The capacity to discover and participate in our unfolding future has more to do with our being– our total orientation of character and consciousness– than with what we do. Leadership is about creating, day by day, a domain in which we and those around us continually deepen our understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. This, then, is the deeper territory of leadership– collectively ‘listening’ to what is wanting to emerge in the world, and then having the courage to do what is required.”
-Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership
Somewhere, there are people whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
As I sit with these words, I know in the depths of my being that humanity wavers now on the edge of a great new emergence. Inside of us, waiting, is a wholeness that we now have an opportunity to live into. This wholeness is nothing more (and nothing less) than a re-membering of our original nature, both as creatures of this Earth and children of the stars. The true reality of our existence is connection with everything — with Earth, soul, Universe, and each other.
There are many in our community here in Bend who are re-imagining our culture, reviving the vitality and connection to the earth and each other that has been dormant for so long in our society. Men and women are gathering in sacred circles, around fires, in yoga studios and backyards to rediscover their essence, support each other, and serve their community. Older generations are beginning to remember the importance of mentoring young ones. People are growing food, building greenhouses and cold frames, using composting toilets, conserving water, planning ahead for spring. People are praying morning, noon, and night; singing, dancing, sweating, cleaning themselves, seeking strength and light and a pureness of heart. I commend those who are stepping up to lead the way in our collective re-imagining, holding spaces in which we can come together, feeding us, nourishing us with loving words, tending the sacred fires, calling out to the spirits to grace us with their assistance.
Before the recent return of winter, early warm weather was bringing out the bees. On warm days, they were loving the sunshine, seeking the first sources of nectar and pollen in this new year of light and warmth. Many in my community here in Bend are preparing for the upcoming season of beekeeping — we are each called to learn more from these little buzzing creatures about community, sacred geometry, and the deep peace of living in connection to the natural world. Many of us will be keeping bees for the first time. We’re looking forward to learning together, and to enjoying a spring and summer rich with nectar, communion and love.
In these challenging times, I hope that you’ll find opportunities to slow down, to sit in nature with your fellow creatures, to feel the sunshine on your face and quietly listen to the deep truth that is unfolding in the world all around. I hope you’ll take the time to breathe deep, to embrace the ones you love, to let yourself fall into the arms of community, and to feel supported and nourished in the deepest layers of your being. There is no path more profound than the path of love, gratitude, and surrender, for this is the path that leads us straight back to the immaculate wholeness of the heart.
Listen to the bees! Listen to the quiet call of your heart! There are whispers of guidance everywhere, leading us onward to greater connection, greater awakening, and a remembrance of who we have always been. There is, in this time, a great need of being, witnessing, and listening to the wholeness that wants to emerge, within us and around us. I pray for all of our success in this Great, Great Work.