Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued by some savior.
Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life
on whose behalf we can act.
We belong to this world.
The web of life is calling us forth at this time.
We’ve come a long way and are here to play our part.
With Active Hope we realize that there are adventures in store,
strengths to discover, and comrades to link arms with.
Active Hope is a readiness to discover the strengths
in ourselves and in others;
a readiness to discover the reasons for hope
and the occasions for love.
A readiness to discover the size and strength of our hearts,
our quickness of mind, our steadiness of purpose,
our own authority, our love for life,
the liveliness of our curiosity,
the unsuspected deep well of patience and diligence,
the keenness of our senses, and our capacity to lead.
None of these can be discovered in an armchair or without risk.”
“What do you do when it feels like the sky is falling?
When everything that you love is suddenly threatened by an insanity that licks its lips in relishment of coal and fracking, of steroid pumped economic growth and uncapped environmental desecration – when we’re about to turn full throttle towards a future that finally wipes away any illusion of safety, sanity, climate stability or food security…
You feel into the heartbreak and you let it burn. You feel that burn and you let its flames throw you up against the walls of your fear, and then you let it blaze through them.
You cry, you roar, you bellow – you let it rip through and unclog your brilliance.
You beg to be unleashed, and you mastermind your own unleashing. You let your soul take over – you allow the dismantling of your conditioned collusion with the world views that manage and minimize your magnificence.
You refuse to follow the crowd – unless that crowd are screamingly alive and activated on behalf of the life that lives us. You find every gaze that meets you with “I know I’m awake – I’m here – and I’m ready” and you say YES.
You demand only your deepest authenticity – the kind that electrifies, illuminates, lays waste to pretense, walks permission, cries loudly, renders shame irrelevant – chooses total, naked truth.
You recognize with every cell of your being that we are being called out of apathy and slumber – to remember and rediscover who and what we really are – living breathing elements of this Earth, fully woven into an intelligence that has evolved for billions of years – with access to that intelligence – with limitless potency if only we could turn inside and reconnect.
You say YES to the gauntlet laid down.
You prepare to astonish yourself.
And then you rise
And then you rise
And then you rise
And then we rise. ”
– This amazing piece is by one of my sheroes, Clare Dubois, founder of the wonderful organization TREESISTERS.
Please join me for a weekend of doing exactly this in Salt Lake City this summer.
Over the weekend of August 23-25th, we’ll gather to make our way through this healing spiral with embodied practices and community support.
- embodied practices, including gentle movement and guided relaxation
- inner reflection/embodied listening
- community sharing
- inspiring poetry
- time for writing
- silent time in nature
- sitting meditation
- community gratitude and grief ritual
- and so much more!
- No experience is necessary
- All genders are welcome
“Personal Guidelines for the Great Turning – by Joanna Macy
Come from Gratitude
To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe–to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it–is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.
Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
This is a dark time, filled with suffering and uncertainty. Like living cells in a larger body, it is natural that we feel the trauma of our world. So don’t be afraid of the anguish you feel, or the anger or fear, for these responses arise from the depth of your caring and the truth of your interconnectedness with all beings. To suffer with is the literal meaning of compassion.
Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams. Even though we cannot see clearly how it’s going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts.
Many people don’t get involved in the Great Turning because there are so many different issues, which seem to compete with each other. Shall I save the whales or help battered children? The truth is that all aspects of the current crisis reflect the same mistake, setting ourselves apart and using others for our gain. So to heal one aspect helps the others to heal as well. Just find what you love to work on and take joy in that. Never try to do it alone. Link up with others; you’ll spark each others’ ideas and sustain each others’ energy.
Since every particle in your body goes back to the first flaring forth of space and time, you’re really as old as the universe. So when you are lobbying at your congressperson’s office, or visiting your local utility, or testifying at a hearing on nuclear waste, or standing up to protect an old grove of redwoods, you are doing that not out of some personal whim, but in the full authority of your 15 billion years.”
Clearing by Martha Postlewaite
Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.
Please join me to create a clearing in the dense forests of our lives, and to allow the blessings and benefits of our powerful time together to ripple out into our world.
Friday, August 23 6:30-9pm at Vitalize
Saturday, August 24 10am-12 pm session, 12-2 lunch break, 2-6pm session
Sunday, August 25 10am-12 pm session, 12-2 lunch break, 2-6pm session
We’ll gather at Vitalize from 6:30-9pm on Friday evening to get to know one another and to set the stage for our beautiful weekend together.
On Saturday, we’ll meet at an outdoor location in a local canyon (to be disclosed once you register) from 10-12.
We’ll take a 2-hour lunch break, then reconvene at Vitalize from 2-6pm on Saturday. On Sunday we’ll again gather in our outdoor location from 10-12, take a 2-hour lunch break, and reconvene at Vitalize for our final session from 2-6pm.
No partial attendance is allowed.
To support the coherence of the weekend, we need you there for the whole spiral.
Tuition is offered on a life-giving pricing scale. The truth is that I wish I could give the work away for free, but I need an income. I’ve continued to invest a lot of funds in my own continuing education. I’ve offered 3 pricing options below. If you are strongly drawn to come and cannot afford the available tuition, please be in touch – I’d love to find a creative way to make it work if I’m able. One of the options is for folks who can afford it to donate to a need-based scholarship fund. If you’re interested in being on a list of potential scholarship recipients, please let me know.
(Please read my cancellation policy before you register.)