Conflict emerges from the need for change. Resolution emerges from the energy of conflict. Successful resolution establishes mutual well-being, minimizing the likelihood of continued and future conflict.
Conflict can be a powerful catalyst for change when additive solutions evolve out of developing opportunities. Subtractive compromise applies outcomes that suppress the experience of conflict but does not create lasting change. Resolution requires Evolution, Digression, Reorientation, and Renewal.
• Waza is the skillful implementation of available tools or techniques appropriate to present opportunity. Waza is seen as a practice rather than presumed or final mastery.
• Solutions and strategies are most effective when they grow out of opportunity rather then preconception.
- Opportunity and waza are the discovery of non-oppositional possibility stemming from the present moment.
• Ukemi is the act of receiving waza in a manner that supports resolution and minimizes the negative effects of change.
• Leaving, established or entrenched positions is difficult even in the presence of opportunity. Ukemi entails mutual support of sustaining value and well-being in the context of change.
- Withdrawing established or entrenched positions is difficult even in the presence of opportunity. Ukemi entails mutual support of sustaining value and well-being in the context of new positions, roles, and behaviors.
• Zanshin refers to remaining in being beyond the act. The spirit manifested in resolution must remain a resonant source of energy and motivation in the re-establishment of roles and interaction.
• Rei is a cyclical process rather than a point of departure. Resolution must involve continuing to manifest an evolving self while supporting and recognizing the evolving spirit of others.
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