Inspiration

Sunday inspiration for Hope

A new day is dawning…

We have been engulfed by the politics of fear for too long, where 9/11 was used as a way to scare up votes instead of a way to bring us together around a common purpose to defeat a common enemy.

People say, “He’s so idealistic, he’s so naitve…he’s a hopemonger.” I’ve heard this criticism that I’m pedddling false hopes, that I need a reality check. The notion is that if you’re realistic you set your sights low, but if you talk about hope you have your head in the clouds, just waiting for things to happen to them . I have to remind people that’s not what hope is.

IIt’s true I talk about hope a lot. I have to – the odds of me being here are not very high [cheers]. I was raised by a single mom and my two grandparents and they didn’t have a lot of money, they didn’t have a lot of status. They could give me love, education and hope. But I need to explain that hope is not blind optimism. Hope is not ignorance of the challenges that lie before us.

I know how hard it will be to provide health care to everybody … to change our energy policy. I know how hard it is to alleviate poverty … I know how hard it is to lift up our schools. It will involve parents and communities changing their mindset about our children. I’ve seen good legislation die because good intentions were not enough. They were not fortified by political will or political power.

I’ve seen how this country’s judgment has been clouded […]

By | 2008-02-10T13:19:00+00:00 February 10th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration for Hope

Voices for Healing and Vision

I have just discovered Tina Malia and listened to her most of the day yesterday. Her voice and music is expansive and opens the heart and soul to the yearning for awakening and the hope that transformation is truly possible, for the planet and for all people. This video is of the beautiful song Heal this Land.

Today, after the tremendous win for Barack Obama in South Carolina, I feel that hope really is alive and change is truly possible. The power of Obama is the power of intention and inspiration – the intention to create real change and reach across the many chasms that divide us, and the inspiration to make it happen. Focusing on the negative, in any situation, is the surest way to bring it about – taking hope and converting it to the certainty of success is the wizard’s work that is required to turn this country around.

I found this interesting article called “Leading with Vision and Trust” by Warren Bennis. He writes:

Why did India’s poor march to the sea with Gandhi against the salt tax? Because they trusted him. Trust is based on predictability: trusted leaders make themselves known and make their positions clear. Four leadership qualities together engender trust:

  • Vision
  • Empathy
  • Consistency
  • Integrity

Creating a vision

Leaders manage the dream: they have the capacity to create a compelling, over-arching vision that takes people to a new place.

A vision is a portrait of the future that grabs. Initially it grabs the leader, and then their magnetic intensity and commitment to it draw others in. Leaders love what they do. The passion that comes from knowing what they want, that is demonstrated by their unswerving commitment to a vision, communicates hope and inspiration.

Visions animate, inspire and transform purpose into action. Visions bring about confidence and a belief […]

By | 2008-01-27T12:46:00+00:00 January 27th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Voices for Healing and Vision

Sunday Haiku

Beautiful words from Matsuo Basha

Winter solitude–
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

photo by Pete Leonard from
By | 2008-01-13T13:44:00+00:00 January 13th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Sunday Haiku

A true story: Creating a vision

I’ve down with a bad flu bug so I’ll pick up the Pluto in Capricorn series as soon as I am feeling back to normal.

Meanwhile I wanted to share a true story of what happened to a friend of mine. She has had a lot of trouble over the years with a business that caused her to go deeper and deeper into debt, and over the past few months has been trying to find a job. I did a mini-reading for her to see what the planets had in store for her and it became evident that the only thing keeping her from getting a job and getting her feet back on the ground was her own belief systems that were keeping her firmly entrenched in this financial abyss.

She was very resistant to the vision work that I do, feeling that she should be beyond affirmations, but she reluctantly agreed to try. When we began to create the vision for her new job she became even more resistant to the idea that she could earn more than a very limited amount of money. The more I encouraged her to expand her sense of what is possible, the louder her voice of resistance became. Finally she agreed to work with the vision statements that we created. Five days later I had an email from her that she had found a job with earning potential that was 1-1/2 times the limit she had imposed on herself.

Clients often seek to know when financial abundance, or love, or success is coming according to the stars. The truth is that we create our own abundance, and it is our own belief in our […]

By | 2007-12-17T11:27:00+00:00 December 17th, 2007|Inspiration|Comments Off on A true story: Creating a vision

Thanksgiving and the Essence of Gratitude

I love Thanksgiving as much as the next person. Sharing a feast with friends and family, a few days off at home – cranberry sauce and mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized apples. Not to mention the pumpkin pie that Rich bakes from scratch, using fresh pumpkins from local farms.

Still, history is written by the winners, and like so many of our holidays the actual history of the Thanksgiving holiday is lost to the mists of legend. According to most accounts, our Thanksgiving holiday commemorates the feast held by the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts to celebrate their first successful harvest and the assistance of two Native Americans, Samoset and Squanto, who taught the Pilgrims how to tame the land and nourish their families. But there is some evidence that the primary purpose of the feast was to sign a treaty with the Wampanoag tribe for the land that the Pilgrims occupied, and that the 90 Native Americans who attended the feast actually brought a substantial amount of the food.

Native Americans who greeted the early settlers provided aid and assistance to the newcomers. When the settlers did not return their hospitality, refusing to marry their women and disrespecting their spirituality with efforts to convert them to Christianity, they began to rebel. The early settlers from England viewed the natives as savages rather than equals to be respected.

We all know what happened next.

The idea of holding a celebration to give thanks for the harvest is an ancient one. The ancient Greeks and Romans held celebratory feasts to thank Demeter/Ceres for the year’s bounty, from which comes our “cornucopia,” or horn of plenty. In ancient China, a Moon Festival celebrated the harvest moon with feasting. Ancient Egyptians gathered in thanks to the goddess Min who presided over fertility and plenty.

In […]

By | 2018-07-15T08:03:01+00:00 November 20th, 2007|Holidays, Inspiration|0 Comments
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