I wish you could have been a part of the circle. It was an amazing gathering of poets, artists, college presidents, authors, healers, founders of nonprofits, men and women who are working to bring healing to the military, representatives of peace organizations, sustainability, authors, and extraordinary people working for great good in the world. We met in a backyard forest decorated with paper lanterns, fantastic food, and symbols of our work. Even those who couldn’t come were inspired by knowing that the event, known as ‘Healing Arts Brunch’ existed. I believe that the future will include many gatherings like this.
It’s an old idea and one whose time has come. The Quakers have been meeting in circles of spiritual community for centuries. Master teacher, Parker Palmer, speaks eloquently about the power of these leaderless circles of support in his book, Hidden Wholeness. There are countless historical examples of groups of people working for peace in the world who gather in communities of collaboration and mutual support. The vision is to connect, to lift and to inspire through loose links with others — their hearts, their works, and their commonality of purpose. Though the healing art form that they perform may seem distinctively different, all are working for the common good.
The times we live in are ripe. There is a new fertility, an openness, a hunger for change. As mainstream denominations are declining, personal spirituality is exploding. It is good to gather in community to remember that we are not alone. Paul Hawken, in Blessed Unrest (How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming), has documented more than two million organizations working for social good. He calls this phenomenon the greatest social movement in history. We are all a part of this rising momentum.
Come. Celebrate. We really are changing the world. We are a force so large that it will never be stopped.