There is a new movement begun by Elandra Kirsten called WOW! – Walking Our Wisdom in 2012 and beyond. I met Elandra only recently, but as soon as she told me of her vision i said ‘Let’s do it!’ and I put up the website walkingourwisdom.wordpress.com
The first gathering is at Kawai Purapura Albany, Auckland 17-18th march 2012
It is a gathering of ‘wisdom walkers’ of New Zealand and beyond, and a summit for discussing and sharing what each of us has been learning, and how to ‘walk it’ more effectively together for the good of all in these crucial days. My own personal wisdom is the Wisdom Tree of the Balance, where all types and their gifts find a place in the dynamic whole.
Being part of this has made me think more about the Tree of Life and Wisdom, and now I plan to call the Tree of Life game Wisdom Tree… And launch it at the Wow gathering. Watch this space… and go visit walkingourwisdom.wordpress.com
There are many wisdoms that make up the cosmic ‘Wisdom Tree’ and many of us revere those of indigenous cultures around the world more than our own Western wisdoms, so discredited by the waste and decadence of our ‘post-modern’ culture. But I plead, let’s not throw out the baby with the polluted bathwater! The Wisdom of the True West is my practice and my vision, to defend and clarify it with reason and passion. The West is in transition and even turmoil, but the truths which it has honoured more in the breach than the observance are sacred, if not perfect, and we CAN have a renaissance and turn things around for LOVE BEAUTY, TRUTH and not least FREEDOM, if we attend to them and re-imagine them. Not in slavish conservatism, but in respect for the power of a world view that honours reason and the open collaborative growth of a body of noble ideals, and a civilisation based on them. The Open Society, someone called it. And to those who say the West has no future because it has turned its back on the Sacred, on God, and believes only in the physical, I say look again: reason has expanded our view so much, that the physicists who have known sin, as Oppenheimer said about the atom bomb developers, have now glimpsed the Birth of the Universe and the quantum entanglement. The Universe is as one of them said, beginning to look less like a great Machine and more like a great Thought. So the West may yet return to a Balance, still honouring the physical but recognising that Mystery which is beyond it and contains it, and permeates it. It may even come to acknowledge again the Divine Feminine, and finally heal the Great Divorce of the Patriarchy. The Story of the West is not ended yet…