Interbeing

After almost a year with no Sequitur shows, the recovery of a 7-year-old recording of an Embodied Compassion teleconference with Charles Eisenstein has demanded release despite physical and technical obstacles. Your host and producer is joined by six callers in conversation with Charles about the Story of Self and the Story of the World: social change, gift economy, connection with self, others, and the Earth, and so much more.

The cultural enhancement for Interbeing by Julien White and Dana Goodwin is based on Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek.

Protection

In response to a perceived threat, I created a DIY ceremony of protection and recorded it live with the permission of the two neighbors who participated. You will also hear a bit of The Seven Directions by the Sami Brothers, Litha: The Summer Solstice Song by Lisa Thiel, and excerpts from the incantations and teachings of Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. The featured image above shows the Pachakuti Mesa or altar table before which the ceremony was performed with the “Misarumi” in the center of the plaid altar cloth.

Run time: 63.5 minutes

Here is a broader perspective on the space and, below that, a close-up of “the Crone” or “the Martha avatar” with Anubis by her side. For scale, that’s a leaf of basil in the right foreground.

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Also included is Elizabeth West’s eighth Sunset Windows practice titled Loving It All. The instructions are below her featured image.

08Loving It All

Loving It All

1. Start with grounding and breathing. This need not take long; you will know
when you are ready to move to the next part.
2. Ask to be shown an aspect of self that you reject or condemn that you are to
look at.
3. Then, imagine that you are sitting before an altar. Take a minute or two to
create, in your mind’s eye, the altar (or some sort of container space) you’d
like to have for this exercise, that you’d like to work with all week. Put on it
items that feel important or beautiful or meaningful to you, that you want to
help you explore and hold truth. You can create a real 3-D altar if you wish,
but it isn’t necessary.
4. Once it is ready, place one aspect of yourself which you do not love on this
altar. Take a good look at it, and then ask yourself the following questions. It
might help to print or copy out these questions so you can refer to them
easily while doing the exercise. Listen quietly for the answers that arise:
• Do you love less because of this quality?
• Who is hurt, and is it the quality, or is it your condemnation of it, or
both, that causes the hurt?
• Is there any purpose (that has value for you) that is served by
withholding love from this aspect of you?
• Can you forgive yourself? Even for a moment? (Be honest here. It is
perfectly ok if you can’t.)
• Can you find any forgiveness or compassion in your heart for others
with this same or a similar quality?
• Do you need to change anything to be loveable?
• Do you want to change anything?
5. Once you have checked in on each of the questions, make a few notes about
what has come up for you. You don’t have to DO anything or work on this.
Just see it, answer the questions as you can and give yourself permission to
be conscious of this piece of you during the day.
6. In the evening, before you go to bed, take one or two minutes to check in and
see how your relationship with that aspect of self is. Has it changed at all,
even subtly? Have your feelings about it altered at all?
On the following days you can decide if you want to spend more time with the
original issue, or if you want to move on to another part of yourself that you
relegate to the corner. You have already ‘built’ your altar, so feel free to return to it
each morning.

 

Pipeline Resistance

Featured Image photo credit, Climate Direct Action: The Valve Turners
From left, Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Ken Ward, Michael Foster.

Below is a video by producer/director Steve Liptay that explains who the Valve Turners are, what they did, and why.

Use the player below to listen to Sequitur: Pipeline Resistance (run time:  <70 minutes) featuring an interview with Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston, the two Valve Turners who are facing trial in Minnesota on felony charges that could result in more than 20 years in prison – or not, if Judge Robert Tiffany’s ruling on the admissibility of the “necessity defense” survives the prosecution’s appeal.

The following are useful references:

Her Animals by Emily Johnston
Climate Disobedience Center article on “necessity defense”
Shut It Down Today website

Also featured on Sequitur: Pipeline Resistance is Choosing for Yourself, another Sunset Windows practice by Associate Producer Elizabeth West, described below. Musical guests are Betsy Rose and Frances Aubrey with Lullaby for the Earth and Erika Lundahl with Act of Love; lyrics are below the Choosing for Yourself image. Benjamin the Donkey is on hand with more doomer humor, and theme music is by Zympht.

Choosing for Yourself  by Elizabeth West
  1. Compose for yourself one prayer/wish/entreaty – something short; no more than two sentences – that encapsulates your wish for yourself for the day (just you – don’t add humanity or your loved ones or the Earth or other beings of any sort just yet, please) and write it down.
  2. Think about who you want to entreat or address this to – God, the Universe, Great Spirit, Nature, your own Higher Self, etc.
  3. Read it (aloud if possible) and repeat for a total of three times, with attention and intention, each morning, intending that it stay with you throughout the day.
  4. Put it beside your bed or by your coffee maker: somewhere you will see it upon arising.
  5. Take about two minutes to review the color and quality of your day each night when you get ready to sleep. Notice when your prayer/entreaty was answered and give thanks or touch into gratitude if you can for any answers, even if it was a lot less than you had hoped for.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 daily.

07Choosing for Yourself

Lullaby for the Earth by Betsy Rose and Frances Aubrey

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
But if that mockingbird’s extinct,
How can a mama sleep a wink?

Before those mockingbirds are gone,
Mama’s gonna sing out a mournful song
‘Bout what we’re putting in the air.
It’s changing weather everywhere!

The Earth’s getting hot, the fields are dry.
We can’t grow food with a lullaby!
Ocean’s rising, storm winds roar,
Tornado’s howling at our door.

Oh, little darlin’! Mama fears
Hard time’s comin’ for her baby dear.
But mama is strong, and mama is wise.
She’ll find other mamas who’ll open their eyes.

We brought you life, we gave you birth.
Together we mamas can save your Earth.
So hush little baby, don’t say a word.
Mama’s gonna save you the mockingbird.

Mama’s gonna save you the maple trees,
The waves of grain and the shining seas.
And when we’ve cooled this climate down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Act of Love by Erika Lundahl

This is my act of love
This is my hand uncovered
For you and me, and everyone we see.

This is my gift
Of vulnerability
This is my body
I turn the valve, I turn the key.

Reveal the sorcery
The systems as they be
The systems as they be.

This is fragility
What we’ve built our gospel on
God is not a paragon,
A pentagon, a president, an oil baron.

God is you and me
God is everything you see
I am grateful for, grateful for your actions
To keep this place, to keep this place
Breathing, breathing, breathing.

Breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in,
Breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in,
The work we’re in, the ancient hymn, breathe in.

This is my act of love,
This is my hand uncovered
For you and me and everyone we see.

This is my gift
Of vulnerability
This is my one body.

Presence

Strobus returns to Sequitur  with the medicine we need to protect ourselves from the intentional attentional hijacking of social media: Personal AI developed by Presence. Elizabeth West is back with a Sunset Windows segment titled Kindness, a decidedly non-tech approach to cultivating presence. The cultural enhancement is a seasonal song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Benjamin the Donkey is on hand with more Limericks of Doom. Sequitur theme music is by Zympht. Run time: <65 minutes.

Reference websites:

Presence: http://www.presencetools.com/

B-Corporations: http://benefitcorp.net/

UK Guardian, “Our Minds Can Be Hijacked”  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

Time Well Spent: http://www.timewellspent.io/

Kindness
Elizabeth West

  1. When you get up in the morning, choose one small act of kindness you would like to offer today. It can be to another human being, an animal, the planet, your community, the Divine…. The choices are endless. You might want to make a commitment to greeting someone who doesn’t often get notice, call or write an appreciation to someone who isn’t expecting it, clean up trash in your neighborhood for five minutes, take your dog somewhere she loves to go, feed the squirrels, make a donation of time or money that you have put off, put an offering of food in a foodbank bin at the grocery store, place the most perfect peach on your altar. Let your heart direct you, and try not to pick something that sounds right, but rather choose an act that makes you feel happy, makes your heart sing, when you contemplate it.
  2. Do it.
  3. Before you go out and undertake your day, set an intention to notice any small acts of kindness that you encounter. They may be offered to you, or to the Earth, or to another. They may even be offered BY the Earth or by an animal or a body of water or the sun….. Just decide to keep your heart open to seeing the acts of kindness that are around you during the day.
  4. Before you go to sleep at night, do a quick review. What did YOU do? How did it feel? What did you see others doing in the way of kindnesses? How did it feel to see them? If you forgot all about it, don’t fret. Just wake up tomorrow and start again. It is never too late to be kind, to receive the kindnesses that are daily showered upon you.

06Kindness

Soul-Cake

A-Soulin’
Peter, Paul, and Mary

Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey ho, nobody home. Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Yet shall we be merry! Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey Ho, nobody home.

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
And all the little children that ’round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable, the dog by your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates we wish you ten times more!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’,
For we’ll come no more a-soulin’ till this time next year!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty; my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’ penny, then God bless you!

A soul, a soul, a soul cake – please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry –
Any good thing to make us all merry!
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place.
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace..
This holy tide of Christmas, of beauty and of grace –
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

Creative Process

Listeners have met all four of these creative people in previous shows. Benjamin the Donkey is, of course, our most faithful contributor and was actually the one who suggested the core concept for this show. David Wolinsky returns after his debut in early May on Sequitur: Only Love when his work was read by Debba Kale Earnshaw; this time, we’ll hear the rest of his interview from Sequitur: Exit Strategy and one of his published poems. Stephanie Urbina Jones is back with another song from her Shaman Heart CD and tour, but this time, she gives us a makings-of interview which we didn’t have in Sequitur: Sacred Reciprocity. And the artist formerly known as Zympht, creator of the Sequitur theme song, speaks to us from his unique perspective of a shaman’s soul, a scientist’s mind, and a business career, and shows us his creative process in action.

Run time: 66 minutes

The featured image of Eastern White Pine dressed in the first snow of the season was created this morning.

Chiselin’ Out My Soul

by Stephanie Urbina Jones

I once knew a wise old man, Maximillian was his name.
He was an artist of life, a sculptor by trade.
I used to sit and watch him work –
Ask him questions, try to learn
About the magic that he made. But he just smiled and said,

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

Well, I used to go and visit him maybe once or twice a week.
I drank in every moment; I was thirsty for his kind of peace.
He said, “Let love be your discipline
Girl; carve out your experience.
Be authentic and be real. That’s how my peace was revealed.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.

[bridge] “Like a precious piece of treasured art, I’m not for sale; I’ve worked too hard.
To find out who I am. And at my age, I don’t give a damn!

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

[guitar solo]

My friend Max died a few years back, but I think about him every day.
You see, his words of wisdom guide my heart when I’ve got a tough choice to make.
He said, “Everyone’s got an artist’s eye,
Painting pictures with their lives.
Everything you say and do is a framed canvas of your own truth.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’, chiselin’, chiselin’ out my soul.”

Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. Italy.
Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. Italy.

 

Exit Strategy

Our featured interview with Tomorrow Never Knows. Producer/Director Adam Sekuler and Buddhist Chaplain Darci Meyers boldly treats controversial topics such as conscious death, assisted dying, euthanasia, and suicide. Also included is music from the movie: Carole King’s song Goin’ Back sung by Dusty Springfield; lyrics are below. Sensing Joy is a Sunset Windows segment with Elizabeth West. Written instructions are included below. Benjamin the Donkey offers his two cents’ worth, and theme music is by Zympht. Run time: 80 minutes.

The featured image on this page is one of many portraits of young girls by impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A good reproduction of it hangs on my wall; I inherited it from my father. This is the image that was evoked for me upon reading David Wolinsky’s poem Ghost Story, and I invite the listener to gaze at it while listening to David’s segment.

Sensing Joy by Elizabeth West

05Sensing Joy
Since this practice does not always lend itself to being done first thing in the morning, you might want to create a reminder for yourself to actually do it during the course of the day. You know yourself, and what works best for you.

  1. Sit with a rose or a fall of honeysuckle or a lilac and bury your nose in it and allow the scent to fill you. Allow yourself to feel blessed by such beauty. And stay there as long as you like, just taking it in. Or find some other joy offered by nature and accessed through one sense primarily and give yourself over to it altogether for at least three minutes. It could be the wind, or the sun, or birdsong, or the sound of leaves moving in the breeze or the hum of insects…. Use what is available to you. So often, we want to stop and really feel, taste, smell, devour, listen, gaze, but we settle for a passing whiff, a quick glance. This week, indulge! If you need something for your mind to ‘do’ during this relatively sustained period of attention, try to notice the layers, the subtleties of scent, color flavor, timbre.
  2. Do your best not to analyze or categorize – just enjoy! Notice how your body feels, how your heart feels, how it is to live on this planet.
  3. Make an intention to carry that feeling forward through the rest of your day, giving yourself permission to touch back into it again and again. If you want to make a note of what you experienced, that might help, but it isn’t necessary.
  4. At the end of the day, before you sleep, take a minute or two to revisit your experience and to notice how it changed the day for you. Give thanks to the world of form which offers up such wonders, and to your body which was created to receive them.
Goin’ Back
written by Carole King
sung by Dusty Springfield

I think I’m goin’ back
To the things I learned so well in my youth
I think I’m returning to
Those days when I was young enough to know the truth

Now there are no games to only pass the time
No more colouring books, no christmas bells to chime
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can play the game of life to win

I can recall the time
When I wasn’t ashamed to reach out to a friend
And now I think I’ve got
A lot more than a skipping rope to lend

Now there’s more to do than watch my sailboat glide
And everyday can be my magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years

Let everyone debate the true reality
I’d rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom’s all we lack
So catch me if you can – I’m goin back

Terminal Diagnosis

“How does one live with a terminal diagnosis? We’ve all been given one – at birth.” In this 90-minute show comprised of audio from Guy McPherson’s recent Canadian tour and a personal Zoom interview the following week, Guy will offer some answers to that question.  Included are probing analyses of benchmark research reports and a discussion of conscious death. Benjamin the Donkey is also present with his sometimes irreverent but always enlightened commentary. Photo credit: Newshub.nz.