The Grounded-Potential Path

The 9th in a 9-post series on Perceived Levels of Reality

The second type of group to work with all three levels of perceived reality starts at the possibility-light level.  At this level, they start with an assumption of infinite abundance.  Light is the potential seen when meeting new possibilities.  Verbs bring light into being, shifting from a possibility to a living probability.  Thus, verbs are a special case of light, filtering out possibility.  Nouns occur when value is exchanged at the overlap of two different verbs or value streams.  Nouns are a special case of verbs, filtering out time, to presence the value of the thing here now.  The path is to choose what to manifest from possibility and when to engage with the verb as a specific noun at a given space and time.  This is the path that grounds the light, bringing it into verb-noun form.

You experience this path when you discover that things begin to happen when you give your attention to them.  Ben Zander, the conductor for the Boston Philharmonic, describes the very real experience of possibility in the act of creation, “Speaking in possibility springs from the appreciation that what we say creates a reality; how we define things sets a framework for life to unfold.”[1]

Looking at the work example I shared in the previous blog on the “enlightened noun-ness” path, from the grounded-potential path, one asks a very different question.  Instead of starting with, “Can she do the job?,” one starts with, “Who is she?”  In examining who she really is, she sees her deeper passion, her greater gifts.  Maybe she sees that she wants to be a novelist.  Seemingly, she has arrived at the same point as in the enlightened-noun-ness path.  Wait.  As she chooses to be a novelist, she looks at the capacities she needs to further develop, over time, as she begins her life as a novelist, choosing what to develop now and what to develop later.  This is the verb level.  She then looks at what she can do now, to have the experience of an outcome, knowing that in a while she will have different outcomes.  This is the noun level she chooses out of the verb development of her light potential.  In both cases, she is writing a book.  On the enlightened-noun-ness path, she arrived there as part of her job.  On the grounded-potential path, she lived into her passion.  The first tried to expand from scarcity.  The second brought abundance to life.  Very different results with completely different energy available to sustain it.

“Our universe is alive with sparks.  We have at our fingertips an infinite capacity to light a spark of possibility.  Passion, rather than fear, is the igniting force.  Abundance, rather than scarcity, is the context…it is about playing together as partners in a field of light.”[2]

Each of the three paths started with different questions, followed different routes, and ended in very different outcomes.  This is why the path matters.  As the poet Ogden Nash said, in the book with the same title, “You can’t get there from here.”[3]


[1] For a deeper exploration, with Ben Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander, of how people work with possibility to manifest reality, see (Zander & Zander, 2002, p. 110).

[2] In their practice of enrollment, which she uses in her therapy practice and he uses with his orchestra, the Zanders add practical steps to this quote: “Imagine that people are an invitation for enrollment.  Stand ready to participate, willing to be moved and inspired.  Offer that which lights you up.  Have no doubt that others are eager to catch the spark” (Zander & Zander, 2002, p. 126).

[3] For a book of Ogden Nash’s poems, titled You Can’t Get There from Here, see (Nash, 1953).

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