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Consciousness - the final frontierVideo talk by Dada Gunamuktananda: Yogi and Meditation Teacher
Bio: Dada Gunamuktananda has trained in meditation, yoga and natural health sciences in Australia, the Philippines and India. He has been a meditation teacher of Ananda Marga since 1995 and has taught and lectured on meditation in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
While I came across this by chance and expected this to be mystic like so many Indian gurus, I found him to very up to date and modern in is ways and outlook which made the reflection and the very basic meditation at the end to be inspiring in a down to earth way Steinar
AlbatrossFilm by Chris Jordan, can be live streamed for freeThis is an incredibly powerful and moving film, based on the impact of plastic pollution on the albatross colony on Midway Island. It's both an education into the biology of these amazing birds and the problems of plastic in the oceans, and also a deep meditation on love, grief, and beauty. Watch it with a friend or two and it will bring you closer together.Contact me if you want to try a virtual dialogue process related to the film, where a group of us talks before and after we watch it.Ben
Peril and Promise: Taking Heart Amidst Planetary CrisisWorkshop participatory workshop, co-facilitated by Lydia Violet and Ben Roberts, from June 8-29Join a group to practice Joanna Macy's powerful Work That Reconnects, led by a master facilitator of this powerful body of practice. We are pioneering the practice of doing the Work That Reconnects in the virtual realm. $150 for four three hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays starting June 8, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Please join us!Ben
Free Trip to Egypt (and the #PledgeToListen campaign)Film and produced by Tarek MounibThis is a wonderful and inspiring documentary film premiering around the country on June 12 only. I saw a sneak preview on Friday and recommend it very highly. The June 12 screening is being used to launch a campaign called #PledgeToListen that, like the film, is about "going beyond that which divides us." There will be a live streamed panel discussion following the film, and local orgs are sponsoring many of the screenings around the US to gather support for various kinds of bridge-building work.Ben
Slouching Towards BethelehemMusic, Poetry Joni Mitchell, from Night Ride Home (lyrics from Yeats' "The Second Coming") Yeats' poem, movingly set to music by Joni, speaks to our current time even though it was written in reaction to WWI. The famous opening stanza:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Read the poem here:
Who Are You In Crisis? Article or blog WilliamsonInner shift. From fear to love. Inger-Mette Stenseth
Celebrating Crises Video Sahtouris Adult adaption to Crises. For humanity to mature into our New era. Ecology before Economy as defining reality of Gaia as a living system. Inger-Mette Stenseth Im.
One Month (and One Year) after... Website/page "virtual wall" compiled via a Google doc on the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shootings, then added to a bit on the one year anniversary as well. The images, poems, music, and personal reflections here still move me to tears. I live in Newtown, had an office just down the road from the Sandy Hook school, and began my work as a convener and facilitator in a little coffee shop there as well. Looking at this again now helps me to understand why the phrase "mainstream insanity" is so resonant for me.Along with all the poetry, this song, written by local musician and music teacher Jim Allyn, and sung by his students, is one of my favorite things on the Wall:
Missed the BoatVideo, Music Modest MouseThis song moved me to tears this morning, even though the tune is jaunty and danceable. In the context of the Consciousness Deep Dive, this verse hits me especially hard:

Of course everyone goes crazy
Over such and such and such
We made ourselves a pillar
We just used it as a crutch
We were certainly uncertain
At least, I'm pretty sure I am
Well, we didn't need the water
But we just built that, good God damn
Full lyrics here:
Why we all need to stop worrying about climate change (and what to do instead)Article or blog St. John (Elephant Journal Blog)Thoughts based on evolutionary theory and biology/psychology on how to deal with the stress of knowing we are in the midst of a set of unprecedented global crises tied to rampant over-consumption.

Here's the gist: “the more we let go of, the more truthful we are, the closer to nature and reality — and our own creativity — that we get, the more beautiful life becomes. This whole thing of it being ‘a trade-off’ or ‘tough choices’ is based on our current lifestyle being awesome and the future being a kind of worthy ascetic hardship. And that story needs to be stabbed in the head.”
Great Transition StoriesWebsite/page project of, developed by Duane Elgin, Lynnaea Lumbard, and othersI adore this compilation of stories and metaphors to help us better understand The Great Turning, aka The Shift, aka The New Story, etc. From the "about" page:

"Great Transition Stories is a virtual hub for illuminating the larger, often invisible, archetypal stories of our world, which can help us make sense of these times. By bringing to light the deeper patterns we’re in and where they lead, we begin to have more choice in how we can consciously evolve our collective story towards wholeness, well-being, justice, beauty, and regenerative culture."
I have personal ties to the developers of this website, if anyone would like an introduction.Ben
Voyage into the Inner Climate (1) – Activism in a New FrontierArticle or blog is an article that explores the new frontier of activism and our immediate environment: the inner psyche. At Resonance Path Institute, we run laboratories that hone the skills of navigate the inner psyche and connect our actions in the world with deeper sources of the inner self. Spring
3-minute video of Marianne Williamson announcing candidacyVideo more available on her website.We talked about people "speaking truth to power", without attempting to argue, persuade, or convince; also about the power of fierce Love. Regardless of who you choose to vote for, listening to MW speak is an opportunity to learn about transformational communication -- and to nourish ourselves with inspiration, in these challenging times.
Vagus nerve in time of stressArticle or blog is relevant in the art of bring fully human in time of stress. Calming down the inner system, as to balance the inner storms. Inger-Mette Stenseth
Suzanne HubbardArticle or blog, Website/page weaving. This is an important story in our global, social fabric. Weaving the new story for humanity. A personal story on weaving, as well. Also very practical. Makes me feel gratitude to Suzanne's mother Barbara M. Hubbard. Without this connection I doubt that I would have joined this Deep Dive. Inger-Mette
Human Potential,... The entellechi of you! Video Houston The Deep Dive in the Potential of humanity Inger-Mette Stenseth
Crazy TownPodcast my good friends at the Post Carbon InstituteI remember Asher Miller, the ED of Post Carbon Institute telling me about this podcast last year, but it was just a couple of months ago that I started listening and really got hooked. I'm sure it influenced my decision to launch this Consciousness Deep Dive, and especially to frame things in terms of how one responds to "mainstream insanity." That's pretty much what these three guys are talking about in every episode, hence the name.It's funny, a bit crude, and full of both useful info and amusing stories.Ben
A Prayer For the Living Article or blog Jeff Foster
From Gaye Abbott who sent this to me:

This prayer took hold of me and wouldn't let go.
Rooted in presence and a complete and absolute trust in the unfolding source of life.
Facing with transparency and vulnerability whatever is before us.
Not a trying, but instead a deep acceptance of each present moment and ourselves.
Trusting that we will receive direction that births into knowing, and not knowing.
And in the not knowing, this fertile place of birth and creation, continuing to trust.
It just is.
Encompassing all landscapes, both inner and outer.
We call them dark times and light.....but they simply are now moments.
This is the intelligence of our life unfolding.
Finding the sacred in the ordinary.
Humor in the midst of seriousness and despair.
Wholeness in what appears to be broken.
Forever forging a never-before-trodden path in the forest.
Let me die living, not live dying.

Gaye Abbott welcomes you to Friend her on FB and to follow her blog. Her writing is a joy for me.Helen Roberts
Utopia for RealistsBook BregmanI think that guaranteed income would be a great help to free people from economic enstranglement to experience more freedom and greater quality of life. It could also free peoples time so they can become more informed and follow their passions, help to heal the environment and our world. U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang is also having success making the case for this. Makes the case for guaranteed income. Author became known for speaking truth to power at conferences and on tv. Audio is available free here:
Deep Dive in features of Social PermacultureArticle or blog, Course, Reading List summer reading list, invitation to a study circle, and thoughts about using permaculture for society.The problem is the solution. I complain about too much information. Now I want to take time to digest some, and curate quality posts to share / weave insights.You can engage in many ways.. just the article, join a study circle, share it, donate to my journey, or pick up some of the books on the list!Naomi Joy
Learning to Count What Really Matters, Tom Bender. An Economy of Well-Being, Mark Anielski. On the Brink of Everything, Parker Palmer.BookThese books help jiggle and loosen paradigms about economics and what an economy is for...Heather
Spirituality for Troubled TimesArticle or blog wrote this piece after the violence in Charlottesville. This article is about how to practice spirituality while engaging with the troubled times instead of trying to isolate ourselves from them. In particular, I sometimes see spiritual white people talk about Oneness in ways that unnecessarily and unintentionally add to a sense of separation with people of color.I feel a little awkward sharing my own article, but it relates to our conversation.Eileen
Using conversations strategically for transformationArticle or blog of two 2015 blog posts I wrote on strategic conversation, pursuing the inquiry: ”What do we, as members of the dialogue and deliberation community of practice, have to be and do to enable our most positive transformational impact in the face of emerging global crises which fundamentally challenge our business-as-usual habits and systems?” This post summarized answers to that question developed in a series of online conversations among members of the National Coalition for Dialogue and DeliberationI believe conversation is vital for transformation but not all conversational forms and uses serve transformation equally. This essay gives guidance for increasing the transformational potential of conversations.Tom
Sixteen Approaches to the Strategic Use of ConversationArticle or blog of two 2015 blog posts I wrote on strategic conversation, pursuing the inquiry: ”What do we, as members of the dialogue and deliberation community of practice, have to be and do to enable our most positive transformational impact in the face of emerging global crises which fundamentally challenge our business-as-usual habits and systems?” This post summarized answers to that question developed in a series of online conversations among members of the National Coalition for Dialogue and DeliberationI believe conversation is vital for transformation but not all conversational forms and uses serve transformation equally. This essay gives guidance for increasing the transformational potential of conversations.Tom
The Shift That Is Called For Is PerceptualArticle or blog Frankie Lee Slater, founder The Art of LIVING CoalitionIt speaks to what is for me the most essential understanding necessary for living a truly connected, creative and relational life. The piece is designed for practical application. It concludes with a 48 Hour Challenge and includes an illustration called “The Misperception of Separation Tornado” which when really taken on, will provide valuable Ahas, help reorient us to living in our feeling bodies and creating with an awareness to our essential connection as a truth.Frankie Lee Slater
We Are All in ShockBook Dr. Stephanie MinesThis is an amazing gift of healing that everyone can learn and as Stephanie told: we need to learn to heal ourselves in order to get through this crisis. You could compare it to a form of acupressure, but a very specific way that helps to resolve shock and trauma that occurred in our lives and stops us from evolving into a full human being. I travel with it. Learn it :)rob de
We Are All in Shock: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do About ItBook MinesI wrote this book several years ago but it has become more relevant every day.This book orients you towards sustainable resources for bringing the nervous system into alignment after overwhelming experiences such as shock. It is a comprehensive guide to maintaining grounded intelligence in the midst of undermining chaos and overload. it is valuable for all health needs but is especially useful for those vulnerable to burnout. Stephanie
Thrivability: Breaking Through to a World that WorksBook this as something of a synthesis of all the things I saw possible and emerging despite or because of the context. Explores big patterns of shift toward a more thrivable world.Jean Russell
Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving OrganizationsBook with Herman WagterWe worked with practitioners on. the emerging edge of organizational evolution and synthesized what we learned into this guide book. #tealJean Russell
Abundance Within Planetary BoundariesVideo Johan Rockstrom gives and overview of science behind planetary boundaries, why they are important, which ones we have breached, how we have recovered in the past, and what we need to do to stay within tolerance. 30 mins.Both sobering and uplifting, Rockstrom presents a clear-eyed look at how bad things are while demonstrating that we can still act in ways that will avoid the worst case scenario and perhaps even see a flourishing of humanity.
White Dominant Culture & Something Different Article or blog by Partners for Collaborative Change based on “White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones. Here is the original piece: short "worksheet" speaks to patterns we can dismantle and what we can replace them with in order to decolonize our organizations. I am finding it useful to come back to again and again as I think about my own work, both in terms of what might shift in the ways I do things, as well as what this is telling me about the value of the kinds of conversations I am drawn to, that start from an intention of building relationships and shared experiences rather than generating specific measurable outcomes.

I am also seeing these patterns more and more as a way to analyze various theories of change for addressing the climate crisis and the need for systemic transformation more broadly. This is the consciousness that created the world we have. Is it at all likely, or even possible, that we can build a new one together from the same patterns?
BIG "hat tip" to the folks at Food Solutions New England who organize the annual 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge for sharing this resource. Do check out this amazing annual event, which takes place every April, and has thousands of participants world-wide.
Rise Up RootedPoetry, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna MacyA poem that speaks to how we in the WEstern dominant culture have lost our way, and how the answer is to reconnect with things--a stone, a blossom, a child-- that represent Earth's intelligence and God's heart. If only we can "fall" into this place of surrender, we might (one again) "rise up rooted, like trees."Shared by Lydia Violet during a Work That Reconnects online workshopBen
Where the Heck is MattFilm HardingWhere the Heck is Matt series that started with Matt dancing around the world in 2005 and that then went viral on the early YouTube with videos coming out in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and this the latest in 2016

The common global human ability to dance together is a universal thing we have ❤️😃
Dance more!
Quote from This Changes EVerything: Capitalism versus the ClimateBook, quote the book by Naomi Klein: quote linked to here -- -- moved me to tears when I first read it, and evokes a set of deep feelings in me everytime I read it (as I did during one of the Deep Dive calls yesterday). The essence of Klein's message is that "the sheer terror" of ecocide is not something any of us should be facing alone, and yet we lack spaces where we can share and effectively process these feelings. The real cause of our collective inaction, she suggests, is actually the fact that we DO care so much, and that we do not have collective spaces to express our pain, fear, and grief.Ben
Monay an healBook Finser, Rudolf Steiner Finance organisation, USAIt is showing the importance of and a way for transforming our relatinship to money. It illuminates money as conscioussness, both collective and individual. It illustrates elements of the deeply regenerative Threefold Social Order, in concept and practise, as given by Rudolf Steiner for societal system that is fit for Human Beings being fully human.Very interesting examples.Revolutionary ConscioussnessShula
SekemSustainable community & businesses was founded with the idea of sustainable development and giving back to the community. The vision that brought Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish to dig the first well in the vast desert land still resounds in SEKEMs approach of conducting business. Absolutely awesome example of Rudolf Steiner's Threefolding principles in sustainable development and action in the desert outside Kairo, Egypt. Look and learn:
"Sustainable development towards a future where every human being can unfold his or her individual potential; where mankind is living together in social forms reflecting human dignity; and where all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles. Like a compass, our vision, mission and values guide us in the everyday work in all SEKEM companies."
I am OneMusic by Phyllida Anam-Aire, Irish shaman and soul carer for the dying before and after the threshold.Phyllida's voice and indigenous presence brings us into the One state of Being from whence all healing streams, embracing the brokenness and up-righting the immortalnessPhyllida does not have a website. I strongly recommend: find a bit more of her online via youtube (mabe 8 more songs there), and CD baby (a couple of her CD only, of her many privately available ones) and amazon for books (mostly sold out!) Be blessed by her!Shula
The Free StateVideo Levenson, who healed himself into the Free State of the true Human Being. Calls it also 'KISS' (keep it simple sweetheart)Lester's voice is - I find - still the best intro to the Sedona method as KISS has then evolved into and is still evolving, giving us tools to welcome all feelings and then to release them in ways which opens up the best possible solutions to whatever we really need come to us in life so we can reeceive them.Check out the Sedona method resources online, Hale Dwoskin, who has reached that simplicity and love filled Free State of Being which can be heard, esp in the last years.Shula
For Her SpeakMusic, Quote by MaMuse featuring Lyla JuneI played this song twice during Deep Dive calls, because the words spoken by Lyla June (who is Navajo) resonated so strongly as an indigenous leader's answer to some of the questions being asked about the language of "fighting battles." Here is what she says:

They say that history is written by the victors.
But how can there be a victor when the war isn’t over?
The battle has only just begun
And Creator is sending her very best warriors.

This time, it isn’t Indians versus cowboys.
No, this time it is all the beautiful races of humanity on the same side
And we are fighting to replace our fear with love
And this time bullets, arrows, and cannonballs will not save us
The only weapons that are useful in this battle
Are the weapons of truth, of faith, and compassion
The song can also be found on the collaborative playlist compiled during the Deep Dive:
NothingMusic from A Chorus LineI immediately thought about this song when I heard Laurie Michaelis talk about having "aphantasia"--a condition where one does not possess a functioning mind's eye and cannot voluntarily visualize imagery. So I added it to the Islands of Sanity playlist.More about aphantasia here:
A Hopi Elder Speaks (aka The Hopi Prophecy)Prophecy or declaration apparently dispute the authenticity of these words, though my own Google search seemed to confirm their legitimacy. This is the source of the famous line: "we are the ones we've been waiting for." Whether it is authentic or not, it has inspired me and many others. I love the metaphor of needing to let go of the shore, ride the current of the rushing river, see who is there with you, and celebrate!" I also love the line about how "the time of the lone wolf is over."Ben
There ThereBook, Music by Tommy Orange (with an accompanying playlist)I was reading this wonderful novel during the Consciousness Deep Dive. Set in Oakland, it provided me with a window into the perspective of Native Americans in urban settings that was a valuable contrast to many of the things I often hear about indigenous people and their wisdom. What stood out for me was the diversity of Native experiences and of the ways in which the different characters related to that aspect of their identity. Orange also created a music playlist to go with his novel, and I grabbed a few songs from it to put onto Islands of Sanity.Here is the music playlist link:
Prerequisites for PreservationPoetry Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTreePotent recitation of all the things "we're gonna need to" do in order to make it through these challenging times together, e.g. "forgive," "look at ourselves," "feel fully," "get dirty," etc. etc.

Reading this during a Deep Dive call, I could feel myself tapping into just a little bit of the energy of this duo's stunning performances. Check out videos here:

I also added two pieces from Intrinsic to the Islands of Sanity playlist, btw.
Here is are links to their album Intrinsic, and to their eponymous book, both highly recommended:
Street Art and Performance WorksArt/Image, Satire, Street Theater, and more by Ori Alon, who also created many (though not all) of these "pieces."A brilliant use of humor to peel back the layers of indifference and cynical acceptance that infuses so much of life in "business as usual" mode. Ori Alon co-hosted the "Play and Celebration" edition of the Deep Dive. The harvest video can be found here:

Find Ori on Facebook here:
John Vervaeke Awakening from the Meaning CrisisVideo year long series of our whole cognitive history Michael
Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate TragedyArticle or blog Bendell, authorI finally read this after hearing from a number of colleagues over the past year about how important they thought it was. And I agree! The idea that we must seriously consider near-term Collapse as a scenario that informs our work is not unique to Bendell, but he makes the case as compellingly as anyone I've read. The story behind the writing and publishing of the piece is as striking as the content (be sure to check out the letter to his would-be editor at the very end of the pdf).

I love the three dimensions of Deep Adaptation that Bendell names on p.23. They are powerful questions--ones that Bendell himself does not answer, but which might make an excellent framing for another Deep Dive:

--Resilience asks us '"how do we keep what we really want to keep?"
--Relinquishment asks us “what do we need to let go of in ordEr to not make matters worse?”
--Restoration asks us “what can we bring back to help us with the coming difficulties and tragedies?”
Bendell's piece has inspired a lot of additional writings, conversations, networking, etc. Find info here: