I wrote a story entitled Magic in September 2001, which included my first encounter with Tom Atlee who has had a great influence on my life over the years. Tom facilitated the first conference/gathering that I organized on Strategies to Transform the Global Economy in 1998, and he also facilitated my 40th birthday party where I invited people to participate in a dialogue/circle to share their insights/revelations, examine the blind spots of our culture, and inspirations for transforming the system. When I first heard of the Story Field Conference, I had a burning desire to go- just for the fun of it, although it is at a busy time for me and also happens to fall on my birthday (and the birthday of my youngest son). My husband generously oferred to foot the bill as a 50th Birthday present.
I have always been a storyteller, among other things. When I was younger I also sailed around the world, and often joke that “The only thing sailors like to do more than sailing is talk about sailing.” It is true, and I think one reason we sail is that there is plenty of time for long conversations, and no end of experiences to be spun into yarns. One reason that I sailed was to discover the difference between the “story” and “reality.” I also learned how impossible it was to capture experiences and ideas on paper.
A lie is so easy to tell- by simply omitting half of a story, key facts. Our culture is awash with stories, and is extraordinarily ignorant of critical information about our history, current events, the global crisis humanity is facing now.
Since I saw a film in 1992, which prompted me to begin research into the CIA, I have been an activist, a media activist in particular, to raise consciousness about the missing pieces of the puzzle which are vital to understanding our past, the now, and steering us towards a hopeful future. In the process I have learned how to publicize, produce, organize events, conferences, rallies, marches, film premieres, films, radio shows, art contests, social movements. In 2006 I ran for Congress on a 9/11 Truth, Impeachment, Peace platform.
I played a leading role in questioning the official narrative of 9/11, and was stunned at the media silence and animosity (from the corporate and independent press) towards those who raised questions, and pointed out the stunning omissions and lies championed by the government, who used 9/11 to gain support for wars, the attacks on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, the expansion of the National Security State to the Global Police State. To overcome censorship, I published the Deception Dollars which we passed out at anti-war rallies, and have become so popular, that donations towards printing costs were used to launch the 9/11 Truth Movement.
In 2006, I hoped to publish “Conception Dollars,” to promote my candidacy, as well as Anodea Juidth’s excellent book- Waking the Global Heart- Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. Unfortunately, the artist had computer trouble and we were unable to finish the artwork in a timely fashion. We are on the verge, now, however, of publishing Issue #10 of the Deception Dollar- if I could come up with ideas/websites for Conception Dollar pointing towards the best solutions/ideas- it is in the realm of possiblity (The artist and I will be doing a radio show, Monday, July 16th, 7-8 pm PST-inviting ideas, improvements and suggestions for the next printing.
My challenge is actually never enough time, not lack of ideas. I am very hopeful that some great synergies/collaborations will come out of the Story Field Conference. I know how transformative and fruitful conferences/gatherings/meetings can be from past experience. One of my favorite quotes is “We are all beginners amidst beginners.” Each of us has vital truths, ideas, pieces of the puzzle to share. In the grand sweep of human history, and in the more intimate contemplation of our personal “coming of age” stories, the real struggle that I see is overcoming “Fear,” and finding the courage to “Love” or connect with our deepest selves, with others, with our society, the world. I think our real task is to recognize how much power we have as individuals, within our communities (remember community comes from “free exchange of gifts”), and to help others recognize their own power. A “leaderful” society is the best antidote to tyranny and the overt grab for global dominance that we have witnessed over the decades.
David Mathison, author of “Be the Media” speaks about the media renaissance currently underway, which has the potential to dramatically shift power relations as the big money institutions continue to lose their credibility and people begin to trutst their inner voice, experiences and one another more than the manufactured reality/fears/terrors that have been used to manipulate humanity in the age of mass communications.
I hope that in addition to dialogue, we will have a chance to show and see films, as they remain one of the most powerful tools we have to tell new stories, shatter culutral myths, share cheaply and economically across cyberspace and require such a mixture of technological, artistic, musical, psychological, spiritual, mental, political, narrative, creative talents. Fritjof Capra’s book, The Turning Point, became the film- “MindWalk” which was basically a conversation. There is a new film “Zeitgeist” that challenges our culture’s basic assumptions regarding religion, 9/11 and money that was posted on the internet; It drew a lot of attention, comments and suggestions, the producer refined and improved it from the invaluable feedback he received. We could easily have conversations which “deconstruct” the dominant narrative. (Remember the quote- “In order to believe in the American Dream- you have to be asleep.”) We could also spark a new view of reality by recognizing and articulating the sea changes of consciousness that we are all a part of. We could even film or record some of our conversations to spark to encourage ever widening circles, that share our intentions and hopes.
I appreciate the photo of Hokule’a, the canoe built to retrace the path of the first Hawaiians across the Pacific. I sailed to Tahiti, at the same time Hokule’a embarked on its maiden voyage to French Polynesia, and the image brings back memories, songs, as well as the sadness and disappointment some felt because those on Hokule’a could not replicate all the ancient ways of building canoes, navigating, and communicating.
We cannot recreate the past, only help navigate towards a more hopeful future.