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…]
11/20/17 Update: Leonard Higgins, the “valve turner” who shut down a tar sands pipeline in Montana last year, was found guilty of a felony charge on Wednesday. The judge refused the necessity defense and he was barred from mentioning climate change during his trial. His sentencing is scheduled for January 2, 2018. Below are his comments after the trial.
"I was surprised by the verdict, but very disappointed that I wasn't allowed a necessity defense, and that I wasn't allowed to talk about climate change as it related to my state of mind. When I tried to talk about why I did what I did I was silenced."
Posted by Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Leonard Higgins speaks in detail how “The Work That Reconnects” (initiated by Joanna Macy) was crucial in transitioning him out of climate despair and into real action — action that he describes as being surprisingly “blissful.”