Clippings

Socrates saw dialogue as a path to learning and knowledge in pursuit of truth energized by divine inspiration.

The serious address and response between two or more persons in which the being and truth of each is confronted with the being and truth of the other.

When we lower our façades and open our minds to the perspectives of others, we allow ourselves to connect and work together on a level we never have before.

I believe that transformational dialogue is a way to overcome social/societal entropy.

When meaning flows through our communication, we are in dialogue.

Dialogue occurs when we become open to the flow of a larger intelligence in which we are able to discover the wholeness and interrelatedness of the world.

I believe that a certain kind of dialogue holds the key to creating greater cohesiveness among groups of Americans increasingly separated by differences in values, interests, status, politics, professional backgrounds, ethnicity, language, and convictions.

Life itself is a form of meeting and dialogue is the ‘ridge’ on which we meet. In dialogue, we penetrate behind the polite superficialities and defenses in which we habitually armor ourselves. We listen and respond to one another with an authenticity that forges a bond between us.

In dialogue, there is a cool energy like that associated with a superconductor. With wasted energy (heat) diminished, paradoxically hot topics can be discussed and can become windows to deeper insights.

She connects dialogue education and quantum thinking.

Dialogue is a conversation with a center, not sides. It is a way of taking the energy of our differences and channeling it toward something that has never been created before. … Like the Total Quality Movement, it seeks not to correct defects after they have occurred but to alter processes so that they do not occur in the first place.

Dialogue requires each person to say one’s own truth – not the truth but one’s own truth.” And when this happens each person opens the door to his or her development. … Those who engage in dialogue must come to it with humility, love, faith, and hope – a formidable list of characteristics, but one that exemplifies a relational, rather than technique, perspective.

Transformational dialogue matures you, and it leaves its mark on you for life.

You and I share a reality that is not designed or concocted by us, but that simply is. It is not easy to put into words, yet it is manifested through dialogue.

Most conversations are shallow and do not reach the depth necessary to be qualified as dialogue. For those who have truly participated in and understand dialogue, good questions lead to deeper questions.

Dialogue enabled members to realize that often each participant actually had some segment of the best solution and collectively the final decision turned out to be the best possible course of action.

Irving’s commitment to digging deeper and seeing things through to meaningful communication seems to have a spiritual quality to me, one that is sorely needed in our times. … Being open to meeting someone different from yourself and taking part in a collision of ideas is what is dear to me in being human, and I’ve found a kindred soul in Irving. I feel blessed.

Dialogue is the means by which God’s Spirit opens us to truth.

When neurons in our brains connect to create empathy, we are rewarded. Just making eye contact can release oxytocin, the hormone that creates warm feelings from close connections. Empathy has a positive impact on our humanity and energizes transformational dialogue. When empathy opens the gate, dialogue can emerge through questioning, listening, and reflection. Empathy can enhance both perspective and relationships.

Have you experienced a relationship in which you felt open and very close to someone who seemed to feel the same about you, and as a result of that relationship, you felt your life changed for the better? If so, maybe you experienced a #5 level of consciousness. … My hypothesis is: the sustained practice of transformational dialogue can increase the potential of our consciousness.

I found our dialogue meaningful, not only because of the words and ideas exchanged during the dialogue, but also because of the probing ‘internal dialogue’ that has naturally followed our conversations. … My dialogue with you has always encouraged me to more carefully examine my relationship with God, to question whether I am living purposefully.

The “dialogical person” is a totally authentic person, an open person, a disciplined person, and a related person.

Jesus had a transformational relationship with people. How did that happen? I believe that Jesus raised the consciousness level of people to one of spiritual transformation.

To engage in this way to live requires a special kind of courage. It requires the courage to affirm our best nature, to actualize our potential, and to contribute to a society in which human energy can be put to constructive purposes. This kind of courage calls for a confidence empowered by a faith in an undergirding force that lifts, guides, and supports our initiatives for a relational, more than a transactional, way of life.

We have to create cultures where people feel safe — where their belonging is not threatened by speaking out, and they are supported when they make the decision to brave the wilderness, stand alone, and speak truth to bullshit while maintaining civility.

The spirit of dialogue is one of free play, a sort of collective dance of the mind that, nevertheless, has immense power and reveals coherent purpose. Once begun it becomes a continuing adventure that can open the way to significant and creative change.