In my last blog post I talked about the importance of listening to the system so we can discern its energy and support it in the direction it needs to go. In this post I’d like to look at system energy fields from the viewpoint of the 4 Buddha Families.
I have always loved how Buddhism works with energetic fields. Long before anyone talked about MetaSkills or there was such a thing as Psychology, the Tibetans were out there charting the uses of energetic fields. The 4 Buddha Families are energy forms that arise naturally and which can also be invoked and used. You can think of them as Meta-MetaSkills, powerful energies which shape the emotional field for better or worse. Each of these energies have positive and neurotic aspects, which means they can be used skillfully or unskillfully. I’m bringing them to our attention so we can be aware of these forces and get conscious and intentional about them.
The first of the 4 Buddha Families is Pacifying. Pacifying is not synonymous with placating! It is the first of the Buddha families because it is about awareness. Without awareness our actions will not be skillful. Pacifying is the principle of listening deeply and penetrating to the heart of a matter. It seeks to comprehend and develop empathy. It is concerned with understanding rather than promoting a position. It is non-judgmental and creates space for all experiences. Sound familiar? Yup, Deep Democracy is one of the skills that lives within the energy of Pacifying.
Pacifying is similar to another Buddhist term called Prajna or wisdom. It is the wisdom of discernment. When I am in Pacifying energy I slow down, ask questions, feel into things deeply. Pacifying energy allows me to intuit what is trying to happen for a system, to read the emotional field. It is always the first Buddha family employed because it sets up the foundation for anything else to follow. Here are just a few of the ORSC skills and tools associated with Pacifying energy: