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The Conversation: An Introduction

We need a new vision. As self-interest prevails, for our best chance to handle all threats from nature and from ourselves we need a shift of worldview to where we relate to one another cooperatively. This is a call to people who have a passion for the greater good to engage in a dialogue about what to do.

Is there some idea you have that if you were the president or even the good-hearted emperor you would implement?
Mine would be to get everyone talking about the need for a new worldview.
Now, we talk about things that need our attention: global warming, corporate greed, prison reform, on and on. But I believe that how to change our thinking — how to go from self-interest to mutual concern – should come first.
Until we get this dialogue happening, we’ll be talking about the trees and ignoring the forest. Would you agree, or would you have some other idea about where our focus should be?
See Outside the Box Ideas for what has turned up in the Conversation.

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  1. Sue, you never cease to amaze me. In the 20 years that I’ve known you, you have continually reinvented yourself and your means of outreach to continually nudge people out of complacency and into change. You never give up, and that tells all of us that these values and these intentions are worth staying around to stand up for. You rock!

    • suespeaks on June 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm said:

      I love being described that way. Nudge, nudge, nudge indeed. (Hopefully not becoming drudge, drudge, drudge.) It is wonderful to be “gotten.” How about an outside the box idea to turn this world around from you? Like “if we all would be vegans…” would be your logical one.

  2. Perhaps there was a time when we could afford to be nonchalant and leisurely engaged in our citizenship in the world. If so, those times have passed. Urgency is in the air, and time is not on our side. We are the first generation who can, yes, see an end. Citizen action, marinated in love, can see us through.

    As novelist Alice Walker says, “Anything we love can be saved.” And as poet W.H. Auden said in the 1930s, “We must love one another or die.”

    Pretty much sums it up. Count me in.

    ~ Larry Dossey, MD

    • suespeaks on June 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm said:

      Right on, Larry. I’ve got some heavy duty guidance that delivered this echo of your thoughts:

      This is an intelligence speaking. It is the wisdom of the circle.

      Dialogue is the necessary activity now to save the earth. Everyone sees glimmers of a peril looming; all must attend. Reordering must come. It will not result from legislation or from mediating between warring factions. Any imposition will just create more war. No, this needs to BE an otherness that births inside the womb of now.

      This is the voice of humanity’s soul. Snap to attention. Come off the meditation cushion. The family needs to forge. The mother is overblown with pregnancy. A creature must emerge.

      “Marinated in love.” I really like that.

  3. Francine on June 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm said:

    Beautiful, Suzanne!

    Ever since I’ve known you, you have always engaged people in relevant and purposeful conversations. I feel honored to have participated in your living room salons, so many many moons ago — and I’m so excited that you have invited us into this conversation now. Thank you for your timeless commitment and leadership.

    And I’m curious too. Since there are quite a few ideas on how to engage in meaningful conversations – some with lots of rules and some a bit too open – I’m excited to see how this unfolds. Personally, I’m most fond of David Bohm’s ideas on dialogue…. 🙂

    Thank you for creating SUE Speaks! I look forward to participating! xxoo

    • suespeaks on June 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm said:

      Thank you, Francine. When David Bohm, one of the wayshowers, gave weight to dialogue, I was thrilled that what had been happening here became spiritual news! He had the whole picture, of how everything was entwined and the action that would move it along.

      It would be so satisfying to create a parallel to the living room here, with so many more people plugged in!

      • Francine on June 11, 2017 at 10:36 am said:

        I’m so excited about the creation of your virtual living room! 🙂 and I look forward to participating in the SUE Speaks conversations…. Standing with you and extending much love. <3

  4. Hi Suzanne, I love your idea of generating conversation. I am deeply convinced that openhearted conversations are powerful pathways forward in this time. The word “conversation” can be understood in various ways, some trivial, some significant. I tend to think of the word in two related ways which I’ll throw down here just to see what you think of them. In generating a conversation we are hoping to engage the magical power of synergy to probe the most important ideas of the 21st century. I call that the local version. Second, in generating conversations we’re trying to provide a pathway into the leading edge of cosmic evolution or cosmic creativity, that zone of energies that at one time constructed a trillion galaxies and is now hard at work bringing forth a complex and vibrant Earth Community.

    • suespeaks on June 9, 2017 at 10:38 am said:

      Oh Brian, you have such a gift for getting to the heart of the matter of who we are and what we’re doing here. I’ve been guided by your vision since I read “The Universe is a Green Dragon” almost 30 years ago, which is why you are my first Featured Hero: http://suespeaks.org/featured-heroes. Where would I be without you, kid?

      What you’ve written brings to mind Lex Hixon(http://www.mightycompanions.org/lexhixon), who went to hero heaven in 1994 as we were planning stadium events for Celebrations of the Human Spirit. He made us attentive to living in two worlds, the ultimate and the relative: http://mightycompanions.org/page6.html. Who knows but that had Lex stuck around we’d be in that big picture of yours, without interferences to running full throttle on the cosmic creativity we’re privileged to be able to contribute to.

      To our synergy in doing the Great Work!

      • Brian Swimme on June 30, 2017 at 10:53 am said:

        Lex Hixon was at the front of the wave. Even though I did not know him well, he came to represent for me a new archetype in human consciousness, that of the trans-religious, trans-spiritual personality, a human being steeped in multiple wisdom traditions including various ancient lineages along with more secular recent visions such as socialism or contemporary science.

        This move toward a highly differentiated, profound unity proceeds at its own mysterious rate which is so much slower than most of us would wish for if we were in charge of the universe. That’s why I think it’s important to underline the real advances in this movement. Your mentioning of Lex brings an important one to mind which I’ll end with. In 1893, in Chicago, representatives from all the major religions were assembled in one place for the first time in Western Civilization. It was quite an accomplishment. One that involved ships converging on the North American continent across every one of Earth’s oceans and railroad trains covering the remaining journey to Chicago. That gathering started something but it was a one-off event. Then, exactly one hundred years later, in 1993, the idea came to duplicate the event. But here’s the amazing fact: in 1993, representatives from all the world religions could be found living right there in Chicago!

        Humanity diversified for its first 200,000 years. Maybe the next 200,000 years will focus on deepening our unity.

        • suespeaks on June 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm said:

          Beautifully put, Brian. The 1893 Parliament of World Religions actually introduced Eastern religions to the US, which was a massive expansion of awareness and consciences for us. By 1993, Buddhism and other Eastern traditions were part of the landscape here, and, although we’d like to see everything wise and noble happen during this little life we get, on the march to an ever more enlightened reality I think it’s encouraging that massive change can happen in less than glacial time.

          Coming full circle, Lex had an important session at the 1993 anniversary event. Here’s the audio of his presentation, Open Space Beyond Religion, to unify us in what’s beyond the particulars of the different beliefs and practices. It was a theme he went on to act out with The Herringbone Project, where a living room full of people from different religious persuasions met monthly at my house. This was its mission statement: “There is nothing that matches well-developed clear minds getting together. These times cry out for extraordinary new understanding. We live inside a giant idea, which must be born anew periodically for civilization to progress. This is one of those times.”

  5. Rosalind Robinson on June 5, 2017 at 5:48 am said:

    What a wonderful project you have created Suzanne! I will admit some confusion about priorities between work in/on the current political climate, and your broader scope towards a kinder, gentler consciousness. I’ll be very interested to see what people have to say about integrating the two.

    • SuzanneTaylor on June 6, 2017 at 9:57 am said:

      There shouldn’t be any competition for time spent. What we’re looking for is what would capture all of humanity in a new idea. Like my fascination with crop circles, where the evidence is they came from something other than us. Now, there’s just us humans fighting with one another, but if we knew there was another intelligence humanity would be one entity in relation to “the other,” and, as someone in my movie, “What on Earth?,” says, “That could be what saves this civilization.”