By Molly Brown and Joanna Macy
This is an expanded version of the “3 Stories” described in Coming Back to Life (2014 edition), p. 5
We thank the following people for their help with this revision: Patricia St Onge, Sarah Thompson, Kurt Kuhwald, and Aryeh Shell.
It is deep in the human psyche and the vast panoply of human cultures to tell ourselves stories about our world. A story is the lens by which a group interprets and controls its experience, creating meaning according to the values its members hold and most deeply believe. A story may be largely unconscious and unquestioned, and even assumed to be the only reality, although no story is inherently complete.
We authors recognize three stories commonly held in the industrialized world today: Business as Usual, the Great Unraveling, and the Great Turning. All three are boiled-down simplifications of global realities. Nevertheless, taken together, they can offer a useful perspective on the values and beliefs prevalent in the world today.
We have found it helpful in workshops to present these three stories as all happening right now; in that sense, they are all “true.” Looking through the lenses of these stories can strengthen our understanding of today’s social, political, and economic dynamics, as well as our commitment to collective liberation and the living Earth. [Read more…]
Check out Hope Sings – a collection of over 55 songs of inspiration, freshly launched just before the winter Solstice 2017 and freely offered by Sarah Pirtle, for you to listen to, download and use:
About hope, Sarah writes that she “wants to offer song medicine to document everyday bravery and help cheer on people who are engaged in mending and strengthening the basic web of life.”
Sarah invites people to download and make their own compilation CD to give to others as holiday gifts.
Dear Friends and Colleagues in the Work,
In this time of Trump and other far-right leaders ‘round the world, I am more grateful than ever for the work that connects us. The simple, strongly grounded practices help us stay honest with ourselves and each other. The Spiral brings us home ever again, through grief and grit, to the promise of our common humanity.
I am moved by the growing evidence of a global community forming as the Work That Reconnects (WTR) is adopted, adapted, and nourished in other countries and cultures, sometimes despite intimidation from government and extremist groups. And I am moved by initiatives here in the U.S. to make the WTR more inclusive, accessible, and relevant across boundaries of age, class, color, gender and politics, and regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
This letter will speak to that after I report to you on other matters. [Read more…]
Healing Our Relationships with the Ancestors opens a powerful channel in support of “Coming back to Life” for European Americans. This course addresses people’s desires to forge vibrant ties with their Ancestors along both personal and cultural lines. An underlying theme is the exploration of ways we can spiritually reclaim the understandings our indigenous forebears had about the essential linkage between generations throughout time and many related states of consciousness, lost to European Americans since the birth of industrialization, that are our birthright. Learning to live into these states of consciousness once more makes us available to connect profoundly with other peoples. [Read more…]