Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Choosing life - no matter what!

As I move through the women’s writing retreat (Whispers from Within), I am mindful of how powerful women are when they wake up! This journey has been an interesting one as it has no agenda, no pre-requisites and no defined outcome other than one of discovery and waking up to the truth of our own potential.

Along the way, I’ve spoken frequently of Ervin Laszlo. Dr. Laszlo developed chaos theory. His depth of understanding of how living organic systems function brings joy to my heart! Not just as at the level of the individual but also at the way individuals come together to form much larger organic collectives. As I read his books, I am comforted in trusting that he just seems to know things.

A prolific and compelling writer with credentials too long to mention, Dr. Laszlo’s latest book is The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads. This is one book that I don’t think we can afford NOT to read.

In his book, he suggests that we (human beings…humanity…the world) are currently in a chaos window. I think of that as being at the Choice level in logical levels of thinking. His estimate is that this chaos window will stay open for approximately the next 7 years. In that time, we have the opportunity to change…to become different in how we move through and shape our world. If we do not change, that window will close in seven years and we will find ourselves at the chaos point – the point at which multiple, intersecting expressions of the living organic systems that we are and the manifestations of our creations will come together with great momentum to redefine our humanity for us.

This is not a good thing! I look at Dr. Laszlo’s book and I marvel at his courage to simply speak what he knows as his truth. No doubt, he is the first to be aware of the potential that his work carries for him to be labeled a ‘Chicken Little’ (the sky is falling!) and a portent of doom and destruction. And yet, he says what is true for him. His book offers a window into the discoveries of yet another brilliant scientist and an awakened presence. I wonder: do he and Al Gore know each other?

In his DVD, Al Gore shows us how things are coming together at the level of the environment, inviting us to see further than the present moment and consider what awaits if we do not wake up and engage differently. In his book The Chaos Point, Dr. Laszlo offers a similar invitation, with his intention to invite us to look not just at one system but many; and at how they combine forces and subsequent outcomes/impacts, to encourage us to wake up and do something different!

I could say that the combined work of these two men paints a grim and potentially terrifying picture of our future. And yet, despite the momentum of the trajectory we seem to have created for ourselves, I am firm in my belief that when women awaken, the world will change course. I am firm in my continuing belief that we need to do more than change – we need to transform ourselves; to quickly and profoundly shift our perception of what we are and who we can become as human beings. The vast majority of men is far too heavily invested in the status quo and has much to lose by engaging differently. Women have nothing to lose and much to gain by living differently.

I don’t think of women as sleeping giants – I think of us as goddesses napping. Awakening a giant may have unattractive and unappealing consequences. However, goddesses waking up from a long nap will likely be in a much better mood – and ready to rock and roll!

Breathing is good…..


At 12/07/2006 09:19:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the world has we know it comes crashing down, there will be a desperate and urgent need for a new kind of leadership. The traditional leaders will be left speechless. Many women have access to the knowledge of that new leadership. It is in them and they have the courage of a lioness to carry it through, to bring it to light and start the healing. This new leadership looks nothing like what we know today leadership means. What does it look like? It has no edges, it’s inclusive, it exists in the now, and only in the now.


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