It seems like I blinked and a couple of weeks went by.
I’ve been listening to and editing for production the raw recorded material from the October 2007 offering of Emerging Futures: Leadership Redefined – Reclaimed. What an amazing experience! What felt so strange about it is that as I listened to my own voice (there was more than 24 hours of recorded material to work with), I had no sense of it being me. It wasn’t the sound quality, or the voice itself – it was that it felt like I was hearing it all for the first time! That’s a bit tricky when I’m supposed to be editing.
I kept getting lost in the material, itself. For 10 days, I listened and re-listened and re-re-listened to capture almost 10 hours of the most compelling material. As I engaged in those multiple passes, I was stunned by the power of the material. How could that be???? I was one of the women there!! And yet, there you have it: it was all a big surprise for me, too.
We (Paul with WEL-Systems Productions and myself) took great care to ensure that the design of the product (labeling, tracking, chunking, etc) was a match for the power of the content. Man! I had no idea that it was going to take each of us in excess of 50 hours to get this done. But we did it – and it’s magnificent! We now have a 10-disc CD series that will launch a wave of insight and discovery from which there will be no going back. (It will be available in a week or so, in the online Store.)
Not only am I proud of what we’ve created as a product, I’m deeply honored to be with these courageous women in this raw, edgy and powerful exploration of leadership. As one woman has already said: this conversation will redefine how we think of, talk about and live ‘leadership’. I don’t doubt that for a moment. But all that’s about the CD series. What about me?
I’m exhausted and elated at the same time! I’m filled with anticipation for the future and what is to come! I’m very, very clear – not just from the force of my own intention/manifestation but also from the life force that pours through my body as I engage this way – that I am indeed, an activist for the acceleration of human evolution! And I am discovering that I am not alone in this pressing force in the body.
I am finding/meeting/creating many, many other women for whom this call in their own body is intense and will not be ignored. There is much going on today that is inviting and awakening many to their own evolution. And yet perhaps what I am most mindful of is : why walk when we can fly? Why struggle when we can glide effortlessly into our own magnificence? Why seek answers when we can learn to delight, relax into and surrender to the joy of the much larger question? Why have this awakening be the domain of the few when it can be the breath for us all?
I have become very aware of what sets me apart from many. I do not seek to rid myself or anyone else of their ‘dark’ side. By having discovered how to acknowledge, claim and honor my own ‘dark side’, I have come to know the genius that it carries and the power of its capacity for allowing the light in. There are many gateways and discovering a new context for what I once was taught to press aside, has made it possible for me to claim the full measure of who I am in the world. And life is good!
Yesterday, I had the great joy of spending my morning with a small group of women, gathering… to explore what it is that ‘lights’ them up. In three short hours, it was clear that as much as the whole had become greater than the sum of its parts, it could never have gotten that way without each part. In our willingness, each to stand alone, we found great strength in a new collective. In truth, when we stand alone and take the time to look around, we can see others standing strong in their individuality. Strength does not lie in blending ourselves into an existing collective – it lies in being the seedpod and attractor for the creation of a new one.
Breathing is good…..