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Abundance... The word invites contemplation of polarities and perhaps even paradoxes. We contrast and/or connect it with greed and scarcity, as well as contentment and sustainability.
Where do we choose to source abundance? What forms and levels of abundance are possible and healthy for us individually, in our communities and for the planet as a whole? Occupy Cafe steward Pia Lizana will be our special guest conversation starter as we explore this theme together on Monday's Cafe Call.
As always, we also invite you to begin the conversation right now on this forum, and to continue it here once our call is complete. We are starting with the following question on the forum:
What is your relationship with the concept of abundance?
On the call, we will be asking these questions:
What are your challenges around abundance?
Where do you see opportunities to expand and share the experience of abundance?
Facing the inner transformation you point to in regards to abundance is beautiful. Especially the notion of integrated wholeness, peacefulness and maturity in living realization. It appears to me that we parachuted into a world surrounding us like in the womb as a fetus you pointed to. This quote may be useful in what you are pointing to. The task is owning our own body, power, and wholeness in the dualistic swept along drift in power. Thanks
Deena Metzger's notion of “Personal Disarmament”
“In a small country, those in power have, long ago, forced all those not belonging to their group to reservations far from the cities and power centers. The government is a dictatorship, an apartheid. The dictator, and the power base he is supported by, knows little of the culture, values, or spirituality of their perceived enemies. Fear and control are behind every decision. It is believed that if those without power ever came to prominence, the entire way of being of the country would be threatened. One day there is a serious power outage. The power lines have been cut. Power, which has been the major export and resource of this country, has stopped flowing entirely. The government is paralyzed. The marginalized groups do not deny they cut the lines, but assert that the power has always belonged to them….”
Scribing the final harvest:
Scribing "overtime harvest:"
This sounds like it was a beautiful call. I'm sorry I missed it.
The sense of "head-spinning" we heard at the end of today's Cafe Call, and in particular the notion that we've been at this war-mongering, scarcity-creating game for millennia and nothing has really changed (and by implication, nothing ever will), has reinforced for me the importance of telling New Stories. I posted a blog here last week that mentioned a few of my favorites among the many sources out there.
It's a theme that has come up repeatedly for me in a variety of contexts, and that explains why so many thinkers I admire have made the telling of New Stories such a priority. What is the New Story we might want to craft collectively, and then manifest, here at Occupy Cafe?