I’ve grappled with writing about the election for the last sixteen days, since You Know What befell us here in the land of the now increasingly overtly Disunited States.
During this time I’ve read seemingly innumerable editorial responses to You Know What, and You Know Who. I can hardly stand any more prophecies and predictions of doom, as they appear to be to me, a middle-class woman with undeniable white privilege, exacerbated by a doctorate in how we think about, how recognize, that we do, actually, create our realities.
But I can’t help throwing my own typing hands into the written ring today as one way of celebrating Thanksgiving. What I’ve been grappling to articulate is not so in fashion right now. I offer it aware that I may be proven just plain wrong, over time, though I sure hope not.
The only vision that I truly want, in my heart of hea...
Recently a friend and I went for a lazy Saturday afternoon drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, near where we live. It was a sharp-cold, bright winter day, not long before Christmas. We were cruising along enjoying the snowy wilderness, idly looking for a place to pull over and go walking from. Then we saw a number of stationary cars up ahead, so pulled up behind them.
There was half an elk herd on the mountainside to our left - the one old stag there grazing peacefully with obviously no concern about the situation below. The others, grazing in the meadow on our right. Most were within fifty feet, a few within ten feet, including one or two at a time immobile in the road, in front of or between cars.
A couple of them spent a few minutes licking salt off of an SUVs’ tires. One of them stumbled and nearly fell, stepping onto t...
During the last fifty years, the estimated hundreds of millions of us who don’t unquestioningly buy into mainstream versions of reality have discovered, invented and explored many systems of ideas and ideals, in search of radically new ways of experiencing who and what we are, of what this is all about.
Many of these paths seek what it means to create reality from the inside out, or reclaiming our indigenous knowing beyond doubt that the whole of life is sacred.
By comparison, western cultures have historically seen reality from outside in - defining what is through external values and norms that we are expected to align with and follow.
But though it may bombard us with information and virtual instructions, we also get many, many spontaneous moments, often hidden in plain sight, of other kinds of knowing.