The Quaker Clearness Process
Last week I put up several posts, including my “State of the Art Report, 2012“, as well as my options moving forward and what excites me about my work… all with the intention of inviting you, my friends, family and fans of my music, into… The Largest Clearness Committee in the History of Quakerism!!!
The number of responses I’ve gotten back has been almost overwhelming! I’ve gotten emails from about 20 different folks, facebook messages from 10 and 8 comments from different people… that’s 38 people! And more as I’m writing this! I am touched.
Your messages have ranged from supportive encouragement to keep going, (even a few donations!) encouragement to let go, to take a sabbatical, invitations to play shows, quite a few other brainstorming ideas that I missed, and a host of other ideas.
I have even seen a few blog posts inspired by my idea to open up this discernment publicly on the internet. Please do visit and read these posts to get more of a sense of the context in which I have asked these questions:
Here is a typical agenda for a clearness process:
Silent grounding, shedding the will and the ego and attempting to invite the movement of the Spirit to the forefront of our focus.
2) Sharing of the facts, decision at hand, feelings, etc
A period for the the subject of the clearness committee to share information about the decision. For our purposes, this was covered in the “State of the Art Report“, “What I’m Excited About“, and “Options Going Forward“.
The space is opened for each participant to offer questions and challenges to the subject of the clearness process. These can be answered verbally or taken into consideration and prayer. (I prefer to answer verbally so that we can all gain the experience of going deeper with the decision together.)
Each participant listens inwardly and offers any messages that they have been given to share on the discernment.
(really worship should be before, after and during each one of those items)
I have tried to respond personally as much as I am able, but in order to keep this discernment accessible and consistent, I’d like to publish some of your most asked and most poignant questions and give some response.
Again, thank you for your engagement with this process. I am the luckiest musician that I know.