the scariest invitation possible. Forcing your meeting Spaces to conform to your limits of understanding, to your style of sense-making, and controlling them so that the power Flows only towards you, because, "I am the Spaceholder," kills Possibility, strangles Invention, and suffocates the Real Voices of your collaborators. When Unconscious Fear prevails, it stifles life, focuses Resources towards ordinary Survival, and makes for a dead and boring collaboration. It need not continue like this for you. Something completely different from this is possible right now.
The handbook was first published in 1876 as an adaptation of the rules and practice of the United States Congress to the needs of non-legislative societies.
Since essentially ALL of modern culture organizations are designed with a hierarchical power structure, Robert's Rules of Order has become the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States.
These 'rules of order' govern the meetings of a diverse range of organizations - including church groups, county commissions, homeowners associations, nonprofit associations, professional societies, school boards, and trade unions - that have adopted these procedures as their parliamentary authority.
RULES OF CHAOS
Archearchy - the nonmaterial-value and adulthood-healing-and-initiation-centered cultures that are now emerging around the world as Matriarchy and Patriarchy have run their course - uses toroidal (circular or 'donut-shaped') rather than hierarchical power structures.
Toroidal power structures that alternatively diverge and converge thrive on chaos. Torus Meeting Technologies derive immense wisdom and intelligence from the nonlinearity, unreasonableness, and chaos that is so characteristic of human beings.
As could be imagined, an entirely new handbook is required, using upgraded thoughtware and new thoughtmaps, in order to create, navigate, and end the chaos that emerges during Torus Meetings.
If you want to create something new, the first thing to create is enough new empty Space in which the new thing can be created. In Gameworld Consultant terminology, this action is called 'building out new gamespace'. You do not ask permission for this. No one has authority over uncreated gameworld space. There are no rule books or guidelines. New gameworld space opens a creation platform for a different future. This is how Archearchy is being created right now. There are Pirate Mage Gameworld Builders who have Stellated their Conscious Fear enough to Go To The Edge and set out experimental Context, Codex, and Rules Of Engagement for culture that never existed before on Earth.
However, it cannot be ignored that: Before you create something out of nothing, you must first be able to create nothing out of something. For this, you need a Pirate.
A particularly useful Pirate skill required during the global Epochal Culture Shift which is now underway between Patriarchy and Archearchy, is dismantling obsolete gameworlds.
Patriarchal Gameworlds are currently piloted by psychopaths, populated by Zombies, and serving unconscious Gremlin purposes that are exterminating life on Earth.
So much of modern spirituality teaches us to 'accept what is'.
Today, if you care to look around at what is... you can only grieve. It is criminal what uninitiated men have created on Earth with what Gaia has provided.
Yes, it is true: being able to Cause Transformation or Cause Adventure depends on having an accurate assessment of current reality. You must get close-in on what is happening and how things actually work.
This is half of the 'Mage Equation'. The whole Mage Equation is: Where practical potential meets an accurate assessment of current reality is the Mage Interface. This is where you become a Person Of Agency. The Mage Interface occurs within you. It is not pain free. The creation force that arises out of that pain is called 'Directed Tension'.
But having an accurate assessment of current reality does not mean you have to accept it. There are other options to Choose from.
In other words, either you accept what is and grieve... or you blow things up and celebrate!
By bringing 'what is' into breakdown you unleash Chaos within what was just before 'order'. Causing Chaos within a Consciously Held Space is Step 1 of the Phoenix Process. Conscious Chaos is a gateway to Transformation.
Conscious Chaos is a precious resource. Consider that the substance which may be the most resistant to Evolution is the Status Quo. This is why Covid and Climate Change provide a valuable service. They utterly undermine the stability, legitimacy, credibility, and structure of the Status Quo. Are you making use of this opportunity?
If the Chaos is not occurring in a Consciously Held Transformation Space, you may indeed encounter chaos, but when it is over the chaos reforms itself back into the previous design. Ordinary chaos is for 'naught' because nothing changes.
Ever since its inception approximately 6000 years ago, modern culture designed itself around hierarchies.
In the capitalist patriarchal empire - which has become a 'memetic virus' devouring and smothering human potential around the world - all organizations (even non-profits and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)) use a top-down command-and-control pyramidal power structure. The hierarchy is the default design for modern culture organizations, regardless of whether they are educational, governmental, religious, military, financial, sports, or etc.
The core assumption in modern culture is that those on the top of a pyramid, those who have climbed up the hierarchy, 'obviously' have the oversight, wisdom, and knowledge to make the best decisions to run the organization.
It turns out that the hierarchy is a perfect design to minimize intelligence and possibility, and to defend the 'status quo'. The outcome of modern culture's organizational design error should be obvious to you by now...
The error comes from not realizing that those who are best at doing whatever it takes to climb the hierarchy and take the positions of power are the psychopaths.
No amount of goodwill and possibilities for creating a brighter future for humanity on Earth can ever make a difference in the outcome of hierarchical organizations because, creating a bright future for humanity is not on a psychopath's agenda.
Nonlinear or Unreasonably beneficial Proposals are viewed as problematical and 'dangerously chaotic' by the 'powers that be'. The hierarchy is dedicated to 'law and order', keeping itself in power and enforcing a Rule Of Law that is exterminating life on planet Earth at the fastest possible rate.
Ever since your first day in school, the possibility of using Chaos as a valuable Infinite Resource has been crushed out of existence. Chaos is worse than a taboo. It is threatening, sacrilegious, and heretical. It is blasphemy. It is criminal. Your orders were: "Sit in rows, be quiet, don't move, do as we say, or your entire future will be a miserable failure."
You carry within you active Conclusions leftover from school days. You experience huge internal resistance (read that as: Unconscious Fears) about approaching, acknowledging, connecting with, causing, or in any way liking Chaos.
In most views, Chaos represents insanity, death, the enemy, evil, and the end of the world, yet Chaos is an ever present and central element of Nature.
By introducing you to the Possibility of unleashing and harvesting positive benefits of Chaos in your meetings and Teams, we are at the same time inviting you to a life-long skills development Path. If you accept the offer, and you practice well, the world will work differently for you. We speak from our own experience.
So much of what happens in a Team seems tainted with resentment, fear, competition, power struggles, revenge, and inexplicable anguish, that the very idea of starting a Circle and trying again looks distasteful in the extreme.
It can help to thoroughly study the Torus Technology (http://torustechnology.org) website and give yourself permission to recognize how much you do not know about what you don't yet know.
The practical differences are radical and vast between operating in the Context, Purpose, and Procedures of a Circular Team rather than a Hierarchical Team .
This small section in this website cannot suffice even as a mini-handbook for Circular organizations. We will at best open a few doors for your further exploration.
- Hierarchical Team members sit around a table so that the center of the Space is blocked and covered, and so that participants can hide behind the objects on the table in front of them and behind the table itself.
- Circular Team members sit in chairs a circle around an empty space (no flowers, candles, flags, scarves, crystals, sea shells, pictures of your mother...) so that Nothingness is available as an Infinite Resource for Creation. People sit in straight-backed chairs, because sitting hunched over in cross-legged position on the floor forces the belly and chest to scrunch over into a physical position that interferes with breathing freely and Consciously Feeling and using your Feelings and Emotions.
- The 'Leader' of the Hierarchical meeting sits at the head of the table so that everyone knows who has the power and the final say. The 'Leader' works from an Agenda, where the answers to any questions, or the outcome of any decisions, have already been decided by those higher-up in the Hierarchy. The 'Leader' is the 'Leader' so that everyone else knows they are nothing more than one of the many 'followers'. No organization can use the concept of 'Leadership' without automatically generating 'Followership', the peasants, the Zombies, the economic slaves. The Hierarchical Meeting will never get out of control. There will be no uprising from the masses of slaves. Nothing new can be Created here. A Hierarchical Meeting is a defensive meeting. The status quo is protected, and nothing new can be created.
- In a Circular or Torus Meeting, there is no 'Leader'. What you have instead is a Spaceholder. Being 'Spaceholder' is a job that can be passed on to anyone around the Circle. The Spaceholder's job is to Become A Space, to Hold Space, and to Navigate Space. The Skills of a Spaceholder include Declaring The Energetic Space into existence, guarding the space, making the Grounding Cord, Setting Context, calling in the Bright Principles of the Team, and Navigating Space. A Torus Meeting is an expansive meeting. New things can be created that never existed before, even if they are Transformational.
The Team coming together is called 'Convergence', which is the 'inhaling'.
The Team breaking out into its various 'Nodes' for Creating and Deciding is the 'Divergence', the 'exhaling'.
Convergence is a 'Uniform Team' where we all do the same thing at the same time.
Divergence is a 'Creation Team' or 'Evolution Team' where each Node does what it needs or wants to do under its own Radically Responsible cognizance.
In Torus Meeting Technology, each and every individual is regarded as a Doorway to Infinite Resources. Everyone is unleashed all at the same time. To be heard and understood, people generally speak one after the other, as navigated by the Spaceholder. Each person's vast intelligence resources are requested.
In Torus Meeting Technology, Feelings and Emotions are experienced as intelligence and energy resources. It is also recognized that Feelings and Emotions are vastly different from each other. Feelings are for handling things. Emotions are for healing things. They both start out feeling the same: Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. But then the difference becomes visible:
Feelings arise, are used, and then they Experientially disappear in less than 3 minutes.
Emotions arise, may or may not be expressed, and no matter what you try, they last longer than 3 minutes. Emotions may last an hour, a week... often for months or years. We know that you know what we are talking about...
In Torus Meeting Technology it is contextually clear that Emotions exist in Time. A person in Emotions is not in the Present. Emotions are a blessing and a Doorway for the person feeling them to do an Emotional Healing Process (EHP).
Sometimes the person who is experiencing Emotions recognizes that they are experiencing Emotions. Sometimes they do not.
When a person in the Circle (everyone in the room is in the Circle, there are no bystanders permitted...) recognizes that they are experiencing Emotions, they say, "I am feeling Emotional Anger (or Emotional Sadness, or Emotional Fear, or Emotional Joy, or Mixed Emotions). Would someone Hold Space for an Emotional Healing Process for me?" The volunteer EHP Spaceholder goes with Emoting person as their Client into an adjacent Space and Navigates the Emotional Healing Process then and there. When they are through the Process - usually within 20 to 40 minutes - they return to the meeting space and are welcomed back into the meeting, often sharing their insights and discovery Treasures with the Team.
When a person who is experiencing Emotions is not aware that they are experiencing Emotions - thinking that since they 'feel' them they must be feelings... - then anyone in the room holds up their Purple Card to signal that an Emotional Healing Process would be in order.
If only one member of the Circle holds up their Purple Card... it could be their own personal Emotional Reactivity, and actually they are the one who found a Doorway to an Emotional Healing Process.
But if three, five, or ten members of the Circle hold up their Purple Card, it can be fairly certain that the emoting person has discovered an old wound, a remnant vow, an outdated decision, a Projection, an Expectation, an unconscious fear, an Emotional Block, or some Brain Splits, for example, and the Team can provide them with one or two Spaceholders for their Emotional Healing Process in the next room.