We want immediate, radical change. It’s enticing to wave a wand, learn a skill, say one magic word and create the perfect community. But we know this is unrealistic. It takes hard work, organizing, education, and determination to bring about change. Before embarking on these healing and community building tasks though, we must reflect deeply on ourselves.
Below are a sample of questions, adapted from The Power of Partnership by Riane Eisler, used in Seeds Institute trainings to take a personal inventory of our relationships with our community. What do they bring up for you?
Your relationship with yourself
Have there been times you reacted with defensiveness and fear to ideas that challenged your beliefs rather than addressing them from a place of love? How did you turn this behavior around?
Your close relationships
Can you give an example of a child or coworker you helped to empower?
Your relationship with work and local community
How do you feel when you talk with coworkers and neighbors or when you visit local businesses, offices, or government agencies?
Your relationship with your national community
What comes to mind when you hear the term “power”?
Your relationship with your international community
How do you feel when you hear about international tragedies?
Your relationship with nature
What does a clean and healthy environment mean to you?
Your spiritual relationships
Do you have a daily time to reflect, meditate, or otherwise spiritually decompress?
Did these questions lead to more questions? That’s normal. We need to ground ourselves with a deep understanding of self and our relationships to the community as we embark to sow Radical Love in the world. Ready for more? Learn which Seeds Institute trainings best suit your organization.