Blue Deer Center News

Posted May 30, 2012

“Yes, the world shows up according to how we view it, but this does not mean we can get the world to produce what we want by changing our thoughts. Trying to get the world to produce what we want -- the very notion is itself a product of the dualistic view that sees the world as an other to be controlled or exploited. View is not the same as our thoughts; it is more like the seedbed of our thinking.

Education today claims to be about passing on information.. but in fact it is more about getting the young to take on the dualistic view. By force of law children are put into situations that reward competition and individual achievement. Demonstrations of cooperation and empathy are discouraged or even punished. Over and over, the young are drilled in these experiences. In time 'me against the world' seeps into their bones until it becomes 'truth.' This is how the world works for most people today, because most people see it that way: 'Life is about getting what you want, and you don't have to consider the cost to your enemy.' Almost nobody realizes that this seeming 'truth' is nothing more than the product of their view. In fact few people realize they have a view at all.

The Western view produces results that are useful in same ways. When I am driving a car, for example, the modern Western view of time and space serves me well. When I am doing healing work, though, the traditional Chinese view and the traditional Huichol view produce results unobtainable in more conventional ways. Plant Spirit Medicine healers and Huichol shamans routinely do things that are flat-out impossible by Western standards, but this does not bother us. The results speak for themselves. They are simply expressions of how the world works from our points of view."

Posted May 30, 2012

By Carla Leftwich

The sun sits at its zenith and commands the day showering the earth with light and love. The Earth and all of its inhabitants relax in this embrace.

The rush and push and struggle of birth in Spring have given way to the lazy river of comfort and joy that is Summer. Assured of the plentiful warmth and light necessary for life to flow, insects and birds, animals and humankind all buzz and croak and sing and play long and loudly. Bold, bright colors worn by humans and flowers and butterflies communicate the innate need and desire for relationship. As the sun kisses the clouds with golden light in the endless evening, the alluring scents of jasmine and honeysuckle fill the sultry air with messages of passion. Our deepest feelings of love and sharing can easily mature in this time of Summer fullness.

Posted May 4, 2012

What does forming spirtual community in turbulent times mean for us as a culture and people? Do you see these times as “turbulent”? What are the signs of a “turbulent” time? And what role does “spiritual community” play in riding the rapids of the cultural river? Turbulence can be exciting, but also wearing on the soul when one seeks the placidity and serenity of a motionless lake. To strategize our cultural navigation, we need still moments in which to immerse ourselves in the spirit of togetherness.

When we set out into this rapid-paced world, we need each other’s support, and we need the support of the gods, spirits, and divine forces. This is the role of spiritual community. It connects us not only to each other, but to the Great Mystery that will guide us when we find ourselves in realms we may not want to be, or which we find uncomfortable. Sobonfu’s program will provide one of these still places before we set out down the river… or for when we resist and are flung into the rapids.

As an offer of gratitude to you and to all of our supporters over the years, as a gift toward building the kind of “beautiful” community we all yearn for, the Blue Deer Center will be offering our Fireball 2012 as a FREE event with a potluck smorgasbord. A main dish will be served, but we request you bring a side dish. AND… this is very important… even though this is a free event, we ask that you PLEASE register by clicking here. We will need to have an accurate count of the number of people attending in order to properly care for you.

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