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Posted by Penny ( on September 19, 2001 at 23:37:29:

Weaving the Dream! Digest ........ Vol: 9 ...Issue: 9/19/2001

. Pax* Centurion* News*

Jean Houston

Strength and Courage


Sensei at the Fire Lotus Temple,
Zen Mountain Monastery, Brooklyn.

"Thousands of blossoms, red, brown, white, yellow, black
scattered on ground made tender by their falling
"This human body,
more fragile than the dew drops on countless tips of morning grass.
"My wailing voice is the bright September wind
and in the dark night, silence speaks:

" I will die only when love dies
and you will not let love die.'

from Jean Houston, September 18, 2001

Dear Friends,
We are all New Yorkers. That is the gist of the message that I have been
receiving from the thousands of e-mails, countless phone calls and faxes, and
communications from people writing or calling me from over 30 countries.
The outpouring of love, of service, and even of life itself is the miracle of

humanity surpassing itself. All over this country and throughout the world

people are affirming their unity with us, and more, the unity of all people.
This tragedy brings us together in shadow and in light, for richer and for
poor in sickness and in health for as long as we all shall live. The desecration
that occurred is also the announcement of a potential global union.

I have often spoken of how technology and the internet gave us the world mind
taking a walk with itself. But in the light of the events of September 11th,
we now must speak of the world heart, the world stomach, the world spirit.
America is not longer insulated from the pathos of other nations.

We are present at the birth of an opportunity that exceeds our imagination.
Christopher Fry writes, Thank God, our time is now, when wrong comes up to
meet us everywhere, never to leave us till we take the longest stride of soul
men ever took. All oppression rises in our time, all shadows, all terrors,
and factors unique in human history also arise around us to compound our
folly and confuse our desire. We yearn for meaning and deal with trivia. We
are swept in currents over which we have no control. Government has become
too big for the small problems of life and too small in spirit for the large
problems. The tyranny that threatens to destroy us is not just terrorism; it
is the tyranny of the unjust demands we have made of Nature and the tyranny
of some nations being kept in economic slavery by other nations.

We are the ones who have the most profound task in human history--the task
of deciding whether we grow or die. This will involve helping cultures and
organizations to move from dominance by one economic culture or group to
circular investedness, sharing and partnership. It will involve putting
economics back as a satellite to the soul of culture rather than having the
soul of culture as satellite to economics. It will involve deep listening
past the arias and the habits of cruelty of crushed and humiliated people.
It will involve a stride of soul that will challenge the very canons of our
human condition. It will require that we become evolutionary partners
with each other.

This is a huge test we find ourselves in. We have newly emerged from a
century of war and holocaust. Our hopes for the new century, the new
millennium were for a new way of being between nations and people, between
the earth and ourselves, between spirit and matter.Those hopes still live,
if anything, they have become more powerful, more necessary. For America it
will mean a deep shift of our attitudes to other cultures around the world
to one of service and support rather than exploitation and dominance. Yes,
the perpetrators have to be found and dealt with through therapeutic law and
international justice. They are not a nation, they are a cancer, and a
cancer is rarely removed through a cycle of violence. Rather, as in holistic
medicine, they have to be subdued by the strengthening of the healthy immune
system, the envisioning of the pattern of health, and yes, the removal of the
cancer wherever it can be excised.

The metaphor is apt. Our health, our security, is built on friendship.

Instead of spending so many billions for weapons of destruction (which we
manufacture ourselves and sell globally), what if we were to use some of
those billions to the feeding of the hungry (one in every three persons), the
housing of the homeless, the making of those efforts that can result in the
healing of the wounds of nations. Real security demands real friendship,
global marriage. As one of my correspondents brilliantly addressed these
issues, The problem is not just terrorism. The problem is generations of
beings who experience not having an identity. The question is what made
human beings incapable of feeling love, compassion or empathy towards
themselves or anyone else, and thereby, becoming destroyers of their own
species? What happened that human beings could become so psychologically,
emotionally and spiritually distorted that they could believe that Islam, one
of the most spiritual paths in the world, could encourage murder and suicide
to gain heavenly reward?

Friends, these are not Muslims. These are marginalized fanatics who have
made a travesty of their faith. The issue is how we can join together to
create a world in which such pathology will no longer be nurtured.

Many of us are feeling impotent before the enormity of the prospect. Some
of you, I know, have experienced meltdown, some have seen visions, had
dreams. Many have had the portals of their minds blown open to deeper
realities, potent reflections. Tragedy has drawn us closer, sent us deeper,
and given us the option of preparing for life rather than death.

I have been considering some of the things that you may wish to do in the
days and weeks to come that will give expression to your feelings and need to
act. What I offer below is drawn primarily from my own reflections as well
as others, particularly some prescriptions offered by Yes! magazine.

1. In these spirit quaking times, align with your own spiritual resources.
Take time to meditate, pray, reflect in solitude and in nature. Allow
yourself daily time and space to be re-sourced. Consider living daily life
as spiritual exercise Watch your finer intuitions and ideas, and share them
with others.Commune with your spiritual allies, archetypal friends, quantum partners. In the place of spiritual connection feel strength and compassion
and intelligence flow. Become creative in your actions.Plot scenarios of
optimal healing and begin wherever you can to put them in place for events as well as people. Practice miracle management.

2. Give yourself vacations from television. So much of it anyway is
infomercials for war.(However the local New York City stations are filled
with human stories of compassion and courage.) But do listen occasionally
to talk shows and call in with your own opinions and ideas for making a
better world. Write that letter to the editor. Write or call your
congressman and local government officials. Handwritten faxes seem to be the
things that are most likely to get through, followed by phone call. e-mails,
alas are the least likely. You can find your U.S. representatives at or for Senators, Above all, Let Your Voice Be

3. Gather in groups and, if possible in ongoing teaching-learning
communities of wisdom and empowerment. But let everyone speak, and do not
deny them the authenticity of their feelings even if they diverge widely from
your own.

4. Talk to the kids, your own or other peoples children. Let them express
their feelings, tell you what is on their minds. Give them a grasp of the
larger issues at hand. Tell them about mercy and compassionate action. If
possible engage them in service oriented activities. Let them see the larger

5. Show up at town meetings, or other places where people meet to pray and
talk and engage each other. Sign petitions if you are willing and join in
other activities that are sending a big message. have vision circles to
put forth images of what the world can be. Envision the possible society
together. (For ideas, you might want to look at my book, authored with
Margaret Rubin, Manual of the Peacemaker, which deals with the Iroquois
creation of a better society.)

6. Get thee to a mosque! Give support and compassion to Arab friends,
colleagues, or people you happen to meet of middle eastern origin. Stamp out
hatred and fear surrounding these people wherever you can. Let them tell
their stories, their hopes and dreams. In fact, try and learn as much as you can about the Middle East, the political situations there, as well as the
teachings of Islam. For key information on the crisis and well considered
information and opinions about the Middle East you may want to go to and

7. Give up your own holding patterns on your old self. This is the time to
become or at least to enact the possible human. Let your senses take pleasure
in the glory of this world. Let your heart celebrate the incredible gift of
life. And share this with others.

I live in a double domed house that was the last design of my old friend Buckminster Fuller, completed just before he died. I asked my house what
words it would give you and it responded with Buckys own. They came out of
a time of tremendous personal crisis in his life.

So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for
just me - each one of us is born of two, and we really belong to each other.
I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone
else opinion, credos and theories. I vowed to apply my own inventory of
experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet

Much Love and High Regard,

Jean Houston

Inspiration: Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to share a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuses,
It takes courage to stop them.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

May you find strength and courage
in everything you do,
And may your life be filled with
Friendship and Love!>>

(author unknown)

Weaving The Dream! a worldwide co-creative project for the new millennium

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