I have never seen times as uncertain as these. I lived through the sixties, and there was an uncertainty, but there was also such a sense of hope and creativity. Something is different about the mood of humanity right now. There is so much more fear and dread. There are also more extremes. Look at the weather, sports, politics, terrorism.
Maybe the sixties were the warm-up act for what is occurring on the world stage today. The vision of a better, more peaceful, more sustainable world is not lost, it’s just buried under the news of Al-Qaeda’s leaders being killed, tornados and earthquakes destroying cities, and the economy going down the tube. There is a native American story about a grandfather telling his grandson about two wolves that are fighting each other. One is filled with fear and greed and violence and the other is filled with love and connection and gentleness. The young boy asks, “which one will win.” His grandfather answers, “The one you feed.”
The news and our daily conversations have been feeding the fearful, angry wolf. Our NGO work and our spiritual work feed the loving gentle wolf. We are in a liminal time where it is hard to see which wolf will win. Collectively we can begin to explore ways to withdraw energy from the fearful angry wolf and start feeding the loving gentle wolf.
Join me on June 21st, the Summer Solstice, as we explore the edges of liminal space and the bridging of world views. Call in number: 1-712-451-6100, participant code: 575735#. This call is free, although long distance charges may apply. The call is 7-8pm Central Time.
Photo courtesy of Janet Dey