Unfortunately we live in an age of great social isolation. Most of us are profoundly
lonely because we don't have the families, friends and support system
that human beings are calibrated to needing. Faith in a higher power and
the pursuit of what interests me has kept me going. If you feel isolated
and alone, you are not alone. Have faith and "do what you love."
It is my hope that "A Meeting of the Ways" can serve
as a resource to you, giving you ideas as to where you might be able to
go for spiritual renewal, growth, and solace.
Joseph Campbell said that everyone's life has a special purpose. He
advised that one could find out what one's special purpose is by, "following
your Bliss". He said that when you follow your bliss, doors will
open for you that will not open to anyone else. "If you follow
your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there
the whole while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living
is the one that you are living."
I think of it in simpler terms, "do what you love."
Our destiny is the realization of our unique gifts. Whatever we sincerely
yearn to do is what we're meant to be doing. In my experience, when
people connect to their creative power and act out of it, the impossible
becomes possible and the neurosis become irrelevant. Whatever our gifts,
it is our responsibility and our privilege to bring them to life. That
means doing what ever is necessary...studying, connecting with people,
etc. to bring your creativity to fruition. Don't be discouraged by circumstances.
As Doris Lessing once said, "whatever it is you are meant to do,
do it now. The conditions are always impossible."
Joseph Campbell on the teachings of the Arthurian Legends: "They
thought that it would be a disgrace to go forth as a group. Each entered
the forest at a point that he himself had chosen, where it was darkest
and there was no path. If there is a path it is someone else's path
and you are not on the adventure."
"As you go forward into your life, you will come upon a great chasm.
Jump! It is not as wide as you think." The advice of a Native American
People to their young people.
"If you can dream it, you can do it." --Walt Disney
"I became convinced that non cooperation with evil is as much a
moral obligation as is cooperation with good." --Dr. Martin Luther
The poetry of Hafiz
Everything written by Marion Woodman
China Galland Longing For Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna,Viking/Penguin,
1990/1991 and The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion,
Riverhead Books/Putnam, 1998 Riverhead Books/Putnam, 1998
Yaya Diallo and Michell Hall. The Healing Drum, African Wisdom
Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1989.
Julia Cameron. The Artist's Way.
New York, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigee Books, 1992
Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth.
New York, Doubleday, 1988.
Betty Edwards. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
Los Angeles, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1979. Drawing on the Artist Within.
New York, Simon & Schuster, 1986.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. Women Who Run With the Wolves.
New York, Ballantine Books, 1992.
Frederick Franck. The Zen of Seeing, Seeing/Drawing As Meditation.
New York, Vintage Books, 1973.
Mickey Hart. Drumming At The Edge Of Magic.
San Francisco, Harper San Francisco, 1990.
Mark Levy, Technicians of Ecstasy, Shamanism and the Modern
Connecticut Bramble Books, 1993
Jerry Mander. In the Absence of the Sacred (The Failure of
Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations).
San Francisco, Sierra Club Books, 1991.
Maledoma Patrice Some. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community,
Portland, Swan/Raven & Company, 1993.
Sule Greg Wilson. Foreword by Babatunde Olatunji, The Drummer's
Path, Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming,
Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1992.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. The
Art of Happiness: A Handbook For Living, 1998
Lori Wallach & Michelle Sforza. Whose Trade
Organization? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy,
Anything written by Sark
The poetry of Jeladin Rumi
The poetry of Mary Oliver, especially Dream Work
If you have ever yearned to play a musical instrument or to sing in
a choir, "just do it"! There are many opportunities
in the Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay Areas. Most of the colleges
and universities in the area have all sorts of choirs and musical ensembles.
Most of them are open to community members and a surprising number do
not require an "official" musical background. I study Middle
Eastern music and play in a world fusion band. There are many fantastic
teachers waiting to help you realize your dream. I am here to tell you
that it doesn't take long for someone to get "functional"
if they practice and love it. Music is a great way to be with people.
If at first you don't find a teacher or ensemble that you feel good
with, keep looking until you find the right one. You will know.
To receive information on local (South Bay, Santa Cruz, and S.F. Area)
Drum Circles, African or Afro-Cuban drumming events via the Internet,
send an E-Mail
and ask to be put on their list. If you have information about such
events, you can get the word out to about 200 hard core African/World
music percussion aficionados by sending it to this address.
Zen Buddhist Meditation is one of the best things I have going
in my life. There are local centers where you can practice "Zazen",
"just sitting", "mindfullness" or "insight"
meditation on a donation-basis. My favorites are A Center For the
Practice of Zen Meditation, in Mountain View, (650-966-1057)
the Insight Meditation Center of the Mid-Peninsula in Redwood City.
They also meet in San Jose (650-599-3456 ), www.midpeninsight.org.
Beginners are welcomed.
KKUP, 91.5 fm, broadcasts the "Echoes of Africa" program
every Monday from 3 to 6 pm. Mr. Emmanual Nado hosts this program which
features all African Music, current events, and educational features
about each country in Africa. He is really generous about announcing
upcoming events on his program.
KKUP broadcasts "Indian Time" on Tuesday evenings,
from 8 pm to 9:30 pm. A wonderful program of music, story telling, current
events and the comforting voice of Mr. Ross Gritts.
KPFA, 94.1 fm, broadcasts "First Light" every morning
from 5-7am and "Music of the World" from 10-12noon each weekday.
These are excellent! (Please also see KKUP's
schedule for other fabulous radio programs) ;-)
Sufi Dancing in San Jose - The Dances of Universal Love and Peace
- Sunday nights from 7-9 pm at the Church of Religious Science on Clark
Street. Clark Street is off of Willow, just East of Bird, in the Willow
Glen Area of San Jose.
Drawing and other art activities are a huge part of what keeps me centered.
One of the big joys in my life is taking my sketch book everywhere I
go and drawing what I see. Most of the adult education programs offered
by our cities and school districts offer excellent and inexpensive art
courses. Contrary to popular belief, we are all artists and have the
ability to articulately express ourselves with a wide variety of media
and it's fun, and sometimes what you make looks really great! Unfortunately,
our public school systems largely discouraged us from embracing our
artist within. If you have ever yearned to paint, play with clay, draw,
weave, make paper lamps or whatever, please go and do it! There is an
internal voice that keeps us from persuing these things. STOP OBEYING
It and go make a big mess with art supplies! There is magic in persuing
what you yearn to do and that negative voice eventually quiets down
and can help you make great art.
If you listen regularly to "A Meeting of the Ways" you know
I am passionate about restoring our Republic to a government that is
"of the people and by the people". I believe that this can
only be achieved by eliminating corporate control of our government.
Because small groups of concerned citizens have always changed the world
for the better, it's important for government officials to know how
we feel. An easy way to write to them can be found on the Web. This
Web site will
find your congress persons and many other government officials and hook
you up with a way to contact them.
I practice something called "voluntary simplicity".
It's a way for me to enjoy my life, have what I want and want what I
have. I seek to live simply so that others may simply live. There are
many excellent books about voluntary simplicity. My favorites are
Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" and Cecile Andrews' "Circle
of Simplicity - Returning to the Good Life". If you would like
to know more, here is an excellent
If you would like to join a simplicity circle in the Palo Alto or South
Bay Areas, please contact Stan King. He can hook you up with
a local simplicity circle. Stan's e-mail