Hello and welcome. My name is Denise Rushing and I am passionate about transforming human structures and systems for a better world. I write about social and spiritual leadership, permaculture, storytelling and living the New Story. If you want to bring about community and cultural change, you have come to the right place.
Blogging for Sanity
"What did you do once you knew" poet Drew Dellinger writes in a poem about lamenting over the fate of his great great grandchildren. What kind of ancestors are we?
Blogging for Sanity is back. I am not sure whether I am blogging for our collective sanity or my own :-). But I will ask provocative questions and share what I'm doing.... and perhaps some knew "knowing" as it happens.
I loved my high school Civics class. We studied the checks and balances to power that the US founders enshrined in the constitution. We studied the Bill of Rights. This class took place the year Richard Nixon resigned and when the rule of law triumphed. Because of this, I knew that our system of government was stronger than any one person. We could count on the rule of law and the structure of our democracy to ride out tough times.
Recently, we have experienced failures of these checks and balances--when key individuals chose party over country. As the failures happen, I realize that the erosion of the institutions and the failure of the constitution is what troubles me the most.
Here is my short list of the three most heart breaking of these:
Adapted by the Pachamama Alliance from a presentation at Schumacher College, Totnes, England by Will
Keepin of the Satyana Institute, Boulder, Colorado, this provisional set of “principles
of spiritual leadership” provide the beginning of a collective inquiry into how we can
apply spiritual teachings and wisdom in the work of global citizen game changers.
(1) The motivation underlying our activism for social
change must be transformed from anger and despair to compassion and
love. This is a major challenge for the environmental movement, for example. It is
not to deny the legitimacy of noble anger or outrage at injustice of any kind. Rather,
we seek to work for love, rather than against evil. We need to adopt compassion
and love as our foundational intention, and do whatever inner work is required to
implement this intention. Even if our outward actions remain the same, there is a
major difference in results if our underlying intention …
"Entrenched interests use
despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change. They encourage modes of
thinking which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that
nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to present even
the opportunity for change. It is a long-standing political art to sow
the seeds of mistrust between those you would rule over: as Machiavelli
said, tyrants do not care if they are hated, so long as those under them
do not love one another."