A four-part course with Miriam Dror
A morning star rises and sings to the universe
Who we are.”
Each moment offers the possibility of remembering the way home, our human place of balance and harmony within the vast web of life. Each child born invites us to turn in the direction of a new way, a new world balance, so close and yet seemingly so far… What will it take to remember?
All living beings enter life with a blueprint for unfolding and growing toward maximum becoming and actualization. To do so requires a set of circumstances, a response from the receiving environment that answers these innate instructions. In nature, we can observe the unfolding of a spider, a bird, a fox, or an oak tree according to their design. No external instructions are provided, patterns are inborn and carried forth, generation after generation. Barring any interruption, the young will be delivered into an environment which will provide for optimal growth through all stages of life into fruition and actualization.
Human Actualization is the full becoming of our species’ universal as well as unique individual qualities, living at the core of each one of us. Actualization assures a grounded and open being, prepared to fully meet the world according to the native design of the species, within its ecological niche, in the larger circle of life.
It has been said that the only species that forgets its “original instructions”, as many indigenous cultures name this inborn blueprint, is humankind. We can remember, though, by bringing our humble attention and deepening gratitude to many indigenous cultures on the planet that always have carried and celebrated this knowledge, and still do, at an impossibly high cost to themselves as they continue to hold the medicine bundle of the species, the sacred knowledge of the web of life that must not be sacrificed. We will be helped to remember by witnessing the universal song of beauty that still sings through the clouds of trauma and loss, theirs as well as our own.
For a balanced future to come into existence on Earth, we would be well inspired to follow these instructions as parents, teachers, healers, extended families and extended human communities.
Attaining balance in the ever-growing circles that surround each birth is in our hands. Let’s begin here together!
This is our human journey. We will explore it together, welcoming an openness to our own individual experiencing, inviting participation, stories and questions. Together we learn and with deep compassion, we will remember.
- The meaning of call and response
- A set of five sacred questions: the call
- The necessary response.
- The given human capacities
- From individual to community to world
Universal Indigenous Cultural Principles
Bringing full attention and gratitude to indigenous ways of knowing
Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Here we will have the benefit of two Dine’ visitors from the Little Singer Community School on the Navajo Nation: Etta Shirley (the principal), and Brent Chase (Language and Culture Consultant). We will listen to some of their teachings while we explore what is essential to sustain the integrity of our human blueprint in harmony with the greater whole.
- Indigenous ways of knowing: many cultures, principles in common
- Appropriation vs. remembering and healing with grace and gratitude
- Wounding and the possibility of resilience
- Balance and harmony within and all around
We use our human capacities to build survival defenses when the human organism’s call to the environment is not being responded to in accordance with nature’s design. This effort to survive, while heroic, is at a high cost to the integrity of the organism and ultimately to all subsequent relationships, human and beyond.
- Losing connection with the core self, our home
- The pain of separation from the core self, the motivation to heal
- The heroism of survival and the cost of defense mechanisms — emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually
- Defense structures and the meaning of psychosomatic unity
- Using our innate human capacities for survival rather than thriving
- Distortion to our innate human morality and relatedness
- Energy and consciousness — the way home
As once the winged energy of delight
Carried you over childhood’s dark abysses,
Now beyond your own life build the great
Arch of unimagined bridges.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
It is the core of oneself that cries with the pain caused by the sensing of one’s life shrinking instead of growing. Like a trail in the dark of woods now returned to, there will be debris to be cleared away, beliefs, stories no longer ours to be abandoned or transformed.
- Heroic journey stories, universal patterns (Gratitude to Joseph Campbell)
- Stages of the journey home to the core
- Rites of passage marking natural thresholds in the human blueprint
- Human beings as natural ceremony makers
- The nature of the healing relationship
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We Will Explore:
- The human blueprint
- The meaning of call and response
- Indigenous ways of knowing
- Injury to the design and patterns of defense — body, mind, emotions, and spirit
- The healing journey — heroic journey for all time