Putting together notes for my April 9 – 11, 2010 Autobiography workshop (Esalen). I’m in that “Gathering” stage, reading, sifting, transcribing material from a wide range of sources… some will go into the outline which I plan to share with those attending… other material will be discarded or simply find a place in my journal. Today I’m drawn to an interview with author Michael Meade whose books and audio CD’s include “The World Behind the World” and “The Light Inside Dark Times.”
“The world is speeding up,” he says, “because we’re coming toward the end of the cycle. But as it’s speeding up, those who want to affect change have to bring a slowness to it. The solutions are going to have that quality of slowness and for me that means the soul.”
Interviewer says, “Tell me more about the importance of authenticity.”
Michael Meade: “I work a lot with youth and most youth have a very low tolerance for the inauthentic. The ‘authentic’ comes from the same root as the word ‘author.’ In other words, our authentic selves are the parts of us that author our lives.”
“…everyone is born with the seeds of their own intelligence. Life’s obstacles and the real function of education are to break open those seeds so that a person lives out from their storied soul and who they already are.”
“William Blake said, ‘Everyday has a moment of eternity waiting for you.’ Most meaningful practices—art and spiritual practices---are to align one’s self with that moment when it comes each day… it’s a great gift to be a human being, walking on the earth while the earth is floating in the endless eternity of night. It’s a gift to be getting to do the dance of life.”
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