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The Power of Changing the Story

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From Charles Eisenstein : "Every act that comes from the understanding of interconnection, of inner being, is a spiritual act, and also a political act. By acting from a different story, we disrupt the psychic substructure of our mythology. And we offer an alternative... any time that we give somebody an experience that doesn’t fit into the old story, it weakens that old story. It disrupts it. It could be an act of generosity. It could be an act of forgiveness. Anything that violates that understanding that we’re separate, and everyone’s in it for themselves, Being in service to something larger than yourself. " Wow and yes. 

Principles of Spiritual Leadership

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Will Keepin’s Principles of Spiritual Leadership  (also published as Principles of Spiritual Activism - Source: http://www.earthlight.org/essay40_deboer.html)     Explanation reposted from https://transitiontownmedia.org/the-twelve-principles-of-spiritual-leadership/: The following is from a presentation at Schumacher College, Totnes, England by Will Keepin, president  of the  Satyana Institute, Boulder Colorado.    Will describes the principles as the beginning of a collective inquiry into how we can apply spiritual teachings in social change work. 1. The motivation underlying our activism for social change must be transformed from anger and despair to compassion and love. This is a major challenge for the environmental movement, for example. It is not to deny the legitimacy of noble anger or outrage at injustice of any kind. Rather, we seek to work for love, rather than against evil. We need to adopt compassion and love as our foundational intention, and do what

A New Story

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Let’s start with a story. Earth’s story began in an instant 13.7 billion years ago. We flared forth as light, underwent a series of creative and irreversible transformations, both physically and psycho-spiritually, until we arrived here –in this moment, on this beautiful blue planet, interconnected with and a part of all that is here in this place. Earth is our home and we are part of her unfolding story. Problem: We Are Between Stories Have you ever had a family member who seemed to be in one crisis or another all the time? In many family systems, we encounter individuals that always seem to create crises in their life---and in the lives of those around them. Why is that? Evidence suggests that humans create crises, not just as individuals, but as a culture: institutions crumble around us, ecosystems struggle, Earth’s own climate is shifting…. all crises the we collectively create.

Permaculture Soul

Lately, I've encountered more and more people who believe our culture is living the wrong story. The old cultural story is this: we need things to be happy, and we definitely need more money.  Abundance is limited.  We must fight for our share of a decreasing pie.  Earth is here for humans to use (or use up).   What is in the way of creating a New Story? It is this... Fear. For example, one result of the old, dysfunctional story is this: most people who have "enough" are afraid they soon won't.  They resent anyone who needs more, even if it's just to survive. Those who do not have enough are afraid too--desperate even--that they won't have what they need to survive. There are plenty of dystopian Hollywood movies from Mad Max to The Day After  to Idiocracy that show us how a this story like this ends:  it’s a story of death and dying.  In all of these unhappy endings, Earth is trashed for the sake of human needs or conflict.  The vulnerable are expl