My father died last week, something I know many of you will have experienced too. I know this is an integral part of the human condition but I also feel the intensity of a unique, personal loss. And there is an expansive sense of one tiny drop in a vast cosmic ocean returning to source. I remember Eileen Caddy, one of our founders, being so excited to be ‘returning to the light’ when she died in December 2006.
Being confronted with my own mortality so recently, I notice I have moved from fear and panic to a renewed commitment to life in all its madness and glory, and an acceptance of its mystery. I intend to live more consciously and be a kinder, more patient, more understanding drop in the cosmic ocean. I have heard the internet called a ‘synergy engine’ and I see all 15,000 of us as a swelling tide of consciousness that sees no divisions but only the unity of life. We can achieve amazing things together – I love that we are a worldwide web of evolutionary entrepreneurs (a phrase I’ve borrowed from Craig Hamilton, Integral Enlightenment).
One of the reasons I live at Findhorn is to be part of a learning community that supports people to live the conscious, meaningful life I have committed to afresh. I want people to come here for Experience Week as I did, to feel life quicken inside and to look deep into themselves and see the wonderful enormity of who they are. Life is such an opportunity and far too short to feel fearful or alone.
I can’t describe to you the exhilaration of my first years at Findhorn as I took part in the seven-day Exploring Community Life and the four-week modules of Living in Community Guest and felt such a sense of purpose and excitement at living in new territory. These programmes nourished and sustained me to engage with life in a more positive way and I know from our feedback forms that 99% of participants agree with me and recommend Findhorn programmes to family and friends. For those of you who are looking for a longer immersion we have a new programme, Spiritual and Personal Deepening, a 12-week journey into personal, social, economic and ecological sustainability. Imagine a world where everyone embarked on such a course!
We’re very proud that Joanna Macy, inspiring presenter and Findhorn Fellow well-known to many of you, chose to launch her new book – Active Hope, How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy – at Findhorn on 13 April. The title makes me smile. We’re tackling the same theme at Findhorn and it was wonderful to see six Masters students from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh living at The Park for three weeks as they ‘faced the mess’ and explored sustainable community design. I was heartened to read feedback that tells of both deep inner transformation and the practical application of theory in a real-world cohousing design exercise.
It’s always reaffirming to see the variety of people interacting with us: the online reports from our Easter conference, Into Christ Consciousness, attended by an international mix are a great read; Recovery and Discovery, funded by Moray Drug and Alcohol Project, just completed a highly successful 12-week programme with a group of local people; and in mid-May we welcome 30 people representing 23 communities in 15 countries on 5 continents for The Network of Light Gathering at Cluny Hill.
This planetary impulse is taken a step further 23-30 June, when one of the highlights of our 50th birthday year takes place. We are soooo excited to be hosting The Planetary Game: Engaging with the Emerging Impulse with Joy Drake and Kathy Tyler, co-creators of The Game of Transformation and the Angel Cards that so many of you use and love.
This is an amazing, not-to-be-missed opportunity to play with the professionals!
The Planetary Game involves up to 120 participants playing on a life-sized Game path on the floor of the Universal Hall. I was involved in the 2006 version and it was a mighty and powerful event engaging heart, mind and spirit. It’s an inspiring and energising way to connect with others to assist in moving forward global issues and challenges.
I also want to draw attention to our sixth annual Findhorn Nonviolence Intensive with Dominic Barker, Kit Miller and Leo Sofer, 14-20 July. This is a great chance to join a lively group committed to profound personal and social change through acquiring the skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). I continue to be astounded by the strength and compassion of the work of Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of NVC who visited Findhorn in 2006.
New this year to Findhorn College was Co-Creative Healing, an Advanced Training for those in Healing Professions. Though the first intake is yet to be completed, the course has already been proven to be a resounding success. The next block of six week-long modules spread over a year, (the first two 1-14 September 2012 and the last 8-15 June 2013), will explore your own healing process, expand your skill-base and strengthen the healing container in which you hold yourself and your prospective clients. Following the link above will give you more information about module dates and course content.
If you have experience of, or are curious about, shamanism, immerse yourself for a full 28 days or dip into week-long modules in Holistic Awareness and Astroshamanism – Month-Long Intensive, 11 August. Franco Santoro is offering this unique and thorough exposure to a consciousness which expands human perception to see no separation using the basic principles of shamanism, experiential astrology and the archaic mystery traditions.
Everyone at Findhorn sends you love and light as you watch autumn leaves fall, spring blossoms explode or tropical rains soak.
I return from Sydney to Findhorn mid-May and as I fly over this extraordinarily beautiful planet I will think of you all. It’s very easy to feel part of the global family from 37,000 feet up!
And of course Findhorn is not really a place, it is a state of consciousness so I never really left.
With love and laughter.
For the Communications Team