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Celebrate our common ground. Become
for Whole-Earth Millennium Celebrations
Penny McManigal, designer and Artist for
Stage One has been the successful co-creation of the
first prototype of "Weaving The Dream!" celebrational ritual at the
Healing Summit in Monterey, CA in October,1997, attended by over 220
participants from 19 countries.
Stage Two is currently being developed here as a
website, to be ready in the early Fall, so that groups around the
planet can begin making their plans for meaningful Millennium
Celebrations! The website will share photographs from the first
"weave" (Stage One) and show a simple diagram to construct the ten foot
diameter Sacred Circle for "Weaving the Dream!". It will
describe what materials to use, cost estimates and give more ideas for
this party. The written information will be available to be downloaded
for free, thus enabling anyone interested, and able, to print out the
information and share it with friends, neighbors, schools, churches and
so forth! This website will also provide an interactive website
"Message Board" so that participants can ask needed questions and also
share their own creative ideas with all of us!
STAGE TWO also consists of co-creating several more prototypes of "Weaving
The Dream!" prior to 2000 A.D. The second prototype was co-created
in Ashland, Oregon at Sacred Theater in July, where "a pole was
anchored for the Northwest". It will be followed by another celebration
of "Weaving The Dream!" at the Klamath Falls, Oregon's
"Day500 Count-Up to the Millennium" on August 19, 1998, and another
at the International Healing Summit 2 in Glastonbury, England
August 25-30, 1998. That particular "Weave" will then be continued on
into France and Switzerland in September. At this very early time of
"gestation" many wonderful people have been helping to further develop
this vision in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and around the
We already know that the future of our planet actually depends on our
willingness to learn to work together as a world community for the
benefit of all. This "Weaving The Dream!" project will create a
beautiful montage of three dimensional co-created visuals so that we
can indeed image this to be true! We can experience and "see" how our
own small part helps to co-create the results for the whole planet!
Without the many "gifts" of cloth from the celebrants there can be no
The culmination of STAGE TWO will actually include becoming "Millennium
Dream Weavers" doing "The Weaves" of "Weaving the Dream!" as
part of a countless collective of planetary small group circles
celebrating the New Millennium.
Stage Three is planned for a high visibility,
televised, world class Participatory Event of the interactive 'Live
Art' of the "Weaving The Dream!" at some special venue mid-year
2000 A.D. e.g. at the 34th annual Folklife Festival on the Mall in
Washington D.C., or some other highly visible world event) which
can accommodate a large attendance, easy access to the area, and will
be assisted by a cadre of willing volunteers!
In as much as the Vietnam Wall exists to Honor our Dead, this
project of "Weaving The Dream!" will be created to Honor our Living!
It can either be designed economically for a short time period (of a
week or so or visioned and created as a permanent sculptural monument.)
In brief, this version will consist of a large (100' diameter or
larger) Sacred Circle" of tall pairs of columns or pillars (one pillar
representing the males and one pillar for the females) for each country
in the world. The pillars would each be topped with:
A very strong "netting", to be used as a the background "warp" and
"weft" of "Weaving The Dream!", will encircle the poles,
leaving an open ceremonial Gateway into the center.
- the national flag of each country and
- a sacred colorful pennant or prayer flag from each
country, made from cloth indigenous to that country.
The interior of the circle will be composed of a 60 foot wide (11
circuit) "walking labyrinth", as found on the floor of Chartres
Cathedral in France, and now appearing in churches (example Grace
Cathedral in San Francisco), schools, parks hospitals, and public
places all over the world. The labyrinth will be walked by participants
of "Weaving the Dream!" as a "Moving Meditation" and metaphor for "that
journey we call Life". An Eternal Flame will occupy the very center of
this Sacred Circle. This flame will honor all generations of children:
past, present and future!
The same kinds of materials, such as described for the small
Celebrational plan, will be donated by individuals from around the
planet and gathered at one Holding Site by a specific date in each
country (heartfully suggested as Feb. 14, 2000). Each participant will
also be invited to write no more than a one page explanation (pinned to
the cloth entry) of the story behind how she/he had selected that
particular piece of cloth as his/her birthday "Gift".
The materials from each country will be delivered to, a warehouse
somewhere near the future World Event. At the actual time for this
World Event of "Weaving The Dream!" all the "Gift" materials
from around the planet will be presented at the site in very large
baskets or containers, labeled by each country. Visitors to the
celebrational site will be invited to select any piece of cloth, from
any country container, and then to "weave" it into the netting of the
Sacred Circle. Volunteers will be offering assistance in connecting
each "woven" piece to the next . Live folk music and folk dances, from
around the world, are envisioned as surrounding this interactive and
international "Weaving the Dream!", creating a memorable Birthday
celebration for our Mother Earth as a truly joyful and memorable
interactive 'Live Art' event for our New Millennium! This "We ARE the
World" event will receive television coverage worldwide.
Stage four will consist of a plan to save any
"unwoven" cloth world donations which could possibly be remaining from
the Stage Three big celebration, so that nothing will be
forgotten or be unused! This will be accomplished by mixing all of the
remaining materials together, thus creating A "Whole World Cloth", and
then dividing this "cloth casserole" all up and returning a "same size
portion" to every country. Thus it is hoped that this "new cloth" will
then become the "yeast" for untold numbers of future art projects in
communities encircling the globe, whose high purpose will be to
visually celebrate a planet which wishes to live in peace and harmony
as they also honor their rich diversities!
Let's celebrate our "common
ground"! Willing volunteers make grassroots grow!
Thank you and pax (peace)!
"Weaving the Dream!"