I love writing to you at this time of year with snow, heat and tropical rain happening simultaneously all over the globe, not to mention the solstice turnaround with darkening days now heading towards the light and light-filled days now heading for darkness.
Having recently been on a skype call between California, UK and Australia I feel the wonderful smallness of our planet and the intimacy generated by the worldwide web. My awareness of the world’s interbeingness is more immediate and tangible because of it – I may be physically in Sydney but my reality is that we are deeply connected. That famous image of the Earth seen from the moon makes it easy for me to know us as one human family interlinked and at home with all forms of life here.
I can’t quite believe that 2013 is coming to a close and that this community, known to the world simply as Findhorn, is now 51 years old. It’s really wonderful that Dorothy Maclean, our surviving co-founder is still with us and turning 94 on 7 January. Dorothy is as inspiring as ever and asked if I would share something she wrote recently with you all. It’s called Loved and Loving and you’ll find it at the end of this email. David Spangler, also so important in the unfolding of this community in the 1970s and an ongoing collaborator, will be 69 on the same day.
Where has the time gone? Eileen Caddy died in December seven years ago and in 2014 it will be 20 years since Peter Caddy’s death in a car accident in Germany. Meanwhile the Findhorn Foundation and Community and global family (nearly 19,000 now receive this email and there are many, many more) continue to expand and deepen and evolve. I like to think of it as the Findhorn ripple of love, laughter and compassion.
Nelson Mandela’s death is another reminder of how a single person can influence and inspire huge global shifts in attitude and behaviour. On 15 December over 100 in our community joined in a big sing of Nkosi Sikelel’ i Afrika to celebrate Mandela’s life. I like his reminder: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Many of you will have experienced the very beautiful winter solstice spiral ritual which is such a loved part of our calendar. Last Saturday 21 December the community gathered in the Universal Hall to meditate together, to release 2013 and the community angel of HEALING and to choose/be chosen by another angel or quality. It is an opportunity for the community and each individual to pause, reflecting on the past year while walking into the leafy green spiral, then lighting a candle and consciously stepping forward into the new year while walking out of the spiral. This year, for the first time, the meditation and the early part of the spiral was livestreamed so people all over the world could join us. (If you want to be added to the list to be notified in advance of all webstreamed events please email with your name, country of residence and email address, and ‘Please add me to the Findhorn Live mailing list’ in the subject line.)
So, many of you may already know that the angel for 2014 is CONTENTMENT. Even as I write the word I feel myself relax and soften, not into a sleepy, lethargic contentment, but into a place of peace, presence and acceptance from which fully conscious impulses and actions can flow. It will be an interesting quality for us to work and play with in the coming year.
Whether you are enjoying hot summer days (a 38°C scorcher in Sydney today) or crisp and cold wintry weather, we invite you to release 2013, welcome contentment and feel into what wants to happen, for you, in 2014. And if that means a visit to Findhorn, you are very, very welcome.
It’s 50 years since Martin Luther King said I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. Dorothy – see below – agrees. I leave you with her wise words to take you into the new year.
All of us at Findhorn send you peace, light and love; I can already feel it coming back to us.
Joy To The World.
With love and laughter.
For the Communications Team
Please give yourselves permission to imbibe and accept the following in joy, love, peace and harmony. Thanks, Dorothy.
Loved and Loving
In my life, I have learned many lessons and would like to address one in particular. I believe that if you can accept this lesson, too, as I did, you will find a source of help within yourself that will enable you to feel at home in this world.
I was born in Canada in 1920 of extremely loving parents, yet as a young child I felt lost and alone. I had negative attitudes about myself which grew very strong as the years went by, though I shared them with no one. These attitudes no doubt affected my ability to live a happy and productive life in the world.
Yet, in spite of this inner turmoil and negativity, I was able to establish an inner relationship with God, for this relationship is the birthright of all of us. Through that relationship I discovered in a very deep way that I was truly and unconditionally loved, and that being loved by the Divine, I could discover how to give love back to my world.
This loving relationship with God brought me joy and was the basis for the work that I did with Peter and Eileen Caddy, who also experienced their own contact with the God Within. It enabled me eventually to be able to travel and develop workshops through which I could share this love and joy with others. In so doing, I learned a lot, and was able to give my version of love to the world, similar to what God had given to me.
Although we are often taught that love rules creation, the natural history of our world has been filled with struggle and contest. Life on this planet is challenging. Over billions of years, an immense variety of life has arisen then disappeared, flourished for a time, then vanished as the earth went through various changes and upheavals. In our personal lives we often experience ourselves being hard done by, and admit that we have acted in non-loving ways. In the midst of conflict within ourselves and in the world around us, is there any hope? Is there anything we can really do to change things?
Yes, there is.
It has been said that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can cause a hurricane in another part – known as a Butterfly Effect. This suggests that we are all planetary learners and changers. Therefore we can change what has been; we are not bound to the past. This is what I discovered as a young woman when I realised that through the love I felt from the God Within, I did not have to be bound to the negative attitudes of my past. Humanity has done many negative things in the world and has suffered, but we can move beyond this when we realise that we are truly loved, and so can find in ourselves the ability to also be loving.
We need to stand in the power of our personhoods, the power of the sacred in us, of the joy within, of being ourselves. We need to stop judging ourselves for the thoughts and impulses that arise that may frighten us or that seem bad to us; we have the power to say NO to them, just as we have the power to say YES to love. And if we err, we can learn from our mistakes. We can rise up from any failures and act anew through the power of this love.
So let you and me, we instinctive seekers of truth, realise that we are all advancing into greater awareness, into knowing we are all loved and are loving in our lives. And in so doing, may God’s marvellous invention, a sense of humour, aid us mightily.