Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos
Morphogenesis from the Greek morphe, form and genesis, coming into being

Monday, August 25, 2003day link 

 70 Up
picture 25 Aug 2003 @ 14:31
70 Up is a multimedia project whose mission is to put forth a positive image of women's aging via a travelling exhibit, web site and book. It seeks to highlight older women's productivity and contributions to society and family. 70 Up is a vehicle that encourages intergenerational understanding. The goal is to reframe the way we think about women's aging by exposing the public to images of strong, vibrant, and passionate women who are in the thick of life.

70 Up delves into the lives of 30 remarkable and ethnically diverse women through photography and interviews. It explores what the real deal is post seventy on subjects such as power, sex, love, fear, courage and aging itself. Surprisingly refreshing takes on topics like these are revealed through candid interviews. Combined with cutting edge photography, we are impelled to see aging through raybans not granny specs! Our old ideas are turned upside down and are replaced with exciting, new images of aging.

The photographs and interviews challenge traditional ideas about aging. By putting forth refreshing and inspiring images of aging, 70 Up helps build a bridge of understanding between older and younger generations. This link between generations is crucial to ensuring that older persons are valued, their rights are guaranteed and their voices are heard. 70 Up delivers the message to young people that elders are not a separate species, but people like themselves, just later in life. The women of 70Up inspire us about the possibilities that are available to us in the later years of life.

 Personal Guidelines for the Great Turning
picture 25 Aug 2003 @ 14:12
I woke up this morning before dawn feeling small in my bed. I stepped out on the deck to see Mars in the sky. (Mars is closer to the Sun and Earth than in 60, 000 years. Mars is officially at perigee, its closest approach to Earth, on August 27, the day of the New Moon.) I sense the canyon speaking to me about changes that are taking place as the wheel of the year turns.

I take inspiration from the words of Joanna Macy from her writings about the Great Turning. As above, so As below:

Come from Gratitude To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe--to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it--is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.

Don't be Afraid of the Dark This is a dark time, filled with suffering and uncertainty. Like living cells in a larger body, it is natural that we feel the trauma of our world. So don't be afraid of the anguish you feel, or the anger or fear, for these responses arise from the depth of your caring and the truth of your interconnectedness with all beings. To suffer with is the literal meaning of compassion.

Dare to Vision Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams. Even though we cannot see clearly how it's going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts..

Roll up your Sleeves Many people don't get involved in the Great Turning because there are so many different issues, which seem to compete with each other. Shall I save the whales or help battered children? The truth is that all aspects of the current crisis reflect the same mistake, setting ourselves apart and using others for our gain. So to heal one aspect helps the others to heal as well. Just find what you love to work on and take joy in that. Never try to do it alone. Link up with others; you'll spark each others' ideas and sustain each others' energy..

Act your Age Since every particle in your body goes back to the first flaring forth of space and time, you're really as old as the universe. So when you are lobbying at your congressperson's office, or visiting your local utility, or testifying at a hearing on nuclear waste, or standing up to protect an old grove of redwoods, you are doing that not out of some personal whim, but in the full authority of your 15 billions years.

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