The question of systems - and of systems layers - permeates every corner of this web-site. It is integral to all the descriptions you will find here - and to the engagement with the world, which they express. This is part of the reason why there is no one single route-map through these pages; the links at the top of the page are merely one set of suggestions, and any one page may be reached through a variety of alternative routes. This is both a consequence and a reflection of the rich cross-linkages between the different profiles of reality I am trying to capture here.
There are many occasions where there is a dominant focus in the moment, and we have no sense of any systems layers in the background. According to the maps and guidelines which unfold in these web pages, however, we recognize that any given focus - however much it dominates our awareness - is but a single layer in a complex, layered reality. Any long-term engagement needs to engage the other systems layers, as well as the layer in focus, in order to be effective and sustainable. We will need to learn when it is enough for our systems sensibility to rest in the background, and when we need to bring other layers - hitherto implicit and un-thematised in our present time awareness - into the foreground focus of our attention.
So it is, that our emerging method comes from the meeting of ancient practices such as shamanic ecstasy and the Chinese dao - which have strong undercurrents of systems sensibility in their own right - with the modern incarnations of the same sensibility: cybernetics, neuro-lingistic programming, process psychology and cultural theory.