by Ferananda Ibarra
We begin with
this quote: Diversity asks, Who is at the table? Equity replies, who
is not at the table? And what barriers do they face in order to get
here? Inclusion asks, Has everyone's ideas been heard? And then justice
replies -Have ideas be taken seriously if they're not part of the majority?
A great quote but it's still centers on whiteness. Because decolonization
asks, Who built the table? Why was it built? ~ Modern warrior
You have been
invited to an all inclusive circle, one that honors all
yet heightens those who have been disfranchised, neglected into the
shadows and edges of society. The indigenous, the women, the waters.
You have been invited to find larger meaning and connection. To explore
Radical Partnership in an Ancient Futures Café. To
co-create radical partnership for the 100%.
You are focused,
present to the room, to others, connected through the heart. Women from
different walks of life and the Indigenous Grandmothers are holding
the container with their wisdom of the most ancient social technologies;
Intentions have been blown out in spirals into the winds, permissions
have been granted, the spirits have been called forth with their native
names, the water prayer, the High Priestess guided in the river, opened
the emotional space, and you feel united through the waters of the Great
Womb of life. Men holding the field move the inner and outer flows and
allow for the feminine to dance in all its glory. Clearing and purification
have been practiced. Your heart vibes to the rhythm of the collective
body and you feel your great self-presence and inner listening.
Then it comes,
the first spiral of questions:
How are you
perpetuating patriarchy or privilege? Where are YOU enacting or enabling
I suddenly been asked to get naked? Asked to reveal my hidden behaviors
and conditioning, to dismantle the self constructs I diligently learned?
has stopped the free flows and nutrients and life. It stopped the free
flow of the energy of women. It has blocked the sacred purpose of at
least 50% of the population, not to say mutilated multiple cultures
and other species out of existence, for centuries. Yet perhaps the biggest
damage is that it disrupted the possibility of generative partnerships
and the field of love.
I notice that
if I peel the layer of fear to be judged then there is a deep ocean
of INquiry. Will you let the grief in? Will you let shame propel your
evolution? Are you willing to open in raw vulnerability? Dont
judge me for my high or low tides, allow me to be me. Am I too blue
open, the field experiences shifts. A river runs through us. Stories
from grief and trauma float in the stream of our collective waters.
Vulnerability is in the mix. Hide and Seek are present too. Our energy
peaks rushing down into a whirl of e-motion. The Grandmother of love
bursts into tears. From the edge of my chair I wonder -What have we
done to offend her? Should I feel shame? Are we, am I colonizing the
space, imposing an unwanted, unrequested emotional labour into our Grandmothers?
Our indigenous elder, the one I appreciate and cherish, the one I hardly
understand, has spoken through water.
There is a
practice in holding space that is about Being with all that Arises
have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesnt seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.
It has been
a dance with the field in the now. Ebb and Flow. The Grandmothers sit
in circle. They listen. The tears are calling for the fire to be lit.
When you tune to partnership with the natural elements they speak to
you. Fire, our great companion that enables us to endure the intensity,
the heat and the pressure we experience, fuels the deep transformative
work to which we are committed to.
I repeat to
myself - Stay conscious and practice containing and grounding the electricity
that runs through us like lightning, seeking a target. Through the work
with fire, we form the alchemical vessel in which deeper individual
and collective transmutation can occur.
keeps moving in and the second set of questions comes in. We moved from
the realms of the Self into Culture. Every one of us is a living organism
that is alive to the energetic field of the others, and alive to the
energetic field of the whole.
How can de-rooted
people find community and re-plant themselves in an ethical way? What
is the transitional ethics involved to integrate and define a new culture
where we become indigenized into place? What does it mean to leave behind
a culture of oppression? Who built the table? and why was it built?
Gift me a
moment of unedited creative courage -You ask. A moment where you speak
your mind, not hiding anything but opening your heart and mind completely
to the other through discourse. Sincerity.
We each know
about the potential that arises from sharing the innermost substance
of consciousness within the Heart. We have placed our awareness in service
of the whole. Able to speak truth and listen. Open to the winds of influence.
room breathes at a rapid pace, there is no way to hide. Who would want
to hide anyways? Isn't this a sacred moment of Regeneration of culture
through vulnerability and courage? The grandmothers whisper to our hearts.
Be present. Be respectful. Be you. Dive in. Those open to receive radical
truth, free and fierce love find connection to Self, Place and each
cultures honor the ancestors in ways that others have forgotten. Its
an invitation to being as the world together. Recognize in the other
his/her/them true being, freedom and creativity. The indigenous remind
us -No specie has the right to disrupt the sacred purpose of another
specie. - Mine and thine, if you could only get rid of it! Polyculture
is a word, a grammar, a vocabulary, a composition, and a creation. In
an animate world the Ocean has a soul, it isn't a token for your rituals.
The Fire has a divine purpose and a seat at the circle. The Wind communicates
change and the Earth breathes through the lungs of the collective. The
hum of our voices reveal the sensible engagement of those who are ready
to release the old OS that has tied us to very narrow ways. How can
we become better listeners to all the animate world?
If you are
sitting in the circle and by now you havent received a self-revealing
truth capable of transforming you, then you are probably busy editing.
is key. Stop overthinking where to participate, walk the path and
illuminate it. We arent getting somewhere, we are
following the evolutionary impulse and we all have access to the now.
Allow yourself to immerse in a new narrative that brings the best
of us into the center, and thus creating a field of expansion of possibility,
not for you, but all the generations to come Thomas Hubl
To the above
quote, I would add -In Radical Partnership participation is key. What
is required is practicing a polyculture aware way of communicating,
utilizing the strengths of every voice that partakes in a conversation
and from that bringing information, direction, wisdom and illumination.
Perception is participation, interplay. Offer to the ancestors all that
wants to be released. Transmute the shadow. Metabolize our collective
trauma into joy as we give ourselves the opportunity to move from -them-
it take to become the kind of human beings who can break through the
stuck patterns of our social, political and economical systems to engender
the transformation of human culture? I will certainly be chewing on
that one for some time. Perhaps growth happens in between comfort and
panic and move us into action.
community) is not a sum of individuals. The sum of individuals is
not the community.
- Wendell Berry
and Nature are a representation of The Big Three, also known
as I, WE, IT or The Good, The True and the Beautiful or Art, Morals
and Science. The spirals of conversation in the Ancient Futures Cafe
move us from the realm of Culture into the exploration of the realms
Nature and the reality principle.
an interesting question about where one has leverage. Seems as a very
particular thing. Yet, when looking at large scale systems change in
the universe, we can observe that it happens when a new expressive capacity
shows up, an example of such a capacity is DNA. If we want to talk systems
then we need to look at the grammar of DNA and social organisms like
organizations, cities, even families. We need to look at living systems
and understand flow. Isnt that what the indigenous have done all along?
Oh well... we dismissed ancient wisdom for a couple of centuries, can
we rewind? and there is also a next level technical challenge about
scalability that needs to be addressed.
the resources needed for optimal flow and well-being. Think about what
would make an ecosystem of organizations thrive. If you are thinking
about money then you are being lazy. Its not about the money, but about
the resources you want to use money for. What needs to circulate and
then recirculate and how can that happen?
are in a 'state of flux' constantly changing. The perfection of the
flows of nature allow for an economy where Deep Wealth is possible. Beyond
money, honoring all that is beyond measure, beyond transaction, that
live in the space of the naming. Natures economy is Sacred economy.
world is interdependent. We are interdependent. The current economic
system is designed to extract resources from and exploit people and
the environment. Can we redesign our systems of governance, economics,
and society to meet the current and projected needs of all species,
while restoring the inherent right of all species to thrive in their
The room is
breathing through a different light. We came from the interior dimensions
to the exterior ones. People feel more comfortable about speaking about
what is out there.
we design will determine our capacity for collective intelligence. Its
DNA folks. The emergence of speculative new forms of currency has created
a new Gold rush. Yet if you think about them in terms of
DNA, can we truly create thriving social organisms with them? As a currency
designer, I know abundance and prosperity can be designed through current-sees
that follow the principles of living systems. Follow the cues and design
for flows that enable anti-fragility, learning, balance of power, listening,
radiance, generosity, management of the commons.
societies thrived because they understood the power of community and
the universal flows of life. They lived in shared economies, the abundance
was shared. A commons. A Commonwealth. The de-colonized
mind, as Thomas Berry says, understand that everything in the
universe is interconnected. There is no creation without destruction,
no destruction without creation. Life is flow.
interesting that some indigenous cultures managed to separate financial
wealth from power. ****Think about that. Its the paradox of sovereign
nations, how money can be redesigned so its not a black hole that
sucks everything into it. Its about life and death.
cultures have taught us that the deepest truth about civilization is
that it was never meant for us. It has always served another species,
another environment, another cosmos. We claim to be stewards, yet today
we are destroying the biosphere. The indigenous tribes have taught us
that if we listen to the waters, to the winds, to the animals, to the
plants, to all voices and the entire animate world that inhabit the
cosmos we will learn how to live in harmony with the whole.
we lived our lives in harmony with one another, and with the natural
order, there would be no reason to make war with one another.
- Chief Seattle
created so much choice, so much love, connection, intimacy. The more
love unfolded the more love kept flowing among us. All-inclusive Love
that continues to choose love. The plenary from the Café was
not a report of insights alone, it was a fulfillment ritual.
Keepers of waters from around the world placed their waters in a container
and our Hawaiian Grandmother released it into the river. Including tears
shed and a rain of prayers. The miracle of the WE was palpable and soft
as the skin of the beloved.
arrive together into this present time. Heal our pain, embrace the shadows,
claim our potential as harmonious societies. Can we release our shame,
clear the victim / oppressor with love, compassion and patience, face
our fears? Can we create mutual sovereignty and open societies? Can
we create information systems that allow us to have the intelligence
of the cells? New DNA for our social organisms. Our future is exciting.
Our energy doesn't need to be sucked into the past, or running away
into the future. We can be increasingly strong, wise and abundant.
partnership begins with the Self, with tuning in, like a fine instrument,
to the precious melodies that nourish life. As you commit to be all
in with all the multifaceted ecology that holds and sustains all
of life, you will experience an increasing revelation of your genius
and attract co-creators. Togetherness opens up a field of service and
play. It creates a unified source field where we dance with our tantric
energies, our love energies, where sparks of bliss and joy and the rapture
for all creation ignite the possibility of thriving polycultures and
virtuous systems. We can experience and embodied ecstatic collaboration
with all the animate world!
in radical partnership with life and spirit