In a world where our reach is global, how can we each own up more responsibly to our part in others' disenfranchisement?
Around fourteen years ago, I created the Octaband so that all the persons present in my group would understand on some level that each is an essential member of the group. Regardless of our commonalities or differences, each of us belongs. If our Creator had intended for us to be the same, we would all be the same. In fact, diversity is essential for survival.
Earlier in my marriage, I would frequently find myself wishing my husband were more like me. Then, one day, I pictured a world full of people just like me, and that cured me. I realized that one of me was just the right number.
I regularly end my groups and workshops with a gesture. The words accompanying the gesture are: “We end with a gesture that symbolizes what we’ve been doing. Whether we know it or not, we’ve been giving a little bit of ourselves to everyone present and receiving a little bit of everyone right back ~ through our words, our movements, our song, our sounds. We affect one another, with our smiles or frowns, our front sides or our back sides.” It is only when we understand this ~ that on every level, we impact one another and the earth we live on ~ that we begin to live responsibly.
In a world where our reach is global, how can we each own up more responsibly to our part in others’ disenfranchisement?