Saturday, May 26, 2012

Process Law #6

By what mysterious Process will this group come to know its true purpose?
Cynthia F. Davidson from Wisdom Wheel Process card
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The Law of Process concerns the how of things, not just the what. Think about how you are learning these Laws, for example, and how you'll apply them, in your daily life. That's Process for you!   

For the next ten days make Process your watch word and see what happens. Talk about Process with family, friends & co-workers, even the Process of having the conversation about it. Catch yourself in the midst of the Process of doing the simplest things; drinking your tea or coffee, deciding what to wear, getting dressed, making a meal, eating or cleaning. Do your day with more mindfulness as the Buddhists would say.

There are so many types of Process: the creative Process, Process mapping, Process improvement, Process management, Process engineering, group Process, the parenting process, mediation and meditation Processes just to name a few. This list was inspired by a quick keyword search through Amazon book titles...a Process in itself!

Ask for the gifts of more Process Awareness, each morning, and evening. 
Write the word Process down where you'll see it often; Post It note, in your journal or on a rock. 
Experiment with speeding it up, slowing it down, savoring or shortening the  Process, to keep it appropriate to the task(s). 

Look for news about Process in the world and share them in the blog. I'll be exploring ways to increase our interactions, as a Process here. Comments most welcome. Here are some words of wisdom about the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the Law of Process
Process refers to how things are done rather than what is done…  Because process is everywhere and involves everything we do, how do we become aware of it and the consequences of different kinds of processes that we may be using unconsciously?  How does anyone know what to focus on when trying to improve a situation?
Edgar Schein, American Process consultant, The Corporate Culture Survival Guide

We haven’t really paid much attention to thought as a process. We have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process.
David Bohm

Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
Amiri Baraka

I cannot force a design; I do not see this process as being under my conscious control.
Maya Ying Lin

To learn respect & reverence for process is what counts; we each take our own roads, but it is what one discovers along that road that’s important, and how one is changed by those discoveries.
Judith Guest American novelist and screenwriter

Through writing, through that process, they realize they become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative, than they can be in any other part of their life.
Russell Banks

You are a process. The universe is a process. Everything around you is a process.  Be in touch with that process and trust it. Trust the unfolding of your life and see what you have to learn from that. 
Anne Wilson Schaef

The path of transformation is more like a circular spiral than anything linear… There is in the psyche, according to Jung, a natural healing process which moves towards balance and wholeness. In the psyche also are natural patterns of behavior Jung called archetypes, which are available to serve as inner models, even when outer models are absent or unsatisfactory. A woman has within herself all the potentialities of the father archetype and others and these can be reached if she’s willing to risk coming into touch with the unconscious.
Linda S. Leonard in The Wounded Woman

Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping.
Julia Margaret Cameron

I look for the way things will turn out, spiraling from a center, the shape things will take to come forth.
A.R. Ammons

Spiritual growth is not made in reaction against, for all striving against imposed restrictions is imaginary. Spiritual growth is accomplished by inclination toward.  We grow like the sunflower, following the light.
Joy Houghton

The process of my spiritual development was made peculiarly difficult by various occurrences and interruptions.
Franz Liszt

According to Buddhist tradition, the spiritual path is the process of cutting through our confusion, of uncovering the awakened state of mind… in the process of burning out these confusions, we discover enlightenment.
Chogyam Trungpa, from Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

This law is about our individual Awareness of things we have to accomplish in our life. If we wish to reach a certain goal, we must set a direction and create order, prepare well and proceed in small but sure steps. This law brings to our attention that skipping a single step or taking a short cut often results in failure... Those who keep their Faith and …honor the process…become shining examples and inspire everyone around them.
Margo Kirtikar, Ph.D. Cosmic and Universal Laws

The prize is in the process.
Baron Baptiste

(In 10 days, I'll post #7 The Law of Faith in this sequence of 36. So stay tuned.)


  1. I love the Process Law it is my favorite one of the 36.

    1. glad u figured out the Process for making comments here. ;-)

  2. Success! I've figured out the "Process". To understand the processes in my job, I have to check many things before jumping to conclusions, it has been a great teacher of patience.

    1. Found a good piece on this Law by JOE MARTINO
      ..."What I realized after all my sessions was that it was just another band aid. Just another thing that got me a couple more months ahead without facing things. And after that, I felt like I couldn’t be helped. There was no where I could turn to get “fixed.” That’s when things changed in my life as what I began to see and accept through my experiences was that we have to go within and address our own things. It is not about external. Its not about other people, or needing to go experience something or needing to change scenarios around. It’s about the scary thought of just going inside. It was in these moments that I got to really know myself. Know the true larger aspect of myself and this is how I overcame my challenges.

      There are many things that we have within ourselves that we convince ourselves aren’t a big deal or can be bypassed simply by thinking about other things or distracting ourselves, but in the end we have to face them. This I see more than ever.

      I myself am in that process right now and while it can be scary to look at certain things and come to peace with certain things, it’s a process I know will lead me to an even more expanded way of experience. It is the same for each and every one of us in this journey. What we are experiencing triggers us to go within. Triggers us to bring ourselves to an expanded state of being and a truer knowing of who we truly are. For me a lot of it came down to just saying things out loud or admitting it to another person. When you bring it forward and are transparent about it, all of a sudden you realize how real it is and now having shared it with another, you realize it isn’t as scary anymore to face. From that point it is about looking at it. Looking at why you feel that way, why the mind has been running from it and you realize something very profound. There is nothing outside of you and nothing external to you that can fix or fill the issue you are having. You have to go inside and face it. We may want to hope that something will just change it or a certain experience we do will verify things for us or make it go away, but the truth is that it’s simply the mind looking for more fuel in the situation. The more we act from the mind, get engaged in the details, get engaged in what the mind wants, the more we fuel it and that doesn’t disempower anything, it only continues to empower it. The more we analyze, the more we confuse and the longer we make the process. This is why the mind feeds off of thoughts and drama. To stay alive.

      I had to make the choice recently to just surrender and face everything. I know it can be a hard one, but I ended up getting to get to a point where I said enough is enough with the mind and just be. I just let go. After that, you can see and feel within you the perfection of the experience and what you truly want...."