Charles Massy, Australian author and practitioner of regenerative agriculture, describes the need to shift from ‘mechanical mind’ to ’emergent mind’.
It’s a time of massive change. I heard Terry Real, US relationship therapist, talk about it as the last throes of patriarchy – the model that has prized dominion over collaboration, assertion rather than dialogue, the individual rather than the collective.
These descriptions suggest the urgent need to move beyond exclusive reliance on masculine, literal, mechanical and intellectual models towards embracing and prioritising intuitive, feminine, future-focused and responsive ways of being in the world.
I write for everyone. I don’t just write for myself, or perhaps sometimes I do. Well, alright, very often I write to emerge from the small cage of myself into a larger and brighter space. So that is for myself but it’s also to release myself into the world.
wait, you do not need to move now
wait, you are exactly where you need to be—
and the branch that crashed to earth behind you
and your car which needs repair
and the blisters on your feet
are asking you to wait—
to savour this fresh moment
this instant when something new unfurls
silently within the shelter
of a hidden part of you
you are aware of something
new and numinous
that clings not to the past but says,
you are luminous now
when you risk revealing
more than the shy edge of you,
forgive yourself for all that you are not
and perhaps will never be,
bask in the balm of that acceptance
so you father, mother, cherish
who you are right now—
and now is too short a word
for this long moment