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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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Those inevitable and messy blind spots

I started a conversation early in October, a place for unfettered talk via videoconference around self, climate, and our uncertain future: the Inner Climate Collective. It was to be a place where the internal and personal dimension was to be very welcome. I’d been exploring this in drop-in groups and one-on-ones conversations for years. Could we have a more committed group and learn from each other? Some brave people said yes, we could.  So we […]

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Such a help I’d wish for everyone!

​Lovely art by Jylian Gustlin​. Check out her stuff. Such a help I’d wish for everyone!​Here I celebrate the value of safe, respectful groups for  keeping our head in a time of change. But there’s a secondary and hidden value in group spaces that is seldom noticed or spoken about. ​  ​It’s true that we tend to do much better when we’ve full room to express ourselves, when we can tell others what we care deeply […]

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Your saving grace

Where do we start with all we’re facing? This post points in a surprising direction. The gap between the mainstream mind and the mind that sees the challenge we’re facing is a wide one. The gap between the two is huge, and the temptation is to approach it, if we can approach it at all, with trepidation. We wish the gap were smaller. In fact most of us want to minimize the knowledge and tuck […]

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Inside activist culture

​Inside Activist culture I received a phone call this morning from a friend in Germany who’s active in Extinction Rebellion. She was concerned about the ​activist culture there, how it favors action over reflection, a masculine doing over a feminine being, how it has little tolerance for the hidden or secret voices of members which were paved over with a tendency to group think.  ​People often ​come into activist groups​, exploring, and ​don’t find the welcome or the […]

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