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(Rhonda Fabian is on silent retreat at Plum Village in France. She wrote this March 1, 2017.)
I recently read a comprehensive book, Holistic Tarot, about the integrative psychology of modern tarot by Benebell Wen. Like Wen, I do not believe in ‘fortune telling’, yet the cards are dense with symbolic and personal significance, and in their often synchronous juxtapositions stories do emerge to remind me that most of us have choices, even in the face of uncertainty and chaos.
For our ancestors, less so. Their choices were often constrained by the literal winds of change: a failed harvest, a natural disaster, invasion, enslavement, plague. I don’t romanticize ancient times – as a woman I much prefer the present era. However, with more choices comes more responsibility, and living an ‘intentional’ life, increasingly a sacred duty.
My article from the current edition of Kosmos Journal, explores a facet of this: The Power of Three is an experimental model for creating intentional loving connection in order to take action together for the greater good. You might say it’s a way to sharpen our intentional edges at a critical time.
In Part 1 of her article on Kosmic Citizenship, Kavita Byrd reinforces this: “Precisely when the challenges are so daunting, we can rise to our highest moment. The very fact that the odds seem so heavily stacked against us makes this a choice we must consciously make, and a choice of the highest order.”
Choosing is the new activism. How we consciously engage with the world through our everyday actions – raising children, purchasing products, caring for elders, building community, and doing the inner work – will have a far greater cumulative effect than posting angry memes on social media. We can choose that too, but eventually our anger must be transformed to empathy so that rather than working ‘against’, we are working ‘for’ evergreen values of justice, fairness, privacy, and happiness. Betsey Crawford says it so beautifully as she contemplates protecting a rare species of flower in her garden from being choked out, “Grand schemes are enacted exactly this way, stem by stem, person by person, each one of us carrying one of the delicate threads in the whole.”
In the spirit of choosing, I just now selected a card for you, Readers of Kosmos. The card I drew is the Seven of Wands. You have a courageous character and find yourself in a position of Resistance. You won’t back down. However, don’t wait until the last moment to choose your action. This is a turning point.
The cards are uncanny sometimes.
A Smile to You,
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By Rhonda Fabian, in the current edition of Kosmos Journal
A person living today in a modern city or a suburb can be surrounded by others yet feel deeply, dangerously alone. According to neuroscientists, the effects of social isolation are as real as thirst, hunger, or pain. We are, in essence, social animals in need of deep connection…
What if we could ignite our capacity to self-organize new forms of social connection, characterized by emotional intimacy or ‘lovingness,’ and purposeful intention to serve a greater good? How might such social connection transform us?
A Kosmos Initiative
Small, informed groups of citizens are a key to positive action at the local level. Knowing this, Kosmos is introducing an experimental initiative to leverage the self-organizing power of people, through groups of three, to come together around a shared concern and simple practical goals in order to take action in their communities.
Power of 3 (Po3) is a new powerful method for igniting local civic engagement through deeply transformative personal connection.
By Kavita Byrd, for Kosmos Online
When the new post-Trump altered reality hit in November, it left me, like many others, reeling in shock and confusion. I had been involved for years in an attempt to forge an alliance between spiritual and progressive forces, but suddenly this seemed far too naïve and hopeful in the face of the dark realpolitik before us. Yet as time passed, in that strange and mysterious process by which our psychic forces re-group in the face of a new reality, something re-constellated; a new, more expanded perspective to accommodate the challenges of this unprecedented situation.
by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, via Fellowship for Intentional Community
This is an excerpt from Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, published by The Fellowship for Intentional Community.
Food is one of the true universals: everyone eats. Most of us have familial and cultural associations with food, and we have developed an incredible range of ways to get our food needs met (both technologically and in terms of the contents of our diets). This makes food rich and interesting territory for sharing, which is pretty handy since, several times a day, most of us need to put some energy into feeding ourselves. So why not share labor and resources, reduce our time spent prepping food, and tap into that richness that emerges almost immediately when we get other people involved with our food scene?
By Joshua Becker, via Becoming Minimalist
“The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life.”– Ralph Marston
Recently, I spoke to a room full of high school students on the topic of “Don’t Waste Your Life.” Among the advice that I gave them, I offered this nugget of truth: “Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose.” I believe that is one of the most important lessons that a person can learn—and the sooner we get it, the better.
By Betsey Crawford, for Kosmos Online
What is so rare as a Tiburon mariposa lily?
While looking for an answer to my own question, I discovered, to my surprise, that rarity in the animal and plant world is quite common.
Mar 21, 2017 0By Rhonda Fabian, in the current edition of Kosmos Journal A person living...
Mar 21, 2017 0By Kavita Byrd, for Kosmos Online When the new post-Trump altered reality...
Mar 21, 2017 0By Joshua Becker, via Becoming Minimalist “The quality of your commitments...
Mar 21, 2017 0A Kosmos Initiative Small, informed groups of citizens are a key to positive...
Mar 21, 2017 0by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, via Fellowship for Intentional Community This is an...
Mar 21, 2017 0By Betsey Crawford, for Kosmos Online What is so rare as a Tiburon mariposa...