Be an instrument of something bigger

Be an instrument of something bigger

On Saturday, July 7, 50 of us gathered at SOU for the "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium" sponsored by the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (ECOS). It was a riveting, sobering, enriching and inspiring experience. The intention: "To create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet."

The message couldn't be more relevant. At a time when many have fallen into numbness, overwhelm or cynicism, the Awakening symposium provides facts, tools, and opportunities to make a difference and to cultivate hope. Hope, not as a conviction, but "a dimension of soul." Hope committed to actions!

The information presented in stunning video format, spaced with interactive breakout groups, is a worldwide collaborative effort of top scientists, political activists, spiritual leaders, poet/visionaries and Pachamama, a nonprofit organization "seeded" by the indigenous peoples of Ecuador. It's an extraordinary, full-spectrum perspective on the global crisis we face. An African aphorism states, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." As one international advocate emphasizes, "We have to go very far, very fast." So I urge you as individuals, as families, social, religious and special interest groups, to get involved, take action and make a contribution. Arrange to sponsor or participate in this symposium. It's offered free — and there's also an opportunity at the end to make a donation. Websites to explore: www.pachamama.org, www.awakeningthedreamer.org, www.generationwakeup.org.

This is the time of "The Great Turning." It's our time of "Blessed Unrest" (having awareness of the present while holding possibility for the future; the time to keep showing up no matter how uncomfortable it is). It's time to be an instrument for something bigger to move through us. Now! For the sake of all the children, of all the species, for all time.

Bianca (Alberta) Powell

Ashland

'To Rome with Love'is Allen's masterpiece

I just have to tell you to rush out and see Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love." His unerring moral compass, evident in so much of his oeuvre, is finally allowed to blossom forth fully in his latest film. At Sunday's showing everyone who was anyone was there, all the cognoscenti.

X is cheating on Y, who is cheating on Z, who is cheating on X; and it just goes on and on and on, until you lose count. It's just marvelous. So sophisticated. I was so excited I didn't know what to do with myself. You know? This is Allen's masterpiece. I must say that sitting in that audience, at the end, all of us applauding like mad, I finally knew who I was. I mean, we are the world. Right?

Aaron Corbet

Ashland