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  • Print publication year: 2014
  • Online publication date: December 2014

2 - The path to intellectual shamanism: becoming fully who you are


One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.


When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be.

Lao Tzu

I think what we really [need to] talk about is: can anybody do more of what their real life intention is? That’s how I would phrase it. Of course, there [are] differences in what people bring in terms of their life intention, …and that leads to different journeys. […] So, the question is: how can we give everyone on the planet – or even just those who go to institutions of higher education – a better possibility to realize their full potential and their real life intention? […] The answer is, absolutely, ‘Yes.’

C. Otto Scharmer

I walk in [to the classroom] with a couple of questions and I tend to learn to trust my intuitions, which I have not…always done. Trust my intuitions to be able to make something happen in the classroom by doing no more than being completely, 100 percent present and engaged. Taking the students where they are, not where I wish they were. Trying to create something in the classroom together rather than ‘I know some stuff they don’t know; when I tell them, they’re going to know it.’ That’s not the way I do it. That sort of creation of a life, that sort of artistic view of life, I try to do that in the classroom. I try it in everything I do, but that carries over in the classroom. I’m making it sound easier and less painful then it has been. Because discovering that is a continuous process.

R. Edward Freeman

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