I borrowed a friend's zoom lens last week, to see if it would work for me, and it's amazing how differently the world appears through it ... it's like I have a pair of new eyes. Things I thought were far away are suddenly accessible ...
What would you do if you’d just found out you have a life-threatening illness, and were so weak you needed to rest while your body recovered enough strength to attempt a cure?
This was the situation a friend and colleague of mine faced recently. A visionary who’s been a clear voice in articulating the emergence of collective intelligence in the world, my friend had a remarkable response to this daunting challenge.
He asked that those who love and care for him let him go; that they hold him in a love without attachment, so he is free to discover what is happening to him on a soul level and do whatever is necessary in response.
His response was remarkable to me in at least two ways; one that he had the capability to go beyond his own personal fear & attachments in the face of death and hold to his highest aspirations. Two, I found it remarkable that he had enough confidence in his community to make this request and know it would be understood and granted. The real blessing is that he was right. The strength and clarity of the support that has gathered to hold him in this journey continues to inspire me and give me hope for the ability to transcend fear of death and know liberation.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I humbly give thanks for my friend, and the gift of freedom that in his wisdom he has given all of us whose lives he touches.
“You must stop seeing God as separate from you, and you as separate from each other. Nothing exists in the universe that is separate from anything else. Everything is intrinsically connected, irrevocably interdependent, interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all of life.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure water touching clear sky.
I like to think (right now, please!) of a cybernetic forest filled with pines and electronics where deer stroll peacefully past computers as if they were flowers with spinning blossoms.
I like to think (it has to be!) of a cybernetic ecology where we are free of our labors and joined back to nature, returned to our mammal brothers and sisters, and all watched over by machines of loving grace.
I've been working on a project with the Collective Wisdom Initiative that really exemplifies the 'new way of being' online that I was describing the other day.... and we launched this week.
'Seeded Conversations' start with short evocative pieces of text or imagery that explore the field of collective wisdom, from which a few specific questions are posed to catalyze a deeper response to the material. The invitation is to listen for the 'collective thought' you sense gathering in the pieces themselves and whatever others have added before you... and add your part to the emergent whole.
It's an experiment in a very different way of engaging online, and I'm excited by the possibilities. If the initiative intrigues you too you're welcome to come play.
I’m committed–personally & professionally–to a new way of connecting, ‘being’, & interacting on the internet, one that honors the earth and is not disconnected from our bodies, and I would love to hear from any of you about your own ideas & perceptions about this, or any thoughts you might share to expand my understanding.
UC Berkeley is now broadcasting physics Professor Richard A. Muller's lecture series Physics for Future Presidents and distributing it and other taped lectures through Google Video as part of a larger project Google has initiated in partnership with Universities all over the country. These inspiriting & informative video/audio files are available free to everyone who wants to learn, whoever they are, and wherever they are in the world.
A quick search on Google Video shows Distorted Morality, a video of a talk Noam Chomsky recently gave at Harvard about America's 'war on terror'.
To me, these examples really exemplify the wonderful purpose to which the
internet can be put. THIS is why it's so important to keep the internet
free from commercial control, and a source of content from and for the people of the world. If you want to know more about this subject, here are some UTube videos on Net Neutrality.