The Tao of Co-Intelligence

Here is a poem that takes you on a little journey through the living essence of co-intelligence.

Recently I stumbled on a poem I wrote many years ago which articulates in more poetic form some of the philosophical/spiritual essence of co-intelligence I’ve usually tried to communicate in other ways. I think it is more successful than most of my other efforts and I really want to share it.

The poem is on the co-intelligence website with its originally poetic indentations which do not transfer into the limited formatting of these mailings. However, I think it may read better in this simplified formatting.

I hope you enjoy it.


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The Tao of Co-Intelligence


All that comes into being
is evoked, is called forth
by relationship, interactivity, co-creativity.

Each being, each motion, each event
is called into existence
by the dance of beings, motions, events.

Identity, consciousness, reality, experience
all arise from
relation, interaction, and co-creation —
and are, in their essence,
relationship, interactivity, and co-creativity.

There is nothing outside of this.
It is the fabric of the Whole — its weave, its melody —
as it births itself from potent, centered stillness

and Here.


This dance, this conversation, this co-incarnation
shows up at every level of reality
from the subatomic to the planetary to the intergalactic

and in every dimension of reality
from the spiritual to the psychological to the physical.

It is both higher reality
and lower reality
and every step of our journey
through the Middle Kingdom.


To understand this
is to let go of control and prediction…
is to let go of guilt and blame…
is to let go of solidity and certainty and permanence.

To understand this
is to embrace learning and evolution…
is to embrace partnership and collaboration…
is to embrace love — and its empathic embrace of all.

To understand this
is to honor self and other,
and the knowledge we bring to each other,
and the weave of the story
in which we find ourselves together…

To understand this
is to honor our diversity and our unity
and, above all, their dance…

To understand this
is to attend to the pattern of that dance, that conversation…
is to attend to the shaping power of its setting…
is to attend to the creative energy
of its responsive spirit.

To understand this
is to work with the tides, the currents and the shores
of the vast ocean of aliveness
and to stand in awe
as it becomes cloud, rain, river, and ocean again…

for the dance, the conversation, the weave of wave and cloud
is infinite in its forms, and is everywhere
in and around us
presenting itself vividly, meaningfully
with silence and with space…


And we can know this,
that this is the way of the world,

and that this is the way the world
shapes itself,
emerges from among itself,
welcomes itself
and becomes

what is new,
what is greater,
what is wisdom,
what is next
what is us —



Good and bad are, themselves, part of the dance.
And yet we love that favored face of good
that brings to the dance
beauty, meaning, and life.

Wholeness and brokenness are, themselves, part of the dance.
And yet we love that favored face of wholeness
that brings to the dance
health, coherence, and sacredness.

Chaos and order are, themselves, part of the dance.
And, yes, we move to that favored place where they meet
that brings to the dance its own motion —
self-emergence, self-organization, self-evolution
and self-transcendence.


Your being brings me mine.
My being brings you yours.
Our being brings us ours.
The world’s being brings us all.

There are treasures to find here.
There are creations to weave here.
There are realms and energies and wisdom
waiting on the other side of our openness
when we swing open together
and spirit winds find their way
in and through our minds.

Let us be of one Big Mind,
while vividly, fully ourselves,
while vividly, fully being brother and sister,
while vividly woven with all our relations
in one bright fabric, emerging forever
from the loom of our dance.

Let us find the Way
that is all ways,
that wakes us to the Whole way home
and back again.


Co-intelligence lives in us
as our capacity
to live whole, interconnected, co-creative lives
— individually and collectively —
and to engage
— consciously, intentionally, wisely —
with a world that we see
as whole, interconnected and co-creative.

Where else but from these realities
— from wholeness, interconnectedness and co-creativity —
do love and compassion get their power?

Truly, if we were fully sovereign, disconnected beings,
why would love be so powerful
and so universally honored?


And yet love and wholeness,
which are everywhere,
are not always with us.
Or so we experience —

and through that door
a journey of spirit calls us out
and calls us in:

How then do we live
into the truth of the Whole,
as if interconnectedness and wholeness really matter,
as if they truly are the fundamental reality of life?

How do we come to see and deeply know
the every-minute co-creative emergence of

How do we connect with and dance with
the larger intelligences that flow
through us, with us and around us?

How do we deepen our experience
of wholeness, interconnection and co-creativity
through our gifting
of greater wholeness,
and co-creative power to our world?


We hold these inquiries as the edges of a sacred path
made by the walking of many in search.

Some settle here or there by the road —
the road that slowly fades as horizon meets inquiry,
as travellers become fewer farther along,
as hearts call them to this place, or that.

But travellers there will always be,
all welcomed to the hearths along the way.
For all along this path
we found fertile ground for fellowship
and harvests unending
where the joy we make meets the world’s need
over and over.

And all along this path, wisdom spins its stories
from the homeful dances of life,
through sunrise following sunrise
into the world’s skyward spiral
of steadily waking stardust Soul.


And in the end, the message is so simple:

We are All.
In This.

And simplicity unfolds
into something intricate:

We are All.

We are the world
showing up as a body.

We are universal consciousness
showing up as our mind.

We are everything
showing up as one thing.

We are the essence of humanity
showing up as diverse people.

We are interconnectedness Itself
showing up as separate selves.

We are every generation
showing up as one generation.

We are aliveness
showing up as alive.

In This.

This dancing day.
This Story Reality.
This intricate universal Conversation.
This fabric woven


making it…
not making it…
“We all live downstream.”
“We are all connected.”
The fingers of the weaver, dancing on the loom:
“All my relations.”


We are That.

We are all. In This. Together.

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