A glimpse of our future: First Baby Bath

Ulla: Here is a glimpse of the future for newborn ones in this French video of a baby’s first bath. So sweet, so present, so slow and deliberate. And all of it reflected in the baby’s face… This bath actually takes 10 to 15 minutes.

We have a glorious future waiting for us.

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Thanks to Fred Burks for posting it here:

http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/inspiring/baby_bath_first

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New social movements: The difference between sheep and starlings

Bahrain Pearl Roundabout Twitpiced by AymanB

The unrest in the Arab countries of Northern Africa and the Middle East are rapidly spreading (see here for a well done overview on 21FEB2011).

Day by day more young people are inspired to demonstrate, mostly peacefully, for basic human rights or free elections in the face of longterm despotic leadership. Yes, mostly young people.

Even in China unrest among the young is brewing. They are calling for their own  “Jasmine Revolution” (see here).

What is happening here? How can we rap our minds around the fact that within the last two months at least 13 countries in Northern Africa are experiencing various levels of unrest amongst their young people? That two countries have lost their longterm leaders, and more are on the brink of loosing theirs?  How come this unrest is spreading like a contagious virus?

One common factor among the 13 countries is that 50% of the population in these countries is under 25 years young. These young people are hardest hit by unemployment, rising food prices in our worldwide climate of recession, and stagnating economies, often due to longterm corrupt leadership.

But isn’t it interesting in all these uprisings that there is no clear leadership associated with it? Have we ever had uprisings without leaders?

What if we are seeing a clash between two kinds of societal movement here? Old style and new style.

To me old style social movement looks like a shepherd tending to his flock of sheet with the help of a few dogs. The shepherd literally has the overview over his herd of sheep, assesses any given situation and instructs the dogs to move the herd out of danger into safety or into a direction the shepherd deems appropriate. The sheep only go bah and follow the shepherd via the dogs prompting.

This is pretty much the way leadership has looked for the past several thousand years. More or less benevolent shepherds tending masses of sheep.

Even in 1980 Eastern block uprisings like the Polish Solidarity movement had its leader in Leach Walesa, who later became president of a communist free Poland.

But this is different, as we are seeing no leaders emerging in these latest social uprisings in Northern Africa.

They actually remind me more of flocks of birds gathering and flying thousands of miles without a leader, without a hierarchal structure, than like a flock of sheep following a shepherd. A good  example are these starlings getting ready to roost.

It always amazes me how cohesively thousands of starlings can move without any discernible leadership.

Back to the uprisings in Northern Africa.

These youths also have  in common the ability and affinity to use internet communication as a means to know themselves connected with the whole world, if they choose to and have access to it (click here for an article about Facebook in Arabic). They see what other youths in the world have, as in Europe or the USA. and they want the same basic rights.Very understandably to me.

Arab Girl On Cell Phone http://www.tcjewfolk.com

What if this social movement is connected and actually only made possible by the role the internet is playing in these uprisings. It is creating the instant link between masses of people expressing their grievances to each other, and thus realizing that they are feeling united in their concerns. The internet then also facilitates the possibility to act upon their grievances by coordinating mass gatherings within hours.

What if we humans are actually changing. What if we are becoming more like birds, growing our wings and our ability to fly into more freedom in these strange times full of so many changes? What if the internet is providing the common link between those of like minds and hearts, just as birds are linked in a collective consciousness driving them to fly thousands of miles into warmer climates, and back into cooler climates. All of this without any discernible leadership.

What if we are seeing these changes in humanity manifest themselves in our young ones? Can we older ones honor them for expressing a new paradigm in their choices? Can we cheer them on and support them in their legitimate demands for free election, no more torture, and an honest body of governance?

Can we trust these new times bringing new ways of being? Ways of focusing on what unites us rather than what separates us?

An Inspired Political Response to The Gulf Oil Crisis

A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook and I feel moved to share it here on my blog. It expresses in no uncertain terms what a politically inspired response to the Gulf oil crisis could look like.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow, an American radio personality, television host, and political commentator, rewrote President Barack Obama’s Tuesday Oval Office address to what she had hoped he was going to say. She thus expressed what I (and many others) would like to hear from “Yes, we can” President Obama.

Click on the URL below to watch the video at MSNBC:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/37744753#37744753

And pass it around… this is worth watching 9 minutes of excellent political suggestions. May someone send it to President Obama and may he feel inspired to step up to what he could be, a light beacon for real change.

Just Being

HelloI was just talking to my friend Diane about what is calling us right now in these changing times and had some interesting insights.

What if all we need to do to make it through these challenging times is to stay present with the Now? What if that is actually where we can create the New by Just Being?

In every moment we have three choices:

  • We can look backwards and wrestle with the past, process it, discuss and analyze it, try to deal with it, and come to terms with it.
  • We can look into the future with all our fears attached, our fears of whether we will have enough money, a place to live, work to do and a safe world around us.
  • Or we can Just Be in this present moment by accepting completely and fully what is – just for this moment (and not for the rest of our lives) and at the same time by knowing our selves fully taken care of in the future because it is being created and recreated from that place of Just Be.

I have read and heard about Just Being for so many years, but it never really sunk in as it is doing right now under these challenging circumstances.

I can literally sense my creative energies being called forth, and depending on where I focus them: either on old stories of the past or on new stories of an unknown future.

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Looking at the Role of Corporations with Fresh Eyes

Ulla Mentzel

In line with the title and theme of this blog, which is looking for the “A Bigger Picture” I found one that surprised me this morning while cleaning my shower.

Given the corporate personhood debate, I was asking myself the following questions:

What if the role of corporations in modern day society is to push greed and capitalistic practices as far as possible in order to provide contrast.

What if this strong contrast actually can help us as individuals to find out what it is we do not want. By finding out what we do NOT want, that which we DO want becomes so much stronger.

What if we by pushing against the corporations, we connect with others on  that same path and thus find more purpose and meaning in our lives.

What if we were grateful to the corporations for playing an important role in helping us as individuals to find that purpose and community?

Click here for some background information on the “corporate personhood debate”.

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Celebrating the Bright Ones

If we are looking for proof that we are living in a world that is definitely changing, I believe all we need to do is to look at the children catching the media’s attention these days. There is an amount of talent showing up that is not just the mere result of years of hard training as child.

There is a freshness and a delight these young performers bring to their craft, that touches me. It inspires me. It gives me hope and confidence in a changing world.

I have therefore decided to add a new category for my postings called “Bright Ones”. I am seeing so many examples of young ones coming into their unique talents, already fully developed as mature artists.

In out current culture there is no way to explain some of the creative talent showing up in these young bodies. We have to look outside our current box for that.

Justin Bieber

What if these Bright Ones have spent lifetimes honing their craft. Slowly working their way into their current mastery.  Spending a lifetime to learn how to sing. Another lifetime to learn how to play one instrument. Then another. And another lifetime practicing how to dance. Most likely not very glamorous lives. More likely lives spent in dedication to these crafts without necessarily much reward.

What if all of this was in preparation for this life of seemingly effortless talent. To be able to burst out so brightly and easily into a world of deep challenges. Offering their talents, their joy, their ease, their inspiration.

What if these Bright Ones come into their current lives with less of a Karmic overlay. Meaning, they have less “stuff” from previous lives as baggage. What if they can actually remember more easily these lifetimes of skills.

What if all this talent spent lifetimes to acquire lies dormant in our bodies’ cells. Dormant until we remember. Remember step by step who we are deep inside. Remember why we are here on earth.

Esmee Denters

And what if one of the reasons they are here on earth, is because they are collectively standing on our shoulders as the elder generation, figuratively speaking. What if as humanity we are truly evolving, and one way to see the change is by looking at these Bright Ones. By being grateful for the work we as the older generations have done.

So that the Bright Ones could actually show up to remind us. That all is not as it seems. That all is well, no matter what it looks like. That life is a joy, no matter what.

If you are interested in exploring these ideas further, click here for further reading or listening. Who I call the “Bight Ones” are also often called “Indigos”. If you want to find out more about them, click here and here.