Archive for December, 2008

Recession and Innovation

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I want to mention here the site (and there is a book too) Worldchanging.org. They really have good articles and a regular email with the latest postings. This one I have found good food: Recession and Innovation.

And a good quote to contemplate upon:

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Mark Twain

Keeping Quiet

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Keeping Quiet – A Callarse
Pablo Neruda

Rose Lotus Lady by Charlotte Backman

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

This one time upon the earth,
let’s not speak any language,
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be a delicious moment,
without hurry, without locomotives,
all of us would be together
in a sudden uneasiness.

The fishermen in the cold sea
would do no harm to the whales
and the peasant gathering salt
would look at his torn hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars of gas, wars of fire,
victories without survivors,
would put on clean clothing
and would walk alongside their brothers
in the shade, without doing a thing.

What I want shouldn’t be confused
with final inactivity:
life alone is what matters,
I want nothing to do with death.

If we weren’t unanimous
about keeping our lives so much in motion,

if we could do nothing for once,
perhaps a great silence would
interrupt this sadness,
this never understanding ourselves
and threatening ourselves with death,
perhaps the earth is teaching us
when everything seems to be dead
and then everything is alive.

Now I will count to twelve
and you keep quiet and I’ll go.

(painting sent by a friend in Copenhagen, which is now on her wall; painted by Charlotte Backman)

Some questions about health and wealth

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

How do forest health and wealth create each other?
Do they ask permission from the sun to use its rays?
How could they?

Protecting the sky is protecting life.
Is protecting the earth at the same time,
joining vision with practicality?

What is the currency of forest wealth?
What is the currency of atmospheric health?
Where is their point of co-creation?

How do the other elements come to play?
For example, how does water live in,
And give life to the forest?

Is it two-timing the sky?

Is generosity the currency of organizational wealth?
How do peace and creativity yield a culture of abundance?
How does that fundamental richness emerge as generosity?

Is generosity the virtue that produces peace? Really?

Jim Drescher – Windhorse Farm

Levend Vlaanderen

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Sorry if you don’t understand Dutch… this blogposts announces the start of ‘something’ that is called ‘Levend Vlaanderen’; in translation it says ‘Flanders alive’. Whenever we have a separate blog it will move there!

We zijn begonnen. Met zes rond de tafel, in één van de verbouwde stallen van de Koningsmolen. We willen iets op gang brengen in Vlaanderen.
Levend Vlaanderen

Onze focus is niet wat er mis loopt, maar we richten ons op wat er mogelijk is. Hoeveel mensen zijn er niet bezig om op de één of andere manier het leven voor henzelf en ook voor enkele anderen beter te maken?
Levend Vlaanderen

Vooralsnog is er geen plan, wel de intentie om te verbinden. Mensen verbinden. Gemeenschappen verbinden. Sectoren verbinden. Allemaal ten dienste van het leven, ons leven, hier in Vlaanderen. Ook de intentie om te ont-dekken, om te laten ont-vouwen, te laten ontplooien.
Levend Vlaanderen

De diversiteit was dadelijks aan de orde, komende uit al die verschillende sectoren met hun eigen taal, hun eigen gevoeligheden. Maar wat een rijkdom, wat een palet aan mogelijkheden! Wat wordt mogelijk als we dat samen inzetten en hier lokaal verankeren?
Levend Vlaanderen

We kijken niet in ‘probleem en oplossing’, maar we willen ons verbinden met het leven, dat alsmaar doorgaat. Een leven dat betekenisvol is en dat ook plezier geeft! Kan Vlaanderen een levende, bruisende regio worden als inspirerend voorbeeld in een Europa van de regio’s?

Wij zijn enthousiast en gaan door.
U hoort nog van ons.
Levend Vlaanderen

The Deva of Flow

Monday, December 8th, 2008

As it goes, through some connections by email I received this report. I found it interesting as it links with constellations I have facilitated, or maybe better to say: that have emerged in gatherings that I was hosting. It is about a constellation with its focus on the New Economy.

Especially the role of the Joyful Women – see the end – speaks to me as we are looking in the program Women Moving the Edge what is the kind of feminine action and consciousness that is needed in the world right now. Enjoy this story!

“On Sunday Nov. 16, at a Women’s Circle in Malibu, California, a new Deva* came through to help us manifest the New Economy of the New Earth: The Deva of Flow.

This occurred during a Constellation** inquiring into what needs to happen to bring the Economy into alignment with the Divine Plan.
It was a “Chaos Constellation” in which people do not know what they are representing. Each person simply follows her own movements until she finds her place. Representatives were chosen for the Economy, the Deva of the Economy, and different aspects of the Solution. By the end, all the 20+ people in the room were in the Constellation, including a 7-year-old girl and 5-month-old boy.
In sharing after the Constellation, representatives reported feeling as though they were water, part of the waves or wave action, sources of power, etc. Science, Education, New Energy Forms, the Common Man and Women all entered to find their places as part of the Solution.
The representative for the Deva of Flow (a name that came to me later) constantly wove in and out of the group, making a whooshing sound like the wind, easily bending, arching and moving among all the different people and energies.
When New Forms of Business came into the Constellation, all the other representatives ignored her. She wanted to go to the Economy, but could not stand on her own and sank down on the floor. It took the Deva of Flow to reach out to New Business, raise her up and show her how to dance, how to move, how to effortlessly flow.
Dancing, New Business connected to Conscious Humanity, and they danced and flowed together. Many other representatives in the room already were holding hands, starting to make a circle. Conscious Humanity and New Business – their hands linked – moved to join the others.
Conscious Humanity took the hand of the 7-year-old girl and there was an expectation that New Business would complete the circle. But, with her right hand joined to Conscious Humanity, New Business continued to move into the center, placing her left hand on the back of the representative for the Economy who was holding the baby boy in her arms.
Conscious Humanity and New Business continued their dancing movement, swaying their hips and moving together. Everyone else in the room linked hands and the line moved and swayed in harmony, slowly spiraling toward the center in a living expression of Sacred Geometry, the Golden Mean, the spiral at the center of a Nautilus shell.

In sharing afterwards, one representative emphasized that what the Economy needs is the energy of Joyful Woman: The woman who has no agenda. Who does not push but gently pulls, saying, “Follow me!” This is NOT the energy of trying to fix or make something happen. This is the energy of pure knowing, powerfully and gently expressed. This is the wise, intuitive woman who leads simply by Being who she is.

* A deva is an overlighting Spirit – emanation of the Divine – overseeing physical manifestations on Earth. (There are Devas for all the elements, trees, plants, animals, etc.)

** In a Constellation (a process pioneered by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger), an issue or question is raised and individuals enter a circle of sacred space, following the feelings, information and movements they sense through their bodies. Through this group process, a new picture may emerge, which can help shift the energy in an individual, relationship or situation.”

Joy Steltzner