unplug to connect

There are three core phrases that have captured the essence of my project. They all support the idea that a person must unplug from their thoughts to make a connection with another individual. Unplug is a metaphor which implies a person can disconnect and not be personally attached to their ideas, beliefs, or thoughts. This turns an individual’s attention to the thought process and allows them to consciously choose which thoughts and ideas will influence their actions. Dialogue is a group process that facilitates this connection.

I am not my thoughts

Understanding our thoughts is the first step in the dialogue process. As we identify our assumptions, beliefs, biases, and prejudices, we gain a better understanding of our actions and reactions. Dialogue helps the individual realize that a thought might cross their mind, but does not mean an action is required. Once the choice has been made to not act on a particular thought, this very act re-wires the synapses and continues to redefine the individual. Many thoughts are rooted in cultural stereotypes, family lore, or societal biases, and acted on as a global reality. A disassociation from these prejudiced thoughts can help the individual process incoming information with less of a personal bias and act in a more deliberate and inclusive fashion. The result is we choose the thoughts we embrace and not blindly accept the attached reality of all of our thoughts.

Reality is unique to me

Reality in this sense is used to describe a person’s perspective on life: Their paradigms in relations to their surrounding environment. As our thoughts occur, we construct our reality and react accordingly. The variable often ignored is our perspective is developed by a multitude of stimuli, many colored by biases, prejudices, emotional attachments, and other uniquely personal influences. Thoughts create our world perspective and many times we interact with others as if there is a common reality. This assumption can be a barrier to open communication. To truly connect, two or more people must find a common meeting place; this begins by identifying and acknowledging the multiple realities present.

Awareness & Choice = Freedom

The conclusion: With an attention to the thought process and our unique reality, coupled with the knowledge that we can choose the thoughts which influence our actions, a deeper level of human connection is possible. The freedom describes a separation from the self-constructed barriers which limit our ability to communicate openly and authentically.
Once a channel of communication has been developed or expanded by dialogue, and a connection is practiced that allows people to communicate freely, detached from personal limitations; then the foundation for the next phase of the project has been established.
Phase two explores the opportunities for a deeper human connection through communication in a virtual world environment. Specifically asking: What is the best environment to facilitate dialogue and what are negotiable factors which influence these channels of communication? How can a virtual world platform enhance human connection through communication?