What does it mean to ‘be in our element.’

Most of us know the feeling of being so at home in a place, an environment or in applying a skill that all else disappears and we drop into the ease of flow.

It is as if our cells breath in harmony with everything around us. The gentle breeze of life blows through us, a kind of disappearance into, yet simultaneously we shine more brightly to those around us.

In our elemental place we cannot help but shine. We, in our ease, become light. 

Effortless, grace filled.

To see a fellow human or animal in its element is to behold extraordinary beauty. Captivated are we by the non separation, the timelessness of being.

We yearn for this place. There is a longing to find it…to live it.

It is not a place to occupy all the time. Our elemental craft and home requires care, attention, learning, apprenticeship.

Yet to exist without being in our element on a regular basis is to starve our soul of its mana, its essential nourishment.

We become emaciated, soul desiccated. The living dead.

To design human affairs in a way that squeezes out the possibility for all humans and life to be in their element is not only to strip out the beauty and brilliance that is unlocked when people are in their element, it is to create a crisis of meaning and existence that has a large cost. Suicide and ecocide, disintegration of families and communities…

My prayer is that one day soon we will awaken from the spell that says life as machine, life as commodity, life absent beauty, is the way we do things.

We will turn instead to honouring the beauty and brilliance of all living things, the significance of each…to applying our vast ingenuity in designing places and spaces for all humans, beautiful life, to flourish, flow and contribute from their elemental home.

Photo taken January 5th 2020

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About Christine McDougall



As the Founder and Chief Steward of Syntropic.world – Christine works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change. Christine has the ability to completely re-imagine business, its role in our world, and its potential for a future for all humans. She experiences a deeper level of truth than most through applying synergetics (Buckminster Fuller’s anticipatory design science) and the working laws of Universe to enterprise design and human co-ordination. She has a way of articulating this so others can see it as well. Christine questions the most basic assumptions that drive our complex systems and can map that back to what is needed today. She is committed to the creation of Syntropic enterprises as ubiquitous.

To learn more visit www.syntropic.world

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 7 ways Christine and Team Syntropic might help you steward your enterprise for a world with a future.

1. Purchase the ebook, Speak the Truth for just $10. Our most important work is in human to human relationships. Often the greatest pain of our lives is when these relationships at home and in our work break down. This is a powerful tool that has restored the human connection in many of the most broken relationships. The 7 step process covered in Speak the Truth has been delivered to thousands around the world in The Dare to Care Workshop. www.syntropic.world/speakthetruth

2. Masterclass – Syntropic Enterprise Design and Strategy. The masterclass seeds a new school of business and enterprise design for a world with a future. For more, www.syntropic.world/masterclass

3. Enterprise Architecture Launchpad – a four day intensive experience for enterprise teams of up to twenty to shift towards becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information, www.syntropic.world/launchpad

4. Unplanning Obsolescence One Day Strategy Session – a team experience to consider a whole systems approach to strategy through becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information, www.syntropic.world/unplanningobsolescence

5. Off-site retreats for Steward leaders in the process of deep change. Be this change personal, at the enterprise level, or both. Rather than a “health retreat/spa” step into a space that enables both self refection and other refection towards the fullest expression of your Pattern Integrity in the world. www.syntropic.world/retreat

6. Warm Data Labs – to consider a trans-contextual response to complex problems, evoking the collective brilliance available when we look at the whole system by design. www.syntropic.world/warmdatalab

7. Dare to Care workshop – How to speak the radical truth with compassion. Delivered to thousands of people around the world, the Dare to Care workshop starts with the premise that I need to care more about you than what you think about me.

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