🌿 How to say what’s to be said about such an experience? Okay, here goes.
5 days of open-hearted folks from all ends of the positive impact spectrum. Those who care enough to live in service and intention for a world with balance, justice and joy.
5 days of sharings, talks, conversations, panels, creative expression, deep dives, play, beach & connection. Of indigenous perspectives, social change activism and deep earth care. Of plant-based 500-person meals cooked on biogas. And an event run 100% on solar power and volunteer muscle.
5 days of me showing up to share what I have to contribute in such a potent space. I presented a Sociocracy Intro session on Day 2. Guesstimates say 100 people turned up to learn about shared leadership for positive impact with this social technology I’m blessed to carry. I was a panelist talking about self-care and activism. I hosted a panel on the role of arts for social change. And I spoke-up in others sessions when I had that funny knowing in my belly that I needed to contribute.
This year I had many people tell me of their sincere appreciation of what I offered. It’s a humbling and heartening experience to walk in love and trust with jamming in such a big way - feeling exposed and dancing with the magic of trusting intuition and purpose.
And I connected with soul tribe who inspire me deeply and help me to stay on point in a good way.
I send a heart-felt call of gratitude to Ella Goninan & the event for which she is custodian @renewfest. Ella has been a big part of Newkind & especially for helping me to be a part of it. Renew Fest cultivates regenerative culture and ways with a strong community focus. It happens 9&10 May 2020 in Mullumbimby & I highly recommend going! Watch out for the crowdfunding campaign for Renew Fest happening next week.
⚡️ THANK YOU to all the dear ones who showed up at Newkind Conference 2020. It’s an honour to care about the world with you 🌎 🌟
#wearenewkind #newkindconference #tasmania #sociocracy
Laughter is a medicine we can work with every day. With a fine line of difference to crying, regular laughter helps us process emotion & feel lighter. This clip clues you into a daily laughter practice that will help you keep an even keel, even in tough times.
Prayers for rain in a dehydrated and burning Australia are important and touching. These calls to influence our collective reality by focussing our individual intention and attention on a shared reality is quite special. And necessary.
Though, I’ve noticed I’m not fully content to just submit my prayers and continue on.
There’s something deeper and more profound than a solid downpour wanting to come through. I suspect we’re in a time where such prayers won’t be answered until we comprehend this bigger picture.
These prayer encouragements make me wonder: how are you, person, caring for the rain you already have?
How are you nurturing and protecting the waters already available to your care and management?
Are you aware of how the rain you pray for has a water cycle its connected to?
And what sort of rain do you want? It’s been said we will receive the same amount of rain, just less often. So the type of rain coming (and it will come eventually) will not likely be gentle downpours we’re used to. It’s likely to be heavy, and destructive even. The land is dry - meaning it needs soak time to receive substantial hydration and to replenish aquifers. What’s likely to happen is a massive down-pour onto hardened land which runs off as quickly as it came; possibly taking top-soil, vegetation and infrastructure with it.
Friend, thank you for your prayers for rain. Please - use your words and intention with care and perspective. Be specific with what you want to see happen, and act.
I’m guessing most ‘prayers for rain’ are desiring regenerative, restorative rain. Rain that can be absorbed and utilised to sustain and create new life. Rain that eases our crackling country. Rain that allows elemental balance of water, fire, air, earth.
I ask that your prayers extend into solid action. You likely frequent a toilet that uses clean treated drinking water to flush your excrement to a centralised location where it’s treated and disposed of…somewhere. You likely eat food requiring water to produce and prepare. Same goes with the clothes you wear, products you apply, the innocent napkin you receive when buying that yummy brownie. ALL these things utilise water - and sometimes more water than we can fathom.
Connect your prayers with full spectrum action. Rain is only one part of the water cycle. And in a whole-systems reality - where, inevitably, one part influences the whole, we MUST act holistically.
Composting toilets work. Committed localism has great impact.
Our Earth is praying for us, willing us to GET IT. Get the influence we have on the complex greater whole, and for us to work with slow and small solutions that make least change for greatest impact so all beings can thrive in balance.
May it be so.
x Erin 🌿
For 3 years, I’ve been an installation artist for a special project - the Sacred Union Labyrinth at Woodford Folk Festival ➰🌸➰🌿 Labyrinthine swirls emerge in small standing rock formations as the pathway for this unique journey is established.
Labyrinths have been with humans for thousands of years. They well pre-date Christianity, and come in many patterns.
They are a “model of spiritual cosmology” in the form of an interactive mandala woven by sacred geometry. The movement-based mediation of walking a labyrinth echoes the twists and turns of the human experience.
In the context of Woodford Folk Festival, the reverence for the labyrinth grows. It is now a must-see destination for punters. Weddings and ceremonies are the norm, and people are often found lingering in the space, watching-on like they’re viewing fish in a pond.
The heart-space of the labyrinth speaks an archetypal language. It’s a journey with a beginning, various stages of perspective, and a clear end. Ultimately, a living prayer.
The Sacred Union labyrinth is the creative child of Robin Clayfield. Her conjuring of this entity is a precious labour of absolute love. She visioned the unique design and set about to make it reality. I’m blessed to be in the role of space-creator with her team and to witness her utter care, intention and exhaustive effort to make it happen.
The time has come to construct my own labyrinth space at home now. It will be simple but no doubt powerful - I’ll share the progress.
If you ever have opportunity to walk a labyrinth - please do 🌿
I’m proud I ‘showed up’ at family Christmas this year.
After gifting presents, I announced I had one more thing. I proceeded to wrangle/guide my small family (parents, sister, husband) through a presencing process and used an interactive card game to each share what we want more of in 2020. There were some nervous giggles. We shuffled through doing something that was new to us as a family. And we ended up revealing what was meaningful to us and why.
We accessed heart space and actually heard each other. We completed with a bit more clarity and connection and understanding.
This is kinda a big deal because I don’t really do my ‘work’ so blatantly with my family. We don’t ‘do’ processes together. I was a little hesitant to share something dear to me, wanting it to be received well and unsure how it would land.
I’m the ‘rainbow sheep’ of the family who does slightly obscure things that are unfamiliar & initially a little awkward. I discovered by coming in with no pressure and clear intent that my family took to it with open hearts.
I realised my dreams of sharing these types of processes with my family are, indeed, meaningful and that it’s important for me to show up where I feel called to, even if I don’t know the outcome. I needed to be flexible, meet people where they were at and trust my own process.
Being oneself around family and people who share similar story/karma/conditioning can be a rough gig. It can also be quite surprising, and powerfully healing.
We can’t know the impact rippled out from our authenticity. Backing ourself with grace, kindness, love and trust to ‘do the thing’ can upgrade the family paradigm in karma-shifting ways. There’re no guarantees and the vulnerability is palpable. And that leading edge is what makes it so magic.
So...may we all show-up for reals with the medicine we have to offer life in all the little moments; you don’t know what magic lies in wait 🌿
🌿🌺After years of feeling awkward about Christmas and new year (because it confuses me), I’ve found myself sharing a more genuine expression that everyone can relate to:
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE
It applies to everyone I meet in person. Meaning it’s inherently inclusive.
Here in the multicultural sub-tropics, seeing woollen-clad white-skinned Santa Claus with faux pine Christmas trees and fake snow in the middle of summer just seems so... dumb. It’s not cold and winter; it’s hot, humid and beach weather. Even the ‘Santa in board shorts’ thing is annoying.
I get that deeper down, the cellular memory of Euro-settler Australians longs for the knowing of this celebration from long ago when it was legitimately celebrated back in Europe.
But, things have changed.
We’re on Black Country in a land filled with people of many colours and practices.
If Xmas is to be celebrated in Australia, celebrate in winter at the end of June when the sun literally ‘dies’ (shortest day) for 3 days and then is reborn. That’s what the practice relates to.
Summer Solstice happens in the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday 22 December. This marks the 3 longest days of the year. It’s a time of:
This time marks the mid-point of the solar cycle - the annual movement of the Earth around the sun. To my knowledge, it’s one of the most certain and steady rhythms we can dance to as Earthlings.
I will be busy in festival build mode with a crew of people who are contributing beauty and reverence to Woodford Folk Festival. I might even go to a solstice music event.
And I will also be joining my family, in the days following, to celebrate Xmas. This isn’t a religious observance. It’s a moment of connection & celebration of life; which I greatly appreciate.
More and more, my traditions are orienting to the real-time patterns that we all experience in our localised area. I encourage you to observe what’s happening around you (and within you), and find a way to align with it all.
When we align ourselves with the reality of life within and around us, we can live with more resonance, belonging and inclusion of all.
Blessed festive times y’all 🌺🌿
🏹Freedom, truth, expansion and adventure are the themes pulsed in by today’s Sagittarius new moon.
Humans are being asked about our RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with … life. The natural truth of this Sag new moon is the guru who questions our philosophies and frameworks for understanding who we are.
David Suzuki was recently quoted to say “it’s not environmentalists who will save the world, it’s the indigenous”. How does this relate to the expansion, freedom and truth? By highlighting a way of integrity for our species to exist on this planet.
When colonists first settled in Australia, they weren’t able to see the deep riches of the indigenous people. Europeans were used to seeing cathedrals, silks and fine food and wine as their measure of freedom and truth. Australia’s original people were (and are still to some degree) abundantly rich in freedom and truth — it just looks different. The indig mob carry riches through connection. They know how to be in right relationship with land, self and other. They had the most ultimate of freedom in those pre-settlement times — freedom from attachment to stuff. Their truth is in the riches of the nature realm, the dreaming, ancestors — all of which humans are but one piece.
This Sag month teaches us about the truths steering and motivating us. The centaurs sermon guides humans to come into right relationship with the truth of life; living in reverence and response-ability with the patterns and cycles of our planet.
My prayer is that we express the freedom we have to conjure the spells of regeneration — which permaculture articulates so well. May we journey far and wide to see the core truths of life spelt out by similar archetypes in different tones — allowing us the adventure of knowing we’re all one.
Truth and freedom in regenerative alignment with our living complex planet is what will allow us to thrive as a greater community of life.
Blessed be. Blessed be. Bless it to be 🌿
Sunday just gone, Fathers Day arrived again. As one who doesn't abide much by commercial motivations, I felt the slight & familiar anxiety of how I would recognise my father (without a gift). He’s alive. He’s had great impact on me. We all know the collective mind considers it Fathers Day.
So I realised I could do something that works for me, while offering him recognition, attention and love.
My love language trends toward acts of service and words of affirmation. So I worked to my strengths.
I caught a train 2 hours south early on a Sunday morning. I knocked on the door, was greeted by my dad, and we sat down to hang out.
And I said this: “Dad, it’s Fathers Day. So I come with my pure presence. And two questions.
The questions are:
(1) What is one highlight for you from being a father? And
(2) What is one great challenge for you by being a father?”.
Classically, my dad's responses were eccentric and witty. We then went on to have a meaningful conversation about his experiences as a father.
He acknowledged where his influences as a parent had come from.
He acknowledged the surrender in accepting one can’t control their children, who are autonomous beings.
He acknowledged the great joy of seeing his children’s intellect grow: from the baby state to the savvy women we are today.
All through this I listened and absorbed (and did a little sharing on what I would feel like as a father, too). Half an hour later, my mum arrived home from yoga & we went into family mode.
I realised I had gained so much from enquiring into my dads experience as a father. I learned about his influences and challenges. I gained perspective on how he approached raising my sister and I. I was reminded of the care & consideration given to me as I grew up.
I got a lot out of that conversation.
And it helped me realise that following my truth in offering my gifts of service and words were a valuable contribution to our relationship. And they gave back to me.
Authenticity goes a long way in this modern world. Work to your strengths and let them draw out the strengths in others.
When learning to surf as a teenager, I remember contemplating the sets of waves. Waves form in clusters - a set of around 7 waves builds up in height until ‘the big one’ comes through. And then the waves go quiet until the next set rolls through.
Standing on the beach contemplating the sets helped me see those quiet periods (the lulls). These were the sweet spot to get out the back (where I’d then be able to have fun catching the waves). I still had to paddle hard; but by waiting I would enjoy my surf much more.
Paddling into the ocean without acknowledging the sets, I’d inevitably find myself in a washing machine of waves breaking mercilessly on my head. I’d swallow sea water. I’d be paddling furiously without progressing. I’d be exhausted and resentful of the ocean - not a good head space as a land-dwelling human at the whims of the oceanic domain.
Knowing how to read the ocean was important to my ability to surf.
I had to stop on the beach.
I had to pay attention.
I had to watch how other people paddled out and pick-up the patterns of their successes or failures.
I had to choose my path.
So. How can we - you and I - choose our paths more effectively in the sea of relationships we encounter daily?
For me, it’s taking time to observe, watch and pay attention. I’m learning to track the ‘sets’ in my human relating by recording and mapping interactions, feelings and experiences. Journalling, gardening and walking give me space to reflect and reconcile.
Knowing the places and spaces for observing and watching are key.
Do you know where they are in your life?
Find your place to stop and observe. Let the perspective help you to pick the best line of approach to your relating so you can get to the place where you most enjoy.
🌱🌞🌱 It’s the emerging time of year for us in the Southern Hemisphere. Our yearly goals were set at Winter Solstice, 6 weeks ago, and the Spring Equinox is now 6 weeks away. This is a good to point to check-in with how our yearly goals are starting to grow.
If all is on-track, our goals are emerging from their ‘seedling’ state and starting to change into ‘sprouts’ in their form and function. They if it’s a regular practice you’ve just started, this will be at the start of grounding into your life. If it is a skill you’re cultivating, this is the beginning of it’s development 🏃🏽♀️
How are you nurturing your goals at this young and vulnerable time? Is there anything you can do to give them a healthier environment for growth? 👨🏽🌾
We’ve also just experienced the new moon, so now is a good time to set intentions for the month ahead. What would you like develop this month to help you step closer to achieving your yearly goals? 🌙
By chunking your bigger picture goals down into smaller pieces, you help yourself have easier wins and step-by-step progress toward your visions becoming reality 🌟
This life is yours for the choosing. Tune into your heart and be guided what brings you joy.
What are you cultivating in this month ahead in this first quarter of the solar year?
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