Tuesday, December 18, 2012

WHAT TO MAKE OF THE TRAGEDY




The pain, agony, frustration and despair of this recent tragedy well expressed by this hand sculpted by Rodan.


Now, many ask, "What can be done?
I continue to go back to the necessity for our culture to face its shadow.
This tragic event was a vivid and too painful example of shadow expressing itself big time!

I believe the best way for us to face our shadow is through arts, entertainment and media.
People need to be "tricked" into facing that shadow. Laughter is probably the best way, which is why I have been focusing on developing a program where the shadow is revealed through comedy and art.
Once the shadow is acknowledged, then readily available steps can be taken to release it and to shift to a creative approach to life. Creativity and imagination are what will ultimately enable us to invent whatever means are required to shift attitudes and behaviors

I'd be very interested in other ideas, but as of now, this is still the best I can come up with.
If we don't face and heal our shadow, how will we ever recover from the damage and the negative conditioning that drives us insane?
I also have to remind myself that we are a very  immature species and only time, experience and developing wisdom will mature us.

I am reminded of the statement by Martin Buber, the Jewish philosopher, when he says that, "All real living is meeting."
The way I interpret that is that everyone wants and needs to be met--authentically. Much of our attempts at the "meeting' are superficical at best, and unfortuntely it sometimes takes tragic events to motivate us to more earnestly seek that meeting.
As A Course in Miracles says, "Strengthening the motivation to change is the first step."
So....a campaign to strengthen the motivation to change is in order.
I'm very motivated and I know you are.
Think on't!
Andy Rumi
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

MANAGING TRANSITION GRACEFULLY

Picture of bottle with funny animal with saying, "You don't have to hold on to dear life. Dear life is holding on to you."

 

  I had two mentors in my early theatrical career in the early sixties. One was my acting teacher and the other was my dance teacher. Both of these women told me, "All art is in the transition." Getting from here to there. 
    That perspective has served me well as an artist and in life. Now, I am calling upon that insight once again as my partner, Rochelle, and I face a dramatic transition.
    We are being asked to move by our mortgage company. Well maybe "asked" is downplaying it a bit. Nevertheless, here we are both in our 7th decade and we have to take our stuff  (what we decide to keep) and go somewhere else.
    Right now we don't know where we're going.  While this situation, which includes having very limited income, might engender fear  (it certainly does in many of the people we tell about it--one of people's worst fears is running out of money and being homeless), we are choosing to see it as an exciting creative opportunity. (some may think we're in denial.  If so, so be it.  A lot more joyful than worry and anxiety. Besides, what did worry ever achieve?) This situation also gives us the chance to put into practice one of the concepts from The Urantia Book which has greatly influenced our lives.
    "Uncertainty with security is the essence of the Paradise adventure..."
    The "Paradise Adventure" translated out of Urantia Book jargon means the process of evolving our souls in a never ending evolutionary development that leads to unimaginable creative potential as beings in a far flung universe...or words to that effect.
    The challenge then for us mortals who are going through significant transitions is to stay centered in the faith that we are secure in the Divine embrace, while circumstances are fraught with uncertainty, including danger, confusion, and turmoil. As the photo above suggest, "You don't have to hold on for dear life. Dear life is holding on to youl"
    So, going through this transition gracefully and with confidence is the class we're in. My hope is that we will have a story to tell that will assist and empower others who are or will be going through difficult transitions--dying to one thing and giving birth to something brand new.!

Game on!
Think on't!