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Who do I choose to be…?

June 23, 2020 By Yvonne Cuneo

Who do I choose to be…?

Here in northern Scotland, flowers bloom, birds build nests and hatch their young, the sun rises at 4am and sets at 10.20pm. For those of you in the south, the last of the autumn leaves fall, the earth slowly puts itself to bed and in some places the first morning frost appears. And everywhere, silently, natural systems are regenerating.

But what do I write of humankind and its systems at this time of summer/winter solstice, 2020? Are we poised for a regenerative shift, or a continuation of the past?

How are you, siblings of our global family, faring? I hope you are safe, healthy and well resourced. Perhaps you have found parts of lockdown to be a welcome positive shift and parts of your pre-pandemic life you want to release. I am all seasons these days – creative and engaged, unfocused and lazy, excited and open hearted, lost and numb, curious, humble, angry, loving, compassionate, inspired.

Sometimes I am immersed in work here at the Foundation – live streaming walks and talks to the Foundation’s Facebook page brings delight and a felt sense of the global network of light as Michael Mitton and I welcome people from New Zealand to Norway to Argentina and everywhere in between. Please join us on the Foundation’s Facebook page at 4pm UK time Monday to Saturday.

Sometimes I am lost in introspection, as if the world’s wounds speak to my own. At times I reel from world events, heart-sore as I feel so palpably the poverty, hunger and inequality inherent in our global economic system, the racism and denial, the loneliness, the climate and biodiversity emergency, even while I celebrate and am inspired by the goodwill, amazing creativity, loving kindness, resourcefulness and global solidarity also present.

Some days our need to rethink all our systems, ‘to redesign the plane while flying it’, feels too much. “Where are we going on this tiny planet of ours, this bright sparkle of life in a Universe so ridiculously vast?” Guy Dauncey, a Findhorn Fellow, recently asked.

And again and again I come back to, and go forward with, the transformative power of embodying the founding principles of this place. I know:

  • that my life, our lives, can be a practical, living example of love in action. Love for self and love for all life are one and the same, that which the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh calls interbeing.
  • that everything I/we do can be in cooperation with the rest of the natural world, of which we are an intrinsic part and on which we depend.
  • that I/we can tap into an intelligence greater than me/us through the still, small voice within, and know what we each need to be and do.

The best way to intervene in a system is to transform the worldview or mind-set from which the system has arisen. The Findhorn Foundation is more relevant and more needed than ever because our mission is to do just that through our stated purpose of transforming human consciousness in everyday life.

We are so clear about this that we are creating an online summit, Roots of Tomorrow, 3 Days, 3 Principles, 23-27 July (including a welcome and a closing session).

Keep a lookout for more details soon. Giving people the opportunity to explore, experience and embody these three principles, and so become global change agents, is the Foundation’s practical contribution to the regeneration of our world.

As the Dalai Lama recently said, “if seven billion people on Earth develop a sense of oneness they may yet unite to solve the problem of climate change”.

Inspired by our mission, our online programmes continue to develop and flourish, even though the Findhorn Foundation has suspended residential programmes until 2 October.

I am also excited by our programmes for the business world going online. If you are a business professional or part of an NGO, social enterprise or organisation I encourage you to join our twelfth (and first online) Findhorn International Forum on Sustainability (FIFS). It’s a brilliant way to meet people from all areas of sustainability, to bring your passion, ideas, anxieties and vulnerabilities to the table, to hatch new projects and to replenish yourself. It’s participant-led, emergent, expertly facilitated and dynamic. See you there.

Finally, we are all excited that Robert Holden will hold our Light of Findhorn meditation at 5.40pm on Wednesday June 24 BST. Join us afterward for a special mini-interview, where Robert will share how the work of Eileen Caddy is more relevant than ever in these times.

Thank you for being with us and thank you for all your encouragement – the loving words of support, joining our live meditations, the donations, the engagement, spreading the word of our online programmes and being part of our family and our network of light.

We all so look forward to welcoming you in person but for now, we appreciate your participation with us in this mystery school of life, this 57-year old experiment in living a practical spiritual life of service.

Fifty years ago R. Buckminster Fuller, author of Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, asked: “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do … HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO? … I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.“

Feeling the joy of connection on our evolutionary journey, may we remember that all lives matter.

With love, laughter and in global solidarity,
Yvonne Cuneo