Dialogue Pactice

A list, mostly about what this dialogue practice is, and a bit about what it is not.

Dialogue practice is not:

  • a place to make a particular point prevail.
  • a debate or discussion
  • an attempt to "make points."
  • a game to win or lose. 

 

Dialogue practice is a way to:

  • peace and good-will.
  • see our words as gifts.
  • keep a stream of meaning flowing among us.
  • an activity which helps us to be us.
  • and through the meaning of our words.
  •  an honest and supportive activity.
  •  greater awareness and enhanced consciousness. 
  •  hone our listening skills.
  •  develop new speaking skills.
  •  practice effective methods of communication. cultural preservation, growth, and creation.
  • make a healthy, effective society more probable.
  • meet interesting people.
  • put honest thoughts on the table where we can look at them and begin to find their meaning.
  • find pleasure in speaking up.
  • understanding among us and within us.
  • satisfying relationships.
  • exchange of ideas and opinions.
  • share experience.
  • more effective communication beyond the group.
  • practice a "second" language.

 

According to David Bohm, dialogue practice is: 

  • participating in a flow of meaning between us, through us, and among us
  • an activity out of which emerges new and renewed understanding.
  • an activity which helps us to be us.

 

 

by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill