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The Fabric of the Future
M. J. Ryan, editor
Women visionaries illuminate the path to tomorrow.

1 "There is a web of Being moving all of life forward, beyond that which we can control or manipulate. That numinous web is evident to our deeper awareness whenever we take time to quiet ourselves in nature." Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty'

2 "Now we are being called upon to expand our definition of love, to understand it and embody it in all of its richness and complexity." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

3 "Everything in nature is cyclical and opposites are in balance. In the natural world you have opposites, like day and night, but they're not in opposition; they're complements to each other. They're part of one whole, and you have to have both. One isn't 'good' and the other 'evil'. The more that we can start to look at the world in this way again, the more integrated we can be." Starhawk, author and founding minister of the Covenant of the Goddess, 'Envisioning the Future'

4 "The only way to come home to spirit is to allow our love nature, Eros, to be stronger than fear. Easy to say, difficult to practice. We need to bless those who challenge us to be fully loving; they mirror to us where we may withhold our love by being close-hearted, half-hearted, and weak-hearted. They are great teachers for us, and remind us that the greatest remorse for human beings is love unexpressed." Angeles Arrien, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

5 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics'

6 "Before all else, know that we are always in deep and energetic transformation. Always." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

7 "One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey'

8 "Everywhere I am seeing not only the harvesting of the world's potentials but the harvesting of the great mythic stories. It is as if we are in a time of radical restorying. It is as if the soul of the world is rising." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

9 "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility." Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia in his address to the U. S. congress

10 "What will happen when the storytellers emerge? What will happen when 'the primal mind' sings of our common origin, our stupendous journey, our immense good fortune? We will become Earthlings. We will have evoked out of the depths of the human psyche those qualities enabling our transformation from disease to health. They will sing our epic of being, and stirring up from our roots will be a vast awe, an enduring gratitude, the astonishment of communion experiences, and the realization of cosmic adventure." Brian Swimme, 'Evolution Extended'

11 "Our traditional Native American greeting in the Seneca language is 'Na:weh Skennio' – thank you for being! Whether you know it or not, each of you represents a spark of inspiration within the Great Mystery. You are needed. You touch the lives of many and are responsible for changing the lives of others for the better. For all that you do and for who you are, I thank you for being." Jamie Sams, 'Messages for the Women of the Millennium'

12 "There's a level on which we are all one consciousness, deeply connected to the one mass consciousness." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

13 "What we are trying to do, all of us now in these times, is to uncover our depths, to get past the vacuum, to have the courage to cleanse, purify, prepare our souls for the difficult task of becoming an instrument through which the Source may play its great music in time and space. As hero/heroines, we are all now the agents for the next dispensation, the inspiration for the bringing of culture and consciousness to its next possibility. Because the hero/heroine's journey is always about the deepening of culture, the universe in its unfolding enters more fully into the local culture. As such, we are agents of the entelechy, the great purpose of life." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

14 "Organisms shape themselves in response to their neighbors and their environments. All respond to one another, co-evolving and co-creating the complex systems of organization that we see in nature. Life is systems-seeking. It seeks organization. Organization is a naturally occuring phenomenon. Self-organization is the powerful force by which Gaia created herself through relationships, creating all the living systems we see. She knows how to organize from the inside out, from partnering with neighors rather than from imposition and control." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'

15 "Over the last several centuries we have moved steadily through the various epochs of our human evolution – from survival and conquest to rational thought and technological grandeur. Our frontier, now, is our own inner being – discovering our spiritual essence, accessing the love that resides in each of us, and offering it as a gift to the world." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

16 "Those like James Hillman and others in the school of archetypal psychology are suggesting something that the ancient neo-Platonists knew – certainly the Gnostics knew – that it is not psyche which exists in us but we who exist in psyche. And that the life of psyche is existent within the realm of God." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

17 "Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'

18 "Our inner development as persons comes about as we are able to bear the wholeness of the opposites, to experience them as mutually completing, as interdependent and interpenetrating, in some sense simultaneous. To see them, in other words, as alive, moving, and interweaving, like the distinct and yet interflowing rivers that course through the oceans." Mary Caroline Richards, poet and teacher, 'Separating and Connecting: The Vessel and the Fire'

19 "Love is an energy. We don't experience it in the abstract. We experience it through the medium of our relationships. And so it is that the infusion of love that is being asked for above all is an enriching of all our relationships, our relationships with our spouses and lovers, with our parents and children, with the people with whom we work, and even with our enemies and strangers." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love', quoted

20 "Globally, we are at the birthing gate. We are at a time in history where collectively we are laboring to give birth to a new world." Angeles Arrien, anthropologist and author, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

21 "Some wheels of life are turning just now, some already have turned, some will begin to turn at any moment. These forces in concert were called many things – Divine Providence, Fate, the Astrological Ages. All these names denote a kind of order, a dependable system which we don't quite fully understand but that we know is present." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

22 "Serving the global vision through our personal vision may change thousands if not millions of lives, and in turn change our world." Rama Vernon, President of the Center for International Dialogue, 'Manifesting the Vision'

23 "Any step that I take in my life of true healing, of true integration so that I really shift my experience, affects everyone in the world and affects what's happening in the world." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

24 "Myth is always about soul-making and about the pathos that accompanies the journey of the soul as it travels from out-moded existence to the amplified life in the kingdom. Thus it has much to teach us about where we are right now and where we are headed." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

25 "We inhabit a participatory universe, influencing and being influenced on a cellular level by everything that is around us." Dawna Markova, Ph.D., author and organizational mythologist, 'From Rut to River: Co-creating a Possible Future'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite