The Surprising Visitor

What do you need to move through this time well, something more than just getting through it still standing. Could we actually use this time to emerge stronger and more resilient? The question may seem crazy when we’re struggling to keep our head above water, when people close to us and maybe we ourselves are feeling anxious or afraid, gripped by something bigger than themselves and not knowing how to cope. I’ll return to that […]

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Building a Personal Support Network – Part 2

Part 1 is here. Further to the question of personal support network, we might call it a creative support network. Or an everything-everywhere-is changing-so-what’s-important-for-me-today support network. If we think of a Creative Support Network, this means being supported with our creative works, whether that be work as a writer or artist or craftsperson, through things our society have designated as “creative.” But it also can be living artfully through the challenging time we’re in. Navigating […]

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Building a personal support network

​​​An exciting direction that’s just appearing now for me can be to create a personal support network that helps you daily with your creative process. This could look like inviting several people you can check in with by phone or perhaps by video chat. It could be small, just a person or two you invite and make a clear agreement with. Or perhaps you could have four or five, or seven short check-ins with different […]

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Einstein’s great distinction

I love Einstein’s great distinction that we can’t solve a problem at the level of consciousness that created it. It’s familiar to almost everybody yet it usually goes by very quickly. I invite you to take a moment with me and consider the powerful implications. You can’t solve a problem at the level of consciousness that created it . . . I take the levels of consciousness to be our isolated egos on the one […]

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Women and men love each other

Here’s a simple lens I find useful for looking at what’s going on in society and in Self. It presents an image of what balance looks like and​ what imbalance looks like. The ​consideration of the image presents a context for showing where imbalance is and what helps bring the system back into balance.What helps bring the system back into balance brings us back into balance.​The picture represents the love between the masculine and the […]

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Activists and the field beyond “us” and “them”

​How can we work better together on a survivable future? What supports climate activism, and climate activists, in being more effective? Here are some observations using Regenerative Culture (Regen Culture) as a lens. (Regen Culture is Extinction Rebellion’s (XR’s) branch that supports activists.) The​ observations are filtered through a lot of exploration of small groups and what seems to work, some limited exposure to local groups here in Canada, and reading between the lines on the […]

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Some feedback on online calls

I spoke to a few of you who’ve been on live Zoom calls and learned more about what’s working and where we might go. Here’s some of ​what I took away (special thanks to Betty, Laure, Andrea, Lynn): You like it when we break out into small groups, to do “Presencing practice” or something else involving open-ended questions. You like to be able to meet one on one with others journeying in a similar way. […]

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Risk speaking up for the change you want

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam stumbled badly with his insensitive remarks to a German newspaper ​in which he relativized the Holocaust. ​In essence he equated the ​deaths of millions in the Holocaust with the future deaths he believes will happen ​due to climate change. This was insensitive, like speaking to a grieving family while failing to take into account their grieving. ​ ​In response, the call from XR Regenerative Cultures, the arm dealing with  the […]

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While we’re busy making other plans

I like John Lennon’s saying that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I take from that that there are hidden agendas and intentions that make things happen, dynamics beneath the ones we usually think. This is an interesting lens to look at politics or our own lives. What’s hiding beneath those plans we make? Could this be part of it? The message isn’t the words and content we say but what […]

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