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Presencing and the emergence of – what?


with Monika Frühwirth and Tom Christensen


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Presencing and the emergence of - what? with Monika Frühwirth and Tom Christensen

Our commitment at the Wisdom Factory is to make the integral worldview and related advanced ideas available to the public in a – hopefully – understandable and enjoyable form. We enjoy to talk with people who have their experience, their knowledge and their wisdom to share and who are ready to talk about their insights in an engaging way which is not purely academic.

So far we talked with hundred and more people, we arranged panel discussions where they could meet and get to know each other, and some of our guests attended the shows of others – and got interested in knowing each other better, as it is the case with Tom and Monika.

How exciting! Our intention is to connect people – and voilà: Monika Frühwirth and Tom Christensen are interested in talking to each other, in private and in public, to explore their ideas about life, growing up and the role of us humans in all stages of our lives.


For this first conversations many possible topics popped up and we had to chose one to start with:

Presencing and the emergence of – what?


Presencing is “The action or process of summoning up the presence of something; the action of making present” ( Most of us became aware of this term by ways of “Theory U” by Otto Scharmer where he describes a process called “presencing” and its opposite “absencing” with which we can describe human behavior in various situations. (I wrote a short blogpost some time ago to introduce the notion. You can check it out here)

The cicles of Presencing and Absensing

Theory U – The cicles of Presencing and Absensing: Source:

The Presencing Process

When we engage together in a presencing process, there is the potential of the unforeseen to emerge. In Scharmer’s book there are many examples given of incredible results, including the opening to others which before were considered atrocious enemies.
In our show with Monika and Tom we are most likely entering in such a process and we will see what will come up – and you can be the observer of what is happening in all levels of existence. You will certainly be able to realize that we don#t necessarily need to be present in person to enter into a common field when sensing into our presence together. With open mind, open heart and open will we might be able to co-create something tangible in our time together.

Portrait of Monika Frühwirth

About Monika Frühwirth

Monika is speaking out of the experience of 7 decades of an intense life which was dedicated to the evolution of consciousness in herself and others.

Monika is a true leader. Thanks to her constant efforts the philosophy of Ken Wilber was introduced and spread in Germany. Her way of adopting leadership was – and is –  translating innumerable amounts of  texts, publishing articles, editing print media and creating the German Integral Association together with some like minded people.

Monika was one of the first women in the German-speaking Integral scene –  which at first was very “head biased” – the enthusiasm about a brilliant theory. She introduced into the Integral Community the “Feminine Integral Consciousness Field”, a self-organized group of women who tried to translate the theory into their everyday life practice. My friendship with her began with being part of this group of women and their attempt to find a FEMININE WAY of bringing the Integral WORLDVIEW out into the WORLD.

About Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen “Tom C.”, is the editor of and one of the authors in two books of Gravesian-Spiral Dynamics case studies.  He provides Gravesian trainings and writes often on this topic, and others.  Tom has braided his life over the past 40 years with constant strands of business, art including painting, sculpture, poetry and piano, regular engagement in sports & gardening, and raising a family.  Tom C. is married, and with Stephanie they have 7 children, and 4 of the most charming grandchildren in the world.  In years past, Tom C. served as an orderly, nursing assistant, and the first hospice counselor at UW-Madison Hospitals.  This phase left him with a wider and more comfortable appreciation for the extremely wide range of end-of-life experiences for people.  This background with dying, combined with an appreciation of the possibility of lifelong learning, has led him to welcome each day of his new, more obvious, aging phase, as another opening for discovery and adventure.  “No one has ever lived THIS life before.  I wonder what’s next?!”

Portrait of Tom Christensen
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