Listen freely

David Bohm was a renowned theoretical physicist during the 20th century that made significant contributions in quantum theory, neuropsychology, and the philosophy of mind. His work has always been the place where I’ve started when thinking about organizational transformation, dialogue, and the nature of creativity.

This is a key quote on removing barriers and listening:

When we come together to talk, or otherwise to act in common, can each one of us be aware of the subtle fear and pleasure sensations that “block” his ability to listen freely? Without this awareness, the injunction to listen to the whole of what is said will have little meaning. But if each one of us can give full attention to what is actually “blocking” communication while he is also attending properly to what is communicated, then we may be able to create something new between us, something of a significance for bringing to an end the at present insoluble problems the individual and of society.

— David Bohm, On Dialogue

Do you listen freely? If so, how do you remove any mental blocks that may surface when interacting with people? Real progress can be made when the members of a community can eliminate any barriers for entry or interaction.

In these situations, I start paying close attention to what people are doing. Their actions will speak louder than their words and will be a good indication as to whether or not they are open to receiving others. 

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