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come alive with me

Here’s how I see it: We can change the world most fully only by living our right lives – by being who we truly are and offering our soul’s gifts through our presence. Moreover, living that gift into the world is how we become whole, happy, and powerful individuals. 

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a story of powerlessness

We live in a crazy time. Things change on a dime, while corrupt social structures continue to take their toll – on our personal well-being, on our communities, and on our ecosystems. In debt to the problem, but uninitiated to the solution, we swim in a sea of distraction, searching for hope and longing for meaning. We say “what difference do I make?” or we place the weight of the world on our shoulders.

We are defeated or overwhelmed in a world that is still beautiful. We feel impotent in a system that is begging for fire. And we are disconnected from what truly matters, from what brings meaning and joy to our lives. Our culture makes it difficult for many of us to rise into the full maturity of soul-embodied living, by wrapping us up in stories that keep us small.

We’re being summoned by the world itself to
make many urgent changes to the human project,
but most central is a fundamental re-visioning
and reshaping of ourselves, a shift in consciousness.

- Bill Plotkin

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a power story

No matter how difficult and painful it may be,
nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth. 

- Martha Beck

If we want to make change and live fulfilled lives we must drop what our culture needs us to believe for this to continue. We can do that by challenging the thoughts that cause us suffering.  We can do that by connecting with our true selves and leading our right lives.  We can do that by returning to the basis of life: the earth, sunshine, rivers, and plants, the wilderness of our own souls, the soft animal of our own bodies [1], and live from the only place we really can – the truth at the center of the image we were born with [2].

[1] From Wild Geese, a poem  by Mary Oliver
[2] From All the True Vows, a poem by David Whyte.