Yangsi Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama, recently urged: “Be gentle. The mind is so complex…Be gentle.” This pierced my heart – as did our Power of Partnership course, where we were skillfully helped to lean into every level of our lives with gentleness – not with harsh, short-sighted domination, but with kind, wise partnering.
I felt challenged to the max by our assignment to do a self-chosen activity each week designed to push us into wider and wider circles of caring outreach – and then (yikes!) write up our experience on the discussion board. I was amazed that, in the warm, encouraging atmosphere provided, I could actually do this. The thrill of new, meaningful growth!
I will go forward with all of my partnership work feeling confident (not just abstractly, but viscerally) that I belong, that I am part of a wide, deep community of individuals - with faces and vulnerable stories I know – who, like me, are dedicated to helping the world move toward gentle, wise partnering. Thank you!
And, along with going forward – in gratitude and awe - with my daily partnership work with my husband/friend/passionate lover of 40 years and other beloved intimates, I will be going forward with my writing escapade – without a writing block! What a gift from our course!
The provisional title of my work is Attraction Revolution: Taking on the Advertisers Where They Target Us: Our Mind. A delicious, complex, paradigm-breaking book with enormous implications for our orchestrating a world based on kindness, rather than our allowing advertisers to lure us into one based on commercialism.
But I was stuck, too often falling into a field of fog and low energy when I was writing. During our course, I was inspired to try new partnerings – for example, by “downloading” certain powerful archetypes (the Irish heroine Maud Gonne and, later, Green Tara) – much as a child might “download” Superman or Wonder Woman. Not actually a new idea for me, but in the can-do atmosphere of our class, a practice I took on with fresh determination. And mirabile dictu! now I’m storming into my writing each day – not by trying to improve on or figure out a disempowered version of myself embedded in a long-ago dysfunctional field, but by stepping into an empowered version of myself embedded in an ever-present super-functioning field. Hooray!
Next week – and often, I suspect – I’ll be driving 500 miles for a writing retreat with a dear, magnificent friend – and enjoying creative collaborating with others. Vive partnering!