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Reflections and Predictions

It has been roughly a year since this blog opened. And I feel much more solid in my sense of what thrivability can be. That does not mean there are clear strategies defined or all partners are convened. There remains much work to do. But 2008 has been a wonderful learning journey solidifying my belief in the value of thrivability, and it has resonated well with a variety of amazing allies. Thank you.

I was glancing at an article in Utne Reader today about fear. And I realized a shift I am feeling, and I sense it is a huge piece of thrivability. Thrivability is not driven, at its core, by a deep dark fear of the world ending and all we need to overcome to jetison us off this precipice of history. And while I personally have been strongly driven by fears around climate change and a forecast of the end to humanity, somehow this has shifted. Perhaps it is Obama’s hope spreading “Yes We Can” or perhaps it is the collective voice of human consciousness declaring agency. It could perhaps even be a spiritual shifting that is ongoing internally for me. Whatever the cause or causes, what I sense in thrivability is a powerful resounding passion to evolve beyond our current cultures into a new form of being together, united, whole, diverse, conscious, respectful, judicious, abundant, appreciative, and in flow.

Do you want this too? Are you what EnlightenNext calls an Evolutionary?

We have before us the greatest opportunity life force has yet had–to collect together as respecting and honoring individuals to know and act through our wholeness for the evolution of ourselves and conciousness …and life itself …to experience both our uniqueness and our unity while shifting the forms of the world to support a flourishing earth bursting in harmony. We can become the most spectacular orchestra of living systems reverberating with awareness. What is the sound of this magnificent joy?

Let us put our egos in harness to our purpose, set our minds to tangible tasks, reach into our hearts for whole system empathy, and let our spirits’ wisdom lead us forth into a new age. One where we may thrive in harmony with each other and all forms.

I predict the near future will be frought with tension. Many will weaken from fear and anxiety as old systems convert into new arrangements that better fit our amazing flow. I predict we will often stumble and need to lean into each other in the dark night before the dawn. I predict that some will refuse to relinquish old patterns and this will lead to suffering. People will die bodily deaths. Humans will fight through the night in bloody conflicts of ideological wars to end all wars. And this very darkness, the very fear and negativity that seems pervasive will be the flood upon which a new way is made possible. It will be our very frustration with what is — that will make what can be: possible. Just as the bitter darkness of the Bush years has made a grassroots minority a more possible canditate for president of the US.

I see the light glowing from so many sensing this great opportunity, and I have deep faith in the very process of evolutionary consciousness to guide us together into a brighter day. Everywhere I see the flickering flames of hope, faith, interpersonal trust, and inspired vision gain energy. The tools evolve beneath our fingers, the partners meet and align around common purpose, and collectively we prepare the way forward.

Will you join with me in hope to great this challenging opportunity.

As Tracy Gary often says, “Hold hands, and stay together.”

Dream. Breath with me. Be with us.

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Women in Thrivability

What role do women play in thrivability?

1. First, before I talk about women, let me be clear that there is often slippage between the divine feminine or the feminine aspect and the embodiment in the female form. While there is often great overlap and thus the similar naming, the divine feminine resides in all people to a greater or lesser degree regardless of what form the body takes. So I always feel a certain tension when writing about the feminine. Please hold that tension with me.

2. While I often enjoy moving through intellectual or spiritual ideas, this post will ground itself in action and politics.

There are many who speak of the dawning of a new age (or maybe they don’t explicitly call it that, but they nudge in that direction anyway). This new way of being in the world is a shift toward feminine principles. We move from the blade to the cup – from power in the form of domination and intellect to power in forms of nurturing, collaboration, collective wisdom, knowing beyond the mind (heart/spirit/body). Personally, I yearn for a balancing and dynamic tension between both.

In the US election this year, we see these forces in our presidential choices. The male element of power through force, resistance to – even oppression of – the feminine aspect reveals itself as a regressive/conservative yearning to go back to earlier times. The female element, amazing demonstrated by power through collaboration, swirling in complexity and multiple-perspectives (as comes so naturally to “minorities” as they must always see through many roles). The female aspect offering hope, connection, and a vision of flourishing.

It is no wonder then that McCain/Palin are no friend to women. McCain voted against breast cancer research. McCain and Palin do not believe in a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape and incest. Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, proclaims: Obama/Biden are running on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in U.S. history

So when I urge you to vote for what you believe in I don’t mean you should vote merely on identity politics. Men and women voting for Obama because he supports women. That is well and useful but go beyond that to the beingness. The reason Obama supports women is because his beingness is suffused with the feminine element – he works for collaboration; his campaign efforts have built up community connection and collaboration; he pushes power to the edges (for example, he advocates for transparency). Obama will usher in a time of generativity, collective wisdom, greater connection, and strength in diversity. And it is this which is our best strategy against the many-fold crisis we humans face as our greatest challenge to achieving thrivability. He will do so – not through force or authority – but through evoking our higher purpose, our collective covenant with each other, and through handing us increased agency to co-create a better world. Because it is for us to do the work, and for our leader to nurture us toward thrivability.

For more information and videos on the feminist perspective on the election, see Feminists for Obama and Feminist Majority.

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