Dr. Jean Houston woke me up this morning.
Normally, I don’t like to be woken up. In fact, most people in my family stay as far away from me as possible before 10am. But, this was different. This was a powerful awakening…and everyone in the room felt it. Her too-short lecture at the 2011 LOHAS conference was received with hoots and hollers and a standing ovation.
Many of us believe that we are in the middle of a revolution. A revolution of the mind. And folks like Dr. Jean are the messengers. She, like many represent the ‘Paul Reveres’ of this revolution.
I had the honor of literally bumping into Dr. Houston shortly after her inspiring speech (I’m not the most graceful of people). Her humility, her openness, her kind eyes, and the beautiful story written in the folds of her face fascinated me. Here’s a woman who has spent years studying with the likes of Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, and Buckminster Fuller, and right now, here she is, taking the time to “see” me. Taking the time to listen to my rants about the hypocrisy of the Feminist Movement. I left our brief chat wanting for more, which, magically, I will get. I will interview her in more depth in 2 weeks, which I will post here for anyone who might be interested in what the messengers — and maybe in this case the angels — of the future have to say. How do we move elegantly and consciously through this current phase of Transition? What challenges do we, as humanity, need to address first? We know we have no road map, so where can we look for directions?
Just a few of the quotes that struck me:
“Do any of you feel as if your life is a micro-laboratory of what’s going on in world?”
“We are the ‘People of the parentheses’ in the history of humanity”
“It’s time to leave our life of serial monotony behind; rather, let’s take this opportunity to prepare ourselves to become stewards of The Spirit.”
“It’s time to harvest the human capacity.”
How fortunate we are to be living in such times. I have much gratitude to everyone attending this conference. The anticipation of change is palpable. Let’s ride the wave. You ready?
** title of this article is taken from an ancient chinese proverb**
Pippa Sorley is co-founder of eConscious Market, one of the Internet’s leading online green retailers. She has 15+ experience working for both nonprofit organizations & corporations within the Natural Products, LOHAS, and Sustainable Business sectors. She lives in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado.