Lynnaea Lumbard, Co-President of United States based NewStories, shares her story one year on from Findhorn’s New Story Summit….
Two Words: We survive. That is the essence of the new story. We make it, we figure it out, we navigate the paradigm shift from fear to love, greed to generosity, competition to collaboration, killing each other to synergizing with each other. At least that’s what I’ve come to since we were last together. I had a rather odd year of wrestling with debilitating despair as I more fully faced the depths and complexities of the crises erupting around the world. I suffer what is happening to Gaia and what humans are doing to each other. As I uncover rays of hope in the midst of such loss, I recognize that I’ve been moving through a dark night of the soul. Only it’s not my individual soul, but the collective world soul, anima mundi, that I grieve for.
For that soul is in the throes of the old story where we don’t survive: we kill each other off, inflict plagues on each other, and desecrate our planet for generations to come. In some of the stories, a chosen few transcend the body, or get off the wheel of karma, or live happily ever after in a disembodied other-dimensional world, while the rest of us earthlings burn in hell fires, drown in rivers of blood, and claw our way through a Mad Max dystopia of machines and explosions.
But which way is up? What guides us towards a future where we survive? Where do we point our compass and find our bearings? In my own initiations this year, I have been gifted and uplifted by key people and guiding principles that have helped me to release the Cain/Abel, either/or, survival-of-the-fittest worldviews that have dominated our collective psyche for millennium and open to a both/and world where we learn how to play well with others and create magic together. My guides and guideposts are:
- Michael Jones’ The Soul of Place, where he explores Homecoming, Belonging to places and people we hold sacred, Stewarding conditions for regenerativity that give birth to something new, and Gathering together in transformative celebration.
- Stephan Schwartz’s The 8 Laws of Change, where his research shows that successful social change movements emerge from enough people making small, quotidian choices. Point the compass towards well-being, towards what our hearts know is possible. Then every day, in every situation, make the choice that is most compassionate and life-affirming.
- Paul Born’s Deepening Community, which outlines a path that we at NewStories have been practicing all year, especially to structure our meetings and workshops and festivals. Share your Story. Enjoy One Another. Care for One Another. Work Together for a Better World.
- Bob Stilger’s forthcoming When We Cannot See The Future: Where Do We Begin?
We are in the messy middle of “we don’t know” how we will get there. That’s the great mystery. We are creating the path by walking it, writing the new story as we are living it. And we contribute to what it is by what we do, our own quotidian choices.