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.
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? ’.