From the Inside Out: Learning to presence my aesthetic and spiritual being through the emergent form of a creative art of inquiry
Abstract of PhD Submission
This is a unique account of first-person research, a transformative inquiry
into the presencing of 'being' through the emergence and development of
a creative art of inquiry.
I contextualise the creative energy and dialogic rigour of this practice
as a fluid synthesis of the discipline of Marshall's (1999, 2001) inquiry
practice and the attentional qualities of the dialogic principles of Bohm
(1985, 1992, 1996), Isaacs (1999) and Grudin (1996). I place it alongside
an understanding of the 'emergent learning' of Senge & Scharmer (2001),
Jaworski & Scharmer (2000a) and Jaworski (1996) and offer it as a unique
form of first-person inquiry, able to construct knowledge from:
· Intuitive structuring
· The unfolding of an embodied truth
· Intentional and attentional patterning
· The living expression of language
· Respectful and generative listening
I remain permanently at the edge of my own knowing, confident in the ability of my authoritative voice to define the fluid boundaries of my inquiry.
I hold my changing sense of the world clearly at the centre of my learning,
my sense of spiritual and aesthetic belonging expressed as a sense of
'exquisite connectivity'. I develop a notion of 'live' and 'life' meanings
as I begin to explore my understanding of its emergent possibilities,
holding a fragile sense of a connected world side by side with the generative
capacity of my dialogic voice.
I create an intricate patterning of personal stories and dialogic inquiry process, forming a sense of coherence from the juxtaposition of emotional images with the clarity of a reflective and cognitive dialogue.
I develop a style of written text that reaches beyond the boundaries of presentational knowing, creating a new understanding of a living expression of an emergent sensibility to a connective world.
And I allow generative questioning to take my inquiries into new and unanticipated places, holding open the boundaries of a woven truth to qualities of relational sense-making and learning to listen attentively to the richness and creative possibilities of the responses.
I share my personal story in the spirit of enabling and mutual dialogue. I offer my thesis as an original contribution to an appreciation of inquiry as a creative art.
You can download the PhD in chapters which are stored in Word Format
Cover, Abstract, Index and Preface: Respecting the integrity of my purpose and motivation
Mapping the Journey
How can I make sense of this feeling of disconnection? Tracking the formation of my inquiry practice through
the emergence of my aesthetic and spiritual connectivity.
How can I develop this art of dialogic inquiry as a form
of learning and connective relationship?
How can I offer an evaluative framework for my thesis
that honours, tests and explains its generative and improvisatory form?
How can I position my own distinctive form of dialogic inquiry practice as an original contribution to an appreciation of inquiry as a creative art?