BREXIT – a few thoughts


On the eve of the British referendum on membership of the European Union, at last some clarity emerges for me. I have been torn on this question, but in my meditation this morning, this insight dropped in.

I have often used the concepts of pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional but not in the sense that Lawrence Kohlberg originally used them. I have found them useful to describe the dynamics of a society. There is a conventional level where the mainstream resides and that we basically educate people to accept as the norm. In most industrialised societies that is essentially a world-centric modern mindset with increasing amounts of post-modern (Orange-Green in Spiral Dynamics value systems). Pre-conventional is centred in a more ethno-centric mindset (Red-Blue value systems) and is critical of conventional because it feels threatened in its national or ethnic identity by the increasing engagement with people who have other identities. Post-conventional is centred more in post-modern and integral worldviews (Green-Yellow value systems) and is critical of conventional primarily due to the institutionalisation of free-market capitalism that has plundered the planet and exploited the people for never-satiated economic growth.

Herein lies my confusion of the past weeks. I have a post-conventional critique of the EU that sees it embodying the centralisation of an economic paradigm that is inherently destructive – colonising space for local economic innovation and self-reliance. What I really want to see change is that paradigm and system – and the EU is the perfect target. However, if I were to vote for the UK to leave the EU, I would be assuming that a UK outside of the EU would be more likely to adopt a post-conventional approach than if it remained. Much as I would like that to be true, unfortunately I don’t believe it is so. The predominant pro-Brexit voices are from the pre-conventional ethno-centric mindset, and are likely to dominate UK politics for years to come should they win.

Which means I would vote for the UK to remain in the EU, for all my current misgivings, as it is currently the system that holds the greatest potential for the development of a post-conventional, integral praxis. Environmental issues for example are trans-national by their nature, and need to be handled in a trans-national space. The EU does have the opportunity and power to ban Monsanto’s killer herbicide Glyphosate, for example – something which is far better achieved in a trans-national policy arena that national. So for now I vote to remain – and continue to do what we can to make sure the right kind of decisions are taken at the level of the EU, and build the economic, ecological and social alternatives that will ultimately make the current conventional system obsolete.

Feeling the Bern


‪#‎FeelTheBern‬ really captures it. Listening to him this morning, seeing the standing ovation, feeling how he was genuinely moved by that, seeing Clinton’s uneasy smile, frustrated by not being able to donate to his campaign living outside the US and reduced to liking and sharing Facebook posts, I decided to try and share what I feel is going on.

I “felt the Bern” first during Jeremy Corbyn‘s campaign to become the new leader of the Labour Party in the UK. He had been written off in advance as being too radical, an old white man openly Socialist and a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament supporter. The young people poured in to hear him speak. Why? He spoke a truth many of us have been feeling. For too long we have been disenfranchised by an expertocracy (economic, financial, political, health, education etc) telling us to leave it to them as they know better. Politics has become all about surface media displays with the differences between mainstream parties becoming increasingly blurred as our felt sense of our society becomes increasingly alarmed, depressed and disturbed. In our gut we have been feeling that things are fundamentally headed in the wrong direction and yet none of our mainstream political leaders have been giving voice to that (the Green Party has of course been voicing this for many years which is maybe why at last in the UK it is growing so rapidly). Until that is Corbyn and Sanders showed up.

They have started to question some of the fundamentals that no-one else has dared to touch, probably because no-one really has the alternative fully worked out yet. But it needs to be named and made explicit as it is so alive in so many of us. We will work out the alternative as we go, because everything we need already exists.

It’s so simple when you name it. If we have an economic system that doesn’t enable people to do the work that needs to be done in the world, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that fails to honour everyone’s contribution in a fair way, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that plunders and destroys the very planet that we live off and are part of, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that treats potentially creative human beings like dumb passive consumers, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that drives us to exploit and destabilise other countries and peoples to feed an insatiable engine of never-ending growth, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that thrives when people get sick and purchase ever more expensive treatments that ultimately make them more vulnerable to disease later, then the economic system is broken. If we have an economic system that turns our schools and colleges into factories to feed an inhuman and out-of-control money-making system, then the economic system is broken.

We created this economic system. A tiny elite now benefit from it and will fight tooth and nail to keep it in place. However we don’t have to accept it. Corbyn and Sanders are attractors for a movement that is demanding that our political leaders take back control of an economic system that is way beyond its sell-by date. But that movement also knows that if the establishment fails to allow change at the political level, we will continue with ever more commitment and vigour to build a new system that makes the old one obsolete – a system so different, that before they know it, it will be beyond their grasp and control. A system that enables people to contribute their talents to co-creating a world that we feel in our guts is a world worthy of us, as amazing creations of this beautiful planet we live on.

Bring it on!

Neuroscience and Eco-fields


“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul” Hermes Trismegitus

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the PhD in Wisdom Studies at Ubiquity University’s Wisdom School as part of the course Neuroscience in a Hypercomplex World: Principles and Practice with Jim Hickman, Dr Will Taegel and guests



This course and my own experience during the period of this course brought me to a thesis that I will expand on in this paper. The thesis is that as we shift our interior experience and patterns, so the world around us changes. On top of that, the reverse is true – as we create change in the information fields of the world around us, so that is reflected in changes in our interior experience and nervous system. This is why I have chosen to connect neuroscience and eco-fields, and why I selected Hermes’ “as within, so without” quote as the subtitle. The two main faculty members of the course also reflect these two aspects – Jim Hickman on neuroscience and Will Taegel on eco-fields. If this thesis proves to be true (and there is a lot more work needed to develop it) then it will give us a way to navigate hypercomplexity grounded ultimately in our own choices about how we relate to ourselves, each other and the world around us.

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Leading from the Field – Twelve Principles for Energetic Stewardship


Note: this blog is a draft of a booklet that I hope to see published one day. I also have a version with some more explanatory text in each section.



This book is dedicated to Hans Andeweg and Rijk Bols, who have pioneered the field of ECOtherapy (now called ECOIntention), as well as to those people present and future who embark on this sacred work.

The inspiration and much of the content of this book comes from the writings and work of Hans Andeweg, in particular Scheppend Leven (2011) – due out in English soon as The Universe Likes a Happy Ending. I have filtered the concepts through my own experience to come up with the twelve principles.

About the Author

Peter Merry is a leader and social entrepreneur who has spent most of his adult life in an ongoing quest for how to be of greatest service to the transition towards a more life-affirming future for people and the planet we inhabit.

On that journey he has been a theatre director and actor, a teacher of English in Paris and northern Ghana, an environmental activist and International Co-ordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales, a MSc student in Human Ecology, an international youth trainer, co-founder of the business Engage!, an organisational development consultant, public speaker, founder and Chair of the Center for Human Emergence Netherlands, PhD student with and Director of the Wisdom University in Europe, husband and father of three boys. In the energetic realm, he has trained in clairvoyancy and geomancy, and is currently completing the four year vocational training in systemic energy tuning with the Center for ECOtherapy.

He lives in the ecological neighbourhood Eva Lanxmeer, in Culemborg, the Netherlands, with his Dutch wife and three children.


As we stand on the edge of a new era, with old beliefs, institutions and values crumbling around us, a new realisation is dawning in the minds of many. This is not just an upgrade of our current civilisation. This is a new starting point. From this point on, the foundational assumptions of our civilisation change.

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Presence Resonance Coherence

I wrote this as part of my post-paper for a Wisdom University course on Living in Mastery in 2012 – and just found it again as I review all my papers for my PhD dissertation. Not sure what I think of it but was told to not make that choice for others – so here it is :-).


There is not much

One can say about


As really it is


Of anything.


from Old English meaning “rest”.


Not doing.



Not moving.

Noticing movement.

Feeling stillness.

Eye at the center.

I at the center.

The center at I.

I as the center.

The center as I.

I as that.

That as I.

I thou it we you its.



At rest.


With it all.



Something stirs.

Pre-sensing resonance.



In the stillness

Something stirs.

Or is stirred.

Still again.

Still. Stir. Still. Stir.

Stir Stir. Still.

Stir Stir Stir. Still.

What’s that stirring?

Attention drawn.

Curiosity awakened.

Something is stirring.

The first awake seems to stir others.

New others.

And old others.

New constellation though.

What’s stirring?

It’s disturbing.

My stillness.

It’s growing.

Something is forming.




Still is safe.

I know still.

Staying still

I watch the strange stirring.

The connections

Start to draw me in.

I feel excitement.

Something is growing in me.

As me.

It’s me growing!

An explosion of stirring

Like the crazed whisking of a spoon in a teacup

Sloshes tea all over the place

Yet is held together by the stirring

At the center.

Then I see.

The harder is stirred,

The emptier the spiral at the center

The fuller the tea all around.

Presence holds resonance

As a new form is born.

Bring on the tea!



As I see

Myself in the strange

My whole being

Sings a new tune.

From teaspoon

To dervish dancer

Whipping the world into its orbit.

I look up.

Things look different.

They look strange

And I recognise

The strangeness.

It fits.

We fit.

New me, new world.

We move.

We dance.

We sing.

We play.

And stillness fills the movement.

And movement fills the stillness.

As one.


And my mind asks:

But what changed?

I see the same world

But feel it is different.

It responds differently.

I act differently.

But physically it’s all the same.

My life is different.

Or so it feels.

What is that out there

If it so malleable

By this in here?

How can I impact that

When there is so much of it?

What’s the difference

Between my experience of reality

And reality itself?

Is there a difference?

What if someone else

Changes their experience of reality

Does that change mine?

And if it’s all moving together,

Then who’s doing the moving?

That’s a conversation killer.

Mind stops.


In presence

I feel the resonance

And am the coherence

And that’s all I know

For now.

Volution Website

I have just started up a new website for people to be able to follow my thinking about volution – Initially I will be posting the elements of my PhD dissertation as it emerges and would love your comments and suggestions. Eventually I hope it will become a home for reflections and stories about volution and its implications.

This blog will continue to host other reflections and merry-making.

Jedi force

Leadership article in evolve magazine (German language)

Evolve cover

Mike Kauschke and team did a great job of this article in evolve, exploring my journey through integral evolutionary leadership into leading from the field. Nice to be in the good company of old friend Meg Wheatley and Frederic Laloux.

Here’s the pdf of the article (in German).

See also and

Open Source Learning

532854_344588988923886_1825172899_nIntro note: I actually wrote this back in 2000 when we were establishing Engage! InterAct. I came across it just now and was struck by how relevant it is to the work I am now doing with Ubiquity – nearly 15 years on! Gosh I was smart back then – I wonder what happened…

Link to original pdf.

Open Source Learning

A Key to Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and the Knowledge Society



Exploring the Problems and Challenges

  • Multiculturalism, Diversity and Difference
  • Citizenship, Participation and Motivation
  • The Knowledge Society

The Foundations of Open Source Learning

  • Skills, Qualities and Values
  • Beyond Certainty and Control
  • Systems Thinking
  • Think Subtly, Act Simply
  • Love your Enemy

Open Source Learning in Practice

  • Critical Thinking for Conscious Action
  • The Role of the Educator
  • Structures and Methods
  • Why “Open Source Learning” ?

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