Sitting in the Fire

Sitting in the fire 

how to transform large groups

through conflict

& diversity

Behind the most difficult problems in the world there are people, groups of people, that don't manage to get on.

We can blame crime, wars, drugs, avarice, poverty, capitalism o the collective unconscious.

What is certain is that it is people who cause our problems.

Reinforcing order does not end the disturbances, nor does it prevent war or reduce problems in the world.

It can also light up the fire of group chaos.

If we don't give a legitimate exit to the hostilities, it is certain they will take illegitimate paths.

This book demonstrates that to committ to conflict, instead of running from it, is one of our best ways of facing the division that exist at all levels in society.

The pages of the book bring to the reader the idea of Innerwork, a good method for getting over the fear of conflict. 

The fire that burns in the social, psychological & spiritual dimensions of humanity can ruin the world.

But it can also transform conflicts into more community.
It depends on us.

We can avoid conflict, or we can sit without any fear in the fire, intervene & make sure that the most painful mistakes of world history aren't repeated.

The fire of social change, an inner experience of passion, rage, terrorism & revolution, burns in the heart of all human beings.
It wants to transform us.

Each one of us in this way has at their disposal an immense power.
Maybe we don't have social power, but we always have other forms of rank.
To learn to use this power to sit in the fire of inner transformation is the aim of this book.

I hope it serves to those who aspire to a better world.

Arny Mindell, Oregon 2004
(in the preface of the spanish edition)

"Deep Democracy is our sense that the world is here to help us to become our entire selves, and that we are here to help the world become whole." 
Arnold Mindell, 
founder of Process Oriented Psychology (aka Process Work)

Audio Clips of Arny Mindell Introduction to Deep Democracy &

Deep Democracy and WorldWork from WorldWork 2008 London


Democratic methods, rules, and laws alone do not create a sense of community. Rules and laws may govern mechanical systems, but not people. The new paradigm … acknowledges that organizations are partially mechanical beings…and also living organisms whose lifeblood is composed of feelings, beliefs, and dreams.

Arny in the The Deep Democracy of Open Forums, p.4.

 Perhaps climate change is not just a problem, but an opportunity teaching us how to work and live together.