Development and the Field
Zachary Green, Co-Founder
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.” -RUMI
IMAGO conducts much of our deep client engagement work from what we and others call “The Field.” As the words of Rumi suggest, The Field is a largely ineffable but known realm of experience where the unifying interconnection of thoughts and action are more evident.
While Lynn McTaggart coined the term, the Field, and her classic book of the same title, she was not the first to explore this area. Indeed, the entrance also spoke of this kind of experience. We see it in the Vedic Hinduism where an infinite unified force underlies all of life. It is also akin to what Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. From Jung, we learn of a pool of meaning that is universal to the human experience. It is a form of human expression as well where our history as a species becomes known through archetypes and other themes that permeate life. In other words, the Field is in us and around us all the time. In IMAGO and our work with our client partners, the Field is a means through which deeper processes can be explored and brought to consciousness for deliberative action.
IMAGO creates the conditions for working from the Field by forging a container for learning and exploration. A safe and often sacred space comes into being where our client partners are able to release their personas and become much more real and present to the challenges and opportunities they face in their efforts to bring their work to scale. As we offer our own inner work as we guide and model the process, trust is built and sharing deepens.
We know the Field is present when there is a seamless flow in the focal area. Whether it is developing a strategy, mapping the system, or coaching on thorny leadership matters, the Field is at work when patterns and pathways become revealed.
In one instance, founders were able to see the link between their early personal history, critical professional incidents, and their current shared mission. In another case, an entire team worked from shared vulnerability to see patterns that had been blocking their effectiveness for years—and ways to begin to address this dynamic.
The Field may well be an important consideration for the future of international development. There is no distance and difference in the Field. Human experience is used to connect to shared aims of health, prosperity, and dare we say—love.
IMAGO is now working to map the process of what it means to work in the field in development. Look for future newsletter articles to continue this thinking and, perhaps make the mystery of the Field more accessible.