THE IMAGINATION ACTS website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.

 

Dear Readers,

In June 2019, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Editor Anne Galvin with the theme of :-

TRADITION – What is it and to whom does it belong ?

Over the past few months I have pondered upon this question.

Tradition is generally understood to be ancient knowledge, derived from the rituals and customs of pre-religion. Handed down through story, song, dance, plays, rhythm and rhyme, much of it has only been consigned to paper in recent times. Our traditions have been threatened into extinction and are said to be being ‘lost’ through modernity, industrialization, globalization and the assimilation of cultural groups. This in turn in recent times, has led people to search for meaning, for belonging, to rediscover and discover the roots of our existence.  Tribal peoples and shamen around the world who are still living their traditions and never before divulged their practices to those outside their communities are now sharing their ancient knowledge and traditions – there seems to be a global awareness amongst these people that the planet and its inhabitants are in need of healing.

Do traditions only belong to the cultures in which they originated, or are they applicable to all races and creeds? Is tradition something firmly fixed, as the tenets of religion which are to be adhered to in fear of retribution? Or is it something fluid and progressive, as life itself?

As living beings, we are in essence a part of nature. But on a deeper level, if we stop to look around and allow a reflective view, as living beings, our ideas, plans, hopes, dreams and intentions continually go through the birth to death and rebirth cycle, just as does all of nature around us. To see that the leaves on the trees that shrivelled around the autumn equinox and fell around hallowe’en/ Samhain, are now showing as new buds, and flowers that shuddered back into the earth are now reappearing, is a reassuring and powerful message. If we stop and allow a reflection into nature, it is possible to see that we too, always have new opportunities and chances throughout our lives here, to grow new plans and ideas, hopes and dreams.

Blog tells of the sacred role of water, ‘The Fellowship of Spring’  – HERE

Stories come from Bernadette Vallely, the founder of Shakti Sings Community Choir and Graeme Goodwin, who teaches djembe drumming with an introduction from Anne Galvin – HERE

Gallery showcases the poem ‘The Vision’ by Wendell Berry and images of Tradition  – HERE

Climate Change updates on inspirational information by individuals –  HERE

News from Elsewhere on actions being taken by Friends – HERE 

WakeUp to the Dalai Lama’s most recent writing ‘A Call For Revolution’  – HERE

 

ABOUT ANNE GALVIN – 

I am a complementary therapist and qualified in massage and reflexology in 1996, aromatherapy and reiki in 2000. My passion for my work just grows with the passing of time. I also drum with Rhythmworks, sing with Shakti Sings, and enjoy discovering and practising our old ways, whether sitting alone in a forest, or joining 150 people on a water pilgrimage through the streets of London !

TIA’S THEME FOR OUR JULY EDITION is Gender Fluidity which will be guest edited by Andrea Wright : ‘ Several Shades of T  – Unity within Diversity

Warm greetings to you all and I hope you enjoy ‘Tradition – What is it and to whom does it belong? ’.

Anne Yarwood

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The Fellowship of the Spring

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Since time immemorial, people worldwide, including those from our own native wisdom traditions, have held water to be sacrosanct. Humans have long held pilgrimages to sources of streams, doused themselves in holy lakes, made offerings on riverbanks and shores of oceans.

These were not wanton acts of blind worship but reverence to a deeply-known recognition of humanity’s dependence on water and a keenly-felt gratitude for nature’s benevolence. Until quite recently these habits have been forgotten and almost lost.

By resuming these rites, we can start to re-kindle a sense of intimacy with the natural world and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of all life. By deeply caring for and paying attention to our waterways, we grow motivated to defend and protect their right to flow, unimpeded by pollution.

“The way we see our world shapes the way we treat it….if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water…if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect.”

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Stories from Bernadette Vallely and Graeme Goodwin  

An introduction by Anne Galvin is followed by wonderful stories from Bernadette Vallely, founder of Shakti Sings Community Choir and Graeme Goodwin, who has been running workshops teaching the tradition of djembe drumming using techniques originating directly from the training schools in Guinea Conakry for the Djoliba (the National Drum and Dance Ballet of Guinea Conakry).

The Stories close with a feature about Polly Higgins, inventor of the Law of Ecocide.

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Wake Up

No. 19 – Wake Up to A Call for Revolution

By | Wake Up

In the Dalai Lama’s most recent writing, A Call For Revolution published in 2018, he says

“I am calling on you to bring on a cultural revolution of compassion!”

“When I call on you to bring on the Revolution of Compassion, I am calling for the mother of all uprisings to begin.”

Speaking to all humans as Citizens of the Earth, he says,

“The problems facing you, whether to do with climate change, violence in general and terrorism in particular, were not created by God, Buddha or extra-terrestrials. They did not fall from the sky, or rise up from the ground. Humanity is entirely responsible for being at the root of the problems that have caused these crises. Which is good news. Because if we have created these problems, it is logical to believe we have the means to resolve them.”

On March 15th 2019, in 25 countries around the world, an uprising of people from all walks of life began taking non-violent direct action in a bid to save our planet from catastrophe. In London, Waterloo Bridge was turned into a garden, Marble Arch became a campsite and learning centre, Parliament Square an information centre, Oxford Circus a speaker’s platform, Piccadilly Circus a youth centre. Songs from the soul, rhymes of reason, music of love and hope, theatre of passionate pleas were played out through the streets of our capital city.

This rebellion was a culmination of many years of the peaceful work of many individuals and small groups of citizens of this earth, who wish to see her beauty and nature thrive for future generations.

We do not all wish to be rebels, activists or protesters. There are many ways to quietly join with those of like-mind and create change……..

https://britishpilgrimage.org

https://wisdomkeepers.earth

http://lawyersfornature.com

https://shaktisings.org

https://SOULand.org

www.earthlawcantre.org

www.glenniekindred.co.uk

June 2019

 

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