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In the moment of transcendence, experiencing the Overview Effect, you’re no longer simply your personal identity — you are part of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  It’s both you and the whole at the same time.  From that place, the Overview Effect, wonder, awe, compassion and forgiveness just show up, like the baseball players in Kevin Costner’s movie, ‘Field of Dreams’.


Jim Goldstein is a brilliant partnership consultant and therapist in Bethesda, Maryland.  He once said that his mission was to help people take the force out of their relationships.  Long ago, Isaac Newton demonstrated that force causes resistance.  Today, and maybe always in the past, the use of force is everywhere in human relationships, from people ‘on the make’ to ‘bait and switch sales, to manipulation disguised as seduction, to false promises in hiring practices.  Overt and covert force in marketing, politics, education and finance is in the air that we breathe.  The result is that most people have come to accept distrust as just what happens in life.

In the moment of experiencing transcendence, the Overview Effect, there is no force present.  There are no boundaries.  Harmony, possibility, wonder just happen.  Defensive aspects of personal or group identity disappear, for the moment and sometimes longer.  As soon as ‘force’ returns in any form, identity and the need to protect it returns as well, and at the same time, the harmony of the Overview Effect disappears.

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