1. Who is my neighbor? Community is the greatest untapped wealth we have available to us at this time. Do we know who lives nearby? What do we need to do to get to know each other better?
2. How can I cultivate curiosity rather than judgment? It's not our differences that divide us, but our judgments about each other. Are we willing to be curious to listen to the stories of those we've distanced ourselves from?
3. What is my role in creating change? We can no longer wait for leaders or laws to create the changes we need. It's up to us, and it's the only way the world ever changes--when a few friends start talking. Am I willing to assume the responsibility for creating the changes I want to see in the world?
4. Am I willing to reclaim time to think? As the world speeds up, we're forfeiting our most precious human capacities -- reflection, awareness, dreaming, relationship. The only way to restore these capabilities is to slow things down, to reengage in reflection, to pause and truly notice what's going on.
5. Can I be fearless? Fearlessness is not being free of fear. It means that we do not allow our fears to silence or stop us. What issues and people summon me to be fearless?
How can mystics and technocrats, poets and engineers, so long at odds in their vision of the universe, find a common path to the future? Mystics must give up their insistence on the empirical truth of their metaphysics., and technocrats must stop denying the truth of anything that cannot be proven empirically, for both the mystical experience and technology transcend religious and cultural differences. And it is the transcendent quality of each that will allow them to merge on the 'conscious' technology of the the future.
Jerome Glenn, author of future mind
Respect: Wisdom; Generosity; Bravery; Fortitude; Compassion; Humility. We try to walk with these values in our everyday lives, setting examples for our children, and others. In so doing Tunkasila watches over us all. We choose accepting our selves, what we can and can't do, as essential to being Human Beings on this Earth. We are Earthmen on a spiritual journey; this way of life is very sacred. Walking with prayer and these values helps all of our relatives in many ways. So no matter who you are or where you come from, we are your relatives and are here waiting for you to come home.
Jack Burnette, Brule Lakota
There is much unexplored potential in each human being. We are not just flesh and bone or an amalgamation of conditionings. If this were so, our future on this planet would not be very bright. But there is infinitely more to life, and each passionate being who dares to explore beyond the fragmentary and superficial into the mystery of totality helps all humanity perceive what it is to be fully human. Revolution, total revolution, implies experimenting with the impossible. And when an individual takes a step in the direction of the new, the impossible, the whole human race travels through that individual. The essence of religion is the personal discovery of the meaning of life, the meaning of truth. Religion is related to the unconditional, total freedom that truth confers on us. It is a revolution of the whole way of living. Religion moves us from the superficial layers of existence and encourages us to go deeper to the roots of life. It is an inward journey to the depths of our being. Nothing in life is trivial. Life is whole wherever and whenever we touch it, and one moment or event is not less sacred than another."
- Vimala Thakar, Indian Spiritual Teacher crossed to the other side 3/11/2009
My advice is to take advice with a grain of salt. When it comes to advice, whether it concerns money, travel, marriage, or the arts, generally people are wrong. Regardless, here’s some advice from the boondocks. (1) Laugh a lot, and avoid those who don’t. (2) Never do business with anyone who contacted you first. (3) Realize that it was always about the planet, never about you. (4) Practice philosophy or the arts, which are survival skills, but do not overrate them. (5) In the end, you will be judged by others and, crucially, by yourself, by what you do for others for free. The most comprehensive good advice I know is the Zen admonition to live as if you were already dead.
"If you want to be truly understood, you need to say everything three times, in three different ways. Once for each ear... and once for the heart. The right ear represents the ability to apprehend the nature of the Whole, the wholeness of the circumstance, the forest. The left ear represents the ability to select a sequential path. And the heart represents a balance between the two."
- Paula Underwood Spencer, "A Native American Worldview,"
In our way of life, in our government, with every decision we make, we always keep in mind the seventh generation yet to come. It's our job to see that the people coming ahead, the generations still not born have a world no worse than ours - and hopefully better. When we walk upon Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground. We never forget them
(Oren Lyons, Faith Keeper of the Six Nations)
"Never give up no matter what is going on. Never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Develop the heart. Be compassionate. not just to your friends, but to everyone.
Be compassionate. Work for peace in your heart and in the world. Work for peace, and I say again, never give up, no matter what is happening. No matter what is going on around you. Never give up!"
- An inspiring reminder from Nobel Laureate and leader, the Dalai Lama, who for 50 years now has ceaselessly and compassionately worked to support his people and preserve his culture amidst the on-going holocaust of the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface --within consciousness. (As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily 'within consciousness.') That's the only difference. We didn't create compassion, but it's flowing through us - or it could. The phase change that we're in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species.
Brian Swimme, coauthor with Thomas Berry of The Universe Story
What is needed and evolving is a metamorphosis in basic cultural premises and all aspects of social roles and institutions. What is needed is a new consciousness in which competition will be balanced with cooperation and individualism will be balanced with love. It will be a ‘cosmic consciousness,’ a ‘higher consciousness,’ which relates self-interest to the interests of fellow man and of future generations. And it will entail nothing short of a fundamental transformation of truly awesome magnitude.
Willis Harmon, Director of Futurist Studies, Stanford University
"One cannot but feel that…there is an evident relevance to the universally recognized need in our time for a general transformation of consciousness. The message here is of an actual age of harmony and peace in accord with the creative energies of nature which for a spell of some four thousand prehistoric years anteceded the five thousand of what James Joyce has termed the ‘nightmare’ (of contending tribal and national interests) from which it is now certainly time for this planet to wake."
"The axial sages were not interested in providing their disciples with a little edifying uplift after which they could return with renewed vigor to their self-centered lives. Their objective was to create an entirely different kind of human being. Sages insisted that people abandon their egotism and greed, their violence and unkindness. Not only was it wrong to kill another human being, we must not even speak a hostile word about or towards that person, not even make an irritable gesture. Further, we cannot confine our benevolence to our own people. Our concern must somehow extend to the entire world. If people behave with kindness and generosity to others we could save the world."
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to to love.
For it's in giving that we receive, and it's in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born into eternal life."
- St. Francis of Assisi
It has been said by many that we cannot save the planet unless there's a widespread spiritual or religious awakening. When I've heard that in the past I have sort of buckled and stiffened-not because I didn't think it'd be a good idea, but because I thought, well, yeah, but we have work to do. Things are going so fast that we can't depend on such a thing arising. But in my research for the book, I have come to think about this in a different way. My question for you is this: Would we recognize a spiritual awakening in this world if we saw one? Let me put the question to another way: What if an awakening was already deeply in place and we don't see it? In other words, it's here.
Very important is the work of preparation for the next higher sphere, but nothing equals the importance of the work of the world in which we are actually living. When we feel important, we lose energy to the wear and tear of ego dignity so that there is little energy left to do the work. Self-importance, not work-importance, exhausts immature creatures; it is the self element that exhausts, not the effort to achieve.
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