Week 4: Oct 5 Discussion Board

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  1. Cat says:

    Hi! Some ideas from the last few days…

    WATER
    So interesting that Nicky evoked water amidst the hurricane devastating first Haiti, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean, and now making its way north. Water is so powerful. And yet, evidence points to this hurricane being a result, in part, of global warming because rising sea temperatures instigate hurricanes. Water is so powerful, and it is effected by other powerful forces. In this case, human activity.
    As we call for spiritual justice, we must be responsible to the material. They are never separate. Global warming is not neutral politically. Not in the slightest. Corporations profit off war and “resource” and labor exploitation, and have an interest in the practices that cause and increase global warming.
    The rise of the corporation as a powerful political entity has everything to do with capitalism. Capitalism has everything to do with colonialism, war, slavery, and genocide. All these pathogens are bound by heteropatriarhcy and white supremacy.
    Therefore, as we invoke sacred, life-giving elements, let us take responsibility for our actions. Let us be accountable to legacy. Let us see clearly. Let us remember. Let us remember how to live in balance. Let us take this balance into our beings, our communities, and our politics. Let us create new stories. Cast new spells.
    We are magical, after all.

    THOUGHT EXPERIMENT
    In an exercise class on Thursday —
    (which started out, by the way, with this watery quote: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee)
    — my teacher concluded by asking us to hear our 80 year old selves thanking us for taking the time to care for our bodies.
    Her comment sent me on a time traveling journey thought experiment. What would our 80 year old selves say to us right now? In the context of all we are learning and all we wish to manifest, do our 80 year old selves have advice, knowledge, wisdom, insight, or guidance for us?

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