made a promise to Rhea A. White that I would implement her
crucially important EHE Study Group concept in some way as
integral to my work, and this is a bare beginning toward that
purpose. In fact it is possibly the most exciting aspect
to all of this web project [wHeretwoworldsTouch.com] and will
translate into a 'presence' on all the subwebs except the
Physical Death and Dying Resource Portal / PDD. The DTCII
[Death-Transcendent Cooperative Inquiry Initiative] can be said
to be a sublimated, deeper and broader form of this conception
that will include not only individuals but also already defined
groups and organizations, that will generate its own funding and
research development projects.
Re: EHE local and online study groups: I'm still deliberating about the
details of how this will unfold in the sense that Rhea White and I first discussed this idea.
One article that gives insight into her visioning of this is the EHEN
which emphasizes a comfortable ideological neutrality, at once welcoming and
safe, that speaks volumes about the possible look and feel of these EHE Study
The following conception [in green] of how the EHE Network worked with
others [now defunct] will be exactly the tenor of how EHE Study Groups
will operate. This is quoted from the "EHEN Mission
We are collating and looking for patterns and connections
in these aftereffects. Rather
than demanding independent proof to substantiate these
experiences, rationalizing them to fit some preconceived
ideology, or sensationalizing them for vapid media consumption,
we create an accepting and confidential environment in which
EHEers may submit personal written accounts, share insights, and
gain information. In
this endeavor, we have learned that what our culture considers
to be "anomalous" experiences ... can develop and
mature into Exceptional Human Experiences (EHEs), which have the
capacity to shift perspectives, which benefits not only the
individual but also society and the environment.
We trust that by providing a safe, accepting, and
nonideological venue for experiencers to share their accounts;
by offering quality information across a rich variety of
resources, scholarship, and research; and by looking at the
overall pattern of what these many types of experience may be
showing us as a whole, we can assist experiencers, and they can
assist us, in revealing the meaning of their experiences and of
the new worldview that is the Experiential Paradigm.
the individual experiencer and his/her unique experience
personal meaning rather than evidence or proof
confidentialities when requested
not sensationalize the experiences
the potentiating results and aftereffects of the experience
work with people to understand the meaning of their
an accepting and nonideological haven for experiencers
on a wide network of people, experiencers, and study
to discover and share overall patterns of these experiences
inductive research methods as well as analysis
not locked into pre-existing paradigms, methods or
quality documentation covering a wide range of scholarship
the benefits of applying what we have learned to the
The EHE Network, by the way, never got to establish EHE
Study Groups, although it did offer other avenues of open discussion and
exploration for similar purposes, and certainly to encourage people to
share, to write, to process, to learn about and to understand the
inestimable value of their exceptional and exceptional human experiences.
Study Group -- How Might This Develop?
Here is my plan thus far. It is not elaborate yet, but I put this
here to bring attention to its essential importance to the goals and mission of
wHeretwoworldsTouch.com [/.org]. It is possible that we may
consider setting this up so the actual individual groups are relatively
small, as suggested by David Bohm [see near bottom of this page], to be
30-40 people, max. Or at the very least this will be highly
recommended. When a group gets larger than this, it would break
into two groups, and so on. The idea is to cultivate a group
communication field of mutual familiarity and concern / interest /
support so they ideally, over time, have the best chances for
cultivating very naturally a kind of group mind that experiences a sense
of FLOW within their collective being. The individual notes begin
more and more to be rendered and experienced as symphonic, so to speak.
As local groups, this could be
implemented through MeetUps.com or something similar.
will use the technologies that are available to the most people and in
all countries. There will be three avenues of implementation of
Some rendition of EHE study groups will be encouraged on the
the sharing of personal experiences, reading, discussion, and personal
development, including everything about EHE autobiographies and
their committing to doing that and sharing them with each other. Some of the more committed groups here would naturally find ways to support personal
developmental efforts through other group activities as well.
Many avenues, co-creative exploration and experimentation
encouraged; not out-of-the-box, though with a generous mission
statement and tools for support and guidance. One thing
that will be particularly encouraged is finding ways to act
out people's EHEs, not just tell their stories. They would be particularly encouraged to study and discuss Rhea
White's work, but also within a broader context of, for example,
what she herself worked with as "fellow
and even more so on the ESC,
this activity will be ideal for providing mutual support in many
ways, including the sharing of personal EHE stories,
journalizing EHE autobiographies, helping each other with the
various challenges that frequently come with these experiences,
also finding ways to bring their incredible, EHE-sourced gifts into play in
their local communities and together [online, as the umbrella
group, internationally] within the global community. They
will form their own international group.
fundamental purpose of its members will be, through their
consciousness, actions and practices, to cultivate a
collective "crossing of the threshold [in order to] have
a common experience of the spiritual world" [according to
This is as Rudolf Steiner envisioned our task of social
spiritualization of global dimensions that would allow us to
re-member and accomplish the freely chosen task we had
set ourselves, to strive to recognize, reclaim, honor and
celebrate our essential nature as temporarily embodied spirit
beings, suffering the obscuration created by the physical
"bushel" under which the light of spirit in every
human being and in all of life is hidden. Like the
magical event for young children finding Easter eggs in the
meadow or the idea of God/dess playing with us a cosmic
rendition of "hide-and-go-seek," we each can Waken,
which is the ultimate gift of Free Will -- to choose it, to enjoy the wonder of our true nature, innate to each and
every one of us as spirit. It is for each of us to
rediscover this genuine Surprise! and JOY beyond imagining,
sourced in our physical forgetfulness.
rendition of the EHE study group will
be essential to DTCII
activities and objectives. DTCII members will continue to
hone their group philosophy and to give definition and form to
the collaborative research fostered in this subweb, using a
number of avenues such as
Heron's co-operative inquiry
approach. This could in
fact become the vehicle for pulling people with their
multiplicity of experiential interests into actually sitting
down at the same table with one another in order to iron out a
map of collaborative exploration. Their focus will naturally evolve as
the group/s settle into a workable harmony with direction and
goals. A few objectives to be encouraged:
is most important to their philosophical approach?
Some of this will be offered through a charter for this
[DTCII] EHE study group [by whatever name we give it] or
for EHE study groups as a whole. But they will
have a lot of space in which to formulate their group
goals and activities.
do they together have most in common in terms of [EHE]
experience and interest? The more types of
such interests and experience they can bring into the
equation, the better!
are their most exciting questions? What do
they as a group most want to explore, to study, to
cultivate, to do? This will vary over time, but
will include basic study, sharing of experiences and
techniques that have helped them cultivate.
are, probably through the charter itself, strongly
encouraged to plan their time together around these
kinds of activities:
EHE stories, experiences, autobiographies
and what they are learning from them and what
they want to learn or experience. This can
take on different forms, such as telling their
EHE-related stories, theatrical representations
of people's EHEs, EHE autobiography
John Heron's and also Rhea A. White's
research using John Heron's co-operative inquiry
approach in which they play back and
forth the roles of researcher and experiencer.
and recording their shared insights and
experiences from their research and
anything else they may find valuable to share
outside their immediate group.
project that nurtures them as individuals and as
a group, such as pursuing their most
exciting questions in some organized/planned
project that would benefit others outside the
group. I would recommend thinking
of a particular issue or challenge in the
community-at-large that they as a group could
work on together, utilizing their knowledge and
skills / gifts as EHEers and EHE empaths.
in and documenting their
work for themselves as a group and also as a
group in the context of the umbrella
organization. They may or may not
wish formally to present their work / projects /
insights / discoveries at conferences [online or
year members/groups could submit ideas for and
vote on one major project
that will be undertaken by the entire
organization [however that will be
defined in terms of who participates, etc.;
hopefully, it will usually be something that
will take place within each person and have an
observable effect in the world].
This is something that addresses a challenge
within the global community, although it may be
very 'local', such as in Biafra or Paris, or
[!!-] 'nonlocal'. But it is something that
is intuited or felt to be resolvable using what
talents and wisdom and abilities we have to
offer. [How do we
steer this from becoming a glamour problem is
something to contemplate .. There are
quieter ways to do this, as simple as putting
names on a 'prayer list' ..] In
fact here is something along that line that will
be a proposed
project for the DTCII and maybe on
the LLR and/or ESC. One thing that may
happen is, as projects circulate through DTCII,
they may eventually be modified and introduced
to either of the just-mentioned subwebs.
would also have, as they come up and can be
organized, certain experiential
research projects for the entire organization that
groups make choices as to whether to participate
or not. However this is done, each person
who participates, or each group, would be
responsible for also collectively documenting
their participation so we can study together the
EHE Study Group organization will sooner or later have
its own journal, conferences, etc.
Each annual conference, I hope to see prizes [such as
grants] awarded for projects presented and for the given
groups to do more with their work and ideas and
to put this somewhere for the moment, so it doesn't get lost:
Here are a few more notes that will become essential to the
development of EHE Study Groups":
Proactive influences within the world community
This is how EHE Study Groups could actually generate a pervasive and mutual field of influence, sourced in the experiential understanding of 'all things EHE'.
One major objective would be how each EHE Study Group would proactively carry their work and understanding into the world community, e.g., through overt activism, through creating and holding forth manifesting visions, through various forms of healing work together [for each other and for others or for troubled places in the world, such as Lynne McTaggart's "Peace Intention
Experiments"]. They might take on specific tasks within the larger community / the world, such as working with troubled youths or using their collective investment funds toward a purpose that is proactive [environmental, social justice, etc.].
The dialogue work of David Bohm, and later, William Isaacs [also other
social pioneers like Rudolf Steiner, mentioned above, and Sri
Aurobindo and The Mother, David Spangler, Peter Senge and cohorts,
authors of Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the
Future, and working with Scenarios! like Joseph Jaworski and
others have done with the Shell global conglomerate [see his book, Synchronicity].
Below is a note specifically about Prof. Bohm's ideas.
Integrate into this collaborative equation the ideas of David Bohm and William Isaacs [see pp. 286.. and relatedly 281, in: David F. Peat's
Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm]:
Thoughts/feelings are like weather, generated by our conditioning and memory. We don't have a proprioceptive correlate for our thought processes so that we can truly understand thoughts, desires, feelings 'visit' us and we may or may not let them in. We do not generate them, according to Sri Aurobindo. Krishnamurti says the thinker is the thought.
Put in context of the need of recognition of a superimplicate order, beyond the implicate and explicate orders, says Bohm [p. 279-80], re: video game analogy: a player shooting down space ships. The very real looking space ships are only a light display on a screen -- the explicate order, generated by a program from within the computer -- the implicate order. The game player responding to the explicate / space ships is the superimplicate order. In reality they are all one; there is no 'I' that is separate from the game, from the out-here interaction.
proprioception, we can be aware of our limbs / body anywhere in space at all times. But we lack this seeming objectivity with our thoughts and feelings. Sounds like we are lacking an explicate order of awareness with our thoughts / feelings that we have with our bodies.
This means the "weather displays" of anger, desire, etc. are not recognized as an "electrochemical process generated by memory and previous conditioning." Bohm thought of this as the classic human trap. He asks, "How can the mind develop its own
The answer that came to him was gathering in dialog groups of no more than 40 people, which slows down the thinking process and displaying it in a public context. This is especially effective when the same group acquires a sense of familiarity and community. When two or more come into conflict, there will be enough others in a group of 30-40 people who have the perspective and detachment to be able to defuse or reframe extremes. "If the group meets sufficiently often, Bohm believed, and if its members are truly serious, then something akin to a group mind will develop. [This is not about negating the individual or its value, but seeing the "individual rising out of the collective and the collective as enfolded within the individual ... individual 'electrons' as responding to a collective pool of information."] Also, thinking of nonlocal metaphor of physics, not only would the group and members respond to a collective pool of information, but "its effects would extend beyond the boundaries of the group itself, inducing subtle but significant effects within human society."
If this project interests you, be sure to see this
material by Rhea White
where, with other objectives, she defined and even actively engaged
much of her own thoughts about the creation of such an
association. You might also wish to read "The
Inward Olympics: On
to Deepen Consciousness and
Touch the Self We All Are
," another approach
implicit in her study-group concept. Because her whole thrust
was toward engaging people actively in conversation and in ever more
empowering potentialization of their exceptional experiences, you can
see inferences through much of her works in which the actual words
"EHE Study Group" never make an appearance.
also: a Rhea-White
paper that bears on EHE Study Groups
book list specifically for group study.