I like to collect what i have come to call "Truth Signs"... words or even images that point me in a direction that i want to go.... lighthouses if you will. Below is a favorite of mine !

This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks, stand up for the stupid
and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue
not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number
of men.....

re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.

-Walt Whitman

Would love to hear any and all that are meaningful to you.....

Be Well....
posted by kang


Wisdom's Presence

Chris Corrigan writes:
I am most interested in ways of being together in groups, communities, families and other aggregations, but also in what wisdom looks like in the structures that support those groups, structures like money, power, the natural world and information.
My mind then shifted to thoughts about presence. At the salon, my awareness opened up to seeing the many colors, textures, sensations and such related to different degrees or varying qualities of presence. I experienced a resonance of one quality when in the presence of someone deeply attuned to the natural world, a different type of resonance with someone clearly aligned with intellectual thought, and an even different quality when fully engaged in the process of relating with another.

Spinning my thoughts together with Chris' words, I wonder:

What is your experience when in the presence of wisdom?
How do you recognize wisdom's presence?

posted by ashley


Intentional Space

These days since the Evolutionary Salon have been a slow, steady spiral spinning inward upon its learnings, gathering nuggets of inspiration and discovery and integrating them into the rapidly buzzing outward flow of the spiral growing along the edge.

I touch ground for moments to write. I offer here pieces as they come, some of my reflections for this great gathering.

There were many provocative questions and visionary dreams that inspired participants to gather for this event. Sitting in the forefront of my reflection is the interplay between what I perceive as two intentions for this gathering (These were not spoken intentions, simply my perspective languaged in words that have meaning for me):
  1. Emerging as a collective that consciously births itself for the greatest good.
  2. Collaborating with others to activate change for the greatest good.
I felt a great deal of tension arising in the space between these two related, yet different intentions. This dynamic returns me to a prevalent question in my own life -- the play between Doing and Being.

Our first morning together, we wove through conversation, inquiry, exploration, and discovery in an Evolutionary Café. At the end of this process we were asked to write down a question that is burning for us. My Question: “Who are we and who could we be?” I felt the vibrant edge of possibility in the gathering of this time and space, the people present, the land containing us, the deep listening and trust receptive upon the edges of our togetherness. However, as I sunk into conversation and heard the wishes, desires, and intentions of others, I was left confused as to our collective identity. I felt like in order for us to Do, we had to deepen and become more aware of our Being, both individually and collectively. For myself and from my perspective, the following days were an active process of deepening into conscious, intentional Being in service to the whole (the whole being my Self, the group, the universe, etc.). It was a profound experience for me to feel the intentionality of the space expand. It is a divine gift to travel with others through intentional space.
posted by ashley


Travels Ahead

I'm off to the Evolutionary Salon on Whidbey Island. It seems like it will be a rich gathering.

(I'd like to say more, but I'm just too tired at the moment!)

See you soon!
posted by ashley


A bit about You

You know how we love questions around here. I really enjoyed these from Rick at A New Life Emerging. I'd love to hear if you'd like to share!

Please tell me a little about yourself.

Who are you?
Where do you live?
What is your passion in life?
Where do you find your spiritual inspiration?
What brings you to this site?
posted by ashley


Bubbles of Love

Hearts pause and gather
in bubbles of love that float
in the winter air for sweet
extended moments

With the energy of new beginnings
we spin our open ready hearts out
with careful attention into the world

A swooshing feeling of clouds clearing
and the inner sky opening wide and brilliant

Goodness softening heart with being's breath
reaching into this vast unknowable energy
reforming presence as an essential shaping
of a flowing know guiding us home

The radiance of our dance is
by the touch of our love
it spins us open through life's precious moment

loving love's love

Artwork by Kara Brown, Poetry by Chris Weaver,
Christy Lee-Engel, Thomas Arthur and Ashley Cooper
posted by ashley


Touching Beauty

posted by ashley


Fun and Beauty

There's a new Playful Link to try out... the Name Wizard. Learn the popularity of any name since the 1900's.

A chance to play a joke on friends with the Church Sign Generator (create your own roadside message).

And a delicately beautiful poem by Wislawa Szymborska at Life Cultivating Life
Life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on the sand,
rise on wings;

In Joy!!
posted by ashley

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