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The American need for Drama

I’m at an amazing gathering of people, here in the US, near San Francisco, at an event called the Bioneers Conference (http//, where inspiring people committed to changing our world gather, and I have to say I’m hugely disappointed… This morning, we had a plenary session that started with

Rachel Naomi Remen M.D. Bioneers 2006Rachel Naomi Remen M.D. She was an amazing lady, really inspiring constructive, and she talked about the gift of her grandfathers wisdom, as she experienced it growing up, as a child, and being blessed with it. It was a speaker who was really inspiring, really motivating, and didn’t focus on negative, or detrimental things, but focussed instead on blessings, and loving ways in which we can enrich our world.

Maria Elena Durazo Bioneers 2006After her, was Maria Elena Durazo, a lady who has an impressive “record” – but whose speech was very filled with the negative, dualistic language, that I’m deeply troubled by in every day life here in American society. I was so moved by the contrast, so acutely aware of how her negativity, and public condemnations were only serving to continue to fuel, and support some of the existing paradigms, that I just had to get out of that space, out of that session, and write about it, or somehow turn it’s experience into something healthy, and useful, and get it out of my system…

So here I am, blogging about it, and as I write, I really want for people to know about what’s become so visibly the huge American paradigm shift that we seem to already have in some part in the UK. I was so used to being surrounded by people in the UK, when I was living in London that already “got” the need to change our society, the need to do something about it, and the need to pro-actively start creating the new future instead of trying to hold onto, oppress, oppose, or destroy any “old” paradigm… That expression springs to mind, what you resist, persists… I pray that people here in the US might one day be able to fully appreciate the richness of this wisdom, and stop trying to change things in a way that isn’t healthy, supportive of life, and growth, and doesn’t contribute towards anything in a positive way. If I had to summarise the biggest “paradigm” shift that I’ve experienced since moving to the US, I guess it is that nothing in the US is necessarily as “advanced” or as ahead of the curve, as we imagine in the rest of the world.. The illusion of there being an “advanced” thinking group, or a place where every one really gets this conceptual change that’s needed to birth our world, seems very absent in mainstream American culture… It may just be the people I’m surrounded by, since clearly I consciously created this community of people to learn from, and grow from, for whatever reason – however, the joy of being in this place, where everything that I had cultivated, all the relationships that I had nurtured, and all the people that I had connected with, are “not” here – makes me wonder if perhaps it’s now time to “extend” the light, from the UK, from my small spiritual community of inspiring people, and friends that appeared to be really “in the wave”, to extend a filament of light out from that space, into another that might need it now…

It’s an idea, a concept, a spiritual perspective I guess – and another way at looking at it, might be to start seeing the potential for cultural transformation that’s needed in this world, in this space, in this community… Whilst being observant of what I see – the need to remember that this is but a journey through life, and not the end game might be crucial in preparing for some future point.

The conscious attention needed to be here, to be a part of all of this, and to be able to maintain my sense of state and place is really something which will stay with me, as I continue to live through the experience of being in San Francisco, travelling repeatedly back into the US, and knowing and trusting that everything is working perfectly, and as it needs to… The fun is in playing the game of life through the experience I guess!

Till the next cultural turn!

Let me return to the foray.. and get back into the Conference – if I dare!

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