I’ve always loved working creatively with others, dancing your creative edge in spontaneous dialogue together. But it’s also incredibly challenging! Whether it’s the ego of the artist, or just the clunky way we humans have been wired, it’s really hard to work together with others.
Something I have been exploring and really want to bring to this work is how to relate dynamically, freely, so we can be ourselves fully and in total relationship. We live in a world dominated by hierarchical relationships, built on 1000s of years of this form of social structure. We also live in a time where we have begun to recognise the limitations of this way of relating, and many of us have been fighting against it in different ways, especially since the 1960s. But we are still just fighting against it and however important and significant that is; it is still against, in opposition, which means it is we make it real and are not able to be free from it.
However developed or evolved (or not developed or evolved) any of us think we are, we all exist in this network of hierarchy. I lived in a spiritual community for a large part of my adult life where the ground of relationship was supposed to be based on the realisation that we are all one. In reality it was as far from that as you could possibly imagine. It was essentially a military organisation, with our teacher as the main general. Now that’s a longer story and there are many dimensions to that kind of experience, but the point is that hierarchy has become an unconscious, and in some ways natural, part of our society. Just take a look at you own experience when you are in any situation with other people. At work, with friends, maybe a creative project, like a band, or even something as supposedly subtle as a spiritual group. We are all always positioning ourselves in relationship to others, or trying to justify to ourselves that we are not doing that. Whatever position we take, we are always locating ourselves in relationship to others, and positioning ourselves in an unconscious hierarchical structure, like some kind of invisible 3-dimension web that has different levels of importance on it. We do this unconsciously, it’s basically how we operate, how we navigate, how know who we are and where we are in the world.
Basically the fact that we do this isn’t really our fault; it’s what we’ve inherited. Our social structures and the ways we relate have been built over thousands of years where, for better or worse, we organised ourselves, and what we do together, through hierarchical structures. But now that many of us are starting to see this as a limitation/problem, and are really starting to question it, what can we do about it? On some level there isn’t much we can do about it and we also can’t just get rid of it, it would be like tearing out the very ground we are walking on. But, if we can begin to understand how this function operates in and between us, understand more deeply why it is there, then we can begin to find a way of relating that is not dominated by this; a dynamic relationship where all individuals get to be fully themselves in the natural web of dynamic relating. We are all different; we all have different skills, talents and potentials, which are mostly kept down by the structure of hierarchy. None of this will mean anything though if it stays in the realm of ideas and so I feel called to explore this possibility with others, through the medium of dynamic creative collaboration. Hopefully I’ll finds some humans who might be able to help!