I provide more details here on Resonance as published in my book: Transformation after Trauma: The Power of Resonance and a model I use to facilitate from Resonance to action which I call the Transform-in-Action cycle. I offer the below to trigger ideas for how you might apply these in your own contexts. However, as Peter Block who I quote in the Talk put it in communication with me, Resonance: “…transcends the dominant chit chat. It has to do with vibrations, music, sound, clarity, and the basis of connection. It may begin with a story, but it has nothing to do with words, or making a point or building an audience. It is a form of connection that cannot be commercialized.” So more than anything, I can tell you that when you experience Resonance you know it and you can choose to continually access and engage from Resonance to guide you through the complexities and traumas of social change and other justice issues. You can choose to keep saying yes.
Your Resonance story in relation to a social change issue anchors you to your own interior capacity that will sustain you on any social change/transformation journey. A Resonance story holds the following characteristics.
- It is memory-based, a remembrance from our past, to a person, or a trigger anchored in a thing, an image or event that leads to a Resonance moment.
- It deeply connects you to and signifies your life or organizational purpose
- It is experienced as a trigger with the quality of nostalgia
- It is a deeply emotional, and often a full-body, soul and spiritual experience
- It can emerge from events with positive or happy and/or negative or sad associations
- It provokes insight or precedes deliberate cognitive processing toward meaning-making and transformation
- You can have different Resonance stories relative to the different areas of your core life identities and transformational trajectory over time.