The video below… potent and portentous. Excerpted transcription of note, at 41:46, and Truly Inspirational preaching by Rev. Deborah Johnson at 46:44
“This America that we are focused on, trying to struggle with, work with, was never designed for most of us… this America was never designed for us to thrive, for us to be true contributors… and that means if, fundamentally, if you are not in a white, male, heterosexual, and probably WASP (Anglo-Saxon Protestant) body — so if you were a white female, if you were brown, if you were yellow, if you were indigenous, any of those things — this [country] was not made for you… and those of us that have some bit of thriving within it is at the will of of our Spirit and us tapping into that which is deeper, and choosing to have our deep knowing be expressed in the face of, and in confrontation with, the momentum of what America is. So we actually have to vision this unseen, as yet expressed, new America that actually involves all of us in terms of dreaming it up…
“We love to go back to the idea of the founding fathers, and it’s an abusive relationship!
“Cut it out.
“It’s an abusive relationship.
“Grow up and recognize that the founding fathers do not have your best interests in mind. That is true for most of us and it is time for us to actually leave that aside and say, ‘You know what daddy? I know you thought you were doing the best you could, but this is not working for me and I’m out. And I’m about to go and build my own house and I’m gonna’ build this house, this new America, this new place, this new land, this new vision — not this old dream that is my perpetual nightmare.’
“And it is traumatizing to keep asking people that have been marginalized and have been oppressed by these systems to figure it out, to work in it — that something is wrong with you — and we’re not acknowledging that. And that’s not, just not, working for people of color and women and brown people, that is not working for white men — hence Las Vegas, hence these shootings — it is not working for them anymore and we’re in the place in which we are manifesting what is true — the way it is not working — it is disconnecting, it is isolating, it is keeping people from being able to love each other in the way that is the natural order to them, and we have to have our narrative catch up with our reality and stop holding on to the old, abusive relationship of the founding fathers and the ideas that they had while they were raping, pillaging, committing genocide and had their slaves bringing them something while they were writing ‘we are all free’.
“Cut it out. Cut it out. Let that go. Mourn. Let’s bring the midwives to usher it into it’s death and let it be. And I truly believe that as those artists, as those medicine people begin to invoke the possibility of something that includes us all, including the people that believe this thing is working for them, that believe this thing is meant for them and are in fear because the signs of the times suggest that they’re going to lose it — if enough of us keep talking about it and inflecting back to them ‘this is actually not working for you — you are isolated, you feel alone, you feel separated, you carry this burden of thinking you need to know everything and control everything — let it go.
“Come with us to build a new America — to dream a new America’.”
~Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Center for Transformative Change
“Our work of love should be to reclaim masculinity and not allow it to be held hostage to patriarchal domination. There is a creative, life-sustaining, life-enhancing place for the masculine in a non-dominator culture. And those of us committed to ending patriarchy can touch the hearts of real men where they live, not by demanding that they give up manhood or maleness, but by asking that they allow its meaning to be transformed, that they become disloyal to patriarchal masculinity in order to find a place for the masculine that does not make it synonymous with domination or the will to do violence.”
~bell hooks, The Will to Change
Thumbs up… waaaaaaay up…
Beth’s Recommended Reading.
“What I’m suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance. We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide a tremendous leap forward for humanity.”
From Duende Trio ~ Stella Moshi-Roles / Violin, Carmen Everingham / Cello, and Beth Noelle / Piano.
“The shorter the distance between who we purport to be ― our outward-facing self ― and who we deeply know ourselves to be when we are at our most honest with ourselves ― our inward-facing self ― the healthier we are. The larger that distance, as in the case of the men noted above, the unhealthier we are, the more pathological we are, the more dangerous and cruel we are. Our job is to shorten that distance. Not only for our own sake, but for the sake of those around us.”
This quote comes from HuffPost contributor Patti Digh, writer of The Cognitive Dissonance We Feel Because Of Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, And Kevin Spacey.
Although I like the article, I don’t care for the title of it. It belies a mindset that contributes to the problems we have relative to power, personally and culturally. I’m not aligned with statements such as, “I feel [blank] *because* of …”. That puts it on someone else, rather than looking at what’s going on internally. In my experience, if people turn out to be not what they seem and I’m caught off guard and have feelings/reactions about it, I am invariably projecting onto the person and the situation, and the stark reality becomes a call for me to clean that up and see what *is*, rather than what I want to see. I am left with myself to then wrangle and come to terms with whatever feelings I am having… to make peace within. Then, emboldened, any resultant response or action I take has a stronger likelihood of having powerful integrity and the possibility for relational healing arises.
I make no claims of being perfect. No one is. May we all, however, steer sharply in the direction of bridging our gaps. Our lives… the quality of life lived, and our very hearts and souls depend on it.
“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.” ~Charles Eisenstein
It’s very exciting, heartening and uplifting to see Charles with Oprah. Inch by inch. Tipping Point.
The essay Oprah refers to: