Mother’s Day Proclamation
It’s 1870, the wake of the civil war, Julia Ward Howe, an American visionary poet and activist, wrote a proclamation, the origin of our mother’s day. “In the name of Womanhood and Humanity,” she called upon women of every nationality, to wage a general strike to end all war.
Arise, …. women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
(We will not shed their blood)
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own…
Today we invite humanity as a whole to pledge allegiance to the children. Imagine a world where every decision was informed by this allegiance. With today’s technological advances, the possibility of realizing a grassroots effort on this scale is a reality.
As Einstein said, we cannot solve problems at the same level of thought as they were created; therefore a context is set in which shared thought becomes more than itself as deeply lived coherence. We are engaging somatic awareness to develop a self-sensing, self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-renewing intelligence. We will create semnasiums (exercise environments in which we can develop a general capacity to learn) utilizing the opportunities that the challenges represent.
Inquiry: The Institute for Somatic Learning®
A subsidiary of AIWP (Association for the Integration of the Whole Person) Presents:
Ecstatic CoPresencing®: Foundational Training
Dance as a Somatic Social Meditation
A New Foundation Training
January 12-15, 2017
This is the first step in the
Somatic Learning® Facilitator Training - the Science, Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness
with Risa Kaparo, PhD
This premiere Foundational Training is a four day course for functional medicine physicians, psychotherapists, somatic therapists, and other healthcare providers, touchworkers, dancers, yoga, martial arts and meditation instructors. Dance (we will practice of fusion of various dance disciplines from contact improvisation to tango, salsa, swing, jazz modern, butoh, ballet) as a social meditation for 5th dimensional presence extension and embodied mindfulness. This practice also serves as an expressive arts therapy for healing physical and emotional trauma, reversing aging and habituation, preventing disease and restructuring the body. It powerfully potentiates neuroplasticity - to evolve the structure and function of the brain toward functioning inclining the brain toward happiness and compassion. Heightened states of consciousness and organismic become no longer state specific effects of practice but a radically new sustainable order. Ecstatic CoPresencing engenders a deeper capacity for intimacy and sexuality, freedom and aliveness Participants learn to break the cycle of shame and ends the tyranny of fear.
The rich feedback system which dance affords vivifies our sense of ground, partner, touch, connection, balance, effortlessness, contact improvisation, musicality, navigation, intimacy, dialogue, imagination and self-expression provide unlimited possibilities for transformative learning and change. Participants will learn how their practice can begin in beauty, as they effortlessly ride the waves of joy and interest, awakening somatic intelligence. This intelligence has three primary characteristics: it is self-sensing, self- organizing and self-renewing.
We are focusing on social meditations as they seem best suited for these chaordic times. This is a practice in sustainabilty – learning how to “live in the world but not of it.” As one of my beloved teachers, Jiddu Krishnamurti emphasized. We need to disenthrall ourselves from the misidentification with image/object level of experience and mistake it for the ground of reality.
As an International NGO, Inquiry will be engaging new facilitators from the training for our new program of art as spiritual activism: Querencia. Facilitators work in shelters for battered women and children teaching dance as a social meditation to support those who lived through abuse in healing trauma and reclaiming their birthright of the gift of embodiment, empowering them to return to the world feeling well loved from the inside-out.
Mother's Day Global Peace Uprising
An International non-profit organization dedicated to awakening freedom and compassion through dialogue. It celebrates the voices of people in whose resilience and wisdom have been tempered through the crucible of adversity to participate creatively toward a thriving, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful coexistence.
Standing on the shoulders of our foremothers and reclaiming their courage, particularly that of the visionary poet, abolitionist and spiritual activist Julia Ward Howe, we are going to realize her dream of a Mother’s Day Global Peace Uprising.
By writing "The Battle Hymm of the Republic," Julia Ward Howe inspired the nation to go the distance in abolishing slavery. When the war was over, she spearheaded a new movement: what we now celebrate as Mother’s Day. Unlike the hallmark greeting card version currently celebrated, Julia called for an uprising of women all over the world to take a stand in determining the fate of our children.
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