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Posted by Alan Briskin, Management consultant , Alan Briskin.
Alan Briskin consults to corporate, nonprofit, and public service organizations helping business leaders, executives, and managers navigate change, re-define their work roles, and transform their work settings.
Reb Zalman passed over today. I’ve known he has been slowly slipping away and was preparing himself and others for this day. Still, my spirit is heavy, and my gratitude overflowing.
This is a photograph from a time we had together in Colorado. We were exploring ways to enter states of consciousness that would allow healing energies to be directed to what he called “hot spots” in the world. To do so required joining with other forms of spiritual intelligences and with personal guides both living and dead.
Reb Zalman embodied a curiosity, boldness, brilliance, and warmth that blew sacred breath on the embers of our souls. I am grateful.
I met Reb Zalman when I first interviewed him for the Collective Wisdom Initiative in August, 2000. We met at his home in Boulder and I still recall the instant connection that was made when he first began speaking. Well, maybe not instant. He was telling me a story that began 300 years ago about the age of reason and I wasn’t sure we would have enough time for him to get to the point.
I was about to interrupt him when he sensed my impatience and held up his hand. “Wait,” he said. I paused, gathered myself, and had something like an epiphany. He was telling me a story that was critical if I was to have any direction for the work that was still to unfold for me.
I still have my notes from that session and his words read like poetry:
We have not learned much in our
current conventional morality
and politics about togethering.
The last century with the
scientism sought to see everything
in the reductive form. We wanted
to get to the atom and beyond the
atom, to the smallest part.
But even in the atom, the nucleus
and the electrons that dance
around it are in relationship with
We believed we couldn’t know anything
until we got to the smallest
component, and so we forgot to seek
WHAT BINDS THINGS TOGETHER
My last conversation of length with Reb Zalman was in February of 2010. Here are examples of the breadth of his insights and the sparks that flew between us: