My mind has been in a state of remembering and gratitude. I am witness to this incredible time in our world where our collective traumatic history escalates into further violence and separation. All of it is like a message from the ancestors, screaming for healing and a new dream for our future. I am grandfather with our newest granddaughter Helenka just born in this last week, and I know my work is not done to give my granddaughters a better world than the one we have. I am brother to all as I refuse to embrace a politic of division and separation and speak out again, and again for a collective humanity. I am reminded in the remembering all the simple acts of authentic humanness that healed my wounded soul and reminded me we are all in this together.
“You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you will join us And the world will be as one” …. John Lennon, Imagine
There was a time years ago at an African healing ritual, I kept hearing different people in the tribe yelling “I remember” as a way of honoring stories of the past, the tribal traditions, the ancestors, and the generations of the future. As the years have gone by, there’s always so much more to remember. Through the years I’ve had the honor to cross the borders of division over and over again and find our mutual humanness. Whether its been working with AIDS orphans and child soldiers in Africa; Black, Latino, and South East Asian gangs; inmates in prison; homeless; former members of the KKK or other white supremacist groups; Syrian refugee children and families; native people throughout the U.S. and Canada, we have always found a place of connection and healing and understanding. It has fed my soul so much more than all that I have given. I remember you. I remember your pain, your suffering, your hopes, your dreams, and the moments of joy. I remember your tears and my own as they caressed our cheeks. So many memories and as the poem goes, “miles to go before I sleep.” To walk this path of service has been an honor beyond what I could have imagined years ago.
We are in a time of a new spiritual activism. One that honors the interconnection of all life and recognizes the destructiveness our human history has had on each other and all life on Earth. We are in a time calling for a new dream that insists we must create a world that honors all creation and all life. We are in a time calling for a world that works for all and not just for a few. We are in a time where all life is sacred and everything carries sparks of holiness. In our new activism, we dream a new story that moves us from the destruction and separation to one of sustainability, interconnection, and true world community. Our hearts have no borders and no countries. Our hearts desire connection and peace with all life.
Next year, a number of us will be launching a Facebook page to bring forth the creative energies of artists, storytellers, musicians, and dancers to work for inspiring new visions for our future. Our activism must insist on the story we want and not the one being given to us by a history of ongoing destruction. Once that and possibly other media are made available, we will be letting you know of how to link up and how to offer your creative energies to this effort. Email me if you want to help with any of these efforts, email@example.com.
Here’s an inspiring video on how creativity helps create dialogue and change in times of violence and conflict. Michael Franti & Spearhead: Same As It Ever Was >
Special Global Giving End of Year Campaign
We just received word from Global Giving that any regular monthly donations to the Social Health Care Project for Syrian Refugee Children and Families will be matched 100 % by an anonymous donor. For those of you who have been following this situation, it has gotten increasingly dire. The UN has run out of money which has meant food/housing budgets which were going to the refugees has completely stopped worldwide. And the fighting and trauma continues. Because of the vast increase in demand for the SHC services, we are putting out an end of year appeal for hundreds of small donations (every dollar counts) for this matching fund campaign. Please consider making a recurring tax deductible donation. Here’s a film including some of the people we’ve been working with (staff and children/families in Jordan) Preview YouTube video Syrian Refugees
Consider donating if you haven’t to the SHC
Services and Trainings
Healing and personal consultation are available Monday through Friday in my Madison, Wi. office. Because of growing need, I am expanding my availability for sessions via Skype and have been able to make this a valuable medium for healing and guidance. My preference is to use this medium in situations where some ongoing work may be possible as the relationship is such a critical piece of making distance work strong. All inquiries about this option, should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)
There are a number of training and community healing events being scheduled but due to details not quite being ready, recommend you watch the website for announcements:
Transgenerational Trauma Training
There is going to be a training on transgenerational trauma and its healing in April near Iowa City, Iowa. If interested, you can let me know I can forward your information to the organizers and they can contact you once the workshop site is finalized.
Advanced Shamanic Training on Death & Rebirth
The January 24, 2015 advanced shamanic training on death and rebirth in Madison has moved to a larger site due to the interest in this day. People on the waiting list will be contacted soon and new inquiries welcome.
Vision Quest for Young Men
There is a vision quest program being put together for July 2015 for Adolescent/Young Males. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional notes: Sedona’s Story: Our Autistic Daughters Journey Into the Spirit World has been released. For those of you who are interested in buying a copy of this book. Here’s how to order directly: Website http://sedonasstory.com/ Wishing you all a healthy and joyous New Year As this year comes to a close, my thanks to all of you for your support and friendship through the years.
May this coming year be one of health, dreams, and joy for all of you. To good health, wonderful dreams, and joy,