Breathing: Polarity Thinking AND Problem-solving | Continuity AND Transformation | Collective Justice AND Individual Justice | Freedom AND Equality | Self AND Other

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Breathing: Polarity Thinking AND Problem-solving | Continuity AND Transformation | Collective Justice AND Individual Justice | Freedom AND Equality | Self AND Other

Independence Day Reflections on a Few of My Heroes

“Polarity Thinking is a supplement to either/or problem-solving thinking – not a replacement.”
Barry Johnson, PhD

Our individual and collective effort to achieve independence was not expected to succeed. Against the odds the grand experiment of American independence and its representative self-government has succeeded. Bucking the idea of an empire and promoting the idea of a nation melded from many nationalities, ethnic groups and religious faiths was inconceivable to most of the world, but it has happened over the 239 years since independence was declared so boldly. What has been key to the success was highlighted by Abraham Lincoln to be the ability of people and their leaders to “think anew and act anew” – essentially thinking in terms of maintaining core ideals (Continuity) AND while at the same time, being able to think and act anew (Transformation) around tensions between the Part (for Freedom) and the Whole (for Equality).

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Seeking Justice as a Collective
“The nature of injustice,” he wrote, “is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.”
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
(from his Supreme Court opinion on marriage equality)

“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power, at its best, is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Freedom and Equality
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Seeking Justice Individually
“Experience is for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a new approximation of truth, as it is in the process of becoming, in me.”
Carl Rogers

The Great Commandment (or Greatest Commandment)

[1] is a term used in the New Testament to describe the first of two commandments cited by Jesus in Matthew 22:35–40 and Mark 12:28–34. These two commandments are paraphrases taken from the Greek Old Testament and are commonly seen as important to Christian ethics. In Mark, when asked “which is the great commandment in the law?”, the Greek New Testament reports that Jesus answered, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, The Lord is One; Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”,[2] before also referring to a second commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”[3] Most Christian denominations consider these two commandments the core of the Christian religion.[4] (WIKEPEDIA)

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About the Author:

Cliff brings 20 years of experience in organization development, leadership coaching, and training to his role of Vice President, Mastery and Coaching Programs at Polarity Partnerships (and President/Founder of Xperience, LLC). He conducts training in Polarity Coaching for the Advanced Coaching Certificate Program at the Mason Center for the Advancement of Well Being and Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is also on the faculty of the American University’s Masters in Organization Development program, KEY Executive Program, and the Federal Executive Institute. He has experience leading system-wide change processes and leadership development initiatives a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Polarity Partnerships in 2012, he was President and Founder of Xperience, LLC, a boutique Organization Development, Coaching, and Training firm run by COO and Executive Coach Lori Mishos, his sister. Cliff’s experience also includes positions as VP of Organizational Development and Training for the National Cooperative Bank, Senior Organization Development Consultant for The Washington Post Newspaper, and Corporate Manager of Human Resources, Training and Web Development for The Washington Post Company. Cliff received a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and holds master’s degrees in both Organizational Development and Human Resources from American University. Cliff graduated of The Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching program in 2007. He is certified in a variety of individual, team, and organizational assessments. He is Dean of the 2-year Mastery in Polarity Thinking program, which he completed in 2009. From a retreat center in Berkeley Springs, WV built between 2002 and 2007 -- Kayser Ridge (www.KayserRidge.com) -- Cliff conducts various polarity-focused trainings: Foundations in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation), Advanced PACT™ (assessment tool training), and the 2-year Polarity Mastery Program.

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