From the first weeks of lockdown – and this “anthropause” in human affairs – we’ve been contributing to the #StayatHomeCinema online initiative by sharing a FREE film to watch weekly from the safety of your own home.
We also included a specific story, article or essay that seemed to be capturing the spirit of these transformative times.
We’ve gotten so many requests again for links to these Insights that we’ve collated them all here in one place.
Be Brave, Be Inspired !
WEEK 1 – INVOKING THE WISDOM OF THE SALMON OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THIS TIME
I was up at the pond in the upper field on my brother-in-laws’ farm on Monday with my 3-year old Oisín.
There we planted 9 Hazel trees (a gift from the ever-generous Michael Walsh) in honour of the 9 Hazel trees around Connla’s well from Irish Mythology; the well that produced the Salmon of Knowledge that imparted the wisdom of the world to Fionn, father of Oisín (a belated ritual to mark the Spring Equinox.)
A small gesture to invoke that wisdom now, for a world that greatly needs it.
When we returned I received a link to the following article below from a Spanish friend.
What timing !
What gratitude I have to writers like Paul Kingsnorth – and of course John Moriarty – for their dedication to nurturing this type of wisdom into the world.
WEEK 2 – THIS PANDEMIC AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFORM
In the midst of this crisis there is a tremendous amount of hope out there that this time will inspire us towards exploring new ways to live more in harmony on this incredible planet of ours.
Of the many insightful articles I’ve come across over the past 3-weeks I want to share this interview from the ever inspiring Emergence Magazine that really manages to simultaneously contextualise the science behind the Covid-19 Virus and its place in the overall order of things.
WEEK 3 – ‘What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Hope’
The flip side of the uncertainty and challenges that we face in these unprecedented times is that there is a tremendous amount of hope out there that this time will inspire us towards exploring new ways to live more in harmony on this incredible planet of ours.
Of the many insightful articles I’ve come across over the past 4-weeks I want to share this essay by the ever thought-provoking Rebecca Solnit, who writes:
“When a caterpillar enters its chrysalis, it dissolves itself, quite literally, into liquid. In this state, what was a caterpillar and will be a butterfly is neither one nor the other, it’s a sort of living soup. Within this living soup are the imaginal cells that will catalyse its transformation into winged maturity. May the best among us, the most visionary, the most inclusive, be the imaginal cells (for) a state of profound change.”
Click on the butterfly below for the full article.
WEEK 4 – Alchemy, Active Imagination and a New Era of Significant Transformation
Again and again – beyond the tragedies of this pandemic – I continue to be inspired by the possibilities of these times.
This week I want to share this interview with leading Jungian Scholar Murray Stein who succinctly puts this period into perspective on a universally human scale and urges us to use our active imaginations to explore what is now possible in this new era of significant transformation.
WEEK 5 – Wisdom for Our Times
I am fortunate to be currently participating in an online Hedgeschool being organised by our friends over at The Trailblazery: a virtual forum for people to share and generate ideas, resources, creative practices, meaning making and community building for the challenging times we live in.
There is so much wisdom for our times being shared on this inspiring forum and excerpts from these sessions are now available to view online on: https://vimeo.com/trailblazery
Although the first semester has ended it will continue and please visit https://www.thetrailblazery.com/ for further info.
WEEK 6 – A Time of Tiny Miracles
Over on the Wisdom 2.0 platform there is something revolutionary taking place.
For 5 weeks now world-renowned Mindfulness teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn has been leading an ever-expanding worldwide audience in daily weekday guided meditations and periods of self-inquiry and the reverberations of this worldwide coming together in a time of separation has been extraordinary.
It is as if half the planet has gone on a large collective retreat in this time of cocooning – it is inevitable that something transformative will emerge out of this time of tiny miracles.