Emergence, Masculine-Feminine Balance & The Role of Love in Revolution
In 2012, film-maker Ian Mackenzie and I participated in a project called “Emergence”. It bought together individuals with a diverse skill-set and shared concern for social change to explore an emergent process for collective action. At the heart of this experiment was to explore the evolution of revolution.
Since the conclusion of this project Ian and I have been on our respective journeys, dovetailing in moments of synchronicity where we speak from the heart and share what we’ve learned. We were drawn together this time by Amma, the great humanitarian and embodiment of love in action who was visiting Seattle. As we sat curled around a morning coffee in a Seattle suburb, we picked up the thread of soulful dialogue to weave a new design into the tapestry of our emerging insights.
There are numerous stories from spiritual lore of the fated encounters between Guru and Disciple — many aspirants on the spiritual path hunger to one day meet their guru. But the journey it takes to prepare us to recognize and follow an authentic Guru cannot be planned. We must walk the journey for it to become our own.
This summer I lived in a Buddhist monastery for three months. When I tell this to most people their first reaction is that I’ve sentenced myself to some sort of prison. It’s not usually something they say out loud, but it shows up in their facial expression, body language and tone of voice. Our society clearly views a monastery as a place that is opposed to life in the “real” world, and it’s scary.
The growth of yoga is actually a forerunner in what appears to be a global phenomenon involving the return and appreciation of indigenous ways of knowing. How we treat yoga now can set a tone for our ability to recognize the roots and fruits of indigenous wisdom traditions and incorporate them with skillful means in a modern context.