“The Great Work before us, the task of moving modern industrial civilization from its present devastating influence on the Earth to a more benign mode of presence, is not a role that we have chosen. It is a role given to us, beyond any consultation with ourselves. We did not choose. We were chosen by some power beyond ourselves for this historical task. We do not choose the moment of our birth, who our parents will be, our particular culture or the historical moment when we will be born. We do not choose the status of spiritual insight or political or economic conditions that will be the context of our lives. We are, as it were, thrown into existence with a challenge and a role that is beyond any personal choice. The nobility of our lives, however, depends upon the manner in which we come to understand and fulfill our assigned role.” ~ from “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future” by Thomas Berry
Thomas Berry has been one of the most important influences in my life and this year I’ve exploring his life and work through an extraordinary specialization presented by Yale School of Environment and Forestry and Coursera. I have been waking up to my own role/work within this big picture and training in areas that explore and strengthen the gifts I have to offer. I took a detour that lasted almost 30 years so I now have a sense of urgency…
You may have noticed that I’m positing less and less in the past few months. Many factors have contributed to this: less time to write and share, more focus on my inner resilience and growth, lack of enough feedback from readers which has somewhat affected my interest in continuing sharing, interest for so much that is happening in the world at all levels and requires my 100% senses, etc.
Now that summer is slowly leaving us, a new chapter starts for me, probably the last one when I’ll add so much to my plate, preparing for the big jump which will involve focusing on running my own business and doing more community and 1-1 work as a coach.
Starting this week, I’ll be 200% submerged in learning and experiencing and will have even less time to write. I’ll be also increasing the shedding of my participation on causes and projects that may not serve my work any longer.
This Fall and Winter I’ll be starting or continuing with the following courses:
A week ago, I also attended to the Salt Spring Island gathering and training called “The Art of Mentoring”. This is a life-changing approach to reconnect with ourselves, each other and nature developed by Jon Young and his team through many decades of being mentored, observing and exploring other cultures, how people learn and change and what is missing in this society.
That was an experience that deserves its own post, but for now I just want to share that it has made my commitment in life much deeper and has given me the confidence and strength needed to work on my next step. I brought my 16-year old son with me and it was life-changing for him as well. So much that we are already planning to attend next year.
During that experience, I learned how our un-healthy culture has each of us stuck in different developmental areas, casting a shadow where there should be gifts to the world, joy and celebration of the sacred. I also learned some basic practices that help us to reconnect and regain our gifts, making it easier for us to share them with the world. Some of these practices will be incorporated in my ongoing routine and include:
Next year (2018) I plan to continue deepening into all these skills and into what Thomas Berry calls “The Great Work” for which we have no choice but participate with what we are and what we have…my interactions and service to OUR Ecovillage, The Art of Mentoring and similar projects will just deepen further and further, so my blog/s may merge into one or may disappear.
There’s so much to do out there to be sitting inside writing…
May your journey lead you to your own inescapable contribution to the Great Work…
Cloverdale, BC, September 2017