I play doubles tennis in a group here in San Miguel de Allende made up of residents and visitors. Always interesting people. As a theme of my blog I am mindful of who is showing up in my life and what the encounter will bring. Today one of my partners was Dennis McCullough, M. D. He is a Harvard trained geriatrician on the faculty of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth medical school. Turns out he was giving a lecture in the late afternoon discussing the principles in his recently released book, My Mother, Your Mother, Embracing “ Slow Medicine”-The Compassionate ApproachTo Caring For Your Aging Loved Ones. I attended. read more »
Archive for March, 2010
I had the good fortune several years ago to spend a week in the presence of astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, a national hero by any measure. He is an explorer of both the outer and inner worlds. I can’t think of a better presentation for gaining a useful contextual perspective of perhaps why life for our species is the way it is. Below is a summary of the short audio lecture available through “betterlisten.com. While this talk was made over a decade ago, it feels even more timely now.
Global Mind Change: Paradigm Shift 102 by Edgar Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell explores humanity, science, and fulfillment in this recording on what it means to be a human and our place in the universe. Part of a three-lecture series recorded in the 1990s, the messages Dr. Mitchell brings us are perhaps more relevant today than ever. Excerpt from recording: “I suggest to you that the way we need to look at it is because we are not really physical beings yearning for a spiritual experience. We are in reality eternal creative beings. Creating a physical experience and it takes quite a shift in mindset to get yourself around that one…. For those of you who haven’t heard me before, why is this important? What is it about now, that I would bring this up? What is it about the contemporary period that we live in that perhaps makes this a vital alternative viewpoint to think about and to look at? I will tell you that in the last year I have seldom spoken with a person who did not think that something very strange was going on, who did not think that the world was in a rather major crisis and it seemed to be deepening.”
I don’t know how it feels to you but if there is any one group that is alive and well it is the “Time Bandits.” I think we can lay this squarely at the feet of technology. Response time is a vanishing luxury. When I first entered the advertising world, several decades ago, we had three weeks to put ads together. When I left, the joke was we had three hours.
In this new environment we are all being forced, like it not, to rely on our intuition, to trust the process by committing to a course of action not knowing how the components will come together. And this is happening on a large scale. General Motors committed to the Chevrolet Volt electric car manufacturing process knowing that the battery had not been designed, but trusting that it would be when it was finally required.
If we must follow our intuition or begin action trusting that the right components will show up when needed, this territory becomes more important than it ever has. What are the maps and what are the rules? The hope for this site is that it will be a place to report on the challenges of figuring out the dicey area of intuition versus desire, what seems to work and not work, how synchronicity can be a helpful tool. Maybe this is one of the reasons the social media are becoming such a comfort. we can all hold hands in real time.
The further hope is that by sharing these experiences, the processes will become more concrete, more reliable and more natural. It seems like Jung’s, “Collective Unconscious,” or Rupert Sheldrake’s “Morphogenetic Field” is where some of the the answers might reside.