Synergy — the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. — Dictionary.com
At some point in the photo above these two separate circles will converge to form congruent circles. When they do, they will produce an effect entirely different than if they appeared by themselves. This affect is known as the vesica piscis or the intersection sometimes associated with creation.
In my 30 plus years of mentoring, both formally and informally, the best outcomes of the mentoring relationships have, in my opinion, materialized when both mentor and mentee have shed their egoic states and joined each other in a symphony of creative genius. This happens when each participant offers their inherent traits, skills and truths, vulnerably, in order to conceive, design and construct a vision neither could have done on their own and consequently build an outcome more gratifying than either could have anticipated independently.
IT CANNOT BE PLANNED
Moments of synergy aren’t really planned, they occur unexpectedly when both parties to it are open and vulnerable, yet perhaps not aware of the the impending manifestation. You have to admit in the photo above that either the cat or the butterfly are incredibly beautiful in their own right but when they are caught together, somehow, they transform into an artistic magnetism that keeps the eye of the beholder spellbound.
The cat and the butterfly represent the possibilities, not the outcome. After this shot was taken the butterfly could have simply flown away or it may have been swatted by the cat. In mentoring, however, synergy is part of the intention and the result of conscious receptivity is a product far beyond what may have been imagined.
Synergy can also produce a peak experience. An example of human proportion can be found in a book entitled “Take it from the Top — What to do with a peak experience” by Edward M. O’Keefe PhD.
I am grateful to Dr. O’keefe for confirming that I am not alone, that I do not have to know everything and that if I am aware of a my connection to a life force greater than I, I can participate meaningfully in this life. I have my own peak experiences that honestly, I often forget when I don’t remember how fortunate I am.
Dr. O’keefe’s work reminds me that my appreciation for what is, for the little things in life, can and often does lead to an opening in the field that envelopes me through which energetic wonders may appear. Gratitude is one of many practices I subscribe to and share in Synergystic Mentoring.
There are more, and experiencing them is so precious! Thank you for reading this article. It is an energetic connection, touching a piece of that field which brings me cause for great-fullness. Blessings to you for your time!