Janice Dolley, member of the summit core organising team, shares her story one year on from Findhorn’s New Story Summit….
The New Story Summit was above all an affirmation for the 335 of us who were there and the many thousands who were joining via live streaming and through social media. The inspiring insights of so many indigenous elders and the vision and vigour of young people from all over the world has given us an energetic boost for everything that each of us had previously been undertaking – often in relatively solitary ways – which now could be seen to cluster under one big banner-like umbrella. There are now many new story groupings emerging. At our last meeting we heard from friends in two groups in Canada who assured us that together we can bring a new reality into being on this our planetary home.
With this boost there came a more intense focussing of my own energies on the co-creating of synergistic networks and initiatives in the British Isles. During the summit I was given a clear inner message ‘the tide has turned’. This was indeed a moving moment. Despite the growing horrors reported in the media we need to know that once an ocean tide has turned nothing can prevent it from reaching high water. Since the summit a flexible and open grouping has met four times with another meeting coming up early in the new year. We have shifted the venue each time as part of energising and linking up what we are calling ‘New Story Hub Centres’: Olivier Mythodrama (who were very much behind the summit), Hawkwood College (centre for future thinking), St Ethelburgas (centre for peace and reconciliation), Emerson College (centre for the work of Rudolph Steiner in education, arts and biodynamic farming) are among the first. We see each centre as a focal point for a network of local hubs, projects and initiatives. It is early days but there is a recognisable movement underway.
Our next step is to work with the Findhorn Foundation on designing programmes to introduce the new story with a series of mini modules and associated resources that can be adapted to suit different audiences and time allocations. We are also working on a set of principles that we see as underpinning the New Story and on designing flexible syncratic models of interconnection with creative ways for mapping using newly developed technologies.
Each person who has awoken to this emerging reality has his/her own way of inner sustenance. My own comes from a daily early morning meditative tuning in along with reading inspiring books such as “Leading from the Emerging Future” (Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer), “The Sacred Matrix” (Dieter Duhm) and “Pioneering the Possible” (Scilla Elworthy). These and a growing knowing that there is a great team of unseen helpers working with us from many different dimensions of being keep my energies sufficiently high to work towards a collaborative ”One Spirit Summit” to be held in London in September 2016. The working title for this is ‘New Story, New World’ with an aim of furthering our exploration of how, together, we might best respond to the call of Spirit to bring about greater harmony and love in all we are and all we do.
And we do this at many levels. It seems that our collective feelings can revitalise the ‘anima mundi‘ – or world soul which has been weakened by our competitive exploitation and violence of so many kinds. Additionally, our collective thinking strengthens the ‘noetic field’ of ideas from which the ‘new story’ is being birthed and our collective behaviour and lived examples are growing a new ‘morphic field’ which is spreading and intensifying. Every little helps. We cannot know which of us will be the ‘100th monkey’ to tip the scales but rest assured the tipping point will come and we will win through despite all apparent opposition. As Arundhati Roy has said:
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.