Newcomers - and Refreshments
We need a lot of Research and Collaboration to get the
basic facts out so that everyone is aware. But it starts
with wake-up calls like the realization of the precariousness
of Peak Oil and our collective unpreparedness.
It's really important
to be willing, and not ashamed, to go "back
to basics" all the time in this "Great
Transition Time". The challenges are so deep
that the basics of life we have taken for granted
for our whole lifetime and longer, are being challenged.
How many man-hours does a gallon of petrol represent?
Both "mere Christianity" and such as
Rudolf Steiner can help us reexamine basic life
issues and see them with new eyes. Transition
Towns continually needs "Back To Basics"
wisdom as new people join, and others need refreshment.
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Youth - Finding one's Abilities and Life Purpose, Vision
||Our birth is but a sleep
and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfullness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy,
But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy;
The Youth, who daily farther from the east
Must travel, still is Nature's Priest,
And by the vision splendid
Is on his way attended;
At length the Man perceives it die away,
And fade into the light of common day.
Native American wisdom never forgot to give space to honour
the need of youth to face challeges to come of age and
find oneself. The Rainbow-2000 camps (UK) carry the Native
American tradition lightly to hold “magical interactive”
energy creatively. Steiner's “Anthroposophy”,
by transforming scientific method into a tool for reading
the Book of Life, enables many young people to find their
path, webmistress here included. It is greatly needed,
for core reform of Education and Universities, to bring
through proper room for holistic awakening. Go
the Seventh Generation
Balance & Wisdom of the Elders
(around 150 years) ago, the keepers of the Native
American wisdom teachings knew that they were
threatened with extinction and loss of their sacred
traditions. They also knew, from these very same
sacred traditions, that after seven generations,
people would start to wake up, and would desperately
need to pick up these sacred traditions again,
and this time it would be not only the Red races,
but also many others.
So they wove the essence of their teachings
into artefacts that would survive. We are now living
at the time when this prophecy is coming to fulfilment.
Signs and wonders have been seen by those who look and
treasure such things. Seven generations means not only
seven generations back, but also seven generations forward.
It is a way of re-attuning to both SUSTAINABILITY and
SACRED PURPOSE. It is work that older people could do
particularly well, say through U3A, to honour and re-discover
their sacred purpose and connectedness with Life as
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"Male" outward-reaching - starting enterprises
Before the Green World Trust, we set up the Magdalene
House Trust, that ran a charity shop and drop-in centre
with resources for help and prayer. We helped homeless
people and people with difficulties towards rehabilitation.
It ran very well, was much appreciated, and there was
enormous learning and growth for all. We need Social Enterprise
that works from the perspective of "helping people
helping the planet". Life Coaching is important.
The “Be The Change” conference addresses planetary
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We need ventures
that are developing the principles of “Right
Livelihood”, where anyone who cares about
helping the planet can work and learn vital skills
with holistic codes of excellence. Transition
Towns are, at last, taking account of the huge
unseen effect of population explosion here.
"Female" inclusiveness - Healing & Reconciliation...
We all have a sense of when the “human
scale” of reality is being ignored. This
links directly to our own health and wellbeing.
A large factor in healing is the “will to
live”. And intimately connected with this
is being a useful member of society - passing
on "Rolling Help" to others and to the
planet, seeking the positive, honouring one's
skills whatever one's limitations. I hope that
in time, every surgery and every healing centre
will have a local “Healing, Self-help and
Rolling Help” group that they can refer
Reconciliation, Building Community, Solidarity:
One can draw on “Satyagraha” or “Truth-Power”
from Mahatma Gandhi, “Speaking Truth to Power”
from the Quakers, the work of James Twyman, Joanna Macy,
Eckhart Tolle, and others. One can listen for “win-win”
options where nobody wins at the expense of others.
We can agree to hold "safe space" for deep
emotional issues to be heard without judgement. This
way one learns to respect important issues hidden within
every so-called fundamentalism and every disability.
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and Permaculture – foundations
"Maximum contemplation; minimum action" - Thinking
before you act. It is a question of ingenuity, research,
reading the Book of Life, and implementing principles
you discover. This can range from choosing what you eat,
how you travel, the type of work you do, and where you
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||This is the "direction"
of Earth - healthy sustainability. 'Civilised man
has marched across the face of the earth and left
a desert in his footprints.' The Industrial Revolution
first disconnected people from sustainability awareness.
It then enabled population increase, now mindless
of future problems.There are dire threats now with
the end of cheap oil looming; however there are
also miracle developments like Biodynamic agriculture,
the Amazon charcoal, and Aronia. But we also need
to reconnect, each of us, to the elements of sacred
Nature and sustainability, thoughtfully and with
passion and wonder. Native American wisdom helps.
Your Best Self - and help build Solidarity
Life Coaching for Planetary Citizenship
What is sacred to me
may not be what is important and precious to you. Great
Spirit is always changing form, “blowing somewhere”,
drawing us out. But there are valid steps and goals on
the way. Someone said “Seek and you will find”
and partly because this is such a precious truth, this
person is very well-known.
In holding centre
we are discovering, awakening, and empowering
ourselves; keeping balanced; reading the Book
of Life. Closely linked is a reawakening sense
of the sacred, so easily lost sight of, yet it
is our most precious resource and heritage. Also
closely linked is the need to reach out to help
others, to work towards solidarity. This is especially
important if we are to survive the coming planetary
crises with grace. Life Coaching can also help
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Grace and Gifts
Inner transformation - "honey
from the stars"
We need all truth,
distilling the “nectar” of many experiences,
traditions and paths into “honey”,
to focus on how we can best serve and develop
at this critical but also exciting time in human
history. From "Above" come - Inspiration
- Wisdom - Intuition - and Miracles.
Bees have a sacred function, but
bees can sting too, though they lose their lives
in so doing.
Two thousand years ago, the Essene community
at Qumran developed as the last “star age”
was drawing to a close and the way forward really needed
to be found. People carrying the most precious traditions
of the planet met there and lived there, to bring forth
the essence and the best. There is evidence that Jesus
and John the Baptist studied here. It appears that what
Christianity teaches is only part of what Jesus himself
practised and taught. Other religions have preserved
other fragments of the Great Truth of the Universe.
Different religious traditions arose
in heartfelt response to critical social situations
in human history. But almost invariably, priestcraft
takes over in time. This is just a fact of life, though
reform is always possible. The esoteric traditions usually
started as heartfelt attempts to hold out against priestcraft
when priestcraft had become materially oppressive, yet
they too have their share of priestcraft. But the direct
line to Spirit is always open - "Seek, and you
the Web of Life
Living in proactive response to the planetary
Some have attempted
for a long time to respond creatively to the great
challenges of today's planetary situation. They
have known about coming shortages of everything.
They have seen the writing on the wall. They have
known how deeply most other people have not wanted
to know, and how many reasons such people have
found for avoiding the truth. They have learned
to wrestle very well with despair and have learned
to handle others' apathy with courtesy, ingenuity,
and enthusiasm. They are the bridge-builders across
this waste land.
Some have just naturally wanted "The Truth".
Some have had lifelong handicaps that have taught them
to fight, to be positive, to cope with being different,
to investigate the truth for themselves, and not to
assume that society's appointed experts are the ones
best qualified to handle the present situation.
P - follow your Passion. I - keep your Integrity. A
- stay Attentive. N - stay Non-judgemental. O - Open
your mind to the wonders of life. P - I - A - N - O.
It is above all a quiet revolution where it most matters,
deep in your heart and soul.
Are you one of these?
Will you join the ranks? Fight the spiritual fight
for the planet?
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