Letter From the Publishers, August 2014
Jul 30, 2014 07:54AM
A recent wave of erratic weather around here brought with it a pleasant surplus of rainbows; colorful reminders of the beautiful synchronicity winding in and around the random events that shape lives. Winds of change often blow in a wild way, leaving nothing untouched by the dynamic flux that carries life forward. A subtle thread of opportunity represents the fine line between free will and fate, linking perspective and choice to the capacity we all share for deep transformation.
As part of the counter-culture drive to explore the nature of reality, two progressive thought leaders came together along the magnificent coast of Big Sur, California, in 1962, to create Esalen, an institute for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education and research. There, the epic blue of sea and sky converge in 120 acres of breathtaking, rugged geography, setting the tone for connecting with oneself and others in revelatory, mystical ways. My visit left me with an expansion of senses that affirmed a belief in the experiential transitions that can happen when the perfect mix of elements align.
This late summer issue on transformation explores the significance of intentional and engaged settings that catalyze lasting change. The power of socially supportive, interactive groups is highlighted in Linda Sechrist’s feature, “Learning That Transforms Hearts and Minds.” Non-judgmental discussions can add a heightened frequency to personal discovery, an energy that is crucial for the collaboration needed to carry positive forces into the future.
Several of my friends are teachers that encourage students in art and self-expression by opening up inspiring conversations and opportunities for self-awareness that will stay with these young people far beyond the classroom. Thoughtful navigation is needed as social institutions and cultures rapidly shift, and old practices fall away. Today’s generation of youth is exhibiting insight that they are primed for this new frontier, and through inquisitive, encouraging conversation, we might all learn from these leaders of tomorrow.
In the company of open sincerity and acceptance, tiny miracles appear. Here’s to a month of wonders and the endless possibilities within the alchemy of the soul.
~Jacqueline, Kendra & Lois