WRITE NOW! Review the list of 25 outstanding visionaries, below, and take journal notes on which ones inspire you. Which of these would you like to study with? Why? Which ones open up new horizons for you in terms of personal betterment and positive action in the world?
Visionaries don’t always make us comfortable. Some quit their workaday jobs in disgust and turn to new mediums, like David Simon, who abandoned what he saw as the withering journalist trade for the powerful art form of television. Some publicly criticize their peers, like Alice Dreger, an activist who exposes the questionable practices of genital reconstructive surgeons. Some, like farmer Jim Gerritsen, work within the law to attack the status quo; others, like environmentalist Tim DeChristopher, get arrested for their heartfelt actions.
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Praise and Testimonials for FREEING CREATIVE EFFECTIVENESS: Opening Doors into the Upper Mind.
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- Ram Dass, author of
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“"We need the Microcosmology book. My copy was immediately taken by a friend. Please send a dozen.
- Yoko Ono Lennon, New York City
(The original edition purchased by
John Lennon from the East West bookstore was subtitled
The Science of Microcosmology)
We suspect this is what Einstein really meant in his famous quote “God does not play dice with the Universe.”
Think about it for a minute. If you’ve been reading these posts you know what I am saying is that the universe is one infinite field of consciousness at play. The One has sent out parts of Itself to separately experience for a time — that’s us. Everything in the universe is made out of The One’s consciousness. And therefore each part itself is conscious, living The One’s experience through that part’s senses — so looking out our eyes is not who we thought was “me” but actually “ME”.
(Hat Tip to New Paradigm Digest for this item)
We at Utne Reader sift through 1,500 periodicals, skim hundreds of websites and blogs, and clamber over a mountain of new books to present the best the alternative press has to offer. Unfortunately, the magazine we deliver is only about 100 pages long, so we can’t reprint all of the fresh ideas, deeply-reported journalism, and vivid portraits that we read. Thus, we blog. The following five blogs were your favorites from 2011.
Sometimes, short blog posts are the best. That was the case with Editor-in-Chief David Schimke’s hat-tip to the new international symbol for human rights. An excerpt:
“Free as a Man,” created by Serbian artist Predrag Stakic, is the winner of an online competition conducted by the Human Rights Logo Initiative, which is on a mission to make the design an internationally recognized symbol for human rights.
For expanding your "digital identity toolkit" beyond the text only universe, take some time to explore the wide range of Web 2.0 tools now available for creating a multi-media interactive journal. We might call this the "Digital Journal," where you can collect and link various sites and programs to provide a rich ecology of venues for telling your stories.
Current and emerging technologies give Journalers and Storytellers the opportunity to fully explore and express dimensions of personality in ways that have not been possible until now.
Use Google Search to find out about the best products available, and see which ones you feel might be compatible with your personal JOURNAL - 2012 purpose and goals.
The rapidly expanding universe of Web 2.0 tools currently includes, but is not limited to, blogs, wikis, toolkits, googleapps, comics, open office, cloud computing, social networks, youTube, Second Life, and other programs coming along.
digital story (dig·i·tal sto·ry)
A short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.
digital storyteller (dig·i·tal sto·ry·tell·er)
Anyone who has a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. Usually someone with little to no prior experience in the realm of video production but time to spend a few days attending a workshop and developing a story with creative support and technical assistance from compassionate, highly experienced facilitators.
Hola! Potential Bloggers!
If you do not already have a blog, are you ready to create a blog for your journey through 2012, with excerpts from your journal and other writing you may do?
There are some basic books you must have on your shelf if you are serious about your Blogging Practice. There is a wealth of material, references, and sources available to help you get a sense of the scale and power of this new digital universe. Search "Blog" and "Blogging" on Amazon and see which of the many available books speaks to you. I recommend the latest edition of the DUMMIES book on blogging, just because this series breaks everything down into simple, easy to understand steps.
What is most exciting of all is your potential role in this vast new frontier for positive social change. Of course, because I view both Blogging and Writing Practice as essentially spiritual disciplines, I recommend that you immediately establish a positive vision, motivating purpose and realistic goals for your work. But right now, surf, sail or fly on over to your nearest bookstore and get ready to explore the ever-expanding frontiers of the Blogosphere! cyber-camp.
What will be the theme of your blog? What title will it have? What is your audience? How will you make others aware of your blog? Which blogging service will you use? (I recommend Typepad, but there are many other good ones.)
If you only had a year to live, what would you do?
In his work with the dying, author Stephen Levine observed the radical changes people can make in the face of death - how they heal relationships, open up to love, act on plans put off for years, even quit dead-end jobs. Levine challenged himself to live an entire year as if it were his last - and in this revealing narrative he shares what he learned. Through a series of month-by-month practices anyone can do, and including special meditations and exercises, A Year to Live teaches a way to live every day of your life with vivid fullness.
Make a list in your journal of ten changes you would make in your life if you knew that the coming year would be your last and a list of ten things you would want to accomplish.
List everyone whom you need to forgive, and everyone from whom you ask need to ask forgiveness.
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Write Now! As preparation for the coming year, write a prayer of forgiveness, so that you may release any old baggage, and be free to forgive yourself, and those whom you think, rightly or wrongly, have harmed you. This is an especially powerful journaling exercise if you include names and details in your prayer.
You want to write. You intend to write. You almost wrote something yesterday, but… You know you have worlds to say. But all you can do is stare at the blank page. Stare, stare, stare. You feel stuck, empty, useless, unworthy, ridiculous, a pretender in the world of ideas. You feel shame, guilt, despair. Nothing comes. If feels as though your Muse has left town for Mozambique, with no forwarding address and her cell phone number is no longer in service. What to do? There is a name for it, and your condition is called “Writer’s Block.” The good news is that there is a cure. The cure takes willingness, awareness, serious martial-arts level self-discipline, and a heartfelt desire to give the gift of your words to humanity, to God, and even, if you can think this big, to the whole Universe.
Hello Fellow Writers!
Can you believe that the year 2012 is almost with us?
And have you been wondering, as I have, “What can this mean for me as a writer?”
When you joined our Shift writers' group (WRITERS' SHOWCASE) did you have in mind some special project, perhaps a series of poems, reflections, stories, prayers, meditations, or maybe a novel? Did you actually start any works, only to have them languish in your journal, or files?
And then, as so often happens, did your resolution to create something fall by the wayside, and get lost? (You can be honest! No one is looking over your shoulder…:) )
Well, here’s the good news! An exciting opportunity is just a few days away, and it is called “The Year 2012.”
From Bill Harvey's Blog: http://www.mindmagicprogram.com/billharveyblog
(See also Bill Harvey's Classic, FREEING CREATIVE EFFECTIVENESS: Doorways into the Upper Mind ... and link to The Human Effectiveness Institute.)
Experiments you can perform best when alone, such as in shower or tub
Full disclosure: I am an interested party — these experiments will tend to confirm my speculations and hypothesis — and help prove my theories.
On the other hand, you stand to gain a great deal. Your decision making can be made more creative and more effective — by judo-ing your own negative emotions so that they stop hurting you and start helping you.