Elisabet Sahtouris, summiteer, Findhorn Fellow and Evolution Biologist & Futurist, shares her personal story one year on from Findhorn’s New Story Summit….
How has the New Story Summit effected positive change in your life and in your work in the world?
The most powerful change the Summit made in my life was following the spirit call to move to Hawaii that I received very near the start of the Summit! As I explained it to my roommate at the time, I vowed to do so by April, and came very close as I arrived in Honolulu May 1st, 23 hours after the small stash of worldly goods I was able to ship here! The synchronicities and events that paved my way along this utterly unexpected and seemingly impossible migration have been nothing short of amazing. Thus, my own personal story since the Summit has evolved in ways I could not have foreseen and in ways far too complex to describe here. In short, I continue my work of bringing a better story, and practical initiatives, to the world for making it liveable as we navigate the perfect storm of crises we are in.
What new pathways have opened up for your planetary future?
I have literally been handed the position of Professor in Residence in the Business School (MBA Program) at Chaminade University, offered the opportunity to help redesign it for teaching sustainable business, and am giving a public lecture series on Pope Francis’ encyclical! None of these things were on my intended agenda!! I owe it all to deep listening to my inner voice, trusting it, following its leads, and not pursuing efforts that do not work, rather going back into silence whenever that happens.
What ignites and sustains your passion?
You might call it shock and awe at my new life… as well as finding wonderful new colleagues and friends eager to make Hawaii the Spiritual Harmony Capitol of the World!
What challenges you? How do you overcome obstacles?
As I said…learning to sense what is NOT going in the right direction, and stopping to go within and hone listening ability.
What supports you?
My faith and seeing the ever increasing spiritual awakening around the world despite all its grave challenges!
How have you worked with the unknown and emergent nature of new story themes?
I have experienced first hand the changes in my own evolving personal story, all the while continuing to develop new ways of teaching my basic human maturation story.
How have you integrated the best of the ancient story as you walk towards the new?
That human maturation story is simply a continuation of a story billions of years old! That gives it more substance than any other I know!
What future do you now see, personally and collectively?
I see my personal mood and health improved as I near my 80th birthday in a few months, and I see the whole world from this ‘microcosm of the macrocosm’ island perch between Asia and America as a more coherent whole than ever before. The crises are deepening faster than ever before (whether climate, disasters, refugee migrations or violent warfare) and the solutions are arising to match them in speed and scope. The new leadership from unexpected sources such as the Vatican and growing people’s movements are brilliant!